Spc. Thomas F. Duncan III, age 21, was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Lewis, Wash. He was born on April 13, 1987. He died June 9, 2008 as a result of gunshot wounds received during combat operations in Iraq.

After graduating from high school, Duncan enlisted in the Army from his hometown of Rowlett, Texas in February 2006. He 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 Indoctrination Program also at Fort Benning.

He graduated from the Ranger Indoctrination Program in August 2006.

He was assigned to 2nd Bn., 75th Ranger Regiment in September 2006.

He served as an assistant machine gunner, M240B machine gunner and as a grenadier.

Duncan’s awards and decorations include the Air Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Parachutist Badge and the Ranger Tab.

Duncan is survived by his wife Megan Duncan of Louisa, Ky., his mother Amanda Duncan of Bedias, Texas and his father Thomas F. Duncan II of Oakwood, Ga.

Ranger Duncan distinguished himself as a member of the Army’s premier light infantry unit, traveled to all corners of the world in support of the Global War on Terrorism, and fought valiantly to “uphold the prestige, honor, and high ‘esprit de corps’” of the Ranger Regiment.