Born: May 25, 1978 in Manhattan, Kansas Died: November 3, 2013 in Pul-E-Alam, Afghanistan Sgt. 1st Class Forrest W. Robertson, 35, of Westmoreland, Kan., died Nov. 3, in Pul-E-Alam, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire. He was assigned to the 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, Fort Stewart, Ga. SFC Robertson was a cavalry scout platoon sergeant. He joined the Army in July 1996 and arrived in Afghanistan on his latest deployment in December 2012. A Bronze Star recipient, he was on his fifth deployment. Wamego City Cemetery. To be updated….
Born: October 12, 1979 in Hays, Kansas
Died: May 15, 2013 in Kandahar, Afghanistan
Sgt. 1st Class Trenton L. Rhea, 33, of Oakley, Kan., died May 15, in Kandahar, Afghanistan, after drowning while attempting to cross a body of water during combat operations. He was assigned to the 603rd Military Police Company, 530th Military Police Battalion, 300th Military Police Brigade, 200th Military Police Command, Belton, Mo. Rhea was an Army Reserve Military Policeman who deployed three times overseas to United States Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Iraq and Afghanistan, plus a stateside assignment at Fort Riley, Kan. In Afghanistan, his mission was to train the Afghan Police Force, which Rhea considered very important as it benefited the Afghan people. He has been awarded several military honors, to include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal and Army Achievement Medal. Blackwater Chapel Cemetery
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Sgt. Erik N. May, 26, of Independence, Kan., died July 14, in Ghazni province, Afghanistan. May was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan. May joined the Army in September 2007 and was assigned to Fort Riley in February 2009. He was on his second deployment when he died. He also served in Iraq in 2009. His awards include an Army Commendation Medal, an Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghan Campaign Medal with one campaign star, and the Iraq Campaign Medal with one campaign star.
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Pfc. Cale C. Miller, 23, of Overland Park, Kan, died May 24, in Maiwand, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. He graduated in 2007 from Olathe Northwest High School. Pfc. Miller entered the Army in February 2011. He attended Initial Army training and Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at Fort Benning, Ga. His AIT training was for MOS 11B (Infantryman). He was assigned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord in June 2011, and upon arrival Pfc. Miller was assigned to 4-23 Infantry, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. The unit deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in April. This was Pfc. Miller’s first deployment. Pfc Miller’s civilian and military education includes a high school diploma (2007), and MOS 11B (Infantryman). His awards and decorations include the Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.
Burial is at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery in Leavenworth, Kansas – Sec T Site 260
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Sgt. Michael J. Knapp, 28, of Overland Park, Kan., died May 18, in Asadabad, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an indirect fire. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion (Air Assault), 377th Field Artillery Regiment, 17th Fires Brigade, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Mike entered military service in October 2003. He served one overseas deployment to Kosovo from January 2005 through January 2006. In addition, he served two deployments to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, one from December 2006 through January 2008, and one in 2009/10. Sgt. Knapp attended Advanced Individual Training in Military Occupational Specialty 13B (Cannon Crew Member) at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Sgt. Knapp reported to Joint Base Lewis-McChord on March 10, 2010. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion (Air Assault), 377th Field Artillery Regiment, 17th Fires Brigade. He deployed with his unit to Afghanistan in October 2011. This was his first deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. His civilian and military education includes a high school diploma (2001), and Military Occupational Specialty 13B: Cannon Crew Member (2009). His awards and decorations include Army Commendation Medal (two awards), Army Achievement Medal (two awards), Army Good Conduct Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal w/Bronze Service Star, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon (three awards), Armed Forces Reserve Medal L/W M device (two awards), NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge, Driver and Mechanic Badge with Mechanic, Marksmanship Qualification Badge – Expert with Field Artillery. Mike was married and the father of a nine month old daughter. Arlington National Cemetery -
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Staff Sgt. Zachary H. Hargrove, 32, of Wichita, Kan., died May 3 in Bagram, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 84th Explosive Ordnance Disposal, 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan. He joined the Army in September 1998. He was assigned to Fort Riley in August 2008. Hargrove was a wheeled vehicle mechanic assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 84th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion, 1st Infantry Division which is currently deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. This was Hargrove’s fourth combat deployment. He served three previous tours to Iraq, including one with the 1st Infantry Division Headquarters in 2010. This was his first deployment to Afghanistan. His awards include six Army Commendation Medals, six Army Achievement Medals, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal with two campaign stars, and the NATO Medal. Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia – Sec 60 Site 10074
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Born: January 17, 1973 in Omaha, Nebraska
Died: March 22, 2012 in El Dorado, Kansas
Pfc Hal L. Neukirch, Jr of El Dorado, Kansas joined the Army at the age of 36. He entered active-duty service in January 2009 as a combat engineer. He arrived at Fort Hood in June 2009 and his last assignment here was with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 20th Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade since November 2011.
Neukirch deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from January 2010 to December 2010. His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal and Driver and Mechanic badge. He graduated as a combat engineer and was stationed at Ft. Hood. From there he was deployed to Afghanistan, where he served as a personal security officer. He died at age 39.
Visitation will be;
5-7 p.m. Sunday, March 25, in the fellowship hall at the
El Dorado Baptist Church.
The Celebration of his life will be held at
11 a.m. on Monday, March 26, 2012 at the
First Baptist Church in El Dorado.
Walnut Valley Memorial Park
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Born: April 27, 1984
Died: March 21, 2012 at St. Francis Health Center
Sgt. Jamie D. Jarboe, 27, of Topeka, formerly of Frankfort, Ind., died March 21 in Topeka, Kan., from wounds suffered on April 10, 2011 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire. He was assigned to the 4th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan. He deployed to Afghanistan in February 2011 and was shot the following April 10 while on foot patrol in the Zhari district. The bullet, from a sniper’s AK-47 rifle, penetrated his spine and left him paralyzed from the chest down. In the following 10 months he underwent more than 100 operations, first at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, D.C., then at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore before he was transferred to a rehabilitation facility in Denver. He was assigned to 4th Squadron, 4th Calvary Regiment, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team of the 1st Infantry Division from Fort Riley. The unit is known as the Pale Riders.
Mount Hope Cemetery
The ‘Sgt. Jamie Jarboe Memorial Fund’ is set up at
Quest Credit Union
610 SW 10th St.
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Died: November 16, 2011 in Kandahar, Afghanistan
Spc. James R. Burnett Jr of Wichita, Kansas died at age 21 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device. They were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Wainwright, Alaska. James is a graduate of Clearwater High School. James began his military career when he joined the Army Reserves when he graduated high school in 2009. He joined active duty about a year later. He completing basic training at Fort Benning, Ga. and arrived at Fort Wainwright in August 2010. He recently became engaged. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Combat and Special Skill Badge, Basic Marksmanship Qualification Badge (Bar, Weapon: Rifle (Inscription: Rifle), Expert), and the Overseas Service Bar.
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Born: October 16, 1979, in Hays, Kansas
Died: August 6, 2011 in Wardak, Afghanistan
Chief Warrant Officer Bryan J. Nichols, 31, of Hays, Kansas was assigned to the 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation Battalion), New Century, Kan. He died Aug. 6 in Wardak province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when his CH-47 Chinook helicopter crashed. Bryan graduated from TMP-Marian High School. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1996. He deployed twice to Iraq, first in 2002 and again in 2003. In 2004 he deployed to Kosovo and graduated flight school in 2008. He leaves his wife Mary, a son, Braydon, his parents, Douglas and Cynthia, two brothers, Monte and Brandon, and a sister, Nicole Robles, among others.
Burial is at Pleasantview Cemetery in Palco, Kansas
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