In Memory of MSG Joseph J. Andres, Jr.



Master Sergeant Joseph J. Andres, Jr., 34, of Seven Hills, Ohio, died in Balad, Iraq, on December 24, 2005 of injuries sustained earlier that day in  Baqubah, Iraq, when he was attacked by enemy forces during combat operations.  MSG Andres was assigned to the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, N.C.  He was KIA on Christmas Eve when his unit was attacked with enemy small arms fire during combat operations in central Iraq.  He died of injuries he sustained during the attack.

Joseph Andres was a native of Garfield Heights, Ohio.  His hobbies included riding dirt bikes, skateboarding, football, and snowboarding.  He was an honor roll student, played drums in the symphony orchestra, wrestled and ran track.  He graduated from Padua Franciscan High School in Parma, Ohio.  He studied materials engineering for two years at the University of Cincinnati before joining the military.

He  enlisted in the Army Reserve as a combat medic on February 18, 1992.  On April 21, 1993, he volunteered for active duty service and was assigned as a combat medic to the 42nd Medical Company, 68th Medical Group, Wiesbaden, Germany.  He later served as a medical noncommissioned officer in A Company, William Beaumont Army Medical Center, Fort Bliss, Texas, and as a Special Forces communications noncommissioned officer in A Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group, Fort Lewis, Washington.  MSG Andres has been assigned to USASOC since December 2003.

His military training includes the U.S. Army Airborne Course, Army Ranger Course, Military Freefall Course, Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course, Static Line Jumpmaster Course and the Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course.

Andresí awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, three Army Good Conduct Medals, the National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Service Star, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with numeral three, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Special Forces Tab, the Ranger Tab, the Combat Infantrymanís Badge, the Expert Infantrymanís Badge, the Expert Field Medic Badge, the Military Freefall Badge, the Parachutist Badge and the Driver/Mechanics Badge. He was posthumously promoted to the rank of master sergeant.

He was on his third tour of duty in Iraq. 

The community of Seven Hills held a funeral Mass at St. Columbkille Catholic Church in Parma and a city-sponsored luncheon at the Seven Hills Civic Center afterward.  He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Websites Honoring MSG Andres.

Legacy Guest Book for Joseph Andres.

Special Forces Condolences Book.

Arlington National Cemetery Website.

Honor The Fallen.

In Remembrance of Joseph Andres.

Obituary.  The Plain Dealer.

News Articles About MSG Andres.

December 25, 2005.  "DoD Identifies Army Casualties".  DoD Press Release.

December 25, 2005.  "Special Operations Soldier dies in Iraq".  USASOC News Service.

December 26, 2005.  "Bragg soldier killed in Iraq".  Fayetteville Online.

December 28, 2005.  "Soldier's death cuts holidays short".  The News & Observer.

December 29, 2005.  "Soldier killed was to be home by New Year's Eve".  Dayton Daily News.

December 29, 2005.  "Seven Hills soldier dies in attack".  Sun Newspapers.

January 6, 2006.  "Sgt. Andres, 'best of the best,' now at rest".  The Plain Dealer.

January 6, 2006.  "Funeral held for soldier killed in Iraq".  The Repository.

January 12, 2006.  "Seven Hills honors fallen soldier at special service".  Sun Newspapers.


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