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    TF Storm honors fallen soldier with memorial

    TF Storm honors fallen soldier with memorial

    Courtesy Photo | U.S. Army soldiers from 2nd Battalion 30th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Storm, 4th...... read more read more



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    Combined Joint Task Force 1 - Afghanistan

    LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Leaders, soldiers and friends of U.S. Army Spc. Richard C. Emmons III gathered to honor the signal support specialist in a memorial on Forward Operating Base Altimur, Afghanistan, June 4.

    Emmons was a 22-year-old support specialist assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Storm, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, TF Patriot. Emmons died of wounds sustained when his vehicle was attacked by enemy forces May 31. Emmons, a native of North Granby, Conn., is survived by his mother Janice E. Hogan and stepfather William R. Hogan.

    “Richard was an outstanding soldier and a great man,” said U.S. Army Cpt. Bixler C. Benson, commander of HHC 2nd Bn., 30th Inf. Regt. “He joined the Army because he wanted to be a Soldier, fully knowing that he would deploy and support the global war on terrorism. That action in itself speaks volume to his character.”

    Benson, a native of Fort Wayne, Ind., gave an order to everyone attending the memorial. “I give you all one last duty for Richard and that’s to tell the American people of his sacrifice,” he said. “A general officer once said to me ‘you’ll never forget the heroes that you served with. You will carry that weight for the rest of your life but the American people will not know of their sacrifices unless you share it with them.’”

    U.S. Army Pfc. Clint M. March, personnel security detachment, HHC 2nd Bn., 30th Inf. Regt, a personal friend of Emmons gave insight into the man Emmons was and why he meant so much to so many people.

    “(Emmons was) a man that could make you laugh in any situation,” said March. “‘Dick’ and I became very close after he joined the PSD platoon in December; we did everything together from working out to eating chow.”

    March, a native of Spokane Valley, Wash., said he and Emmons shared a connection with video games. “He (Emmons) could be often found in front of the television playing video games, killing zombies. In fact our addiction got so bad that (our sergeant) took the game away from us for a month.”

    Knowing Emmons as a man, a friend and soldier, March told a story about Emmons and his attitude in the gym.

    “Emmons was the self-titled ‘hugest weak man in the Army.’ It seems like every day he would weigh himself at the gym, and he would always tell me he gained 10 pounds of muscle even though I was right behind him and saw that he hadn’t gained any weight from the day before,” said March. “Emmons’ favorite quote on the day we would work out is “it’s not how much you bench, it’s how much you look like you can bench, and I look like I can bench 1,000 pounds.”

    After getting the soldiers in attendance laughing over the kind of fun Emmons would have on a daily basis, March brought everyone back.

    “Soldiers of the (2nd Bn., 30th Inf. Reg.), I ask that you take on SPC Emmons’ attitude for our remaining tour of duty here in Afghanistan,” said March. “We must never quit in a fight with the insurgency, we must complete our mission of securing the populace making Logar province a safe place for the people of Afghanistan.

    “You will always be in our hearts and never forgotten, we will drive on and continue our mission,” said March. “We love you brother, may you rest in peace.”

    Emmons’ awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal; Purple Heart; Army Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Afghan Campaign Medal, with Campaign Star; Global War on Terror Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon; NATO Medal and Combat Action Badge.



    Date Taken: 06.10.2011
    Date Posted: 06.09.2011 18:17
    Story ID: 71873
    Location: LOGAR PROVINCE, AF 

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