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Spc Joseph Alan Kennedy

April 15th, 2011 No comments

Born: December 1, 1985 in Ramsey County, Minnesota
Died: April 15, 2011 in Helmand, Afghanistan

Spc. Joseph A. Kennedy of Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota died at age 25 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Knox, Ky. Joseph is a 2004 graduate of Simley High School where he wrestled junior varsity for two years in the 135-140 pound weight class. He joined the Army in 2009 and deployed overseas in January 2011. His awards include, the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Army Service Ribbon. He was posthumously awarded, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Bronze Star Medal, and the Purple Heart.

Burial is at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, Minnesota – Sec 30 Site 2680

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Cpl Andrew C. Wilfahrt

February 28th, 2011 No comments

Born: May 7, 1979 in Minnesota
Died: February 27, 2011 in Kandahar, Afghanistan

Cpl. Andrew C. Wilfahrt of Rosemount, Minnesota is a 1997 graduate from Rosemount High School. Andy enlisted in the United States Army in January of 2009 and deployed to Afghanistan in July of 2010. He died at age 31 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device.
Army
504th Military Police Battalion
8th Military Police Brigade
8th Theater Sustainment Command
Schofield Barracks, Hawaii

Burial is at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, Minnesota – Sec 27 Site 1133

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Cpl Sean A. Osterman

December 20th, 2010 No comments

Born: January 11, 1989 in La Crosse, Wisconsin
Died: December 16, 2010 in Helmand, Afghanistan

Cpl. Sean A. Osterman of Princeton, Minnesota graduated from Technical High School in St. Cloud, Minnesota in 2007 and set out to begin his military training. Sean joined the United States Marine Corps in July of 2007 and was promoted to corporal in January of 2009. His awards include, the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan campaign medal, Global War on Terrorism service medal and the NATO International Security Assistance Force medal. He was currently serving his second deployment in Afghanistan where his unit had been for just a few weeks. He died at age 21 from wounds received Dec.14 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He leaves his father, Retired Marine Reserve Col. Anthony Osterman, his mother, Kelly Hugo, and four siblings, Katie, Olya, Elijah and Sarah.
Marines
2nd Reconnaissance Battalion
2nd Marine Division
II Marine Expeditionary Force
Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

Burial is at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia – Sec 60 Site 9504

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Pfc Ryane G. Clark

October 6th, 2010 No comments

Born: July 13, 1988 in Kandiyohi County, Minnesota
Died: October 4, 2010 in Shekhabad, Afghanistan

Pfc. Ryane G. Clark of New London, Minnesota died at age 22 in Shekhabad, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades. He was assigned to the 27th Combat Engineer Battalion (Airborne), 20th Combat Engineer Brigade, Fort Bragg, N.C. Ryane became an Eagle Scout at age 15 with Troop 228. Ryane was a 2007 graduate of New London Spicer High School, where he was a wrestler. He then studied law enforcement at Alexandria Technical and Community College. He expressed a desire to serve in the military since the age of five. He started out with the National Guard before being activated to the Army in 2009. His awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and Combat Action Badge. On October 9th, 2010, Ryane’s hometown honored him at a New London-Spicer football game. A large flag was flown at half mast, the legion honor guard was on hand, and a moment of silence was given before the game.

Green Lake Lutheran Cemetery in Spicer, Minnesota

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CWO Jonah D. McClellan

September 21st, 2010 No comments

Born: November 2, 1983 in Duluth, Minnesota
Died: September 21, 2010 in Zabul, Afghanistan

Chief Warrant Officer Jonah D. McClellan of Battle Ground, Washington is a 2002 graduate of Summit View High School, though he attended Battle Ground High for three years. He joined the Army in 2003. As a Black Hawk helicopter pilot he had been involved in a variety of missions, including medical recovery, transporting troops and dropping ammunition. He began his second tour of Afghanistan in March of 2010. His awards and decorations include, Air Medal; Army Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge and Army Aviator Badge. He leaves his wife, Nina, and three children Ayden, Ayla and Renn, his parents, Leona and Rodney McClellan, two brothers, Jesse and Justin, three sisters, Amber, Amy and Alison. Jonah was a lifelong member of the Old Apostolic Lutheran Church. He died in a helicopter crash at age 26 during combat operations in Zabul province, Afghanistan, while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Also killed in the crash were, Army Maj. Robert F. Baldwin, Army Sgt. Marvin R. Calhoun Jr., Lt. (SEAL) Brendan J. Looney, Senior Chief Cryptologic Technician (Collection) David B. McLendon, Navy Special Warfare Operator 3rd Class (SEAL) Denis C. Miranda, Army Staff Sgt. Joshua D. Powell, Navy Special Warfare Operator 2nd Class (SEAL) Adam O. Smith, and Army Chief Warrant Officer 3 Matthew G. Wagstaff.
Army
5th Battalion
101st Combat Aviation Brigade
101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)
Fort Campbell, Kentucky

Burial is at Elim Cemetery in Brush Prairie, Washington

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Master Sgt Daniel L. Fedder

August 27th, 2010 No comments

Born: July 31, 1976 in Mora. Minnesota
Died: August 27, 2010 in Helmand, Afghanistan

Master Sgt. Daniel L. Fedder of Pine City, Minnesota graduated in 1994 from Pine City High School. He enlisted in the Marines in December 1994. Dan was serving his first combat tour in Afghanistan, having previously served combat deployments to Iraq, in 2004 and in 2006, and did an overseas deployment with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit in 2007. His military Awards and Decorations include, the Purple Heart, Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Navy Unit Commendation, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Navy-Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon, Marine Security Guard Ribbon and the NATO Medal. He leaves his wife, Diana, two children, Danielle and Storm, his parents, Jackie and Robert and a brother, Dominick. He died at age 34 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
Marines
7th Engineer Support Battalion
1st Marine Logistics Group
I Marine Expeditionary Force
Camp Pendleton, California

Burial is at Birchwood Cemetery in Pine City, Minnesota

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Spc Jacob Thomas Vanderbosch

August 20th, 2010 No comments

Born: August 19, 1984
Died: October 03, 2005 in Haqlaniyah, Iraq

Spc. Jacob T. Vanderbosch of Vadnais Heights, Minnesota graduated from White Bear Lake High School in 2002 where he was part of the wrestling team. It was while wrestling that he lost his front teeth during a match. Before his got his permanent replacement teeth, he would wiggle the temporaries just to get a laugh. He enlisted in the United States Army a few months after high school. He leaves his parents, Mary and Scott Vanderbosch, two brothers, Joe and Ryan and a sister, Jennie. Jacob enjoyed playing hockey, fishing and he occasionally played golf. He was killed at age 21 when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Humvee during combat operations in Haqlaniyah, Iraq. He had only been in Iraq for a few weeks. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Also killed were: Pfc. Roberto C. Baez and Sgt. Bryan W. Large.
Army
3rd Battalion
504th Parachute Infantry Regiment
82nd Airborne Division
Fort Bragg, North Carolina

Burial is at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Maplewood, Minnesota

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Lance Cpl Daniel Robert Olsen

August 7th, 2010 No comments

Born: March 15, 1987 in Hennepin County, Minnesota
Died: April 2, 2007 in Saqlawiyah, Iraq

Lance Cpl. Daniel R. Olsen from Eagan, Minnesota is the son of Wayne and Gwen Olsen and was an Eagan High School graduate where he was a member of the band’s drumline, which won state championships while he was there. He taught Sunday School to 4 and 5 year olds at Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie. The kids would hang all over him, they just loved him. Dan never liked a lot of attention, usually he was shy and introverted and would prefer to fit into a crowd, rather than stand out. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on March 15, 2005 his 18th birthday. His decision to enlist continued a family tradition of military service. Both his father and grandfather had served. Daniel received several awards during his stint in the service such as the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. He is the 49th Minnesota member of the military to die in Iraq. In addition to his parents, he leaves his two sisters, Shelcy and Shaina. He died at age 20 while conducting combat operations in Anbar province, Iraq. He deployed in January of 2006 and was on patrol in the Fallujah area when he was killed. Although he was wearing body armor, he was shot in the back with small-arms fire
Marines
2nd Battalion
7th Marine Regiment
1st Marine Division
I Marine Expeditionary Force
Twentynine Palms, California

Burial is at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, Minnesota – Sec T Site 3632

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1st Lt Christopher Shultz Goeke

July 16th, 2010 No comments

Born: August 18, 1986 in Cleveland, Ohio
Died: July 13, 2010 in Kandahar, Afghanistan

1st Lt. Christopher S. Goeke of Apple Valley, Minnesota graduated from Apple Valley High School. He also graduated sixth in his class in 2008 at the United States Military Academy at West Point and was commissioned on May 31, 2008. He completed Airborne School, Infantry Officer Basic Course and the Ranger Course at Fort Benning, Georgia. He was assigned to Fort Bragg, where he joined Company C, 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment on May 18, 2009. In September 2009, Chris deployed with the unit to Afghanistan. His Awards and Decorations include, the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachute Badge and Ranger Tab. Chris had been married for less than two years. He died at age 23 in Kandahar City, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with rifle, rocket propelled grenade, and small arms fire. He leaves his wife, Kelsey, his parents, Randal Goeke and Pamela Shultz, a brother, Matthew and two sisters, Jennifer and Jessica.
Army
1st Battalion
508th Parachute Infantry Regiment
4th Brigade Combat Team
82nd Airborne Division
Fort Bragg, North Carolina

Burial is at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minnesota – Sec D Site 2020

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Spc Matthew James Johnson

July 16th, 2010 No comments

Born: March 20, 1989 in Ramsey County, Minnesota
Died: July 14, 2010 in Zabul, Afghanistan

Spc. Matthew J. Johnson of Maplewood, Minnesota was born the son of Sue Ann Erion and John Henry Johnson. He attended North High School and enlisted in the United States Army in 2008. Growing up, Matt enjoyed hunting, fishing, snowboarding, skateboarding and basketball. His Awards and Decorations include, the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Good Conduct Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge, and Driver Badge with Driver Wheeled Vehicles. He died at age 21 at Zabul Province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked their military vehicle with an improvised explosive device. Also killed were Spc. Jesse D. Reed, Spc. Chase Stanley and Sgt. Zachary M. Fisher.
Army
27th Engineer Battalion (Combat Airborne)
20th Engineer Brigade (Combat)
Fort Bragg, North Carolina

Burial is at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, Minnesota – Sec 26 Site 407

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