Cadavero was a member of 1st Platoon, A Company, 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 10th Mountain Division. Their task and their specially modified Buffalo vehicles was to go out and find IEDs before the convoys would roll. The statistics until 27 February had all been in favor of the troopers from the 10th Mountain. Of the 172 IEDs encountered, 62 had detonated without seriously injuring any soldiers.
Now Cadavero's family struggles to make arrangements for the son who always wanted to be a soldier. "He just absolutely loved America and what it stood for," recalled his sister, Kristia Cavere. Sgt Cavadero also leaves behind a widow, Pfc Michelle Cavadero who is now with her family in Mississippi. They had just married in November when Jonathan came home from Iraq on leave.
I will end this post with another thing he said to his sister, "Kris," he told his sister, "I want to fight so that your kids don't have to." Lets make sure Kris's children never have to fight, lets finish this now.
Update: Funeral arrangements for Sgt Cadavero have been finalized.
Goshen — A memorial service for Jonathan Cadavero, a 24-year-old Orange County soldier killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq, will be held Friday at the First Presbyterian Church in Goshen, his family announced yesterday.
The service begins at 2 p.m. and will be followed by a military burial at the Orange County Veterans Cemetery in Goshen. The church is at 33 Park Place and the cemetery is at 111 Craigville Road.
11 March 2007, Jonathan Cadavero laid to rest.
Yesterday, a community that stretches far beyond his hometown of Tuxedo — a community of not only neighbors, but classmates, teammates and soldiers — came to pay last respects. ... "I have fought the good fight," the pastor read. "I have finished the course. I have kept the faith."