Operation Enduring Freedom
Jonn J. Edmunds was born January 3, l981 in Colorado and volunteered for military service with the United States Army, July 20, 1999. He completed basic training and advanced individual training in the military operational specialty of infantryman at Fort Benning, Georgia. He volunteered for the second time to attend Airborne School. In November 1999, he completed airborne training at Fort Benning. A third-time volunteer by requesting to be assigned to the 75th Ranger Regiment, Specialist Edmunds completed the Ranger Indoctrination Program and was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment on December 27, 1999. He continued his Ranger training by graduating from Ranger School, in March, 2001, making him a four-time volunteer.
He was on board a search-and-rescue helicopter that was playing a support role for U.S. Special Forces on the ground in Afghanistan. He was a passenger on that Blackhawk helicopter that crashed in Pakistan while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom, the same night that Rangers and Special Forces conducted raids on an airfield in southern Afghanistan and another Taliban complex near Kandahar
General Richard B. Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, offered his condolences to the families of those killed.
He is survived by his wife, Anne Edmunds, father, Donn Edmunds, mother Mary and sister Alyssa.
As a Ranger, Private First Class Edmunds distinguished himself as a member of the Army’s premier light-infantry unit and was a highly trained and motivated soldier. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart.
RIP Ranger Edmunds