Monday, November 29, 2010

Army Staff Sgt. Curtis A. Oakes

Remember Our Heroes

Army Staff Sgt. Curtis A. Oakes, 29, of Athens, Ohio

SSgt Oakes was assigned to 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.; died Nov. 29, 2010 in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when an insurgent attacked his unit with small-arms fire. Also killed were Sgt. 1st Class Barry E. Jarvis, Spc. Matthew W. Ramsey, Pfc. Jacob A. Gassen, Pfc. Austin G. Staggs and Pvt. Buddy W. McLain.

Staff Sergeant Curtis Allen Oakes, 29, of Athens, Ohio, was a Fire Support Specialist who joined the Army in March 2003 and arrived at Fort Campbell in September 2004.

His awards and decorations include: Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal; Valorous Unit Award; Army Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Korean Defense Service Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon; NATO Medal; Driver and Mechanic Badge; Combat Action Badge and Air Assault Badge.

Oakes is survived by his wife, Brandi Oakes; son, Bradley Oakes and step-son, Tyler Jones, all of Clarksville, Tennessee. Oakes is also survived by his daughter Mia Robus of White City, KS and his parents Terry and Valarie Oakes of Athens, Ohio.

Army Staff Sgt. Curtis A. Oakes was killed in action on 11/29/10.

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