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CWO Richard Matthew Salter

Born: August 28, 1961 in Houston, Texas
Died: December 26, 2005 in Baghdad, Iraq

Chief Warrant Officer Richard M. Salter of Cypress, Texas joined the Army after graduating in 1980 from Texas A&M University in 1985. Prior to that he graduated in 1980 from Cy-Fair High School. As a child, Richard spent countless hours playing with an air rescue helicopter he received one Christmas and foreshadowed what he would do as an adult. He went on to become chief warrant officer in the Army who not only flew helicopters but had also trained other soldiers to fly the Apache. He flew an air attack mission in support of ground troops that captured Saddam Hussein during his first tour in Iraq. After returning home, he finished building the dream home he had designed with his wife. The family moved into the home, on the Lampasas River, in May 2005. Richard had left for Iraq the following November for his second tour. His Awards and Decorations include, Air Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with three bronze device, Army Achievement Medal with three bronze device, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal with bronze service star, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon with numeral device two, Master Army Aviator Badge, Senior Army Aviator Badge, and the Army Superior Unit Award. He leaves his wife, Janet, two sons, Jarrett and Lane, two daughters, Christina and Danielle, his parents Douglad L. and Sara Jo Salter, and a sister, Sara. He was killed at age 44 when his Apache helicopter collided with another military aircraft in mid-air and then crashed in Baghdad. Also killed was Chief Warrant Officer Isaias E. Santos.
1st Battalion
4th Aviation Regiment
Aviation Brigade
4th Infantry Division
Fort Hood, Texas

Burial is at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, Texas

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