Posts Tagged ‘National Guard’

Sgt Joseph Otto Behnke

October 11th, 2009 No comments

joseph-o-behnkeBorn: 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.

National Guard
1st Battalion
258th Field Artillery Regiment
Brooklyn, New York

Burial is at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York

Sgt Brock Henry Chavers, Sr

July 10th, 2009 No comments

brock-chaversBorn: 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.
2nd Battalion
121st Infantry Regiment
Americus, Georgia

Burial is at Bulloch Memorial Gardens in Statesboro, Georgia

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