Gavin Kopponen

Belle Plaine, Minnesota, USA U.S. Marine Corps CPL, 2nd Marine Division, Camp LeJeune, NC 01/24/2012, Jacksonville, NC, USA Born on August 9, 1986 in Duluth, Minnesota, Gavin Kopponen grew up in the peaceful Belle Plaine area. Attending the Belle Plaine school system, Gavin proved himself to be a tough kid who was respected and self-reliant […]

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Joshua A Martin

Lynwood, Washington, USA U.S. Army Specialist, Troop G, 3rd Cavalry Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment 04/19/2012, Fort Hood, Texas Joshua Aaron Martin, born on July 20, 1991, was an unforgettable man dedicated to his family, his country and God. Josh grew up in Waldport, Oregon and Lynnwood, Washington. He was known for his devotion to serving […]

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Paul Burchard

Mesa, Arizona, USA U.S. Marine Corps LCPL, 3rd Battalion, Fifth Marines  12/21/2011, Mesa, Arizona, USA Paul Burchard, of the United States Marine Corps, was born on June 1, 1983 in Chicago, Illinois. He enlisted in the Marine Corps Infantry on his eighteenth birthday, June 1, 2001. After the events of September 11, 2001, Paul knew […]

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Eric D Soufrine

WOODBRIDGE, CT, US U.S. Army PFC, BATTERY B, 4TH BN, 42ND FA REGT, 1ST BDE COMBAT TEAM, FORT CARSON, CO 06/14/2011, FOB FARAH, AFGHANISTAN A soldier from Woodbridge who was two weeks away from completing a tour in Afghanistan has been killed by a roadside bomb. Army PFC. Eric Soufrine, 20, died June 14 after […]

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Trevor A Pinnick

LAWRENCEVILLE, IL, US U.S. Army SPC, 18TH ENGINEER CO, 1ST BN, 37TH FA REGT, 3RD BDE, JOINT BASE LEWIS MCCHORD, WA 06/12/2012, KANDAHAR PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN A bill introduced into the Illinois General Assembly will designate the section of U.S. Business 50 through Lawrenceville as the “Trevor Pinnick Memorial Highway.” The joint bill was introduced into […]

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Damon T Leehan

EDMOND, OK, US U.S. Army 1LT, CO A, 1ST BN, 179TH INF REGT, 45TH IBCT, EDMOND, OK 08/14/2011, ALINGAR DISTRICT, LAGHMAN, AFGHANISTAN Mourners were moved to laughter as they remembered Oklahoma Army National Guard 1st Lt. Damon Leehan’s sense of humor, and then to tears as the pall of his loss choked up the crowd. […]

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Eric S Holman

EVANS CITY, PA, US U.S. Army SSG, 767TH ORD CO., 192ND ORD BN, 52ND ORD GROUP, 20TH SPT CMD, FORT BRAGG, NC 08/15/2012, GODALI, AFGHANISTAN It is with great regret that Lieutenant Colonel Jose Melendez and Members of the team bid farewell to a Golden Knight, Staff Sergeant SSG Eric S. Holman. Holman 39, from […]

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Adam S Hamilton

KENT, OH, US U.S. Army SPC, TROOP A, 4TH SQD, 4TH CAVALRY REGT, 1ST BDE COMBAT TEAM, FORT RILEY, KS 05/28/2011, HAJI RUF, AFGHANISTAN Last week, Adam Hamilton’s 12-year-old sister asked her parents what the meaning of Memorial Day is. “We told her, and she says, ‘Well, we don’t do as much as we should, […]

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Vilmar Galarzahernandez

SALINAS, CA, US U.S. Army SPC, CO A, 4TH BN, 23RD INF REGT, 2ND SBCT, JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, WA 05/26/2012, KANDAHAR PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN In 2009, Vils Galarza’s parents resisted when he told them that he wanted to join the Army after high school in Salinas. They wanted him to go to college, and he already […]

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Ahmed K Altaie

ANN ARBOR, MI, US U.S. Army SSG, PROVINCIAL RECONSTRUCTION TEAM, DIV TRAINING CENTER, STB, 4TH ID, FT. HOOD,TX 02/22/2012, BAGHDAD, IRAQ A Shiite extremist group handed over a simple wooden casket containing the remains of the last U.S. soldier missing in Iraq, a prominent Iraqi lawmaker said Monday, drawing a close to a case that […]

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