A Tribute to Sergeant Chris Bohlerby Former Representative Mike McIntyre
Posted on 2014-01-09
of north carolina
in the house of representatives
Thursday, January 9, 2014
Mr. McINTYRE. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to Sergeant
Chris Bohler of Willow Spring, North Carolina, who gave his life while
defending our Nation on December 17, 2013, in support of Operation
Enduring Freedom. Sergeant Bohler was one of six U.S. servicemembers
killed when a helicopter crashed in Zabul Province, Afghanistan. He
shall be remembered by all those whose lives he touched as the finest
example of altruism, integrity, and patriotism. His life and his
sacrifice merit our utmost respect and gratitude.
Chris came from a long line of soldiers. His great-grandfather served in Europe during World War I. One of his grandfathers enlisted in the Army during World War II, and a great-uncle enlisted in the Air Force during the Korean War. His father also served in the Army.
Chris graduated from South Johnston High School in Four Oaks in 2003 and went on to attend Johnston Community College, where he was admired as a man with high aspirations and the tenacity to achieve his goals. Eager to protect his country, he joined the Army in 2007, and was assigned to B Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, 1st Infantry Division in Fort Riley, Kansas. Chris was a humble hero that lived his life the best way he knew how--by serving others.
Chris was serving our country dutifully when his life was taken. He will be missed by his family and friends. He was the son of Deborah and Pete Bohler and the oldest of three children. Although he is now gone, his courage will continue to be an inspiration to us all. He shall be remembered as the finest example of bravery, honor, and public service. May God comfort his family, and may we always remember the life of Sergeant Chris Bohler.