DOWNEY - Spc. Ricardo Yanez Jr. is coming home in early July after a year in Iraq.A 2004 graduate of Downey High School, he joined the Army a year later. He completed 21 weeks of basic training at Fort Leonardwood Missouri before reporting for active duty at Fort Leavenworth's U.S. disciplinary barracks. He participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn at Camp COS Garry Owen with the 422nd Military Police Battalion. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Joslyn, and on Sept. 29, 2010 they became parents to a baby girl named Mia Richyn, who was born while he was away. He has only seen her once since she was born. Yanez has a military banner on Firestone Boulevard in front of the Ralph's market. He is the son of Ricardo Sr. and Marisabel Yanez, of Downey.
********** Published: June 9, 2011 - Volume 10 - Issue 8