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Lance Cpl. Jeremiah M. Collins, Jr.

October 7th, 2013 No comments

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Born:  Aug. 1, 1994 in Wisconsin

Died:   Oct. 5, 2013 in Helmand, Afghanistan

 

Lance Cpl. Jeremiah M. Collins, Jr., of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Jeremiah was raised by his mother. He decided in his teens that he preferred to be called Terry, for reasons best left unsaid.  He was a person that would push to keep going, he would not let anything knock him down.  He graduated from Milwaukee’s Hamilton High School in 2012, and then entered the Marine Corps. His mom felt his attitude about it was more about showing people that he could be something great. Jeremiah transformed his physical being into a muscular strong young man. He was very physically fit with incredible strength. He graduated boot camp with a 300 PFT (physical fitness test) which is the highest score possible. He himself wrote “Nobody tries anymore. What happened to effort and dedication? We are all just living to live, but not really living at all.” Jeremiah encouraged those he knew to get fit, and even offered himself as a motivator. His plans for the future were to either be a career Marine or to become a personal trainer while going to college then onto a career as a gym teacher. He had written his motto out on his Facebook page on September 5, 2013, “I am an American fighting in the armed forces which protect my country and our way of life. I am prepared to give my life in their defense.” Deployed to Afghanistan he was assigned to Combat Logistics Regiment 2, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C. He was an intelligence Specialist. He died on October 5, 2013, while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, at the age of 19. His death is under investigation. Jeremiah’s mother had his remains cremated.

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Spc. Benjamin H. Neal

April 26th, 2012 No comments

Spc. Benjamin H. Neal, 21, of Orfordville, Wis., died April 25 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, from injuries sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C. Spc Neal was a 2009 graduate of Parkview Senior High School in Orfordville where he was a high school wrestler. He entered the military after graduating. His awards include the NATO Medal, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Stars, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and the Parachutist Badge.

Burial is at Holy Cross Cemetery in Evansville, Wisconsin
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Staff Sgt. Jesse J. Grindey

March 13th, 2012 1 comment

Born: March 3, 1982 in Cuba City, Wisconsin
Died: March 12, 2012 in Kandahar, Afghanistan

Staff Sgt. Jesse J. Grindey, 30, of Hazel Green, Wis., died March 12, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan. Grindey was assigned to 287th Military Police Company, 97th Military Police Battalion, 89th Military Police Brigade, Fort Riley, Kan. Gindley entered the Army March 2002. He was assigned to Fort Riley in July 2011. His awards include the Army Commendation Medal with five oak leaf clusters, the Army Good Conduct Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Iraqi Campaign Medal with two campaign stars, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon with three stars, the Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon and the Army Service Ribbon.

St Francis De Sales Catholic Cemetery

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1st Lt. David A. Johnson

January 25th, 2012 No comments

Born: November 28, 1987, in Beloit, Wisconsin
Died: January 25, 2012 in Kandahar, Afghanistan

1st Lt. David A. Johnson of Horicon, Wis., died at age 24 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered after encountering an improvised explosive device while conducting a dismounted patrol. He was assigned to the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. David graduated from Mayville High School. He was a 2010 graduate of The Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri where he was a well-respected student leader who served as a commander in the school’s ROTC program. Capt. Johnson was commissioned in 2010 through the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), and he is a graduate of Evangel University, Springfield, Mo. In 2011 he attended the Infantry Basic Officer Leadership Course at Fort Benning, Ga. He arrived at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in August 2011, and was assigned to 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team. The unit deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in December. This was his first deployment. His civilian and military education includes a Bachelor of Science degree from Evangel University (2010), Infantry Basic Officer Leadership Course (2011), Combatives level 1 and 2 (2011), and the Stryker Brigade Combat Team Leaders Course (2011). His awards and decorations include, the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, Global War on Terror Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge and the Overseas Service Bar.

Burial is at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia – Sec 60 Site 9947

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Staff Sgt. Joseph J. Altmann

December 27th, 2011 No comments

Born: December 15, 1984 in Marshfield, Wisconsin
Died: December 25, 2011 in Kunar, Afghanistan

Staff Sgt. Joseph J. Altmann, 27, of Marshfield, Wis., died Dec. 25, in Kunar province Afghanistan, of injuries suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. He previously served two tours in Iraq and had just re-enlisted for another four years. He was married in February. Joe is a 2003 graduate of Columbus Catholic High School. He attended basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, MO, graduating in July 2005. He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal, 3, Army Achievement Medal, 3, Army Good Conduct Medal, 2, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, Iraq Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, 2, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, 4, Combat Action Badge, Combat Medical Badge, Expert Field Medical Badge Combat and Special Skill Badge Basic Marksmanship Qual Badge. He also received NATO Medal, Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart, posthumously.

Burial is at Gate of Heaven Cemetery

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Sgt. Jakob J. Roelli

September 23rd, 2011 No comments

Born: July 30, 1987 in Darlington, Wisconsin
Died: September 21, 2011 in Kandahar, Afghanistan

Sgt. Jakob J. Roelli, 24, of Darlington, Wis., died Sep. 21, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor Regiment, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan. Jake graduated from Darlington High School in 2006 and attended the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh before joining the military as an infantryman in August 2007. Jake leaves his father, Richard Roelli, his mother, Dawn Lacy, his brother, Matthew Roelli, and a fiancée, Caitlin Pixler.

Union Grove Cemetery

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Staff Sgt. Garrick L. Eppinger Jr

September 19th, 2011 No comments

Born: August 9, 1986 in Portsmouth, Virginia
Died: September 17, 2011 in Parwan, Afghanistan

Staff Sgt. Garrick L. Eppinger Jr., 25, of Appleton, Wis., died Sept. 17 in Parwan province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 395th Ordnance Company, 687th Combat Sustainment Support Brigade, 646th Regional Support Group, 310th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, Wausau, Wis. He graduated in 1995 from Appleton North High School and was taking classes at UW-Fox Valley before deploying with more than 100 members of the 395th in July 2011. He was posthumously promoted to Staff Sergeant.

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Sgt. Chester Gerhardt Stoda

September 10th, 2011 No comments

Born: December 11, 1978
Died: September 2 2011 in Hawaii

Sgt. Chester G. Stoda, 32, of Black River Falls, Wis., died Sep. 2, from a non-combat related incident. He was assigned to the 8th Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas. Sgt. Stoda joined the Army in February 2008 and deployed to Afghanistan in December 2010. Chet was assigned to the 8th Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade. His awards and decorations include, the NATO Medal, two Army Achievement Medals, the Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, two Overseas Service Ribbons, and a Combat Action Badge. He died while scuba diving in Hawaii while on leave from Afghanistan.

Oak Grove Cemetery

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Cpl Michael C. Nolen

June 28th, 2011 No comments

Born: February 23, 1989
Died: June 27, 2011 in Helmand, Afghanistan

Cpl. Michael C. Nolen of Spring Valley, Wisconsin attended Spring Valley High School during his senior year, graduating in 2007.  He  joined the Marine Corps in November 2007 serving as an infantryman. In December of 2009, he was promoted to Corporal. He was deployed to Afghanistan in March 2011. His awards from the military include the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. He died at age 22 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
Marines
3rd Battalion
2nd Marine Regiment
2nd Marine Division
II Marine Expeditionary Force
Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

Burial is at Fort Snelling National in Minneapolis, Minnesota – Sec B-1 Site 533-6

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Spc Tyler Richard Kreinz

June 18th, 2011 1 comment

Born: December 29, 1989 in Beloit, Wisconsin
Died: June 18, 2011 in Uruzgan, Afghanistan

Spc. Tyler R. Kreinz Beloit, Wisconsin joined the military shortly after graduating from Beloit Memorial High School in 2008. He leaves his parents, David and Mary Kreinz and two brothers, Tanner and Grant, among others. He died at age 21 in Uruzgan province, Afghanistan of injuries suffered during a vehicle roll-over. Also killed were Sgt. 1st Class Alvin A. Boatwright of Lodge, S.C., Sgt. Edward F. Dixon III of Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., and Sgt. Alan L. Snyder of Worcester, Mass. Floral Lawns Memorial Gardens in South Beloit, Illinois
Army
4th Battalion
70th Armor Regiment
170th Infantry Brigade Combat Team
Baumholder, Germany

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