A Tribute in Honor of my Husband and my Hero:

SSG Gene A. Vance Jr.
30 November 1963 - 19 May 2002

SSG Gene Arden Vance Jr. was Killed in Action of a gunshot wound Sunday afternoon, 19 May 2002 while taking part in Operation Mountain Lion, designed to locate, isolate and destroy al Qaeda and Taliban fighters in eastern Afghanistan when his unit, The 19th Special Forces Group, came under heavy fire, he was shot in a mountainous Shkin area in the east. An Afghan soldier fighting alongside Vance was wounded in the firefight, which also left an attacker dead.

Gene is a representative of the true American Heroes which fight to defend our freedom each and every day.

A beautiful poem dedicated to all fallen heroes was written by Francine Pucillo in March of 2003. Forever in God's Light

The love of my life-- May 2002
Gene and I were married on July 31, 2001 and had plans for a romantic honeymoon that were canceled  when he was called up to serve in Afghanistan.   Luckily, I have nothing but fond memories of him to comfort me during the lonely times.  In addition to myself, Gene left behind a beautiful daughter, Amber, a new grandson, Hunter Gene Arden, born July 6, 2002, mother, June, brother, David and sister, Jamie.

We all proudly wear our Gold Star Pins which signify the dedication and sacrifice made by our loved one. These pins are often not recognized and I wanted to bring attention to this tiny tribute which you may see on the breasts of many relatives who are suffering as we are.

This web site is being created and maintained in loving memory of Gene by Lisa Vance.  I live each day to assure that my darling husband's sacrifices are not forgotten.  If you do only one thing today, pray for our soldiers that defend our freedom. 

If you wouild like to contact me directly, please email me at:

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"War is Hell!"
    -- SSG Gene A. Vance Jr., March 8, 2002

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