Second Lt. Terence Murphy, a U.S. Military Academy Class of 2013 graduate, died Jan. 14 at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. The cause of his death has not been determined.
He is survived by his parents, Lori and Brian Murphy, of Morgan Hill, Calif.
Murphy graduated West Point as a Systems Engineering major and a wide receiver on the Army Sprint Football Team, and was training to become an Army Engineer. Read More
Posted on January 24th, 2014 1:59 pm
Capt. Clayton O. Carpenter, a USMA Class of 2005 graduate, was killed Jan. 15 by a hard landing of a Black Hawk helicopter during a training mission at Hunter Army Air Field, Fort Stewart, Savannah, Ga.
Carpenter, 31, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., served as a Special Operations helicopter platoon leader with the 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne).
The regiment, known as Night Stalkers, is based out of Fort Campbell, Ky., but has a battalion stationed in Savannah. The U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center is conducting an investigation into the cause of the accident.
Carpenter served as a platoon leader while deployed to Tikrit, Iraq, from November 2006–October 2007.
He was assigned as a component repair platoon leader, then a flight platoon leader in charge of five UH60 Black Hawks and 30 personnel in an Air Assault battalion. Read More
Posted on January 24th, 2014 2:01 pm
Max Percy Basye, age 84, died peacefully at home in Highland Falls June 22 with his loving family by his side. He was born Nov. 9, 1928 in Purdy, Mo., to Robert Cabell and Iris Marie (Dill) Basye.
He married Florence Mary Dominguez on June 24, 1950. He was a loving husband and father, blessed with three daughters Debra Galu (James), Sandra Schneider (Daniel) and Catherine LaBrake (Jerry).
He was also blessed with eight grandchildren: Jacqueline Rizzuto (Ralph), JJ Galu (Chie), Joseph Galu, Jesse Duvall (Robert), Carissa Gullickson (Marc), Matthew LaBrake, Deborah LaBrake, Charles Schneider and eight great grandchildren: RJ, Santina, Leo, Julianne, Autumn, Marissa, Alex and AJ.
He is survived by his brother Robert Basye and his sister Betty McGriff, both of Joplin, Mo. Read More
Posted on July 11th, 2013 2:22 pm
Capt. Sara (Cullen) Knutson died March 11, during a training mission aboard a UH-60 Black Hawk near Kandahar in Afghanistan.
The cause of the crash, which took the lives of five Soldiers, is under investigation.
She was a graduate of Liberty High School in 2003 and a U.S. Military Academy Class of 2007 graduate.
At West Point, she studied law, and was a member of the Judo team. She was previously stationed at Fort Wainwright in Alaska and had one other deployment to Pakistan on a humanitarian mission.
She married her husband (a former Black Hawk pilot) on Nov. 17, 2012, and was deployed to Afghanistan in January of this year.
Her husband deployed with a private contracting company in February to Afghanistan. Read More
Posted on March 21st, 2013 8:15 pm
Capt. Andrew Michael Pedersen-Keel, 28, of Madison, Conn., died March 11, of wounds received from small-arms fire in Wardak Province, Afghanistan.
He was assigned to Company B, 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, N.C., and was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Pedersen-Keel was commissioned as an infantry officer after graduating from the U.S. Military Academy in 2006.
After completing Infantry Officer Basic Course and the U.S. Army Ranger School at Fort Benning, Ga., he was assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division (Light) at Fort Hood, Texas.
In June 2008, Pedersen-Keel deployed to Afghanistan for 12 months with the 3rd BCT where he served as a company executive officer and platoon leader.
Upon completion of the deployment, he volunteered for the Special Forces Assessment and Selection Course. Read More
Posted on March 21st, 2013 8:14 pm