June 29, 2010 > Nathan Cox
July 15, 1982 - June 16, 2010
Resident of Fremont
Entered into rest on June 16, 2010 at the age of 27. The final journey home is underway for Sgt. Nathan Cox of Fremont, California an Army medic who died from injuries he sustained during combat operations in Afghanistan. Patrick Cox, Nathan's younger brother, will escort Nathan back to Dover Air Force Base, Delaware.
Born in Ypsilanti, MI, July 15, 1982, Cox and his family moved to California in 1986. Nathan graduated from Washington High School in 2001. He enjoyed the outdoors, kayaking, bicycling, running, swimming, painting, and reading.
Nathan joined the Army in January 2002. He was a combat engineer, paratrooper qualified, with the 307th Engineer Battalion, 82nd Airborne. He served two tours in Iraq, the second tour being in support of the first Iraqi elections. The third tour was in Afghanistan. His military awards included: Army Commendation Medal, 3, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, 2, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, Iraq Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge, Parachute Badge, Weapons Qual Rifle - Expert, and Overseas Service Bar, 3.
Following completion of his first enlistment, Cox attended the College of Oceaneering where he graduated as a commercial diver with an emphasis as a diver medic. This program sparked his interest in the medical field.
He re-enlisted as an Army medic February 2008. During his second enlistment, Nathan furthered his training by attending language school where he became fluent in Farsi with a Dhari dialect. He was assigned to the HHC 1st STB 1st BCT, 101st Airborne Division. Nathan looked forward to his fourth deployment to use his medic skills to support the American troops and his language skills to work with the Afghani people.
Nathan is survived by his parents, Tim and Margaret Cox, sister Sara, and brother Patrick. His family is proud of his accomplishments, his determination to follow his interests, and feel his life achievements exceed his short life.
A memorial service for Nathan will be held on Thursday, July 1st, 7pm at Fremont Memorial Chapel, 3723 Peralta Blvd., Fremont, CA 94536. In lieu of flowers, donations in Nathan's memory would be preferred to any of the following: Wounded Warrior Project, 7020 AC Skinner Pkwy, Suite 100, Jacksonville, FL 32256 www.woundedwarriorproject.org, Soldiers' Angels, 1792 Washington Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91104 www.soldiersangels.org, or Fisher House(tm) Foundation, Inc., 111 Rockville Pike, Suite 420, Rockville, MD 20850-5168 www.fisherhouse.org.
Sgt. Nathan Cox will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery, where he will receive the Purple Heart, Bronze Star Medal and Combat Medic Badge.
(Photo is courtesy of Greg Harris Photography)
Fremont Memorial Chapel