Tom, Troy, SGT

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
2006-2009, 11B10, A Company, 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment
Service Years
2006 - 2009
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Operation Enduring Freedom


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Home State
New Mexico
New Mexico
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
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Casualty Date
Aug 18, 2009
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Other Explosive Device
Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) /OEF - Afghanistan
Location of Interment
Greenlawn Cemetery - Farmington, New Mexico
Wall/Plot Coordinates
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 Official Badges 

2nd Infantry Division Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
GWOT Fallen
  2009, GWOT Fallen [Verified]

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment
  2006-2009, 11B10, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division
  2006-2009, 11B10, A Company, 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2009-2009 Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A 21-year-old Navajo soldier killed in Afghanistan was described by his mother as someone who made everyone smile and his father remembered him as an outgoing man with an interest in the outdoors and art.

Navajo Nation Council Delegate David Tom of Beclabito-Cudii and his wife, Carolyn Tom, flew to Dover Air Force Base, Del., for a brief ceremony Aug. 20 when the body of their son, Spc. Troy Orion Tom, was brought back to the United States.

“Right now he’s just our hero,” David Tom said Aug. 21. “His family is all proud of him that he was out there, serving his country.”

His son was killed Aug. 17 in the Kandahar province, Afghanistan. David Tom said the family was told he stepped on a roadside bomb when his unit was setting up camp after a fight with Taliban insurgents.

Tom joined the Army in June 2006 after graduating from Aztec High School and was based in Fort Lewis, Wash. His father said he joined the military because he wanted to physically and mentally challenge himself.

“He was the nicest, the kindest, son. He made everybody smile. He always had a smile on his face — never, ever did he get mad. We’re going to miss him very much,” Carolyn Tom said before breaking down in tears.

David Tom said his son liked to hunt, fish and sketch, and enjoyed herding sheep when he was back on the reservation.

George Hardeen, spokesman for Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr., said Tom is the ninth Navajo member of the military to die in either Afghanistan or Iraq since 2004.

Shirley will order flags lowered to half-staff before the funeral, Hardeen said.
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