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.
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