Octaviano (Mike) Aguilar November 30, 1947 January 2, 2016 Remembering the life, death and legacy of an all American Hero Bronze Star , Purple Heart recipient, S.F.C. Octaviano Aguilar United States Army. Mr. Aguilar served in the United States Army for 24 years and 27 days; 12 years of which were Foreign Services. Mr. Aguilar severed three (3) tours in Vietnam he was one of few surviving Tunnel Rats these were men who fought manto-man and known as America’s best soldiers in the 10,000-day Vietnam War. S.F.C. Aguilar was a U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division, Vietnam/3rd Brigade 82nd Airborne Division, Vietnam Ranger Spearhead. S.F.C. Aguilar served in the Gulf War August 1990 February 1991 HHC 2/70th AR BN (WHPMTO) Retiring March 31, 1991. In his 24 years of honorable service with the U.S. Army, he became a decorated soldier receiving: Bronze Star, Purple Heart/ National Defense Service Medal (2 x awarded) / Vietnam Service Medal / Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal / Army Commendation Metal (2 x awarded) / Army Achievement Medal / Humanitarian Service Medal / Combat Infantryman Badge / Army Good Conduct Medal (8 x awarded) / Overseas Service Ribbon (7 x awarded), / Army Service Ribbon / Pistol .38 CAL (Sharp Shooter), / Pistol .45 Cal (Sharp Shooter) / M16A1 Rifle 5.56 (Expert). Octaviano Aguilar passed January 2, 2016 at 10pm at his long time Ukiah residence in the arms of his daughter. He is survived by his five children James & Michelle Aguilar-Brown, John & Shawna Aguilar both of Ukiah, Suzette & Tony Hernandez, Sheila Aguilar and Octaviano Anthony Aguilar of Sacramento; along with his grandchildren Jason Ramirez and Elizabeth Brown of Santa Rosa, Sara Brown, Trista Aguilar, and Isabelle Aguilar of Ukiah. Richard Aguilar, Jessica Hernandez, Jennifer Hernandez, Aaron & Cassandra Velon, Rebecca Velon, Mallory Aguilar and Kimberly Aguilar of Sacramento and his four (4) great grandchildren . His siblings Federico & Elizabeth Aguilar, Janie Aguilar Englmeier, Esmeralda Fletcher, Rosie Abrego, Jesse Joe Aguilar, and Maria Graciella & Alfonzo Balderas. Predeceasing Father, Federico Aguilar, Mother, Anselma Aguilar and Brother, Ricardo Aguilar. Mr. Aguilar took great pride in his daughter Michelle spending many hours sharing war stories and long car rides. His grandchildren were the joy of his life he was so proud of all they have accomplished. He took great pride in their determination to succeed, prosper and never give up. Mr. Aguilar loved his community and spent many hours and days walking about town sharing his joyful witty personality. Mr. Aguilar (daddy) will be greatly missed by his family for his joyful, firecracker sense of humor and personality. Daddy your everyday I love you messages will be greatly missed. The family asks that all memorial donations go to Hospice of Ukiah Inc and/or U. S. Army Emergency Relief Fund.You can find the complete original obituary on this website.
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