Sarasota area soldier killed in Afghanistan, second KIA within a week
Linkedin

Sarasota area soldier killed in Afghanistan, second KIA within a week

Sarasota : FL : USA | Aug 20, 2011 at 7:41 PM PDT
XX XX
Views: Pending
 
10th Division Logo

SARASOTA, Fla. (Aug 20, 2011) — Army Spc. 4 Patrick Lay’s body was greeted by more than 200 people, holding American flags, as he came home for the last time, arriving at the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport on Saturday.

Many who did not know Lay, 21, came to pay their last respects to a local hero who was one of five soldiers killed on Aug. 11 in Afghanistan by an improvised explosive device, while on a combat operation in the Kandahar province.

Lay, who started his first tour of duty in March, was a member of the elite U.S. Army 10th Mountain Division, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, and was stationed in southern Afghanistan.

A Bradenton native, Lay was escorted by Manatee County Sheriff deputies as the motorcade of family, friends, and strangers, made the trip to Sarasota’s National Cemetery, where Lay was buried with full military honors.

Lay was engaged to his high school sweetheart, Joann Steiff, and planned to get married next year. He graduated from Braden River High School, where he played football. Lay planned to pursue a career in engineering after his tour of duty was complete.

“My son gave his life for his country so we can live free and continue to have what we have,” Stefenie Hernandez, Lay’s mother, told the Bradenton Herald after she was told of his death on Friday.

In the short time Lay was in Afghanistan, he had already earned a Purple Heart for combat injuries from a previous roadside IDE, “demonstrated heroics self-sacrifice.”

After regaining consciousness, he refused treatment, and ordered the medics to help his friend who was critically injured. He stayed by his friend’s side in the hospital, abandoning his wounds, until he was ordered into another room. His friend died from his wounds.

According to Fort Drum Public Affairs Office, Lay’s other awards included: the Army Commendation Medal; the National Defense Service Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal; the Global War on Terrorism Medal; the NATO Medal; the Army Service Ribbon; the Overseas Service Ribbon; and the Combat Infantryman Badge.

Last week, Sarasota-Bradenton area finished mourning the death of another resident killed in action. Brian Bill, a Sarasota resident, was one of the Navy Seals that was killed when his Chinook helicopter crashed, killing 30 other Americans. Bill was buried in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

Other soldiers killed with Lay where: Sgt. Edward J. Frank II, 26, from Yonkers, N.Y.; Sgt. Jameel T. Freeman, 26, of Baltimore; Spc. Jordan M. Morris, 23, of Stillwater, Okla.; and Pfc. Rueben J. Lopez, of Williams, Calif.


Article Copyright ©2011 by George McGinn. All Rights Reserved. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from the author is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and link backs to this story may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to the author with appropriate and specific direction to the original content. Violators will be prosecuted to the extent that the law allows. For reprint requests, contact author at george.mcginn@gmail.com.

1 of 2
Next
Combat Team
Army Spc. 4 Patrick Lay was a member of a Combat Team such as this one from the 10th Mountain Division, conducting a patrol in Karadah, Iraq, on March 19, 2008.
George McGinn is based in Sarasota, Florida, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
Report Credibility
 
  • Clear
  • Share:
  • Share
  • Clear
  • Clear
  • Clear
  • Clear
 
 
 
Advertisement
 

News Stories

 
  • Stillwater soldier mourned

      Tulsa World
    The song "Simple Man" was played during the Saturday afternoon funeral of Army Spc...However, those who gathered inside the Stillwater High School Performing Arts Center heard about a multifaceted young man who enriched the lives of those around him...
  • HERO’S WELCOME Family, friends, community pay tribute as body ...

      Bradenton Herald
    Lay was killed by an IED strike Aug. 11 during combat operations in Afghanistan. He was assigned to the Army's elite 10th Mountain Division in Ft...Friends of Lay and supporters of the family gathered outside the private viewing area. He was a great...
  • Spc. 4 Patrick Lay’s body returns home

      Bradenton Herald
    Lay II's death spread, some Bradenton residents were determined to show their thanks for his sacrifice and appreciation for his family...Michelle Yoho, who with her family waited Saturday in the rain outside Rectrix Aviation for the arrival of Lay's...
  • Paying the cost of freedom

      Bradenton Herald
    tool goes here With the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2011, fast approaching, much has happened in the past few weeks to remind us of the significance of that day...Patrick Lay, 21, is set to be laid to rest today at Sarasota...
  • Services held Saturday for soldier killed in Afghanistan

      Tulsa World
    Hundreds of people attended services on Saturday for an Oklahoma soldier recently killed in Afghanistan. The Stillwater High School performing arts center was nearly filled during services for Army Spc...He was remembered as a multifaceted young man...
  • Runners, walkers at Fort Carson honor sacrifices

      The Gazette
    Members of the community ran for friends or for strangers at the 4th annual Run for the Fallen on Saturday morning at Fort Carson. It's so we remember the people who have given the ultimate sacrifice, said Brig...Each of the roughly 850 people...

Images

 >
 

More From Allvoices

Report Your News Got a similar story?
Add it to the network!

Or add related content to this report



Use of this site is governed by our Terms of Use Agreement and Privacy Policy.

© Allvoices, Inc. 2008-2014. All rights reserved. Powered by PulsePoint.