Joseph Marquez Passed Away:- He died on 25th April 2022. Pfc. Joseph A. Marquez of Delaware is remembered as “a wonderful son, a loving brother, a great soldier, and a light to everyone,” his mother said.
Marquez died April 25 in a car accident during Army training in Washington state. Two other soldiers were injured. AFTER: Delaware soldier killed, 2 injured at Washington State Training Center
His mother, Kristen Giordano, said Joey was known for his beautiful smile.
“His nickname was ‘Dimples.’ He was always laughing, always smiling,” Giordano said. “He was very affectionate. He was proud to be considered a “mommy’s boy”.
His family recently moved to Dover after living in Millsboro around 2007.
Marquez, 19, was a 2020 graduate of Sussex Tech where he majored in carpentry, was a member of the Army Junior ROTC and played football, winter track, and baseball. He played travel baseball for the Bombers and Aces.
“He was a lifelong athlete, very athletic,” Giordano said. “He loved music. He loved the beach, it was his favorite place. He loved to hunt and fish.
Marquez worked at the Ocean View Diner for a few months also worked on carpentry and masonry projects and mowed the grass.
In his decision to enlist in the army, he followed in the footsteps of his grandfather.
“Ever since he was little, he always wanted to be a soldier. It was his dream,” said Giordano, whose father served in the military for 20 years, retiring as a staff sergeant, stationed in West Point, New York.
This association with New York led to Joey rooting for the Yankees and Giants.
He entered the military in January 2021 and graduated from basic training at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri. With the rank of Private First Class, he was a member of the 2-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team of the 7th Infantry Division at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington State. His duties included working as a combat engine operator.
“He did a lot of driving, and he had several certifications with that, as well as fuel and ammunition,” Giordano said.
On the Facebook page of the 8th Squadron, 1st US Cavalry, this tribute was posted:
“It is with very heavy hearts and incredible sadness that Blackhawk Squadron announces the passing of one of our very own PFC Joseph Alejandro Marquez….PFC Marquez was known for his laughter and the light he spread wherever he was going. We knew him as a loving son and brother to his family, a loyal friend to his comrades, and a loyal soldier to his nation. He was and is so loved, and already so missed.
Lieutenant Colonel Michael Filanowski, Commanding Officer of 8 Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, said: “We are deeply saddened by the loss of Pfc. Mark. The Blackhawk Squadron sends its deepest condolences to his family and loved ones. Our prayers and thoughts are with them during this difficult time. »
Giordano said she and her daughter, Alexis Marquez, received an outpouring of condolences.
“His sister and I are getting so much support and love,” she said. “The stories that everyone is sharing have been wonderful.”
When their soldier is brought home, his family plans a visit to Millsboro and a celebration of life service in the Georgetown area, but no date has been set.