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Army Cpl. William C. Yauch

Died June 11, 2010 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom


23, of Batesville, Ark.; assigned to 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.; died June 11 in Jalula, Iraq, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked their unit with a vehicle-borne IED. Also killed was Sgt. Israel P. O’Bryan.

Body returned to home state

The Associated Press

BATESVILLE, Ark. — The body of a soldier who was killed in Iraq has been returned to Arkansas.

The flag-draped casket of Army Spc. William C. Yauch arrived at Batesville Regional Airport about 2:20 p.m. Friday, and was escorted to a funeral home.

Yauch, 23, and Sgt. Israel O’Bryan of Newbern, Tenn., were killed June 11 when a suicide attacker detonated an explosive near their patrol in Jalula, about 80 miles north of Baghdad.

Yauch and O’Bryan were assigned to the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

Yauch is survived by his wife, Mallory, and his parents.


Was 2 months away from coming home

The Associated Press

William Yauch was an outgoing guy who loved life and his country, relatives said.

“He very much loved the U.S. Army and was doing what he believed in and wanted to be doing,” his stepmother, Debbie Yauch, said.

The 23-year-old from Batesville, Ark., died June 11 in Jalula, Iraq, of wounds from a vehicle-borne explosive device. He was assigned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

Debbie Yauch said her stepson was scheduled to come home in less than two months.

“Chris,” as he was known, is being remembered for how he enjoyed a good game of paintball, his passion for riding his motorcycle and his love of tinkering with his car.

“He was a friendly young man, pleasant to be around, just an all-around good guy,” said Batesville High School principal David Campbell, where Yauch graduated in 2005.

He enlisted in the Army in 2007 and married his wife, Mallory Rhodes, in February 2008.

Other survivors include his mother and stepfather, Lucretia and Dennis Robertson; his father, Kurt Yauch; and four stepsisters, Jenny, Rachel, Barbara and Brenda.


‘Just an all-around good guy’

The Associated Press

William Yauch was an outgoing guy who loved life and his country, relatives said.

“He very much loved the U.S. Army and was doing what he believed in and wanted to be doing,” said his stepmother, Debbie Yauch.

The 23-year-old from Batesville, Ark., died June 11 in Jalula, Iraq, of wounds from a vehicle-borne explosive device. He was assigned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

Debbie Yauch said her stepson was scheduled to come home in less than two months.

“Chris,” as he was known, is being remembered for how he enjoyed a good game of paintball, his passion for riding his motorcycle and his love of tinkering with his car.

“He was a friendly young man, pleasant to be around, just an all-around good guy,” said principal David Campbell of Batesville High School, where Yauch graduated in 2005.

He enlisted in the Army in 2007 and married his wife, Mallory Rhodes, in February 2008.

Other survivors include his mother and stepfather, Lucretia and Dennis Robertson; his father, Kurt Yauch; and four stepsisters, Jenny, Rachel, Barbara and Brenda.

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