Let the memory of Raphael be with us forever
  • 26 years old
  • Born on September 29, 1982 .
  • Passed away on March 25, 2009 .

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.

Posted by Karen Corl on 26th March 2018
To family members of SSG Futrell: Just wanted all of you to know that I belong to an organization called "Wear Blue: Run to Remember". This organization provides me with a name of a soldier, sailor, airmen or marine to run purposeful steps for in a race. In other words, I ran a half marathon, (13.1 miles) at Ft. Bragg, N.C. yesterday, 25 Mar 2018. I wore Raphael's name and date KIA on my back during the entire race. The honor was TRUELY mine to run in remembrance of his service and sacrifice for our country. I know he was killed on 25 Mar 2009. I'm thankful for what he did. I wear blue for the fallen, for the fighting, for the families. God Bless all of you. May He continue to watch over you and grant you peace. Sincerely, Karen Corl

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