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El Paso WWII Veteran Angel Romero Buried at Fort Bliss National Cemetery

Oct. 18, 2012

Aaron Bracamontes

World War II veteran Angel Romero was buried with full honors today at Fort Bliss National Cemetery.

Romero, who was 87, died on Sunday from natural causes, his family said.

He was buried following a funeral service at San Antonio De Padua Parish.

An American flag was presented to Romero's children by Brig. Gen. Wayne W. Grigsby Jr. after

a 21-gun salute.

The Tigua tribe and the Eagle Claw Warrior Society also blessed Romero's casket to pass him onto the next world.

"My dad would have said 'I don't need all of this,'" said Romero's son Angel Romero Jr. "But he would have been grateful. I can only be humbled by this."

Romero served as a paratrooper from 1943 to 1945. He received an honorable discharge because of all the battles he experienced.

During his time with the 82nd Airborne, he completed three combat jumps, including one into Normandy on D-Day.

He was also sent into Holland to fight, and toward the end of 1944, he parachuted into Germany and then went on to the Battle of the Bulge, one of the bloodiest battles of World War II.

In 2010, Romero received

several awards he earned during his service. The awards included the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal & Bronze Star Attachment and Arrowhead, World War II Victory Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge 1st Award, Belgian Fourragere and the Honorable Service Lapel Button WWII.

Angel Romero is survived by his sisters Maria Luisa Martinez, Ysela Sanchez and Dora Weese; his brothers Juan Romero and Arturo Romero; and his children.

His brothers Francisco Romero, Dimas Romero and Eugenio Romero died before Angel Romero.

Source: (c)2012 the El Paso Times (El Paso, Texas). Distributed by MCT Information Services.

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