Army Sgt. John C. Griffith, 33, of Las Vegas, Nev.
Sgt Griffith was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum N.Y.; died May 5 when the CH-47 Chinook helicopter he was traveling on crashed during combat operations east of Abad, Afghanistan, in the Kunar province. Also killed were: Pfc. Brian M. Moquin Jr., Spc. David N. Timmons Jr., Spc. Justin L. O’Donohoe, Sgt. Jeffery S. Wiekamp, Sgt. Bryan A. Brewster, Staff Sgt. Christopher T. Howick, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Christopher B. Donaldson, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Eric W. Totten and Lt. Col. Joseph J. Fenty.
Sgt. John C. Griffith was killed in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, May 5, 2006 while conducting combat operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Griffith, 33, was a light wheeled vehicle mechanic assigned to Company B, 3rd Battalion, 10th Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division (LI), Fort Drum, N.Y.
Originally from Wisconsin, Griffith enlisted in the Army in May 1991 and attended Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.
Following basic and advanced training, Griffith was assigned to the 56th Air Ambulance Company at Camp Humphries, Korea in July 2004. In July 2005 Griffith was reassigned to Fort Drum.
Griffith is a graduate of the Warrior Leader’s Course.
His awards and decorations include the Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Aviator Badge, Parachutist Badge and Driver/Mechanic Badge.
Griffith is survived by his wife, Christa; their children Hunter, Spencer and Kailynn; and his parent, Robert and Barbara.
Army Sgt. John C. Griffith was killed in action on 05/05/06.