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Family responds to death of Monett soldier

Thursday, March 3, 2011

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CHRISTOPHER STARK
The family of Christopher Stark, the Army specialist who graduated from Monett High School in 2007, has issued a statement in response to Stark's death due to hostile action by insurgents in Afghanistan on Monday.

According to a release by the U.S. Department of Defense, Stark was one of two soldiers killed in an incident in Wardak province. Stark, 22, and Staff Sergeant Chauncy Mays, 25, of Cookville, Texas, suffered fatal wounds when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device (IED).

Both soldiers were assigned to the 63rd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion, 20th Support Command, based at the Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.

Teresa Stark, Christopher's mother, and Trenton Stark, Christopher's brother, Trenton, issued the following statement:

"United States Army Specialist Christopher G. Stark, 22 of Monett, was killed in action on Monday, Feb. 28, 2011, while serving in Afghanistan. Christopher was an Explosives Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Tech, also known as a bomb specialist. While en route to an IED (bomb) that had been spotted, his vehicle was hit with another IED and as a result, Christopher was killed. At this time, there are no other specifics to the incident and the investigation is ongoing.

"Please respect the family's privacy at this difficult time and remember them in your thoughts and prayers."

Stark is the son of Teresa Stark and the late Jeff Stark. Additional family members include: brother, Trenton Stark; grandparents Max and Maxine Brown; and Mary and Bill Johnson. Extended family include: longtime family friend, Kirk Little, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Both the Hobbs-Anderson American Legion Post #91 and the Tom Wolfe Memorial Post #4207, Veterans of Foreign Wars, have lowered their flags to half-mast in honor of Stark. The Monett R-1 School District, where Teresa Stark worked from 1994 to 2009, lowered flags at the Southwest Area Career Center and at Monett High School.

Christopher Stark was a member of the Junior ROTC program at the Career Center. He is the first soldier from Monett to have been killed in hostilities in Afghanistan or Iraq.


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MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO THIS FAMILY. MY SON RECENTLY SPENT TWO TOURS ON A CARRIER IN THE PERSIAN GULF . AS PARENTS , WE WORRY ALL THE TIME WHEN OUR KIDS ARE DEPLOYED TO A DANGEROUS AREA. ALTHOUGH WE ARE PROUD THEY ARE SERVING, WE ALL WISH FOR AN END TO THE CONFLICT. MOST FOLKS I KNOW AGREE WE'D RATHER LIKE TO SEE OUR YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN GUARDING OUR OWN BORDERS !

-- Posted by BARRACUDA on Thu, Mar 3, 2011, at 8:17 PM

I remember Christopher as a young boy in school. So, so sad at the news of his death as he served our country. As a former teacher in Monett, I appreciate so much that Teresa came and brought her boys, Christopher and Trent, and contributed so much to the schools in the area and to our community. My heart goes out to the family and to all of us who are diminished at the loss of this fine young man. Marianne Estes

-- Posted by msmems on Fri, Mar 4, 2011, at 11:54 AM

God Bless this family in their time of grief. This young man made the ultimate sacrafice to keep our Country free. You are in my prayers.

-- Posted by Kacky on Fri, Mar 4, 2011, at 6:20 PM

To all Family Members and Friends,please accept My thanks for your Son,Brother and Grand Child, service in our Armed Forces Christopher gave it all and for this I will always be grateful,May God Truly Bless You in these trying times.

Donald J.Day

USA,retired,

member of VFW 4207

-- Posted by msgday on Fri, Mar 4, 2011, at 10:21 PM


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