Lance Cpl. Christopher O. Grant, 20, of Richwood, La., died Oct. 20, 2013, while conducting combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C. Christopher was a 2012 graduate Richwood High School where he was in the ROTC and played football. He took his basic training at Parris Island and had left for Afghanistan in late September 2013. Richwood Memorial Gardens in Monroe, Louisiana.
Born: August 12, 1982 in Virgin Islands Died: October 18, 2013 in Kuwait Sgt. Lyle D. Turnbull of Norfolk, Virginia is a 2000 graduate of Charlotte Amalie High School. He studied Psychology at Central Texas College. He died at age 31 2013, in Camp Arifjan, Kuwait from a medical emergency while participating in the Army Ten Miler Shadow Run at Camp Arifjan in Kuwait. Lyle leaves his wife, Nestlian and children, his parents, Delita Farrinton Francis and Randolph Turnbull. Western Cemetery #3 Army 62nd Expeditionary Signal Battalion 11th Signal Brigade Fort Hood, Texas
Staff Sgt. Patrick H. Quinn, 26, of Quarryville, Pa., died Oct. 13, 2013, in Paktika Province, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when the enemy attacked his base with small arms fire. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group, Fort Carson, Colorado. Patrick was born in Delaware and claimed Quarryville, Pa., as his home of record. He enlisted as an infantryman in the U.S. Army in July 2006. Upon completion of his initial training, he was assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment at Fort Wainwright, Alaska. He continued his service with 1st Battalion, 35th Armor Regiment at Fort Bliss, Texas. Quinn completed a combat deployment to Iraq from September 2008 to August 2009. After his assignment at Fort Bliss, Quinn volunteered for the Special Forces Assessment and Selection. He graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course in 2013. His first assignment as a Green Beret was as an engineer sergeant with 3rd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Carson, Colo., where he served on a Special Forces team. Quinn's military education includes the Northern Warfare Course, Combatives Level 2, Combat Life Saver Course, Warrior Leader Course, Advanced Leader Course, Basic Military Mountaineering School, Airborne School, and the Special Forces Qualification Course. His awards and decorations include four Army Commendation Medals, the Army Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, two Army Good Conduct Medals, the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal (with 2 Campaign Stars), the Global War on Terror Service Medal, two Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbons, the Army Service Ribbon, two Overseas Service Ribbons, Special Forces Tab, Parachutist Badge, and the Combat Infantryman's Badge. Quinn was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal (with Campaign Star) and the NATO Medal. He is survived by his wife and their three sons.
Burial: Quarryville Cemetery, Quarryville, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Spc. Angel L. Lopez, 27, of Parma, Ohio, died Oct. 5, 2013, in Zabul province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire. He was assigned to the 201st Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Knox, Ky. Angel was one of nine children of a blended family. He was married with two children. He was a 2004 graduate of John Marshall High School and enlisted in the Army two years ago and was a mechanic in the Army.
Burial: Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, Rittman, Ohio Section 12 Site 59
Born: Aug. 1, 1994 in Wisconsin
Died: Oct. 5, 2013 in Helmand, Afghanistan
Lance Cpl. Jeremiah M. Collins, Jr., of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Jeremiah was raised by his mother. He decided in his teens that he preferred to be called Terry, for reasons best left unsaid. He was a person that would push to keep going, he would not let anything knock him down. He graduated from Milwaukee’s Hamilton High School in 2012, and then entered the Marine Corps. His mom felt his attitude about it was more about showing people that he could be something great. Jeremiah transformed his physical being into a muscular strong young man. He was very physically fit with incredible strength. He graduated boot camp with a 300 PFT (physical fitness test) which is the highest score possible. He himself wrote “Nobody tries anymore. What happened to effort and dedication? We are all just living to live, but not really living at all.” Jeremiah encouraged those he knew to get fit, and even offered himself as a motivator. His plans for the future were to either be a career Marine or to become a personal trainer while going to college then onto a career as a gym teacher. He had written his motto out on his Facebook page on September 5, 2013, “I am an American fighting in the armed forces which protect my country and our way of life. I am prepared to give my life in their defense.” Deployed to Afghanistan he was assigned to Combat Logistics Regiment 2, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C. He was an intelligence Specialist. He died on October 5, 2013, while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, at the age of 19. His death is under investigation. Jeremiah’s mother had his remains cremated.
Staff Sgt. Thomas A. Baysore, Jr., 31, of Milton, Pa., died Sept. 26, in Paktya Province, Afghanistan, from wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire during combat operations. Thomas was killed by an enemy combatant wearing an Afghan National Army Uniform who opened fire on a group of soldiers. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and was a squad leader. He joined the Army in June 2001 and was stationed at Camp Ederle, Italy, where he had a variety of assignments, including vehicle driver, rifleman, automatic rifleman, and fire team leader. He was also assigned to the Harrisburg Recruiting Battalion., in Harrisburg, Pa., as a recruiter. Following his assignment there, Baysore arrived at Fort Campbell, Ky., in August 2010. This was his third deployment to Afghanistan. He deployed once prior to arriving to Fort Campbell, Ky., in 2005, and again with the Division in 2010. He also deployed to Iraq in March 2003. He is survived by his spouse; his son; his mother and his father. Arlington National Cemetery – Sec 60 Site 10535
Born: April 5, 1990 in Placer County, California
Died: September 21, 2013 in Afghanistan
Sgt. Joshua J. Strickland, 23, of Woodstock, Ga., assigned to 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. Jay was one of three soldiers who died Sept. 21, at Forward Operating Base Shank, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire while conducting range training in Gardez, Paktia Province, Afghanistan. Jay leaves his wife, Heather, a son, Landon, two daughters, Maddison and Victoria, his brother’s Andrew, Caleb and Garrett, a sister Delaynie and his parents, Jim and Beth Funk. Tahoma National Cemetery – Sec 6 Site 9
Born September 11, 1981 in Middlebury, Vermont
Died September 21, 2013 in Gardez, Paktia Province, Afghanistan
Staff Sgt. Liam Jules Henry Nevins, 32, of Denver, Colorado. Liam was the third child born to William and Victoria Nevins, and their only son. He spent the first part of his youth in New Hampshire and the second part in Bristol, Pennsylvania, just outside Philadelphia. Coming from a family that encouraged education and adventure, Liam was an avid reader, especially anything about world events and history, and he was a gifted creative writer. At the age of 14 he visited an older sister in the state of Colorado and fell in love with the mountains. He thought maybe he would like to be a cowboy when he grew up. He returned to Pennsylvania and graduated from high school there in 2000, having already enlisted in the Army’s delayed entry program. Liam served in the active military for six years, deploying three times, both in Iraq and Afghanistan. When his enlistment ended, he moved to Colorado where he attended Metropolitan State College in Denver from August 2006 until May 2009. During this time he spent as much time as he could in the mountains- snowboarding, back packing, climbing and biking. He also worked security for the Denver Broncos Football Team. The cowboy in him felt restless. He wanted to be doing more, so after learning he could become a Green Beret, in May of 2009, he enlisted into the Colorado National Guard and attended the Special Forces Qualification Course at Fort Bragg, NC. He was then assigned to 5th Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group, in Watkins, Colorado. He began his fourth deployment and was set to end his military career in October of 2013 and return home and marry his fiancée. In early September, he was shot in the arm by the enemy. He had the choice of letting it heal there or going home for good. With just three weeks left, he said he couldn’t leave his men. “That would be like amputating my soul.” Left at camp alone for a couple of days, Liam made a slide show of what he did while left all by himself. There were pictures of him watching TV, playing on the computer, and making meals. In every picture he was naked, and comfortable. His commanding officer learned you just don’t leave Liam alone. Liam returned to duty and on September 21, an enemy soldier opened fire on a group of soldiers conducting range training at Forward Operating Base Shank. Liam and two other Special Forces soldiers were killed. Liam considered Colorado to be his home, second to Philadelphia. His remains came home to Denver on September 30. The day before, the Denver Broncos played host to The Philadelphia Eagles. Both teams played tribute to Liam and his sacrifice and applauded his family. Liam’s funeral was held on October 2, his coffin carried by a team of horses pulling a hearse from 1867 to his final resting place in the foothills of his beloved Colorado. The dictionary not only defines “cowboy” as a man who tends cattle on horseback, but as “an adventurous hero.” Liam fulfilled his dream of being a cowboy.
Burial: Fort Logan National Cemetery Section 5, Site 999
Staff Sgt. Timothy R. McGill, 30, of Ramsey, N.J., assigned to 2nd Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group, Middletown, R.I. He came from a family of police and firefighters. Standing six and a half feet tall, he was a star football and hockey player for Ramsey High School. After his 2001 graduation, he went into the Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq in 2005. After leaving the Marines and returning home to Ramsey, in 2008, he enlisted in the Army National Guard in Rhode Island, and three years later became a member of the Army’s elite Special Forces unit, or Green Berets. His awards and decorations include a Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Parachutist Badge, Special Forces Tab, Global War on Terrorism Expedition Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Iraq Campaign Medal. He died along with 2 other special forces soldiers Sept. 21, at Forward Operating Base Shank, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with small arms fire while conducting range training in Gardez, Paktia Province, Afghanistan. MaryRest Cemetery – Sec 16 Block C Plot 3 Cr 1-A
Born November 23, 1990 in New Milford, Connecticut
Died September 5, 2013 near Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan
Staff Sgt. Todd J. Lobraico Jr., 22, of New Fairfield, Connecticut. He was assigned to the 105th Security Forces Squadron at Stewart Air National Guard Base, N.Y. “T.J.” wanted to follow in the footsteps of his parents, who are active members of the New York National Guard and become a police officer, like his father. He was “an unbelievable good kid” who thought of others before himself, was humble, spontaneous and had a delightful sense of humor. He graduated from New Fairfield High School in 2008 then enlisted in the Air Force, serving in Iraq from 2010-2011. T.J. studied Justice and Law Administration at Western Connecticut State University, working on his degree and was active in the New York National Guard. His spare time was spent with his girlfriend, his family, his beloved souped-up car and his beloved Mastiff dog, Gus. T.J. had a Facebook page for Gus and enjoyed posting hilarious picture of them both. In June of 2013, he deployed to Afghanistan, bringing along a case of fake mustaches to keep his fellow troops “light and loose.” It was going to be a long year, but he’d make it partly fun. One day Todd’s unit came in contact with an improvised explosive device. When it came time to move out through a dangerous stretch, Todd “literally was the first person in the formation.” He showed he was a leader. On the night of September 5th, he was leading a foot patrol with eight other airmen and his actions helped the others take cover when they were ambushed near Bagram Airfield. He was killed by small arms fire. It was stressed that it was T.J.’s actions of leading his men were undeniably responsible for their safety and saving their lives. He was the leader, first in the line. At his funeral people spoke of his sense of humor, especially his life and times with Gus and included times Todd would remove some of his friend’s favorite liquor from the bottles and replace it with water. Upon pouring a drink, his friends would realize, “hey, this is watered down.” They then compared it with how T.J. lived his life. A full life- not watered down. Todd’s family includes his father Master Sgt Todd J. Lobraico and his mother Major Linda Rohatsch; his step-parents; three sisters; a brother; his grandparents and of course Gus.
Burial: North Cemetery in Sherman Connecticut.