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Julian L Colvin

Julian L Colvin

Birmingham, Alabama

July 22, 2012

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
21 Army Pfc

508th Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division

Fort Bragg, North Carolina

 Killed in Kandahar, Afghanistan, by an enemy improvised explosive device.

Julian L Colvin


COLVIN, PFC. JULIAN LEE PFC. Julian Lee Colvin, age 21, of Birmingham, AL, was slain in the line of duty on July 22, 2012 in Afghanistan while serving his country as a soldier in the U.S. Army. He served strongly and faithfully until his untimely demise. His benevolence to his country will be forever remembered in the hearts of his family and friends and gratefully acknowledged by the U.S. Government with thankfulness and appreciation. Left to cherish and delight in his memory are his mother, Carla Chandler Colvin; his father, Alfred L. Colvin, Jr.; his brother, Alfred L. Colvin, III; special siblings, KeAndre and Chad Story; a special aunt, Kendra M. Chandler; his grandmother, Lillian Chandler and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 4, 2012 at 10:00 am at Sixth Avenue Baptist Church with burial at Elmwood Cemetery. Davenport & Harris Directing. >

Published in The Birmingham News from Aug. 1 to Aug. 3, 2012
From ABC 33/40 abc3340.com 08/04/12:

Army Pfc. Julian L. Colvin put to rest

Posted: Aug 04, 2012 2:36 PM PDT
Updated: Aug 04, 2012 2:36 PM PDT

Sunshine beamed down on Birmingham just as family members slid Julian Lee Colvin's brown coffin out of a horse drawn hearse. Hundreds of people from across the state came to Sixth Avenue Baptist church for his funeral.

In an emotional interview earlier this week, Colvin's mother described her son as kind hearted and loyal. "He was very respectful, very humble, very loving, very kind, very patient, very generous," says Carla Colvin.

Strangers sat across the street to honor the fallen soldier.

Bridgette Dorsey was one of them, "I really pray that his family will give him grace, peace and mercy," says Dorsey.

David Haines knows this feeling all too well. He travels across the state with other veteran riders to attend different soldier's funerals. Haines says, "America has lost a hero, Alabama has lost one of her sons, and we're here to remind the public that we don't forget."

The 21 year olds sacrifice brought the community closer together. People lined the streets holding signs that read, "Thank you for your service".

While they say they're heartbroken, Colvin's loved ones describe this day as a celebration.

"Really it's a celebration, we're suppose to celebrate death and just pray that god will give him strength and encouragement," says Dorsey.

Colvin's mother says she has been strengthened from other family members and the community.
From Alabama al.com 07/24/12:

Army soldier from Birmingham, Julian Colvin, killed in Afghanistan (updated)
Print Jon Anderson 
on July 24, 2012 at 4:19 PM, updated July 25, 2012 at 2:04 AM

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- A 21-year-old U.S. Army soldier from Birmingham was one of two servicemen killed in Afghanistan on Sunday, the U.S. Department of Defense said Tuesday.

Army Pfc. Julian L. Colvin of Birmingham and Sgt. Richard L. Berry, 27, of Scottsdale, Ariz., died of wounds suffered from an enemy improvised explosive device while on a dismounted patrol in Kandahar, Afghanistan, the Department of Defense said.

Both were assigned to the 508th Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division from Fort Bragg, N.C., and were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Colvin joined the Army on March 9, 2011 as a combat engineer. He attended training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., followed by the U.S. Army Airborne School and joined the 82nd Airborne Division in July 2011. This was his first deployment.

"Pfc. Colvin was a young, energetic Paratrooper and engineer," said Lt. Col. Peter Levola, commander of the 508th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, in a press release. "He is a shining example of the inspiration and promise of our young, remarkable Paratroopers -- a selfless hero who willingly took on one of the most difficult jobs in the Brigade by leading patrols with a mine detector."

Colvin's awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Ribbon, the Combat Action Badge and the Basic Parachutist Badge.

Berry joined the Army on Feb. 23, 2006, as a combat engineer and joined the 82nd Airborne Division in May 2009. This was his third combat deployment, having previously served in Iraq from September 2006 to November 2007 and in Afghanistan from August 2009 to February 2010.

"Staff Sgt. Berry was an incredibly talented Paratrooper, engineer and husband," Levola said. Berry was injured on a mission during a previous deployment and worked his way back to health to rejoin his unit as a team leader, Levola said. "He is an unforgettable hero."

Berry's awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart with one oak leaf cluster, the Army Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters, the Army Good Conduct Medal with two knots, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal with Bronze Star, the Combat Action Badge and the Basic Parachutist Badge.
Friends, family say goodbye to fallen soldier

The Associated Press

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Friends, family members and fellow soldiers said farewell Aug. 4 to a soldier from Alabama who was killed in Afghanistan.

The flag-draped casket of Army Pfc. Julian L. Colvin stood at the front of Sixth Avenue Baptist Church in Birmingham, The Birmingham News reported, as mourners heard tributes from those who knew the 21-year-old combat engineer.

The Rev. Thomas E. Hunter, pastor of the church Colvin attended growing up, said in his eulogy the young soldier “just didn’t die. He died for a cause.”

Friends and Army colleagues described Colvin as a diehard Alabama sports fan who enlisted in the Army in March 2011. He deployed to Afghanistan with a unit of the 82nd Airborne Division from Fort Bragg, N.C.

An improvised bomb blast killed Colvin and another soldier, Army Staff. Sgt. Richard L. Berry, on July 29 as they conducted a dismounted patrol in Zharay, Afghanistan.

Outside the church, a few people lined the street with flags and signs to show support as Colvin’s casket was taken by a horse-drawn hearse to nearby Elmwood Cemetery. Mourners stood at attention as Colvin received a 21-gun salute, followed by the playing of Taps.

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