Tom, Troy, SGT

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

Sergeant


One Service Stripe


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Home State
New Mexico
New Mexico
Year of Birth
1988
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Beclabito
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Aug 18, 2009
 
Cause
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Reason
Other Explosive Device
Location
Afghanistan
Conflict
Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) /OEF - Afghanistan
Location of Interment
Greenlawn Cemetery - Farmington, New Mexico
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord 2nd Infantry Division


 Unofficial Badges 




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

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 
 Unit Assignments
5th Brigade Stryker, 2nd Infantry Division1st Battalion, 17th Infantry
  2006-2009, 11B10, 5th Brigade Stryker, 2nd Infantry Division
  2006-2009, 11B10, 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry /A Company
 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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