BAGHDAD - Paratroopers here remember Spc. Berrios-Campos as a respected Soldier and one who will be missed.

The Multi-National Division-Baghdad Soldier died, July 24, from a non-combat related incident in the southeastern outskirts of Baghdad.

Spc. Herberth Berrios-Campos, 21, of Bealton, Va., was a mortar man assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division.

Berrios-Campos enlisted in the Army in August 2007. He completed his one-station unit training and basic airborne school at Fort Benning, Ga.

He was serving in his first deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

"Spc. Berrios-Campos was a fine Paratrooper and a valued member to his platoon," said Lt. Col. Hugh Bair, commander of the 1st Bn., 505th PIR. "We are grateful of his service to the nation and his loss will be felt by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time."

His awards and decorations include the Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal with bronze service star, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Parachute Badge.

"Spc. Berrios-Campos' energetic youthfulness and humorous personality will be greatly missed by all that knew him," said Capt. Joel Graves, Berrios-Campos' company commander.

He is survived by his mother Armida Carballos and father Jose Campos.

The circumstances surrounding the incident are under investigation.

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