SPOKANE, WA, USA U.S. Army SPC, COMPANY A, 40TH ENGINEER BATTALION, 2D BRIGADE, BAUMHOLDER, GM BAGHDAD, IRAQ 08/26/2008
Specialist Carlo Escoto Alfonso, a combat engineer, served with the regular Army’s 40th Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division based in Baumholder, Germany. His unit was deployed to Iraq for a 15-month deployment in April 2008. Specialist Alfonso was not yet a U.S. citizen but was proud to put his life on the line to serve the country to which he wanted to belong. He died in Sadr City on August 26, 2008 on his eighth month wedding anniversary.
Carlo moved to Spokane, Washington from the Philippines in 1997. He attended Seth Woodard Elementary, Centennial Middle School then West Valley High School and married his childhood sweetheart, Rosemarie on December 26, 2007. He had been employed by Northern Quest Casino until he decided to follow his dream to join the US Military. He graduated as a combat engineer at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri in 2006 then returned to Spokane where he worked at the Spokane Valley Mall Army Recruiting Station as a Volunteer Recruiter. After a short 2 week stay, he was sent to Baumholder, Germany. From there he deployed to Sadr City Iraq for a 15 month tour.
Carlo had two major goals from the time he arrived in the United States in 1997. The first was to serve in the US Military which he fulfilled with great pride. The second was to become a U.S. Citizen, which he achieved posthumously. Carlo leaves behind his wife Rosemarie and 2 year old son, Kyle, his mother, father, aunts, uncles, nephews and nieces and numerous friends and coworkers that he made along his life journey.