KIA August 22, 2007
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii
SGT Garrett McLead died August 22, 2007 in Multaka, Iraq. McLead was one of 14 Soldiers who died in a Black Hawk helicopter crash during a night mission near the city of Kirkuk, Baghdad. He is survived by his parents, Patrick and Patricia and brother, Mason.
Garrett had a free spirit, an adventurous nature, and an intoxicating laugh. He was never quiet in his life, always enthusiastic, finding something to do – a fun-loving kid who grew up to be a really dedicated young man. In high school he played soccer, tennis and the saxophone. Garrett’s friends and family will remember most his sense of humor, his prankster nature and his sense of adventure.
“He wanted to be an actor, but after 9/11 he changed his plans and went for God and country,” Garrett’s Uncle Paul Emmons said. After his 2002 graduation from Rockport Fulton High School he joined the United States Army and did a tour in Afghanistan from 2004-2005. He began his tour in Iraq in 2006. An avid surfer, being stationed in Hawaii was extra special for Garrett. He was a sniper and did reconnaissance work for the Army.
“He joined the Army during the time everyone was feeling real patriotic,” Walter Knight, Garrett’s pastor at First Baptist Church, said. “He had a real spiritual side and felt it was supposed to be part of his life.”
On October 24, 2008, some of Garrett’s remains were buried along with his fellow crew mates in a group burial at Arlington Cemetery.
Army SGT Garrett McLead was 23 years old from Rockport, Texas.
Original portrait was presented on November 2, 2013 to his family during their annual Charity Trial held in Donie, Texas.