Spc. Carlos Wilcox bioCottage Grove resident Carlos Wilcox, 27, who had aspirations to go to medical school, was serving the Army National Guard as a health care specialist when he was killed Thursday, July 16 in an insurgent attack at an Army National Guard base in Basra, Iraq.
Minnesota Army National Guard Spc. Carlos Wilcox, 27, who had aspirations to go to medical school, was serving as a health care specialist when he was killed Thursday, July 16 in an insurgent attack at an Army National Guard base in Basra, Iraq.
A Cottage Grove resident, Wilcox graduated from Tartan High School in Oakdale. He enlisted in the Minnesota Army National Guard March 15, 2006 after a short break in service from the United States Army Reserve, a Guard press release stated.
While in the Guard he trained in health care and was assigned as a health care specialist to the 204th Medical Company in Cottage Grove. He transferred to the 34th Military Police Company June 1, 2008. He deployed with the Red Bulls for Basra, Iraq on March 2, 2009.
Carlos’ friends in the 1st Platoon, 34th Military Police Company described him as a good friend and a good soldier, the press release stated. As much as his friends in the unit found it fun to joke around with him, they were always somewhat amazed by how professional and astute Wilcox was.
“Wilcox always took care of us,” said a fellow soldier. “If anyone was hurting or had a medical issue, he took care of it.”
Carlos, who graduated from Metropolitan State University with a bachelor’s degree in biology, had aspirations of going to medical school and becoming a doctor, the press release stated.
Wilcox is survived by his mother Charlene Wilcox.