Staff Sgt. Loleni W. Gandy (born February 9, 1974 of Pago Pago, American Samoa – died November 19, 2010 in Balad, Iraq) was assigned to 103rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command, U.S. Army Reserve, Des Moines in Iowa.
He was a graduate from Marist High School in 1991 and a member of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Tomah, Wisconsin.
Gandy died November 19, 2010 in Balad, Iraq, in a non-combat, medical related incident. He is survived by his wife Faauta and his four children.
Gandy entered the military in 1993 and served on active duty for 9 years 4 months. His most recent reenlistment was March 17, 2003 for 6 years in the Army Reserve. He was first deployed to Iraq with the Army’s 411th Engineer Battalion as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom on January 5, 2004 and returned from duty July 3, 2005.
In August 2005, he was the senior mechanic to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Brigade, 399th Regiment at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, and was transferred to the 103rd command in Des Moines in October 2009 and deployed again on June 6th, 2010 to Joint Base Balad, Iraq,
His unit was the primary logistical planners for Operation New Dawn, which is focused on the training, assistance and equipping of Iraqi Security Forces. He was an excellent soldier and his very likeable personality made him an immediate part of the 103d logistics family.
Highlights & Awards:
- Bronze Star Medal
- Army Commendation Medal
- Army Achievement Medal (w/4 Oak Leaf Clusters)
- Iraq Campaign Medal
- Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
- Army Good Conduct Award (w/clasp)
- Armed Forces Reserve Medal w/”M” device and numeral “2″
- Army Superior Unit Award
- National Defense Service Medal
- Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
- Overseas Service Ribbon
- Army Service Ribbon
- Air Assault Badge
- Driver’s Badge
- Mechanic’s Badge
- Expert Marksmanship Badge
Source – Fallen Heroes project, Freedom Remembered