2011-07-12 / Front Page

Cloverdale Family Is Mourning The Loss Of Fallen U.S. Solider

Army P.F.C. James A. Waters Pays Ultimate Sacrifice For Country
Staff Report

The U.S. military’s war on terror hit close to home over the July 4th weekend for a rural Cloverdale family. At the age of 21, U.S. Army Private First Class James A. Waters was fatally injured on July 1 after an insurgent attack struck his unit with an improvised explosive device in the Kandahar province of Afghanistan.

“I felt like he died a hero, and I was proud of him,” his father, Garry Waters, told the Franklin Daily Journal.

The 2008 graduate of Whiteland High School was based out of Fort Drum, New York and served as a machine gunner for the 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd

PFC James A. Waters Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division.

Serving in the infantry, Pfc. Waters trained at Fort Benning, Georgia after joining the Army in September 2009 and deployed in March of 2011 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Garry Waters told Indianapolis news channel FOX 59 that he wasn’t prepared, nor did he believe the knock would come to his door Friday by two U.S. Army representatives.

“You aren’t prepared. I believed it wouldn’t come, but it did come. I love my son. I’m proud of my son. I would call him a silent leader,” his dad said. “He didn’t like it if a kid was being made fun of or picked on.”

Waters was a decorated solider, presented with the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon and a NATO Medal and a Combat Infantryman Badge.

The son of Garry and Valerie Waters, the 21-year- old Greenwood native is survived by four siblings, including brothers Anthony and Andy, who are soldiers themselves.

Younger brother Andy is currently in Indiana National Guard Army boot camp, while older brother Anthony is scheduled for a 2012 deployment. The loss of their brother has far from detoured either one from military service.

Anthony, 22, is to deploy to Afghanistan next year from his current station in Fort Carson, Colorado where he serves as a medic.

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