Spc. Wyatt J. Martin, 22, of Mesa, Arizona died Dec. 12, in Parwan Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when the enemy attacked their vehicle with an improvised explosive device. These soldiers were assigned to 3rd Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Martin joined the Army in August of 2012 and had been assigned Fort Hood’s 2nd Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, since June of 2014. He deployed to Afghanistan in June 2014. Mariposa Gardens Memorial Park.
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Sgt. 1st Class Ramon S. Morris, 37, of New York, New York died Dec. 12, in Parwan Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when the enemy attacked their vehicle with an improvised explosive device. These soldiers were assigned to 3rd Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Morris joined the United States Army in February of 1996 and had been assigned to the unit since March 2012. He deployed to Korea from February of 2002 to February of 2003, Iraq from July of 2003 to April of 2004, March of 2005 to March of 2006 and from November of 2007 to February of 2009. He also deployed to Afghanistan in June of 2014. His decorations include a Bronze Star Medal. Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia – Sec 60 Site 10791
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Staff Sgt. Matthew R. Ammerman, 29, of Noblesville, Indiana, died Dec. 3, in Zabul Province, Afghanistan, 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, Florida. Ammerman joined the Army in July 2004. He was deployed in 2006 to Iraq, where he served 14 months. In 2009, Ammerman was sent to Afghanistan for 12 months, serving as an an assistant gunner, fire team leader and squad leader. Two years later, the sergeant was stationed at Fort Steward, Ga., where he served as a senior sniper and squad leader with the 3rd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment. He volunteered for Special Forces in 2012, graduated in 2013 as a Special Forces communications sergeant and was assigned to 3rd Bn., 7th SFG (A) in July,2014. He deployed in late fall of 2014 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. His awards and decorations include, the Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, the Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, the Global War on Terror Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon and NATO Medal. Additionally, he received the Special Forces Tab, the Ranger Tab, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Expert Infantryman Badge, the Parachutist Badge and the Driver and Mechanic Badge.
Born: August 14 1984
Died: December 1, 2014 in Jordan
Capt. William H. Dubois, 30, of New Castle, Colorado, 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, South Carolina. He attended Rifle High School and the University of Colorado at Boulder. His youth was spent in constant motion: harassing his sister, and participating in sports of all kinds from basketball, soccer, baseball, and swimming to eventing horses competing in the North American Young Riders Championship. While attending Rifle High School, Will was involved in choir, soccer, track, school plays, the National Honor Society, and was elected Senior class president. The Air Force awarded Will a full ride ROTC scholarship in Aerospace Engineering which allowed him to graduate with honors at Colorado State University in Boulder including the Distinguished Graduate award from the 105th ROTC detachment unit. Although Will was dedicated to academics, leadership, and becoming the best Air Force officer, he found time to join the Kappa Sigma fraternity. Upon graduation he learned that he was accepted into an elite pilot training program, ENJEPT (Euro Nato Joint Jet Pilot Training) at Sheppard Air Force base and proceeded on to F16 training at Luke AFB. His first assignment in 2011 was Kunsan, Korean where he proudly flew for the 35th fighter squadron, known as the Pantons, and earned the call sign, Pyro. It was there that he met the love of his life, Ashley Jones. Just last year, he returned to the states with his bride to be, and was based at Shaw AFB in the 77th fighter squadron, the Gamblers, also known as “the worlds greatest”. Ashley and Will married just days before he was deployed to the middle-east.
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Sgt. Maj. Wardell B. Turner, 48, of Nanticoke, Maryland died Nov. 24, in Kabul, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when the enemy attacked their vehicle with a vehicle borne improvised explosive device. He was assigned to Headquarters, United States Army Garrison, Fort Drum, New York. Turner graduated in 1984 from James M. Bennett High School where he was a member of the 1983 championship football team. He attended Towson University on a football scholarship, graduating in 1989 with a bachelors degree in management. He later earned a master's degree in criminal justice from Central Missouri State University in 2011. Turner had served in several military police units since 1993, most recently in the 720th Military Police Battalion. He was promoted to sergeant major in July 2013. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart , three Meritorious Service medals, three Army Commendation medals and four Army Achievement medals. Arlington National Cemetery – Sec 60 Site 10710
Born: January 19, 1987
Died: November 24, 2014 in Kabul, Afghanistan
Spc. Joseph W. Riley, 27, of Grove City, Ohio died Nov. 24, in Kabul, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when the enemy attacked their 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, North Carolina. Riley joined the Army in 2012 and was assigned to Fort Bragg after basic training and Airborne school. Riley’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO medal, Combat Infantryman Badge and Basic Parachutist Badge. Concord Cemetery
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Born: in July 26, 1983 Bay City, Michigan
Died: November 14, 2014 in Kunduz, Afghanistan
Sgt. 1st Class Michael A. Cathcart of Bay City, Michigan enlisted in the Army in June 2001 as a Fire Support Specialist and served more than five years with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) of Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where he served for more than five years. He had two combat tours to Iraq. He volunteered for the Special Forces in 2007, and after his training he joined the 3rd Special Forces Group in 2009 as a senior engineer sergeant. His many awards and decorations include, four Bronze Star Medals, two Purple Hearts, a Meritorious Service Medal, four Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, four Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with three bronze service stars, Iraq Campaign Medal with four bronze service stars, Global War on Terrorism Medal, three Non Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbons, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Nato Medal, Special Forces Tab, Combat Infantryman Badge, Military Master Freefall Parachutist Jump Master Badge, Master Parachutist Badge and the Air Assault Badge. The Army posthumously awarded Cathcart his fourth Bronze Star Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal. This was Cathcart's fifth deployment with the battalion, known as the Bushmen, to Afghanistan. Having a great passion for Hockey, Cathcart had practiced with the Carolina Hurricanes at Fort Bragg while he was station in the area. SFC Cathcart died at age 31 in Kunduz Province, Afghanistan, of wounds received from small arms fire while on dismounted combat operations. Green Ridge Cemetery in Bay City.
3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne)
Fort Bragg, North Carolina
Born: November 30 1079 in Kansas City, Missouri
Died : November 10 2014 in Washington
Tomas, a former United States Army soldier, was shot and paralyzed in Sadr City, Iraq by an ambush on April 4 2004. At age 22, he enlisted in the Army after the 9/11 attacks because he wanted to fight terrorists in Afghanistan, but instead was sent to Iraq. Five days after arriving there in 2004, he was shot in the chest and severely wounded. He was left paralyzed from the waist down and as the result of medical complications later became a quadriplegic. “I enlisted to go to Afghanistan because I felt that was, quote unquote, the right war, to go after the people that attacked us,” he said. Young was distraught to be sent instead to Iraq, a conflict that he felt was not justified. He said an Army chaplain told him he would feel better once he got to Iraq and started killing Iraqis. Young was in the country less than a week, on April 4, 2004, when he and many other soldiers were wounded while in the back of an open-air truck rushing in a rescue convoy in Sadr City outside Baghdad. He was 24 years old. Young blamed his injury on "a poorly planned mission" and began to campaign against the war.
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Cmdr. Christopher E. Kalafut, 49, of Oceanside, California 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. Kalafut attended El Camino High School graduating in 1983. Kalafut graduated in 1987 from the Merchant Marine Academy and entered active duty as an E-2C Hawkeye pilot. He did a cruise aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln and spent six years in the service before leaving and entering the reserves. He later moved to the Atlanta area, where he worked as a pilot for Delta. Kalafut was recalled to active duty once before to fly counter narcotics missions out of Atlanta. He flew with the reserves less often in recent years. Kalafut left for Qatar in July for a 9 month deployment to work in the aircraft control center on base. He was on a non-flying assignment. When he wasn’t working for the military, Kalafut was a commercial airline pilot for Delta Airlines. The July deployment, a non-flying position, was seen as a final step before retirement. Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Georgia – Sec 7A Site 391
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Lance Cpl. Sean P. Neal, 19, of Riverside, California, 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, California. Sean graduated in 2013 from La Sierra High School in Riverside and enlisted in the Marine Corps in July of 2013 where he was serving his first deployment in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. Riverside National Cemetery in California – Sec 52B Site 1348
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