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Command Sgt. Maj. Martin R Barreras

May 15th, 2014 No comments

Command Sgt. Maj. Martin R Barreras, 49, of Tucson, Arizona, died May 13, in San Antonio Military Medical Center, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, from wounds suffered on May 6, in Harat Province, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 5th Infantry, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas. He graduated from Sunnyside High School before joining the military.  Barreras entered the Army in 1988 after serving in the U.S. Marine Corps for five years. He had served in every position including squad leader, platoon sergeant, first sergeant, Regimental Reconnaissance Company sergeant major, and Joint Special Operation Task Force sergeant major. Barreras served in multiple combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, and also deployed in support of Operation Just Cause in Panama and Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti. CSM Barreras had previously been awarded a Bronze Star with Valor, three Bronze Star Medals, Purple Heart, three Meritorious Service Medals, Two Joint Service Commendation Medals, four Army Commendation Medals among other accomplishments. As an Army Ranger he helped rescue former POW Jessica Lynch from an Iraqi hospital in 2003.  Barreras was the leader of the Army battalion that conducted the successful rescue of Lynch. Barreras personally handed Lynch to another soldier to transfer her to the helicopter that evacuated her from the area. According to reports, he then fended off multiple attacks in order to retrieve all 9 of the bodies of the other U.S. soldiers missing in action to bring them home. South Lawn Cemetery

 

Memorial Service will be held on 
Saturday, May 24, 2014, 11:00 a.m at 
Christ Community Church, 
7801 E. Kenyon Drive, 
Tucson, Arizona 85710

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CWO Deric M. Rasmussen

May 11th, 2014 No comments

Chief Warrant Officer Deric M. Rasmussen, 33, of Oceanside, California, died May 11, in Mazar E Sharif, Afghanistan, as the result of a non-combat incident. He was assigned to the Company C, 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas. Following a brief stint in college, Deric joined the Marines in 2000. Three years later in 2003 he left the Marine Corps and joined the Army, where he learned to fly helicopters which was his ultimate dream.   In 2007 he served a tour in Iraq.  Early in 2013 he joined the 227th Aviation Regiment of the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade at Fort Hood, Texas. He deployed with his unit to Afghanistan in January  of 2014 and landed in Mazar-i Sharif, near that country's northern border. Arlington National Cemetery - Section 60 Site 10695

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Spc. Daniela Rojas

May 3rd, 2014 No comments

Spc. Daniela Rojas, 19, of Los Angeles, California, died May 3, in Homburg, Germany, due to a non-combat related illness. She was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado. Dani grew up in Boyle Heights, and was a 2012 graduate of Theodore Roosevelt High School in East Los Angeles. Rojas joined the Army in October 2012 and was assigned as a unit supply specialist to the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, based at Fort Carson, Colo. She deployed to Afghanistan Feb. 1 2014. Among her awards are the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the NATO Medal and the Army Service Ribbon. Los Angeles National Cemetery –  Sec 27 Row AA Site 01

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Sgt. Shawn M. Farrell II

April 30th, 2014 No comments

Sgt. Shawn M. Farrell II, 24, of Accord, New York, died April 28, in Nejrab District, Kapisa province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light), Fort Drum, New York. Shawn was a 2008 graduate of Rondout Valley High School.  He had been serving this second tour in Afghanistan since the fall of 2013. Farrell joined the Army in September 2006 and arrived at Fort Drum in May 2010. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team. His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, two Army Achievement Medals, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, two Afghanistan Campaign Medals, the Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Expert Infantryman Badge, and the Air Assault Badge. Krumville Cemetery

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Spc. Christian Jacob Chandler

April 28th, 2014 No comments

Born:  January 20, 1994 in Texarkana, Texas
Died:  April 28, 2014 in Baraki Barak, Lowgar, Afghanistan

Spc. Christian J. Chandler of Trenton, Texas was best known as Jake. He was a 2012 graduate of Whitewright High School where he played Varsity All District offensive and defensive lineman. The following October he began his chosen career to serve in the United States Army completing his basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia. In February 2013 he arrived at Fort Drum and later that fall on November 5 he shipped out to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Among his decorations and awards are the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, the Combat Infantry Badge and was promoted to service rank of Specialist. He died at age 20 in Baraki Barak District, Logar province, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire.  He leaves his parents, Joe Chat III and Rhonda Chandler Beazley, his sister, Katie, his grandparents Joe Chat Jr and Alice Beazley, his aunt, Lana Harvey, and uncles, Bryan Beazley and Ben Chandler, Oak Hill Cemetery in  Whitewright, Texas.
Army
2nd Battalion
87th Infantry Regiment
3rd Brigade Combat Team
10th Mountain Division (Light)
Fort Drum, New York

 

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Spc Kerry M. G. Danyluk

April 15th, 2014 No comments

Spc. Kerry M. G. Danyluk, 27, of Cuero, Texas, died April 15 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, of injuries sustained April 12 when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire in Pul-e-Alam, Logar province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.  Danyluk joined the Army in October 2010. After training at Fort Benning, Georgia, he was assigned to Fort Benning in February 2011. Danyluk deployed to Afghanistan in Support of Operation Enduring Freedom from December 2011 to February 2012. He arrived at Fort Drum in March 2013 and deployed with his unit in November 2013 to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. His 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 Certificate of Achievement, the Combat Infantryman Badge and the Parachutist Badge. He completed the Master Driver Trainer Course, the Ranger Assessment Selection Program, the Airborne School and the Combatives Level 1 Course.

 

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Capt. James Edward Chaffin III

April 3rd, 2014 No comments

Capt. James E. Chaffin III, 27, of West Columbia, S.C., died April 1, in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of a non-combat related incident. The incident is under investigation. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 319th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C. Ed was a 2005 graduate of Brookland-Cayce High School. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in West Point.  Chaffin was commissioned as a second lieutenant in May of 2009 from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. Upon completion of the Basic Officer Leaders Course, he attended the Field Artillery Basic Officer Leader course at Fort Sill, Okla. He arrived to Fort Bragg on June 12, 2010, and deployed to Iraq with the unit in May 2011. He transferred to 1st BCT in August of 2013. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Basic Parachutist Badge and Air Assault Badge. Mt. Hebron United Methodist Church Cemetery in West Columbia, South Carolina


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Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/2014/04/02/3364122/west-columbia-paratrooper-dies.html#storylink=cpCaptain Chaffin was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in May of 2009, from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York. Chaffin was assigned to the Ft. Bragg HHC, 2nd BCT, 82nd Airborne Division & deployed to Iraq with his unit in May of 2011. He then transferred to 1st BCT in August of 2013.

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Sgt. 1st Class Roberto C. Skelt

February 12th, 2014 No comments

Sgt. First Class Roberto C. Skelt, 41, of York, Fla., was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, N.C. He died Feb. 12, in Kapisa Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when they were struck by enemy small arms fire. Skelt enlisted in October 1990 as a signal support systems specialist and trained at Fort Jackson and Fort Gordon, Ga., before serving at several duty stations in the United States and overseas. In 2005, he graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course as a Special Forces engineer sergeant, according to a release. He had deployed with the 3rd Special Forces Group on three previous occasions, serving two tours in Afghanistan and one in Yemen. Skelt then served at the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School and the 1st Special Warfare Training Group, both at Fort Bragg, before being recently reassigned to the 3rd Special Forces Group. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (3rd Oak Leaf Cluster), the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal (2nd Oak Leaf Cluster), the Army Commendation Medal (2nd Oak Leaf Cluster), the Army Achievement Medal (4th Oak Leaf Cluster), the Army Good Conduct Medal (4th Award), the National Defense Service Medal (2nd Award), the Kosovo Campaign Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with three Campaign Stars, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Korea Defense Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Army Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (3rd Award), the Overseas Service Ribbon (4th Award), the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal (2nd Award), the Special Forces Tab, the Combat Infantryman Badge, and the Parachutist Badge. Tico leaves his wife, Jennifer, his children, Devin, Nicolas and Gabriella, his parents, Roberto C. Skelt and Aridia Skelt, a brother, Freddy, and his sisters, Dania, Diana and Wanda.

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Visitation will be

2:00-5:00 P.M. Thursday, February 27, 2014 at

LaFayette Funeral Home,

6651 Raeford Rd.

Fayetteville, NC 28304

A Funeral Service will be held at 5:30 P.M. for family and close friends following the visitation at the Funeral Home with Chaplain (MAJ) Ruston Hill officiating. In Lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to the Green Beret Foundation, 18756 Stone Oak Parkway Suite #200, San Antonio, TX 78258 or at http://greenberetfoundation.org/donations.html. Obituary information provided by LaFayette Funeral Home.

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Spc. John Alexander Pelham

February 12th, 2014 No comments

Spc. John A. Pelham, 22, of Portland, Ore., was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, N.C. He died Feb. 12, in Kapisa Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when they were struck by enemy small arms fire. Pelham enlisted as a signal intelligence analyst in July 2011, according to U.S. Special Forces Command. Alex trained at Fort Jackson, S.C., and Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, before being assigned to the 3rdSpecial Forces Group in February 2013. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal, the Combat Action Badge, and the Parachutist Badge. Willamette National Cemetery – Sec KK Site 1332

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Spc. Christopher Andrew Landis

February 10th, 2014 No comments

Spc. Christopher A. Landis, 27, of Independence, Ky., died Feb. 10, on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, from wounds received when the enemy attacked his dismounted patrol with a rocket propelled grenade in Kapisa Province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, N.C. Known by most as Drew, he enlisted in March 2011 and took linguistic training before he was deployed to Afghanistan in late 2013. His awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal, the Combat Action Badge, and the Parachutist Badge. Independence Cemetery

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