Corporal Jordan L.Spears, 21, of Memphis, Indiana passed away October 1, 2014 while bailing out of his aircraft over the North Arabian Gulf. He was serving his country with VMM-163 (REIN), 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit. He was serving aboard the USS Makin Island. Jordan was a 2011 graduate of Silver Creek High School in Sellersburg Indiana. He leaves his mother, Cosette (Field) Spears, his father, Gregory Spears, his brothers; Grant, Nathan, his sisters; Ilana, Brittany and Jessi. Spears was assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron-163, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California. Sellersburg Cemetery in Sellersburg, Indiana.
Maj. Jonathan D. Walker, 44, of Merriam, Kansas, died Oct. 1, in Doha, Qatar, of a non-combat related incident at Camp As Sayliyah. The incident is under investigation. He was assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Psychological Operations Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Walker joined the Navy in 2000 and received a commission the same year through Officer Candidate School, according to his biography. In 2008, he joined the Army and became a psychological operations officer the next year. Walker served with various psychological operations and military information support operations units on Fort Bragg, including stints as commander of D Company, 9th Military Information Support Battalion and D Company, 3rd Military Information Support Group. His awards and decorations include, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Naval Good Conduct Medal, the Naval Reserve Meritorious Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two Campaign Stars, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Naval Sea Service Deployment Ribbon 5th Award, the NATO Medal, the Kuwait Liberation Medal, the Flight Officer Award, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Navy Unit Commendation, and the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation. Walker was posthumously awarded the Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster.
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Sgt. 1st Class Andrew T. Weathers, 30, of DeRidder, Louisiana, died Sept. 30, at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, from wounds sustained when the enemy attacked his unit with small arms fire Sept. 28, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. Weathers, a native of Crestview, Fla., joined the Army in January 2003 and attended basic training at Fort Knox, Ky. He then attended advanced individual training at Fort Eustis, Va., and graduated as a CH-47 Chinook helicopter repairer. He was stationed at Fort Campbell, Ky., and assigned to the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade. Weathers deployed twice with the 101st CAB, first to Iraq in 2005 as a crew chief and to Afghanistan in 2008 as a Flight Engineer. Weathers volunteered for Special Forces in 2010, graduating as a Special Forces medical sergeant and earning his Green Beret. He was assigned to the 4th Battalion of the 7th SFG (A) in 2012 and then to the group’s 2nd Battalion in 2014. His awards and decorations include the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Achievement Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Army Good Conduct Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, the Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Korean Defense Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon with two Oak Leaf Clusters and the NATO Medal. Weathers was also the recipient of the Special Forces Tab, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Aviator Badge and the Parachutist Badge. Arlington National Cemetery – Sec 60 Site 10740
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.
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. Arlington National Cemetery – Sec 60 Site 10728
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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
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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 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. Mulalley deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from March 2007 to December 2007 and Operation Enduring Freedom from May 2009 to June 2010. His latest deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom began in June. His awards and decorations include three Army Commendation Medals, four Army Achievement Medals, two Army Good Conduct Medals, National DefenseService Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Medal, NATO Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Expert Infantry Badge and Marksmanship Qualification Badge Expert with Rifle.
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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