Based on the news the marine was part of an air-wing support squadron making its way north late at night when it was hit by rocket-propelled grenades and machine-gun fire. The date of his captured is March 28,2003. Ive search all the casualties in Iraq during that day and found out that 3 marines died that day. I dismiss the posibilities of the other two marines. Sgt.Padilla is included in the convoy operations in the vicinity in Nasiriya.
Below was the circulating news that time:
Marines search for fallen comrade
US Marines moved into the southern Iraqi town of Shatrah today to recover the body of a dead comrade which had been hanged in the town square, officers said.
The Associated Press:
From correspondents in southern
IraqApril 01, 2003
US Marines moved into the southern Iraqi town of Shatrah today to recover the body of a dead comrade which had been hanged in the town square, officers said.Hundreds of troops were dispatched on the operation after intelligence reports indicated the body of a dead American, who was killed in a firefight last week, had been paraded through the streets and hanged in public.
Marine officers dispatched a helicopter to investigate a report that the body of a missing Marine had been publicly displayed in the center of Ash Shatrah, north of Nasiriyah. The Marine has been missing since the 7-ton truck he was riding in went off the road yesterday during an attack on its convoy
The Marine was captured Friday during an attack on a 200-vehicle convoy that was passing through Shatrah on Route 7, on its way north.
Marine Wing Support Squadron-371,
Marine Wing Support Group-37,
Marine Corps Air Station
Marine Sgt. Fernando Padilla-Ramirez was born in San Luis Rio Colorado, Mexico, and was naturalized as a U.S. citizen in 2001. He joined the Marines as a teenager, serving for four years and then signing up for another three. Padilla-Ramirez was killed in combat March 28. He has a 5-year-old son; a second son was born just five days after he shipped out to Iraq.
He was last seen conducting convoy operations in the vicinity of Al Nasiriyah on 28 March. A search and rescue effort is continuing. March 31, 2003
DOD ANNOUNCES CHANGE IN MARINE CASUALTY STATUS The Department of Defense announced today it has changed the status of Marine Sgt. Fernando Padilla-Ramirez from Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown (DUSTWUN) to killed in action. Sgt. Padilla-Ramirez, 26, of San Luis, Ariz., was assigned to Marine Wing Support Squadron-371, Marine Wing Support Group-37, Marine Corps Air Station, Yuma, Ariz. He was last seen conducting convoy operations in the vicinity of Al Nasiriyah on 28 March. His remains were identified on April 10.