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Cmdr. Christopher E. Kalafut

October 26th, 2014 1 comment

Cmdr. Christopher E. Kalafut, 49, of Oceanside, California died Oct. 24, in Doha, Qatar, of a non-combat related incident at Al Udeid Air Base. The incident is under investigation. He was assigned to Naval Amphibious Liaison Element, Combined Forces Air Component Center, U.S. Central Command. Kalafut attended El Camino High School graduating in 1983. Kalafut graduated in 1987 from the Merchant Marine Academy and entered active duty as an E-2C Hawkeye pilot. He did a cruise aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln and spent six years in the service before leaving and entering the reserves. He later moved to the Atlanta area, where he worked as a pilot for Delta. Kalafut was recalled to active duty once before to fly counter narcotics missions out of Atlanta. He flew with the reserves less often in recent years. Kalafut left for Qatar in July for a 9 month deployment to work in the aircraft control center on base. He was on a non-flying assignment. When he wasn’t working for the military, Kalafut was a commercial airline pilot for Delta Airlines. The July deployment, a non-flying position, was seen as a final step before retirement. Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Georgia – Sec 7A Site 391 

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Navy Reservist Stephen Franklin Byus

September 16th, 2014 No comments

Navy Reservist, Stephen Byus, 39, of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, died Sept. 16, in Kabul, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered from an enemy attack. He was a member of the Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime in Columbus, Ohio, working as a supply specialist, and assigned to the Combined Security Transition Command Afghanistan while deployed. Stephen grew up in Jackson County in southern Ohio graduating in 1993 from Wellston where he was a triple-sport athlete, playing basketball, football, and baseball.  Byus was on his third tour of combat duty. He leaves behind his wife, two children, three brothers, and his parents. Byus was a member of the U.S. Navy Reserve, but was not serving in that capacity when he was killed. Fairmount Cemetery in Jackson, Ohio

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A private family gathering will be held at the McWilliams Funeral in Wellston at the family's convenience. Public visitation will be Saturday from 2 to 8 P.M. at the Wellston High School. Funeral service will be Sunday at 2 P.M. at the Wellston High School with John Pelletier, CLP officiating. Burial will follow in the Fairmount Cemetery in Jackson with military honors by the Navy Operational Support Center Columbus, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, the family would greatly appreciate contributions be given to a fund that has been set up in Reynoldsburg to help with the future education of his children, Alexandrea and Jacob, C/O Valerie Byus, 8423 Rodebaugh Road, Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068.

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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.

PO 1st Class James L. Smith

December 11th, 2013 No comments

Petty Officer 1st Class James L. Smith, 38, of Huffman, Texas, died Dec. 11, in Landstuhl, Germany, from a non-combat related incident. Smith was assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 28, Shreveport, La. James was dedicated, was a great mechanic, soldier, and Seabee. He was easy going and had a good sense of humor. He leaves his wife, Melissa, his very adored daughter, Cheyenne, his parents, Phyllis and Therman Smith, and his siblings, Travis and Ron Smith. Bailey Cemetery in Alton, Missouri

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Lt. Cmdr. Landon Le Jones

September 24th, 2013 No comments

Lt. Cmdr. Landon L. Jones, 35, of Lompoc, Calif., died Sept. 22, as a result of an MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter crash while operating in the central Red Sea. He was assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Six at Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, Calif. Landon attended Cabrillo High School where he was active in football as a linebacker for the Conquistadors. He is remembered by the staff and his peers as a team player and a reliable student. Lt Comdr Jones always had a plan to serve in the U.S. Navy, he worked very hard throughout school to over achieve and applied to the U.S. Naval Academy, was accepted and graduated from the Academy in 2001. Jones attened the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. beginning in July 1997, and was commissioned as an officer May 24, 2001. He attended flight training in Pensacola, Fla., and Corpus Christi, Texas. Later assignments took him to San Diego and Japan before he returned to Florida to serve with a helicopter training unit. Stints with Helicopter Maritime Strike Squad in San Diego and Jacksonville, Fla., were followed by assignments with Helicopter Sea Combat Squadrons in San Diego since January 2012. Jones was a well-decorated sailor. Among the medals he received during his time of service were a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, Navy “E” Reward, National Defense Medal, Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terror Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon and Oversea Service Ribbon. He served proudly, becoming a helicopter pilot and perished as he was attempting a landing on a Navy destroyer in the Red Sea. He leaves his wife Theresa and two sons, Anthony and Hunter, his mother, Debbi, his father, Larry and a brother, Nolan. Lt Cmdr Jones and another pilot were were lost at sea.

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CWO Jonathan S. Gibson

September 24th, 2013 No comments

Born: February 15 1981 in Fort Wainwright, Alaska

Died: September 22 2013

Chief Warrant Officer Jonathan S. Gibson, 32, of Aurora, Ore., died Sept. 22, as a result of an MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter crash while operating in the central Red Sea. He was assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Six at Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, Calif.  CWO Gibson was lost at sea when his Seahawk helicopter was tragically knocked off the flight deck of the USS Lawrence during operations in the Red Sea.

The following is Jon's published obituary in the News Enterprise

Jonathan Shelby Gibson, 32, of San Diego, was lost at sea Sept. 22, 2013, when his Seahawk helicopter was tragically knocked off the flight deck of the USS Lawrence during operations in the Red Sea. He was born Feb. 15, 1981, in Fort Wainwright, Alaska. Beloved husband of Christina, Jon married Chrissy, the love of his life, Aug. 26, 2006. Loving father to Makaylin Paige, 6, and Alexander Scott, 4, his children were the light of his life. Jon enjoyed mountain biking, surfing, flying and snowboarding, but his favorite activity was playing with his children. Jon was the cherished son of father and stepmother, Scott and Kelly Gibson of Aurora, Ore., and his mother and stepfather, Jo Ann and Mike Lake of Elizabethtown; brother of Sgt. 1st Class James Gibson, U.S. Army Green Beret; and adored grandson of Alton and Dorothy Westover and Grace Seldon; and also is survived by a host of family and friends. An extremely talented and successful U.S. naval officer, Jon entered the Navy in 1999 at the age of 18. Jon served his country honorably and with pride, receiving four Navy Achievement Medals, Iraq Campaign Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and numerous Sailors of the Month and quarterly awards. Jon had an amazing spirit, a kind heart and a warm smile. His selfless devotion to his country and to the Navy was immeasurable, but was timelessly reflected in each story he shared. Jon was remembered with full military honors during a private ceremony Oct. 7 at Breakers Beach in Coronado, Calif. Upon the return of the USS Nimitz Battle Group, a public ceremony will be held aboard USS Midway in San Diego.

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CPO Christian Michael Pike

March 14th, 2013 1 comment

Chief Petty Officer Christian M. Pike, 31, of Peoria, Ariz., died March 14 in Landstuhl, Germany, as a result of combat-related injuries sustained on March 10 while conducting stability operations in Maiwand District, Afghanistan. Pike was assigned to a West Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit. He attended Peoria High School graduating in 2000. CPO Pike joined the Navy in 2001, and following training was assigned to the NTTC Corry Station, then the USS Cleveland. In 2007, he moved to a Navy Information Operations Command facility in Georgia before reporting to the Special Warfare unit July 25, 2011. Arlington National Cemetery – Sec 60 Site 10553

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Cdr. Job W. Price

December 22nd, 2012 No comments

Born: July 29, 1970

Died: December 22, 2012

Cdr. Job W. Price, 42, of Pottstown, Pa., died Dec. 22 of a non-combat related injury while supporting stability operations in Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan. Price was assigned to an East Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit in Virginia Beach, Va.

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Lt. Leonard Robinson

December 15th, 2012 No comments

Born: February 9, 1983

Died: December 15, 2012 in Fayetteville, North Carolina

Lt. Leonard Robinson, 29, of Spring Lake, N.C., died Dec. 15, of non-combat related injuries while home on leave in Fayetteville, N.C. He was assigned to the Naval Hospital Sigonella, Italy detachment located at the Naval Branch Health Clinic in Bahrain. Robinson joined the military on December 18, 2008. Prior to serving in Bahrain, Robinson was stationed at the Naval Health Clinic at Cherry Point. His awards and decorations include the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal and the Joint Service Achievement Medal. Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery – Sec 10A Site 197

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PO 1st Class Nicolas D. Checque

December 8th, 2012 No comments

Petty Officer 1st Class Nicolas D. Checque of Monroeville, Pennsylvania died at age 28 of combat related injuries suffered Dec. 8, while supporting operations near Kabul, Afghanistan. Checque was assigned to an East Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit. Nicolas is a 2002 graduate of Norwin High School where he already expressed his dreams of becoming a Navy SEAL. As a student he excelled academically, and was a member of the wrestling team. He spent many afternoons honing his wresting skills for more than two hours. He would then swim laps for an hour all in an effort to prepare himself for eventual SEAL training. Following graduation, he enlisted in the Navy and by the following April in 2003 he entered the Navy’s Special Warfare training. Among his awards are the Bronze Star; Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal and two combat action ribbons. PO 1st Class Checque had previously served in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was a member of the Navy’s Special Warfare Development Group, more commonly known as SEAL Team Six. Checque joined the Navy in 2002. After attending recruit training in Illinois and advanced training in Virginia, he entered the seal program in April 2003. In August 2004, he was assigned to his first SEAL unit and transferred to a second unit, presumably SEAL Team Six, in September 2008. He received the Bronze Star and several other awards during his 10-year Naval career. He was killed during a mission to rescue Dr. Dilip Joseph. Arlington National Cemetery – Sec 60 Site 9939

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