In Memory of SGT Roy "Doc" Wood

SGT Roy A. Wood was a member of the 20th Special Forces Group, Florida Army National Guard.  He died in a vehicle accident on January 9, 2004 in Afghanistan.  "Doc" Wood, age 47, deployed with 20th Special Forces as a medic to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.


In civilian life Roy Wood worked as an emergency room doctor in the Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers, Florida.  He received a bachelor's degree in biology from Mercer University in Macon, Ga.  He graduated from the University of Miami School of Medicine.  He completed his residency in Atlanta.  The American Board of Emergency Physicians certified him as an emergency medical physician.

SGT Wood had spent 24 years with the Army Reserves and National Guard.  He started his career after high school as a rigger in a Quartermaster unit.  He then completed the Special Forces Qualification Course (SFQC) and served as a Special Forces officer.  He later became a medical officer in the army and eventually returned to Special Forces where he served as the battalion surgeon for 3rd Battalion 20th Special Forces Group.  Upon learning of the impending deployment of 20th Special Forces to Afghanistan he resigned his commission in order to serve as a medic on a Special Forces team.

Units that SGT Roy Wood served with:

421st Quartermaster Company (Light Airdrop Supply), Fort Valley, Ga, Rigger
11th Special Forces Group, Army Reserve, Detachment Executive Officer and Commander
U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Fl, Area Analyst
73rd Field Hospital, Army Reserve, St. Petersburg, Fl, Medical Officer
3rd Bn, 20th Special Forces, Battalion Surgeon
ODA 2092, Co C 3rd Bn, 20th Special Forces Group, Special Forces Medic

While in Afghanistan he had created a free medical clinic so local Afghanis could receive medical care.  The accident occurred while SGT Wood was returning to base from a visit to a local Afghan medical clinic where he had treated Afghan civilians.

SGT Woods military awards include the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Achievement Medal with silver hour glass device, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Basic Airborne Badge, Parachute Rigger Badge, Special Forces Tab, Ranger Tab and Joint Meritorious Unit Award.

During the funeral service Wood’s family was presented with the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal and Florida Cross. The American flag draped across the wood coffin was folded and presented to his wife.  He was buried in Georgia Veteran's Memorial Cemetery in Milledgeville, Georgia.  He leaves behind a wife, 6-year-old son, Roy, and 3-year-old daughter, Caroline.


Memorials to "Doc" Wood.

Legacy Guest Book for Roy Wood.

Special Forces Condolences Book.

Roy A. Wood.

In Remembrance.

Obituary.  The Telegraph.

Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Video Tribute to SGT Wood.


News Articles about "Doc" Roy A. Wood.

"Special Forces Soldier killed in Afghanistan vehicle crash".  U.S. Army Special Operations Command Public Affairs Office, January 13, 2004.

"DOD Identifies Army Casualty".  Department of Defense News Release, January 12, 2004.

"Memorial Service slated for doctor killed in Afghanistan".  Bonita Daily News, January 15, 2004.

"Fla. National Guard Soldier Killed In Afghanistan"., January 13, 2004.

"Lee County soldier dies in Afghanistan accident".

"Florida Guardsman killed in Afghanistan laid to rest".  Florida Guardsman Online.


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