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Sgt. Blair William Emery
November 02, 1983 - November 30, 2007


January 16, 2008

Sgt. Blair William Emery, 24, of Lee, Maine, died Nov. 30, 2007 in Baqubah, Iraq, of wounds suffered when his vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device (IED).
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Sgt Emery is survived by his beloved wife Chu Emery of Texas; his parents William and Quie Emery of Lee Maine; his sisters Betsy and Hilary from Maine; his Grandparents Alton and Ruby Thompson of Ketchikan, Alaska; his Grandmother Joanne Emery of Wytopitlock Maine; his Uncles Tom Thompson and Carl Thompson of Ketchikan, Alaska; and Uncles Chris Thompson and Paul Thompson of Soldotna, Alaska.

Emery enlisted in the United States Army on October 8, 2002. He completed one station unit training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri and was assigned to the 571st Military Police Company, 504th Military Police Battalion, Fort Lewis, Washington.

In January 2004, Sgt Emery deployed to Baghdad, Iraq in support of OIF II. On November 4, 2006, Sgt Emery deployed with the 571st MP CO to Baqubah, Iraq in support of OIF 06-08.

Attending the memorial service held in Emery's hometown of Lee, Maine, Governor John Baldacci and state military officials honored his service and presented medals to Emery's widow, Chu Emery.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (posthumous), Purple Heart Medal (2nd AWD) (posthumous), Army Commendation Medal (2nd AWD) (posthumous), Army Achievement Medal (3rd AWD) , Army Good Conduct medal (2nd AWD) (posthumous), Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, and the Army Service Ribbon.

Sgt. Emery set many goals for himself outside of the military. His short term goals were to complete a successful Army enlistment and transition into civilian employment with his adoring wife. He planned to play a show in Seattle with his band, Madison Ave. Emery, a star baseball player, planned to maintain his involvement in baseball by coaching at his former high school. His long term goal was to become a Highway Patrolman.

As a teenager, Sgt Emery spent the summer of 1999 in Ketchikan, Alaska. He enjoyed the outdoors, fishing and racing sailboats with his Uncles Tom Thompson and Carl Thompson of Ketchikan.




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