84 year old Private First Class Modesto Hernandez Vargas returning home:
He served proudly in the U.S. Army as a member of the 2nd Calvary Infantry Division starting in August 1955 and was honorably discharged on June 28, 1957.
On October 19, 2020 he flew to Newark, New Jersey for a niece's funeral to comfort his sister and family members despite the dangers of becoming exposed himself to the Covid-19 virus. As the head of the family, he felt in his heart the need and duty to provide his grieving family with emotional support.
Sadly, while in New Jersey, he became ill and tested positive for the coronavirus. For two weeks, he fought in ICU like the strong and proud soldier that he was but finally succumbed and lost his life on November 15, 2020.
He was a true hero, a man of great faith who was loved by many. His family in New Jersey will have a viewing to say their final goodbyes. His body will then be transported back to his place of residence in Topeka, Kansas for a final viewing with family and friends. His remains will be taken to his place of birth in Ponce, Puerto Rico where he will be put to rest in a National Veterans' Cemetery. Rest in peace, soldier!
If you would like to assist his family with transportation and funeral expenses you can do so here. Portion of any proceeds with be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project and Gary Sinese Foundation. God bless.
Dove Cremations and Funerals - Southwest Chapel will be assisting the family.
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