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Spc Andrew Lee Hand

Born: November 28, 1984 in Valdosta, Georgia
Died: July 24, 2010 in Qalat, Afghanistan

Spc. Andrew L. Hand of Enterprise, Alabama is a 2004 graduate of Enterprise High School where he played football as a wide receiver for the Wildcats, along with being a member of the Wildcat baseball and track team. Andrew entered active service on November 15, 2005. Following his initial term of active service, he re-enlisted Oct. 17, 2008. He reported to Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The battalion deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in October of 2009. He was serving his second tour of duty in Afghanistan. His civilian and military education includes a high school diploma, and the Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) Crewmember Qualification Course. His Awards and Decorations include, the Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, and Combat Action Badge. He leaves his wife, Amanda, his two boys, Tristen and Gavin, his father and stepmother, Kenneth and Renee Hand, his mother and stepfather Phyllis and Jerry Parris, a sister, Laura and a brother, Robert. He died at age 25 at Qalat, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when insurgents attacked their military vehicle with an improvised explosive device.
5th Battalion
3rd Field Artillery Regiment
17th Fires Brigade
Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington

Burial is at Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo, Alabama – Sec 8 Site 662

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  1. Wallville
    July 28th, 2010 at 15:20 | #1

    I never knew your son, brother, husband…or friend. But I have met many amazing young men like him. His story lives in your memories now… How I wish I could have changed all this…in a mad world…everything seems to have been said. Please send me his funeral date… I would like to be there.

  2. ByronWhitman1982
    February 25th, 2013 at 01:52 | #2

    Andrew was a great Soilder and an even better friend,looking forward to seeing you again buddy.I love you.

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