FLW soldier memorialized Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 August 2003

The 28 year old drill sergeant leaves behind, wife, three young children.

By Spc. Shatara BrownGUIDON staff


Hundreds of Fort Leonard Wood soldiers and community members gathered Monday to pay tribute to Sgt. 1st Class Pascual Murillo, who died here last week.

A drill sergeant, Murillo died of a gunshot wound during a training exercise late the evening of Aug. 14.

He was a member of C Company, 787th Military Police Battalion. His death is under investigation by the Law Enforcement Command CriminalInvestigation Division.

During Monday’s memorial service, held at Soldier’s Chapel, Murillo was remembered as “the epitome of a non-commissioned officer.”

“Anyone who can make a difference in whatever he does, is truly a great man, and he will always continue to be great,” said Murillo’s commanding officer, Capt. Scott Turner.

Fellow drill sergeants, Sgt. 1st Class Edward Henderson and Staff Sgt. Adalberto Hernandez, gave a joint eulogy.

“Murillo touched lives in one way or another. He never said anything bad about anyone. Words can’t express the way we feel. He was like no other person,” the men said of their fallen comrade.

“He’d walk into a room, and everyone would have a smile on their faces.

“He was a father away from home. Remember him as a good person and the best,” said Henderson and Hernandez.

Murillo is survived by his wife, Margo Anne; three children, Julio, Alicia, and Simeon; his father, mother, six brothers and sisters. He said his hobby was “spending time with my children and watching them play sports.”

Murillo was born Sept. 17, 1974 in Oklahoma, and his hometown was San Antonio.

After graduating from high school, he received scholarship offers to play baseball; however, Murillo elected to the join the Army, April 14, 1993 and attended Military Police Training at Fort McClellan, Ala.

Murillo was selected as the 14th Military Police Brigade Drill Sergeant of the Quarter for the second quarter of this year; Drill Sergeant of the Cycle for the July class of 2003; Honor Graduate and Leadership Award recipient from his Drill Sergeant Class of 2002; and placed third in the Light Team Division during the Bataan Death March.

Murillo’s awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (2OLC), Army Achievement Medal and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal.

He was also awarded the Good Conduct Medal (third award), Overseas Service Ribbon (#2), NCO Professional Development Ribbon (#2), the National Defense Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, and the Drill Sergeant Identification Badge.

Murillo’s military education includes MP OSUT (95B); Primary Leadership Development Course; Combat Lifesaver Course, Military Police Investigator Course; MP Basic NCO Course; Master Fitness Trainer Course; and Drill Sergeant School.

Murillo earned an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Texas at San Antonio and he had completed 118 credit hours towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice

Murillo’s military assignments include Military Police One Station Unit Training with Company C, 787th Military Police Battalion, Fort McClellan, Ala.; Military Policeman and AWOL Apprehension with Company A, USAG, Fort Sam Houston, Texas

He also served as Military Police Desk Sergeant and Military Police Investigator performing duties on the Drug Suppression Team with HHD, 221st BSB Wiesbaden, Germany; Military Police Investigator and Operations Sergeant with HHC, Army Central Command, Kuwait; Squad Leader with the 411th Military Police Company, Fort Hood, Texas; and Fort Leonard Wood, where he was assigned to Company C, 787th Military Police Battalion and served as a drill sergeant and platoon sergeant.

The funeral service for the deceased drill sergeant will be held in San Antonio.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 21 August 2003 )