CPL Charles P. Gaffney Jr.

CPL Charles P. Gaffney Jr.


Date of Death: Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Conflict: Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan)
Branch: U.S. Army

Birth: Sep. 18, 1966
Death: Dec. 24, 2008
Paktika, Afghanistan

Army Cpl. Gaffney Jr. was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He died in Paktika when enemy rocket fire rained down on his combat outpost. In the late 1970s, Charles moved with his family to Tucson, Arizona and in the 1980s he served six years in the Army. After leaving the Army, he returned to Tucson where he worked at several auto shops. But after several years, he joined his parents in Phoenix and made the decision to return to the military. Some members of his family were very concerned about his return to the Army, but Charles insisted he needed to fight for people's rights around the world. He was particularly concerned over the mistreatment of the women in Afghanistan. So in August 2006, he returned to the Army and was sent to Iraq and then to Afghanistan in October. Charles' awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Overseas Service Ribbon; Armed Forces Reserve Medal; Combat Infantry Badge and Weapons Qualification: M4-rifle, expert. He also was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart for his recent service. Charles was the cut up in his platoon – he always wanted everyone laughing and smiling. He was an avid motorcyclist and at one time, while living in Germany, he rode competitively. But his passion was his family, wife, Latticia, and twin 4 year old daughters. Several years ago when Charles' youngest sister died, he told his family he wanted to be buried next to her, but his family decided that Arlington National Cemetery is where he belongs. His family will have a service for him at East Lawn Palms Cemetery in Tucson, Arizona and then have a burial with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section 60, Site 8750

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