The Pentagon confirmed the death of 1st Sgt. Jose San Nicholas Crisostomo, the Spanaway man who was a leader among the South Sound Chamorro community. He was killed Tuesday when a roadside bomb detonated near his vehicle in Kabul, Afghanistan.
We had a story on today’s front page, but with the official confirmation of his death comes a few more details. According to the Department of Defense, he was serving with the International Security Assistance Force – though it doesn’t say in what capacity or if he was with big ISAF or a subordinate unit.
He was an automated logistical specialist who first joined the Army on May 16, 1969. He retired on May 31, 1993, and voluntarily rejoined on April 20, 2008.
He served in three wars in three decades: the Vietnam War in the 1970s, the Gulf War in the 1990s and the War in Afghanistan in the 2000s.
He was a two-time recipient of the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal (three times), Army Achievement Medal (three times), Army Good Conduct medal (eight times), National Defense Service Medal (three times), Vietnam Service Medal with three campaign stars, South West Asian Service medal with two campaign stars, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (three times), Army Service Ribbon (three times), Vietnam Campaign Medal with 60 device, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with palm, Overseas Service Bars (three times), Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia), Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait) and the Combat Action Badge.