US Army Pfc. Joel A. Ramirez, aged 22 from Waxahachie, Texas, was killed 16th April 2011 while on patrol in Nimroz province, Afghanistan. A roadside bomb was detonated near his unit.
He served with the 32nd Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, based at Fort Drum, NY.
Pfc. Ramirez joined the Army in 2009. After completing training at Fort Benning, he transferred to Fort Drum in January 2010. This was his first deployment to Afghanistan.
His awards and decorations include the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
He is survived by his 2-year-old daughter, his parents, two sisters and a brother.