Fallen Soldier: Thomas K. Fogarty

Thomas K. Fogarty
Dates: Died May 6, 2012
Hometown: Alameda, California
Branch of Service: Army
Rank: Staff Sergeant
Player: Angelo Marcon

Army Staff Sgt. Thomas Kent Fogarty, 30, of Alameda, California, was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. While commanding a vehicle, he died on May 6th, 2012, in Puli Alam, Afghanistan, from injuries caused by an improvised explosive device. This was his third combat tour.

Fogarty’s family recalled him wanting to join the military at a young age. Effected by the 9/11 attacks, Staff Sgt. Fogarty’s desire to serve only grew. He graduated from Alameda High School in 2000 and worked as a military recruiter; he then joined the U.S. Army in 2004. Quickly, he rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant. Ultimately, he served two tours in Iraq before his final one in Afghanistan. He attended several Army schools, including Airborne School. Those who served alongside him remembered him as a great leader who always led the front and was a model soldier. Posthumously, he was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star, which recognizes heroic service or meritorious achievement.

His family remembers him as a courageous and dedicated soldier, a source of great pride to his parents, a loving husband and devoted father, a loyal brother, a cherished friend, and a lover of life who enjoyed snowboarding, mountain biking, fast cars and motorcycles. He is survived by his wife, Vanessa, and two children, Kellan and Caden. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.