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Tom, Troy Orion Sgt.:Walks On

NEW MEXICO, Farmington – Memorial services for SGT. TROY ORION TOM, 21, were held August 26, 2009. Tom passed away August 18, 2009, after stepping on an Improvised Explosive Device while setting up camp after clearing Taliban fighters out of an area in mountainous Kandahar Province in Afghanistan. Four other U.S. Soldiers also died in the blast. He leaves behind two brothers and a sister.

Hundreds of friends and relatives attended the service, held in the Miriam M. Taylor Theater in the Farmington Civic Center. Together they celebrated the life of a young Navajo, who, from stories shared, enjoyed spreading happiness. Nearly 300 honor riders, many from the Navajo Nation, made the journey to honor Tom and his family, as well as officers of the New Mexico State Police, San Juan County Sheriff’s Department, Navajo Nation Police, and Farmington Police and Fire departments. A 2006 graduate of Aztec High School, Tom was posthumously promoted from specialist to sergeant. Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley stated at his services, “He made the ultimate sacrifice that brings to mind our freedom is not free.” (Navajo Times, August 27, 2009)

 

 

 

 

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