War in Afghanistan claims Concrete native

posted 8.7.09

Concrete native Chief Warrant Officer 2 Douglas W. Vose III is coming home a hero.

A decorated and dedicated military man, Vose died from wounds received while conducting combat operations in the Kabul Province of Afghanistan July 29 while serving as the Special Forces Assistant Detachment Commander with Operational Detachment Alpha – 0114, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), in Stuttgart, Germany.

Vose, 38, was killed by intense direct small arms fire while deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as a member of the International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) – Afghanistan.

“This quiet Concrete boy was a hero long before he died,” said Vicki Frank, whose son, Michael W. Frank, considered Vose his best friend. “He had a steely drive and ambition. He didn’t want platitudes or fanfare; all he wanted was to do his job.”

Vose’s awards and commendations were numerous. His awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, and the Humanitarian Service Medal.

His decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, South West Asia Service Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Non-Commissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon, NATO Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia), and the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait).

Vose also earned the Airborne Badge, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Parachutist Badge, Military Free Fall Parachutist Badge, and the Special Forces Tab.

“He was the all-American boy,” said Vicki Frank. “He was the best. He was perfect.”

Funeral and memorial arrangements were pending at press time.

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