Lennon, Cedric Lamont

Rank: Specialist

Unit: HHD, 1st Battalion, 2d Armored Cavalry Regiment

Duty station: Fort Polk, Louisiana

MOS: 92G – Food Service Operations Specialist

Awards: Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon

Badges: M-16 Rifle Qualification Badge, Hand Grenade Qualification Badge

Deployments: 1 in Iraq

Enlisted: 1999

Date of birth: 17-Nov-1970

Hometown: West Blocton, Alabama

High School: High School GED certificate

Campaign: Iraq

Died: 24-Jun-2003

Age at death: 32

Cause of death: Noncombat – gunshot-self-inflicted, suicide

Location of fatality: Baghdad, Iraq

Place of interment: Caffee Cemetery in West Blocton, Alabama

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Notes: Cedric had lived with his grandmother at the end of a rural gravel road just outside West Blocton, Alabama, and received his High School GED certificate from the state of Alabama in 1996. Cedric entered active duty on September 29, 1999 in Montgomery, Ala. for a three-year enlistment. He was assigned to the US Army Infantry Center at Fort Benning, Ga. where he attended Basic Combat Training from October to December. Cedric graduated in December and was then assigned to the US Army Quartermaster School at Fort Lee, Va. in January 2000. He attended advanced individual training in military occupational specialty 92G, Food Service Operations Specialist, and graduated in March 2000. Cedric was assigned as a Food Service Specialist to the Headquarters and Headquarters Troop (HHT), 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Polk, La on March 30, 2000. On February 26, 2002, Cedric re-enlisted in the Army for an additional four years. He was promoted to the rank of Specialist on January 1, 2003. He and his unit deployed to Iraq on May 2, 2003 to assist in US military efforts to stabilize the country.