Fouty

Fouty
Fouty
Army SPC
Waterford, MI
07/08/2008
Age: 
19
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Memorial Location: 

Pontiac-Waterford Elks Lodge #810
2100 Scott Lake Road
Waterford, MI

MIA after a pre-dawn attack May 12, 2007, on his observation position about 20 miles south of Baghdad, Iraq. His family was notified on July 10, 2008, that PFC Fouty's remains had been recovered. Assigned to the 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, NY.

Byron Wayne Fouty was born on April 17, 1988, to Hillary and Mick Fouty in Indio, California. When Byron was six months old the family moved to Michigan. At the age of two, Byron’s parents separated and Byron lived with his mother from age two to age nine. He then moved to Fenton to live with his father.

Byron would attend Walled Lake Central High School where he played football during his freshman year. As a rugged individualist he loved skateboarding and extreme/free styling snowboarding. His real passion however was acting and he often spoke about becoming an actor. He took drama classes and acted in school plays. His good looks and quick wit made Byron popular during school. Byron spent his summers working at various jobs and helping his dad do stained glass work.

In June of 2006 Byron visited the Army recruiting office in Waterford and made the decision to join the United States Army. He attended Basic Training and advanced training at Fort Benning, Georgia. After graduation he was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain division (Light Infantry), at Fort Drum, New York. January 2007, would see Byron and his unit deploy to Iraq, Byron was a good soldier and made friends easily with the other soldiers in his unit. One of his best friends was SGT Alex R. Jemenez, of Lawrence, Massachusetts. On May 12, 2007, while on patrol near Mahmudiyah, south of Baghdad, Byron’s patrol was ambushed by enemy forces. Insurgents launched a hellish attack on the unit using rocket propelled grenades and small arms fire. Five members of the patrol were killed and PFC Byron Fouty, SGT Alex Jimenez, and PFC Joseph Anzak Jr. were captured. PFC Anzak’s body was found a week later. For 14 months the fate of the two missing soldiers would be in doubt. On July 8, 2008, their remains were found, ending all hope that the families had held on to for so long. Byron would be flown back to Michigan for a memorial service and then flown to Texas where his mother lives. He was buried with full military honors at the Fort Sam Huston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas.

On March 8, 2008, Private First Class Byron W. Fouty was posthumously promoted to the rank of Specialist. Specialist Fouty’s awards and decorations include: The Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart Medal, the POW/MIA Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge

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