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Written by By U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell
Kunar Province, Afghanistan – Six fallen Soldiers from Task Force Bulldog were honored during a memorial service at Combat Outpost Honikker Miracle in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province November 21st.
The Soldiers were all attached to Abu Company, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division.
Spc. Shane H. Ahmed from Chesterfield, MI; Spc. Shannon M. Chihuahua from Thomasville, GA; Spc. Nathan E. Lillard from Knoxville, TN; Spc. Scott T. Nagorski from Greenfield, WI; Spc. Jesse A. Snow from Fairborn, OH; and Pfc. Christian M. Warriner from Mills River, NC; all died of wounds sustained during combat in Operation Bulldog Bite November 14th.
The fallen heroes were remembered by their brothers in arms during the memorial ceremony.Ahmed, an infantryman who is survived by his wife Eva Vasquez, daughter Evita Vasquez, son Evan Vasquez, mother Subra Ahmed and father Jamel Ahmed, is best remembered by his squad leader Sgt. Justin R. Hayworth.
“He was open and loving,” said Hayworth from Colorado Springs, CO. “All he wanted to do was hang out with us and be a part of the family… He’d bend over backward for us and was always begging to go outside the wire to do his job.”
Hayworth said his fellow Soldiers would joke with him about going to the gym to do the P-90X workout, but not look any stronger.
Ahmed, born December 9th, 1978, joined the Army in 1999, had a previous deployment to Iraq, had Pashtu language training and joined the unit after it had already deployed to Afghanistan. His major awards and decorations include the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal and Army Good Conduct Medal.
“If he wasn’t on mission, his heart and mind was devoted to his family,” said Staff Sgt. Eric L. Allen, Chihuahua’s platoon sergeant. “He loved his junk food and his wife kept him supplied. But he always shared with us.”
“’Chewy’ or ‘Doc,’ as we called him, was quiet, soft-spoken, but loved his movies” said Allen, who is from Atlanta. “His living area was immaculate, much cleaner than mine; he’s a doctor so he was just meticulous like that.”
Chihuahua had a baby born in June, but refused to miss his platoon’s deployment for her birth, Allen said. During his leave, he did get to see his newborn daughter.
Chihuahua, born May 5th, 1985, joined the Army in 2008, deployed to Afghanistan and served in numerous combat operations. His major awards and decorations include the Combat Medic Badge, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal and Army Achievement Medal.
Another Soldier in the company, Lillard, an infantryman, is survived by his mother Helen Hyatt. Lillard’s closest battle buddy, Pfc. Garett A. Furlow, remembered him.
“He’s country; the most red-neck dude you’ll ever meet,” said Furlow, a native of Valier, IL. “He’s got the most beautiful heart; no, that’s an understatement. I could call him at 3:00am to drive 30 to 45 minutes to my house just to talk to me and my wife… He always had a willingness to help out, just an amazing person… I love him.”
Lillard, born August 18th, 1984, joined the Army in 2009, deployed to Afghanistan, and participated in more than 18 air assault missions and three major operations. His major awards and decorations include the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart and Army Commendation Medal.
Nagorski, an infantryman, is survived by his wife Nadine and their daughter Melody.
“Scott was always in a good mood; I never saw him angry and he would go out of his way to help people,” said Sgt. Dylan Anger, a team leader from Sterling Heights, Mich. “He had a funny hobby of collecting pictures of post offices. He would go out of his way to take pictures of a post office in some rinky-dink town… I’m going to miss him.”
Nagorski’s daughter recently celebrated her first birthday a few days ago and he and Anger would compare stories about their daughters learning to walk.
Nagorski, born November 13th, 1983, deployed to Afghanistan and participated in more than 18 air assault missions and three major operations. His major awards and decorations include the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart and Army Achievement Medal.
“He always picked things up quick, but you couldn’t keep his attention long,” Furlow said. “You gotta give it to him fast and quick or he’s moving on to the next thing.”
His friends would play tricks on him by moving items around in his room without telling him and Snow would obsessively know something was out of place, said Furlow.
“He also liked running a lot,” Furlow added. “When it came to (physical training), you just couldn’t stop him… He was naturally good at it.”
Snow, born April 18th, 1985, deployed to Afghanistan and participated in more than 18 air assault missions and three major operations. His major awards and decorations include the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart and Army Commendation Medal.
The youngest infantryman, Warriner, is survived by his wife Shelby. His battle buddy, Pfc. Dustin J. Wade from Lakeland, FL, shared reflections of him.
“He always needed to talk to his wife; He loved her a lot,” Wade said. “He played football in high school and wanted to play in college someday. We told him, ‘No chance.’ But he just blew us off because once he got something in his mind, he would believed he could do it.”
Warriner always carried a Confederate flag with him on missions, Wade said.
Warriner, born March 15th, 1991, joined the Army in 2009, attended U.S. Army Airborne School, then deployed to Afghanistan where he went on numerous combat patrols and participated in three major operations. His major awards and decorations include the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal and Army Achievement Medal.
Leaders from throughout International Security Assistance Forces command and ISAF – Joint Command paid tribute to these heroes with a final salute, leaving of memorabilia and saying a prayer as Taps echoed throughout the distance valley.
Topics101st Airborne Division, Afghanistan, Christian Warriner, Combat Outpost Honikker Miracle, Dustin J. Wade, Dylan Anger, Eric L. Allen, Fort Campbell KY, Garett A. Furlow, Jesse Snow, Justin R. Hayworth, Kunar Province, Mark Burrell, Nathan Lillard, Operation Bulldog Bite, Scott Nagorski, Shane Ahmed, Shannon Chihuahua, Task Force Baastogne, Task Force Bulldog
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