Soldier Honored: Luis M. Melendez Sanchez
Hometown: Bayamon, Puerto Rico
Branch of Service: Air Force
Rank: Staff Sergeant
Air Force Staff Sergeant Luis M. Melendez Sanchez, 33, of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, was assigned to the 1st Communications Squadron, based at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. Staff Sergeant Melendez Sanchez lost his life on February 17th, 2006, when two CH-53 helicopters crashed into the Gulf of Aden while flying a training mission in the Godoria Range area. He had been deployed as part of the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa.
Staff Sergeant Melendez Sanchez is remembered by his wife as a great family man, soft-spoken with a hidden dry sense of humor. He leaves behind a wife and two boys.