26 June 2006

Soldiers' Angels Mourns Staff Sgt. Heathe N. Craig

From Donna of the Soldiers' Angels Living Legends Team:

We have a fallen hero from Soldiers' Angels, Heathe Craig.

Staff Sgt. Heathe N. Craig, 28 of Severn, MD, died on June 21 in Naray, Afghanistan. He was killed when his UH-60 helicopter hoist malfunctioned while attempting to evacuate Pfc. Bradbury during combat operations.

Heathe was assigned to the 159th Air Ambulance Medical Company, Wiesbaden, Germany.

He is survived by his wife Judith and their two children, Jonas, 5, and Leona, 1 in Germany, his father and stepmother, Jeffery and Sheila Craig of PA, and his mother, Donna Sloan of PA.

Heathe had one Angel who supported him.

Thank you for supporting the families of our fallen heroes and their Angels.


Heathe gave his life trying to rescue fellow Soldier Pfc. Brian J. Bradbury, 22, of Saint Joseph, Mo. Pfc Bradbury died in the vicinity of Naray, Afghanistan, when he encountered enemy forces using small arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades during combat operations. Bradbury was assigned to the 71st Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, N.Y.

Military records list Craig's address as Severn but he did not reside there, according to his grandfather Daniel Sloan of Mechanicsville, VA. Craig was born in Olean, N.Y., and moved to Mechanicsville at the age of 10.

Please take a moment to read the Army Staff Sgt Heathe Craig tribute at the Soldiers' Angels Fallen Heroes blog.

Remember our Heroes.

Updates 2009:

The Joint Theater Hospital at Bagram, Afghanistan, has subsequently been named after SSG Heathe Craig.

SFC Jared Monti, who was also killed in the efforts to rescue Pfc. Brian J. Bradbury, will be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in September.

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