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Pfc James Jacob Harrelson

July 17th, 2007 No comments

james-j-harrelsonBorn: June 16, 1988 in Opelika, Alabama
Died: July 17, 2007 in Baghdad, Iraq

Pfc. James J. Harrelson of Dadeville, Alabama graduated from Dadeville High School in 2006 where he was a member of the student council, the football team, the baseball team, and the track team. He joined the Army soon after. He was known to friends and family as "Spanky." Though he didn't have any specific plans for the future he knew he wanted to live on Lake Martin and have children. He enjoyed NASCAR, fishing, and hunting. Spanky loved to sing and dance, and always brought a smile to those around him. He served as a mentor to his brother and sisters, loved life and his country. Jimmy was killed at age 19 by an IED while driving a Humvee in a convoy. Hillview Cemetery in Alexander City, Alabama
Army
2nd Battalion
16th Infantry Regiment
4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team
1st Infantry Division
Fort Riley, Kansas

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Cpl Michael Howard Lasky

November 2nd, 2006 No comments

Born: November 21, 1983
Died: November 2, 2006 in Al Anbar, Iraq

Cpl. Michael H. Lasky of Sterling, Alaska attended Sterling Elementary, Soldotna Middle, Skyview High and Kenai Alternative graduating in 2002. His family had moved to Alaska in the late 1970’s when his father was in the Navy where he was twice stationed at the now-defunct Adak naval base. Michael attended elementary school there before his family relocated to the Kenai Peninsula. He first became involved with the Marines in junior high when he enrolled in the service’s youth program. Later, after graduating from Skyview High School, he helped run the youth program. He joined the Marines in 2002, and served a seven-month tour in Iraq in 2005. He returned home just days after the birth of his daughter. He was killed at age 22 while conducting combat operations in Anbar province, Iraq. Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia – Sec 60 Site 8525
Marine
Forces Reserve
4th Reconnaissance Battalion
4th Marine Division
Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska

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Spc Jacob Eugene Melson

January 7th, 2006 No comments

Born: October 2, 1983 in Anchorage, Alaska
Died: January 7, 2006 in Zambar Mountain, Iraq

Spc. Jacob E. Melson of Wasilla, Alaska grew up in Wasilla, the third of four children and the son of Teresa and Mark Melson, an Alaska Army National Guard captain. The family attended the Gospel Outreach Christian Center where Jacob met his future wife, Sarah, who was serving in the Navy. He put on his uniform, stood at the foot of Hatcher Pass and married Sarah he met at a local church. Six months later he was killed in Iraq. Before that he had been a goofy, funny Valley kid who snowboarded, made his family laugh and was prone to juggle when bored. He was killed at age 22 when a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed near Tal Afar, Iraq. Also killed were: Maj. Stuart M. Anderson, Maj. Douglas A. La Bouff, Capt. Michael R. Martinez, 1st Lt. Jaime L. Campbell, 1st Lt. Joseph D. deMoors, Chief Warrant Officer 4 Chester W. Troxel and Spc. Michael I. Edwards. Fort Richardson National Cemetery in Fort Richardson, Alaska – Sec P Row 18 Site 611
Army
National Guard
1st Battalion
207th Aviation Regiment
Anchorage, Alaska

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Lance Cpl Grant Bruce Fraser

August 3rd, 2005 No comments

Born: February 3, 1983 in Anchorage, Alaska
Died: August 3, 2005 in Barwanah, Iraq

Marine Lance Cpl. Grant B. Fraser of Anchorage, Alaska attended Rogers Park and O’Malley elementary schools and Atheneum Middle School. He was a 2001 Service High School graduate, taking his senior year classes through the Alaska Pacific University Early Honors program. He was killed at age 22 when his amphibious assault vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device during combat operations south of Hadithah, Iraq. Also killed were Marine Lance Cpls. Michael J. Cifuentes, Aaron H. Reed, Edward A. Schroeder II, Kevin G. Waruinge and William B. Wightman. He leaves his parents, Sharon Long and Dr. James A. Fraser and a sister, Victoria Fraser.
Marine
Forces Reserves
4th Reconnaissance Battalion
4th Marine Division
Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska
attached to
Regimental Combat Team 2
2nd Marine Division
II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward)

Burial information is unknown at this time.

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