Thread: In Memoriam

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    2011 Foreign Fatalities - Afghanistan

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    17 September 2011


    27-year-old US Army Staff Sergeant Michael W. Hosey, from Birmingham, Alabama, was killed in action on 17th September 2011 during a battle with enemy forces in Uruzgan province, Afghanistan. He died from small arms fire injuries.

    Staff Sgt. Hosey served with the 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group, based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.

    SSgt. Hosey joined the Army in 2001 as a Communications Intelligence Specialist. He served the 11th Military Intelligence Brigade as an instructor. In 2003, he was assigned to Fort Huachuca, Arizona, where he served as a Communications Intelligence Specialist. In 2005, he was assigned to Fort Lewis, Washington.

    He has been posthumously awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star Medal.


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    17 September 2011

    US Army Sergeant Garrick L. Eppinger Jr., died in Parwan province on 17th September 2011. This was his third deployment to Afghanistan.

    Sgt. Eppinger, age 25, from Appleton, Wisconsin, served with the 395th Ordnance Company, 687th Combat Sustainment Support Brigade, 646th Regional Support Group, based at Wausau, Wisconsin.
    Article from local paper.

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    18 September 2011


    US Army Specialist Chazray C. Clark, was killed in action on 18th September 2011 when an insurgent bomb detonated beside his unit in Kandahar province.

    24-year-old Spc. Clark, from Ecorse, Michigan served with 4th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, based at Fort Riley, Kansas.
    Article from local paper.

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    Airmen Missing In Action From WWII Identified

    The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of nine 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 1st Lt. William J. Sarsfield of Philadelphia; 2nd Lt. Charles E. Trimingham of Salinas, Calif.; Tech. Sgt. Robert L. Christopherson of Blue Earth, Minn.; and Tech. Sgt. Leonard A. Gionet of Shirley, Mass., will be buried as a group in a single casket on Sept. 21 in Arlington National Cemetery, along with remains representing previously identified crew members 2nd Lt. Herman H. Knott, 2nd Lt. Francis G. Peattie, Staff Sgt. Henry Garcia, Staff Sgt. Robert E. Griebel, and Staff Sgt. Pace P. Payne, who were individually buried in 1985. These nine airmen were ordered to carry out a bombing mission over Rabaul, Papau New Guinea (P.N.G.), in their B-17E Flying Fortress nicknamed Naughty but Nice, taking off from an airfield near Dobodura, P.N.G., on June 26, 1943. The aircraft was damaged by anti-aircraft fire and ultimately shot down by Japanese fighter aircraft. A tenth man, the navigator and only survivor of the crash -- 2nd Lt. Jose L. Holguin -- was held as a prisoner of war until his release in September 1945.

    In 1949, U.S. military personnel in the area were led by local citizens to a B-17 crash site on New Britain Island. Remains were recovered but couldn’t be identified given the technology of the time. The remains were buried as unknown at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu.

    In 1982 and 1983, Holguin returned to the area and located the crash site. A fragment of the aircraft nose art was recovered and is displayed in the War Museum in Kokopo, P.N.G. In 1985, the remains were exhumed and identified as Knott, Payne, Garcia, Peattie, and Griebel. In 2001, a team from the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) excavated the site and found additional human remains and crew-related equipment.

    Among forensic identification tools and circumstantial evidence, scientists from JPAC used dental comparisons and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory used 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 are unaccounted for from the conflict.

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    British Marine Commando David Fairbrother, of Kilo Company, 42 Commando Royal Marines, was killed in action in Helmand province, Afghanistan on 19th September 2011. The Commando and his unit were ambushed by enemy forces while conducting a joint patrol with the Afghan National Army in Khorgajat, Nahr-e Saraj.

    Born in February 1987, Marine Fairbrother joined the Royal Marines in November 2009 and joined 42 Commando in September 2010.

    His sharp mind and strong soldiering skills made him a natural choice for training as a member of an All Arms Search Team, seeing him conduct numerous compound clearances at significant risk in order to ensure the safety of his comrades.

    Marine Fairbrother was a highly motivated Royal Marine who was excelling in his first appointment and had aspirations to specialise in the Landing Craft branch on his return from operations. His passion for testing himself both physically and mentally was epitomised by his hobbies of Skydiving and Waterpolo. He was a Marine with great potential who will be sorely missed.

    Marine Fairbrother leaves his mother Julie, sisters Ruth and Emily and his girlfriend Melissa.

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    18 September 2011


    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Officials have released the name of a soldier who died Sept. 18 in Tikrit, Iraq, of injuries sustained in a noncombat related incident.

    Staff Sgt. Estevan Altamirano, 30, whose home of record is listed as Edcouch, Texas, entered active-duty service in January 2001 as an armor crewman. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, since April 2008.

    Altamirano deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from January 2004 through February 2005, October 2006 through January 2008, January 2009 through December 2009 and May 2011 through September 2011.

    Altamirano awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, four Army Commendation Medals, four Army Achievement Medals, Valorous Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Award, three Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal with four campaign stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Non-commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, three Overseas Service Ribbons and a Combat Action Badge.

    Circumstances surrounding this incident is under investigation.

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    18 September 2011


    The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

    Spc. Ryan J. Cook, 29, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., died Sept. 18 in Takhar province, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Wainwright, Alaska.


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    18 September 2011

    Sgt. Timothy D. Sayne, 31, of Reno, Nev., died Sept. 18 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 5th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Wainwright, Alaska.


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    September 21, 2011
    Former Effingham man killed in action

    The Effingham Daily News Wed Sep 21, 2011

    EFFINGHAM — Former Effingham resident Timothy D. Sayne was reportedly killed in action in Afghanistan Sunday.

    The 31-year-old U.S. Army sergeant was stationed at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, according to information obtained from Hall Funeral Chapel. He has been in the Army since 2008.

    Sayne, an Effingham High School graduate, was the son of Mary “Kathy” (Even) Sayne of Effingham and Robert Sayne. He has one son and another on the way with wife, Thania.

    Services will be held in Effingham at a yet-to-be-determined date, with interment in Arlington National Cemetery.

    No more information on his death is available at this time.

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    21 September 2011


    US Army Specialist Robert E. Dyas, from Nampa, Idaho, was one of two soldiers killed in action in Kandahar province on 21st September 2011 from injuries received when enemy forces attacked their unit with small arms fire.

    21-year-old Spc. Dyas served with the 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor Regiment, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, based at Fort Riley, Kansas.

    Spc. Dyas leaves his mother Melissa Nowland, stepfather Jerry Nowland, brother Jake and fiancee, Kasey Kobelt.

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    21 September 2011


    US Army Specialist Jakob J. Roelli, from Darlington, Wisconsin, was one of two soldiers killed in action in Kandahar province on 21st September 2011 from injuries received when enemy forces attacked their unit with small arms fire.

    24-year-old Spc. Roelli served with the 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor Regiment, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, based at Fort Riley, Kansas.

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    21 September 2011

    21-year-old US Marine Lance Corporal Terry C. Wright, from Carrolton, Ohio, was killed in Afghanistan on 21st September 2011 whilst on his second tour of duty in the country.

    He graduated from boot camp in October 2008, and deployed to Afghanistan for the first time in December 2009. He left for his second tour of duty in Afghanistan in July this year.

    L-Cpl. Wright served with the 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, based at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

    His awards include the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, and the NATO Medal for Afghanistan.

    He leaves his mother, a brother and sister among other loving relatives and friends.

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    28-year-old Italian Army Caporal Maggiore Massimo Di Legge was one of three military personnel killed on Friday 23rd September 2011 in a vehicle accident near their base in Herat, Afghanistan.

    Caporal Maggiore Di Legge was born in Aprilia and served with the Central Logistics Group based in Rome. He was part of an Operational Mentoring and Liaison Team (OMLT) involved in training Afghan National Army soldiers.

    He leaves his parents and two brothers.

    Friends left messages of condolence on his Facebook page. "Finding out that you died in the war has left me speechless," said one former classmate.


    Italian Army Caporal Maggiore Scelto Mario Frasca was one of three military personnel killed on Friday 23rd September 2011 in a vehicle accident near their base in Herat, Afghanistan.

    The 32-year-old was born in Foggia and was based in Verona with Headquarters Land Forces Command. He joined the Italian Army in 1999 and served in Kosovo and Afghanistan prior to this deployment.

    He was part of an Operational Mentoring and Liaison Team (OMLT) involved in training Afghan National Army soldiers.



    Italian Army Lieutenant Riccardo Bucci was one of three military personnel killed on Friday 23rd September 2011 in a vehicle accident near their base in Herat, Afghanistan.

    34-year-old Lt. Bucci, who was born in Milan, served with the Reggimento Lagunari 'Serenissima' having served in that regiment since 2007. This was his second deployment to Afghanistan. He also previously served in Bosnia.

    He was part of an Operational Mentoring and Liaison Team (OMLT) involved in training Afghan National Army soldiers.

    Lt. Bucci leaves behind his wife and 13-month-old child



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    22 September 2011


    Longwood Soldier Dies In Iraq
    Army Sergeant Was Serving Operation New Dawn


    A soldier from Longwood, Fla. died Thursday while serving in Iraq, the U.S. Department of Defense confirmed.

    Sgt. Andy C. Morales, 32, was assigned to the 143rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) out of Orlando. He was supporting Operation New Dawn in Baghdad when he died.

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    23 September 2011

    US Army Sergeant Rafael E. Bigai Baez, from San Juan, Puerto Rico died on 23rd September 2011 from injuries received in a bomb blast in Wardak province.

    28-year-old Sgt. Bigai Baez was an infantryman with the 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division. He joined the Army in October 2003 and arrived at Fort Polk in June, 2010. Bigai Baez deployed to Kuwait from December 2004 to December 2005. He deployed to Afghanistan with his unit in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in October 2010.

    He was awarded the the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal and several other honors.

    Bigai Baez is survived by his two children, his mother and father.


    US Army Private 1st Class Carlos A. Aparicio, from San Bernadino, California died on 23rd September 2011 from injuries received in a bomb blast in Wardak province.

    19-year-old Private First Class Aparicio was an infantryman with the 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division. He joined the Army in June 2010. After training at Fort Benning, Georgia, he arrived at Fort Polk in January, 2011. He deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in February 2011.

    Aparicio's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Army Achievement Medal and other honors.

    Aparicio is survived by his mother and father.

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