Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Army Sgt. John A. Lyons

Remember Our Heroes

Army Sgt. John A. Lyons, 26, of Seaside Park, N.J.

Sgt. Lyons was assigned to 8th Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas; died Oct. 26, 2011 in Ghazni province, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by enemy small-arms fire.

Sgt Lyons graduated from Central Regional High School in 2003. He graduated from Rutgers University in 2008 with degrees in Political Science and Latin.

Sgt Lyons joined the Army in 2009. He served as a combat engineer. He deployed to Afghanistan last December and was due to be home this month in time to celebrate Christmas and his birthday with family.

Former teacher, Joseph Winkelried, said, "He was very, very intelligent. He would have succeeded in anything."

Sgt Lyons' awards and decorations include:
Bronze Star
Purple Heart
Good Conduct Medal
NATO Medal
Army Achievement Medal (3)
National Defense Service Medal
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Army Service Ribbon
Overseas Service Ribbon
Combat Action Badge

It was an honor and pleasure to serve with you. You will never be forgotten. you will forever be in my heart and in my soul. It's my pleasure to call you my brother, my battle and my friend. Rest easy Sgt Lyons.~Cpl Thomas C.

Funeral for Sgt Lyons was held on November 12 in Toms River, NJ.

Sgt Lyons is survived by his mother, Susan; father, Ron; siblings, Adan and Lena; aunt and uncle Beth and Tony; fiancee, Kristiani.

Army Sgt. John A. Lyons was killed in action on 10/26/11.

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