US Army Ranger Killed in Afghanistan
FORT BRAGG, NC — A U.S. Army Ranger was killed in action Oct. 8, during combat operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Spc. Ricardo Cerros Jr., 24, was assigned to Company B, 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.
Cerros was killed by direct fire from enemy forces during a heavy firefight while conducting combat operations in Logar Province, Afghanistan.
A native of Salinas, Calif., he enlisted in the U.S. Army in July 2010 and joined the 75th Ranger Regiment in March 2011. Cerros served as a Ranger rifleman with 2nd Bn., 75th Ranger Regiment.
The 75th Ranger Regiment has been continuously deployed to Afghanistan since October 2001.
“Spc. Ricardo Cerros was incredibly talented and a well respected member of this battalion,” said Lt. Col. David Hodne, Commander of 2nd Bn., 75th Ranger Regiment. “He was a warrior who lost his life while fighting courageously alongside his fellow Rangers. We will honor his service to our country and never forget his sacrifice. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Cerros family.”
This was Cerros’ first deployment to Afghanistan.
“Spc. Ricardo Cerros could have been anything he wanted in life,” said Col. Mark W. Odom, Commander of the 75th Ranger Regiment. “Yet, he decided to become a member of the 75th Ranger Regiment and do our nation’s bidding. We were blessed to have him in our ranks.”
Cerros is survived by his father Ricardo Cerros Sr. and stepmother Deborah A. Cerros of Salinas, Calif. and his mother Maqueirte D. Cuevas of Gary, Ind. He is also survived by his brother Nicholas Cerros, sister Theresa Cerros, and stepbrother Marko Cerros all of Salinas, Calif.