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Staff Sgt. Virginia Caballero

September 30th, 2014 No comments

Staff Sergeant Virginia Caballero died Saturday, September 13, 2014

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Sgt. 1st Class Samuel Carlos Hairston

August 13th, 2014 No comments

Born: June 22, 1979 in Sumter, South Carolina
Died: August 12, 2014 in Ghazni, Afghanistan

Sgt. 1st Class Samuel C. Hairston, 35, of Houston, Texas, died Aug. 12, in Ghazni, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when his unit was engaged by enemy small-arms fire. Hairston was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C. Sam joined the Army in March 2003. After initial training, he arrived at Fort Bragg in 2003 and was assigned to the 1st Brigade in August 2013. His battalion deployed to Afghanistan earlier this year. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Citation with two oak leaf clusters, Army Good Conduct Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two Campaign Stars, Iraqi Campaign Medal with two Campaign Stars, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon with two oak leaf clusters and the NATO medal. His qualifications include the Ranger tab, Combat Infantryman Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Military Master Free Fall Parachutist Badge, the Basic Parachutist Badge, Drivers Badge and the Marine Qualification Badge Expert-Rifle.  Beal Memorial Cemetery in Fort Walton Beach, Florida

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Pfc. Donnell Antwain Hamilton, Jr

July 24th, 2014 No comments

Pfc. Donnell A. Hamilton, Jr., 20, of Kenosha, Wisconsin entered active duty service in October 2012 as an M1 armor crewman. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since April 2013. Hamilton deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from July 2013 to March 2014. His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Army Service Ribbon. He died at age 20 at Brooke Army Medical Center, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, from an illness sustained in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan.  Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip, Illinois
Army
1st Battalion
5th Cavalry Regiment
2nd Brigade Combat Team
1st Cavalry Division
Fort Hood, Texas.

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Sgt. Thomas Zachary Spitzer

June 25th, 2014 No comments

Sgt. Thomas Z. Spitzer, 23, of New Braunfels, Texas, died June 25 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, California.  Spitzer joined the Marines nearly 5 years prior and was serving his second deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, said the military. He was the recipient of many awards including, the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon and the NATO Medal-ISAF Afghanistan.  Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery – Sec 41 Site 987

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Spc. Christian Jacob Chandler

April 28th, 2014 No comments

Born:  January 20, 1994 in Texarkana, Texas
Died:  April 28, 2014 in Baraki Barak, Lowgar, Afghanistan

Spc. Christian J. Chandler of Trenton, Texas was best known as Jake. He was a 2012 graduate of Whitewright High School where he played Varsity All District offensive and defensive lineman. The following October he began his chosen career to serve in the United States Army completing his basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia. In February 2013 he arrived at Fort Drum and later that fall on November 5 he shipped out to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Among his decorations and awards are the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, the Combat Infantry Badge and was promoted to service rank of Specialist. He died at age 20 in Baraki Barak District, Logar province, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire.  He leaves his parents, Joe Chat III and Rhonda Chandler Beazley, his sister, Katie, his grandparents Joe Chat Jr and Alice Beazley, his aunt, Lana Harvey, and uncles, Bryan Beazley and Ben Chandler, Oak Hill Cemetery in  Whitewright, Texas.
Army
2nd Battalion
87th Infantry Regiment
3rd Brigade Combat Team
10th Mountain Division (Light)
Fort Drum, New York

 

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Spc Kerry M. G. Danyluk

April 15th, 2014 No comments

Spc. Kerry M. G. Danyluk, 27, of Cuero, Texas, died April 15 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, of injuries sustained April 12 when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire in Pul-e-Alam, Logar province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.  Danyluk joined the Army in October 2010. After training at Fort Benning, Georgia, he was assigned to Fort Benning in February 2011. Danyluk deployed to Afghanistan in Support of Operation Enduring Freedom from December 2011 to February 2012. He arrived at Fort Drum in March 2013 and deployed with his unit in November 2013 to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. His awards and decorations include, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, the Certificate of Achievement, the Combat Infantryman Badge and the Parachutist Badge. He completed the Master Driver Trainer Course, the Ranger Assessment Selection Program, the Airborne School and the Combatives Level 1 Course.

 

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PO 1st Class James L. Smith

December 11th, 2013 No comments

Petty Officer 1st Class James L. Smith, 38, of Huffman, Texas, died Dec. 11, in Landstuhl, Germany, from a non-combat related incident. Smith was assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 28, Shreveport, La. James was dedicated, was a great mechanic, soldier, and Seabee. He was easy going and had a good sense of humor. He leaves his wife, Melissa, his very adored daughter, Cheyenne, his parents, Phyllis and Therman Smith, and his siblings, Travis and Ron Smith. Bailey Cemetery in Alton, Missouri

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SSG Alex Anthony Viola

November 17th, 2013 No comments

Born: April 17, 1984 in New York

Died: November 17, 2013 in Kandahar, Afghanistan

Staff Sgt. Alex A. Viola, 29, of Keller, Texas, died Nov. 17, in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when his unit was attacked with an improvised explosive device while on dismounted patrol. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Alex joined the Army National Guard in June of 2009 as an engineer sergeant. He was initially assigned to 1st Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne), from June 2009 to April 2010. After that he began his Special Forces training at Ft. Bragg, and graduated from Special Forces Qualification Course in June 2011. From there he was assigned to sent to Camp Williams, Utah, where he spent two years. In March of this year he joined the 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group based out of Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. His awards and decorations were myriad: He received the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer Development Ribbon with Numeral 2, the Army Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, the Parachutist Badge, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Special Operations Dive Badge and the Special Forces Tab. Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park in Colleyville, Texas

 

 

 

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Staff Sgt. Richard L. Vazquez

November 16th, 2013 No comments

RVBorn: November 3, 1984 Died: November 13, 2013 in Kandahar, Afghanistan Staff Sgt. Richard L. Vazquez of Seguin, Texas, died at age 28 in Kandahar, Afghanistan of wounds suffered when his unit was attacked with an improvised explosive device while on dismounted patrol in Panjwai, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Vazquez joined the Army in August 2004, as an infantryman. He attended initial Infantry training at Ft. Benning, Ga., and was then assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Ft. Campbell, Ky., from July 2005 to Sep. 2009. In Sept. 2009, Vazquez volunteered for the Special Forces Assessment and Selection. He graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course in December 2010, and was assigned to the 3rd Bn., 7th SFG (A) as a weapons sergeant. His military education includes U.S. Army Basic Airborne Course, U.S. Army Air Assault, Combat Lifesaver Course, Warrior Leader Course, the Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Course, the Special Forces Qualification Course, Senior Mountaineer Course, Master Mountaineer Course, and SOF Sensitive Site Exploitation – Operator Advanced Course. His awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal (3rd Award), the Army Achievement Medal (2nd Medal), the Meritorious Unit Citation, the Army Good Conduct Medal (2nd Award), the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal with 1 Campaign Star, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with Numeral 2, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon (2nd award), the NATO Medal, the Master Driver Badge, the Air Assault Badge, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Parachutist Badge, and the Special Forces Tab. Mansfield Cemetery To be updated…

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Spc Keith Erin Grace Jr

August 13th, 2013 No comments

Born: February 18, 1987 in Harris County, Texas
Died: August 11, 2013 in Paktia, Afghanistan

Spc. Keith E. Grace Jr., 26, of Baytown, Texas died Aug. 11, in Paktia Province, Afghanistan of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with indirect fire. He was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky. Houston National Cemetery – Sec G4 Site 1146

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