Staff Sergeant Girard “Jerry” Gass Jr., 33, died August 3, 2014, while on a combat operation in Afghanistan. Jerry was assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, N.C. and was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Jerry was on his second deployment to Afghanistan when he suffered a fatal heart attack after conducting a helicopter infiltration to secure a highly contested governmental district center in remote Afghanistan. The last thing Jerry did before his tragic death was evacuate a fellow soldier off of the battlefield.
Gass’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal with “V” device and the Army Achievement Medal. Gass was posthumously awarded his second Bronze Star Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal among several other military commendations.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy, and two children Charlie and Stella.
The Gass family received a mortgage-free home through the Gold Star Family program on June 8, 2018 in Huntersville, NC.