CSM James D. Blankenbecler

CSM James D. Blankenbecler 1

COMMAND SGT. MAJ. JAMES D. BLANKENBECLER – U.S. Army

Hometown / City: ALEXANDRIA, VA ALEXANDRIA (CITY)
Age: 40
Date of Birth: Thursday, June 27, 1963
Date of Death: Wednesday, October 1, 2003
Conflict: Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq)
Branch: U.S. Army
Rank: Command Sgt. Maj.
Unit: HHC 1ST BATTALION 44TH AIR DEFENSE ARTILLERY, FORT HOOD, TX 76544

Birth: Jun. 27, 1963
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Death: Oct. 1, 2003, Iraq

Army Command Sgt. Maj. Blankenbecler was assigned to 1st Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, Fort Hood, Texas. Blankenbecler was in a convoy that was hit by an improvised explosive device and rocket propelled grenades in Samarra. Blankenbecler died of his injuries. James attended the old Groveton High School in the Alexandria section of Fairfax County, Virginia. He was interested in sports and played quarterback on the varsity football team. He joined the Army in 1983 and his career included service in Operation Desert Storm and at Fort Belvoir in the Army Personnel Command. James is the highest-ranking enlisted soldier to be killed in hostile fire in the war in Iraq.

Burial:
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
Honolulu
Honolulu County
Hawaii, USA
Plot: Section CT3-I, Row 600, Site 615 CSM James D. Blankenbecler 2

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