‘Just loved serving his country’: Marine with Houston ties remembered after dying of coronavirus
Brandon Walker, Reporter
May 1, 2020
HOUSTON – Staff Sgt. Robert Mendoza was among the few and the proud.
Staff Sgt. Mendoza survived war. His assignments took him to Afghanistan in the months following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. He braved multiple tours of Iraq. However, it wasn’t the battlefield that lay claim to his life. Mendoza fell victim to COVID-19.
Within days of feeling symptoms, he died at a hospital in San Diego, California — home base since enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps in July 1994.
“I don’t even know where to begin with Robert. He knew since middle school he wanted to be a United States Marine,” Yolanda Mendoza said.
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