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APSU remembers Torres with memorial service

October 10, 2003

Austin Peay honored the memory of 2nd Lt. Richard Torres, a 2002 ROTC graduate killed Monday in Iraq, during yesterdays memorial service in the Morgan University Center.

The memorial service commenced with remarks by Lt. Col. Pat OHara, professor of military science, Lt. Col. Greg Lane, assistant professor of military science, and an Army chaplain. The three read responses to Torres death sent by friends and community leaders. In addition, the junior class of the ROTC dedicated yesterdays 3 p.m. briefing to Torres.
October 10, 2003

Austin Peay honored the memory of 2nd Lt. Richard Torres, a 2002 ROTC graduate killed Monday in Iraq, during yesterday's memorial service in the Morgan University Center.

The memorial service commenced with remarks by Lt. Col. Pat O'Hara, professor of military science, Lt. Col. Greg Lane, assistant professor of military science, and an Army chaplain. The three read responses to Torres' death sent by friends and community leaders. In addition, the junior class of the ROTC dedicated yesterday's 3 p.m. briefing to Torres.

Torres, 25, was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y. The Department of Defense reported that Torres was on combat patrol in Baghdad when his convoy was hit by an “improvised explosive device.”

O'Hara describes Torres as “truly an all-around outstanding young man.” In an e-mail sent to those close to Torres, O'Hara said, “He possessed all the attributes and qualities of a junior leader in the Army. He also … lived his life by our Army values … Quick with a witty joke but serious when required to get the mission done.

“Every day I saw him at work, I used to ask him, ‘What are you doing today, Lieutenant?” He would always reply, ‘I'm drivin' on, Sir, I have a mission!' That was truly his essence.”

Torres, a member of APSU's “Governor's Guard,” served the ROTC as cadet battalion operations officer before graduating in May 2002. He went on to Fort Benning, Ga., to attend the Infantry Officer Basic Course and most recently was assigned to the 10th Mountain Division.

According to O'Hara, Torres spent one month at Fort Drum, training in urban operations for Afghanistan. Then his unit deployed to Iraq, where he had been for about two months.