Published: 6/21/2012 6:42:11 PM
Three Soldiers killed in Afghanistan
Three paratroopers died in southern Afghanistan.
Spc. Nicholas H. Olivas, 20, an 82nd Airborne Division paratrooper died May 30, from wounds suffered in an improvised explosive device blast in Zharay district, Kandahar province.
Staff Sgt. Nicholas Fredsti, 30, a paratrooper from the 82nd Abn. Div. was killed while on patrol, June 15 in Ghazni Province.
Spc. Jarrod A. Lallier, 20, a paratrooper assigned to the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Abn. Div. died Monday from wounds suffered in a firefight in Zharay district, Kandahar province.
Olivas, a Fairfield, Ohio native, served as an infantryman with Troop C, 4th Squadron, 73rd Calvary Regiment, 4th BCT, 82nd Abn. Div.
He joined the Army in 2010 as an infantryman and attended One-Station Unit Training and Airborne School at Fort Benning, Ga. He was assigned to Troop C in November 2010. This was his first deployment to Afghanistan.
Olivas’ awards include the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and the Parachutist Badge.
Fredsti, a native of San Diego, was on patrol in southern Ghazni province in support of Operation Enduring Freedom when his element was engaged with small arms fire. He was medically evacuated and later died of injuries suffered in the engagement.
Fredsti joined the Army in August 2000. He graduated U.S. Army Airborne School later that year and was assigned to 1st Brigade in 2001. He deployed with the brigade in support of Operation Enduring Freedom twice and Operation Iraqi Freedom three times before deploying again in Spring of 2012 for Ghazni, Afghanistan.
During his service, Fredsti received among many awards; the Presidential Unit Citation Award, the Valorous Unit Award, the Meritorious Unit Commendation with Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Expert Infantryman Badge, the Combat Infantryman Badge, and the Parachutist Badge.
Fredsti was promoted posthumously to staff sergeant and awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart and the NATO Medal.
Fredsti is survived by his father and mother, Carl and Sherry Fredsti of San Diego.
Lallier, 20, a Spokane Wash. native, served as an infantryman with Company B, 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment.
He joined the Army on July 7, 2010. He attended One-Station Unit Training and Airborne School at Fort Benning, Ga. and joined 1st Bn., 508th PIR, Nov. 18, 2010. This was his first deployment to Afghanistan.
“Specialist Lallier was a quiet professional, he impressed people with his deeds, not words,” said Capt. Michael Kelvington, Company B, 1st Bn., 508th PIR commander. “He was proud to be a part of the rare, 0.45 percent who served his nation in a noble cause. Never shying away from a challenge, his performance during operations over the past few months in combat has been everything that I could ask from a daring paratrooper. His example and love for his brothers will be deeply missed. We honor his memory by finishing the job that he and his brothers, gave their lives for. It was a privilege to serve alongside of him.”
Lallier’s squad described him as a shy and reserved man who became everyone’s friend. They said he was a competent, trustworthy Soldier whom you were glad to have by your side.
His awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and the Parachutist Badge.
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