“Erik had a passion of serving his country from a very young age. He just knew he’d be a Soldier when he grew up. Gone far too soon.”
Erik Nathaniel May, US Army Sgt, passed away on July 14, 2012 in Afghanistan where he was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Tem, 2st Infantry Division from Fort Riley. This was his 2nd deployment with the “Dragon” Brigade. He was a 2004 graduate of Fredonia High School where he was known as “Tex” to his classmates.
His awards include an Army Commendation Medal, an Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghan Campaign Medal with one campaign star, and the Iraq Campaign Medal with one campaign star.
Sgt. May was the type of man who was generous and loyal to the people he loved. When friends came up short of money, he loaned them not only money, but sometimes his pickup truck. “One of his friends didn’t have enough money for his wife’s plane ticket. Erik loaned him the money for the ticket, then drove him to Kansas City to pick up his wife and then handed over his truck keys and told the couple to go enjoy themselves,” Kryston said. “He did stuff like that all the time.”