Sgt. Israel Garcia 01.19.84 - 07.13.08

This page is to honor the legacy that Israel left behind. Please remember Israel as an American Hero who gave his life for this nation. Israel will forever be in our hearts. Gone but never forgotten.


Gov. Schwarzenegger Issues Statement on Death of Long Beach Soldier

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today released the following statement regarding the death of Sgt. Israel Garcia, of Long Beach, CA:

"Sergeant Israel Garcia was a true patriot who sacrificed his life to protect the values and ideals that are held dear in this country. He fought with pride and courage and Californians will never forget his service. On behalf of all Californians, Maria and I extend our thoughts and prayers to Israel's family and friends during this difficult time."

Garcia, 24, died July 13 of wounds suffered when their outpost was attacked by small arms fire and rocket propelled grenades from enemy forces in Wanat, Afghanistan. Garcia was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne), 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, U.S. Army, Vicenza, Italy.

In honor of Sgt. Israel Garcia, Capitol flags will be flown at half-staff.