Daniel Martin Caballero—January 2005 Shipment HonoreeSource: The Washington Post, AP and WashingtonPost.com
Naval Petty Officer 3rd Class Daniel Martin Caballero, 21, was poised to see the world. He joined the Navy in 1998, trained as an electronics technician in Chicago and had worked for two years at the Pentagon, most recently staging satellite video teleconferences.
In December, Caballero would have started his first assignment at sea — not bad for a Texas kid whose only travel had been to visit relatives back in Mexico.
Caballero is among those killed during the Sept. 11, 2001 attack on the Pentagon.
His mother, Carmen Cabellero, remembered her only son as a committed sailor, determined to rise through the ranks, always bringing his electronics and naval textbooks with him when he visited.
“He was quite dedicated to what he wanted to do,” Caballero said, “to all his dreams, to his country.”
As a teenager in Houston, Caballero was not into sports or other organized activities, according to his family. Instead, he liked playing pool or bowling with friends, or taking apart electronic toys. But Carmen Caballero said her son never put the toys back together, so she was surprised to discover his aptitude for electronics once he entered military life.
Carmen Caballero, who works in a medical office, and her husband, a body shop technician, had talked about visiting their son in Washington before his Pentagon tour ended. They declined the Navy’s offer to bring them here after the attack.
“We just feel like it would be really harder for us to just stand there and see the gap in the wall there, where the destruction happened, and not be able to do anything,” Carmen Caballero said. “I don’t think that we could do that.”
– Debbi Wilgoren
The members of Landstuhl Hospital Care Project were honored to remember Daniel during the month of Jan 2005 with our shipments to the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, and U.S. military hospitals in Iraq and Afghanistan. Our thoughts and prayers remain with Daniels friends and family today and in the years to come.