In the early morning hours of Monday, 5 January, 2006, Captain Christopher Petty was killed in action in Iraq, while commanding a convoy from Baghdad to Karbala. As they neared An Najaf, a roadside bomb planted by insurgents detonated as Captain Petty's armored Humvee passed, killing all five soldiers on board.
He was just weeks into his second deployment in Iraq, a duty he volunteered for from his deep sense of patriotism and dedication to his soldiers. While in command of his unit, Captain Petty proudly served his country, placing his life on the line to protect the soldiers under his command and to bring peace and stability to the country of Iraq.
Captain Petty was a Point of Contact for The Ships Project and our first POC to be killed in action. We grieve with his family for the loss of a good man and a brave soldier.