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Street in Manhattan Renamed for Soldier killed in Iraq

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A street in the Washington Heights neighborhood in upper Manhattan has been renamed in honor of a soldier from the neighborhood who was killed in Iraq.

The corner of Audubon Avenue and 177th Street has been renamed Sergeant Jose Enrique Ulloa Way.

Jose Enrique Ulloa was born in the Dominican Republic, but he was raised in New York City.

As a boy, Ricky Ulloa lived in an apartment house on the southeast corner of Audubon Avenue and West 177th Street; the same street that now bears his name.

Ulloa joined the Army shortly after he graduated from Washington Irving High School in downtown Manhattan.

According to the Stars and Stripes, a newspaper for US Servicemen and women, Ulloa was a truck driver assigned to the 515th Transportation Company, 28th Transportation Battalion in Mannheim, Germany.

But in 2005, Ulloa volunteered to go to Iraq when another unit being deployed to Iraq was shorthanded and asked for volunteers to fill their ranks.

Ulloa was killed by a roadside bomb in the Sadr City area of Baghdad during a routine convoy security operation.

The bill to rename the street was sponsored by City Council member Ydonis Rodriguez, who represents the neighborhood.

Last month, a crowd of people gathered on the corner of Audubon Avenue and West 177th Street

During the dedication ceremony, Ulloa’s family was joined by City Council member Rodriguez, State Senator Adriano Espaillat, and State Assembly Woman Gabriela Rosa, who also represent the Washington Heights neighborhood.

I never met Jose Enrique Ulloa, but that street corner means a lot to me.

I was raised in an apartment building a half a block to the east, and I had to walk through that intersection every time I walked to the subway or the supermarket.

Ulloa and I served in different wars, but we grew up in the same neighborhood and played on the same streets. Now whenever I think of the old neighborhood, I also think about Jose Enrique Ulloa.

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