Akers, Spencer, SGT

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Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1999-2005, 11B10, B Company, 1st Battalion, 125th Infantry Regiment
Service Years
1989 - 2005
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Operation Iraqi Freedom


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Three Overseas Service Bars

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Sherman Township Cemetery
Osceola County
Michigan, USA

Casualty Date
Dec 08, 2005
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
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Not Specified
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Infantry Shoulder Cord

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GWOT FallenMilitary Order of the Purple Heart
  2013, GWOT Fallen [Verified]
  2013, Military Order of the Purple Heart [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Combat Infantryman 2nd Award

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
1st Battalion, 125th Infantry Regiment
  1999-2005, 11B10, B Company, 1st Battalion, 125th Infantry Regiment
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2004-2005 OIF/Iraqi Governance (2004-05)
 Colleges Attended 
Western Michigan University
  1992-1996, Western Michigan University
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Died at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, on Dec. 8, of injuries sustained in Habbaniyah, Iraq, on Nov. 21, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during combat operations.

"He was on Myspace a lot and had lots of friends. He 
had served as a Army National Guard and Reserve. He was a soldier true and 
true. He volunteered to go to Iraq both times so a married soldier could 
stay home with their family. He is dearly missed and loved.
" Amiy

Sgt. Spencer Akers, days away from buying his first house.

Spencer Akers figured if he went to war, fewer married men would have to.

The 1988 Pine River High School graduate, a jokester but passionate about the military, was a 1991 Gulf War vet almost 35 years old when he volunteered to go to Iraq.

"He's been a soldier since he was 5 years old," father Don said.

Before leaving for Iraq, Spencer worked part time selling big-screen TVs at the Best Buy store in Traverse City, where he planned to buy his first house.

Matthew Webber was "the pretty boy," president of the student council, a National Honor Society member, a three-sport athlete and member of a college fraternity.

He was earning a business and marketing degree at Western Michigan University, where everyone who knew him liked him.

In 1999, he joined the National Guard to earn money for college, never expecting to go into active combat. But six years later, at age 22, he did.

The convoy was returning to base, four Humvees loaded with Michigan soldiers, heading back from patrol on Nov. 21, 2005. The bomb was hidden under a dirt road about 750 yards from the Euphrates River in Habbaniyah, Iraq. 

The first three Humvees passed over the bomb and nothing happened. The target was the fourth. 

Sgt. Joshua Youmans, 26, of Flushing Township was behind the wheel. His wife, Katie, had just given birth to their first child, MacKenzie. Youmans used to babysit from Iraq, watching his daughter on a Web cam. "Maybe, she's hungry?" he wrote in an instant message. "I just fed her," Katie wrote back. 

Sgt. Matthew Webber, 23, of Stanwood sat in the passenger seat. He was the kind of guy who squeezed every moment out of life -- he went to college, worked 30 hours a week at an electronics store and still had time to party like a rock star, according to his stepfather, Vince Hardy. 

Spec. John Dearing, 21, of Hazel Park was the gunner. He was armed with a .50-caliber in the turret. He had been married to Amanda for five months. They met at a tattoo party and got married before he left for Iraq. He kept his head low because of snipers. Just high enough to see what was going on but not exposed.

Sgt. Spencer Akers, 35, of Traverse City was the rifleman in the backseat. After 9/11, he volunteered to go to Iraq and searched for a unit that was going to be active. He was about to come home on leave and buy a house in Traverse City. 

Sgt. Duane Dreasky, 31, of Novi was the forward observer. He always wanted to be a soldier. When he was a kid, he dressed up in fatigues and played in a field with a BB gun. 

When the Humvee passed over the bomb, there was a tremendous explosion, rupturing the fuel tank. Fire engulfed the Humvee, flames shooting up from the floor. 

Lt. Obie Yordy was in the second Humvee. "I remember everything," Yordy said. "I can't get it out of my head." 

Yordy, who is trained in combat lifesaving, jumped out of his Humvee with his medical bag. He ran to the burning truck. On one side was a dirt hill. On the other was a ditch. 

"It was an extremely intense fire," he said. "The guys got out of the truck incredibly fast and still sustained tremendous injuries." 

Youmans was in the ditch, about 6 feet from the burning Humvee. 

"I'm here," Yordy told Youmans. "You are gonna be all right." 

Youmans stopped screaming. 

The five soldiers were members of the Army National Guard, Company B, 1st Battalion, 125th Infantry Regiment, out of Saginaw. It was an infantry company, doing combat missions in one of the most deadly areas in Iraq. 

Capt. Anthony Dennis, the highest-ranking officer on the convoy, tried to comfort Akers. 

"The enemy does not have you," Dennis said. "The enemy does not have you." 

Dearing died instantly. 

The other four ended up at a burn unit at Brooke Army Medical Center in Ft. Sam Houston, Texas, where they fought to live -- one for weeks, three for months -- enduring excruciating pain and countless ups and downs. 

Akers died Dec. 8. 

Youmans died March 1. 

Webber died April 27. 

And Dreasky died July 10. 

"The scene replays in my head," Dennis said. "They were screaming in excruciating pain. That's probably one of the biggest memories I have of it, right there, the screaming." 
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