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Patriot Guard Mission Complete
Fallen Hero US Army Staff Sgt. Zachary H. Hargrove
Casualty of War - Operation Enduring Freedom
Date of Death 03 May 2012

Mission Date: Thursday 10 May 2012
Location: Wichita, KS

  SSG Zachary Hargrove

Thank you to everyone who attended the mission to honor SSG Zachary Hargrove in Wichita, KS.   Everyone did an outstanding job.  We thank all Patriot Guard members for your continued commitment and dedication to stand guard for our Fallen Heroes.

SSG Hargrove's family and friends, and all his fellow soldiers both stateside and in Afghanistan extend their appreciation and thanks to everyone who were present, as well as to those who could not participate but offered their prayers.

Strength and Honor.

US Army Staff Sgt. Zachary H. Hargrove, 32, of Wichita, Kansas died 03 May 2012 in Bagram, Afghanistan.
SSG Hargrove was a wheeled vehicle mechanic assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company,
84th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, KS,
which is currently deployed in Afghanistan.  He will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

>>> Note of thanks from SSgt Hargrove's parents:

Dear Kansas Patriot Guard Members:

Words cannot express the thanks of the family and friends of SSgt Zachary H Hargrove for the honors you all gave to Zac at his memorial service earlier this month in Wichita.

As our cars drove past the flags and salutes, I wept in gratitude that our son was so honored by all of you. Indeed, Zac will never be forgotten, but for as long as I live, neither will be your display of patriotism as you shared in our family's grief over his loss.

Sansi E Hargrove
Wichita, KS

>>> Note from Executive Officer of SSG Hargrove's EOD unit in Afghanistan
   (Posted with permission of author)


    I am dropping you a line to pass on my gratitude to your men in support of my fallen NCO, SSG Hargrove, Zachary Hayden, during yesterday's memorial service near Wichita. I received feedback that the memorial ceremony was absolutely phenomenal, and as usual, your men looked great! SSG Hargrove was an excellent NCO and he will be missed dearly by the men and women of the 84th EOD BN, Bagram, Afghanistan. Sincerely, MAJ Hirschey

Gregory J. Hirschey
"Talon 5"
Executive Officer
84th EOD BN "Crimson Talons"
JTF Paladin-East
Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan

>>> Link to Final Itinerary Document --> here