Private First Class Brian M. Moquin Jr., enlisted in the Army in March 2005. He attended basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky and was assigned to the 71st Cavalry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, New York in August 2005. In February 2006, they were deployed to Afghanistan to support Operation Enduring Freedom. Brian was tragically killed along with nine fellow soldiers on May 5, 2006. He was east of Abad, Afghanistan, in the Kunar province when their Chinook helicopter crashed while on a mission to find al-Qaida and Taliban militants who were believed to be hiding in the rugged terrain near the border with Pakistan.
Also killed were:
- Lieutenant Colonel Joseph J. Fenty, 41, of Florida
- Chief Warrant Officer 3 Eric W. Totten, 34, of Texas
- Chief Warrant Officer 2 Christopher B. Donaldson, 28, of Illinois
- Staff Sergeant Christopher T. Howick, 34, of Hamburg, New York
- Sergeant Bryan A. Brewster, 24, of Fontana, California
- Sergeant John C. Griffith, 33, of Las Vegas, Nevada
- Sergeant Jeffery S. Wiekamp, 23, of Utopia, Texas
- Specialist Justin L. O’Donohoe, 27, of San Diego, California
- Specialist David N. Timmons Jr., 23, of Lewisville, North Carolina
Brian had received numerous military awards and decorations, including the Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Afghan Campaign Medal and Combat Action Badge.
Brian, from the Central Massachusetts area lived in Shrewsbury where he attended high school briefly at Shrewsbury High School, and moved to Worcester before joining the Military. He was an accomplished artist and musician who wrote poetry, he loved skateboarding and was unfailingly loyal to his friends. Brian was also a guitarist and vocalist; he played guitar in a local band and was a singer of “Coordinates Cartesia”. He also enjoyed the music of Frank Sinatra and Johnny Cash. He was adventurous, creative, and talented; enjoying poetry, drawing, and printmaking.