Archive for the ‘Active Duty Abroad’ Category

Tech Sergeant Jason McIlvaine

October 18th, 2014 2 comments

jasonTechnical Sergeant Jason McIlvaine, 42, died in a scuba diving accident on October 18th off the coast of Okinawa.  He was stationed at Kadena Air Force Base and assigned to the Aerospace Medicine Squadron.

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Senior Master Sergeant James Swartz

October 7th, 2014 1 comment

swartzSenior Master Sergeant Swartz, 51, was among three Robins Air Force Base airmen who died during a typhoon on Okinawa on October 7, 2014.  He served in the military for 33 years and was an aerospace propulsion superintendent.  


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Staff Sergeant Joshua Schoenhoff

October 7th, 2014 1 comment



SchoenhoffStaff Sergeant Joshua Schoenhoff, 27, was among three Robins Air Force  Base airmen who died during a typhoon on Okinawa on October 7, 2014.  He was an avionics technician who had been in the Air Force for only four years, but reached the rank of staff sergeant and had deployed five times. 


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Master Sergeant Daniel Paschal

October 7th, 2014 1 comment

Master Sergeant Daniel Paschal, 33, was among three Robins Air Force Base airmen who died during a typhoon on Okinawa on October 7, 2014.  He served in the military for 11 years and was an aerospace propulsion craftsman.

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Seaman Yeshabel Villot-Carrasco

June 19th, 2014 No comments

Boatswain’s Mate Seaman Yeshabel Villot-Carrasco, 23, of Parma, Ohio, 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. She joined the Navy in April 2013 and reported on board James E. Williams the following August. She leaves her husband and her parents, of Puerto Rico.

SSG Jonathan Dale Davis

February 22nd, 2013 No comments

Staff Sgt. Jonathan D. Davis, 34, of Kayenta, Ariz., died Feb. 22 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to Headquarters Battalion, 32nd Georgian Liaison Team, Regimental Combat Team 7, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif. He joined the Marine Corps in the fall of 1997 had combat experience in both Afghanistan and Iraq. Among his awards are, the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the NATO Medal-ISAF Afghanistan, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal. Kayenta Cemetery in Kayenta, Arizona

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Cpl Robby Abraham Reyes

April 11th, 2012 No comments

Born: March 2, 1987 in Whittier, California
Died: April 11, 2012 in Morocco

Cpl. Robby A. Reyes of Los Angeles, California was killed when an MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft crashed in a Royal Moroccan military training area during a joint exercise called African Lion. The Osprey was operating from the amphibious assault ship Iwo Jima. Etiwanda High School graduate Cpl. Robby Reyes, 25, was among the two Marines who died in an aircraft crash near Agadir, Morocco. Reyes and Cpl. Derek Kerns, both crew chiefs, died from their injuries while two others are severely injured. No others were on the MV-22 Osprey aircraft. Reyes joined the Marines in December 2007 and was promoted to corporal in 2010. Reyes and Kerns were not involved in the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan. The four marines in the aircraft were based out of the Marine Corps Air Station in New River, N.C. They were participating in Exercise African Lion, an annual joint exercise between the U.S. military and Morocco. The cause of the crash is currently under investigation. He leaves behind his wife, Candice Reyes, and their daughter Ava. Reyes also leaves his parents, Richard and Yvonne Reyes; siblings Johnny, Valerie, Danny and Tommy; mother and father-in-law Jeff and Shelly Roule. Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

The above is part of his obituary.

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Cpl. Derek A. Kerns

April 11th, 2012 No comments

Born: Patuxent River, Maryland
Died: April 11, 2012 in Morocco

Cpl. Derek A. Kerns age 21 of Woodstown, NJ, currently based in New River Air Station, NC, was killed on Wednesday, April 11 2012 during a military training exercise in Morocco. Kerns was a graduate of Woodstown High School Class of 2008 and joined the Marine Corps in September of 2008. In December of 2010 he was promoted to the rank of Corporal and was a MV-22 crew chief with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 261, Marine Aircraft Group 26MV-22. He is survived by his wife, Mechele Nikole Kerns; a son, Aydin James Kerns; his mother, Carol (Simpson) Kerns; his father and his wife, Bruce and Sherry Kerns; a sister, Jessica Kerns; maternal grandmother, Janet Simpson; a step-sister Liz Godwin and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his maternal grandfather, John M. Simpson, Sr. and paternal grandparents, Robert and Ruth Kerns. Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 20, 2012 at 11am in Sharptown Methodist Church, 24 Church Street, Pilesgrove, NJ. Military Honors will take place at the Salem County War Veterans Cemetery immediately following the funeral services. Friends of the family are cordially invited to share their thoughts, condolences and fond memories with the Kerns family for a visitation to celebrate Derek’s life from 4 to 9pm at the H.T. Layton Funeral Home, 102 South Main Street, Woodstown, NJ, on Thursday, April 19, 2012. A second viewing will take place on Friday morning from 9am until the time of service at SHARPTOWN METHODIST CHURCH. A trust fund has been established for the benefit of Aydin James Kerns. Contributions can be made to Fulton Bank/ Woodstown, c/o Aydin James Kerns, 1 South Main Street, Woodstown, NJ 08098. Also killed was Cpl. Robby Reyes of Los Angeles.

The above is Cpl Kerns obituary provided by H.T. Layton Funeral Home.

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Major Jeremy James Graczyk

July 12th, 2011 1 comment

Born: August 29, 1977 in Atkinson, New Hampshire
Died: July 12, 2011 in Switzerland

Maj. Jeremy J. Graczyk of Atkinson, New Hampshire is a 1995 graduate of Timberlane Regional High School graduating as Valedictorian. The son of James and Darlene Graczyk joined the Marines after graduating from the United States Naval Academy and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in May 1999. Maj Graczyk was assigned to the Marine Corps Augmentation and Training Support Unit, based in Quantico, Virginia. He was deployed on several occasions in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Graczyk earned three Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medals, one Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal, two Combat Action Ribbons, two National Defense Service Medals, two Afghanistan Campaign Medals, five Iraq Campaign Medals, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Presidential Unit Citation, a Meritorious Unit Citation and seven Sea Service Deployment Ribbons. He died at age 33 in Switzerland during a month long leave. He leaves his parents, James and Darlene Shoop Graczyk, and a sister, Jennifer Sakash, among others.

Arlington National Cemetery – Sec 60 Site 9626

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Machinist Mate William Gerald Mack

April 19th, 2010 1 comment

Born: October 19 1988
Died: April 19, 2010 aboard the Submarine USS Nebraska

Machinist Mate Fireman William G. Mack, of South Pittsburg, Tennessee graduated from Richard Hardy Memorial School, attended University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and was a former employee of both Stevarino’s and Lotto Mart. His goal was to be a college professor and was planning to study history at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Growing up, Will was a typical boy with a big personality. He was smart and active, always climbing and a bit of an actor. Will was currently an active duty Sailor with the United States Navy after having joined in December of 2008. He was stationed in Washington state and had been out to sea serving a deployment with a nuclear submarine, the USS Nebraska, and was due back in June of 2010. He died unexpectedly at age 21 while serving aboard the Submarine about 250 miles off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii. Will was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Carl Mack. He is survived by his parents, Gerald and Susan Mack, sisters, Vanessa and Dena, grandparents, Bill and Marie Steelman, and Shirley Mack, uncles and aunts, Jim and Patti Steelman, and Edward and Brenda Steelman, great-uncles and aunts, Bob and Marie Copeland, JD and Katherine Mullins, Freda and Maurice Allyn, and Phil and Connie Flagg, great-aunt, Mary Copeland, great-uncles, Frank Copeland, and Henry Beasley, nieces, Hannah and Megan.

Burial is at Booneville Cemetery in Booneville, Tennessee

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