FACES OF THE FALLEN
We are often asked why we started our God Bless The Troops outreach. There is only one simple answer - as a military family it came out from a heart of compassion... The above describes where we're coming from. And in this short amount of time, we have been honored to reach out and share this.
We make every effort to reach out to Honor the Fallen
by listing them on this page.
Click HERE for the complete list.
Bravery & Patriotism by Rhonda McGuire
Quote by Franklin D. Roosevelt
   
Army Sgt. Kyle A. Colnot
Operation Iraqi Freedom

23, of Arcadia, California; assigned to the 1st Squadron, 67th Armored Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; died of injuries sustained April 22, 2006 when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Humvee causing a fire during combat operations in Baghdad.

Sgt. Colnot was born in Houston, Texas and is from San Dimas, California and the son of Jack and Denise Colnot.

He entered the military on May 4, 2000 and attended basic and advanced individual training as an infantryman at Fort Benning, Georgia. After completing training he served with the 25th ID in Afghanistan. On September 27, 2005 he was assigned to B/1-67, 2nd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division.

SGT Kyle Colnot was a true blue infantryman. He was immensely proud of his time in what he called “The ‘Gan” with the 25th ID. He was a rising star in the Army, a natural leader and squad leader for 2nd squad, 3rd platoon. He was always ready and willing to help and never passed up an opportunity to get
outside the wire and get on the ground. He is survived by his wife Kimberly, his mother Denise, and his father Jack.



SGT Colnot’s awards include the
Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, and the Combat
Infantryman Badge.

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Memorial Tribute
Marine Cpl. Jacob A. Tate
Operation Enduring Freedom

21, of Columbus, Ohio, died during combat operations January 2, 2011 in Helmand province, military officials said in a news release. Tate was an infantryman assigned to the 2nd Batallion, 9th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 2, I Marine Expeditionary Force Forward. Tate was a member of 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, based at Camp Lejeune.

Tate was a committed Christian, and played soccer, baseball and basketball. He enlisted in the Marine Corps during his senior year.

Tate already had been to Iraq before returning for his second overseas tour in Afghanistan this past summer.

Jacob Tate is survived by his parents, James and Janice Tate; his wife Amy whom he met on a missions trip; his son, Jax Allan; sister, Jamie Perkins; brothers, Jonathan and Joshua Hermiz; nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents and many friends.




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His awards include the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal and Global War on Terrorism Medal.
Marine Lance Cpl. Maung "Samuel" P. Htaik
Operation Enduring Freedom

20, of Hagerstown, Maryland; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died January 1, 2011 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Htaik was a 2008 graduate of Smithsburg High School and was described as a quiet, easygoing and well behaved young man. Many commented on his good nature. He joined the Marines in February 2009. According to his brother, he was a devout Christian man.

He and his family had emigrated from Myanmar formerly known as Burma and became a naturalized citizen. Asia, Maung P. Htaik came to the United States in 2002, and he died fighting for the country in Afghanistan on the first day of 2011.

Plans were to have "Samuel" buried at Arlington National Cemetary.


Marine Lcpl. Maung P. Htaik | God Bless The Troops

See his Youtube Tribute HERE


Among his awards and decorations include: The National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Marine Htaik escorted
Marine Sgt. Garrett "Bear" A. Misener
Operation Enduring Freedom

25, of Cordova, Tennessee; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died December 27, 2010 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations.

This brave Marine served five tours of duty, including one in Africa , one on a ship in the Caribbean and three in Iraq.

Upon his return to American soil, he was greeted by more than 125 friends and family, and more than 50 American flags held by a group called the Patriot Guard Riders.

“He felt like God called him to be in the military,” said his mother, Janne Zaccagnino. “It was important to him to serve his country.”

The family asked that instead of flowers at the funeral people bring new teddy bears to be given to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. More information can be found on “Operation Bear Hug” on Facebook.

He leaves his mother and stepfather, Jannette and Dan Zaccagnino, his father and stepmother, Gary and Susan Misener, and two sisters, Jana and Anne Misener, along with countless extended family and friends.

God Bless The Troops Remembers | Fallen Hero Marine Sgt. Garrett Misener

His awards include: the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the
Afghanistan Campaign Medal,
the Iraq Campaign Medal,
the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.


Army Pfc. Timothy J. Seamans
Operation Iraqi Freedom

20, of Jacksonville, Florida; assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.; killed August 18, 2005 when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Humvee following a mine-assessment mission in Samarra, Iraq.

PFC Seamans was a beloved son, grandson, brother and friend.

A member of the JROTC at Terry Parker High School, Tim achieved Ensign before becoming a member of the 2004 graduating class. Just 2 months after graduating, Tim joined the U.S. Army where he earned the rank of PFC and was stationed out of Fort Stewart, Georgia where he served proudly with the 3rd Infantry Calvary Division. He was following in his father's footsteps, who served in the Navy.

Tim loved playing his Playstation, rollerblading, basketball and anything Florida Gators or The Jaguars. He especially had a love for his animals and his family.

Timothy is survived by his parents David and Monica Seamans; sister Ashley Seamans; grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins and friends.


God Bless The Troops Remembers Pfc. Timothy Seamans

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www.legacy.com

 

Marine Lance Cpl. James D. Boelk
Operation Enduring Freedom

24, of Oceanside, California; assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; died Oct. 15, 2010 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

LCpl. Boelk was an infantry rifleman. He was on his first combat deployment.

Home-schooled throughout his childhood, Boelk lived in Korea, Iceland, Texas and both coasts of the U.S. before attending Golden State Baptist College in Santa Clara, Calif., where he also worked in security for Google. He talked about becoming a youth leader or doing missionary work, but left college without getting his degree.

The second of seven children, James had five sisters and one brother. "We are a close family," Cilicia Boelk wrote in an e-mail. "James was there for each of us. He always gave his siblings attention and had fun with them. He called home often and [would] text his siblings daily. He would always say 'I love you' at the end of all phone calls to us. When he was with us he would give hugs, especially group hugs."

His father, David Boelk, is a retired Air Force Master Sergeant. His brother-in-law is a Marine Captain. Boelk enlisted in the Marines and had signed on for five years.

In addition to his parents and countless friends and family, he is survived by sisters Amanda, Allyssia, Christina, Oressa and Charlynn, and a brother, Timothy.

Among his awards and decorations include
The Purple Heart and the National Defense Service medal.

Marine Lcpl. James D. Boelk American Hero

He was a loyal son and brother
And travelled far and wide
He enlisted in the Marine Corps
His family swelled with pride

His love for God growing up
Shined through in all he did
James stood up for what he knew was right
Since he was a kid

It was apparent to all who met him
His hearts' passion was to serve
For us he paid the Ultimate Sacrifice
A hero's title he deserves

He knew the dangers that he'd face
He answered America's call
And now he walks in the good Lord's presence
He fought and died for all...

Godspeed Lcpl. Boelk, Godspeed

poem by Rhonda McGuire
12/11/10
inspired by his life and testimony
Army Sgt. Joshua W. Harris
Operation Enduring Freedom

21, of Romeoville, Illinois; assigned to the 2nd Battalion 122nd Field Artillery, Illinois Army National Guard, Robbins, Ill.; died September 17, 2008 in Gerdia Seria, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when his vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device.

It was a lifelong dream of Joshua W. Harris’ to serve in the military and he enlisted with the National Guard while he was still in high school.

Don Gillingham, executive director of Walther Lutheran High School, remembered Harris as the kid who always wore a smile but felt a deep sense of purpose.

“He felt like he was doing something important,” Gillingham said of Harris’ military aspirations. “He had that. His life had purpose. His life had meaning.”

Harris loved history and once visited the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum on a trip to Springfield. He was enthralled by the Civil War exhibits.

He was a member of a Boy Scout drum and bugle corps, and continued in the military, often playing taps on the bugle at the funerals of fallen comrades.

He is survived by his father and stepmother, Bill and Jean Harris, and his mother, Mille Harris-Hickey.

 

Army Sgt. Joshua W. Harris | Illinois Hero | God Bless The Troops
Marine Cpl. Matthew D. Conley
Operation Iraqi Freedom

21, of Killen, Alabama; assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, Calif.; attached to 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward); killed February 18, 2006 when his vehicle was attacked with an improvised explosive device while he was conducting combat operations in Ramadi, Iraq.

Conley, 21, graduated from Rogers High School in 2002, where he was quarterback of the football team. He was a squad leader for the 37th Weaponry Division of the Marine Corps, stationed at Twentynine Palms, Calif., and had been in Iraq since September 2005.

He and his wife Nicole were expecting their first child in March of that year.

Father of Marine Cpl. Conley, Tommy Conley said being a Marine was something is son never regretted.

Marine Cpl. Matthew D. Conley | Hero | God Bless The Troops
His service awards include
the National Defense Service Medal, the
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and
the Good Conduct Medal.


Marine Sgt. Nicholas J. Aleman
Operation Enduring Freedom

24, of Brooklyn, New York; assigned to Deployment Processing Command-East, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died December 5, 2010 in Paktia province, Afghanistan, while supporting combat operations.

He joined the Marines right after graduating from Midwood High School in 2004. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant on April 1, 2009.

Both of Nicholas’ sisters are also in the military — one in the Army and one in the Marines.

updates to follow

Marine Sgt. Nicholas J. ALeman | American Hero | God Bless The Troops

His awards included the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal.
Marine Lance Cpl. Michael E. Geary
Operation Enduring Freedom

20, of Derry, New Hampshire; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died December 08, 2010 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations.

A 2009 graduate of Pinkerton Academy, Geary enlisted in the United States Marine Corps upon graduation. He was currently serving his first tour in Afghanistan where he had been since August.

He is survived by his mother, Nancy M. (Buiting) Geary of Derry, his father, Timothy Geary of Derry, his paternal grandmother, Beverly Geary of Londonderry, NH, also many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.



His service awards include the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
Dignified Transfer as Marine LCpl. returns to US Soil
Marine Cpl. Chad S. Wade
Operation Enduring Freedom

22, of Bentonville, Arkansas; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; died December 01, 2010 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations.

Cpl. Wade graduated from Rogers High School in Bentonville in 2006 and became a Marine in October 2007. An only child, he had not been required to accept a second deployment in Afghanistan, but, family members said, he had volunteered, unwilling to leave his fellow Marines. What he liked most about deployment was teaching the children to read and write. He left a lasting impression. He was on his third deployment when he was killed.

John Gough (Wade's Uncle) said, "Chad was one of the most loving, spirited people he has ever known. It may seem unusual for an uncle to look up to his nephew, but in this case it was true. "America's lost a great man but hopefully in everything he did, he stood for, hopefully we can learn a lesson from him," said Gough.

He leaves behind his wife, Katie, his mother, Tami and her husband Terry, his father Terence L. Wade and his wife Crystal, two sisters, Candice and Tia, and two brothers, Trever and Tristan Wade, and numerous extended family and friends.

USMC Cpl. Chad S. Wade | God Bless The Troops

 

His service awards include, the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal and Iraq Campaign Medal.

Marine Staff Sgt. Stacy A. Green
Operation Enduring Freedom

34, of Alexander City, Alabama; assigned to 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died December 10, 2010 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations.

A 1995 graduate of Daleville High School the Warhawks football team went on to win the state championship game in 1992.

Green served in the United States Marine Corps for ten years. He leaves behind his parents, Stanley Eugene Green and Gloria Jean Miller Green, his girlfriend, Stephanie Howard, and a brother, Anthony, among others.

Marine Staff Sg. Stacy A. Green | God Bless the Troops
Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew J. Broehm
Operation Enduring Freedom

22, of Flagstaff, Arizona; assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; died November 4, 2010 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations.

Matt enlisted in the Marine Corps on September 4, 2007 and was serving his first combat deployment.

He leaves his new wife, Lianna, his parents, Chris and Doug Broehm, a sister, Alicia and two brothers.

It goes without saying that although family & friends grieve the loss of Broehm, as a living example and testimony of his life and faith the family held a Celebration of Life Memorial Service at First Baptist Church of Williams which included full military honors.

He was remembered as a young man who was a youth leader at the First Baptist Church, a musician and a martial arts teacher. He didn't just talk the talk; he walked the walk and had plans of becoming a youth pastor and shared his faith with anyone who'd listen.

"He was just a fantastic young man," Lang, a longtime friend and best man at his wedding said. "He was your typical good Christian kid -- always brought a smile to people's faces."

In keeping with his lifes' passion the family requested donations be made to:
First Baptist Church Teen Ministry,
629 W. Grant St., Williams, AZ 86046

Marine Lcpl. Matthew J. Broehm | God Bless The Troops | Never Forgotten

His service awards include the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Afghanistan Campaign Medal and Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal.




Marine Lcpl. Matthew J. Broehm | God Bless The Troops | Welcome Home

Marine Sgt. Jason D. Peto
Operation Enduring Freedom

31, of Vancouver, Washington; assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California; died December 7, 2010 from wounds received Nov. 24 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations.

Sgt. Peto was a graduate of Mountain View High School and also attended Clark College. In 2004 he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps.

A mass and graveside service with full military honors was held on December 23rd in Riverside, Calif.

He married his high school sweetheart, Tiffany, in 2005.

He was currently serving his third combat deployment. Sgt. Peto was awarded the Gold star in Lieu of a second Purple Heart. He leaves his wife Tiffany, his parents Ernest and Janie Peto, three brothers, Michael, Garry, and Darin and countless family and friends.

Marine Sgt. Jason D. Peto | God Bless The Troops | Always remembered...

Among his awards are, the Purple Heart, Gold Star, Combat Action Ribbon, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Certificate of Commendation (Individual Award), Certificate of Commendation (Unit Award), Good Conduct Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, SMCR Medal, Combat Marksmanship Training, Infantry Rifleman, Navy Achievement Medal, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom for Afghanistan.
Marine Lance Cpl. Brandon W. Pearson
Operation Enduring Freedom

21, of Arvada, Colorado; assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; died November 4, 2010 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations. He was on his second combat tour and would have completed four years of service with the Marine Corps.

When he was growing up in Colorado, 5-year-old Brandon Pearson took his father’s surfboard sledding.

The destroyed surfboard at the time wasn’t funny. But 16 years later it gives Pearson’s father a laugh as he remembers a son who became a man who looked out for others.

“Brandon always had the back of those he loved,” his father, Mike Pearson, said at a memorial service held for his son in his hometown of Arvada, Colo.

“I still have that surfboard,” Mike Pearson said, “and I’m never getting rid of it.”

“I was so proud of the man he became,” said Pearson’s girlfriend, Alexa Mantas. “He was such a genuine good guy.”

He leaves behind his parents, Michael and Wendy Pearson, a sister, Ashley and his fiancee Alexa S. Mantas, along with extended family and countless friends.

God Bless The Troops Honors Marine Lcpl. Brandon Pearson

His awards and decorations include, the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Afghanistan Campaign Medal and Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal.


Army Pvt. Devon J. Harris
Operation Enduring Freedom

24, of Mesquite, Texas; assigned to Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 10th Mountain Division, at Ft. Polk, La.; died November 27, 2010 in Wardak province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered while conducting combat operations.

Harris is a 2004 graduate of Skyline High School and joined the Army in August 2009. He came from a long heritage of patriots and servicemen, including his father who served two tours in Vietnam, his grandfather who fought in the Korean War and his great grandfather served in World War I.

Serving others came easily, as before serving his country Devon was an active member of Southern Hills Church of Christ. He served his community by volunteering at this church and other areas. He also played the violin and wanted to become a history teacher.

He leaves to cherish his memories, his father, Tennyson Harris; his mother, Sorainya Harris; two brothers, David Parker and Christopher Johnson; three sisters, Tiffany Dotson, Ashley Harris (his twin sister) and Monica Harris Smith; a stepbrother, Michael Rufus, a stepsister, Stephanie Rufus; his grandmother, Lula Smith Johnson; his aunts, Gail Punch, Rita C. Johnson, Bobbie Wilson, Laguana Diane Johnson and Sherrie Johnson; his uncles Carl Punch and Booker T. Harris; and numerous other loving relatives and friends.



Among his Awards are, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Army Service Ribbon.

Southwestern Christian College has dedicated a scholarship to honor Harris.

Tennyson Harris said he encouraged his son to join the military with no regrets. “I’m just sorry I wasn't there to protect him, but God was there," Harris said. "We don't question God's actions.
We just accept those and continue on."

 

Marine 1st Lt. William J. Donnelly IV
Operation Enduring Freedom

27, of Picayune, Mississippi; assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; died November 25, 2010 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations.

Donnelly was a graduate of Picayune Memorial High School and enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve in 2003.

On June 16, 2008 he accepted his commission into the United States Marine Corps graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in marine engineering. He deployed to Afghanistan in late September of 2010.

1st Lt. Donnelly leaves behind his wife, Linsey, his parents, Mr. William Donnelly III and Mrs. Vicki Donnelly, two sisters, Lt. j.g. Melissa Weed and Rebecca Donnelly, extended family and countless friends.

We Remember Marine 1st Lt. William Donnelly

His awards include, the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, and Afghanistan Campaign Medal.
Marine Lance Cpl. Terry E. Honeycutt Jr.
Operation Enduring Freedom

19, of Waldorf, Maryland; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died October 27, 2010 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, from wounds received Oct. 21 while conducting combat operations.

Honeycutt was a 2009 graduate of North Point High School. He loved life, music and playing the guitar and he also loved his family and the Marines.

He was buried Monday in Arlington National Cemetery.

According to information his mother, Christine Honeycutt, posted on Facebook, Honeycutt was caught in the blast of an improvised explosive device Oct. 20 and suffered extensive tissue and muscle damage to his legs, both of which were amputated later on due to the extent of the injuries.

North Point Principal Kim Hill said Honeycutt was heavily involved in the Air Force Junior ROTC program and though it was an Air Force program, Honeycutt frequently expressed his love and desire to be a Marine.

Honeycutt's family and friends have filled his Facebook page with messages of love and support. A memory page was created on Facebook in Honeycutt's honor.



His mother has created a Facebook
Memory Page
Click here to join the group.
Marine Staff Sgt. Jordan B. Emrick
Operation Enduring Freedom

26, of Hoyleton, Illinois; assigned to 1st Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; died November 5, 2010 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations.

Jordan was a 2002 graduate of Nashville Community High School. Shortly upon graduation, he entered the U.S. Marine Corps, where he was a highly decorated soldier, having served in the Persian Gulf and two deployments to Iraq. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Hoyleton and was an avid skydiver and enjoyed sailing and life in general.

Emrick's father, Terry, said the turnout for his son's memorial service gave him a great deal of pride. "It was an unbelievable tribute to him," he said.

He is survived by his parents of Cynthiana, Ky.; a brother, Brandon; two sisters, Christi and Brittany and his grandmother, Edith Seeger of Hoffman; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

 

 



Illinois Fallen Hero Marine Staff Sgt. Jordan Emrick
A Hero's Welcome Home
photo courtesy of the southern
Marine 1st Lt. James R. Zimmerman
Operation Enduring Freedom

25, of Aroostook, Maine; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died November 2, 2010 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations.

Zimmerman attended Greater Houlton Christian Academy, and graduated in 2003. The Bangor Daily News said that Zimmerman’s father, Tom Zimmerman, is the assistant head of the school; his mother, Jane, works with music students; and his sister and brother-in-law both teach there.

Wayne Watson, a family friend, said James Zimmerman always wanted to be a Marine.

He dearly loved his family, his God and his country. He leaves behind his father Tom, mother Jane, wife, Lynel of Richlands, N.C., brother, Christian of Montgomery, Texas; a sister, Meghan Foster and her husband, Nathan, of Hodgdon; grandmother, Althea Zimmerman of Hampden; two nephews and one niece, Tristen, Trestin and Madison Zimmerman of Texas; and many aunts, uncles and cousins who loved him dearly.

God Bless The Troops Honors Marine 1st Lt. James Zimmerman

Marine Lance Cpl. Dakota R. Huse
Operation Enduring Freedom

19, of Greenwood, Louisiana; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died November. 9, 2010 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations.

Leather-clad, flag-wielding cyclists and the law-enforcement vehicles soon formed an escort for the Huse family and their lost loved one, and the entourage, probably a mile long, as Lance Cpl. Dakota “Cody” Huse returned from the war on Nov. 18.

His mother, Donna Huse, said of her younger son, he was 19 years old, and “He did what he wanted to do. It was his choice. We’re just glad he’s home so he can be at rest with his family.”

“He was our hero when he went in and now he’s everyone else’s hero. He was a great man. He cared for his country and the safety of those at home so he went to war. It’s something I never thought possible for my child. He was my baby.”

He leaves his mother, Donna Huse, three sisters, Lesley, Samantha, and Sabrina, a brother, Dusty.

Marine Lcpl. Dakota R. Huse, Hero

LCpl. Huse was awarded the Purple Heart
posthumously
Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph E. Rodewald
Operation Enduring Freedom

21, of Albany, Oregon; assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; died Oct. 13, 2010 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations.

Lance Cpl. Rodewald was the machine gunner, who enlisted in November 2007, and was on his first combat deployment.

His family told the Albany Democrat Herald newspaper that their son, a former high school wrestler and track-and-field athlete, was engaged to be married he would have turned 22 on Oct. 26.

He was a 2007 graduate of South Albany High School. He is survived by countless friends and family and leaves his mother, Jacque Brotherton, his father and stepmother, John and Barbara Rodewald, three brothers, John II, Josh and Josiah, and his fiancee', Kandi Hargett.

Marine Lpcl. Joseph Rosewald


His awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.
Marine Lance Cpl. James B. Stack
Operation Enduring Freedom

20, of Arlington Heights, Illinois; assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; died November, 10, 2010 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations.

Lance Cpl. Stack was home schooled by his parents and was a National Champion Air pistol shooter in the 2008 Junior Olympics. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing at his grandfather's farm in central Illinois.

His interest in the military began at an early age. At eleven he joined the Arlington International Airgun Club. Through this experience, James earned a position on an Olympic development team.

He enlisted in the Marine Corps on April 7, 2009 and was on his first deployment.

He leaves his wife, Katie, a daughter, Mikayla, and his parents, Linda and Robert Stack and a sister, Megan.

Click HERE for photoessay of Lpcl. Stack's arrival home.
Click HERE to see video of Marine's Escort Home

Marine Lcpl. James B. Stack
Marine Lance Cpl. James B. Stack
K.I.A. November 10, 2010


His service awards include, the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and Afghanistan Campaign Medal.
Marine Cpl. Jorge Villarreal Jr.
Operation Enduring Freedom

22, of San Antonio, Texas; assigned to 1st Battalion, 11th Marines, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; a motor vehicle operator; died Oct. 17, 2010 while on foot patrol conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Marine Cpl. Jorge Villarreal Jr enlisted in the United States Marine Corp on February 12, 2007. He previously deployed with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit to the western Pacific in 2008.

He leaves his wife, Reyna, stepdaughter, Shia Robles, his parents, Yolanda and Jorge Villarreal, Sr., and a sister, April Rodriguez.

Marine Cpl. Jorge Villarreal Jr.

Marine Cpl. Jorge Villarreal Jr.
K.I.A. October 17, 2010
Operation Enduring Freedom


His personal service awards include the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, and NATO Medal.

Marine Lance Cpl. Irvin M. Ceniceros
Operation Enduring Freedom

21, of Clarksville, Arkansas; assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; died Oct. 14, 2010 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Ceniceros enlisted in September 2007 and deployed in 2009 to the western Pacific with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.

Irvin was a 2007 Clarksville High School graduate and played tennis and football. He signed up for the Marines in August of 2007 and began boot camp in September.

He leaves his parents, Ignacio Ceneceros and Maria A. Armendaniz, his sister, Karla, two brothers, Ivan and Abraham Ceniceros.

Marine Lcpl. Irvin Ceniceros

Marine Lance Cpl. Irvin M. Ceniceros

His military awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.

Marine Lance Cpl. Phillip D. Vinnedge
Operation Enduring Freedom

19, of Saint Charles, Missouri; assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; died Oct. 13, 2010 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations.

The former Boy Scout and wrestler graduated last year from Francis Howell Central High School and attended Lewis and Clark Technical School.

Marine Cpl. Vinnedge
Marine Lance Cpl. Phillip D. Vinnedge
The anti-tank assaultman joined the Corps in September 2009. His military awards include the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

Marine Lance Cpl. Randy L. Newman
Operation Iraqi Freedom

21, of Bend, Oregon; assigned to 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, Calif.; killed Aug. 20 while conducting combat operations in Rawah, Iraq.

He joined the Marines a year after graduating in 2003 from Mountain View High School, only waiting that long at his father's request. "He felt he needed to do something," his father said. "His friends were going off to college."

Randy Newman was committed to his family, God and his fellow Marines, they said.

Marine Lcpl. Randy L. Newman
Marine Lance Cpl. Randy L. Newman

K.I.A. August 20, 2006
Operation Iraqi Freedom

 

Army Spc. Hugo V. Mendoza
Operation Enduring Freedom

29, of Glendale, Arizona, assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Airborne Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Vicenza, Italy; died Oct. 25, 2007 in Korengal Valley, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when he came in contact with enemy forces using rocket-propelled grenade, machine-gun and small-arms fire during combat operations.

He was a graduate from Trevor Browne High School in Phoenix.

Family members said Spc. Hugo V. Mendoza was an avid churchgoer who dreamed of becoming a firefighter.

Mendoza’s brother, Carlos Mendoza, Jr. of Glendale said his brother was deployed in June to Vicenza, Italy, where his unit is based, The two brothers lived together with Carlos’ wife and three children.

He worked in sheet metal construction after he graduated from high school, his brother said.

He is survived by his father, Jesus Carlos Mendoza Sr., his mother, Sara, and his brothers Jesus Carlos and Stevie of El Paso, along with countless family and friends..

Army Spc. Hugo V. Mendoza

Army Spc. Hugo V. Mendoza
K.I.A. October 25, 2007

Mendoza was involved in the defensive
action that was later reported on
60 Minutes

Army Pfc. Andrew N. Meari
Operation Enduring Freedom

21, of Plainfield, Illinois; assigned to 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.; died November 1, 2010 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

Pfc Meari is survived by his mother, Denise (Gerald) Meehan of Plainfield; father, Mahmoud (Aisha) Meari of Grafton, WI; two brothers, Ethan and Andrew; one sister, Jenna; beloved grandson of Vivienne Williams; dear nephew of many including Todd (Stacie) Williams, his Godfather; many cousins and dear friends also survive.

Meari attended Plainfield South High School and Drauden Point Middle School. and received his diploma from Port Washington High School in Wisconsin where he graduated early.

 

Illinois Fallen Hero Army Pfc. Andrew N. Meari
Throughout Andrew's military career he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and the Combat Infantry Badge.
Marine Lance Cpl. Alec E. Catherwood
Operation Enduring Freedom

19, of Byron, Illinois; assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; died Oct. 14, 2010 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Two fellow Camp Pendleton.-based Marines died Thursday during combat operations, including Lance Cpl. Irvin M. Ceniceros, 21, from Clarksville, Arkansas and Lance Cpl. Joseph C. Lopez, 26, from Rosamond, Calif.

Lcpl. Catherwood graduated from Byron High School in 2009 and dreamed of becoming a Marine since a young child.

His dream was realized when he enlisted in the United States Marine Corp in June '09. Even after his first year as a Marine he was already talking about re-enlisting.

He leaves behind his parents, Kirk and Gretchen Catherwood, his sister, Mikaela (Lance Cpl. Matthew USMC) Montgomery and his fiancée, Hailey Patrick, who were engaged to be married on July 2, 2011; maternal grandparents, Donald and Mary Ernst of Varna, Ill.; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Countless friends and fellow Marines grieve the loss of this brave young man.

Illinois Fallen Hero Cpl. Alec E. Catherwood

Marine Lcpl. Catherwood received the following
military awards and decorations: The Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal and Korean Defense Service Medal.

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Marine Lcpl. Alec Catherwood
Marine Lance Cpl. Raymon L. A. Johnson
Operation Enduring Freedom

22, of Midland, Georgia; assigned to 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died Oct. 13, 2010 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Besides extended family and friends Johnson is survived by his two parents, a sister and a twin brother, Ramon Johnson, who is a soldier in the Army.

Marine Lcpl. Raymon L.A. Johnson Remembered
Marine Sgt. Frank R. Zaehringer III
Operation Enduring Freedom

23, of Reno, Nevada; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died on Oct. 11, 2010 while on patrol/conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

The son of Sharon and Frank Zaehringer Jr., brother of Nicole and husband to Cassie; the Marine graduated from Wooster High School in 2005 and joined the Marines in 2007.

Claudia Zaehringer, his aunt, said he had wanted to become a Marine since he was a teenager. “Nobody could talk him out of it. He would run around with a backpack filled with rocks just to get in shape for boot camp,” she said.

 

Marine Sgt. Frank R. Zaehringer
The Marine had served in Iraq in 2009 and left in July for his first tour of duty in Afghanistan, his aunt said. “It was a seven-month tour so he was due to come back in February,” she said. “He already had reupped for four more years [while] in Afghanistan.”
Navy Hospital Corpsman Edwin Gonzalez
Operation Enduring Freedom

22, of North Miami Beach, Florida, assigned to 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Forces, Atlantic, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died Oct. 8, 2010 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, from wounds sustained from an improvised explosive device while supporting combat operations.

Friends said Corpsm an Gonzalez had a large “S” tattooed across his chest because people called him 'Superman'. Gonzalez got the Superman tattoo “because he was always getting in accidents and coming out fine,” said Claudia Herrera, a former classmate.

Friends told The Miami Herald that Gonzalez was a newlywed whose wife was stationed in Germany with the U.S. military. His parents declined comment.

Gonzalez graduated in 2007 from Dr. Michael J. Krop Senior High School, where he served in the Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps.

“He was a medic and talked about becoming a doctor,” said Marina Leventhal, another former classmate. “He wanted to be a medic because he always wanted to help people.”

Medic an d Navy Corpsman Edwin Gonzalez

Brave Navy Corpsman & Medic escorted home
Marine Cpl. Justin J. Cain
Operation Enduring Freedom

22, of Manitowoc, Wisconsin; assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; died October 13, 2010 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations.

He is a 2007 graduate of Manitowoc’s Lincoln High School, and enlisted in the Marines on June 19, 2007. His battalion had been stationed in Afghanistan since September.

A friend reported that Cain started talking about joining the Corps when he was a sophomore at Lincoln. Cain enlisted two weeks after graduation.

Cain’s last visit to Manitowoc was marred by the death of his good friend, Nick Jost, in an Aug. 29 car crash near Newton. Cain was on leave at the time, but had to fly back to Camp Pendleton a day before Jost’s funeral because his unit was preparing for its mission to Afghanistan.

Cain is survived by his parents, James Cain and Judy and stepdad Tim Stock, siblings, relatives and friends.

“He’s a great guy and would do anything for you,” said Kara Raduenz, who went to the prom with Cain and is in the Air Force, stationed at Joint Base Andrews, Md.

“He was the nicest guy you could ever imagine,” said Mike Luther, Lincoln class of 2007 and a Marine Corps mechanic currently stationed at Pendleton and awaiting his own overseas deployment.

“Every Marine wants to go to, at least, one combat mission before he gets out. He transferred units so he could deploy.”

“Justin was very easy going, likable and will be greatly missed by friends and families,” Zimmerman said.

Lincoln principal Keith Shaw said Cain participated in Youth Options as a senior, attending Lakeshore Technical College as part of its dairy herd management program.

“We as civilians should give him and his family the utmost respect for their sacrifice. He will never be forgotten.”

Marine C pl. Justin J. Cain

Cain earned numerous awards during his service,
including the National Defense Service Medal,
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal,
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal,
Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal
and the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.
The Marine Corps will present to his family the Purple Heart and the Combat Action Ribbon on Cain’s behalf.

   
Air Force Senior Airman Daniel J. Johnson
Operation Enduring Freedom

23, of Schiller Park, Illinois; assigned to 30th Civil Engineer Squadron, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.; died Oct. 5, 2010 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

Johnson joined the Air Force about a year after graduating from Monona Grove High School in Wisconsin. He was on his second tour in Afghanistan and is the 30th Space Wing’s first active-duty airman killed since the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan began. He had completed less than a month of a planned six-month deployment.

While a high school student Johnson was on the football, swimming and track teams. He also was editor of the school yearbook and worked on the student newspaper.

As a devoted Christian man, Dan married the love of his life, Kristen Harlow, on June 5, 2010. He was a very outgoing young man with a quiet confidence; a compassionate caring man with a love of the outdoors. One of Dan's most endearing qualities was the ability to make everyone laugh; he was a prankster and was always the life of the party. He was an active participant in the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program in the local community. He died knowing that he was deeply loved by his wife and family and he was very proud to serve, protect and defend his country.

Dan is survived by his wife Kristen Johnson; father Jim Johnson; mother Holly Higgins; brothers Peter, Will and Erik Johnson; sisters-in-law Tara and Tabea; niece Madeline; nephew Carter; grandmother Marilyn Johnson; aunts Tammie and Judy Johnson; and uncle Bill Johnson. Additionally, Dan is survived by his in-laws Larry and Cathy Harlow; Justin and Breanna Burton with their son Gracin; and Nick Harlow.

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Illinois Hero Airmen Daniel Johnson



Marine Cpl. Stephen C. Sockalosky
Operation Enduring Freedom

21, of Cordele, Georgia, assigned to 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died Oct. 6, 2010 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations.

Marine Cpl. Stephen Sockalosky
Marine Lance Cpl. Ralph J. Fabbri
Operation Enduring Freedom

20, of Gallitzin, Pennsylvania; assigned to Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; died September 28, 2010 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Marine Lcpl. Ralph J. Fabbri
Army Sgt. Mark A. Simpson
Operation Enduring Freedom

40, of Peoria, Illinois; assigned to 20th Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas; died September 26, 2010 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his military vehicle with an improvised explosive device.

He is survived by his wife Aletha, their three daughters, Shantallia, Krystin, and Jamie Simpson; his parents, George and Carol Simpson of Peoria, brother, George F. Simpson of Missoula, MT and three sisters, Beth (and Doug) Camp of Bartlett, TX Carol (and Jim) Goewey of Spring Bay and Amy (and Allen) Lee of East Peoria.

He is also survived by several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. One son, Mark A. Simpson, Jr preceded him in death.

Sgt. Simpson was born in Peoria and graduated from Richwoods High School. After working as a security guard, truck driver, and in food management, he joined the U.S. Army in 2005, and served tours at Fort Drum and Fort Hood before deploying to the Afghanistan war.

Army Sgt. Mark Simpson honored

His awards and decorations include Bronze Star Medal; Purple Heart Medal; Army Commendation Medal; Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star; Iraq Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon; NATO Medal; Combat Action Badge; Driver and Mechanical Badge and Driver and Mechanic Badge with Driver-Wheeled Vehicles; and Expert Riffle Badge.
Marine Lance Cpl. Christopher B. Rodgers
Operation Enduring Freedom

20, of Griffin, Georgia; assigned to 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died September 1, 2010 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Marine Lcpl. Christopher B. Rodgers
Army Spc. Matthew J. Johnson
Operation Enduring Freedom

21, of Maplewood, Minnesota; assigned to the 27th Engineer Battalion (Combat Airborne), 20th Engineer Brigade (Combat), Fort Bragg, N.C.; died July 14, 2010 in Zabul province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his military vehicle with an improvised explosive device.

Fallen Hero Army Spc. Matthew J. Johnson
Army Pvt. James F. McClamrock
Operation Iraqi Freedom

22, of Huntersville, North Carolina; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Advise and Assist Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; died Sept. 7, 2010 in Balad, Iraq, of wounds sustained in a shooting incident in Salah ad-Din province, Iraq.

“He wanted to be on the front line. He wanted to make a difference,” his mother, Susan McClamrock, said Sept. 9 as she waited at Dover Air Force Base, Del., for her son’s return to the U.S.

Mark McClamrock, James' father is pastor of Concord Associate Reform Presbyterian Church in Concord.

James McClamrock, who was born in Columbia, S.C., took leave from his job working security for the Transportation Security Administration at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport to enlist in the Army.

It was something he’d thought about doing at least since he met his wife four years ago. They’d been married for two years. He enlisted a year ago.

“He’s always had an interest in it as long as I’ve known him. But he’d been praying about it and he was like, ‘I really feel like this is what God wants me to do,’ ” said his wife, Shannah, 23. “Who was I to stop that?”


The family is leaning on their faith to carry them through the loss.

Fallen Hero Army Pvt. James F. McClamrock

Marine Cpl. Jason L. Dunham
Operation Iraqi Freedom

22, of Scio, New York; assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, at Twentynine Palms, Calif.; died April 22, 2004 at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Bethesda, Md., of injuries sustained April 14 when he used his body to shield comrades from a grenade explosion in Husaybah, Iraq.

Dunham, a 22-year-old machine gunner from Scio, N.Y., was manning a checkpoint near Karabilah, near the Syrian border in Iraq, on April 14, 2004, when an Iraqi man grabbed his throat. As the two scuffled, the Iraqi dropped a grenade with the pin removed, and Dunham quickly jumped on it, using his Kevlar helmet and body to smother the blast.

He received the Medal of Honor posthumously from President George W. Bush after covering a grenade with his helmet to save his fellow Marines. This was announced at a ceremony at Quantico, Va., where Marines and other top military and government leaders gathered for the grand opening of the National Museum of the Marine Corps.

He died eight days later with his parents at his side at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland.

The eldest of four children, Dunham enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2000 after graduating from Scio Central School, 70 miles southeast of Buffalo. His father, Daniel Dunham, an Air Force Veteran, said Jason was scheduled to be out of the service in July.

“We’re just proud of him, and we’re thankful for the people of Scio for being his friend and our friends.”

Two weeks later, Kilo Marines mourned Dunham at a memorial service held at their camp in Qaim, Iraq. “He knew what he was doing. He wanted to save Marines’ lives from that grenade,” said Lance Cpl. Jason Sanders, 21, a mortarman, according to a Marine Corps News article.

Dunham’s story was told in a book, “A Gift of Valor,” penned by a Wall Street Journal reporter embedded with 3/7 Battalion in the Spring 2004. In an article the reporter, Michael M. Phillips, wrote just weeks after Dunham’s death, unit leaders already had weighed the gravity of his final combat action and the potential recognition of that heroism.

The battalion commander at the time, Lt. Col. Matthew Lopez, submitted Dunham’s nomination for the Medal of Honor, noting “I deeply believe that given the facts and evidence presented, he clearly understood the situation and attempted to block the blast of the grenade from his squad members. His personal action was far beyond the call of duty and saved the lives of his fellow Marines,” Phillips recounted in his article.

“Jason would have wanted to earn it on his own,” his mother, Deb Dunham, told Marine Corps Times in September. “We feel he’s earned it.”

His memorial, held in his high school gym in Scio, New York was packed with more than 1,500 people, and the largest gathering space, where Dunham grew up. His casket rested beneath a basketball hoop.

As a long procession of cars and walkers accompanied the casket to the nearby cemetery, Scio residents sat on their porches and children lined the sidewalk. An American flag was draped above the highway.

Marine Cpl. Jason L. Dunham

 

This was the first Medal of Honor — the nation’s highest award for battlefield heroism — bestowed on a Marine in the Iraq war and the first earned for combat action since 1970, during the Vietnam War.

His parents have created a website in honor of their son.
Click here to view it.

As a teenager, he put himself between a friend and an adversary to protect his buddy during a fight. As a brother, he would warn his little sister to watch out for boys. As a man, he dreamed of becoming a state trooper — so long as work didn’t take him too far from home, where he could keep an eye on those he loved most.

Dunham died as he had lived, said the minister at his burial last May: “Caring more for others than himself.”





Army Spc. Christopher S. Wright
Operation Enduring Freedom

23, of Tollesboro, Kentucky; assigned to 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.; died August 19, 2010 in Pech, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using small arms fire.

As the procession for Army Spc. Wright made its' way through town students from local schools were permitted out to watch the motorcade and learn why it is important to show respect and honor to those serving in the military.

Wright was a 2005 graduate of Lewis County High School.

Ronnie and Verdena Polley, Wright's grandparents, said the support the family has had from the community has been overwhelming.

"Nobody knows how close a small community can be until you really need them," Verdena Polley said.

"I'm extremely proud of my grandson; he gave everything he could and more to defend the rights of our people and the freedom we have and enjoy," Ronnie Polley said.

Ronnie Polley shared the memory of the last time he saw Wright. After telling him he loved him and that he would pray for him, Wright asked him to pray also for his fellow soldiers.

A 21-gun salute preceded the playing of Taps, then the Honor Guard that had accompanied Wright's body from the time it touched ground at Fleming-Mason Airport folded the flag from the casket. The flag was presented to Wright's father, Jim Cochran, by Brigadier General Bennet Sacolick, commanding general of the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School. Wright's step-mother is Michele Cochran. A second flag was presented to Wright's mother, Linda Dennis of Jeffersonville, Ind.

Army Spc. Christopher S. Wright -- Never Forgotten




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Hundreds of people crowded the roadways along Kentucky 11 and Kentucky 57, through Flemingsburg and Tollesboro, to catch a glimpse of the motorcade escorting the fallen soldier to his hometown.

First, Moore said Wright gave his life to Jesus Christ. Moore served in two wars, serving three times overseas, once in Iraq and twice in Afghanistan. He became a Ranger to be the best, then he gave his own life -- the ultimate sacrifice.
A Hero's Escort Home - Army Spc. Christopher Wright of Kentucky

A Hero Is Welcomed Home
Army Spc. Christopher Wright of Kentucky
Army Spc. Chase Stanley
Operation Enduring Freedom

21, of Napa, California; assigned to the 27th Engineer Battalion (Combat Airborne), 20th Engineer Brigade (Combat), Fort Bragg, N.C.; died July 14, 2010 in Zabul province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his military vehicle with an improvised explosive device.

This soldier from Napa who died in Afghanistan is being remembered as a fun-loving person who never complained.

Army Spc. Chase Stanley
Army Capt. Dale A Goetz
Operation Enduring Freedom

43, of White, South Dakota; assigned to 1st Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.; died Aug. 30, 2010 in the Arghandab River Valley, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

Army Capt. Dale Goetz
Army 1st Lt. Christopher S. Goeke
Operation Enduring Freedom

23, of Apple Valley, Minnesota; assigned to 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; died July 13, 2010 in Kandahar City, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire.

Army 1st Lt. Christopher Goeke remembered
Army Sgt. Zachary M. Fisher
Operation Enduring Freedom

24, of Ballwin, Missouri; assigned to the 27th Engineer Battalion (Combat Airborne), 20th Engineer Brigade (Combat), Fort Bragg, N.C.; died July 14, 2010 in Zabul province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his military vehicle with an improvised explosive device.

When Sgt. Fisher decided to join the Army Reserve and then become a member of the active-duty military, it put his life into focus, his stepfather said.

“He said, ‘I need the discipline of the Army to be the type of person that I want to be,’” Jim Jacobs recalled.

He graduated in 2004 from Marquette High School, where his history teacher remembered him as a patriotic student with an interest in how the United States developed as a country, according to a district official, Kim Cranston.

Fisher met his wife, Jessica, just before an earlier deployment to Iraq. They had been married two years.

“He wanted to come home to his wife and have a life afterwards, but he was just as committed to what he did in the Army as he was to that life,” Jacobs said.

Fisher is also survived by his mother, Susan; his father, Robert, and stepmother, Alicia; three brothers, Andrew, Clayton and Alexander; and two sisters, Emily and Zoe.

Army Sgt. Zachary M. Fisher remembered
Army Pvt. Brandon M. King
Operation Enduring Freedom

23, of Tallahassee, Florida.; assigned to 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.; died July 14, 2010 at Combat Outpost Nolen, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with small-arms fire.

Army Pvt. Brandon M. King remembered
Army Spc. Jesse D. Reed
Operation Enduring Freedom

26, of Orefield, Pennsylvania; assigned to the 27th Engineer Battalion (Combat Airborne), 20th Engineer Brigade (Combat), Fort Bragg, N.C.; died July 14, 2010 in Zabul province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his military vehicle with an improvised explosive device.

Army Spc. Jesse D. Reed remembered
Marine Lance Cpl. Robert J. Newton
Operation Enduring Freedom

21, of Creve Coeur, Illinois;assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, based at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif.; died Aug. 23, 2010 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Marine Lcpl. R bert J. Newton
Navy Chief (SEAL) Collin T. Thomas
Operation Enduring Freedom

33, of Morehead, Kentucky; assigned to an East Coast-based SEAL team; died August 18, 2010 during a combat operation in eastern Afghanistan.

America has lost a true military hero. He leaves behind family and friends who mourn his loss and celebrate his life. His distinguished career and ultimate sacrifice will be honored for generations to come. Collin was born May 2, 1977 to retired U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Clayton Thomas and Paula Jean Trent Thomas.

A native of Morehead, Kentucky, he graduated from Rowan County High School in 1995. He went on to attend Morehead State University followed by a 1997 enlistment to serve in the U.S. Navy.

He loved his SEAL Team brothers in arms and was honored to serve with them. They were his second family and closest friends. Additionally he will be remembered as a devoted son, brother and cousin with a passion for life and an adventurous nature that led him to become the exceptional man he was.

He has joined his beloved grandparents, Atlee Trent and Ruben and Sybrina Thomas.

He is survived by his parents, Clayton and Jean; sister, Meghan and her husband Richard; niece, Atlee Grace; grandmother, Norma Trent; many aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives in the Thomas and Trent families who will hold him in their hearts forever. In addition, he is survived by the woman who captured his heart, Sarah Saunders of Virginia Beach and Hagan "the monster dog" Thomas.



An honored Navy SEAL, Collin received numerous awards and decorations during his 13-year Navy career including three Bronze Star Medals with "V" devices and a Purple Heart.

Marine Lcpl. Kevin Oratowski
Operation Enduring Freedom


23, of Wheaton, Illinois; assigned to 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; died August 18, 2010 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Oratowski was a Glenbard South high School graduate, and enlisted in the Marine Corps June 23, 2008 and was serving in his first combat deployment.

His sister said that joining the military gave Oratowski the sense of direction that he needed after graduating from high school. "My brother was kind of lost after high school, and he didn't really know if he wanted to go to school. He decided to go join the Marines and it was probably the best thing for him," she said. Added Oratowski: "He was just a great guy, a great uncle...He loved the Marines."

Illinois Marine Lcpl Kevin Oratowski

His personal service awards include the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.

Marine Cpl. Christopher "CJ" J. Boyd
Operation Enduring Freedom

22, of Palatine, Illinois; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; died August 19, 2010 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

A 2006 graduate of Palatine High School. Boyd lived in California with his wife and twin boys, and was killed by a roadside bomb while on foot patrol in combat against enemy forces Thursday, according to the Marines.

Boyd was a member of the football, wrestling and lacrosse teams at Palatine High School. As center, he anchored the offensive line during his senior year.

He may not have been the biggest player on the field, but he had the smarts, toughness and work ethic to excel, head coach Tyler Donnelly said Friday.

He said Boyd became a role model for students he never knew.

Illinois Marine and Hero Cpl. Christopher Boyd
Boyd's personal service awards include the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Humanitarian Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.

Army Sgt. Christopher N. Karch
Operation Enduring Freedom

23, of Indianapolis, Indiana; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; died Aug. 11, 2010 in Arghandab Valley, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with small-arms fire.

The father of the 2005 Lawrence Central High School graduate killed this week in Afghanistan said he guided his son into the Army to get “a good start in life. "He loved it, he was gung-ho over there,” said Patrick Karch, who served in the Army himself for three years.

Sgt. Christopher Karch, who joined the Army about two months after his high school graduation, was about a month away from coming home from his second tour from Afghanistan.

Army Sgt. Christopher N. Karch

 

Marine Cpl. Kristopher D. Greer
Operation Enduring Freedom

25, of Ashland City, Tennessee; assigned to 4th Combat Engineering Battalion, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve, Knoxville, Tenn.; died Aug. 8, 2010 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, of wounds received Aug. 6 while supporting combat operations.

Greer was on his first deployment after joining the Marines in April 2006. He was promoted to corporal in April, a Marine Corps news release said.

Greer, a 2003 graduate of Harpeth High School, joined the Ashland City fire department as a volunteer in March 2005 and became a full-time employee two years later.

“He was an energetic and outgoing person and was a great asset to our department,” Walker said. “His father said ever since Daniel was young he wanted to be a firefighter. He was also always passionate about his wishes to serve his country."

Greer joined the Pegram Volunteer Fire Department in July 2001 and volunteered for four years before transferring to Ashland City.

The fire chief said the death of Greer is the same as losing a family member.

Walker said Greer’s pride and joy was his family, which included his wife, Stacy, and his young son, Ethan.

“He always put his family first even above the fire department and military,” he said.

Greer was also a firefighter on the Ashland City Fire Department.

 

God Bless The Troops honors Marine Cpl. Kristopher Greer

A memorial fund has been set up for
Greer’s son, Ethan at
Pinnacle Financial Branch
524 S. Main Street
Ashland City TN 37015.

Army Sgt. Andrew C. Nicol
Operation Enduring Freedom

23, of Kensington, New Hampshire; assigned to 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Ga.; died Aug. 8, 2010 at Zhari Kandahar, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

GRAND LEDGE, Mich. — Two Army Rangers died Aug. 8 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, when their unit encountered an improvised explosive device, Defense Department officials said Aug. 9.

Nicol was a 2006 graduate of Exeter High School where he excelled at wrestling, placing 6th in the state championships his junior year. He was also active in the Boy Scouts and motocross competitions.

Sgt. Nicol entered the United States Army immediately after high school and completed basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia. He successfully completed both Airborne school and Ranger school and became part of the elite Army Rangers.

During his tenure with the Rangers, he completed four deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan prior to his most recent tour in Afghanistan. In 2009 Sgt. Nicol was awarded the Bronze Star with V device for Valor and heroism during a raid in Iraq.

Due to his proficiency in combat, he rose to the position of team leader within the Rangers, leading up to 40 soldiers on tactical missions. He was serving in this capacity when he died.

Sgt. Nicol is survived by his parents, Roland and Patricia Nicol; siblings Roland, Alaina and Lauren; his grandfather, Pasquale, and grandmother Marianne. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, and cousins residing in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts.

Army Sgt. Andrew C. Nicol remember the fallen

 

His awards and decorations include the Ranger Tab, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Expert Infantryman Badge, and the Parachutist Badge. Nicol was also awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Combat Star, Iraq Campaign Medal with Combat Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon and Overseas Service Ribbon. He was posthumously awarded his second Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and Purple Heart.

Army Pfc. Bradley D. Rappuhn
Operation Enduring Freedom

24, of Grand Ledge, Michigan; assigned to 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Ga.; died Aug. 8, 2010 at Zhari Kandahar, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. This was his first deployment.

Col. Michael Kurilla, commander of the 75th Ranger Regiment, said Rappuhn was fighting in one of the most heavily defended areas in Afghanistan and that he helped in the destruction of a complex bunker system that included heavy machine guns and mortar systems and resulted in the deaths of seven Taliban fighters.

He called Rappuhn a hero.

He was supposed to come home in the end of July,” said his mother, Roxanne Rappuhn, 53, of Grand Ledge. “But they tacked 45 more days on.”

Her son already had been wounded this year and still carried around shrapnel from that Memorial Day attack — shrapnel that doctors apparently thought couldn’t be removed, Roxanne Rappuhn said.

"He was easygoing," she said, "and he were here right now, he’d be telling me to suck it up,” she said.

Rappuhn graduated from Grand Ledge High School in 2004 and was remembered for participating on the bowling team and being a team player. He enjoyed BMX bikes, fishing, motorcycles and his black Lab named Bill.

Rappuhn enlisted in the Army in January 2009 and served as an anti-armor specialist.

He is survived by his mother Roxanne and father, Cary Rappuhn, of Potterville, and brother, Brent Rappuhn, of Grand Ledge.

Army Pfc. Bradley Rappuhn

Army Pfc. Bradley Rapuhn earned the Combat Infantryman Badge and the Parachutist Badge. He also was awarded the Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Combat Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Army Service Ribbon.

He was posthumously awarded
The Bronze Star Medal,
Meritorious Service Medal
and Purple Heart.


Army Pfc. Paul O. Cuzzupe II
Operation Enduring Freedom

23, of Plant City, Florida; assigned to 3rd Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, Vilseck, Germany; died Aug. 8, 2010 in Akhtar-Mohammad-Khan, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

Cuzzupe, was an U.S. Army combat medic. Following in his parents footsteps, who met in the Army; He was born on the Army base at Fort Riley, Kansas and was proud to serve his country.

Army Pfc. Cuzzupe was an honor student at Armwood High School, graduating in the top 20 percent of his class in 2005. He was almost ready to graduate from Saint Leo University with a degree in history and a minor in political science. Growing up he was an altar server at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Seffner.

A self-taught guitarist and talented musician, he loved alternative rock and was in a number of local bands, the most successful being The Seed and The Flawless Effect.

Cuzzupe wanted to be a state trooper after leaving the military.

The Cuzzupe family has known their share of tragedy when in June 2009, his father, Paul, was killed in an automobile crash.

Paul was preceded in death by his father, Paul O. Cuzzupe Sr., and grandfather, Anthony Cuzzupe, as well as step-grandfather, Anthony Volpe. He is survived by his mother, Annette, stepfather, Michael; brothers, Anthony Cuzzupe II and David Cuzzupe III; sister, Alexis; half-sister, Julia; stepbrother, Troy; maternal grandparents, David and Judy Allard; paternal grandmother, Barbara Volpe; girlfriend, Stephanie LePochat of Seffner, FL; stepmother, Alicia ; and an extended loving family and many friends. Paul was very much loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Army Pfc. Paul Cuzzupe II



Cuzzupe's death came just a week after he was honored with the Army Commendation Medal for his efforts to save an Afghani child's life.

His higher-ups said he had gone above and beyond the call of duty, said Wilbur, 19, of Brandon.

"But that was just who he was."

Army Spc. Faith R. Hinkley
Operation Iraqi Freedom

23, of Colorado Springs, Colorado; assigned to 502nd Military Intelligence Battalion, 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.; died Aug. 7, 2010 in Baghdad, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked her unit in Iskandariya, Iraq.

Hinkley enlisted Aug. 27, 2007, and reported to Fort Jackson, S.C., for basic training and to Fort Huachuca, Ariz., for advanced training in her specialty, human intelligence collector.

She was a native of Monte Vista, in south-central Colorado, and attended school in Colorado Springs after graduating from high school in 2006.

Army Spc. Faith R. Hinkley
Marine Cpl. Max W. Donahue
Operation Enduring Freedom

23, of Highlands Ranch, Colorado; assigned to I Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; died Aug. 7, 2010 of wounds received Aug. 4 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, while supporting combat operations.

Marine Cpl. Max W. Donahue
Marine Pfc. Vincent E. Gammone III
Operation Enduring Freedom

19, of Christiana, Tennessee; assigned to 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died Aug. 7, 2010 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, while supporting combat operations during an attempted prisoner escape in southern Afghanistan.

Gammone would have turned 20 on Aug. 10, according to his fiancée, Jessica West. West; Gammone’s mother, Lorraine Gammone; and grandmother, Ellie Gammone were notified of Gammone’s death on Aug. 7, the day it happened.

Gammone’s father, Vincent Gammone II, suffers from multiple sclerosis, a disease that affects the ability of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord to communicate with one another. West said when the older Gammone learned of his son’s death he “didn’t believe it was his son” at first.

Eagleville High School, where Gammone graduated in 2008, has flown its flag at half-staff since educators there learned of his death, according to family members. West recalled that one of Gammone’s “big passions” was for band, which he participated in throughout his high school career.

“He was in the band and played trombone,” West said, adding “he and I were also in ROTC together.”

A New Yorker by birth, Gammone moved to Tennessee with his family when he was 2 years old, according to West. When terrorist cells hijacked planes and flew them into the World Trade Center and Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, West remembered Gammone became infuriated and his passion to join the military became stronger.


Gammone had aspirations to join the Navy and to become a military officer once his contract with the Marines expired, West said. His ultimate goal, however, was to become a police officer and raise a family with West.

“I’ll remember his kind heart,” West said. “He was very forgiving and very loving. I’ll remember his love and passion for band and the Marine Corps, and his love for me, his family and everyone he met.”

Army Spc. Michael L. Stansbery
Operation Enduring Freedom

21, of Mount Juliet, Tennessee.; assigned to 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.; died July 30, 2010 near Kandahar, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

Army Spc. Michael Stansbery
Army Sgt. Kyle B. Stout
Operation Enduring Freedom

25, of Texarkana, Texas; assigned to 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.; died July 30, 2010 near Kandahar, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

Army Sgt. Kyle Stout
Marine Lance Cpl. Shane R. Martin
Operation Enduring Freedom

23, of Spring, Texas; assigned to 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; died July 29, 2010 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Marine Lcpl. Shane R. Martin
Marine Lance Cpl. Kevin M. Cornelius
Operation Enduring Freedom

20, of Ashtabula, Ohio; 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died Aug. 7, 2010 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, while supporting combat operations.

Kevin graduated from Lakeside High School in 2008, after being active in the wrestling and football programs. One of Kevin's favorite times was the bicycle trip he took in 2006, when he rode his bike from East Glacier, Mont., to Ashtabula, a distance of 1,975 miles.

He joined the U.S. Marine Corps immediately following graduation and at the time of his passing, had earned many honors during his time in the service including the Combat Action Ribbon, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal and the Purple Heart.

A lifetime member of Bethany Lutheran Church, he served as the only acolyte for many years and even filled the position again during his visit home this past Christmas.

He is survived by his father, Gerald E. (Marlene) Cornelius; Mother, Valerie (Bob) Silleck; brother, 2nd Lt. Eric V. Cornelius; his grandparents, Carmen "Lefty" and Celeste Corbissero, stepbrothers, Robert and John "Jack" Fortune; stepsister, Kelly Romano; Aunts, Uncles, cousins, extended family, and friends.

His funeral service is available via webcast at www.ducrowebcast.com. It will be available within 24 hours after the service is complete.

Marine Lcpl. Kevin Cornelius - Another American Hero



Marine Lcpl. will be buried at
Arlington National Cemetary
in Arlington Virginia.
Army Spc. Christopher G. Patton
Operation Iraqi Freedom

21, of Lawrenceville, Georgia; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; died Sept. 1, 2007 in Baghdad in a non-combat-related incident.

Patton graduated in 2005 from Central Gwinnett High School in Lawrenceville, where he acted and played football. He decided while in high school to enlist after graduation, said Kevin Potlock, a Central Gwinnett senior who shared a class with Patton. "He was excited about it," Potlock said.

A family friend, Mark Allison, said Patton's relatives were touched by what people wrote about Patton on the social networking Web site facebook.com. Dozens of people offered condolences in writings on a page entitled "Chris Patton Was My Hero."

Patton, an infantryman and trained paratrooper, served with the 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment of the 1st Cavalry Division's 1st Combat Brigade. His unit was based in Fort Hood, Texas. His unit is nicknamed the Black Knights, as is the high school football team for which he played.

Army Spc. Christopher Patton remembered
K.I.A. September 01, 2007

Army National Guard Spc. Jon P. Fettig
Operation Iraqi Freedom

30, of Dickinson, North Dakota; assigned to the 957th Engineer Company (V Corps), Bismarck, N.D.; died when the Heavy Expanded-Mobility Tactical Truck he was in was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade July 22, 2003 outside of Ramadi, Iraq. Fettig had served in the National Guard for nearly 11 years.

The 957th, which builds and maintains bridges and helps transport cargo, is one of two North Dakota Guard units deployed to Iraq. Soldiers have been in the Middle East since late April of 2003.

Hundreds of family members, friends and soldiers packed the church to praise Jon Fettig as a hero who gave his life for his country. More than 1,000 people were at the service.

He is survived by his parents Larry and Shirley Fettig, sister Tenille, and wife Cody Fettig.

“I was given his dog tags,” Fettig’s wife, Cody, said. “It makes me feel like I am closer to him. He sits right next to my heart, and he will stay there.”

Jon Fettig was remembered as a hero with a “marvelous smile.” Sgt. Wade Kadrmas said Fettig’s smile was always there for friends and fellow soldiers.

“Army National Guard Spc. Jon Fettig
K.I.A. July 22, 2003
Operation Iraqi Freedom



Spc. Fettig was awarded the
Purple Heart and Bronze Star Medal

“He was a genuine soldier. He loved what he did,” Sgt Scott Decker, Fettig's recruiter said. “He was a quiet guy but always had a smile on his face. He was proud of what he did, being a soldier.”
Marine Cpl. Joshua R. Dumaw
Operation Enduring Freedom

23, of Spokane Valley, Washington; assigned to 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C.; died June 22, 2010 while supporting combat operations in Nimruz province, Afghanistan.

A memorial service for Cpl. Joshua Dumaw was held at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point’s Chapel.

Marine Cpl. Joshua Dumaw -- We will never forget you
Army Spc. Phillip J. Pannier
Operation Iraqi Freedom

20, of Washburn, Illinois; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.; died Jan. 8, 2008 in Samarra, Iraq, of wounds sustained during combat operations.



Spc. Pannier is welcomed home by family and friends.
Phillip, You are our hero, and will never be forgotten...
Memorial Ride Pannier
Marine Lance Cpl. Abram L. Howard
Operation Enduring Freedom

21, of Williamsport, Pennsylvania; assigned to Headquarters and Service Battalion, 4th Marine Logistics Group, Marine Forces Reserve, based out of North Versailles, Pa.; died July 27, 2010 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province.

Marine Lcpl. Abram Howard remembered
Army Spc. Joseph A. Bauer
Operation Enduring Freedom

27, of Cincinnati, Ohio; assigned to 5th Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, 17th Fires Brigade, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.; died July 24, 2010 in Qalat, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when insurgents attacked his military vehicle with an improvised explosive device.

Misty Bauer described her husband Joseph as "a hero."

He enjoyed his family. He loved watching football and baseball – especially our hometown Cincinnati teams.”

Misty asked for prayers for all members of the military and privacy for her family.

“Joseph was extraordinary and I am absolutely blessed to be his wife,” she said. “Joseph is a hero in my eyes and I will always love him.”

A memorial service was planned for Tuesday, August 10th at 6:30 p.m. at St. Louis Church in Owensville.

God Bless The Troops Remembers Army Spc. Joseph A. Bauer

Army Cpl. Nicholas R. Roush
Operation Enduring Freedom

22, of Middleville, Michigan; assigned to the 1st Psychological Operations Battalion, 4th Psychological Operations Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, N.C.; died Aug. 16, 2009 in Herat, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle.

According to his parents Cpl. Roush was welcomed into the presence of the Lord on Sunday, August 16, 2009.

Nicky was a 2005 Thornapple-Kellogg Graduate and attended KVCC. He was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Middleville, MI.

Bob Roush tells The Grand Rapids Press his son “wanted to serve” and “do something significant,” and believes he “has done that and more.”

"Nicky" leaves behind his parents Robert and Donna Roush; his brothers, Bobby and Kyle; grandparents, Pastor Robert Roush Sr. and Kathy of Lowell, MI, Gertrude Huisman; and soul mate, Kaleigh Page along with countless family, friends and fellow soldiers.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Peter Huisman.

Army Cpl. Nicholas R. Roush - God Bless The Troops honors Army Cpl.


Those who wish may share a memory
with the family please visit this site:
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Army 1st Lt. Michael L. Runyan
Operation Iraqi Freedom

24, of Newark, Ohio; assigned to 52nd Infantry, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; died July 21, 2010 in Balad, Iraq, of injuries sustained when insurgents attacked his convoy vehicle with an improvised explosive device in Muqdadiyah, Iraq.


God Bless The Troops Remembers Army 1st Lt. Michael Runyan
Air Force Staff Sgt. Travis L. Griffin
Operation Iraqi Freedom

28, of Dover, Delaware; assigned to the 377th Security Forces Squadron, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M.; died April 3, 2008 near Baghdad of wounds sustained when his vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device.

He is survived by his wife, Krista, and son, Elijah.

Griffin knew the dangers of serving in Iraq, but volunteered anyway as part of a year-long deployment to help train Iraqi police officers.

Griffin, who had served in the Air Force for nearly nine years, was a member of the 377th Security Forces Squadron at Kirtland. He had been stationed at the Albuquerque base since July 2004.

Griffin’s mother, Christine Herwick of western Ohio, was at the Clearcreek Christian Assembly in Springboro, Ohio, when she learned of her son’s death.

Herwick and Griffin’s stepfather, Donald Herwick III, said he was born in Okinawa, where the Herwicks were both on active duty, and traveled with them from base to base.

“We knew there was risk every day, but he wanted to be there.” said his stepfather Donald Herwick.

In a interview with the American military newspaper Stars and Stripes, Griffin had said: “I want to leave knowing that we’ve done something.”

Col. Robert Suminsby said Griffin’s mission in Iraq was much more dangerous than what most airmen are confronted with. “Most deploy for four to six months. He actually volunteered to go on a 365-day tour,” Suminsby said. “He was one of the folks that really stepped up to do not just a very dangerous and demanding mission, but one that was going to last a lot longer.”

Honor The Fallen Air Force Staff Sgt. Travis Griffin

AF Staff Sgt. Travis L. Griffin
KIA April 3, 2008
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Staff Sgt. Griffin was on his fourth tour in Iraq — his seventh assignment in the Middle East.


“Most deploy for four to six months. He actually volunteered to go on a 365-day tour,” Col. Suminsby said.

“He was one of the folks that really stepped up to do not just a very dangerous and demanding mission, but one that was going to last a lot longer.”

Illinois Loses Its' Seventh Son in July,
Marine Lcpl. Frederik "Freddy" Vazquez

Marine Lance Cpl. Frederik "Freddy" Vazquez
Operation Enduring Freedom

20, of Melrose Park, Illinois, supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, IIMarine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C. and was killed in action on July 24, 2010.

Vazquez leaves behind his parents, Juan and Rubelia Vazquez, as well as a brother Juan Carlos, extended family, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. This Marine was a 2008 graduate of West Leyden High School in Northlake.

Family and friends comment about Marine Vazquezs' life. Read the full story HERE.


Local Hero Marine Lance Cpl. Frederik Vazquez


Sadly, Lcpl. Vazquez is the seventh Illinois Hero to make the ultimate sacrifice for his country in July, 2010.

Update: The wake for Marine Vazquez was on Friday, July 30th at Cuneo Columbian, 10330 Grand Franklin Park from 3-9pm and the funeral mass Saturday at 9:30am at St. Charles Borromeo, 1637 N. 37th in Melrose Park.

Leyden Township and East and West Leyden campuses ordered flags be hung half-staff in honor of our local Fallen Hero.
Army Pfc. Nathaniel D. Garvin
Operation Enduring Freedom

20, of Radcliff, Kentucky; assigned to 96th Aviation Support Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky; died July 12, 2010 at Forward Operating Base Frontenac, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained in a noncombat-related incident.

Army Pfc. Nathaniel D. Garvin - God Bless The Troops - Remember our heroes
Army Spc. Louis R. Fastuca
Operation Enduring Freedom

24, of West Chester, Pennsylvania; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Vicenza, Italy; died July 5, 2010 at Abdulhamid Kalay, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device.

Army Spc. Louis R. Fastuca
Army Staff Sgt. Sheldon L. Tate
Operation Enduring Freedom

27, of Hinesville, Georgia; assigned to the 782nd Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; died July 13, 2010 in Kandahar City, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire.

Army Staff Sgt. Sheldon Tate - Remember the Fallen
Army Sgt. Anibal Santiago
Operation Enduring Freedom

37, of Belvidere, Illinois; assigned to 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Georgia; died July 18, 2010 in Bagram, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained July 17, 2010 in a non-combat-related incident in Khowst, Afghanistan.

Illinois Fallen Hero Army Sgt. Anibal Santiago
Army Sgt. Matthew W. Weikert
Operation Enduring Freedom

29, of Jacksonville, Illinois; assigned to 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky; died July 17, 2010 in Paktika province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

Army Sgt. Matthew W. Weikert - Remembering Our Fallen
Army Sgt. Jesse R. Tilton
Operation Enduring Freedom

23, of Decatur, Illinois; assigned to 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; died July 16, 2010 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, of wounds sustained July 13, when insurgents attacked his unit in Kandahar, Afghanistan, with rifle, rocket-propelled grenade and small-arms fire.

Illinois Fallen Hero Army Sgt. Jesse R. Tilton
Marine Staff Sgt. Justus S. Bartelt
Operation Enduring Freedom

27, of Polo, Illinois; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died July 16, 2010 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Marine Staff Sgt. Justus S. Bartelt - Never Forgotten
Army Staff Sgt. Vernon W. Martin
Operation Enduring Freedom

25, of Savannah, Georgia; assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.; died Oct. 3, 2009 at COP Keating, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his contingency outpost with small arms, rocket-propelled grenade and indirect fires.

15 of Fort Carson's Colorado post were killed in Afghanistan in October of 2009 alone; the worst single month for combat deaths the post has endured since the Vietnam War.

Officials said Fort Carson has lost 32 soldiers in Afghanistan and 255 in Iraq.

Staff Sgt. Martin attended St. Mark’s Lutheran School in Brooklyn, New York and graduated in 2002 from Johnson High School. After graduating, Vernon became a Juvenile Correction Officer at the Chatham County Youth Detention Center.

He joined the Army in August of 2004 and married his high school sweetheart Brittany. He is also survived by two daughters and one son, his parents Connie Brown and George William Martin, a sister, Vanessa and a brother, Joseph, aunts, uncles and cousins, and many friends.

The 4th Infantry soldiers were honored at a service in the Soldiers’ Memorial Chapel at midday, and a second service was held later in the day for the others.

At his memorial service, letters were read from soldiers still in Afghanistan recounting the fallen troops’ lives and praising their bravery and friendship.

Maj. Dan Chandler said each of the eight 4th Infantry soldiers enlisted after the terrorist Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. “They were helping to make a difference when they were taken from us,” he said.

Remember The Fallen - Army Staff Sgt. Vernon W. Martin
KIA October 3, 2009

This highly decorated Staff Sgt. received The Bronze Star Medal, The Purple Heart, Army Achievement Medal – 2, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal w/ Campaign Star, Iraq Campaign Medal w/ Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Army Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon – 2, NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge, Driver Mechanic Badge.

A soldier sobbed quietly at the back of the chapel as Sgt. Major Leslie Frye called the roll, pausing silently after he twice called out the name of each man killed.

Outside the chapel, seven riflemen fired three volleys in a 21-gun salute, and a bugler played Taps.

Marine Staff Sgt. Christopher J. Antonik
Operation Enduring Freedom

29, of Crystal Lake, Illinois, died July 11 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Antonik joined the Marine Corps in May 2001 and received reconnaissance training, officials said. He was promoted to Staff Sergeant in February of 2009 and joined the Marine Corps Special Forces Operations Command later that year.

Among many friends and family, Marine Staff Sgt. Antonik leaves behind a wife, Erin, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Antonik, his sister, Jennifer, and grandmother, Florence Antonik.

He became something special in the Marines. At the time of his death, at 29, he was a Staff Sergeant in the elite First Marine Special Forces Battalion.

Marine Staff Sgt. Christopher Antonik - Faces of the Fallen



This highly decorated Marine Awards include, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, three Marine Corps Good Conduct Medals, a Combat Action Ribbon, four Sea Service Deployment Ribbons, an Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, two Iraq Campaign Medals, the National Defense Service Medal and two Navy Unit Commendations.

Army Ranger Spc. Joseph Whiting Dimock II
Operation Enduring Freedom

21, of Wildwood, Ill.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.; died July 10 in Salerno, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained from a non-combat-related incident when an explosion occurred in an ammunition holding facility during an inventory.

The family and community are mourning his death, among them, the pastor of the church where Dimock belonged since the age of 2. The pastor and his wife have a son the same age.

Rev. Greg Bostrum said, "Our families both watched each other's boys grow up. It feels like we're losing one of our own."

The church has hung a banner inside, marking Dimock's death in the war and the contributions of his life, such as 'church' and 'Boy Scouts.'

"It's hard to lose the future and that's what we lost in Joey, all the things he would have done," said Bostrum.

In a statement, his parents say their hearts "are heavy with grief, yet at the same time filled with love for Joey and with pride in Joey's service to the nation."
Army Spc. Jerod H. Osborne
Operation Enduring Freedom

20, of Royse City, Texas; assigned to the 4th Squadron, 73rd Armor Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; died July 5, 2010 in Yakuta, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device. Also killed was Spc. Keenan A. Cooper.

God Bless the Troops honors Army Spc. Jerod H. Osborne
Army Pfc. Jacob A. Dennis
Operation Enduring Freedom

22, of Powder Springs, Georgia; assigned to the 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.; died July 3, 2010 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl, Germany, of injuries sustained June 30 in a weapons system accident at Forward Operating Base Lane, Afghanistan.

God Bless The Troops honors Army Pfc. Jacob A. Dennis
Marine Lance Cpl. Michael C. Bailey
Operation Enduring Freedom

29, of Park Hills, Missouri; assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif.; died June 16, 2010 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Lcpl. Bailey was a 1999 graduate of West County High School. in Leadwood, Mo. Every time Bailey would come home on leave, he would stop by the school and talk with teachers and the principal.

"Mike was a very special kid, and was highly thought of by people who knew him," said the principal, Eric Moyers. "He never failed; after he made the rounds with friends and family, he'd always come back to the school and visit with myself and teachers he had at the school."

They would catch up, reminisce. On his last visit to the school, Moyers recalled that Bailey said he was preparing to be sent to Afghanistan. "I thought the world of him," Moyers said. "Our community is hurting right now."

After serving eight years in the U.S. Navy he enlisted to become a United States Marine.

Bailey's stepfather, Thomas Rodgers of Frankclay, Mo., described him as "having a really good heart." Rodgers said he helped raise Bailey since he was in elementary school and called him his son. Bailey enjoyed his time in the service and was funny about stuff like that. When he was in the Navy, he was in a nuclear sub. He liked that, top secret."

Bailey’s father lives in Springfield, and his aunt lives in Australia, Bouse said. Aside from a cousin and a nephew, most of the family is gone. But when Bailey came home on leave, he always had plenty of places to stay.

Marine Lcpl. Michael C. Bailey

Marine LCpl. Bailey suffered much personal loss in his short 29 years.

His mother died unexpectedly in 2003. His niece died of sudden infant death syndrome, and his sister was killed in a car crash when she was 25.

Bailey was the recipient of the Purple Heart, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Presidential Unit Citation, Navy Unit Commendation, Navy "E" Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Navy Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.
Army Pfc. Russell E. Madden
Operation Enduring Freedom

29, of Dayton, Kentucky; assigned to the 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Conn Barracks, Germany; died June 23, 2010 at Charkh district, Konar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his vehicle with rocket fire.

He leaves behind his wife Michelle, his son Parker, and stepson Jared—one of whom suffers from Cystic Fibrosis.

Madden was the son of Martin Madden and Peggy Strange Davitt and also leaves behind his brother Martin and sister Lindsey as well as stepmother Pamela Madden and stepfather Mike Davitt.

Pfc. Madden was in his first deployment to Afghanistan. Madden enlisted to serve his country and provide a better future for his young family, especially considering that one of his children suffers from CF.

Army Pfc. Russell E. Madden

173rd Airborne Brigade
Pfc. Madden was posthumously promoted to Specialist, and recipient of The Bronze Star, and Purple Heart.
and NATO Medal, Combat Badge.

Army Pfc. Russell Madden

On June 25th at Dover Air Force our brave hero Army Pfc. Madden returns home to American soil... (AP Photograph)

Our prayers and thanks go to his family, fellow soldiers and friends. It is a grateful nation that salutes you, your life and sacrifice... Godspeed Pfc. Godspeed...

Marine Cpl. Larry D. Harris Jr.
Operation Enduring Freedom

24, of Thornton, Colorado; assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; died July 1 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Carskie, Harris' H.S. Football coach said that in every aspect of his life Harris was "committed to being successful. Anything that he may have lacked in talent, he made up for with will power and detrmination."

Following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Jimmy Macias, his longtime friend said that Harris originally wanted to join the Air Force and did several patrol ride-alongs with local law enforcement. He joined the Marines in May 2006, in part because of the influence from his step-father, who was also Marine.

His friends said that he cared deeply for his community and was in the military for the benefit of those around him.

He will always be remembered for his devotion -- and his ability to light up a room. "He was the shortest," Macias said, "but always the biggest."

Marine Cpl. Larry D. Harris Jr.

Among his service awards were the Purple Heart, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Combat Action Ribbon, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Medal and the sea Service Deployment Ribbon.

Read more about this fine young Marine by clicking HERE

Army Sgt. Johnny W. Lumpkin
Operation Iraqi Freedom

38, of Columbus, Georgia; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 41st Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.; died July 2, 2010 in Balad, Iraq, of wounds sustained July 1 in a non-combat-related equipment incident in Taji, Iraq.

He was on his second tour in Iraq and had joined the Army at 31 because he wanted to support his family, relatives said.

Lumpkin was the son of Wayne and Jan Lumpkin and also leaves behind his wife Carol, a son and two stepchildren.

July 3rd would have marked the Sgt.'s and Carol's ninth wedding anniversary.

A family friend said the fallen soldier often would surprise her and others with acts of kindness, like repairing faulty car brakes or rescuing a friend who became stranded while off-roading.

"He was always the first to help no matter what, and I truly feel that's what he was doing the day that tragic accident happened," Lujan, a neighbor, said. "He was helping someone try to get the job done."

She added: "Johnny has forever touched my life."

Army Staff Sgt. Manny Garcia, a fellow soldier and friend, recalled Lumpkin's outspoken nature and love for family, friends and fishing.

Army Sgt. Johnny W. Lumpkin

"He will be loved and missed by all who he came in contact with. He was a true hero to his family and to the nation."


Marine Lance Cpl. William T. Richards
Enduring Freedom

20, of Trenton, Georgia; assigned to 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died June 26, 2010 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Richards is survived by his wife.

"He was always a very good-hearted, sweet child," Pouliot (Richards' uncle) said. "He was just as good a kid as you've ever meet. He always did the right thing."

Richards followed in his father's and brother's footsteps when he entered the Marines. He served as a squad automatic rifleman. He joined the Marines, according to a news release, in September 2008 and was promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal in November 2009. He deployed to Afghanistan in March 2010.

Marine Lcpl. William Richards


During his service, Richards was awarded the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
Marine Lcpl. William Richards - Escort Home
Marine LCpl. William T. Richards is welcomed home...
Army Spc. David A. Holmes
Operation Enduring Freedom

34, of Tennille, Georgia; assigned to 810th Engineer Company, Georgia National Guard, Swainsboro, Ga.; died June 26, 2010 at Sayed Abad, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device.

Our heartfelt prayers go out to David's wife, LaTonya, their 3 children, and the entire Holmes family.

David had been in both the Navy and Marine Corps and served numerous combat deployments before becoming a citizen-soldier with the Georgia National Guard. In the civilian part of his life, Holmes worked at a local prison.

“The entire Georgia National Guard family grieves alongside the Holmes family on word of his tragic incident in Afghanistan,” said Maj. Gen. Terry Nesbitt, Georgia’s Adjutant General.

“Like all Guardsmen, Sgt. Holmes was a true citizen-Soldier, one of Georgia’s best, who knew his job and was willing to perform it without personal reservation.” From his sacrifice, each of us who wear the uniform is clearly reminded that the values of liberty and freedom are often safeguarded only at an exceptionally heavy price.”

Army Spc. David Holmes
Thank you Sgt. David Alexander Holmes for your extraordinary service to the Land that we Love as a Sailor, Marine and Soldier. Your extreme bravery and supreme sacrifice will never be forgotten. May you Rest In Peace and may God’s love and grace surround your family until you are reunited at Heaven’s Gate.

[Military Wall of Honor]
Read more about this hero HERE
Army Pvt. Randol S. Shelton
Operation Iraqi Freedom

22, of Schiller, Park, Ill.; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.; died Sept. 4, 2007 in Baghdad of wounds sustained from an improvised explosive device.

Army Private Shelton was a graduate of East Leyden High School in Franklin Park, Illinois.

We are privileged to honor the family of Army Pvc. Shelton on June 26, 2010. He will never be forgotten...

We are humbled that the Shelton's would accept our invitation. May the remembrance of your son by everyone present help to ease the pain of your loss...

Army Pvt. Christopher M. Alcozer
Operation Iraqi Freedom

21, of Northlake and Villa Park, Illinois; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Fort Wainwright, Alaska; killed Nov. 19, 2005 when his unit was attacked by enemy forces using small arms fire and grenades in Mosul, Iraq.

Alcozer was part of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Fort Wainwright, Alaska.

God Bless The Troops has the privilege of honoring Army Pvt. Alcozer and his family on June 26, 2010. He will never be forgotten...

We are humbled that the Alcozer family would accept our invitation. May the remembrance of your son by everyone present help to ease the pain of your loss...

Marine Sgt. Joseph D. Caskey
Operation Enduring Freedom

24, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; assigned to 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; died June 26, 2010 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Caskey followed his grandfather, father, mother and two older brothers into the military after graduating from North Hills High School in 2004. It was his second tour of duty overseas.

Sgt. Joseph D. Caskey
Army Spc. Blaine E. Redding
Operation Enduring Freedom

22, of Plattsmouth, Nebraska; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.; died June 7, 2010 in Konar, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device.

Spc. Redding is survived by his wife, Victoria Redding of Lincoln, Neb.; mother, Teresa Redding of Elmwood, Neb.; and father, Blaine Redding, of Lincoln, Nebraska.

This was the single deadliest day for the 101st since 2003.

Army Spc. Blaine E. Redding
Army Sgt. Amanda N. Pinson
Operation Iraqi Freedom

21, of St. Louis, Missouri; assigned to the 101st Military Intelligence Detachment, 501st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.; killed Mar. 16, 2006 when a mortar round detonated in Tikrit, Iraq. Also killed was Spc. Carlos M. Gonzalez.

Sgt. Pinson was described by Lt. Col. Lucinda Lane as “a breath of fresh air” . She was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Pinson enlisted in the Army after graduating in 2002 from Hancock Place High School, where she won several scholarships and was on the basketball and softball teams. She planned to attend college after her military service and become an FBI or CIA agent.

 

Sgt. Amanda N. Pinson
KIA March 15, 2006
101st Airborne
Awarded Bronze Star
and Purple Heart
posthumously

Army Spc. Joseph D. Johnson
Operation Enduring Freedom

24, of Flint, Michigan; assigned to the 161st Engineer Support Company, 27th Engineer Battalion (Combat) (Airborne), 20th Engineer Brigade, 18th Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, N.C.; died June 16, 2010 in North Kunduz, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

Army Spc. Joseph D. Johnson
Army Staff Sgt. Bryan A. Hoover
Operation Enduring Freedom

29, of West Elizabeth, Pennsylvania; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 110th Infantry Regiment, Pennsylvania National Guard, Connellsville, Pa.; died June 11, 2010 at FOB Bullard, Afghanistan, from wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device.


Army Staff Sgt. Bryan Hoover
Marine Lance Cpl. Anthony A. Dilisio
Operation Enduring Freedom

20, of Macomb, Michigan; assigned to 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died May 30, 2010 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Dilisio, a graduate of Dakota High School swam and played football and baseball, and enlisted approximately two years ago and was deployed in December, according to David Dilisio. He was scheduled to come home at the end of July or early August. He was engaged to be married.

“He was a people person and was always compelled to give back in some way,” David Dilisio recalled. “He wanted to serve in some capacity, whether it was as a firefighter or a police officer or a Marine, which to him was the pinnacle.”

Lorenzo, Anthony Dilisio’s father is an Army veteran.

Marine Lcpl. Anthony Dilisio
Army Pfc. Gunnar R. Hotchkin
Operation Enduring Freedom

31, of Naperville, Illinois; assigned to the 161st Engineer Support Company, 27th Engineer Battalion (Combat) (Airborne), 20th Engineer Brigade, 18th Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, N.C.; died June 16, 2010 in North Kunduz, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

Army Pfc. Hotchkin, a husband to Erin, and father of three to Ethan, 8, Tristan, 4, and Gunnar's stepdaughter Taylor, 10, had been deployed less than six months when his wife's worst fears came true. The man who had left civilian life to provide a better future for his family would never get the chance to see them thrive.


Visitation for Gunnar Hotchkin was be held from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Gibbons Elliston Funeral Home in Hinsdale. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Union Church of Hinsdale, 137 S. Garfield Ave.

Army Pfc. Gunnar R. Hotchkin
Army Sgt. Mario Rodriguez
Operation Enduring Freedom

24, of Smithville, Texas; assigned to the 264th Clearance Company, 27th Engineer Battalion (Combat) (Airborne), 20th Engineer Brigade, Fort Bragg, N.C.; died June 11, 2010 in Powrak, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades.

He leaves behind a wife and 7-year-old daughter.

American flags lined the streets, and an estimated 500 people filed into the church to honor the man friends and family said dreamed of being in the military since high school. A Moving Tribute To This Hero.

Rodriguez was the fourth active duty KIA from Smithville in four years.

* Mario Rodriguez - June 11, 2010 - Afghanistan
* Cody Stanley - October 28, 2009 - Afghanistan
* Josh Farris - July 9, 2009 - Afghanistan
* Tina Priest - March 1, 2006 - Iraq

Click HERE to read full story.

Army Sgt. Mario Rodriguez
Marine Cpl. Jeffrey R. Standfest
Operation Enduring Freedom

23, of St. Clair, Michigan; assigned to 3rd Combat Engineer Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif.; died June 16, 2010 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Marine Standfest's Grandfather served in The Corps during WWII.

Cpl. Standfest was a canine handler and a combat engineer. The Marines said an improvised explosive device struck him June 16 while he was on foot patrol.

His father Timothy Standfest is a detective with the Clinton Township Police Dept. and mother Karen Standfest, VP & and Chief Nursing Officer at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital.

Family friend Doug Mills said, “I watched Jeff grow up into a man and into a Marine hero,” Mills said. “This sounds corny, but I thank God there are people like him in the Marines and Army. What would we in this country do without people like him?”

He was a graduate of St. Clair High School.

Army Spc. Ashley Sietsema
Operation Iraqi Freedom

20, of Melrose Park, Illinois; assigned to the 708th Medical Company, 108th Medical Battalion, 108th Sustainment Brigade, Illinois National Guard, North Riverside, Illinois; died Nov. 12, 2007 in Kuwait City, Kuwait, of injuries sustained in a vehicle accident.


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Army Spc. Ashley Sietsema
Army Cpl. Michael W. Davis
Operation Iraqi Freedom

22, of San Marcos, Texas; assigned to the 425th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska; died May 21, 2007 in Baghdad of wounds sustained when multiple improvised explosive devices detonated near their vehicle.

Michael was a San Marcos High School graduate who later went on to attend Texas State University. Two years into college, after the events of 9/11, Michael decided to join the United States Army. He chose to specialize in becoming a Combat Engineer at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.

Michael had a passion for life and he put that forward into his work. He never left any project unfinished and he always did it to the best of his ability.

He leaves behind his wife, mother Sonya Davis Kennedy; father Myron Warner Davis; sisters Natalie Davis and Jessica Bell; brother-in-law Freeman Bell and beloved nephew Grayson "lil Mikey" Bell.

Army Cpl. Michae W.l Davis
He received the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple heart, the Combat Action Badge and the Army Good Conduct Medal during his duty for our country.

He received the Commanding General's Award for Military Excellence - an award that is set aside for only the most outstanding soldier.
Marine Sgt. Brandon C. Bury
Operation Enduring Freedom

26, of Kingwood, Texas; was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; died June 6, 2010 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Also killed were Lance Cpl. Derek Hernandez and Cpl. Donald M. Marler.

Marine Cpl. Brandon Bury
Marine Lance Cpl. Derek Hernandez
Operation Enduring Freedom

20, of Edinburg, Texas; assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; died June 6, 2010 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Also killed were Sgt. Brandon C. Bury and Cpl. Donald M. Marler.

Marine Lcpl. Derek Hernandez
Marine Cpl. Donald M. Marler
Operation Enduring Freedom

22, of St. Louis, Missouri; assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; died June 6, 2010 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Also killed were Sgt. Brandon C. Bury and Lance Cpl. Derek Hernandez.

Marine Cpl. Donald M. Marier
Army Spc. Brendan P. Neenan
Operation Enduring Freedom

21, of Enterprise, Alabama; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; died June 7, 2010 in Jelawar, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device.

Army Spc. Brendan P. Neenan
Air Force 1st Lt. Joel C. Gentz
Operation Enduring Freedom

25, of Grass Lake, Michigan; assigned to the 58th Rescue Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.; died June 9, 2010 near FOB Jackson, Afghanistan, in a HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter crash. Also killed were Air Force Staff Sgt. Michael P. Flores, Air Force Staff Sgt. David C. Smith and Air Force Senior Airman Benjamin D. White.

Three airmen also were injured in the Pave Hawk incident, which occurred on the deadliest day for Air Force personnel at war in more than five years.

The helicopter crashed as the airmen, assigned to 563rd Rescue Group, were performing a medical-evacuation mission in turbulent Helmand province.

“Our Air Force was deeply saddened by the loss of four of our own,” Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz said in a statement. “Faithful to the rescue motto ‘That others may live,’ these airmen were courageously and selflessly flying in support of their joint and coalition teammates. We grieve for our warriors and our thoughts and prayers are with their families, as well as with the airmen still recovering.”

The last time four or more airmen died in a single day was May 30, 2005, when a prop plane crashed in Diyala province, Iraq. A fifth passenger, Iraqi Air Force Capt. Ali Abass, also died in that crash.

 

Air Force 1st Lt. Joel C. Gentz
Army Sgt. Erick J. Klusacek
Operation Enduring Freedom

22, of Calcium, New York; assigned to 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.; died June 8, 2010 at Gerda Serai, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained in a noncombat-related incident.

Sgt. Erick J. Klusacek was a cavalry scout.He joined the Army in May 2007 and arrived at Fort Campbell in October 2007.

His awards and decorations include: Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal w/ Oak Leaf Cluster; Army Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon; NATO Medal; Army Service Ribbon; Combat Action Badge; Driver and Mechanic Badge (driver/wheeled vehicle) and Weapons Qualification, M4, expert.

Klusacek is survived by his wife Amber L. Klusacek and daughter; Makella L. Klusacek of Watertown, N.Y; and parents Shelia D. Kusacek and Ronald E. Klusacek of Evans Mills, N.Y.

Army Sgt. Erick J. Klusacek
101st Airborne Division
Army Sgt. Jonathan K. Peney
Operation Enduring Freedom

22, of Savannah, Georgia; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.; died June 1, 2010 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when he was shot by enemy forces.

Note: On June 4, 2010, Spc. Peney was posthumously promoted to Sergeant.

His awards and decorations include the Ranger Tab, Expert Field Medical Badge, and the Parachutist Badge. He has also been awarded the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with combat star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Army Service Ribbon.

He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart and the Meritorious Service Medal.

“Spc. Peney was the epitome of our Ranger Medics – warrior first, expert in advanced medical treatment, and selflessly dedicated to the care of others – even at the risk of one’s own life,” said Col. Michael E. Kurilla, Commander, 75th Ranger Regiment. “Spc. Peney did not hesitate to move under heavy fire to the care of another wounded Ranger. He is a hero to our Nation, the 75th Ranger Regiment and his family.”

He was on his fourth deployment in support of the War on Terror with three previous deployments to Afghanistan. For more than two years, he served as a combat medic in 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.

SGT Peney is survived by his wife Kristin E. Peney of Savannah, Ga., and his mother Sue L. Peney of LaGrange, Ga.

Tribute to Army Sgt. Jonathan K. Peney

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for this brave soldier
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Army Staff Sgt. Edwin Rivera
Operation Enduring Freedom

28, of Waterford, Connecticus; assigned to 1st Battalion, 102nd Infantry Regiment, Connecticut National Guard, Norwalk, Conn.; died May 25, 2010 at National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Md., of wounds sustained May 20 when his unit was attacked by enemy forces using indirect fire at Contingency Outpost Xio Haq, Afghanistan.

When Edwin Rivera broke the news to his family that he was returning to Afghanistan for a second tour with the Connecticut National Guard, he had one reason: the Afghan children.

“When the U.S. soldiers drive by,” Rivera, 28, told his mother Gladys, “the children will scramble like mad in the dust just to get thrown a simple pencil from us. They don’t even have pencils.” This time, Rivera didn’t make it home.

When home in Waterford, Conn., Rivera worked the evening shift as a security guard at a nuclear power plant. While his wife, Yesenia, worked days in a dental office, Rivera cared for their sons, Rolando and Lorenzo, making sure they ate and made it to and from school safely.

Army Staff Sgt. Edwin Rivera
Rivera was a 2000 Waterford High School graduate. Friends remember him as a cheerful, giving person.

“He would go out of his way to greet you and ask how you were doing,” Ed Discola posted on an online memorial site. “It was impossible to have a conversation with him and not come out of it smiling.”

Army Pfc. Christopher R. Barton
Operation Enduring Freedom

22, of Concord, North Carolina; assigned to 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.; died May 24 in Khowst province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using small-arms fire.

Tribute to Army Pfc. Christopher Barton
Army Pfc. Jason D. Fingar
Operation Enduring Freedom

24, of Columbia, Missouri; assigned to 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.; died May 22, 2010 in Durai, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when his military vehicle struck an improvised explosive device.

Marine Cpl. Kurt S. Shea
Operation Enduring Freedom

21, of Frederick, Maryland; assigned to 3rd Battalion, 10th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died May 10, 2010 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Army Sgt. Denis D. Kisseloff
Operation Enduring Freedom

45, of Saint Charles, Missouri; assigned to the 1141st Engineer Company, Missouri National Guard, Kansas City, Mo.; died May 14, 2010 at Forward Operating Base Shank, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the Rev. James P. Callahan said during the Sgt.'s funeral that Kisseloff "gave his life for our nation because he believed in this nation and he believed in the people of America."

Afterward, scores of people came to pay their respects as the procession made its way to the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Kisseloff leaves behind two young children, Serena and Alexander. Their mother died of an illness about two years ago. The two are living with their grandparents in St. Charles County.

Army Sgt. Denis Kisseloff
Army 1st Sgt. John D. Blair
Operation Enduring Freedom

38, of Calhoun, Georgia; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 121st Infantry Regiment, Army National Guard, Lawrenceville, Ga.; died June 20, 2009 in Mado Zayi, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when a rocket-propelled grenade struck his vehicle.

Blair was a Kentucky native.

Army 1st Sgt. John Blair
Marine Sgt. Kenneth B. May Jr.
Operation Enduring Freedom

26, of Kilgore, Texas; assigned to 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; died May 11, 2010 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Sgt. May enlisted in 2005 and was on his third combat deployment. His death came one day after his second wedding anniversary.

Marine Cpl. Jeffery W. Johnson
Operation Enduring Freedom

21, of Tomball, Texas; assigned to 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; died May 11 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Johnson, who enlisted in 2007, was on his second deployment.

Marine Cpl. Jeffery W. Johnson
Marine Sgt. Joshua D. Desforges
Operation Enduring Freedom

23, of Ludlow, Massachusetts; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 6th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died May 12 , 2010 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Marine Sgt. Joshua D. Desforges
Army Staff Sgt. Esau S.A. Gonzales
Operation Iraqi Freedom

30, of White Deer, Texas; assigned to the 38th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, Fort Stewart, Ga.; died May 3, 2010 in Mosul, Iraq, of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident.

Army Staff Sgt. Esau Gonzales
Army Spc. Wade A. Slack
Operation Enduring Freedom

21, of Waterville, Maine; assigned to the 707th Ordnance Company (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.; died May 6, 2010 at Jaghatu, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using indirect fire.

The funeral for Army Spc. Slack will be held at Blessed Hope Church in Waterville.

Slack joined the Army after graduating from Waterville High School in 2007, and was assigned to the 707th Ordnance Company, 3rd Ordnance Battalion, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

Army Spc. Wade A. Slack
Marine Sgt. Donald J. Lamar II
Operation Enduring Freedom

23, of Fredericksburg, Virginia; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died May 12, 2010 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Army Spc. Jeremy L. Brown
Operation Enduring Freedom

20, of McMinnville, Tennessee; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.; died May 9, 2010 at Contingency Outpost Zerok, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using small arms fire.

Army Master Sgt. Mark W. Coleman
Operation Enduring Freedom

40, of Centerville, Washington; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.; died May 2, 2010 at Khakrez, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

Marine Lance Cpl. Jakub Henryk Kowalik
Operation Iraqi Freedom

21, of Schaumburg, Illinois; assigned to 1st Maintenance Battalion, 1st Force Service Support Group, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; killed in Iraq on May 12, 2003 when unexploded ordnance he was handling detonated.

Jakub H. Kowalik came to the United States from Poland in 1992 and was a permanent U.S. resident. He enlisted in the Marines during his senior year at Maine East High School in Park Ridge, Ill.

“He’s my hero, my best friend,” said his older brother, Paul Kowalik. “He was a good person, the last person this should happen to.”

Danuta Kowalik clutched a framed certificate that officially granted her son, Lance Cpl. Jakub Kowalik, something that, in her eyes, he had already earned--American citizenship.

Kowalik completed his last mission by being granted American citizenship posthumously.

"I think that when someone gives their life for our country, they certainly should be citizens," said the then Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn, who attended the ceremony. "I think Jakub is in that great tradition of patriots who believed in liberty, freedom and democracy."

 



In Memory of
Marine Lance Cpl Jakub
KIA 5-12-03
Army Capt. Kyle A. Comfort
Operation Enduring Freedom

27, of Jacksonville, Alabama.; assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Ga.; died May 8, 2010 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device.

He was a leader who died “doing what he loved,” his wife Brooke Clopton Comfort said. “Kyle’s main purpose in life was to make a difference, and he really felt like we were making a difference over there.”

The couple married in October 2005. Survivors include their 6-month-old daughter, Kinleigh Ann.

Comfort’s father, the late Kenneth A. Comfort, retired from the Army as first sergeant.

Read Our Tribute Post Here

Marine Lance Cpl. Joshua M. Davis
Operation Enduring Freedom

19, of Perry, Iowa; assigned to 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died May 7, 2010 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Davis served as a machine gunner. He enlisted in March 2009 and deployed to Afghanistan in March of this year.

 

Army Sgt. Grant A. Wichmann
Operation Enduring Freedom

27, of Golden, Colo.; assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.; died April 24 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C., of wounds sustained March 12, 2010 when enemy forces attacked his unit using small arms fire at Out Post Bari Alai, Afghanistan.

Marine Lance Cpl. Christopher Rangel
Operation Enduring Freedom

22, of San Antonio, Texas; assigned to 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died May 6, 2010 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Rangel served as a fire team leader. He enlisted in April 2007 and had a previous deployment to Iraq in 2008.

Further details regarding the circumstances of their deaths were not immediately available.

Marine Lance Cpl. Thomas E. Rivers Jr.
Operation Enduring Freedom

22, of Birmingham, Ala.; assigned to 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died April 28, 2010 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Army Sgt. Nathan P. Kennedy
Operation Enduring Freedom

24, of Claysville, Pa.; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.; died April 27, 2010 near Quarando Village, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit using small-arms fire.

He was deployed in Iraq from 2006 to 2007 and had begun his tour in Afghanistan on June 2009. He served with Fort Carson’s 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.

Kennedy received several awards for his service, including the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.

Army Sgt. Keith Adam Coe
Operation Iraqi Freedom

30, of Auburndale, Fla.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 37th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.; died April 27, 2010 in Khalis, Iraq, of wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with an explosive device.

Keith, was the husband of Katrina, and the father of three young children.

Army Sgt. Jason A. Santora
Operation Enduring Freedom

25, of Farmingville, N.Y.; assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Ga.; died April 23, 2010 in Logar province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained while conducting combat operations.

Sgt. Santora was the 12th soldier from Long Island to die in battle in Afghanistan.

Army Sgt. Ralph Mena
Operation Iraqi Freedom

27, of Hutchinson, Kan.; assigned to 72nd Expeditionary Signal Battalion, 7th Signal Brigade, 5th Signal Command, Mannheim, Germany; died May 4, 2010 of injuries sustained from a noncombat-related incident in Tikrit, Iraq.

Army 1st Lt. Salvatore S. Corma
Operation Enduring Freedom

24, of Wenonah, N.J.; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; died April 29, 2010 at Forward Operating Base Bullard, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using improvised explosive devices.

Air Force Airman 1st Class Austin H. Gates Benson
Operation Enduring Freedom

19, of Hellertown, Pa.; assigned to the 54th Combat Communications Squadron, Robins Air Force Base, Ga.; died May 3, 2010near Khyber, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained from a non-combat-related incident.

Marine Lance Cpl. Shawn P. Hefner
Operation Enduring Freedom

22, of Hico, Texas; assigned to 2nd Amphibious Assault Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died Nov. 13, 2009 just weeks before his 23rd birthday, while supporting combat operations in Nawa, Afghanistan.

Hefner was fearless, comrades and friends said. A choked-up soldier said Hefner carried him to safety after an explosive hit their truck.

Patrick Hefner said his son loved to go camping and fishing. “If it could be done outdoors, that’s where he wanted to be,” he said.

He knew how to keep a promise to his mother, Robin, who’d asked him to take photos overseas. “They were carting him off in helicopters, and he was lying on his back taking pictures of his buddies up in front of him” after an attack last year, his father said. Other survivors include a sister and brother.

Shawn Hefner

Watch his moving welcome home by clicking HERE.

"Bringing Home A Hero"

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Army Sgt. Ronald A. Kubik
Operation Enduring Freedom

21, of Brielle, New Jersey; assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Ga.; died April 23, 2010 in Logar province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained while conducting combat operations.

Army Sgt. Ronald Kubik
Army Spc. Joseph T. Caron
Operation Enduring Freedom

21, of Tacoma, Washington; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; died April 11, 2010 in Char Bagh, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device.

 

Army Spc. Joseph T. Caron
Army Sgt. Robert J. Barrett
Operation Enduring Freedom

21, of Fall River, Massachusetts; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 101st Field Artillery Regiment, Massachusetts National Guard, Fall River, Mass.; died April 19, 2010 near Kabul International Airport, Afghanistan, from injuries sustained in the explosion of an improvised explosive device while on dismounted patrol.

Army Sgt. Randolph A. Sigley
Operation Enduring Freedom

28, of Richmond, Kentucky; assigned to the 2123rd Transportation Company, Kentucky National Guard, Richmond, Kentucky; died April 18, 2010 in Bagram, Afghanistan.

Sgt. Sigley had commanded a mine-resistant, ambush-protected Humvee that helped provide protection for military convoys in Afghanistan.

"His professionalism, selfless service and devotion was contagious to all who served with him. Randy was not only a great soldier but a fantastic human being who cared deeply for his brothers and sisters in arms." said Capt. John Moore, who commands his Unit.

Army Sgt. Randolph Sigley
Army Sgt. Paul E. Dumont, Jr.
Operation Enduring Freedom

23, of Williamsburg, Va.; assigned to the 149th Transportation Company, 10th Transportation Battalion, Fort Eustis, Va.; died Aug. 19, 2009 at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident.

Army Sgt. Michael K. Ingram Jr.
Operation Enduring Freedom

23, of Monroe, Mich.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.; died April 17, 2010 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his dismounted patrol.

Army Staff Sgt. Daniel G. Gresham
Operation Iraqi Freedom

23, of Lincoln, Illinois; assigned to the 797th Ordnance Company (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), 79th Ordnance Battalion, 52nd Ordnance, Fort Sam Houston, Texas; killed Feb. 24, 2005 when a second improvised explosive device detonated while he was responding to the earlier explosion of another device at Camp Wilson, Iraq.

Marine Pfc. Michael Robert Patton
Operation Enduring Freedom

19, of Fenton, Missouri; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, Calif.; died June 14, 2008 in Farah province, Afghanistan, while supporting combat operations. Also killed were Sgt. Michael Toussiant-Hyle Washington, Lance Cpl. Layton Bradly Crass and Pfc. Dawid Pietrek.


Marine Pfc. Michael Patton and his wife Amy.

Army Pfc. William A. Blount
Operation Iraqi Freedom

21, of Petal, Mississippi.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, Fort Stewart, Ga.; died April 7, 2010 in Mosul, Iraq, when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device.

Blount and his commanding officer, Lt. Robert Wilson Collins of Tyrone, Ga., were the most recent American casualties in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

According to the Department of Defense Web site’s announcement of the deaths, Blount had been promoted posthumously on Monday to specialist from private first class.

Army 1st Lt. Robert W. Collins
Operation Iraqi Freedom

24, of Tyrone, Georgia; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, Fort Stewart, Ga.; died April 7, 2010 in Mosul, Iraq, when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device.

Army Sgt. Kurt E. Kruize
Operation Iraqi Freedom

35, of Hancock, Minnesota; assigned to the 367th Engineer Battalion, U.S. Army Reserve, St. Cloud, Minn.; died April 4, 2010 in Baghdad of wounds sustained in a noncombat-related incident.

A father of four, he died in Iraq a month after returning for his second tour of duty there, his father said.

Lyle Kruize said the Army hasn’t provided his family with further details about how his son died, but said that it is still investigating.

Kurt Kruize was a 1993 graduate of Hancock High School, where he played football and basketball. He joined the Army Reserve when he was still in high school, Lyle Kruize said.

Marine Lance Cpl. Jacob A. Meinert
Operation Enduring Freedom

20, of Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin.; assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii; died Jan. 10, 200 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

The tragic death of LCpl Meinert hits even closer to home as he served bravely in the same unit as the Director's family friend.

Miguel and Marines from his unit held a field memorial service for their fellow Marine. Our hearts and prayers go out to them and the family and friends of this young man. We are forever grateful...

Battlefield Memorial for Marine Jacob Meinert
(Our Marine, Miguel is pictured second from left)
 

Marine Sgt. Frank J. World
Operation Enduring Freedom

25, of Buffalo, New York; assigned to the 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died April 1 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Army Sgt. Michael P. Scusa
Operation Enduring Freedom

22, of Villas, N.J.; assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.; died October 03, 2009 serving in Kamdesh, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his contingency outpost with small arms, rocket-propelled grenade and indirect fires.

Fort Carson paid somber tribute to 15 of its soldiers killed in Afghanistan in October 2009, the worst single month for combat deaths the post has endured since the Vietnam War.

Each of the eight 4th Infantry soldiers enlisted after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. “They were helping to make a difference when they were taken from us,” he said.

 

Marine Lance Cpl. Curtis M. Swenson
Operation Enduring Freedom

20, of Rochester, Minn.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii; died April 2 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Marine LCpl. Curtis Swenson
Marine Lance Cpl. Rick J. Centanni
Operation Enduring Freedom

19, of Yorba Linda, Calif.; assigned to the 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 4thMarine Division, Marine Forces Reserve, based out of Camp Pendleton, Calif.; died March 24 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Also killed was Sgt. Maj. Robert J. Cottle.

Marine Lance Cpl. Jacob A. Ross
Operation Enduring Freedom

19, of Gillette, Wyoming; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died March 24, while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Navy Special Warfare Operator Chief (SEAL)
Adam L. Brown
Operation Enduring Freedom

36, of Hot Springs, Arkansas; assigned to an East Coast -based SEAL Team; died March 18 in a battle with militants in Afghanistan.

Brown was assigned to a Virginia Beach, Va.-area SEAL team that was part of a special operations task force operating in various parts of Afghanistan.

Brownenlisted in the Navy in 1998 and joined the SEALs in 2001. He earned a Bronze Star with combat “V.” He is survived by his wife, two children and his parents.

Navy Seal Adam Brown
Marine Lance Cpl. Justin J. Wilson
Operation Enduring Freedom

24, of Palm City, Florida.; assigned to 3rd Battalion, 10th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died March 22 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Marine Lance Cpl Justin Wilson
Army Spc. Robert M. Rieckhoff
Operation Iraqi Freedom

26, of Kenosha, Wisconsin; 2nd Battalion, 15th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, N.Y.; died March 18 in Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with rocket-propelled grenade fire.

Rieckhoff, who has an 8-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter, recently re-enlisted as part of Battery Bravo Second Battalion of the 15th Field Artillery Unit out of New York.

Rieckhoff graduated from Tremper High School in 2002 and served two tours of duty in Iraq and one in Kuwait.

Marine Gunnery Sgt. Robert L. Gilbert II
Operation Enduring Freedom

28, of Richfield, Ohio; assigned to 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion, Marine Special Operations Regiment, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died March 16 of wounds sustained March 8 while supporting combat operations in Badghis province, Afghanistan.

Gilbert was on his fifth tour of duty and his second in Afghanistan.

Gilbert’s father, a Richfield police officer, was with him at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., when he died.

Marine Gunnery Sgt. Robert Gilbert II
Marine Cpl. Jonathan D. Porto
Operation Enduring Freedom

26, of Largo, Fla.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died March 14 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Marine Cpl. Jonathan D Porto
Marine Cpl. Kelly M. Cannan
Operation Iraqi Freedom

21, of Lowville, N.Y.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; attached to 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force was killed April 20, 2005 serving during when an improvised explosive device detonated while he was conducting combat operations in Ramadi, Iraq. Also killed was Marine Lance Cpl. Marty G. Mortenson.

Kelly Matthew Cannan volunteered for a third tour in Iraq so fellow Marines with wives and children wouldn't have to go.

Army Pfc. Erin L. McLyman
Operation Iraqi Freedom

26, of Federal Way, Washington & Oregon.; assigned to the 296th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.; died March 13 in Balad, Iraq, of wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked her base with mortar fire.

She lived most recently in Federal Way. She graduated from Sheldon High School in Eugene, Ore.

Army Pfc Erin McLyman

Marine Lance Cpl. Jonathan A. Taylor
Operation Enduring Freedom

22, of Jacksonville, Florida; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died Dec. 1 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, while supporting combat operations.

Marine LCpl Jonathan Taylor
Marine Lance Cpl. Garrett W. Gamble
Operation Enduring Freedom

20, of Sugar Land, Texas; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died March 11 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Marine LCpl.Garrett W. Gamble
Army Pvt. Nicholas S. Cook
Operation Enduring Freedom

19, of Hungry Horse, Montana; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Camp Ederle, Italy; died March 7 in Konar province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using small arms fire.

Kathy Taylor said her grandson joined the Army in April and had been in Afghanistan for just over two months when he was killed. He was set to come home on leave in about two weeks. Nicholas was raised by Mrs. Taylorand her husband since he was just 3 years old.

Army Pvt. Nicholas Cook
Army Sgt. Marcos Gorra
Operation Enduring Freedom

22, of North Bergen, N.J.; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; died Feb. 21 at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained while supporting combat operations.

Army Sgt Marcos Gorra
Army Capt. Marcus R. Alford
Operation Iraqi Freedom

28, of Knoxville, Tenn.; assigned to the 1st Squadron, 230th Cavalry Regiment, Tennessee National Guard, Louisville, Tenn.; died Feb. 21 in Qayyarah, Iraq, of wounds sustained when his OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter had a hard landing. Also killed was Chief Warrant Officer 2 Billie Jean Grinder.

Army Capt. Marcus Alford
Marine Lance Cpl. Carlos A. Aragon
Operation Enduring Freedom

19, of Orem, Utah; assigned to 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve, based out of Camp Pendleton, Calif.; died March 1 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Marine reservist killed in Helmand

 

Marine Lcpl. Carlos A. Aragon
Marine Lance Cpl. Nigel K. Olsen
Operation Enduring Freedom

21, of Orem, Utah; assigned to the 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; died March 4 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, while supporting combat operations.

Marine LCpl. Nigel Olsen
Marine Lance Cpl. Eric L. Ward
Operation Enduring Freedom

19, of Redmond, Washington; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died Feb. 21 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Marine Lance Cpl. Eric Ward
Army Staff Sgt. William S. Ricketts
Operation Enduring Freedom

27, of Corinth, Mississippi; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; died Feb. 27 at Bala Murghab, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire.

William “Seth” Ricketts wanted to be a soldier ever since he was a little boy, and when terrorists attacked the United States on Sept. 11, 2001, he joined the Army the next day.

Ricketts was on his fifth tour of duty and looking forward to getting home for the birth of his third child when he was killed Saturday in Afghanistan, his father said.

Ricketts is the father of two boys — 3-year-old Aiden and 10-month-old Cullen. His third child is due this summer, soon after Ricketts was scheduled to come home. He and his wife, Rosie Jones Ricketts, didn’t know if they were having a boy or a girl and had not picked out a name. But the family affectionately calls the child “peanut” as a nickname, Bill Ricketts said.

Army Staff Sgt. William Ricketts
Marine Lance Cpl. Joshua H. Birchfield
Operation Enduring Freedom

24, of Westville, Indiana; assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, Calif.; died Feb. 19 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Marine Lance Cpl. Joshua Birchfield
Army Spc. Scott P. McLaughlin
Operation Iraqi Freedom

29, of Hardwick, Vermont; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 172nd Armor Regiment, 42nd Armor Division, Vermont Army National Guard, St. Albans, Vt.; killed Sept. 22, 2005by enemy small-arms fire in Ramadi, Iraq.

McLaughlin was proud to serve his country and also how much he loved the deer, the bear and the moose that live in the mountains around him.

Marine Pfc. Eric D. Currier
Operation Enduring Freedom

21, of Londonderry, N.H.; assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died Feb. 17 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Eric Currier was one of 29 students that graduated from the Londonderry High School Adult Education Program in June of 2007. He was one of four in that class that enlisted in the Military.

Eric’s Brother Brent is in the army stationed in Hawaii, he was also a graduate of the Londonderry Adult Ed program in 2008.

Marine Sgt. Jeremy R. McQueary
Operation Enduring Freedom

27, of Columbus, Ind.; assigned to 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died Feb. 18 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Army Staff Sgt. Jonathan W. Dean
Operation Iraqi Freedom

25, of Henagar, Alabama; assigned to the 561st Military Police Company, 716th Military Police Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.; died Dec. 20, in Bayji, Iraq, of injuries sustained in a non-combat related incident in Tikrit, Iraq.

He had just celebrated his wedding to another soldier earlier this month in Alabama, his family said.

Army Staff Sgt. Jonathan Dean
Marine Lance Cpl. Matthias N. Hanson
Operation Enduring Freedom

20, of Buffalo, Ky.; assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died Feb. 21 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Hanson was a rifleman.

Marine Lance Cpl. Nicholas D. Larson
Operation Iraqi Freedom

19, of Wheaton, Illinois; assigned to 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; killed Nov. 9, 2004 by enemy action in Anbar province, Iraq.

Lance Cpl. Nicholas Larson, enlisted even before he graduated from high school.

“He was doing what he wanted to do. He was a Marine — and a good one,” said O’Sullivan, a World War II veteran and village clerk in the Chicago suburb of Hillside. Larson is survived by his mother, father and younger sister, O’Sullivan said.

Marine Lance Cpl. Larry M. Johnson
Operation Enduring Freedom

19, of Scranton, Pennsylvania; assigned to the 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died Feb. 18, 2010 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Joanna Johnson, the Lcpl.'s mom said she worried about her third child. The Marine loved the outdoors and a good time and loved his mom so much that he always promised he would someday make sure she no longer had to work. He would buy her a double-block home in California.

Words cannot express the gratitude and prayers we extend that this brave young man laid down his life in service to his country.

Marine Pfc. Kyle J. Coutu
Operation Enduring Freedom

20, of Providence, Rhode Island; assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died Feb. 18, 2010 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

This brave Marine was the only child of Henry and Melissa Coutu, and had just gotten engaged to Jacqueline DaSilva around Thanksgiving time.

He enlisted one week after his graduation from William E. Tolman High School, where he was captain of the wrestling and football teams, and also played on the hockey team. According to his aunt, Jennifer Durkin, he was everybody's friend at Tolman High School in Pawtucket.

He was someone who embodied school spirit and took great pride in donning a Tolman uniform, and participated in three separate sports while in attendance there.

More than 400 people filled the pews in the Newport Avenue church, with still more standing along the walls and in the back to hear the service. The basement took in 75 more and another hundred or so stood out in the cold wind and rain to honor the young Marine.

They all gathered to remember his life as a son, cousin, friend and Marine who tried to make the world, no matter where he found it, a better place.



Marine Pfc. Kyle J. Coutu
Was awarded the Purple Heart.
Representatives of the Pawtucket police, the East Providence police and the Pawtucket and Warwick fire departments stood at attention in two long lines opposite the church.

Bagpipers in black jackets and red plaid kilts played “Amazing Grace” as six Marines in dress uniforms carried his coffin up the steps and into the church.

As a lone trumpeter played taps, the Marines in uniform throughout the crowd slowly raised their right hands in a final salute, and a squad of seven Marines fired off a 21-gun salute.

 
Marine Cpl. Gregory S. Stultz
Operation Enduring Freedom

22, of Brazil, Indiana; assigned to the 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Okinawa, Japan; died Feb. 19 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Quote by Franklin D. Roosevelt
Marine Lance Corporal Adam Peak, Kentucky
Operation Enduring Freedom

Peak's family said he was patrolling the outer perimeters of a camp in Afghanistan when the explosion happened around 8:30 a.m.

"All we heard was that he was walking the perimeter and was on patrol and stepped on an IED and there was big sand storm and visibility was poor," said Dixie Aerni, Adam Peak's aunt.

Adam's 23-year-old brother Sean is also a Marine serving in Afghanistan in a nearby camp. The family says they were as close as brothers could be. "They were night and day when it comes to their personalities but they would do absolutely anything for each other," said Robyn Peak, Sean's wife.

Adam was two years older than Sean. As young boys it was easy to tell them apart, but in recent pictures the two Marines looked one in the same.

"They joined the Marines the same week, they got out of boot camp within two weeks of each other and both went to Camp LeJeune. They were always together," said Robyn Peak.

Marine Lance Cpl. Noah M. Pier
Operation Enduring Freedom

25, of Charlotte, North Carolina.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii; died Feb. 16 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Marine Pfc. Jason H. Estopinal
Operation Enduring Freedom

21, of Dallas, Georgia; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died Feb. 15 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Marine Cpl. Jacob H. Turbett
Operation Enduring Freedom

21, of Canton, Michigan; assigned to 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died Feb. 13 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Marine Lance Cpl. Michael L. Freeman Jr.
Operation Enduring Freedom

21, of Fayetteville, Pennsylania; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died Feb. 1 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

 

Army Pfc. Adriana Alvarez
Operation Iraqi Freedom

20, of San Benito, Texas; assigned to the 504th Military Police Battalion, 42nd Military Police Brigade, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.; died Feb. 10 in Baghdad, of injuries sustained while supporting combat operations.

Army Sgt. Adam J. Ray
Operation Enduring Freedom

23, of Louisville, Kentucky.; assigned to the 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.; died Feb. 9 in southern Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

Army Spc. Joshua P. Dingler
Operation Iraqi Freedom

19, of Hiram, Georgia.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 108th Armor Regiment, Georgia Army National Guard, Calhoun, Ga.; killed Aug. 15, 2005 when his Humvee accidentally rolled over into a canal in Mahmudiyah, Iraq. Also killed were Sgt. Thomas J. Strickland and Sgt. Paul A. Saylor.

Army Sgt. Dillon B. Foxx, Michigan
Operation Enduring Freedom

22, of Traverse City, Michigan.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; died Feb. 5 in Bala Murghab, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

Army Spc. Marc P. Decoteau, New Hampshire
Operation Enduring Freedom

19, of Waterville Valley, New Hampshire; assigned to the 6th Psychological Operations Battalion (Airborne), 4th Psychological Operations Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, N.C.; died Jan. 29 in Wardak province, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained while supporting combat operations.

 

Army Sgt. Christopher M. Rudzinski
Operation Enduring Freedom

28, of Rantoul, Ill.; assigned to 293rd Military Police Company, 385th Military Police Battalion, 16th Military Police Brigade (Airborne), Fort Stewart, Ga.; died Oct. 16 near Kandahar, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an IED.

Army Sgt. Christopher M. Rudzinski
Army Pfc. Zachary G. Lovejoy
Operation Enduring Freedom

20, of Albuquerque, N.M.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; died of wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked their vehicle with an improvised explosive device Feb. 2 in Zabul province, Afghanistan.

Air Force Tech. Sgt. Adam K. Ginett
Operation Enduring Freedom

29, of Knightdale, N.C.; assigned to the 31st Civil Engineer Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy; died Jan. 19 near Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered from an improvised explosive device.

Marine Sgt. Christopher R. Hrbek
Operation Enduring Freedom

25, of Westwood, N.J; assigned to 3rd Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died Jan. 14 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Marine Lance Cpl. Timothy J. Poole
Operation Enduring Freedom

22, of Bowling Green, Ky.; assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii; died Jan. 24 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Fallen Hero Lance Cpl. Poole
Marine Lance Cpl. Zachary D. Smith

19, of Hornell, N.Y.; assigned to 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died Jan. 24 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Marine LC Zachary Smith
Marine Lance Cpl. Jeremy M. Kane, Maryland

22, of Towson, Md.; assigned to 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve, based out of Camp Pendleton, Calif.; died Jan. 23 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.


Marine Lance Cpl. Jeremy M. Kane
Army Spc. Robert Donevski

19, of Sun City, Ariz.; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.; died Jan. 16 in Abad, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using small-arms fire.

Donevski was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.

He joined the Army in July 2008 and was deployed to Afghanistan in June 2009. He is the 39th soldier from Fort Carson killed in Afghanistan; 255 have been killed in Iraq.

Fallen Hero Army Spc. Robert Donevski
Army Sgt. Lucas T. Beachnaw

23, of Lowell, Mich.; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Camp Ederle, Italy; died Jan. 13 in Darya Ya, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit using small-arms fire.

Army Staff Sgt. Daniel D. Merriweather

25, of Collierville Tenn.; assigned to the 118th Military Police Company (Airborne), 503rd Military Police Battalion (Airborne), 16th Military Police Brigade (Airborne), Fort Bragg, N.C.; died Jan. 13 at Combat Outpost McClain, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device. Also killed was Pfc. Geoffrey A. Whitsitt.

He had served two previous tours of duty — first in Afghanistan, then in Iraq — before he was shipped back to Afghanistan in May.

He leaves behind his wife Rachelle, two sons, 3-year-old Kale Rausch and 3-month-old Daniel Merriweather Jr.

He also leaves his parents, Pamela and Darryl Finnie; and his 14-year-old brother, Darryl Finnie Jr.

Army Spc. Jason A. McLeod

22, of Crystal Lake, Illinois; assigned to the 704th Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.; died Nov. 23, west of Pashmul, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with mortar fire.

Family members say McLeod was deployed to Afghanistan in May and was due to come home on leave in less than a month. They say he was a mechanic who worked on Humvees.

He also served in Iraq in 2007 for about a year. He was a 2006 graduate of Crystal Lake Central High School.

He’s survived by his wife, Aimee Ghannam; a 15-month-old daughter, Jocelyn; his parents and two siblings.


Army Spc. Jason A. McLeod
Army Spc. Damon G. Winkleman
Operation Enduring Freedom

23, of Lakeville, Ohio; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; died Sept. 20, 2009 in Zabul province, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained during a vehicle rollover. Also killed was Spc. Corey J. Kowall.

Spc. Damon was a medic.

Army Spc. Damon Winkleman

Marine Cpl. Jamie R. Lowe
Operation Enduring Freedom

21, of Johnsonville, Illinois; assigned to the 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Okinawa, Japan; died Jan. 11, 2010 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Also killed were Staff Sgt. Matthew N. Ingham and Cpl. Nicholas K. Uzenski.

Marine Cpl. Jamie Lowe
Army Spc. Brian R. Bowman
Operation Enduring Freedom

24, of Crawfordsville, Ind.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.; died Jan. 3, 2010 in Ashoque, Afghanistan, from wounds sustained when insurgents attacked their unit with multiple improvised explosive devices and small-arms fire. Also killed were Sgt. Joshua A. Lengstorf and Pvt. John P. Dion.

Air Force Senior Airman Bradley R. Smith
Operation Enduring Freedom

24, of Troy, Illinois; assigned to the 10th Air Support Operations Squadron, Fort Riley, Kan.; died Jan. 3 near Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained while supporting combat operations.

Jim Wiens, Smith’s pastor at Bethel Baptist Church in Troy, says Smith followed in his brother’s footsteps when he joined the Air Force in November 2006.

Wiens says Smith’s wife had a daughter in October, who Smith didn’t get to meet before he died.

Marine Lance Cpl. Alberto Francesconi
Operation Enduring Freedom

21, of Bronx, N.Y.; was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died Jan. 1, 2010 while supporting combat operations in Now Zad, Afghanistan.

Alberto Francesconi graduated high school in 2005 and then got a job with Bank of America. At 18, he was a personal banker.

“But he always wanted to be a pilot and ‘What better foundation than the military,’ he used to say,” said his wife, Cynthia Francesconi. “He always wanted to strive a little bit more — to make it easier for his family.”

Army Pfc. Matthew M. Martinek
Operation Enduring Freedom

20, of DeKalb, Ill.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska; died Sept. 11 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, of wounds sustained in Paktika province, Afghanistan, Sept. 4 when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised-explosive device followed by a rocket-propelled grenade and small arms fire.

Army Pfc. Matthew Martinek

Army Sgt. Albert D. Ware
Operation Enduring Freedom

27, of Chicago, Illinois; assigned to the 782nd Combat Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; died Dec. 18, 2009 in the Arghandab River Valley, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device.

Marine Lance Cpl. Christopher S. Fowlkes
Operation Enduring Freedom

20, of Gaffney, S.C.; assigned to 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died Sept. 10, 2009 from wounds sustained Sept. 3 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Army Pfc. Norman L. Cain III
Operation Enduring Freedom

22, of Oregon, Illinois; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 178th Infantry Regiment, 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Woodstock, Ill.; died March 15, 2009 in Kot, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle.


Army Spc. Jason M. Johnston
Operation Enduring Freedom

24, of Albion, New York; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; died Dec. 26, 2009 in Arghandab, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

Army Pfc. Michael Pearson

21, of Bolingbrook, Illinois, was among the 13 people who lost their lives when Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan opened fire, at the Fort Hood attck. Pearson was shot three times and died in surgery Thursday night.

Pearson graduated from Bolingbrook High School in 2006. He was described and an outstanding student who was active in ROTC. After graduating he worked at a furniture store and reportedly joined the army because he wanted to see the world.

He was expecting to be deployed to Iraq in January after a trip home to Bolingbrook for the holidays.

Army PFC. Francheska Velez

21, of Chicago, Illinois, Victim of Fort Hood attack. Hundreds of mourners filled a parlor at Montclair Lucania Funeral Home to pay their respects to Pvt. Francheska Velez, who was slain in the Nov. 5 attack at the Texas military post.

 


Army Sgt. Kyle A. Colnot, California*
Marine Cpl. Jacob A. Tate, Ohio*
Marine Lance Cpl. Maung "Samuel" P. Htaik, Maryland*
Marine Sgt. Garrett "Bear" A. Misener, Tennessee*
Army Pfc. Timothy J. Seamans, Florida*
Marine LCpl. James D. Boelk, California*
Marine Cpl. Matthew D. Conley, Alabama*
Marine Sgt. Nicholas J. Aleman, New York*
Marine Lance Cpl. Michael E. Geary, New Hampshire*
Marine Cpl. Chad S. Wade, Arkansas*
Marine Staff Sgt. Stacy A. Green, Alabama*
Marine Lance Cpl. Brandon W. Pearson, Colorado*
Marine Sgt. Jason D. Peto, Washington*
Army Pvt. Devon J. Harris, Texas*
Marine 1st Lt. William J. Donnelly IV, Mississippi*
Marine Lance Cpl. Terry E. Honeycutt Jr., Maryland*
Marine Staff Sgt. Jordan B. Emrick, Illinois*
Marine 1st Lt. James R. Zimmerman, Maine*
Marine Lance Cpl. Dakota R. Huse, Louisiana*
Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph E. Rodewald, Oregon*
Marine Lance Cpl. James B. Stack, Illinois*
Marine Cpl. Jorge Villarreal Jr., Texas*
Marine Lance Cpl. Irvin M. Ceniceros, Arkansas*
Marine Lance Cpl. Phillip D. Vinnedge, Missouri*
Marine Lance Cpl. Randy L. Newman, Oregon*
Army Spc. Hugo V. Mendoza, Arizona*
Army Pfc. Andrew N. Meari, Illinois*
Marine Lance Cpl. Alec E. Catherwood, Illinois*

Air Force Senior Airman Daniel J. Johnson, Illinois*
Marine Cpl. Stephen C. Sockalosky, Georgia*

Army Sgt. Mark A. Simpson, Illinois*
Marine Lance Cpl. Ralph J. Fabbri, Pennysylvania*
Marine Lance Cpl. Christopher B. Rodgers, Georgia*
Army Spc. Matthew J. Johnson, Minnesota*
Army Pvt. James F. McClamrock, North Carolina*
Marine Cpl. Jason L. Dunham, New York*
Army Spc. Christopher S. Wright, Kentucky*
Army Spc. Chase Stanley, California*
Army Capt. Dale A Goetz, South Dakota*
Army 1st Lt. Christopher S. Goeke, Minnesota*
Army Sgt. Zachary M. Fisher, Missouri*
Army Pvt. Brandon M. King, Florida*
Army Spc. Jesse D. Reed, Pennyslvania*
Marine Lance Cpl. Robert J. Newton, Illinois*
Navy Chief (SEAL) Collin T. Thomas, Kentucky*
Army Sgt. Christopher N. Karch, Indiana*
Marine Cpl. Kristopher D. Greer, Tennessee*
Army Sgt. Andrew C. Nicol, New Hampshire*
Army Pfc. Bradley D. Rappuhn, Michigan*
Army Pfc. Paul O. Cuzzupe II, Florida*
Army Spc. Faith R. Hinkley, Colorado*
Marine Cpl. Max W. Donahue, Colorado*
Marine Pfc. Vincent E. Gammone III, Tennessee*
Army Spc. Michael L. Stansbery, Tennessee*
Army Sgt. Kyle B. Stout, Texas*

Marine Lance Cpl. Shane R. Martin, Texas*
Marine Lance Cpl. Kevin M. Cornelius, Ohio*

Army National Guard Spc. Jon P. Fettig, North Dakota*
Army Spc. Christopher G. Patton, Georgia*

Marine Cpl. Joshua R. Dumaw, Washington*
Army Spc. Phillip J. Pannier, Illinois*
Marine Lance Cpl. Abram L. Howard, Pennsylvania*
Army Spc. Joseph A. Bauer, Ohio*
Army 1st Lt. Michael L. Runyan, Ohio*
Army Cpl. Nicholas R. Roush, Michigan*
Air Force Staff Sgt. Travis L. Griffin, Delaware*
Marine Lance Cpl. Frederik "Eddie" Vazquez, Illinois*
Army Pfc. Nathaniel D. Garvin, Kentucky*
Army Spc. Louis R. Fastuca, Pennsylvania*
Army Staff Sgt. Sheldon L. Tate, Georgia*
Army Sgt. Anibal Santiago, Illinois*
Army Sgt. Matthew W. Weikert, Illinois*
Army Sgt. Jesse R. Tilton, Illinois*
Marine Staff Sgt. Justus S. Bartelt, Illinois*
Army Staff Sgt. Vernon W. Martin, Georgia*
Marine Staff Sgt. Christopher J. Antonik, Illinois*
Army Ranger Spc. Joseph Whiting Dimock II, Illinois*
Army Spc. Jerod H. Osborne, Texas*
Army Pfc. Jacob A. Dennis, Georgia*
Marine Lance Cpl. Michael C. Bailey, Missouri*
Army Pfc. Russell E. Madden, Kentucky*
Army Sgt. Johnny W. Lumpkin, Georgia*
Marine Cpl. Larry D. Harris Jr., Colorado*
Marine Lance Cpl. William T. Richards, Georgia*
Army Spc. David A. Holmes, Georgia*
Marine Sgt. Joseph D. Caskey, Pennsylvania*
Army Spc. Blaine E. Redding, Nebraska*
Army Sgt. Amanda N. Pinson, Missouri*
Army Staff Sgt. Bryan A. Hoover, Pennsylvania*
Marine Lance Cpl. Anthony A. Dilisio, Michigan*
Army Spc. Joseph D. Johnson, Michigan*
Army Sgt. Mario Rodriguez, Texas*
Marine Cpl. Jeffrey R. Standfest, Michigan*
Army Pfc. Gunnar R. Hotchkin, Illinois*
Army Pvt. Randol S. Shelton, Illinois*
Army Pvt. Christopher M. Alcozer, Illinois*
Army Spc. Brendan P. Neenan, Alabama*
Air Force 1st Lt. Joel C. Gentz, Michigan*
Army Sgt. Erick J. Klusacek, New York*
Army Staff Sgt. Edwin Rivera, Connecticut*
Army Spc. Ashley Sietsema, Illinois
Army Sgt. Jonathan K. Peney, Georgia*
Army Pfc. Christopher R. Barton, North Carolina*
Army Pfc. Jason D. Fingar, Missouri*
Marine Cpl. Kurt S. Shea, Maryland*
Army Sgt. Denis D. Kisseloff, Missouri*
Army 1st Sgt. John D. Blair, Georgia*
Marine Cpl. Jeffery W. Johnson, Texas*
Marine Sgt. Joshua D. Desforges, Massachusetts*
Army Staff Sgt. Esau S.A. Gonzales, Texas*
Army Spc. Wade A. Slack. Maine*
Marine Sgt. Donald J. Lamar II, Virginia*
Marine Sgt. Kenneth B. May Jr., Texas*
Army Spc. Jeremy L. Brown, Tennessee*
Army Master Sgt. Mark W. Coleman, Washington*

Marine Lance Cpl. Jakub Henryk Kowalik, Illinois

Army Capt. Kyle A. Comfort, Alabama*

Marine Lance Cpl. Joshua M. Davis, Iowa*
Army Sgt. Grant A. Wichmann, Colorado*
Marine Lance Cpl. Christopher Rangel, Texas*

Marine Lance Cpl. Thomas E. Rivers Jr., Alabama*
Army Sgt. Nathan P. Kennedy, Pennsylvania*
Army Sgt. Keith Adam Coe, Florida*
Army Sgt. Jason A. Santora, New York*
Army Sgt. Ralph Mena, Kansas*
Army 1st Lt. Salvatore S. Corma, New Jersey*
Air Force Airman 1st Class Austin H. Gates Benson, Pennsylvania*

Marine Lance Cpl. Shawn P. Hefner, Texas*
Army Sgt. Ronald A. Kubik, New Jersey*
Army Spc. Joseph T. Caron, Washington*
Army Sgt. Robert J. Barrett, Massachusetts*

Army Sgt. Randolph A. Sigley, Kentucky*
Army Sgt. Paul E. Dumont, Jr., Virginia*
Army Sgt. Michael K. Ingram Jr., Michigan*
Army Staff Sgt. Daniel G. Gresham, Illinois*
Marine Pfc. Michael Robert Patton, Missouri*
Army Pfc. William A. Blount, Mississippi*
Army Sgt. Kurt E. Kruize, Minnesota*
Army 1st Lt. Robert W. Collins, Georgia*

Marine Sgt. Frank J. World, New York*
Army Sgt. Michael P. Scusa, New Jersey*

Marine Lance Cpl. Curtis M. Swenson, Minnesota*
Marine Lance Cpl. Rick J. Centanni, California*
Marine Lance Cpl. Jacob A. Ross, Wyoming*
Marine Lance Cpl. Justin J. Wilson, Florida*
Navy Special Warfare Operator Chief (SEAL)
Adam L. Brown, Arkansas*
Army Spc. Robert M. Rieckhoff, Wisconsin*
Marine Gunnery Sgt. Robert L. Gilbert II, Ohio*
Marine Cpl. Jonathan D. Porto, Florida*
Army Pfc. Erin L. McLyman, WA/Oregon*
Marine Cpl. Kelly M. Cannan, New York*
Marine LCPL Jonathan A. Taylor, Florida*
Marine Lance Cpl. Garrett W. Gamble, Texas*
Army Pvt. Nicholas S. Cook, Montana*
Army Sgt. Marcos Gorra, New Jersey*
Army Capt. Marcus R. Alford, Tennessee*

Marine Lance Cpl. Carlos A. Aragon, Utah*
Marine Lance Cpl. Nigel K. Olsen, Utah*
Marine Lance Cpl. Eric L. Ward, Washington*
Army Staff Sgt. William S. Ricketts, Mississippi*
Marine Lance Cpl. Joshua H. Birchfield, Indiana*
Army Spc. Scott P. McLaughlin, Vermont*
Marine Pfc. Eric D. Currier, New Hampshire*
Army Staff Sgt. Jonathan W. Dean, Alabama*
Marine Lance Cpl. Matthias N. Hanson, Kentucky*
Marine Lance Cpl. Jacob A. Meinert, Wisconsin*
Marine Lance Cpl. Larry M. Johnson, Pennsylvania*
Marine Pfc. Kyle J. Coutu, Rhode Island*
Marine Cpl. Gregory S. Stultz, Indiana*
Marine Lance Cpl. Adam D.Peak, Kentucky*
Marine Lance Cpl. Noah M. Pier, North Carolina*
Marine Pfc. Jason H. Estopinal, Georgia*
Marine Cpl. Jacob H. Turbett, Michigan*
Marine Lance Cpl. Michael L. Freeman Jr., Pennsylvania
*
Army Pfc. Adriana Alvarez, Texas*
Army Sgt. Adam J. Ray, Kentucky*
Army Spc. Joshua P. Dingler, Georgia*
Army Sgt. Dillon B. Foxx, Michigan*
Army Spc. Marc P. Decoteau, New Hampshire*
Army Pfc. Zachary G. Lovejoy, New Mexico*
Air Force Tech. Sgt. Adam K. Ginett, North Carolina*
Marine Sgt. Christopher R. Hrbek, New Jersey*
Marine Lance Cpl. Timothy J. Poole, Kentucky
*
Marine Lance Cpl. Zachary D. Smith, New Jersey*
Marine Lance Cpl. Jeremy M. Kane, Maryland*
Army Spc. Robert Donevski, Arizona*
Army Spc. Kyle J. Wright, Illinois*
Army Pfc. Geoffrey A. Whitsitt, South Carolina*
Army Sgt. Lucas T. Beachnaw , Michigan*
Army Staff Sgt. Daniel D. Merriweather, Tennessee*
Marine Cpl. Jamie R. Lowe, Illinois*
Army Spc. Brian R. Bowman, Indiana*
Air Force Senior Airman Bradley R. Smith, Illinois*
Marine Lance Cpl. Alberto Francesconi, New York*
Army Spc. Jason M. Johnston, New York*
Army Sgt. Albert D. Ware, Illinois
*
Army Pfc. Matthew M. Martinek, Illinois*
Army Spc. Damon G. Winkleman, Ohio*
Marine Lance Cpl. Christopher S. Fowlkes, South Carolina*
Marine Lance Cpl. David R. Hall, Ohio
Marine Lance Cpl Bruce E. Ferrell, Alabama
Marine Lance Cpl Patrick W. Schimmel , Missouri
Army Cpl Nicholas R. Roush, Michigan
Marine Lance Cpl. Alfonso Ochoa Jr., California
Army Spc. George W. Cauley, Minnesota
Army PFC Brandon M. Styer, Pennsylvania
Army Sgt. Chris Rudzinski, Illinois*
Marine Lance Cpl. David R. Baker, Ohio
Army Pfc. Devin J. Michel, Illinois
Marine Capt. Kyle R. Van De Giesen, Massachusetts*
Marine Capt. David M. Mitchell, Ohio*
Army Sp. Kyle A. Coumas, California*
Army Sgt. Patrick O. Williamson, Louisiana*
Army Spc. Jared D. Stanker, Illinois*
Army Sgt. Nickolas A. Mueller, Wisconsin*
Army Pfc. Francheska Velez, Illinois*
Army Pfc. Michael Pearson, Illinois*
Marine Sgt. Cesar B.Ruiz, Texas
Marine Sgt. Charles I. Cartwright, Maryland
Army Pfc. Norman L. Cain III, Illinois*
Army Staff Sgt. Paul G. Smith, Illinois
Marine Lance Cpl. Shawn P. Hefner, Texas*
Marine Lance Cpl. Justin J. Swanson, California
Army Spc. Joseph M. Lewis, Texas
Army Sgt. Daniel A. Frazier, Missouri
Army Spc. Jason A. McLeod, Illinois
Marine Lance Cpl. Nicholas J. Hand, Missouri
Army Staff Sgt. John J. Cleaver, Washington
Marine LCPL Phillip E. Frank, Illinois
Army Staff Sgt. Bryant W. Mackey, Kansas
Marine Cpl. Xahcob Latorre, Connecticut
Army Sgt. Elijah Rao, Oregon
Army Spc. Eric N. Lembke, Florida
Army Sgt. Robert M. Weinger, Illinois
Air Force Tech. Sgt. Anthony C. Campbell Jr., Kentucky
Marine Lance Cpl. Nicholas D. Larson, Illinois*

We honor the seven CIA agents killed in Afghanistan on 12/31/09
*profiled above

Photo & Bio Source: Militarycity.com
 

 

 
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