KIA November 29, 2004
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Assigned to 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry Regiment, New York Army National Guard, New York City, New York
Died November 29, 2004 alongside fellow soldier, PFC Wilfredo Urbina, when a roadside bomb containing 300 pounds of explosives ripped through their Humvee. Three other soldiers were injured in the attack. Engeldrum became the first New York City firefighter to die in Iraq since the war began.
Chris Engeldrum spent his life serving others. As an active member of the US Army from 1986-1991, he served during Operation Desert Strom in 1990 and received many awards for his service to his country, including Southwest Asia Service Medal with Bronze Service, Army Service Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Army Lapel Button, Sharpshooter Badge, Parachutist Badge, Army Good Conduct Medal, Army Achievement Medal and the NCO Professional Development Ribbon.
After returning from Desert Storm, Chris joined the NYPD and then the FDNY, where he was serving on September 11, 2001. Chris was among hundreds of firefighters who raced toward the World Trade Center that fateful day. He spent many days digging through the wreckage in search of survivors. And, because of the 9/11 attacks, he re-enlisted in the New York Army National Guard, where he was deployed to Iraq.
Army SSG Christian Engeldrum 39 years old from New York (Bronx), NY.
Original portrait was presented September 12, 2009 to his family along with 800 guests during a special event hosted by American Airlines at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City. A documentary film was also produced that shares the story of SSG Engeldrum and the journey of Phil and Lisa Taylor, in their effort to fulfill the mission to honor one of American’s heroes in “The Story of DRUM”.
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