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55921 CPT Brian Freeman, USAR
June 13, 1975 - January 20, 2007


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Civil Affairs Soldier dies in Iraq

U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne)

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USACAPOC News Service, Jan. 23, 2007) - An Army Reserve civil affairs Soldier died Jan. 20, near Karbala, Iraq, from wounds sustained when his CA team encountered both mortar and small arms fire there.

Capt. Brian S. Freeman, 31, a civil affairs officer assigned to the 412th Civil Affairs Battalion, Whitehall, Ohio, a subordinate unit of the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne), died while deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

A resident of Temecula, Calif., Freeman first entered the Army Aug. 21, 1995, at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. Upon graduation in spring of 1999, he joined the active-duty Army for a five-year tour.

He served as an armor officer at Fort Knox, Ky., and then as a team member in the U.S. Army's World Class Athlete Program, Fort Carson, Colo. He completed his tour in spring of 2004 and transferred to the Inactive Ready Reserve.

In September 2005, he began mobilizing in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was assigned to the 412th CA Battalion during the spring of 2006 and deployed to Iraq shortly thereafter.

Freeman's military awards included two Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with "M" device, Army Service Ribbon, Iraq Campaign Ribbon, Combat Action Badge, Air Assault Badge, Parachutist Badge and the Marksmanship Qualification Badge.

CPT Freeman is survived by his wife, Charlotte, and his two children, ages 3 and 1, all of Temecula, Calif. He is also survived by his father, Randy, and step mother, Kathy, of Bakersfield, Calif., his mother, Kathy Snyder and step father, Al, of Mendon, Utah. Lastly, Freeman is also survived by his grandmother (paternal) Dottie, of Bakersfield, Calif., and his grandparents (maternal), Dwight and Irene Pound, of Solano Beach, Calif.

CPT Freeman was a former member of the Army World Class Athlete Program who competed in bobsled and skeleton with the U.S. national team in 2003. He won a bronze medal as a four-man sled brakeman at a 2002 America's Cup race.


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