Skip to comments.Spanaway (WA) man is Army's oldest Afghanistan casualty (age 59)
Posted on 08/21/2009 8:29:30 PM PDT by llevrok
SPANAWAY, Wash. - A Spanaway grandfather is the latest casualty of war from Washington state.
Fifty-nine-year-old First Sergeant Jose Crisostomo was killed in Afghanistan by a roadside bomb Tuesday. He is believed to be the oldest U.S. soldier to die in Afghanistan.
Crisostomo, who was known to friends as "Joe Sinbad," was well aware of the risks of combat.
During a 24-year military career he served in Vietnam and Kuwait before retiring from the military in 1993.
After 9/11, Crisostomo decided to re-enlist in the U.S. Army.
"He insisted going back and serving his country," said Crisostomos wife of 39 years, Patricia.
"That was his passion, his life," said Patricia, who met her husband on their native Guam.
Crisostomo founded a community organization made up of fellow Pacific Islanders.
Jose Crisostomo was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.
"Were just going to miss him," said neighbor Norm Ruediger.
Ruediger remembers when Crisostomo found out he was going back to war in April of 2008.
"He was proud, he was tickled to go back and serve his country again," said Ruediger.
Crisostomo is survived by his wife, four children and 10 grandchildren.
Very sad. I salute you Joe Sinbad. RIP.
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Prayers outbound for First Sergeant Jose Crisostomo. Rest In Peace Sir.
Amen. Thank you for watching my 6, Joe and rest in peace.
Is Crisostomo related to the Greek Chrystosom? "[Of the?] Golden-mouth"?
You are an inspiration to us, Top Crisostomo. God bless you and your family.
G*d bless you, Sgt. C. RIP.
Prayerts for him, and his family.
God bless him.
Because of good, true men that will not quit.
God Bless the Sergeant.
“Is Crisostomo related to the Greek Chrystosom? “[Of the?] Golden-mouth”?”
I expect that’s where it comes from, s.
May Your Memory Be Eternal, Sarge!
Thank you for your service Sergeant Jose Crisostomo. May you rest in peace and may the Dear Lord comfort your family in their loss.
i know sergeant “C” personally.i was wit him in kabul and just came bak yesterday i am a british soldier and i can tel u guys if u wanna se a true and a great soldier sergeant “c” is da 1,since yesterday im lyinon bed thinkinabout him and da last he said to da nite b4 da sad incident i was in da guardroom and he came and said to us keep da great work soldiers and we all laugh bcos he is a moral keeper ,we will miss u great soldier and i cannot wait to get bak and get them bastards
I am a Canadian Soldier and have also had the honour to meet and work with 1st Sgt Crisostomo in Kabul. He was a great man. Stand easy brother and we will see you soon.
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