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Fallen soldier was alumnus

by Brittany Yap, Military Matters editor

 

Sgt. Maj. James Blankenbecler, 40, died of injuries after his convoy was hit by an improvised explosive device and rocket propelled grenades on Oct. 1, 2003 in Samarra, Iraq. He was a graduate of HPU in 2000 with a degree in associated supervisory leadership and was from Alexandria, Va.

Blankenbecler was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, Fort Hood, Texas and had been stationed at Schofield Barracks.

Blankenbecler joined the army in 1983 and his career included service in Operation Desert Storm and at Fort Belvoir in the Army Personnel Command. At the time, he was the highest-ranked enlisted soldier killed by hostile fire in the Iraq war.

 

For more information, and to read a letter written to Blankenbecler from his daughter Jessica, log onto:www.fallenheroesmem orial.com/oif/profiles/blankenbeclerjames.html

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