Christopher S. Goeke

Fallen Hero’s Hometown and State: Apple Valley, MN

Branch of Service: U.S. Army

Rank: First Lieutenant

Chris graduated from West Point and commissioned as an Infantry Officer. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th BCT, 82nd Airborne Division. He died in Kandahar City, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire as he led his platoon.

Chris was one of the most genuine and caring individuals I have ever met. He was a servant leader to the core.

Chris always put others before himself, and is missed and loved by many. My son’s middle name is in honor of Chris, and I couldn’t think of a better example of character for him to follow.

Age: 23

Date of Death: July 13, 2010

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