8th Infanty Divinision, WW2. Assingned to an ammo & pioneer platton he was an ammo beaer for a rifle squad during Operation Cobra. Fought in the Battle of the Brest and was wouned while advancing through a field by a land mine.
Pvt Donald F. Hespen
Pvt Donald F Hespen is my mothers oldest brother. My mothers name is Marilyn Hespen Vrba and she remembers losing her brother. The information they received was that her brother marched in the death march and was a POW. He was reported missing following the fall of Corregidor and his remains are supposed to be buried in a memorial in possibly Manila? Uncle Donald was just 19 years old. My parents would love to have a picture of his name on the memorial site if at all possible. Thank you for all you do. God bless. Jolene Jespersen
Adam was a punk kid who one day said he was going to be a Navy SEAL and did it! The military helped make him into a strong, laid-back man who would do anything for anyone. We miss his laugh, his competitive nature (especially when it came to xbox), and always knowing we could turn to him for help with anything. Thank you Adam for giving the ultimate sacrifice for our country!
Danny Phillip Dietz, Jr. (January 26, 1980 – June 28, 2005) was a United States Navy SEAL who was killed in the War in Afghanistan. He was posthumously awarded the U.S. Navy's second highest award for valorous actions in battle, the Navy Cross
Earl is still with us. He will be 94 this month. He is an amazing, honorable man that served during WW11.
SGT. USA. WWII
My brother in law died In the line of duty 21 years ago when shot by a BMV suspect in Dallas TX. He was a senior corporal with Dallas PD
SGT. ERIC HULL
SGT. NICHOLAS TOMKO
A helicopter pilot killed in Viet Nam 1969
Cpl Nicholas Manoukian
Sgt Jeffrey A Reed
Jeffrey loved the Philadelphia Flyers. Their symbol is on his head stone. On his second deployment to Iraq, he requested soccer balls be sent for the children their. He lived to play soccer and saw the children playing with only cans or bottles. Family and friends sent soccer balls
Marc Lee is my brother and was part of Seal Team 3, Charlie Platoon. He was KIA in Ramadi, Iraq on Aug 2, 2006.
My dad was a sergeant.... He was my Hero
Harold F. Hauser
My father, bravely served with the Big Red 1 during WWII. Miss him every day...he was respected and loved by all who knew him.
Jacques Fontan CPO Seal
KIA 28 June 2005 Operation Redwing
My Father and his two brothers volunteered and enlisted as soon as Pearl Harbor happened. He was in the European campaign and fought to protect the spread of Nazis into France and Italy. He never spoke anything more about it, though proud of his service he just saw it as something that you were suppose to do for your Country. Just two days ago I found both his DD214 card and the small issued address book he had. It was a treasure to find.
Grover Samons is my amazing father. He served 3 1/2 years in the European Theater during WW11 and during the middle of the war, when his time was finished, he reenlisted for another 3 1/2 years. He received the Bronze Star while serving. He single handedly moved a train that was loaded with explosives. He and the train were under fire. The loaded train was stopped in front of a hospital and if the explosives had been detonated the hospital would have been destroyed. He moved the train away and when it did explode he had moved it far enough that the only damage to the hospital was a railroad tie went through the top of the building. The hospital was full of people and because of my fathers bravery not one person was injured. He served as a medic in the Army. After the war ended he met and married my mother, Elfriede Bruning Samons, a beautiful German girl. They came then to the states and worked hard to make a living and raise a family. They taught love, honor, truth and compassion by the way they lived. They are my precious parents and my hero's. ❤️
He was one of my role models growing up. He was injured in Europe when a bomb exploded in the middle of his group, the only thing that saved him was the big M-60 he had on his back It
My dad only served for a couple of years when we was just out of high school but after helping lead a mission trip for Travis Manion Foundation (working with military families who have lost loved ones in combat or to PTSD) I have a new appreciation and respect for our military and their families. I'm in the process to of getting my dad's military records to understand better what he experienced while in the Asian Theater during WWII.
Amazing Grandma and WAVES Vet...
THE UNCLE I NEVER KNEW- James Vincent Glorso was the uncle I never knew. He volunteered in WWII to become a Paratrooper in 82nd Airborne. He was KIA October 1944 during the Market Garden Campaign in Holland. My Father also a WWII Veteran who served in the Philippines during WWII never talked about his brother much, but lit a candle in Church every Sunday for his brother Jim. After my Father’s death in 1983 I made contact (via the internet) with the widow of a buddy of my uncle Jim. She sent me a photograph. It is the first photograph of my Uncle Jim I’ve ever seen. Uncle Jim is the trooper without a helmet, his buddy Bob is only partly shown at the far left.
April 17, 1968 was your last day among us, Gunny! Thank you for your leadership and all of your yesterdays!
SFC Josh Burnette
SSG Alex Viola "Big Alex"
"I am his niece. I never met him. Neither did my mother. He had married shortly before departing for war, and she became pregnant. He has a son, Gary whom he never met. He was killed in Vietnam war shortly after he arrived. I believe it may have only been a week after he arrived for the war that he was killed. I am sure he was a good man. He was raised by a Navy veteran (my grandfather Wayne Beck. My uncle (Gary's brother), Dennis Beck served as a marine. He then went on to raise 3 sons, all who became Marines as well. Oo-rah. Thank you to those who have served and continue to serve. "
LCpl Phillip Vinnedge
Phillip is a 3/5 Dark Horse Marine that was KIA 17 days after arriving in Helmand Province, Afghanistan....Phillip was killed Oct 13, 2010.
1st Lt. Karl Richter
Karl was my hometown, boyhood hero. He was, along with my father, my inspiration for wanting to be an Air Force pilot. He wrote the ultimate check for my freedom...a debt that I can never repay, only honor with a life lived honorably. Thank you.
SGT Ashly Moyer
I did not know Ashly but I carry her through knowing her friend Margaux Mange. Their friendship, bond and love is what I strive to emulate every day. Never forget, never give up.
Sgt Jeffrey A Reed
"Jeff loved playing soccer and saw Iraqi children playing with cans and rocks. He asks friends and family to send soccer balls for the children. He loved the Philadelphia Flyers. GO FLYERS!”
Lt. Col. Kim Orlando
PFC Robert Daugherty
SGT Justin Norton
Sgt Justin Dean Norton, 21, was born in Olympia Washington on October 30, 1984. He grew up in Rainier, Washington and graduated with honors from Rainier High School in 2003.Justin fulfilled his dream of joining the military in April 2003 as a 19D, Cavalry Scout. He attended Basic and Advanced Training at Ft Knox, Kentucky. He was then assigned to the Alpha Troop “Apaches”, 1-10 Cavalry, 4th Infantry Division out of Fort Hood, Texas. Justin was quickly promoted to SGT because of the high standards of excellence and leadership abilities he possessed. He deployed to Iraq in November 2005. Sgt Justin Norton was tragically killed in action by an Improvised Explosive Device while on patrol in Baghdad, Iraq on June 24, 2006.Sgt Justin Norton’s military awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Combat Action Badge, and the Expert Rifle Marksmanship Badge. Other websites with tributes to Justin:http://www.legacy.com/Tribute/Tribute.asp?PersonId=20169722 http://www.ourfallensoldier.com/Norton_Justin_D_MemorialPage.html
LCpl Michael G. Murray, USMC
2nd LT Lyle F. Green, USAAC
"The uncle that I never met, but who has been an inspiration to me. Born 31August1923. Killed in action over China, 12March1945. Buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Hawaii. Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, and Purple Heart. Thank you for doing this - it is an incredible thing that you are doing for those who have fallen in the service of our nation."
Robert Leroy Foster
Bobby was my cousin. He was proud to serve our country. He was killed by friendly fire. He died in VietNam.
SSgt Charles Bradshaw, U.S. Army 120th Inf/30th Inf Div WWII
KIA outside St LO France Jul 16 1944. my uncle. My other uncle, his older brother. BM2 Willis Tom Bradshaw U.S. Navy, USS Juneau, KIA Nov 13 1942 naval battle of Guadal Canal.
Bm2 Willis Tom Bradshaw, U.S. Navy, USS Juneau
KIA Nov 13, 1942, my uncle, older brother to SSgt Charles Bradshaw, U.S. Army 120th Inf/30th Inf Div, KIA outside St Lo France Jul 16, 1944. Both were my Dads' older brothers.
"CP 7, Paktia, AF on a day that just became known as August 2nd, SSG Owen was lead TC of 1-279th Recon Platoons' convoy out of the valley when his physical life was met with an abrupt end. 400lbs of HME was built into the side of the road where the river ran and where the truck, my brothers, their gear, and SSG Owen were found. SSG Owen has distinguished himself as NCO of the Brigade and father to us all. A man who first joined the army to serve god as a chaplains' assistant, realized the greatest service he could provide was leadership to young men fighting on the front lines of death and sought to become Light Infantry Reconnaissance. As a Recon NCO, he pushed for the better of his soldiers which led to him being hospitalized several times from exhaustion. I will never forget the nights he stayed up with me learning equipment we didn't know and then seeing him be the first one up every morning leading the pack. His greatness set in with me after he died. He raised such a family that upon receiving the word of his death they sought to contact us. Their first thought was not woe is me, but how are we, his platoon doing. I remember breaking down and cursing all I could think of, how could a man of such magnitude and service be taken from us. Now and days I think of him and am reminded that he was here in my life to make me, a good man better. RIP Savage 1"
Vietnam... from Pioneer, Ohio
This is my grandfather who was in the Army Air Corp. He is the reason I joined the Army, and I think he was proud when I did. When my time comes, I will have the flag that draped his coffin on mine!!! Love and miss you grandpa!!!
Sgt. Steve Golden
My best friend. We met while stationed in Panama, he was an Airborne grunt and I was the arch enemy....an MP. We were inseparable. His demons got the best of him though and he committed suicide. A huge part of me died when I found out. I love ya brother and will never let another brother or sister go like that!!!! That I promise!!!
Blake P. Snow
This was my dad a WW II Army Veteran. He was awarded the Purple Heart. He died the day I came home from Germany after 20 of active duty Army service myself. I never got to tell him goodbye. That was the only Red Cross call I got in those 20 years. I missed seeing him by 6 hours. In May 2010 Cpl. Schneider volunteered for and was transferred to Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 3rd Platoon. In January 2011, he was deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with the II Marine Expeditionary Force. He operated with his platoon out of Patrol Base Ammo and Patrol Base Hangar in the Sangin District, Helmand Province, Afghanistan. His military awards consist of: Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, ISAF NATO Medal. Cpl. Kyle R. Schneider was killed in action June 30, while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Sangin.
Sgt.Jerry R. Ferguson
Jerry was my husband of almost four years, He went to Vietnam in February 1968, he was with the 173rd Airborne, his best buddy got KIA 13 March 1968 and Jerry was his escort, went back to Vietnam13 April 1968, I got pregnant during that month, Jerry was KIA 13 June 1968 and our only child, a son was born 24 December 1968. What a wonderful Christmas gift, and he, Jerry Lee, looks just like his daddy. His buddy's name was David Lee Edney. Jerry was 24 and I was 23 a widow and pregnant.
My precious brother, my hero. Love & miss him every day! God bless you, my brother! RIP!
PFC Ellsworth Swann
My precious brother, my hero. I love you & miss you so much every day. You will forever be in my heart. God bless you! RIP dear brother!
I went to high school with Fred Stanley, he got kicked out of school for not conforming to their dress code. It was the late 60's. He joined the Army and was sent immediately to Viet Nam after basic training. He died over there before he was even 18 years old.
SOC Matt Mason
Sgt Daniel Vasselian
My husband Danny was KIA in Afghanistan four days after our 4th wedding anniversary and two days before Christmas. We were high school sweethearts and he was the love of my life. Danny taught me to laugh more and worry less. I will carry him in my heart, always. Until we meet again.
Brian J. Ouellette
"Brian and 3 other members of JSOC had given their lives during Operation Enduring Freedom AFG on 5/29/04. Please carry his and his brother’s names up that mountain on a very special day as it was that weekend 11 years ago, that they paid the ultimate price for our Freedom. Thank you for what you do to honor all of them. We will never forget. Always Honor, Never Forget.
Sorry I do not know their proper ranks,"
David Lee Edney (Toby)
Was with the 101st Airborne in Vietnam. He was KIA 13 March 1968, he was my husband's best buddy, Jerry Ferguson with the 173rd Airborne was his escort home, Jerry was killed 13 June 1968, I had gotten pregnant while Jerry was home and our son, only child, was born 24 December 1968, I named him Jerry Lee after his daddy and Toby.
Stephen D Berryhill
Stephen was a husband, father, papa, son, brother, uncle and friend. He loved his family and would do anything for anyone. He served in the U.S. Army in 1968-69 with a lengthy tour in Viet Nam. He was a wonderful man loved by all.
Matt Leathers SO1ti
"Matt was lost on a training mission in Hawaii On February 19, 2013, He was never found, Matt made knives for his team guys and they asked me to continue making them Buck Knives is making Matts knife which allows me to get them to Seals I would like to give you a knife and other Seals that make the trip It's really cool what you’re doing in"
"Class 30 West Coast Coronado, CA. First Navy Seal to be wounded in Vietnam, with SEAL Team 1. Died March 2015."
FN Toby A. Thomas
Classmate in BUD/S Class 50, KIA in Vietnam on 06/23/70 along with Classmate John Donnelly in a helo crash.
SN John J. Donnelly
Classmate in BUD/S Class 50, KIA in Vietnam on 06/23/70 along with Classmate Toby Thomas in a helo crash.
"Doug Hobbs was assigned to the Kit Carson Scout NSW Advisor Team at SEAFLOAT/SOLID ANCHOR in the Nam Can District of Ca Mau Province in South Viet Nam in April 1970. Doug's hard work & intel expertise was key to maintaining a highly accurate intel network & database which was integral to the success of the 35 man KCS Team plus two SEAL Platoons at SEAFLOAT. Doug was personally invested in his support work and wanted to do more. KCS Ops against the Viet Cong guerrillas were planned and directed by two SEAL Advisors. Doug got permission to monitor the radio on board one of two Swift Boats supporting a key operation against a large tax extortion team. Within approx. a half mile of the insertion point for the KCS team with myself plus 3-4 attached SEAL automatic weapons-men, the force was ambushed with B-50 rockets. The lead Swift boat suffered a massive casualty and had to be beached before it sank. The second Swift boat was hit on the aft gun mount and suffered catastrophic personnel casualties, which involved multiple fatalities, incl Doug Hobbs. He had selflessly put himself on harm's way & made the ultimate sacrifice. This action occurred on 17 May 1970."
Clifford Markle served in WW I, where he was gassed and captured. In WWII, he joined the Red Cross, and got stationed in North Africa to be near his son. After his second visit with his son, he was killed in his ambulance, while returning to his station.
CPL. Timothy M. Gibson
Patrick Allen DeVoe II
I am so very proud and honored to call Patrick, son. He went way beyond the call of duty. He is missed and loved with each breathe I take
Steve S. Bukowski
"Master Chief Steve S. Bukowski operated for 32 years as a U.S. Navy SEAL, was a husband to one women for 30 years and the father of three. His dream was to create a place of respite for his brothers coming home from combat, but six months after he retired, he died from a massive heart attack after a 16-mile bicycle ride. He was 55. His dream will continue through LZ-Grace Warrior Retreat.’
’’He was a young man that a watched played baseball for several years with my sons. I watched him grow up and become a wonderful patriot to our country and was saddened when my oldest son called me right before Thanksgiving of 2006 and told me that he died. It was as if one of my own sons as taken from me.’
CPL Daniel Jason Freeman
My son Daniel, was killed while serving his country, in Afghanistan, on 4/6/2005. It has been 10 years. Yet my heart is still full of holes. He was my sunshine for 20 years. He really felt strong about his vision to serve his country, to give back for all that he knew were amazing opportunities for Americans.
CPL Seamus MacLean Davey USMC
"The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the BRONZE STAR MEDAL (Posthumously) to CPL SEAMUS M. DAVEY UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS for service as set forth in the following CITATION:
For heroic achievement in connection with combat operations against the enemy as a Reconnaissance Scout, Team 2, 7th Platoon, 2d Force Reconnaissance Company, Regimental Combat Team 2, 2d Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM 04-06. On 21 October 2005, in Abu Hyatt, Iraq, Corporal Davey's team was tasked with conducting point raids and the cordon and search of over 70 buildings that were known to be a staging area for foreign fighters and insurgents. Upon entering a house, his team was ambushed by four enemy gunmen at ranges of less than ten feet. Corporal Davey was struck by multiple rounds and collapsed to the ground. Ignoring his wounds, and without regard for his safety, he continued to engage the enemy. Corporal Davey's suppressive fire drew the enemy's attention from his fellow Marines, thereby allowing them to safely withdraw from the room. Corporal Davey continued to engage the enemy until he was mortally wounded. By his zealous initiative, courageous actions, and exceptional dedication to duty, Corporal Davey reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. The Combat Distinguishing Device is authorized. For the President,
LIEUTENANT GENERAL, U. S. MARINE CORPS
COMMANDER, U. S. MARINE CORPS FORCES, CENTRAL COMMAND
Cpl Christopher D Leon, USMC
"I always told my son he was my heart. He would say, "I know Mom." He had a great smile and loved to laugh. I miss him terribly. He loved the Lord and family was very important to him.
CPT Michael Medders
HM2(FMF) Timothy Killian JR
"Chopper" was a model of "Devil Doc" his determination and dedication left a searing image on all of us as to what it meant to be called "DOC" by your Marines. I do not know if these are Tim's own words, but in the pitch of battle I do recall hearing him say them; “Merciful Father, I have squandered my days with plans of many things. This was not among them. But at this moment, I beg only to live the next few minutes well. For all we ought to have thought, and have not thought; all we ought to have said, and have not said; all we ought to have done, and have not done; I pray thee God for forgiveness." May the door to the long house be open and those warriors gathered inside rise and raise their mug to your entry.......
So2 Adam O. Smith
So2 Adam O. Smith Kia sept. 21,2010 Was Josh's team mate and good friend, I know Adam would be proud of what Josh and all the people Involved With this mission are doing thank you all. You know Adam will be one of your guiding Angels on this one, you Know he’ll be waiting at the top for ya. Ready to lead, ready to follow, never quit.
Wilfredo Gavilan Torres
I still miss you cousin after all these years.
Billy E Langohr 1st Lt 339th Fighter Group
My sweet grandpa. A man of honor and strength who carried out many missions of bravery in war and at home.
Ivan Lechowich, LT, USA
Sgt. joshua john kirk
"my son, Joshua, was killed on October 3, 209 at cop keating in Afghanistan. Jake tapper wrote a book about it called the outpost; an untold story of American valor. my son was a hero in the company of heroes that day. Joshua took a thirty day outward bound mountaineering course in Colorado when he was twenty and as a result developed passion for climbing. I know that this is a project he would wholeheartedly identify and participate in were he alive today. thank you for honoring and remembering all our fallen heroes."
Marine Sgt. Andrew Farrar Jr.
I was two years behind Sgt. Farrar in high school and knew of him through my brother's friends. I remember getting the call from one of them telling me Farrar was no longer with us. Though I never knew him personally I am forever grateful to him, for he gave the ultimate sacrifice for his country. Today, I am the proud wife of a Marine and daughter-in-law to a former Staff Sgt. of the United States Airforce. As a family, we continue to do our part by supporting our troops and remembering those like Sgt. Farrar who are no longer with us. THANK YOU ALL for your service to our country. God Bless.
Roger H. Rupe
"He gave his life for his country. My brother. You will always be loved and remembered. Thank you for your sacrifice so that we may remain free."
Army Pv2 Robert L. Frantz
Rob was my 2nd born child. He was only 19 years old when he was KIA in Baghdad, Iraq. Rob has a daughter, Shannon, who was only 2 1/2 years old when he died. He joined the Army because he wanted to make his "baby girl" proud of her Daddy. She's all he ever talked about. This June (17th) will mark 12 years since he died, and not a day goes by that I don't think of him, miss him, and wish he was still here with us. His step Dad, sister Heather, brother Sean, step brother Vince Jr., step sister Hayley, his Grandpa, and all his Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and friends all miss him too. Rob touched a lot of lives in his short time here on Earth. Each time I see a butterfly, I like to think it's Rob's way of visiting us.
PFC Ara Deysie
Ara Tyler Deysie aka T-man, is someone that I never knew. I came to learn about him through his mother, sisters and family friends. They shared stories about a young man who, when he was 2 and a half years old jumped off the roof of a neighbor's house into the arms of a veteran of the 101st Airborne Division. That individual remarked, here's the next member of the 101st. After that, Tyler was always playing Army as he was growing up. When he was 16, he told his Mother that he was going to enlist into the Army when he was 17. PFC Deysie followed his dream, enlisting in the Army and became a member of the 101st. T-man lost his life in a RPG attack in Patkia Province, Afghanistan on May 9, 2008. " Tribute to a Sailor
Rain was falling softly on Washington DC’s Capitol Hill as I left the hotel, but was coming down with a vengeance as I parked near the dimly lit Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Deciding to brave the storm, I grabbed an umbrella and walked down the shiny wet brick footpath toward the Three Soldiers Monument. They stand there in the rain, so lifelike they appeared about to speak – to greet their comrades as they return from yet another patrol in the steamy jungle. One of them could very well have been the young man who was responsible for my being here this night.
Harvey Duncan Gray was a sailor – a corpsman. A pleasant and unassuming young man, he was the son of the Reverend and Mrs. Harold Gray, and a friend to all who knew him. He was dedicated to his family and friends, his God, and the nation he served. He was one of those people who knew no strangers, only friends he had not yet met, and his quick smile and friendly greeting made that a certainty. That all ended on May 5, 1968, when Harvey became a victim of the Vietnam War…
I went to the directory and, leafing through the pages, found the name I was seeking, “Harvey Duncan Gray, HM3-E4 US Navy, Plainfield WI, Born 25 June 1946, Died 5 May 1968, Panel 55E, Row 13.”
Standing there in the rain I recalled the bright sunny day that his family and friends gathered at the church in Plainfield where his dad was pastor to participate in Harvey’s funeral service, there to acknowledge our loss and to give thanks for the life we had shared. We joined as one in thanking our Creator for having had the opportunity to know and love Harvey, and, remembering the joy he brought to so many lives we asked that we might understand why he was among those who were called to make the ultimate sacrifice in their nations service.
During the service, my eyes returned repeatedly to the gold framed photograph of the smiling young Sailor atop the flag-draped steel gray casket, and I found myself wondering what the future might have held for Harvey – the future that might have been his, now forever gone. As I looked around this small country church, I thought of the many churches across our great land where this scene had been, and would continue to be, repeated over and over again because of this thing called war. There has to be a better way to resolve conflicts in our world than this senseless taking of young lives - there just has to be…
The service over, many of us lingered in small groups on the lawn, unwilling I guess, to face the finality of getting in our cars and driving away. Our hushed conversations ranged from happy recollections of the time spent with Harvey and his family, to the wasteful, sad ending of the lives of so many young people in the service of their country. The group finally started breaking up and we headed our separate ways, all our lives a little richer for having loved, cared and shared.
There were numerous people at the Memorial that wet March evening in 1992, their tears of grief joining the steadily falling raindrops as they fell to the brick walkway. I stood in the awesome silence that graces this place, even amidst the hustle and bustle of our nation’s capital, and asked again – why this terrible, senseless waste of human life – why this terrible thing called war?
Looking down the dimly lit, rain streaked wall, I see the profusion of flowers, flags, letters, photographs, medals, insignia, a teddy bear and other items that have been left behind as a tribute to their loved ones by the families and friends who have recently visited here. I leave nothing here but a prayer, some memories, and a slight warmth on the cold, black marble of panel 55 E, Row 13, where my fingers have lingered on the chiseled name of a friend and fellow serviceman, Harvey D Gray. May you rest in peace my friend…
It is my sincere hope that everyone who reads this will pause for a few moments on Memorial Day to remember the Harvey Gray’s all over this land who through the years have given their lives in unselfish devotion to their country. Remember also, please, those who survived the conflicts in their service to America down through the years, with a thank you this day.
Veterans, we salute you… today and always.
By Steve Adams
LCpl. Joshua P. Klinger, USMC
"LCpl. Joshua P. Klinger, USMC, KIA 6/14/2005 Fallujah, Iraq, age 21. Our brave Hero, Joshua, beloved son, brother, friend, gave his life unselfishly so that we could have a better one. We know he is waiting in Heaven for us along with some of his warrior brothers. Hoping this message makes it to the top, closest to Heaven. Throwing a kiss from the peak up in the clouds to reach you my son. Love you and miss you so much ♡ Love, Mom, Dad, Seth, Alison, Chris & Rylan"
My uncle was killed in World War II in Italy before I was born. I wished to honor him for his sacrifice, along with the other men who died at the Rapido River fiasco.
Steven "Skunk" Ross
After graduating from Jefferson High School in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, Skunk attended the University of Hawaii. After college, he enlisted in the Air Force and was a crew member on an AWACS plane and was a Russian Linguistic. He served in Okinawa and Europe. Skunk was a friend to everyone he met. He left us suddenly on March 2, 2015 due to an unknown allergy to blood dyes that were being used for a medical procedure. Skunk will be greatly missed by all of his family and friends.
My dad passed away 10 years ago, from leukemia. He was a wonderful and honorable man who served in the Army in WWII. Dad had polio when he was a kid, so his legs were weak. Today maybe he wouldn't be able to serve, but back then they needed every everyone - so he did what he could for our country despite his challenges. Thanks for carrying his name on this unwelcome anniversary of his death. I'll be praying for your safety and honored to know his name and memory will be with you.
Sgt. Michael C. Roy
MAJ Paul Finken
We served together in the 101st. He was killed by an IED in Iraq.
LT Dennis W. Zilinski II
We served as a platoon leader in our unit in Iraq. He was killed on 19 November 2005 when his HUMMWV ran over an IED. He was a great young American with so much promise and reminds me of the true meaning of sacrifice both personally and for our nation.
SSG Chris Vanderhorn
I remember running into him in the MWR tent a few days after Christmas in 2005 and how he pumped me up. He had a way of making you feel good about what we were doing. A great friend, he was an exception leader in a unit of great Soldiers! We will never forget.
Cpl Justin Cooper
"KIA - May 19, 2008 Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Petey misses you every day, Coop!"
Our father's airplane crashed into a mountain somewhere in Italy during WWII. There were three American Army Airforce Soldiers onboard the plane when it went down. All three brave men survived. I can no longer talk to my dad and his army history burned in a facility that I think was in St. Louis, MO. My heart holds these men and others very close to me as I practice my right to Vote and Free Speech in these United States of America. I wish I had met the other pilots that were with my dad.
Alton was our father's older brother who served in the American Army Airforce during WWII. Our dad whom had loved and held his brother in high regard, was sad that Alton lost his life during the war. Since the passing of Monroe (Alton's little brother and our dad) I have been able to see letters and articles about our would-be Uncle Alton. He was a character who drew comic pictorials to help lighten the load of our family members serving our country. Thank you for your service extended to every American citizen.
SP5 Kenneth Wilkinson, Jr.
I never met SP5 Wilkinson, but he's my husband's father and from what I understand, a selfless, courageous and patriotic leader. He volunteered to go to Vietnam and while thankfully he came safe (he said he was too damn good to get hit), he lost his life to aggressive cancer caused by Agent Orange exposure in 2010. He is missed every day and I'm sad I never got to meet him.
Gerald R Allen
Served in the Army WWII. Medic Best Dad in the world!
Sgt. Thomas F. Broomhead
Sgt. Thomas F. Broomhead was killed on Memorial Day, 2003, in Fallujah. I didn't know him but I am friends with his brother. I know all of Tom's family would be touched to know he was going to be honored this way.
Captain Daniel Eggers
1st Lt. Robert Poxon
"For all the gallant Troopers of 1/9 Cavalry 1st Cavalry Division Vietnam. For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. 1st Lt. Poxon, Armor, Troop B, distinguished himself while serving as a platoon leader on a reconnaissance mission. Landing by helicopter in an area suspected of being occupied by the enemy, the platoon came under intense fire from enemy soldiers in concealed positions and fortifications around the landing zone. A soldier fell, hit by the first burst of fire. 1st Lt. Poxon dashed to his aid, drawing the majority of the enemy fire as he crossed 20 meters of open ground. The fallen soldier was beyond help and 1st Lt. Poxon was seriously and painfully wounded. 1st Lt. Poxon, with indomitable courage, refused medical aid and evacuation and turned his attention to seizing the initiative from the enemy. With sure instinct, he marked a central enemy bunker as the key to success. Quickly instructing his men to concentrate their fire on the bunker, and despite his wound, 1st Lt. Poxon crawled toward the bunker, readied a hand grenade and charged. He was hit again but continued his assault. After succeeding in silencing the enemy guns in the bunker he was struck once again by enemy fire and fell, mortally wounded. 1st Lt. Poxon's comrades followed their leader, pressed the attack and drove the enemy from their positions. 1st Lt. Poxon's gallantry, indomitable will, and courage are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army."
SSG Jesse Williams
Greatest man and NCO I've ever met. He's already up there but let's bring that flag closer to God so SSG Williams may remember what he died for.
SPC Michael French
I meet him on my tour in Iraq March of 2004. When our convoy took him and his unit from Kuwait to Iraq I got to know some about him and how he was stationed in Germany with his wife and new born. He was in 3rd ID in a Bradley comp. We use to see him when our convoy of HETs would go to B.I.O.P and found out his unit was pulling security and doing house searches. He was 22 yrs. old. But then after a few more times at B.I.O.P we didn't see him anymore. Then in Sept. I was sent to Germany for injuries. I happened to see his PLT. Sgt. and found out he had been killed by an RPG to the chest. He was a great guy and I feel honored to have known him.
Corporal James F. Kimple
I was his platoon Sergeant in Al Taqaddum, Iraq in 06-07 and he did a fantastic job. Trouble free Marine the whole deployment. He went back on a second tour and died on approximately May 4th, 2008. I just found this out a few months ago, as I had been out of the Marine Corps since 2007, right after we got back. I didn't know all this time he had died a year later. He was killed with four others in an IED blast. If you search his name you will find references to the other three. Please include their names if you can. They are; Lance Cpl. Casey Casanova, Sgt. Glen E. Martinez, Cpl. Miguel A. Guzman. Thank You so much for what you are doing.
Liam A Flynn
SO1 Kevin Ebbert
"Kevin was one of the most squared away team guys I've ever met. Meticulous in every fashion of the word. He was leaving SEAL Team FOUR to go to medical school before we lost him in Afghanistan in 2012. One of the best team guys and medics I've ever known. Gone but Never Forgotten KIA 11/24/2012
My Brother gave his life in Vietnam first as a Canadian, ultimately, he did enlist in the Army and later in his service he was sent to Vietnam with the 173d Airborne Division. He was known as the rebel of the family and he is missed for his humor and dedication.
Michael brought joy and humor to all those he met. I never had the honor of knowing him professionally, but outside of his work we shared good times and bad. There is no doubt Captain Quin was a warrior in the Marine Corps. He was my friend and taught me so much about life. For Michael and all he stood for - never end the fight!
LCpl Jeremy Kane
My hero died saving the lives of others. Thank you for remembering him and the thousands of other brave souls who have died defending our country.
SO1 Brett Marihugh
"Brett was an incredible tour de force. He was a dedicated medic, SEAL, and friend to everyone he met.
SO1 Seth Lewis
You were taken away too soon, our friend, and we will always remember your uncanny ability to drop f-bombs in a sentence and woo our grandma with the next. We miss you and hope our girl's first word is ""Brett"". Your memory will live on in our laughter, the insane stories, and every time someone utters ""Sho, Cheese"""Seth was an adventurer and always at the forefront ready to give his all for this country and his brothers. He was a loving and dedicated husband to Kristy and a great "dad" to his dogs, Lyla, Baby, and Kona. He will live on through his easy laughter, his daredevil spirit, and love for Kristy and his friends. We miss you, Seth. Rest easy.
SO1 Matt Leathers
"Matt, your toothless grin, ability to run hundreds of miles, and crazy laugh is missed daily by your family and us all. You could make superman look like just a fool in underpants and could outrun any fool crazy enough to try. You live on through the legacy of Shane and Abby and through the love of you parents, Lori, and your siblings. Just as Brett Marihugh said, ""The sea didn't take Matt Leathers, Matt Leathers took the sea."" "
Curtis was a helicopter pilot with me in Vietnam. 2 Weeks before he was to return to the States he was killed while flying a "Charlie"model gunship. He always had a smile for everyone.
Corporal John Dawson
Corporal John Dawson was killed in action on April 8, 2015 while on an escort mission in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. John was an army medic and had a desire to service his county and to help those around him. I knew John because we were both involved in a service group called Young Neighbors in Action. He was always so positive, and had a wonderful sense of humor. I feel honored to have been his friend. He will forever be known as a hero in our town of Northbridge and throughout the entire country.
CAPT Gerry DeConto, USN
I first met Gerry as the Prospective XO for USS LAKE ERIE (CG 70) at Bath Iron Works, ME. He was the consummate professional, inspirational XO and all-around neat guy. We stayed in touch through his XO tour but, as shipmates will do, drifted apart. I next heard of him when I read the casualty list from the Pentagon on 9/11. He was at his duty station, managing the crisis response when the plane hit. He is from Cape Cod and his old high school has rebuilt/renamed their playing field and stadium in his honor. Fair Winds and Following Seas now and always, Gerry ... God bless you guys for taking him the distance...
Everette Thomas Coyle is my grandfather he was a devoted marine. He passed away in 1995
Bernard E Richards
My dad served two years in Korea. U S Army Third Division. My Dad just died, 24 days ago, He married my mom, who had three daughters, 46 years ago, He raised my younger brother and me. He was a good, strong man, and he loved his country, and was glad to serve. (and glad to come home) Thank you all, for what you've done for this country, and what you are doing here. God Bless.
SSG Justin Garza
This was my youngest son. He gave his all for the Army and was proud to serve his country. He deployed 6 times in 7 years. Not a day goes by that his family does not love and miss him.
Cpl. Nicholas James Sell
Nick was an Eagle Scout from Eagle Point, Ore., He enlisted in the Marine Corps May 3, 2010. He had deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Nick was killed in a training accident at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twenty-Nine Palms on 16 Sept 2013, he was 21 years old.
S01 (SEAL) Kevin Ebbert, USN
"Throughout his life, Kevin demonstrated a tireless commitment to working hard, helping others and doing his best to improve both himself and the world around him. He served his country on two deployments to Afghanistan as a Navy SEAL and corpsman and spent any free time he had over there volunteering in the clinics to provide medical care. On November 24, 2012, Kevin was killed in action by enemy fire while moving to support teammates. Kevin was a loving husband and family member, a thoughtful friend, a reliable teammate and a respected operator. He lived each moment of his life to its fullest and left a legacy that encourages each of us to better ourselves as he did through his quiet example. His memory will continue to inspire all those who knew him."
Adam J Fargo
Cpl. Fargo served in the 4th/506th BCT of the 101st Airborne Division as a Combat Medic. He was an amazing friend and soldier. Fargo died on July 22, 2006 when an EFP hit the truck he was driving in eastern Baghdad. He was providing medical support for the 1st Platoon Alpha Company Engineers 4th/506th 101st ABN DIV route clearance mission. He will never be forgotten by those he served with, his friends, and family. CURRAHEE!
SSG Brandon Eggleston
US Army 3d Grp SFG(A) KIA 26apr2012
Kevin Currin CTI US Navy
Marine Sgt. Elisha R Parker
"Eli loved God, his family and his country and he loved being a Marine. He was an honors student and active in sports during his time in school. One of his passions was running and he fulfilled that by being on the cross country, track and Nordic ski teams while attending Camden High School in Upstate New York. After graduation from boot camp in 2002, Eli became a Combat Engineer and was assigned to the 1st Combat Engineer Battalion. During his third deployment to Iraq and in support of 2d Reconnaissance Battalion as a Combat Engineer, he was killed in action on May 4, 2006 at the age of 21. He was killed, while on patrol, as the result of a roadside bomb explosion. His awards include the Purple Heart, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat ""V"" Distinguishing Device, and the Combat Action Ribbon. Eli had a great sense of humor, a beautiful smile, and was a loyal friend to many. The memories he created with friends and family continue to live on with those who love him and miss him dearly."
CW3 James E. Groves III
"James was less than a year from retirement with 20 years in the Army. He was 37 years old & flew a Kiowa helicopter. He left behind wife & 2 sons. He died on 3/16/13. James was my nephew & a wonderful humorous kid. He's gone too soon. I miss & love him. "
WO Stephen Paul Finke
Steve was killed in Vietnam May 5, 1970, along with Captain Tschann Scott Mashburn, assigned to Co D, 158th AHB, 101st Airborne. They were Cobra pilots and were providing support to an ambushed unit. They were shot down. Steve and Tschann are missed by all who knew them, and will never be forgotten.
Roy Speake, D. Dean, J Shea, H Hall, L. Beaird, B Sawer
"Dear Brothers, wish my health would permit but at least ""walking & talking"" with a cane. I, saw info @ DoD, mountain climb awareness want to give my Uncles' names sending, Sgt. Roy H. Speake [KIA], Co. C 506th Parachute Infantry, 101st [Airborne], Division plane shot down [So. of Caraten, Fr.], before jump, the night before D-Day. All were lost but I, also have 2 more names of Co. C from 235 lost & [or] wounded Jack Shea, [KIA] of Taft, Cal. and Dale Dean [KIA], do not have Rank of either nor Dale Deans' home town. Sgt. Speake was laid to rest with his ""Brothers' in Arms"" at the American Cemetery, near Blosville, France; Plot A Row 6 Grave #-107 but Granny Speake had him dug up in '48 and shipped to Spring Creek, Cemetery in Valley View, Texas. He told her the 101st Division ""no matter what"" will... bring me home Maw! p.s. Supra, info is re-written exactly from Roy's diary [22 pages + gleaned from letters], he had 10 little brothers / sisters [2 Bros WW-II] an started 1940 Flight school [his nickle], plus gained a civilian pilots ticket before USAAC but did not fail the Army Air Corp pilots test [last time] until approx. July 1942. Paratrooper was as close as the US Army will let him get to Aircraft 'cause of eyes. My 2nd Uncle; USNG LW Beaird [Rank?], Korea, shot him-self in the head [I, was home on leave '73], after catching his wife & ""friend"" in bed. My 3rd Uncle USMC Jack ""Harliss"" Hall [Rank?], Korea, died in VAMC when I, returned home from 1st tour, in 1975 and after his 6th operation, 2nd leg. Billy Murl Beaird""Pop's"" was a US Army tank instructor, he passed in sleep, summer afore my Afghanistan, 13 month tour and last but certainly not least my Grand-Paw James Murl Beaird USN WW-II, oiler / frog-man, [only man I ever saw could do one arm push-ups with his hand in the middle of solar plexus],passed peacefully in his sleep 92 years old [out-lived 3 sons 2 kin, 1 adopted], whilst his grandson was bugging out of hostile territory FOB from Afghanistan for a 2 week R & R inPhuket Island, Thailand. I had day at the beach planned until I read week old e-mail [10 out / in], Country. He had been to most of the global ports in his life and told me before shipping out the 1st time; ""Son, when you can afford it, come home CARRY THE BOX, then git on back"" regardless you can you cannot keep yer nose to that grind-stone... no matter what if you are supposed to be there you will! Thanks gentleman sincerely, CM Beaird DAV [Ret.]
ppss If you leave out LW and Harliss I understand but their sons should know the Veterans' plight all the truth... of a Wounded Warrior, 4 sons that are not Vets just victims of ""our deal"" so they have not spoken to me, Buzz, Pops' in 25-40 years. Uncle Buzz Sawer USA Chopper pilot died of agent orange years after 2oo5 but his son's, son committed hary-kary last year. Buzz is what we call a ""Marry-In"" he married in the Beaird mess. This has been heart-felt to write VA [MH] Doc will say gooood, just feeling... is good! I will say yes Mamm Ms. Waldman, good but the, the, rain in my house is really why my face is wet now. On another note but very related: www.burnpitlawsuit.com pass this around, it’s called the new ""Agent Orange"" feel free to contact me at e-mail above anytime. There are 29 soldiers with one civilian that died in Afghanistan 'o3-'o4, I, know of and i have [t-shirts to help family] for some. The US Navy interpreter's t-shirt is a B.U.D.S. logo on front with ""shut up and carry the boat on back."" I know none of these men by name including interpreter but met him in front of the GREEN BEANS Coffee house Kandahar or FOB S a l e r n o Beach because he looked out of place with long beard. We had good words a few minutes, almost sure was Kandahar across from SF chow hall. My adopted son wears that shirt so much SHE will not let him wear to school, Church etc., 'cause is not white, stained, well you-all know ha-ha, but really! My other favorite shirt was traded for at FOB Sultans Palace, Sgt. Maj. Perry Harrison introduced me to guy but the Sgt. Maj. was POC for me when deployed there. That is a small part of my story and I must touch on your requirement USN ""Crazy"" Johnny O' Pry [POW], USA Rusty Post, USA Big Jody Smith , USN RD E....? USAF Prime Beef C-Team CM Beaird and a man we lost whilst building a re-supply runway but he did not count as a casualty of war [Vietnam Conflict], 'cause no one shot at us Marine Recon had our perimeter only recent story has started talking Cold War. Johnny died 'o5, Russ and RD in the past 6 months. Jody and I, are withering away all of us mental and medical incurred, service connected card carrying US Armed Forces Veterans, just like you. Our minds and hearts told all of US were ok ""nothing but a thang."" Again, thanx, from Santa Fe, Texas CM."
LT (SEAL) Brendan Looney, USN
"Aloysius Bannigan was my grandfather and a man I never got to meet due to a plane crash in 1967, but from stories my grandmother and mother has told me, he was a loving and heroic father of six and marine pilot who was taken from his family too soon. The story of his heroic and tragic death just before heading to another mission in Vietnam. They met in a place called Al’s Bar in Pensacola. Lorna Raasch was there with a girlfriend. They were using straws to share a cold beer and beat the Florida heat. It was summer, 1957. Al Bannigan walked in carrying groceries. It wasn’t his bar, despite the name. His name was Aloysius Bannigan and he was a Marine flyer from New York state. Lorna had joined the Navy not long out of Oregon High School, near Madison. They locked eyes in the bar, and that was pretty much that. When they left, Lorna cooked the groceries. Three months later, Nov. 30, 1957, they married. It was a storybook romance — they had six children — right up until the day before their 10th wedding anniversary. That day, Nov. 29, 1967 — the 45th anniversary has just passed — changed everything. Al, who had made major, was flying a training mission from Texas to Madison, where he would also rent a house for Lorna and the kids. Al was being deployed to Vietnam. The rental home would bring her closer to her family. When Lorna dropped him at the airport in Texas, Al said there was an anniversary present waiting for her at the base. An electric blanket, for the Wisconsin winter. It was like him to be thinking about her. She never saw him alive again. I’m pretty good on Madison history, but Dec. 10, the day of my column on the 45th anniversary of the Otis Redding plane crash into Lake Monona, I received a note from a woman named Kimberly Bannigan. Kim graciously said she enjoyed the column, then noted, “Redding’s crash was the second in Madison in less than two weeks. On Nov. 29, 1967, my father’s plane crashed at Truax Field.” I could remember nothing of it. I recalled a 1958 fatal military crash. Gerald Stull, an Air Force pilot, put his disabled fighter plane into Lake Monona, having maneuvered to miss the homes on Lakeland Avenue. I also knew that in 1953, an Air Force jet crashed into a marsh in the Arboretum, killing both officers, John Schmidt and Glenn Collins, on board. But 1967? Recently I had coffee with five people — Lorna Bannigan and four of her six grown children, including Kim — who recall that late November day all too well. Lorna moved back here after the crash, and is living in the Madison area now. She never remarried. All the children attended Stoughton High School. And while they remember the crash, they remember, too, the life of the man who was their husband and father. Their faces light up recalling it. Al Bannigan was a dashing young man, passionate about life. His interests seemed almost limitless. He liked to golf, hunt, cook and tell jokes. He was a gifted photographer. Wherever he was stationed, in North Carolina and Texas with Lorna, or overseas — he’d had an earlier tour in Vietnam — Bannigan took photos. The family still has them in binders, Al’s humorous notes alongside. He loved packing the family in a station wagon and spending the day on a south Texas beach. There was the sound of the surf, umbrellas and a cooler set next to a baby crib. At home, he played dominoes, a cigar and cold Pearl beer within reach. He cherished that time with Lorna and their kids: Kim, Kelly, Sheila, Aloysius (Skip), Chris and Brian. Bannigan was set on a military career, and he was making a success of it, having graduated from helicopters to fighter jets. It was in a helicopter in Vietnam in April 1964, that Bannigan, by then a Marine captain, earned a Gold Star to go with two Air Medals, for participating in four flights under heavy fire in enemy territory. Bannigan was 35 when he made the flight from Texas to Wisconsin in November 1967. He was the pilot and had a young Marine first lieutenant, Craig Olney of Illinois, along as co-pilot. As the Bannigan family understands what happened, something went wrong with the airplane as it approached Truax — a likely possibility being icing on the wings — and Al Bannigan ejected his co-pilot before the crash. Olney survived but was seriously injured. Bannigan stayed with the plane, succeeding in keeping it from crashing in a populated area. The plane came to ground in a swampy area some 1,000 feet north of the Truax Field runway. Al Bannigan did not survive, but he does in memory. Lorna, who was so strong for the kids growing up, gave them each a photo album a few years back. Al lives in it, and elsewhere. His daughter Sheila said when she sees an eagle, she thinks of her dad. *This article was written by Doug Moe for the Wisconsin State Journal on December 26, 2012 (http://host.madison.com/news/local/doug_moe/doug-moe-the-other-fatal-plane-crash-of-late-in/article_b399e5f4-4ecd-11e2-82fa-001a4bcf887a.html Sincerely, Caitlin Dickman"
1st LT Almar Fitzgerald
Almar enjoyed life and through his positive outlook and humor, he passed that enjoyment on to others. Almar's bright smile and distinctive laugh were his most endearing qualities. He made friends easily and kept friends because of his honesty and loyalty. Fitz was the center of the fun, always the object of a pretty lady’s glance, always ready to back up his buddies if they needed help breaking the ice with the girls. After Quantico, he was assigned to Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Twenty-Nine Palms, CA. In country, he changed positions from XO to CDR of a CAAT platoon. one of Almar’s greatest qualities was his big heart. His caring concern for others gave him the desire to be an organ donor. Through this selfless act, he was able to help improve the quality of life for six other people. Almar may not be with us on this earth, but he will forever remain alive within our hearts and the lives he touched throughout Europe. His engaging smile and infectious laugh are engrained in the memories of his family and friends. He will always be remembered as a hardworking, fun loving, go getter who always did it "his way".
Cpl Nicholas Manoukian USMC
Honoring and remembering my son and only child Cpl Nicholas Manoukian KIA 10-21-2006 in Ramadi Iraq. Nick wanted to be part of the "few and the proud" and after 9-11 upon graduation from high school joined the marines. Nick was a very creative spirit and played many instruments. He was the most accomplished on the drums. He also loved to draw and write poetry. He married his girlfriend Danielle in July 2006 before this second deployment to Iraq. Nick was very romantic and proposed to her by trying to celebrate all of the holidays that they would be apart starting with Halloween and ending with sending her on an Easter egg hunt in July to find her engagement ring. There is so much I could write. Nick had a wonderful sense of humor and was always willing to lend a hand, money or his car to help friends or family. I miss him more with every breath that I take and know that one day I will see him again in Heaven where there will be no more tears or goodbyes. Nick was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal with V for valor, the Purple Heart with gold star, Combat action ribbon and medal and more.
SFC William L. Coffey
SFC Coffey was my dad. He was KIA in Vietnam in 1971. I don't remember much about him as I was so very young at the time. But, what memories I do have are precious & few & so are very cherished. I am so proud of my dad & what he & others have done for our country. I want to say thank you to all them & to you as well for creating this for us. God bless! ❤
Cpl. Aaron Gautier
SGT Aaron Xavier Wittman USA
"United States Army Sergeant Aaron Xavier Wittman of Chester, VA became the first United States combat casualty in the War on Terror in 2013 when he died while conducting combat operations in Kyogyani District, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan while assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia. Aaron was an outstanding athlete at LC Bird High School, lettering in wrestling and soccer and was a member of the Chesterfield Soccer Club for many years. Aaron followed in his family’s tradition of study at The Citadel and service to the country in the United States Armed Forces by enrolling at The Citadel after graduating from high school. While a cadet, Aaron joined the South Carolina National Guard and as second semester senior, he and his four second semester senior classmates were presented with a difficult choice: go to war or stay in school and graduate on time. All five second semester seniors deployed to Afghanistan, exemplifying the citizen-soldier concept. Aaron served for one year with the 218th Brigade Combat Team in Forward Operating Base Shkin, a very hostile and rugged region of Afghanistan, while conducting extensive combat operations and training Afghan Army forces. As an Infantryman, he earned the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and returned to The Citadel to complete his degree as a Veteran Student and walked the graduation stage with his four 2007 classmates with the class of 2009. Sergeant Wittman enlisted in the United States Army in 2010 and was later assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment at Fort Stewart, Georgia. Aaron then deployed for his second combat tour to Afghanistan in November 2012 and was attached to the SF Group, Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA) 3135 in the Nangarhar Province. On 9 January, his unit initiated combat operations and on 10 January his unit encountered the enemy while on a mounted patrol. He immediately responded to an insurgent ambush without regard for his own safety, identifying enemy fighting positions and enabling the maneuver of the rest of the combat patrol to provide additional suppressive fire. His quick response ensured the survival of the rest of the combat patrol and for his courageous actions; he was awarded posthumously the Purple Heart and Bronze Star with V device for Valor. Ironically, Aaron had completed the Army Officer Candidate School administrative requirements to attend OCS and receive a US Army Commission upon his return from Afghanistan. To honor his memory, his Citadel classmates and the Wittman Family have partnered with The Citadel Foundation to create a memorial scholarship which is now fully endowed and is awarded to a rising Sophomore Cadet who best exemplifies the values Aaron exhibited. The Wittmans have donated Aaron’s ring into the Citadel Band of Gold Program and his ring was melded with the rings of eight other Graduates’ rings and new gold which was forged into the rings of the Class of 2014. The Class of 1975 has also honored Aaron and his sacrifice by funding of the Class of 1975 / Aaron X. Wittman, ‘07 Medal of Honor Recipient Speaker Series. Aaron was laid to rest in Section 60, Arlington National Cemetery. Friends, family, classmates, 3ID Soldiers and Citadel cadets have honored his sacrifice by participating as Team Aaron X. Wittman in the Cooper River Bridge Run for three years. Team Aaron had over 140 participants in the 2014 CRBR. "
"Ron was my older cousin, a Marine in the Drum and Bugle Corp. He was sent to Viet Nam early in the war and was killed by friendly fire. He was just one of many who served, some came home some did not. He did, but in a casket. Those of you climbing, thank you - and for all the men and women who have served and sacrificed, you are not forgotten."
Tyler Parten is my oldest brother. He was KIA in 2009 in Afghanistan. A West Point grad, top 10% in the class of 2007, Tyler had a passion for life, freedom, travel, music, God, and children. The legacy he left is worldwide, as evident by the many messages I still relieve even 5 years after his death by friends he met in his travels around the world. Tyler's memory will forever be cherished by his family and friends. It is my family's hope that he will continue to impact the world via the foundation we have organized in his honor to aid children in war-torn and poverty-stricken countries. Tyler, I love you, and I'm so proud to have a guardian angel like you. I love you, brother.
Michael r Lehmiller
was killed in Afghanistan 8-21-05 along with
CPL Doc Jason Daniel
"4/23/06 KIAIED Taji Iraq age 21.6"
Felix E. Czaja
My father went away to war in 1941 and returned in 1946. He flew with the 15th Air Force of the AAC. He was very generous with his stories of his service, and spoke also of the suffering of the common people he met in Italy, Russia, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, England, and Libya. That empathy and compassion was his greatest gift. He passed at age 95, taking the 'slow, gentle slide through the veil to the next life.'
PFC Andrew J Sass
My only child, never to be forgotten by me, his wife or his son...My Son My Soldier My Hero. I miss you Andrew..with all of my heart.
Nicolas David Checque
Nic was one hell of a SEAL, a son, a brother, a boyfriend, a father figure, a teammate, and a friend. He is loved and missed my many. Never forget!
Pfc. William B. Dawson
Cpl. Kenneth P. Darden
"Cpl. Darden was a member of Battery A, 15th Field Artillery Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division. He was listed MIA while fighting near Hoengsong, South Korea on February 13, 1951. His remains have now been identified and on June 27, 2015, he is coming home. "
Pfc. Jaysine P.S. Petree
Pfc. Amy R. Sinkler
SSG Delmar White
2 Sept 2007, Baghdad Iraq. A true NCO.
LCpl Craig N Watson
Craig joined the Marines right after 9/11 and left home right after high school graduation so he really never had time to do anything but serve our country. He was KIA with nine other Marines in an abandoned flour mill in Iraq.
SGT. Chad J Vollmer
"My name is Lieutenant Colonel Mark Green. I was assigned in support of the United Nations International Security Assistance Force. I have never written a letter of this kind. For some reason, I could not find the courage earlier to share my brief encounter with Mark in the field. This Memorial Day reminded me again of the sacrifices and I finally made the decision to share with you what I observed while on tour as an Inspector General when checking on soldiers in the field. We flew out to his company and did so with many different sites as part of our site visits.
I don’t recall the actual day we went out but I do recall it was only days after that I stood on the runway in Kandahar Afghanistan and Marks name was read aloud as a fallen hero. It was at that point that my heart sunk and it hit me that we were just there checking on his company and I was just talking with him days or a week or so before. He was focused on mission and his soldiers. I remember the immediate impact it had on me when they announced his name. I was in disbelief and the true cost of the war hit me full force right at that moment.
When my Sergeant Major and our team arrived on our visit to Marks command, we went into the covered area to meet up and ask what he needed. I remember his positive demeanor and mostly his smile. I do remember that when we asked what he needed he seemed to be only concerned that some awards for combat action badges needed attention through his chain of command from Germany and was trying to get them pushed through. He was in good spirits and had a very positive attitude.
Recently, we had an Army bracelet made to honor him and my 13 year old son wears it. Somehow it got lost and I need to get another one. I sent a letter similar to this one to his family but never heard back. For past two years, the Boy Scout troop my son is with goes to San Francisco National Cemetery to honor all veterans. For some reason now, on Memorial Day, I recall his name every year and find myself wanting to share with others that brief encounter when I think about sacrifice made for this country. I cannot tell you how much I think about how hard it has to be to lose someone you love and that is why I was so hesitant to reach out. I did not know Mark personally but I didn’t have to, he was a brother in arms.
I realize I am taking a chance to write this letter with fear of bringing up a very hard reality. I just wanted you to know that the short but brief encounter with Mark in the combat zone. I was impressed by him and I observed his positive leadership in action. He will never leave my memory and I will honor him always. I am still in the Army full time and I cannot shake his name or the feeling I felt when I realized it was someone I had just met days before. I want to do more but I don’t know what I can do. I send my prayers to his entire family, I send my promise to always remember this message and vow that he will not ever be forgotten. I would someday love to meet and have coffee with the family to tell them how I remembered him in our brief encounter in the mountains of Afghanistan. If you or others or do anything to help keep his service to the country enduring, I will be grateful. I am sorry it took me so long to gather myself up to write this letter. It has been almost 5 years. I only want this released if the family acknowledges and accepts the disclosure.
LTC Mark Green
Steven Plumhoff, Maj USAF
My father served between 66-68 in Vietnam as a Huey combat medic in DaNang. Saved thousands of lives in the process, including NVA soldiers. My father never asked anyone for anything. Never spoke or promoted his time serving our country. He loved my mother and raised me well. In 2005 he started having vision issues and in 2006 was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes from exposure to Agent Orange during his service in Vietnam. One year later he passed away from heart failure due to his internal organs failing from his complications from Type II Diabetes. My father flew his flag proudly every day on our front porch. He would hang it each morning before leaving for work and he would take it down every day before sunset. He loved our country and loved his family and I'll forever be grateful for his love for my mother and I. I'm honored he was my father and consider him to be my biggest hero. He taught me through his actions as a father to never give up and showed me anything was possible. When he became ill, he lost his job and we went to a local church to get food for my mother and I. That was the only time in his life he needed help, when he became ill and I know it hurt him inside to have to do that. He was a fighter and a brilliant man. He died 3 days after Christmas in 2006 after he met the love of my life for the first time. He knew I would be alright and God took him December 28th, 2006. Although he did not pass away in action while active in the military, his story I felt was still important to send in.
SGT Robert Dupell Jr
"Neighborhood friend, we went to the same grade school, high school. Was KIA in Vietnam. I have a memorial on The Virtual Vietnam Wall for Bobby. He was a good guy and enlisted after high school in 1967."
We walked home from school together in junior high. He was killed in Vietnam. He was a helicopter crew chief. I remember him as a boy and now as I am an old man.
Killed in Vietnam. He was a friend.
LCDR Mark A. Ehlers
Mark was unique. An All-American athlete, a scholar, a best friend to many, a fiercely proud father of3, a son and a husband. A USNA graduate of 1984 Mark flew S-3b's in the US Navy, a job of which h loved only second to fatherhood and husband. He and 3 others were killed when their S-3 crashed into the Mediterranean Sea on a moonlit night during work ups with the Israeli military. The four crewmember’s bodies were never recovered. Mark, an Oceanographer by degree, returned to nature, and not a day goes by that I don't sense his spirit in the dew of the morning or eve, a pleasant downpour of rain or in the surf of the sea. I am blessed as my best friend surrounds me in the most comforting of ways. RIP Mark 10-12-1961 - 02-04-1997. And as he always told his friends "the front porch light is always on"
James van ness muller
A country boy with a great smile. Killed in Vietnam.
Capt. Elmer S. Pickett
He served under general Patton from north Africa to Sicily one story I remember when he was wounded he was in field hospital next to the shell-shocked soldier Patton slapped when Patton found out what was wrong with soldier he ordered the medical staff to move my grandfather to another tent so he could cuss out the soldier
cpl. Henry Pickett
This one is my great grandfather the father of captain Elmer Pickett Henry served in world war one as combat engineer
WW2 Tarawa survivor.
Major Jeff "oz" Ausborn
He was an amazing husband, father, son, friend and USAF pilot. He volunteered to teach Afghans to fly the C-27 to help build their Air Force. He was killed (along with 8 other American airmen) on 4-27-11 in Kabul Afghanistan. We miss him so much and are grateful for his sacrifice!
My father, Daniel Cunningham, was a bronze star and double purple heart recipient for the Vietnam war. He served bravely and was also a great mentor, father and friend.
SFC James J Stoddard Jr
LCpl Justin Swanson
KIA, Helmand Province, AFG, 10 NOV 2009
Jacob Eugene Melson
Jacob was born and raised here in the Mat-Su valley 10/2/83 was killed January 7th 2006 in a blk hawk crash over Iraq." ICY33 " He was Army Guard; his unit was from Ft Richardson. He loved snowboarding, skateboarding. Most of all he was my son, the kind hearted, loving. good natured God fearing young man.
Charles Richard Suehle
only 19...killed in action on the second day of the D-Day invasion of Europe, WWII...thank you for your sacrifice...!!!
Private Frank Uricchio, US Marine Corps
Our brother from the AL Beta chapter was killed in action 01 MAR 1945 on Iwo Jima while serving as a rifleman with Company C, 24th Marines, 4th Marine Division
First Lieutenant LeMert Guyer, US Army Air Corps
Our brother from the TX Alpha chapter was killed in action 03 FEB 1944 over Italy while serving as a Mustang fighter pilot with the 525th Fighter Squadron, 86th Fighter Group
Ensign Alfred Ruffcorn, US Navy Reserve
Our brother from the MT Alpha chapter was killed in action in The Philippines while serving as a pilot attached to the Fighting 19th stationed aboard the USS Lexington (CV-16)
Major Morrison Cotner, US Air Force Reserve
World War II Veteran of Guadalcanal, Korean War and Vietnam War Veteran, our brother of the AR Alpha chapter was killed in action while flying a reconnaissance mission close to Ving Ro Bay near TuyHoa, Phu Yen, South Vietnam
First Lieutenant Edward Davis, Jr., US Marine Corps Reserve
Our brother of the CA Alpha chapter was killed in action 28 JUL 1944 on Guam while serving with the 1 Battalion, 21st Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division. He was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for his action that day.
Sergeant First Class Jonathan Dozier, US Army
Our brother of the TN Theta chapter was killed in action in Iraq 09 JAN 2008. Brother Dozier was laid to rest at the hallowed grounds of Arlington National Cemetery.
Second Lieutenant Henry Griffin, US Army / American Expeditionary Force
Our brother from the NY Alpha chapter was killed in action 16 JUL 1918 in St. Agnan, France.
Ensign Joseph Hissem, US Navy Reserve
Our brother of the IL Alpha chapter was lost at sea / killed in action 04 JUN 1942 at the Battle of Midway. He was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his action that day.
SSG James David Bullard
"28, of Marion, S.C.; assigned to the South Carolina National Guard's 1st Battalion, 263rd Armor Regiment, in Marion, S.C.; died Oct. 30 in Spearwan Ghar, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using rocket-propelled grenade fire, machine gun fire, mortars and small-arms fire during combat operations. I knew David for about 6 months before he died. We were on the same Police Mentor Team in Afghanistan, we became friends during that time, he will forever be my brother. RIP"
Charles S. Cooper Jr.
PFC Jacob H Wykstra
"PFC Jacob Henry Wykstra was a soldier, but more than that he was a good person down to the core. His commander said this about him; “Never one to complain, Jake’s smile and presence kept his squad and platoon’s moral high. A devout Christian, Jake’s strong personality and unwavering faith helped steady his buddies in stressful or lonely times. Also a prankster and practical joker by nature, his sense of humor enabled others to laugh at him, and in turn laugh at themselves in tense and anxious moments. This soldier seemed to defeat fear with his mere presence. A rarity for someone so junior in rank, but very senior in heart and courage. PFC Wykstra was a great soldier, but he was an even better human being. I hold him in the highest regard as a professional soldier, and a person. His service to this nation - exemplary. His training proficiency and aptitude – the top 1%. His potential for future responsibility and leadership – without bounds. His notoriety, attitude, and laughter among his peers – infectious. His squad mates loved him – and he them.” Jacob was a Colorado native, born on July 14, 1992 and raised in Thornton. He was fortunate to be stationed in the state he loved so much serving at Fort Carson, Colorado. He is missed by friends and family everywhere. Jacob never knew an enemy until he arrived on the battlefield. He had a love for life and a love for people that made everyone want to be in his presence. He was a natural comedian and no matter what trial life was offering, Jake could make anyone smile or laugh through it. He simply lit up the room with his presence, warmth and humor. Jake was an athlete and baseball was his favorite sport. He played as a young child all the way through high school. He dabbled in wrestling, soccer, football and rugby, but baseball was life! He told me that during downtime in Afghanistan he sometimes played catch with his buddies. He said this familiar act could make the war disappear for just a short time, and could make him feel like he was at home gain. Jake had an unusual love for dogs. He valued them as he did his family and friends, and if a dog was around, Jake would be found on the floor playing and petting. Although they were told to not pet the stray dogs in Afghanistan, Jake sometimes couldn’t help himself. He sent me pictures of dogs telling me how happy they made him. I hope all dogs go to heaven, because that would be the ideal place for Jake. His entire life, Jake could be found drawing and painting. He even loved cooking because he was drawn to anything creative. As his mom, I had to sign a copyright for a piece of his artwork he painted in second grade because the school superintendent chose it to be his note cards for the school year. Shortly before he was killed he drew a design for deployment shirts for his platoon. He had so much talent! A great blessing came from my last conversation with Jake. He expressed to me his frustration with the war and his inability to ""fix"" anything for the Afghani people. He wanted to make a small difference in the world through his service. He spoke specifically about the children who live in an impoverished war zone, and how they beg soldiers for pens to write and draw. This probably touched Jake more than other soldiers because of his love for creating. I could hear the love he had developed for the people he was serving. I pointed out to him that we know we will be judged by the intents of our hearts one day. He asked what I thought God thinks of war. I assured him that God intends for all of His children to be free, and that unfortunately we must sometimes fight for that freedom for us and others. In the end, I told him I believed that his heart was in the right place. I told him if he died tomorrow, he would die well in the eyes of God. A week later he was killed. As a mom, I am blessed to know where my son's heart was at the time of his death. I know he is in paradise. My favorite thing about Jake is that he was such a great friend to all. Since his death, I’ve had at least 20 people contact me and introduce themselves as “Jake’s best friend”. I just smile. He never had a mean bone in his body and always wanted the world to be a better place. This was his intention when he joined the army. For him it wasn’t about flexing his muscles, it was about serving others. Jake died doing this very thing; recovering casualties and wounded from the battlefield. On May 28, 2014 while on a late night mission to recover Afghani casualties, his Blackhawk helicopter crashed killing him and wounding 14 others. He will forever be loved and missed until we see him again in the next life. Thank you for honoring my boy. It means so much to me!
With gratitude, Heidi Katzenbach Gold Star Mother of Jacob Henry Wykstra And Alaska Native!"
First Lieutenant Thomas Karg, US Army
Our brother of the AL Alpha chapter was reported missing in action at the Fall of Corregidor, and later reported as a prisoner of war and died in captivity.
First Lieutenant Gayland Keroher, US Army Reserve
Our brother of the KS Gamma chapter was serving as an engineer with A Company, 86th Engineer Battalion, 4th Engineer Group, 18th Engineer Brigade when he was killed in action in Dinh Tuong, South Vietnam 07 FEB 1969.
First Lieutenant Harry Loflin, US Army Air Corps
Our brother of the MS Beta chapter was serving with the 525th Bomb Squadron, 379th Bomb Group (H), Eighth Air Force when he was killed in action on a mission over Germany on 11 MAY 1944.
Warrant Officer Dayton Lanier, US Army Reserve
Our brother of the NC Beta chapter was a pilot with Charlie Company, 229th Assault Helicopter Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division when he was killed in action in Binh Dinh Province 09 MAY 1968.
Captain Joshua Lawrence, US Army
On 08 OCT 2011, our brother of the TN Eta chapter was the first SigEp killed in action in Afghanistan.
First Lieutenant Edward Locke, US Army
A brother of our NY Alpha chapter, he was killed in action in Normandy, France on 08 JUN 1944.
Howard Linne WWII
On D-Day, lost his life...I want to remind people, i.e. WWII one brother fought against the Nazis; the other Aldwin Deforest Linn, Sharpshooter, Sgt. Army... Japan. Naval Communications front line; Steven Allan Jones, Viet Nam; Stephan A Sersha; Gunner, John R. Craig and Sharpshooter in WWII; Japan. Midway. John P Sersha; WWII, Air Force, shot down, Netherlands; never found. I also want to remind you that the Linns back to the 1700's have been, revolutionaries, militia and they are tied to some of the greatest people that founded this Country and that includes General G. S. Patton. I give my gratitude for every person that has taken on military action to keep this country USA standing and preserve the US Constitution. The men and women who lost their lives and the men and women who came back.
First Lieutenant William Peters, Jr., US Marine Corps
"Our brother of the IA Gamma was a pilot with HMM-165, MAG-16, 1st MAW 7562 was killed in action when his helicopter came under enemy gunfire and crashed during operations in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam. His awards include the Navy Cross & Silver Star."
SPC Brandon Steffey & MWD Maci
Sgt. Michael Joe Yarbrough was a Bud Light drinkin', Copenhagen dippin', good ol' boy from Arkansas. He was married to a wonderful woman that I am blessed to call friend. Michael was killed in 2007 in Iraq. This is for Brandon and his Military Working Dog Maci.
A1C Eric Barnes
"Eric was lost in Iraq on June 10 2007 after he was wounded from an IED. This was his second tour and loved doing what he always wanted in the USAF. He is a true American hero. RIP Eric!"
Sgt. Devin Snyder
SGT Snyder gave her life on 4 June 2011 in Afghanistan while serving with the 164th Military Police Company out of JBER, Alaska.
Timothy R. McGill
"Tim came from a family of firefighters and police, he joined the USMC right after HS. In 2008 he transferred into the Army National Guard and volunteered for the Army's elite Special Forces, where completed selection and was a member of an ODA. Tim along with two comrades was killed on Sept. 21, 2013 in Pktia Province, Afghanistan. Tim was my friend, fellow beer drinker, a gentle giant (6'6"") simply a wonderful human being. He is terribly missed but we areal so proud to have known him, and call him friend. "
died on first B-29 bomber mission over Japan
Ulysses Bright, U.S. Army
My Uncle Ulysses fought and died in WWII
"He fought in Vietnam. U.S. Army...POW MIA presumed dead. My cousin James went off to war when I was about four years old and I remember right before he left I was standing there crying. He promised me he would do all possible to come home safe. I waited every day. He never came home. The DOD sent a letter he was missing. They wrote him off as dead...I remember going to his memorial service. I did not want to believe he was dead. I have requested many times for James remains to be found...still nothing. I will continue to advocate for him to be brought home. 😢 I miss him. He was like a big brother to me."
Billy Dean Thomas
Billy was a small town country boy from Bens Run, WV. Tall, fit, and red headed with a booming, deep, bass voice. I went to a small church with him as a young man. I vividly remember how the church pew would vibrate when he sang hymns. He did not want to go to Viet Nam, but stood up and did his duty, like many others. He was drafted in to the Army and served in the infantry as a M-60 gunner. I still have a letter from him that was sent very near his time of death. I did not want to believe it was really him in that sealed coffin, but sadly it was. Gone too soon, but never forgotten.
this is for my great uncle. He joined the army air corps during WWII. He was Navajo from the reservation. He never came home and is buried at a national cemetery in Africa. I'm assuming he could have come home but my grandmother didn't speak English and they had to bury him somewhere. I don't really know how I found him just a few years ago, but this gave us closure just knowing where he was laid to rest.
PFC Alan Bloom
Alan was a gunner on my patrol in Iraq in 2005. He was mortally wounded in an IED strike on 31 December of that year. He embodied all that a paratrooper is and should be. As a native of Alaska his name deserves to fly over the state he loved so much.
Spc. Andrew J. Castro
Spc. Castro died three weeks into his tour on Aug. 28 in Babur, Afghanistan, from wounds suffered when insurgents attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device. Castro was awarded the Bronze Star posthumously.
LT Chris Mosko
Donald P Sumner Jr
I miss you so much dad.
SSG Manuel R. Puentes
"On March 25, 1971 SSG Manuel Puentes while on patrol in South Vietnam was ambushed and shot. When soldiers later returned, Manuel was nowhere to be found. Nobody has ever been recovered. Every Memorial Day Manuel's family gathers at a Freedom Tree planted in 1974 to honor their missing brother. They have no cemetery to go to so they all gather at the tree on the front lawn of Pawnee Elementary School in Omaha, Nebraska to honor him and all those who have served. We would be so honored if you would add our hero's name to your flag. What you are doing is amazing......we will keep you in our prayers. Thank you!"
Good friend’s son! Adam fought for are freedom!! Freedom isn't free!!! Adam was about the same age as my son. Thanks Adam!!!
SrA Daniel Johnson was born in Ely, Minnesota. He enlisted in the Air Force in November 2006 and graduated from NAVSCOLEOD graduated on Sept. 12, 2007. He was assigned to the 30th Civil Engineer Squadron at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. SrA Johnson deployed for the first time in 2009 in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. After his return, he attended the U.S. Army Mountain Warfare course and graduated with honors. He deployed for his second time on Aug. 25, 2010 and was assigned to the 755th Air Expeditionary Squadron’s EOD Flight, Operating Location Bravo, Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. Operating from Combat Outpost Belanday, he cleared lines of communication, enabled freedom of maneuver, and ensured coalition and local national safety. While deployed, SrA Johnson was single-handedly responsible for saving the life of an Afghan National Army Soldier injured by a concealed booby-trap.
1LT Laura M. Walker
I never got to meet Laura, but I did get to live next to her wonderful family. They were gracious and kind to my boys and I while my husband was deployed. I credit the Walker family for showing me up close and personal the sacrifice of losing a soldier in war. It's painful, but they are so gracious. Laura isn't a number on a depressing tote board. She was an athlete, West Point graduate, friend, sister and beloved first born of four. She was their baby. Sometimes it takes someone's heartbreak to teach us a lesson. I will always remind people of what Laura gave: Her future for our freedom! I have a cadet now and if ever something happened to him, I can only hope to have enough strength and courage to press on in life as the Walkers have displayed. To the top and best of luck!
Christian J Porter LCPL USMC
Kia in Operation Desert Storm. Gone but Never Forgotten Brother!
Brian Lane CPL USMC
Kia in Operation Desert Storm. Gone but Never Forgotten Brother!
SPC Richard L. McNulty III
Rick joined the Army in July 2010 he became military Policeman and graduated OSUT in December 2010. Went to Airborne School in January 2011 completed Airborne School and got married in February 2011. Left to go to Fort Richardson, Alaska in February 2011. Hannah, Rick's wife joined him in Alaska in May 2011. Rick was in training mode the whole time that Hannah was in Alaska. Hannah got pregnant and they were looking at s June 2012 due date. Richard deployed to Afghanistan in December 2011. On Mother's Day Hannah had called and said to keep my phone with me because Tick was going to call she called me periodically during the day to dad if he had called and I told her no he hadn't. At around 5pm on Mother’s Day my son Dhaun had called and told me that Tick was killed that morning in Afghanistan from an IED. Needless to say, I never received a call from him, my granddaughter who will be three in June never got to meet her Dad. My son never had the chance to be a Dad. This year Rick's date he was buried falls on Memorial Day. Life is too short.
James paid the ultimate sacrifice for his brothers in combat on the streets of Mogadishu, Somalia. AG and rifleman A co. 2-14 inf. 10th Mountain Division. "Right of the Line"
Sgt. Cornell Houston paid the ultimate sacrifice after succumbing to injuries sustained on Oct. 3, 1993 in the Battle of Mogadishu as a 41st Combat Engineer attached to 2-14 inf. Golden Dragons, 10th Mountain Division Ft. Drum, NY
Staff Sgt John T Mooney
Even at an early age, John was a hero to his sisters. When their parents died tragically, he sought to protect them. He died an American hero on December 17, 1944 during the Battle of the Bulge in WWII, fighting to protect all Americans.
Sgt AAF Frank Gabler
Army Air Force Sergeant Frank William Peter Gabler was a tail gunner when his B-52 was shot down by the Japanese in the Aleutian Island of Kiska, Alaska on February 16, 1944. Due to bad weather, the bodies could not be recovered until summer.
Technician Fifth Grade John J. Pinder, Jr
WWII Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient John J. Pinder, Jr served as a Technician Fifth Grade in the US Army 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division. On June 6, 1944, after being shot three different times by German machine guns, he helped establish vital radio communications on the beach, near Colleville-sur-Mer, France. He was 31 years old when he died in the D-Day invasion.
Spc. John Dawson
Sgt Kent Furphy
Kent was our very handsome older cousin. Both my sister and I had very serious crushes on him! We are all so proud he was a Green Beret. He was killed in Viet Nam11/1966 about 2 weeks before he was to come back home while on a patrol he volunteered for.
Samuel Thomas Watts
I would just like to share a story about my new soldier friend, his name was Samuel, but his family called him Sam. I never got to meet my new soldier friend Sam before, from the posts I've seen that his mom posts, he sounded like a sweet young man. My soldier friend Sam got the purple heart, and he served in the 82nd Airborne Operation Enduring Freedom. On May 19 2012 my soldier friend Sam died from his injuries that he sustained while fighting for our country and our freedom:( I sure do miss my new soldier friend:( I saw that ya'll are gonna carry the names of the fallen at the top of Mount Denali
My new soldier friend Staff Sgt. Jamie was shot by a sniper while serving on military duty in Afghanistan. After enduring countless surgeries and efforts of rehabilitation. I would like to honor my new soldier friend Staff Sgt. Jamie.
"I have a new soldier friend, his name was Derek, he served in the Army, He was a veteran. Of North Caldwell. While he was walking through an area of improvised explosive devices. and on July 23, 2011 Derek stepped on two IED's Simultaneously and ultimately lost both his legs and fractured skull and right arm and sustained kidney damage. And then on March 18 2013 my new soldier Derek died, he died at Walter Reed Medical center:( His fiancé went to check on him and to wake him up and he wouldn't wake up. My heart thoughts and prayers go out to his family and his fiancé. I would just like to honor my new soldier friend Derek on Memorial Day."
Army Sgt Sean M. Durkin
"As a teenager, you usually end up despising your best friend's younger brother. They rat you out, they spy on you and they do everything they can to annoy you (the water guns while we were trying to tan was the worst). Little did I know that 11 years later that little freckle faced kid would be one of my children's heroes and someone I cried for because I would gladly take those annoying moments back for his family to have him back. Sgt Durkin was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, Fort Carson, Colo And Serving near Forward Operating Base Wilson in Afghanistan on March 27, 2010 when his vehicle was rocked by an explosion. While inspecting for damages they were subjected to another explosion and he was injured. Taken to Walter Reed with severe injuries (lost both legs) it seemed he would survive. Days following, he was in good spirits with family and friends surrounding him and was even able to joke about learning to redrive his beloved Civic and telling his Mom what had happened. Sadly, April 9th he succumbed to a fungal infection that he could just not fight. He died defending the country he loved. He died defending our country so his 4 nephews may not have to in their day. This Memorial Day we honor you. We honor the sacrifice that so many have made before you and those yet to come. We pray for peace but thank our Lord for the men and women who have the courage to defend those they do not know. Thank you all. "
SPC Justin R. Helton
SPC JUSTIN HELTON was KIA 9 June 2014, Zabul, Afghanistan. He was an EOD tech for 18TH Ordnance Company out of Fort Bragg, NC. He was honored by the EOD WARRIOR FOUNDATION to be placed on the EOD Memorial wall this year as the only fallen tech of 2014 due to the worst friendly fire incident in the Afghan Campaign. He was a hell of a best friend to my husband and I was honored to laugh and joke with him as a buddy before the guys deployed. In loving memory and never forgotten.
Fernando Ribas-Dominicci and Paul Lawrence
Major Fernando Ribas-Dominicci (pilot), and Paul Lawrence (Weapon Systems Officer) were killed in action flying an F-111 during Operation El Dorado Canyon; the April 1986 airstrike of Libya. This joint US Air Force / Naval raid was one of the earliest modern day US military actions against global terrorism.
Patrick Allen DeVoe IIs
My son and best friend was KIA Afghanistan March 8, 2009. I continue to support all troops
SPC Fernando Barajas
SPC Barajas and I went through training together. He became a source of outside strength for me when I was struggling he was right there with a huge grin encouraging me on. Learning of his death (in 2006) was devastating to me, he was so full of life and such an amazing person. "
Sgt David Douthit
Young Alaskan David Quentin Douthit was the only Alaskan killed in Iraq during Operation Desert Storm during the first Gulf War. At the time, my daughter Cyndi was working as a professional dancer in Israel and our family was very anxious when the war began. Cyndi came home and resumed her life. David did not come home. On February 27, 1991 Sergeant Douthit was killed in action in the Iraqi desert. He was described by his superior officer as ""a soldier of the first magnitude, a soldier's soldier. “Every Memorial Day I remember this young Alaskan, a true American Hero who gave his life protecting Americans in the Middle East. My daughter was one of them."
Lance Corporal, USMC Sean Forest Estler
KIA. Beirut Barracks Bombing, Lebanon 10-23-83. Sean was an Eagle Scout and Assistant Scout Master. we would do a lot of canoeing, hiking and rock climbing in the eastern US together.
SGT Joel Clarkson
Cpl. Aaron Gautier
PFC Keith M Williams
"Keith was only 19 when he was KIA in OEF last July 2014. Keith loved adventure, surfing, skateboard, snowboarding and .... he would be smiling knowing he was going to be honored by other veterans in such an awesome way.... You are my heroes...Stay Safe...God Bless you!!! Please yell out Hallelujah when you get to the highest point......because our beloved sons, daughters, husbands, fathers, uncles are watching you!!!! :)
SSGT Benjamin Prange and PFC Keith M Williams
"SSGT Benjamin Prange and PFC Keith M Williams were killed when an IED exploded in Afghanistan. SSGT Prange was a beloved father of two little boys and loving husband to Elizabeth. He was from Nebraska and was devoted to the army and was a great leader. He had overcome a lot of tragedy in his life and was admired by many. PFC Keith M Williams was the youngest of three children and he was a very funny, talented, smart kid who made people laugh. He loved music and learned to play the piano by ear. He was from Visalia CA graduating from El Diamante High School in 2013. His sisters Chelsea and Sami and his mom Debbie, Dad Frankie and Step Dad Mike and his nieces and nephews miss him so much but we know he is now in the presence of Jesus. "
SPC Sean M Walsh
SPC Sean M Walsh was killed just a couple of weeks before he was due to return home from a yearlong deployment in Afghanistan. Sean's K9s is dedicated to his memory. Thank you for honoring his sacrifice!!!
Sgt. Michael D. Rowe
CPL Jason B Daniel
"Combat medic KIA 4/23/06"
Robert K. Dodge
KIA 7SEP10 in Tuz Iraq
KIA on 07SEP10 in Tuz, Iraq.
Lawrence W Riegel
Army Air Corp B-17 Pilot KIA 11-Sep-1944 Rhuland Germany Oil Campaign Bombing Mission Army
Army SSpc. Chad A. Edmundson
SSpc. Chad A. Edmundson "20, of Williamsburg, Pa.; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 112th Infantry, 56th Stryker Brigade, Pennsylvania Army National Guard; died May 27 in Baghdad of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near unit while on a dismounted patrol. Maj. Gen. tells of man of ‘enormous potential’ The Associated Press Chad A. Edmundson helped build a foundation of teamwork and camaraderie by aggressively completing any mission without hesitation or complaint. “Spc. Chad Edmundson was a builder. By the work of his hands and his winning spirit he built up those around him,” said Capt. Jason Hoffman. “He lifted up his squad and platoon with his high motivation.” Edmundson, 20, of Williamsburg, Pa., died May 27 when a bomb went off while his squad was in Abu Ghraib, Iraq. He was a 2008 high school graduate and was assigned to Altoona, Pa. “He was an outgoing, great, really good kid. He just liked to make everybody happy,” said his cousin, Justin Swartz. Maj. Gen. Jessica L. Wright said: “Spc. Edmundson was a dynamic, young soldier who had enormous potential in the military or any other career field he would have chosen.” His sister, Jessica Miller, said he loved “skateboarding, bowling, golfing, fishing, wrestling, being with friends and family, and making his own rules.”"
cw4 John J Smith
My father was in the Army, he was a helicopter pilot served 2 tours in viet nam. He was very proud to serve his country. My father passed at the young age of 50, cancer from agent orange. I can never express how proud I am to have him as a father. He taught us (I have 4 brothers and sisters) to respect the flag and our country. LOVE AND MISS YOU DAD. Proud daughter of a viet nam vet
1st Lt Joseph L Droz
"KIA5/5/1945 Cheb, Czechoslovakia I have missed my father all my life. Freedom is not free. "
Andrew V. Riesteter
My grandfather, U.S. Army Air Force, was stationed in Hawaii December 7th 1941 and during the Japanese attack stood in the middle of the air strip armed only with a M 1911a1 shooting at strafing fighters until he ran out of ammo then realized he was doing something stupid and sought cover. He then transferred to the 390th bomb group of the 8th air force first as a waist gunner and later as a together and participated in the first 1000 bomber raid over Germany.
Brother in Arms killed in Iraq.
Brother in Arms, killed in Iraq. He never stopped smiling - it was infectious.
Thomas Allen Ceres
Tommy was killed in Vietnam on 7/10/69, one day before his baby brother's 2nd birthday. This may have been before my time but my Dad's stories over the years and heartbreaking visits from my aunt and uncle on anniversaries still affected my brothers and me. My favorite story is a sweet and simple one. According to my dad, Tommy preferred nickels over dimes. Why? Because nickels are bigger, of course! Lil kid logic will win every time! My older brother was named after him and it's nice to see how he honors our cousin by living with honor and in service to others. Good men.
SPC Jonathan Welch
He was an amazing friend to myself and my husband and we keep his memory alive every day, RIP friend.
SSGT Mathew R. Marsh
Cpl Kyle Wilks
Kyle "Wookie" Wilks was my best friend in the Marines, he left us to go guard the pearly gates in 2008 while we were operating in Afghanistan. He always wanted to take care of everyone and have them laughing. I continue his work to this day trying to make everyone around me smile and laugh. The greatest story to show how kind and caring he is was is when we were working on a staff and officer run we were driving a Humvee, when he had us teetering over a cliff on the course. We luckily got it safely back with four wheels on the ground, after I ran and got another Humvee. We thought we got away clean because we were driving away as our CO, XO, Sargent Major, and our Gunny came around the corner, but one of our Sergeants found out. As punishment, he had us collecting the ammo cans from the pond. Kyle told me to not go and help because he was driving the Humvee. I let him go ahead of me for about ten minutes to show a respect of him wanting to take the entire blame. It took us about two hours to collect all 21 cans in the mucky, stagnate pond water filled with snakes. Yet we left the pond laughing at the whole situation, and was stinky as hell. I will always remember this story and I miss him every day.
Randy and Gary Gordon earned the first post-Viet Nam Medals of Honor for their heroic, and fatal efforts to save the "Blackhawk Down" pilot. We served together in the 2/75th Ranger Battalion, and were team members in the prototype anti-terrorist SOT course at Ft Bragg.
SFC John D. Morton
I stood beside a mentor & brother of mine when he gave his life in Mienishin, Afghanistan (Shah Wali Kot District) on December 15th, 2005. He was a devoted husband and a father of three beautiful children. He continues to inspire all that knew him and all the people who strive to honor him to this day would find great comfort in knowing he could be honored during this noble journey to the summit. Thanks for you sacrifice and service to this nation. Let's take back Memorial Day and spread the word that's it's not about the military or veterans, it's about those who gave everything. Thank you.
Spc. Christopher Pesta
Capt. Lawrence Getzfred, USN
Capt. Jackson G. Byers, Army Air Corps, WWII
Jack Byers worked with the British Underground in WWII, plus serving in both the 7th and 13th Photo Recon Interpretation Group. He was stationed in Mt Farm, England in WWII and was recalled to Korea in 1951. The P-38 was the aircraft of choice for shooting film, fast and very stable, but unarmed. Get the pictures and get out! His work included identifying targets (oil production, sub pens, shoe factories, rail yards) by designing bombing runs then looking at film taken after the sortie to assess damages. His work was instrumental in saving some of the cathedrals in Europe, notably Cologne, Germany, by directing pilots to be as careful as they could in destroying the enemy without destroying the faith that the common man clung to.
SPC Walter Mulligan
Nate was a Navy Seal. He was a fantastic leader, a hilarious man who loved a good joke. He died in Iraq wearing an American flag under his flak jacket. He is sorely missed by all his friends.
Maj. Mathew E. Schram
36, of Brookfield, Wis.; assigned to the Headquarters & Headquarters Troop Support Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Carson, Colo.; killed by enemy fire May 26, 2003 in Hadithah, Iraq.
Capt. Robert J. Yllescas
31, of Lincoln, Neb., died Dec. 1, 2008 at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., of wounds suffered Oct. 28 when an improvised explosive device detonated near his unit at Combat Outpost Keating, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 6th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
Daniel was a HUGE Tennessee Football fan. He loved life and always had a smile on his face. He had dreams of getting married and starting a family. Daniel was killed in action on December 2, 2004. He was only 22 years old.
We grew up together and when he was killed in Afghanistan I decided to join the Army. I named my son after him, and hope he'll be the same selfless person that Shane was.
Cpl Christopher D Leon, USMC
My only son.... I always told him he was my heart. He had a great smile and loved to laugh. He loved being a Marine and served with the best group of men. My heart is empty without him.
Lance Corporal Donald Warren Conn
We lost my Uncle Donny in Vietnam right before I was born so I only know him from my grandmother's and great aunt’s stories and the things he left behind...
My late cousin Murray was 1st Lieutenant in the Air Force, served from 1961-1965. He had a smile and a sense of self that lit up a room because he was never afraid to be silly. His favorite food was pizza and he spoke with his fellow war buddies often. He epitomized what it meant to be a family man. He was proud of what IAVA was working to accomplish and that the outfit was growing.
Spc Joshua P. Dingler
Josh brought glory to both his country and his God by serving them both with pride and dignity. He was a mere 19 years old when he was killed, but lived with an outlook beyond his years. He taught all those around him how to live for something bigger.
"WWII KIA 3/2/1945 "
Captain Jason Jones
SMSgt Estle V Johnson
My hero served in Viet Nam, was heavily exposed to Agent Orange and died a very painful death from the effects of it. He was a dedicated patriot, wonderful husband, father and grandfather. We honor him daily.
Sgt Rob Richards
Staff Sgt. Trevor Thom
"Trevor Thom enlisted in the Air Force in 2003 for a six-year commitment, and a year later graduated from the Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal School at Eglin AFB in 2004. Trevor’s six-year enlistment included three overseas tours, one of which was a six-month deployment to Iraq in 2008 where he earned the Army Commendation Medal. Upon being honorably discharged in 2009, Trevor returned to Iowa State University where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology in 2014, and was pursuing a graduate degree in Clinical Psychology. Upon his honorable discharge from the Air Force in 2009, Trevor’s mission was to help veterans with the physical and emotional challenges he also faced. Trevor’s participation in the EOD Community Challenge was a way for him to reach those in his community and educate those who may not be aware of the EOD Community and the nonprofit that supports it. On September 30, 2014, in the midst of his participation in the EOD Community Challenge, Trevor became suddenly ill and entered Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa where he was in the ICU in an induced coma. Two weeks into his illness Trevor had a brief rally where he was able to interact with his family and asked if he had reached his $1,000 fundraising goal in the EOD Community Challenge. Trevor passed away on October 29, 2014, but in his honor, Trevor’s family carried on, working to ensure that his goal of raising $1,000 dollars was met. His goal of $1,000 was not only met, but was far exceeded with a grand total of $9,370 from a total of 106 donors helping in this effort. The response from family, friends and the greater community that made memorial donations to Trevor’s EOD Community Challenge is a testament and tribute to the man Trevor was. Trevor’s deep concern for his EOD brothers and sisters created a wave of momentum that will be carried on to future efforts by the EOD Warrior Foundation and the EOD community. Trevor Arlen Thom, born on May 17, 1985 in Des Moines, Iowa, will be celebrated for his military service, dedication to the EOD community and the man he was outside of the field. He had a love for the greater outdoors, tailgating at Iowa State football games, spending time with family and friends, and his bulldog Kirra. Trevor’s legacy continues to live through his parents Andy and Lisa; sister Trisha Hasty; brother-in-law Forrest Hasty; those he served with during his six-year enlistment and those whom his story has touched during the EOD Community Challenge."
SSG Michael Chance Murphrey
Michael was one of the most caring men I knew. He had a heart as big as the heavens. He loved helping people and when he went to Iraq then to Afghanistan he seen the difference between our world and theirs. He wanted to do great things while in both places to better the future of the children. He always asked us to send things for the kids. He loved life to the fullest and lived it. He was a husband, father of 2, brother to 4 sisters, uncle to many nieces and nephews, amazing son and a great leader to his brothers in arms. Michael was killed in action on September 6, 2009 leaving behind many broken hearts. Sister of SSG Michael Chance Murphrey
My hubby's NCO. Took his life in Jan 2015, PTSD
Francis "Stoney" Graves
served in OEF. His battled ended on the Homefront though.
Kuwait, en route to Iraq, Nov 18, 2005
His battle didn't end after Afghanistan. Homefront, April 2014
SPC Brandon Steffey
In Laghman Province, Afghanistan in Oct 2009; my convoy was re-rolled to another mission. We returned to our base and picked up SPC Steffey and his working dog to continue on. My interpreter and I were moved to another truck for logistical reasons to make room for them. An hour later, the MRAP he was in (in the same seat I had been in earlier) was hit by a large command-wired IED; two trucks in front of us. SPC Steffey and his dog were killed in the blast - others in the truck severely injured. He was not from our unit, I only met him briefly that afternoon. He had a wife and small child and is from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
HM3 ERIC WARREN
Eric was on his third deployment to Afghanistan, nearing the end of the mission. Twelve more days and they would be safe inside the wire. Someone called for help, without hesitation my brave son immediately went. As an (FMF)Navy Corpsman it wasn't his job to help with gunfire, but he was considered a marine. As he stepped out into the open, he tripped an IED. Hundreds of Marines and Corpsman have contacted us to tell us stories of Eric's bravery, how he helped them and how he saved many lives. He is truly ours and many others hero. Forever loved, forever missed, never forgotten
SSG Mark Wall
Mark was my fiancé, he was in Mosul, Iraq 2006. Silver and bronze stars. I am lucky enough to still feel like part of his family. He was a hero to many, loved Alaska, and always said he was going to climb Denali when he came home.
CPL Nicholas Roush
SSGT Marcus Bawol
Marcus was my best friend, the love of my life. After dating for 9.5 years, we took the plunge to get married and were planning a wedding for October 17, 2015. On March 10, 2015, Marcus (along with 6 of his teammates, together known as "Raider 7") was killed in a Blackhawk helicopter crash during a nighttime training exercise. So many dreams and plans left unfulfilled for all of our families. I know that no matter where I go, I'll always carry his memory with me.
Captain Jason B Jones
Captain Jason B Jones, 29, was killed June 2, 2014 in a small-arms firefight near Jalalabad, Afghanistan. He was the commander of a 12-man Special Forces A-Team with the Army Special Forces, also known as the Green Berets.
SSgt Tj Dudley
SSgt Dudley was on his 6th deployment overseas. He was KIA in July 2011. Leaving behind a wife and three children. On the day he was killed he put his aircraft and his brothers on board before the safety of his own life. He willingly put his life on the line and he paid the ultimate price in doing so. As his wife, I couldn't be any prouder of him.
Cpl Anthony Williams
"My first born. My Marine. My Hero At 10 he stated he wanted to be a marine. At 14, when 9/11 happened, he said he'd join right then if he could. He volunteered to go to Iraq. He volunteered to go out the morning of 3/22/09. He took the blunt of the blast that spared the lives of the other men around him. He was so much to so many people. He'll always be my sweet baby boy."
Ssgt Russell Slay
LCpl Craig Watson
Craig is my son that joined the Marines right after 9/11. He left for boot camp three weeks after graduating high school. That was in 2003, by the end of 2005 he had served two deployments in Iraq in which he came home in a coffin 29 days before he was set to come back. He and nine other Marines were killed by the same ied on December 1,2005.
CPL Jason Daniel
Jason was a combat medic served with 4ID 7-10 CAV earned the title Doc Daniel. Gave all at 21 years old in Taji Iraq KIA 4/23/06 stood ready to serve never let any group leave base without a medic.
SGT Joshua Youmans
Josh was my husband. He had a wicked sense of humor and a laugh that no one could ever forget! He was adventurous and full of life.
Staff Sgt. Mark Adam Wall
Mark was my fiancé and passed away April 27th 2006. He always wanted to climb Denali, and always planned on it after he returned from Iraq.
LCpl Joseph P Fry, USMC
My "big brother et" KIA 1966, Viet Nam
Sgt. Chad J Vollmer
"Chad is my only son and youngest child. He joined the Michigan National Guards and did his basic training between junior and senior years in high school. First deployment was after 9-11, at our airport and then at the border between US and Canada. Later he was deployed to Egypt (Sinai). His last deployment was to Iraq in 06. He was KIA on 12/23/06, one month short of his 25th birthday (1/22/82). FREEDOM IS NOT FREE - NEVER FORGOTTEN, ALWAYS HONORED."
Spc. Fredrick Jenkins III
Spc. Fredrick Jenkins III was an extraordinary soldier. He was a help to his friends and battle buddies. He was a kind and loving person.
Baqubah Iraq – 2004
Baqubah Iraq – 2004
HM3 Kyler L Estrada
Kyler was the oldest brother of 4 sisters. He was a big teaser, always making jokes. He was your typical big brother. But if anyone messed with his sister he was right there to protect them. He was such a kind-hearted boy and always wanted to make people laugh. I miss that laugh every day. I miss him walking in the door and saying Hi mom! Kyler, you are missed every minute of every day. Heaven was needing a hero but got much more including my heart. Until we meet again.
LCpl Michael Schwarz
My son Mikey was killed while on patrol in Ramadi Iraq. He was a fun-loving guy who loved off-roading in his jeep wrangler and making people smile when down. He was a volunteer fireman in his hometown. He is greatly missed by all his family and friends......
SSG JOSHUA J. BOWDEN
"Lance Corporal Hillenburg killed in action Dec 23, 2004 in Fallujah. Not enough words to highlight this young man’s story. Played softball with Eric in 2000, 2001 and 2002 the Central Indiana Men's Baptist League before he enlisted in the USMC. He could have done anything he wanted, but nothing was more important to him than serving his God, his country and his family. A Hillenburg had fought in every war since the Revolutionary War, but Eric was the first to die. He came home on leave once and came to see me at the Phantom Fireworks store I was managing in 2003. He bought some of his favorite mortar shell type Fireworks with his younger brother Evan. But he asked me to ""keep it on the down low"" because I jokingly told them I was going to tell their Dad, who Pastored the church we all went to. I know those boys had so much fun that Independence Day. I did not know it would be the last time, on earth, that I would ever see my friend again. Lots of great memories on the softball diamond and basketball court, too with Eric. Some of our most promising futures have given all they have for my, for OUR freedom. Thank you, Nick, and every single one of you for remembering Eric, his brothers and his sister's."
Chief Petty Officer Michael Koch
Mike, my brother, was by far the most loyal, good-hearted, humble person I know. I miss him every day... and live with a hole in my heart that will never be filled until the day I see him again. RIP Mike!
SGT RICHARD L FORD
He was my long-time boyfriend. We had known each other for over 20 years. He was on his third tour in Iraq, when he was killed on 20 Feb 2007. He was a wonderful father, friend, brother, and cousin.
Mark was a great operator and friend who served his country even after he left the Navy. KIA in SW Asia. Rest in peace Brother.
Richard J. Solano MM2
"SEAL Team One - KIA 23 Jun '70 Can Tho, RVN. Rich was my point man in Charlie Platoon. Great operator and a great team mate This guy saved my life on more than 1 occasion. There was the night I dove into a canal after a sinking sampan full of weapons and as I surfaced a Viet Cong surfaced in back of me. Rich fired a single shot, killing him. The night we assaulted a big hooch just as the 3 Viet Cong came running out with their weapons and Rich dropped them before they got their AK-47’s up and firing. Then there was an operation when we attacked a high-level Viet Cong meeting in broad daylight and all hell broke loose. Rich and I sprinted forward ahead of the rest of the patrol firing and reacting without a single word or command. We overwhelmed the enemy completely. The rest of the unit came up and we secured the area. Rich was like a pro athlete combining quick reflexes with finely honed shooting skills and amazing stamina over a long operation. It has taken many years to find some kind of peace over the loss of my Team mate and friend. Thank you in advance for the chance to honor him.
Tom Boyhan, USNA '66, BUD/S 45, UDT-13, SEAL 1 "
Lester J. Moe TM1
"SEAL Team One - Lester J. Moe KIA 29 Mar '71 Kien Giang, RVN
Les volunteered to go back to VN for his fourth tour only if he could be the point man. He was a great operator and saved us on 1 patrol when we encountered an armed VC in deep tall elephant grass. Les was the faster gun. Unfortunately, on a later op very deep into enemy territory he tripped an IED and was killed. The last SEAL killed on the ground in VN. Thank you in advance for the chance to honor him.
Tom Boyhan, USNA'66, BUD/S 45, UDT-13, SEAL Team One"
Moe died in Viet Nam. We went through BUDS together. Later in life I met his 2 daughters and keep in touch.
Sgt Julian Chase
Julian was a high school classmate of mine. In school, we did not share many commonalities outside of a few classes. However, upon high school graduation an unbreakable bond formed- we were the only two members of our graduating class to choose to enter the armed services; he entered the Marines and I chose the Air Force. Four years after high school graduation I was commissioning from ROTC and headed to Okinawa where Julian served with the 5th ANGLICO. We joked about how far we were coming from an intercity DC school to a tiny island in Japan. We planned on grabbing a beer and catching up. Instead I ended up toasting alone as Julian was killed in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan on 28 May 2012, Memorial Day. Julian loved being a Marine. It was who he was to the core. Please help me honor his sacrifice.
Don W Yates
This man was my father, mentor and best friend in life. He lost his long battle with agent orange 13 March 2013. Thru his life growing up in a boy’s home to two tours in Vietnam, mentoring kids on his baseball team, and becoming an integral part of LSU baseball. He gave everything he had whether it was giving rides to practice or helping parents pay a bill, giving life lessons the boys grew to be better men. His dedication to serve others inspired us all. This lead me to serve for 22yrs as a medic and he was always my biggest supporter and mentor. Please consider bringing his name with you this Memorial Day.
SP4 Harold J Kissinger
Gave the Ultimate Sacrifice at the Early age of 21. Killed in Viet Nam Sept. 17 1968 while trying to save another Soldier.
"10 years ago, today, I was hiding in a bathroom stall with Ashly, drinking our ""21st"" shots of puckers. We were out in the field for FTX in Hohenfels, GE. That was the first and last birthday I got to spend with her, but that was the best birthday of my life. Cheers Ashly - Forever 21. 25 Apr 85- 03 Mar 07"
Joe was an amazing man! Was blessed to know him!
CW2 Jarret Yoder
SSG Chad Fourney
SGT Quoc Bo Tran
One of my most dedicated hard working Soldiers ever
Lcpl Robert L. Johnson
He was always a positive guy I met him through my sister, always had good things to say. Had a 1980s mustang that he loved. He inspired me to join the military after I turned 18.
SSgt Russell Slay
KIA Nov. 09, 2014 in Fallujah Iraq. Gone but Never Forgotten!
Capt Ford Shaw, USMC
Capt Shaw is my son. He is one of the Raider7 killed March 10, 2015 in a helicopter crash on a training exercise in Navarre, FL. He served two deployments to Iraq and one to Afghanistan. He was a US Naval Academy graduate. If the worth of a man is measured in his friends, he was the richest person in the world. I am finding that out by the number of his friends, whom I've never met, who call, email, text and come to visit us. He left an impression on everyone who met him and knew him. I was blessed to call him my son for 32 years.
"Dan Sidles grew up in Emmetsburg, a small town in Iowa, where in high school, he wrestled and played football as a defensive and offensive lineman. Following a year of community college, he followed his older brother into the Marines. Shortly before the September 11, 2001 attacks, Dan was sent to boot camp, where he graduated as the Platoon Honor man, and then he continued to the School of Infantry to become a machine gunner. As a team member of the 2003 invasion of Southern Iraq, Dan pushed as far north as Nasiriyah. He returned home in the summer of 2003 and was redeployed to Fallujah in March of 2004 for Operation Vigilant Resolve, or the First Battle of Fallujah. On two separate occasions during his second deployment, Dan was struck by an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) and received shrapnel wounds to the head, neck and shoulder. The first attack happened on the same day the American contractors where murdered and hung from the bridge.
The second attack came later, on July 5th, as Dan’s unit was going after the mortar men who had just attacked them. Dan recalls, “They basically baited us in. My vehicle took point and was ambushed. My gunner lost his hand and our corpsman lost his arm.” Despite his injuries, Dan continued to serve, “I didn’t spend a day in the hospital. Actually, a week later I was out on patrol again and my vehicle parked on top of another IED that didn’t go off. When the EOD (Explosive Ordinance Disposal) showed up, they told me, ‘We have no idea why it didn’t go off and why you’re still alive.’ “For his injuries, Dan was awarded the Purple Heart. During his service, he was meritoriously promoted in the field. And he was given a Certificate of Commendation for “expertly prosecuting enemy targets during multiple engagements with enemy forces in and around Fallujah.” The best-selling book, No True Glory: A Frontline Account of the Battle for Fallujah, by Bing West, was written about Dan’s battalion."
SOC/SEAL Brian R. Bill
"Brian always strived to be the leader. He had no fear of what was ahead. He is at peace with his brothers waiting to reunite with his family someday."
Joined Army right out of high school, from basic was honored to be excepted in the " Old Guard". Stationed at Ft. McNair, his platoon was involved in the cleanup of the Pentagon after 9/11. This lead him to volunteer to leave "Old Guard" and go to Iraq. He was in his second deployment when he and three other brothers were KIA by an IED. He left behind a wife and one year old baby boy. He was an awesome son and I love and miss him daily.
CPL Benjamin Kopp
CPL Benjamin Kopp is a US ARMY Ranger who was on his third deployment when he was shot by a sniper as he was called forward to save six of his fellow Rangers. At the age of 21, he died eight days later at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, but not before donating his organs, bone, skin and tissue, saving or enhancing the lives of sixty people. His heart still beats today. In life and in death, he saved lives and is TWICE a hero. He is loved and missed by many, yet his spirit lives on very strong in the hearts of all who love him.
Clinton Robert Upchurch
Clint always wanted to make the world a better place After he was killed in Iraq in 2006 we were sent several cards that said "Clint was always the biggest kid in school and would have thought he would have been a bully but he wasn't he was always taking up for the little kids" this explained so much why he was getting in trouble in at school but he never told us what was going in knowing him he just thought it was his job to take care of others
Ssg Duane. Dreasky
Our most wonderful son, who lived his life's dream. Servicing in the U.S. Army. Protecting the United States of America, so his family and people of the U.S. can live free! Duane's lived his life dream, not everyone can say that.
CPO Heath Robinson
Special Warfare Operator CPO (SEAL) Heath M. Robinson, 34, of Detroit, Michigan, served with an East Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit. Among his many decorations were four Bronze Stars, three of which had special distinctions for valor. He passed away in Afghanistan along with 30 other servicemen - 21 of whom were other Navy Seals - when their helicopter was shot down. He is deeply loved and missed.
SSG Zachary R Wobler
Zach was a US Army Ranger with the 82nd Airborne. A Team Leader and Sniper in the Scout Platoon. He was the 82nd Airborne Paratrooper of the Year in 2002. Zach has been called a Man among Men. He was a true patriot who loved his God, his country and his family. He vowed to watch over his daughter, Trinity for the rest of her life.
My beloved husband
1LT Ken Ballard
"My son and only child was a 4th generation Army officer. He loved being a Tank Commander and he loved serving his country in the Army. Ken had been in Iraq for 384 days when he was killed in action on May 30, 2004 in Najaf, Iraq. What a great honor and joy for me to know that his memory and his name will ascend Denali on the 12th anniversary of his death, I will be at his gravesite in Section 60 at Arlington to celebrate his life. Ken was a member 1st Armored Division stationed out of Freiberg, Germany. www.1ltkenballard.com"
SSG James R Patton
I am a Proud Momma of a US Army Ranger who served with the 3-75 Ranger BN. B-Co. He served there for six years before he was killed in Iraq on 04-18-2010. He was 23 years old. He was KIA while on mission in Northern Iraq in a Helicopter accident. He is My Sunshine.
CW3 Matthew Wagstaff
Matt was a wonderful husband, son, brother, uncle and hero. His protection for his family and country, and the way he loved all of us still lives on today through his memory. We love and miss you so much!
Lt Col Mark Stratton USAF
While mentoring Senior Airman Ashton Goodman, and others, in the Panjshir Valley, Afghanistan area, Lt Col Mark Stratton was killed by an improvised explosive device. A dedicated husband and father, Stratton left behind a wife and 3 children.
LCpl Richard "Chad" Clifton
Chad was my first born and a shooting star. He went to Iraq at 19 with 2/5 Marines, KIA Feb 3, 2005.He was brilliant, and funny, kind and brave. My anam cara. He made me promise to tell his story if he didn't make it back and so in 2007 we released his book, A Random Soldier. We also created the Chad Clifton Foundation and this Memorial Day weekend we will present our 11th Concert for A Random Soldier, a free community concert to remember the Fallen and put the Memorial back in the day. Money from t-shirts goes to Guitars for Vets. We will love him always, and continue to care for his brothers and sisters who serve.
Ryan decided to join the service at the age of 14 on 9/11/01. He determined that Rangers were the best and set out to join their ranks. He graduated RIP in the spring of 2006 and immediately deployed to Iraq. In January of 2007 he was deployed again to Afghanistan, where he was killed in a helicopter crash on 2/18/07. Ryan knew exactly what he wanted to do at a young age and could accomplish his dream. Not many 20-year-olds are able to do that. We are extraordinarily proud of him and look forward to our reunion one day. God bless and keep you, Ranger Garbs!
William G Nelms Jr
Bill is my first cousin. (My Daddy and his Mama were brother and sister.) Bill was 19 years old when he KIA in Vietnam. He died 5 years before I was born. He has always been and will always be my HERO. Thank you for what you do.
1st LT David A Johnson
David was my cousin he was KIA in Kandahar 1-25-12. He always had a smile and a big hug! He was one of the kindest people you could ever meet.
Sgt Eddie Chen
CW2 Harold Fuller
"CW2 Harold Fuller served his Country for 20 years. He did 2 tours in the jungles of Vietnam where he received the Bronze Star. Harold was in at least two helicopters when they crash landed and was a sole survivor in one. While in Vietnam he suffered from malaria and Agent Orange. Harold died at the age of 60 and is interred at Arlington National Cemetery. "
1 LT Robert (Bob) S. Byrnes KIA
Newlywed Killed in Vietnam a Carmichael Hero. First Lieutenant Robert (Bob) Byrnes was assigned to Battery A, 3rd Battalion, 82nd Artillery, 196th Light Infantry Brigade. He was killed in action during a firefight while serving as a Forward Observer with Company D, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry. To honor the life, heroism and bravery of 1LT.Robert Byrnes. The best man was RTO CPL Darrel A. Bondrowski, from Boothwyn, PA they were Killed in Action together on Feb. 9th 1968 May we never forget!
LCpl. Andrew J Aviles
"My son Andrew (Andy) was an eighteen-year-old Marine reservist. He was preparing to start college on a full academic scholarship when the Iraq war started. He died in combat near Baghdad, 4/7/2003. Our son Andy was our wonderful middle child, funny, gregarious, smart, we miss him dearly."
CAPT. CARL E. JACKSON
MY DAD, MIA, VIETNAM, 27 JUNE 65
SGT. BILLIE ROTH
ON BOARD THE PLANE WITH MY DAD. USAF CAPT. CARL E. JACKSON, BOTH MIA, VIETNAM, 27 JUNE 65
Cpl. Jonathan Castro
Jonathan was my only child. He entered the Army in Aug. 2001 and was deployed to Iraq in Oct. 2004. He was killed by a suicide bomber 12.21.04 in Mosul, Iraq.
Sgt. Andrew Rodriguez
"Love, tenderness, strength, honor, courage, husband, father, always my hero! RLTW, TSAF May 21, 2015"
"Tommy Mac 12 Oct 2012 3rd Platoon Delta Company 2nd Ranger Battalion Rangers Lead the Way We miss ya man"
Staff Sergeant Michael Murphrey was one of the six brave men killed while searching for then believed to be kidnapped Bowe Bergdahl. His service, dedication and love for our country will live on in everyone who knew him.
Captain Stanford Henry Shaw III
My beloved Nephew "Ford" is one of the Raider7. He was a Marine Raider, Special Ops. He was killed along with 6 other Raiders when their Black Hawk Helicopter crashed off the coast of Florida during a training operation on March 10, 2015. He was well loved by his Marines, many of which said they never served with anyone better. His Marines and their families were first and foremost the most important people to him. His family loves him so much & misses him terribly, we will never be the same. He was so proud to be a Marine, and we are so proud of him! This year is his 10th reunion after graduating from The Naval Academy at Annapolis, his beloved almamater. His parents & Brother will be attending. We know Ford will be there too. Rest Easy Marine. Love you miss you
SSGT Kerry M. Kemp
"Kerry was my son, he was killed in training March 10, 2015 when the helicopter he and his team were riding in crashed in Florida. He was an amazing man, father, son and Marine. I'll always remember his laugh and his affinity for playing pranks. He was meticulous at his job but very loving to his family. He is greatly missed.”
the following names are submitted on behalf of the Travis Manion Foundation:
“SGT Ryan Baum
PFC Austin Garrett
Navy SEAL Danny P. Dietz Jr.
Captain Nicholas Schade Whitlock
SSG Marc Small
Cpl Philip D. McGeath
Cpl. Joshua Harton.
Sgt. Allen James Dunckley
Captain Jesse Melton III
CPO SEAL Jacques J. Fontan
Cpl. Michael W. Ouellette, USMC
SPC Mathew V Gibbs
SGT Thomas P Lyons
SFC David J. Todd, Jr
LCpl Shane P Harris, USMC
Army SGT John T. Bubeck
1LT Colby Umbrell
CPT Jason B. Jones
GySgt John D. Fry
Captain Ricky D. Johnson.
SO1 Kevin R. Ebbert
SPC Casey Jackson.
SO1 (SEAL) Patrick D Feeks
SOC SEAL Eric Shellenberger
Sgt. Arthur Mora Jr.
LCpl Eugene ""Gino"" Mills, III, USMC
SOC KEVIN A. HOSTON
SSgt Jesse Williams
Capt. Scott Craven, USAF
PFC Vincent J Ellis
LCPL Eric W. Herzberg U.S.M.C.
SFC James S Ochsner
"Jim was A son, a husband, a father, a brother and an uncle. He was in the 3rd Group Special Force. Jim was an eighteen-year veteran. There was no doubt that when Jim and his older brother, Robb, grew up they would make the Amy their life time career. SFC JAMES SCOTT OCHSNER May 8, 1969 - Nov 15, 2005"
Major Miguel E Bustamante, USMC
"Ben was in 3Chuck, 3/75 Ranger Regiment. He was able to go on three deployments before he gave his life for his brothers in Helmand."
SSGT Liam Flynn USMC
"Liam was a Marine Raider who died tragically in a night time training exercise with 6 brothers from his unit when the helicopter they were in crashed into waters off the coast of Navarre, Florida on March 10th 2015. He was a loving Son, Brother, Husband and Father to Leilani. He loved his job and was so proud to be a Marine and serve with the outstanding individuals he called brothers. He will be in our hearts forever and in our thoughts constantly. "
SPC Matthew J. Holley
Matthew's motto was to serve a cause greater than himself. To give back and do his part for humanity. He gave his life doing what he loved. KIA November 15, 2005 - Taji, Iraq. Combat Medic 101st Airborne Division.
SSgt. Kerry Kemp
"Kerry was the epitome of a great man and a great Marine; I had the honor of calling him my husband and father of my children. His life was taken too soon on March 10, 2015 along with 6 of his Marine Raider brothers when they were killed in a helicopter training accident. We miss you, love you and will continue to honor you."
SSgt Chad A Barrett
Chad died in Mosul, Iraq on Feb.2, 2008. He was on his fourth combat tour. He proudly and without reservation served his country for 12 years in the United States Army. Beloved husband, father and son...loved and missed by all who knew him... forever in our hearts <3
Captain Mark T. Voss
Tyler (Mark) was my older brother. He was a pilot in the Air Force and was killed 3 May 2013 near Chon Aryk, Kyrgyzstan when the KC-135 he was piloting broke apart en route to support Operation Enduring Freedom.
Capt. David Yoakum
Captain David Yoakum was a pilot in our unit. He was shot down on 25 June 1962, 3 days after I left Vietnam. He was a mentor to me in tough times in Vietnam.
Paul was a classmate of mine. We graduated from high school together in 1968 in Williamsport Pennsylvania.
SPC Matthew J. Holley
"To serve a cause greater than myself" was Matthew's motto. The son and only child of John and Stacey Holley was a charismatic young man, gifted both athletically and artistically. By the age of 18 he was a three time U.S. national champion in Karate. He felt a conviction to do his part in serving our nation, and chose to become a Medic to help others. On November 15, 2005 while on patrol in Taji, Iraq Matthew along with three others were killed in action when the Humvee they were traveling in hit an IED. The price of freedom is never free, always and forever remembered!
SPC. Paul Sturino
RIP my brother!! You are gone but never forgotten!
Cpt. Kimberly Hampton
"My cousin, Captain Kimberly Nicole Hampton was the first U.S. woman to be killed in combat by the hands of the enemy. She was the pilot in command of an OH-58 Kiowa scout helicopter. She was shot down and KIA on January 2nd, 2004 in Fallujah, Iraq. Cpt. Hampton was Posthumously awarded a Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Thanks Josh & Margo, God bless and safe journey...love you guys!! Shay Hampton"
CPT Jason E. Holbrook
"I grew up with Jason in our small hometown of Burnet, TX. Jason went on to graduate from West Point. After being an Infantry officer of a unit in Alaska, he went to Selection for Special Forces. Around the time, he got done with his training, and was assigned to 3rd Special Forced Group, he mentoring me on my choice to attend Selection. Jason deployed to Afghanistan in July 2010. On 29 JUL, while on a reconnaissance patrol, his vehicle was struck by an IED, killing Jason and another 3rd Group soldier. Being from a very small town, and out of the Army myself now, it is hard not see random things around town that remind me of him and that he is no longer here. Especially seeing his father once or twice a week. A good friend. Good leader. Good mentor. And good brother. He is for sure missed."
Sgt. Jeff L. Kirk
Jeff was an incredible young man, a Marine's Marine. He and his wife lived across the street from us on Camp Pendleton. He served with the 3/5. His wife misses him terribly and never quite re-joined life. Jeff was a talented artist and so full of life. If Jeff were here today he would be joining you all.
SSG Donald Munn
Donald was a mother's dream when he was small...slept when I did, ate when I did, an all-around good baby....as he grew, he became involved in sports....by the time he was 17, he was a walking sports almanac! He knew about ALL sports! He also was very likeable...had a great personality and senior year was voted "everyone's best friend ".....he so enjoyed living in Germany for his 1st deployment....when he died, he was taking more college classes...he wanted to be an officer instead of an NCO......he leaves behind a wife of 2 years and a baby girl only one and a half year old.....also he leaves behind a momma who loves and misses him so much and a grandma, aunt and uncle and many cousins and dear friends.
SSG Timothy R. McGill
"Tim was a U.S Army Special Forces Soldier assigned to 2/19 SFG of the Rhode Island National Guard and KIA on 9-21-13. I served with Tim while he was serving in the Washington National Guard. He was also a volunteer firefighter in his hometown of Mahwah, NJ."
SPC Samuel D. Stone
"KIA 5-31-09 1/303D CAV, WA Army National Guard"
SGT Joshua "Jay" Strickland
SSG Liam J. Nevins