In Memory of SFC Alejandro Granado
First Class Alejandro Granado, age 42, of Longview, Texas was killed on
August 2, 2009 during a combat patrol near Qole Gerdsar,
Afghanistan. He was a Special Forces Communications
Sergeant assigned to Company C, 2nd Battalion, 20th
Special Forces Group based in Mississippi. 2nd Bn, 20th
SFG(A) was mobilized in May 2009 for Operation Enduring Freedom.
SFC Granado, born in Ciudad Acuna, Mexico. He attended Tatum High School where he graduated in 1986. While in high school he was a member of the track team where he ran distance runs and played tight end on the football team.
He enlisted in the Army in January 1988 as a 13B, Cannon Crewmember. He later attended the Special Forces Qualification Course, graduating in 2002 as an 18E, Communications NCO and was assigned to 2nd Bn 20th SFGA. He is a veteran of Operation Desert Shield (1990) and Desert Storm (1991) when he served with the 3rd Armored Division. He also deployed two times before in support of the War on Terror to Iraq and Afghanistan prior to this deployment.
He attended numerous military schools to include the Airborne Course, SERE, Special Forces Qualification Course, Special Forces Intelligence Sergeant Course, Special Operations Interdiction Course, Air Assault Course and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Course.
His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Valorous Unit Award, Army Good Conduct Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Southwest Asia Medal, Liberation of Kuwait Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, NATO Medal, Non Commissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Driver and Mechanic Ribbon, and Mississippi War Medal. Granado also earned the Combat Infantry Badge, Air Assault Badge, Parachutist Badge, and the Special Forces Tab.
SFC Granado is survived by his daughter Amanda and sons, Hasson and Alejandro of Longview, Texas.
Visitation is at 5 to 7 p.m. at the Jimerson-Lipsey Funeral Home Chapel.
Mass is scheduled for Monday at 3:30 p.m. at St. William of Vercelli Church in Carthage.
Graveside services are at Tatum Cemetery.
In Remembrance. Legacy Tribute.
Faces of the Fallen. The Washington Post.
News Articles About SFC Alejandro Granado.
August 11, 2009. "Community, family say farewell to fallen soldier". News-Journal.com.
August 10, 2009. "Always be mindful of soldier's service, sacrifice for country". Daily Leader.
August 9, 2009. "He's given Hero a different meaning". News-Journal.com
August 8, 2009. "Soldier's final ride". News-Journal.com.
August 7, 2009. "Military: Honor fallen, support troops". Clarion Ledger.
August 7, 2009. "Patriot Guard plans 'final ride home' for fallen soldier". News-Journal.com.
August 5, 2009. "Fairfax soldier dies in Afghanistan". Fairfax Times.
August 5, 2009. "Bodies of three Mississippi-based Special Forces Guard troops return from Afghanistan". The Birmingham News.
August 4, 2009. "Tatum man dies in ambush in Afghanistan". News Journal.
August 4, 2009. "East Texas Soldier Killed in Afghanistan". CBS 19 TV.
August 4, 2009. "Mississippi Soldier Killed in Afghanistan". WDSU.com.
August 4, 2009. "Bomb kills 3 Mississippi soldiers in Afghanistan". Sun Herald.
August 4, 2009. "2 in Miss. Guard die in Afghanistan". Clarion Ledger.
August 4, 2009. "DoD Identifies Army Casualties". U.S. Dept of Defense News Release.
August 4, 2009. "20th Special Forces Group Soldiers die in Afghanistan". USASOC News Service.
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