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George A Lutz II

Virginia Beach, Virginia

December 29, 2005

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
25 Army Pfc

Army's 9th Psychological Operations Battalion, 4th Psychological Operations Group, U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command

Fort Bragg, North Carolina

 Killed in Fallujah, Iraq, when his dismounted patrol was attacked by enemy forces using small arms fire.


PRESS RELEASE: Psychological Operations Soldier dies in Iraq

U.S. Army Special Operations Command Public Affairs Office

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, Dec. 31, 2005) ó A Psychological Operations Soldier died Dec. 29 northwest of Fallujah, Iraq, from wounds sustained when he was struck by small arms fire there. 

Cpl. George A. Lutz II, 25, a Psychological Operations Specialist assigned to the 9th Psychological Operations Battalion, 4th Psychological Operations Group here, died while deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The 4th POG is a subordinate unit of the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne).

A native of Virginia, Lutz entered active duty in Richmond, Va., April 2004.

Lutz arrived at the 4th POG in June 2005 after completing basic combat training, advanced individual training, airborne school and the Tagalog Special Operations Forces Basic Military Language Course. 

As a member of a public information team, Lutz supported the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts in the Gulf Coast during September 2005. He deployed shortly thereafter in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in fall 2005.

His awards included the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Armed Forces Service Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Parachutists Badge and the Expert Marksmanship Qualification Badge. 

In addition to his posthumous promotion to the rank of corporal, Lutzís posthumous awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal and the Combat Action Badge. 

Lutzís civilian education included studying at Atlantic Shores Christian School, Chesapeake, Va., from 1995 to 1999, and Shenandoah University from 1999 to 2002.

Lutz is survived by his wife, Tiffany, his son, George III, and his daughter, Ava of Fayetteville, N.C. He is also survived by his parents, George Sr. and Patricia of Chesapeake, Va.
Virginia Daily Press

Virginia man killed by sniper fire in Iraq
By the Associated Press
December 31, 2005
CHESAPEAKE, Va. -- Six weeks into his deployment, Army Pfc. George A. Lutz II was killed by sniper fire in Iraq, his family and the Defense Department said.

Lutz, 25, was killed Thursday when his patrol was attacked by small arms fire in Fallujah, the Defense Department said in a statement released Saturday. He was assigned to the Army's 9th Psychological Operations Battalion, 4th Psychological Operations Group, at Fort Bragg, N.C.

"He loved the challenge," George Lutz said of his son. "He believed in fighting for the country."

While his parents live in Chesapeake, the Army said Lutz and his family lived in Virginia Beach.

Lutz deployed to the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, his family said. While patrolling a flooded Mississippi community, he heard voices coming from a home thought to be abandoned.

Lutz went inside and found two elderly women stranded by the floodwaters. They had been isolated and helpless for almost two weeks. Lutz helped rescue the pair and let them call their families on his satellite phone.

Despite making his first deployment into Iraq, Lutz told his father he was not afraid.

"He said: 'Dad, I'm ready any time God takes me. I'm ready. Don't worry,' " George Lutz told The Virginian-Pilot.

Lutz went to a Christian school in Virginia Beach and ran cross-country at Shenandoah University in Winchester.

He is survived by his wife, Tiffany, and two children, Tony, 3, and 5-month-old Ava.

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