Indiana Army National Guardsman, Sgt. Gerald J. Cassidy, 32, Westfield, Indiana.
Died September 25, 2007, in Fort Knox, Ky., where he had been assigned to the Wounded Warrior Transition Program. He had been wounded during a combat operation in Iraq where he was deployed with a brigade combat team from the Minnesota National Guard. He was returned to the states in April after a year of duty.
Prior to his transfer to the medical recovery program in Kentucky, the Indiana Guardsman had served in Iraq with a combat team from the Minnesota National Guard. He had been a member of Battery C, 2nd Battalion, 150th Field Artillery in Lebanon, Indiana. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve in 1992 and joined the National Guard in 2003.
As a Guardsman, previously assigned to a unit of the 152nd Mechanized Infantry, he had served with fellow Hoosiers in Bosnia in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2004. He later volunteered for combat duty with the Minnesota unit in Iraq.
For stateside service, Sgt. Cassidy had been awarded the Humanitarian Service Medal in recognition of his participation in Hurricane Katrina Operation Vigilant Relief.
"It's always difficult to deal with these terrible situations and our hearts go out to this soldier's loved ones in this terrible time of need," said Gov. Mitch Daniels.
"Sgt. Cassidy represents citizen-soldiers everywhere who sacrifice family and career to serve their state and nation," said Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger. "We extend our thoughts and prayers to the family of Sgt. Cassidy and want to express our deepest appreciation for his service."