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Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Ohioan Staff Sergeant Zach Wobler KIA Iraq 

Our hearts are heavy and sad with this news.

From the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

Staff Sgt. Zachary Wobler, of the Army's 82nd Airborne Division, was shot three times after his unit was trapped in a warehouse during a firefight in Mosul and died Sunday during his second tour in Iraq.

Six insurgents in a car fired on Wobler when he emerged from the warehouse to alert a support team to his unit's location. Although shot, Wobler shot and killed the car's driver and continued to fight as he was being put on a stretcher.

Zachary Wobler played football and ran track in high school. He joined the Ohio Army National Guard in 1998, after graduating from Ottawa-Glandorf High School. He later entered the Army and started planning a career. He won the 82nd Airborne Paratrooper of the Year Award in 2002.

From Blackfive:

“Staff Sergeant Zachary Wobler - a best-of-the-best paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division - was killed in Mosul, Iraq, on February 6th. His troops and his family mourn his loss.” He went on to quote an e-mail from SPC(P) Ryan Juliano, one of Wobler’s paratroopers:

Zach was a Scout Team leader, and I was his sniper. He was Ranger and Jumpmaster qual'd. He was also Division Trooper of the year when he was an E3 or E4, for the 82nd Airborne. He was far and away the best marksman in the battalion, beating out all the snipers. He served a year on the first deployment and about 2 1/2 months on this one. He had also been through SERE school. As an NCO he was the epitomy of technical and Tactical proficiency. He always put his men first, and took care of our needs, booth professionally and personally. He was my mentor, like my older brother. He will be sorely missed by all the scouts as well as the rest of our battalion.

Sincerely,

SPC(P) Ryan Juliano


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