Monday, May 24, 2010

Army Pfc. Christopher R. Barton

Remember Our Heroes

Army Pfc. Christopher R. Barton, 22, of Concord, N.C.

Pfc Barton was assigned to 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.; died May 24, 2010 in Khowst province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using small-arms fire.

Barton graduated from Central Cabarrus High School in 2006 and was interested in public service, his father Roy Schmiedeshoff said.

"He volunteered thinking about public service," Schmiedeshoff said. "He volunteered for airborne and got his wings. He wanted to do that."

Barton shipped out to Afghanistan on Jan. 26.

He joined the Army in December 2008 and arrived at Fort Campbell, Ky., in June 2009. His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal; Army Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal; NATO Medal; Army Service Ribbon and Weapons Qualification, M4, expert.

In addition to his father, Barton is survived by his wife, Heather N. Barton; mother, Elaine Schmiedeshoff; brothers, Bryan Schmiedeshoff and Corey Barton.

Army Pfc. Christopher R. Barton was killed in action 5/24/10.


Anonymous said...

May God bless you and your family through this difficult time. My heart goes out to you, I just lost my hero in March.

Anonymous said...

This is a video his wife did to mark 2 years since his death. It's very moving. RIP Barton