The first foreign country that Christian Bueno-Galdos ever traveled to was the U.S., where he moved when he was 7. The second was Iraq, where he was killed this month serving under the U.S. flag.

Bueno-Galdos, a U.S. Army sergeant originally from Peru, was one of about 31,000 foreign-born soldiers now in U.S. armed forces — about 1.5 percent of the military — according to the Defense Department. Since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the department says about 150 immigrants have been killed while serving. Several among them, including Bueno-Galdos, lived in New Jersey.

By Samantha Henry - The Associated Press


Updated: Fri, Jul 21st 2017 @ 11:12am EDT