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Staff Sgt David Michael Biehl

November 10th, 2011 4 comments

Born: November 18, 1983 in Kennewick, Washington
Died: November 10, 2011 in Boise, Idaho

From a very young age David had a passion for serving his country to defend the freedom of all of us here at home. He was an Army Recruiter in Boise, Idaho, serving with the Boise Recruiting Company, Salt Lake City Recruiting Battalion, 6th Recruiting Brigade – North Las Vegas, NV. David also served two tours during Operation Iraqi Freedom, serving with the 671st Engineering Company and also with the 3rd Infantry Division. He received various awards for being an exemplary soldier and NCO of the Year. This included Army Recruiter awards: Recruiter of the Year, Recruiter Badge (three sapphire stars), recruiter ring, Glen E. Morrell award, and other unit citations. David was an avid outdoorsman. He loved his family, friends, and his Band of Brothers. His smile and laughter will always be remembered. He will forever be in our hearts. Psalm 27. Laid to rest at Idaho State Veterans Cemetery – Boise, Idaho – Sec 2 Row D Site 87
Written and submitted by his mother, D. Biehl

David had kept in touch with his high school history teacher, Mr, Kiki, over the years and his teacher asked David one day if he would write about what the American flag meant to him. This is what David wrote. It has since been read at Veteran's Day high school assemblies.

"I joined the United States Army at the age of 17. I was a junior at Central Valley High School when I joined. I wanted the privilege and honor to represent my flag in a foreign country. I have worn this flag for two years in Iraq. I have worn this flag with pride and honor. This flag has witnessed many wars, but the flag I wore saw only what I saw. It watched on the 15th of March 2003 when I walked into Iraq to bring freedom to a country. It watched on the 1st of July 2003, when I held 1SG Christopher Coffin in my arms as he died in combat bearing the same flag that I wore. It watched when I entered a torture room that held girls as young as 14 years of age, freeing them from their prison. It was a symbol for everyone around me during that time. It has always been a symbol and will always be a symbol. For some, when they witnessed me walk into their village or home wearing this flag, they were filled with hope and the emotion of relief from their fears. For some, when they witnessed this flag, they were filled with terror and fear because they themselves caused so much of same feelings in others. For me, this flag that "I wear" represents a light that pierces through the darkest of countries as a hope that there will be a better life. I have a privilege to represent you! You gave me the privilege to carry this flag into combat so that others will have HOPE. I will not fail you nor will I allow this flag to fall. I have made an oath to protect this flag against all enemies, foreign and domestic, so help me God!" -Staff Sergeant David Biehl, United States Army

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Spc. Robert E. Dyas

September 23rd, 2011 No comments

Born: January 24, 1990 in Caldwell, Idaho
Died: September 21, 2011 in Kandahar, Afghanistan

Spc. Robert E. Dyas of Nampa, Idaho died at age 21 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor Regiment, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan. Dyas joined the Army in January 2009 as a fire support specialist.

Burial is at Idaho State Veterans Cemetery in Boise, Idaho – Sec 10 Row E Site 153

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Sgt. Devin J. Daniels

September 1st, 2011 No comments

Born: November 23, 1988 in Nampa, Idaho
Died: August 25, 2011 in Helmand, Afghanistan

Sgt. Devin J. Daniels, 22, of Kuna, Idaho; died Aug. 25 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his vehicle using an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 546th Transportation Company, 82nd Sustainment Brigade, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, N.C. He joined the Army in 2008 and was assigned to the 546th Transportation Company in August 2010. He previously served at Fort Hood, Texas; Fort Benning, Ga.; Fort Bliss, Texas; and Fort Leonard-Wood, Mo. His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge and Drivers Badge.

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Sgt Nathan R. Beyers

July 9th, 2011 No comments

Born: April 17, 1987
Died: July 7, 2011 in Baghdad, Iraq

Sgt. Nathan R. Beyers, 24, of Littleton, Colo., died July 7 in Baghdad, Iraq, of injuries suffered when insurgents attacked their convoy using an improvised explosive device. They were assigned to 145th Brigade Support Battalion, 116th Cavalry Heavy Brigade Combat Team, Post Falls, Idaho. He leaves his wife Vanessa, and a daughter Ella Jo, his father and stepmother, Timothy and Sonja Beyers, his mother, Natalie Bittner, two siblings, Tyler Beyers and Caelyne Bittner. Beyers was posthumously promoted to the rank of Sergeant.

Burial is at Washington State Veterans Cemetery in Medical Lake, Washington – Sec 1 Row O Site 9

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Spc Nicholas W. Newby

July 9th, 2011 1 comment

Born: August 25, 1990 in Anchorage, Alaska
Died: July 7, 2011 in Baghdad, Iraq

Spc. Nicholas W. Newby of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho is a 2008 graduate of The Bridge Academy. That same year he joined the military. His awards include the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal with Combat Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Service Ribbon, Idaho National Guard State Service Ribbon and the Combat Action Badge. Nick died at age 20 in Baghdad, Iraq, of injuries suffered when insurgents attacked his convoy using an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to 145th Brigade Support Battalion, 116th Cavalry Heavy Brigade Combat Team, Post Falls, Idaho. He leaves his mother and stepfather, Theresa and James Hart, his father and stepmother, Wayne and Brigette Newby, his brother, Nathan Newby and Ryder Newby and his doggie dog, Jax.

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Pfc Robert J. Near

January 10th, 2011 No comments

Born: November 18, 1989 in Woodland, California
Died: January 7, 2011 in Kandahar, Afghanistan

Pfc. Robert J. Near of Nampa, Idaho is a 2007 Granger High School graduate. He was deployed to Afghanistan in March of 2010 and was due to return home within a few weeks. He leaves his father Dale Near, a brother, Kyle Scott, and three sisters, Jennifer Amen, Teddy and Arial Scott, among others. He died at age 21 at Kandahar, Afghanistan. He leaves his father, Dale Near, a brother, Kyle Scott, and three sisters, Jennifer Amen, Teddy and Arial Scott. He was preceded in death by his mother, LuAnn.
Army
86th Signal Battalion
Fort Huachuca, Arizona

Burial is at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside, Washington

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Lance Cpl Cody Allen Roberts

August 31st, 2010 No comments

Born: May 16, 1988 in Jerome, Idaho
Died: August 31, 1010 in Helmand, Afghanistan

Lance Cpl. Cody A. Roberts of Boise, Idaho graduated from Centennial High School in 2006 where he was active in wrestling and football throughout high school. Although he spent the majority of his time in Magic Valley, he also stayed briefly in Kentucky and Alaska until moving to Meridian his sophomore year. Three months following graduation he joined the Marine Corps. He would serve overseas tours in Cuba, and Saudi Arabia. His awards include, the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal. He was promoted to Lance Corporal on Dec. 1, 2009. Cody met his future wife, Ashleigh when he was stationed at Camp Allen and the couple married on June 13, 2009. The following year they welcomed the birth of a son. He leaves his wife Ashleigh, his son Colten, his mother, Nikee Kramer Roberts, his father and stepmother, Jeff and Christee Roberts, two sisters Kayla and Samantha, a brother Justice. He died at age 22 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
Marines
2nd Battalion
6th Marine Regiment
2nd Marine Division
II Marine Expeditionary Force
Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

Burial is at Idaho State Veterans Cemetery in Boise, Idaho – Sec 10 Row P Site 131

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Sgt Michael Thomas Lilly

April 29th, 2010 No comments

Born on May 31, 1984 in Boise, ID

Died on Apr. 7, 2008 in Iraq

Sgt. Michael T. Lilly, of Boise, Idaho. The things in life that meant the most to Michael were Idaho, the United States, being a soldier and his family. Growing up, he was most often out in the sunshine with his family, spending time in the family’s cabin at Warm Lake, riding his bike, hiking and hunting. Inside activities he enjoyed were computers, gourmet cooking, playing the piano and his guitar. His beloved grandparents taught him how to play golf among other hobbies. In school, he wrestled, was in the Cub Scouts and wrote stories. In high school, he met the love of his life, Miseda, whom he courted while working at the Dairy Queen. He graduated from Borah High School in 2002. Michael had always wanted to serve our country as a soldier in the United States Army. Spurred by the attacks of September 11 the year before, Michael enlisted during the summer of 2002 and attended Basic Training and Infantry Training at Fort Benning, Georgia. Upon his return to Boise from Fort Benning, he was assigned to Fort Lewis Washington, where he was sent to South Korea to serve for a year. Upon his return he became engaged to Miseda. Before his first deployment to Iraq, Michael and Miseda wed on July 9, 2004 at Whitney Baptist Church. They returned to Fort Lewis, and then were transferred to Vilsek, Germany, assigned to the 1st Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment. He was deployed to Iraq for a second time in August 2007. He was killed on April 7 in Sadr City, Iraq, when enemy forces attacked using a rocket-propelled grenade.

Michael was buried in the Idaho State Veteran’s Cemetery in Boise.

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Sgt. 1st Class Virgil Ray Case

October 12th, 2009 2 comments

virgilrcaseBorn: October 18, 1967 in Fort Myers, Florida
Died: June 1, 2005 in Kirkuk, Iraq

Sgt. 1st Class Virgil Case of Mountain Home, Idaho graduated from high school in Collinwood, Tennessee and joined the Army in October of 1986. He met the love of his life, Claudia, and her two children, while they were in Fort Bliss, Texas in 1989. They were wed in 1991 and were later blessed with two more daughters. 1991 was also the year that he joined the Army National Guard. During his life, he served 18 years in military service. He took pride in working full time at the Mountain Home Army National Guard Armory and being a member of the 145th Support Battalion. He was called to serve in Fort Bliss, Texas in June 2004, and from there deployed to Kirkuk, Iraq in December 2004. He enjoyed being with his family, serving his country, hunting, fishing, and woodworking. He was always working on various projects in his spare time. His smile, great sense of humor, and loyalty to his family and country endeared him to his community and his fellow soldiers. Virgil is survived by his wife Claudia; their children Stevie, Randy, Danielle, and Harlee; his uncle Ken; sisters Vivian and Vicki; and his brothers Frank and Randy. He was preceded in death by his parents. Virgil died at age 37 while serving his country in Kirkuk, Iraq.

Army
National Guard
145th Support Battalion
116th Brigade Combat Team
Mountain Home, Idaho

Burial is at Shiprock Cemetery in Shiprock, New Mexico

Senior Airman Matthew Ryan Courtois

September 29th, 2009 No comments

courtoismatthewBorn April 22, 1987 in Glendale, AZ

Died Sep. 20, 2009 in Kuwait

 

Senior Airman Matthew R. Courtois was the son of Steve and Sue Courtois and grew up in Lucas, Texas. He graduated from Allen Texas High School in 2005 and joined the Air force in January of 2006. He headed to the technical school at the Lackland base for the Security Forces Apprentice Course and reported to the Mountain Home Base in Idaho in June of 2007. He served as a security forces patrolman as part of the Security Forces Alpha Flight, 366th Security Forces Squadron. He served a tour of duty in Iraq from June 2007 until February 2008. Matt was an Eagle Scout and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He loved shooting, especially paintball, playing X-Box, singing karaoke, chasing his step kids, and hanging out with friends and family. He was very into outdoors and loved building fires. Deployed for a second tour in July of 2009, he died September 20 as a result of a non-hostile incident on Abdullah Al Mubarak Airbase, Kuwait. Matt had married his wife Cheyenne on June 27, 2009 and she survives along with two step-children; a brother John; and two sisters, Carrie and Amy. He is buried at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery.

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