US Army Soldier from South Carolina Dies in Iraq

US Army Soldier from South Carolina Dies in Iraq

November 23, 2015

US Army Soldier from South Carolina Dies in Iraq

U.S. Army officials say a soldier from South Carolina died during a non-combat incident at a military facility in Iraq. The soldier, 19-year-old Pvt. Christopher Castaneda from Fripp Island, SC died Thursday November 19 at the Al Asad Air Base in Iraq.

Spokeswoman Kathleen Young said in a statement Friday that Castaneda died in a “non-combat related incident,” but provided no further details. According to news reports, the Army did not immediately respond to a request for additional information.

The soldier from Fripp Island, South Carolina was an infantryman who joined the Army in January.

He was stationed at Fort Drum in New York before his troop deployed to Iraq.

Castaneda joined the Army in January 2015. After basic training and infantry advanced individual training at Fort Benning, Ga., he arrived at Fort Drum in May 2015 and deployed with his unit in August to Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, the Army said in a statement.

Castaneda’s awards and decorations include the Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Army Achievement Medal (Posthumous).

Castaneda is survived by his mother and grandfather.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to U.S. Army Pvt. Christopher Castaneda's family and friends. Thank you for your service to our country.

Above image of Castaneda courtesy of WNCN.

 

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5 Responses

Sheila Self
Sheila Self

June 25, 2016

Thank you for your service.

BETTY
BETTY

February 22, 2016

THANK YOU SO MUCH AND GOD BLESS YOUR FAMILY. MY GRANDSON JOIN THE ARMY TWO MONTHS AGO. HE’S STILL IN BASIS TRAINING. I PRAY FOR ALL OUR MEN AND WOMEN WHO ARE HOLDING UP OUR COUNTRY. DEAR FAMILY PLEASE BE ENCOURAGED AND TRUST IN THE LORD TO HOLD YOU UP AND GIVE YOU STRENGTH. GOD BLESS AMERICA

EM2
EM2

February 22, 2016

Although we’re in different branches, once you took that oath and put on the uniform, we became family. So in a sense I lost a brother in arms. Rest easy soldier, no matter the branch we have the watch. My condolences go out to Pvt Christopher Castaneda’s loved ones.

Dave
Dave

February 22, 2016

God bless you son, rest in your war is over. My sympathy to all his family and friends.

tony
tony

February 22, 2016

thank you for your service…. you are very brave….

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