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 Christopher B “Chris” Lester

Christopher B “Chris” Lester

Birth
Wyoming County, West Virginia, USA
Death 25 Jun 1996 (aged 19)
Saudi Arabia
Burial Matheny, Wyoming County, West Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 122055381 · View Source
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Airman Christopher B Lester
Airman 1st Class-E-3
AFSC/MOS; 3E0X2-Electrical Power Production
AFSC Group Civil Engineering
Last Unit 1996-1996, Air Force Wings/4404th Wing (Provisional) Service Years 1994 - 1996
Last Known Activity
On June 25, 1996, terrorists bombed Khobar Towers, a housing unit near Dhahran, Saudia Arabia, shortly before 10 P.M. local time, killing 19 Air Force personnel and injuring hundreds of other Americans. A1C Christopher B. Lester was one of the airmen killed that day. The slain airmen were part of the effort in patrolling the air over southern Iraq and detering Iraqi aggression in Operation Southern Watch. Air Force guards posted on top of a nearby building suspected a terrorist activity in progress when the driver of a fuel truck parked next to the northern perimeter fence and fled from the scene in a nearby car. An immediate evacuation of the building ensued, but before the evacuation could be completed, an explosion with the force of 20,000 pounds of TNT sheared the face of the building. Sources: http://www.af.mil/news, http://airforce-magazine.com & http://www.remember.gov

"Airman 1st Class Christopher Lester of the 88th Civil Engineer Group was honored by his fellow airmen at Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio with a memorial service on July 1, 1996. An exhibit featuring Lester's photo is located in Building 22 at Wright-Patterson."

He is survived by his mother Judy; father, Cecil; sister Jessica; brother, Cecil Jr; his fiancée Andrea Brooks; together with a great number of family and friends, and a nation that is deeply grateful unto God for one who has served faithful unto death.

Funeral service held 2:pm Wednesday July 3rd 1996 at Pineville High School Gymnasium.

Officiating: Rev Irvin Lee and Rev. Clay Phillips

Final Resting Place : Palm Memorial Gardens Matheny WV


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  • Created by: April Uhl Brooks
  • Added: 22 Dec 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 122055381
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Christopher B “Chris” Lester (15 Feb 1977–25 Jun 1996), Find A Grave Memorial no. 122055381, citing Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny, Wyoming County, West Virginia, USA ; Maintained by April Uhl Brooks (contributor 47786539) .