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Two Kansas soldiers to be inducted into the Defense Intelligence Agency Patriots Memorial

andy lambertOctober 29, 2013

 

The dictionary defines a hero as someone of distinguished courage and ability, admired for brave deeds and noble qualities.  Children often look to sports figures, movie stars and other entertainment personalities as heroes; however, a real hero is born when an ordinary person, put into extreme circumstances, makes a selfless choice and performs an extraordinary act that benefits those around them, often at the expense of their own lives.

Defense Intelligence Patriots Memorial located on Bolling Air Force Base in Washington D.C. (Photo courtesy: http://www.dia.mil/history/memorial/)

Defense Intelligence Patriots Memorial located on Bolling Air Force Base in Washington D.C. (Photo courtesy: http://www.dia.mil/history/memorial/)

 

It is because of these same qualities and actions that DIA will add four names to its Patriots Memorial Nov. 7:  Sgt. Sherwood Baker, Pennsylvania Army National Guard (ARNG); Sgt. Don Clary, Kansas ARNG; Sgt. Lawrence Roukey, U.S. Army Reserve and Sgt. 1st Class Clinton Wisdom, Kansas ARNG.  The ceremony will take place at DIA Headquarters and will be attended by family and colleagues of these fallen heroes.

 

Baker and Roukey were killed April 26, 2004, in Baghdad during Operation Iraqi Freedom, while serving as members of an Iraq Survey Group (ISG) mobile collection team that was conducting a critical field inspection in an anti-coalition forces area.  Under dangerous environmental conditions, Baker and Roukey provided security for ISG personnel charged with inspecting a suspected chemical, biological and nuclear weapons facility.  Both soldiers died when a massive explosion occurred at the facility being inspected.

 

Clary and Wisdom were killed Nov. 8, 2004, in Baghdad during Operation Iraqi Freedom, while serving as members of a personal security detail for a convoy that included the head of the ISG and several DIA analysts.  When a vehicle driven by insurgents charged the convoy, Clary and Wisdom repeatedly positioned their vehicle in between the ISG chief’s car and the approaching one.  Both soldiers were killed when the suicide bomber detonated his vehicle-born improvised explosive device.  Because of their actions, none of the members of the ISG were seriously harmed.

 

DIA’s Patriots Memorial commemorates the profound individual sacrifices made on behalf of the United States by agency employees and those supporting DIA.  Located at DIA Headquarters, the memorial currently honors 21 employees who died in service to the United States. DIA Director Lt. Gen. Leonard Perroots dedicated the original memorial in 1988. In March 2009, the memorial was redesigned and moved to a new prominent location near the Headquarters entrance.

 

Sergeant First Class Clinton L. Wisdom, U.S. Army National Guard

Battery B, 2nd Battalion, 130th Field Artillery, Kansas Army National Guard

August 17, 1965 – November 8, 2004

 

Sergeant Donald A. Clary, U. S. Army National Guard

Battery B, 2nd Battalion, 130th Field Artillery, Kansas Army National Guard

December 31, 1982 – November 8, 2004

 

Sergeant Sherwood R. Baker, U. S. Army National Guard

Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 109th Field Artillery, Pennsylvania Army National Guard

October 5, 1973 – April 26, 2004

 

Sergeant Lawrence A. Roukey, U.S. Army Reserve

Detachment 1, 3rd Battalion, 304th Regiment, 98th Division, Army Reserve, Lewiston, Maine

April 4, 1971 – April 26, 2004

 

You can find more information on the Patriots’ Memorial at the DIA website

 

Written by DIA Public Affairs; press release via Kansas Adjutant General’s Office

 

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