Operation Iraqi Freedom, Fallen Heroes, Iraq War 03/19/03

Eric "Red" I Rumbaugh

Portland, Oregon

January 23, 2012

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
39 Army Staff Sergeant

Retired from US Army on 15 June 2009

 Served 2 tours in Iraq and also served in Bosnia.

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February 3, 2012

Eric Ian Rumbaugh
July 13, 1972-January 23, 2012

Eric, known to his friends as “Red”, was born to Stanley and Rita  in St. Louis, Missouri on July 13, 1972. He is survived by his wife, Margerita----
Eric was a 1992 Aloha High School graduate, and soon after graduation was at Ft. Benning GA, where he completed basic training on 29 July 1992.
From an early age, Eric’s goal was to become a soldier. He ate, slept and dreamed of serving his country, some say from age 3, when wide-eyed, he saw his first GI Joe.
Eric served from 1992 until he was honorably discharged from the Oregon Army National Guard on 23 November 1997, in order to enlist in the regular Army, with his first duty assignment being Ft. Drum New York, with the 10th Mountain Division.
While with the 10th Mountain, Eric deployed with his unit to Bosnia as part of the NATO peacekeeping force. 
After returning from duty in Bosnia, Eric requested airborne training, which he completed and was immediately transferred to the 509th Airborne Infantry Regiment at Ft. Polk, Louisiana, where he learned to love Cajun cooking. While at Ft. Polk, he became the Opposition Force Team Leader at the Joint Regimental Training Center (JRTC), while achieving the rank of Sergeant.
After events of 9/11/2001, Eric felt it was his duty to serve in combat alongside the personnel he helped to train at the JRTC, and knowing that the Iraq war was about to happen, he requested and was granted transfer to the 82nd Airborne Division, 325th (fast deployment) Infantry Battalion at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina.
Eric and the 82nd were soon deployed to the Iraqi war, being the first ground troops to infiltrate into Iraqi territory following the “shock and awe” air campaign. His units engaged and soundly defeated the elite Iraqi Republican Guard at As Samawah and Ad Diwaniyah, and then were directed into Baghdad where they gained and held control of a large sector of the city until they relinquished command to the 101st Airborne 10 months later, at which time Eric and his 82nd unit returned to Ft. Bragg.
Eric Ian Rumbaugh
Born: 13 July 1972, St. Louis, Missouri
Passed away: 23 January 2012, Vancouver, Washington (age 39 years)
Staff Sergeant, (E06) U.S. Army (retired)
Honorably Discharged at Ft. Riley, Kansas, 15 June 2009 
Permanent Disability (service connected)
Awards and Decorations:
• Parachutist Badge
• Combat Infantryman Badge
• Army Meritorious Service Medal
• Army Achievement Medal (4th award)
• Army Commendation Medal (3rd award)
• Presidential Unit Citation
• Public Health Service Unit Commendation
• Valorous Unit Award
• Army Good Conduct Medal (3rd award)
• Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal
• National Defense Service Medal with bronze star
• Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
• Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
• Iraqi Campaign Medal with campaign star
• Non Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon
• Army Service Ribbon
• Overseas Service Ribbon
• Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon
• NATO Medal (for service in Bosnia)
• Bosnia NATO peacekeeping force 15 August 1999 until 31 March 2000
• Iraq, Operation Iraqi Freedom (invasion force) 15 March 2003 until 29 January 2004
• Iraq, Operation Iraqi Freedom (national elections) 07 December 2004 until 26 March 2005
Service Units:
• Oregon Army National Guard, 1992-1997
• U.S. Army 10th Mountain Division, Ft. Drum NY 25 November 1997 until 17 July 2000
• U.S. Army 509th Airborne Inf. OPFOR., Ft. Polk La, 17 July 2000 until 05 December 2002
• U.S. Army 82nd Airborne, 325thInf. BN, Ft. Bragg, NC, 05 December 2002 until 12 December 2005
• U.S. Army 1st Infantry Division, Ft. Riley Ks, 12 December 2005 until 16 June 2009

Responsible Positions Held: 

• Buildings and Grounds NCO, Ft. Riley, Kansas 20 November 2006 until 19 May 2008
• Platoon Squad Leader, Ft. Riley, Kansas 01 December 2005 until 20 November 2006
• Infantry Team Leader, Mosul Iraq, 07 December 2004 until 26 March 2005 
• Infantry Team Leader, Baghdad Iraq, 15 March 2003 until 29 January 2004
• Platoon Squad Leader, Ft. Bragg, NC, 05 December 2002 until 15 March 2003 
• Opposition Force Team Leader, Ft Polk La., 17 July 2000 until 01 March 2002

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