Sgt. Israel P. O’Bryan of Newbern, Tennessee attended Dyer High School, graduating in 2004. While there, he ran track, played soccer, and was on the Spanish club and National Honor Society. He also attended the University of Tennessee where he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. The son of Eddie and Denise Jones and Richard and Linda O’Bryan enlisted in the United States Army in May of 2006 in Memphis. Raised in a military family, he participated in the ROTC while attending college. He reported to Fort Lewis in December of 2006. “Izzy’ deployed to Iraq in August of 2009 to serve his second deployment. He served his first deployment in 2007. His Awards and Decorations include, the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon and Combat Infantry Badge. He died at age 24 in Jalula, Iraq, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device. In addition to his parents, he leaves his wife, Brenna and a son, Turner, and a sister, Tabetha. His wife is former Army and the couple met when Izzy was serving his first tour.
20th Infantry Regiment
3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team
2nd Infantry Division
Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington
Burial is at Wilmot Lutheran Cemetery in Wilmot, South Dakota