Sgt. Richard Vazquez
Sgt. Richard Vazquez of the 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), of Minden, was killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan.
A candlelight vigil was held Nov. 20 at the Mansfield Football Stadium to honor a local soldier killed in action in Afghanistan.
Citizens, friends and family gathered to honor Sgt. Richard Vazquez of the 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) and celebrate his life.
Vazquez enlisted in the Army in August 2004 and was assigned to Company B, 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne). Vazquez joined the Army as an infantryman, attended initial infantry training at Fort Benning, Ga., and was assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Ky., from July 2005 to September 2009.
His decorations include: Purple Heart, three Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, Meritorious Unit Citation, two Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with one Campaign Star, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with numeral two, Army Service Ribbon, two Overseas Service Ribbons, NATO Medal, Master Driver Badge, Air Assault Badge, Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, Special Forces Tab.