Minnesota National Guard
Spc. Carlos E. Wilcox IV
Cottage Grove, Minnesota
Age 27

Spc. Carlos E. Wilcox, 27, of Cottage Grove was killed in combat.  He was assigned to the 34th Military Police Company in Stillwater, Minn.  Spc. Wilcox was killed when Contingency Operating Base Basra was attacked by indirect fire Thursday, July 16 at approximately 9:15 p.m Iraq time.

Spc. Wilcox was born April 29, 1982 in Golden Valley, Minn. He graduated from Tartan High School in Oakdale, Minn.  He enlisted in the Minnesota Army National Guard March 15, 2006 after a short break in service from the United States Army Reserve.  He graduated from the Health Care Specialist Course at Fort Sam Houston, Texas in November 2006 and was assigned as a 68W Health Care Specialist to the 204th Medical Company in Cottage Grove, Minn.  He transferred to the 34th Military Police Company June 1, 2008. On March 2, 2009, he deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Carlos’ friends in the 1st Platoon, 34th Military Police Company described him as a good friend and a good Soldier.  As much as his friends in the unit found it fun to joke around with him, they were always somewhat amazed by how professional and astute Wilcox was. “Wilcox always took care of us,” said one 1st Platoon Soldier. “If anyone was hurting or had a medical issue, he took care of it.”

Carlos, who graduated from Metropolitan State University with a bachelor’s degree in biology, had aspirations of going to medical school and becoming a doctor.

SPC Wilcox is survived by his mother Charlene Wilcox.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Servide Medal, Army Service Ribbon and the Combat Action Badge.
Carlos Wilcox

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Final Arrangements

Press Release: Funeral Services Announced for Spc. Carlos E. Wilcox IV

Memorial: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=39565381

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