KIA October 1, 2010
Operation Enduring Freedom
Assigned to 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia
SFC Lance Vogeler died October 1, 2010 in Bastion, Afghanistan of wounds suffered in Hemland, Afghanistan, when insurgents attacked his unit with indirect fire. He is survived by his wife, Melissa; three children, Madison, Kyle, and Colin; parents, Tim and Donna; and brother, Chris
Lance was the son of two deaf parents and a man of extraordinary faith even becoming ordained as a minister. He grew up in Frederick, Maryland playing guns and war with his little brother and becoming a Boy Scout. His father Tim stated, “Lance loved being a Boy Scout. That really related to the Army. It developed in him a sense of patience, duty, honor, and responsibility.” Lance was a man who adored his children, his brother Chris said, and wanted to spend as much time as he could with them when he was stateside. “He was always there for his kids. He made sure they had what they needed – he was never at home when he came back. He was always doing something with them. He was the father every child wants.”
Lance completed One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Ga., as an indirect fire infantryman. After graduating the Basic Airborne Course there, he attended the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program at Fort Benning. After graduation Lance was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment in December 2001, where he served nine years as a mortar man. Lance was on his 12th deployment after already serving seven combat tours in Afghanistan and four in Iraq when he was killed. He was known as a respectful and exceptional leader within the Ranger battalion.
His awards and decorations include the Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, and Senior Parachutists Badge and the Parachutists Badge. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star Medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal.
SFC Lance Vogeler was 29 years old from Frederick, Marlyand
Original portrait was presented to Lance’s parents, Tim and Donna Vogeler, in New York, NY during a special event hosted by the Lead the Way Foundation on November 20, 2011.