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Army Sgt. Robert W. Crow

Died July 10, 2010 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

42, of Kansas City, Mo.; assigned to the 203rd Engineer Battalion, Missouri National Guard, Joplin, Mo.; died July 10 at Forward Operating Base Sharana, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device.

Was battalion’s second KIA in Afghanistan

The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A 42-year-old Missouri guardsman has been killed in Afghanistan by an improvised explosive device.

The Defense Department said Sgt. Robert Wayne Crow of Kansas City died July 10 at Forward Operating Base Sharana, Afghanistan, after his vehicle struck an IED in Paktika. He was a combat engineer with the 203rd Engineer Battalion, headquartered in Joplin.

The battalion was deployed in September, with a mission to clear IEDs from roadways.

Crow joined the Missouri Army National Guard in December 2005. He deployed to Iraq in 2007 with the Guard’s 35th Engineer Brigade, based at Fort Leonard Wood.

He is the battalion’s second casualty in Afghanistan. Sgt. Denis Kisseloff of St. Charles died May 14.

Even in grim setting, sergeant could provide comic relief

The Associated Press

Among soldiers with a serious mission, Sgt. Robert Crow Jr. knew how to make colleagues grin.

“He was the comic relief of everything,” said Michelle Pippin, whose husband worked with Crow.

Crow, 42, of Kansas City, Mo., died July 10 at Forward Operating Base Sharana, Afghanistan, after his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device in Paktika. He was assigned to the 203rd Engineer Battalion in Joplin, Mo., and had been deployed to Iraq.

The battalion’s commander, Lt. Col Anthony Adrian, said those who knew Crow loved him.

“He loved being a Husky operator because there he was in the best position to protect his platoon — he took this self-imposed responsibility very seriously,” Adrian said.

Crow, who went by his middle name, Wayne, was born in California and lived there until he moved to Kansas City in 2004. He joined the Missouri Army National Guard the next year.

He worked for Missouri Gas Energy and had been employed by Heartland Midwest.

Survivors include his father, Robert Wayne Crow Sr.; brother, Norman; sister, Brenda; wife, Beverly; six children; and 12 grandchildren, with the 13th due in the fall.

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