This Memorial Page Established by-Hank Lieurance
In Honor Of SSG Victor Patric Lieurance
What you are doing is incredibly generous and admirable. I would like to submit a memorial
for my brother SSG Victor Patric Lierance
“Sgt. Victoir P. Lieurance, 34, died in Samarra, Iraq, while conducting patrol operations an
improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV. He was assigned to the Army
National Guard’s 3rd Squadron, 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Sparta, Tennessee. Died
on August 22, 2005. His family has a strong military background – his father, Andre
Lieurance served 26 years in the Navy, his mother Karen served 20 years in the Navy, and is
sister, Jonette Owens, served 8 years in the Army.”
Victoir Lieurance was a professional. His name floated through the ranks in Tennessee’s
National Guard as the best of the best Bradley guys in the state. He was no stranger to war.
After serving in the Gulf War in the 90s, fate found Vic back in Iraq in 2004-2005.
A father, husband and son of a Naval family, Vic never shrugged his calling, deploying in the
summer of 2004 to serve with Knife Troop at FOB O’Ryan in Iraq’s triangle of death.
His sense of humor, which some would argue bordered on the absurb, was found on a daily
basis as he patted his fellow comrades on the rear and called them “honey.” He was well
known by his captain as an almost constant planner of pranks during those times he was
inside the wire.
Beyond his antics was a man who loved his family. As he sat outside the bunker the night
before his death, he talked about his recent leave back in the United States, and longed for
the day he would rejoin his wife and children.
If there was anything he’d like to have seen in Iraq, it was camels. But there had never been
any time for that – not during the Gulf War and not during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Minutes before his death on 22 AUG 2005, a herd of camels crossed the road in front of his
patrol. Hundreds of them – including some rare white camels, seemed to come out to greet Vic
Lieurance and the other soldiers.
Then-Staff Sgt. John McCullouch will never forget his words to Vic that day.
“Here’s your camels, Vic.”
Henri “Hank” Lieurance
Memorial Day 2017
SGT Chip Hatcher
Memorial Day 2017. 12 long years. Thanks, Vic. You and Joey will never be forgotten.
"Halfway down the trail to Hell,
In a shady meadow green
Are the Souls of all dead troopers camped,
Near a good old-time canteen.
And this eternal resting place
Is known as Fiddlers Green.
Marching past, straight through to Hell
The Infantry are seen.
Accompanied by the Engineers,
Artillery and Marines,
For none but the shades of Cavalrymen
Dismount at Fiddlers Green.
Though some go curving down the trail
To seek a warmer scene.
No trooper ever gets to Hell
Ere hes emptied his canteen.
And so rides back to drink again
With friends at Fiddlers Green.
And so when man and horse go down
Beneath a saber keen,
Or in a roaring charge of fierce melee
You stop a bullet clean,
And the hostiles come to get your scalp,
Just empty your canteen,
And put your pistol to your head
And go to Fiddlers Green."
Memorial Day 2013
Vic thanks for all the great times at ft stewart & ft knox. You were a true friend &
comrade. I owe you everything. When I was you 19d driver, you took me under your wing
& taught me well. I will deeply miss you friend. Spc jeff keylon det 1 trp b 1/278th acr. My
November 11, 2012
SFC Richard Johnson RET.
Vic was my Driver in 3/4 CAV in Schweinfurt Germany. I will never forget his weird sense of
humor and still use some of the things he use to say. It was indeed an honor to serve with
Vic. Scouts Out!
August 25, 2012
1LT Scotty M. Hernandez
I had the great honor to serve with Vic in 1994 with 1/6 Infantry Scout Plt. in Vielseck
Germany. We served in Operation Able Sentry together where he proved to be an outstanding
friend. We both lived in TN and met again around 1997 at AT with the 278th ACR. I had lost
contact with him until now. I am crushed and pray for his family. Vic was a great soldier and a
Memorial Day 2012
Brother, you were a great friend. You are sorely missed, but you will never be forgotten.
December 09, 2011
Thanks for the memories and the privilege of knowing him, and being my gunner for that
period I was in Ft. Hood from 1995 to 1998. There were some times where I can still imagine
him sitting on the front of the bradley, sitting, smoking a cigarette, and laughing with the
guys. With Ssg. Williams calling him "low-rance". I and my wife that he had met will always
keep him in our prayers. Oh yeah, I will also remember the words that he said to me "Navajo,
Navajo, just as the movie Young Guns".
|Staff Sgt. Victoir P. Lieurance
United States Army
KIA 22 August 2005, Iraq