Christopher N. Piper

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Staff Sgt. Christopher N. Piper

Special Forces Communications Sergeant

1st Battalion

7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, NC

Critically injured June 3, 2005 near Orgun-e, Afghanistan and died on June 16, 2005, at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas

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His awards and decorations include: the Army Commendation Medal, the Navy Achievement
Medal, the Navy Unit Commendation, the Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service
Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with “M”
Device, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, the Navy Sea Service
Deployment Ribbon, the Special Forces Tab, the Combat Infantryman Badge, and the Parachutist
Badge. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, the Meritorious
Service Medal, and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal.

A native of Marblehead, Mass. Piper enlisted in the Marine Corps September 30, 1980 where he served for three years.

He entered the Army April 17, 1995.

After numerous assignments, including service in the Massachusetts Army National Guard, he arrived to 7th SFG at Fort Bragg, NC. in September 2004.

Piper deployed in support of operation Enduring Freedom in November 2004 .

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, June 18, 2005) — An Army Special Forces Soldier based here died June 16, 2005 at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas.

Staff Sgt. Christopher N. Piper, 43, a communications sergeant, assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) here, was critically injured June 3, 2005 near Orgun-e, Afghanistan. He sustained injuries when an enemy improvised explosive device detonated near his Ground Mobility Vehicle during operations in Afghanistan’s southeastern region.

In the same incident, Staff Sgt. Leroy E. Alexander and Capt. Charles D. Robinson, both assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th SFG, were killed June 3.

Piper was transported to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center at Landstuhl, Germany, then to Brooke Army Medical Center for further treatment.


Marblehead turned out yesterday to honor a fallen Green Beret in an outpouring of sympathy and patriotism not seen in decades in the historic seaside community. 

A horse-drawn caisson with the casket of Staff Sgt. Christopher N. Piper lead a funeral procession  through Marblehead. At left, Piper's widow, Connie, and his son, Christopher, receive the American flag at his funeral. While a member of the Special Forces wipes his eyes as he kneels by the casket. 

Amid tight security and a sea of American flags clutched by several thousand mourners along the funeral route from Marblehead's Old North Church, Army Staff Sgt. Christopher N. Piper was laid to rest in the veterans section of Waterside Cemetery.

the church service began and were quickly forgotten amid the flood of mourners who followed Piper's casket from the church on a horse-drawn cassion or watched solemnly along the funeral route.

**Information from, The Department of Defense, USASOC used in this Article.

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