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

Eric W Hario

Monroe, Michigan

August 29, 2009

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
19 Army Pfc

1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment

Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia

 Died in Paktika province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when they were shot by enemy forces Aug. 28 while conducting combat operations.

LaSALLE, Mich. (AP) - An Army Ranger killed in Afghanistan has been laid to rest near Monroe. 

Nineteen-year-old Army Pfc. Eric Hario of Monroe was buried Monday with full honors at Roselawn Memorial Park in LaSalle. 

The Monroe Evening News reports the flag draped over Hario's casket was presented to his mother. 

A funeral service was held earlier Monday at St. Mary Church in Monroe. 

Hario died Aug. 29 in Paktika province, Afghanistan, after he was shot in combat the previous day. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Ga. 

Twenty-nine-year-old Staff Sgt. Jason Dahlke of Orlando, Fla., also was killed in the battle. 
Area soldier dies in Afghanistan 
by Paula Wethington , last modified August 31. 2009 8:47AM

Army Pfc. Eric W. Hario, 19, of Monroe died while serving in the military in Afghanistan. 

His mother, Rebecca Hario, got the formal notice from military representatives at 6 a.m. Saturday. His father, James, was out of town at the time but since has returned home. 

Funeral arrangements have not been made yet, and his family doesn't know the details involved in his death. 

Word spread fast Saturday to friends, former classmates and coaches at Monroe High School. Pfc. Hario was a 2008 graduate of MHS and had played both football and wrestled. 

"It's the worst news something you don't want to hear," said MHS football coach Steve Pollzzie, who coached Pfc. Hario on the freshman football team. 

Mr. Pollzzie and MHS athletic director John Ray were among those who learned about the news at the Monroe High School-Adrian High School game at Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti. Also on Saturday, friends and classmates were posting messages on Facebook such as "Rest always in peace Eric." 

"There's so many people who knew him," Mrs. Hario said. "We were getting calls from high school friends asking, 'Is it true?' " 

Pfc. Hario had been stationed at Hunter Army Airfield, Savannah, Ga., and was serving overseas with the 75th Ranger Regiment, First Battalion. He joined the military about two weeks after high school graduation. 

"He wanted to be a soldier probably since he was 5," Mrs. Hario said. 

In a 2003 Monroe Evening News article, Eric, then 13, was quoted as looking up to his oldest brother, Robert, who then was serving in the Army in Iraq. Robert still is in the Army and holds the rank of specialist. Another brother, Mark, is in college. 

Other family members include two dogs, including Jake, of whom Pfc. Hario was especially fond. 

Mr. Pollzzie said Eric played both offensive and defensive lineman positions in football and was in the program in the ninth through 12th grades. He also was known in high school for his interest in fitness and weightlifting. 

"He was a great, great kid, great student," Mr. Pollzzie said. "Just a funny kid. He got along with everybody." 

"He was always very friendly and likeable," Mrs. Hario said. 
Pfc Eric William Hario

Born: December 9, 1989 in Monroe, Michigan
Died: August 29, 2009 in Paktika, Afghanistan
Pfc. Eric W. Hario of Monroe Michigan was a 2008 graduate of Monroe High School where he played both football and wrestling and lettered in both. He also enjoyed weight lifting.
His dream was to serve in the United States Army and about two weeks after graduation he enlisted in June 2008. He completed One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning Georgia as an infantryman. After graduating from the Basic Airborne Course there, he was assigned to the Ranger Indoctrination Program also at Fort Benning. Upon graduation from the Ranger Indoctrination Program, he was assigned to Company A, 1st Bn., 75th Ranger Regiment in January 2009 where he served as a grenadier. Eric was on top of the world serving as a Ranger. It had been his dream since elementary school. As he got older, he enjoyed playing video games with military themes and he had a large American flag hanging in his bedroom. Eris was committed to the Army and he had the knowledge and the confidence to be the very best. His military education includes the Basic Airborne Course and the Ranger Indoctrination Program. His awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and the Parachutist Badge. He is survived by his parents Rebecca and James Hario, and brother Mark of Monroe, and brother U.S. Army Spc. Robert Hario. Eric died at age 19 while serving in the military in Afghanistan.
1st Battalion
75th Ranger Regiment
Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia
Burial is at Roselawn Memorial Cemetery in La Salle, Michigan

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