Leonard Plutino, 28, was killed by enemy forces during a heavy firefight
while conducting combat operations in Paktiya Province, Afghanistan.
Plutino was a
Team Leader assigned to B Company, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment
at Hunter Army Airfield, Ga. He was on his sixth deployment in support
of the War on Terror with three previous deployments to Iraq and two to
He was born Aug.
23, 1982 in Washington Township, N.J. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in
August 2006 from his hometown of Pitman, N.J. Plutino completed One
Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Ga., as an infantryman. After
graduating from the Basic Airborne Course there, he was assigned to the
Ranger Assessment and Selection Program also at Fort Benning.
graduated from the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program and was then
assigned to B Co., 1st Bn., 75th Ranger Reg. in February 2007, where he
served as a rifleman, grenadier, automatic rifleman, and a Ranger team
education includes the Basic Airborne Course, Ranger Assessment and
Selection Program, U.S. Army Ranger Course, Warrior Leader Course, and
the Emergency Medical Technician Ambulatory Course.
His awards and
decorations include the Ranger Tab, the Expert Infantryman's Badge,
Combat Infantryman's Badge and the Parachutist Badge.
He has been
awarded three Army Commendation Medals, Army Achievement Medal, Army
Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, three Afghanistan
Campaign medals, two Iraq Campaign Medals, Global War on Terrorism
Service Medal, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon,
Army Service Ribbon and three Overseas Service Ribbon.
posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service
Medal and the Purple Heart.
survived by his mother Dianna Hammond and his father Sandro Plutino,
both of Pitman, N.J.
As a Ranger,
Plutino selflessly lived his life for others and distinguished himself
as a member of the Army's premier direct action raid force, continuously
deployed in support of the Global War on Terror, and fought valiantly as
he served his fellow Rangers and our great Nation.