MESQUITE, TX, USA U.S. Army SFC, COMPANY B, 2D BATTALION, 506TH INFANTRY, 4 BCT, FORT CAMPBELL, KY FOB ORGUN-E, AFGHANISTAN 02/16/2009
Fort Campbell Soldier died Monday at Forward Operating Base Tillman, Afghanistan, from injuries sustained when the post came under rocket attack.
Sergeant First Class Raymond J. Munden, 35, of Texas, was an infantryman assigned to B Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team. He joined the Army in August 1991 and arrived at Fort Campbell in January 2002.
Over 17 years, he completed five tours of duty overseas, including two in Iraq. On Monday, three weeks shy of completing his sixth stint – his second in Afghanistan – Sergeant First Class Munden was killed in the attack in a remote outpost near the Pakistani border.
Munden’s awards and decorations include: National Defense Service Medal (2 awards); Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon (2 awards); Army Commendation Medal (4 awards); Army Achievement Medal (6 awards); Army Good Conduct Medal (5 awards); Bronze Star Medal; Army/Air Force Presidential Unit Citation; Army Superior Unit Award;
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Arrowhead Device; Afghanistan Campaign Medal Combat Service; Iraq Campaign Medal Combat Service; Humanitarian Service Medal; Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon (2 awards); NATO Medal; Basic Recruiter Badge-Silver; Combat Infantry Badge (2 awards); Expert Infantry Badge; Air Assault Badge; Weapons Qualification, M4, Expert.
Munden met his wife, the former Kelly Koshofer, of Cheektowaga while he was stationed at Fort Drum and assigned to work at the Thruway Lanes recruiting station
Munden is survived by his wife, Kelly, and daughters, Sydney and Kailey, of Depew, N.Y.; sons, Gaven and Garrett, of Copenhagen, N.Y.; father, Ralph, of Richland, Mo.; and mother Billie Clark, of Mesquite, Texas.