Tainsh, Patrick Shannon

Rank: Sergeant

Unit: E Trp, 2d Squadron, 2d Armor Cavalry Regiment

Duty station: Fort Polk, Louisiana

MOS: 19D – Cavalry Scout

Awards: Silver Star Medal, Bronze Star Medal with V, Purple Heart Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Operation Iraqi Freedom Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Valorous Unit Award

Badges: Combat Action Badge, Marksman Badge – Rifle, Machine Gun

Deployments: 1 in Iraq

Enlisted: 1999

Commission Source: Na

Date of birth: 25-Aug-1970

Hometown: Oceanside, California

Campaign: Iraq

Died: 11-Feb-2004

Age at death: 33

Cause of death: Killed in action – IED

Location of fatality: Baghdad, Iraq

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Place of interment: Fort Benning Post Cemetery in Fort Benning, Georgia

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Notes: He managed to fire 400 rounds from the top of his Humvee, saving his entire convoy before dying. E Troop, 5th Squadron, 15th Cavalry Barracks at Fort Benning, Georgia is dedicated in his honor.