July 19, 2006
HOMETOWN: Manhattan, NY
ENTERED SERVICE: September 1997
UNITS: 3rd BN 75th Ranger regiment, C Co, 2nd BN, 29th Infantry Regiment, B Co, 3rd Bn, 7th SFG(A)
MILITARY TRAINING: Caban was a graduate of the Special Forces Engineer Course, Sniper School, the Special Operations Interdiction Course, the Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape Course, the U.S. Army Ranger School, the Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, the Primary Leadership Development Course, and Airborne School
DEPLOYMENTS: Afghanistan (2x)
AWARDS AND DECORATIONS: His military awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, three Army Achievement Medals, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Basic Parachutist Badge with a Service Bronze Star. He has been posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal for valor, the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge.
SURVIVED BY: Caban is survived by his father Efren and mother Iris, and his brothers Efren Caban Jr. and Edwin Caban.
Eric was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, N.C.; died July 19 of injuries sustained July 18 when his combat reconnaissance patrol came in contact with enemy forces using small-arms fire during combat operations in southern Afghanistan.
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