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

Coby G Schwab

Puyallup, Washington

May 3, 2007

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
25 Army SSG

Company B, 321st Engineer Battalion of the U.S. Army Reserve

Hayden Lake, Idaho

 Killed in Ar Ramadi, Iraq. SSG Coby G. Schwab & CPL Kelly B. Grothe were both killed when they dismounted to assist in the hook up of another vehicle that had been disabled by a previous IED strike. SSG Schwab & CPL Grothe were killed coming to the aid of others.

Coby Glenn Schwab
Originally from Colorado, Coby was raised in Henderson NV for the majority of his life. He played baseball in Little League, then going on to Hockey in his teen years. He had a love for the outdoors. Coby will be remember for his quick devilish grin. In high school he got awards for his Auto cad drawings. He loved to read, and he’d read anything. History was his favorite subject.

Coby Graduated from A -Tec., in 2000 when he join the Army. He completed Basic Combat Training and Advance Individual Training at Fort Benning, Georgia. He joined Charlie Company, 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry out of Fort Lewis, Washington as an Infantryman from February 2001 to February 2005 serving as an Automatic Rifleman, Stryker Vehicle Commander and Team Leader. Sgt. Schwab was deployed to Iraq in 2003 -2004 SSG Schwab continued his military service by transferring to the United States Army Reserve joining 2122nd Garrison Support Unit serving in the Emergency Operation Center. SSG Schwab became a member of Bravo Company, Engineer 09 June 2006 in order to prepare for deployment SSG Schwab deployed with Bravo Company in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom September 2006. During Coby’s time in the service his awards and decorations include Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, two Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with “M” Device, NCO professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, tow Overseas Ribbons, Combat Action Badge, Combat Infantry Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, Driver Badge and Marksmanship Rifle Qualification Badge.

While in Puyallup Washington Coby grew to love guns, biking and motor cycling. He got his first dog Aussie and what he wouldn’t do for that dog. He was going to collage and was short one semester of a degree in geology. 

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