Sgt Freeman Lee Gardner, Jr
Sgt. Freeman L. Gardner Jr, of Little Rock, Arkansas was educated in Detroit where he was the recipient of multiple awards in High School, including 1st place as a National winner in developing a detailed computer program with the “Ford Motor Company” for gifted High School Computer Programmers. He was a graduate of Little Rock Central High School, with a 4.0 gpa, with high honors in his AP classes and received a scholarship for “computer engineer”. While attending the University of Oklahoma he was involved in numerous campus activities and became a member of the Zeta Zeta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. in November of 1999. Freeman was an avid reader and loved studing Biblical history and was always quenching his thirst for learning on computers and technology. He enlisted in the United States Army in June of 2004 to obtain valuable work and leadership experience. He served as a “Signal Systems Support Specialist”, he helped maintain or supervise the battlefield communications systems. Later that year, he was married in December of 2004 in Oklahoma City. He was deployed to Iraq in June 2006 and his unit is expected to return home in June or July of 2007. Freeman was a devoted husband, son, brother, uncle and soldier. He was a quiet man with a gentle demeanor, who loved helping people. He never knew a stranger. His Awards and Decorations, include, the Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Army Service Ribbon, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart and Good Conduct Medal. He died at age 26 in Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his unit while on combat patrol.
18th Engineer Company
3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team
2nd Infantry Division
Fort Lewis, Washington
Burial is at Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock, Arkansas – Sec K Site 36