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Alfred Barrera Ramirez

Sergeant Major (Retired) Alfred Barrera Ramirez, 76, passed away in Gonzales, California, on October 18, 2006 after a long battle with cancer caused by Agent Orange. He was born January 1, 1930 in North Platte, Nebraska.

SGM Ramirez served 20 years in the Army with assignments in the 82nd Airborne Division, the 101st Airborne Division, and the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, where he was assigned as a coach and shooter.

He fought in the Korean War and served two tours of duty in the Republic of Vietnam. He retired from the Army in 1985 and then worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 17 years.

SGM Ramirez was awarded the U. S. Army Distinguished Pistol Shot Badge in 1963 and was a 2600 shooter. Other decorations include the Combat Infantryman Badge and the Master Parachutist Badge.

Upon retirement from his second career, Ramirez traveled with his wife, grew tomatoes, chili peppers, and cucumbers, watched football and baseball games, and enjoyed the special times with his granddaughter and his grandson.

His family will remember him as a loving husband, father, and grandfather,  while those who served with "Ram" will remember his ever present smile.

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