Master Sgt. Peter A. McKenna Jr., 35, of Bristol, Rhode Island, died Aug. 8, in Kabul, Afghanistan, of wounds when he was attacked by enemy small arms fire. McKenna was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. His loss comes just a month after he was honored at the historic Fourth of July parade in his hometown of Bristol. McKenna was a 17 year Army veteran who had also served in Iraq. Among his awards are the Bronze Star with V device for heroism in combat operations and the Meritorious Service Medal and the Army Commendation Medal. McKenna began his service in 1998 as an infantryman and qualified for Special Forces in 2002. He was assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group, now based at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, as communications sergeant in 2003. He earned a bachelor's degree in strategic studies from Norwich University in 2014.
Spc. John M. Dawson, 22, of Whitinsville, Massachusetts, died April 8, in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when he was attacked by small arms fire while he was on an escort mission. He was assigned to 1st Squadron, 33 Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Dawson was a combat medic. He joined the Army in 2012 and arrived at Fort Campbell in January 2013. His awards include the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Ribbon, the Combat Action Badge and the Air Assault Badge. Pine Grove Cemetery
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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.
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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Maj. Jonathan D. Walker, 44, of Merriam, Kansas, died Oct. 1, in Doha, Qatar, of a non-combat related incident at Camp As Sayliyah. The incident is under investigation. He was assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Psychological Operations Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Walker joined the Navy in 2000 and received a commission the same year through Officer Candidate School, according to his biography. In 2008, he joined the Army and became a psychological operations officer the next year. Walker served with various psychological operations and military information support operations units on Fort Bragg, including stints as commander of D Company, 9th Military Information Support Battalion and D Company, 3rd Military Information Support Group. His awards and decorations include, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Naval Good Conduct Medal, the Naval Reserve Meritorious Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two Campaign Stars, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Naval Sea Service Deployment Ribbon 5th Award, the NATO Medal, the Kuwait Liberation Medal, the Flight Officer Award, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Navy Unit Commendation, and the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation. Walker was posthumously awarded the Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster.
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