Zachary R Endsley

Zachary R Endsley

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U.S. Army

Army Corporal Zach Endsley 21, was known as a quiet, witty “jokester” who was full of creative talent. He was a free spirit, and he was never afraid to try new things and he knew exactly what he wanted to do. He had a quiet nature, and a quick wit. Zach was a 2004 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, Texas. He enjoyed computer games, music and drawing ad was a talented artist, even winning a poster contest in high school. Zach used laughter and pranks to entertain others and the quiet enjoyment and entertainment often came in the form of guitar music as Zach and his friends would often come home from work and gather in the living room strumming guitars.

Zach was also active in the youth group at Crossroads Baptist Church, where the family was involved in the worship ministry. Friends, neighbors, community and church members tied yellow ribbons around tree trunks and set out flags in honor of Corporal Endsley.

As a teenager, Zach joined the Civil Air Patrol, a volunteer support organization of the U.S. Air Force, and belonged to the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps at Oak Ridge High School. He was fascinated by guns and liked shooting them and taking them apart. After graduation, he enrolled in Montgomery College, but his interest in studying waned. He had a desire to be where the action was. This desire led Zach to explore military service as a career. He showed an initial interest in the U.S. Marines but surprised his family by enlisting in the U.S. Army in December 2005. He got a high score on a military placement test which put him in a coveted position to choose his job in the Army. He chose the Infantry. He understood the danger of war and he didn’t want to just go over there and build stuff or blow stuff up. He wanted to be where the action was. His enthusiasm also inspired a neighbor and friend to join the Army as well.

Although he was excited to be stationed in Afghanistan Zach sensed his family feared for his safety, and sought to keep his communication brief often leaving out details in his attempt to protect loved ones from worry.

Private First Class Endsley was assigned to 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, Hohenfels, Germany. He died July 23, 2007 in Arghendab district, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when his unit was attacked by enemy forces using indirect fire.

Zachary was born July 3, 1986 in Houston, TX. Zachary Endsley is survived by his mother, Melinda Carroll; stepfather, David Carroll; father, Terry Endsley; brother, Aaron Endsley; two stepsisters, Katie Petty and Kimberly Worthington, and their families.

Zachary’s portrait is also located on Poster 3


4 Responses to “Zachary R Endsley”

    Dear Melinda, I think of you ALWAYS as we celebrate the 4th of July. We gave you a baby shower for Zach and it pains me that you have such a terrible loss. I just need you to know that EVERY year, somewhere in my mind, this time of year, your boy, your son, your child, your hero, your man, your 1st born…. Zachary Endsley, is ALWAYS 1st and foremost in my thoughts and prayers, as is your family… as is your sacrifice! May God Bless you always. I will visit your son’s site at the VA on the 4th. I will be visiting some family there. Thank you and THANK YOU ZACHARY ENDSLEY!

  2. Brian Mesecher says:

    Zach was a good friend of mine and the bass player for one of my high school garage bands. I’ve signed onto a record label in Florida for an acoustic project and intend to include a song I wrote for Zach. For those of you who are friends and family members of this hero, you can listen to the song on my project’s music page on Facebook. The project is called Odd Moth Dogma (a name Zach would surley approve of due to its complexity) and the song is called “Zach.” This is the orignal recording I self-produced in March 2008. It will be remastered and re-released on the label soon, and it will sound a lot less rugged.

  3. Zach giving you a respective salute for your dedicating work for United State. I didn’t know about broadly but by read the post and commentators post I really feel lucky to be one of them as they told they are friend of yours. But, I can say that United State is lucky to have you and also for brilliant performance.
    Thanks To Author to let me know about Zech and also thanks to influence-rs that they also post about him many things.

  4. Marie LaFavor says:

    I was matched up with you yesterday through wear blue: run to remember Memorial Day 5K. I took purposeful steps to honor the service and ultimate sacrifice you paid for our country. It was no coincidence I feel that we were paired up, I lived in Longview TX for 13 years and was interested to read that you too were from TX. I thought of your family and loved ones. I’m grateful you are a Christian and that one day I will have the honor to meet you in heaven. Marie LaFavor

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