Staff Sgt James Patrick Hunter
Staff Sgt. James P. Hunter of South Amherst, Ohio and Lexington, Kentucky graduated from Firelands High School in 2003. Although he grew up in northern Ohio, he loved Kentucky where he also had strong ties. He loved his country, loved the United States Army and had a heart for trying to help wherever he was needed. James had been in Afghanistan less than a month serving as an army journalist. But he already was a war veteran, having served two previous combat tours in Iraq. His Awards and Decorations include, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge and Weapons Qualification, M4, expert. James leaves his fiancée, Candice whom he became engaged to on Valentine’s Day 2010. his father and stepfather, William “Tom” Hunter, and Mary Ellen Hunter, his mother and stepfather, Patricia Phillips and Rick Phillips, brothers, Thomas, Daniel, Timothy, and Cpl Billy Hunter, a sister Kathy Hunter, and half sister, US Navy Chief Petty Officer Charity Morgan. He died at age 25 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.
Headquarters and Headquarters Company
502nd Infantry Regiment
2nd Brigade Combat Team
101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)
Fort Campbell, Kentucky
Burial is at Lexington Cemetery in Lexington, Kentucky