Spec Gary L. Mathew Gooch, Jr

Spec Gary L. Mathew Gooch, Jr

Birth
Margate, Broward County, Florida, USA
Death 5 Nov 2009 (aged 22)
Jelawur, Kandahar, Afghanistan
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Sec 60 Site 9206
Memorial ID 44116367 · View Source
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Spc. Gary L. Gooch Jr., of Ocala, Florida was the youngest of two children born to Gary Gooch and Jeanine Murphy. He enlisted in the Army on August 14, 2006 at Jacksonville, and reported to Fort Benning, Georgia on August 29, 2006 for One Station Unit Training in Military Occupational Specialty 11B: Infantryman. He reported to Fort Lewis, Washington, on January 9, 2007, and was assigned to the 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division as a Grenadier. This was his first deployment. His civilian and military education includes a high school diploma (2006), and the Military Occupational Specialty 11B: Infantryman Qualification Course (2006). He was awarded the Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and Army Service Ribbon. Gary Jr. leaves behind his father, Gary L. Gooch Sr.; his stepmother, Patty Gooch of Lexington; his stepsister, Carrie Maxwell of Mt. Pleasant, SC; his mother, Jeanine Murphy; his sister, Keely Murphy; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his stepbrother, Sean Keith Maxwell; and stepsister, Brittany Marie Gooch. Gary will be terribly missed by those who loved him and those who had not yet had the chance to get to know him better due to his short time on this earth. We owe a great debt to this brave soldier for his sacrifice to his country. "Thank you. Gary L. Gooch Jr. He died at age 22 in Jelewar, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their vehicle with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Wash.


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  • Created by: Elizabeth Reed
  • Added: 9 Nov 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 44116367
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Spec Gary L. Mathew Gooch, Jr (27 May 1987–5 Nov 2009), Find A Grave Memorial no. 44116367, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Elizabeth Reed (contributor 46561848) .