Archive for the ‘Virginia’ Category

Seaman Philip Frazier Manes

October 5th, 2015 No comments

Seaman Philip Frazier Manes, 21, of Fairfax, Virginia, died Sept. 27, in Manama, Bahrain, of a non-combat related incident while supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. He was assigned to USS Gladiator (MCM 11), forward deployed to Bahrain.

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Sgt. Charles Calvin Strong

September 15th, 2014 1 comment

Born: November 24, 1985
Died: September 15, 2014 in Herat, Afghanistan

Sgt. Charles C. Strong, 28, of Suffolk, Virginia graduated from Nansemond River High School in 2003 where he was known as a hard working, well liked student. The following August he enlisted in the Marine Corps. Sergeant Strong was a Critical Skills Operator attached to the 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion, out of Camp Lejeune, and had served in the Marine Corps since 2003. He was serving his fourth deployment and had previously deployed twice to Iraq.  In 2005, he was there as a Motor Transport Operator, and in 2006, he returned to Iraq as the only Vehicle Recovery Operator for his Battalion and supporting units. In 2011, Sergeant Strong deployed to Afghanistan as a Team Leader and Navigator for all logistical mounted patrols.  Upon returning from this deployment, he began training and applied for the United States Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) Assessment & Selection. His hard work and dedication, coupled with his passion to succeed, culminated with his selection to this elite unit in 2013. After selection, Sergeant Strong returned to his parent command and was assigned to Fox Company, 2ndMSOB where he served as an Element Member (EM). Sergeant Strong’s personal decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2nd award), the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal (3rd award), and the Combat Action Ribbon. Strong is survived by his wife and their unborn daughter, who is due in December.  He also leaves his parents, Donald and Mary. Quantico National Cemetery
2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion
Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command
Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m., September 25, 2014, at Covenant Funeral Service, Stafford Chapel. Burial will follow in Quantico National Cemetery with full military honors.

The family will receive friends on September 24, 2014, at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m.

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SSG David H. Stewart

June 20th, 2014 No comments

Staff Sgt. David H. Stewart, 34, of Stafford, Virginia, died June 20, while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Stewart was a platoon sergeant and deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from Sept. 2004 to March 2005, from March to Oct. of 2006 and from Sept. 2007 to April 2008. He also deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from Oct. 2012 to April 2013 and most recently in April of 2014. His awards include, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Marine Corps Drill Instructor Ribbon and Armed Forces Reserve Medal. Quantico National Cemetery, Virginia – Sec 28 Site 4

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Sgt. Lyle Dervin Turnbull

October 20th, 2013 No comments

lyle1Born: August 12, 1982 in Virgin Islands Died: October 18, 2013 in Kuwait Sgt. Lyle D. Turnbull of Norfolk, Virginia is a 2000 graduate of Charlotte Amalie High School. He studied Psychology at Central Texas College. He died at age 31 2013, in Camp Arifjan, Kuwait from a medical emergency while participating in the Army Ten Miler Shadow Run at Camp Arifjan in Kuwait. Lyle leaves his wife, Nestlian and children, his parents, Delita Farrinton Francis and Randolph Turnbull. Western Cemetery #3 Army 62nd Expeditionary Signal Battalion 11th Signal Brigade Fort Hood, Texas

Sgt Bruce Edward Horner

September 1st, 2013 No comments

Born: March 3, 1964
Died: June 1, 2007 in Baghdad, Iraq

Sgt. Bruce E. Horner of Lorain, Ohio and Newport News, Virginia became a emergency medical technician in Lorain after high school and his training led him to the army. Bruce was known for his humor and his ability to turn people’s lives around. He loved to sing and he sang the Christian songs he loved. Several years ago, at a base parking lot in Virginia, that powerful voice was like a magnet. He was sitting in his car belting out a song. His enthusiasm for life was evident in all he did, from his devotion to his church and family, to his love for the outdoors and activities that included volleyball and biking. He also loved working out and spending time at the gym. Bruce was a devoted member of Olivet Christian Church, where he was active on the Praise and Worship Team and enjoyed working with the youth. He truly loved the Lord and was always excited to witness and share his faith with others, whether here in Newport News, or with his fellow soldiers in Iraq. He often rode with patrol units and worked at power stations doing emergency medical work. During his current tour, Bruce worked at a power station in Al Iskandariah, working with the Iraqi police on a daily basis. Prior to the Iraq invasion the power station had manufactured ammunition. The 127th MPs monitored the Iraqi police and trained them as part of their mission. His family has a strong military background. Bruce completed nearly 18 years of service in the U.S. Army. He died at age 43 in Seddah of wounds sustained when his unit came in contact with enemy forces using small-arms fire. Peninsula Memorial Park in Newport News, Virginia
127th Military Police Company
709th Military Police Battalion
18th Military Police Brigade
21st Theater Support Command
Fliegerhorst, Germany

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Master Sgt. George Allen Bannar Jr.

August 21st, 2013 No comments


Born October 29, 1975 in Virginia

Died August 20, 2013, in Wardak Province, Afghanistan

Master Sgt. George A. Bannar Jr., 37, of Orange, Va., died Aug. 20, of injuries sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire in Wardak Province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, N.C. In July 2003, he graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course as a Special Forces Medical Sergeant, and was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 3rd SFG (A). Bannar served in the 1st Bn. for five years, deploying with the unit to Afghanistan four times. In August 2008, he was assigned to the 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne) and stationed in Yuma, Ariz., where he worked at the Military Free Fall School as an instructor. In October 2012, Bannar returned to the 3rd SFG (A) and was assigned to the 3rd Bn. He earned an Associate's Degree from Fayetteville Technical Community College and a Bachelor's Degree from Campbell University. His military education includes Airborne School, Warrior Leaders Course, Jumpmaster School, Air Assault School, Advanced Leaders Course, Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Course, Senior Leaders Course, Advanced Special Operations Techniques Course, Military Free Fall School, Military Free Fall Jumpmaster School, Advanced Military Free Fall Parachutist School, Basic Instructor Course, Small Group Instructor Training Course and the Special Forces Qualification Course. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device, Meritorious Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal with Valor Device, Army Commendation Medal (3), Army Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Army Good Conduct Medal (5), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with three Campaign Stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (3), Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Expert Field Medical Badge, Air Assault Badge, Canadian Parachutist Badge, Royal Netherlands Army Parachutist Badge, Venezuelan Parachutist Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Military Free Fall Jumpmaster Badge, Combat Medical Badge, Combat Infantryman Badge and the Special Forces Tab. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. Culpepper National Cemetery in Culpeper, Virginia – Sect L Site 233

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Sgt. Caryn E. Nouv

July 29th, 2013 No comments

Spc. Caryn E. Nouv, 29, of Newport News, Va., died July 27, in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked her vehicle with an improvised explosive device and small arms fire. She was assigned to the 10th Transportation Battalion, 7th Sustainment Brigade, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. Nouv grew up in Yorktown, graduating from Tabb High School in 2002. She joined the Army in 2009 and was serving as a convoy driver on her first combat deployment. Nouv was the mother of two young children. Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery in Suffolk, Virginia – Sec 2 Row 36 Site 38

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Spc. Kyle P. Stoeckli

June 3rd, 2013 1 comment

Born: March 18, 1992
Died: June 1, 2013 in Maiwand, Afghanistan

Spc. Kyle P. Stoeckli, 21, of Moseley, Va., died June 1, in Maiwand, Afghanistan, from injuries sustained when his unit was attacked by an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas. He attended Cosby High School in Midlothian, Virginia.

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Capt Brandon L. Cyr

April 28th, 2013 1 comment

Born: September 16, 1984 in Aspen, Colorado
Died: April 27, 2013 in Kandahar, Afghanistan

Capt. Brandon L. Cyr of Shiloh, IL., died at age 28 near Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, in the crash of an MC-12 aircraft. The cause of the crash is under investigation, however initial reporting indicates there was no enemy activity in the area at the time of the crash. He was assigned to the 906th Air Refueling Squadron, Scott Air Force Base, Ill. Capt Cyr, an instructor pilot, was a member of the 906th Air Refueling Squadron within the 375th Air Mobility Wing, its parent unit for administrative purposes. However, he flew alongside members of the Illinois Air National Guard’s 126th Air Refueling Wing as part of the Air Force’s Total Force Integration efforts. Cyr was part of an initial team of pilots who help to stand up the 906th ARS for the TFI effort. He most recently served as an executive officer for the 126th ARW commander, Col. Peter Nezamis. At the time of his death, he had earned more than 1,700 flying hours–900 of those in combat. Arlington National Cemetery

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1st Lt Robert Joseph Hess

April 23rd, 2013 No comments

Born: March 25, 1987 at Fort Rucker, Alabama
Died: April 23, 2013 in Pul-i-Alam, Afghanistan

1st Lt. Robert J. Hess of Fairfax, Virginia died at age 26 in Pul-E-Alam, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered from enemy indirect fire. He was assigned to the 2nd Aviation Battalion, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y. Known best as RJ, he attended Robinson High School where he played football, lacrosse and was the captain of the swim team. He graduated in 2005 and attended Old Dominion University where he also was a member of the university swim team. 1st Lt Hess, a Blackhawk pilot, was commissioned into the Army in November, 2010. After completing pilot training at Fort Rucker, Alabama, he arrived at Fort Drum in November 2012. He deployed with his unit to Afghanistan in Support of Operation Enduring Freedom in April 2013. His awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star, the NATO Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Combat Action Badge, the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, and the Army Aviator Badge. He completed the Aviation Officer Basic Course, the Blackhawk Aviator Qualification Course, the Blackhawk M-Model Aviator Qualification Course, and the Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Course.  Arlington National Cemetery – Sec 60 Site 9874

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