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Sgt Edward H. Bolen

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Born: April 25, 1985 in Syracuse, New York
Died: November 10, 2010 in Logar, Afghanistan

Sgt. Edward H. Bolen of Chittenango, New York is a 2003 graduate of Chittenango High School where he was Captain of the football and baseball teams. He then attended St. John Fisher College from 2003 to early 2005 before he transferred to the State University College at Cortland. Eddie has several family members who have served in the military, uncles and cousins. And Eddie himself was named after his great uncle, Army 2nd Lt. Edward Bolen, who was killed in action during World War II. Eddie enlisted in the United States Army in November of 2006. After training he arrived at Fort Polk in June 2007 and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom later that year. He deployment to Afghanistan in October of 2010. His awards and decorations include, the Army Commendation Medal, the Valorous Unit Award, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medals, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Ribbon, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Expert Infantryman Badge, and the Parachutist Badge. He military education includes, the Warrior Leadership Course, the Emergency Medical Technical Basic Course, the Force XXI Battalion Command-Brigade Level Course and the Airborne Course. Eddie was married in early September 2010, just prior to his deployment overseas. His longterm goal was to complete his studies, and then to join the New York City Fire Department. He leaves his wife, Andrea and his parents, Walter Bolen and Jeanine among others. He died at age 25 in Logar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using small arms fire and an improvised explosive device.
2nd Battalion
30th Infantry Regiment
4th Brigade Combat Team
10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry)
Fort Polk, Louisiana

Burial is at Oakwood Cemetery in Chittenango, New York

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