Soldier’s Wives Meet at Funeral

by | May 9, 2012 at 8:52 AM | General

Two women are faced with a complicated situation – and probably a legal battle – after discovering they were both married to the same man at his May 7 funeral.

MSNBC reports that Army Specialist Moises Gonzalez, 29, was killed in an April 25 rollover incident.

After the California man’s death, it was Darlene Garcia, his first wife, who got the call – and ultimately the U.S. flag presented by the military at his funeral.

For Ruth Bayona, married to Gonzalez since 2010, that all came as a shock. She knew her husband had been married nine years earlier, but was told there was a divorce.

The pair of widows shared the front row at his funeral, NBC affiliate KGET-TV reports.

Despite Bayona’s two-year marriage, MSNBC reports that Garcia is expected to receive survivor benefits.

Both women have a son with Gonzalez – as did a third woman who attended the funeral, according to KGET-TV.

“This woman hasn’t been in his life for years and the only reason she’s coming out right now is because of the benefits,” Bayona said of Garcia. “I was with him during thick and thin for three years and he’s not here to say anything to explain himself. I should get the flag, not her.”

Bayona learned she wasn’t first in line after she flew to Delaware to receive his body.