Sunday, September 28, 2008

Army Staff Sgt. William E. Hasenflu

Remember Our Heroes

Army Staff Sgt. William E. Hasenflu, 38, of Bradenton, Fla.

SSgt Hasenflu was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.; died Sept. 28, 2008 in the Jaji District, Afghanistan, from wounds sustained when his unit was ambushed by enemy forces using small arms fire.

101st soldier killed in Afghan ambush
By Brian Dunn
The (Clarksville) Leaf-Chronicle

A Fort Campbell soldier died Sunday from wounds suffered in an ambush in Afghanistan, according to a Department of Defense news release.

Sgt. William E. Hasenflu, 38, of Bradenton, Fla., died in the Jaji District, Afghanistan, after enemy forces using small-arms fire ambushed his unit, according to the news release.

The unit was taking detainees into custody, according to a Fort Campbell news release.

Hasenflu was a cavalry scout assigned to the A Troop, 1st Battalion, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division.

The incident is under investigation, according to the DoD news release.

Hasenflu is survived by his wife, Judith Corbeau-Hasenflu, and daughters, Savannah, Ashley and Veronica, of Cadiz, Ky.; mother, Jane Mann, of Bradenton, Fla.; father, Earl Hasenflu, of Sarasota, Fla.

Hasenflu entered the Army in May 2005 and arrived at Fort Campbell in October 2005, according to a Fort Campbell news release. He previously served in the United States Marine Corps.

Hasenflu’s awards and decorations include: Army Commendation Medal; Joint Meritorious Unit Award; Valorous Unit Award; Meritorious Unit Commendation; Army Good Conduct Medal; Navy Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Southwest Asia Service Medal with Bronze Service Star; Afghanistan Campaign Medal; Iraqi Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; NCO Professional Development Ribbon; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon; Navy/Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon; Coast Guard Special Operations Service Ribbon; Armed Forces Reserve Medal; Kuwait Liberation Medal; Combat Action Badge; Air Assault Badge and Weapons Qualification, 9 mm pistol, expert.

A memorial service will be held in Afghanistan. Fort Campbell will hold an Eagle Remembrance Ceremony on Oct. 15.

Fourteen soldiers from Fort Campbell have died in Afghanistan since the 4th BCT, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, and the division headquarters deployed in March.

About 7,500 men and women from Fort Campbell are deployed to Afghanistan, with another 12,700 in Iraq.

Army Sgt. William E. Hasenflu remembered
The Associated Press

Michael Mendoza said William E. Hasenflu stood “side-by-side” with him as he was rehabilitated from a traumatic head injury he sustained in a military training exercise in 1993.

Mendoza spent years relearning common activities and finding another way to put food on the table, and Hasenflu was there throughout to help, he said.

“Bill helped tutor me during my community re-entry programs and years of life coaching,” Mendoza said. “He always helped people focus on what they could do and not what they couldn’t do.”

Hasenflu, 38, of Bradenton, Fla., was killed Sept. 28 by small-arms fire in the Jaji district. He was assigned to Fort Campbell and his was on his fourth tour in Afghanistan.

Hasenflu enlisted in the Navy as soon as he graduated high school in Meadville, Pa., where he grew up, Mann said. He also served in the Navy Reserves and the National Guard before joining the Army in May 2005, his family said.

He is survived by his wife, Judith, and daughters Savannah, Ashley and Veronica. He and his wife home-schooled the girls, always vacationed as a family and loved singing old-time Christmas carols together.

Army Staff Sgt. William E. Hasenflu was killed in action on 9/28/08.

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