Wednesday, January 23, 2008

OBT: Javier Paredes & Chuck Komppa

Javier Paredes & Chuck Komppa Memorial Plaque Dedication
Ingram Tom Moore High School, 20 November 2007

Two graduates of Ingram Tom Moore High School have been killed in action in the last year plus. ITM officials began a memorial wall to honor those who have died in service to the country. The school was constructed in 1982, so Iraq represents the first full scale war that involves ITM students. On November 20, 2007 we had the first ceremony dedicating plaques to these fine young men.

Javier Paredes is not only an ITM graduate but a graduate of the Hill Country Youth Ranch where i work. Chuck Komppa was a star basketball player for ITM in the late 80's to 1990 when he graduated and i watched him play against Shaq O'Neal in the first ITM gym which featured a carpeted court.

Charles V. “Chuck” Komppa, a 1990 graduate of Ingram Tom Moore High School, was killed by a roadside explosive device in Al Anbar Province, Iraq, on October 25, 2006. He was awarded the Purple Heart. Chuck is survived by his wife Delisa, and their children Alicia, 14, and Gary, 11. He was laid to rest in Absarokee, Montana, where the family still resides. His father Gary is a resident of Ingram, Texas.

Javier G. Paredes is an Ingram Tom Moore High School and Hill Country Youth Ranch graduate. He was killed by a rocket-propelled grenade while rescuing a wounded soldier in Baghdad, Iraq on September 5, 2007 in his capacity as an army medic. President Bush honored Javier posthumously with the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. Javier’s brothers are also in the service operating out of Iraq and Afghanistan. He was laid to rest on Septmber 14, 2007 at San Antonio’s Fort Sam Houston.

Special thanks to Worthy Carpenter, Bruce Faust and Rhonda Boerner of Ingram ISD; Gary Komppa; and Gary and Carol Priour, Michael Gustin, Marcy Dorman, Olivia Navarro, Michael Joe and Jesse James of HCYR.

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At 2:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Charles Komppa was a football player and State cross-country medalist in 89-90. He never played basketball, that was his brother Steve who also was on the same state medaling team with his brother in 89-90.


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