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Special Forces soldier from JBLM had served more combat tours than any other fallen Ranger

Post by Adam Ashton / The News Tribune on Oct. 27, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
October 27, 2011 3:50 pm

The Army said today that one of two Joint Base Lewis-McChord special operators who were killed in Afghanistan last weekend had served on more combat deployments than any other fallen Army Ranger.

Sgt. 1st Class Kristoffer Domeij was on his 14th deployment as a Ranger. He had served on 10 missions in Afghanistan and four in Iraq.

“To volunteer that many times to deploy speaks volumes to Kris’ character and dedication to his country,” Tracy Bailey, spokeswoman for the 75th Ranger Regiment, told The Associated Press. “He was larger than life. The man everybody wanted to be around.”

Domeij was awarded two Bronze Stars for his service overseas and will be awarded a third Bronze Star posthumously, along with the Purple Heart, according to the U.S. Army Special Operations Command.

Domeij’s grandmother today wrote a tribute to him in The Dispatch of Columbus, Miss.  “Army Ranger, Sgt. First Class Kristoffer Domeij loved his country and served proudly,” Nancy Hanks Springfield wrote.

She also wrote that his death left her with lasting questions about the nation’s current wars.

“I understand the declared wars of World War I and World War II, wars that we were allowed to win,” she wrote. “I do not understand the undeclared wars that we were not and are not allowed to win at the cost of American lives in Korea (33,686); Vietnam (58,000); Iraq (4,478); Afghanistan (2,770) and brought no victory and peace to these countries. I would like to have some comfort, some justification for these killings in wars our Congress did not declare. How can I believe the death of my grandson and other brave men and women killed in these senseless wars will bring victory and peace to Asia, the Middle East, and even our own United States?”

Domeij was killed with Ranger Pfc. Christoper Horns of Colorado Springs, Colo. and Lt. Ashley White of the North Carolina National Guard. Domeij and Horns were the third and fourth soldiers from Lewis-McChord’s 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment to die in combat on their current tour.

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