Sgt. Eric Houck’s name added to Baltimore County war memorial

Eric HouckOver the weekend, contractors added the name of Sergeant Eric M. Houck, formerly of Perry Hall, to the Baltimore County memorial commemorating those who have died in the Persian Gulf.

The Department of Defense announced in June that Sgt. Houck, 25, had died while supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. Two other soldiers were also killed.

The men died on Saturday, June 10, 2017, in Peka Valley, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, of gunshot wounds sustained in Peka Valley, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The other two men killed were Sgt. William M. Bays, 29 of Barstow, California; and Corporal Dillon C. Baldridge, 22 of Youngsville, North Carolina.

The Persian Gulf Veterans Memorial was completed in November 2016 and is located on the grounds of the Baltimore County Historic Courthouse near Pennsylvania Avenue in Towson.

The memorial honors those Baltimore County residents who served in Operation Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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Baltimore County War Memorial

Local pub to host fundraiser for fallen Perry Hall soldier

Eric HouckA local, Perry Hall pub will be hosting a fundraiser to benefit the family of a fallen Perry Hall soldier.

The Department of Defense announced in June that Army Sgt. Eric M. Houck, 25, of Perry Hall, died while supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Afghanistan. Two other soldiers were also killed.

The fundraiser will be held at BJ’s Pub, located in the Perry Hall Square Shopping Center, on Sunday, September 10, from 2 to 6 p.m.

The event will feature live music and food from Italian Sensations, Outback Steakhouse, and BJ’s Pub.

BJs Fundraiser Eric Houck

Flags in Md. to be flown at half-staff on Tuesday in memory of slain soldier

Eric HouckGovernor Larry Hogan has ordered the United States Flag and Maryland State Flag flown at half-staff on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, from sunrise to sunset.

The flags are being lowered in memory of Army Sergeant Eric M. Houck, of Perry Hall, Maryland.

Sgt. Houck died on June 10, 2017 in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. Two other soldiers were also killed.

Sgt. Houck graduated from Perry Hall High School and leaves behind a wife, Samantha, a 5-year-old and a 3-year-0ld.  A  GoFundMe page has been established to help the family.

 

Army Sgt. Eric Houck, Perry Hall native, killed in Afghanistan

Eric HouckUPDATE: Sgt. Houck’s name has been added to the Baltimore County war memorial in Towson.

Original story below…

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The U.S. Army has announced that a Perry Hall man was killed in Afghanistan.

The Department of Defense announced on Monday that Sgt. Eric M. Houck, 25, of Perry Hall, died while supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. Two other soldiers were also killed.

The men died on Saturday, June 10, in Peka Valley, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, of gunshot wounds sustained in Peka Valley, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan. The incident is under investigation.  The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The Soldiers were assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Company D, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, KY.

The other two men killed were listed as Sgt. William M. Bays, 29 of Barstow, California; and Corporal Dillon C. Baldridge, 22 of Youngsville, North Carolina.

Councilman David Marks and the Perry Hall Improvement Association have scheduled a brief memorial service to be held on Thursday, June 15th. A wreath will be laid at the Perry Hall Veterans Memorial at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday morning, with a short prayer to be offered by Pastor John Mohan from St. Michael Lutheran Church. The Veterans Memorial is located at Perry Hall Elementary School. All are welcome to attend.

Sgt. Houck graduated from Perry Hall High School and leaves behind a wife, Samantha, a 5-year-old and a 3-year-0ld.  A  GoFundMe page has been established to help the family.

Councilman Marks also announced on Monday that Sgt. Houck’s name would be the first new name added to the Towson war memorial since it was dedicated back in November.