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Achiu, Lincoln K., 86

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Adams, Shawn G., 22
    Sergeant (SGT)

Assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division Fort Richardson, Alaska

 

Joined the Army in August 2004 and entered Army Ranger school, became a paratrooper when he was 19 years old. 

 

Killed on 22 July 07 in Owaset, Iraq, by an improvised explosive device.

Hometown: Dixon, California, a graduate of Vanden High School and played center on the varsity football team in his junior year. Was offered a chance to study nuclear power with the Navy, but he wanted to do something a little more exciting.
 
Relatives say that SGT Adams  was following in the steps of his best friend when he enlisted. That friend, Joseph Medeiros Jr., was killed on New Years Eve in a motorcycle accident in Texas, the same night that SGT Adams was injured in Iraq by an explosive that left shrapnel in his leg. "Shawn believed in what he was doing, he believed in fulfilling his commitment and we supported him all the way".

SGT Adams is survived by his wife, Wilhelmina Elizabeth Adams (Beth) of Anchorage, Alaska; his mother and stepfather, Laura and Robert Gills of Dixon; his father and stepmother, Darcy and Gaye Adams of Vacaville; three sisters, Lacy and Samantha of Dixon and Mary of Vacaville; grandparents, Jim and Gloria Paisley, Mike and Beatrice Bruno, Robert C. Gillis Sr. and Marijo Gillis.

 

“Serving in the United States Army, Sergeant Shawn Adams fulfilled a tremendous duty to our country. He made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of his fellow Americans and will forever be remembered for his bravery and dedicated service. Maria and I extend our heartfelt condolences and prayers to his family and friends.” -California Gov. Schwarzenegger -

In honor of Sgt. Adams, Capitol flags were flown at half-staff.


“Todd and I mourn the loss of Sgt. Adams, and we offer our condolences to his family and friends, we are thankful for his service, and the service of all who serve, and we continue to pray for their safe return.” -Alaska Governor Sarah Palin -

 State flag over the Capitol was flown at half-staff in honor of Sgt. Adams

 
Memorial sites for SGT Adams at: http://www.iraqwarheroes.org/adamss.htm
 
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Adcock, Shane T.,27
      Captain

Assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Field Artillery, at Schofield Barracks. Served as an artillery officer. Awarded the Bronze Star for his service in Afghanistan.

Killed Oct. 11, 2006 when a grenade blew up near his Humvee during a convoy operation in Hawijah, Iraq.

Originally from Mechanicsville, Virginia. He was a Eagle Scout and member of the Order of the Arrow.  Graduated from Atlee High School in 1997 and Long University in 2003. Commissioned in 2003 after completing  R.O.T.C

Lved the outdoors, surfing in Hawaii. Married his wife Jennifer, who was from Hilo after he met her in Virginia.

Buried in Arlington Cemetary on 27 Oct 06 and is survived by his wife Jennifer.

He is survived by his wife, Jennifer May Adcock; his parents, Maris and Vera Adcock; sister, Shannon Hathaway and her husband Michael; grandparents, John and Ruth Adcock; mother and father-in-law, Sherron and David Skeele; brothers-in-law, Mark Skeele, Matthew Skeele and his wife Kristine; nieces and nephews, Isaac and Isaiah Hathaway, Ka’eo, Keala, Kala’i and Kahiau Skeele.

 

 

"He was the most upstanding, moral person you've ever met," . "He was caring and compassionate. When he was in Afghanistan, he had more patience and joy in his life than people I know walking around every day in a free country. He was so calm and collected that it blew me away."  - Jennifer May Adcock

You can visit http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/stadcock.htm to view the site dedicated to the celebration of Captain Adcocks life.

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Agno, Randy S, 29
Staff Sergeant (SSG) 

Assigned to the325th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division,Schofield Barracks, Hawaii

Joined the Army in 1998 and was trained as a food specialist assigned to Hawaii in 2001.Was on his second deployment to Iraq, had also spent a year in Afghanistan.

Named the Junior Army Chef of the Year at the Army's 31st annual Culinary Arts Competition in 2006.

Died 8 May 2009 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, of wounds sustained 27 April 2009 from a non-combat related incident at Forward Operating Base Olsen in Samarra, Iraq. His death is being investigated.


Additional awards and honors: Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with arrowhead, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

A 1997 Pearl City High School graduate

At the time of his death he was father of two children, ages 5 and 3. In a interview with the Star-Bulletin his fellow soldiers recalled the following:

Sgt. Kathleen Pennicooke said Agno "was always there when you needed someone to talk to and could make anyone feel better. He was a good friend and will be missed."

Spc. Erika Rivera said Agno "was the type of person that would go out of his way to do something nice for somebody else, not asking for anything in return. He was very giving and somebody I can honestly say I looked at as a bigger brother."

Staff Sgt. Rosemary Huff added, "I remember he asked me if he could cook a meal for my family. Always talking about food and sharing his recipes."

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Memorial sites celebrating the life of Staff Sergeant Randy S. Agno are located at:

http://www.patriotguard.org/ALLForums/tabid/61/view/topic/forumid/29/postid/1151808/Default.aspx

 

http://www.iraqwarheroes.org/agno.htm


Aguiar, Edward P. (Eddy), 83

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Aipoalani Sr., Robert Makaole, 76
  (Ret) Sergeant 1ST Class

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Albrecht, Jessey B.
   Staff Sergeant (SSG)
Assigned to the 725th Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska;
 
He joined the Army in June 1993 as a high school junior, served as a motor transport operator.
 
 Died May 17 in Iskandariya, Iraq, of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle.

Hometown: Hager City, Wisborn in River Falls and raised in Hager City. graduated from Prescott High School in Prescott in 1994 after returning from boot camp, wrestled in high school and enjoyed competitive pursuits as well as snowboarding, fishing, snowmobiling and riding ATVs.

Denise Albrecht, his mother,  said that his fellow soldiers told her he was one of the first to participate in platoon outings that were scheduled most weekends, including paint ball and even ice hockey, and also enjoyed playing cards, even though “he couldn’t bluff a 3-year-old in a poker game,” she said.

“Jesse was the kind of person who would brighten up a room with his smile,”  “He basically called me all the time.” adding, her son loved the Army and saw it as his role to serve his country, “He would say, ‘Mom, it’s my job.’ You go and work in a factory, and I work for the government. That’s my job,”.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Crystal, whom he married last July, and an 11-year-old daughter, Salena, from his first marriage.

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  Amos II, John, 20
         Specialist

1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division.

Killed 4 April 2004 after an explosive device hit his military vehicle in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk

 

Originally from Valparaiso, Indiana

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Anaya, Michael, J., 29
Specialist

Assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii

He joined the Army in 2006.

Killed 12 April 09 in Bayji, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle.

Hometown: Crestview, Fla

"I have a feeling that I'm not going to make it back, but that's what I'm meant to do."

, "He knew the risk, and he said that's what he loved and that's what his life was meant for. He has, ever since he was 5 years old, known that's what he wanted to do."  Katie Rowe, who is engaged to his older brother, Carmelo Jr., 

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From memorial site posted by Cheryl Anaya

You are the joy of my life. I adored you. God only gave you to me for a little while but we know we will have eternity, huh? I am so very proud of you! You are truly my JOY. The world has no idea what a wonderful soldier you are - but you and I know. You have been such an awesome son. There are so many soldiers all over the world calling me and they all love you too. Whenever I see a bird soar, and feel the wind, I know it will be you. Soar my son - you fly with those eagles - Heaven is so much happier with you. Jesus only gave you to me for a little while but you and I know we will have eternity to laugh and love. Fly my baby - you can do it so well. I LOVE YOU!
Mom



http://www.libertyunites.tv/tribute_v8343-us+army+michael+j+anaya.html

 

http://www.legacy.com/gb2/default.aspx?bookid=126205023

 

http://theywere.blogspot.com/2009/05/spc-michael-j-anaya.html

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Ardron, Brian D. ,32
   Sergeant (SGT)
Assigned to the 425th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska.
 
Joined the Army in 1999.Previously completed three tours of duty in Middle East.
 
Killed 21 May 07 in Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds suffered when multiple improvised explosive devices detonated near his vehicle.
Hometown: Acworth, GA,  earned a GED after leaving Sprayberry High School in Cobb County.
 
Sgt. Ardron planned to finish his tour and leave the Army. He wanted to spend more time with his hoped to become a police officer, either in Alaska or in Texas. "Wanted to spend more time with his family" his mother Deborah said ,Adding that when he first joined the military,he told her he planned to stay in the Army "unless it stops being fun,".


 
 
 
 
Survived by his wife, Jessica, and their son, B.J

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Armstrong, David C., 21
       Corporal

57th Military Police Company, 8th Military Police Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, U.S. Army Pacific, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii

Died on 1 Feb 07 of injuries suffered from a vehicular accident in Baghdad

Born in Galion, Ohio and moved to Zanesville with his parents. Played football and baseball in high school, practiced karate and loved to ride motorcycles and four-wheelers.Graduated from Maysville High School in 2004.

Married to his high school sweetheart, Tasia Warne, loved animals, including his dogs Bo, Razor and Gage, and wanted to be a law enforcement canine handler.

“David was a very special young man with a bright future ahead of him,” . “Everyone is devastated by his loss. He is sadly missed by his entire family and many, many friends.  -Scott Armstrong, David's Uncle-

Baldovi, Louis, 78

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Born in Kahului, Maui.  Retired Department of Education principal.  Author and founder of Korean War Veterans Association of Hawaii.

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Bandonill, Metodio A.,29
 Staff Sergeant (SSG)

Assigned to the 1st Squadron, 75th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.

Killed on April 24 06, in Bagdad, Iraq from injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during combat operations.

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Barham, Michael ("Mike"), 58

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Barnett, Irvin G., 91

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Retired U.S Civil Engineering Command engineer at Pearl Harbor and former Army military police officer.  Also former President of the Moanalua Golf Club.

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Baum, Ryan J.

Sergeant(SGT)

Assigned to B Company, 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry (Airborne), 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division at  Fort Richardson, Alaska

Joined the United States Army in July 2003 and attended Basic Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

Duty Assignments:Upon completion of Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training he attended Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia. Graduated from Airborne School,  attended Ranger School also at Fort Benning, Georgia. After graduating from Ranger School, was assigned to 3rd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning, Georgia where he served as a platoon medic.

 In June 2005 SGT Baum was reassigned to Baker Company, 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry (Airborne), 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division at  Fort Richardson, Alaska where he served as the Company Senior Medic. In October 2006 deployed with his unit to Iraq.

Died May 18, 2007 in Karmah, Iraq, of wounds suffered when his unit came in contact with enemy forces using small arms fire.

Awards: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf cluster, Army Achievement Medal with three bronze Oak Leaf clusters, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Combat Medical Badge, Ranger Tab, and the Parachutist Badge. He was also a graduate of Jumpmaster School.

Hometown: Aurora, Colorado,  grew up in Aurora and attended Smoky Hill High School, where he played on the lacrosse team.  

He was attending college when he was informed in 2003 that he had been accepted into the Army. "He thought it was the great thing to do, he just thought it was the right thing to do to serve his country," recalls his wife Amber.

 Describing her husband as the typical "Colorado man." "I'd never met anybody from Colorado, and he was the definition of a Colorado man," she said. "He loved camping, he loved climbing, he loved kayaking, boating and fishing."

Sgt. Baum, was supposed to fly home from Iraq on May 19 to be there for the birth of the couple's first child. "He just flipped when he found out he was going to be a father," Amber said  "From day one this man wanted me to have his baby" , but died in combat  just 11 days before her birth.  She  says believes the spirit of her husband will now live in their daughter, Leia Ryan.

Sgt. Baum's family in Aurora has established the SGT Ryan John Baum Memorial Fund through US Bank, and all proceeds will go to help Amber and Leia Baum.

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Bisson, Jeffrey D.,22
    Specialist (SPC)

Assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry (Airborne), 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division Fort Richardson, Alaska

 

Joined the Army in December 2004 and was on his first tour in Iraq

 

Died 20 Jan. 07 as a result of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Humvee in Karma, Iraq.

Hometown: Vista, Ca, Born in Chula Vista, family relocated to Vista.

Graduated in 2003 from Rancho Buena Vista High School, he excelled in the Vista Unified School District as an honors student and Eagle Scout. "He always set an example and inspired me to achieve more in my life," Bisson's brother, Chris, said. "He was my older brother

"My husband served our country and he is a hero in my eyes and he should be a hero in anyone's eyes," "He was there doing his job," Rebecca Bisson said of her husband, adding. "He was helping less fortunate people, trying to give them the freedom that we have in our country."

During his high school years, SPC Bisson developed a passion for sky diving that would eventually play out in his military service as a paratrooper. "That's all he wanted to do. Every minute he got free, that's what he wanted to do," said Matt Clark,  a friend and fellow Ranch Buena Vista classmate, who described their relationship as being "sky diving buddies."

Clark added that while their friendship began as teenagers who were addicted to the challenge of soaring through the sky, it continued beyond their high school aerial adventures and into his days in Iraq. They kept in steady contact through e-mails and online messaging sites. "I miss him," Clark said.

Rebecca described him as "caring, and loving, and a great husband, and a great father and a really great friend." "He felt good," she added. "... The Army was a way that he could go out and see the world and help people."

In addition to his wife, SPC Bisson is survived son, Andrew; parents Laurie and Richard Bisson of Vista; a younger brother, Chris Bisson; grandparents; and friends and family.

Spc. Bisson made the ultimate sacrifice in serving our country and valiantly preserved the freedoms that we treasure. Maria and I offer our sincere condolences to Jeffrey’s loved ones. We will keep them in our thoughts and prayers as they endure this painful loss.” California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

In honor of Spc. Bisson, Capitol flags were flown at half-staff.

Memorial sites celebrating the life of Specialist Bisson are located at: http://www.patriotguard.org/Forums/tabid/61/postid/395311/view/topic/Default.aspx

http://iraq.pigstye.net/article.php/BissonJeffreyD

http://www.legacy.com/signonsandiego/GB/GuestBookView.aspx?PersonID=86126012

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  Blohm, Alan R., 21
  Private First Class (PFC)

Assigned to the 425th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska

Killed on 31 Dec 06 when a makeshift bomb exploded near his unit while on combat patrol in Baghdad.

Hometown: Kenai, Alaska, graduated from Western High School in 2004, also attended St. Bart's.
 
''He loved football,'' brother,Jeremy Blohm said.He played defense and wore No. 77. At one point he weighed 250 pounds, earning the nickname ''Biggins Blohm'' from Jim Eurick, Western's football coach.
 
Once when he was interview by  Bay City Times on student views on the subject of privacy and rights, Blohm declared that ''The First Amendment is what makes this country great.''
 
Mark Boileau, principal of St. Bartholomew Lutheran School, recalled Blohm as a ''likeable kid'' and leader at the school.
His brother further adds, ''He wanted to serve the country,'' , ''His grandfather had been in the Army, and it's just something he wanted to do.''

Blohm is survived by his parents, Chris and Denise, and a sister, Kiana.
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  Bolar, Matthew T.,24

       Specialist (SPC)

Assigned to the 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska;
 
Joined the Army in 2004.
 
Died May 3 in Baghdad of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his unit during combat operations.

Hometown: Montgomery, Ala.;  Graduated valedictorian of Canterbury High School in 2002

His mother Ann says, as a boy, he dreamed of entering the military. And when the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, took place, it only reaffirmed his goal. she encouraged him to go to college, but after a year at Auburn Montgomery, he enlisted at 21-year-old .

"He said it was a lot better for him to go than somebody that had a bunch of kids," 'Somebody will do it for me in the future.' " recalls his father Vernon

His mother last spoke to him the previous Tuesday when he called her at work. "Thank God I talked to him," she said. "I was at my desk when he called. He said, 'Just chill, mom, just chill. There's nothing to worry about.' "

He is survived by his parents, Anne and Vernon Adkins of Montgomery, and Gordon and Elly Bolar of Kalamazoo, Mich., and his sister, Emma, 20,

Memorial sites celebrating the life of Specialist Bolar are located at:

http://www.militarycity.com/valor/2743762.html

http://www.iraqwarheroes.com/bolar.htm

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   Bolor, Kelly Martin Liberato, 37
    Sergeant First Class (SFC)

Assigned to the 63rd Regional Readiness Command, 101st Airborne Division.  Activated with the Army Reserve's 137th Quartermaster Company, which was attached to the 101st Airborne Division

He joined the Army after graduation and served for four years. After staying out for a year, Bolor enlisted in the Army Reserve and served with the 411th Engineer Battalion on Maui before transferring to a California unit in 1990s, served in 1991 Desert Storm Operations

Killed on 15 Nov 03 in the collision of two Black Hawk helicopters.

 

Born in Wailuku, he grew up in a Lahaina . He was the third-eldest in a family of six, his father died when he was two: his mother raised the family alone. In 1984 graduated from Lahainaluna High School.   Played junior varsity football  and also wrestled in his senior year.

At the time of his deployment was a Maui resident. 

Survived by his wife Kelly,  son Kyle , also survived by three other brothers -- his twin Keith Maxie Bolor of Lahaina, Alvin Bolor of Wailuku, and 1st Sgt. Rocky Bolor, of Honolulu -- and a sister, Nita Kinimaka of Van Nuys, Calif.

"SFC Kelly Bolor was the backbone of his unit! I had the honor of serving as this magnificent leader's Battalion Commander during his unfortunate passing. He had his unit singing (literally) as they set up their morale boosting laundry and bath services. Which were, by the way, the very best any of us had ever seen in our careers. Positive, energetic, caring, and totally professional, Kelly Bolor was loved by all that knew him. On behalf of all of the soldiers of the 626 Forward Support Battalion, 101st Airborne Division, we salute you for making the ultimate sacrifice for your nation.

LTC Martin L. Herbert, Cdr, 626 FSB, 2002-2004 martin.herbert@us.army.mil"
LTC Martin L. Herbert of Washington, DC

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  Borbonus, John, 19
    Specialist (SPC)

Assigned to the 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska.

Enlisted in the Army in June 2005 and attended One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Georgia.
 
Duty Assignments:Upon completion of OSUT and Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia, reported to Fort Richardson, Alaska in December 2005. Assigned to 3rd Platoon, Bravo Troop, 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry Regiment where he served as a dismount and as a machine gunner. Deployed to Iraq in October of 2006.
 
Killed 12 Apr. 07 :According to military reports, SPC Borbonus was working 12 April 07  as a guard near a patrol base in south Baghdad and was manning a machine gun when a dump truck full of explosives sped toward the southern end of the base. SPC Borbonus held his position and shot and killed the driver, saving many soldiers’ lives, officials said. The bomb on the truck detonated and caused multiple buildings to collapse, according to Army reports. Another soldier also died when the truck bomb detonated, and seven paratroopers were injured.
 
Awards: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon with numeral 2, Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, and Marksmanship Qualification Badge.

 

 
 
Hometown: Boise, Idaho, a 2005 graduate of Boise High School, he liked various sports, including skiing and lacrosse. He was a member of the USA Ski-team and Snowboard team when he attended middle school.
 
Other interests included video games, the Boise State Broncos, movies, and music. He was an avid listener of many music genres ranging from rap to hip hop, metal, rock, alternative, and country. He had a red Ford explorer that he enjoyed very much. 
 
 Often spoke to his friends in glowing terms about his world travels with his father, many of which included hunting and fishing outings and planned to go to college later.
 
"He was cute and sweet and knew just what to say to make me laugh,"  "Most of our time together was spent laughing. The more I got to know him I realized that he had a sweet side to go along with his humorous one. I suddenly realized I could talk to him about anything." recalls Sarah Flores who sat across from him in health class during their junior year of high school.
 
“Things have been rough here, but I should be able to make it out without too much difficulty,” he wrote to his aunt, Heidi Borbonus.
 
"If tears could build a stairway and memories were a lane, I would walk right up to heaven and bring him back to you again," his mother, Maggie, said at her son's funeral.
 
PFC Borbonus is survived by his mother Magdalene and his father Hans.
 

Memorial sites celebrating the life of PFC Borbonus are located at: 
 
 
 

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Borm, Val John, 21
  Specialist (SPC)
 Assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Infantry Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii;
 
Enlisted in the Army in August 2005. Assigned as a Gunner on a Humvee
 
 
Died 14 June 07 in Kirkuk, Iraq, of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle
 
Posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart
Hometown: Sidney, Neb, SPC Borm was born in the Philippines and moved to Sidney with his family in 2000.  Graduated from Sidney High School in 2005, enlisted in the Army later that summer.
 
Enjoyed playing computer games and was an avid paintball competitor.  SPC Borm's father, Larry, said his son enjoyed his Army service.
 
"Everyone feels the impact of this, and our hearts go out to the family," said Sidney City Manager Gary Person.
 
In addition to his father, Specialist Borm is survived by his mother Lolita and his sister Kimberly

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Bouffart, Jeremy P, 21
      Corporal (Cpl.)

Assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii;
 
Served as an infantry scout in the 25th Infantry Division, had applied for Warrant Officer school and helicopter pilot training, he was third-generation soldier .
 
Awards include: the Bronze Star
 
Died Aug. 22 in Multaka, Iraq, of injuries sustained when his helicopter crashed.

Hometown: Middlefield, Mass  A graduate of Gateway High School, member of the wrestling team. Thinker , Poet  and Prankster and a die-hard Red Sox fan.

They really loved this guy," "He made friends naturally and spontaneously. He had a genuine appreciation for everyone in his path."  Starting with a boyhood drive to protect others from bullies transformed into a desire to serve his country. These were some of the remarks made by Pastor Toby Quirk.  Adding also, "that the church, with 300 seats, is one of the biggest in its area. "But today, Jeremy, it's just not big enough for you and what you've done for us," he said.

He is survived by his wife, Amanda; a son, Caleb; mother Paula and father Stephen, a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve, and three sisters, Davis, Therese, and Molly,

Among the mourners were Gov. Deval L. Patrick and Lt. Gov. Timothy P. Murray, as well as several  of military personnel and  local elected officials.

"He was a great soldier with a lot of heart, a soldier dedicated to all those other soldiers with whom he served. He made a significant difference in the lives of all he knew,"  Brig. Gen. Dennis E. Rogers, deputy commanding general and chief of staff, U.S. Army Accessions Command,

"He was smart and thoughtful and a wonderful thinker. He was braver and stronger than anyone we knew," Meagan Davis, Cpl. Bouffart', sister

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Brennan, William I.  36
Chief Warrant Officer 3

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Assigned to the 1st Battalion, 25th Aviation, 25th Infantry Division (Light), Wheeler Army Air Field, Hawaii;

Joined the National Guard and Reserves and applied to Army flight school. Later stationed at Fort Drum, N.Y. and  Bosnia. Also flew surveillance helicopters around New York City after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Killed 16 Oct 04 when his OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter apparently collided with another OH-58D helicopter and crashed in Baghdad. He had served in the armed forces for 13 years,
 

Hometown: Bethlehem, Conn  Born in Waterbury, Conn   He attended St. John the Evangelist School in Watertown and graduated in 1986 from Holy Cross High School in Waterbury where he was on the lacrosse and wrestling teams. CW3 Brennan  was an Eagle Scout and a member of the Pine Meadow, CT 4-H Club. While attending Mattatuck Community College he was serving in the National Guard. After receiving his associate's degree joined the United States Army pursuing his dream of flying helicopters.

Married for six years to Kathy Martinez Brennan, they have two daughters Katelyn and Cassidy. His  family remembers him "as a prankster, a fun-loving dad who doted on his daughters, still collected comic books and had a weakness for Snickers bars.

They also recalled that he was the kind of guy who would make a friend wherever he went, a person who could make the most serious of folks crack a smile. His nieces nicknamed him "Uncle Buck," after the goofy movie character played in a 1980s comedy by the late John Candy.
"I'm proud of him and I'm proud of what he did," Theresa "T.J." Brennan, Brennan's sister-in-law, was quoted as saying.

In additiona to his wife and daugthers, survived by his grandpa, Paul Horvay Sr., of Winsted, Neil and Marge Brennan of Shady Side, MD, Patrick and Katherine Brennan of Corpus Christie, TX, Nicholas and T.J. Brennan of Woodbury, Patricia and Harry Traver, Mary-Kate and John Scenti all of Bethlehem and Briana and Peter Wall of Woodbury; eight nieces, nine nephews;

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Brevard, Christopher,31
Sergeant First Class(SFC)
Assigned to the 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment, 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division.
 
Joined the Army in 1992
 
Duty Assignments: 1992-1995 he was assigned to the 813th ENG BN Reserves as an 88M.  From 1998-2001 assigned to the 84th CM BN as an 88M at Ft. Leonardwood, Missouri. In October 2001, assigned to the 1-501st PIR at Ft. Richardson, Alaska and reclassed from 88M to 11B. From February 2003- February 2005 SFC Brevard was a Warrior Leaders Course Instructor at Ft. Richardson, Alaska. Since February 2005, held the position of Weapons Squad Leader for 2nd PLT, A Co, 1-501st PIR.
 
Killed on 16 March 2007 when a roadside bomb exploded near his unit in Baghdad, Iraq.
 
Awards:Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Good Conduct Medal with two Knots, the Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with one Oak Leaf Cluster, The National Defense Service Medal with one Bronze Star, the Global War on Terrorism Service medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Expert Infantryman’s Badge, the Senior Parachutist Badge, the Air Assault Badge, the Army Qualification Badge, Drivers Badge, and the Ranger Tab. SFC Brevard was an honor graduate of the US Army Ranger School.
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ, born in St. Louis, Missouri. He is a graduate of Diamond High School in Anchorage, Alaska, Central Texas College, and the Motorcycle Mechanics Institute in Deer Valley, Arizona.
 
SFC Brevard' hobbies included skydiving, motorcycles, baseball, and camping. He was an avid snow-machiner and 4-wheeler.
 
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To Chris and Amber,
First to my brother in arms, I am here with you in this forsaken country with a heavy heart. I remember the last time I saw you at my home prior to departing for Baghdad.You were with your girls on your ATV enjoying your time with them, Chris you were a great Dad. Your men mourn your passing and will remember you always as the finest of leaders. I will remember you as a fine leader, a wonderful Dad and a loving and loyal husband and lastly a great friend. Our Neighborhood back home in Alaska will not be the same without you. Amber I am sorry for your loss, I can not begin to understand the depth of your grief for the tremendous loss of such a wonderful man, but please know me, my family and all of Chris's friends will always be there for you, for we to are now your family. May god bless you and your children.  1SG Gregory Andrews
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SFC Brevard is survived by his wife, Amber Brevard; daughters, Emily and Jessica Brevard; father, Chris Brevard; mother, Michele Brevard; sister, Kelly, and Kelly's three sons, Joe, Zachary and Aaron Pearson; grandmother, Marilyn Havlin; aunt, Stacey Buskohl; great-grandmother, Rose Conner; uncles, Dan and Mark Brevard; aunts, Robin Boyles and Renee Byrd; mother-in-law, Kathy Mason; brothers-in-law, Danny and Kyle Mason; sister-in-law, Jody Mason; and many relatives and friends in Missouri, Florida, Virginia, New Jersey, Connecticut and Arizona.
Memorial sites celebrating the life of SFC Brevard are located at:
 
 
 
 
Memorial donations can be made at any Alaska USA Federal Credit Union branch to account 1317256.
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Brodnick, Phillip J.,25
     Corporal (CPL)

Assigned to 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii

Joined the Army at 18 years old. was on his second tour . In 2005, re-enlisted after completing an assignment in Kosovo. Trained Iraqi police and served as an infantry scout during last assignment.

Was scheduled to come back from Iraq in July, but his tour was extended until November.

Killed 22 Aug. 07 in a Black Hawk helicopter crash in northern Iraq.

Born in Mokena, Ill. lived in Burbank until he was 8, then moved to Frankfort,  In 2000, graduated from then-Lincoln-Way High School.
 
Planned on becoming a police officer when he returned from Iraq.

The city council of Burbank, unanimously approved the appointment of Phillip Brodnick, making him the "first honorary police officer we have ever had in the city of Burbank,"  was issued star No. 140, which was then permanently retired.

"I take comfort in knowing that my son did not die alone, but died in the company of other brave men who also gave their lives for our country. My deepest condolences go out to the families of these brave men. I will say a prayer for your sons while I pray for mine,"
- James Brodnick, Father-
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Brostrom, Jonathan P., 24
First Lieutenant (1st Lt.)

Assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 503d Infantry Regiment (Airborne), 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, based in Vicenza, Italy.

Received a four-year ROTC scholarship at the University of Hawai'i, graduating in 2006.
Graduated from Airborne school, air assault school and a Navy dive class, and had earned a Ranger tab. He reported to Vicenza, Italy, on June 26, 2007, and deployed to Afghanistan shortly afterward.


Killed on 13 July 2008 while he was leading the 2nd Platoon, Company C, of the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment
when their outpost was attacked by small arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades.

1st Lt. Brostrom posthumously was awarded a Bronze Star and Purple Heart

Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii, but was born in Germany, and the family moved to Hawaii in 1999. He graduated from Damien Memorial High School in 2002 and received a four-year UH ROTC scholarship and graduated in 2006 . His father, David Brostrom, is a retired Army colonel.
said his son was a very independent child. He attended Damien Memorial School, a Catholic school in Kalihi.

"He grew up in the military with me, but he never talked about joining. He was very bright, but he wasn't a student. He liked to experience things his own way. He was at times difficult. He was a natural athlete, excellent golfer on Damien golf team and when we lived in New York he played hockey. He loved to surf."

Capt. Vic Underwood, who recruited 1st Lt. Brostrom into the UH program, said the Army seeks people who can be scholars, leaders and athletes, and that “Jon hit all three of those out of the ballpark.”

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Butler, Kenneth T. ,21
      Corporal
Assigned to the Army 57th Military Police Company, Eighth Military Police Brigade, Eighth Theater Sustainment Command, US Army Pacific, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Performed duty as a military police officer.
 
Killed on 1 Feb 07 in Iraq when the Humvee he was riding in overturned in a ravine in Baghdad, promoted to private first class after his death.

East Liverpool, Ohio was his hometown. His wife, Ashley, a former member of the same military police company, now lives in Traverse City, Mich with their son.

He was set to come home to eastern Ohio at the end of that week to meet his son who was born Jan. 23, Austin Butler was only nine days old Feb. 1, when PFC Butler was killed

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Cajimat, Jay S., 20

       Specialist (SPC)

 

Assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.
 

Died 6 April 07 in Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds suffered when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated near his unit.
 
Awards:Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal and the Global War on Terror Service Medal.
Hometown: Lahaina, Hawaii, born in Manila, Philippines, and moved with his parents to Maui, Hawaii, when he was just three years old. Graduated from Lahainaluna High School in 2005.
 
His family described him as a shy person who loved the outdoors and surrounded himself with friends. He wasn't much of a talker when he didn't know you," says his sister, Kaya.
 
His mother,Lilibeth Cajimat relates  that after the Army, hehad planned to return home and enroll in college to become a mechanical engineer."He was always a very loving son, kind and supportive to us,".

Marvin Viloria, a 2005 classmate, “The thing I really admire about Jay, he didn’t want us to be worried about him. That was the last thing on his agenda,” “He was so proud about serving his county; and, that is why we are so proud of him.”

Albert Andres another former classmate adds,  “He will be missed; like anyone, he was part of 2005. It is saddening to know that one of us has gone. It hurts a lot that among small groups of friends, joining together to form a mass at larger gatherings, that there will no longer be Jay ­ the one who laughed shyly, discreetly, the one who held his character, his values, and his principles,” he noted.

His cousin, Renz Cajimat, wrote: "You didn't know how proud we are. To you, a true hero. We love you so much and you will be forever in our heart."

SPC Cajimat is survived by his parents, Dionie and Lilibeth Cajimat, and three sisters, Kaya, LC and LJ, two grandmothers, a grandfather and several uncles and aunts.

 

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Calapini, Lewis T.D, 21
      Private (PVT)

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Cariaga, Deyson K.,("Dice") 20
       Sergeant (SGT)

Assigned to the Army National Guard's 229th Military Intelligence Company, 29th Separate Infantry Brigade, Oahu, Kalaeloa, Hawaii.

Killed 5 July 05 when the Humvee in which he was riding struck a land mine in Hammadi, Iraq

Awards: Bronze Star and Purple Heart

Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii, a graduate of Roosevelt High School in 2002,
 
Joined Junior ROTC when he was a freshman, surfed, excelled at judo and  was a youth leader at the YMCA.
 

In a statement released by the family, “Deyson was a good soldier and a wonderful son and brother. We are very grateful to have been blessed by the time we had with him,” their statement said. “We are very proud of him and of his service to his country.”  Capt. Michael Desmond who served with SGT Cariaga expresses “He always excelled in every mission that was asked of him.

He is survived by his mother, Theresa Inouye, and an older brother, Lance.

 

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Carriker, Casey S., 20
Private 1st Class (PFC)
Assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii
 
Died on 13 June 07 from injuries suffered from a non-combat related incident.

 

Hometown: Hoquiam, Wash  a 2005 Hoquiam high school graduate, he was interested in philosophy, ethics, human behavior , how people think and feel.
 
“The world came at him from a different angle, he had an abstract personality. Things didn’t hit him the same way. He had a way of looking at a situation and seeing something totally different than what other people got out of it.” said his father.   Pfc. Carriker is described as someone who  questioned everything, which could get him into trouble sometimes.
 
Additionally his father adds, "He signed up right around his 18th birthday and, while always an avid runner, he started to run every day with his backpack full of books to prepare for basic training. Half of it was filled with school books, the other with “whatever bizarre subject he was interested in,”  He had planned to return to the Harbor and attend Grays Harbor College. He liked to talk to me because I listened and understood what he was talking about. Well, I didn’t always understand, but I loved him, so I tried to.”
 
Survived by his father, Terry, mother, Sandra Beaudry, and stepmother, Pammy Carriker. Also six brothers and sisters
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Castro, Jesse J.J.
   Sergeant (SGT)

Assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry, 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

Ded Dec. 6 of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle while on patrol in Hawijah.

Originally from Chalan Pago, Guam in the Mariana's Islands . He was a son of Saipan businessman Jesus Castro and stepson of Ana Demapan-Castro.

He is survived by his wife of three years, Theresa, and son, Jesse Castro Jr.

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Cauthorn, Forrest D.
      (Dane),22
    Sergeant (SGT)
Assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

 
Killed on 5 Apr 07 when his unit came into contact with enemy forces using small arms and grenades during combat operations in Hawija.
Hometown: Charles City, VA., a 2003 graduate of Manchester High School in Chesterfield County.
 
When Sgt. (Dane)Cauthorn graduated from high school, his father gave him a motorcycle hoping  he would ride all summer, crisscrossing the country while he decided what to do with his life, his father didn't know that he had already made up his mind to join the Army.
 
"He was a member of ROTC throughout high school, said Sgt. Maj. William J. Wilderman, an instructor. "He was a good, hardworking kid," Wilderman said. "He was one of our cadet leaders."
 
"Dane was raised to be the best kid anyone could ask for. He always took care of himself and those around him. He did what he thought was right when he joined the Army, and I stood behind his decision."
said his father, Forrest W. "Billy" Cauthorn
 
He is survived by his father, Forrest W. Cauthorn of Charles City; grandparents, Jim and Laverne Schmidt of New Mexico; great-uncle, Eugene Cauthorn and his wife, Fran of Chesterfield; aunt, Carolyn Cauthorn of Washington; uncles, Louis Cauthorn and his wife, Maggie, of Tappahannock and David Cauthorn; cousins, Buddy Cauthorn and family and Megan Cauthorn, all of Richmond; and many countless friends.

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Chism, Jonathan B.,22
     Sergeant (SGT)

Assigned to 2nd Battalion, 377th Parachute Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska.

 Died 20 Jan. 07 in Karbala, Iraq, from wounds sustained when his patrol was ambushed while conducting dismounted operations.

Hometown: Gonzales, La.  after graduating high school, he had been studying at Louisiana Technical College for an associate's degree.

Danny Chism called his son,  a "little daredevil" and said he took part in many of the extreme sports - snowboarding, skydiving, jumping into near-freezing water in Alaska - simply "because he wanted to try it." He liked motorcycles, country and metal music and jumping out of airplanes ,"I get paid for that one" he would say.

 He wanted to meet the band Tool, Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Mudvayne and Slipknot, he didn't get to..he was abducted and executed in an ambush Jan. 20 in Karbala.

He was a Boy Scout who enjoyed rock climbing and became an artillery specialist in the Army.  He "liked anybond and everybody'" said his mother, Elizabeth Chism.

 

Memorial sites celebrating the life of Sergeant Chism are located at:
 
 

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Church, Theodore U."Tuc",32
  Chief Warrant Officer (CW 2)
Assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii
 
Had served four years in the U.S. Navy before joing the Army. Was on his third tour of duty in Iraq.

Killed on 28 May 07 in Muqdadiyah when his OH-58D Kiowa helicopter crashed after receiving heavy enemy fire during combat operations

Hometown: South Point, Ohio a graduate of South Point High School, served four years in the U.S Navy after graduating.
 
"In addition to being a competent aviator and strong soldier, Smith said there was another side to Church; his love and respect for his wife and children were things that people that served with him tried to emulate, “He was a man’s man. He wore spurs and he knew how to use them.” “There are few people that I would follow to the ends of the earth, but Tuc was one.”, these were the sentiments of Fellow Chief Warrant Officer Eric Smith
Remembered fondly by family and friends as a charming guy who was sincere, loyal, thoughtful and dedicated to his family. CW2 Church and his wife of 12 years, Mindi, were high school sweethearts.
He is survived by his wife, Mindy, and their two children, Maryn and Dorian; mother Betty (Kahn) and two brothers, Darrell and Timothy. Other survivors include numerous aunts and uncles in Minnesota, Ohio and Louisiana.
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Collins, Ryan D.,20
   Corporal (CPL)
Assigned to the 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska;
 
Joined Army in May 2005 and attended One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Georgia.
Duty Assignments: Upon completion of One Station Unit Training, attended Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia.  Graduated from Airborne School, and In Dec 2005 assigned to A Company, 725th Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division at Fort Richardson, Alaska. In February 2007 reassigned to Comanche Company, 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry (Airborne), served as automatic rifleman.
 
Participated in numerous training exercises to include Joint Readiness Training Center rotation 06-09. In October 2006 he deployed to Iraq, where he participated in numerous combat operations and patrols in North Babil Province.
 
Died 18 May 07 in Hamiyah, Iraq, of wounds sustained when his unit came in contact with enemy forces using small-arms fire.

Awards include: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Combat Infantryman Badge, and the Parachutist Badge.


Hometown: Vernon, Texas, grew up in Vernon and graduated from high school in 2004.  Growing up, enjoyed playing basketball, shooting his pellet gun and loved all kinds of music.
 
survived by his wife Erin.
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Corbett, Jason J., 23
    Specialist (SPC)
Assigned to the 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, at Fort Richardson.
 
Joined the Army in 2004.
 
Killed on 15 Jan 07 when his unit came in contact with enemy forces using small arms fire during combat operations in Karmah.
 
Awards Include: Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.

 
Hometown: Casper, Wyoborn in Oklahoma City, Okla formerly known as Jason Vantrease,
 
Attended Fairdale Elementary, then Centennial Junior High, before graduating from Kelly Walsh High School in 2001 where he ran on the track team. Studied biology at Casper College,  loved animals, the outdoors and was an avid fisherman. SPC Corbett enjoyed fishing for salmon, biking snowboarding, hunting, and hiking while living in Anchorage, Alaska, where he had been stationed since November 2004.
 
Also, was a student of Greek mythology, science and Latin. With a unique sense of humor, he sometimes wore wigs and dorky glasses when he went out with friends. Mark Hileman, who taught and coached Corbett at Kelly Walsh, told mourners that Corbett touched his heart and made him laugh. "Sometimes you have a student that teaches you about life," Hileman said.
 
"It's tough to deal with a young person losing their life," said Sandy Sherman, his high school Latin teacher. He participated in latin competitions.  "We are all appreciative of what he has done for his country." "He was always the most polite student,"

Before his senior year of high school, SPC Corbett and some of his classmates visited Italy and Greece. In Athens, he had a friend time him as he ran around the ancient Olympic stadium, Sherman said. It was typical of her student, who was always open to new experiences.
"He had read so much about the Romans and the Greeks," "He wanted to see what it was like."
 
In a statement released by his mother Megan Schafer, "Jason was proud to serve his country," "He was such a strong person and a hard worker. It didn't matter what the task was, if it needed to be done and Jason was the one who had to do it, he did whatever he had to do to make it happen. Jason was admired and respected by his commanding officers and the soldiers in his company, some of whom remarked that he always had a smile on his face."
 
He was engaged and planned to marry Amanda Dodson after his return from Iraq. “Here’s Jason with his blazing, brilliant smile,” his fiancee said, recalling their first meeting. “It just took my breath away.”
 
As he prepared to leave for Iraq, SPC Corbett told his fiancee that they’d just take their separation one day at a time. I don’t think he was afraid to die as much as he didn’t want to hurt us,”  said his mother. “He didn’t want us to suffer.”
 
Before he left, I’d cry,” Amanda said. “He’d say, ‘Please don’t cry. It kills me when you cry.”‘   “I don’t want for him to see me like this,” It would just pain him. I try to be strong for him.”
 

 

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His mother is setting up a scholarship in his honor at Casper College, hoping to raise $250,000, enough for several two-year scholarships.

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Correa, Richard V., 25
       Sergeant (SGT)
Assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, N.Y.;
 
Enlisted in the Army in January 2000.
 
Duty Assignments: Completed  Ranger Course in Fort Benning, Ga., Combat Life Saver Course and Airborne School,
 
Died 29 May 07in Ilbu Falris, Iraq, of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his position during a dismounted patrol. Tour had been extended four months.
 
Awards: Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab and several Air Force awards.
Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii , born in the Philippines and lived with a cousin in Hawaii before enlisting in the Air Force at age 18.
 
His family says that he became bored with his Air Force job as a vehicle mechanic, and switched to the Army, where he completed airborne training and was selected to become an elite Army Ranger. He attained U.S. citizenship last November while stationed in Iraq."He was happy. He was so proud" after he gained his citizenship, said his cousin Mae Correa Acosta Myhre of Honolulu.
 
“I had never met anyone like him. He knew what he wanted. He wanted to do something extraordinary with his life.” said his fiancee, Corey Dell. They had decided that they would not marry until she graduated from college and he returned home safety from Iraq.
 
She continues, “He called me every day. He always downplayed things over there,” “The last conversation I had with him, he said, ‘Things are real crazy here.’ ” A released statement says, "It was a rare admission of concern by Correa, a gung ho soldier who planned to try out for Delta Force, the legendary U.S. counterterrorist unit, when his enlistment was up in November".
Announcement of the tour extension prompted SGT Correa to write on his MySpace page, "I got extended!!! I ain't ever coming home!!!" Although the family is devastated by his loss, they say "He died happy,"  "He's in love with the military -- that's what he wants. He wants to serve his country. ... He served his mission in life."
 
In addition to his cousin and fiancée, he is survived by his parents in the Philippines, several sisters and a brother.
 

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Sgt. Richard Correa with his fiancee, Corey Dell,

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Sergeant (SGT)

     
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Davis, Michael W.,22

    Corporal(CPL)

Assigned to the 425th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska;

Joined the Army in April 2005. Went on to Fort Benning, Ga. for training to become an Airborne Sapper. Received his wings and assigned to Fort Richardson, Alaska. October 2006 deployed to
 Baghdad, Iraq

Died May 21 in Baghdad of wounds sustained when multiple improvised explosive devices detonated near their vehicle

Awards: Bronze Star Medal, the Purple heart, the Combat Action Badge and the Army Good Conduct Medal,Army Achievement Medal

Hometown: San Marcos, Texas,  graduated from San Marcos high school later attended Texas State University for two years. Joined military after 9/11.
 
His wife, Taryn, who he married in Dec 02 says "he was planning on finishing his degree in engineering after his time of service was over and had plans of traveling the world together, swimming with sharks and starting a gorgeous family". Stating also in her tribute to him, He was looked up to in his unit as a leader, someone all could trust, someone all his fellow soldiers miss tremendously".
 
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his 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.

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Deese, Joshua,25
First Lieutenant (1st Lt.)

Assigned to 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii

Joined the Army in 2003.

Killed on 15 October 2006 when a makeshift bomb exploded near his vehicle in Kirkuk.

Originally from Scotland County, S.C and was a member of the Lumbee tribe in North Carolina.  Graduated from South Robeson High School in 1999, then went to the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and earned a degree in American History. He was a member of Pi Sigma Nu. Also was a member of Hamer Church of God .

He is survived by his son, Jacob Dewayne Anderson of Maxton; father and mother, Ronnie and Rogina Clark Deese of Rowland; a brother, Ronnie Dewayne Allen of Lumberton; two sisters, Myra Deese of Hamlet and Ronnean Collins of Copperas Cove, Texas; maternal grandmother, Evelyn Clark of Lumberton; paternal grandfather, James Deese and his wife, Hoss; and paternal grandmother, Ruby Deese of Rowland.

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Vietnam Veteran
Dobbs International Operation Manager, Security Armory Car Company driver.

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Vietnam Veteran
Born in Asingan, Pangasinan, Philippines.

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Dobogai, Derek A., 26

Captain (CPT)

 

2nd Bn., 35th Infantry Regt. 3rd Bde Combat Team

14th out of over 4,000 cadets when we were rated on a national level in ROTC. Completed Infantry Officer Basic Course near the top of his class also Completed Ranger School Airborne and Air Assault School

 Led his platoon in combat in Afganistan. Served in position as  Company Executive and Battaltion Intell Officer in Iraq.

:the Bronze Star twice, the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantry Badge, and the Expert Infantry Badge

Killed on 22 August 07 in action in a helicopter crash in the northern part of Iraq, the Kirkuk area

Hometown: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin

CPT Derek Dobogai was one of the top students in his high school class when he graduated in 1999 from of Winnebago Lutheran Academy. The Rev. Rick Zahn, who is on the academy faculty, remembered Cpt. Dobogai as a track and cross country athlete, as well as a student who was recognized for his good grades. "It was Derek's dream to serve America, and his life ended during this service." He had been selected to serve in the Army's elite Special Forces.

In addition, was a 4.0 graduate from Western Illinois University and competed in the WI Ironman with dreams of running in the Ironman in Honolulu, Hawaii

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Donica, Dustin R.,22
   Specialist (SPC)
Assigned to 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska;
 
Joined Army in 2003,completed basic training at Fort Benning, Ga., where he received his airborne wings as a qualified Army paratrooper.
 
Died Dec. 28 in Baghdad of wounds received from small arms fire while conducting combat operations. 3,000th U.S casualty.
Hometown: Spring Texas  Born and raised in Houston, SPC Dustin Donica was a 2002 graduate of Klein High School, attended University of Texas at Austin.
 
David Donica said he learned his son's death was the 3,000th for the U.S. military in Iraq after logging on to the Internet, not long after declining to be interviewed by reporters who had come to the family's home.

"We had no idea why we were getting, within an hour almost, eight or nine people at the door," he said later Sunday. "That was a surprise to us because none of them mentioned why they were there. Perhaps, they were embarrassed. One guy was standing there shaking like a leaf."
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Doria, Richwell A. ,25
Staff Sergeant (SSG)
 

Assigned to 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 25th Infantry Regiment Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

Joined the Army immediately after graduating high school

Based in Hawaii, Doria served in Afghanistan for a year, returning in April 2005. Awards include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart,

Killed Nov. 7 in Kirkuk after being struck by small-arms fire during an air-assault mission

Grew up in San Diego after moving from the Philippines when he was 11. Graduated from San Diego's Morse High School in 2000.

His passion was cars, and he owned a Mercedes and a Honda Accord, and liked wearing designer clothing, especially Tommy Hilfiger jeans, and flashing his gold rings according to friends and loved ones.

He is survived by his wife, Jasmine, and the couple's 4-month-old baby, Jada, of Ewa Beach, Hawaii, and many relatives in San Diego and the Philippines.

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   Dykman, Scott D.,27
      Specialist (SPC)
Assigned to the 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska.
 
Joined Army in 2003
 
Dury Assignments:Upon completion of One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Georgia ,assigned to A Co, 2nd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, served as a Rifleman and a Fire Team Leader.  On July 9, 2006 he arrived at A Company, 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry (Airborne) where he deployed to Iraqi.
 
Died 20 December 2006, in Baghdad, Iraq, of injuries suffered from an improvised explosive device.
 
Awards: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, and Parachutist Badge.
Hometown: Helena, Montana, a 1998 high school graduate
 
SPC.  Dykman boxed and competed in rodeos. He volunteered with the local fire department and worked as a logger before joining the Army. "He was just a great kid. He was into everything, Scott and his brother, Michael, wanted  to becoming fishing and hunting guides in Alaska,  It was always their dream, said his mother, Donna Koontz.
 
Additionally, he told his mother he wanted to change Iraqi opinions of Americans. He said, 'We've got to stop the hate over there before it comes over here.' That's why he was there, and he truly believed that.

"His soldiers respected the fact that Dykman often made sacrifices to protect his fellow soldier. He took good care of them and that's what he was out doing when he was killed, Army Lt. Col. Carolyn Battershell said.

SPC Dykman is survived by his wife, Chantelle,  son, William, and daughter, Rachel.

Memorial sites dedicated to the life of Specialist Dykman are located at:
 
 
 
 

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Elazzouzi, Farid, 26
  Specialist (SPC)
 
Assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Infantry Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii;
 
Enlisted in the Army in 2005
 
Died June 14 in Kirkuk, Iraq, of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle
Hometown: Patterson, New Jersey, but born and raised in Morocco where he managed to win a green card from an annual lottery and decided to come to the U.S .
 
 SPC Elazzouzi  arrived in New Jersey and got a 14-hour-a-day menial job, one of his friends helped him open a bank account, where he managed to save a few thousand dollars. Several acquaintances urged him to apply to Passaic County Community College.
 
His poor family,” “He was just trying to support them.” said Abdalilah Louhab, an acquaintance.
 
Known by many as SPC Ez , he is described by he was a great friend, teacher,  jack of all trades and was a very competitive soldier he always wanted to do the best that he could no matter what it was.
 
"One of his main priority’s was to save his money up to purchase a house for his mother, sister and brothers in Morocco so they could have a better life as he did in America he said. He was a very humble person to everyone he knew" states SGT "B",  stationed at Schofield Barracks, HI ,in his comments made in the memorial site guest book established for SPC Elazzouzi  
 
 
 
Memorial site that celebrates the life of SPC Elazzouzi can be found at:
 

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   Falter, Shawn P., 25
      Private First Class
Assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 377th Parachute Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska;
 
Joined Army in 2005
 
Killed on 20 Jan PFC Falter and three other soldiers were taken hostage by gunmen disguised in U.S. Army-style clothes from a provincial police headquarters in the Shiite holy city of Karbala in Iraq. All four were later found dead in a neighboring province, bound and executed with bullet wounds to the head.
Awards: Posthumously awarded a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart
Hometown: Cortland, N.Y, one of 13 brothers and sisters, graduated from Homer High School in 1999.
 
He was remembered as a quiet, but had a "subtle sense of humor and would rather make a funny gesture or expression than crack a loud joke" but was a hard working student in high school who played varsity football and basketball. His grandmother has been a crossing guard at the village’s elementary school for 30 years, said Mayor Mike McDermott.
 
At the time of his death PFC Falter had three other brothers in the military. Lucas, a master sergeant and instructor at the Air Force Academy brother Jason Sackett  a staff sergeant in the Army stationed at Fort Riley, Kan., and brother John Sackett is a first sergeant with the Marines at Camp Lejeune, N.C. Both Jason and John have seen combat duty.

“My brother Shawn was and always will be a patriot. He stood up and said, ‘I will defend you. I will protect you. I will keep you free.’ That’s honorable. It shows a man’s character. It takes courage. And sometimes sacrifice,” Lucas said during the 75-minute memorial service.

“My brother Shawn was and always will be a patriot. He stood up and said, ‘I will defend you. I will protect you. I will keep you free.’ That’s honorable. It shows a man’s character. It takes courage. And sometimes sacrifice,” Lucas said during the 75-minute service. “Rest, Shawn, you’ve done your part. Your brothers will take it from here,” he said.

 
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   Fennerty, Sean P.,25
         Sergeant (SGT)
Assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry (Airborne), 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska;
 
Joined Army in 2004
 
Died 20 Jan. 07 in Karma, Iraq, of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Humvee.

 

Awarded: Bronze Star and Purple Heart


Hometown: Corvallis, Ore, attended Fruchtendler Elementary School and St. Cyril’s School in Tucson,  graduated from Jesuit High School in Beaverton in 1999 and Oregon State University in 2004.
 
SGT Fennerty loved to ski, fish and be with friends,also enjoyed working with children as an umpire for Little League games, volunteer with the Police Activities League of Greater Portland and had planned to one day become a high school history teacher says his family.
 
“His classmates will miss his sense of humor and deep sense of loyalty to them,” “His awareness of duty to make our world a better place is what led him into the military service of our country. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sean’s parents, sisters, brother, and the extended Fennerty family during this difficult time.” Jesuit High School spokesman Andy VanPelt said
 
Was a member of the Sigma Pi fraternity at Oregon State and was a Beaver fanatic, ended every e-mail from Iraq with “Go Beavers!”
 
Younger brother, Conor Fennerty, told of a brother who lived “la dolce vita,” loving food and drink, and making impulse purchases at the grocery store. And he told of a proud Catholic who loved the Army’s pomp and ceremony.“He was not a saint, but what we should all aspire to be,” .

His younger sister, Colleen , told of a brother who loved “chick flicks,” who took 30 minutes to wake up, who gave big bear hugs and giant grins. His older sister, Kell , recalls her distress at learning he had joined the Army and his mother, Maureen , remembers a son who loved Harry Potter books and cried easily — a simple man who was “so proud to be a soldier.”

He is survived by his mother, Maureen; father, Brian; two sisters, Kelly of Seattle and Colleen of Chicago; and brother Conor of Washington, D.C.

"Sergeant Fennerty loved Oregon and loved serving his country," "He was a leader and inspiration in his church, his community and to his friends, family and all who had the honor to know him. Above all, he will be remembered for his compassion toward people and his commitment to making the world a better place."  Oregan Governor Kulongoski.
 
Memorial sites celebrating the life of Sergeant Fennerty are located at:  http://www.beavertonvalleytimes.com/news/story.php?story_id=116950991879021900
 
 
 
 

The family requests that donations in his memory be mailed to Army Emergency Relief, 200 Stovall St., Room 5-N-13, Alexandria, Va. 22332; or online at www.AERHQ.org.

 

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Fiscus, Keith E.,26
 Sergeant (SGT)

Assigned to 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

He enlisted in the Army in 2002.

Killed on 2 Dec 06 when a makeshift bomb exploded near his Humvee during combat operations in Baghdad.

Hometown was Townsend, Delaware where he graduated in 1998 from high school. Was an avid golfer who played on his high school team and loved music and bass fishing.

Re-enlisted while still in Iraq, had a hard time adjusting to civilian life and volunteered for a second deployment overseas. According to Alicia Dove, a friend, despite his rough exterior and  tattoos that he joked would scare children and had an affinity for hard rock music. She also described him as  the "most caring, most sensitive, most hopeless romantic.

He  is survived by his father, Darrell and mother, Pamela

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Flattes, Francisco Paul, 63
(Ret) Army Master Sergeant

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Fontanilla, Victor M.,23
    Private First Class
Assigned to the 725th Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska;
 
Joined the Army in October 2005, was assigned as a motor transport operator.
 
 
Died May 17 in Iskandariya, Iraq, of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle
Hometown: Stockton, CA, a native of Stockton with roots in Micronesia. After attending local schools, PFC Fontanilla left Stockton to live with his mother and graduate from Tinian High School in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
 
He returned to Stockton when he was 18, enrolled at San Joaquin Delta College, and 23 Oct 2004 married Noel Mokuahi. Joined the Army as a way to support his family. His wife and child had been living in Alaska during his deployment, he was scheduled to return home in a few weeks for the birth of their second child.
 
Devoted to his family, on His MySpace profile it is filled with pictures and tributes to his wife and child.    On his wifes site:  Says Mokuahi on her MySpace page: "I am married to a great man ... my Michael. He's the one and only in my life."
 
This tragedy is not borne by Victor's family alone,"  "The people of Tinian and all the other islands of the Marianas grieve with them."said Del. Madeleine Bordallo, D-Guam
 
Memorial sites celebrating PFC Fontanilla' life are located at:
 
 
 
 
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674th Glider Field Artillery Battalion, 11th Airborn

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    Ford, Philip.c, 21
       Specialist (SPC)
Assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry (Airborne), 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska;
 
Enlisted in Army on 20 October 2004
 
Duty Assignment: Upon completion of One Station Unit Training, assigned to the Ranger Indoctrination Training Detachment.  On 16 June 2005 he arrived to C Company, 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry (Airborne) where he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 06-08.  While deployed with 3-509th Infantry (Airborne), was attached to Task Force 1-26 where he participated in numerous combat operations and patrols in Eastern Baghdad. .
 
Killed 10 Dec. 06 of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Humvee in Baghdad
 
Awards: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Combat Infantryman Badge, and the Parachutist Badge.

Hometown: Freeport, Texas a 2004 high school graduate
 
He had long been an outdoorsman, particularly enjoying hunting and enjoyed snowboarding and other winter sports.
 
"He wasn't scared about anything, she said. That boy was something else",said Helen Vincent, a family friend, also referring to him as a fabulous and outgoing boy.
 
Michelle Melcher, his sister says "He was very patriotic, if he saw someone wearing an Army shirt, he'd flip and ask if they were really in the Army". His mother, Marcia Self, recalled a conversation the two had when he was only about 7 years old. Philip, who went by Cody, asked her who would get his flag when he died in war, he wanted his dad to have it and his weapon, too.



 

Memorial sites celebrating the life of Specialist Ford are located at:
 
 
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Fraise, David M., 24

Assigned to Company A, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. 

CPL Fraise enlisted June 25, 2001, served as a rifleman, SAW gunner, RTO, Javelin gunner, grenadier, driver and rifle team leader. In addition, CPL Fraise served in HHC 2-35 Infantry for one year in the S-3 section as the S-3 SGM / BN XO driver, RTO and company training calendar administrator. Planned  to change his MOS to being a Chaplain's Assistant.

Killed 7 June 2004  in Kandahar, Afghanistan, when an improvised explosive device hit his patrol.

Awards:
include the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman�s Badge, Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and Combat Infantryman's Badge

Hometown: New Orleans, Louisiana    Corporal David M. Fraise graduated from John F. Kennedy SR High School where he was active in the choir, participated in student government and also where  he met his future wife, Niecy

Connie Craig, Cpl Fraise' aunt says,  “Helping people was one of his main priorities. He knew the Bible and I remember his mom saying this was something she couldn’t talk him out of because this was something he wanted to do. He wanted to help the country.”

Unit representatives report that CPL Fraise was always willing to support battalion activities even during his free time and was a moral compass to the soldiers so much that he wanted to change his MOS to being a Chaplain's Assistant.

Corporal David M. Fraise is survived by his wife Jen Niece, daughter Jireh and his mother Juanita Fraise.

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    Fritz, Jacob. 25
       1st Lieutenant
Assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 377th Parachute Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska;
 
Graduated from the West Point military academy in 2005,
 
 
 
Died 20 Jan. 07 in Karbala, Iraq, from wounds sustained when his patrol was ambushed while conducting dismounted operations.
 
Hometown: Verdon, Neb., the eldest of three brothers, graduated in 2000 from Dawson-Verdon High School, active in , speech and drama.   He was a three-sport athlete, a baritone player in the honor band and active in anti-drug-abuse organizations in his school and statewide.
 
During summers worked as a lifeguard at a municipal pool and organized drug-free parties and dances. "He was a great kid, great student, great athlete," said John Eickhoff, his former principal. "If I had a school full of Jacob Fritzs, I wouldn't have had to do anything. He never caused trouble. He took his work seriously. Just a top-notch student."
 
“Jacob was an easygoing person who would do anything for you,” . “He was an all-around good guy and he always did what he believed.”
says Kris Glathar of Falls City played football and basketball with 1LT Fritz at Dawson-Verdon High School.
 
A great young officer,” said Capt. Brent Fogleman, rear detachment commander of the 2nd Battalion of the 377th Parachute Field Artillery Regiment. “This is a tough one for me because this is one of my own. I needed to be at this one", he came to the funeral from Fort Richardson in Alaska. Adding that he and 1LT Fritz were “jump buddies,” in line to parachute one after another in airborne exercises.
 
"This county and country have lost a young man who was destined to accomplish great things. I don't doubt that a bit. And he would have done so in an honest and honorable way. Just like he was taught at home, at his church and at Dawson-Verdon School and West Point." Scott Schock, editor of the Falls City Journal, wrote.
 
"He wanted to have a career in the Army and, more than anything, come back here and be a gentleman farmer,"says Karen Mezger, a family friend and Fritz's former guidance counselor.
 
1Lt Fritz is survived by his parents, Lyle and Noala Fritz of rural Verdon, and two younger brothers, Daniel, a cadet at West Point, and Ethan. Also, his aunt and uncle, Martha (Fritz) and Barney Owens of Elwood; cousins Monte and Shari (Owens) Holl and their family of Omaha, formerly of Elwood, Mike and Stacy Owens of Omaha, Jill (Owens) and Brady Johnson and family of Seward, and Major Robb Owens of Monterey, Calif., who served as a pallbearer for his cousin.

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Fuga, Michael T, 47
Sergeant First Class (SFC)

Assigned to Army National Guard’s 35th Special Troops Battalion

Kansas City, Missouri.

 

28 Years in the military.Killed by small arms fire Sept. 9 in Kandahar, Afghanistan

Hometown Nuuli American Samoa, recently resided in Independence with his wife Justina and 12-year-old daughter Salome. Was planning to retire within the next three years.

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Futrell, Raphael A., 26
Staff Sergeant (SSG)

Assigned to the 13th Military Police Detachment, 728th Police Battalion, 8th Military Police Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

Joined the military in 2001 and was assigned to Schofield Barracks in 2008.  Served as an Explosive Dector Dog Handler

Died 25 March 2009 from injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident, his death is under investigation.

Awards include: Army Commendation Medal, six Army Achievement Medals, two Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism w/Campaign Star, Afghanistan Campaign Medal w/Campaign Star, Iraq Campaign Medal w/Campaign Star, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon w/numeral 2, Army Service Ribbon, two Overseas Service Ribbons, Air Assult Badge and Driver Badge.

Hometown: Anderson, South Carolina

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From memorial site dedicated to the life of Staff Sergeant Rapheal A. Futrell

I a very sorry for your loss. Raph was a great soldier and a friend. I met Raph when he was staioned at Ft Belvoir and I was at Ft Myer. We went on many missions together and I concidered him more than a coworker,he was a friend. On my way to Afghanistan I had to make a stop in Kuwait. I have to admit I was a bit nervous, but Raf was in Kuwait at the time and when he saw my name on the arrival list he made sure to meet me at the airport. His smiling face and sense of humor helped me a lot. He will be missed.

Frederick C. Ferrigno
SGT, USA
Military Police, K-9


http://www.legacy.com/gb2/guestbookentryprint.aspx?bookId=125518917

 

http://www.iraqwarheroes.org/futrellr.htm

 

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Gagalac, Alexander U., 28
       Sergeant (SGT)
Assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii;
 
Sgt Gagalac and his twin brother Alexander both joined in 2002. Both brothers were in Iraq in 2004, but assigned to different units.
 
Died 9 Sept. 07 in Hawijah, Iraq, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with a rocket during combat operations. He was on his second tour in Iraq
Hometown: Wahiawa, Hawaii:  Born in Honolulu, he graduated from Leilehua High School and a university student at Leeward Community College on Oahu
 
His brother related that he  planned  to get out of the Army, maybe take a break, and go to school.
 
He is survived by parents Fabian B. and Regina U., brothers Charles F.U. and Alexis U., and sister Grace G. Tolentino

"Our hearts are saddened by the loss of one of our native sons,"  "Our state and our nation are grateful for Sgt. Gagalac's service and will always remember the sacrifice he made fighting for freedom and democracy. On behalf of the people of Hawai'i, I extend my deepest condolences to Sgt. Gagalac's family and friends" Governor Linda Lingle-        

Full text of Governor Lingle' comments can be view at: www.associatedcontent.com/article/394510/hawaii_soldier_killed_in_iraq_flags.html


On his MySpace blog, Alexander Gagalac wrote: “For the past 13 months I have been living in a place that time forgot ‘Iraq.’ Now it is finally coming to an end with a few weeks to go. I can’t wait to be back home with family and friends. This has been a long time coming and it’s gonna feel a lot longer as it comes to those last hours that I’m here. The taste of freedom is going to be sweet.”

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        Galvan Daniel L.,30
             Sergeant (SSG)
Assigned to 2nd Battalion (Assault), 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Light Infantry Division

Killed 12 August  2004 in a a helicopter crash in Salerno, 
Afghanistan

Hometown: Moore, Okla

Blas Ernest Galvan, told the Daily Oklahoman newspaper his son joined the reserves after leaving high school, but eventually decided to enlist full-time. "He was restless in his (high school) classes and just wanted to start working," his father said.

"I supported my son," said his father, a Vietnam veteran.
"The people we’re after in Afghanistan are the people responsible for what happened in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania. I’m proud of my son."
Mr.Galvan said his son loved working on Black Hawk helicopters and planned to attend flight school.

Sergeant Daniel Lee Galvan is survived by his his wife, Sonya ,two children, Audrey and Joseph:his parents, Blas E. and Nelda Galvan, sister, Erica , brothers, Marc, Michele , Ernesto

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Gamboa, Joseph D., 34
      Staff Sergeant (SSG)
Assigned to B Company, 1st Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, Vilseck, Germany.

Enlisted in the Army in 1999

Died 25 Mar 08 of wounds suffered when he came under indirect fire in Baghdad, Iraq. 
It was his second tour in Iraq.

Hometown: Yigo, Guam. He was the middle of nine children in the family.

"He was supposed to finish up in Iraq, and with his wife, come back here to surprise my mom and then head back to Washington State where he wanted to make his home," said his older brother Frank.

There will be fond memories of Joseph by his siblings. Frank recalls his brother as being a helpful person and was proud of the fact that he joined the military. His sister  

Evelyn remembers her brother as a joker. "Since high school when we were classmates, he'd joked around. He's a clown," she said. "But he's respectful."  She also recalls the last time she spoke to him and that her brother even teased her about a care package she was supposed to send off containing Guam goodies such as achote for red rice.

Francisco Gamboa reflected on his son' death by saying "I think his time had been called."  Gov. Felix Camacho and Lt. Gov. Mike Cruz expressed their condolences to the Gamboa family calling Joseph Gamboa a brave soldier who "fought for our freedom and made the ultimate sacrifice." Then declared the island in a state of mourning and ordered all flags to be flown at half staff in his honor.


Survived by his wife Michelle and their five children, Tia, Austin, Ashton, Avery and Isabella, who was one year old at the time of his death.  As well as his mother Cecilia and father Francisco.


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Garcia, Ruel M., 34
   Chief Warrant Officer(CWO)
Assigned to the 1st Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment (Attack), Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas;
 
 
 
Killed 16 Jan 07 when his AH64D Apache helicoptor was shot down while he was conducting an aerial patrol in Baghdad.
 
Awards Bronze Star, Purple Heart and the Air Medal.
 

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Gibson, Brennan
   Sergeant (SGT)
Assigned to the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska.
 
Killed  10 December 06, 2006, when a roadside bomb detonated and destroyed the Humvee he was a passenger in.
Hometown: Freeport, Tx, attended Thurston High School and graduated in 2003 from Oregon State University with a bachelor of science in art, with a special focus on graphic design. Member of Theta Chi fraternity.
 
Described by those who knew him, as spending much of his free time designing graphics and houses on his computer or sketching in one of a dozen sketch pads, had a great sense of humor and a strong sense of doing his best in all his commitments
 
"He loved being a soldier, and he was a good one. If there was a kid that you'd want representing us out there, it was Brennan Gibson," Pastor Ken Brown a family friend said. "I would not describe him as flashy or having a big personality, but he was fun and he was kind," Brown said. "It's just a shame." He added: "He was going to be a father, and he was so looking forward to that."
He is survivied by his wife Corrina and son ,Kaden and his parents, John and Linda Gibson of Springfield, Oregon.

Memorial sites celebrating the life of Sergeant Gibson are located at:
 
 
 

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  Gifford, Micah S., 27
     Specialist (SPC)

Assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment (Airborne), 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska;

Died 7 Dec. 06 of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his unit while on patrol during combat operations in Baghdad.

Awards: Good Conduct Medal , The Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service ,Purple Heart , Combat Infantry Badge ,Army Achievement Medal ,National Defense Service Medal ,GWOT Service Medal , NCO Professional Development Ribbon ,Army Service Ribbon , Expert Infantry Badge ,Parachutist Badge ,Basic Marksmanship Qualification Badge , Graduate of the Warrior Leaders Course ,Graduate Combatives Level 1 ,Graduate Basic Airborne School , Squad Leader and Fire Team Leader

Hometown: Redding, CA, graduated in class of 1997  from Torrance' South High School. His foootball jersey  No. 65 was retired, framed and hung high on a wall in the school gymnasium.
Attended  Harding University where he played 31 games as a defensive lineman and linebacker.  In his senior season, had 43 of his 61 career tackles and helped lead one of the most successful Bison football teams in school history to a 9-2 overall record.
 
 Spc. Gifford was known by his friends for his big smile and even bigger heart. Many knew that beneath the happy-go-lucky, class clown exterior of this Bison football player was a godly man, full of compassion, conviction, and love for his country.

Micah Gifford, (from his MySpace blog) October 2006

In case you are worried about my well being...don't. I am proud to be a part of this fight. I signed up to do this for a reason and I hope that everyone understands why this fight continues to be important to every one of us...not just the Iraqi people.

Don't pray that I come home soon.

Pray that the people that are causing us to stay out there can see the light and change their ways without harm coming to them first.

Video memorials to Specialist Gifford can be viewed at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxGdnZEjZ0g

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F90FLv_iBMI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNprV7nWPzA


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SPC Gifford & Nicole Milano in Alaska 2005

“Our heart goes out to Spc. Gifford’s family as they suffer the extraordinary loss of their loved one. Micah was a heroic soldier and a brave leader who fought with determination and dignity. Maria and I offer our condolences to his family, friends and fellow soldiers.” California Governor Schwarzenegger

Memorial sites celebrating the life of Specialist Gifford are located at:
 
 
 
 
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Gomez, Billy, 25
Corporal

Assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division (Light), Schofield Barracks

Enlisted in the Army in August 1997. Member of 25th Infantry Division medical corps.

Died 27 Oct 04 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl, Germany, of injuries sustained Oct. 20 when his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device in Naka, Afghanistan

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Hometown:  Perris, Calif     Cpl Billy Gomez was the youngest of triplets. His brothers are also in the Army. Mark is a member of 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, serving on Kandahar Air Field in Afghanistan and Joey assigned to a unit on Fort Sil , Oklahoma . Gomez’ friend Ron from North Carolina said that Army Cpl. Billy Gomez was a devoted son sending most of his paycheck home to his parents.

Army Cpl. Billy Gomez was a Combat Medic. Army Spc.Visala Tui an American Samoa had worked with Cpl. Gomez for three years as combat medics, when Tui was called to help with casualties, he expected his best friend combat medic Army Cpl. Billy Gomez to already have the situation under control, when he got there he found that it was his best friend, one of the casualties.  The two medics, both members of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, they were attached to an anti-tank platoon for a mission that day. The explosion occurred near Naka , Afghanistan , an area known to have been a Taliban stronghold in northern Paktika province. During a Memorial service at the remote base in southeastern Afghanistan , his company gave their final respects to Army Cpl. Billy Gomez. Capt. Daniel Beard, commander of the battalion's Headquarters Company, called Gomez an “infantryman's best friend.” He said not only was Gomez proficient as a medic, but he was also a soldier with a can-do attitude.” However, for Visala Tui, the loss rings deeper. He lost a friend who he had built an incredible bond with over the last three years. The bond has only increased since they deployed to Afghanistan together in March. "My kids will always remember an Uncle Gomez, a person who helped their dad in the Army, a hero who fought for their freedom," Tui said. "They will hear stories about how brave he was, how tough he was, and how he inspired others to fight on. They will remember Billy Gomez because I will tell them.” 

Goya, Roy Kameshiro, 85

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Harmon ,Joshua S., 20
     Corporal (CPL)
Assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii;
 
Joined the Army in August 2005, Corporal Harmon served as a Combat Medic attached to the Scouts Sniper Platoon and received the Army Medal of Commendation of Valor for performing extraordinary life-saving measures. Additionally, Joshua was awarded the Combat Medical Badge.
 
Died Aug. 22, 2007 in Multaka, Iraq, of injuries suffered when his helicopter crashed. Was on second tour of duty in Iraq and was supposed to return about three months sooner, but his tour was extended.
 
He was promoted posthumously to Corporal Aug. 22, 2007, and was awarded the Bronze Star
Hometown: Mentor, Ohio, was a 2005 graduate of Mentor High School and an accomplished musician on the guitar and drums. He enjoyed many sports, including bowling, soccer, Kenpo karate, and working on cars. Also, loved animals, especially the family dogs, Mercedes and Ginger and was especially fond of his little black cat, Sheila.
 
Had previously worked as a master mechanic at Classic Ford in Mentor before joining the U.S. Army. All who knew him describe him as a good friend, wonderful son, devoted husband, and good citizen.
 
He married his wife Kristin, in a proxy marriage while he was deployed in Iraq when he found out that his yearlong tour was extended by three months.The couple planned to have their formal wedding among family and friends the following  summer in Norfolk, Va., Kristin's hometown. Both wanted to have children.
 
He is survived by his wife, Kristin N. (Rathjen) Harmon; mother, Donna (nee Kriz) Harmon; father, Richard (Leslie) Harmon; brother, Jason Harmon/Kriz; grandmothers, Mildred Kriz and Dolores Harmon; aunts and uncles, Frank (Ann) Kriz, Jim (Robin) Kriz, Kenneth (Linda) Kriz, Chris (Carol) Harmon, Kevin (Dorleen) Harmon, Kim Harmon, Patricia Kidd and Donna Stock; parents-in-law, Susan (Timothy) Collins and Jon Rathjen; brother-in-law, John Rathjen; many very loving cousins: lifelong friends, Eric Lemr and Brandon "Norm" Alexander; good friends, Jayme Vines, Scott Walland, Nate Damm and Kyle Fisher; and those who made a significant difference in Joshua's life, Jeff and Marie Lemr, Ron Vines and Jana Abplanalp.


 

On behalf of the senior leadership of the Military Health System, I would like to remember Army medic Cpl. Joshua S. Harmon, 20, of Mentor-on-the-Lake, Ohio. Cpl. Harmon was stationed out of Schofield Barracks in Hawaii and had just recently married. Josh had a very close relationship with his father, Richard Harmon, who serves as Fire Chief in Willoughby Hills, Ohio. Friends spoke of him as a genuinely nice guy and said that he wanted to become a doctor. Josh died along side 13 other US Army Soldiers Wednesday August 22nd in a helicopter crash during an essential mission near Kirkuk in Iraq.

As the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Heath Affairs, a doctor, and a father, my heart goes out to all of our fallen heroes, but as the head of the Military Health System it is especially difficult loosing one of our own. To the family and friends of Cpl. Harmon, we salute and honor your strength, dedication and courage. Like other first responder and military heroes, Josh will be remembered as a man who wore the cloth of his nation and gave his life to the cause of freedom. -S. Ward Casscells, M.D,Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs-

 
 
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Heidtman, Keith
1st Lieutenant (1LT)
Assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii
 
Completed ROTC program at the University of Connecticut  and Army aviation school in Alabama.
 
 Killed on 28 May 07 in Muqdadiyah when his OH-58D Kiowa helicopter crashed after receiving heavy enemy fire during combat operations.
 
Awarded: Bronze Star and Purple Heart
Hometown: Norwich, Connecticut, graduated in 2001 from the Norwich Free Academy.  Attended UConn graduated with honors. Education included ROTC to become a military officer.
 
In high school, Heidtman was an all-conference baseball player, a basketball player in addition to being an honor student. Hugh "Duke" Campbell, school baseball coach, who had known him since he was a boy coming to baseball camps,remembers him as the hard-working first baseman and outfielder who hit .371 one year. "It's tragic news for all of us," Campbell said.
 
"I support what he decided to do." "We were totally against him joining the military, but it was something he always wanted to do and we supported him,"  "I think he had more maturity than I had, and I'm twice his age. He was very mature, very goal-oriented. He was well loved and well respected by a lot of people." His stepfather, Arthur Robidoux speaking for the family



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          Herndon, Joseph F. II, 21
                Specialist
 Assigned to 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division (Light), Schofield Barracks, Hawaii

Died 29 July 2004 in Hawijah, Iraq, after being shot while on guard duty.
 

Hometown:  Derby, Kan   Specialist Joseph F. Herndon II  graduated from Derby High School where the former football player was remembered as a model of loyalty.

Sgt. Chris Bolwell, who served with Spc Hendon says he was the kind of man who collected friends wherever he went. "He was a big mush, the way he talks about his wife and his family," said . "Everybody liked him."  Sgt. Andrew Fix, Spc Herndon's best man at his wedding, adds "He was just one of those kids." 

Twice wounded since arriving in Iraq, Herndon had twice insisted on returning. Fellow soldiers said Spc Herndon once had to be forced onto a truck to get medical treatment because he didn't want to leave his unit.  "Joe was your friend whether he knew you for 20 minutes or 20 years," said his friend, Loren Flaherty. "You rarely meet someone who can teach you about yourself, but Joe was one of those guys."

Specialist  Joseph F. Herndon II is survived by his wife, Melanie; mother and stepfather, Virginia and Gerald Evans of Derby; sister and brother-in-law, Cynthia and Sr. Airman Doug Ambeau; stepsisters, Chesiree Kregg, Chelsea Evans

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Herold, Adam G., 23
    Specialist (SPC)
Assigned to 2nd Battalion, 377th Parachute Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska;
 
Died June 10 in Lutifiyah, Iraq, of wounds sustained from an improvised explosive device.
Hometown: OMAHA, Neb, He earned a high school equivalency certificate and joined the Job Corps in Utah to learn a trade.
 
"He knew he would succeed.""Just a wonderful kid, cheerful and it's just going to be impossible to fill this hole in everybody's lives," says Dave Ogden, a friend of the family.
 
He is also survived by his mother, Debbie Herold and father Lance

"I am saddened by Spc. Herold's death,"  "He is reported to have been a man of great courage and compassion, and my thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this time. We are honored to have been served by Spc. Herold and will remain ever-grateful for his sacrifice."

 -Alaska State Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell-

Memorial sites celebrating the life of SPC Herold are located at:

 
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Hobbs, Brian S., 28
Staff Sergeant(SSG)

Assigned to 2nd Battalion, 5th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division (Light), Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. 

Killed  14 October 2004 in Miam Do, Afghanistan when an improvised explosive device detonated near his dismounted patrol.
Hometown: Mesa, Az

Staff Sergeant Brian Hobbs finished his four-year Army stint in 1996 so that he could be closer to his wife and three kids. The Mesa native became a correctional officer, but he missed the Army. “I could see the spark was gone,” said his wife, whom he met in high school, “and if you love somebody, you support them in whatever they do.” So in 1999, he re-enlisted.

His family followed him to Kentucky and Hawaii, until in 2004, the Army sent Staff Sgt. Hobbs to Afghanistan. He was killed near Miam Do when his vehicle hit a land mine. The church in Mesa where he grew up named an education center in his honor. “Before my dad left,” Brian's young son told the New York Times, “he said he wasn't afraid to die.” Brian's wife moved the family to Ohio. “It is hard to let go,” she told the Times.

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Hoe, Nainoa K., 27
  1st Lieutenant (1LT)
Assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Wash.;
 
 
 
Died on 22 Jan 05  in Mosul, Iraq, of wounds received when he was attacked by enemy forces using small-arms fire.
Hometown: Kailua, Hawaii, graduated from Kamehameha Schools in 1995 and earned a full Fish Scholarship. Received  bachelors degrees in management information systems and a master’s in business administration from the University of Hawaii.
 
Earned his Army commission with UH Manoa's ROTC Warrior Battalion, serving in every leadership position during his enrollment, including cadet Battalion Commander. 1LT Hoe was also the recipient of the General George Marshall Award and the Gov. Linda Lingle Award in addition to many other awards.
 
“He was a great guy,” said Pfc. Nakoa Hoe, the brother of 1st Lt. Nainoa K. Hoe. “He was a great brother, he was a great husband to my sister-in-law, and he was a great son to my parents.”  Adding, “The truth of the matter is, Nainoa is not resting right now,”  “There’s no doubt in my mind that 1st Lt. Hoe is looking down on his men, protecting them, influencing their every decision, and just adding that little bit of luck that everybody needs in combat.”
 
1LT Hoe and Emily Hoe were married during a simple sunset ceremony on a Hawaiian beach attended only by their families. Sharon Vo, his mother-in-law, says,  “He was a wonderful man. She fell in love with him immediately,” Vo said, of her daughter. “She has a notebook here with all his awards. He was a top soldier. He had done so much, it’s unbelievable. Now she is 21 and a widow.”
 
"You can hear about his millitary record, his academic performance and how he attained excellence in those areas, but he was a genuine friend to many people, "for a person who lives only 27 years, he's had quite an impact.  Those are the comments of  LT. Col James Johnson, a professor of military science at the University of Hawaii. He knew 1LT Hoe as a cadet during his last year as a graduate student. Further commenting that "He was so genuine in his pursuit of the very best in himself and others.
 
"Nainoa considered himself a Hawaiian warrior, but he also was a modern-day soldier", says Tommy Kaulukukui Jr., a longtime friend of the Hoe family. Family members are proud to point out that he was an active duty officer and not a member of the Reserves at the time of his death.
 
1LT Hoe is survived by his wife, Emily Mai; brother Nakoa, and parents Allen and Adele
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Holliday, Jaron D.,21
   Specialist (SPC)
1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division
 
Killed on 4 Aug 07, in Hawr Rajab, Iraq, when the vehicle he was in struck an improvised explosive device during combat operations.
Hometown: Tulsa, Ok. Jaron Holliday was the oldest of eight siblings - seven boys and one girl.
 
"He was home-schooled and graduated through the Christian Home Education Fellowship of Oklahoma in 2004. At his graduation, he played the piano and received a standing ovation. ''He was a people-watcher,'' . ''He loved people. He was the kind of person who, if he saw someone sitting by themselves looking depressed or upset, he made it his mission to make them smile before he left, and usually accomplished that goal.'' his mother Kelly Holliday recalls.
 
SPC Holliday had always wanted to be in the armed forces, and at age 11 he began researching which branch he wanted to go into,  In 2005, at age 19, he joined the Army.

''That was always his desire -- to go into the military and serve,'' she also shares. ''When 9/11 happened, he was 15, and he said, 'If I were old enough to serve, I would.' ''

I had the pleasure of getting to know Jaron in Fort Rich and it was a great pleasure deploying with him to iraq and serving with him. Finding out he had passed brought tears to my eyes. There is something missing since he is gone that can never be replaced. No matter how bad i was feeling i could always count on holliday to make me smile. I still seems like a dream that he is not here anymore i keep looking for him to pop up and have something smart to say to make me laugh. My preyers go out to his family. Please know that you son made a huge impression on me and he will never be forgotten by me or anyone else he served with may he Rest In Peace. -SPC Jesse Lynch, U.S Army
 

My son, Spc Greg VanDyke was serving with Pfc Holliday when he was killed and was one his best friends. I want to thank Jaron for his service to his country. It was actually a hope of mine to meet him when they all came home, unfortunately, that will not be possible. My thoughts and prayers go out to Jaron's family as well as his Army family. God bless you. My heart breaks for your loss. Please accept my sincere condolences. -Stacie Burgin-

Newspaper Article celebrating the life of SPC Holliday:

http://www.tulsaworld.com/TWPDFs/2007/Final/W_081407_A_1.pdf

Memorial video celebrating the life of PFC Holliday located at:

http://www.godtube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=f4f4e8eb4b7194575e1e&msg=Your%20inappropriate%20request%20is%20sent%20successfully

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Hook, Michael A., 25
   Specialist (SPC)
Assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii;
 
Enlisted in the Army in 2005
 
Died Aug. 22 in Multaka, Iraq, of injuries sustained when his helicopter crashed.
Hometown: Altoona, PA  graduated in 2001 from Altoona  High School. 
 
His High School Football Coach Phil Riccio remembered SPC Hook, a defensive lineman and letterman, as a hardworking, straightforward youth who put others ahead of himself, adding “He was a young man who gave everything he had,”.
 
He  is also described as a tough young man who was fiercely competitive and focused, yet with a great sense of humor. Enjoyed hunting, fishing, Penn State and Steelers football and weight lifting.
 
After attending Altoona High, Spc. Hook went to live with his father in Atlantic City, New Jersey for a year, before returning to his hometown to work for a roofing contractor.
 
His father, Larry Hook says that SPC Hook decided  to go into the military on his own and that he didn't try to talk him out of it. At the time he thought, and still thinks, it was a good move and knows his son planned to make a career of it, while furthering his education.
“He died doing what he wanted to do,” Mr. Hook adds. “But it’s been pretty devastating.”  Spc. Hook was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church.

Spc. Hook was scheduled to have a month's leave in October 07, when he planned to return to Altoona to marry his fiancee, Suzie Fetterman, who is expecting the couple's baby boy following month.
 
He is also survived by his father,Larry, mother, MaryAnn Hook and stepmother, Belinda Hook
Spc. Hook was dedicated, and put himself through hell to lose weight and be a scout. He was a great person who sets his mind to something and makes sure it is accomplished."
"Whenever I saw Spc. Hook he always was in a good mood with a smile on his face. His personality and presence was contagious to everyone around him."
"Spc. Hook was very disciplined and strived to excel every day."
-Maj. William O'Brien, rear detachment commander, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3IBCT-

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Hubbard, Nathan C.
       Corporal (CPL)
 Assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii;
 
 
Nathan and his brother Jason Hubbard joined the Army together in 2005, shortly after their brother was killed. The Hubbards lost Nathan’s older brother, Marine Lance Cpl. Jared Hubbard, to a roadside bomb in downtown Ramadi in 2004.
 
Died Aug. 22 in Multaka, Iraq, of injuries sustained when his helicopter crashed. Was awarded the Bronze Star
Hometown: Clovis, Ca.  
 
Buchanan High Principal Don Ulrich remembered Nathan Hubbard, a 2004 graduate, as a happy-go-lucky student and junior varsity wrestler who made friends easily. Cpl. Hubbard was barely out of high school when a roadside bomb killed his brother Jared and Jared's best friend. He tattooed his brother's initials on his arm, described him as his hero and enlisted to pick up where his big brother left off .
 
Early in the Iraq war, Jeff and Peggy Hubbard received the devastating news that their son Jared, a Marine, had been killed alongside his best friend. Two years, nine months and 18 days later, the notification concerned their youngest,  Cpl.  Hubbard.

A third brother, Jason, was on another helicopter in the same unit and was at the crash site. He accompanied his brother's body on a flight out of Iraq and was on his way home for the funeral.
 
"It's difficult for us, even though we are people who deal with disturbing situations on a daily basis. It gets under our armor, even though we deal with death all the time," Capt. Drew Berrington, a longtime friend whose son grew up with Jared Hubbard said  and that the family's double tragedy had unsettled the most hardened veterans.
Berrington said.


California Governor Schwarzenegger Issued the following statement:
“Corporal Nathan Hubbard’s sacrifice is a somber reminder of the high price of freedom and his honorable legacy will not be forgotten. Nathan’s patriotism and dedication as a member of the armed forces is an inspiration to us all. Our hearts and sympathies go out to Nathan’s family, friends and loved ones and we will continue to pray for their solace during this difficult time.”

Hubbard, 21, died Aug. 22 as a result of injuries suffered when his helicopter crashed in Multaka, Iraq. Hubbard was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, United States Army, Schofield Barracks, HI. The cause of the incident is under investigation.

In honor of Cpl. Hubbard, Capitol flags were flown at half-staff.
 
Cpl. Hubbard was one of the most motivated Soldiers I've had the honor of knowing. Where you found Nathan you could always find his brother Jason. The two of them always pushed each other to only be that much better."
"Cpl. Hubbard was very loyal to his family and to his unit. He always strived for excellence."
"Cpl. Hubbard was an extremely brave Soldier who went through loss and still decided to fight. His character is unmatched."
-Maj. William O'Brien, rear detachment commander, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3IBCT -


 

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Hughes, Jermiah C.,26
Specialist (SPC)

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Huffman, Jason "Jay" I.,23
     Corporal

Assigned to 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment from Schofield Barracks.

Joined the Army in 2003, first duty station was Mosul, Iraq, for 11 months, then stationed at Ft. Lewis, Washington, for six months. Also,served a tour in Camp Casey, Korea, for one year. Sent to Kirkuk, Iraq, for a second tour.

Killed on 6 Dec 06 when a makeshift bomb exploded near his vehicle while on patrol in Hawija.

Hometown was Conover, N.C.
 
He is survived by his parents, Gary W. Huffman (retired from the U.S. Army) and Karen Barlow Huffman of the home; a sister, Torie Murphy and husband, Jimmy, of Maiden; paternal grandparents, Jean Porch and husband, Frank, of Vale; maternal grandparents, Earl and Rebecca Barlow of Conover; a nephew, Seth Murphy; a niece, Emma Murphy; and a number of uncles and aunts.

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Hullender, Michael R.,29
Sergeant (SGT)
Assigned to the 1st Battalion, 501st Airborne Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska;
 
Enlisted in the Army in September 1998 and attended Basic Training at Fort Lenardwood, Missouri and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
 
Duty Assignments: Attended Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia. Graduated Airborne School, assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning, Georgia  served as a Combat Medic. During his service with the Rangers, SSG Hullender deployed to Afghanistan with C Company and participated in a combat jump into Vengeance DZ, in southern Afghanistan on 18 October 2001. In July 2002 SSG Hullender was reassigned to 4th Ranger Training Battalion at Fort Benning, Georgia served as the Emergency Care Specialist. In May 2005, assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry (Airborne) at Fort Richardson, Alaska, served as the Combat Medic. In October 2006 deployed Iraq.
 
Died 28 April 07 in Iskandariyah, Iraq, of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his unit during combat patrol operations.
 
Awards: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal with numeral 2, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal with Arrowhead, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon with numeral 2, Combat Medical Badge, Expert Field Medical Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, and Parachutist Badge with Bronze Service Star. He is also a graduate of the Jumpmaster Course.
Hometown: Little Falls, New Jersey,  a native of Decatur, Georgia. and a   1996 graduate of Norcross High School, where he played offensive line in football as a linebacker and also was a member of the Civil Air Patrol. Attended West Georgia College, majoring in business.
 
He was preparing wounded soldiers for medical transport when he was killed. He also parachuted with other soldiers into Afghanistan soon after the Sept. 11 attacks.

He is survived by his father, Ren and his wife, Tammy Hullender, of Winder; his mother, Cindy Wilkins Malmo of Little Falls, N.J.; his sisters, Lisa and her husband, David Filkins, of Jasper, and Amy and her husband, Chuck Ford, of Grayson; his grandparents, Ralph and Gerry Hullender of Buford; his stepbrothers, Steven Peele and Jason Peele, both of Winder; a stepsister, Chelsea Peele of Winder; his aunt, Ann and her husband, Tim McNeil, of Buford; his uncle, Chuck Wilkins of New Jersey; and his fiancée, Ms. Kyle Harper of Eliot, Maine.

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Hyde, Daniel B., 24
First Lieutenant (1st Lt.)

Assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team's 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii

In 2007 graduated 23rd out of 968 cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Served as a platoon leader.

 Killed 7 March 2009 when a rocket-propelled grenade struck his Humvee


Hometown Medesto, Ca, graduated from Downey High School in 2003 and   West Point in 2007. He is believed to be Downey's first two-term student body president and said his parents were his biggest influence; that his biggest dislike was people who were undisciplined; and that his advice to kids was "not to accept mediocrity in any aspect of your life."

1st Lt. Hyde played football, basketball and golf in high school, and was a member of at least two academic honor societies, maintaining a 4.20 GPA. He volunteered at Delta Blood Bank and worked at a golf course. In 2002  he was featured in The Bee's Teen Hall of Fame. 

"You don't coach too many kids like him. He was a good athlete, a good student, a good person. He had it all," I have four daughters and there's very few young men I would want to marry them. But he's that kind of man." said Frank Bispo who was head football coach at Downey for 10 years  and coached 1Lt.Hyde, a quarterback, for two of those years.

"At school he was really popular," said friend Adam Aguilera,  "He had the athletics and the intelligence, but he was just so good toward people. Some people can have all that talent and just look down on people, but I never heard him say anything bad about anybody in our class. He just had a kindness about him."

 “Dan was a great soldier, leader and human being, a natural leader who had an immediate and profound impact on everyone he came in contact with,” Maj. Gen. Robert Caslen said.


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Gov. Schwarzenegger issued the following statement about 1st Lt. Daniel B. Hyde :


"First Lieutenant Daniel Hyde was a brave soldier who committed his life to serving our country and protecting the ideals that it was built upon. Maria and I are grateful for his service and we will never forget his sacrifice. On behalf of all Californians, we send our thoughts and prayers to Daniel’s family, friends and fellow soldiers as they mourn this tremendous loss."

Memorial sites celebrating the life of 1Lt Daniel B. Hyde are at:



http://www.legacy.com/gb2/default.aspx?bookID=790398980583

http://www.militarycity.com/valor/4000738.html
 

http://iraq.pigstye.net/article.php/DanielBHyde

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Isshak, Daniel, 25
Staff Sergeant (SSG)

Assigned to 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry, 3rd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division Schofield Barracks, Hawaii

 

Joined Army in 1999 Completed Ranger training, spoke fluent Arabic

 

Shot and killed on 3 Oct 06 in the city of Hawijah when his convoy suffered a grenade attack and he dismounted to secure the area.

For his actions that day, he was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

Hometown was Alta Loma, Calif., of Muslim of Russian heritage

Isshak spent his childhood in Anaheim, where he attended Hansen Elementary School.  the family moved to Alta Loma in 1992, they stayed involved in the local Circassian community. Circassians are Muslims who originated from southern Russia – live in Orange County.

Studied Circassian language and dance classes when he was a child and teenager, later played ice hockey. Also, liked to play his guitar and enjoyed acoustic music.

At work or play, he had a streak of single-minded tenacity that wouldn’t allow him to quit or back down no matter what the situation.

“He loved his soldiers, he loved being out on patrol,” said Staff Sgt. Christopher Hooten. "He had the craziest laugh,...  It was a goofy, infectious laugh, so strange and arresting it almost sounded cartoonish. It started out small and built to a high-pitched crescendo so uniquely odd that at times people thought he was faking it. But it was unmistakable,  and it made others laugh, too.

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Johnson, Christopher B., 29
Captain

Assigned to the 1st Battalion, 25th Aviation, 25th Infantry Division (Light), Wheeler Army Air Field, Hawaii

In 1994 enrolled in the U.S. Military Academy at West Point . Graduated as a second lieutenant in 1998. Attended flight school at Fort Tucker, Ala., and later served with the 7th Cavalry in Korea. Assignened to a tour in Kuwait, followed by an assignment with the 25th Infantry Division in Hawaii.  Later deployed to Iraq as a Company Commander in January 2004.

Killed 16 Oct 04 when his OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter apparently collided with another OH-58D helicopter and crashed in Baghdad. Also killed was Chief Warrant Officer William I. Brennan.

Hometown: Excelsior Springs, Mo.   Graduated from North Kansas City High School in 1994  after which enrolled in the U.S. Military.
 

(Ret) Army Major Ronald Johnson, Cpt. Johnson' father“ says, "From the age of about six or seven, Christopher knew he wanted to be an Army pilot and serve in the United States military,”

“He spent his entire life focused on his personal and professional goal of protecting and defending his fellow man through his service in the armed forces,” .

His mother Margret adds, “Christopher fulfilled his lifetime goal by becoming one of our nation’s dedicated soldiers.  His only minor disappointment in terms of the war effort has been the large amount of negative publicity generated by the mainstream media’s war coverage. If American citizens could listen to the Iraqi citizens cheering when U.S. Army helicopters arrive to provide them with aid and comfort, they would appreciate and better understand why we are involved in this war-and better understand the price we must all pay for freedom,” .

Memorial sited dedicated to Captain Johnson are located at:

http://www.westpointaog.org/NetCommunity/Page.aspx?pid=997

http://projects.washingtonpost.com/fallen/dates/2004/oct/16/christopher-b-johnson/

http://www.militarycity.com/valor/457974.html

From Memorial Page:

"To the Family of Christopher B. Johnson, I served with him when he was stationed in Camp Doha, Kuwait with Third Army. I was saddend when I found out and have been trying to figure out what I could do to remember him by so I just bought a bracelet with his name on it and as soon as I get it I will never take it off. A group of us were friends of his and we all got scuba qualified together. I don't know if you have the pictures but I will gladly find them and post them to this site. Chris loved to fly and told me that if I wanted to fly to come to Campbell and he would give me a lift. Time never permitted that due to deployments. He was such a good person and I will truely miss him."
SSG "P" Zachary D. Smith zachary.smith@us.army.mil of FT Mcpherson, GA

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   Johnson, Jeremiah. J, 23
          Corporal (CPL)
Assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska;
 
Joined the Army in October 2003
 
Duty Assignments Upon completion of Infantry OSUT and Airborne School, assigned to the Army’s Special Warfare Training Detachment at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and attended training there for the next 13 months. In May 2005, CPL Johnson was reassigned to Fort Richardson, Alaska and upon arrival was assigned to Dog Company, 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry (Airborne). While assigned to Dog Company, served as a Driver, Rifleman, M-240 Gunner, .50 cal Gunner, and MK-19 Gunner.
 
Died  6 Jan. 07 in Baghdad of wounds sustained when his vehicle rolled over 26 Dec. 06 in Baghdad.

Awards: Bronze Star Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, and Expert Marksmanship Qualification Badge. He is a graduate of the Combat Lifesaver Course, Combatives Level 1, and Basic Airborne School.

 


Hometown: Vancouver, Wash, the eldest of five children, was considered  a natural athlete and  became a star center-fielder for the Prairie High School baseball team. "Dreamed of playing in the Major Leagues", said David Johnson, who coached his son in Little League baseball.
 
But baseball wasn't the only interest in Cpl. Johnson's life. As a first-grader, he met Gale, whom he married, at Sunday school. She often attended hisbaseball games, and traveled with his family to out-of-state tournaments. The two married soon after graduating from Prairie High School in 2001, his father recalled. Adding, "He wanted to do his part for his country,"
 
   Besides his mother, Johnson is survived by his wife, Gale; two children, Isaiah, Rya, , his father, David Johnson and mother ,Elizabeth Johnson.  He also is survived by four siblings: Naphtali, Lauralee,  Zachary,  and Tim. He is survived by many other relatives, several of them in the Vancouver area.
Memorial sites celebrating the life of Corporal Johnson are located at:
 
 
 

A trust fund for Cpl. Johnson's wife and children has been set up at Washington Mutual. Donations in his name can be made at any branch.        

Sara Jean Green: 206-515-5654 or sgreen@seattletimes.com

 

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Kahalewai, Jr., (Jr. Boy)Henry K ., 43
   Staff Sergeant (SSG)

Was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), Fort Lewis, Wash.

Served two tours of duty during and after the Desert Storm campaign to liberate Kuwait in 1991, then two more tours during the current war in Iraq. Served 19 in the military and was about ready to retire.

Died Dec. 15 06 at Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, of wounds suffered Nov. 21 in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Stryker vehicle.

Born and raised in Hilo, graduating from Hilo High School.

Drove the special truck that carried the mirror of the Subaru Telescope to the summit of Mauna Kea when it was under construction.

During the attack, the blast hit him, taking one leg and spraying his body with shrapnel. SSG Kahalewai was first treated in Germany and later transferred to Houston, where he died with his son and other family members by his side.

He is survived by his wife, Debbie,his son Aaron and their two daughters, who lived with him in Tacoma, and a grandson.

"This is our hero," "I want the people of Hawaii to know what they lost." -Joseph Aguiar, Cousin-

He was their guardian angel," referring to SSG Kahalewai's family ,friends and those who served with him, Army Chaplain Jay Clark told mourners at his funeral. Also stating that he had won the affection of his men. "Henry's soldiers followed him just because they didn't want to disappoint his kindness"

Kanakaole, Eugene D.M, 19
Private (E-2)

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    Kennedy, Adam P., 25
      Sergeant (SGT)
He joined the Army as a Mortar Man, 11C, in August 2004 and attended One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Georgia.
 
Duty Assignments: Upon completion of OSUT and Basic Airborne School, assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry (Airborne), 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division at Fort Richardson, Alaska in January 2005. SGT Kennedy was later selected to serve as the Executive Assistant to the Brigade Commander and in July 2006 was hand selected to serve on the Commander’s Personal Security Detachment. He participated in several training exercises with the unit including the Joint Readiness Training Center Exercise 06-09.  In October 2006, SGT Kennedy deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom where he participated in numerous combat patrols and operations.
Killed on 8 April 07 when his unit was hit with indirect fire while conducting combat control near Diwaniyah, Iraq.
 
Awards:Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Expert Infantryman Badge, Combat Infantryman Badge, Basic Parachutist Badge, and Expert Marksmanship Qualification Badge.  He is also a graduate of the Spartan Brigade Pre-Ranger Course.
Hometown: Norfolk, Mass, graduated from Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood in 2000 and  from Norwich University, a private military college in Northfield, Vt., in 2004, majoring in computer science.
 
At Norwich, he spent time away from his studies rock-climbing in the Green Mountains, participated in a cold weather rescue team and although he had little background as a runner, finished a marathon during a break from military training in Alaska, his parents said.
Many of the upperclassmen at Norwich remember SGT Kennedy from when they first arrived. He helped prepare many of the young students for life as a member of Norwich’s Corps of Cadets

"His lifelong ambition was to be in the military," his father David said. "He really loved the discipline, and the physical conditioning." “To go and do his duty in the face of this danger took a courage I am incapable of,” . “Was he afraid? Hell yes, yet his honor demanded he continue his mission

Additionally saying that his son lived with a code of honor. “Adam had a personal code of honor that I still do not understand. He would disclose information about himself when it was clearly not in his best interest because his sense of honor required him to do so,” Kennedy said. “It was this exquisite sense that enabled him to fully live up to the [Norwich] motto ‘I will try.’

SGT Kennedy is survived by his mother Nancy, father John, brother Colin, and sister Maureen
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  Kim, Jeungjin (Nikky), 23
            Private
Assigned to 2nd Battalion, 17th Field Artillery, 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Hovey, Korea. 

Killed 6 October 2004 in Ar Ramadi, Iraq, when his patrol was attacked by enemy forces using small arms fire.
Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii  Private Jeungjin Kim was born in Korea and moved to the United States during his high school years speaking little English and graduated from an Ohio high school. He moved to Hawaii and attended Hawaii Pacific University, where he majored in business, but contemplated a career in the CIA, FBI, the military and finally decided on the Honolulu Police Department.

He didn't always want to be a soldier, but he did want to serve and protect," said his wife, A Young-Kim. "He looked ahead to when he was going to get out, and he already had looked through all the stuff, the procedures to get into HPD."

I love him. So many people loved him.  But I can't be sad because my husband loved me so well in life, and I loved him so well. I'm sad only that I couldn't do more for my husband in the future. We were always in competition who could do better for each other."

We still are going to be together forever, babe.I'm going to love you for the rest of my life." she said at the services for her husband.

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Kincaid IV, (Aaron)Kenneth E., 25
Private First Class (PFC)

Was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii;

Enlisted in the Army in October 2005

Died 23 Sept. 06 of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Humvee during combat operations in Riyadh.

Was born in Wheeling, WV and raised in West Virginia, Ohio, Illinois and Georgia. Attending schools in all these states, he graduated from Faith Academy of Loganville, Georgia in 1999

Loved motorcycles, fishing and had a love for nature.

Survived by his Mother, Marcia, of Lilburn, GA; his Father, Kenneth (III), of Acworth, GA; his brother, Marc, of Miami, FL; and his wife, Rachel, and daughters, Kennedy Nicole (Keni) and Abigail McLain (Abi) who will relocate to Georgia. His extended family also includes many loving grandparents, uncles, an aunt and cousins.

Three days before his death, Kincaid sent an e-mail to his father:  "Hi, how are you. Everything over here is fine," his father recalled it saying. "Who am I kidding? This is terrible. I hate seeing guys getting blown up. I guess I am one of the lucky ones. Thank God."

"He didn't tell us in so many words why he enlisted, but he was married and he wanted a better career for his family,"  "Everyone was concerned (about the war), but he had made up his mind and we respected his wishes."  -Kenneth Kincaid, PFC Kincaid's Father-

"He had the coolest smile in the world,"He made friends, he helped people, he helped strangers. He was one handsome, loving, giving son who will be forever missed." -Marcia Kincaid , PFC Kincaid's Mother-

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Krege, Travis C., 24 
Private First Class(PFC)

Was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry, 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii

Killed on 6 Dec 06 when a bomb exploded near his vehicle while on patrol in Hawija. Iraq

Hometown was Cheektowaga, New York  A 2000 graduate of Maryvale High School

 

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Lafleur, Jason K. , 28
    Corporal (CPL)
Assigned to the 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska;
 
 Enlisted in the Army in 2005, performed duties as  a cavalry scout .
 
Awards:  Army Commendation Medal, Achievement Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Combat Action Badge and Parachute Test Badge. Awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star posthumously.
 
Died  4 Aug. 07 in Hawr Rajab, Iraq, when the vehicle he was in struck an improvised explosive device during combat operations.

Hometown: Ignacio, Co.  Cpl. LeFleur was born in Houston and was reared in Lockhart in central Texas.  Graduated from Lockhart High School in 1997

He showed an aptitude for math and picked up playing the drums while in high school, eventually decided to go to college at Ole Miss and studied math there for two years before moving to Durango in 2000 - drawn there mostly for the skiing, according to his parents.

He worked for the city of Durango in the recycling department and also held a job at Home Depot before deciding in 2004 to join the Army. Cpl. LeFleur was fanatical about the University of Texas teams he love sports. Also liked bluegrass music, Cajun food and could dominate trivia games involving sports and music.

His mother recalls the day she was notified. The door bell rang, "I brought my eyes up and the two soldiers are standing there and I know they're only there to tell me he's gone, but you can't wrap your hands or your mind around it. It just seemed surreal. I kept telling myself, 'I know I'm going to hear from him.' "

Survived by his parents and sister Megan LeFleur of Austin, Texas

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Lee, Arthur Seak Pui, 78

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Retired manager of Robin's Shoe Store at Ala Moana Center. Consultant to many national and internation shoe dealerships

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Linck, Henry W.
  Staff Sergeant
Assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment (Airborne), 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska.
 
Joined the Army in October 2000
 
Duty Assignments:Upon completion of ITB at Fort Benning, Georgia in April 2001, assigned to the Long Range Reconnaissance Surveillance Detachment (LRSD), Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.  On 11 October 2005 arrived at Fort Richardson, Alaska and assigned as a Squad Leader in Able Company, 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry (Airborne).      
 
AWARDS: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal with knot, the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Ranger Tab, Combat Infantry Badge, Expert Infantry Badge, Parachutist Badge, and Air Assault Badge. Graduate of the Warrior Leaders Course, Ranger Course, Air Assault Course, Basic Airborne School, Dragon Master Course, and the U.S. Army Jumpmaster School
Hometown: Maryville, attended elementary and junior high school in Marysville
 
 
He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Sandra and Paul Fye, Marysville; his brother, Michael Linck, Atchison; his father and a half-brother, Dakota Linck, who live in Lebanon, Tennessee.
 

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Lantieri, Jason M. , 25
   Sergeant (SGT)
Assigned to the 725th Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska;
 
Joined the Army in 2005
 
Died Oct. 10 in Iskandaryah, Iraq, of injuries sustained during a vehicle accident.
 Hometown:Killingworth, Conn.  Sgt Lantieri graduated from Haddam-Killingworth High School in 2000 and earned a business degree from Western New England College in Springfield, Mass.
 
He is survived by his father, mother a sister and brother
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   Lindsey, Jamey T. 20
       Specialist (SPC)
Assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska;
 
 
Died April 12 in Baghdad of wounds sustained when his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device.

Hometown: Florence, Ala, a 2004 graduate of Bradshaw High, the last graduating Bradshaw class before the school merged with Coffee to form Florence High School. As a senior, played on the infield for Bradshaw.

SPC Lindsey liked the outdoors and loved to hunt and fish,” “And he spent a lot of time riding ATVs with his grandfather Wayne Lindsey. They were very close say family members.

“Jamie was a simple man," said Margo Patterson, a high school friend. “It’s really true. He just wanted to make everyone happy. He was really lighthearted and just wanted you to laugh."  “To think he really did something he wanted to do and his heart was in it, that’s what has given me closure," she continued. “It makes me think I should be living my life the way he lived his life, doing what he wanted to do. Being an American soldier was his destiny. He gave it his all."

Also adding, that he had two favorite quotes :One was from Eleanor Roosevelt: “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do things you think you cannot do."
The other was from the West Point Cadet prayer: “Encourage us in our endeavor to live above the common level of life. Help us to choose the harder right inside of the easier wrong."


The Rev. Donnie McDaniel baptized him at Underwood Baptist Church in Florence and says “He was a good kid. He was my hero because he voluntarily fought for our freedom and our country,” “I have the utmost respect for him.”

Specialist Lindsey had just re-enlisted for another four years. "I believe he was considering a career in the military," . "He and his wife, Michelle, lived in a condo in Alaska but said they were planning on buying a house there." said Tony Lindsey.

In addition to his wife, Specialist Lindsey is survived by his father, mother, Genice and stepfather, Mike Nelson.

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Loa, Jeffrey S.,32
Sergeant (SGT)

Assigned to 1st Battalion, 35th Armored Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, Baumholder, Germany;

Had been in the Army about nine years, but there was a break in service.

Died Aug. 16 of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his dismounted patrol in Ramadi, Iraq.

Sgt. Loa grew up in American Samoa, but considered Hawai'i to be his second home.

He was the oldest of three brothers, all of whom had enlisted in the Army.

Survived by his wife Mary, who had moved back to Kansas to be with her family during the deployment.

"He joined the armed forces, so going to Iraq was part of his job,"  The Samoans feel that it is an honor to serve in the military as part of their service to the United States." -Duke Loa, former Army servicemember, Sgt. Loa's Father-

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Locklear III, Velton, 29
  Sergeant (SGT)

Was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

This was his second tour in Iraq.

Killed on 23 Sept 06 when a bomb exploded near his Humvee during combat operations in Riyadh.

Lacey, Wash., was his hometown, but he was born in El Paso, Texas. In 1995 graduated from Eastwood High School where he was a standout wide receiver and received a scholorship. After  a semester in college,  joined the Army.

Among his many talents, he was a cello player, Playing in the Cumberland County Orchestra and in the Universidad Autonoma de Juares in Mexico.

He is survived by his wife Denise, and sons, Nathan and Velton IV and father

"He wanted to be an infantry soldier. He was interested in being up front where all the action is, I was extremely proud he joined the military. I encouraged him to do that and sometimes I feel guilty for doing that. But, he definitely enjoyed the military life,"  -Sgt. Maj. Velton Locklear Jr.(Ret), Sgt.Locklear's Father-

You can visit the website set up to celebrate his life at: http://www.betterarmorforsoldiers.com/index.html


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Lootens, Jonathan E.
    Sergeant, (SGT)

Assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

Joined the military in response to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Was on his second tour of duty.  Graduated from Boot Camp he was a Chemical Weapons Specialist, promoted to Sergeant in April 2006.  Last dut assignment served as a turret gunner.

Awards include the Army Commendation Medal

Killed 15 Oct 06 the Humvee he was in hit a roadside bomb.

Hometown: Lyons, N.Y.

 

He is survived by his parents - Robert Lootens of Phelps, Deborah Qualtieri of Norwalk, Connecticut, and his sister Andrea Ralyea, husband and child

“You could easily say that Jon had a very troubled youth, he frequently walked on the wrong side of the law, and the point where he joined the military, it was either military or prison. Sept. 11 was the straw that broke the camel’s back. The Army changed gave him a sense of purpose and identity" - Andrea Ralyea, Sister-

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Lotter, Christopher W., 20
Private First Class (PFC)

Assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks

Joined the Army January 2008, and in June assigned to Hawaii unit. trained as a cannon crew member at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

Shot by insurgents while providing security for an effort to help a town get clean drinking water,  died 31 Dec 2008 in Balad of his wounds suffered

Hometown: Chester Heights, Pa., was a 2006 graduate of Point High School on the southern coast of South Africa.

"The last selfless act of Lotter's life was to help the people of Khadasia to have fresh, clean drinking water," Company Commander Capt. Jeff Rhodes,  said at the service. "To honor his sacrifice, the soldiers in his company will ensure the water plant is up."

He is survived by his father, Barry of Chester Heights; mother, Marlene of South Africa; sister, Michelle; and brother, Justin.

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Babe, there is nothing in this world that could describe the hollow space left between my ribs now that you are gone. You shone like a blinding light in my life, and now it is hard to see much without you in it. You made me smile, and made me laugh even from thousands of miles away. My heart aches without you, as I now mourn not only the loss of my soul, but the loss of a life we promised to share with each other forever. Every night I read your letters, your e-mails, listen to your voicemails and look at your beautiful pictures and can't believe I won't be getting another phone call from you, ever again. Each day that passes I fall more in love with you, more crazy about the person you were and all that you taught me. You were selfless and loyal, loving and always so happy to be serving in the name of others. You were a protecter, a guardian, a leader. You never put yourself first, and I know from the core of me that no one will ever amount to what you meant to me, and to the love we shared. I adored everything about you, and now I live to honor everything we promised each other. You are my hero, my heart and my soul, my light and joy. True love is eternal, and hero's never really die. I miss you beyond the stars and the moon, and I smile at the thought of meeting with you again, and being held in your arms. I love you forever, my one and only.
Our HERO.

Kim Dudine, 
 
Memorial sites decicated to PFC Christopher W. Lotter

http://www.delcotimes.com/articles/2009/01/05/news/doc4962d78868d6e268726109.txt

http://legacy.com/WashingtonPost/Soldier/Story.aspx?personid=122268526

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=32651164

http://www.legacy.com/gb2/guestbookentryprint.aspx?bookId=2577102646126



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Love(-Fowler), Joseph I., 22 
Private First Class (PFC)

Assigned to the 94th Engineer Combat Battalion (Heavy), 8th Sustainment Command (Theater), Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

Enlisted in the Army in March 2003 and was sent to basic training in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.  Reported  to Schofield Barracks after completing basic combat training in July 05, trained as a combat engineer, servered  in Bravo Company as a carpentry and masonry specialist.

Killed  on 9 Apr 06 when a makeshift bomb exploded near his Humvee during convoy operations in Balad.

Hometown: North Pole, Alaska, his family moved to Fairbanks from Washington when he was about 3 years old. Would often play basketball with his sister at nearby Weller Elementary School.
 
Snowboarded and rollerbladed "like a pro"  and regularly played pool with his mom. Loved music, from the alternative rock group Cake to classical cello music by Yo Yo Ma and playing guitar with is father. 
 
Graduated from Fairbanks Youth Academy with a 4.0 grade point average . Joined the Army  to eventually attend college and study architecture.
 
"He joined because he really believed in the end, he wanted to bring freedom to these people, he believed in the ultimate good in things."
_Dan Fowler, Father-

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Madden, Joshua B.,21
    Sergeant (SGT)

Assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry, 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii;

Died Dec. 6 of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle while on patrol in Hawijah, Iraq

Hometown: Minden, Louisiana.  Raised in Sibley south of Minden and was the son of two prominent Webster Parish families.   Graduated from  Minden High School in 2003. Married the former Aimee Danielle "Dani" Smock in 2003.

He is survived by wife, son Jaxon Levi Madden; his parents, Jerry Madden and Cindy Richardson Madden; one sister, and two brothers. He was a maternal grandson of the late Dr. Thomas A. Richardson.

Sgt. Madden and his future wife first met in the fifth grade. She remembers Josh as a "dork" in his younger days. "He was so skinny tall, skinny, big glasses — the whole nine-yards," said Dani. But a couple of years of military life had replaced his skinny bones with hardened muscle. "He had so filled out and he had muscles and he had those bright, blue eyes that I had always loved, he was the only person who made me laugh or be happy. I won't be happy, or laugh, for a long time."  -Mrs. Danielle (Dani) Madden-

Louisiana lawmakers’ annual basketball game raised $10,000 to set up a fund for the infant son of Sgt. Joshua Madden. Legislators dedicated their charity basketball game to the child, and are creating a $10,000 college scholarship fund for him.

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Manibog, Michael T., 31
         Specialist
Joined the Army in 2005, later assigned to the 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii
 
Deployed to Iraq in December 07
 
Killed Feb. 8 in Taji, Iraq, of wounds suffered when his vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device.
Immigrated to the United States from the Philippines in 1992 and graduated from San Leandro High School in  1996. 
 
Joined the Army several years ago to improve his life and that of his 9 year old son. Described as a dedicated soldier, a devoted father.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said in a statement , "Maria (Shriver) and I join all Californians in mourning the loss of Specialist Michael Manibog. His bravery and unwavering loyalty to this country are a testament to the ideals embodied by every member of our nation's armed forces. We hold Michael's family and loved ones in our thoughts and prayers as they mourn this tragic loss."

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          Manuel, Ian D. , 23
              Chief Warrant Officer
Assigned to the 571st Medical Company (Air Ambulance), Fort Carson, Colo.;


Killed 8 Jan 2004 while on board a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter when it crashed during a Medevac mission in Fallujah, Iraq.

Hometown: Clay Florida CW Manuel was born in Honolulu, HI and later graduated from  Clay High School near in Green Cove Springs, Fla., near Jacksonville, loved playing lunchtime volleyball games against the teachers. Ian was what we affectionately refer to as a gym rat,” said Clay Principal Pete McCabe


School baseball coach Robby Thompson said he received his own letter from CW Manuel
indicating that he wanted to come back to Clay to be a physical education teacher after he got out of the military.

“It’s just a travesty to lose a young man like him because he was just such a good person,” Thompson said. “He always had a smile. He was the first to put all the balls up, and he’d be the first to pick up the equipment. You wouldn’t have to tell him.... There was no back talk, a real yes-sir, no-sir kid.”

Chief Warrant Officer Ian D Manuel is survived by  his father, Brice N. Manuel and his wife, Louise, mother, Tita C. Derrow and her husband, J.R.,  his fiance, Jill Payton and her parents, Bob and Carol Payton , as well as umerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Memorial sites dedicated to Chief Warrant Officer Ian D. Manuel are located at:

http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/idmanuel.htm

http://www.militarycity.com/valor/256978.html

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Maravillosa, Myla L., 24
       Sergeant (SGT)

Assigned to the 203rd Military Intelligence Battalion, Army Reserve, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.;

Joined the Army Reserve in 1999.

Died 24 Dec 05 in Kirkuk, Iraq, of injuries sustained earlier that day when her Humvee was attacked by enemy forces using rocket-propelled grenades in Hawijah, Iraq.

Awards: Bronze Star and the Purple Heart

Hometown: Wahiawa, Hawaii, emigrated from the Philippines in 1997. She was born in a small village called Bohol.
 
SGT Maravillosa graduated from Leilehua High School, later attended Leeward Community College and had aspirations of working at a U.S. embassy. She planned to attend Hawaii Pacific University this year, but was deployed to Iraq.
 
Her mother, Estelita Maravillosa recalls that she regularly attended the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace in downtown Honolulu and also that members of  St. Paul’s Cathedral in Boston also remembered SGT Maravillosa during Mass on Sunday.
 
SGT Myla Maravillosa joined the Reserve to help pay for college and to serve her country, with her mother supporting her daughter's decision to join the Army reserve.  “She was doing a heroic job, “She is my only child. She is my only daughter.”  Mrs. Maravillosa was notified of her daughter' death on Christmas Eve.“ Stating, "This is a very bad Christmas,”  when receiving the devastating news.

"I want her to be remembered forever," Mrs.Maravillosa said through tears. "She was a very respectful daughter -- very quiet. She was very polite. "What I wanted is my daughter will be buried with dignity and honor. That's all I wanted, that all my request will be granted, because that is my last farewell to her. That's all." SGT Maravillosa was buried near her maternal grandfather, Agapito Lumayag, in Bohol Province with full military honors.

 
 

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Memorial sites celebrating the life of SGT Myla Maravillosa are located at:
 
 
 

"Myla,
I will never forget your face when you came through Kuwait for RFI. We talked for about 45 minutes, My wife is from the same place as your mother,(Bohol,Pillipines) God does everything for a reason, and only he knows, we don't question it. Much love to your family. I recently got married in Bohol, not far from your grave site. As I stood over your grave I can't help but wonder what you could have been. Never the less, you will always be in my prayers. Mahaliki Ta Myla!"
Kirk V. Sledge SGM (RET.) of Kuwait

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Marshall, Bradley W.
      Sergeant (SGT)
Assigned to 2nd Battalion, 377th Parachute Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska
 
Joined the Army in July 1990 and later re-enlisted in March 2002. Duty assignment was as a forward observer field artilleryman.
 
Awards included:Bronze Star and Purple Heart
 
Killed by indirect mortar fire 31 July 07 while on foot at Forward Operating Base Kalsu, Iraq
Hometown: Little Rock, Arkansas
 
Remembered not only as a passionate and dedicated soldier, but also loving remembered as a mischievous teenager,steadfast and dependable man who made sure things got done — cutting the grass at his church, remodeling a home for his former high school coach, chores around the house, vacations with his family — in his own quiet way. Also, a very loyal friend.
 
John, a childhood friend broke down during the memorial services while describing the extent of SGT Marshall’s loyalty. “When I started my insurance career years ago, he was the only one of my friends to actually buy a policy from me,” he said, laughing through tears.
 
Gina Marshall recalled the way her husband always told her she was beautiful and the plans they had for after he left the military.“Brad was the love of my life,” “He was my life, and I will be forever broken,” . They had been married seventeen years.
 
Sgt. Marshall is survived by his wife Gina and their sons Wesley,Tanner, his mother,Fran and sister, Kim Mayo and many other loving friends.
 

Comment from on-line guest book dedicated to SGT Marshall

SGT Bradley Wayne Marshall is my son .The last words he spoke to me was I love you Mom but he always was so free with those words to all his family.Brad made being a Mom easy .He and his sister Kim made our house a home to lots of their friends .We were close has a family when they were growing up and Brad was so involved in all kind of sports we have so many fond memories of each step of his life and them he chose a wife that always included us .They gave us 2 grandsons we adore.I miss you so much son.I love you and your still mommys boy and my hero. Love MoM -Fran Marshall-

To visit guest book site, to to:

http://legacy.com/WashingtonPost/GB/GuestBookView.aspx?PersonID=92271300

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Martin, Thomas M., 27 
          1st Lt

Assigned to 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska

Graduated from the U. Military Academy in 2005 and was assigned as a cavalry scout officer.  Died 14 Oct. 2007 in Al Busayifi, Iraq, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using small-arms fire during combat operations.

Hometown Ward, Ark

1St Lt. Martain's life can better be described in his own words, he maintained an on-line journal, please visit it at: http://www.tommym1080.com/

Memorials. Two memorial funds to honor 1St Lt. Martin's life have been established:

Contributions may be forwarded to the 1LT Tom Martin Memorial Scholarship, Cabot Scholarship Foundation, Inc., 200 West Main Street, Cabot, Arkansas 72023.

The second fund supports the Returning Heroes Home foundation. The foundation runs an assistance center at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio that provides support for wounded Soldiers and their families.  Donations may be sent to Returning Heroes Home, 1162 E. Sonterra Blvd #210, San Antonio, Texas 78258.

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Martin, Timothy P., 27
         Sergeant
Joined Army in 2005 later assigned to the 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii
 
SGT. Martin went to interrogation and intelligence classes as part of his training and studied Arabic for eight months,  an expert sharpshooter.
 
Killed Feb. 8 in Taji, Iraq, of wounds suffered when his vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device.
Born and raised near the small Central Valley farming town of Pixley, California and grraduated from Monache High School in Porterville in 1996 and earned a bachelor's degree in biology in 2004 at St. Mary's College of California in Moraga.
 
Aspired to become an FBI agent after military service and hoped that studying and performing intelligence work in the military would help qualify for the federal agency.

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McCraw, Christopher A., 23
Private First Class (PFC)

Assigned to the 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii

PFC McCraw joined the Army in February 2007 and was assigned to Schofield Barracks in July 2007.

Died 14 Oct. 2008 in Baghdad of wounds sustained when he encountered small arms fire while on dismounted patrol.
 

Hometown: Columbia, Miss, which he called home until his parents separated as he entered high school. He moved with his mother to North Carolina, where he graduated.

“Chris was just a charmer, an all around, happy-go-lucky kid,” said Wendy Bracey, his Sunday school teacher at Woodlawn Pentecostal Church in Columbia. “He was a prankster with a sweet smile. I remember he would always sneak up behind me, then tap me on my shoulder trying to scare me.”

“He loved his job. He was a true soldier, he never mentioned anything about being scared, which is why I say he was a soldier.” says his father Avon also that he supported his son’s decision to join the military. “I was talking with him on the cell phone, and he was laughing when it cut out,”  “That was the last time I got to hear his voice, his laughter.”

According to family members, he was looking forward to coming home to get  married.
He is survived by his girlfriend, Brianna, his infant son, Isaac and his parents, Avon and Cathy McCraw.

Mason, Casey P., 22
Private First Class (PFC)

     
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McCune, Sean P., 20
Private (E-2)

Assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii;

He enlisted in the Army in  May 2008 and deployed to Iraq in October. had been an infantryman for only six months and was on his first deployment.

Died 11 January 2009 in Samarra, Iraq, of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident.


Hometown: Euless, Texas  but he grew up in Walker County, northwest of Birmingham, attended Haltom High School his freshman and sophomore years and graduated from Curry High School in 2006.

His family recalls that PVT.McCune loved to play video games and enjoyed wildlife and photography. Until recently, still shot photos on an old manual-everything, film-only Nikon camera. “He wouldn’t hurt a flea,” his father said. “He preferred to shoot animals with a camera.”

For three generations,  his father, grandfather and great-grandfather had all served in the Air Force, and Sean did not feel quite up to college yet. "He was kind of a gentle, sensitive kid," said his father, Larry McCune. "I didn’t quite understand his desire for a combat role. But you know kids. They make their minds up based on what they know. I talked to him about the risks and rewards and just tried to support him in his decision."

Pvt. McCune is also survived by his mother and stepfather, Sandi and Sandy Gibson; stepsister Natasha Gibson; and half sister Vicki Gibson.

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McDaniel, Juctin R.P, 19
Private First Class (PFC)

     
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McLead, Garret I., 23 
    Sergeant (SGT)

Assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii;

Joined Army the Army in 2002, completed sniper school and mountain survival training. Volunteered to go to Iraq , had previously served in Afghanistan.

Died Aug. 22, 2007 in Multaka, Iraq, of injuries suffered when his helicopter crashed.

Hometown: Rockport, TX
 
Described as having Hollywood good looks that might have gotten him a career in either modeling or acting. "He wanted to be an actor, "We thought he was going to California for modeling and to try his hand at acting." his uncle Paul Emmons stated. But after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Sgt McLead, was drawn to the military, friends and family said.
 
He is survived by his father Patrick and  mother, Patti McLead, and was the grandson of Norman and Jean Faye Mclead
 
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   McMillan, Jacob G.,25
      Staff Sergeant

Assigned to the 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division

Fort Richardson, Alaska.

 

 

 

Killed om 20 Dec 06 in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle and was followed by enemy small arms fire.

Hometown: Laffayette, Loiusiana
Memorial sites celebrating the life of Staff Sergeant McMillian are located at:
 
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McMillian III, William L., 22
Specialist (SPC)

Assigned to the 25th Infantry Division's 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team

Specialist William McMillan III who was assigned as a medic, was on his first tour of duty in Iraq and had recently received the Bronze.

Died 8
July 2008 in Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds suffered when his patrol was struck by an improvised explosive device.
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Hometown:  Lexington, Ky

He attended high school at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia. As a senior he was captain of the wrestling, lacrosse and football teams, winning the school's Athlete of the Year Award.

He loved the water and in his free time enjoyed wake-boarding and boating on Lake Cumberland with his family, says his mother Marge McMillan . "He was always the star athlete," she told the Lexington Herald Ledger. He attended Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va., for a year before deciding to go straight into the Army.

His wife recalls their  last conversation. "He was happy and himself. They were switching him from night shift to day shift patrol, and he was on day patrol when this incident occurred. About 12 hours later he died. The last thing he told me was he loved me. I'll always have that."

Corporal McMillan is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; his parents, Gen. William and Margorie McMillan Jr.; his sister, Lauren; and his brother, Brad.

 
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  McNeill, Phillip
   Sergeant (SGT)
Assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry (Airborne), 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska;
 
Enlisted in the Army in January 2003
 
Died 20 Jan. 07 in Karma, Iraq, of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Humvee.

Hometown: Sunrise, Florida  Born in Louisville, Ky., he grew up in Owingsville, Ky., and Cincinnati before moving with his father to Sunrise. He attended Sawgrass Springs Middle School in Coral Springs and graduated from J.P. Taravella High School in 2002.
 
Friends and relatives described him as a voracious reader who adored classics, such as Crime and Punishment, as much as children's books like the Harry Potter series. He taught himself to play the guitar, reveled in Metallica music, and helped raise money for Kids in Distress Inc.

Memorial sites celebrating the life of Sergeant McNeill are located at:
 
 
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Medina, Oscar D., 32
       (Vargas-Medina)
      Staff Sergeant (SSG)

Assigned to the 84th Engineer Battalion, 25th Infantry Division (Light), Schofield Barracks, Honolulu, Hawaii

 

Killed 1 May 04 south of Al Amarah during attack on convoy.

Hometown:  Chicago, Illinois

“He loved the Army. He used to say the Army is the best place to be. He felt strongly about going to Iraq. He felt it was necessary to fight for their freedom,” his mother, Francia Lopez said. 

She recalls that last time he called it was early in the morning to tell her that his unit was being sent to Fallujah on a “very dangerous mission.” Later in the day, he called to thank her for a package of photographs and candy and told her,  “Mommy, on Mother’s Day, please be home because I sent you a surprise.” “I feel destroyed. He was my first born and he had no father,” “I raised him by myself. He was my life.”

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Millican, Johnathon M.,20

Private (PVT)

 

Assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 377th Parachute Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska.

Joined Army in 2005

Duty Assignements: Upon completion of One Station Unit Training and Airborne School  was assigned to 4th BCT (ABN), 25th ID at Fort Richardson, Alaska. On March 1, 2006 he arrived to A Battery, 2nd Battalion, 377th Parachute Field Artillery Regiment served as an Assistant Gunner. PFC Millican participated in several training exercises with the battalion and participated in the Joint Readiness Training Center Exercise 06-09 and then deployed to  Iraq. While deployed with the 2nd Battalion, 377th Parachute Field Artillery Regiment he was under the tactical control of the 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry (Airborne), where he participated in numerous combat operations and patrols in North Babil and the Karbala Province.

 Killed on 20 Jan 07 when him patrol was ambushed while conducting dismounted operations in Karbala.

Awards: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Combat Action Badge, and the Parachutist Badge.

Hometown: Trafford, Ala graduated in 2005 from Locust Fork High School where he played football.
 
While in high school Millican worked at the concession stand at the community ballpark and coached a 5-year-old T-ball team.
 
According to Linda Hill, a close friend of the family, Shannon Millican was talking with her husband by Web cam from Iraq when something began happening on his end. "She heard somebody holler for them to run", and John took off. later his computer was logged off. PVT Millican had been abducted and later executed.
 
PVT Millican wrote on his MySpace page "You don't have to love the war,"  "but you have to love the warrior."
 
He is survived by his wife, Shannon Millican, parents, Mitchell and Angie Millican, and Mary and Ronald Lykins, in-laws, Greg and Paula Hogeland, sisters, Amber'le Millican, Ashley Millican, and Amanda Lykins, brother-in-law, Steve Martin, sisters-in-law, Amber Helton and Kristen Cleveland, grandparents, Eloise Bunn and Faye McGinnis, niece, Destiny Martin, nephew, Malachi Martin.

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Mokri, Yari, 26
  Corporal

Assigned to the 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division

Attended Texas State University and Graduated in May 2005 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice joined the U.S. Army a month later and was assigned to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri for basic training.

Cpl Mokri chose counter-intelligence as his MOS and received advanced training in this field at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. In January 2006, he was stationed at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii. He deployed in August and began an elite training program in Germany before arriving in Kirkuk Province, Iraq in September. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 25th Infantry Division.

Died 6 Dec. 06 of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle while on patrol in Hawijah, Iraq.

Hometown was: Pflugerville, Texas,born in Grenada Hills, California  to Mohammad and Donna Mokri and is the second of three children.

His family moved to Austin in 1983, where Yari attended school in Austin ISD, and later in Pflugerville ISD.

Graduated from Pflugerville High School in 1988, where he was a dedicated varsity soccer player, cross-country runner, and member of the German Club. After high school graduation, attended Texas State University. One of Cpl Mokri's major interests was the sport of soccer. He played since he was a child.

He is survived by his wife Andrea, who he recently married in a private ceremony before his deployment, and her two children, Trey and Abby; his parents Mohammad and Donna; his brother and sister-in-law, Maziar and Christine along with his niece, Kaeli and nephew, Maziar; his sister, Desiree; his maternal grandparents, Franklin and Elisabeth Bowman of Carthage Missouri; his paternal grandmother, Zahra Mokri of Kermanshah, Iran; and a loving network of extended family and friends.

Cpl Mokri'  smile has been decribed as  "the sunshine on a cloudy day". He was known for his humor and was never afraid to express himself through SNL (Saturday Night Live) cast impersonations and could carry on a conversation in movie quotes alone.

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Montgomery, Robert  J. ,29
      Sergeant (SGT)
Assigned to the 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska;
 
Died 22 May 07 in Jabour, Iraq, of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his unit.
Hometown: Scottsburg, Ind,
 
Remembered lovingly as a free spirit, a caring guy who found his share of trouble as a teen, Robert Joe Montgomery,his father was killed in a 1977 car accident. Relatives believed he had been sent to them as a gift following the tragedy. His mother, then 37, found out she was  pregnant a day after burying SGT Mongomery's father.  He turned his life around when he joined the Army his family says.
 
"Joey had fiery red hair and big blue eyes , looks that always drew comments from people, "People just loved him. There was something about him," his uncle Bill Graham who is also the town' Mayor said.
 
His guidance counselor Dancie Colson recalls that Sgt. Montgomery celebrated his graduation in 1996 by sending her a dozen yellow roses with a "thank you" note.
 
During phone calls from Iraq, he never let on that he faced tremendous danger. She often didn't know where he was calling from and didn't ask. "He never wanted to worry me," his mother Gail Bond recalled.
Sgt. Montgomery is survived by his wife, Missy, son Robert Joseph III, daughters, Skyla and Emma. Also, mother and uncle.
Montpetit, Michael J., 31
      Sergeant (SGT)

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Moore Jr.,  Benjamin,43
Command Sergeant Major (CMS)

Assigned to 2d Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3d Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii

Enlisted in the Army in 1983. Military career spaned 26 years, serving overseas tours in Korea, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Iraq.
An expert infantryman, CSM Moore earned 55 medals including a Bronze Star with Valor. He also was air assault and airborne qualified.

Died died 24 April 09 at Contingency Operating Base Speicher in northern Iraq of non combat related injuries.

Hometown: Waycross, Georgia, where he graduated from highschool in 1983 and immediately joined the U. S Army. 

CSM Moore is described as "
outspoken and strong-willed" but he was never mean. Relative say that  CSM Moore was an amateur photographer and loved to give impromptu slide shows at family reunions, and at gatherings with his fellow soldiers. Family and comrades were his favorite photo subjects.


His sister Teresa Brakes says, "Benny was the baby of the bunch of us,"  "but he was the one we all went to. He was our mediator, our peacemaker." Adding, "He was the glue that's held us together through one crisis or another over the years," Now, he's gone and we still don't know how it happened. The Army's not telling us anything."

Staff Sgt. Willie John McMillan  recalls, "Ben was the big brother I never had, more than just my CSM he was my mentor and friend; my 'Big Bro' as I would call him. He had a direct impact on me from day one, and then we became friends and brothers; there is nothing in the world I wouldn't have done for him,".

Another friend, Roy Herrera of Los Angeles, Calif., says that he was "privileged" to serve with Moore, who volunteered to be a reference and wrote a letter of recommendation for Herrera after he completed his enlistment. "I was humbled by all the positive comments he made in that letter,". "I couldn't of been the soldier I was without his great leadership. To the Moore Family, feel comforted by the fact that he lived a great life, influenced many, and left us doing what he loved."


In addition of his wife, Moore is survived by a daughter, Krystal D. Moore of Honolulu, and two sons: Marcellus Moore, also of Honolulu, and Air Force Airman 1st Class Benjamin Moore III of Altus Air Force Base, Okla. He also is survived by 12 sisters, five brothers and one granddaughter

"I am shocked and saddened by the news of CSM Moore's passing. I was a co-worker with his wife Mary in Ft. Stewart, Ga. From the first time we spoke, I was considered a friend. He always had pointers on dealing with everyday "Soldier issues". He would take the time to mentor anyone who would listen. I will miss the emails and instant messages we shared these past 8 years. The scripture that says we are surrounded with a cloud of witnesses is even closer to home now. I know that God will remember all the positive influences "Ben" left on the live's he touched. Rest now Warrior, receive your reward. You will NEVER be Forgotten." Your Brother and Friend.     -SFC (Ret) Michael A. Brandly

Memorial sites celebrating the life of CSM Benjamin (Benny) Moore Jr. are located at:

http://projects.washingtonpost.com/fallen/dates/2009/apr/24/benjamin---moore-jr/

http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/benjamin-moorejr.htm

http://projects.washingtonpost.com/fallen/dates/2009/apr/24/benjamin---moore-jr/

http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/benjamin-moorejr.htm


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Moretti, Trista L., 27
  Sergeant (SGT)

Assigned to the 425th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division.
 
Joined the Army in 2003, was assigned as a signal intelligence analyst and paratrooper
 
Killed on 25 June 07 in an attack by insurgents at an Army base near Nasir Lafitah, Iraq.

Hometown: South Plainfield, New jersey 
 
 A 1998 graduate of South Plainfield High School, Moretti distinguished herself in athletics by earning nine varsity letters while participating in field hockey, winter track and spring track. She was a member of the high school's field hockey team that won the 1997 Middlesex County championship.
 
"Trista exuded enthusiasm and confidence and always gave 110 percent," "She would light up a room by simply walking in. Looking back, she is a patriot, and I feel that she represents all that is good and respectful about her country."  said Kenneth May, South Plainfield High School principal.
 
SGT Moretti's relatives said she was inspired to enlist after hearing Gloria Anthony's , who had lived next door to the family who previously served in the U.S. Army in Iraq , told her stories about being in the Army.
 
Jennifer Moretti, her sister, says, "We're sad, but we're not angry at anybody," "She never had a bad thing to say about being there."
 
SGT. Moretti is survived by her parents, Judy ,Fred and sister Jennifer

New Jersey GOVERNOR CORZINE ORDERed FLAGS TO FLY AT HALF-STAFF TO HONOR ARMY SERGEANT TRISTA L. MORETTI

EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 75

          WHEREAS, United States Army Sergeant Trista L. Moretti of South Plainfield, New Jersey, graduated from South Plainfield High School in 1998, where she excelled in field hockey and track, earning nine varsity letters; and

          WHEREAS, Sergeant Moretti volunteered for enlistment in the United States Army in 2003; and

          WHEREAS, Sergeant Moretti served proudly in the United States Army as a signal intelligence officer and paratrooper in the United States Army’s 425th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division; and

          WHEREAS, Sergeant Moretti suffered fatal injuries on behalf of her country in an insurgent attack in Iraq; and

          WHEREAS, Sergeant Moretti served her country in a time of war with skill and courage in demanding assignments; and

          WHEREAS, Sergeant Moretti was a committed and highly trained professional soldier as well as a loving daughter, sister, and teammate, whose memory lives in the hearts of her family, fellow soldiers, and teammates; and

          WHEREAS, Sergeant Moretti’s patriotism and dedicated service to her country and her fellow soldiers make it appropriate and fitting for the State of New Jersey to remember her and her family, to mark her passing, and to honor her memory;

          NOW, THEREFORE, I, JON S. CORZINE, Governor of the State of New Jersey, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and by the Statutes of this State, do hereby ORDER and DIRECT:

          1.         The flag of the United States of America and the flag of New Jersey shall be flown at half-staff at all State departments, offices, agencies, and instrumentalities during appropriate hours on Tuesday, July 3, 2007, in recognition and mourning of a brave and loyal American, United States Army Sergeant Trista L. Moretti.

          2.         This Order shall take effect immediately.

"Your daughter's life is to be admired," Sgt. Robin Stack, who is stationed in Camp Taji, Iraq, wrote in message attached to a bouquet of lilies, red myrtle, eucalyptus and camellia sent to Moretti's parents . "She was a wonderful person and an amazing soldier."
 
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  Murphy, Shawn M., 24
     Private First Class

Assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry (Airborne), 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska

 

Killed on 10 Dec 06 when a bomb exploded near his Humvee in Baghdad.

Hometown: Fort Bragg, 2001 graduate of York High School Yorktown, Va.
 
The son of a Air Force officer he was raised at bases all over the country and the world.  Beginning in 4th grade, he wrestled competitively and by the time he reached high school was one of the top-ranked wrestlers in the Far East, competing in invitational tournaments across the region. "He was 16 and 17, and beating Marines" proudly recalls his father  Air Force Lt. Col Mark Murphy
 
PFC Murphy wanted to be in the military since he was a child, his father says and would have joined right after graduating but felt an obligation to do two years of Mormon missionary work in Uganda and Kenya.
 
"Shawn was an incredible patriot," "He had a lot of other options, but he wanted to be a soldier." says his father  Also, tried to persuade his son to join the Air Force or attend college so he could become a military officer, but Shawn wanted no delay in serving his country.
 
When he returned to the United States found out that he had been exposed to tuberculosis. He followed a medical regimen and then signed up for Special Forces training at Fort Bragg. He became a paratrooper after a bout with mononucleosis and a back injury kept him from joining Special Forces.

"He'd e-mail back that he was living the dream," his father continued, "You could tell that it really gave him a sense of fulfillment. I'm sure that when he passed away, he was happy."

“If he believed in something, he went into it all the way,” “He believed it was his job to protect the innocent people of Iraq. He really felt like a liberator,”  his uncle Terry Schultz, of Butte. When informed of his nephew' death. “I couldn’t breathe. I just started crying hard. It really hit me like I lost a son,”.  "Shawn wasn’t just being a patriot, he wanted to go to Iraq to help his fellow man".

In addition to his father , survivors include: his mother, Tonia Murphy; sister, Malia Bond; and brothers Sam, Spencer, Sawyer and Jack.

Memorial sites celebrating the life of PFC Murphy are located at:
 
 
 
 

       
Nahale'a Sr, William Kahele, 83

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Nishida, Harry T., 44
Sergeant Major

Hawaii Army National Guard

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Nunes, Todd E.,29
  Staff Sergeant (SSG)
 

Assigned to 84th Engineer Battalion, 25th Infantry Division (Light), Schofield Barracks, Honolulu, Hawaii

Killed in Kirkuk  on 2 May 04 by an improvised explosive device and small arms fire while convoy was being attacked.

Originally from Chapel Hills, Tenn.

Was a member of the high-school wrestling team, a good student and a talented artist. "He could draw anything he saw," said Shelah Crick, a family friend. "I had always told him one of these days he was going to work for Hallmark because he was such a good artist."

Barbara Nunes, said she had visited her son and his family in Honolulu last year and that he had been eager to join his brother who was already serving in Iraq

Survivors include his wife, Christie, son, Alex, and daughter, Larissa.

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Ojeda, Ramon C., 22
      Specialist

25th Infantry Division's 84th Engineer Battalion.
 
Killed 1 May 04 south of Al Amarah when convoy was attacked.
 

Originally from Ramona, Calif

He is survived by his wife Lesliee, a son, Angel

Governor Schwarzenegger issued the following statement regarding the death of Spc. Ramon C. Ojeda

“There is no higher calling than to fight for one’s country in the battle for freedom. As a Specialist in the United States Army, Ramon belonged to the greatest military force in the world. He joins a proud legacy of heroes who fought valiantly for their country and gave their lives to preserve liberty.”

"He was a very lovable person," he would hug me. He would kiss me. He would sit on his mother's lap. I'm really sorry I won't get to hold him again." -Joaquin Ojeda, Ramon' Father-

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Olsen, Toby R., 28
   Corporal
 
Joined the Army in 2005, last assignment was with the 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry (Airborne), 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson,
 
Died Jan. 20 in Karma, Iraq, of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Humvee.

A former Mililani resident a 1997 graduated in 1997 from Mililani High School. He attended school at the Savannah College of Art (and Design) in Georgia. He  intended to return to Hawaii to teach art.

His father, Army Col. James "Mike" Olsen, is an ophthalmologist at the U.S. Army.

His  best friend,  Spc. Dustin Donica, 22 of Spring, Texas, a member of the same Alaska-based unit, was killed while while he was on holiday leave, the 3,000th American victim of the Iraq war.

Specialist Olsen is survived by his father Toby, mother Lis ,sister Tanya and was grandson of John C. and Hiroko Olsen of Wahiawa

Spc. Toby Olsen wrote about his desire to return to a creative life as an artist. In a message to relatives when he returned to the Iraq battle zone, he wrote:

"Happiness, in the broadest scope of the word, encompasses the feelings which personally give us as individuals fulfillment and joy to that which just takes the pain away for a little while. I believe in life, you need contrast too. I think you can't be truly happy until you have been truly unhappy.

"I am an artist, I strive to create and enjoy almost nothing more than to sit having all the time and freedom in the world and create. I hit a point in life where though my art wasn't fulfilling anymore, it felt empty. I suddenly had too much freedom and too much time, so took the most opposite direction I legally could with my life: I joined the Army.

"Now my time is run by the minute; there is almost no room for creativity. I now conform to ideas instead of imagine, and destroy instead of create. The contrast thus far has led to a strong resurgence of my former drives and desire to create, as well as a newfound level of respect for the freedoms I once had.

"Hope I live long enough to enjoy them again."

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Oremus, Michael K. , 21
      Corporal

Was assigned to the 57th Military Police Company, 8th Military Police Brigade, Seoul, Korea.

Joined the Army in February of 2005. After basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, he was stationed at Camp Walker, South Korea with the 188th Military Police Company. In Iraq he was stationed at Camp Liberty, Baghdad. Michael and his unit provided security, training, and participated in patrols and operations with the Iraqi police.

Awards: the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon and Combat Action Badge.

Died in Baghdad on  2 Oct. 06 after being shot by enemy forces.

Originally from Poughkeepsie, New York. Son of Bruce and Madeline Oremus; and the little brother of Eric and Richard Oremus.

Participated in Town of Highland recreation programs including basketball, Little League, and soccer. His passion for soccer was at the forefront. He played on various travel soccer teams as well as the Highland High School Varsity team from his freshman year through his senior year, becoming captain of the team during his senior year. He was also a member of the Highland Varsity tennis teamGaduated from Highland High School in June of 2002. After graduation he attended Dutchess Community College and was a member of their soccer team.

His family says that "Michael will always be remembered for his devotion to family, love of children, and dedication to helping others. He proudly served his community and wanted to do more by joining the service. He passionately believed in what he was doing and believed he could make a difference serving his country as part of the military".

Please visit the site established to celebrate the life of Cpl. Michael K. Oremus at: http://www.michaeloremus.org/about-michael/

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Paton, Jason L.

Staff Sergeant (SSG)

2nd Bn., 35th Infantry Regt.
3rd Bde Combat Team

Joined the Army in 2000, graduated from Airborne School and Ranger Training.

Awards include the Bronze Star

Died 22 Aug. 07 in Multaka, Iraq, of injuries suffered when the helicopter he was a passenger in crashed.

Hometown: Poway, Ca     Born in Chula Vista, he lived in Poway for 17 years. He had graduated from Poway High School in 2000.

 His interests and hobbies included civil patrol, surfing and the beach, going to the desert and the river, and camping. He was a Chargers and Padres fan. SSG has been described  as someone who never let war, including a tour of Afghanistan and two tours of Iraq, get in the way of his dreams ... rebuilding an old Mustang, surfing ... and getting married.

His fiance was a catcher last season for the Univeristy of California San Diego softball team , SSG Paton proposed to her at a game one night over the PA system. They had planned to marry in November 07.

SSG. Paton is survived by his mother, Kim Bilbrey and stepfather Jim Valenzuela, both of Poway; father Robert Paton of Chula Vista; grandparents Judy and Sam Pritchard of Chula Vista and Don and Elaine Paton of Florida.

Gov. Schwarzenegger'  Statement on Death of Staff Sgt. Jason L. Paton issued on 24 August 2007

“Staff Sergeant Jason Paton leaves behind a legacy of bravery and dedication to our country. Jason answered the high calling of military service and his allegiance to such a noble duty will be remembered by all Americans. Maria and I offer our gratitude for his courageous service and extend our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and fellow soldiers.” -Governor Schwartzenegger-

“You could see in Jason's personality a sense of duty to country“,He was a very hard worker. He loved training,”,“He just fit in and had a great personality. He had a serving attitude. It was not all about him. “It just hits you in the gut when something like this happens.”  -Wayne Branstetter, SSG Paton's high school wrestling coach-

“I want people to remember his strength, his devotion. How everyone was drawn to him, He was a happy person. He would do anything for people. He was a tough kid who had done a lot.”

-Kim Bilbrey, SSG Paton' mother-


 

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Phelps, Coty J.
 Specialist (SPC)

Assigned to the 725th Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska;

Enlisted in the Army through the Delayed Entry Program in February 2004, was assigned as a paralegal. Took basic training at Fort Jackson in South Carolina and graduated from airborne school at Fort Benning, Ga.

Died May 17 in Iskandariya, Iraq, of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle.

Hometown: Lake Havasu City, Ariz.,  graduated from Kingman High School North in 2004.  
 
In Bullhead City, PFC Phelps will be remembered by friends as a “happy go-lucky kid” that liked swimming and riding a personal watercraft across Lake Mohave. Also, cherish his abilities to make anyone laugh and act out “every line in every movie.”
 
“I looked up to him a lot“ He was always there no matter what. If anything was wrong with me, I could talk to him about it and he'd stick up for me.” said  Kristen Jordan, a longtime friend.
 
Donna Jordan, Kristen' mother pointed out..“He's the only kid I know that got out of the U.S. Army just to go to church camp,”  “He even took his little brother and paid his way because he loved him so much.”

He is survived by his father, Robbie, stepmother, Regina and his brothers, Ryan and Robbie, and sister, Trisha
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Poche, Devin C., 25
Sergeant (SGT)

Assigned to the Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii

Joined the Army in February 2005 and was assigned to Schofield Barracks in October 2005

Died 31 March 09 near Tikrit of injuries sustained from a non-combat incident.

His death is being investigated

Hometown: Jacksonville, Fla born in Lemoore, California

SGT Poche was a bodybuilder enjoyed weightlifting and could bench press 289 pounds.

“He helped me when I needed someone to help me during the hardship in my life. Mostly when I felt so down and out, and when I was sick and needed help. He was like a loving son,” Dixie Pickett, a friend,  wrote in an online tribute. Adding that "he was someone she had grown to love as her own son".

Survivors include his mother, Sandra Poche, father, Kevin Poche; sister, Nikia Poche; and maternal grandparents, Arnold Moore and Nancy Moore.

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Some would say I lost a friend this year. I choose to think of it as an angel getting his wings. Who am I to