SAINT LOUIS, MO, USA U.S. Army SGT, HHC, 1ST BATTALION, 77TH ARMOR, CONN BARRACKS, GERMANY RAMADI, IRAQ 01/30/2007
Sergeant Milton Anthony Gist, Jr. was from St Louis, MO. He was born January 12, 1980 in St. Louis Missouri to Anginette Morgan and the late Milton Gist. He was united in marriage to Raheisha Nard in 2002. He leaves his wife and two children, a daughter Jendayah and a son, Jakweli. He also leaves his mother, Anginette Morgan, step-mother, Barbara Gist, two brothers, Antonio and DeAndra Morgan, a sister, Nikia Gist and a host of close relatives and friends in St. Louis, Missouri. In Topeka, he leaves his wife’s family, Sherrita Camp (Dwayne), brothers-in-law Conrad Nard and Andrew Smith, sister-in-law Karmen Nard, a nephew and several nieces.
Milton was known by family and friends by his nickname, “Sweet Pea” and will be remembered as “a wonderful inspiration” and an example that “helping, giving, hoping and praying are just the beginning of one’s journey.” He attended Webster Groves High School and graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1998. Many described him as “a good friend,” and one friend in particular recalled, “He always was a fighter, he helped me fend off a neighborhood bully when I first moved to South St. Louis in 1993.”
Milton joined the Army in 2003, and was deployed to Iraq in the summer of 2006 with the 1st Battalion, 77th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division Schweinfurt, Germany. He served as a food specialist with the unit and volunteered upon deployment to serve on the battalion leadership’s personal security detail. “Whatever he did, he did it with style and passion,” Gist’s commander said, describing the delicacies on the food line in the dining facility where Milton worked. “Everything before him looked like it came out of a big gourmet magazine.”
Sergeant Gist was killed on January 30, 2007 when an IED detonated near his vehicle during combat operations close to the Ramadi Province in Iraq.