Carlos M. Santos-Silvia – Sergeant First Class, United States Army

U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)
News Release
March 24, 2010

DOD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Sergeant First Class Carlos M. Santos-Silva, 32, of Clarksville, Tennessee, died March 22, 2010, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

25 March 2010:

A soldier killed by an improvised explosive device while serving in Afghanistan on Monday has ties to Knoxville and will be honored here in a receiving of friends this upcoming Monday.

Sergeant Carlos Santos-Silva, 32, will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery next month. This upcoming Monday, he will be honored in Knoxville.


A receiving of friends is set for Monday, March 29, at the National Guard Armory on Sutherland Avenue, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Santos-Silva first enlisted in 1996, when his family lived in Clarksville.

About a decade ago, his parents Fransisco and Monika moved to Knoxville.

Santos-Silva died Monday after an improvised explosive device attack on his vehicle, while he was on mounted patrol in the Kandahar province.

Santos-Silva was serving with the 82nd Airborne Division, as a platoon sergeant for Company C, Company C, 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team.

Company C's executive officer, First Lieutenant Matthew Jarmon, described Santos-Silva as a “true standard bearer” and “the epitome of a noncommissioned officer,” in a release. Jarmon said Santos-Silva's men looked to him leadership, which he readily gave, and that he was loved by his whole battalion.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star with an oak leaf cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal(3), the Army Good Conduct Medal(4), the National Defense Service Medal, the Kosovo Campaign Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, the Iraqi Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, the Expert Infantryman Badge, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Pathfinder Badge, the Air Assault Badge, and the Basic Parachutist Badge.

Santos-Silva is survived by his wife, Kristen, and son, Cameron, who live in Fort Bragg. He is also survived by his parents, who live in Knoxville, and a brother in New York.

A local receiving of friends to honor Santos-Silva's life will take place Monday, March 29, 2010, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the National Guard Armory on Sutherland Avenue in Knoxville.


  • DATE OF BIRTH: 11/04/1977
  • DATE OF DEATH: 03/22/2010

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