ROCHESTER, NY, USA U.S. Marines CPL, HQ CO, 2D AA BN, (HQ BN, II MEF FWD), 2D MAR DIV, CAMP LEJEUNE, NC BALAD, IRAQ 01/01/1900
Reynold Armand loved football, playing video games and spending time with family and friends. He was proud of his Haitian and Puerto Rican heritage and loved the New York Yankees.
He was such an amazing all-around person, said Manny Rodriguez, who met him in church. He was so easy and comfortable to be around. He liked people for who they are.
Armand, 21, of Rochester, N.Y, was killed August 7th in Balad, Iraq. He was a 2004 high school graduate and was assigned to Camp Lejeune.
We used to send him a lot of candy, said his mother, Alma Armand. He would pass it out.
His school counselor, Karen Kreuter, remembers him as a tall, quiet, sweet young man who had a warm and nice smile.
He was always funny and always smiling, said Jessica Pratts, another church friend.
Armand so wanted to join the Marines that he persuaded his aunt and adoptive mother Miriam Velez to allow him to enlist before he turned 18. He wanted to follow in the footsteps of the late Victor Velez, Miriam Velez’s husband and Armand’s uncle and adoptive father, a former Marine.
He looked up to him, said Velez. He left to make him proud.