Sgt. Thomas R. Macpherson

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Sgt. Thomas R. Macpherson

I want to share this article in the newspaper about a local native to long beach that sacrificed his life on October 12, 2012 in Afghanistan. Tommy Macpherson went to my highschool graduated a few years older than I did. Although I did not know him, Hearing about this loss was reached deep inside of me. Tommy left behind a wife, and 1 yr. old son. It is men like this that we can never forget about. As you go about your day take a minute and think about our soldiers that are fighting for you. Think about what they must have given up, what they have sacrificed. Appreciate your life. Appreciate your loved ones. And be honored to be an American. 

 

(Oct. 14, 2012, 11:06 a.m.) — LBReport.comis deeply saddened to report the death in combat of Sgt, Thomas R. MacPherson, 26, of Long Beach — a U.S. Army Ranger who previously served one deployment in Iraq and was on his fourth deployment to Afghanistan.


U.S. Army released photoA release issued by the US Army’s Special Operations Command says Sgt. MacPherson — a Long Beach native — was killed in a heavy firefight with enemy forces while leading an assault against an enemy position in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan

[US Army Special Operations Command release text] A U.S. Army Ranger was killed in action Oct. 12, 2012 during combat operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.Sgt. Thomas R. MacPherson, 26, was assigned to Company D, 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

MacPherson was killed by direct fire from enemy forces during a heavy firefight while conducting combat operations in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan.

A native of Long Beach, Calif., he enlisted in the U.S. Army in May 2007. For more than four years, MacPherson served as a mortarman and a Ranger Team Leader with 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.

The 75th Ranger Regiment has been continuously deployed to Afghanistan since October 2001.

“Sgt. Tom MacPherson lost his life courageously leading his Rangers into a close quarters fight with the enemy,” said Lt. Col. Gregory Anderson, Commander of 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. “Tommy MacPherson never backed away from the dangers of combat, and his warrior spirit, personal example, and zeal for life continue to inspire all who knew him. We will honor his service to our Nation and the heroic example he set for all Rangers. Our thoughts and prayers are with the MacPherson Family.”

MacPherson previously served one deployment to Iraq and this was his fourth deployment to Afghanistan.

“Sgt. Thomas MacPherson personified the traits of the consummate Ranger: commitment and courage,” said Col. Mark W. Odom, Commander of the 75th Ranger Regiment. “He deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq multiple times and always seemed to be at the critical points on the battlefield.”

MacPherson is survived by his wife, Claudia MacPherson, and their son, Brayden, of Tacoma, Wash., and his parents, Troy and Diona MacPherson of Long Beach, Calif.

In further information, the U.S. Army Command states:

[Sgt. MacPherson] was leading an assault against an enemy position when he was mortally wounded by small arms fire.MacPherson was a team leader assigned to Company D, 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. He previously served one deployment to Iraq and this was his fourth deployment to Afghanistan.

MacPherson was born July 20, 1986 in Long Beach, Calif. and graduated from Los Alamitos High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in May 2007 and completed One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Ga., as an infantryman. After graduating from the Basic Airborne Course there, he was assigned to the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program also at Fort Benning. MacPherson graduated from the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program and was then assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Bn., 75th Ranger Regiment in December 2007, where he served as a mortarman. After three years, he was assigned to Company D where he served as a Fire Team Leader.

His military education includes the Basic Airborne Course, Ranger Assessment and Selection Program, U.S. Army Ranger School, Infantry Mortar Leader’s Course, Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Course (SERE), and the Warrior Leader Course.

His awards and decorations include the Ranger Tab, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Expert Infantryman’s Badge, the Parachutist Badge, and the U.S. Army Expert Rifle Marksmanship Qualification Badge.

MacPherson has also been awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Valor, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with three Campaign Stars, Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, and the NATO Medal.

He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service and Purple Heart…

As a Ranger, Sgt. Thomas R. MacPherson selflessly lived his life for others and distinguished himself as a member of the Army’s premier direct action raid force and fought valiantly as he served his fellow Rangers and our great Nation. -As of 13 October 2012

 

The second part of this blog is from Rudy Nielson at Outlaw Crossfit. He posted this about Tommy over the weekend and I wanted you all to see it.

 

Tonight I’d like to take the opportunity to honor a true hero. I am not writing or sharing this for any reason other than the fact I am in awe that men like this even exist. As I sit on my couch and write about exercising, brave men—like Sgt. Thomas MacPherson—are in places unknown, protecting our sons, daughters and Netflix subscriptions. Please take the time to read the words below, do the workout named in his honor, and raise a glass of the finest whiskey to make a toast “to the lost”.

The following statement is from Tommy’s former Platoon Leader…

The whole thing with Tommy is that he embodies everything that’s right about Ranger Battalion. He held the position of Ranger Team Leader which is literally the tip of the spear. He was the consummate, quiet professional—he expected absolutely zero recognition for what he did. He loved his job because he was a born protector. He was perfectly content to carry out his life’s work under the cover of darkness, with his and his comrades’ actions to remain forever under the cloak of shadows. He died doing what he loved; protecting all of us. What stood out about Tommy the most was his maturity beyond his years. I believe it was the fact that he was the older brother of younger siblings, but like another Sgt. said “Tommy wasn’t one of those guys who joined the Army and grew into a man. He joined as a man and grew others.” He left behind his beautiful wife wife, Claudia MacPherson, and their son, Brayden.

Official statement from the Army…

Sergeant Thomas R. MacPherson

Killed in action on October 12, 2012

Sgt. Thomas R. MacPherson, 26, was killed by enemy forces during a heavy firefight while conducting combat operations in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan. He was leading an a ssault against an enemy position when he was mortally wounded by small arms fire.

MacPherson was a team leader assigned to Company D, 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. He previously served one deployment to Iraq and this was his fourth deployment to Afghanistan.

MacPherson was born July 20, 1986 in Long Beach, Calif. and graduated from Los Alamitos High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in May 2007 and completed One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Ga., as an infantryman. After graduating from the Basic Airborne Course there, he was assigned to the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program also at Fort Benning.

MacPherson graduated from the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program and was then assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Bn., 75th Ranger Regiment in December 2007, where he served as a mortarman. After three years, he was assigned to Company D where he served as a Fire Team Leader.

His military education includes the Basic Airborne Course, Ranger Assessment and Selection Program, U.S. Army Ranger School, Infantry Mortar Leader’s Course, Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Course (SERE), and the Warrior Leader Course.

His awards and decorations include the Ranger Tab, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Expert Infantryman’s Badge, the Parachutist Badge, and the U.S. Army Expert Rifle Marksmanship Qualification Badge.

MacPherson has also been awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Valor, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with three Campaign Stars, Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, and the NATO Medal.

He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service and Purple Heart.

MacPherson is survived by his wife, Claudia MacPherson, and their son, Brayden of Tacoma, Wash., and his parents, Troy and Diona MacPherson of Long Beach, Calif.

As a Ranger, Sgt. Thomas R. MacPherson selflessly lived his life for others and distinguished himself as a member of the Army’s premier direct action raid force and fought valiantly as he served his fellow Rangers and our great Nation.

RLTW.

 

Workout of the Day: 29 October 12

“Tommy Mac”

12 Burpees
12 Thruster 115/75#
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12 Power Snatch 115/75#
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12 Push Jerks 115/75#
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12 Hang Squat Clean 115/75#
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12 OHS 115/75#
12 Burpees
12 Thruster 115/75#
12 Burpees
12 Power Snatch 115/75#
12 Burpees
12 Push Jerks 115/75#
12 Burpees
12 Hang Squat Clean 115/75#
12 Burpees
12 OHS 115/75#