Sgt. 1st Class Matthew I. Leggett, 39, of Ruskin, Florida, died Aug. 20, in Kabul, Afghanistan, of injuries received when he was engaged by the enemy. He was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Leggett enlisted in the Army in May 1995 and had been based at Fort Bragg since 2012. He served three combat tours and was the recipient of numerous awards and decorations, including a Bronze Star Medal with one oak leaf cluster and a Purple Heart for wounds sustained in combat. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Purple Heart, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Army Good Conduct Medal sixth award, the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one Campaign Star, Iraqi Campaign Medal with three Campaign Stars, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Non-commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon third award, the Meritorious Unit Citation and the NATO ISAF Medal.
Born: June 22, 1979 in Sumter, South Carolina
Died: August 12, 2014 in Ghazni, Afghanistan
Sgt. 1st Class Samuel C. Hairston, 35, of Houston, Texas, died Aug. 12, in Ghazni, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when his unit was engaged by enemy small-arms fire. Hairston was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C. Sam joined the Army in March 2003. After initial training, he arrived at Fort Bragg in 2003 and was assigned to the 1st Brigade in August 2013. His battalion deployed to Afghanistan earlier this year. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Citation with two oak leaf clusters, Army Good Conduct Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two Campaign Stars, Iraqi Campaign Medal with two Campaign Stars, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon with two oak leaf clusters and the NATO medal. His qualifications include the Ranger tab, Combat Infantryman Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Military Master Free Fall Parachutist Badge, the Basic Parachutist Badge, Drivers Badge and the Marine Qualification Badge Expert-Rifle. Beal Memorial Cemetery in Fort Walton Beach, Florida
Major General Harold J. Greene of Schenectady, New York was best known to his friends as Harry. In addition to holding deployments around the U.S. and the world, including at Ft. Leonard Wood in Missouri, in Germany and in Istanbul, Turkey, Greene was highly educated, having earned five advanced degrees. After graduating from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., in 1980, he received his military commission as an engineer officer. Greene went on to obtain master’s degrees in engineering from both Rensselaer and USC, a master's in science at USC, a master's in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College and a doctorate in materials science from USC. Greene was on his first combat tour in Afghanistan, where he was serving as the deputy commander for training Afghan troops, an appointment that was announced in January by the Pentagon. Among his awards and decorations are the Legion of Merit with three oak leaf clusters, the Purple Heart Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with one silver oak leaf cluster, the Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal with one star, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon and the Army Overseas Service Ribbon. Maj Gen Greene died at age 55, in Kabul, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when his unit was attacked by small arms fire. The incident is under investigation. He was assigned to the Combined Security Transition Command, Afghanistan. He was believed to be the highest-ranking U.S. military official killed in action since the war began in Afghanistan in 2001. The shooter, who was wearing an Afghan army uniform, was also killed in the attack near Kabul, but not before he wounded 14 others. Greene leaves behind his wife, retired Col. Sue Myers, who was a study director and a professor at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pa., and two grown children, a son, Matthew, who is a lieutenant and a graduate of West Point, and a daughter, Amelia. Arlington National Cemetery – Sec 60 Site 8675-A
Staff Sgt. Girard D. Gass Jr., of Lumber Bridge, North Carolina, died Aug. 3, in Jalalabad Air Field Hospital, Afghanistan, from a non-combat related incident while on patrol that occurred in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Jerry enlisted in the Army in August of 2008 under the Special Forces Enlistment Option. Upon completion of Army Basic Combat and Advanced Individual Training, the Army Basic Airborne Course and the Special Forces Qualification Course, he reported to 3rd SFG (A) as a Special Forces medical sergeant in August 2011. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal with “V” device, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal (second award) and National Defense Service Medal. Gass was posthumously awarded his second Bronze Star Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal. He was also awarded the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (numeral 2), Parachutist Badge, Combat Infantryman Badge, and the Special Forces Tab. Beaufort National Cemetery in South Carolina – Sec 18 Site 77A
Born: December 18, 1994 in Tulare County, California
Died: July 24 2014 in Kandahar, Afghanistan
Pfc. Keith M. Williams, 19, of Visalia, California graduated in 2013 from El Diamante High School where he participated in Football, Drum Line, El Diamante Link Crew, and was part of the 2013 Homecoming Court. In his Leisure, Keith enjoyed dove hunting, attending pow-wows, and any activity that put him in motion, long boarding, snowboarding, skiing and surfing. He also loved listening to music. Keith enlisted in the United States Army, choosing this path as a stepping stone towards a career in law enforcement. Williams died at age in 19 in Mirugol Kalay, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when the enemy attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device. Keith was serving in his first tour of duty. He was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He leaves his mother and step father, Debbie and Michael Tuttle, his father and step mother, Frankie and Tara Williams, and his two sisters, Samantha and Chelsea. Burial is Private.
12th Infantry Regiment
4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team
4th Infantry Division
Fort Carson, Colorado
Keith M. Williams Scholarship Fund
Educational Employees Credit Union (EECU)
3612 S. Mooney Blvd.
Visalia, CA 93277
Staff Sgt. Benjamin G. Prange of Hickman, Nebraska graduated from Norris High School in Firth where he was described as a good, solid kid, It was in high school that he met his future wife, they were high school sweethearts. He joined the Army in January 2007 to support his family. Because of a partially missing pectoral muscle, Prange was first turned away from serving. After going through strength and endurance tests he was finally accepted into the United States Army. He was serving his third deployment to Afghanistan. His first deployment was from June 2008 to June 2009, followed by a second from March 2012 to November 2012. This last deployment began on March 8 2014 and he was expected to return home in the Fall of 2014. His military awards, include four Commendation Medals, an Achievement Medal, two Good Conduct Medals, a National Defense Service Medal, an Afghanistan Campaign Medal with three campaign stars, a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, an Army Service Ribbon, an Overseas Service Ribbon, two NATO Medals and a Combat Infantryman Badge. He died at age 30 in Mirugol Kalay, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when the enemy attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device. He leaves his wife, Liz, two sons, Corbin and Dillon, his brother and sister, as well as his grandparents Kent and Carolyn Prange. Lincoln Memorial Park.
12th Infantry Regiment
4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team
4th Infantry Division
Fort Carson, Colorado
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
5th Cavalry Regiment
2nd Brigade Combat Team
1st Cavalry Division
Fort Hood, Texas.
Lance Cpl. Adam F. Wolff, 25, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa died June 20, while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Wolff was a combat engineer. He joined the Marine Corps in Dec. 2012 and was promoted to lance corporal Feb. 1, 2014. Wolff deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in March 2014. His awards include the National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. Fiedler Cemetery
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Staff Sgt. David H. Stewart, 34, of Stafford, Virginia, died June 20, while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Stewart was a platoon sergeant and deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from Sept. 2004 to March 2005, from March to Oct. of 2006 and from Sept. 2007 to April 2008. He also deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from Oct. 2012 to April 2013 and most recently in April of 2014. His awards include, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Marine Corps Drill Instructor Ribbon and Armed Forces Reserve Medal. Quantico National Cemetery
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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.