NFA, Class of 2001.
MARINE GYSGT LUIS A. MERCADO JR.
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Posted May. 22, 2017
New Windsor mom, Luz Mercado, started the foundation, ÒSupport Our Heroes, when her son Marine GYSGT Luis Mercado Jr. was stationed in Iraq and started to share items from packages his mom sent him to fellow soldiers who told him of some of the simple pleasures they were missing from home.
Lucy Mercado, New Windsor, is preparing to ship items to military service members as part of her foundation, Support Our Heroes. She supports three platoons in Afghanistan.
October 20, 2004
Despite danger, Marine writes that morale is up
By Alice Kenny
While news accounts describe bombing and bloodshed in Iraq, rising death counts and Army reservists disobeying orders, Sgt. Luis Mercado, who grew up in New Windsor, wrote the Times Herald-Record, letting us know that although he and his troops are beset by danger, they're fighting back and maintaining morale. Mercado has been corresponding with the Record by e-mail since August.
Mercado, 21, a Marine sergeant, is responsible for the lives of the more than 60 men he commands. He's served on the front lines in the war in Iraq since he arrived there in August.
Mercado graduated from Newburgh Free Academy in 2001. On his 18th birthday, he enlisted in the Marines. His mother, Luz Mercado, has begun a one-woman operation collecting and mailing supplies to the troops.
In the sergeant's September e-mail, he wrote about staying in Iraq while the men he commands took a short break in Germany, preparing for the Marines' next initiative.
Last week, U.S, and Iraqi forces seized the city of Samarra from insurgents. Marines are now conducting raids inside Fallujah, a bastion of Sunni violence.
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