- 20 years old
- Date of birth: Aug 9, 1988
- Date of passing: Jun 26, 2009
|Let the memory of Peter be with us forever|
Army Pfc Cross was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, New York. He died at Combat Outpost Carwile, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained during a vehicle roll-over. Cross had gone to get "chow" for his unit, which was on patrol. He was returning with the food when he rounded a corner on a mountainous road, saw children herding sheep, swerved to avoid them and rolled down the mountain. The crash killed Cross but no one else was hurt. Peter was a 2007 graduate of Boswell High School in Saginaw, Texas. He had wanted to be a missionary and had traveled on mission trips to Fiji, Finland, Cameroon and Zambia while in middle school and high school. He attended Moody Bible Institute in Spokane, Washington for a year before deciding to join the Army - he decided he needed to mature a little. In August 2008, Peter joined the Army and arrived at Fort Drum just as his brigade was deploying to Afghanistan in February. His awards include the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Army Service Ribbon and the NATO Medal. Peter loved kids and was always thinking of others. While in Afghanistan, he used to hand out candy, pens, paper and anything else he could spare for the kids when they would come around.
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