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Spec Charles Edward Bilbrey, Jr
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Birth: May 10, 1986
Owego
Tioga County
New York, USA
Death: Jul. 26, 2007, Iraq

THIS LISTING IS A MEMORIAL CENOTAPH LOCATED AT FORT STEWART, GA. ACTUAL BURIAL IS ELSEWHERE

Army Spc. Charles E. Bilbrey Jr., 21, of Owego, N.Y.; assigned to the 5th Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.; died July 26 in Saqlawiyah, Iraq, of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. Also killed were Sgt. William R. Howdeshell and Spc. Jaime Rodriguez Jr.

Owego soldier killed in Iraq

The Associated Press

OWEGO, N.Y. A 21-year-old soldier whose goal was to become an Army Ranger was among three soldiers killed in Saqlawiyah, Iraq when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle.
Spc. Charles Bilbrey Jr., 21, of Owego, who enlisted before his final year of high school, died July 26, along with Sgt. William Howdeshell, 37, of Norfolk, Va., and Spc. Jaime Rodriguez, 19, of Oxnard, Calif., the Department of Defense said July 29.
Bilbrey deployed in January with the 5th Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment of the 3rd Infantry Division, based in Fort Stewart, Ga. Soon after arriving he asked his family to send candy to give to Iraqi children.
"This place looks like Dr. Seuss built it," he told his mother, Barbara, in a phone call after landing in Kuwait.
The soldier's father, Charles Sr., said his son's captain told him Bilbrey had volunteered for a dangerous assignment.
The captain "referred to him as a soldier's soldier. He had no fear of anything. I think that's why he volunteered for these risky missions," the father said.
Bilbrey will be buried in Owego with a full military service, his parents said. Details had not been finalized.

OWEGO -- An Owego family was devastated Friday after learning their son and brother -- U.S. soldier Charles E. Bilbrey Jr., -- was killed in action in Iraq earlier that day.
"He was a good boy," said Bilbrey's mother Barbara Bilbrey. "He always wanted to be in the Army, since he was 12-years-old."
The family now is left trying to cope with their loss, as well as the logistics involved in bringing her son home, she said.
Her son loved the Army and those he served with, Bilbrey said, and her hope now is that those soldiers will safely return to their families.
"Those guys he was serving with," she said, "they loved him."
Bilbrey was a 2005 graduate of Owego Free Academy, where he was involved in sports, clubs and student government, with football being one of his favorite pastimes, Barbara Bilbrey said.
"He loved that game and the guys he played with," she said.
OFA Principal said Charles Bilbrey left a lasting legacy of patriotism, respect and leadership at the school.
"I just think of him as just one of the most patriotic students I've ever met, and so full of respect," he said. "If there was anybody you wanted on your team," Pierce said, "it would be Charlie. He'd give you 100 percent on anything he ever did."
His dream was to be an Army Ranger, he said, and enlisted in the Army in 2005. He began basic training after his 2005 high school graduation.
"He did exactly what he wanted to do," Pierce said.
The eldest of four children and a former Boy Scout and youth church group member, Bilbrey always spoke to school faculty members with respect, he said, using 'Yes sir' and 'Yes ma'am' regularly.
"He was so positive," Pierce said. "Just a great, great young man. He's going to be sadly missed."

From the Press and Sun-Bulletin

THIS LISTING IS A MEMORIAL CENOTAPH LOCATED AT FORT STEWART, GA. ACTUAL BURIAL IS ELSEWHERE 
 
Burial:
Warriors Walk Memorial
Hinesville
Liberty County
Georgia, USA
Plot: 362
 
Created by: Elizabeth Olmstead
Record added: Oct 31, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 31014102
Spec Charles Edward Bilbrey, Jr
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Spec Charles Edward Bilbrey, Jr
Added by: Elizabeth Olmstead
 
Spec Charles Edward Bilbrey, Jr
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