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Pfc. Donnell Antwain Hamilton, Jr

July 24th, 2014 No comments

Pfc. Donnell A. Hamilton, Jr., 20, of Kenosha, Wisconsin entered active duty service in October 2012 as an M1 armor crewman. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since April 2013. Hamilton deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from July 2013 to March 2014. His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Army Service Ribbon. He died at age 20 at Brooke Army Medical Center, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, from an illness sustained in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan.  Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip, Illinois
Army
1st Battalion
5th Cavalry Regiment
2nd Brigade Combat Team
1st Cavalry Division
Fort Hood, Texas.

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SSG Jason Andrew McDonald

June 9th, 2014 No comments

Staff Sgt. Jason A. McDonald of Butler, Georgia died at age 28 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, Kentucky.  SSG McDonald enlisted as an infantryman in the U.S. Army in 2004.  Upon completion of his initial training, he was assigned to Co. C,  3rd Bn., 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning, Ga. His next assignment was with Co. A, 2nd Bn., 8th Infantry Regiment, Fort Carson, Colo., as a grenadier.  McDonald volunteered for the Special Forces Assessment and Selection Course, and graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course in 2010. Upon earning his Special Forces tab, he initially reported to Co. C, 1st Bn., 1st Special Warfare Training Group. He was then assigned to 1st Bn., 5th SFG (A) as a Weapons Sergeant. He served on one deployment to Afghanistan and two to Iraq. His military education includes, Combat Life Savers Course, Infantry Leaders Mortars Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape Course, Special Forces Qualification Course, Warrior Leaders Course, Ranger Course, and U.S. Army Airborne School. His military awards and decorations include: the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, two Army Commendation Medals, the Army Achievement Medal, four Army Good Conduct Medals, the National Defense Service Medal, three Afghanistan Campaign Medals, three Iraq Campaign Medals, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, the Special Forces Tab, the Ranger Tab, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Expert Infantryman Badge, the Parachutists Badge, and the Marksmanship Qualification Badge Expert-Carbine. Also killed were, Staff Sgt. Scott R. Studenmund of Pasadena, California; Spc Justin R. Helton, of Beaver, Ohio; Cpl Justin R. Clouse, of Sprague, Washington and PVT Aaron S. Toppen of Mokena, Illinois. Arlington National Cemetery – Sec 60 Site 10593

 

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Sgt. Justin Ryan Helton

June 9th, 2014 No comments

Sgt. Justin R. Helton of Beaver, Ohio graduated from Eastern High School in 2006. He died at age 25 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, North Carolina. Also killed were Staff Sgt. Jason A. McDonald of Butler, Ga., Staff Sgt. Scott R. Studenmund of Pasadena, California, Cpl Justin R. Clouse of Sprague, Washington and Pvt Aaron S. Toppen of Mokena, Illinois. Germany Cemetery in Beaver, Ohio

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Spc. Terry J. Hurne

June 9th, 2014 No comments

Spc. Terry J. Hurne, 34, of Merced, California, 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, New York. Hurne joined the Army in July 2009. After completing training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and Fort Lee, Virginia he arrived at Fort Drum in February, 2010. He deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in March 2011 to March 2012.  Hurne deployed with his unit in November 2013 to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He was a utilities equipment repairer. His awards and decorations include two Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, the Meritorious Unit Commendation, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, two Afghanistan Campaign Medals, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, and the Driver and Mechanic Badge with Mechanic.  Hurne completed the Combatives Level 1 School, the Transportation School and the Combat Lifesavers Course.

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SSG Scott R. Studenmund

June 9th, 2014 No comments

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, Kentucky. SSG Studenmund volunteered for the Special Forces 18B Program in 2009, and graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course in 2011. Upon earning his Special Forces tab, he initially reported to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 5th SFG (A). He was then assigned to 1st Bn., 5th SFG (A) as a weapons sergeant. His military education includes, Special Operations Target Interdiction Course, Combat Diver Course, Light Wheel Vehicle Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Special Forces Qualification Course, Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape Course, and U.S. Army Airborne School.  His military awards and decorations include, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, the Special Forces Tab, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Expert Infantryman Badge, the Parachutists Badge, the Special Operations Divers Badge, and the Marksmanship Qualification Badge Expert-Carbine. Also killed were Staff Sgt. Jason A. McDonald of Butler, Ga., Spc Justin R Helton of Beaver, Ohio, Cpl Justin R. Clouse of Sprague, Washington and Pvt Aaron S. Toppen of Mokena, Illinois. Arlington National Cemetery – Sec 60 Site 10594

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Pvt. 2nd Class Aaron S. Toppen

June 9th, 2014 No comments

Pvt. 2nd Class Aaron S. Toppen of Mokena, Illinois  died at age 19 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, Colorado.  Toppen enlisted in the Army in 2013 and was an infantryman for eleven months. His awards include the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and the NATO Medal. Also killed were Staff Sgt. Jason A. McDonald of Butler, Ga., Staff Sgt. Scott R. Studenmund of Pasadena, California and Spc Justin R Helton of Beaver, Ohio. St. John's Cemetery in Mokena

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Cpl. Justin Robert Clouse

June 9th, 2014 No comments

Cpl. Justin R. Clouse of Sprague, Washington died at age 22 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, Colorado. Clouse was a two-year veteran of the Army, assigned as an infantryman. His commendations include an Army Commendation Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. He had been stationed at Fort Carson since 2012. Also killed were Staff Sgt. Jason A. McDonald of Butler, Ga., Staff Sgt. Scott R. Studenmund of Pasadena, California, Spc Justin R Helton of Beaver, Ohio and Pvt Aaron S. Toppen of Mokena, Illinois. Riverside Memorial Park Cemetery

 

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Spc. Matthew Herbert Walker

June 5th, 2014 No comments

Spc. Matthew H. Walker, 20, of Hillsboro, Missouri, 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, Kentucky. Matthew graduated in 2012 from Grandview High School, which has about 330 students. As a senior, Walker was a captain on the football team, starting as an offensive lineman and linebacker, Among Walker’s awards and decorations are the Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one bronze service star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, and the Air Assault Badge. Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery – Sec IZ Site 4

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Capt. Jason Benjamin Jones

June 2nd, 2014 No comments

Captain Jason B. Jones, 29, of Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania, 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, North Carolina.  This was Jones’ second deployment in support of Overseas Contingency Operations. He commissioned as 2nd lt. in the U.S. Army in August 2007. Upon completion of Basic Infantry Officer Course and Ranger School, he was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment. He was then deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He served as a Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer, and Battalion Air Operations Officer.  In 2011, Jones volunteered for the Special Forces Assessment and Selection Course. Following his completion of the Special Forces Qualification Course in May 2013, he reported to the 1st Bn., 3rd SFG (A) as a Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha commander. Jones deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in April 2014.  His military education includes U.S. Army Basic Airborne Course, U.S. Army Combatives Course, Basic Infantry Officer Course, Ranger School, Jumpmaster School, Captains’ Career Course, Special Forces Qualification Course, Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Course, and Special Forces Operations Detachment Officer Qualification Course.  His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army  Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one campaign star, Iraq Campaign Medal with two campaign stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab, Expert Infantry Badge, Combat Infantryman Badge, and the Special Forces Tab. West Point Cemetery - Sec XXXVI  Row A  Site 054F

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Pfc. Jacob H. Wykstra

May 31st, 2014 No comments

Born: July 14, 1992
Died: May 28, 2014 in Kandahar, Afghanistan

Pfc. Jacob H. Wykstra, 21, of Thornton, Colorado, 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, Colorado.  Wykstra joined the Army in 2013 and was deployed to Afghanistan in January 2014. Fort Logan National Cemetery –  Sec L  Site 1093

His family released the following statement: Jake was a faithful and loving husband, son, brother and friend. Words cannot express our sorrow at this time. Jake always lit up a room with his smile and goofy sense of humor. Those he served with have said that no matter how difficult the situation, he had the ability to find the humor and good in it. We are proud to have raised a son who was willing to serve his country and fight for freedom and those who couldn't fight for themselves. He was a sweet, perfect husband who loved his wife with all his heart. His piercing blue eyes and contagiouis smile will be sorely missed. We ask for privacy at this difficult time, and want to express sincere gratitude for all the thoughts and prayers as we celebrate his life.

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