Sgt. Humberto Timoteo
Hometown: Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
Age: 25 years old
Died: June 5, 2004 in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Unit: Army National Guard, Battery A, 3rd Battalion, 112th Field Artillery, Morristown, NJ.
Army Sgt. Humberto F. Timoteo, 25, of Newark, New Jersey.
Sgt Timoteo died in Baghdad, Iraq, when his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's Battery A, 3rd Battalion, 112th Field Artillery, Morristown, New Jersey.
Timoteo’s wife, Army Sgt. Silvia Timoteo, said Tuesday that the risk of death is something anyone assumes on joining the military.
Though she said she is heartbroken, Silvia Timoteo said she believes in what her husband was doing. She is mother of a 3-year-old son and is getting an emergency transfer back to the U.S. from Korea, where she had been stationed.
“All these soldiers were dedicated to the service of their country and the state,” said Lt. Col. Robert Schofield, commander of the battalion.
Newark Mayor Sharpe James told The Star-Ledger of Newark that Timoteo had emigrated with his family from Portugal and grew up in the city’s Ironbound section.
“He served and fought to protect our liberties and values and he sacrificed his life for them,” James told the newspaper. “He is a hero in every sense of the word.”
Timoteo joined the military in 1996 and trained as a field artilleryman at Fort Sill, Okla., according to DoD records.
Army Sgt Humberto F. Timoteo was killed in action on 06/05/04
State of New Jersey
Executive Order #115
Governor James E. McGreevey
WHEREAS, New Jersey Army National Guard Sergeant Humberto F. Timoteo, emigrated with his family from Portugal and grew up in the City of Newark, graduating from East Side High School;
WHEREAS, Sergeant Timoteo subsequently joined the U.S. Army in 1996 and enlisted in the New Jersey Army National Guard in November 2000; and
WHEREAS, Sergeant Timoteo served proudly as a member of the Third Battalion of the 112th Field Artillery, and was deployed to Iraq in the service of his country; and
WHEREAS, Sergeant Timoteo was a courageous soldier and a loving husband, father and son; and
WHEREAS, Sergeant Timoteo has made the ultimate sacrifice, giving his life in the line of duty while fighting for our country; and
WHEREAS, Sergeant Timoteo's patriotism and dedicated service to his country make him a hero and a true role model for all Americans and, therefore, it is appropriate and fitting for the State of New Jersey to mark his passing and to honor his memory;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, JAMES E. McGREEVEY, Governor of the State of New Jersey, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and by the Statutes of this State, do hereby ORDER and DIRECT:
of June in the Year of Our Lord, Two Thousand
and Four, and of the Independence of the United
States, the Two Hundred and Twenty-Eighth.
/s/ James E. McGreevey