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Austin Peay honors Torres with classroom dedication

December 9, 2003


Second Lt. Richard Torres, who was killed in Iraq Oct. 6, was honored with a classroom dedication ceremony Thursday, Dec. 4, in the ROTC Armory.

Torres, the Universitys first ROTC graduate killed in action, was on combat patrol in Baghdad when his convoy was hit by an explosive device.
December 9, 2003


Second Lt. Richard Torres, who was killed in Iraq Oct. 6, was honored with a classroom dedication ceremony Thursday, Dec. 4, in the ROTC Armory.

Torres, the University's first ROTC graduate killed in action, was on combat patrol in Baghdad when his convoy was hit by an explosive device.

The memorial, which was attended by Torres' wife, Linda, father, Julian Torres, brother, Stewart Torres, and sister-in-law, Arlene Torres, included the dedication of an advanced course classroom in the Armory. Stewart Torres played Frank Sinatra's “New York, New York,” in honor of his brother's love for the Yankees, and asked that everyone in attendance to sign a replica of Babe Ruth's jersey. It was a prized possession of Richard Torres'—one he bought with his first military paycheck.

Torres, 25, was a member of APSU's “Governor's Guard” and 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 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.

After one month at Fort Drum, training in urban operations for Afghanistan, Torres' unit deployed to Iraq, where he had been for about two months.
—Rebecca Mackey