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Richard
08-05-2014, 09:16
RIP, Sergeant.

(USASOC News Service, Aug. 4, 2014) - Staff Sgt. Girard Gass, Jr., 33, of Lumber Bridge, N.C., died Aug.3, 2014 of non-combat related injuries in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan. The cause of death is under investigation.

Gass was assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, N.C., and was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. This was Gass' second deployment to Afghanistan in support of Overseas Contingency Operations.

Gass’ battalion commander, Lt. Col. Patrick O’Hara, said in an email, “Staff Sgt. Girard “Jerry” Gass was an exceptional Green Beret, noncommissioned officer, and human being who loved his family, team, country, and job with everything he had.”

Gass enlisted in the Army in August 2008 under the Special Forces Enlistment Option. Upon completion of Army Basic Combat and Advanced Individual Training, the Army Basic Airborne Course and the Special Forces Qualification Course, he reported to 3rd SFG (A) as a Special Forces medical sergeant in August 2011.

O’Hara concluded his email by saying, “He made the ultimate sacrifice for what he loved, and we are all proud, honored, and humbled to have known him, and will always cherish the time we all served together,” said O’Hara. “The Desert Eagles and I will always honor his life, memory, and selfless service. He will never be forgotten.”

Gass' awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal with “V” device, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal (second award) and National Defense Service Medal. Gass was posthumously awarded his second Bronze Star Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal.

He was also awarded the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (numeral 2), Parachutist Badge, Combat Infantryman Badge, and the Special Forces Tab.

JJ_BPK
08-05-2014, 09:19
RIP Brother, Vaya con Dios..

BryanK
08-05-2014, 09:26
Rest in Gods peace warrior. Prayers out to the families. :(

PRB
08-05-2014, 10:27
RIP SSG, God bless

booker
08-05-2014, 14:27
Rest in Peace, SSG

Agoge2
08-05-2014, 14:35
Rest In Peace, Staff Sergeant Gass and thank you for your service!

Sad news!

The Reaper
08-05-2014, 14:47
RIP, brother.

Thank you for your service, and your sacrifice.

You will not be forgotten.

TR

SF_BHT
08-05-2014, 15:44
Rest in Peace Brother!!!!

DIYPatriot
08-05-2014, 15:55
RIP Sgt Gass. Thank you for your service.

Ambush Master
08-05-2014, 17:08
Rest In Peace Brother!! He was in Air.177's Company, not sure what Team.

Tatonka316
08-05-2014, 18:46
Rest in Peace, SSG. Thank you for your service and your sacrifice. You will ALWAYS be missed and NEVER forgotten. Give my son a hug and tell him I will see him soon ...

molon labe

Ambush Master
08-10-2014, 10:55
Haven't seen a Public Statement on CoD, but I know what happened. Make commo if interested, I won't post anything until the PAO makes a statement.

Later
Martin

Stobey
08-10-2014, 12:52
Rest in peace SSG Gass. My prayers out for you and your family.

Debo
08-10-2014, 21:24
Rest easy Doc.


D.

VVVV
08-10-2014, 21:30
RIP brother!

MtnGoat
08-12-2014, 06:46
Rest in Gods peace warrior. Prayers out to the families.

Blue Skies and Soft landings!!!

Goggles Pizano
08-19-2014, 07:49
In nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti amen.
In pace requiescat SSG Gass.
Dominus vobiscum.

HoosierFolk
08-21-2014, 22:02
ALCON,

The memorial ceremony at FBNC is at the JFK Chapel at 1000 on 22AUG14. I believe he was laid to rest last weekend in South Carolina. Rest in peace brother.

akv
08-21-2014, 22:09
Rest in Peace and Thank You

Red Flag 1
08-22-2014, 19:02
Rest In God's Own Peace, Warrior.