KIA October 22, 2011
Operation Enduring Freedom
Assigned to 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington
Army PFC Christopher Horns died October 22, 2011, of injuries sustained when his unit was attacked with an improvised explosive device in Zhari district, Kandahar province, Afghanistan. Also killed were 1LT Ashley White and SFC Krisoffer Demeij.
PFC Horns was born in Sumter, South Carolina in November of 1990. After enlisting in the Army in 2010, he dedicated himself to training for boot camp before being shipped out, losing 40 lbs. in the process. He qualified for Ranger school right out of boot camp, and ultimately succeeded in fulfilling his life-long dream when he was assigned to the 75th Ranger Regiment.
The dedication that PFC Horns had to his country was evident to his family, whom enjoyed his endless retelling of his parachuting stories. “He never talked about girls, he never talked about cars – he talked about the Army,” said his aunt, Martha Horns. “I’d never heard such pride as I did in his voice when he talked about serving his country.”
At only 20 years old, PFC Horns exemplified what it truly means to serve your country, and to be a Ranger. “As a ranger, Horns selflessly lived his life for others and distinguished himself as a member of the Army’s premier direct action raid force and fought valiantly as he served his fellow rangers and our great nation,” a press release from the U.S. Army Special Operations Command stated.
PFC Horns was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart, and during his career received the Army Commendation Medal for Combat Service, the Army Commendation Medal for Peacetime Service, the Afghanistan Campaign medal and the Combat Infantry Badge. His other awards and decorations include Parachutist Badge, the U.S. Army Expert Rifle Marksmanship Qualification Badge, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.
PFC Christopher Horns was 20 years from Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Original portrait was presented November 13, 2016 to his family and friends at a special memorial event hosted by Lead the Way Fund in New York, NY.