From Renee of the Soldiers' Angels Living Legends Team:
We have a fallen hero from Soldiers' Angels, SGT Christopher P. Messer.
Christopher, 28, of of Petersburg, MI, died Dec. 27 in Baghdad of wounds received from an improvised explosive device that detonated near them while on dismounted patrol.
He was assigned to 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 2d Brigade Combat Team, Fort Drum, N.Y.
Christopher is survived by his wife, Amie and his mother, Michelle Vore.
A native of Petersburg, Mich., Messer enlisted in the Army in February 2003 and completed basic and advanced individual training at Fort Benning, Ga. In October 2003 he was assigned to 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment at Ledward Barracks, Schweinfurt, Germany.
In July 2005, he was reassigned to 4-31 Inf. at Fort Drum.
Messer participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom from February 2004 to March 2005.
His military education includes the Warrior Leader Course and the Combat Livesaver Course.
His awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal with 'V' device, Valorous Unit Award, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge and the Driver Badge.
The Patriot Guard Riders will be riding for SGT Messer.
Remember our Heroes.