Sunday, August 29, 2010

Army Capt. Ellery R. Wallace

Remember Our Heroes

Army Capt. Ellery R. Wallace, 33, of Salt Lake City, Utah

Capt. Wallace was assigned to 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.; died Aug. 29, 2010 in Nangahar, Afghanistan, of wound sustained when his military vehicle was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade on Aug. 28, 2010. Also killed was Pfc. Bryn T. Raver.

U.S. Army Capt. Ellery R. “Ray” Wallace, 33, of Salt Lake City and formerly of Big Spring, died of wounds received Aug. 28 in the Nangahar province of Afghanistan.

Capt. Wallace and Pfc. Bryn T. Raver of Harrison, Ark. were on patrol when their vehicle was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade in Babur, Afghanistan, the Department of Defense announced.

Wallace died of his wounds the following day. Raver also was killed in the attack.

Wallace joined the Army in 2003 and was assigned to the 4th Brigade Combat Team of the 101st Airborne Division in Fort Campbell, Ky.

His awards and commendations include the Army Commendation Medal, Valorous Unit Award, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and Combat Action Badge..

Wallace had obtained a bachelor's degree in sociology and criminology and was working toward a master's degree in business.

Angels, it appears that Capt. Wallace (and by extension, probably his family) was Mormon.

Wallace is survived by his wife, Janelle, and four children — Liam, Adara, Kael and Ehlana — of Clarksville, Tenn., and his parents, Elton and Elaine Wallace of Elkhart. His father was a former teacher/coach with Big Spring Independent School District, while his mother supplemented the family income delivery newspapers for the Big Spring Herald.

Army Capt. Ellery R. Wallace was killed in action on 8/29/10.

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