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PFC Hans Christian Richard Avey
411th MP Company, 720th MP Battalion,
89th MP Brigade

Line Of Duty Casualty ~ 7 January 1991
Saudi Arabia


They Say,
our deaths are not ours,
they are yours,
they will mean what
you make of them.

They say,
we leave you our deaths,
give them some

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    PFC Hans C. R. Avey, age 21, of Falls Church, Virginia, was a vehicle mechanic with the HQ Detachment of the 411th MP Company stationed at Logistics Base Alpha, Saudi Arabia, during Operation Desert Shield. He routinely volunteered to make the daily hot chow and mail run to the 411th platoons on duty along Main Supply Route Dodge (Pipeline Road), that ran parallel to the Saudi-Iraq border.

    On 7 January 1991 he was again making the run with a passenger, SSG Tina M. Donaldson also of the 411th, who was returning to her duty station. PFC Avey was in the process of passing a deuce-and-a-half when his HMMVW struck an oncoming deuce-and-a-half head on. PFC Avey died at the scene from massive trauma, SSG Donaldson, who was thrown from the vehicle on impact survived the crash with minimal injuries.



    I had the pleasure of walking perimeter patrol at Log Base Alpha with PFC Avey several times. I found him to be a very pleasant, well read and intelligent young man who was very mature for his age. SSG Ralph Jeffries, Assistant Operations Sergeant, 411th MP Company, 720th MP Battalion, Operation Desert Shield/Storm.



CPT (LTC Ret.) Richard W. Avey and his son PVT Hans C.R. Avey at the end of basic training at Fort Dix, NJ in 1990. Courtesy of the Avey family.
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