There are a dozen different reasons as to why men and women decide to serve in the United States Armed Forces. For Levi Nuncio from Harrisonburg, Virginia, the answer was simple – to better himself and serve his country. Levi had dropped out of high school but quickly realized that he needed an education to do anything with his life. He obtained his GED and decided to enlist in the United States Army and eventually fulfill his dream of becoming a dentist.
The first stop was Fort Sill, Oklahoma, where he would receive his Initial Entry Training and then eventually train at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, where he would become a health care specialist. Attached to the 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade as a medic, Levi and his unit were deployed to Afghanistan in 2011. Before leaving his family and friends in the airport, a family member said that Levi looked back and said, “I love you, but I have to go. This is my job.” Those were the last few moments his family would see him alive.
Bronze Star Medal
On June 22, 2011, Levi and his unit were attacked by enemy small arms fire. Even though he fought courageously, Levi did not survive the violent encounter. Almost three years to the day, the pain for his family and friends is still real, but there is strength in knowing that Levi died fighting for the freedoms we enjoy. The Wall of Honor at the Virginia War Memorial gives homage to Levi and the rest of his fallen comrades from the Global War on Terrorism and provides as a reminder that freedom is not free.