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SSG Jason Andrew McDonald

June 9th, 2014 No comments

Staff Sgt. Jason A. McDonald of Butler, Georgia died at age 28 in Gaza Village, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered while engaged in a combat operation. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group, Fort Campbell, Kentucky.  SSG McDonald enlisted as an infantryman in the U.S. Army in 2004.  Upon completion of his initial training, he was assigned to Co. C,  3rd Bn., 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning, Ga. His next assignment was with Co. A, 2nd Bn., 8th Infantry Regiment, Fort Carson, Colo., as a grenadier.  McDonald volunteered for the Special Forces Assessment and Selection Course, and graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course in 2010. Upon earning his Special Forces tab, he initially reported to Co. C, 1st Bn., 1st Special Warfare Training Group. He was then assigned to 1st Bn., 5th SFG (A) as a Weapons Sergeant. He served on one deployment to Afghanistan and two to Iraq. His military education includes, Combat Life Savers Course, Infantry Leaders Mortars Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape Course, Special Forces Qualification Course, Warrior Leaders Course, Ranger Course, and U.S. Army Airborne School. His military awards and decorations include: the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, two Army Commendation Medals, the Army Achievement Medal, four Army Good Conduct Medals, the National Defense Service Medal, three Afghanistan Campaign Medals, three Iraq Campaign Medals, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, the Special Forces Tab, the Ranger Tab, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Expert Infantryman Badge, the Parachutists Badge, and the Marksmanship Qualification Badge Expert-Carbine. Also killed were, Staff Sgt. Scott R. Studenmund of Pasadena, California; Spc Justin R. Helton, of Beaver, Ohio; Cpl Justin R. Clouse, of Sprague, Washington and PVT Aaron S. Toppen of Mokena, Illinois. Arlington National Cemetery – Sec 60 Site 10593

 

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Sgt. 1st Class Omar W. Forde

December 19th, 2013 No comments

Omar Forde30Sgt. 1st Class Omar W. Forde, 28, of Marietta, Ga., died Dec. 17, in Now Bahar, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered as a result of a helicopter crash. He was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan. Omar graduated in from Kennesaw Mountain High School in 2004 and joined the Army in early 2005. Georgia National Cemetery

 

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Sgt Joshua Jacob Strickland

September 21st, 2013 1 comment

joshStirckland1Born: April 5, 1990 in Placer County, California
Died: September 21, 2013 in Afghanistan

Sgt. Joshua J. Strickland, 23, of Woodstock, Ga., assigned to 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. Jay was one of three soldiers who died Sept. 21, at Forward Operating Base Shank, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire while conducting range training in Gardez, Paktia Province, Afghanistan. Jay leaves his wife, Heather, a son, Landon, two daughters, Maddison and Victoria, his brother’s Andrew, Caleb and Garrett, a sister Delaynie and his parents, Jim and Beth Funk. Tahoma National Cemetery – Sec 6 Site 9

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SSG Joshua James Bowden

September 1st, 2013 No comments

Born: August 9, 1985 in Lithia Springs, Georgia
Died: August 31, 2013 in Ghazni, Afghanistan

Staff Sgt. Joshua J. Bowden of Villa Rica, Georgia died at age 28 in Ghazni, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire while on dismounted patrol. He was assigned to the 242nd Ordnance Battalion (EOD), 71st Ordnance Group (EOD), Fort Carson, Colo. Bowden joined the Army in late 2005. He was on his second deployment. He previously deployed to Afghanistan from 2008-2009. His awards include the Purple Heart, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal with Valor device, NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge, Parachute Badge, Air Assault Badge and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Badge. Arlington National Cemetery – Sec 60 Site 10557

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Sgt. Eric T. Lawson

July 29th, 2013 No comments

Sgt. Eric T. Lawson, 30, of Stockbridge, Ga.,died July 27, in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device and small arms fire. He was assigned to the 10th Transportation Battalion, 7th Sustainment Brigade, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. Lawson joined the Army in 2002. The cargo specialist was on his third deployment to Afghanistan. Lawson enlisted in the US Army on July 27th, 2001. SSG Lawson attended Basic Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and AIT at Fort Eustis, Virginia where he received his MOS training to become a Transportation Cargo Specialist (88H). SSG lawson’s previous assignments included: 21st Cargo Transfer Company, Fort Lewis, Wash; 1st Inland Cargo Transportation Company, Kaiserlautern, Germany; 611th Seaport Operations Company, 149th Seaport Operations Company and the 359th Inland Cargo Transfer Company, 10th Transportation Battalion, 7th Sustainment Brigade at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. SSG Lawson served four combat tours: Operation Enduring Freedom 2002-2003; Operation Enduring Freedom 2006-2007; Operation Iraqi Freedom 2009-2010, and most recently Operation Enduring Freedom 2012-2013 where he served as a Mission Commander for the Night-Riders’ Convoy Escort Team and Assistant Truck Master with the 359th Inland Cargo Transfer Company Operations Team. During his tenure in the United States Army, SSG Lawson was awarded the following decorations: The Bronze Star Medal, The Purple Heart, The Combat Action Badge, Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Good Conduct Medal with two knots, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon with numeral five, Army Service Ribbon, Non-commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, The NATO International Security Assistance Force Medal, the Drivers/Mechanics Badge, and the Drivers/Wheeled Vehicle Badge.

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Sgt. Stefan M. Smith

July 25th, 2013 1 comment

Born: September 12, 1988
Died: July 23, 2013 in Soltan Kheyl, Afghanistan

Sgt. Stefan M. Smith, 24 of Glennville, Ga., died July 23, in Soltan Kheyl, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device. They were assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga. Smith joined the Army in November 2009 and arrived at the unit in June 2012. Burial in Ludowici, GA. Private burial.

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Spc Hilda Ivelis Clayton

July 2nd, 2013 1 comment

Born: May 21, 1991 in Augusta, Georgia
Died: July 2, 2013 in Jalalabad, Afghanistan

Spc. Hilda I. Clayton of Augusta, Ga., died at age 22 in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, of a non-combat related incident that occurred in Qaraghahi, Afghanistan. The incident is under investigation. She was assigned to the 55th Signal Company (Combat Camera), 21st Signal Brigade, Fort George G. Meade, Md. Clayton served as a combat documentation specialist assigned to the 21st Signal Brigade based at Fort Meade, Md. Chad Jones, a Fort Meade spokesman, says Clayton joined the unit a year ago after graduating from the Army post's Defense Information School. Hillcrest Memorial Park in Augusta, Georgia

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Staff Sgt Andrew Scott Fitzpatrick

December 17th, 2012 1 comment

Born: Apr. 10, 1971 in Athens, Georgia
Died: December 17, 2012 in Savannah, Georgia

SSG Andrew S Fitzpatrick, U.S. Army, of Savannah, Georgia died at age 41 at Memorial University Medical Center. Andrew was a son of Berry Mitchell Fitzpatrick and Carolyn Westmoreland Fitzpatrick. Scott was of the Christian faith. He served 20 years in the United States Army and during that time was a tank mechanic and later a supervisor in tank recovery. Scott served two tours in Korea, three tours in Iraq and one tour in Afghanistan. He was preceded in death by a sister, Erin Fitzpatrick Jones. Surviving are his wife, Sheryl Ann Walton Fitzpatrick; two stepdaughters, Jessica Elizabeth Gaul and Chantel Elizabeth Gaul; one stepson, Charles J. Beaty; his mother, Carolyn Westmoreland Fitzpatrick; his father and stepmother, Berry Mitchell Fitzpatrick and Brenda Campbell Fitzpatrick; one sister, Robin Westmoreland Daniels; two brothers, David Fitzpatrick and Ricky Fitzpatrick, and three grandchildren, Canyon Beaty, Colton Beaty and Makenzie Hill. Mt. Hermon Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Ila, Georgia

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Maj. Walter David Gray

August 8th, 2012 1 comment

Maj. Walter D. Gray, 38, of Conyers, Ga., died Aug. 8 from injuries suffered during a suicide bomb attack in Kunar province, Afghanistan. Gray was assigned to the 13th Air Support Operations Squadron, Fort Carson, Colo. David attended Loganville High School. He was commissioned through the Reserve Officer Training Corps after previously serving as an enlisted Airman. He became one of the Air Force’s first career Air Liaison Officers, and was the career field’s second highest ranking officer, after serving for several years as an Airfield Operations officer. He was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and his unit was responsible for integrating combat airpower into ground operations. Arlington National Cemetery

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Spc Erica Paige Alecksen Bailey

July 8th, 2012 No comments

Born: January 30, 1991
Died: July 8, 2012 in Afghanistan

Spc. Erica P. Alecksen of Eatonton, Georgia died at age 21 of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit in Maidan Shahr, Wardak province, Afghanistan, with an improvised explosive device. She was assigned to the 978th Military Police Company, 93rd Military Police Battalion, Fort Bliss, Texas. Erica is a 2009 graduate of Putnam County High School.

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