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Profiles: The four men who died in the Assadabad attack

By: The Gazette
November 8, 2015 Updated: November 8, 2015 at 4:30 am
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Four men died during the Aug. 8, 2012, attack in Assadabad, Afghanistan, that earned Capt. Florent "Flo" Groberg the Medal of Honor.

Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin Griffin

Griffin, 45, of Laramie, Wyo., was the top enlisted soldier in Fort Carson's 4th Brigade Combat Team. He was married with two children, including one who followed him into the Army.

"That's the saddest thing," his brother Shawn Griffin said. "Kevin was right where he wanted to be in life."

Maj. Thomas Kennedy

Kennedy, 35, of West Point, N.Y., was a staff officer in the headquarters of the 4th Brigade Combat Team.

A married father of two, Kennedy was known as a top-notch artillery officer who had been a tenacious hockey player at the U.S. Military Academy.

"We know you are up there in the company of the great ones looking over us now," his friend Maj. Timothy Knoth said. "You will be on the ice with us each time we lace up."

Air Force Maj. Walter Gray

Gray, 38, of Conyers, Ga., was an air liaison officer in the headquarters of the 4th Brigade Combat Team.

Known for his deep faith, Gray and his wife had three children.

"Honestly, I don't know if we can say rest in peace for David," said Michael Fernihough, who was Gray's pastor. "Because David's just too busy worshiping his king."

Ragaei Abdelfattah

Abdelfattah, 43, of Annapolis, Md., was a State Department foreign service officer working with the Afghanistan government.

A native of Egypt, Abdelfattah was known for his dedication to helping Afghanistan prosper.

"His hard work has helped to bring key services and improvements to the people of Afghanistan such as schools, health clinics, and electricity to the citizens of Nangarhar and Kunar provinces," the State Department said.

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