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LCpl. Adam F. Wolff

June 23rd, 2014 No comments

Lance Cpl. Adam F. Wolff, 25, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa died June 20, while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.   Wolff was a combat engineer. He joined the Marine Corps in Dec. 2012 and was promoted to lance corporal Feb. 1, 2014. Wolff deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in March 2014. His awards include the National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. Fiedler Cemetery

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CWO Deric M. Rasmussen

May 11th, 2014 No comments

Chief Warrant Officer Deric M. Rasmussen, 33, of Oceanside, California, died May 11, in Mazar E Sharif, Afghanistan, as the result of a non-combat incident. He was assigned to the Company C, 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas. Following a brief stint in college, Deric joined the Marines in 2000. Three years later in 2003 he left the Marine Corps and joined the Army, where he learned to fly helicopters which was his ultimate dream.   In 2007 he served a tour in Iraq.  Early in 2013 he joined the 227th Aviation Regiment of the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade at Fort Hood, Texas. He deployed with his unit to Afghanistan in January  of 2014 and landed in Mazar-i Sharif, near that country's northern border. Arlington National Cemetery – Section 60 Site 10695

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SSG Steven P. Blass

March 11th, 2013 1 comment

Born: April 1, 1985 in Estherville, Iowa
Died: March 11, 2013 in Kandahar, Afghanistan

Staff Sgt. Steven P. Blass, 27, of Estherville, Iowa died March 11 in Kandahar, Afhanistan. He was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Hunter Army Airfield, Ga. SSgt. Blass, a Black Hawk crew chief, joined the Army in March 2006 and arrived at the unit in August 2012. This was his second deployment. Steve attended Estherville Lincoln Central Schools from Kindergarten through graduation in May 2003. He then continued his education at Iowa Lakes Community College before joining the Army. He worked at Fishermen's Factory Outlet in Spirit Lake, Iowa for several years before leaving to begin his career with the United States Army on March 13, 2006. Upon finishing his basic training at Fort Jackson, SC and his AIT training at Fort Eustis, VA, Steve was stationed at Fort Campbell, KT and Clarksville, TN. On May 15, 2009, Steve was united in marriage to Tricia Anne Stayer in Tennessee. After their marriage Steve was deployed to Camp Humphreys, Korea. Tricia joined him there in February 2010. From there they were stationed at Hunter Army Airfield, Savannah, GA in August 2011. Steve and Tricia were blessed with their son, Hayden Cole, born November 1, 2011. Steve was deployed with the Company B, 4th Battalion, 3rd Aviation to Kandahar, Afghanistan on December 14, 2012. He returned to United States soil as a fallen hero on March 13, 2013, exactly 7 years from the day he left for basic training. His military honors include Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal (2), Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal (2), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal w/Bronze Service Star (3), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Basic Aviation Badge, Parachutist Badge, Basic Combat and Special Skill Badge, Basic Marksmanship Badge and Bar. Rank: SSG, Weapon: Rifle Expert. He leaves his Wife, Tricia, a son, Hayden, his parents, Randy and Carol (Erickson) Blass, and a brother, Matthew Blass, among others. North Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Spencer, IA

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Pfc. Brandon L. Buttry

November 6th, 2012 No comments

Pfc. Brandon L. Buttry, 19, of Shenandoah, Iowa, died Nov. 5, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan. Buttry was assigned to 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Brandon was one of 14 children. He enlisted in the Army as soon as he turned 19 2012, completing Boot Camp at Fort Benning in May. He was later stationed at Fort Lewis, Wash. as a member of the 123rd Infantry. And in August 2012 he was deployed. Rose Hill Cemetery

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Cpl Jonathan Eric Schiller

February 15th, 2012 No comments

Born: March 12, 1986 in Des Moines, Iowa
Died: December 31, 2006 in Baqubah, Iraq

Cpl Jonathan E. Schiller of Ottumwa, Iowa graduated from Ottumwa High School in 2004 where he was an actively involved student who also played basketball in the ninth and tenth grades. He was active in youth and other high school sports. Prior to joining the United States Army he worked at West Music and at Hibbett Sporting Goods. Jon was also a member of Wesley United Methodist Church. Jon showed leadership skills even during high school, although they may have been of a typical teenagers practical joking leader qualities. But in time, those take charge skills began to serve him well as he got older, particularly as he progressed through the ranks of the military. By all accounts Jon was someone who anyone would have been proud to parent, befriend, or call a comrade in arms. He died at age 20 in Baqubah, Iraq, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated while on a combat patrol. Also killed was Spc. Richard A. Smith. Schiller becomes the 49th Iowan killed in Iraq or Afghanistan from combat. He leaves his parents, William (Bill) and Elizabeth (Liz) Waddle Schiller and two brothers, Charlie and Max Schiller among others.
1st Cavalry
215th Brigade Support Battalion
3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team
1st Cavalry Division
Fort Hood, Texas

Burial is at Silent City Cemetery in Monroe, Iowa

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Master Sgt Travis William Riddick

January 19th, 2012 No comments

MSgt. Travis W. Riddick, 40, of Centerville, Iowa., died January 19 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 363, Marine Aircraft Group 24, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. He is a 1990 graduate of Centerville High School, joining the Marines soon after. MSgt Riddick had served three tours of duty in Iraq and two in Afghanistan and this was to be his last tour. His cousin, 2nd Lt. Leonard Cowherd III was killed in 2004. He was part of the Lucky Red Lions helicopter squadron HMH-363. The unit deployed in August 2011 to southern Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, and is set to return home in March 2012. Their mission is to provide assault support, transport Marines and critical supplies, as well as equipment during expeditionary operations. His awards include, six Air Medals, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, four Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medals, seven Marine Corps Good Conduct Medals, two National Defense Service Medals, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, NATO Medal, NATO ISAF Medal, and Kuwait Liberation Medal.

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Cpl Zachary C. Reiff

November 23rd, 2011 No comments

Cpl. Zachary C. Reiff, 22, of Preston, Iowa, died Nov. 21 of wounds suffered Nov. 18 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, Calif. Zach graduated in 2007 from Preston High School in a class of 34 seniors. While there he played football, wrestled and ran track. He was currently serving his second tour to Afghanistan since enlisting in the Marine Corps Dec. 9, 2008. His personal service awards include, the Purple Heart with gold star device, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with bronze star device.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Preston, Iowa with visitation from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the church.

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PO 1st Class (SEAL) Jon Thomas Tumilson

August 6th, 2011 No comments

Born: July 1, 1976 in Osage, Iowa
Died: August 6, 2011 in Wardak, Afghanistan

Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL/Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist) Jon T. Tumilson, 35, of Rockford, Iowa died Aug. 6 in Wardak province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when his CH-47 Chinook helicopter crashed. He was assigned to an East Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit. He enlisted in the United States Navy in July, 1995. He graduated from Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois in September, 1995. Petty Officer 1st Class Tumilson completed Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL School, Coronado California in April, 2002. He served in three West Coast based Special Warfare Units from October, 2002 to August, 2009. He served in two East Coast based Special Warfare Units from August, 2009 to August, 2011. His awards include, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2), Presidential Unit Citation, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Unit Commendation, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, Navy ‘E’ Ribbon (3), Navy Good Conduct Medal (5), National Defense Service Medal (2), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (4) Rifle Expert Medal, and Pistol Expert Medal.  Riverside Cemetery in Rockford, Iowa

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Sgt 1st Class Terryl L. Pasker

July 10th, 2011 No comments

Born: February 26, 1972 Anamosa, Iowa
Died: July 9, 2011 in Panjshir, Afghanistan

Sgt. 1st Class Terryl L. Pasker of Cedar Rapids, Iowa is a 1990 graduate of Lisbon High School and enlisted in the Army in July 1990 and joined the Iowa Army National Guard in April 1995. Pasker was serving as an Electronic Maintenance Supervisor during his current deployment. He previously deployed to Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom in 2004-2005. He was expected to return home within a couple of weeks. He died at age 39 in Panjshir province, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire. He leaves his wife, Erica, his parents, David and Mary, his sisters, Christine and Rebecca and a brother, Andrew.
334th Brigade Support Battalion
2nd Brigade Combat Team
34th Infantry Division
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Mount Calvary Cemetery in Cedar Rapids

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Sgt Robert William Briggs

July 7th, 2011 No comments

Born: January 14, 1969 in Keokuk, Iowa
Died: June 28 2011 in Washington County, Iowa

Sgt Robert W Briggs of Hillsboro, Iowa, formerly of Keokuk, Iowa was employed by the State of Iowa Department of Transportation from November 1999 to April 2005. He served with the National Guard 224th Combat Engineers Co. C in Keokuk and Mt. Pleasant from September 1991 to December 2007 when he was retired due to injuries he sustained while serving in Ramadi, Iraq. Bob enjoyed staying active by hunting, fishing, skiing, golfing and helping other veterans and their families. Bob enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, meeting new people and experiencing new challenges. He was in the first GIVE (Golf for Injured Veterans) class in Riverside, IA, a member of the VFW Post 1797, American Legion Post 94, an advocate for the Wounded Warrior Project and a life time member of AM Vets. He was also the Vice President of English River Outfitters in Washington, IA, an organization “Designed by Veterans for Veterans” that offer a safe outdoor experience with other veterans to help promote healing and closure all at no cost to the veterans. Bob was very passionate about helping other veterans and their families. He and his wife spent many hours and traveled extensively to bring about the necessary changes to legislation on both the local and federal level in support of veterans and both were instrumental in the development of the recently passed “Caregiver Bill” and the passing of the “Iowa Injured Veterans Grant” of which he was very proud of. Bob was loved by many and has touched every person he met, never meeting a stranger and always offering his love and support to others. Bob was also extremely proud of his Native American heritage. He died at age 42 from injuries received on April 16, 2005 for which he received the Purple Heart Award, while serving his country in Iraq. He leaves his wife, Michelle, their children, Ashlea and Cody his parents, Bob and Sandra Steele Briggs, his sister, Brenda and her husband Terry Best.

Burial is at Keokuk National Cemetery in Keokuk, Iowa –

The above is from his obituary.

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