It is with deepest sympathy that The California National Guard announces Staff Sgt. Jerry L. Bonifacio, Jr., 28, of Vacaville, Calif. died in Baghdad, Iraq on Oct. 10 when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated near the security checkpoint he was manning. Bonifacio was a long-time resident of Vacaville and is survived by his parents, his younger brother and sister, his grandparents, and his fiancée.
Bonifacio was assigned to the California Army National Guard's Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 184th Infantry Regiment, (Air Assault) Dublin, California. He joined the 184th immediately after leaving the Active Duty Army in 2001. While assigned to the 184th Sgt. Bonifacio was squad leader, mortarman, and dismounted team leader. Fellow soldiers described him as a “quiet professional” who put his soldiers first in every situation.
While on Active Duty he served with the 101st Airborne Division at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky earning an Air Assault Badge, three Army Achievement Medals, a Joint Meritorious Unit Award, an Army Good Conduct Medal, a Humanitarian Service Medal, an Army Service Ribbon, and a Multinational Force and Observers Medal.