Army SPC Anthony C. Owens, 21, of Conway, SC, died on February 1, 2006.
Owens was killed in Baghdad, Iraq, when his unit was attacked by enemy forces using small-arms fire and grenades. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Ft. Campbell, KY.
A fellow solider, SFC Phil Blaisdell, who was with Owens the day of the attack stated:
We were attacked and SPC Owens showed no fear. He was separated from his squad and ran through a hail of enemy gunfire to his team’s position to assist them in returning fire and establishing a support by fire for the assault team. Later on he stacked on a door, knowing enemy personnel were inside and entered the building. He is a hero and saved lives that day in Rushdi-Mulla.