PFC Sam HuffSam Huff

Private First Class Sam W. Huff was assigned to the 170th military Police Company, 504th Military Police Battalion, 42nd Military Police Brigade, Fort Lewis, Washington. She was born July 12, 1986 in Tucson, Arizona USA.  Sam may have been a girly girl but when it came to being a soldier she was as honorable, strong and determined as anyone. Her father, Bob Huff, is a retired Tucson Police Officer and a musician. Her mother Maggie Williams had served in the Marine Corpse in Vietnam about 35 years ago, and also worked for the TPD, and is currently undergoing chemotherapy. They loved their daughter immensely, and reluctantly allowed Sam to follow her dreams and join the Army at the age of 16.  Sam’s dad recalled, “In school when she wanted to do something she excelled.” Sam would work 12-15 days and still have enough determination to enroll in online college courses. Her father said, “ She was a go-getter and stuck on in a crowd. They called her an ‘exceptional soldier.’”
She was the marching band drum major at Tucson’s Mountain View High School. When you saw her, a soldier is not what you would have thought. She was skinny, small, and beautiful and had a great fashion sense.  But she also had “a loud voice and commanding presence.” She had many family members that served in the Air Force, Marine Corpse, and Navy. Sam knew exactly what her goals were. She would do a tour of duty in the military; get a college degree in psychology and then on to a job at the FBI where she wanted to profile criminals. 
Just a few months before her 19th birthday, on April 17, 2005 Private First Class Huff was headed back to their base after guarding an Iraqi Police Station, in Baghdad. She was driving a Humvee when a roadside bomb went off on the driver’s side. She died the next day on April 18, 2005.  The blast severed PFC Sam’s leg and she bled to death.  She was first supposed to operate the machine gun on the top of the Humvee, but she was too small and not strong enough to operate the machine gun and could not load it fast enough. So she learned how to drive the large vehicle. 
Private First Class Sam Huff was awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and Good Conduct Medal, all which were presented to her parents when Sam was laid to rest.
Private First Class Sam Huff gave the ultimate sacrifice. She was a beautiful woman, a great soldier, and an all around wonderful soul. I am so thankful for people like PFC Sam Huff.  You will never be forgotten PFC Sam.  Thank you for serving your country and paying the ultimate price.

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