Evans woman's soldier-husband among those killed at Fort Hood

Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009 2:36 PM
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When Marikay DeCrow, of Evans, heard about Thursday’s shootings at Fort Hood, Texas, she said she spent hours desperately calling hospitals looking for husband -- Staff Sgt. Justin DeCrow.

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Staff Sgt. DeCrow and his wife

“But no one could find him anywhere,” she said. “No one could find my husband because he was gone.”

Staff Sgt. DeCrow, 32, was fatally wounded along with 12 others when Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Malik began firing on fellow soldiers at a processing center at the large Army base.

Staff Sgt. DeCrow was there preparing for his deployment to Iraq, Fort Gordon spokesman Buzz Yarnell said this afternoon.

According to Fort Gordon, Staff Sgt. DeCrow was a satellite communications operator-maintainer, and had been assigned to a signal unit at Fort Hood since September. He was soon to be deployed.

He was not currently stationed at Fort Gordon, but had been assigned there in 2000 and apparently liked the area, Mr. Yarnell said.

His wife told Army officials this afternoon that she did not want to talk to the media or conduct interviews. However, through a military spokesman, Mrs. DeCrow said she wanted everyone to know what a loving man her husband was.

“His infectious charm and wit always put others at ease,” she said. “He was well loved by everyone. He was a loving father and husband and he will be missed by all.”

The couple have a 13-year-old daughter Kylah.

According to military and family members, Army Staff Sgt. DeCrow graduated from Plymouth High School, Plymouth, Ind., in 1996, married Marikay -- his high school sweetheart -- that spring and joined the Army in the summer.

“He always wanted to be a soldier,” his wife said.

When his current deployment ended, she said she hoped they could reunite at their home in Columbia County when another post at Fort Gordon opened up.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete, but the burial is expected to take place in Indiana, according to a military spokesman.

Staff Sgt. DeCrow’s father Daniel DeCrow, of Fulton, Ind., said he talked to his son last week to ask him how things were going at Fort Hood.

“As usual, the last words out of my mouth to him were that I was proud of him,” he told the Associated Press. “That’s what I said to him every time — that I loved him and I was proud of what he was doing. I can carry that around in my heart.”

Information from The Associated Press, the U.S. Army and WSBT-TV in Indiana were used in this report.

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pommom38
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pommom38 11/07/09 - 02:49 pm
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Poor woman. Thoughts are with

Poor woman. Thoughts are with the family and all the families affected by this horrific event.

Antknee
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Antknee 11/07/09 - 03:00 pm
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God bless his family! My

God bless his family! My thoughts are with them!

overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 11/07/09 - 03:21 pm
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My prayers are with Mrs.

My prayers are with Mrs. DeCrow. The military family is here to support her in whatever we can.

lady_alessandra
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lady_alessandra 11/07/09 - 03:22 pm
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You expect your soldier to be

You expect your soldier to be in danger deployed not while he's on his own installation. how awful for this woman and all the families of those who died at Fort Hood.

mable8
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mable8 11/07/09 - 05:08 pm
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Such an unnecessary tragedy;

Such an unnecessary tragedy; heartfelt prayers go out to this grieving family.

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check 11/07/09 - 05:09 pm
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God bless her and all the

God bless her and all the families who lost loved ones and the personnel at Ft. Hood effected.

SayNoMore
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SayNoMore 11/07/09 - 05:31 pm
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Not that it matters, but an

Not that it matters, but an earlier story said he was there being outprocessed for a medical discharge. It's a terrible loss, I hope his family can find some solace knowing that he got his dream to serve proudly.

corgimom
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corgimom 11/07/09 - 07:15 pm
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My heart goes out to his

My heart goes out to his family. My condolences to all that were affected by this evil act.

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enana031 11/07/09 - 07:30 pm
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Sincere sympathy to this

Sincere sympathy to this family and many others affected by this tragic event. May God wrap you in his loving arms as you face the difficult days ahead.

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humbleopinion 11/07/09 - 10:28 pm
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As a fellow Hoosier my

As a fellow Hoosier my prayers are with you and your family at this sad time. We are all proud of the work your husband and other soldiers have done for our great nation. May God be with you always........

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Lorraine 11/08/09 - 10:28 am
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My thoughts and prayers are

My thoughts and prayers are with the Decrow Family and everyone that have been affected by this tragedy. God bless you.

ClaraBell
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ClaraBell 11/08/09 - 10:39 am
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He was a hero. The family is

He was a hero. The family is in my prayers.

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