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Hempstead Community Honors Fallen Soldier
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jeffery L.
Sgt. Jeffery L. Hartley,
25, of Hempstead, Texas, died April 8 in
Kharguliah, Iraq, of wounds suffered when his
vehicle encountered an improvised explosive
device. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion,
10th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade
Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Benning,
memorial vigil was held in the downtown
Hempstead park Monday. A number of city and
county officials and concerned citizens spoke to
approximately 250 family and friends in
attendance. Marcy Hamric Tomczak sang the
National Anthem and Floyd Richard sang "I Proud
To Be An American." Sgt. Hartley is preceded in
death by his brother, Jeremy Hartley. He is
survived by his parents; brother, David Wayne Hartley; sisters,
Lisa Ann Willever and husband Chris, and Kaylie
Hartley; and numerous other family members and
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Sgt. Jeffery L. Hartley
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confirmed that Hartley was on his fourth tour of
duty in Iraq and was on his second tour in Iraq
with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry
Division when he was killed. He had previously
served two tours in Iraq as an Army Ranger with
the 75th Ranger Regiment, and had served one
tour in Afghanistan with the 75th Ranger
Hartley was a Radio Operator Maintainer and was
awarded over 20 awards, according to the
Department of Defense Public Affairs Office.
He was Airborne Qualified and Ranger Qualified
and was awarded the Bronze Star, the Combat
Action Badge, and the Army Commendation with
Valor Device. Before his death, Hartley had
previously been awarded the Purple Heart for
injuries sustained in combat.
A scholarship fund has been set up in Jeff
Hartley's name at Prosperity Bank for local
graduating High School seniors. Anyone wishing
to contribute may contact any branch of
Prosperity Bank or you can contact the Hempstead
branch at (979) 826-2431 or Waller branch at