Elijah Wong - RIP

Elijah Wong had one MMA fight ( Rage in the Cage 27 in April 2001 ). Here is a story from the Mesa Tribune. May he rest in peace.

02/12 - Mesa Guardsman always risked life for others
By Ray Stern, Tribune

Elijah Wong took risks almost daily as a probation officer, checking up on some of the East Valley's toughest criminals.

He risked his safety in Iraq as an explosives disposal expert for the Arizona Army National Guard.

For protecting others, the 42-year-old Mesa husband and father of three paid with his life.

He really believes in this country our freedoms, said Janet Kasha, a supervisor at the Maricopa County Adult Probation department in Mesa. It's a great loss.

On Monday, Sgt. Wong died along with Sgt. Thomas Robbins, 27, of Schenectady, N.Y., when a pile of grenades and mortar rounds they were transporting exploded. Six other U.S. soldiers were injured in the blast in Sinjar, about 250 miles north of Baghdad. Military officials called the explosion an accident that is under investigation.

A yellow ribbon hung over the garage door Wednesday at Wong's home near Baseline and Gilbert roads in Mesa. National Guard Chief Warrant Officer Miguel Romero deflected media inquiries at the home, saying the family was getting support and wanted to be left alone.

It's a trying time for them, Romero said. It's a trying time for all of us.

Probation officials said Wong previously worked in juvenile probation following a full-time military career. He worked for adult probation in Phoenix beginning in July 2001.

He monitored about 25 convicted criminals on intensive probation.

It's a real rough crowd, but he handles them wonderfully, said Barbara Broderick, the county's adult probation chief. He had a wicked sense of humor and a great smile.

A Guard call-up took him away for a year to learn about explosives. He was called up again and departed Oct. 24 to serve in Iraq with other members of his unit, the Casa Grande-based 363rd Explosive Ordnance Company.

He wanted to go, Kasha said. He loved doing it working with explosives. He was proud of it. He knew the risks.

Wong was a fitness buff who studied martial arts for the past five years at the Brausa Jiu-Jitsu Brazilian Academy in Tempe. The academy's founder, Roland Sarria, described himself as a friend of Wong's who tried to talk him out of going to Iraq. Wong, a real soldier, would not be deterred, he said.

He was so gung-ho, Sarria said. He is as tough as nails.




very sad May he rest in Peace

*thoughts and prayers*

will pray for him


Rest in Peace brave soldier.


RIP...you are a true hero



Damn. Eli trained at least once a week until he left "to learn about explosives". He was a weekly reminder of "dad strength". RIP

Steve Hyatt

jpet- is there a donation fund for his family, could you set something up, where half my next purse will go to his family.