Thread: In Memoriam

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    1 October 2011

    US Navy Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL) Caleb A. Nelson, from Omaha, Nebraska, was killed on 1st October 2011 when the patrol vehicle he was in struck a road mine in Zabul province.

    26-year-old PO1 Nelson, father of two boys, served with the Naval Special Warfare Unit, based in Virginia. He had graduated from SEAL training in 2006 and had served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Captain Tim Szymanski, commander of Nelson's unit said: “Caleb Nelson was a cherished teammate, a gifted SEAL operator, and a loving husband and father. His tireless professionalism, inspiring passion for life and his humble and selfless service to our country made him a role model for all who knew him.”

    He is survived by his wife, two sons and his parents.


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    28 September 2011


    US Army 10th Mountain Division First Sergeant Billy J. Siercks died in Landstuhl, Germany on 28th September 2011 from injuries he received during a contact with enemy forces in Logar, Afghanistan, the previous day.

    32-year-old Sgt. Siercks, from Velda Village, Missouri, served with the 2nd Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, based at Fort Drum, New York.
    Article and photo from local paper.

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    Missing Vietnam War Soldiers Identified

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

    Master Sgt. Charles V. Newton of Canadian, Texas; Sgt. 1st Class Douglas E. Dahill of Lima, Ohio; and Sgt. 1st Class Charles F. Prevedel of St. Louis, Mo., all U.S. Army, will be buried as a group on Oct. 5 at Arlington National Cemetery. Newton was also individually identified and will be interred individually at Arlington on the same day as the group interment. On April 17, 1969, the men and three Vietnamese soldiers were on a long-range reconnaissance patrol operating in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, near the border of Laos. That afternoon the patrol was ambushed by enemy forces and radioed for air support but thunderstorms in the area prevented rescue attempts. Search and rescue teams reached the site the next day but over the next week found no signs of the men.

    Between 1990 and 1993,joint U.S./Socialist Republic of Vietnam (S.R.V.) teams, led by Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC), interviewed witnesses, investigated leads and excavated the site associated with the ambush. The teams recovered human remains, personal effects and military equipment. In 2003, some of the recovered remains were identified as those of Prevedel. In 2006 and 2007, joint U.S./S.R.V. teams returned to the site and recovered additional remains and military equipment.

    Among other forensic identification tools and circumstantial evidence, scientists from the JPAC and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory also used dental comparisons and mitochondrial DNA in the identification of the remains.

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    U.S. Soldier MIA from Korean War Identified

    The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of a serviceman, missing in action from the Korean War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

    Army Cpl. Edward M. Pedregon of El Paso, Texas, will be buried on Oct. 6 in Arlington National Cemetery. A memorial service was held in San Elizario, Texas, on Oct. 1. In late November 1950 Pedregon and the Heavy Mortar Company, of the 31st Regimental Combat Team – known as Task Force Faith – were overrun by Chinese forces near the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea. After several days of heavy attacks, Task Force Faith was forced to withdraw, but was stopped by enemy blockades that overpowered them on Dec. 2, 1950. Pedregon was reported missing in action on Nov. 30, 1950.

    In 1953, following the exchange of all prisoners of war by both sides of the conflict, no further information was gained to indicate that Pedregon had been held as a prisoner of war, and he was declared dead.

    In 2004, a joint U.S./Korean People’s Army team excavated several sites in the Chosin Reservoir area and recovered the remains of at least nine individuals and military equipment. The location of the remains corresponds to the positions temporarily held by elements of Task Force Faith in late November 1950.

    Among forensic identification tools and circumstantial evidence, scientists from the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory used dental records, and mitochondrial DNA – which matched that of Pedregon’s mother and brother—in the identification of the remains.

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    Polish Army Lance Corporal Rafal Nowakowski was killed in action on 4th October 2011 in Ghazni province when a bomb exploded beneath the armored vehicle he was in.

    30-year-old L-Cpl. Nowakowski served as a rifleman with the 17th Wielkopolska Mechanised Brigade based at Międzyrzec. He had been in the Polish Army since 2003.

    Two other soldiers were wounded and their condition has been described as “stable”.

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    Update, of sorts, from a previous post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grace View Post
    Great Britain - David Fairbrother




    Grace, I'm so happy that you found David's memorial tribute. He went to my secondary school, and although a few years above myself, I have a few vague memories of him. He was a very keen sportsman, and many staff I am still in contact with recall his enthusiasm and commitment to the school teams.

    He was recently repatriated at RAF Brize Norton, and his body was brought for a last visit to the school he played such a key role in.

    If anyone would like to read more about him, you can see the website of my old secondary school: http://www.qegs.blackburn.sch.uk/new...em.php?id=1021

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miss Z View Post
    Grace, I'm so happy that you found David's memorial tribute. He went to my secondary school, and although a few years above myself, I have a few vague memories of him. He was a very keen sportsman, and many staff I am still in contact with recall his enthusiasm and commitment to the school teams.

    He was recently repatriated at RAF Brize Norton, and his body was brought for a last visit to the school he played such a key role in.

    If anyone would like to read more about him, you can see the website of my old secondary school: http://www.qegs.blackburn.sch.uk/new...em.php?id=1021
    Thanks for providing that link. It's nice to find out more about the lives of the service men and women than just their rank and unit.

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    6 October 2011

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

    Lance Cpl. Benjamin W. Schmidt, 24, of San Antonio, Texas, died Oct. 6 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

    This incident is under investigation.

    Article with photo from hometown paper.

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    8 October 2011


    US Army Specialist Ricardo Cerros Jr was killed in action in Logar province on 8th October 2011 during a gun battle with enemy forces. He died from gunshot wounds.

    24-year-old Spc. Cerros, from Salinas, California, served with the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. He enlisted in the Army in July 2010 and joined the Rangers in March this year. This was his first deployment to Afghanistan.

    Lt. Col. David Hodne, Commander of 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, said about Spc. Cerros: “He was a warrior who lost his life while fighting courageously alongside his fellow Rangers. We will honor his service to our country and never forget his sacrifice. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Cerros family.”

    Spc. Cerros leaves his father and stepmother, Ricardo Cerros Sr. and Deborah Cerros, and his mother, Maqueirte Cuevas among other relatives and friends.

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    19-year-old Alaska-based Private Danny Chen, from New York, died in Kandahar province, Afghanistan on 3rd October. Pvt. Chen served with the 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, based at Fort Wainwright.

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    8 October 2011

    Army Capt. Joshua S. Lawrence
    29, of Nashville, Tenn.

    Assigned to 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.; died Oct. 8 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by a rocket propelled grenade.


    Article from hometown paper

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    Army Capt. Drew E. Russell, 25, of Scotts, Mich.; assigned to 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.; died Oct. 8 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by a rocket propelled grenade.

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    'Ever since he was a little kid, he was in the Army'

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    SCOTTS, Mich. — A 25-year-old Army captain from southwestern Michigan whose boyhood maneuvers with toy soldiers were more like training than play and who was planning a military career was killed along with a comrade from Tennessee when Afghan insurgents attacked their unit with a rocket propelled grenade, his family and the military said.

    Capt. Drew E. Russell of Scotts and Capt. Joshua Lawrence, 29, of Nashville, Tenn., died Saturday after enemy forces attacked their unit in Kandahar province, the Defense Department announced Monday.

    Russell's hometown is in Kalamazoo County, about 10 miles southeast of Kalamazoo.

    Russell and Lawrence were assigned to the 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Colo.

    Russell graduated from Vicksburg High School in 2004 and entered Western Michigan University as an ROTC student, graduating in 2008 with a double major in criminal justice and military science, the Kalamazoo Gazette reported.

    Jim Russell, 59, said his son planned a military career. He said his son spent long hours as a child arranging units of toy soldiers around the house and staging mock battles. It was more practice than play, the father said.

    "I always looked at him and wondered if he was (Gen. George) Patton," the father told The Gazette of Colorado Springs, Colo. "Ever since he was a little kid, he was in the Army. That's what he wanted."

    Russell also had a playful side, his father said. He once broke into a friend's house while she was on vacation and ripped the labels off of every can of food.

    "She spent three or four months guessing what dinner was going to be," his father said.

    Russell's first overseas deployment was to Afghanistan, starting June 13. He was responsible for U.S. and Afghan soldiers at police stations around Afghanistan, his family said.

    "He was a wonderful son," said mother Patti Russell, 52. "He was very loving and he had a great sense of humor. There's just an empty hole in my heart that will never be filled again."

    Russell's remains were flown to Dover, Del., Air Force Base on Monday afternoon.

    "Drew won't even be able to have kids," Jim Russell said as he choked back tears. "What do you say? He had a good future in front of him."

    Drew Russell is also survived by his brother, James. Funeral plans were not immediately announced.


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    Army Chief Warrant Officer 3 James B. Wilke, 38, of Ione, Calif.; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command, Fort Bliss, Texas; died Oct. 10 in Doha, Qatar, in a noncombat incident
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    Army Sgt. Nathan L. Wyrick, 34, of Enumclaw, Wash.; assigned to 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.; died Oct. 10 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of combat-related injuries.



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