Backus, Brian, PFC

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Last Rank
Private First Class
Last Service Branch
Medical Corps
Last Primary MOS
68W-Health Care Specialist (Combat Medic)
Last MOS Group
Medical Department (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
2011-2011, 68W, 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment
Service Years
2010 - 2011
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Operation Enduring Freedom

Private First Class



One Overseas Service Bar


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Home State
Michigan
Michigan
Year of Birth
1990
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Livonia
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Jun 18, 2011
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Afghanistan
Conflict
Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) /OEF - Afghanistan
Location of Interment
Rock Falls Cemetery - Harbor Beach, Michigan
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

10th Mountain Division


 Unofficial Badges 

Medical Shoulder Cord


 Military Association Memberships
GWOT Fallen
  2013, GWOT Fallen [Verified]

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Medical 1st Award

 
 Unit Assignments
2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment
  2011-2011, 68W, 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2001-2014 Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) /OEF - Afghanistan
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Pfc Brian J. Backus
June 20th, 2011 Goto comments Leave a comment Pfc. Brian J. Backus, 21, of
Saginaw Township, Mich., died June 18, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of
wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire. He was
assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team,
10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y. He joined the Army in June of 2010, and
arrived at Fort Drum in December. In March of 2011 he deployed to Afghanistan to
participate in Operation Enduring Freedom. His awards include the National
Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on
Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon and the Combat Medical Badge.
   
Comments/Citation
Army Pfc. Brian J. Backus
Died June 18, 2011 serving during Operation Enduring Freedom

21, of Saginaw Township, Mich., assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y., died June 18, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire.


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Combat medic from Michigan killed in Afghanistan

The Associated Press

HARBOR BEACH, Mich. — A former high school class president in Michigan who became an Army combat medic and was considering a career in health care was killed in Afghanistan over the weekend during an insurgent attack, the military and his family's pastor said Monday.

Army Pfc. Brian J. Backus, 21, died Saturday in Kandahar province after being wounded when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire, the Department of Defense said in a statement. Backus, who grew up in the Thumb community of Harbor Beach, was deployed to Afghanistan in March.

"Brian was a beautiful young man, and this is really hitting us hard," Rev. Paula M. Timm, pastor at Harbor Beach United Methodist Church, told The Saginaw News.

Backus was president of his 2008 graduating class at Harbor Beach High School and was looking into health care as a profession, Timm said.
"He was a high achiever, a smart young man," she said.

Before he was deployed overseas, he attended church in uniform and received the congregation's blessings, Timm said.

Backus was part of the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division based at Fort Drum in New York. The military listed his address in Saginaw County's Saginaw Township.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered flags in the state lowered to half-staff Thursday in honor of Backus, WSYR-TV reported.

Backus joined the Army in June 2010, and underwent training at Fort Sill, Okla., and Fort Sam Houston, Texas, according to a statement from Fort Drum.
Backus is survived by a 2-year-old son Jack, brother Paul and parents Alan and Anne Backus, the newspaper reported. Ramsey Funeral Home in Harbor Beach was handling funeral arrangements, which hadn't been finalized as of late Monday.

His father works for DTE Energy Co. in Harbor Beach, and his mother works for the Harbor Beach Area District Library.

"We're all in shock," said library clerk Cindy A. Stevenson. "Brian used to come in the library and harass his mom a little bit and play around, so he had a sense of humor."

Before his deployment, "I told him to be safe," she said. "He said he was going to try."
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