Zwilling, Gunnar W., CPL

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
2008-2008, 11B10, HHC, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne)
Service Years
2006 - 2008
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Operation Enduring Freedom


One Overseas Service Bar

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Fountain Valley, California

Casualty Date
Jul 13, 2008
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) /OEF - Afghanistan
Location of Interment
Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery - St. Louis, Missouri
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section SS Site 2767

 Official Badges 

173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 


 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
173D Airborne Brigade Memorial Foundation GWOT FallenDept of Mississippi
  2007, 173D Airborne Brigade Memorial Foundation [Verified]
  2008, GWOT Fallen [Verified]
  2008, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Dept of Mississippi (Fallen Member (Honor Roll)) (Jackson, Missouri) [Verified] - Chap. Page

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Parachutist (Basic)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Basic Airborne Course (BAC) Airborne School2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne)173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team
  2006-2006, 11B10, Basic Airborne Course (BAC) Airborne School
  2006-2007, 11B10, HHC, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne)
  2006-2008, 11B10, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team
  2008-2008, 11B10, HHC, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2008-2008 OEF-Afghanistan/Consolidation II (2006-09)/Battle of Wanat
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
U.S. soldiers killed
The Defense Department on Wednesday identified the U.S. soldiers killed Sunday when their outpost was overrun in Afghanistan. 
• 1st Lt. Jonathan P. Brostrom, 24, of Aiea, Hawaii. 
• Sgt. Israel Garcia, 24, of Long Beach, California. 
• Cpl. Jonathan R. Ayers, 24, of Snellville, Georgia. 
• Cpl. Jason M. Bogar, 25, of Seattle, Washington. 
• Cpl. Jason D. Hovater, 24, of Clinton, Tennessee. 
• Cpl. Matthew B. Phillips, 27, of Jasper, Georgia. 
• Cpl. Pruitt A. Rainey, 22, of Haw River, North Carolina. 
• Cpl. Gunnar W. Zwilling, 20, of Florissant, Missouri. 
• Pfc. Sergio S. Abad, 21, of Morganfield, Kentucky.

In the beginning, Kurt Zwilling said, his son enjoyed the camaraderie, discipline and excitement that Army life offered.

"Everything he did, he did with a passion," Kurt Zwilling said of his son, who graduated from high school in Florissant, Missouri. "That's why he wanted to join the paratroopers: He wanted to go into the toughest thing and be with the best."

Even as the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan became apparent, Zwilling said, his son applied the same determination to his service that had carried him through high school theater, sports and music.

"He walked into the valley of death and didn't flinch. He knew what was going to happen, and he went anyway. That's bravery," he said.
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