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October 13, 2006

Someone you should know.

Father, Husband, Kansas National Guardsman. Like Staff Sergeant Parrish, several posts below this one, killed in Iraq doing his duty.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I say to you Specialist John Edward Wood.

Specialist John Wood, Kansas Army National Guard, KIA Iraq, Oct 7, 2006


No. 06-107


Maj. Gen. Tod Bunting, the adjutant general, announces that Spc. John Edward Wood, a member of Detachment 1, Headquarters Support Company, 891st Engineer Battalion, Kansas National Guard, Garnett, was killed in action in Iraq on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2006. Wood was attached to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 110th Engineer Battalion, Missouri National Guard, Kansas City, Mo.

Wood, 37, a resident of Humboldt, Kan., died as a result of an improvised explosive device (IED) which struck the convoy in which he was traveling. Also killed in the same attack was Sgt. Lawrence Lee Roy Parrish, Lebanon, Mo., a Missouri Army National Guard soldier who was a member of the 110th Engineer Battalion.

"My heart goes out to the family and friends of these brave Guardsmen,” said Governor Kathleen Sebelius. “They have each made the ultimate sacrifice serving our country and will not be forgotten.”

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of these two fine soldiers. Their service to their states and the nation will always be remembered and honored," said Bunting.

Wood enlisted into the Kansas Army National Guard in October 1988 with Company D, 891st Engineer Combat Battalion, at Fort Scott, Kan., as a Construction Equipment Repairer (62B10). He completed Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., as a Technical Engineer (62B10). He completed Primary Leadership Development Course and was a Combat Life Saver. In September 2004 he mobilized to deploy with the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 891st Engineer Combat Battalion, Iola, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and in December 2005 he chose to extend with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 110th Engineer Combat Battalion.

For his deployed service, Wood was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Combat Action Badge.

He had 18 years military service and his other awards included the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Kansas National Guard Homeland Defense Service Ribbon and Kansas National Guard Service Ribbon.

Wood is survived by his wife, Lannette, and four children; Kimberly, Wayne, Dannielle and Lila.

Now is the time at Castle Argghhh! when we dance: In Memoriam.