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Link Posted: 6/20/2007 3:56:08 PM EST
1SG Tobias C Meister 28 Dec 2005 Afghanistan, IED

SSG Clinton T Newman 13 Feb 2006 Afghanistan, IED

Lost But Never Forgotten!

Link Posted: 6/21/2007 8:30:17 PM EST
Link Posted: 7/11/2007 2:20:58 PM EST
Link Posted: 7/14/2007 8:07:13 AM EST
[Last Edit: ktrout01] [#4]
The Department of Defense announced today the death of three sailors who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. They died July 6 as a result of enemy action while conducting combat operations in the vicinity of Baghdad, Iraq. The three sailors were assigned to an East Coast-based SEAL team. (Team 4)

Killed were:

Petty Officer First Class Jason Dale Lewis, 30, of Brookfield, Conn.,

Petty Officer First Class Robert Richard McRill, 42, of Lake Placid, Fla.,

Petty Officer First Class Steven Phillip Daugherty, 28, of Barstow, Calif.

For further information related to this release, contact Naval Special Warfare Group Two Public Affairs at 757-462-2282.

Fair winds and following seas shipmates.
Link Posted: 7/16/2007 1:07:47 PM EST
Link Posted: 7/23/2007 4:32:08 PM EST
Originally Posted By bobd25:
CWO Scott Dyer, 3rd SFG

Chief Warrant Officer Scott W. Dyer, 38, of Cocoa Beach, Florida, died October 11, 2006, in Banditemur, Afghanistan, from injuries suffered during combat operations.
Please take a moment to read the information about him here:


    I can think of many good times I had running around Arkansas with him when we were in the 509th PIR.  He was a laugh riot.  He got caught in the bag one night on Little White Oak Ridge by some 7th ID guys.  The 7th ID guys thought they had found an empty partrol base so started searching the stuff, A great big guy picked the fart sack and started swinging it around to dump out the "stuff" hidden inside.  Dyer must have weighed about 98lbs soaking wet back then.  I was down the ridge and could hear him yelling Lee's (his partner) name as he thought it him messing with him.  We all lived in the same apartment complex outside the gate at Little Rock Airforce Base before we moved to Polk.  Jodi was a beautiful woman, and they didn't have kids then.
    Thanks for posting, I check the names near every day, I remember seeing his and not wanting to find out if it was who I thought it was.  I have lost count of the number of men I have known who have been lost, and lately sons of men I have served with.  They have at least seen the end of war.
Link Posted: 7/25/2007 11:06:40 PM EST
Link Posted: 8/5/2007 6:43:43 PM EST
My Friends and Colleagues from 1-32INF who died in Afghanistan
 1LT Forest Ewens- My PL, mentor and friend
 SGT David"Harry" Heirholzer fellow team leader and friend
 SGT Charles McClain
 MAJ Douglas Sloan
 SGT Ian Sanchez
 SGT Jermey Depottey
 SGT Russell Durgin
 SPC Angelo Vaccaro
  and many more whom died bravely fighting and destroying the enemy.
              they will not be forgotten!
Link Posted: 8/6/2007 9:20:12 AM EST
Link Posted: 8/9/2007 6:29:53 PM EST
Link Posted: 8/15/2007 2:12:44 PM EST
[Last Edit: 21BoomCBTENGR] [#11]
Sgt. Jonathan Forde
237th En. Co. SAPPER "Commanche Company"

He died during training at Ft. McCoy, WI of Bacterial Meningitis.  He served a tour in Iraq at Q West, and he was deploying with my company to Baghdad to clear IEDs.  He lived in Vienna and his parents are British, but he served his new country admirably.  He leaves behind a girlfriend who he intended to propose to when he got back and many friends who will miss him.

Link Posted: 8/15/2007 6:28:31 PM EST
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Link Posted: 8/20/2007 3:37:26 PM EST
Must be some dust in the air...

RIP my brothers.


Link Posted: 8/20/2007 11:35:10 PM EST
SSG Jeffrey Rayner
Co. A, 467th EN BN (C)(W)
30 AUG 05

He was murdered the very first day he got home on leave from Iraq.  He deployed before Christmas '04 on advanced party and spent 9 months in Iraq running the company CP at night and filled-in driving or gunning on IED hunting patrols. He always volunteered to go on missions.  His convoy even got hit by an IED on their way to LSA Anaconda so he can catch a flight-out to go on leave.

We were all shocked to find out he died.  He made it out of Iraq and was supposed to have been safe.  SSG Rayner was an NCO who was relentless in accomplishing any task and would always go out of his way to help someone out.
Link Posted: 8/22/2007 9:07:09 AM EST
Link Posted: 8/28/2007 7:53:04 PM EST
[Last Edit: Bree] [#17]
I would like to express my condolences to the families and friends of these Fallen Heroes.  As one of the members of the Living Legend Team with Soldiers' Angels it has been my honor to talk with many of these families and to donate a tree in their loved ones memory..

God Bless them.
Link Posted: 9/6/2007 5:19:26 PM EST
Link Posted: 9/16/2007 1:12:21 PM EST
I did not see him on here and I believe that he should be remembered.

Link Posted: 9/17/2007 1:58:34 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/10/2007 3:26:06 PM EST
[Last Edit: doubleclaw] [#21]

Originally Posted By Fullauto_Shooter:
Men I've known and worked with:

MAJ Chris Splinter - 5th EN BN S3 stationed at FOB Gunner (AKA Taji) - KIA on 24 DEC 03 by an IED vic Samarra.

CPT Chris Soelzer - 5th EN BN Assistant S3 stationed at FOB Gunner (AKA Taji) - KIA on 24 DEC by an IED vic Samarra.

MAJ Bill Hecker - 3-16 FA BN S3 stationed at FOB Duke - KIA on 5 JAN 06 by an IED vic Najaf.

CPT Chris Petty - 3-16 FA BN Assistant S3 stationed at FOB Duke - KIA by an IED on 5 JAN 06 by an IED vic Najaf.

SFC Terry Wallace - 4-42 FA BN HHB Radar Platoon Sergeant stationed at Camp Taji - KIA on 27 JUN 06 by an IED vic Taji.

RIP Soldiers - you've done your duty well.

I left Camp Duke on 28DEC05, and we heard that 4th ID had started taking some bad hits right after we got outta there. I didn't know those guys, but our paths probably crossed a time or two before I flew out. Those IED's started right after some convoy shot up a car and killed an 11 year old boy. We never did find out who did that, because they hauled ass out of our AO right after they did it. Caused a LOT of bad blood in Najaf.


PV2 Benjamin Freeman, 19 years old, 19K, K Troop, 3rd ACR, drowned in the Euphrates River 13OCT03. This goof was my Battle Buddy at Ft. Knox, and was one hell of a good guy. A damn' shame he had to go at 19.
Link Posted: 10/15/2007 6:24:35 PM EST
I read all these stories and it reinforces my deccision of enlisting in the army reserve. I hope for Basic in January.

God Bless America

Never Forgive, Never Forget
Link Posted: 10/19/2007 10:32:34 AM EST
Link Posted: 10/19/2007 10:42:52 AM EST
Pvt Nathan Thacker 10th mountain,  Taken by an IED Oct 12th 2007.

Link Posted: 10/22/2007 6:37:32 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/29/2007 4:15:15 PM EST
[Last Edit: 21BoomCBTENGR] [#26]
SPC David Lambert
237th En. Co. SAPPER "Commanche Company"

He  was killed while clearing routes in Bagdad in Sadr City by an IED.  Sappers Lead the way.

Lambert always had the most squared away uniform and he reenlisted in the guard because his friends had gone overseas after he had gotten out.  He always had the best spit-shined boots and missed the old BDUs that he could wear them with.  He leaves behind a wife and many friends who'll miss him.

 I'll miss you HighSpeed
Link Posted: 10/29/2007 5:21:41 PM EST
Link Posted: 11/2/2007 2:08:15 PM EST
Link Posted: 11/8/2007 4:33:11 AM EST
SSGT John T. Self KIA on May 14 2007 by an IED in SW Baghdad.

USAF Det 3/732 ESFS 89th MP BDE
Link Posted: 11/8/2007 9:55:07 AM EST
I know these posts all seem to be more modern but here's to a few friends of mine and my replacement in Vietnam.

Sgt Monty Lyons 1/4/3 died December 06, 1967 the day he was due to go home;


SSgt James M Ball 2/1/1 died September 16, 1970 after I had gotten out on his second tour, we went over together on our first tour.


Sgt Harold Wayne Sigmon died January 08, 1968, he was my replacement and went to pick up a Marine prisioner being released.  I would have went but he was busting our chops not wanting to be there so we sent him to get him out of hair for a couple days.

I think about him often, I never did contact any of his realatives, I did for the other two guys listed above.

Link Posted: 11/8/2007 5:57:18 PM EST
Link Posted: 11/9/2007 11:43:52 AM EST
Link Posted: 11/30/2007 8:40:04 AM EST
Captain Durham, USAF. Prior enlisted. Died in a blackhawk crash en route to a-stan to conduct a reenlistment ceremony. I served under him at Travis AFB. He was an awesome leader, always smiling. left behind a four year old and a 1 year hold IIRC... a good friend and a former OIC down in one year for me.  
Link Posted: 12/1/2007 3:39:14 PM EST
SGT William Crow Jr., 28
Died June 28, 2007 from an IED in Baghdad, Iraq
Link Posted: 12/4/2007 9:16:18 AM EST
Link Posted: 12/16/2007 9:22:58 PM EST
KIA September 25, 2007 HM 2nd Class Luke Milam, 26, of Littleton Colo., with 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion of Camp Lejeune, N.C. Milam was the second member of his unit, and the first sailor belonging to a Marine special operations unit, to be killed in combat in Afghanistan.
Link Posted: 12/20/2007 2:09:23 PM EST
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Link Posted: 12/30/2007 10:45:50 PM EST
[Last Edit: ZeikHunter] [#39]
Had the pleasure of watching a Red v. Blue marathon with him a week before. I was on radio watch when it happened.

Served in his company breifly, never had an opportunity to speak with him, but I'll remember him for the fact that he used a gold-braided rope as a sling. looked like the kind you'd see on an american flag, complete with tassels.

Worked with him for a time. didnt realize it was him til he wasnt there anymore.

He had the bunk next to me during mobilization. Damn fine soldier, damn fine marine. I remember when he'd disappear after a night of drinking, using the "Dreasky call" to find him. "ca-KAW! ca-KAW!"

these were the 3 other people in Dreasky's vehicle, from B/125
Link Posted: 1/13/2008 5:10:22 PM EST
Hate to see this post go for so long but never let are brothers memories be forgotten!  Pass there name to the ones we love! Let them know who are the hero's (As they call us!) Heroes! The people we look up to!! Let the people know the real hero's live in the heart of the ones they call hero's! Let them know we think of the hero's hero day by day!

1/5 Alpha company! There hero's
Link Posted: 1/13/2008 5:18:21 PM EST

Originally Posted By VACaver:
I'll chip in...

The crew of MAC 60150, members of my squadron (52nd MAS) who died flying into Hurlburt Field during bad weather...weather so bad no one on the ground was allowed to take off.

What a waste.

When did this happen?? I live about an hour away from Eglin.
Link Posted: 2/2/2008 5:33:59 PM EST
Seventeen years ago today on 02 February 1991, Major Eugene McCarthy USMCR lost his life when his Huey Cobra gunship went down in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm.  He was flying armed escort for a medivac mission.  The crash was reported to have been caused by poor visibility due to a sandstorm and failing light at dusk.  The medivac ship with the casualty was able to land safely.

Gene and I had served together as DEA agents in Peru as part of a 3-month Operation Snowcap deployment the previous spring and summer.  He was a fine Marine, a fine agent and a fine and valued friend.  Attending his funeral service and burial was painful, but the most painful aspect of the entire affair did not come until several days afterward.  In late February, I received an envelope stamped "Return to writer-Unclaimed."  It was the letter I had mailed to Gene 11 days before his death.

Please take a moment today to remember Gene and all those like him, past, present and future


Link Posted: 2/2/2008 7:46:50 PM EST
Link Posted: 2/5/2008 3:31:00 PM EST

Originally Posted By 21BoomCBTENGR:
BTT, no one thinks this is a good idea?

I think it out fucking standing!!!!

Semper Fidelis!!!!

Link Posted: 2/5/2008 3:31:01 PM EST
[Last Edit: ritterkreuz1945] [#45]

Originally Posted By 21BoomCBTENGR:
BTT, no one thinks this is a good idea?

I think it out fucking standing!!!!

Semper Fidelis!!!!

Link Posted: 2/11/2008 8:58:46 AM EST
Link Posted: 2/20/2008 2:13:37 PM EST
[Last Edit: AgentDavis] [#47]
Albert Bitton
Combat Medic

I believe he died today but I do not as yet have any info on exactly where he was stationed and with who he was stationed.

If anyone has any information, Please post it in this forum


Rest in Peace Brother.

Link Posted: 2/20/2008 2:32:43 PM EST

Captain Sean Patrick Sims (front and center)

Captain Sean Patrick Sims born August 27, 1972, died November 13, 2004 in Fallujah, Iraq. Captain Sims, was commanding A Company, 2-2 BN, 1st Infantry Division, when he was killed in action. He was leading his company in action against a band of insurgents occupying buildings in Fallujah.

Sean was the commander of Company L-2 when we were cadets at A&M. He was two years older and I did not know him well. Fast forward a few years, my wife and Sean's wife were roomates for 3 years at A&M and great friends. This is when I got to know Sean better. It is hard to imagine a better man, a true leader and kind and devoted husband he is truly the best of us. Below is a letter that his father, a soldier, wrote upon his death.

My son, the soldier, comes home… for good.

At last report he had left Iraq and was waiting a flight in Kuwait. With luck he will be in Germany today and then on to Texas. By the way, he is called “remains” but I know better. He is my son.

I want to tell you about him. Not because he is so great a guy – although I think so, but because he represents the thousands of sons and daughters America is sending to far away places to secure our peace and our liberties at home.

Captain Sean Patrick Sims, commanding officer of A Company, 2-2 BN, 1st Infantry Division, was killed in action Nov. 13 in Fallujah, Iraq while clearing insurgent occupied buildings. A tough assignment, clearing an urban area. Dirty, dangerous work. Sean lost his executive officer the day before and I read of the deaths of two Marine Captains who were similarly killed in Fallujah.

It is sad when a father must write his own son’s obituary. I don’t know what to say. My son, like others falling in that conflict, was a hero who believed in his mission, his unit, and his men. He also believed leaders should be in the front, leading, not following. And that is how he died. He was well liked and respected by his superiors and the men in his company, who sensed his concern for their well being. He was also concerned about the well being of the Iraqi people and did his utmost to guard them from harm.

Sean was a devout catholic, who lived the tenets of his faith on a daily basis. There is no doubt in our minds that Sean is now in heaven and in the hands of our Lord. We grieve for his loss, which is our loss, but not for his soul. If anything, we ask his intercession on our behalf as he is now much better placed for that effort.

I don’t know what to say or how to describe the sacrifice of your blood for this country. Having served in Vietnam, twice, having a father who spent 36 years as a soldier through two wars, and a brother who served in Vietnam twice and is now 100% disabled from his injuries there, I am encouraged by the awareness of our countrymen for the sacrifices of our children. I am thankful for the realization by our citizenry that freedom is not free.

My son was not a rampant political supporter for any party, although he was probably more Republican by instinct. But he did have an abiding trust and belief in the United States of America. He felt we are a moral nation, steadfast in our principles; this nation does not take its commitment of its sons and daughters to war lightly. But unlike many nations in the world, we do not shirk our duties to commit our blood to just and necessary causes. Because that is what keeps us free.

I think he understood something which seems to have been lost in the debates over weapons of mass destruction and poor intelligence estimates in this particular war. That is that sovereign nations must be held accountable for their actions. We cannot tolerate nations that hide behind borders and provide support to enemies who are intent on our destruction. We can debate on how this war developed and was executed. It can not be debated that nations now look carefully at their responsibility and accountability before providing such support. America has made its statement. If you support terrorism, we will find you and destroy you, whatever the cost.

My son understood this and believed what he was doing was right. But he also believed that you can’t go in and destroy a country and walk away. He was anxious for the insurgents to be quickly defeated so we could start the nation building that Iraq so sorely needs. He chafed at the delays and the debates in implementing aid. He was not a romantic. He understood well the backwardness of the country, the strangle hold of its religion and more challengingly, the social and political pressure of the tribal system. They all looked insurmountable when you add them up. But he had been raised in a tradition of grit and putting one foot forward at a time, so he was not deterred by the challenge. He was faced with a difficult, dirty and seemingly impossible task, but his response was not how do I get out of it but how do I get it done.

I think his sacrifice to his nation can best be summed up in a message I received from a friend expressing condolences for his loss: “His sacrifice was made to keep my family, my sons and my grandchildren as well as all Americans safe and free and for that we will eternally be grateful.” That’s nice. My son would agree. That’s what he thought he was doing.

In retrospect, the true hero here is his wife, who is left a young widow with a young son to raise. She is a woman of grace, and grit. She will do well by her son and her warrior husband.

regards, Tom Sims (Col. US Army Retired)

"The history of Texas A&M is written in the blood of her graduates"  - General Douglas MacArthur

"Give me an army of West Point graduates and I'll win a battle, give me a handfull of Aggies and I'll win a war"  - General George S. Patton
Link Posted: 2/21/2008 1:26:32 AM EST
[Last Edit: afe7ret] [#49]

 Rest in Peace Captain Sims
         Your Sacrifice will not be forgotten
Link Posted: 2/21/2008 2:30:09 PM EST

Originally Posted By RRA4LIFE:

Originally Posted By VACaver:
I'll chip in...

The crew of MAC 60150, members of my squadron (52nd MAS) who died flying into Hurlburt Field during bad weather...weather so bad no one on the ground was allowed to take off.

What a waste.

When did this happen?? I live about an hour away from Eglin.

It happened on 20 Feb 89.

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