Army MSG
Millington, MI
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Memorial Location: 

Millington Township Cemetery
West Main Street
Millington, MI

Killed by an explosive device while conducting combat operations in Mosul, Iraq. Assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, NC.

MSG Anthony R.C.Yost, known as “Andy” to his family, was born on October 9, 1966 in Flint, Michigan. He grew up in Millington, Michigan and graduated from Millington High School.

Anthony liked deer hunting and never missed a season or the chance to go to “deer camp” with his dad, uncles and cousins. Years later, he would say that being in the Army on missions was like “deer camp,” sitting around shooting the bull with the guys. He loved it. He attended classes and learned to be a gunsmith while he was in the Army He had a talent for fixing guns and was a highly skilled marksman. He owned a red Harley Davidson motorcycle and rode whenever he had the opportunity.

On May 6, 1987, he enlisted in the Army and attended basic training and advanced individual training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, where he served as a tanker from 1987 to 1991. He then served a one-year tour in Korea in the Air Defense Artillery Field. He was assigned to Fort Lewis, Washington and Fort Bliss, Texas before successfully completing the Special Forces Assessment and Selection in 1992.

He graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course in 1993 and was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), at Fort Carson Colorado, as a SF Weapons Sergeant for eight years, where he deployed to Kosovo in support of NATO peacekeeping operations. He was also in Latvia, Germany, Turkey, Bosnia, Italy, Russia, Kazakhstan, Serbia and Montenegro.

It was during the later years of his military career that he became known as “Big Tony” to his comrades. His family and friends in Michigan continued to call him by the name Andy and he never expected them to do otherwise.

In 2001, Andy was assigned to the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where he served as a Senior SF weapons instructor. In March 2005, he was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group and served as a Team Sergeant for Operational Detachment Alpha 381 and was deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. This was his final mission.

MSG Anthony Yost was killed on November 19, 2005, while conducting a raid. He had responded to distress calls from the Iraqi Police Service and 2-1 Infantry, 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team. They were engaged in a furious battle with heavily armed insurgents in a house in Al Sukar in the northeastern part of Mosul. Without regard for his own safety, he volunteered to lead an assault to secure the house. He assembled a group of Special Forces and Iraqi Army soldiers and led them to the target house, where insurgents, both inside and outside the house, rapidly engaged them. As the firefight raged, he and the squad of Iraqi Army soldiers fearlessly moved forward and entered the enemy stronghold. Once inside the house, he led his team of Iraqi soldiers on a room-to-room search and eliminated the insurgents inside the house. As he was consolidating his forces, an enormous explosion from a hidden demolition charge engulfed the house, instantly reducing most of it to rubble and fatally wounding Andy and several of the Iraqi soldiers accompanying him.

On December 9, 2005, MSG Anthony Yost was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery.

In 2007, both of Anthony’s children received very special memory books from his dear friends Doc & Janet Maloney. Inside each book was a letter written by a man named Sam who was Tony’s interpreter from June 2005 until December 2005. He loved Tony and he said that the Iraqi soldiers loved Tony too. He wrote, “For us Tony is till alive, at least in our hearts. After he was killed they named the rifle range, “Big Tony’s Range For Training Iraqi Army” to honor him. In Iraq Tony was known as the big Indian man with a big heart who loved guns. “He will be forever immortalized in our hearts as a mountain.”

MSG Anthony Yost died leading a group of Iraqi soldiers from the front, soldiers that he had trained. For his bravery and military heroism he was posthumously awarded the Silver Star, the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. His other awards and decorations include: Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Senior Parachutist Badge, Military Freefall Master Parachutist Badge, Driver and Mechanic Badges and the Special Forces Tab.

He was and always will be a hero to his daughter Cheyenne and son Anthony James.


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