Staff Sergeant Christopher J. Babin, Louisiana Army National Guard, B Company,2nd Battalion, 156th Infantry Brigade (Mechanized), New Iberia, LA was Killed in Action in Baghdad, Iraq on January 6, 2005 when a improvised explosive device struck his Bradley fighting vehicle. He was killed with six of his fellow soldiers, five of them from Louisiana. He was a Black Sheep or member of Charlie Company, the name given to his battalion based in Houma, Louisiana. The Louisiana soldiers were a band of brothers, according to family members.
He leaves behind his wife and young son. He was 27 years old.
He was a 1995 graduate of Terrebonne High School and served as the gunner of the Bradley vehicle. Babin joined the National Guard at age 17, the December before his high school graduation with the help of General Hunt Downer and the permission of his parents. “He always wanted to be a soldier” said Richard Babin, his father.
He was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Army Service Medal.