Teacher's son gave his life in Afghanistan
Houston County Courier
By Lynda Jones
U.S. Army Capt. Ellery R. “Ray” Wallace, 33, was fatally wounded by hostile fire on Aug. 28 in the Nangahar province of Afghanistan. Wallace was the son of Latexo High School Spanish teacher, Dewayne Wallace and his wife, Elaine Wallace of Elkhart. The Department of Defense reported was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan when a rocket propelled grenade struck his military vehicle on Aug. 28. Wallace died the next day. Pfc. Bryn T. Raver, 20, of Harrison, Arkansas was also killed and two others were wounded. Funeral services for Wallace were held on Sept. 7 in Big Spring where Wallace attended school through the eighth grade. He is buried at the Mount Olive Cemetery there, next to his grandfather who was also a soldier. Wallace began a life of service in his youth. He was an Eagle Scout and performed missionary work on the Ivory Coast of West Africa for the Latter Day Saints (LDS) Church. Wallace also earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Utah in 2003. Also in 2003, Wallace enlisted in the Army. This was his third tour of duty in the Middle East. He had been in Afghanistan only two weeks when he was killed. Wallace was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (air assault), Fort Campbell, KY. He was a decorated soldier. Wallace’s commendations included the Army Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal-Valor, Valorous Unit Award, National Defense Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and Combat Action Badge, according to information obtained from the website freedomremembered.com. In addition to his parents, Wallace is survived by his wife, Janelle; four children, Adara, Ehlana, Kael and Liam of Clarksville, TN., four brothers and two sisters. Contributing to this report: Steve Reagan, Big Spring Herald; Danielle Hardy, The Daily Utah Chronicle; Rexburg Standard Journal, Department of Defense, Military Times.