Class of 2003
Killed In Action In Iraq
September 14, 2007
SPC Jonathan Rivadneira, former cadet, was killed in action in Iraq
on 14 September 07. He was assigned to the 6th Squadron, 9th U.S. Cavalry,
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas as a
A Queens soldier died a hero for his country, risking his life on front-line duty he didn't have to do.
Army Spc. Jonathan Rivadeneira's commanding officer, Sgt. Joshua Lawton-Belous, said the 22-year-old medic could have stayed in the rear, but wanted to be where he was needed most.
"He gave up his relative safety at the aid station in order to serve with these guys and put his life on the line," Lawton-Belous, 23, told The Post from Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C.
"He volunteered to be with these guys."
Rivadeneira and three fellow soldiers were killed Friday when a roadside bomb exploded in Baghdad.
Jonathan's name has been placed in the Carson Long Gold Star Platoon.
Wake/Viewing: Mon 24 Sept Conway Funeral Home, 82-19 Northern
Blvd, Queens NY. 4-9 pm
Service: Tues, 25 Sept St Joan of Arc, Queens NY 10-11 am
Burial: Tues, 25 Sept, St Michael's Cemetery Queens, NY approx
Jonathan attend Carson Long from 1999 - 2002. He was CH platoon
leader his junior year.
If anyone has any questions, please contact Maj. Mark Morgan.