Funeral arrangements have been made for Sgt. Chadrick Domino of Ennis, who was killed in Iraq on Memorial Day.
The 23-year-old will be buried in Longview, where his family now resides.
Funeral services are set for 1 p.m. Saturday at Red Oak Baptist Church in Longview, with internment to follow at Lakeview Memorial Cemetery in Longview.
Wednesday evening, his sister, Ursula Domino, extended again an invitation from the family to those who knew Domino to attend the service.
“If any of his classmates there in Ennis and others who knew him would like to come to the service, we would welcome their being there,” she said.
Cards and condolences may be sent to the family c/o 1203 Berry Lane, Longview, TX 75602.
In memory of Domino, a 2002 graduate of Ennis High School, the city of Ennis is flying its flags at half-staff until after he is laid to rest.
“We are very appreciative of the sacrifice this young man made and we are very proud that he called Ennis home,” City Manager Steve Howerton said. “Our flags will fly at half staff to honor the sacrifice he made and the person he was.”
Domino, who was posthumously promoted to sergeant, died from wounds suffered when he encountered enemy small arms fire while on dismounted patrol. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team) at Fort Lewis, Wash.
Domino joined the U.S. Army on Nov. 20, 2002. He attended initial entry training at Fort Jackson, S.C., where he was trained as an administrative specialist, and reported to Fort Lewis on May 2, 2003. He was initially assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company of 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, and deployed to Iraq from November 2003 to November 2004.
In August 2004, he was assigned to 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry within the same brigade, and deployed with the Stryker Brigade to Iraq in June 2006.
He held the primary Military Occupational Specialty of 11B: Infantryman and a secondary specialty of 42A: Human Resources Specialist.
Prior to his death, his military awards and decorations included the Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal (two awards), Meritorious Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, the Combat Infantryman Badge and the Combat Action Badge.
Domino’s death marks the fourth military member from Ennis and the seventh from Ellis County to be killed in the line of duty in recent years.
Timothy Lee Gauna of Ennis was killed Oct. 12, 2000, aboard the USS Cole when suicide bombers attacked the ship while it was taking on fuel in the port of Yemen.
Marine Capt. Lyle Gordon of Midlothian was killed Jan. 26, 2005, while piloting a CH-53 helicopter about 220 miles west of Baghdad.
Army Sgt. Shawn Graham, 34, of Red Oak, was killed Sept. 25, 2005, in Balad, Iraq.
Army Spec. Aaron P. Latimer of Ennis was killed May 9, 2006, in Mosul, Iraq.
Navy corpsman Kyle Anthony Nolen, 21, of Ennis was killed in the line of duty in Iraq on Dec. 21, 2006.
Army Spec. Aaron Lee Preston, 29, of Midlothian, was killed Dec. 25, 2006, on a street in Baghdad.