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

Thomas J Hewett

Temple, Texas

October 13, 2006

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
22 Army Pfc

1st Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry)

Fort Drum, New York

 Died on Oct. 13 at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C., from injuries sustained during a Sept. 26 incident in Baghdad, Iraq, during which an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle.

From Jersey Journal nj.com 10/17/06:

Thomas J. "T.J." Hewett was in many ways a typical American boy, a latter-day Tom Sawyer or Huck Finn. Even his family admits he might have been a little bit on the ornery side, but he will be remembered as a boy and young man who loved his family and who had his life on track when it was suddenly ended by a roadside bomb in Iraq. Hewett, 22, died Friday, Oct. 13, at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. from wounds he suffered on Sept. 26 when Iraqi insurgents set an explosive device near his vehicle. The explosion mortally wounded Hewett and injured another soldier in his unit. "He was a typical kid in a lot of ways," his mother, Sharon Hewett, said Tuesday. "He had an ornery streak in him, but he was a good kid." She added that he was very protective of his 7-year-old sister, Mickayela, and looked up to his older brother, Rick, 30. His aunt, Jan Shuler, said that Hewett was a caring and compassionate man who loved children. He played football in junior high, enjoyed working on cars and going hunting. Hewett's gentler side came to light when his sister was born premature, she said. "The way he cared for her and protected her was very touching," she said. "He was just 14 at the time and scared to death, but he took it upon himself to care for her and protect her." Hewett grew up in Moffat and attended Belton schools, where his mother said he devised creative but ultimately non-productive ways to get out of class. He dropped out of school but went back in 2004 to get his high school diploma.

Published online on October 17, 2006

The Mountaineer Online  drum.army.mil 

Two 2nd BCT Soldiers die

Two 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (LI) Soldiers serving in Iraq died last week. 

Pfc. Thomas J. Hewett, 22, died Oct. 13 from wounds he suffered during an improvised explosive device attack Sept. 21 in Baghdad.

Hewett was a cavalry scout assigned to B Troop, 1st Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment.

Hewett had been transferred to Water Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., for treatment of his injuries.

Three other Soldiers suffered non-life threatening injuries in the attack.
A native of Temple, Texas, Hewett enlisted in the Army in July 2005 and completed basic and advanced individual training at Fort Knox, Ky.

In January, he was assigned to 2nd Brigade Combat Team and deployed with his unit to Iraq in August.

Hewett's awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and the Combat Action Badge.

A second 2nd Brigade Combat Team Soldier died Oct. 14 in Baghdad from a non-combat-related injury.

Pfc. Keith J. Moore, 28, was an infantryman assigned to B Company, 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment.

A native of San Francisco, Moore enlisted in the Army in February and completed basic and advanced individual training at Fort Benning, Ga. In July, he was assigned to 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum.
Moore deployed with his unit to Iraq in August.

He is survived by his parents, also from San Francisco.

(From the Fort Drum Public Affairs Office)

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