June 2015 Casualties

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

Pfc. Monterrious T. Daniel, 19, of Griffin, GA, died June 12 in Camp Buehring, Kuwait, in a non-combat related incident in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. He was assigned to 68th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 43rd Sustainment Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, CO.

Senior Chief Petty Officer Jason P. May, 38, of Chesterfield, Michigan, died June 29, on board USS Essex (LHD 2), of non-combat related causes while the ship was at sea in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

May 2015 Casualties

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

Petty Officer 3rd Class Devon J. Doyle, 21, of Alamosa, CO, died May 16, in Manama, Bahrain, of a non-combat related incident while on liberty. The incident is under investigation.  He was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.  He was assigned to USS Farragut (DDG 99), homeported in Mayport, FL.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan D. Burris, 24, of Lisle, IL, died May 21, in Abu Dhabi, UAE, of a non-combat related incident at Zayed Military City. The incident is under investigation.  He was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.  He was temporarily assigned to the Crisis Response Element of Joint Special Operations Task Force-Arabian Peninsula, Special Operations Command Central, U.S. Central Command.

Sgt. 1st Class Pablo A. Ruiz, 37, of Melbourne, FL, died May 24, in Bagram, Afghanistan, from a non-combat related incident.  He was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.  He was assigned to Group Support Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, NC.

Staff Sgt. Kerry Kemp, 27, who was based at Camp Lejeune, N.C., is among the dead. His sister-in-law, Lora Waraksa of Port Washington, Wis., said Marines notified her and her sister, Jenna Kemp, on Wednesday that his remains had been found. Kemp was a “proud Marine, a loving husband and most wonderful father,” with a year-old child, she said. He loved taking his nephews out to hunt for seashells, Waraksa said. Born in Memphis, Tenn., Kemp met his wife, Jenna, at Port Washington High School in Wisconsin, where he was voted “best smile” by his senior class. Kemp earned the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Valor, Combat Action Ribbon and Good Conduct Medal.

Staff Sgt. Marcus Bawol, 26, of Warren, Mich., was to be married in October to his high-school sweetheart, according to the Macomb (Mich.) Daily. Bawol was part of a U.S. Marines special operations regiment from Camp Lejeune who had completed two tours in Afghanistan. Bawol’s sister, Brandy Peek, said that military officials identified her brother from remains recovered after the crash. On Thursday, the Warren mayor ordered flags in the city, just north of Detroit, flown at half-staff. Justin Manford, who once served with Bawol, posted on Facebook: “He was a phenomenal Marine and an even better man.”

Staff Sgt. Andrew Seif,  26, of Holland, Mich., was awarded the Silver Star, the Marine Corps third highest award for valor, on March 6. Seif, a critical skills operator with 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command, was awarded the medal for his actions against the enemy in Badghis province, Afghanistan.

Staff Sgt. Trevor Blaylock, 29, was a husband and father of two young children who grew up in Lake Orion, Mich. In 2006, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and was previously stationed at Camp Pendleton in California. He served in Operation Iraqi Freedom in Anbar province. He earned the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Valor, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and Combat Action ribbon.

Capt. Stanford H. Shaw III, 31, of Basking Ridge, N.J., was student government president and captain of the varsity lacrosse team in high school. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2006 and became a commissioned Marine officer. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 7th Marines. He served two tours of duty in Iraq. He earned the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Sea Service Deployment ribbon (with two stars).

Master Sgt. Thomas A. Saunders, 33, of Williamsburg, Va.,  was team chief for 2d Marine Special Operations Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command. He earned the Joint Service Commendation Medal, two Navy Marine Commendation Medals, five Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, the Combat Infantry Badge and five Good Conduct Medals. He was promoted to the rank of master sergeant in September 2013.

Staff Sgt. Liam A. Flynn, 33, of Queens, New York, was born in Reading, England. He enlisted in the Marines in 2002, and was assigned to Camp Lejeune. He served in Iraq and Afghanistan, earning three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals with Valor, the Bronze Star with Valor and Combat Action Ribbon.

CWO4 David Strother, of Pineville, La., a National Guardsman who was one of two pilots on the helicopter, had served overseas tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, said Pastor Darryl Hoychick of Trinity Baptist Church in Pineville, according to USA Today.

Legacy Wall

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We sincerely thank these individuals, companies, corporations and organizations who have joined with us to bring permanent tribute to those families who by the very service and sacrifice of their loved one preserved the freedoms we all enjoy.

Goal one million, current total $61,000

MDV/SpartanNash

Buddy and Jackie Morrissette, Virginia

Smithfield Foods, Inc., Virginia

GEICO, Maryland

In Loving Memory of
SGT Paul H. Protzenko ~ 9 July 2011 ~ Afghanistan
82nd Airborne/ CT Trooper First Class
Forever in our Hearts Mom, Dad, Colette, Traci & Guy

Mr and Mrs Mark Cichorz

Donna Jordan and Leonard Hollabaugh, Virginia

Hank and Diane Middleton, Virginia

COL (ret) Barry Creed, Virginia
IHO SGT Bernard Creed

Robert Smartschan, Virginia

Fahey and Lalani McCann, Virginia

William and Amy Wright II, Virginia

Brad and Terry Henderson, Texas
(Parents of CW2 Miles P. Henderson)

William and Christine Koch, New Jersey

Joseph and Shirley Falk, Virginia

Frontier Communications, Connecticut

Edward & Patricia Brunot, Virginia

Mr. Ted Adornato, Michigan

Mr. Paul Tiller, Virginia

Kathleen Mahoney, Michigan

Challenger Builders, Inc, California

Betsy and Conoly Phillips, Virginia

Annin Flagmakers, Inc, New Jersey

Curtis and Kristie Lee Boggs, Arizona

Lewis and Susie Miller, Texas

Mr. and Mrs. George Mayer, Virginia

The Christian Broadcasting Network, Virginia

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Dimock ~ RIP Joey, Illinois

Suzy Kelly ~ CEO, Jo-Kell Inc., Virginia

National Sons of AmVets, Indiana

Mr. R. J. Messinger, Minnesota

Mr. & Mrs. William E. Hansen, Florida
(Proud parents of F3c William R. Hansen ~ 17 May 1987 ~ USS Stark)

Mr. Howard Johnson, Minnesota

Mr. Raymond Trosper, California

Gerald D. Marvin AFCM (AW) RET., Kansas

Ms. Mary Morris, Minnesota

Mr. Kevin Kilbane, Ohio

 

Anonymous, Various

Additional Gifts

The Lance Family, Maryland
IHO HM3 James M. Swink

Mr. & Mrs. Kenny Golden

Honor and Remember Connecticut Chapter

Mr. John Cutrell

Joshua W. Harris Brookfield Memorial VFW Post #2868

Sons of the American Legion Squadron 605

American Legion Riders of PA Inc. Chapter PA

Texas House of Representatives, Jose Menendez

Bob Berggern ~ Bob’s Sporting Goods

Harvest Assembly of God – Chesapeake, VA

Fleet Reserve Association Inc – Norfolk, VA

Lisa Freeman

Bret Holton

Mr. Michael Del Greco

Bruce and Susie Moore

Anonymous

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Supporters

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Karslake

Mr. and Mrs. John McClain

Congressman and Mrs. Scott Rigell

Ms. Maureen McDonnell

Mr. and Mrs. Mark Fulton

Mr. and Mrs. Milt Akerman

Mrs. Cheryl McLeskey

Mr. Bobby Golden

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Smartschan

Mr. and Mrs. Michael McClellan

Mr. and Mrs. John Faulk

American Road Markings

Mr. Jim Weigl

Senator Bill Brown (Oklahoma)

Rep Rick Miller (Texas)

Del Danny Burgess (Florida)

Mr. Tom Seuhs

Mr. Ryan Clay

Mr. Gary Lisota

Delegate Bill DeSteph (Virginia)

Dr. and Mrs. Carlos Campo

April 2015 Casualties

April 2015 Heroes

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

Spc. John M. Dawson, 22, of Whitinsville, MA, died April 8, in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when he was attacked by small arms fire while he was on an escort mission. He was assigned to 1st Squadron, 33 Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, KY.

Tech. Sgt. Anthony E. Salazar, 40, of Hermosa Beach, CA, died April 13, at an air base in southwest Asia in a non-combat related incident. He was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. The incident is under investigation. He was assigned to the 577th Expeditionary Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force Squadron, 1st Expeditionary Civil Engineer Group, U.S. Air Forces Central Command.

CIRCLE SPORT BRINGS HONOR AND REMEMBER TO NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CIRCLE SPORT BRINGS HONOR AND REMEMBER TO NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES

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Symbol of Sacrifice and Remembrance Will Appear on No. 33 Chevrolet SS at Richmond

Richmond, VA…April 20, 2015— Circle Sport and team owner Joe Falk are proud to announce a special partnership with the national non-profit organization, Honor and Remember, Inc., to promote the national symbol honoring all fallen service members and their families.  Alex Kennedy will pilot the No. 33 Honor and Remember Chevrolet SS featuring this emblem of remembrance during the April 25th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway.

Honor and Remember was founded on Memorial Day 2008 to promote the adoption of a nationally-recognized flag to serve as a constant reminder of the brave men and women in uniform who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation and to say thank you to the grieving families they left behind.

“We could not be more excited to play a major role in gaining more national awareness for this all-important symbol of service and sacrifice. And, we join the NASCAR community that has already recognized the importance of the Honor and Remember Flag to all Americans,” commented Falk.

Honor and Remember flags have flown at race tracks across the country and will be visibly prominent during the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Memorial Day Weekend.

“We are truly humbled by Circle Sport’s willingness to help us in this noble cause,” states George Lutz, founder of Honor and Remember, whose son CPL George Anthony Lutz II was killed by a sniper’s bullet while on patrol in Fallujah, Iraq, in 2005.  “Having this message displayed on a NASCAR Sprint Cup car will raise tremendous awareness with millions of patriotic fans who understand the importance of honoring the fallen and supporting the families of these heroes.”

Lutz has traveled more than 30,000 miles to all 50 states in order to urge the display of the flag by governments, businesses and individuals.  Through the organization personalized versions of the flag have been presented to thousands of families who have lost a loved one in military service, regardless of generation.

To date, more than 20 states have either adopted the flag or endorsed its use.  Supporters of the flag can visit www.HonorandRemember.org to sign a petition in support of legislation which would make the flag a federally recognized, perpetual tribute to the lives lost in service to our country.

Personalized Flag Sponsorship – We Need Everyone’s Help!

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Text the word FAMILY to 91999 


Besides the many words of appreciation from family members touched by our mission, the most frequent question we receive from those who are on our waiting list is: “When will I receive a personalized Honor and Remember Flag?” This is a heartbreaking question for us to answer because we desire nothing more than to place a personalized flag in their hands within a reasonable time of the request. However, the unfortunate reality is that the presentation of an heirloom quality personalized flag begins with resources, both physical and financial.

It may seem simple, but the steps required to ensure each family is respectfully presented with a flag are many. Research, communication, verification, manufacturing, delivery and presentation are all part of the lengthy process. But without the sponsored funds to cover the expense, we are slowed to a crawl.

If you have followed the Honor and Remember journey, you know we are continuously promoting awareness of the mission on a national scale through media outreach, partnering with like minded organizations, visibility at major sporting events, aligning with veteran’s groups and meeting with corporate representatives. It is always my hope that this effort brings the awareness necessary to build support for a visual reminder across this nation that acknowledges the sacrifice of our fallen and their families.

Although the message is being communicated broadly, there is still tremendous need and we can’t accomplish the goal of delivering a personalized Honor and Remember Flag to every family without your help physically or financially.

While nearly 2000 personalized flags have been presented in the last six years, we currently have a list of over 1200 families who have specifically requested a flag. Reaching all of those who are waiting and the thousands of other families that have not yet requested a flag cannot be accomplished without more help.

The number of requests is increasing daily, and it will take all of us to reach every family from many generations. We have presented to families honoring loved ones whose deaths in service to America date as far back as World War II, Korea and Vietnam. There are nearly 7000 casualties in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars alone, not to mention those untold numbers that have lost their lives through service-related incidents.

Here’s how you can help. Sponsor a single flag yourself or organize a group from your family, office, church, organization or school that will provide the funds needed to sponsor one or more personalized flags. Individuals or groups who wish to present a personalized flag to a particular Gold Star Family can organize a ceremony and do so.

Giving thanks and appreciation for the sacrifice someone has made for your freedom is an amazing and moving experience. I’ve done it hundreds of times and each one is unique. The Honor and Remember Flag provides a tangible and meaningful tribute that YOU can give that makes a difference in a family’s healing.

Your financial gift, no matter how small or large, can contribute to helping us respond to every request. Some families have been waiting for more than two years. Recently I received this letter from a family who had filled out a request and with their permission I share it unedited with you:

Dear George
Thank you so much for the wonderful service you are doing in getting the public’s attention in lieu of our service men and women who’ve sacrificed their lives to keep our country free and understanding the price paid for that freedom!  I would like to share with you that I am taking care of my widowed elderly Mom after losing her husband to his mind first and then death second.  I would have made the request in lieu of her for a flag but felt that it would honor her more for my brother to receive it.  He has a huge hole in his soul since the loss of our Dad and has stated that he cherished his father as his best friend more so than any one of his peers and they were very very close!  I believe this would further his healing in his own grief process that I don’t think he is coping with very well, but cannot verify this by him, being that he is not very forthcoming with his emotional side.  This would bless my Mom more, to see my brother have something to memorialize his father than anything that could be done for her.  We, my sister and I, were also very close to our Dad and miss his presence in our lives dearly, but we have been dealing with our grief progressively and have each other to lean on, whereas my brother looked to our Dad for that kind of support.  I see that there is a very long wait time and really, there is no hurry considering there are so many soldiers who have sacrificed their lives and have families that miss them just the same, but I felt the need to at least explain the situation with our mother.  Thank you again for what you are doing with such a wonderful way to memorialize someone lost to war!”   Sincerely and God Bless, 
Gold Star Sister

I want to thank those who are already out there supporting the mission, including our state chapters, many veterans groups, corporations and individuals who collectively sponsored nearly 400 flags last year. Those who are helping believe that our mission perfectly expresses their gratitude.

I have spoken to many veteran and active duty men and women who have deployed and returned home either safe or scarred but left friends and team members behind on the battlefield. They have each individually searched their own hearts for something to say or do to reach out to the families of their fallen comrades. Over the years, I have watched as personalized flags have expressed that silent emotion of the gratitude that comrades in arms want to express to a Gold Star Family. It’s a silent symbol that speaks louder than thunder.

For example, not long ago a soldier who was severely wounded by a suicide bomber fought for two years to recuperate as the only survivor of four.  He struggled internally to think of what he could say to the families of his fallen comrades. After three years of physical and emotional struggle, he finally met the three mothers of his fallen friends together at a special ceremony and gave each a personalized flag as a gift of appreciation to honor the men who died at his side. This is one account of many intensely moving moments.

Whether you are a military veteran, a member of a church, business or organization, or simply a patriot who wants to say thank you, you can help us to make a difference. There are so many reasons why this is the right thing to do and in this short newsletter I cannot adequately articulate the emotional impact this opportunity has opened for the hundreds of those that have already reached out.

Please follow one of the links below and donate a portion or all of a personalized Honor and Remember Flag for a waiting family. This is an ongoing need with tens of thousands of families yet to be reached, but it happens one at a time.

Here are several ways to get involved:
1. A one-time gift. or Text the word FAMILY to 91999
2. A recurring monthly gift.
3. One full sponsorship.
4. Multiple sponsorships.
5. Corporate sponsorship.
6. Volunteer to make a presentation

You may have been watching this organization grow from a distance, advancing in its mission and making incredible strides. The demand for flags is growing larger than we can keep up with. Now is the time to partner with us to touch the lives of specific families and remember their loved ones who have sacrificed all for our freedom. You can make a difference in the success of our mission and all that it means to so many.  Search your heart as to the best way you can get involved, but please do something.

Thank you for your continued support and God bless you.
Respectfully,
George Lutz, 
Founder
Gold Star Father

P.S. Any Gold Star Family may be placed on the waiting list by filling out the request form on our site. www.honorandremember.org/the-flag/flag-presentation/

Honor and Remember Month of May Campaign

HR Month News Release 2 2 2015

Honor and Remember Month of May
Campaign Proposal

Men and women who have died in military service to America are the subject of a designated month of solemn ceremonies, special events and public recognition that encompasses all thirty-one days in May. The theme for America’s Honor and Remember Month of May is Honor Your Hometown Fallen Hero.

While memorial services with wreaths, speeches and bands are typical elements of the Memorial Day weekend, the day designated to honor our fallen has been overshadowed by many commercial and recreational pursuits. For the families who have endured the loss of a loved one to preserve the freedoms we enjoy as Americans, Memorial Day can be a hollow observance that seems to be more about cooking hot dogs than commemorating fallen heroes. Families of our nation’s fallen deserve more than the one day that has become for many nothing more than the start of summer or simply a long shopping weekend.

The celebration of America’s Honor and Remember Month seeks to put the emphasis where it belongs with Honor Your Hometown Fallen Hero. Each day in May will place a special emphasis on recognizing all military fallen heroes by encouraging organizations, corporations and the media to focus on these individual heroes from cities and towns across each state. For example, each year Honor and Remember Month in Virginia begins with the annual “Virginia Run for the Fallen,” a four-day, 250-mile tribute run featuring nearly 400 service member participants who will follow a course from Fort Story in Virginia Beach to Arlington National Cemetery.

“We would like to encourage every business, civic group, media outlet and neighborhood to do something special every day of the month to pay tribute to the men and women who gave all in defense of the freedoms we enjoy as Americans,” said George Lutz, founder of Honor and Remember, Inc. “This is an important opportunity for every citizen to take action and make a positive statement regarding the cost of liberty.” Families, friends and comrades of these service men and women will also be asked to contact their local media outlets and share positive stories about and photos of their fallen loved one in order to encourage the recognition of their sacrifice.

Honor and Remember, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to establishing the Honor and Remember Flag, a tangible national symbol that was specifically created to express visual respect and gratitude for the generations of lives lost in defense of our freedoms and to the families they left behind.

 

 


Honor and Remember Month of May
Campaign Summary

Mission:  To enhance the solemn meaning of Memorial Day by calling attention to our military fallen and their families each day of the month of May.
Justification: For the families who have endured the loss of a loved one during military service, Memorial Day can be a hollow observance that has sadly become more about cooking hot dogs than commemorating fallen heroes.

Audience: All patriotic citizens.

Strategy: Create broad national awareness using social media, point of purchase items, hero tributes and flag displays, “flag flashes” and alternative creative outreach strategies.

Who is participating: corporations, civic organizations, media outlets, flag manufacturers, flag sellers, state and city governments, professional sports teams and individuals, celebrities, schools, churches and all other interested Americans.

 

 

 

Honor and Remember Month of May
Campaign Action Sheet

Everyone can do something special each day of the month to pay tribute to the men and women who gave all in defense of the freedoms we enjoy as Americans. This is a real opportunity for all grateful citizens to make a positive statement concerning the cost of liberty.

Ideas for “Honor and Remember Month” include:

* State and local Governments can issue proclamations designating May as Honor and Remember Month;

* Businesses can be invited to download pictures and a bio of local heroes and post them in the windows or on the walls of their establishment;

* Families, friends or comrades of these heroes can send stories about their loved ones to local media;

* Schools can ask students to write stories and draw pictures about their hometown heroes for display;

* Notices can be posted in company emails, newsletters and community bulletin boards;

* Television and radio stations can profile a different hero each day;

* Churches, sports teams, organizations and special events can honor a hero in many specific ways;

* Government representatives can read into the municipal record the names of the fallen in their area;

* Individuals can suggest and encourage public service announcements on local radio and cable stations;

* Everyone can print out a list of fallen heroes from the Internet and post their names every day on their social networking channels and encourage their friends and families to share them on their pages;

* Business owners can display the Honor and Remember Flag with a symbolism poster inside their lobby;

* Everyone with a flagpole can fly the Honor and Remember Flag;

*Alternative creative ideas to honor and remember.

Fly the Flag Appeal

Good Afternoon,

When a member of the United States Armed Forces dies in the line of duty, several things happen in a short period of time.

The body is transported to a military facility and prepared for return to the U.S., accompanied by a military escort. A member of a special military unit personally notifies the parents and spouse of the deceased.  A military funeral is conducted, at which the family receives the thanks of a grateful nation and the folded American flag that covered the casket.

The family members return to their homes and begin the ordeal of coping with the loss for the rest of their lives. Within months, families begin to realize that those who surrounded them in their grief have returned to their own priorities. This scenario has played out thousands of times among American families since our nation began.

I believe that the most important aspect of this reality is that the lives of those fallen heroes and their sacrifice for our nation must never be forgotten. I know because my son was killed by a bullet in Iraq.

On Memorial Day of 2008 the Honor and Remember Flag was established. It is a visible and public symbol of a grateful nation … a testimony to all who see it that America’s sons, daughters, spouses, brothers and sisters who gave all will be perpetually honored and remembered.

The Honor and Remember Flag is officially recognized by legislation in 19 states. I am asking you to help us make it an even more visible public statement of recognition and gratitude throughout your area and the ENTIRE country.

It could not be easier for you to help. You can join this important initiative simply by flying, displaying or distributing the Honor and Remember Flag.  Please seriously consider participating in this important cause. At your convenience, please visit our web store, HonorandRemember.info, and consider displaying the Honor and Remember Flag.  You may read our story and explore our mission at HonorandRemember.org. Thank you!

Respectfully,

George Lutz ~ Proud Father of CPL George A. Lutz II ~ 29 Dec 2005 ~ Iraq

PS: Join us also in participating in our nationwide initiative Honor and Remember Month of May.

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December 2014 Casualties

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

Capt. William H. Dubois, 30, of New Castle, CO, died Dec. 1 when his F-16 aircraft crashed near a coalition air base in the Middle East. He was assigned to the 77th Fighter Squadron, Shaw Air Force Base, SC.  (Operation Inherent Resolve)

Staff Sgt. Matthew R. Ammerman, 29, of Noblesville, IN, died Dec. 3, in Zabul Province, Afghanistan, (Operation Enduring Freedom) of wounds suffered from small arms fire while conducting a clearing operation.  He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, Eglin Air Force Base, FL.

Sgt. 1st Class Ramon S. Morris, 37, of New York, NY, died Dec. 12, in Parwan Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when the enemy attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to 3rd Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, TX.

Spc. Wyatt J. Martin, 22, of Mesa, AZ, died Dec. 12, in Parwan Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when the enemy attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to 3rd Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, TX.

November 2014 Casualties

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

Sgt. 1st Class Michael A. Cathcart, 31, of Bay City, MI, died Nov. 14, in Kunduz Province, Afghanistan, of wounds received from small arms fire while on dismounted combat operations.  He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, NC.

Sgt. Maj. Wardell B. Turner, 48, of Nanticoke, MD, died Nov. 24, in Kabul, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when the enemy attacked his vehicle with a vehicle borne improvised explosive device.  He was assigned to Headquarters, United States Army Garrison, Fort Drum, NY.

Spc. Joseph W. Riley, 27, of Grove City, OH, died Nov. 24, in Kabul, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when the enemy attacked his vehicle with a vehicle borne improvised explosive device.   He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC.

October 2014 Casualties

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

Maj. Jonathan D. Walker, 44, of Merriam, KS, died Oct. 1, in Doha, Qatar, of a non-combat related incident at Camp As Sayliyah. The incident is under investigation. He was assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Psychological Operations Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, NC.

Cpl. Jordan L. Spears, 21, of Memphis, IN, was lost at sea Oct. 1 while conducting flight operations in the North Arabian Gulf.   He was assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron-163, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, CA.

Lance Cpl. Sean P. Neal, 19, of Riverside, CA, died Oct. 23, in Baghdad, Iraq, from a non-combat related incident. The incident is under investigation.  He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force – Crisis Response – Central Command, whose headquarters element deploys from Camp Pendleton, CA.

Cmdr. Christopher E. Kalafut, 49, of Oceanside, CA, died Oct. 24, in Doha, Qatar, of a non-combat related incident at Al Udeid Air Base. The incident is under investigation. He was assigned to Naval Amphibious Liaison Element, Combined Forces Air Component Center, U.S. Central Command.

HONOR and REMEMBER recognized as 2014 TOP-RATED NONPROFIT

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GreatNonprofits.org Award is based on Positive Online Reviews

Chesapeake, VA, November 2014 –  Honor and Remember announced today that it has been honored with a prestigious 2014 op-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations.

We are excited to be named a Top-Rated 2014 Nonprofit,” says Laura Sutton, Public Relations Manager for Honor and Remember, Inc. We are proud of our accomplishments this year honoring our military fallen and their families, including outstanding partnerships with NASCAR, Frontier Communications, SpartanNash and others.

The Top-Rated Nonprofit award was based on the large number of positive reviews that Honor and Remember received – written by volunteers, donors and clients. People posted their personal experiences. For example, one person wrote, “Honor and Remember serves an important function in recognizing the dedication, commitment and ultimate sacrifice by those who served America in the US military. This recognition is vital in the healing process of those families who grieve the loss of a loved one in this service.”

While the Top-Rated Awards run through the end of the month, Honor and Remember was part of the inaugural group to qualify for the year. In addition, they have been added to GreatNonprofits #GivingTuesday Guide–an interactive guide to top nonprofits throughout the years. Look for this near the holidays.

“Savvy donors want to see the impact of their donations more than ever,” said Perla Ni, CEO of GreatNonprofits, “People with direct experience with Honor and Remember have voted that the organization is making a real difference.”

Being on the Top-Rated list gives donors and volunteers more confidence that this is a credible organization. The reviews by volunteers, clients and other donors show the on-the-ground effectiveness and results. This award is a form of recognition by supporters of Honor and Remember that they continue to fulfill their mission to perpetually recognize the sacrifice of America’s military fallen heroes and their families.

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September 2014 casualties

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

Spc. Brian K. Arsenault, 28, of Northborough, MA, died Sept. 4, in Ghazni, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when his unit was engaged by enemy small-arms fire.  He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC.

Sgt. Charles C. Strong, 28, of Suffolk, VA, died Sept. 15, in Herat Province, Afghanistan while conducting combat operations. He was assigned to 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion, Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, Camp Lejeune, NC.

Maj. Michael J. Donahue, 41, of Columbus, OH, died Sept. 16, in Kabul, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered from an enemy attack.  He was assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, NC.

Stephen Byus, 39, of Reynoldsburg, OH, died Sept. 16, in Kabul, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered from an enemy attack.  He was a member of the Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime in Columbus, OH, working as a supply specialist, and assigned to the Combined Security Transition Command Afghanistan while deployed.

Sgt. 1st Class Andrew T. Weathers, 30, of DeRidder, LA, died Sept. 30, at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, from wounds sustained when the enemy attacked his unit with small arms fire Sept. 28, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.  He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Eglin Air Force Base, FL.

August 2014 Casualties

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

Staff Sgt. Girard D. Gass Jr., of Lumber Bridge, NC, died Aug. 3, in Jalalabad Air Field Hospital, Afghanistan, from a non-combat related incident while on patrol that occurred in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan.  He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, NC.

Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene, 55, of Schenectady, NY, died Aug. 5, supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Kabul, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when his unit was attacked by small arms fire. The incident is under investigation.  He was assigned to the Combined Security Transition Command, Afghanistan.

Sgt. 1st Class Samuel C. Hairston, 35, of Houston, TX, died Aug. 12, in Ghazni, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when his unit was engaged by enemy small-arms fire.
He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC.

Sgt. 1st Class Matthew I. Leggett, 39, of Ruskin, FL, died Aug. 20, in Kabul, Afghanistan, of injuries received when he was engaged by the enemy.  He was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, NC.

Sgt. Christopher W. Mulalley, 26, of Eureka, CA, died Aug. 22, in Gardez, Afghanistan, as the result of a non-combat related incident. The incident is under investigation. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, TX.

July 2014 Casualties

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

Boatswain’s Mate Seaman Yeshabel Villotcarrasco, 23, of Parma, OH, died as a result of a non-hostile incident June 19 aboard USS James E. Williams (DDG-95) while the ship was underway in the Red Sea.

Pfc. Donnell A. Hamilton, Jr., 20, of Kenosha, WI, died July 24, at Brooke Army Medical Center, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, from an illness sustained in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan.  He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, TX.

Staff Sgt. Benjamin G. Prange, 30, of Hickman, NE, died July 24, in Mirugol Kalay, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when the enemy attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, CO.

Pfc. Keith M. Williams, 19, of Visalia, CA, died July 24, in Mirugol Kalay, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when the enemy attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device.  He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, CO.

June 2014 Casualties

We remember these 12 heroes who gave their lives for freedoms cause and the families they left behind.

Capt. Jason B. Jones, 29, of Orwigsburg, PA, died June 2, in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, of wounds received from small-arms. The incident is under investigation. He was assigned 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, NC.

Pfc. Matthew H. Walker, 20, of Hillsboro, MO died June 5, in Paktika province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when his unit was attacked by enemy fire. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, KY.

Spc. Terry J. Hurne, 34, of Merced, CA, died June 9, in Logar province, Afghanistan, from a non-combat related incident. He was assigned to the 710th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, NY.

Staff Sgt. Scott R. Studenmund, 24, of Pasadena, California; died June 9, in Gaza Village, Afghanistan of wounds suffered while engaged in a combat operation. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group, Fort Campbell, KY.

Staff Sgt. Jason A. McDonald, 28, of Butler, GA; died June 9, in Gaza Village, Afghanistan of wounds suffered while engaged in a combat operation. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group, Fort Campbell, KY.

Spc. Justin R. Helton, 25, of Beaver, OH; died June 9, in Gaza Village, Afghanistan of wounds suffered while engaged in a combat operation. He was assigned to the 18th Ordnance Company, 192nd Ordnance Battalion, 52nd Ordnance Group, Fort Bragg, NC.

Cpl. Justin R. Clouse, 22, of Sprague, WA; died June 9, in Gaza Village, Afghanistan of wounds suffered while engaged in a combat operation. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, CO.

Pvt. 2nd Class Aaron S. Toppen, 19, of Mokena, IL; died June 9, in Gaza Village, Afghanistan of wounds suffered while engaged in a combat operation. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, CO.

Staff Sgt. David H. Stewart, 34, of Stafford, VA, died June 20, while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, NC.

Cpl. Brandon J. Garabrant, 19, of Peterborough, NH, died June 20, while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, NC.

Lance Cpl. Adam F. Wolff, 25, of Cedar Rapids, IA, died June 20, while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, NC.

Sgt. Thomas Z. Spitzer, 23, of New Braunfels, TX, died June 25 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, CA.

May 2014 Casualties

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

Pfc. Daniela Rojas, 19, of Los Angeles, California, died May 3, in Homburg, Germany, due to a non-combat related illness.  She was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado.

Chief Warrant Officer Deric M. Rasmussen, 33, of Oceanside, CA, died May 11, in Mazar E Sharif, Afghanistan, as the result of a non-combat incident. He was assigned to the Company C, 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, Fort Hood, TX.

Command Sgt. Maj. Martin R Barreras, 49, of Tucson, AZ, died May 13, in San Antonio Military Medical Center, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, from wounds suffered on May 6, in Harat Province, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire.  He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 5th Infantry, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, TX.

Spc Adrian M. Perkins, 19, of Pine Valley, California, died May 17, in Amman, Jordan, from a non-combat related injury.  He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, CO.

Pfc. Jacob H. Wykstra, 21, of Thornton, CO, died May 28, in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained as a result of an aircraft accident. The incident is under investigation.  He was assigned 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, CO.