Monday, May 23, 2011

Army Pvt. Andrew M. Krippner

Remember Our Heroes

Army Pvt. Andrew M. Krippner, 20, Garland, Texas

Pvt Krippner was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; died May 23, 2011 in Kunar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. Also killed were Pvt. Thomas C. Allers, Pfc. William S. Blevins and Staff Sgt. Kristofferson B. Lorenzo.

Pvt Krippner had wanted to be in the military since childhood. When he wasn’t wearing his church or school clothes, he preferred to dress in camouflage. His bedspread and bedroom walls were also camouflage.

Pvt Krippner graduated from the Shelton School in Dallas 2010 and enlisted in the Army shortly thereafter. This was his first deployment. He had only been in Afghanistan for about a month and a half.

Pvt Krippner was an only child. His family has not been talking to the press and has asked for privacy. A note on their front porch reads: “Our dear friends, our hearts break with you as you grieve. Out of respect for Pam and I, please no calls no visitors no exceptions.” The sign is surrounded by flowers, flags, yellow ribbons, and teddy bears left by neighbors and friends.

In a very brief statement on Wednesday his mother said she was very proud of her son.

Krippner's best friend, Nolan Killingsworth, who lives down the street, put up his own memorial to honor a soldier who was like a brother to him. In his front yard he placed a flag at half staff, a photo of Krippner in uniform, and a hand lettered sign that reads: In Memory of Andy Krippner.

“I started calling him my brother after he left for basic training, said 19-year-old Nolan Killingsworth. “When he was stationed in Hawaii, I would end all my e-mails with, I love you, brother.”

Awards and decorations include:

National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Army Service Ribbon
Combat Infantryman’s Badge
Overseas Service Ribbon
Purple Heart

Army Pvt. Andrew M. Krippner was killed in action on 5/23/11.

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