Archive for the ‘OIF’ Category

Tomas Vincent Young

November 11th, 2014 1 comment

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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Sgt Bruce Edward Horner

September 1st, 2013 No comments

Born: March 3, 1964
Died: June 1, 2007 in Baghdad, Iraq

Sgt. Bruce E. Horner of Lorain, Ohio and Newport News, Virginia became a emergency medical technician in Lorain after high school and his training led him to the army. Bruce was known for his humor and his ability to turn people’s lives around. He loved to sing and he sang the Christian songs he loved. Several years ago, at a base parking lot in Virginia, that powerful voice was like a magnet. He was sitting in his car belting out a song. His enthusiasm for life was evident in all he did, from his devotion to his church and family, to his love for the outdoors and activities that included volleyball and biking. He also loved working out and spending time at the gym. Bruce was a devoted member of Olivet Christian Church, where he was active on the Praise and Worship Team and enjoyed working with the youth. He truly loved the Lord and was always excited to witness and share his faith with others, whether here in Newport News, or with his fellow soldiers in Iraq. He often rode with patrol units and worked at power stations doing emergency medical work. During his current tour, Bruce worked at a power station in Al Iskandariah, working with the Iraqi police on a daily basis. Prior to the Iraq invasion the power station had manufactured ammunition. The 127th MPs monitored the Iraqi police and trained them as part of their mission. His family has a strong military background. Bruce completed nearly 18 years of service in the U.S. Army. He died at age 43 in Seddah of wounds sustained when his unit came in contact with enemy forces using small-arms fire. Peninsula Memorial Park in Newport News, Virginia
127th Military Police Company
709th Military Police Battalion
18th Military Police Brigade
21st Theater Support Command
Fliegerhorst, Germany

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Capt Benjamin Wilson Sammis

May 26th, 2013 No comments

Born: March 18, 1974
Died: April 5, 2003 in Iraq

Marine Capt. Benjamin W. Sammis 29, of Rehobeth, Mass.; assigned to the Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 267, Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Camp Pendleton; Calif.; killed in action when his helicopter crashed near Ali Aziziyal, Iraq. Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia – Sec 60 Site 7862

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Spc Johnathan Bryan Chism

April 25th, 2013 No comments

Born: November 28, 1984 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Died: January 20, 2007 in Karbala, Iraq

Spc. Johnathan B. Chism of Prairieville, Louisiana graduated from St. Amant High School and was into sky diving and rock climbing. An LSU fan and Boy Scout, he had been in the service since June 2005, was due to come home for two weeks of rest and relaxation in February. He leaves his father and stepmother, Danny and Vanessa Chism, his mother, Elizabeth Chism, a sister, Spc. Julie Chism, stepbrothers, Eric and Dennis Bourg. The Army presented his family with posthumous awards of the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart and the Combat Action Badge. He died at age 22 in Karbala, Iraq, from wounds sustained when his patrol was ambushed while conducting dismounted operations. Also killed were, Lieut Jacob Fritz , Pfc. Shawn Falter, Pfc. Johnathon Millican and Capt. Brian Freeman. Hope Haven Garden of Memory in Gonzales, Louisiana
2nd Battalion
377th Parachute Field Artillery Regiment
4th Brigade Combat Team
25th Infantry Division
Fort Richardson, Alaska

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Jenna Gray Beno

October 15th, 2012 1 comment

Born: April 21, 1988
Died: October 15, 2012

Jenna G. Beno of Clarkston, Michigan was a 2006 graduate of Clarkston High School. She joined the United States Army in early summer of 2007, graduating from Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Her unit was deployed to Iraq in August 2009 where she suffered an injury which affected her vocal cords. Jenna received medical care and speech therapy at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Her awards and decorations include, the National Defense Service Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal w/ service star and the Army Service Ribbon. She leaves her parents, William and Kristi Beno, a brother, Jacob, among several others and her beloved dog Harli-Bear. She was 24 years old. Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Michigan – Sec 10 Site 1202

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Sgt Derrick James Kirkland

March 20th, 2012 No comments

Born: June 20, 1986
Died: March 20, 2012 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington

Sgt Derrick J Kirkland of Indiana died at Fort Lewis, Washington. He joined the military in 2007. He had served one tour of duty in Iraq, and was 6 months into his second tour when he was sent back to Fort Lewis for treatment.

Burial is at Marion National Cemetery in Marion, Indiana – Sec 11 Row 2 Site 28

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Staff Sgt. Ahmed Kousay Altaie

February 27th, 2012 No comments

On Feb. 25, the armed forces positively identified the remains of Staff Sgt. Ahmed K. Altaie, of Ann Arbor, Mich. He was assigned to the Provincial Reconstruction Team, Divisional Training Center, Special Troops Battalion, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Altaie was kidnapped at gunpoint in October 2006 when he sneaked off base on a motorcycle to visit his Iraqi wife in central Baghdad. On Dec. 11, 2006, a casualty review board declared Altaie “missing – captured” after his disappearance in Baghdad, Iraq on Oct. 23, 2006. Altaie was the final missing soldier and casualty to be recovered from the Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn mission.

Burial is at Arborcrest Memorial Park and Chapel Mausoleum in Ann Arbor, Michigan

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Cpl Jonathan Eric Schiller

February 15th, 2012 No comments

Born: March 12, 1986 in Des Moines, Iowa
Died: December 31, 2006 in Baqubah, Iraq

Cpl Jonathan E. Schiller of Ottumwa, Iowa graduated from Ottumwa High School in 2004 where he was an actively involved student who also played basketball in the ninth and tenth grades. He was active in youth and other high school sports. Prior to joining the United States Army he worked at West Music and at Hibbett Sporting Goods. Jon was also a member of Wesley United Methodist Church. Jon showed leadership skills even during high school, although they may have been of a typical teenagers practical joking leader qualities. But in time, those take charge skills began to serve him well as he got older, particularly as he progressed through the ranks of the military. By all accounts Jon was someone who anyone would have been proud to parent, befriend, or call a comrade in arms. He died at age 20 in Baqubah, Iraq, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated while on a combat patrol. Also killed was Spc. Richard A. Smith. Schiller becomes the 49th Iowan killed in Iraq or Afghanistan from combat. He leaves his parents, William (Bill) and Elizabeth (Liz) Waddle Schiller and two brothers, Charlie and Max Schiller among others.
1st Cavalry
215th Brigade Support Battalion
3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team
1st Cavalry Division
Fort Hood, Texas

Burial is at Silent City Cemetery in Monroe, Iowa

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Spc Kevin Michael Hardin

January 22nd, 2012 No comments

Born: February 24, 1986 in Florida
Died: January 22, 2012

Spc Kevin M Hardin was medically retired from the Army due to combat injuries sustained during a patrol in Samarra, Iraq, Sept. 30, 2007. His military awards include the Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Combat Action Badge, Combat Medic Badge, Good Conduct Medal, Operation Iraqi Freedom Medal with Campaign Star and the Army Achievement Medal.

Burial is at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, Texas – Sec 2 Row T Site 1084

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Staff Sgt David Michael Biehl

November 10th, 2011 4 comments

Born: November 18, 1983 in Kennewick, Washington
Died: November 10, 2011 in Boise, Idaho

From a very young age David had a passion for serving his country to defend the freedom of all of us here at home. He was an Army Recruiter in Boise, Idaho, serving with the Boise Recruiting Company, Salt Lake City Recruiting Battalion, 6th Recruiting Brigade – North Las Vegas, NV. David also served two tours during Operation Iraqi Freedom, serving with the 671st Engineering Company and also with the 3rd Infantry Division. He received various awards for being an exemplary soldier and NCO of the Year. This included Army Recruiter awards: Recruiter of the Year, Recruiter Badge (three sapphire stars), recruiter ring, Glen E. Morrell award, and other unit citations. David was an avid outdoorsman. He loved his family, friends, and his Band of Brothers. His smile and laughter will always be remembered. He will forever be in our hearts.   ~ Psalm 27 ~

David had kept in touch with his high school history teacher from Spokane, Mr, Kiki, over the years and he asked David one day if he would write about what the American flag meant to him. This is what David wrote. It has since been read at Veteran's Day high school assemblies.

"I joined the United States Army at the age of 17. I was a junior at Central Valley High School when I joined. I wanted the privilege and honor to represent my flag in a foreign country. I have worn this flag for two years in Iraq. I have worn this flag with pride and honor. This flag has witnessed many wars, but the flag I wore saw only what I saw. It watched on the 15th of March 2003 when I walked into Iraq to bring freedom to a country. It watched on the 1st of July 2003, when I held 1SG Christopher Coffin in my arms as he died in combat bearing the same flag that I wore. It watched when I entered a torture room that held girls as young as 14 years of age, freeing them from their prison. It was a symbol for everyone around me during that time. It has always been a symbol and will always be a symbol. For some, when they witnessed me walk into their village or home wearing this flag, they were filled with hope and the emotion of relief from their fears. For some, when they witnessed this flag, they were filled with terror and fear because they themselves caused so much of same feelings in others. For me, this flag that "I wear" represents a light that pierces through the darkest of countries as a hope that there will be a better life. I have a privilege to represent you! You gave me the privilege to carry this flag into combat so that others will have HOPE. I will not fail you nor will I allow this flag to fall. I have made an oath to protect this flag against all enemies, foreign and domestic, so help me God!" -Staff Sergeant David Biehl, United States Army

Laid to rest at Idaho State Veterans Cemetery – Boise, Idaho – Section 2, Row D, Site 87

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