Time of Remembrance

Anthony A. Paci

Age:

30

Hometown:

Rockville, MD.

Date of Death:

2010/03/04

Incident Location:

Gereskh, Afghanistan

Military Branch:

United States Army

Rank:

SGT

Unit:

1st Battalion, 17th Infantry, 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division

Unit Base:

Fort Lewis, WA

SGT Anthony A. Paci, 30, of Rockville, MD, died March 4, 2010 serving during Operation Enduring Freedom. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry, 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA. He died in Gereshk, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered during a vehicle rollover.

Paci enlisted in October 2004. He deployed to Iraq from December 2005 to November 2006. Afghanistan was his second deployment. The father of a Rockville man who died in Afghanistan says his son was trying to save innocent lives moments before his death Thursday. SGT Anthony A. Paci, 30, was killed when the military vehicle he was in rolled over in Gereshk, Afghanistan. Leo Paci tells News4 his son was trying to avoid a family of civilians at the time of the crash. SGT Paci asked the driver to swerve when he saw the family, his father said. Paci grew up in Bethesda, Md. and graduated from Whitman High School. He lived in Rockville as an adult. Paci’s service in Afghanistan was his second deployment. In December 2005, he spent about 11 months in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Combat Infantry Badge, Expert Infantry Badge. In addition to his parents and in-laws, Spc. Anthony Paci leaves behind his wife, Erica O’Beirne Paci. He is also survived by his 2½-year-old son Judah and his daughters, Tallulah, 1½, and 3-month-old Mila