26-year-old US Army Sergeant Thomas R. MacPherson, from Long Beach, California, was killed in action on 12th October 2012, while leading an assault on an enemy position in Andar District, Ghazni province, Afghanistan. He was killed by direct fire from enemy forces during the assault.
Sergeant MacPherson served with the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. He joined the Army in May 2007. This was his fourth deployment to Afghanistan and he had also previously served one deployment in Iraq.
Lt. Col. Gregory Anderson, Commander of 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, said in a statement: "Sergeant Tom MacPherson lost his life courageously leading his Rangers into a close quarters fight with the enemy." He went on to say that "Tommy MacPherson never backed away from the dangers of combat, and his warrior spirit, personal example and zeal for life continue to inspire all who knew him."