Roger W. Deeds

Fallen Hero’s Hometown and State: Biloxi, MS

Branch of Service: U.S. Marine Corps

Rank: Lance Corporal

Roger was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for heroic actions during Operation Steel Curtain. While attempting to clear New Ubaydi, his platoon was engaged by enemy machine gun and grenade fire. Twice, without regard for personal safety, Roger established a firing position and suppressed the enemy. He provided first aid and security for fellow wounded Marine Corps before being mortally wounded.

Roger’s unwavering dedication is what first comes to mind when I think of him. If you were his friend, it was for life and he would do anything for you. His sideways smirk and twinkle in his eye were ever present indicators of his great sense of humor. But above all, the love he had for his wife and children was what he would ultimately want to be remembered for.

Knowing the outcome, Roger would take the exact same actions to help his fellow brothers in arms. His belief in America and those he served with was unrivaled. He left behind a seven week old and 16 month old.

Age: 24

Date of Death: November 16, 2005

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