Fort Riley, Kansas



Big Red One Soldier Dies in Afghanistan

By 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Office | PAO.MR | May 21, 2012

FORT RILEY, Kan. – Staff Sgt. Zachary Hargrove, 32, of Wichita, Kan., was pronounced dead May 3 at a medical facility on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, after being found unresponsive in his living quarters Thursday morning. The cause of death is under investigation.

Hargrove, a Wichita, Kan. native, joined the Army in September 1998. He was assigned to Fort Riley in August 2008. He was a wheeled vehicle mechanic assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 84th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion, 1st Infantry Division which is currently deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. This was Hargrove's fourth combat deployment. He served three previous tours to Iraq, including one with the 1st Infantry Division Headquarters in 2010. This was his first deployment to Afghanistan.

Hargrove's awards include six Army Commendation Medals, six Army Achievement Medals, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal with two campaign stars, and the NATO Medal.

To date, 200 Fort Riley Soldiers, Airmen and Sailors have died while serving in support of Operations Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn.

For more information, contact the 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Office at (785) 240-1796 or e-mail