She was only 19 years old.  One of our own, from Caldwell, Idaho gave the ultimate sacrifice.  Do we remember?


Spc. Carrie L. French was too young... too beautiful... and too innocent to leave this world.  She was probably scared, strong, courageous, nervous, and who knows how many other things when her day came to sacrifice it all for us.  On June 5, 2005 in Kirkuk, Iraq an improvised explosive exploded and hit a convoy vehicle in which Carrie was riding.  Carrie was assigned to the Army National Guard's 145th Support Battalion, Boise, Idaho.

Quote from her father (Rick French) - "Carrie was a fun-loving young woman with a warm heart and a desire to serve."

Quote from family - "She was loved by everyone who knew her and will be dearly missed."

Quote from her boyfriend, Spc. Matt Harvey - "Carrie was a proud, caring person with an almost constant smile."

She died doing what she loved.  Helping those in need and serving her country.  Carrie was the first female soldier from Idaho killed in Iraq.  Let's not forget this beautiful young woman and the spirit she had that was part of our community family here in the Treasure Valley.  She loved the outdoors and was looking to attend college and had plans to travel to Europe and study law after her tour of duty.

May we never forget Carrie French.

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