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Spec Heath Kayne Quinton Pickard

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Spec Heath Kayne Quinton Pickard

  • Birth 18 Sep 1987 Athens, Henderson County, Texas, USA
  • Death 16 Oct 2008 Iraq
  • Burial Palestine, Anderson County, Texas, USA
  • Memorial ID 30731861

Spc. Heath Pickard of Brushy Creek, Texas was a 2006 graduate of Frankston High School, where he played varsity football and was a member of the Indian Marching Band. He also lettered in football and baseball and was a well-liked student. Heath played baseball and football for the Indians and won the 1999 Treasurers of the Texas Coast Children's Art Contest, that illustrated what youth across the state liked about the coast and what Texas should do to protect it. He enlisted into the Army just days after graduating and was training to be a Ranger. Heath left for Iraq on his 21st birthday as part of forces supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Heath and his wife Sara had recently become first-time parents with the birth of their son, Ethan, in June 2008. He loved the outdoors especially fishing. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Jack Pickard Sr., his sister, Nicole Pickard, cousin, Emily Pickard, his aunt Jackie Pickard, and uncle, Gene Pickard. Heath was killed at age 21 when his unit was hit by mortar fire and rocket-fired grenades while still inside the perimeter during a pre-mission briefing at Forward Operating Base Warhorse at Baquba Airfield.

Bravo Company
1st Battalion
5th Infantry Regiment
1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team
25th Infantry Division
Fort Wainwright, Alaska

  • Created by: Elizabeth Reed
  • Added: 21 Oct 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 30731861
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Spec Heath Kayne Quinton Pickard (18 Sep 1987–16 Oct 2008), Find A Grave Memorial no. 30731861, citing Land of Memory Cemetery, Palestine, Anderson County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Elizabeth Reed (contributor 46561848) .