Eric "Red" I Rumbaugh
January 23, 2012
Served 2 tours in Iraq and also served in Bosnia.
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|Eric Ian Rumbaugh
July 13, 1972-January 23, 2012
Eric, known to his friends as Red, was born to Stanley and Rita in St. Louis, Missouri on July 13, 1972. He is survived by his wife, Margerita----
Eric was a 1992 Aloha High School graduate, and soon after graduation was at Ft. Benning GA, where he completed basic training on 29 July 1992.
From an early age, Erics goal was to become a soldier. He ate, slept and dreamed of serving his country, some say from age 3, when wide-eyed, he saw his first GI Joe.
Eric served from 1992 until he was honorably discharged from the Oregon Army National Guard on 23 November 1997, in order to enlist in the regular Army, with his first duty assignment being Ft. Drum New York, with the 10th Mountain Division.
While with the 10th Mountain, Eric deployed with his unit to Bosnia as part of the NATO peacekeeping force.
After returning from duty in Bosnia, Eric requested airborne training, which he completed and was immediately transferred to the 509th Airborne Infantry Regiment at Ft. Polk, Louisiana, where he learned to love Cajun cooking. While at Ft. Polk, he became the Opposition Force Team Leader at the Joint Regimental Training Center (JRTC), while achieving the rank of Sergeant.
After events of 9/11/2001, Eric felt it was his duty to serve in combat alongside the personnel he helped to train at the JRTC, and knowing that the Iraq war was about to happen, he requested and was granted transfer to the 82nd Airborne Division, 325th (fast deployment) Infantry Battalion at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina.
Eric and the 82nd were soon deployed to the Iraqi war, being the first ground troops to infiltrate into Iraqi territory following the shock and awe air campaign. His units engaged and soundly defeated the elite Iraqi Republican Guard at As Samawah and Ad Diwaniyah, and then were directed into Baghdad where they gained and held control of a large sector of the city until they relinquished command to the 101st Airborne 10 months later, at which time Eric and his 82nd unit returned to Ft. Bragg.
|Eric Ian Rumbaugh
Born: 13 July 1972, St. Louis, Missouri
Passed away: 23 January 2012, Vancouver, Washington (age 39 years)
Staff Sergeant, (E06) U.S. Army (retired)
Honorably Discharged at Ft. Riley, Kansas, 15 June 2009
Permanent Disability (service connected)
Awards and Decorations:
Combat Infantryman Badge
Army Meritorious Service Medal
Army Achievement Medal (4th award)
Army Commendation Medal (3rd award)
Presidential Unit Citation
Public Health Service Unit Commendation
Valorous Unit Award
Army Good Conduct Medal (3rd award)
Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal
National Defense Service Medal with bronze star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Iraqi Campaign Medal with campaign star
Non Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon
Army Service Ribbon
Overseas Service Ribbon
Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon
NATO Medal (for service in Bosnia)
Bosnia NATO peacekeeping force 15 August 1999 until 31 March 2000
Iraq, Operation Iraqi Freedom (invasion force) 15 March 2003 until 29 January 2004
Iraq, Operation Iraqi Freedom (national elections) 07 December 2004 until 26 March 2005
Oregon Army National Guard, 1992-1997
U.S. Army 10th Mountain Division, Ft. Drum NY 25 November 1997 until 17 July 2000
U.S. Army 509th Airborne Inf. OPFOR., Ft. Polk La, 17 July 2000 until 05 December 2002
U.S. Army 82nd Airborne, 325thInf. BN, Ft. Bragg, NC, 05 December 2002 until 12 December 2005
U.S. Army 1st Infantry Division, Ft. Riley Ks, 12 December 2005 until 16 June 2009
Responsible Positions Held:
Buildings and Grounds NCO, Ft. Riley, Kansas 20 November 2006 until 19 May 2008
Platoon Squad Leader, Ft. Riley, Kansas 01 December 2005 until 20 November 2006
Infantry Team Leader, Mosul Iraq, 07 December 2004 until 26 March 2005
Infantry Team Leader, Baghdad Iraq, 15 March 2003 until 29 January 2004
Platoon Squad Leader, Ft. Bragg, NC, 05 December 2002 until 15 March 2003
Opposition Force Team Leader, Ft Polk La., 17 July 2000 until 01 March 2002
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