Sgt Jerry Randall Evans, Jr
Born Dec. 24, 1985 in Orlando, Florida
Died Aug. 7, 2009 in Wardak Province, Afghanistan
Sgt. Jerry R. Evans Jr., 23, of Eufaula, Alabama, who moved to Alabama in 1989. Jerry always wanted to be in the action. Before he could even drive a car, he was a volunteer for the White Oak Volunteer Fire Department, preferring to be the guy at the end of the hose. He joined the Army in June 2005 and came to Fort Drum, New York, in December 2005. During his first deployment to Afghanistan in 2006, he earned an Army Commendation Medal and Purple Heart. Wounded in the hands and face, he was a gunner and continued to fight off the enemy, helping to save the lives of the four other men in the vehicle. He deployed with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team in January 2009 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, and served as an infantryman in 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry). He died in Wardak Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. All of Sgt. Evans awards and decorations include two Purple Hearts, Army Commendation Medal w/distinguishing device for Valor, Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, and Combat Infantryman Badge. Jerry hoped that when he returned from this tour of duty he could become a drill sergeant at Fort Benning, Georgia.
Burial in Fort Mitchell National Cemetery in Fort Mitchell, Alabama – Sec 15 Site 159