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

Christopher N Piper

Marblehead, Massachusetts

June 16, 2005

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
43 Army SSG

1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group

Fort Bragg, North Carolina

 Died on June 16 at the Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, from injuries sustained on June 3 when an improvised explosive device detonated near his military vehicle in Orgun-E, Afghanistan.

DATE POSTED: JUNE 18, 2005

PRESS RELEASE: Army Special Forces Soldiers dies in Texas

U.S. Army Special Operations Command Public Affairs Office

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, June 18, 2005) — An Army Special Forces Soldier based here died June 16, 2005 at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas.

Staff Sgt. Christopher N. Piper, 43, a communications sergeant, assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) here, was critically injured June 3, 2005 near Orgun-e, Afghanistan. He sustained injuries when an enemy improvised explosive device detonated near his Ground Mobility Vehicle during operations in Afghanistan’s southeastern region.

In the same incident, Staff Sgt. Leroy E. Alexander and Capt. Charles D. Robinson, both assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th SFG, were killed June 3.

Piper was transported to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center at Landstuhl, Germany, then to Brooke Army Medical Center for further treatment.

A native of Marblehead, Mass. Piper enlisted in the Marine Corps September 30, 1980 where he served for three years.

He entered the Army April 17, 1995.

After numerous assignments, including service in the Massachusetts Army National Guard, he arrived to 7th SFG here September 2004.

Piper deployed in support of operation Enduring Freedom in November 2004 .

His awards and decorations include: the Army Commendation Medal, the Navy Achievement Medal, the Navy Unit Commendation, the Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with “M” Device, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, the Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, the Special Forces Tab, the Combat Infantryman Badge, and the Parachutist Badge. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal.

His wife, Consuelo, and two children, Dierdre and Christopher of Marblehead, Mass. survive him.

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