Carrie L French

CALDWELL, ID, USA U.S. Army CPL, COMPANY B, 145TH SUPPORT BATTALION, (42 ID), BOISE, ID KIRKUK, IRAQ 06/05/2005

Carrie was born on Feb. 28, 1986 in Caldwell, Idaho. She went all the way through high school with the same friends she grew up with and some that she enlisted with as well. She had a zest for learning and during her formative years took dance and music lessons, karate, softball, volleyball and was finally a cheerleader in her Senior year.

She joined the Idaho Army National Guard while a junior in HS to start saving money for college. She wanted to be a lawyer. She graduated high school, went to boot camp, on to MOS training and then headed for Iraq all in 6 months. She celebrated her 19th birthday in Kirkuk, Iraq with her soldier friends.

On June 6, 2005 she was on the return trip of the 7th convoy she had volunteered for when her vehicle had an IED detonated on Carrie’s side. She was the only fatality that day, but the mental and emotional wounds felt by the members of her company were also devastating. Carrie always had a smile on her face. We miss her every day.

Carrie’s portrait is also located on Poster 5