SSG Thomas Kent Fogarty

509th PIA

NAME: SSG Thomas Kent Fogarty

PLACE OF BIRTH: Alameda, Alameda County, California, USA

DATE OF BIRTH: 27 Jan 1982

DATES OF SERVICE: ?? Jan 2004 - 06 May 2012

UNIT ASSIGNED: Company C, 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division

CAMPAIGNS: Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom

AWARDS: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge

SUMMARY OF SERVICE:

Thomas knew he wanted to be a soldier from an early age.

00 Jan 2004 - Fogarty joined the Army and served as an infantryman

Completed Basic Combat Training, Infantry AIT and Basic Airborne Course at Fort Benning, GA

Assigned to unit at Fort Stewart, GA

Assigned to a unit at Fort Hood in TX

Served as a recruiter

He served two combat tours in Iraq.

00 Apr 2012 - SSG Thomas Fogarty, Company C, 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) of the 25th Infantry Division deploys to Afghanistan

06 May 2012 - Approximately one month into the deployment, Fogarty was commanding his vehicle when the enemy targeted it with an improvised explosive device in Ahmad-Kheyl in Afghanistan. Three other soldiers were wounded in the attack. Fogarty died after he was taken to the city of Puli Alam.

20 May 2012 - Visitation was held at St. Albert the Great Church on Bay Farm Island on Sunday, from 2 pm until 8 pm with a vigil service at 6 pm.

“As long as his heart was beating, he served as a guardian of our freedom,” said his older brother, Rory Fogarty.

21 May 2012 - The memorial service was held at Kofman Auditorium in the Alameda High School at 11 am. Brigadier General Paul LaCamera presented Fogarty’s family with the Purple Heart and Bronze Star medals.

His survivors include his wife, Vanessa Fogarty, and their sons, 5-year-old Kellan, and Caden, age 3. His family also includes his father, Thomas Fogarty, mother Stephanie Fisher and stepfather Michael Fisher.

A memorial account has been established with Wells Fargo Bank for SSG Thomas Fogarty on behalf of his children, Kellan (5) and Caden (3). Donations in Thomas's memory may also be made to The Fisher House Foundation, Inc., In Memory of SSG Thomas K. Fogarty, 111 Rockville Pike, Suite 420, Rockville, MD 20850-5168, which assists the families of the fallen.

BURIAL - Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA, PLOT Section 60 Site 10083



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