Closed Thread
Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: RIP Screaming Eagle

  1. #1
    Short Timer CWO Sharkey's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Regular Army
    Posts
    7,912

    Default RIP Screaming Eagle

    Soldier posthumously awarded for saving lt. - Army News | News from Afghanistan & Iraq - Army Times

    Soldier posthumously awarded for saving lt.




    By Michelle Tan - Staff writer
    Posted : Saturday Nov 26, 2011 8:26:37 EST
    Sgt. 1st Class Barry E. Jarvis and his soldiers had visited this observation post before.
    Manned by the Afghan Border Police, the OP sat in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province in the east, in Pachir Wa Agam district.
    On that day, Nov. 29, 2010, Jarvis and members of his platoon were at the OP to conduct an assessment of the unit’s 155mm rockets. But the routine mission took an ugly and tragic turn: A member of the border police opened fire on the troops, killing six American soldiers.
    REMEMBERING THE FALLEN

    Six soldiers from 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, were killed Nov. 29, 2010, when an Afghan border policeman opened fire on them. They were:
    Sgt. 1st Class Barry E. Jarvis, 36, of Tell City, Ind.
    Staff Sgt. Curtis A. Oakes, 29, of Athens, Ohio.
    Spc. Matthew W. Ramsey, 20, of Quartz Hill, Calif.
    Pfc. Jacob A. Gassen, 21, of Beaver Dam, Wis.
    Pfc. Austin G. Staggs, 19, of Senoia, Ga.
    Pvt. Buddy W. McLain, 24, of Mexico, Maine.

    Heroism remembered

    Our database of valor awards

    Jarvis, 36, and his platoon leader, 1st Lt. Will Janotka, turned toward the fire but quickly realized they were in the gunman’s line of sight.
    Jarvis immediately pushed Janotka out of the way, saving his lieutenant’s life.
    But Jarvis, a husband and father, was mortally wounded.
    For his actions, Jarvis was posthumously awarded the Silver Star, the nation’s third-highest award for valor, and was honored during a ceremony Nov. 10 at Fort Campbell, Ky.
    “He was very deserving,” Janotka said. “He deserves everything he receives. But at the same time, I think about it almost every day.”
    The soldiers from 2nd Platoon, B Troop, 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, deployed to Afghanistan in August 2010 with the rest of their brigade, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division.
    Stationed at Forward Operating Base Finley-Shields, the soldiers were responsible for much of Nangarhar province, Janotka said.
    On the day of the attack, the unit was tasked to conduct a 155mm rocket registration mission to measure the effectiveness of their squadron’s rockets, Janotka said.
    “In order to do that, we had to go to this OP and observe where the rounds impacted and make sure they were in a safe area and no civilians were hurt,” he said.
    The platoon had been to this OP at least three times before; the most recent visit was a week earlier.
    When the soldiers arrived, seven of them — including Janotka and Jarvis, the platoon sergeant — trekked 500 feet to 600 feet up a hill to the highest point of the OP.
    “As soon as the first [rocket] round impacted, the guy started shooting,” Janotka said. “He started shooting and Sgt. Jarvis yells, ‘We’ve got to move.’ “
    It was over in a flash, no more than 30 or 45 seconds, Janotka said. “When the rounds ceased, I looked down and [Jarvis] had been fatally wounded in the chest.”
    The shooter, whom the soldiers had seen on previous visits to the OP, was 10 feet away from the soldiers. “He shot five of my soldiers in the head,” Janotka said.
    Two other soldiers — Staff Sgt. Michael Brumlow and former Sgt. Jacob Hoelscher, who were pulling security about 40 feet away — killed the gunman, Janotka said.
    “It was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do,” Janotka said about the events of that day.
    After the gunman was killed, the soldiers detained all the border policemen and took away their weapons.
    Janotka said he knew almost immediately what Jarvis had done for him.
    “It’s certainly something I’ll never forget, but it’s comforting to know that the families [of the fallen soldiers] are doing all right,” he said. “Today [at the Silver Star ceremony] was really refreshing for me to meet all the families in person and to know the Jarvis family is continuing to do well. That’s what was most important to me.”
    Janotka said his platoon sergeant’s actions on that November day consumed his thoughts during the Silver Star ceremony.
    “Obviously I’ve thought about it a lot, but today I really understood the magnitude of what he did and how much he meant not just to me and the platoon, but everybody in his life,” Janotka said.
    His battle buddy had a rugged exterior, but at his core, Jarvis was a family man and professional soldier, Janotka said.
    “He could always make people laugh and he was a kind, genuine person,” he said. “The thing about Sgt. Jarvis was he made everyone’s job a lot easier, he made my job a lot easier. When he passed away, I knew I had to continue what he had built. The [noncommissioned officers] he trained, we forged together and we knew we needed to continue what Sgt. Jarvis started.”

    End of Story


    ArmySgt. 1st Class Barry E. Jarvis was a Cavalry Scout serving with 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th BCT, 101st Airborne Division in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan when he was killed in action saving the life of a comrade during an ambush.
    Iraq/Afghanistan Veteran (OIF V & OEF X & XIII)
    101st Airborne Division & 4th Infantry Division combat vet
    Serving overseas

  2. # ADS
    Google Adsense image
    Join Date
    Just Now
    Location
    In your thoughts
    Posts
    42

  • #2
    Senior Member Angriff's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    Kohreeah
    Posts
    1,643

    Default

    RIP brothers. Selfless service at it's finest.
    TANKER - That dusty, crusty, grease-covered, dirty, sweaty, bright-eyed, fuzzie-faced,
    haircut-needing, beer-drinking, underrated, over-worked, underpaid,
    oversexed, little shit, who can take a tank and do more battlefield damage in
    ten minutes than a Grunt squad can do all day.

    If you ain't Armor, you ain't shit.

  • #3
    Senior Member Exo1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Ireland
    Posts
    3,605

    Default

    Blue Skies Warrior, your watch is over!!....
    Rest In Peace..
    Exo
    Tenants of Bushido;

    ‘We should never obsess about if we are going to die, but instead focus on how we live as those whom live an honorable life will always die a glorious death.’

    Rectitude (義): Courage (勇氣): Benevolence (仁): Respect (禮 ): Honesty (誠): Honour (名誉): Loyalty (忠義)

    ...ergo veneratio est vires.

  • #4
    Senior Member Grunt Medic TXARNG's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    San Antonio, TX
    Posts
    3,013

    Default

    Rest in Peace at Fiddler's Green, Trooper - your watch is over, and you will be remembered with honor.
    68W4P, 31B4P, 0341, 0844
    24 years and DONE!!!

    "Even if you know that a certain illustration in an art book is from the Kama Sutra, don't point that out to your art history class. They will think you're a pervert." - seen at learnfrommyfail.com

  • #5
    The Chopping Block papachop's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Fort Sill, OK
    Posts
    2,211

    Default

    Rest in peace, Platoon Sergeant. You have done your duty here.
    1LT Papa Chop
    Executive Officer (25A)

    Quote Originally Posted by GEN Dwight D. Eisenhower
    “The one quality that can be developed by studious reflection and practice is the leadership of men.”

  • #6
    Moderator MSG Glenn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Milwaukee,WI
    Posts
    5,310

    Default

    It always saddens me to see the best men our nation can offer go to meet their maker prematurely.

    Blue skies, Warriors.
    Proud Dad of a US Army Airborne Ranger SFC
    Retired US Army 1SG/MSG, Airborne Infantry, G-3, Instructor
    Former USN - Submarines, USS Chopper (SS 342) & Navy Diver, UDT 21
    I was a Soldier. I am a Soldier. I will always be a Soldier.

  • #7
    Short Timer CWO Sharkey's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Regular Army
    Posts
    7,912
    Iraq/Afghanistan Veteran (OIF V & OEF X & XIII)
    101st Airborne Division & 4th Infantry Division combat vet
    Serving overseas

  • #8
    Senior Member Exo1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Ireland
    Posts
    3,605

    Default

    Blue Skies Warrior, your watch is over!!!..

    RIP

    Exo..
    Tenants of Bushido;

    ‘We should never obsess about if we are going to die, but instead focus on how we live as those whom live an honorable life will always die a glorious death.’

    Rectitude (義): Courage (勇氣): Benevolence (仁): Respect (禮 ): Honesty (誠): Honour (名誉): Loyalty (忠義)

    ...ergo veneratio est vires.

  • Closed Thread

    Similar Threads

    1. RIP Medic
      By CWO Sharkey in forum Off Topic
      Replies: 2
      Last Post: 04-15-2010, 01:29 PM
    2. Chances of Getting into Airborne/RIP Within a Year?
      By Millercj in forum Joining the Army
      Replies: 6
      Last Post: 08-12-2009, 07:21 AM

    Posting Permissions

    • You may not post new threads
    • You may not post replies
    • You may not post attachments
    • You may not edit your posts