In Memory of SFC Chad A. Gonsalves 


SFC Chad Gonsalves, age 31, a native of Turlock, California died February 13, 2006 when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during combat operations north of Deh Rawod, Afghanistan.  SFC Gonsalves was assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, NC.

He had attended Turlock High School in California. 


He joined the Army in July 1996 and completed basic and advanced individual training as an infantryman at Fort Benning, Georgia.  He then served as an infantry team leader with 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, Conn Barracks, near Schweinfurt, Germany where he served four years.  In 2000, Gonsalves volunteered for Special Forces training and upon completion of the Special Forces Qualification Course he was assigned to 7th SFG (A) in 2001 as a Special Forces weapons sergeant.

His awards and decorations included the Bronze Star with “V” device, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, Special Operations Diver Badge, Ranger Tab and Special Forces Tab.

Funeral services were held at Monte Vista Chapel in Turlock, California on February 27, 2006.  SFC Gonsalves’ casket was taken by motorcade to Turlock Memorial Park where he was buried with full military honors.

He leaves behind a wife and three children - Cody, Blake and Dylan.

Donations to the Chad Gonsalves Benevolent Fund for his three children may be sent in care of Washington Mutual Bank, 2951 Countryside Drive, Turlock 95382.


Memorials to Chad Gonsalves.

Special Forces Memorial.

Honor the fallen.

News Articles About SFC Gonsalves.

February 13, 2006.  "Four U.S. Service Members Killed in IED Strike".  U.S. Centcom Casualty Report.

February 14, 2006.  "Turlock Soldier Killed in Roadside Bombing in Afghanistan".  News 10 ABC.

February 15, 2006.  "Turlock loses a son".  The Modesto Bee.

February 15, 2006.  "Turlock soldier killed in Afghanistan".  The Turlock Journal.

February 16, 2006.  "Honor fallen soldier by being proud of him".  The Modesto Bee.

February 16, 2006.  "Special Forces soldier killed in Afghan blast identified".  Stars and Stripes.

February 17, 2006.  "DoD Identifies Army Casualties".  U.S. Department of Defense News Releases.

February 17, 2006.  "Special Operations Soldiers killed in Afghanistan".  USASOC News Service.

February 17, 2006.  "Three N.C.-based soldiers killed in Afghanistan".  Army Times.

February 17, 2006.  "Green Beret's Widow Grieving But Proud".

February 17, 2006.  "Fallen Turlock soldier leaves behind wife, three children".  The Turlock Journal.

February 18, 2006.  "Pentagon identifies four soldiers killed by bomb in Afghanistan".  Stars & Stripes.

February 18, 2006.  "Soldiers had ties to Bragg".  Fayetteville Online.

February 21, 2006.  Obituary Notice.  Turlock Journal.

February 22, 2006.  "It's hard to say 'Daddy is gone'".  The Modesto Bee.

February 22, 2006.  "Governor Schwarzenegger Issues Statement on Death of Turlock Soldier".  Office of the Governor.

February 24, 2006.  "We Remember".  Maine Times Record.

February 24, 2006.  "Governor Schwarzenegger Issues Statement on Death of Turlock Soldier".  One Bakersfield Online.

February 27, 2006.  "Funeral Services Held For Turlock Soldier Killed In Afghanistan".  News 10 ABC Net.

February 27, 2006.  "Turlock Soldier Killed In Afghanistan Laid To Rest".  CBS 13 UPN.

March 3, 2006.  "A final goodbye: Sgt. Chad Gonsalves laid to rest".  Turlock Journal.

March 5, 2006.  "Army Sgt. 1st Class Chad Gonsalves, 31, Turlock; Among 4 Killed by Roadside Bomb in Afghanistan".  Los Angeles Times.





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