Born: March 21, 1986 in Riverside County, California
Died: October 17, 2009 in Argahndab, Afghanistan
Spc Michael A. Dahl of Moreno Valley, California first served in Iraq as a member of the Army Reserves. When he returned from combat, he chose to sign up for active duty and was deployed to Afghanistan. He enlisted in the United States Army in January 2007 and was currently serving his first deployment to Afghanistan which began in July 2009. He had previously served a tour in Iraq. His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Iraq Campaign Medal. He also was the recipient of the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and other medals honoring his service in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He is survived by his father, Mike, his mother, Patricia, and his brother Angel. Michael died at age 23 in Argahndab, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device.
17th Infantry Regiment
5th Stryker Brigade
2nd Infantry Division
Fort Lewis, Washington
Burial is at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, California – Sec 58B Site 1236
Born: October 30, 1980 in Dallas, Texas
Died: October 10, 2007 in
Staff Sgt. Eric T. Duckworth of Plano, Texas began his senior year at Plano East High School but later graduated from Clear Lake High School in 1999. He excelled in JROTC and was selected to attend a national ROTC meeting for outstanding leaders. As a young boy he played youth baseball and football, but he was always a fan. The son of Michael Duckworth and Ila Duckworth enlisted in the Army soon after graduation at age 18. He was currently serving his first deployment to Iraq, which began in August 2006 and would have ended in November 2007. He loved sports, especially the Dallas Cowboys and NASCAR. Among his awards and decoration are the Army Service Ribbon and the National Defense Service Medal. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Sonya, and his children, Madison, Michael and Kaylynn and a brother, Andrew. He died at age 26 in Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle.
759th Military Police Battalion
89th Military Police Brigade
Fort Carson, Colorado
Burial is at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia – Sec 60 Site 8066
Born: December 13 1978
Died: June 5 2004 in Baghdad, Iraq
Sgt. Humberto F. Timoteo of of Newark, New Jersey had emigrated with his family from Portugal and grew up in the city’s Ironbound section. He was a graduate of East Side High School. Humberto joined the military in 1996 and trained as a field artilleryman at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He was married to Army Sgt. Silvia Timoteo and the couple have a son. He died at age 25 in Baghdad, Iraq, when his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device.
112th Field Artillery
Morristown, New Jersey
Burial is at Holy Cross Cemetery in North Arlington, New Jersey
Born: December 22, 1958
Died: December 4, 2004 in Baghdad, Iraq
Sgt Joseph O. Behnke of Brooklyn, New York worked in the engineering department at the Manhattan Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and along with his sons, they started their own construction company. Joseph’s father was in the Navy and Joseph, himself wanted to also serve his country. He even tried to join the Army at age 13 so he could go to Vietnam. Finally at age seventeen he got permission to enlist and he served with the 82nd Airborne to 1976 through 1980. In 1982 he signed up with the Army National Guard. Before going to Iraq in March 2004, he trained by running up and down the beach at Coney Island with a backpack full of sand. In Iraq while living in a tent with other Army National Guard soldiers, he did what came naturally to him. He used his expertise in carpentry to build the other soldiers bed frames, closets and bookcases. But he did not build any for himself. Also while serving in Iraq, he gave out clothes, books and candy to the Iraqi children. His heart went out to the children over there, he he did what he could to brighten their lives. Yes, Joseph was always putting others first. He always did. He was last home during a two week leave in October 2004. Joseph died at age 45 in Baghdad, Iraq, when he was in a vehicle accident. He was awarded the Bronze Star.
258th Field Artillery Regiment
Brooklyn, New York
Burial is at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York
Born: November 11, 1955
Died: August 2, 2009 in King and Queen County, Virginia
Command Sgt. Maj. Harry Parrish of Fort Meade, Maryland was the oldest of five brothers and grew up outside Nashville. He joined the Marines at 17 and was a career military officer. He was in charge of training for Army Reserves and Guard members in the 1st Army Division East at Fort Meade. He was well-known at Fort Meade, as the division includes nine brigades east of the Mississippi River, and Fort Meade is the training site for most of them bound for Iraq, Afghanistan and other duties. Among his decorations were several for parachuting, and he trained people to jump. Skydiving was his passion and he even met his wife doing this. The couple, who were married in December 2008 and were expecting a child. Mr. Parrish is the son of the late Harry Lewis Parrish, and the husband of Deborah Marie Price Parrish, brother of John Ernst Parrish, Fred Randall Parrish, Rebecca Parrish Wheeler and Martha Parrish Girton. He died at age 53 in a skydiving accident.
Burial is at Cresent Hill Cemetery in Scottsville, Kentucky
Born: August 22 1984 in Germany
Died: July 20, 2009 in Afghanistan
Sgt Gregory Owens Jr, of Garland Texas joined the Army in January 2007 and arrived at Fort Drum in June 2007. Greg was a field artillery automated tactical data systems specialist with the 4th Battalion, 25 Field Artillery Regiment. His awards and decorations include the Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, and the Army Service Ribbon. He died at age 24 in Wardak Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle followed by an attack from enemy forces using small arms and rocket-propelled grenade fires. Also killed were Spc. Anthony M. Lightfoot, Spc. Andrew J. Roughton and Pfc. Dennis J. Pratt. He is survived by his parents, Gregory Owens, Sr. and LaDonna Owens, two brothers Lamar and Jonathon, and one sister Shelena.
25th Field Artillery
3rd Brigade Combat Team
10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry)
Fort Drum, New York
Burial is at Republican Baptist Church in Mooringsport, Louisiana
Categories: Army, Louisiana, OEF, Texas 10th Mountain Division, Army, Fort Drum, Jr, KIA, Killed in Afghanistan, Killed in Iraq, OEF, Sgt Gregory Owens
Born: July 18, 1983
Died: July 6, 2009 in Konduz, Afghanistan
Sgt. Brock H. Chavers of Portal, Georgia attended Portal High School and was a well liked and respected young man in the tiny community town. Brock was one of six brothers and sisters all of which were in JROTC in school and all achieving the highest rank. Two of his older brothers serve in the National Guard. A younger brother just completed Army basic training. Brock loved to play practical jokes and make people happy. But most of all he enjoyed life. He had a big heart and a giving nature. Brock enlisted in the Georgia National Guard in 2002. He was a member of the Pine Grove Holiness Church. He died at age 25 in Konduz, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. In addition to his mother and his siblings, Brock is survived by his wife, Minnie Chavers; his son, Master Brock, Jr., a step daughter, Tamecia Reason; his mother, Mrs. Loice Chavers; father, Mr. Jimmy Chavers; 3 sisters, Veronica Chavers, Venus Chavers, and Joyce Ann Williams; 4 brothers, Sgt. 1st Class Courtney Jones, Capt. Bryan Chavers, and Staff Sgt. Victor Chavers, and Pvt. 2nd class Brandon Chavers. Brocks’ wife serves in the same National Guard unit.
121st Infantry Regiment
Burial is at Bulloch Memorial Gardens in Statesboro, Georgia
Categories: Army, OEF 121st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion, Army, Georgia, JROTC, KIA, Killed in Afghanistan, Killed in Iraq, National Guard, OEF, Portal High School, Sgt Brock H Chavers
Born: March 24, 1989 in Wichita, Kansas
Died: June 19, 2009 in El Paso, Texas
Pfc. Erin M. Thomas of Augusta, Kansas graduated from Augusta High School in 2008. On August 8 of that same year he married Kayla Marie Thomas. He entered the United States Army in June of 2008, and upon completion of basic and advanced individual training, he was assigned to Fort Bliss. He served as a light wheel vehicle mechanic and was also cross-trained as a logistical and human resources specialist.
The following was submitted and used here with permission by his mother;
“Erin was the kind of person who never met a stranger, and never held a grudge. He kept all the other soldiers laughing and motivated. Even though he broke his wrist the first week of basic training (but wouldn’t tell his sergeant because he didn’t want to get sent home) he graduated on schedule. If you needed a hand he was the first to volunteer. He was even known to turn around on the highway to help someone with a flat tire or car trouble. He loved to work on anything with an engine or motor. He once took an engine apart four times until he got the timing chain on just right. He was proud to be a member of the United States Army, even though his grandfather was Air Force he thought Army was the best way to go. He was set to deploy to Afganistan in August of 2009, and was even looking for ways to deploy sooner. He didn’t want to leave his family, but he felt it was his duty to serve his country. His grandfather is a Vietnam veteran, and his uncle is an Iraq veteran, both came home safe and sound, so he just knew that he would too. Erin was so loved by his fellow soldiers that they put on a base wide memorial service for his family in El Paso. The casuatly assistance officer stated that this was very unusual, and he had never seen that many people show up in dress greens, even for a KIA soldier. Erin’s loss will forever leave a hole in the lives of the people who knew him, but those who did will be forever proud.”
He died died at age 20 at Beaumont Army Medical Center after an auto accident. He leaves his wife, Kayla, a daughter, Gracie Brayleen, his parents, Victor and Denise Lange, a sister, Amber May, his mother and father-in-law, Kim and Norman Hill, and father-in-law, Darryl King. Erin was a loving husband and a devoted father.
501st Brigade Support Battalion
1st Brigade Combat Team
1st Armored Division
Fort Bliss, Texas
Burial is at Kuster Cemetery in Augusta, Kansas
Born: January 2, 1986 in Trenton
Died: August 9, 2005 in Bayji, Iraq
Pfc. Nathaniel E. Detample of of Morrisville, Pennsylvania graduated from Pennsbury High School in 2004 and was a Criminal Justice student at Shippensburg University. Nate was an Eagle Scout who was determined to serve his country. While still in high school he was such a fan of the Phillies that he wore orange practically everyday. The lifelong resident of Falls Township served as camp counselor of Camp Ockanickon. Nate also enjoyed rock climbing. He is survived by his parents, Glenn R. and Kimberly J. Hovemeyer DeTample; one brother and sister, Victoria J. and Staten DeTample, his maternal grandparents, Nick and Barbara Hovemeyer, his maternal great-grandmother, Peggy Mettinger, his paternal grandfather, Howard R. DeTample. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Eleanor E. DeTample. Nate was killed at age 19 when a mine exploded and enemy forces attacked using small-arms fire as he was investigating a rocket-propelled grenade incident in Bayji, Iraq. Also killed were Spc. John Kulick, Spc. Gennaro Pellegrini Jr. and Sgt. Francis J. Straub Jr.
111th Infantry Regiment (Mechanized)
Burial is at Newtown Cemetery in Newtown, Pennsylvania