DANIEL CRABTREE

June 8, 2006

Name: SFC Daniel Crabtree
 

Hometown: Hartville, Ohio

DOB: November 13, 1974 DOD: June 8, 2006
 

Entered Service: 1992
 

Deployments: He deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and attached to the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Arabian Peninsula.

 

Units: 135th Military Police Company in Brook Park, Ohio;

Ohio Army National Guard’s Company B, 2nd Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in Columbus, Ohio

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Education: Special Forces Qualification Course, Basic Airborne Course, the Primary Leadership Development Course and the Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course.

 

Awards and Decorations: The Army Achievement Medal, the Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Parachutist Badge, and the Special Forces Tab. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, and Combat Infantryman Badge.

Survived By: He is survived by his wife, Kathy, and daughter, Mallory, his father, Ronald Crabtree, and mother, Judy Ann Crabtree.

Daniel was a husband, a father, a friend, a brother and a child. He is described by his family and friends as determined, dedicated and a confidant. He had a passion for the military, police force and Star Wars. He was assigned to the Ohio Army National Guard’s Company B, 2nd Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in Columbus, Ohio. After initially entering military service with the Army Reserve in 1992, Crabtree joined the Army National Guard in 1993 as an administrative specialist. He later retrained as a military policeman and served with the 135th Military Police Company in Brook Park, Ohio. He joined the 19th SFG in March 2002, and in 2003 he was selected to attend the Special Forces Qualification Course at Fort Bragg, N.C. He earned the coveted green beret when he graduated from the course in May 2004. In his civilian life, Crabtree worked as a police officer in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. He was a member of the CFP SWAT unit.
In Iraq, the work of Crabtree and his Special Forces operational detachment focused primarily on training members of the Al Kut SWAT, an Iraqi police force. Crabtree himself developed and implemented a comprehensive training curriculum for the Iraqi SWAT volunteers, which included advanced marksmanship training, offensive and defensive driving instruction, and urban assault training.
His awards and decorations include the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Parachutist Badge, and the Special Forces Tab. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, and Combat Infantryman Badge.

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