Jeremy Andrew Katzenberger, 26, was killed by enemy forces during a
heavy firefight while conducting combat operations in Paktika Province,
a squad leader assigned to B Company, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger
Regiment at Hunter Army Airfield, Ga. He was on his eighth deployment in
support of the War on Terror with four previous deployments to Iraq and
three to Afghanistan.
He was born Nov.
2, 1984 in Kansas City, Mo. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in October 2004
from his hometown of Weatherby Lake, Mo.
completed One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Ga., as an
infantryman. After graduating from the Basic Airborne Course there, he
was assigned to the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program also at Fort
graduated from the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program and was then
assigned to B Co., 1st Bn., 75th Ranger Reg. in April 2005, where he
served as a rifleman. automatic rifleman, team leader and Ranger squad
education includes the Basic Airborne Course, Ranger Assessment and
Selection Program, U.S. Army Ranger Course, Warrior Leader Course, and
U.S. Army Jumpmaster School.
His awards and
decorations include the Ranger Tab, Expert Infantryman Badge, Combat
Infantryman Badge and the Parachutist Badge. He has also been awarded
the Air Medal, three Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement
Medals, two Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal,
three Afghanistan Campaign Medals, four Iraq Campaign medal, the Global
War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional
Development Ribbon, three Overseas Service Ribbons, and the Army Service
survived by his wife Colleen A. (Montgomery) and his son Everett James,
both Richmond Hill, Ga.. and his parents Robert and Peggy Katzenberger
of Weatherby Lake, Mo.
As a Ranger,
Jeremy Andrew Katzenberger selflessly lived his life for others and
distinguished himself as a member of the Army’s premier direct action
raid force, continuously deployed in support of the War on Terror, and
fought valiantly as he served his fellow Rangers and our great nation.