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

Branden F Oberleitner

Worthington, Ohio

June 5, 2003

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
20 Army Pfc

Company B, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment

Fort Campbell, Kentucky

In Al Fallujah, Iraq.  Oberleitner was returning from a dismounted patrol when they where killed in an ambush with a rocket propelled grenade.

From the Charlotte Observer

Oberleitner felt compelled to join the military after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and was passionate about military service. "That's all he wanted to do," said friend Kevin Earhart.

"He's described as a model soldier, a soldier others could count on, turn to and laugh with," said another friend, William Owen.

Oberleitner, 20, of Worthington, Ohio, was killed by enemy fire June 6 in Iraq. He was stationed at Fort Campbell.

"It was my honor to have watched him grow into the man he became: a loving brother and son and proud member of the 101st Airborne Assault," his father, Frank Carmack, said in a statement.

He told his mother after the Sept. 11 attacks that he was enlisting, said family friend Keith Luce.

"Three weeks ago, he wrote home and said he was kicking butt in Baghdad and was going to Mosul to see if anyone wanted to fight," Luce said.


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