NEWS RELEASE from the United States Department of Defense
August 15, 2005
DoD Identifies Army Casualty
The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier, who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Captain Jeremy A. Chandler, 30, of Clarksville, Tennessee, died August 11, 2005, in Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan, while he was conducting training operations at Forward Operating Base Ripley. The incident is under investigation.
Chandler was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
16 August 2005:
Captain Jeremy Alan Chandler, an Army Special Forces Green Berets team leader with ties to Jefferson County, died in a training accident while on combat duty with U.S. forces in Afghanistan last Thursday, his family confirmed.
Chandler, 28, whose home of record was Savannah, Georgia, is the grandson of Norma Cheatham and the nephew of Jack Chandler, both of Hanover, and a first cousin, Ron Chandler of Madison.
Jack Chandler confirmed that his nephew was killed in an accidental explosion while his eight-man Special Forces team was training for its next combat assignment. Jack Chandler said the team was using explosive devices that are used to blow open doors and other secured areas, and that one detonated prematurely. He said the explosion killed Capt. Chandler and left two or three of his men badly wounded.
The explosion was not the result of any mistakes on the part of the Special Forces men, however, Jack Chandler said.
“He was a helluva warrior, a Green Beret,” Chandler said. “He won the Bronze Star. That’s the third-highest award you can win in the military. You don’t win that for nothing.”
Chandler said his nephew graduated from high school in Savannah, then attended college in Georgia. He and his wife, Wendy, were married Aug. 7, 2004. Fort Bragg, North Carolina, was his permanent duty station.
The captain’s parents, retired Lieutenant Colonel Alan Ray Chandler and Jonnie Chandler, live in Savannah.
Jack Chandler said his nephew is to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, August 23, 2005. The Special Forces are to hold a memorial service Friday at Fort Bragg. Chandler said all family members from Jefferson County will be going to the services.
An Arlington, Virginia, funeral home is to be in charge of arrangements, Chandler said.
A photo of Capt. Chandler with his father is among those displayed of service personnel with ties to Jefferson County, in the first floor hallway at the courthouse.
CHANDLER, JEREMY A
- CPT US ARMY
- DATE OF BIRTH: 07/25/1975
- DATE OF DEATH: 08/11/2005
- BURIED AT: SECTION 60 SITE 8213
- ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
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