- 22 years old
- Date of birth: Apr 12, 1989
- Date of passing: Oct 5, 2011
|Let the memory of SPC Austin be with us forever|
He grew up in Friona, Texas and right after high school, he joined the
Army. He was always funny, sarcastic and had a love for the Dallas
Cowboys (and their cheerleaders) He enlisted in October of 2007 and
did his training at Fort Leonard Wood and Fort Sill before leaving for
Korea in March of 2008. He became engaged to me (Laura) that weekend
before he left but we met on a Greyhound bus back while he was on
Christmas block leave. We got married in March of 2009 in one of the
most wonderful ceremonies I can ever imagine. Once he was stationed at
Fort Bragg, he deployed to Iraq almost immediatly which is where he
got sick with leukemia. He fought a long battle, with many ups and
downs but not once did he lose his courage or passion for life. He
loved life, his battle buddies and his family. He loved his dogs,
Nanna and Bosely who he never got to meet and his two cats Taipan and
Tarpan. He loved watermelons, kraft mac and cheese and although he was
shy at first, he loved the Philadelphia Phillies..
He will always be remembered and loved by us all.
All Medals Received
Two Army Commendation Medals.
All Awards Received
Two Army Achievement Medals, a Good Conduct Medal, the Iraqi Campaign
Medal, Korea Defense Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, National
Defense Medal and an Overseas Ribbon.
"I just wanted to say to the family and friends of Austin, I attended the Bataan Death March this pass Sunday and walked in honor of this fallen Soldier. It was my honor to walk in memory of this young man. I walk 26.2 miles in 7 hrs for a fallen brother. To his family thank you for letting him serve."
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