Staff Sergeant Gary W Jeffries, 37, of Roscoe, Texas, was one of five soldiers killed on January 28, 2008, in Mosul, Iraq. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division out of Fort Carson, Colorado.
From the Abilene Reporteer News: http://reporternews.com/news/2008/jan/31/roscoes-slain-soldier-remembered/ He graduated in 1990 from the high school in Roscoe, a town of 1,380 people 50 miles west of Abilene.
In the school yearbook, Jeffries jokingly "willed" to underclassmen his camouflage jacket, his intelligence, ability to fix a carburetor and change oil, and his cowboy boots.
Former classmate Chas McGlothlin of Sweetwater said Jeffries was a quiet kid who was "always in the weight room." He remembers Jeffries showing an interest in the military in high school and frequently wearing camouflage.
Roscoe High School Principal Frank Young was a football coach for the Plowboys when Jeffries was a student-athlete. Young remembers him as a "really quiet kid who did what he was supposed to." He said Jeffries was a good person and hard worker who was part of a good class.
Jeffries joined the Army in 1997 and was on his fourth deployment overseas when he died, according to records from Fort Carson.
He served in Korea from March 2000 to March 2001 and joined the 3rd Brigade Combat team in April 2001. Jeffries deployed to Iraq from March 2003 to March 2004 and from December 2005 to November 2006. He returned to Iraq in December for his third deployment.
Services: San Antonio is Graveside Only. Ft Sam National Cemetery. Shelter # 4. Wednesday, 06 Feb 08, 11:30 am. The Patriot Guard Riders will be in attendance.