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Spc. Christopher Shane Wright, 23, was a squad automatic weapon gunner assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Hunter Army Airfield, Ga. He was a native of Jeffersonville, IN, and Tollesboro, Ky. After graduating from high school Chris enlisted in the U.S. Army in June 2005. He completed One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Ga., as an infantryman. His military education included the Basic Airborne Course, the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program, and the Sniper Course. He was on his third deployment in support of the War on Terror, when he was seriously wounded in a firefight with the enemy during a combat operation in Konar Province, Afghanistan. Chris was treated immediately by unit medical personnel and quickly evacuated to the nearest treatment facility where he died of his wounds. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and Purple Heart. As a Ranger, Chris selflessly lived his life for others and distinguished himself as a member of the Army’s premier light-infantry unit, continuously deployed in support of the War on Terror, and fought valiantly as he served his fellow Rangers and the Nation.

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