Sunday, February 28, 2010

Private Timothy Walter Koundry, Jr.

Remember Our Heroes

A Marine private from Connecticut has died at a North Carolina air base in what military officials says was a non-combat death. At 7:45 p.m. Pvt. Timothy W. Koundry Jr, was found dead in his barracks room. Emergency services were called, and Pvt. Koundry was pronounced dead at the scene.

Marine officials would not say how Koundry died. The military defines a non-combat death as being by accident, homicide, negligence, illness or suicide. A message was left Thursday morning for spokesmen at the air station.

Koundry entered the service from Ansonia, Conn., on April 28, 2008. He graduated from recruit training at Parris Island, S.C., and attended the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training in Pensacola, Fla., before being assigned to MALS-14, according to the release. He had not yet served any tours in either Iraq or Afghanistan.

Koundry’s awards include the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and a Meritorious Mast, according to the release.

Private Timothy W. Koundry, Jr., age 22 of Ansonia, beloved son of Barbara Wargo of Ansonia, died February 28, 2010 at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina.

Born in Bridgeport on February 4, 1988, he was a 2007 Graduate of Ansonia High School and played baseball, football and basketball for Ansonia. He enjoyed paintball, fishing, skateboarding, & civil war reenactment as well as spending time with his family and friends.

Private Koundry, Jr. Graduated from USMC Basic Training, Parris Island, South Carolina in July of 2008, achieving his life long dream of becoming a United States Marine.

He was loved by all and will be sadly missed by all; he will always hold a special place in our lives.

In addition to his mother he is survived by his brother and sisters, Jonathan C. Wargo of Ansonia, Ashley A. Koundry of Ansonia, and Molly Koundry of Oxford; his maternal grandparents, Raymond and Katherine Toothill Wargo of Bridgeport; Aunts, Sharon Rodko, Donna Wargo; Uncle, Edward Rodko and cousins Amber, Ryan, Caitlin and Megan. Private Koundry is also survived by his father Timothy W. Koundry Sr. and several aunts, uncles and cousins. At the request of the family, funeral arrangements will be private.

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