MIAMI - A Marine from Miami-Dade County died during the United States' battle to oust insurgents in Fallujah, Iraq, this week, his father said.
Sgt. Romulo Jimenez, 21, died Wednesday in the battle that started Sunday. He had enlisted recently for a second tour of duty.
Romulo Jimenez learned on Veterans Day from his daughter that his only son and namesake died in Fallujah.
"They were patrolling, and they got into some combat," Jimenez said. "He got shot, and he didn't make it. That's what I got from the Marines."
Jimenez, who now lives in Oklahoma, said he got the call from daughter Alexandra Evann, whose husband is in the same Marine platoon as his fallen son.
"R.J.," as the younger Jimenez was known, played war games as a youngster and became an avid deer hunter during his upbringing in West Virginia. The family later moved to South Florida.
He enlisted in the Marines after graduating from South Dade High School in 2001.
Jimenez said his son came home between tours of duty. He said he didn't talk much about his experiences in Iraq, except to complain about the food.
FEMA extends deadline for registering for aid
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has extended its aid registration deadline for all four hurricanes that struck Florida until Dec. 31, instead of Monday.
"FEMA wants to make certain all Floridians who are qualified for assistance in recovering from the effects of any of these four hurricanes are able to register for all help available to them," agency director Michael D. Brown said in a news release.
Florida residents who suffered damage from one or more of the hurricanes - Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne - may call the FEMA toll-free registration number, 1-800-621-3362, or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for those who are speech- or hearing-impaired. Lines are open seven days a week from 6 a.m. to midnight EST.
Applicants may also register online at the FEMA Web site, www.fema.gov Click on "Register for Disaster Assistance Online."