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SELIAN ANABEL VARGAS DIAZ
A PUERTO RICAN BRAVE HEART
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Born:June 10, 1984
Fort Buchanan,Puerto Rico
Died:April 4, 2004
Baghdad,Iraq

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Army Spc.Selian A.Diaz was killed April 4,2004 when the convoy she was riding in came under attack.

Her records with the Army show she was born at Fort Buchanan,Puerto Rico,but she listed Caguas,Puerto Rico as her permanent address.

Diaz,joined the Army November 14,2001 and was assigned to the 21st Combat Support Hospital,based at Fort Hood,Texas in June of 2002.

Diaz was buried at Puerto Rico's National Cemetary in Bayamon,where she received full Military Honors,Diaz was
posthumously awarded a Bronze Star and Purpel Heart.

The parents of the fallen Puerto Rican soldier are retired soldiers who were in the Army at the time of her birth.
Her husband is also enlisted in the Military.

Personal information on the soldier and her family is not being released at their request.


New Building Dedicated to Fallen Soldier
Sending In The Cav: A Soldier’s Story
Spec. Rose Daniels, 1st Calvary Division Public Affairs





FORT HOOD, Texas- The new building for the personnel section on the Fort Hood, base has been completed and renamed to the Selian A. Diaz Personnel Section, just in time for what would have been the soldier’s 20th birthday. The special ceremony was held for Diaz, on Memorial Day and over 200 people gathered in her memory at the new building.


Diaz, was a Personnel Specialist from Caguas, Puerto Rico, serving with the
21st Combat Support Hospital, 13th Corps Support Command, was killed in action when the convoy she was riding in was ambushed near Baghdad, Iraq on April 4th.

“Specialist Diaz was very energetic and proud of her Puerto Rican heritage,” said Spec. Rene Torres,
A Personnel Specialist who served with Diaz. “ She was a beautiful woman.”
Torres and Diaz worked together in Fort Hood, Texas. She remembers meeting Diaz when she first arrived from Puerto Rico to the base.
“The first night she was in Fort Hood, we all welcomed her by taking her out, she was the best dancer I had ever seen, she carried an energy, she made everyone who knew her love her,”
Torres said as she wiped her eyes.

The ceremony included a special painting of Diaz, who was a model; the painting was her first professional modeling photo, which is displayed inside the new building.

“Everyone has told me how hypnotizing her big green eyes were,” said Lt. Col. Gary Fisher,
502nd Personnel Service Battalion Commander. “ You can see her beauty in the portrait.”
Diaz came from a Military Family. Her husband, Sgt. Benjamin Diaz is a member of the Army at
Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico. Her mother is a retired Sergeant, and her father is a retired Sergeant First Class.

Although her family was not at the ceremony close friends of Diaz called and spoke with her mother
Margie Vargas about the ceremony.
“She was overwhelmed with great pride of what her daughter’s sacrifice has become.”
The ceremony closed with the hanging of Puerto Rico’s flag over the building.
“If she were here, she would give us her bright beautiful smile and salute,” Torres said.


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Personal Notes


Selian,
You made the ultimate sacrifice with what you did for your country, when we went to school together I didn't think that you would turn out to be a "hero" maybe just a model :) I miss writing back and fourth, i'm especially gonna miss reuniting 10 years from now, hold your head up in the sky Boricua, I love you.

Added by Jalena Gautier C/O 2002


Spc.Diaz,
you were a great soldier,and you had a bright and cheerful personality, it's weird to not see you standing in formation after you've been there for the past year, we were so close to coming home, I still think about you, when I lay down at night and don't see you praying below your Puerto Rican flag, I miss talking to you in the dark and meeting you for lunch, may time heal your family's pain.

Added by Gia Valdez


Seli, Well, you always said you were gonna be something HUGE,you are now a HERO, our family is so proud of you, although I don't think a Bronze star or Purple Heart is worth the tears our parents have shed, the worst day of my life was seeing your coffin lowered into the ground.
I didn't just lose a Sister I lost my heart, and though it's hard to breathe I will make it through in your memory, I love you "Seli"

Added by YOUR SISTER


PUERTO RICO, I REMEMBER WHEN WE DATED WHEN YOU FIRST CAME TO FORT HOOD, AND WHEN I SAW YOUR FACE ON THE NEWS I THOUGHT ABOUT ALL THE GOOD TIMES THAT WE HAD, AND WHAT THE WORLD WILL BE MISSING WITHOUT YOU IN IT, YOU HAD THE FACE OF AN ANGEL, SO I GUESS YOUR RIGHT WHERE YOU BELONG, I'LL MISS SEEING YOU AROUND THE BARRACKS AND GOING OUT DANCING WITH YOU, I'LL PRAY FOR YOUR FAMILY.
I LOVE YOU VARGAS, I WISH I WOULD HAVE BEEN THE ONE WHO MARRIED YOU. LOVE,ME

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Salsa, When we were roomates I gave you that name that's all you listened to, I remember when you first moved into the room,before you even had a bed you put up a HUGE Puerto Rican flag, you were only 5'1 but your personality was 11'11, you were a fun person that loved to dance, you were always full of energy. You always cheered me up, even the one year that neither of us could go home for Christmas, I still have the present you gave me. You were an honor to know,and I miss you!
Added by Alicia Renning


Selian,

I have known you since you were a little girl and I wish that something so awful would'nt have ended such a promising life, you were VERY beautiful and so smart, I know that your mother and sister misses you dearly all your friends in Caguas are devastated by your loss, I wish all whom knew you the best it hurts to know your gone but all Angels belong in Heaven

Added by Margie Rivera


SELIAN,WHEN MY BROTHER BROUGHT YOU HOME I KNEW THAT YOU AND HIM WERE THE PERFECT MATCH I HAVE NEVER SEEN HIM SO IN LOVE, YOU HAD THE BIG HAZEL EYES WITH THE PETITE BODY WITH THE "JLO" BUTT WE ALL TEASED YOU ABOUT, YOU WERE JUST A KNOCKOUT WITH A BEAUTIFUL PERSONA, I LOVED DANCING WITH YOU AND GETTING ADVICE FROM YOU I'M GONNA MISS THAT. YOU WILL ALWAYS BE APART OF OUR FAMILY.
I LOVE YOU NENA

Added by Charlene S. Diaz


What's Up Pretty Rican,I know that your gone,but what I don't understand is why? I remember all the times that we had in Puerto Rico at school you stood next to me when we graduated and then we joined the Army together as Buddies. I know that I let you down, because I'm still here in this world you had to leave, I think about your beautiful smile and the way you used to laugh and dance all the time. When I will see you again, is not known, but me loving you forever is for sure.
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