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.

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.

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.

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

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.

March 2013 Casualties

Sixteen Heroes gave their lives for our country this month

Spc. Cody D. Suggs, 22, of West Alexandria, Ohio
Tech. Sgt. Larry D. Bunn, 43, of Bossier City, La
Capt. Andrew M. Pedersen-Keel, 28, of South Miami, Fla.
Staff Sgt. Rex L. Schad, 26, of Edmond, Okla.
Chief Petty Officer Christian Michael Pike, 31, of Peoria, Ariz.
Spc. David T. Proctor, 26, of Greensboro, N.C
Staff Sgt. Steven P. Blass, 27, of Estherville, Iowa
Chief Warrant Officer Bryan J. Henderson, 27, of Franklin, La.
Capt. Sara M. Knutson, 27, of Eldersburg, Md.
Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo, 31, of Naples, Fla.
Spc. Zachary L. Shannon, 21, of Dunedin, Fla
Chief Warrant Officer James E. Groves III, 37, of Kettering, Ohio
Sgt. 1st Class James F. Grissom, 31, of Hayward, Calif.
Sgt. Tristan M. Wade, 23, of Indianapolis, Ind.
Sgt. Michael C. Cable, 26, of Philpot, Ky
Chief Warrant Officer Curtis S. Reagan, 43, of Summerville, S.C

December 2012 Casualties

Eleven Heroes gave their lives for our country this month

Lance Cpl. Anthony J. Denier, 26, of Mechanicville, N.Y.
Sgt. 1st Class. Darren M. Linde, 41, of Sidney, Mont.
Spc. Tyler J. Orgaard, 20, of Bismarck, N.D.
Petty Officer 1st Class Nicolas D. Checque, 28, of Monroeville, Pa
Staff Sgt. Wesley R. Williams, 25, of New Carlisle, Ohio
Staff Sgt. Nelson D. Trent, 37, of Austin, Texas
Staff Sgt. Nicholas J. Reid, 26, of Rochester, N.Y.
Sgt. 1st Class Kevin E. Lipari, 39, of Baldwin, N.Y.
Cdr. Job W. Price, 42, of Pottstown, Pa
Sgt. Enrique Mondragon, 23, of The Colony, Texas
Pfc. Markie T. Sims, 20, of Citra, Fl