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.

NASCAR Remembers America’s Fallen Military

                  


Military Fallen Heroes Recognized With Special Flag at Charlotte Motor Speedway

For Immediate Release – May 2014

Chesapeake, Virginia – While memorial services with wreaths and speeches are typical elements of the Memorial Day weekend, the day designated to honor fallen military members seems to be lost in the noise of many other pursuits. For the families who have endured the loss of a loved one to preserve the freedoms we enjoy as Americans, the weekend can be a hollow observance that seems to be more about cooking hot dogs than commemorating heroes.

Recognizing the importance of calling attention to the celebration of lives lost and to showing appreciation to the families with a positive message of thanks, a unique alliance is bringing the national spotlight to all of our nation’s military fallen and their families. NASCAR together with Honor and Remember, Inc. will create a powerful reminder of the high price of freedom by displaying specially prepared Honor and Remember flags representing each of our fifty states throughout the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage.

“We have the most patriotic fans in sports and it is a privilege to have this unique opportunity to send an important message across the country: We will always be grateful for those who stand up for us and our freedom and will never forget those fallen heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country,” said Mike Helton, President of NASCAR.

Honor and Remember Founder George Lutz said, “Never before have we had such a significant platform to bring this national statement of thanks to all of our Gold Star families who have given everything. NASCAR is creating a means to reach millions with this important message.”

The state-specific Honor and Remember flags will be displayed at various locations around Charlotte Motor Speedway, including pit boxes and haulers. Each flag will have a specific personalization, such as “North Carolina Military Fallen Heroes,” as a call to remember generations of fallen heroes and their families in that state.

The special Honor and Remember flag display is part of NASCAR An American Salute, an annual industry-wide effort to collectively thank our nation’s military and their families for their service and sacrifice. Honor and Remember partners with NASCAR year-round to host and recognize Gold Star families at races throughout the country.

April 2014 Casualties

We remember these 4 heroes who gave their lives for freedoms cause and the families they left behind.

Capt. James E. Chaffin III, 27, of West Columbia, SC, died April 1, in
Kandahar, Afghanistan, of a non-combat related incident. The incident is under investigation.   He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 319th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC

Spc. Kerry M. G. Danyluk, 27, of Cuero, Texas, died April 15 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, of injuries sustained April 12 when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire in Pul-e-Alam, Logar province, Afghanistan.
He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, NY

Pfc. Christian J. Chandler, 20, of Trenton, TX, died April 28 in Baraki Barak District, Logar province, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire.  He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light), Fort Drum, NY

Sgt. Shawn M. Farrell II, 24, of Accord, NY, died April 28, in Nejrab District, Kapisa province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire.  He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light), Fort Drum, New York.

Honor and Remember Flag Flash

Have you flashed your flag? That's what we're asking individuals and groups across our nation to do as we launch a new initiative in keeping with our goal to raise awareness, publicly recognizing our military fallen heroes and their families.

This is your chance to join with thousands of other Americans and do something unique, creating a positive statement of support by displaying the flag in an "Honor and Remember Video Flag Flash."

Here's how it works:

If you are one of the over three thousand families who have received a personalized flag, a supporter who has one proudly flying or someone who is about ready to get one, please consider doing a "flag flash."

Using your smart phone or a camera with video capability, record a brief (approximately five seconds) video of you or a group holding an Honor and Remember Flag (of any size) and including the words, "I (or we) honor and remember."

If you have a personalized Honor and Remember Flag, you and your family members can hold up that flag and say something like,"We are the family  of (name of fallen loved one)  and we honor and remember." Please briefly say whatever you feel is appropriate and respectful, and use whatever background fits your context, such as your home, school, veteran's organization, workplace, a memorial and so forth.

Here are some additional sample phrases that we might hear in an Honor and Remember Video Flag Flash:

"We are members of (American Legion Post 280 in Chesapeake, Virginia), and we honor and remember."

"I'm mayor (name and city) and I honor and remember." (or the governor, congressman, senator, etc.)

"I serve in the (U.S. Navy) and I honor and remember."  (or Army, Marines, etc.)

"I honor and remember the sacrifice of my hero, (Capt. John Smith)." (or friend, father, cousin, etc.)

"I am an American patriot and I honor and remember."

"Im a (Navy, Army, Marine, etc.) veteran and I honor and remember."

"We are the (class of 2014 Mountain View School in Boulder, Colorado), and we honor and remember."

"We are the (82nd Airborne from Ft Bragg), and we honor and remember."

You get the idea. Use your imagination. Let's create a Flag Flash!

We would like your Flag Flashes to be as professional as possible. Here are some useful techniques to create a good-looking image. Use your smart phone. That's the easiest and quickest way to get this done.

Need a little help? Here are a few suggestions:

1. Hold the camera sideways (horizontal) to get the most into the image.
2. Shoot in a place that has little or no outside noise (no airports, intersections, or train stations).
3. Get a friend to help. It will be hard to hold a phone and a flag and get the proper distance etc.
4. Lighting is important! Unless you have a brightly lit indoor area, do this outside.  Be sure the lens is not facing directly into the sun.
5. Try a few different "takes" and use the best one.
6. Help others make Flag Flashes!

All done? Here are some thoughts on what to do with your finished Flag Flash:

1. Email a copy of the video to Honor and Remember at flash@honorandremember.org (if its not too large). Also post to our Facebook Honor and Remember – Official Page.
2. Post your video to all of your social networking outlets, such as YouTube, Facebook  and Twitter, using the hashtags #flagflash or #honorandremember.
3. Send your Flag Flash to others, including your local TV/radio news shows. We'd love to attract their attention for the upcoming Honor and Remember Month in May.

If you work at a TV/radio news operation, please consider doing a story on the Honor and Remember Video Flag Flash and invite your audience members to send one to you. Broadcast or share on your social sites.

We will also post and share Flag Flashes on our pages and may eventually string them together for longer tributes. We want Flag Flashes to go "viral" during the month of May, Honor and Remember Month, as a way to say "thank you" for all those individual lives that have been given for freedom's cause and to express our gratitude to all of the families that gave those heroes to us.

Let's grab America's attention with a positive statement of appreciation and remembrance that publicly acknowledges the sacrifice of our military fallen heroes and their families. Join us and create your Honor and Remember Video Flag Flash!

The Month of May is Designated “Honor and Remember Month”

Military Fallen Heroes Recognized With Special Events and Celebrations

 Chesapeake, VA, March 2014 – Men and women who have died in military service to America will be the subject of a month of solemn ceremonies, special events and public recognition that will begin with the annual “Virginia Run for the Fallen,” a four-day, 245-mile tribute run from Fort Story in Virginia Beach to Arlington National Cemetery.

“The time has come to do more than set one day a year aside to pay tribute to the men and women of our armed services who have given their lives for America and to recognize the life-changing loss experienced by their families,” said George Lutz, founder of Honor and Remember, an organization dedicated to the establishment of a national symbol of remembrance and to presenting this special tribute to every family that has lost a loved one in military service. “Memorial Day is an important holiday,” said Lutz, “but I believe Gold Star Families, (families of the fallen) deserve more than a day that has become for many just an extra day off from work for shopping and having a barbecue.”

In addition to the Virginia Run for the Fallen, which will take place from May 1 to May 4 (see separate news release), America’s Honor and Remember Month,  Honor your Hometown Hero, will place a special emphasis on recognizing all fallen military by encouraging the families, friends and comrades, across the country to contact their local media outlets and submit information about their loved one with the hope that the media will do something each day of the month to recognize the sacrifice of that individual life. Likewise, businesses will be encouraged to create a display containing photos and information about fallen heroes from their town or neighborhood.

“I’d like to see every business, civic group, media outlet and neighborhood 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 Lutz. “This is a real opportunity for everyone to make a positive statement about the cost of liberty.”

Honor and Remember, Inc. is a non-profit organization established to promote the Honor and Remember Flag. “America does not currently have a tangible public symbol that is specifically dedicated to express respect and gratitude for the lives lost in defense of our freedoms,” said Lutz. “The Honor and Remember Flag fills that void.”

About the Honor and Remember Flag

             The Honor and Remember Flag was unveiled at a ceremony on Memorial Day, May 26, 2008, at the MacArthur Memorial Museum in downtown Norfolk, Virginia. The mission of Honor and Remember is to create, establish and promote a nationally recognized flag that will fly continuously as a visible reminder to all Americans of the lives lost in defense of our national freedoms. The flag honors all military lives lost from our nation’s inception, not only in action but also as a result of serving.

Personalized flags are regularly presented to individual families of fallen service members. Each personalized flag contains the name, theater of operation and date of death of the individual. The flags are presented at both private and public occasions.

Honor and Remember, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.  For more information, please visit www.honorandremember.org.

February 2014 Casualties

We remember these 7 heroes who gave their lives for freedoms cause and the families they left behind.

PFC Joshua A. Gray, 21, of Van Lear, KY, died Feb. 10, in Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, from a non-combat related incident currently under investigation.   He was assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, NY

SPC Christopher A. Landis, 27, of Independence, KY., died Feb. 10, on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, from wounds received when the enemy attacked his dismounted patrol with a rocket propelled grenade in Kapisa Province, Afghanistan.
He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, NC

SPC John A. Pelham, 22, of Portland, OR, died Feb. 12 in Kapisa Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when he was struck by enemy small arms fire.  He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, NC

SFC Roberto C. Skelt, 41, of York, FL, died Feb. 12 in Kapisa Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when he was struck by enemy small arms fire.  He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, NC

Master Sgt. Aaron C. Torian, 36, of Paducah, KY, died Feb. 15, while conducting combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 2d Marine Special Operations Battalion, Marine Special Operations Regiment, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, Camp Lejeune, NC

Lance Cpl. Caleb L. Erickson, 20, of Waseca, MN, died Feb. 28, while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.  He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, NC

Master Sgt. David L. Poirier, 52, of North Smithfield, RI, died Feb. 28, from a non-combat related incident currently under investigation.  He was assigned to the 157th Operations Support Squadron, Pease Air National Guard Base, NH

January 2014 Casualties

January 2014 Heroes

We remember these 7 heroes who gave their lives for freedoms cause and the families they left behind.

Sgt. Jacob M. Hess, 22, of Spokane, Wash.,
Sgt. First Class William K. Lacey, 38, of Laurel, Fla.,
Chief Warrant Officer Andrew L. McAdams, 27, of Cheyenne, WY,
Sgt. Drew M. Scobie, 25, of Kailua, Hawaii,
Sgt. Daniel T. Lee, 28, of Crossville, Tenn.,
Spc. Andrew H. Sipple, 22, of Cary, NC,
Chief Warrant Officer Edward Balli, 42, of Monterey, Calif.

December 2013 Casualties

December 2013 Heroes

We remember these 10 heroes who gave their lives for freedoms cause and the families they left behind.

Lance Cpl. Matthew R. Rodriguez, 19, of Fairhaven, MA,
Petty Officer 1st Class James L. Smith, 38, of Huffman, Texas,
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Randy L. Billings, 34, of Heavener, OK,
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Joshua B. Silverman, 35, of Scottsdale, AZ
Sgt. Peter C. Bohler, 29, of Willow Spring, NC
Sgt. 1st Class Omar W. Forde, 28, of Marietta, GA
Spc. Terry K. D. Gordon, 22, of Shubuta, MS
Staff Sgt. Jesse L. Williams, 30, of Elkhart, IN,
Sgt. Daniel M. Vasselian, 27, of Abington, Mass.,
Capt. David I. Lyon, 28, of Sandpoint, Idaho.

October 2013 Casualties

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

Lance Cpl. Christopher O. Grant, 20, of Richwood, La.
Sgt. Lyle D. Turnbull, 31, of Norfolk, Va.
Staff Sgt. Patrick H. Quinn, 26, of Quarryville, Pa
Spc. Angel L. Lopez, 27, of Parma, Ohio
1st Lt. Jennifer M. Moreno, 25, of San Diego, Calif.
Sgt. Patrick C. Hawkins, 25, of Carlisle, Pa.
Sgt. Joseph M. Peters, 24, of Springfield, Mo.
Pfc. Cody J. Patterson, 24, of Philomath, Ore
Lance Cpl. Jeremiah M. Collins, Jr., 19, of Milwaukee, Wis

American Heroes, Our National Treasure

In light of the many upcoming Veteran’s Day tributes, I share with you a brief reflection. Not too long ago, I had a conversation with a Gold Star mother about our sons and the different ways that we as a nation remember our heroes. It was a casual conversation, like many I’ve had with families across the country. But something she said struck a very deep cord. She said the lives of our children are a national treasure. I pondered that for a very long time. A national treasure. What did that mean exactly and how did it apply to our values as Americans?  What do you think of when you hear the words “national treasure”?

This notion began to resonate within me. A treasure is something to be sought after, something to be coveted. Its worth is immeasurable… Can that be said about lives past? Absolutely!  If you do an Internet search regarding those two words you will find many definitions, ranging from “living icons” to “founding documents.” Most anything or anyone can become a national treasure for a variety of reasons. However, think about all of the freedoms and privileges that we have in this country and then ask yourself who maintains and protects them. Freedom of speech, religion and assembly. The right to bear arms and to participate in free elections. The men and women of our armed forces are the people who put their lives on the line in order to guarantee that we don’t lose those cherished freedoms and rights. And what of the ones who don’t make it home to enjoy them?

From our nation’s inception brave men and women have willingly given their lives selflessly for freedom’s cause, preserving a way of life that we are lucky to have been born into. I think that it is entirely appropriate for all of us who benefit from that sacrifice to treasure those lives. These men and women are probably our country’s greatest treasure, for without them, freedom would not exist. Some may consider buildings, monuments or national parks to be great treasures. However, as Americans we would be unable to explore and enjoy those things without the foundation of freedom paid for with all of the lives lost to protect it. So, I must agree that the lives given for our freedom are truly a national treasure, a treasure we must outwardly acknowledge and indeed preserve, a treasure we must recognize is part of our nation’s existence, a treasure that includes the families that raised and loved these heroes, a treasure that should be placed on the highest pedestal of tribute.

This national treasure of lives given for freedom’s sake may seem like nothing more than a list of names. But each of those names belongs to a face. Some of us may personally know a hero. That person may be our own loved one or a friend or comrade. Many even have memories of a friend or relative from generations past, perhaps as far back as World War I. Those names may trigger a poignant memory. But what about those heroes from long ago who paid the same price for America? Are they any less a part of that treasure? No, this national treasure is an accumulation of thousands of individuals who were born to loving families, married the love of their life and all shared one distinct characteristic– they loved their country and would do anything to preserve it. Should we not collectively recognize and preserve their devotion?

If the lives of our fallen heroes have not already been officially designated as a national treasure it is our obligation to ensure that happens. More importantly we should each find our own way of regularly expressing honor and educating others of the value of these lives to us all.

In the more than 200 years of American history, there has never been a  symbol dedicated specifically to the recognition of all military lives lost and to the families they left behind, until now. The Honor and Remember Flag is that public symbol of appreciation, a visible and tangible display of thanks that gives all citizens a way to make a silent statement of perpetual remembrance. I believe that one significant act we can make towards preserving our national treasure is to fly the Honor and Remember Flag.  Through the establishment of this symbol, we are able to leave a visual legacy, create a point of discussion for educating everyone and make a national statement of thanks.

Each family in their own way diligently works to preserve their loved one’s memory. When the last person who remembers that loved one’s name passes away, he or she is truly forgotten.

I believe we must instill in our nation this idea of declaring the lives of our military fallen a national treasure.  Whether in spirit or through legislation, these heroes represent the highest values of the American spirit. If we proclaim their lives to be precious and continue to call attention to their sacrifice, their contribution to our liberty will never lose its value.

Our mission is much more than encouraging the display of a simple piece of cloth. Rather, the Honor and Remember Flag is a means by which to pay daily tribute to generations of American heroes throughout history, and an important expression of preserving the legacy of our national treasure.

“Let us not mourn that such men died, but rejoice that such men lived”
~George S. Patton~

Blessings,
George

First written and published October 2013.

September 2013 Casualties

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

Staff Sgt. Thomas A. Baysore, Jr., 31, of Milton, Pa
Lt. Cmdr. Landon L. Jones, 35, of Lompoc, Calif.
Chief Warrant Officer Jonathan S. Gibson, 32, of Aurora, Ore.
Staff Sgt. Liam J. Nevins, 32, of Denver, Colo.
Staff Sgt. Timothy R. McGill, 30, of Ramsey, N.J.
Spc. Joshua J. Strickland, 23, of Woodstock, Ga
Spc. James T. Wickliffchacin, 22, of Edmond, Okla.
Sgt. William D. Brown III, 44, of Franklin, N.C.
Staff Sgt. Randall R. Lane, 43, of Indianapolis, Ind
Staff Sgt. Robert E. Thomas Jr., 24, of Fontana, Calif
Staff Sgt. Todd J. Lobraico Jr., 22, of New Fairfield, Conn
Staff Sgt. Joshua J. Bowden, 28, of Villa Rica, Ga

August 2013 Casualties

We remember these eleven heroes who gave their lives and the families they left behind.

Staff Sgt. Michael H. Ollis, 24, of Staten Island, N.Y.
Sgt. 1st Class Ricardo D. Young, 34, of Rosston, Ark.
1st Lt. Jason Togi, 24, of Pago Pago, American Samoa
Spc. Kenneth Clifford Alvarez, 23, of Santa Maria, Calif
Pvt. Jonathon Michael Dean Hostetter, 20, of Humphreys, Mo.
Master Sgt. George A. Bannar Jr., 37, of Orange, Va
1st Lt. Timothy G. Santos Jr., 29, of Helena, Ala
Staff Sgt. Octavio Herrera, 26, of Caldwell, Idaho,
Sgt. Jamar A. Hicks, 22, of Little Rock, Ark.
Spc. Keith E. Grace Jr., 26, of Baytown, Texas
Spc. Nickolas S. Welch, 26, of Mill City, Ore

July 2013 Casulaties

We remember these eleven heroes who gave their lives in July and the families they left behind

Spc. Hilda I. Clayton, 22, of Augusta, Ga.
1st Sgt. Tracy L. Stapley, 44, of Clearfield, Utah
Pvt. Errol D.A. Milliard, 18, of Birmingham, Ala
Lance Cpl. Benjamin W. Tuttle, 19, of Gentry, Ark
Staff Sgt. Sonny C. Zimmerman, 25, of Waynesfield, Ohio
Spc. Anthony R. Maddox, 22, of Port Arthur, Texas
1st Lt. Jonam Russell, 25, of Cornville, Ariz.,
Sgt. Stefan M. Smith, 24 of Glennville, Ga., and
Spc. Rob L. Nichols, 24, of Colorado Springs, Colo.
Sgt. Eric T. Lawson, 30, of Stockbridge, Ga.,
Spc. Caryn E. Nouv, 29, of Newport News, Va

June 2013 Casualties

We remember these eighteen heroes who gave their lives in June and the families they left behind.

Spc. Ray A. Ramirez, 20, of Sacramento, Calif.
Spc. Kyle P. Stoeckli, 21, of Moseley, Va
Pfc. Mariano M. Raymundo, 21, of Houston, Texas
Warrant Officer Sean W. Mullen, 39, of Dover, Del
Staff Sgt. Job M. Reigoux, 30, of Austin, Texas
2nd Lt. Justin L. Sisson, 23, of Phoenix, Ariz.,
Spc. Robert A. Pierce, 20, of Panama, Okla.
Lt. Col. Todd J. Clark, 40, of Evans Mills, N.Y.
Maj. Jaimie E. Leonard, 39, of Warrick, N.Y.
Staff Sgt. Jesse L. Thomas Jr., 31, of Pensacola, Fla
Lance Cpl. Jared W. Brown, 20, of Youngstown, Fla
Sgt. Justin R. Johnson, 25, of Hobe Sound, Fla,
Spc. Ember M. Alt, 21, of Beech Island, S.C.,
Spc. Robert W. Ellis, 21, of Kennewick, Wash.
Spc. William R. Moody, 30, of Burleson, Texas
Spc. Javier Sanchez Jr., 28, of Greenfield, Calif
Sgt. Corey E. Garver, 26, of Topsham, Maine
Sgt. Justin R. Rogers, 25, of Barton, N.Y

May 2013 Casualties

Twenty-Three Heroes and their families preserved our freedom this month.

Staff Sgt. Michael H. Simpson, 30, of San Antonio, Texas
Spc. Trinidad Santiago Jr., 25, of San Diego, Calif
Pfc. Charles P. McClure, 21, of Stratford, Okla.
Capt. Mark T. Voss, 27, of Colorado Springs, Colo.,
Capt. Victoria A. Pinckney, 27, of Palmdale, Calif.
Tech Sgt. Herman Mackey III, 30, of Bakersfield, Calif.
Staff Sgt. Eric D. Christian, 39, of Warwick, N.Y
Cpl. David M. Sonka, 23, of Parker, Colo
1stLt. Brandon J. Landrum, 26, of Lawton, Okla.,
Staff Sgt. Francis G. Phillips IV, 28, of Meridian, N.Y.,
Spc. Kevin Cardoza, 19, of Mercedes, Texas
Spc. Thomas P. Murach, 22, of Meridian, Idaho
Spc. Brandon J. Prescott, 24, of Bend, Ore.
Sgt. 1st Class Trenton L. Rhea, 33, of Oakley, Kan
Sgt. 1st Class Jeffrey C. Baker, 29, of Hesperia, Calif.
Spc. Mitchell K. Daehling, 24, of Dalton, Mass.
Spc. William J. Gilbert, 24, of Hacienda Heights, Calif.
Pfc. Cody J. Towse, 21, of Elk Ridge, Utah
Sgt. Eugene M Aguon, 23, of Mangilao, Guam
Spc. Dwayne W. Flores, 22, of Sinajana, Guam
Spc. Christopher R. Drake, 20, of Tickfaw, La
Staff Sgt. Joe A. Nunezrodriguez, 29, of Pasadena, Texas
Staff Sgt. Mark A. Gorzik, 29, of San Diego, CA

April 2013 Casualties

Fourteen Heroes gave their lives for our freedom this month.

Chief Warrant Officer Curtis S. Reagan, 43, of Summerville, S.C
Capt. James Michael Steel, 29, of Tampa, Fla.
Staff Sgt. Christopher M. Ward, 24, of Oak Ridge, Tenn.
Spc. Wilbel A. Robles-Santa, 25, of Juncos, Puerto Rico
Spc. Delfin M. Santos Jr., 24, of San Jose, Calif.
Chief Warrant Officer Matthew P. Ruffner, 34, of Tafford, Pa
Chief Warrant Officer Jarett M. Yoder, 26, of Mohnton, Pa.
Pfc. Barrett L. Austin, 20, of Easley, S.C
Capt. Aaron R. Blanchard, 32, of Selah, Wash
1st Lt. Robert J. Hess, 26, of Fairfax, Va
Capt. Brandon L. Cyr, 28, of Woodbridge, Va
Capt. Reid K. Nishizuka, 30, of Kailua, Hawaii
Staff Sgt. Richard A. Dickson, 24, of Rancho Cordova, Calif
Staff Sgt. Daniel N. Fannin, 30, of Morehead, Ky.