09/11/81 – 03/15/15
Geraldo Andre Mora-Cruz was born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico on September 11, 1981. In 2000 he left his engineering studies from University of Puerto Rico (CAAM) and joined the US Army at the age of 18. He served in Germany, Iraq, Korea, and Japan and had two deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 and 2007.
He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal, five Army Achievement Medals, the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal with two Bronze Stars, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Korean Defense Service Medal, two Non-commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbons, Army Service Ribbons, four Overseas Service Ribbons, the Driver and Mechanic Badge with W Bar, the Combat and Special Skill Badge, the Basic Marksmanship Qualifying Badge, the Rifle Bar, and the Overseas Service Bar. He was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 48th Chemical Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas.
Growing up he loved playing video games. As an adult he enjoyed computers and electronics. He also enjoyed riding motorcycles, movies and music. Loved ones left behind: his Mother Lydia Cruz, step-dad Nelson Ortiz; sisters Ideliz Mora, Vanessa Mora; three children: Elijah Mora (13), Julianna Mora (5), Alexander Mora (2); and uncles, aunts, cousins and others. SGT Geraldo Andre Mora-Cruz lost his battle with PTS on March 15, 2015. He was 33 years old.