BUTLER, PA, USA U.S. Army SGT, COMPANY A, 1ST BATTALION, 112TH INFANTRY, BUTLER, PA BALAD, IRAQ 05/22/2005
An avid outdoorsman, Carl James Morgain grew up on the property where his family now lives in Butler PA. He graduated from high school in 1982. He was a faithful hunter. Mr. Morgain was a member of the Cabot United Methodist Church, the William H. Miller Lodge 769 F&AM and Butler American Legion Post 117.
Morgain was a member of A Company, 1st Battalion, 112th Infantry. The Butler-based unit is a part of Task Force Dragoon, a group of 750 Pennsylvania National Guard soldiers who were deployed to Iraq in December.
He was active in the Army from 1981 to 1985 and served as a communications technician at the White House and at the presidential retreat at Camp David under President Ronald Reagan. He also was active in the White House Contingency Support of FEMA Facilities. Morgain was awarded the Presidential Service Award and the Army Achievement Medal in 1985.
In June 1998, he joined the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, Co. A, 1st Battalion, 112th Infantry HG Unit in Butler. He served as communications technician and then converted to an infantry fire team leader. He received the Strom Thurmond Award for outstanding NCO leadership. Posthumously, he was awarded the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star and the Combat Infantry Badge.
His home is adorned with military certificates and a cherished picture taken at Camp David with President Reagan. He was a proud soldier and gave the ultimate sacrifice for the love of his country.