Andrew F. Chris
Corporal Andrew F. Chris
June 26, 2003
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Corporal Andrew F. Chris was born September 25, 1977 in Huntsville, Ala. He volunteered for Army service in San Diego, California, on September 24, 2001.
He completed basic training and advanced individual training in the military operational specialty of Infantryman at Fort Benning, Georgia. Corporal Chris continued his military training at Fort Benning when he attended Airborne School and then the Ranger Indoctrination Program. On May 22, 2002, he was assigned to the 3d Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. He earned his Ranger Tab after graduating from the U.S. Army Ranger Course in 2003 at Fort Benning.
Corporal Chris was a rifleman, grenadier and machine gunner with Company B, 3d Battalion. He was mortally wounded in combat operations in hostile enemy in Iraq. He was posthumously appointed to the rank of corporal and awarded Bronze Star for Valor, Purple Heart and Meritorious Service medals.
His other awards and decorations include the Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Parachutist Badge, the 3d Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment Shoulder Sleeve Insignia and the Ranger Tab. He earned the Combat Infantryman’s Badge in Afghanistan.
In support of the nation’s Global War on Terrorism, Corporal Chris deployed with his Ranger battalion and participated in combat operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
He is survived by his mother, Cheryl Ann Chris-Dawson of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and his grandmother, Barbara Phillips of Huntsville, Alabama. Two brothers, a stepbrother and a stepsister also survive him. His father, Thomas Anthony Chris, is deceased.
As a Ranger, Corporal Chris distinguished himself as a member of the Army’s premier light-infantry unit, traveled to all corners of the world in support of the Global War on Terrorism, and fought valiantly to uphold the prestige, honor, and high “esprit de corps” of my Ranger Regiment.
We at STRIKE Tactical Solutions mourn the passing of a Warrior HERO.
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