Thread: In Memoriam

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    19 October 2011


    US Navy Chief Petty Officer Raymond J. Border, died on 19th October 2011 during a mission to assess a route in Paktika province. He was serving with a provincial reconstruction team.

    31-year-old CPO Border, from Ohio, was based in Gulfport, Mississippi with Navy Mobile Construction Battalion 74.



    Article from local paper

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    World War II


    Aircrew Missing in Action from WWII Identified

    The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of 10 servicemen, missing in action from World War II, have been identified and are being returned to their families for burial with full military honors.

    Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Robert R. Bishop of Joliet, Ill.;
    2nd Lt. Thomas Digman, Jr. of Pittsburgh;
    2nd Lt. Donald W. Hess of Sioux City, Iowa;
    2nd Lt. Arthur W. Luce, of Fort Bragg, Calif.
    Staff Sgt. Joseph J. Karaso, of Philadelphia;
    Staff Sgt. Ralph L. McDonald of East Point, Ga.;
    Sgt. John P. Bonnassiolle of Oakland, Calif.;
    Sgt. James T. Blong of Port Washington, Wis.;
    Sgt. Michael A. Chiodo of Cleveland;
    and Sgt. John J. Harringer, Jr. of South Bend, Ind.
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    will be buried as a group, in a single casket representing the entire crew, on Oct. 26, in Arlington National Cemetery. Hess and Karaso will be interred individually in Arlington National Cemetery.

    On April 29, 1944, the 10 airmen were ordered to carry out a bombing mission over Berlin, Germany, in their B-24J Liberator aircraft, piloted by Bishop and Luce. German documents captured after the war noted that the aircraft crashed near the town of East Meitze, Germany, and there were no survivors. German forces buried the remains of Digman, Blong, and one unknown airman in a cemetery near Hannover, Germany, around the time of the crash. In 1946, the Army Graves Registration Service exhumed the remains of the three individuals for identification and reburied them in a U.S. Military Cemetery in Condroz, Belgium.

    In 2003, a German national located the site of the crash and recovered human remains, which were turned over to U.S. officials. In 2005, a Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) team excavated the crash site and gathered additional human remains, military equipment, and metal identification tags for Bishop, Blong, Bonnassiolle, and Harringer. The team also recovered a class ring with the initials AWL -- presumably belonging to Luce. In 2007, a JPAC team completed the site excavation and found additional evidence that helped to confirm the identity of the crew.

    Among other forensic identification tools and circumstantial evidence, scientists from JPAC and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory used dental analysis and mitochondrial DNA -- which matched that of some of the crewmembers’ families -- in the identification of their remains.

    At the end of the war, the U.S. government was unable to recover and identify approximately 79,000 Americans. Today, more than 73,000 remain unaccounted-for from the conflict.

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    22 October 2011


    An insurgent bomb claimed the life of US Army officer, 1st Lieutenant Ashley I. White, from Ohio, along with two other soldiers on 22nd October 2011 in Kandahar province.

    1Lt. White, age 24, served with the North Carolina National Guard, assigned to 230th Brigade Support Battalion, 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team. According to various news sources, she was part of an elite Cultural Support Team of female soldiers working alongside Special Operations forces.

    A press release from Army Special Operations Command said 1Lt. White "selflessly served and her actions exemplify the highest commitment to duty, honor and country."

    She leaves her husband Captain Jason Stumpf, her parents, Robert and Deborah White, brother Josh and twin sister Brittney.

    The other soldiers killed were Sgt. 1st Class Kristoffer Domeij and Pfc.Christopher A. Horns, both serving with the 75th Ranger Regiment.

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    22 October 2011

    An insurgent bomb claimed the life of US Army Private 1st Class Christopher A. Horns, from Colorado Springs, Colorado, along with two other soldiers on 22nd October 2011 in Kandahar province. Pfc. Horns was serving with the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.

    20-year-old Pfc. Horns joined the Army in July 2010 and was assigned as a rifleman to the 75th Ranger Regiment in March this year. This was his first deployment to Afghanistan.

    Lt. Col. David Hodne, commander of the 2nd Battalion, paid this tribute to Pfc. Horns: "Courageous and disciplined, he lost his life while pressing the assault in an area known for insurgent activity. He earned the universal respect of seniors and peers alike. We will honor his service and remember his sacrifice."

    Pfc. Horns leaves his parents Larry and Tamara Horns, and his sister Tiffany.

    The other soldiers killed were 1st Lieutenant Ashley White and Sgt. 1st Class Kristoffer Domeij.

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    22 October 2011

    An insurgent bomb claimed the life of US Army Sergeant 1st Class Kristoffer B. Domeij, age 29, from Colorado Springs, Colorado, along with two other soldiers on 22nd October 2011 in Kandahar province. Sgt. Domeij was serving with the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.

    He joined the Army in July 2001 after graduating from Rancho Bernardo High School, and joined the 75th Ranger Regiment in 2002, where he served as a forward observer. This was his 14th combat deployment.

    Sgt. Domeij was described as "a Ranger you wanted at your side when the chips were down" by 2nd battalion commander Lt. Col. David Hodne, who went on to say: "He was one of those men who was known by all as much for his humor, enthusiasm, and loyal friendship as he was for his unparalleled skill and bravery under fire."

    Sgt. Domeij leaves his wife Sarah, daughters Mikajsa and Aaliyah, his mother Scoti and brother Kyle.

    The other soldiers killed were 1st Lieutenant Ashley White and Pfc. Christopher Horns.

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    14 October 2011

    US Army Sgt. Cody L. Bryan, age 22, of Kettering, Ohio, died on October 14, 2011, from complications after surgery for an injury he sustained while in Iraq on his second tour. He was a member of the 3rd Battalion, 29th Field Artillery Regiment.
    Obituary and picture from hometown

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    From ABC News - article about Kristoffer B. Domeij (post #1715)

    14 deployments!!

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    21 October 2011

    WASHINGTON (October 25, 2011)—Fort Hood

    Pfc. Steven F. Shapiro, 29, of Hidden Valley Lake, Calif.
    , died Friday in Tallil, Iraq, the military said Tuesday.

    That’s the same day on which President Barack Obama announced that all U.S. troops will be out of Iraq by year’s end.

    No details of the circumstances of the death were released.

    Shapiro was assigned to Fort Hood’s 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division.

    Shapiro joined the Army in March 2010 and deployed to Iraq earlier this year, Fort Hood said Tuesday.

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    24 October 2011

    22-year-old US Marine Lance Corporal Jason N. Barfield, from Ashford, Alabama, died in Helmand province on 24th October 2011 during combat operations in the area.

    L-Cpl. Barfield served with 3rd Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, based at Twentynine Palms, California. He joined the Marine Corps in January 2010. This was his first combat deployment to Afghanistan.

    His personal service awards include the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the NATO-ISAF Medal.

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    23 October 2011

    US Army Sergeant Edward Grace, serving with the Massachusetts National Guard in Afghanistan, died on 22nd October 2011 from an unknown medical condition at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

    39-year-old Sgt. Grace had been flown to Walter Reed from Afghanistan, where he was serving with the 182nd Infantry Battalion, providing security for a provincial reconstruction team. He joined the National Guard in 2006 and deployed to Afghanistan in March this year for a 1-year mission.

    Lt. Col. James Sahady, public affairs officer with the Massachusetts Army National Guard told the press that Sgt. Grace’s medical condition was not combat-related.

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    23 October 2011


    FORT HOOD (October 25, 2011)—Fort Hood

    Capt. Shawn P. T. Charles of Hickory, N.C. died Sunday at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio of what the Army said Tuesday was a non-combat-related illness.

    Charles, 40, deployed to Iraq in August, Fort Hood said.
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    Charles was assigned to Fort Hood’s 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division.

    He joined the Army in 2009, Fort Hood said, and his decorations included the Bronze Star Medal.


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    25 October 2011

    The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation New Dawn.

    Sgt. 1st Class David G. Robinson, 28, of Winthrop Harbor, Ill., died Oct. 25 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He was assigned to the U.S. Army Support Activity, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

    Article and picture from the Chicago Tribune.

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    Today, in Kabul - at least 5 Americans and a Canadian killed in a suicide bombing.

    3 Australians in another incident.

    Details when they are posted.

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    26 October 2011

    26-year-old US Army Sgt. John A. Lyons, from Seaside Park, New Jersey was killed in action in Ghazni province on 26th October 2011. He died during an exchange of fire with enemy forces.

    Sgt. Lyons served with the 8th Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade based at Fort Hood in Texas. He joined the Army in February 2009 as a combat engineer and deployed to Afghanistan in December 2010 on a one year mission.

    His awards and decorations include the NATO Medal, three Army Achievement Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and Combat Action Badge.
    Article from local paper.

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    27 October 2011

    Japan-based US Marine Staff Sgt. Stephen J. Dunning was killed on 27th October while attempting to disarm a homemade bomb that had been buried by insurgents in Helmand province.

    31-year-old SSgt Dunning, from Milpitas, California, served with the 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, based in Okinawa. He had served in the military for almost 13 years. This was his second combat deployment to Afghanistan.

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