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Maj. Michael J. Donahue

September 17th, 2014 No comments

Maj. Michael J. Donahue, 41, of Columbus, Ohio, died Sept. 16, in Kabul, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered from an enemy attack. He was assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.  Donahue enlisted in the Army in February 1996 and commissioned through Officer Candidate School in April 2000. He arrived at Fort Bragg in July 2012, where he was assigned to the corps’ Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion. He served three combat tours of duty. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Purple Heart, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two campaign stars, the Iraq Campaign Medal with one campaign star, the Korean Defense Service Medal, the Combat Action Badge and the Senior Parachutist Badge. Donahue is survived by a wife and children.

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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.

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Service details are pending and will be announced by the McWilliams Funeral Home in Wellston when available.
In lieu of flowers, the family would greatly appreciate contributions be given to a fund that has been set up to help the future education of his children, Alexandrea and Jacob, C/O Valerie Byus: 8423 Rodebaugh Rd., Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068

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Sgt. Charles Calvin Strong

September 15th, 2014 No comments

Born: November 24, 1985
Died: September 15, 2014 in Herat, Afghanistan

Sgt. Charles C. Strong, 28, of Suffolk, Virginia graduated from Nansemond River High School in 2003 where he was known as a hard working, well liked student. The following August he enlisted in the Marine Corps. Sergeant Strong was a Critical Skills Operator attached to the 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion, out of Camp Lejeune, and had served in the Marine Corps since 2003. He was serving his fourth deployment and had previously deployed twice to Iraq.  In 2005, he was there as a Motor Transport Operator, and in 2006, he returned to Iraq as the only Vehicle Recovery Operator for his Battalion and supporting units. In 2011, Sergeant Strong deployed to Afghanistan as a Team Leader and Navigator for all logistical mounted patrols.  Upon returning from this deployment, he began training and applied for the United States Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) Assessment & Selection. His hard work and dedication, coupled with his passion to succeed, culminated with his selection to this elite unit in 2013. After selection, Sergeant Strong returned to his parent command and was assigned to Fox Company, 2ndMSOB where he served as an Element Member (EM). Sergeant Strong’s personal decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2nd award), the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal (3rd award), and the Combat Action Ribbon. Strong is survived by his wife and their unborn daughter, who is due in December.  He also leaves his parents, Donald and Mary. Quantico National Cemetery
Marines
2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion
Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command
Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m., September 25, 2014, at Covenant Funeral Service, Stafford Chapel. Burial will follow in Quantico National Cemetery with full military honors.

The family will receive friends on September 24, 2014, at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m.

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Sgt. Christopher Waugh Mulalley

August 25th, 2014 No comments

Sgt. Christopher W. Mulalley, 26, of Eureka, Calif., died Aug. 22, in Gardez, Afghanistan, as the result of a non-combat related incident. The incident is under investigation. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Mulalley was a 2006 graduate of Eureka High School.

 

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Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Ivan Leggett

August 20th, 2014 No comments

Born: October 13, 1974 in Wabasha County, Minnesota
Died: August 20, 2014 in Kabul, Afghanistan

Sgt. 1st Class Matthew I. Leggett, 39, of Ruskin, Florida, formerly of Wisconsin, 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. Arlington National Cemetery

 

Family Memorial Service
Monday, September 01, 2014
3:00pm

Murphy Funeral Home
4510 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22203

Celebration of Life:
Tuesday, September 02, 2014
1:00pm
Hilton Garden Inn
4271 Campbell Ave
Arlington, VA 22206

Interment:
Wednesday, September 03, 2014
11:00am
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, VA 22211

Unit Memorial Service
Friday, September 05, 2014
Fort Bragg, NC

Celebration of Life
Monday, October 13, 2014
Colorado Springs, CO

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Sgt. 1st Class Samuel Carlos Hairston

August 13th, 2014 No comments

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

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Maj. Gen. Harold Joseph Greene

August 5th, 2014 No comments

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

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Staff Sgt. Girard David Gass Jr

August 3rd, 2014 No comments

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

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Pfc. Keith Michael Williams

July 24th, 2014 No comments

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.
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1st Battalion
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

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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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