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

John R Priestner

Sanford, North Carolina

November 6, 2006

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
42 Army CWO

1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division

Fort Bragg, North Carolina

 Died in Balad, Iraq, when their AH-64 Apache helicopter crashed. 

Chief Warrant Officer, John Richard Priestner, 42, of Sanford, South Carolina and formerly of LeRaysville, Pa died in the line of duty in Iraq on November 6, 2006. John was born on July 8, 1964 in Paterson, NJ a son of Richard Priestner and Linnea Priestner. He was a graduate of Northeast Bradford High School Class of 1982. Following graduation he attended Keystone College. John enlisted into the United States Air Force where he served his country for two years. Upon an honorable discharge from the Air Force, he entered into the US Army and proudly served his country in Afghanistan from November 2002-August 2003. He was a veteran of Operation Desert Storm; and deployed for Iraq on July 22, 2006 to serve during Iraqi Freedom. 

On January 30, 1988 at the St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Little Meadows, he married Teresa Lutz. Together they had seventeen wonderful years. John is survived by his wife Teresa Priestner; his daughters and pride and joy~Breanne, 14 and Megan Priestner, 10; his father Richard Priestner of LeRaysville; his mother Linnea Priestner of North Charleston, SC; his twin brother Roger (Linda) Priestner of LeRaysville, Pa; and sister Sue (Robert) Drag of Minnesota. His mother-in-law: Gail Lutz of Warren Center; brother in law Michael Lutz of Warren Center; Richard (Amy) Lutz of Clayton, NC. His nieces and nephews: Seth and Lindsey Priestner, Michael, Sandy and Eddie Drag; Niece, nephew (and his Godchildren) Gracie and Jacob Lutz, Dakota and Joshua Lutz. In addition he will be greatly missed by several aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.

A funeral mass was celebrated on Thursday, November 16th at the Fort Myers Chapel in Arlington National Cemetery Chapel followed by burial in Arlington Cemetery. Full military honors were accorded and well attended. 

Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service and time of remembering the special gift John was to all on Saturday, November 25, 2006 at 1 p.m. at the Northeast Bradford Elementary School auditorium. 

Those who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to the Chief Warrant Officer John Richard Priestner USO Fund~Fort Bragg c/o Community Bank, NA, PO Box 39, Nichols, NY 13812

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