Operation Iraqi Freedom, Fallen Heroes, Iraq War 03/19/03

James D Blankenbecler

Alexandria, Virginia

October 1, 2003

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
40 Army

Command

Sgt

Major

1st Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment

Fort Hood, Texas

Samarra, Iraq.  Blankenbecler was in a convoy that was hit by an improvised explosive device and rocket propelled grenades.  Blankenbecler died of his injuries.
AP News

In a letter mailed to families of his battalion, James Blankenbecler wrote that his top priority in Iraq "is to safeguard your loved ones and ensuring that every soldier returns back." Blankenbecler was killed Oct. 1 when his convoy was attacked in Samara, Iraq. Blankenbecler, his wife and three children lived in Texas where he was stationed at Fort Hood.

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