1SGT Christopher C. Rafferty

1SGT Christopher C. Rafferty

Death 21 Jul 2006 (aged 37)
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Sec 60 Site 8333
Memorial ID 15028283 · View Source
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1st Sgt. Christopher Rafferty of Brownsville, Pa., married his high school sweetheart after they met at a dance in Malden. They would have been married 15 years in August. They had purchased a house in Fayetteville, N.C. He joined the military in high school. He was 16 and joined the National Guard and went to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, at 17. He would have been able to retire from the U.S. Army in two and a half years and was up for a promotion when he returned from Afghanistan. He was due for a two-week leave in October and would have completed his tour of duty. His father, A. Christopher Rafferty, died in 1979, and Chris will be buried on his parents' wedding anniversary, Aug. 4. He also had a special relationship with his stepfather, Michael Hustava. He grew up in Beallsville and graduated from Bethlehem Center High School, where he played drums in the band and wrote a cadence for the band that was used for years after his graduation. The family moved to Brownsville 20 years ago, his senior year, but he stayed with his grandparents so he could graduate with his class. His grandmother, Dorothy Rafferty, still lives in Vestaburg. He and his wife have two daughters, Samantha, 13 and Kayla, 11, in Fayetteville, N.C. He is also survived by two sisters, Allison Rafferty of Erie and Deana Marie Anderson of Carmichaels. His sister Deana has two boys, one of whom is currently in the Army awaiting deployment. Both Rafferty and his nephew, Jason Anderson, were in Iraq at the same time. Chris was also predeceased by a brother, Matthew, who died 36 years ago from crib death. Chris was 37.

37th Engineer Battalion,
Fort Bragg, N.C.

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  • Created by: Elizabeth Reed
  • Added: 24 Jul 2006
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 1SGT Christopher C. Rafferty (18 Nov 1968–21 Jul 2006), Find A Grave Memorial no. 15028283, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Elizabeth Reed (contributor 46561848) .