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Sgt. Gary Wayne Jeffries
Gary Wayne Jeffries - Roscoe, Nolan Co., TX
Submitted by:  Janie Healer Davis
Slain Iraqi soldier was known as a quiet kid in Roscoe
Written by Kimberly Gray 
The Sweetwater Reporter  
Friday, 01 February 2008

Staff Sgt. Gary W. Jeffries, who was recently identified as one of the soldiers killed in Iraq Monday while serving on patrol in Mosul, was known as a quiet and good kid at Roscoe High School.

According to Roscoe principal Frank Young, who was a football coach during that time, the 1990 graduate was a “really quiet kid.” Young also said he was a very good kid who worked hard and was part of a good class.

Max Tomlin agreed. Tomlin, who is now an adult probation officer for Nolan County, served as Jeffries’ Ag teacher. He remembered that Jeffries showed pigs.

“He was an awful good kid,” he said.

A former classmate, Chas McGlothlin, who is owner of McGlothlin Medical Supply in Sweetwater, said he remembered him “always being in the weight room,” and someone who was interested in the military early on.
“He was regularly seen wearing camouflage,” he said.

In fact, a camouflage jacket was something that Jeffiries “willed” to an underclassman in the 1990 Roscoe High School senior yearbook. Jeffries also jokingly mentioned willing his ability to fix a carburetor and change oil as well as his cowboy boots.

The last time anyone from Roscoe High School heard from Jeffries or about him was when his elementary-aged children also attended Roscoe schools during 2000 or 2001, according to Young.

He has no known relatives living in the area at this time. According to reports, his children were contacted upon his death in Kerrville. At the time of his death, Jeffries was on his fourth deployment. He had joined the army in 1997. He died at the age of 37.

A memorial service for Jeffries is set for Feb. 13 at 1 p.m. at Fort Carson, Colo., where Jeffries’ unit of five soldiers were assigned when they died Monday. Services will be determined by the families, a base spokesperson said.

By Kimberly Gray
Special to the Reporter-News
Thursday, January 31, 2008

ROSCOE -- Gary Wayne Jeffries was a quiet teenager who showed an interest in the military at a young age, according to people who remember the slain soldier from his years at Roscoe High School.
The 37-year-old Army staff sergeant was identified Wednesday as one of five soldiers killed Monday in Mosul, Iraq. The soldiers died from wounds suffered when an improvised bomb hit their convoy, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.
The soldiers were assigned to Fort Carson, Colo.
A memorial service is set for 1 p.m. Feb. 13 at Fort Carson. Services will be determined by the families, a base spokeswoman said.
Jeffries is the 20th person with Big Country ties to be killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
He graduated in 1990 from the high school in Roscoe, a town of 1,380 people 50 miles west of Abilene.
In the school yearbook, Jeffries jokingly "willed" to underclassmen his camouflage jacket, his intelligence, ability to fix a carburetor and change oil, and his cowboy boots.
Former classmate Chas McGlothlin of Sweetwater said Jeffries was a quiet kid who was "always in the weight room." He remembers Jeffries showing an interest in the military in high school and frequently wearing camouflage.
Roscoe High School Principal Frank Young was a football coach for the Plowboys when Jeffries was a student-athlete. Young remembers him as a "really quiet kid who did what he was supposed to." He said Jeffries was a good person and hard worker who was part of a good class.
Jeffries joined the Army in 1997 and was on his fourth deployment overseas when he died, according to records from Fort Carson.
He served in Korea from March 2000 to March 2001 and joined the 3rd Brigade Combat team in April 2001. Jeffries deployed to Iraq from March 2003 to March 2004 and from December 2005 to November 2006. He returned to Iraq in December for his third deployment.
He was awarded several medals, including the Army Commendation Medal with the valor device, the Army Commendation Medal (2), the Army Achievement Medal (5), the Army Good Conduct Medal (3) and the National Defense Service Medal.

Letter to the Editor - SWEETWATER REPORTER.  02-06-2008
Dear Editor,

I just finished looking at your write-up about a soldier who was killed in Iraq. I watched them say his name on television during the local news. Quiet kid in school, showed pigs and wore camouflage somebody wrote.

There’s a little more to the man than just that though.

He got his thumb cut off while he was working in the oilfield and pretty much laughed about it. That was Gary.

He came really close to not being able to join the Army because he had a hernia and one thumb and not to mention the fact that he was pushing 27 years old when he finally was allowed to join up. That’s all he ever wanted to do.

The guys in his unit called him Pops because he was the oldest guy amongst them.

He was an avid gun collector and listened to heavy metal music. He lifted weights almost religiously and drank more beer on weekends than anyone I’ve ever met. He was a cut-up and a joker and made you laugh the whole time you were around him.

That was Gary.

The father of two great little kiddos named Sierra and Zach whom he loved more than anything else in the world. He would do anything for anybody no matter what and literally give you the shirt off his back if anyone needed it.

Yeah that too was Staff Sergeant Gary Wayne Jeffries.

He was hard-headed and one of the toughest people I ever met, too. It would take some hidden bomb left on the side of the road in some far off stupid country to take him out.
He died a true warrior and a hero as far as I’m concerned and you all can be proud that we had someone like him serving our country.

That was Gary.

He was also one of my best friends. Rest in Peace, bro. I love you man and I’ll never forget you.

Les Clepper

Soldier from Roscoe killed in Iraq bombing
From Staff and Wire Reports
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
The Abilene Reporter-News

Staff Sgt. Gary W. Jeffries, 37, of Roscoe was identified Wednesday as one of five soldiers killed in Iraq on Monday.
The Department of Defense announced the five soldiers died from wounds suffered when their unit encountered an improvised bomb during convoy operations Monday in Mosul, Iraq. They were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.
Jeffries joined the Army in 1997 and was on his fourth deployment, according to a Colorado Springs, Colo., television station Web site.
No other details about were immediately available.
The other four soldiers were identified as Sgt. James E. Craig, 26, of Hollywood, Calif.; Spc. Evan A. Marshall, 21, of Athens, Ga.; Pfc. Brandon A. Meyer, 20, of Orange, Calif.; and Pvt. Joshua A. R. Young, 21, of Riddle, Ore.
Jeffries is the 20th person with Big Country ties to be killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The five deaths bring to 232 the total number of Fort Carson soldiers killed in Iraq, Karen Linne, a post spokeswoman, told The Associated Press.
Only once before have that many Fort Carson soldiers been killed in a single incident during the Iraq war, Linne said. Five soldiers from the post were killed on June 28, also by an improvised bomb.
Marshall was on his second tour of duty, his father, Drew Marshall, told the Athens, Ga., Banner-Herald.
"We're devastated by this loss, but we honor his service," Drew Marshall said. "We're very proud of him, and I consider him and all the other people who are volunteering ... over there as heroes."
Tensions in Mosul, Iraq's third-largest city, have grown since an explosion last week in an abandoned apartment killed as many as 60 people and injured 200. Authorities say the apartment was used to stash insurgents' weapons and bombs.

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