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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 P. Alecksen Bailey

July 8th, 2012 No comments

Spc. Erica P. Alecksen of Eatonton, Ga., 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.

According to The Eatonton Messenger, A fund has been established to create a permanent memorial to honor county residents who have lost their lives in service to their country.

The Erica Alecksen Memorial Fund has been set up at;
The Peoples Bank
209 S. Jefferson Ave
Eatonton, GA 31024

Donations can be delivered directory to the bank or by mail to;
The Erica Alecksen Memorial Fund
The Peoples Bank
P.O. Box 4250
Eatonton, GA 31024

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Pfc. Brandon D. Goodine

June 7th, 2012 No comments

Born: May 16, 1992
Died: June 7 2012 in Maiwand, Afghanistan

Pfc. Brandon D. Goodine, 20, of Luthersville, Ga., died June 7 in Maiwand, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 4th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C. He attended Henry County High School and graduated from Greenville High School. This was Goodine’s first deployment to Afghanistan after joining the Army just over a year ago. His awards include, the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, the Global War on Terror Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and the Parachutist Badge. Haisten at Eastlawn Memorial Park

The family of Pfc Goodine was kind enough to send us the following information about his arrival and funeral services.

“Brandon will be arriving in Georgia Saturday, June 16th. At this time we are not sure of the time. The public visitation will be Sunday, June 17th from 2 to 5 at Haisten Funeral Home in McDonough, GA. The funeral will take place Monday, June 18th at 11:00 at Bethany Baptist Church in McDonough. Brandon will be buried with full military honors.”

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