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SSG Matthew R. Ammerman

December 5th, 2014 3 comments

Staff Sgt. Matthew R. Ammerman, 29, of Noblesville, Indiana, died Dec. 3, in Zabul Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered from small arms fire while conducting a clearing operation. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. Ammerman joined the Army in July 2004. He was deployed in 2006 to Iraq, where he served 14 months. In 2009, Ammerman was sent to Afghanistan for 12 months, serving as an an assistant gunner, fire team leader and squad leader. Two years later, the sergeant was stationed at Fort Steward, Ga., where he served as a senior sniper and squad leader with the 3rd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment. He volunteered for Special Forces in 2012, graduated in 2013 as a Special Forces communications sergeant and was assigned to 3rd Bn., 7th SFG (A) in July,2014.  He deployed in late fall of 2014 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. His awards and decorations include, the Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, the Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, the Global War on Terror Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon and NATO Medal. Additionally, he received the Special Forces Tab, the Ranger Tab, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Expert Infantryman Badge, the Parachutist Badge and the Driver and Mechanic Badge.

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Cpl Jordan Lee Spears

October 1st, 2014 1 comment

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.

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SSgt. Jesse L. Williams

December 19th, 2013 1 comment

Staff Sgt. Jesse L. Williams, 30, of Elkhart, Ind., died Dec. 17, in Now Bahar, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered as a result of a helicopter crash. He was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, Regimental Support Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, Vilseck, Germany. His awards and decorations includ, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Army Good Conduct Medal, Iraq and Afghanistan Campaign Medals, and the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon.  Rice Cemetery 

 

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Staff Sgt. Randall R. Lane

September 17th, 2013 No comments

Born: October 24, 1969 in Neoga, Illinois
Died: September 13, 2013 in Kabul, Afghanistan

Staff Sgt. Randall R. Lane of Indianapolis, Ind., died at age 43, in Kabul, Afghanistan, from a non-combat related illness. He was assigned to the 190th Transportation Battalion, 38th Sustainment Brigade, Franklin, Indiana. Lane graduated in 1988 from Neoga High School in Neoga, IL. Later that year, he enlisted in the Indiana Army National Guard and set off for basic training and specialized training as a motor transport operator at Ft. Lee, VA. Lane was deployed in January 2013 as a member of the 1438th Transportation Company, stationed in Franklin. He served as a Motor Transport Operator and provided security for convoy operations while in Afghanistan. Swedish Lutheran Cemetery,

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Sgt. Tristan M. Wade

March 24th, 2013 1 comment

December 23, 1989
Died: March 22, 2013 in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan

Sgt. Tristan M. Wade, 23, of Indianapolis, Indiana died March 22 in Qarah Bagh District, Ghazni Province, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 573rd Clearance Company, 2nd Engineer Battalion, White Sands Missile Range, N.M. He graduated in 2009 from Southport High School.

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Sgt Bradley Wayne Atwell

September 15th, 2012 No comments

Born: February 20, 1985 in Kokomo, Indiana
Died: September 15, 2012 in Helmand, Afghanistan

Sgt. Bradley W. Atwell, 27, of Kokomo, Indiana died at age 27 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 13, Marine Aircraft Group 13, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward). Atwell enlisted in the Marine Corps October 17, 2005, and served as an electrical systems technician. His personal awards include, the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal (second award), Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and NATO Service Medal-International Security Assistance Force. Albright Cemetery in Kokomo, Indiana – Sec 5 Row 17

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Sgt. Kyle B. Osborn

September 15th, 2012 No comments

Born: August 5, 1986
Died: September 13, 2012 in Muger, Afghanistan

Sgt. Kyle B. Osborn of Lafayette, Indiana died at age 26 in Muqer, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms and rocket propelled grenade fire. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Camp Ederle, Vicenza, Italy. Osborn was a McCutcheon High School graduate where he was a member of the football and wrestling teams at McCutcheon. He was an individual state qualifier at 152 pounds as a senior and captain of the Mavericks’ 2005 regional championship wrestling team. He planned to pursue wrestling in college until he shifted to the military. His teammates called him “Ozzy.” Yorktown Cemetery in Stockwell, Indiana

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Lance Cpl Alec R. Terwiske

September 5th, 2012 No comments

Lance Cpl. Alec R. Terwiske, 21, of Dubois, Ind., died Sept. 3 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif. Terwiske was serving his first combat tour since joining the Marines in 2010. St. Celestine Cemetery

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Spc. Sergio E. Perez Jr

July 17th, 2012 No comments

Spc. Sergio E. Perez Jr., 21, of Crown Point, Ind., died July 16, in Wali Kot District, Afghanistan, from injuries suffered when his vehicle was struck by enemy rocket propelled grenades. He was assigned to the 81st Troop Command, Indiana National Guard, Indianapolis, Ind. He graduated from Lake Central High School in May of 2010. Perez joined the Indiana National Guard, and after training in Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri, he was deployed to Afghanistan with the 17th Engineer Company.

Memory Lane Memorial Park in Schererville

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Spc Nicholas Andrew Taylor

July 16th, 2012 No comments

Born: October 24, 1991 in Decatur, Indiana
Death: Jul. 16, 2012 in Kandahar, Afghanistan

Spc. Nicholas A. Taylor of Berne, Indiana died at age 20 in Wali Kot District, Afghanistan, from injuries suffered when his vehicle was struck by enemy rocket propelled grenades. He was assigned to the 81st Troop Command, Indiana National Guard, Indianapolis, Ind. Nick attended South Adams High School where he was a standout athlete. He played linebacker in football, wrestled at 171 pounds and was a thrower for the track team. He graduated in 2010. He was also a volunteer track coach at the school during the spring of 2011. M.R.E. Cemetery in Berne, Indiana

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