BROWNSVILLE, Texas – U.S. Army Specialist Miguel Villalon is now home. He arrived at the Brownsville-South Padre Island Airport just after 4:00 p.m. today.
Villalon was one of the first soldiers killed in Afghanistan in 2020. On January 11th he was part of a NATO support mission when he fell victim to a roadside bomb; an attack the taliban later took credit for. Now the county unites for one its own, first when his body returned to U.S. soil and now once again as he returns to his native Brownsville.
He was welcomed by dedicated group of supporters who gathered outside of the airport.
Guadalupe Leal, veteran, “This individual at a very young age decided to serve our country. Look what has happened to him. He will never be able to enjoy life like the rest of us.”
David Garza, veteran, “I can’t shed any tears because I’m not part of the family, but I can feel it inside as a Vietnam Veteran. This man deserves all the recognition he can get.”
Rolando Moody, veteran, “He’s back, not in the state we want him to be, but nevertheless he will be left for posterity of all time. We are grateful for that. We thank him for that.”
The visitation is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 24 from 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Brownsville Event Center with the rosary starting at 7:00 p.m. Funeral services taking place on Saturday, Jan. 25.
A motorcade led the serviceman’s body across his former schools along with two residential visits with family and loved ones.