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Staff Sgt Morgan Deshawn Kennon

March 2nd, 2010 No comments

kennon-morgan-sgtBirth: August 4, 1980 – Memphis, Tennessee
Died: November 7, 2003 – Mosul, Iraq

Staff Sgt Kennon was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He was guarding a bank when his position came under rocket-propelled grenade attack. Kennon was fatally wounded during this attack and died immediately of blunt force trauma while trying to protect fellow soldiers. Morgan, nicknamed ‘Angel’, joined the Army in 1998 immediately after high school to earn money for college and deployed with his unit to Iraq in February. His specialty in the Army was as a nuclear, biological and chemical specialist. He hoped one day to become a lawyer. Morgan was a smart, friendly man who loved the Army, God, and doted on his mother.

Burial: West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery, Memphis, Tennessee – Section Z, Site 11387

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Chief Warrant Officer Billie Jean Grinder

February 24th, 2010 No comments

Born: August 9, 1984
Died: February 21, 2010 in Qayyarah, Iraq

Chief Warrant Officer Billie J. Grinder of Gallatin, Tennessee was a 2002 graduate of Smyrna High School. She was a tough, but girly tomboy who rode motorcycles and gave generously to the people in her life. She sported tattoos and liked going fast and doing things that other people might consider as dangerous. But Billie had absolutely no fear. Billie joined the Tennessee Army National Guard in July of 2002 at age 17 while still in high school. She became a pilot in 2007 after completing Warrant Officer School at Ft. Rucker, Alabama. She was deployed to Iraq for her first tour in June 2009 and she was scheduled to come home within two weeks. She was currently a Pilot-In-Command (PIC) for OH-58D Kiowa Warrior. Billie Jean died at age 25 in Qayyarah, Iraq, of wounds suffered when her OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter had a hard landing. She was preceded in death by father, Harold William Smith; maternal grandparents, Cathuel and Juan Galon Bowe; paternal grandparents, Robert and Joan Smith; and uncle, Woodford Bowe. She is survived by husband, Samuel, stepdaughters, Megan and Makayla, mother, Roxanne Davenport, stepfather, Billy Davenport, a sister, Melissa, brothers, James and Robbie among others.
Army
1st Squadron
230th Cavalry Regiment
Louisville, Tennessee

Burial is at Grinder Family Cemetery in Castalian Springs, Tennessee

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Capt Marcus Ray Alford Sr

February 21st, 2010 No comments

Born: February 9, 1982 in Knoxville, Tennessee
Died: February 21, 2010 in Qayyarah, Iraq

Capt. Marcus R. Alford of Knoxville, Tennessee graduated from South-Doyle High School in 2000 where he was voted "wittiest senior" and served as battalion commander of the ROTC. Some time later, Marcus made a point to come back and share his experience with the students in the ROTC program. Marcus also graduated from Carson-Newman College in 2004 majoring in computer information systems. But he always had a dream of joining the military and hoped to someday fly helicopters while serving his country. Marcus had a knack for bringing people together through his love of people and their love for him in return. He was a mature young man who was enthusiastic about his job and determined to make a difference. He died at age 28 in Qayyarah, Iraq, of wounds suffered when his OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter had a hard landing. He leaves a son, Marcus, and a daughter, Mya, his parents, Mr. Michael Alford and Ms. Karen Ray, and a brother, Jerry Ray. He was engaged to be married. He was posthumously awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal and the Tennessee National Guard Distinguished Service Medal for his extraordinary military service. Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery in Knoxville, Tennessee – Sec D Site 1577
Army
1st Squadron
230th Cavalry Regiment
Louisville, Tennessee

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CWO2 Clayton Marshall Hickman

February 3rd, 2010 No comments

Born: February 3, 1978 in Columbia, Tennessee
Died: February 3, 2010 near Mannheim, Germany

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Clayton M. Hickman of Columbia, Tennessee was very active in the scouts and little league baseball. In middle school he began his involvement with school band, which took him on a trip to march in the Independence Day Parade in Washington, D.C. Another school trip took him to by airplane to Arizona to march in the Fiesta Bowl, and it was this trip that left an impact on his life. It had been his very first airplane ride and he decided he wanted to fly. He began working at Maury County Tennessee Airport mowing grass to earn time to learn to fly fixed wing aircraft. In December 1996, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and over the nine years he served he was stationed in Japan, South Korea and Thailand before coming back to the States. His last duty station was in Jacksonville, Florida. During this time, he worked part time with Herlong Airport where he was continuing to pursue his fixed wing certification. He left the Marines as a Sergeant and had a brief absence from military duty before joining the United States Army and going to Warrant Officer’s Planning School in 2007 and becoming a Warrant Officer 1 so he could learn to fly helicopters and was stationed in Fort Rucker, Alabama. Upon graduation in 2009, he was then assigned to serve a three year stint in Stuttgart Germany arriving August 2009, assigned to G Company, 52nd Regiment; 1st Battalion, 214th Aviation Regiment; 12th Combat Aviation Brigade based in Stuttgart. Clayton was one of three U.S. Soldiers who were killed when a U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed northeast of Mannheim, Germany on February 3, 2010. Clayton died on his 32nd birthday. His dream after retiring from military service was to pursue a job flying with the Vanderbilt Lifeflight team. Burial is at Polk Memorial Gardens, in Columbia, Tennessee. A memorial marker is at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia – Sec 60 Site 9668

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Staff Sgt Rusty Hunter Christian

January 28th, 2010 No comments

rusty-christian1Born: November 15, 1985
Died: January 28, 2010 in Oruzgan, Afghanistan

Staff Sgt. Rusty Christian, of Greeneville, Tennessee was a 2004 graduate of Greeneville High School. He enlisted in the United States Army soon after graduation. He enlisted in the United States Army Febuary 4, 2004. Upon completion of basic training and advanced individual training, he was assigned to 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division at Fort Lewis as an infantryman. In 2008, Rusty volunteered for the Special Forces Assessment and Selection Course and completed the Special Forces Qualification Course in August 2009. His military education also includes the U.S. Army Airborne School, Advanced Leaders Course, Warrior Leaders Course, Combat Life Savers Course, Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Course, Defense Language Institute Indonesian Course and the Special Forces Qualification Course. His Awards and Decorations include two Army Commendation Medals, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with one campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Non-commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with numeral 2 device, Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Valorous Unit Award and the Meritorious Unit Citation, Parachutist Badge, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge and the Special Forces tab. Rusty had previously served in Iraq and was currently serving his first deployment in Afghanistan where he had been since the beginning of January 2010. He died at age 24 in Afghanistan from wounds suffered in an improvised explosive device blast. He is survived by his wife, Amber, and two children. He is also survived by his mother Donna Ball and stepfather Jim Ball, his father, Michael Christian, and his brother Aaron. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one campaign star and the Meritorious Service Medal.
Army
2nd Battalion
1st Special Forces Group
Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington

Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia – Sec 60 Site 9050

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Staff Sgt Daniel Dewayne Merriweather

January 16th, 2010 1 comment

daniel-dewayne-merriweatherBorn: May 27, 1984
Died: January 13, 2010 at Combat Outpost McClain, Afghanistan

Staff Sgt. Daniel D. Merriweather of Whitehaven, Tennessee is a 2002 Overton High School graduate and joined the military soon after. He had already served two previous tours of duty, first in Afghanistan, then in Iraq before he was shipped back to Afghanistan in May of 2009. He was married in March of 2009. He leaves his wife Rachelle, and his children, Kale and Daniel Jr. He also leaves behind two siblings and his parents, Pamela and Darryl Finnie. Daniel and his family are members of Miracle Temple Ministry where his father is a Deacon and his mother serves as a youth Director. Daniel loved working with the sound system at the church. He also loved music and sports. Daniel died at age 25 at Combat Outpost McClain, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their vehicle with an improvised explosive device.
Army
118th Military Police Company (Airborne)
503rd Military Police Battalion (Airborne)
16th Military Police Brigade (Airborne)
Fort Bragg, North Carolina

Burial is at West Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery in Memphis, Tennessee – Sec GG Site 20148

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Sgt. 1st Class Jason Omar Bradley Hickman

January 7th, 2010 1 comment

jasonhickmanBorn February 5, 1974 in Anchorage, Alaska
Died: January 7, 2010 at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan

Sgt. 1st Class Jason O. B. Hickman of Kingsport, Tennessee was a 1992 graduate of Dobyns-Bennett High School in Kingsport. He joined the Army in April of 1999 and had served as an engineer at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, in a recruiting battalion in Wisconsin. He had also served in Iraq before joining the 4th Brigade Combat Team at Fort Richardson in May of 2008. The brigade deployed to Afghanistan in February and March of 2009. Jason had been married for seven years to Tiffany Burke, whom he met while stationed at Fort Lewis. The couple had three sons, Hayden, Landon and Clayton. Jason was a family man who loved camping, hiking, and fishing, and enjoying teaching his 3 boys the wonders of the outdoors. In addition to his wife and children, he leaves his father, J.D. and step-mother, Judy Hickman, his mother, Charlotte Billheimer and step-father, Daniel Billheimer, and half brother, David Billheimer. Jason died at age 35 at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered earlier that day at Combat Outpost Bowri Tana, when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device and small arms fire.
Army
Brigade Special Troops Battalion
4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team
25th Infantry Division
Fort Richardson, Alaska

Burial is at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Washington – Sec 26 Site 374

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Sgt 1st Class Gregory B. Hicks

December 31st, 2009 No comments

hicks-gregory-b-sgtBirth: July 7, 1968 – Campbell County, Tennessee
Died: January 8, 2004 – Fallujah, Iraq

Sgt Hicks was assigned to Company B, 1st Battalion, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, based in Fort Hood, Texas. He was killed when his UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter was shot down. He was on his way home to the United States for surgery after suffering shrapnel wounds to his face and knee damage. Gregory enlisted in the Army less than a month after his graduation.

Burial: Fort Riley Post Cemetery, Fort Riley, Kansas – Section F, Site 96A

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Pfc Shaun Michael Harris

December 26th, 2009 No comments

shaun-harrisBorn: June 18, 1986
Died: October 11, 2009

Pfc. Shaun M. Harris of Tennessee grew up in Murfreesboro, graduating from Riverdale High School in 2005, where he played football. Shaun enlisted in the United States Army. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Douglas Harris and is survived by his parents, Michael and Nikki Harris; brother, Kaleb; Grandparents, Mickey and Kay Kelton and Doris Harris; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Army
Fort Bliss, Texas

Burial information is unknown at this time

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Lance Cpl. Nathan Bradley Clemons

November 25th, 2009 No comments

nathan_clemens0222Born Sep. 27, 1984 in Florida

Died June 14, 2005 near Rutbah, Iraq

Nathan B. Clemons was a straight talker, intent on having a good time and basically believed that life was to be celebrated. Known as “Nate Dog” to his friends, Nate was fun, full of life and tough. He was honest, outgoing, passionate, motivated and outspoken. He was also the one who would try and guide others down the correct path in life. Active in his church growing up, he played the drums in the youth band and was the guy who dropped the church’s new digital camera into a bucket of paint. Deciding to seek his own path in life, he chose to enlist in the Marine Corps, feeling it would help him grow up, mature and take on responsibility. So after he graduated from Terry Parker High School in Jacksonville, Florida, he did. Nathan found his role the right choice. He knew what the cost could be, but he knew how important his role was. He had told a friend that he was doing what he believed was his mission in life, so very proud to be a United States Marine. And after all, he had his faith and his spirituality was in order. Deployed to Iraq assigned to the 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, he died from wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle while conducting combat operations against enemy forces near Ar Rutbah, Iraq. Earlier that day he had spoken to his parents on the phone. He let them know that even if something happened to him, he was going to be all right. He was where he needed to be. His father remarked that Nathan had lived a heck of a life, packing in a lot in his 20 years. At Nate’s funeral his family presented photographs of Nathan as he grew, from young boy, to teenage outdoorsman, to graduation. The last photo was of Nathan in his military dress uniform- Nathan, as a man. He was buried in Center Valley Cemetery in Chatsworth, Georgia.

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