Monday, September 26, 2011

Army Spc. Garrett A. Fant

Remember Our Heroes

Army Spc. Garrett A. Fant, 21, of American Canyon, Calif.

Spc. Fant was assigned to 4th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.; died Sept. 26, 2011 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by an improvised explosive device.

Spc Fant graduated from South Tahoe High School in 2008. He joined the Army in March 2009 and served as an indirect fire infantryman. This was his first deployment.

He first came to live in American Canyon when he was 2 years old, said grandfather, Robert Fant. He alternated living with his father and mother.

“He was proud of his uniform. He was dedicated,” his grandfather said.

“He was a very deep thinker, very mature for his age,” said Maria Cisneros, principal of Valley Oaks High School. “He was a very serious young man, a stand-up young man. He was quite the intellectual. He stayed after school to talk to teachers. He was passionate about serving his country.”

Spc Fant had come home in June for a few days on his 21st birthday.

Mother, Julia, says her son had hoped to teach history at his high school in South Lake Tahoe after completing his service.

She said her son Fant would always try to call her whenever there was news of U.S. casualties in Afghanistan. He wanted to reassure her that he would be fine and reduce her stress.

Spc Fant’s awards and decorations include:
Combat Infantryman’s Badge
NATO Medal
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one Campaign Star
Army Service Ribbon

Spc Fant was laid to rest on October 7 at Happy Homestead Cemetery in South Lake Tahoe, CA.

Spc Fant is survived by his mother, Julia; father, John; sister, Shawna and brother, Ricky, who is stationed in San Diego.

Army Spc. Garrett A. Fant was killed in action on 9/26/11.

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