Tuesday, November 29, 2011

British Army Rifleman Sheldon Steel killed in action

British Army Rifleman Sheldon Lee Jordan Steel, from 5th Battalion The Rifles (5 RIFLES), was killed in action on 27th November 2011 during a foot patrol in the Lashkar Gah district of Helmand province. He was caught in the blast from an insurgent bomb.

20-year-old Rifleman Steel, from Leeds, joined the Army in November 2009 and completed his training in April 2010. He then joined 5 RIFLES based at Paderborn, Germany. He underwent extensive training on the Warrior armoured fighting vehicle and took part in a six-week, vehicle-mounted exercise in Canada in late 2010.

Lieutenant Colonel Tom Copinger-Symes, Commanding Officer 5 RIFLES, said: "Rifleman Sheldon Steel was a special blend of physical robustness, sharp intellect, old-fashioned politeness, and natural leadership flair – all underscored by a quiet confidence and understated ambition."

Rifleman Steel leaves behind his mother Victoria, sisters Cody and Carys and brother Kameron.

US Marine Corporal Adam Buyes

US Marine Corporal Adam J. Buyes died on 26th November 2011 in Helmand province during combat operations.

21-year-old Cpl Buyes, from Salem, Oregon, was serving with the 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, based at Okinawa, Japan. The US Department of Defense announced that the incident leading to his death is being investigated.

More information to follow.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

US 10th Mountain Private Jackie Diener II

20-year-old US Army 10th Mountain Division Private Jackie L. Diener II, was killed in action on 21st November 2011 in Kandahar province during an exchange of fire with enemy forces.

Pvt. Diener, from Boyne City, Michigan, served with the 3rd Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment. He joined the Army in March this year and transferred to the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, New York, in July. He deployed to Afghanistan in September.

Pvt. Diener's grandmother, Donna Diener, told reporters that he was eager to join the military. "This is something he chose. He wanted to do it. He wanted to serve his country."

His awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal and the Army Combat Action Badge.

US Marine Corporal Zachary Reiff

US Marine Corporal Zachary C. Reiff died on Monday 21st November 2011 at a German hospital from injuries he received in a bomb explosion while on patrol in Helmand province three days previously.

22-year-old Cpl. Reiff, from Preston, Iowa, served with the 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, based at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, in California. He joined the Marine Corps in December 2008. This was his second deployment to Afghanistan.

His personal service awards include the Purple Heart with gold star device, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with bronze star device.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

British Army Private Thomas Lake killed in action

British Army Private Thomas Christopher Lake, from 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment, was killed in action during a patrol in the Jamal Kowi area of Nahr-e Saraj, Helmand on Sunday 20th November 2011. He was caught in the blast of an insurgent bomb and was airlifted to a field hospital. Sadly, he was declared killed in action.

29-year-old Private Lake, from Watford, joined the Army in November 2009 and passed out of training in May 2010, joining 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment (1 PWRR), known as 'The Tigers', in Germany shortly afterwards.

He deployed to Canada with B Company, 4 Platoon in July 2010 and stayed with that platoon for the rest of his training and deployment to Afghanistan.

Lieutenant Colonel James Coote, Commanding Officer, 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment, said: "Private Tom Lake epitomised the very best qualities of the British infantryman; he was a true Tiger - ever professional and totally committed to his mates and his battalion, he had an irrepressible smile and an understated manner that together made him hugely respected by all those that had the privilege to serve with him."

Private Lake leaves behind his mother Carol among other family and friends.

Monday, November 21, 2011

British War Dead repatriation

The bodies of four British soldiers killed in action in Afghanistan will be repatriated to Britain on Thursday 24th November 2011.

The plane is due to arrive at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire at approximately 12.30pm. The corteges will pass by the Memorial Garden at around 14:45pm arriving at the John Radcliffe Hospital around 15.30pm.

The fallen are:

L-Cpl Peter Eustace, 2 RIFLES, KIA 16 November
Lt. David Boyce, Queen's Dragoon Guards, KIA 17 November
L-Cpl Richard Scanlon, Queen's Dragoon Guards, KIA 17 November
Private Thomas Lake, 1 PWRR, KIA 20 November

US Marine Lance Corporal Joshua Corral

US Marine Lance Corporal Joshua D. Corral was killed in action during combat operations in Helmand on 18th November 2011.

19-year-old L-Cpl. Corral, from Danville, California, was a machine-gunner serving with the 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, based at Twentynine Palms, California.

He joined the Marine Corps in July 2010 and deployed to Sangin, Afghanistan with the 3rd Battalion on his first overseas tour of duty. His awards include the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

British soldier killed in action - 20 November 2011

A British soldier from the 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment (1 PWRR) was killed in action on 20th November 2011 when a bomb exploded while he was on a foot patrol in the Jamal Kowi area of Nahr-e Saraj, Helmand province.

The soldier was part of a joint patrol with members of the Afghan National Security Forces when an insurgent bomb detonated.

The soldier has been named as Private Thomas Lake.

US Army Pfc. Adam Dobereiner

US Army Private 1st Class Adam E. Dobereiner, from Molin, Illinois, was killed in action on Friday 18th November 2011 after an improvised explosive device struck his vehicle, according to the US Army's 8th Engineer Battalion Facebook page.

The incident occurred in the Arghandab Valley, Kandahar province. 21-year-old Pfc. Dobereiner was a member of the 8th Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade, based at Fort Hood, Texas. Two other soldiers were injured by the blast.

The Battalion's Facebook page quoted: "Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines (American and foreign) gathered in Kandahar to hold a ramp ceremony in honor of PFC Adam Dobereiner. Please keep all of the Soldiers, their Families, and the 937th Clearance Company in your thoughts and prayers as they finish up the deployment and begin their journey home."

Friday, November 18, 2011

Queen's Dragoon Guard Officer, Lieutenant David Boyce

British Army Lieutenant David Alexander Grant Boyce was one of two British Cavalry soldiers killed in action on 17th November 2011 when their armoured patrol vehicle hit an insurgent roadside bomb. The incident occurred in the Yakchal region of Nahr-e-Saraj, Helmand province.

25-year-old Lt. Boyce joined the Army in September 2009 and commissioned from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst into 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards in August 2010. He deployed to Afghanistan last month.

Lieutenant Colonel Jasper de Quincey Adams, Commanding Officer, 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards said: "Lieutenant David Boyce was a charming young officer who, quite simply, represented everything that is great about the Regiment and British Army. He died while commanding his soldiers on operations in a complex and demanding environment. He led from the front, setting the very highest standards, and inspired his men and peers alike. Tall, powerful and with an infectious smile he, like so many officers of his generation, was committed to his men and determined to succeed on the operations."

Lt. Boyce leaves his father Martin, mother Andrea, sister Charlotte and girlfriend Jodie.

The other soldier killed in the same incident was Lance-Corporal Richard Scanlon

British Queen's Dragoon Guard Lance Corporal Richard Scanlon

British Army Lance Corporal Richard Scanlon was one of two British Cavalry soldiers killed in action on 17th November 2011 when their armoured patrol vehicle hit an insurgent roadside bomb. The incident occurred in the Yakchal region of Nahr-e-Saraj, Helmand province.

31-year-old L-Cpl. Scanlon served with the elite 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards. He joined the Army in November 1998 and had served in Bosnia in 2001 and Iraq in 2003 and 2005 before deciding to leave the Army in July 2006. After being dissatisfied in a number of civilian jobs he rejoined the Army and the Regiment in September 2009 and was promoted to Lance Corporal in October 2010. He deployed to Afghanistan last month.

Lieutenant Colonel Jasper de Quincey Adams, Commanding Officer, 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards said: "Lance Corporal Richard Scanlon was one of life's great characters, always with an infectious smile and a tangible love of life. An experienced soldier, calm under pressure, he was hand picked as the Troop Leader's gunner on a demanding operational tour. He was a fighting soldier, cracking in the field or on operations, and in camp, his flamboyant character meant he could find fun in any situation. His appetite for the finer things in life was prodigious and had earned him one of the more memorable nicknames - nothing was ever half hearted for Lance Corporal Scanlon."

L-Cpl. Scanlon leaves behind his mother Cherry, step-father Robert, father Raymond and sisters Lisa and Emma.

The other soldier killed in the same incident was Lieutenant David Boyce

US Army Spc. Sean Walsh

US Army Specialist Sean M. Walsh was killed in Khowst province on 16th November 2011 from what the US Department of Defense describes as "injuries sustained after encountering indirect fire."

21-year-old Spc. Walsh, from San Jose, California, served with the 185th Military Police Battalion, 49th Military Police Brigade, based at Pittsburg, California.

More information to follow.

US Army Pfc. Matthew Colin

US Army Pfc. Matthew C. Colin, from Navarre, Florida was one of two soldiers killed in action on 16th November 2011 when an insurgent bomb detonated beside their patrol vehicle. The incident occurred in Kandahar province.

22-year-old Pfc. Colin served with the Alaska-based 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team. The 2007 graduate of Navarre High School joined the Army in February 2010. This was his first deployment.

He leaves his father Ken, mother Kathy and his older brother, Michael.

Killed in the same incident was Spc. James R. Burnett Jr

Thursday, November 17, 2011

US Army Spc. James Burnett Jr.

US Army Specialist James Burnett Jr., age 21, was killed in action on 16th November 2011 in Kandahar when an insurgent bomb blast hit the patrol vehicle he was in.

Spc. Burnett, from Missouri, had joined the army at the age of 17 and was serving with an Alaska-based Infantry regiment. He deployed to Afghanistan in April 2011.

He had returned to the US in July for two weeks leave and became engaged to his girlfriend. On his return to Afghanistan he had spoken with his father and step-mother a few weeks ago and had told them: "I'm in a bad place. Pray for me."

Spc. Burnett leaves behind his father and stepmother, James and Cheri Burnett, his mother and stepfather, John and Rebecca Rogers, his grandparents, Neil and Sally Rogers, fiancee Amy Keeler and eight siblings.

Two British soldiers killed in action - 17 November 2011

Two British soldiers from 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards were killed in action on 17th November 2011 in Helmand province. They were serving with the Brigade Reconnaissance Force.

Both soldiers were on a patrol providing security in the Yakchal region of Nahr-e Saraj when their armoured vehicle struck an improvised explosive device, resulting in the deaths of two of its crew.

The two soldiers were named as L-Cpl. Richard Scanlon and Lieutenant David Boyce

This latest incident comes a day after British Army Lance Corporal Peter Eustace was killed in a bomb blast in Helmand.


British Army Lance Corporal Peter Eustace

British Army Lance Corporal Peter Eustace from 2nd Battalion The Rifles (2 RIFLES) was killed in action in Helmand province 16th November 2011 when an insurgent bomb detonated while he was on patrol.

L-Cpl. Eustace joined the Army in 2004. He flourished on operations and showed the dependability, courage and quickness of mind for which he became known. His rich qualities made him a natural choice to undertake a Junior Non Commissioned Officer (JNCO) selection cadre, which he passed with ease in March 2009.

He deployed to Afghanistan in April 2011 and had previously served in Iraq.

Lieutenant Colonel Bill Wright MBE, Commanding Officer 2 RIFLES, paid tribute to L-Cpl. Eustace: "After two very demanding operational tours, the first fighting on the streets of Basra on Operation TELIC 9 and the latter showing nerves of steel and huge courage in the IED laden alleyways around FOB Wishtan on Operation HERRICK 10, he had nothing left to prove as a warrior. He was one of those men you can completely rely on when things get tough."

US Army Spc. James Hall Jr.

US Army Specialist James Edward "Jimmy" Hall Jr died in his sleep in Miamisburg, Ohio on 11th November 2011. He had been severely injured by a bomb blast in Afghanistan in May 2011 and was evacuated to the USA to recover.

27-year-old Spc. Hall had suffered facial burns, chest injuries and a traumatic brain injury and was evacuated first to Germany and then to the US. Four days before he was injured, his wife Laura gave birth to the couple's son, Aiden James Hall.

He joined the Army about five years ago and served in Iraq for a year.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

British soldier killed in action - 16 November 2011

British Army Lance Corporal Peter Eustace, serving with 2nd Battalion The Rifles (2 RIFLES) was killed in action in Helmand province on Wednesday 16th November 2011.

He was killed by an explosion caused by an improvised explosive device while providing security in the Mirmandab region of Nahr-e Saraj.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Serbia - list of Military fatalities

List of all Serbian military fatalities in Afghanistan

Date Name Rank Age Unit Cause
2011




14-Nov Franjkovic, Goran L├ęgionnaire 1re 25 French Foreign Legion (2 REG) Hostile fire

Alaska-based US Army Sergeant Johnathan McCain

Alaska-based US Army Sgt. 1st Class Johnathan B. McCain, from Arizona, was killed in action on 13th November 2011 in Kandahar province, when an insurgent bomb exploded beside his patrol vehicle.

38-year-old Sgt. McCain served with the 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, based at Fort Wainwright. He joined the army in 1992 and was stationed at Fort Wainwright from 2000. Prior to this deployment, he had served two combat tours in Iraq.

His death happened a day after another Fort Wainwright soldier, Spc. Calvin Pereda, was killed by a bomb while on foot patrol in Kandahar.

Monday, November 14, 2011

French Foreign Legionnaire Goran Franjkovic

Serbian Legionnaire 1st Class Goran Franjkovic, age 25, was killed in action on 14th November 2011 during combat operations near Tagab, Afghanistan. He was serving with the 2nd Foreign Regiment of Engineers (2e REG), French Foreign Legion.

His unit was involved in checking and clearing land mines and homemade bombs on a road. During the operation, they were attacked by enemy forces and Legionnaire Franjkovic was fatally wounded.

Legionnaire Franjkovic, originally from Serbia, was a combat engineer and bomb-disposal technician in the regiment. He joined the French Foreign Legion in March 2010 and deployed to Afghanistan in September this year. It was his first overseas combat deployment.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

US soldier from Guam killed in Afghanistan

21-year-old US Army Specialist Calvin Evangelista Pereda, originally from Guam, was killed in action in Kandahar province on 12th November 2011 when an insurgent bomb exploded whilst his unit was conducting a foot patrol.

Spc. Pereda served with the 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, based at Fort Wainwright, Alaska. He joined the Army in March 2010 and deployed to Afghanistan earlier this year.

His mother, Rosario Evangelista Pereda, moved to the Fayetteville area from Guam in 2000 with her sons. She was a single mother and wanted to start a better life for her boys, his cousin, Emerald Evangelista Salas said in a statement to press.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

US 10th Mountain Pfc. Theodore Rushing

US Army Private 1st Class Theodore B. Rushing was killed in action on 11th November 2011 in Kandahar province when an insurgent bomb detonated beside his patrol unit.

25-year-old Pfc. Rushing, from Longwood, Florida, served with the 3rd Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division (Light), based at Fort Drum, New York.

Pfc. Rushing joined the army in March this year and deployed to Afghanistan in August. Among his awards and decorations are the Purple Heart, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, and the Army Combat Action Badge, according to Fort Drum officials.

He leaves behind his parents.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Armistice Day 2011 - Britain remembers war dead - video

British Army Private Matthew Thornton

28-year-old British Army Private Matthew Thornton, from 4th Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (4 YORKS), was killed in action on 9th November 2011 while on patrol in Babaji, Lashkar Gah. His unit was ambushed by enemy forces using grenades and small arms fire. During the battle, Pvt Thornton was caught in the blast from a hidden bomb and was killed.

Pvt Thornton was a volunteer with the Territorial Army. He worked in a factory manufacturing door and window frames in Barnsley, Yorkshire. Born in Barnsley, he was educated at Darton High School prior to joining Fontenay Company, East and West Riding Regiment, in October 2004, which subsequently became D Company, 4th Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment in June 2006.

He left the Territorial Army in 2007, but re-enlisted into D Company in September 2009, eager to deploy to Afghanistan when the opportunity arose. He volunteered his services for this deployment.

Lieutenant Colonel Ian Crowley, Commanding Officer, 4th Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, said: "Private Matthew Thornton displayed that he had the volunteer ethos in spades. He was a fine soldier and an even finer man. 4 YORKS is a family and we have lost one of our own. He was a true Yorkshire Warrior."

Pvt Thornton leaves behind his father Michael, mother Susan, sister Sarah, and his brother Nathan.

US Army Pfc. Cody Norris

20-year-old US Army Private 1st Class Cody R. Norris, from Houston, Texas, was killed in action in Kandahar province on 9th November 2011 during a contact with enemy forces who had attacked his unit with small arms fire.

Pfc. Norris was serving with the Fort Riley, Kansas based 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor Regiment, 1st Infantry Division. This was his first deployment to Afghanistan.

His awards include the Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two campaign stars, the NATO medal, and the Combat Infantryman Badge.

Pfc. Norris leaves his father Reese Norris, mother Terri Vegil-Norris, and older brother, Michael, among other relatives and friends.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

British soldier killed in action - 9 November 2011

A British soldier serving with the 4th Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (4 YORKS) was killed by a bomb blast while on patrol in Babaji, Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan on Wednesday 9th November 2011.

The fallen soldier has been named as Private Matthew Thornton

Monday, November 7, 2011

US Marine Lance Corporal Nick Daniels

25-year-old US Marine Lance Cpl. Nickolas A. Daniels, from Elmwood Park, Illinois, was killed in action on 5th November 2011 while on combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

L-Cpl. Daniels served with the 3rd Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, based at Twentynine Palms, California. His family told local news reporters that he had deployed to Afghanistan less than two months ago.

His sister, Kati, said that L-Cpl Daniels had joined the Marine Corps less than two years ago and was trained in bomb disposal.

"I just didn't believe it because he was only there for a month and a half and he just got an award for digging up a bomb, and then this happened. And I didn't want to believe it when (the Marines) came to our house," she told reporters.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Spanish Army Staff Sergeant Joaquin Moya Espejo

35-year-old Spanish Army Staff Sgt. Joaquin Moya Espejo was killed in action on Sunday 6th November 2011 when insurgents attacked a group of Afghan troops being accompanied by Spanish military advisers near Ludina, Badghis province.

The attack occurred northwest of Ludina, where Afghan troops, Spanish military advisers and a sniper team had taken up position on a hill to protect troops moving through a valley. The soldiers came under small arms fire from a distant position and Staff Sgt. Moya Espejo, who was wearing a bullet-proof vest, was hit in the chest.

He was airlifted to a military field hospital at Bala Morghab, but he went into cardio-respiratory arrest and was pronounced dead on arrival at the medical facility.

Staff Sgt. Moya Espejo served with Infantry Regiment Garellano 45 based in the Spanish city of Vitoria.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

British Army Private Matthew Haseldin

British Army Private Matthew Haseldin from 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment (2 MERCIAN) was killed in action in Nahr-e Saraj, Helmand province 3rd November 2011. His patrol was attacked by enemy forces and Pvt. Haseldin was hit by small arms fire.

21-year-old Pvt. Haseldin, from Yorkshire, had only been in the Army since February this year and completed his training in August. He deployed to Afghanistan in September.

Warrant Officer Class 1 (WO1) Martyn Chatterley, Regimental Sergeant Major, 2 MERCIAN and Coalition Force Burma, said: "Private Matthew Haseldin was only 21 years old, still young, enthusiastic and eager to further his career. He was proud and enthusiastic with his fellow soldiers and his mates. For the short time I knew Matthew he made an instant impression. He will be sorely missed but we should be proud to have known him and to have fought alongside him. My most sincere condolences and thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time. He will be sorely missed by all in 2 MERCIAN but never forgotten. Stand FIRM, Strike Hard."

Matthew's parents Alan and Jill said: "Matthew was a loving son and we are very proud of him. He had only been in the Army for a few months. Friends and family will miss him greatly. Rest in Peace."

Friday, November 4, 2011

Remembrance Day 2011

Remembrance Day, Armistice Day, Veterans Day. Call it what you like.

On 11th November this year, millions of people around the world will remember millions of fallen heroes who gave their lives since World War 1 so that we could be "free".

The First World War formally ended at 11am on the 11th day of November (the 11th month) in 1918.  The poppy became the symbol of remembrance due to a poem called In Flanders Fields. The poppy's vivid red colour is an appropriate symbol for the blood spilled.

Principally it is Commonwealth countries that observe the day to remember the members of their Armed Forces who have died in the line of duty. In the USA, Veterans Day is held on 11th November.

The tradition in Britain, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa starts with the sounding of the Last Post followed by one or two minutes silence, beginning at 11am.

So, at 11am on 11th November, wherever you are, whatever you're doing, stop for a moment and remember the millions of fallen heroes.

If you feel like making a donation to one of the official charities, please follow the links below.


Australia
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United Kingdom
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Canada
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New Zealand
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United States
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Thursday, November 3, 2011

US Private Contractor Jarod Cravens

32-year-old American citizen Jarod Keith Cravens, from Texas, was killed in Kabul on 29th October 2011 when a suicide bomber drove a car packed with explosives into a NATO armored bus which he was travelling in.

His wife Stephanie told news reporters that her husband had served eight years in the Marine Corps but returned to work as a contractor in Afghanistan. The couple have a 12-year-old son and a 9-year-old daughter.

Mr. Cravens had been home in Texas on leave a few weeks ago before returning to the war zone.

British soldier killed in action - 3 November 2011

A British soldier serving with 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment (2 MERCIAN) was shot and killed in Nahr-e Saraj district, Helmand province during an attack by enemy forces on his unit during a patrol on 3rd November 2011.

The British Ministry of Defence have named the soldier as:

Private Matthew Haseldin


US 10th Mountain Staff Sgt. Ari Cullers

28-year-old US Army Staff Sergeant Ari R. Cullers, from New London, Connecticut, was killed in action on 30th October 2011 in Kandahar Province, when an enemy grenade exploded near him.

The Fort Drum, New York based soldier served with the 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 10th Mountain Division. He joined the Army in 2004 and served in Korea and Oklahoma before transferring to Fort Drum in 2008. This was his second combat deployment to Afghanistan, having served there from December 2008 to December 2009.

His military awards include the Army Commendation Medal, four Army Achievement Medals, the Meritorious Unit Commendation, three Afghanistan Campaign Medals, the NATO Medal, the Combat Action Badge, and the Driver and Mechanic Badge.

Staff Sgt. Cullers leaves behind his mother and father.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

US Army Specialist Christopher Gailey

26-year-old US Army Specialist Christopher D. Gailey was killed in action on 1st November 2011 in Paktia province. He was in a vehicle when it hit a homemade roadside bomb.

Spc. Gailey, a motor vehicle operator from Ochelata, Oklahoma, was a member of the Oklahoma National Guard based at Tulsa serving with the 700th Brigade Support Battalion, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

Spc. Gailey joined the National Guard in June 2004 and deployed to Iraq in 2007-08. His awards include the National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with “M” Device, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal and the Oklahoma Long Service Ribbon.

Killed in the same incident was Pfc. Sarina N. Butcher.

US Army Pfc. Sarina Butcher

19-year-old US Army Private 1st Class Sarina N. Butcher was killed in action on 1st November 2011 in Paktia province. She was in a vehicle when it hit a homemade roadside bomb.

Pfc. Butcher, from Checotah, Oklahoma, was a member of the Oklahoma National Guard based at Tulsa serving with the 700th Brigade Support Battalion, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

Pfc. Butcher joined the Guard in April 2010 after attending Checotah High School. She is the first female Oklahoma National Guard soldier to be killed in action. Her awards include National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and the Oklahoma Good Conduct Medal.

Pfc. Butcher will be posthumously promoted to the rank of Specialist.

Killed in the same incident was Spc. Christopher D. Gailey.

US Military fatalities Afghanistan - October 2011

List of U.S Military fatalities - October 2011 in Afghanistan


Date Name Rank Age Unit
OCT



30-Oct Cullers, Ari R. Sergeant 28 10th Mountain
29-Oct Cabrera, David E. Lt. Col. 41 Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences
29-Oct Newman, Christopher Staff Sgt. 26 Medical Company A, Tripler Army Medical Center
29-Oct Eugenio, Carlo F. Sergeant 29 California Army National Guard
29-Oct Darrough, James M. Sergeant 38 101st Special Troops Battalion
27-Oct Dunning, Stephen J. Staff Sgt. 31 9th Engineer Support Battalion, Marine Corps
26-Oct Lyons, John A. Sergeant 26 8th Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade
24-Oct Barfield, Jason N. L-Cpl. 22 3rd Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Div.
23-Oct Bastean, Jordan S. L-Cpl. 19 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment
22-Oct Grace, Edward Sergeant 39 Massachusetts National Guard
22-Oct Rivera, Paul A. Sergeant 26 709th Military Police Battalion
22-Oct White, Ashley I. 1st Lt. 24 North Carolina National Guard
22-Oct Domeij, Kristoffer B. Sgt. 1st 29 75th Ranger Regiment
22-Oct Horns, Christopher A.  Pfc. 20 75th Ranger Regiment
19-Oct Border, Raymond J. CPO 31 Navy
19-Oct Oliveira, Jorge Miguel  Staff Sgt. 33 2nd Battalion, 113th Infantry Regiment
14-Oct Elm, Michael D. Spc. 25 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment
13-Oct Miller, Jerome Jr. Afc. 23 459th Security Forces Squadron, USAF
13-Oct Taylor, Houston M. Staff Sgt. 25 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment
13-Oct Sancho, Jeremiah T. Spc. 23 10th Mountain
13-Oct Cowdrey, Robert B. Staff Sgt. 39 82nd Airborne
13-Oct Harper, Scott D. L-Cpl. 21 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment
12-Oct Tatham, Michael R.  CPO 33 Navy SEAL
10-Oct Wyrick, Nathan L. Staff Sgt. 34 10th Mountain
10-Oct Wilke, James B. CWO 38 2nd Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Artillery Regt.
08-Oct Russell, Drew E. Captain 25 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment
08-Oct Lawrence, Joshua S. Captain 29 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment
08-Oct Cerros, Ricardo Jr. Spc. 24 75th Ranger Regiment
06-Oct Schmidt, Benjamin W. L-Cpl. 24 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment
03-Oct Chen, Danny Private 19 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment
01-Oct Nelson, Caleb A. PO1 26 Navy SEAL


United States military fatalities 2011

November | December 

US Private Contractor Matthew Lemmon

45-year-old American citizen Matthew Lemmon, from Memphis, was killed in Kabul on 29th October 2011 when a suicide bomber drove a car packed with explosives into a NATO armored bus which Mr. Lemmon was travelling in.

Matthew Lemmon, a heating and air-conditioning engineer, had taken the job in Afghanistan as a way to increase earnings and help his family. He had taken a three-week break from the job in early October and returned to Afghanistan on 24th October.

He leaves his wife Kim, their two children, Zachary (15) and Lily (3) and other relatives and friends.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

California National Guard Sergeant Carlo Eugenio

29-year-old US Army Sergeant Carlo F. Eugenio was killed in Kabul on 29th October 2011 when a suicide bomber drove a car packed with explosives into an armored military bus that he was travelling in.

Sgt. Eugenio, from Rancho Cucamonga, California, served with the 756th Transportation Company, 224th Sustainment Brigade, California Army National Guard, based at Van Nuys. He deployed to Afghanistan in August on a one-year mission. Previously he had served in Kuwait. 

He was the youngest of five children and lived in Fontana before moving to Rancho Cucamonga around 10 years ago.

Maj. Gen. David S. Baldwin, Adjutant General for the California National Guard, said in a press statement: "We extend our heartfelt condolences to Sgt. Eugenio's family and commit to them our unwavering support. Sgt. Eugenio's death, the first of a California Guardsman in Afghanistan, is a painfully wrenching testimony to the bravery, service and sacrifice of our state's National Guardsmen."

US Army Sergeant James Darrough

38-year-old US Army Sergeant James M. Darrough was killed in Kabul on 29th October 2011 when a suicide bomber drove a car packed with explosives into an armored military bus that Sgt. Darrough was travelling in.

Sgt. Darrough, from Austin, Texas, was a financial management technician serving with the 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Airborne Division based at Fort Campbell.

Sgt. Darrough leaves his wife, Isaura Darrough, sons Justin and Jared and daughters Julianna and Jenna, all of Clarksville, Tennessee, his mother Janelle Darrough of Livingston, Texas and his father Robert Darrough of Charlotte, North Carolina.

US Army Lt. Colonel David Cabrera

US Army Lieutenant Colonel David E. Cabrera, age 41, was one of the victims of a suicide car bomber who rammed an armored bus in Kabul, Afghanistan, on 29th October 2011.

Lt. Col. Cabrera, from Abilene, Texas, was Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland.

More information to follow.

US Military victims of Kabul suicide bomb

Four American servicemen were among the victims of the Kabul suicide bomb attack on a NATO armored bus. They died on 29th October 2011. They have been named as:

Lt. Col. David E. Cabrera, 41, of Abilene, Texas, assigned to Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, Bethesda.

Staff Sgt. Christopher R. Newman, 26, of Shelby, N.C., assigned to Medical Company A, Tripler Army Medical Center, Hawaii.

Sgt. James M. Darrough, 38, of Austin, Texas, assigned to 101st Finance Company, 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell.

Sgt. Carlo F. Eugenio, 29, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., assigned to 756th Transportation Company, 224th Sustainment Brigade, California Army National Guard, Van Nuys.