Indiana Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Paul S. Pabla, 23, Fort Wayne, Indiana,
Assigned to Battery B, 3rd Battalion, 139th Field Artillery, Kempton, Indiana, but deployed with Headquarters and Headquarters Service Battery, 2nd Battalion, 150th Field Artillery, Bloomington, Indiana, Staff Sergeant Pabla was killed Monday, July 3, 2006 as a result of sniper fire while on a dismounted patrol in Mosul, Iraq.
Gov. Mitch Daniels was deeply saddened to hear of the death of Staff Sgt. Pabla. “It is always hard to hear the news of one of Indiana’s finest giving his life in the defense of freedom,” Daniels said. “It is particularly difficult when we mourn the loss of such a young man. Today marks a time when we as a nation come together and celebrate our independence. Let us not forget that it is because of people like Staff Sgt. Pabla we continue to remain free.”
Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger, the Adjutant General of Indiana, said, “I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Pabla, who lost his life in the service of his nation. He volunteered not only for this deployment to Iraq, but also, for deployment to the Air National Guard Security mission after 9/11. While he is a trained artilleryman, Staff Sgt. Pabla worked to train Iraqi Policemen. As we celebrate our Independence Day, Staff Sgt Pabla, a true American Patriot, gave the ultimate sacrifice while fighting for the freedom and independence of the Iraqi people. I can say to you his sacrifice will never be forgotten."
Staff Sgt. Pabla graduated in 2000 from Huntington North High School, Huntington, Indiana.