Assigned to 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; died Aug. 2, in Zharay, Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by an enemy improvised explosive device.
Largo, FL native
Served 6 years/3 deployments to Afghanistan
Army Ranger and Sniper
His military training included Airborne School, Long Range Reconnaissance Course, U.S. Army Ranger Course, U.S. Army Sniper School, Warrior's Leader Course, and Advanced Leaders Course. He was an amazing sniper, graduating top of his class. His awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal with one knot, the National Defense Service Medal, the Expert Infantryman Badge and the Parachutist Badge.