Lilburn soldier killed
Man dies in Iraq

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Lilburn soldier was killed in Iraq last week.

Pfc. Edgar Cardenas, 34, died in Abu Ghraib Aug. 22 of wounds sustained from an improvised explosive device, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Defense.

Cardenas, who was based in Fort Hood, Texas, joined the Army as a cavalry scout in June of 2005. He was deployed to Iraq in November 2006.

Brandy Gill, a Fort Hood spokeswoman, said Cardenas was probably due to return to the United States in November. She said she did not know what he did before joining the military and could not give any information about possible survivors.

"We don't want to step on anybody's toes," Gill said.

Derick Corbett, the deputy chief of staff for U.S. Rep. John Linder, R-Duluth, said Cardenas had a wife and child, but that he did not know anything else about him.

As a cavalry scout, Cardenas would have participated in reconnaissance, security and combat operations, Gill said. He had been a member of the 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division since November 2005.

Cardenas had been awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Army Service Ribbon and the Combat Action Badge.

Ten other Gwinnett soldiers have had their names engraved on the county's Fallen Heroes Memorial after dying in the Global War on Terrorism. Carolyn Buice, who is on the memorial's committee, said Cardenas' name would be added on Veteran's Day if his family agrees.

Another soldier, Loganville's Cristian Rojas-Gallego, was killed earlier this month.