SPC Alan E. McPeek

SPC Alan E. McPeek 1

SPC. ALAN E. MCPEEK - U.S. Army

Hometown / City: TUCSON, AZ PIMA
Date of Death: Friday, February 2, 2007
Conflict: Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq)
Branch: U.S. Army
Rank: SPC
Unit: COMPANY A, 16TH ENGINEER BATTALION, GIESSEN, GERMANY

Birth: Aug. 21, 1986
Hawaii, USA
Death: Feb. 2, 2007, Iraq

Army Spc. McPeek was assigned to the 16th Engineer Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Giessen, Germany. McPeek died in Ramadi of injuries sustained when he came in contact with enemy forces using small arms fire. Alan's family moved to Tucson when he was 2. During his high school years, he seemed like an unlikely candidate for military life. He was a nonconformist given to flamboyant self-expression. He went thru at least three different hair colors and the styles went from long to spiky. One time it was gold, another time it was almost pure white. At his going away party, his friends and family took turns cutting off locks of his hair, getting him ready for his first buzz cut. Alan graduated from Mountain View High School in 2004 and enlisted in the Army on June 30, 2004 because he wanted to make a difference. He was a natural leader and a warrior, and knew how to keep his fellow soldiers motivated. No matter how difficult times got, he was always able to lighten the mood. He had hundreds and hundreds of friends and always had a smile on his face. Alan was days away from completing his 14-month tour in Iraq when he was killed. Close to 1:00 AM on his last night at Combat Outpost Grant in Ramadi, he took Pvt Matthew Zeimer, one of the new replacements to take the place of outgoing soldiers, under his wing. He coached him and stood shoulder-to-shoulder with him when they came under attack by insurgents from nearby buildings and streets. They ran together to the roof to fight back but a shot fired from what commanders believe was a recoilless rifle blasted through the reinforced concrete wall – the impact killed them both. Alan's family was offered the choice of a burial at Arlington National Cemetery, but they chose to take him home.

Burial:
Evergreen Memorial Park
Tucson
Pima County
Arizona, USA

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