US Army Staff Sergeant Jorge Miguel Oliveira, was killed in action on 19th October 2011 in Paktika province, Afghanistan, when an insurgent bomb exploded beside his unit.
33-year-old SSgt. Oliveira, from Newark, New Jersey was serving with the New Jersey Army National Guard, assigned to 2nd Battalion, 113th Infantry Regiment, based at Riverdale. This was his third deployment with the New Jersey National Guard. He served in Iraq in 2008.
SSgt. Oliveira was a Law Enforcement Officer with the Essex County Sheriff's Office in New Jersey, where he had served for 11 years. He joined the National Guard in 2003 and served at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in 2004. The following year he served in response to Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.
He leaves his mother and father, a brother and sister.