Born: October 2, 1967
Fallen: June 24, 2004
Army Captain Christopher Cash spent his early childhood in Rhode Island. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 120th Infantry, Army National Guard in Jacksonville, NC. He became a RI fallen hero when he was killed June 24. 2004 when his Bradley Fighting Vehicle came under attack by small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades in Baqubah, Iraq.
Captain Cash’s ties to Rhode Island go back to his early days as a child but he grew up in Old Orchard Beach, Maine. He was a 1985 graduate of Old Orchard Beach High School where he was a passionate and avid runner excelling in track and field and cross-country running. He won several state titles in track events and qualified for the Junior National Olympics in 1984.
In 1987, Chris began his 17-year military career attending the Army Ranger School at Fort Bragg. He served for four years as a Ranger with the 82nd Airborne Division before moving back to Maine and joining the Army National Guard. Chris and his wife later moved to eastern North Carolina where he transferred to the North Carolina Army National Guard. While serving in North Carolina, he began his college studies and graduated from East Carolina University with a bachelor’s degree in health and fitness and a master’s degree in health education. When not on active duty, Chris was employed as an exercise physiologist for a health and fitness center.
Captain Cash proudly served our country as an Infantry Officer and Company Commander in the Army National Guard. On June 24, 2004, fierce fighting broke out in Baqubah, Iraq when insurgents attempted to ambush the 1st Battalion, 120th Infantry. Chris was called in to lead his company when the armored vehicle he was riding in came under heavy fire. He gave the ultimate sacrifice to our country that day while looking out for the safety and wellbeing of the men he led. Captain Cash leaves behind a wife and two sons from a previous marriage, ages 13 and 11. The Captain Christopher S. Cash United States Armed Forces Center was dedicated in a ceremony Sunday, September 11, 2006 in Winterville, North Carolina.
He was awarded a Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, and the Bronze Star for meritorious service. In addition, he had earlier earned the Army’s Ranger Tab.
Websites In Memory of Captain Cash.<
In Remembrance of CPT Christopher S. Cash. Legacy.com. Guestbook in Memory of CPT Cash. Legacy.com.
Faces of the Fallen. The Washington Post.
Army Capt. Christopher S. Cash. Honor the fallen, Military Times.
Army Capt. Christopher S. Cash. Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Captain Christopher S. Cash. In Memoriam: Army National Guard.
Christopher S. Cash. Iraq/Afghanistan War Heroes.
Captain Christopher Scott Cash Memorial 5K Run.
Memorable Photos of CPT Chris Cash. runforcashoob5k.com website.