26-year-old US Army Sgt. John A. Lyons, from Seaside Park, New Jersey was killed in action in Ghazni province on 26th October 2011. He died during an exchange of fire with enemy forces.
Sgt. Lyons served with the 8th Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade based at Fort Hood in Texas. He joined the Army in February 2009 as a combat engineer and deployed to Afghanistan in December 2010 on a one year mission.
His awards and decorations include the NATO Medal, three Army Achievement Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and Combat Action Badge.