Senior Airman Benjamin D. White of Erwin, Tennessee grew up in Johnson City and was a 2004 graduate of Science Hill High School. He went on to attend East Tennessee State University until enlisting in the Air Force in July of 2006. A man of Christ, Benjamin was serving as a medic. He faithfully stood by the Pararescueman’s oath “It is my duty as a Pararescueman to save life and to aid the injured. I will be prepared at all times to perform my assigned duties quickly and efficiently, placing these duties before personal desires and comforts. These Things I do So Others May Live.” Assigned to the 48th Rescue Squadron, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona, his unit was responsible for casualty evacuation and he would parachute into danger zones to rescue the wounded. He asked his family and friends back home to pray for our troops, never letting on how dangerous a duty he had, he was always more concerned about others. Ben died in a helicopter crash. He was survived by his Fiancée, Ashley L. Stanley (pictured with Ben here); Father, Anthony Curtis White and wife, Jennifer Lynn; Mother, Brenda A. Shelton-Logozo and husband, Frank; Brothers, Mark Anthony, Zachary Luke and Anthony Evan White; Sister, Laura R. White; and Grandparents, Curtis Buford White, Jan Daye and Steven McCarty. Benjamin was buried in Mountain Home National Cemetery in Tennessee.
Born: November 4, 1977 in Wiesbaden, Germany
Died: March 22, 2010 in Kandahar, Afghanistan
Sgt. 1st Class Carlos M. Santos-Silva of Clarksville, Tennessee is the son of Francisco and Monika Santos-Silva. He married Kristen Anderson in the spring of 1998, a year later the couple welcomed a son, Cameron. He served in the United States Army from August of 1996 through March 22, 2010. He was also a veteran of the Kosovo campaign, Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he completed two tours. He was currently serving in Operation Enduring Freedom. During the span of his 14 year career, he received numerous Awards and Decorations, including, the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal with three Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Good Conduct Medal (4), the National Defense Service Medal, the Kosovo Campaign Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, the Iraqi Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the NATO Medal, the Expert Infantryman Badge, the Combat Infantry Badge, the Pathfinder Badge, the Air Assault Badge, and the Basic Parachutist Badge. In addition to his parents, he leaves his wife, Kristen, a son, Cameron and a brother, Dominik. Carlos died at age 32 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device.
508th Parachute Infantry Regiment
4th Brigade Combat Team
82nd Airborne Division
Fort Bragg, North Carolina
Burial is at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia – Sec 60 Site 9150
Born: March 24, 1983 in Tennessee
Died: August 2, 2006 in Rawah, Iraq
Sgt Dustin D. Laird of Martin, Tennessee graduated in 2001 from Westview High School. He was deployed with his unit in September of 2005, but returned home in May 2006 for his brother Derek’s graduation from Westview. During his leave, he visited with students in the fourth-grade class at Ridgemont Elementary School in Obion County. The children had been writing letters to Dustin while he was serving in Iraq and he dropped in on them for a surprise visit. His classroom visit eased the minds of the young students who had various questions about the war and his role as a soldier. During his time with the class, he responded to questions varying from how to disassemble a “nuclear bomb” to how he managed to take a shower in the desert. Dustin patiently answered the children’s questions and, when asked what was the worst part of the war, he replied simply, “missing home.” He also told the students that he was proud of the work that he was doing for his country, commenting on the flag that appeared on the right shoulder of his uniform. “The flag is representative of how the United States is constantly moving forward and never in a state of retreat,” Dustin said during an interview. “I feel proud to be a part of that.” In his leisure, Dustin enjoyed playing guitar, something he had been pursuing since his early teens. He also wrote songs, many with a humorous side that he had penned while serving in Iraq. After his stint with the Army was over, he was planning to get back to school with hopes of working in the medical field. He was killed at age 23 during combat operations in Rawah, Iraq. Dustin is survived by his parents, Billy Laird and Linda Lutz, a sister, Heather and two brothers, Billy and Derek. His Awards and Decorations include, the Tennessee Individual Achievement Ribbon, the California Counter Drug Service Ribbon, the Tennessee National Guard Service Ribbon, the Bronze Star, the Combat Action Badge, the Purple Heart, and the Army Good conduct Medal. Some of which were awarded posthumously.
913th Engineer Company
46th Engineer Battalion
Union City, Tennessee
Burial is at East Side Cemetery in Martin, Tennessee
Died on May 17, 2010 in Afghanistan
Billy was from Smithville, Tennessee. He enlisted in the Army in June 2009. After Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and Basic Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia, he reported to Fort Bragg in November. He deployed to Afghanistan in January 2010, assigned to the 508th Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division. He was killed at the age of 20 in Badghis province when insurgents attacked his unit with improvised explosive devices. Billy’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, posthumous; the Purple Heart Medal, posthumous; Army Commendation Medal; Army Good Conduct Medal, posthumous; National Defense Service Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal with a Bronze Service Star; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Army Service Medal; Overseas Service Ribbon; NATO Medal, posthumous; Combat Action Badge; posthumous; Parachutist Badge, basic; Weapons Qualifications Badge; and Overseas Service Bar. Billy was survived by his wife Caitlin; their daughter; his mother Marlene Goodwin; a sister and 2 brothers. His father Steve Goodwin preceded him in death.
PFC Billy G. Anderson was buried in Dismal Cemetery in Smithville, TN.
Burial: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia – Section 60, Site 8864
Spc. Jeremy L. Brown of McMinnville, Tennessee attended Warren County High School where he played baseball and football and was also on the wrestling team before graduating in 2007. Tough as nails for his small size, he was a force on the team and he never backed down when it counted. He joined the Army in June of 2007 where he served as a fire support specialist. Jeremys’ desire to serve in the military was in the path that several others in his family had forged. He had two grandfathers who served in World War II and an uncle who served in Vietnam in addition to two of his cousins who are serving in the military. He arrived at Fort Campbell in May of 2009. The son of Mac and Rhonda Reed Brown was a member of Way of the Cross Baptist Church. His Awards and Decorations include, the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal w/ Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Army Service Ribbon and Weapons Qualification, M4, expert. In addition to his parents, he is survived by two brothers Chris and Jason. He died at age 20 at Contingency Outpost Zerok, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using small arms fire.
187th Infantry Regiment
3rd Brigade Combat Team
101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)
Fort Campbell, Kentucky
Burial is at Mount View Cemetery in McMinnville, Tennessee
Died on Aug. 5, 2007 in Baghdad, Iraq
Jeremy was from Bon Aqua, Tennessee. Born on a Navy Base in Cuba the son of Mark and Detta (nee Sadler) Bohannon, his mother was a native of Tennessee and Jeremy lived in that state growing up. Deeply religious, he attended church regularly and would be upset if he missed services. Jeremy was a peacekeeper to his friends, someone they could always count on for advice and guidance. He hoped to some day be a minister. Jeremy enlisted in the Army in November of 2006. Stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado, Jeremy enjoyed the few months he lived there, but missed his home state and family. He deployed to Iraq on July 7, 2007, assigned to the 59th Military Police Company, 759th Military Police Battalion, 89th Military Police Brigade, from Fort Carson. Less than a month later he and another soldier from Tennessee, Spc. Justin R. Blackwell, were killed in action when they were hit by enemy indirect fire. Jeremy had been in the Army for only nine months and was 18 years old. Who were this 18 year-olds hero’s? He said they were “the soldiers that have gone before me and died, and those who came home.” Surviving Jeremy are his parents; a sister Jessica; brother Clifton (who was also serving in Iraq when Jeremy was killed); and his grandparents.
Jeremy was buried in Knight Cemetery in Tennessee. He has two headstones. His military marker has a three-word statement about what Jeremy stood for, “Assist, Protect and Defend” and that he was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star for dying doing just that for his country. His family also has a large upright headstone for him that says, “We think of you often and we’ll love you always.”
Machinist Mate Fireman William G. Mack, of South Pittsburg, Tennessee graduated from Richard Hardy Memorial School, attended University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and was a former employee of both Stevarino’s and Lotto Mart. His goal was to be a college professor and was planning to study history at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Growing up, Will was a typical boy with a big personality. He was smart and active, always climbing and a bit of an actor. Will was currently an active duty Sailor with the United States Navy after having joined in December of 2008. He was stationed in Washington state and had been out to sea serving a deployment with a nuclear submarine, the USS Nebraska, and was due back in June of 2010. He died unexpectedly at age 21 while serving aboard the Submarine about 250 miles off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii. Will was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Carl Mack. He is survived by his parents, Gerald and Susan Mack, sisters, Vanessa and Dena, grandparents, Bill and Marie Steelman, and Shirley Mack, uncles and aunts, Jim and Patti Steelman, and Edward and Brenda Steelman, great-uncles and aunts, Bob and Marie Copeland, JD and Katherine Mullins, Freda and Maurice Allyn, and Phil and Connie Flagg, great-aunt, Mary Copeland, great-uncles, Frank Copeland, and Henry Beasley, nieces, Hannah and Megan.
Burial is at Booneville Cemetery in Booneville, Tennessee
Staff Sgt. James R. Patton of Fort Benning, Georgia joined the Army in July of 2004, completing the One Station Unit Training and the Ranger Indoctrination Program, and was assigned to Fort Benning. Jimmy was serving his seventh military deployment. Before his current mission, he was deployed two times to Iraq, and four times to Afghanistan. His military education includes, the Airborne Course, the Ranger Indoctrination Program, the U.S. Army Ranger Course, the Jumpmaster Course, the Master Breacher Course, the Mountain Warfare Course, the Warrior Leaders Course, and the Advanced Leaders Course. His Awards and Decorations include, the Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge and the Senior Parachutist Badge, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star and the Army Service Ribbon. He leaves his wife, Beatriz, and a daughter, Cecilia, and his parents Command Sgt. Maj. Gregory and Sheila Patton. He died at age 23 in Tikrit, Iraq, of injuries sustained as the result of a helicopter crash.
75th Ranger Regiment
Fort Benning, Georgia
Burial is at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia – Sec 60 Site 9156
Pfc. Jonathon D. Hall, Chattanooga, Tennessee attended Northwest High School briefly while living in Anchorage, Alaska where he grew up. He joined the Army in October 2008 where he was serving as a combat medic. His awards and decorations include, The Purple Heart Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, 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 Medal Badge, Weapons Qualification Badge Rife Expert, and Overseas Service Bar. He was also awarded The Bronze Star Medal posthumously. He died at age 23 after his vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device in Paktika Province, Afghanistan. He is survived by his mother Robynn Harrison of Georgia and his father, Air Force Lt. Col. Steven Hall of Alaska and a sister, Tristyn among others. Jonathon died at age 23 at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl, Germany, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device at Contingency Outpost Khayr-Kot-Castle, Afghanistan.
Headquarters and Headquarters Company
187th Infantry Regiment
3rd Brigade Combat Team
101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)
Fort Campbell, Kentucky
Burial is at Chattanooga National Cemetery in Chattanooga, Tennessee – Sec DD-1 Site 126