2019 Casualties

We remember these heroes who gave their lives for freedoms cause and honor the families they left behind.

January 2019 Heroes

Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathan R. Farmer, 37, of Boynton Beach, FL, died Jan. 16, 2019, in Manbij, Syria, as a result of wounds sustained from a suicide improvised explosive device. He was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Campbell, KY.

Navy Chief Cryptologic Technician (Interpretive) Shannon M. Kent, 35, of upstate New York. She died Jan. 16, 2019, in Manbij, Syria, as a result of wounds sustained from a suicide improvised explosive device. She was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. She was assigned to Cryptologic Warfare Activity 66, based at Fort George G. Meade, MD.

DOD civilian Scott A. Wirtz of St. Louis, Missouri. Wirtz was assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency as an operations support specialist. He was a former US Navy SEAL, and was an intelligence expert in Syria with the troops hoping to collect information about security and adversaries in the area.

Sgt. Cameron A. Meddock, 26, of Spearman, TX, died Jan. 17, 2019, in Landstuhl, Germany, as a result of injuries sustained from small arms fire during combat operations on Jan. 13, 2019, in Jawand District, Badghis Province, Afghanistan. He was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA.

Staff Sgt. Joshua Z. Beale, 32, of Carrollton, VA, died Jan. 22, 2019, as a result of injuries sustained from enemy small arms fire during combat operations in Tarin Kowt, Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan. He was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, NC.



April 2019 Heroes

Cpl. Robert A. Hendriks, 25, of Locust Valley, NY died April 8 while conducting combat operations in Parwan province, Afghanistan.  He was supporting Operation Resolute Support.  He was assigned to 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve.

Sgt. Benjamin S. Hines, 31, of York, PA died April 8 while conducting combat operations in Parwan province, Afghanistan.  He was supporting Operation Resolute Support.  He was assigned to 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve.

Staff Sgt. Christopher K.A. Slutman, 43, of Newark, DE died April 8 while conducting combat operations in Parwan province, Afghanistan.  He was supporting Operation Resolute Support.  He was assigned to 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve.

Staff Sgt. Albert J. Miller, 24, of Richmond, NH, died April 19 at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar in a non-combat-related incident. He was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.  He was assigned to the 736th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Dover Air Force Base, DE. 

Spc. Ryan Dennis Orin Riley, 22, from Richmond, KY, died April 20, 2019 in Ninawa Province, Iraq, from a non-combat related incident. He was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.  He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 32nd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, KY. 

Spc. Michael T. Osorio, 20, from Horseshoe Bend, Idaho, died April 23, 2019, in Taji, Iraq, in a non combat related incident.  He was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.  He was assigned to 4th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, CO.

Pfc. Michael A. Thomason, 28, from Lincoln Park, MI, died April 29, 2019, in Kobani, Syria, of wounds sustained from a non-combat incident.  He was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.  He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, KY.