Edwards, Corry, CW2

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Last Rank
Chief Warrant Officer 2
Last Service Branch
Aviation
Last Primary MOS
154C-CH-47D Pilot
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Officer)
Primary Unit
2008-2008, 154C, 2nd Battalion, 149th Aviation Regiment
Service Years
1992 - 2008
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Operation Enduring Freedom

Aviation

Chief Warrant Officer 2


Four Service Stripes



One Overseas Service Bar


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Home State
Texas
Texas
Year of Birth
1969
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
KENNEDALE
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Sep 17, 2008
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Iraq
Conflict
Camp Banzai Kadhimiya district, Iraq
Location of Interment
Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery - Dallas, Texas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Military Association Memberships
Combat Helicopter Pilots AssociationGWOT Fallen
  2008, Combat Helicopter Pilots Association [Verified]
  2008, GWOT Fallen [Verified]

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Aviator Badge (Basic)
Rifle

 
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 Unit Assignments
2nd Battalion, 149th Aviation Regiment
  2008-2008, 154C, 2nd Battalion, 149th Aviation Regiment
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

18 SEP 08

CW2 Brady J. Rudolf [PC]
1LT Robert Vallejo II [CP]
SGT Daniel M. Eshbaugh [FE]
SGT Anthony L. Mason [FE]
CPL Michael E. Thompson [G]
CW2 Corry A. Edwards
1SG Julio C. Ordonez

Iraq

B/2-149 GSAB (TX & OK ARNG)
#91-00267 "RED RIVER 44"
A/C was Chalk #3 when it crashed about 62 miles W of Basra near Talil AB at approx 0001 hours during a 4-ship flight from Kuwait to LSA Anaconda at Balad AB.

 
Patch of B Company

2nd Battalion, 149th Aviation

Texas / Oklahoma National Guard

while deployed to Iraq in 2008.
The CH-47 - 40 years old and still circling the world. BEN TORRES/Special Contributor
BEN TORRES/Special Contributor
Glenda Hamilton consoles her husband, Charlie, at a service for fallen soldiers, including their son, Chief Warrant Officer Corry A. Edwards, 38, of Kennedale. Edwards' niece Hailey also attended Sunday's event at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.
   
Comments/Citation
COMPANY B, 2D BATTALION, 149TH AVIATION, GRAND PRAIRIE, TX LOCATION:TALLIL, IRAQ
Remembering "Red River 44"

On September 22, Soldiers of Task Force 34 gathered together to remember the life of seven of their recently fallen comrades.

CPT Robert Vallejo II, CW2 Corry A. Edwards, CSM Julio C. Ordonez and SSG Anthony L. Mason from the Texas Army National Guard and SGT Daniel M. Eshbaugh, CW3 Brady J. Rudolf and CPL Michael Thompson from the Oklahoma Army National Guard were aboard a Chinook CH-47 in route to Joint Base Balad when it was unexpectedly and catastrophically lost.

“As these teams fly missions, bonds of trust are made, and friendships are strengthened,” said CPT Jason Rowe, B Co. 2-149th General Support Aviation Battalion Commander. “Over the years that I have been with this group, our friendship has grown…I am proud to say that the men we honor were more than friends, they were like family to me.”

Each of the command staff, who addressed the crowd, spoke of the fallen Soldiers like they were their own brother or son.

“As their commander, I will be forever indebted to each of them for their personal sacrifice,” said LTC MacGregor. “It breaks my heart to know the pain and sense of loss their family and loved ones will experience in the coming months and years. I take great comfort in knowing their families and their loved ones back home have the full support and love of the Texas and Oklahoma National Guard families and our Army family.”
The company commanders reflected upon the Soldiers’ lives and their deep bonds to unit and camaraderie.

“Strength, bravery, dedication – these are some of the words we can use to describe our brothers,” said MAJ Matthew Masias, D Co. 2-149th General Support Aviation Battalion Commander. “Let us not forget their families and sacrifices they have made and the challenges they will face, and together we will remain courageous and will honor their memories as we continue the mission at hand.”

When the final honors were completed, the service members were able to say goodbye to their brother in arms.

“As aviators they understood the inherent risk and danger associated with flying but they also knew the joy, love and excitement of flying,” said LTC MacGregor “They were professionals who loved their work and loved their country.”

“Soldiers and units are not judged by how they respond when faced with easy decisions, when things are going well, Soldiers and units are judged by how they respond when faced with adversity,” said LTC MacGregor. “I know that in the final analysis, history will depict our Soldiers and this unit as resilient, courageous, professional and steadfast – for that is who and what you truly are.”

“So now great Task Force 34 Soldiers, aircrewmen, and commanders, we will not forget our fallen seven. In honor of their selfless commitment to duty; carry the memory of our friends in your heart and go forward to finish the good race that was set before them and still lies before us today,” said COL Clay Brock, commander, Task Force 34.

The funeral arrangements for the Soldiers stateside are being finalized.

SGT Lynette Hoke
22 Sep., 2008

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  91-00267

 

         
Company G, 2nd Battalion, 149th Aviation unit patch.
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Company G, 2nd Battalion, 149th Aviation

"Hookmasters"

Grand Prairie, Texas

 

 

         
91-00267 while on a flight over the Grand Canyon, October 2007.

 

             91-00267 while on a flight over the Grand Canyon, October 2007. Click-N-Go Here to view a larger version of this image.

 

 

             91-00267, Boeing D model kit number M3416, was a CH-47D helicopter. The U.S. Army acceptance date was 7 October 1992. As of 22 June 1998, 91-0026 had accumulated 776.0 D model hours and 4,674.0 total aircraft hours. 91-00267 was a conversion from the original A model Chinook 61-02417. On 11 October 1991, 91-00267 was inducted into the D model program, converted, and scheduled for assignment to the Army National Guard, located in the State of Mississippi. At some point, 91-00267 was assigned to the United States Army Reserve (USAR), 2nd Army, located at Hunter Army Airfield, Fort Stewart, Georgia. At some point, 91-00267 was assigned to Company B - "Hookmasters", 2nd Battalion, 149th Aviation, 36th Infantry Division, Army National Guard, located at Grand Prairie, Texas. At some point, 91-00267 was deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). On 18 September 2008, 91-00267 was lost due to an accident, root cause details unknown. 91-00267 was chalk three in a flight of four aircraft moving from Kuwait to Balad Air Base north of Baghdad when it struck the ground approximately 60 miles west of Basra. A post crash fire consumed the aircraft. All seven personnel on board were fatalities: CWO Brady Rudolf, CPT Robert Vallejo, CWO Corry Edwards, SGT Dan Eshbaugh, CPL Michael Thompson, Anthony L. Mason, 1SG Julio Ordonez. As of 18 September 2008, this aircraft was 45.3 years old. As of 18 September 2008, the last known location of 91-00267 was in Iraq, assigned to Company B, 2nd Battalion, 149th Aviation. Aircraft Status: Crashed.

 

 

 

         
Detachement 1, Company B, 2nd Battalion, 149th Aviation unit patch.
   Of the seven fatalities, three were Lexington-based Oklahoma Army National Guard soldiers, officials said. They were identified as Chief Warrant Officer Brady J. Rudolf, 37, of Oklahoma City; Sgt. Daniel Eshbaugh, 43, of Norman; and Cpl. Michael E. Thompson, 23, of Harrah. They were assigned to Detachment 1, Company B, 2nd Battalion, 149th Aviation, out of Lexington.

 

 

   
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