CPL Zachary Endsley

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Corp Zachary Ryan Endsley


3 Jul 1986

Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA


23 Jul 2007 (age 21)



Houston National Cemetery

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Cpl. Zachary R. Endsley of Spring, Texas graduated from Oakridge High School in 2004 where he was a member of the ROTC and enlisted in the Army in December 2005. He was a member of Crossroads Baptist Church of The Woodlands. He died in Arghendab District, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when his unit was attacked by enemy forces using indirect fire at age 21.

1st Battalion
4th Infantry Regiment
Hohenfels, Germany

You can read Zack’s obituary here. Some of the many memories, and condolences received by the family can be found here.  You can see additional photos of Zack here. (click on Gallery link).

Zack’s page in the Fallen Heroes Project can be found here. Several articles about Zack appeared in the press including his funeral service here and here. A good way to get to know more about Zack can be found in this article that appeared in the Houston Chronicle which featured interviews of family and friends.

This email was sent to Bill Wingo on July 24, 2014:


My name is William Daniels, formerly SFC Daniels, US Army. I am from La Porte, Texas and my children live in Crosby. I currently live in Yukon, OK but I plan on moving to Austin after I finish my degree.

I wanted to first of all thank you for bringing this project to life. This project is amazing, Zachary Endsley deserves this! When do you think it will finally be completed? Also, are there any plaques that I can still donate money for?

I was deployed in Endsley's platoon as a team leader in a different squad in Afghanistan and was with him in is finial moments. On 23 July 2007, on our last patrol, our platoon was split in half by enemy fire. After our platoon was separated and my vehicle was the only one left in the area, I ordered my truck to be placed in front of enemy fire so that we could recover the dead and injured and take them to the HLZ. I took charge of the recovery of his body, regaining fire superiority, and ensuring no man was left behind.There is not a day that goes by that I do not think about that day.

This memorial is the most amazing thing for all of us that were there to have. The guys that were in my platoon have struggled with everyday life from that deployment and that day. Some of them being from Houston like myself, would benefit greatly to this. It will ensure us that he did not die in vein and that we truly were protecting our country's freedom and way of life. The Army gave me a Bronze Star with valor and Purple Heart for that day but I plan on placing them on the feet of the memorial when it is unveiled. Thank you sir and have a great rest of your day.

Very respectfully,

William Daniels"