CPT Eric T. Paliwoda

CPT Eric T. Paliwoda 1

CPT. ERIC T. PALIWODA - U.S. Army

Hometown / City: GOODYEAR, AZ MARICOPA
Date of Death: Friday, January 2, 2004
Conflict: Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq)
Branch: U.S. Army
Rank: Capt.
Unit: COMPANY B 4TH ENG. BN 3RD BDE COMBAT TEAM (4TH ID), FORT CARSON, CO 80913

Birth: Feb. 23, 1975
Hartford
Hartford County
Connecticut, USA
Death: Jan. 2, 2004
Salah ad Din, Iraq

Eric was the beloved son of Alfred and Mary Paliwoda of Sedona, Arizona. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his fiancée, Wendy Rosen of Hartsdale, New York; his sister and brother-in-law, Allison and Captain Jeff Csoka of Clarksville, Tennessee. He graduated from West Point in 1997, with a Bachelor of Science Degree and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. Following graduation from the Academy, Eric traveled to Fort Hood, Texas, where he served as both a Platoon Leader and an Executive Officer for an Engineering Battalion. He then moved to Fort Carson, Colorado, where he was the Battalion Personnel Officer and Assistant Brigade Engineer for the 3rd Engineering Battalion. Over the course of his career, Eric was awarded both the Army Commendation Medal and the Army Achievement Medal twice, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Army Service Ribbon. He will also be honored with a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star posthumously. Eric had served as Company Commander for Bravo Company, 3rd Engineering Battalion, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom since April 2003. He had also recently been chosen to return to West Point as an instructor in the Department of Environmental Studies.

Burial:
United States Military Academy Post Cemetery
West Point
Orange County
New York, USA