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Army SSG Kristopher A. Higdon

Army SSG Kristopher A. Higdon

KIA May 22, 2007
Operation Iraqi Freedom

Assigned to 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), Fort Lewis, Washington

SSG Kristopher Allen Higdon died May 22, 2007 from wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated near his unit in Taji, Iraq. Also killed was PFC Robert A. Worthington. SSG Higdon was serving his second tour in Iraq.

Kris served in the JROTC program during high school, and after graduating in 1999, he immediately left for Georgia to enlist in the Army. He was stationed at Fort Bragg, NC, and then Fort Hood, TX, before finally arriving at Fort Lewis, WA, in July of 2005. Friends and family remember a good-looking, clean-cut, reliable, easy-going man devoted to the military and his family. Kris last came home to spend time with his family in March of 2007 before deploying for the last time.

A day after Kris’ death in Iraq, his brother Kaleb listened to stories about Kris’ good nature. “My mom told me when I was little that he’d always throw the ball to me,” Kaleb said. “He was patient.” Despite a nearly 11-year difference in age, Kaleb’s love and respect for his brother was obvious; he even invited Kris to speak to Kaleb’s world geography class while he was home in March. The big brother relayed his experiences and captivated the junior high audience – not an easy task. “I know he left an impression,” Kaleb’s teacher, Michele Martinez, said. “They were completely enthralled in everything he had to say.”

SSG Kristopher Higdon is survived by parents, Danny and Ronda Higdon; wife, MaKayne Higdon; daughter, Kacie; son, Hunter; and siblings, Blake, Kaleb, and Britt.

SSG Kristopher Higdon was 25 years old from Odessa, Texas.

Original portrait was presented March 14, 2009, to his parents during a special memorial event held at the American Legion Hall in Odessa, TX.

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