Congressman McClintock remembers fallen Roseville soldier

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Congressman Tom McClintock delivered a speech to the House of Representatives Dec. 14 in memory of Roseville’s Private Sean A. Silva, age 23, who was killed in Iraq on Oct. 9, 2003. “In the aftermath of the attack of September 11th, a young man from Roseville, California answered his country’s call to duty and volunteered to take the war against radical Islam from our shores to theirs,” McClintock said. On the night of Oct. 9, 2003, Silva returned from patrolling in Sadr City, Iraq when a night patrol was ordered unexpectedly in which Silva insisted he took part in despite fulfilling his duty earlier that day. After his commander reminded him that he had done his duty that day, Silva replied, “I just want to learn to do my job.” McClintock attributed his death to defending other troops. “He saw his countrymen threatened and instinctively rose to shield them,” McClintock said. Friends and family still leave messages for Silva at the “Fallen Heroes” web site. One of the messages came from a young girl in Fort Jackson, South Carolina. The message read: "Thank you Silva for protecting my daddy. He is here today because of direct actions that you have done. Thank you so much.” McClintock concluded by addressing all Americans about the privileges of living in the U.S. “We owe it to ourselves, our children and our nation to remember how precious is the freedom and peace that their sacrifice has purchased,” McClintock said. ~ Staff report