A Fort Hood soldier and Iraq War veteran from Schenectady died of an apparent gunshot wound Monday, according to a news release issued Wednesday by Fort Hood officials.
Sgt. 1st Class Robert Floyd Vedder Jr. was 38. His home is listed as Schenectady, but he was living in Killeen, Texas, at the time of his death. It’s unclear whether the gunshot wound was self-inflicted. The incident is currently under investigation, officials said.
Vedder entered active duty in September 1993 as a signal support systems specialist. He was deployed to Iraq from March 2003 to March 2004, December 2005 to November 2006 and November 2007 to February 2009. In December 2011, he was assigned to Fort Hood’s 1st Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division.
In his more than 20 years of service, Vedder racked up numerous awards and decorations. They include the Meritorious Service Medal, five Army Commendation Medals, nine Army Achievement Medals, six Army Good Conduct Medals, two National Defense Service Medals, the Iraqi Campaign Medal with campaign stars, the Korean Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, three Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbons, the Army Service Ribbon, five Overseas Service Ribbons and a NATO Medal.