Army Pfc. Jarrod A. Lallier honored in dignified transfer June 19
6/20/2012 - A U.S. Army carry team transfers the remains of Army Pfc. Jarrod A. Lallier of Spokane Wash., at Dover Air Force Base, Del., June 19, 2012. Lallier was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C. (U.S. Air Force photo/Adrian R. Rowan)
|From The Spokesman-Review legacy.com
LALLIER, Jarrod Allen SPC Army 82nd Airborne LALLIER (07/03/1991 - 06/18/2012)
SPC Army 82nd Airborne
God blessed our family with 20 wonderful years with our beloved son. On June 18, 2012, Jarrod was killed in action in Zharay District, Afghanistan, paying the ultimate sacrifice for the country he so dearly loved. Our son felt called to serve his country at an early age, and never wavered in his belief to serve our God and country. It came as no surprise that Jarrod was willing to serve friends, family, and acquaintances'. Jarrod made friends wherever he went. With a quick wit, and a smile, Jarrod could put any person at ease, and make anybody feel welcome. In his short 20 years, he lived life fully, never compromising who he was, or his values. He dearly loved his family and friends.
Jarrod's passions' were serving Christ, family/friends, the military, soccer, animals, fishing, and camping. Jarrod loved big family events where he could just gather, and celebrate life, whatever that meant at that moment. He had a great sense of humor, and loved to laugh, even if he was laughing at himself.
Jarrod's awards include the Bronze Star medal, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service medal, the Afghanistan Campaign medal, the Overseas Serve Ribbon, the Combat Infantry's Badge, and the Parachutist Badge.
He was born July 3, 1991 in Spokane, WA to Kim and Gary Lallier. He leaves a sister, Jessica and brother, Jordan. He is also survived by his great grandmother, Rosemary Jones; grandparents, Patty LaBeau, Keith and Debbie Williams, Ken and Kammi McClenahan, Maureen Williams, LeAnn Lallier and recently deceased Herb Lallier. He also leaves behind numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, many close friends, and his brothers in arms. Funeral service will be on Monday, July 2, 2012 beginning at 1:00 PM at the Life Center, 1202 N. Government Way. Military honors will be rendered at graveside at Fairmount Cemetery following the service. A reception is to follow at the Life Center, after the burial. In lieu of flowers, any donations can be sent to Woundedwarriorproject.org or Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517 Topeka, KS 66675. "Land of the free, because of the brave"- Jarrod's favorite saying. RIPLINGER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY 4305 N. Division Spokane, WA entrusted with arrangements. Online guestbook at www.riplingers.com
|From The Fay Observer fayobserver.com
Published: 08:16 AM, Wed Jun 20, 2012
Pfc. Jarrod A. Lallier, who was stationed at Fort Bragg, killed in Afghanistan
By Drew Brooks Staff writer
A Fort Bragg soldier was killed Monday after men in Afghan police uniforms attacked his unit, according to the Department of Defense.
Pfc. Jarrod A. Lallier, 20, of Spokane, Wash., died in the Zharay district of Kandahar province in Afghanistan.
Lallier was assigned to Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division.
The Pentagon first said Lallier was killed when "enemy forces attacked his unit with small-arms fire and grenades." Several hours later Tuesday, the military corrected the statement to say Lallier died "of wounds suffered when individuals in Afghan Police uniforms turned their weapons against his unit."
A Kandahar province spokesman told The Associated Press that the attackers fired a rocket-propelled grenade at Lallier's unit, then fled.
Other U.S. officials said nine U.S. troops were wounded in the attack.
Lallier was described by his fellow paratroopers as a shy and reserved man who would befriend everyone, according to a news release. They said he was a competent, trustworthy soldier whom colleagues were glad to have by their side.
"Spc. Lallier was a quiet professional. He impressed people with his deeds, not words," said Capt. Michael Kelvington, Bravo Company commander, in the release. "He was proud to be a part of the rare 0.45 percent that served his nation in a noble cause."
"Never shying away from a challenge, his performance during operations over the past few months in combat has been everything that I could ask from a daring paratrooper," Kelvington added. "His example and love for his brothers will be deeply missed. We honor his memory by finishing the job that he and his brothers, gave their lives for. It was a privilege to serve alongside of him."
Lallier joined the Army in July 2010 and trained at Fort Benning, Ga., before joining the 4th Brigade Combat Team in November 2010.
This was his first deployment, according to the 82nd Airborne Division.
Lallier's awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Combat Infantryman's Badge and the Parachutist Badge.
The 1st Battalion of the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, also known as Task Force 1 Fury, is headquartered at Forward Operating Base Pasab, formerly known as Forward Operating Base Wilson, in Zharay.
It is unclear if the attack that killed Lallier occurred at Pasab or if the attackers were actual Afghan police.
Fort Bragg paratroopers in southern Afghanistan often work alongside their Afghan counterparts and, in many instances, there is little separation between the groups on their bases.
Insider attacks in Afghanistan, known as "green on blue" incidents, have increased this year as U.S. troops rely more on training and mentoring.
More than a dozen such attacks have occurred this year, leading to more than 20 deaths.
At least one of those earlier attacks also involved soldiers with the 4th Brigade Combat Team.
Staff Sgt. Jordan Bear and Spc. Payton Jones, paratroopers with the 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, were killed in early March at the Sang-e-Sar outpost in Kandahar.
They were killed when three Afghan nationals - two soldiers and a civilian literacy teacher - fired at the paratroopers from a guard tower, according to the U.S. military.
Officials in Afghanistan said the shooters fired indiscriminately at International Security Assistance Forces.
Last year, 21 fatal attacks killed 35 coalition service members, according to the coalition. That compares with 11 fatal attacks and 20 deaths the previous year. In 2007 and 2008, there were a combined total of four attacks and four deaths.
Monday's attack in Zharay was part of a larger spike in violence in the region.
Southern and eastern Afghanistan have seen the heaviest fighting in the nation this summer, officials said. Both areas are increasingly under the control of Afghan security forces as U.S. and NATO combat troops prepare to withdraw by the end of 2014.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
|From KXLY kxly.com
Mead High School graduate dies in Afghanistan
Author: Alyssa Crawford , KXLY4 News Producer
Published On: Jun 19 2012 06:59:47 AM PDT Updated On: Jun 21 2012 12:13:07 AM PDT
SPOKANE, Wash. -
The Department of Defense has confirmed that a man from Spokane has died in Afghanistan.
Jarrod Lallier, 20, died Monday from wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire and grenades.
He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.
Lallier was a Mead High School 2010 graduate.
According to a former employee from Pattison's North, Lallier was a "great kid that everyone at the rink liked. He will be greatly missed."