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October 02, 2008
Services set for Capt. de Solenni, Oregon Army National Guard soldier killed by IED in Afghanistan
 
CPT de Solenni died of wounds sustained when an IED detonated near his vehicle outside Kandahar, Afghanistan. He was serving in Operation Enduring Freedom as a member of the Embedded Training Team, Task Force Phoenix.

CPT de Solenni was born in Crescent City, Calif. to Mario de Solenni and California Martin. He graduated from Del Norte High School in Crescent City in 1994. CPT de Solenni enlisted in the
Oregon National Guard on Dec 30, 1996. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant on May 2, 2001 as a member of B Company, 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry. He went on to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in History and graduated Southern Oregon State University on June 12, 2004. Later that year his battalion received an alert order for mobilization to Sinai, Egypt as part of the Multi-National Force and Observers mission. Eight months after his return, CPT de Solenni volunteered to go to Iraq with the 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom II. In November 2007, he was reassigned to Joint Force Headquarters and mobilized with the Embedded Training Team to Afghanistan as part of Task Force Phoenix. He had been in Afghanistan seven months when the incident occurred.

In civilian life, Bruno was part owner of two local businesses in the fishing and logging industries. He was an avid and very successful local deer hunter, having killed his first buck at the age of 12 on Fox Ridge in Del Norte County. As a son, brother, uncle, and friend, Bruno touched many lives. His absence will be experienced by many. He is survived by his mother California Martin; his father Mario de Solenni and his wife Linda; his twin brother Ricardo and his wife Autumn; his brother Gino and his wife Athena, all of Crescent City, Calif, and his sister Pia and her husband Rory Conway, of Philadelphia. In addition he leaves behind seven nieces and nephews: Caitlyn, Jaelyn, Julia, Mario, Giancarlo, Sophia and Olivia; two aunts, Jan Martin and Mary Freeman, and a special friend, Farrah Bates, together with numerous extended family members in Italy, Ak., Ariz. and Va.

In lieu of flowers and gifts, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Bruno de Solenni Memorial Fund for the assistance of other military families. Donations can be made through PayPal or by mail to: Bruno de Solenni Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 876, Crescent City, CA 95531.

Cards and letters can be sent to the family via Lisa Wheeler, c/o Maximus Group, 600 Churchill Ct., Woodstock, GA 30188.

A Rosary for Bruno will be said at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 319 E. St., on Friday, Oct 3, at 7:00 p.m. in Crescent City. His remains will be under military guard beginning at 5:00 p.m. for those wishing to pay respects.

His funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, October 4th, at 10:00 a.m. Internment will be at St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Crescent City with full military honors.
 
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Contact Info:
Kay Fristad
503-584-3917