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SFC Michael A. Cathcart

November 15th, 2014 No comments

Sgt. 1st Class Michael A. Cathcart, 31, of Bay City, Michigan, died Nov. 14, in Kunduz Province, Afghanistan, of wounds received from small arms fire while on dismounted combat operations. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina. SFC Cathcart enlisted in the Army in June 2001 as a Fire Support Specialist and served more than five years with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) of Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where he served for more than five years. He had two combat tours to Iraq. He volunteered for the Special Forces in 2007, and after his training he joined the 3rd Special Forces Group in 2009 as a senior engineer sergeant. His many awards and decorations include three Bronze Star Medals, the Purple Heart Medal, four Army Commendation Medals and two Army Achievement Medals. The Army has posthumously awarded Cathcart his fourth Bronze Star Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal. This was Cathcart's fifth deployment with the battalion, known as the Bushmen, to Afghanistan. Cathcart had practiced with the Carolina Hurricanes at Fort Bragg last season.

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Sgt. Mark H. Schoonhoven

January 23rd, 2013 1 comment

Born: June 13, 1974 in Plainwell, Michigan
Died: January 20, 2012 in San Antonio, Texas

Sgt. Mark H. Schoonhoven, 38, of Plainwell, Mich., died Jan. 20, at Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas from wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device on Dec. 15, 2012 in Kabul, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 32nd Transportation Company, 43rd Sustainment Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo. Mark graduated in 1994 from Plainwell High School. Sgt Schoonhoven was wounded Dec. 15 when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device in Kabul, Afghanistan. He had recently started his third deployment there. He joined the Army in 2006 and served as a motor transport operator for the 32nd Transportation Company, which is part of the 4th Infantry Division. His decorations include two Army commendation medals, a National Defense Service medal and a NATO medal.

Contributions in memory of Sgt. Schoonhoven may be made to the Warrior and Family Support Center, 3138 Rawley Chambers, San Antonio, TX 78219 or the Semper Fi/Army Fund, 825 College Blvd., Suite 102, PMB 609, Oceanside, CA 92057.
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Command Sgt. Maj. Frank A. Socha

December 15th, 2012 No comments

Born: September 28, 1964 in Wyandotte, Michigan
Died: December 12, 2012 in Fountain Colorado

Command Sgt. Maj. Frank A. Socha of Wyandotte, Mich., graduated from Southgate Anderson High School in 1983. After completing Basic Training in 1985, Advanced Individual Training and Airborne school, he was assigned to the 172d Infantry Brigade at Fort Richardson, Alaska. In late 1986 the 6th Infantry Division (Light) was activated and Socha was selected for the Long Range Surveillance Detachment (LRSD) where he served until August of 1990. After a short break in service, Socha re-enlisted in April of 1991 and went through the Special Forces Assessment and Selection Course, followed directly by the Special Forces Qualification Course as a communications sergeant. His assignments within Special Forces include ODA 022 and 024, B Company, 1/10 SFG(A), Germany; ODA 073, A Company, 3/10th SFG(A), Fort Carson, Colo.; ODA 081, B Company, 3/10th SFG(A), Fort Carson; senior instructor for the Special Forces Intelligence Sergeants Course, Alpha Company, 2/1st Special Warfare Training Group, Fort Bragg, N.C.; company sergeant major of Charlie Company, 2/10th SFG(A), Fort Carson; operations sergeant major for 2/10th SFG(A), Fort Carson; command sergeant major for 2/10th SFG(A), Fort Carson. His only assignment outside of United States Special Operations since entering Special Forces in 1991 was as a senior drill sergeant for two years at Fort Sill, Okla. He served as the group command sergeant major, 10th SFG (A) from April, 2009 to April, 2011. Socha participated in Operation Provide Promise, Operation Provide Comfort I and II (Iraq and Turkey), Operation Joint Guard, Bosnia Herzegovina; Operation Joint Guardian, Kosovo; Operation Iragi Freedom III, Kirkuk, Iraq; Operation Iragi Freedom IV, Baghdad, Iraq; and Operation Iragi Freedom V, Baghdad, Iraq. His military education includes the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, Special Forces Qualification Course, Special Forces Operations and Intelligence Course, Airborne school, Ranger school, Jumpmaster course, Air Assault course, Long Range Surveillance Leaders course, Drill Sergeant school, Czechoslovakian and Serbian/Croatian language courses, Arctic Survival school, and Summer Mountaineering course. He has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Liberal Studies. His awards and decorations include two Legion of Merit, three Bronze Star Medals, two Meritorious Service Medals, Army Commendation Medal with “V” device, four Army Commendation Medals, two Joint Service Achievement Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, Good Conduct Medal seventh Award, Special Forces Tab, Ranger Tab, Combat Infantry Badge, Master Parachutist’s badge, Air Assault Badge, and Drill Sergeant Badge. He leaves his wife Brenda and his sons Frank Junior and Chad, his father, Frank S. (wife, Lynette) Socha; his brothers, John and Mike Socha; his sister, Patricia Trowbridge and a brother, Derek. Michigan Memorial Park

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Spc Zachary A. Shanafelt

November 21st, 2012 No comments

Born: June 23, 1988
Died: November 21, 2012 in Washington, DC

SPC Zachary A. Shanafelt of Grand Rapids, Michigan passed away at age 24 while bravely and honorably serving his country in the U.S. Army. He was a 2006 graduate of Creston High School where he attended four years of ROTC achieving the rank of LTC and becoming the Battalion Commander. SPC Shanafelt entered the service in the Army in 2009. He completed his basic training at Ft. Jackson and completed his Advanced Individual Training at Ft. Sam Houston, TX, becoming a certified Combat Medic. SPC Shanafelt served five months as a combat medic in Afghanistan with the Attack Battery 1-84th Field Artillery at Combat Outpost Qaisar in the Fariyab Province.  He was injured in an accident which caused him to be sent to Walter Reed Medical Center where he was attached to the Wounded Warriors program. He passed away there the morning of November 21, 2012. Zachary was a loving and dedicated husband, father, son, brother, and friend. He was married to his lovely wife, Marina for a year and a half, and they were blessed with a beautiful son, Daniel “Hamburger” Zachovich. The two of them had the wonderful and all too rare opportunity to spend 6 weeks traveling Europe together prior to the birth of Daniel, where they were able to cement their love in a way that most young couples never get. His son Daniel was truly the “apple of his father’s eye,” and his wife Marina was the “love of his life.” For him to have had that, we are all very humbly grateful. While in the Army as a Combat Medic, Zach not only excelled at his job, but he sincerely loved helping people and saving lives. He fell in love with the children of Afghanistan and was always requesting that things (not for himself) to be sent to where he was stationed so he could pass the gifts out to the children. His heart was as big as they come. All who knew him know that he had only one speed and direction which was straight forward and fast as hell. Whether it was playing the guitar, cooking, “dairy challenge”, dancing, working, or playing, he always brought an unmatched gusto to the game. He inspired those around him to either rise up or stay home, because there was no halfway for him. Zach was a total extrovert with the world’s greatest sense of humor. He faced everyday and every challenge with an unparalleled passion and a belief that hard work and a positive attitude would always conquer. He was a dreamer who always imagined the impossible then made those dreams a reality. How he always managed to do this and take all of us with him will remain one of life’s great mysteries. All of us knew his ideas were crazy and hair brained, but no one could say no. Perhaps because we knew that no matter the outcome, the ride would be worth it. Zachary, I think that I speak for everyone who knew you, “The ride was definitely worth it.” SPC Shanafelt is survived by his loving wife, Marina L. Shanafelt; his 13 month old son, Daniel Z. Shanafelt; his father a former US Marine Patrick A. Shanafelt; mother, Gloria Shanafelt; brothers, Christopher M. Shanafelt, and Petty Officer 3rd Class Silas E. Shanafelt active duty in the US Navy; grandparents, Ken and Anne Kelly; and extended family and friends.

The above is from the obituary provided by the Pederson Funeral Home.

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Jenna Gray Beno

October 15th, 2012 1 comment

Born: April 21, 1988
Died: October 15, 2012

Jenna G. Beno of Clarkston, Michigan was a 2006 graduate of Clarkston High School. She joined the United States Army in early summer of 2007, graduating from Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Her unit was deployed to Iraq in August 2009 where she suffered an injury which affected her vocal cords. Jenna received medical care and speech therapy at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Her awards and decorations include, the National Defense Service Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal w/ service star and the Army Service Ribbon. She leaves her parents, William and Kristi Beno, a brother, Jacob, among several others and her beloved dog Harli-Bear. She was 24 years old. Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Michigan – Sec 10 Site 1202

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Pfc Shane W. Cantu

September 6th, 2012 No comments

Pfc. Shane W. Cantu, 20, of Corunna, Mich., died Aug. 28, in Charkh, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when he was hit by shrapnel. Cantu was assigned to 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Caserma Ederle, Vicenza, Italy. He graduated from Corunna High School, class of 2010, attended the Owosso Nazarene Church. Cantu was a 2010 graduate of Corunna High School, where he was a three-year starter on the football team. He attended Adrian College before joining the Army, and was based in Germany and Italy prior to service in Afghanistan. Cantu was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal and Army Good Conduct Meal posthumously. His other awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, Army Service Ribbon, and Overseas Service Ribbon. Cantu received the NATO Medal and Combat Infantryman Badge posthumously. He also received the Parachutist Badge, Combat and Special Skill Badge Basic Marksmanship Qualification Badge and the Overseas Service Bar.

The family will receive friends at
Nelson-House Funeral Home on
Saturday from 2 to 8pm and Sunday from 2 to 8pm

Funeral Services will be held
5pm Monday, September 10, 2012 at
Corunna High School’s Nick Annese Field

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PO 2nd Class David J. Warsen

August 16th, 2012 No comments

Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 2nd Class David J. Warsen, 27, of Kentwood, Mich., assigned to a West Coast-based naval Special warfare unit. He died Aug. 16 in a helicopter crash northeast of Kandahar, Afghanistan. He graduated from East Kentwood High School. Warsen enlisted in the Navy on March 10, 2009, and had served with a West Coast-based SEAL unit since October 2010. Blain

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Sgt. Kyle B. McClain

August 3rd, 2012 1 comment

Sgt. Kyle B. McClain, 25, of Rochester Hills, Mich., died Aug. 1, in Salim Aka, Afghanistan. McClain was assigned to 1433rd Engineer Company, 507th Engineer Battalion, 177th Military Police Brigade, Kalamazoo, Mich. He graduated from Rochester Hills High School in 2005 and graduated from Ferris State University in 2007. Kyle had been in Afghanistan for about six weeks after tours in Korea and Iraq. He was born in Korea and adopted as an infant.

Visitation:
1:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at
Potere-Modetz Funeral Home
339 Walnut Boulevard
Rochester MI 48307
7 p.m. scripture service

Service:
11:00 am on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at
St. Mary of the Hills Catholic Church
2675 John R Road
Rochester Hills MI 48307

Fort Custer National Cemetery

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1st Lt. Todd William Lambka

August 1st, 2012 1 comment

1st Lt. Todd W. Lambka, 25, of Robbinsville, North Carolina, formerly of Fraser, Michigan died Aug. 1, in Paktika province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when he encountered an enemy improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan. Todd attended Robbinsville High School where he was on the wrestling team. He is also graduate of West Point where he received the Robert Foley Scholarship of Honor which is awarded to a cadet that excelled despite personal hardships. He was serving in Afghanistan with this twin brother who accompanied Todd back to the United States. Todd was serving his first deployment. United States Military Academy Post Cemetery at West Point – Sec VII Row B Site 115 A

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Gunnery Sgt. Daniel J. Price

July 30th, 2012 No comments

Gunnery Sgt. Daniel J. Price, 27, of Holland, Mich., died July 29 while conducting combat operations in Badghis province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, Camp Pendleton, Calif. Daniel was the oldest of three children, one brother, one sister. Daniel was home schooled. He enlisted in 2003 and attended the Marine Corps’ Basic Reconnaissance Course a year later, according to the Marine Corps’ news release. He was a member of Camp Pendleton’s 1st Recon Battalion before joining MAROC in 2008. A Purple Heart recipient, Price experienced ample combat over the last several years. He deployed three times each in support of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Price was awarded a Bronze Star with “V” device for his actions during a 2009, battle in Afghanistan’s Farah province. When the remote weapon on his vehicle was destroyed, he climbed on top to man its MK19 grenade launcher, according to his medal citation. As enemy rounds whipped by, Price stayed put — holding his position for four hours and killing “numerous” insurgents in the process.

Pilgrim Home Cemetery

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