Fallen Soldier: Christopher R. Thibodeau

Christopher R. Thibodeau
Dates: Died May 26, 2011
Hometown: Chesterfield, OH
Branch of Service: Army
Rank: Chief Warrant Officer 2
Player: Jackson Chandler

Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Christopher R. Thibodeau, 28, of Chesterfield, Ohio, was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, Fort Hood, Tex., and served during Operation Enduring Freedom. On May 26, 2011, CW2 Thibodeau died when his helicopter crashed in Afghanistan.

CW2 Thibodeau dreamed of serving our county as a pilot at the young age of 8, after watching the Blue Angels with his father and grandfather, both veterans. While attending Case Western Reserve University, he enlisted in the Army Reserves. Upon graduation in 2004 with a BS in Political Science and Sociology, he began his quest to join the Active Army. In 2007, he gained a release from the Army Reserve and joined the Active Army to train and become a pilot.

“He enjoyed playing guitar, reading books, woodworking, cooking a 6-course meal, working on his motorcycle, but mostly planning his future with me and growing our family,” said his wife.

CW2 Thibodeau’s son is a Folds of Honor Scholarship recipient.