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Sgt. Thomas Z. Spitzer

June 27th, 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.

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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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Staff Sgt. Alex Anthony Viola

November 21st, 2013 No comments

Born: April 17, 1984

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.

 

 

 

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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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Pfc John Alexander Mattox

August 10th, 2013 No comments

Born: February 26, 1985 in Texas
Died: August 10, 2008 in Afghanistan

Pvt. John A. Mattox of Daingerfield, Texas attended Daingerfield High School and joined the Army in October 2007 and had been deployed in Afghanistan since June 2008. Known by his shortened middle name, Alex, he was set to return home for a visit in just two weeks. He had a zest for life and a well-known sense of humor and seemed to always have a sideways smile on his face as though he was in on a joke that others weren’t. He was a member of South Union Missionary Baptist Church. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (posthumous), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Good Conduct Medal (posthumous), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Ribbon, Wheeled Driver’s Badge and the Combat Infantryman Badge. Alex is the son of Mike and Judy Mattox, and the grandson of Judge Bob Mattox and his wife, Edna and Ernestine Waters. Also surviving are two brothers, Austin and Dawson, and one sister, Ashlie. He died at age 23 at Forward Operating Base Bostick, Afghanistan, from injuries sustained in a non-combat related incident. Clark Cemetery in Jenkins, Texas
Army
6th Squadron
4th Cavalry
3rd Brigade Combat Team
1st Infantry Division
Fort Hood, Texas

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Sgt. Anthony R. Maddox

July 23rd, 2013 No comments

Born: November 15, 1990
Died: July 22, 2013 in Landstuhl Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany

Sgt. Anthony R. Maddox of Port Arthur, Texas died at age 22, in Landstuhl, Germany, of a non-combat related incident that occurred in Andar, Afghanistan. The incident is under investigation. He was assigned to the 10th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y. In 2005 Hurricane Katrina forced his family to move from Louisiana to Southeast Texas. He enrolled at Nederland High School where he played football. He graduated in 2009 and joined the Job Corps. In January 2011 he joined the Army. After training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri and Fort Lee, Virginia he arrived at Fort Drum in July 2011. Maddox deployed with his unit to Afghanistan in January 2013. Maddox’s awards and decorations include the Army Achievement Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Combat Action Badge. Houston National Cemetery in Texas – Sec U Site 822

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Spc Brian Edward Crawford

June 28th, 2013 No comments

Born: July 15, 1982 in Mount Holly, New Jersey
Died:  June 28, 2013 in Amarillo,  Texas

Spc Brain E Crawford of Amarillo, Texas was the son of Mary Lou Hughes and Harman Earl Crawford Jr.  High Creek Cemetery in Rock Port, Missouri

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