- 26 years old
- Date of birth: Sep 29, 1982
- Date of passing: Mar 25, 2009
|Let the memory of Raphael be with us forever|
Staff Sgt. Raphael A. Futrell, 26. Following in the footsteps of his grandfather, a LTC and his older brother, who also is in the Army, Raphael enlisted in the military on July 17, 2001 after graduating from Pendleton High School with honors. He loved his job working as a military police officer and working with the police dogs. He was stationed a several posts during his career, from Schofield Barracks, Fort Belvior, to Fort Shafter. He was a well-organized, kind and hard working man, who loved his family deeply. His trips home to visit often saw Raph doing little things for his mother, like cleaning out the garage or fridge. He enjoyed giving her practical gifts and if she was not feeling well, he made sure he cooked her something she liked, even if it was a simple thing like macaroni and cheese. He was deployed to Afghanistan for a year in 2004 and volunteered to deploy to Iraq in the fall of 2008, assigned to the 13th Military Police Detachment, 728th Military Police Battalion, 8th Military Police Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, Fort Shafter, Hawaii. He died March 25 in Baghdad, Iraq, of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident. Raphael received an Afghanistan Campaign Medal, an Iraq Campaign Medal, six Army Achievement Medals, an Army Commendation Medal, two Army Good Conduct Medals, a National Defense Service Medal and a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. He is survived by his mother, Vicki A. Futrell of Anderson, S.C.; son, Chance Jerome Futrell of Hawaii; brother, Capt. Wilson N. Winters of Fort Bragg, N.C. His father, Vincent E. Futrell, preceded him in death.
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