Gass, Girard David, Jr., SSG
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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Special Forces
Last Primary MOS
18D-Special Forces Medical Sergeant
Last MOS Group
Special Forces (Enlisted)
Last Unit
2011-2014, 18D, 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group/C Company
Service Years
2008 - 2014
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Operation Enduring Freedom


Special Forces
Staff Sergeant


Two Service Stripes



Two Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
North Carolina
North Carolina
Year of Birth
1980
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Lumber Bridge
Last Address
Jalalabad Air Field Hospital, Afghanistan

Casualty Date
Aug 03, 2014
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Reason
Unknown, Not Reported
Location
Afghanistan
Conflict
Not Specified
Location of Interment
Beaufort National Cemetery - Beaufort, South Carolina
Wall/Plot Coordinates
SECTION 18, Site 77A

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord Special Forces Group


 Unofficial Badges 




 Military Association Memberships
Global War on Terrorism Fallen
  2014, Global War on Terrorism Fallen

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

Parachutist (Basic)
Rifle
Special Forces
Germany Jump Wings (Bronze)

 
 Unit Assignments
US Army John F Kennedy Special Warfare Center & School (USAJFKSWCS)/Special Forces Qualification Course (SFQC)3rd Special Forces Group Airborne
  2009-2011, 18X, US Army John F Kennedy Special Warfare Center & School (USAJFKSWCS)/Special Forces Qualification Course (SFQC)
  2011-2014, 18D, 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group/C Company
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2011-2014 OEF - Afghanistan/Transition I (2011-14)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
PRESS RELEASE: SOF Soldiers dies of non-combat injuries
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, Aug. 4, 2014) - Staff Sgt. Girard Gass, Jr., 33, of Lumber Bridge, N.C., died Aug.3, 2014 of non-combat related injuries in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan. The cause of death is under investigation.
Gass was assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, N.C., and was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. This was Gass' second deployment to Afghanistan in support of Overseas Contingency Operations.
Gass’ battalion commander, Lt. Col. Patrick O’Hara, said in an email, “Staff Sgt. Girard “Jerry” Gass was an exceptional Green Beret, noncommissioned officer, and human being who loved his family, team, country, and job with everything he had.”
Gass enlisted in the Army in August 2008 under the Special Forces Enlistment Option. Upon completion of Army Basic Combat and Advanced Individual Training, the Army Basic Airborne Course and the Special Forces Qualification Course, he reported to 3rd SFG (A) as a Special Forces medical sergeant in August 2011.
O’Hara concluded his email by saying, “He made the ultimate sacrifice for what he loved, and we are all proud, honored, and humbled to have known him, and will always cherish the time we all served together,” said O’Hara. “The Desert Eagles and I will always honor his life, memory, and selfless service. He will never be forgotten.”
Gass' awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal with “V” device, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal (second award) and National Defense Service Medal. Gass was posthumously awarded his second Bronze Star Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal.
He was also awarded the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (numeral 2), Parachutist Badge, Combat Infantryman Badge, and the Special Forces Tab.
 
   
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