Operation Enduring Freedom VIII
Fallen Heroes

CPL Jacob M. Lowell

Unit: Legion Company, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade
Date of birth: May 4, 1985
Date of death: June 2, 2007
Location: Gowardesh, Afghanistan
SPC Jacob Michael Lowell died June 2 near Gowardesh, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when his unit came in contact with enemy forces using a rocket propelled grenade and small arms fire.

SPC Jacob Michael Lowell was born on 4 May 1985 in Illinois. He was a son, friend, and a fellow Soldier to the people who knew and loved him. When SPC Lowell first arrived to Legion Company, 1-503rd Infantry he was naturally the “take charge” kind of Soldier and he had a strong desire to learn and better himself. He was willing to help out his fellow Soldiers and do anything to help better his platoon. SPC Lowell continued to develop that “take charge” attitude and strived for more responsibility day in and day out. While assigned to Legion Company, SPC Lowell served as an Assistant Gunner and M240B Machine Gunner. SPC Lowell hit the ground running as an M240B Gunner in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

On 2 June 2007, SPC Lowell’s knowledge and expertise as an M240B Machine Gunner played a key role in the enemy engagement during combat operations in the Nuristan Valley. SPC Lowell’s platoon came under heavy RPG and AP 7.62mm fire while conducting combat operations along the main line of communication in that area. SPC Lowell immediately began to suppress the enemy positions with accurate and lethal fires. SPC Lowell’s position was struck by RPG and AP 7.62mm fire rendering multiple injuries. SPC Lowell continued to fire his machine gun until he became incapacitated. He died closing with the enemy until his last breath. SPC Lowell was a true Warrior and Hero to all that knew him.

SPC Lowell’s dedication to his family, friends, fellow Soldiers and unit demonstrated the Warrior Ethos. His dedication made him a shining example of what a Warrior truly is. SPC Lowell will truly be missed by all those who knew him but never forgotten.

Strength and Honor! Legion!

SGT Travon T. Johnson

Unit: Delta Company, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade
Date of birth: June 12, 1978
Date of death: July 23, 2007
Location: Sarobi District, Afghanistan
SGT Travon Johnson died of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle in Sarobi, Afghanistan while serving with Delta Company, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team.

SGT Travon Johnson, originally from Palmdale, California, joined the Army in February 2000. He attended Basic Training, Advanced Individual Training, and Airborne School at Ft. Benning, Georgia. His first assignment was to 1-17 IN at Ft .Wainwright, Alaska, where he served as a rifleman and M240B gunner. After serving for two and a half years in Alaska, he was assigned to A/1-508 IN, 173rd Airborne Brigade in Vicenza, Italy in March 2003. SGT Johnson served as an M240B gunner during Operation Iraqi Freedom. During the deployment, he also served as an assistant gunner and a grenadier. He deployed again with 173rd Airborne Brigade as a Team Leader in support of Operation Enduring Freedom VI in Afghanistan. In September of 2005, he moved to Headquarters and Headquarters Company to work in the Battalion S-3 Air Operations Section for the remainder of the deployment. After returning to Vicenza, he was assigned to Delta Company as a Team Leader. In November of 2006, he became a squad leader in Delta Company, the position he served in during Operation Enduring Freedom VIII.

SGT Johnson’s awards and decorations include: Army Commendation Medal (1OLC), Army Achievement Medal (2OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal 2nd Award, National Defense Service Medal, Afghan Campaign Medal 2nd Award, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, NATO Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (3), Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Parachutist’s Badge, and the Basic Marksmanship Qualification Badge.

1SG Michael S. Curry

Unit: Delta Company, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade
Date of birth: November 14, 1969
Date of death: July 23, 2007
Location: Sarobi District, Afghanistan
1SG Michael Seafred Curry died of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle in Sarobi, Afghanistan while serving with Delta Company, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team.

1SG Michael Curry, originally from Hollywood, Florida entered the Army in August 1987. His first duty station was with the 3-325th Airborne Battalion Combat Team Vicenza, Italy. He was then assigned to the 4th Ranger Training Brigade, Ft. Benning, Georgia where he served as a Ranger Instructor. He returned to Vicenza and served as a weapons squad leader, S-3 Air NCO and a platoon sergeant in 1-508th IN. Following this assignment he was assigned to 2-75th IN in Ft. Lewis, Washington where he served as a platoon sergeant. While at Ft. Lewis, he also served as the G-3 Transformation NCOIC, I CORPS. 1SG Curry returned to Vicenza in 2002 and was assigned to the 2-503rd IN where he served as a platoon sergeant and the Battalion Operations Sergeant during OIF I. He later served as the Brigade Operations Sergeant during OEF VI. After returning to Italy, he was assigned as the First Sergeant of Delta Company, 1-503 IN in May of 2006. He served as 1SG for over a year and deployed with the 173rd Airborne Brigade in support of Operation Enduring Freedom VIII.

1SG Curry’s awards and decorations include: the Bronze Star Medal (1 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (1OLC), Army Commendation Medal (3 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (3 OLC), Good Conduct Medal 6th Award, National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Campaign medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (2 OLC), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal w/Arrowhead, Global War on Terror Service Medal, NATO Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (3), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (5), Kuwait Liberation Medal, Combat Action Badge, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Army Superior Unit Award, Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, and Master Combat Parachutist’s Badge. He earned an Associates of Arts Degree from the University of Maryland University College.

PFC Jesse S. Rogers

Unit: Delta Company, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade
Date of birth: September 2, 1986
Date of death: July 23, 2007
Location: Sarobi District, Afghanistan
Private First Class Jessy Scott Rogers died of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle in Sarobi, Afghanistan while serving with Delta Company, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team.

Private First Class Rogers was born on 02 September 1986 in Texas, but was raised and spent most of his life in Cooper Center, Alaska. Enlisting in April 2006, PFC Rogers attended Basic Training at Fort Benning, GA with C CO, 2-19 IN. Soon after, he graduated from the Army’s Airborne School in Fort Benning. PFC Rogers was stationed at Caserma Ederle, Italy in November 2006 following his graduation from Airborne School. There he served with Delta Company, 1-503 IN as an Assistant Gunner for the M2 .50 Caliber Machine Gun.

PFC Rogers’s awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terror Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the NATO Medal, and the Army Service Ribbon. He wears the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and the Parachutist Badge.

SPC Adam J. Davis

Unit: Delta Company, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade
Date of birth: July 27, 1987
Date of death: July 23, 2007
Location: Sarobi District, Afghanistan
SPC Adam James Davis died of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle in Sarobi, Afghanistan while serving with Delta Company, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team.

SPC Davis was born on 27 July 1987 in Twin Falls, Idaho. He spent his life in Twin Falls before joining the Army in January 2006. He completed Army Basic Combat Training at Fort Benning, GA with A CO, 2-58 IN. Soon after, he graduated from the Army’s Airborne School in Fort Benning. SPC Davis was stationed at Caserma Ederle, Italy in June 2006 following graduation from Airborne school. He served with Charlie Company, 1-503 IN as a rifleman and a SAW gunner. In March 2007 he was assigned to Delta Company where he served as a driver and M2 .50 Caliber Machine Gunner.

SPC Davis’s awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terror Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the NATO Medal, and the Army Service Ribbon. He wears the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and the Parachutist Badge.

PFC Mathew D. Taylor

Unit: Delta Company, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade
Date of birth: July 7, 1986
Date of death: September 26, 2007
Location: Sarobi District, Afghanistan
Private First Class Mathew Donald Taylor died September 26, 2007 at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle July 23, 2007 in Sarobi District, Afghanistan while serving with Delta Company, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team.

PFC Taylor was born on 7 July 1986 in Carmichael, California. He was raised in Cameron Park, California since the age of 5. PFC Taylor joined the US Army in April 2006, going through basic training and Airborne School at Ft Benning, Georgia. In October 2006, he arrived to Italy as his first duty station. He was assigned to Delta Company 1/503D, 1st Platoon. He was given the title Gunner for the M2 .50 cal Machine Gun because he expressed his extreme interest in heavy weapon systems. He was ready for any task, excelling in everything that he was tasked to do.

PFC Taylor enjoyed the outdoors and was very active. He also loved talking about his guitar and about a special guitar he wanted to purchase after he got back from Afghanistan. He enjoyed the military, and the men around him really made him feel right at home. At first he was the quiet-type of person, trying to keep to himself, either listening to his music or playing games on his computer. However, one of the platoon brothers really got to know him and made him open up. Both of them were always hanging out together, there was never a moment that they were separated. He enjoyed his time in Italy, from hanging out with the guys at the barracks or traveling to different countries.

PFC Thomas R. Wilson

Unit: Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade
Date of birth: June 18, 1986
Date of death: August 27, 2007
Location: Paktika, Afghanistan
Private First Class Thomas Randolph Wilson was killed when his motorized patrol was ambushed with rocket-propelled grenades, heavy machine gun fire and small-arms fire in Paktika, Afghanistan while serving with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team.

Private First Class Wilson was born on 18 June 1986 in the state of Virginia. Private Wilson was raised and spent most of his life in Maurertown, Virginia. Enlisting in May 2006, PFC Wilson attended Basic Training at Fort Benning, GA with C CO, 1-50 IN. Soon after, he graduated from the Army’s Airborne School in Fort Benning. PFC Wilson was stationed at Caserma Ederle, Italy in November 2006 immediately following his graduation from Airborne School. There he served as Headquarters and Headquarters Company’s head armorer.

PFC Wilson’s awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terror Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the NATO Medal, and the Army Service Ribbon.

CPL Joshua C. Blaney

Unit: Delta Company, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade
Date of birth: September 15, 1982
Date of death: December 12, 2007
Location: Charbarron, Afghanistan
CPL Joshua Charles Blaney died December 12, 2007 at Forward Operating Base Curry, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when his vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device in Charbarron, Afghanistan while serving with Delta Company, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team.

Corporal Blaney was born on 15 September 1982 in North Carolina, where he spent the majority of his time in Matthews. Enlisting in May 2002, CPL Blaney attended Basic Training at Fort Benning, GA with E CO, 2-54 IN. Soon after, he graduated from the Army’s Airborne School in Fort Benning. CPL Blaney was stationed at Caserma Ederle, Italy in October 2002 following his graduation from Airborne School. There he served with Alpha Company, 1-508th IN as an Assistant 240 Gunner. He participated in a combat jump onto Bashur Airfield, Northern Iraq. Throughout OEF VI, CPL Blaney served again with Alpha Company as a 240 Gunner for Second platoon and then as Rifle Team Leader for Third platoon. His unit later became Alpha Company 1-503 IN, he deployed in support of OEF VIII, and served as a Rifle Team Leader for Second platoon, Attack Company, 1-503 IN at FOB Tillman. CPL Blaney later transferred to Delta Company, 1-503rd IN at FOB Curry.

CPL Blaney’s awards and decorations include the Purple Heart (2nd award), the Army Commendation Medal (2nd Oak Leaf Cluster), the Army Good Conduct Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, and the Global War on Terror Service Medal, the NATO Medal, the Humanitarian Assistance Medal and the Army Service Ribbon. He wears the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and the Parachutist Badge with Combat Jump Device.

Staff Sgt. Michael J. Gabel

Unit: Delta Company, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade
Date of birth: September 13, 1977
Date of death: December 12, 2007
Location: Charbarron, Afghanistan
SSG Michael John Gabel died December 12, 2007 at Forward Operating Base Curry, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when his vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device in Charbarron, Afghanistan while serving with Delta Company, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team.

Staff Sergeant Gabel was born on 13 September 1977 in Louisiana. Enlisting in April 2000, he completed Army Basic Combat Training at Fort Benning, GA with A CO, 1-50 IN. Soon after, he graduated from the Army’s Airborne School in Fort Benning. SSG Gabel was first stationed at Fort Bragg with B CO, 2-504 IN as a rifleman, then later with D CO 2-504 as a Squad Leader. After moving to Caserma Ederle, Italy in August 2004, he served with Bravo Company, 2-503 IN as a Fire Team Leader, then later as a Squad Leader. In August 2006 he was assigned to HHC 173rd Airborne BCT where he served as a Platoon Sergeant. In September 2007 he was assigned to Delta Company, 1-503rd IN to serve as a Section Leader.

SSG Gabel’s awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star Medal (2nd), the Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, a Valorous Unit Award, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal (2nd), the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terror Service Medal, the Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, and the Overseas Service Ribbon (2nd). He wears the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and the Parachutist Badge.

PFC Brian L. Gorham

Unit: Delta Company, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade
Date of birth: January 27, 1986
Date of death: December 31, 2007
Location: Charbarron, Afghanistan
PFC Brian Lee Gorham died December 31, 2007 at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, of wounds sustained December 12, 2007 when his vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device in Charbarron, Afghanistan while serving with Delta Company, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team.

PFC Gorham was born on 27 January 1986 in Kentucky, and is a native of Woodburn, Kentucky. Enlisting in November 2006, PFC Gorham attended Basic Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma with A Company 1st Battalion, 40th FA. He attended Advanced Individual Training (AIT) with B Company 169 Engineer Battalion, 1st EN at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Soon after, he graduated from the Army’s Airborne School in Fort Benning. PFC Gorham was then stationed at Vicenza, Italy in May 2007 with the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team. He immediately deployed with Task Force Eagle in support of Operation Enduring Freedom VIII. Upon arrival in Afghanistan, he was assigned to Delta Company, 1st Battalion (Airborne) 503rd Infantry at FOB Curry. PFC Gorham served as a Forward Observer RTO for 6 months.

PFC Gorham awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terror Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the NATO Medal, and the Army Service Ribbon. His badges include the Combat Action Badge, the Parachutist Badge and a Basic Marksmanship Qualification Badge.

PFC Timothy R. Vimoto

Unit: Battle Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade
Date of birth: August 2, 1987
Date of death: June 5, 2007
Location: Korengal Valley, Afghanistan
PFC Timothy R. Vimoto died June 5, 2007 in Korengal Valley, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when his unit was attacked by insurgents using small-arms fire.

PFC Vimoto was born 2 August 1987 in Honolulu, Hawaii. He enlisted in the US Army on 2 November 2006. During his time in Service he completed Basic Infantry Training, Advanced Individual Training, and Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia. PFC Vimoto then joined the ranks of the Southern European Task Force (Airborne) and the 173d Airborne Brigade Combat Team. He immediately found his home among the combat tested Soldiers of Battle Company, 2d Battalion (Airborne), 503d Infantry and he deployed with his Battle Hard brothers in support of Operation Enduring Freedom VIII. PFC Vimoto distinguished himself as an exemplary rifleman and as one of the finest Paratroopers in the Battle Hard ranks.

PFC Vimoto’s awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, Basic Parachutist Badge, and the Combat Infantryman Badge. PFC Vimoto has been submitted for the Bronze Star Medal with V device for valor during combat operations in the Korengal Valley, Kunar Province, Afghanistan.

SPC Christopher S. Honaker

Unit: Able Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade
Date of birth: September 25, 1983
Date of death: July 5, 2007
Location: Watapor Valley, Afghanistan
SPC Christopher S. Honaker died July 5, 2007 of wounds sustained from enemy small-arms fire and indirect fire in the Watapor Valley of Kunar Province, Afghanistan.

SPC Honaker was born 25 September 1983 in Havelock, North Carolina. He enlisted in the US Army on 5 January 2006. During his time in Service he completed Basic Infantry Training, Advanced Individual Training, and Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia. SPC Honaker then joined the ranks of the 2D Battalion 503D (Airborne) and the 173D Airborne Brigade Combat Team. He immediately found his home among the combat tested Soldiers of Able Company, 2-503D and he deployed with his Warlord brothers to combat operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom VIII. SPC Honaker distinguished himself as an exemplary M249 Gunner and as one of the finest Soldiers in the Spartan Ranks.

SPC Christopher Honaker’s awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, National Defense Service, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Medal, Parachutist Badge, Combat Infantryman’s Badge. SPC Honaker has been submitted for the Bronze Star Medal with V device for valor in support of Operation Enduring Freedom Vlll.

PFC Joseph A. Miracle

Unit: Able Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade
Date of birth: November 6, 1984
Date of death: July 5, 2007
Location: Watapor Valley, Afghanistan
PFC Joseph A. Miracle died July 5, 2007 of wounds sustained from enemy small-arms fire and indirect fire in the Watapor Valley of Kunar Province, Afghanistan.

PFC Miracle was born 06 November 1984 in Ortonville, Michigan. He enlisted in the US Army on 18 April 2006. During his time in Service he completed Basic Infantry Training, Advanced Individual Training, and Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia. PFC Miracle then joined the ranks of the 2D Battalion 503D (Airborne) and the 173D Airborne Brigade Combat Team. He immediately found his home among the combat tested Soldiers of Able Company, 2-503D and he deployed with his Warlord brothers to combat operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom VIII. PFC Miracle distinguished himself as an exemplary rifleman and as one of the finest Soldiers in the Spartan Ranks.

PFC Joseph Miracle’s awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, National Defense Service, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Medal, Parachutist Badge, Combat Infantryman’s Badge. PFC Miracle has been submitted for the Bronze Star Medal with V device for valor in support of Operation Enduring Freedom Vlll.

PFC Juan S. Restrepo

Unit: Battle Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade
Date of birth: October 7, 1986
Date of death: July 22, 2007
Location: Korengal Valley, Afghanistan
PFC Juan S. Restrepo died July 22, 2007 in Korengal Valley, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using small-arms fire.

PFC Restrepo was born 7 October 1986 in Neiva, Columbia. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on 22 February 2006. During his time in service, PFC Restrepo completed Basic Infantry Training at Fort Benning, Georgia; Medical Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas; and Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia. On 22 November 2006, PFC Restrepo’s reported to his first duty station at Caserma Ederle, Vicenza, Italy with the 173d Airborne Brigade Combat Team with assignment to 2d Battalion (Airborne), 503d Infantry – The Rock. PFC Restrepo was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company with duty as a combat medic in Battle Company. He immediately found his home among the combat tested Soldiers of 2nd Platoon – The Spartans. PFC Restrepo trained, deployed, and fought with his Battle Hard brothers in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM VIII. PFC Restrepo distinguished himself as an exemplary medic and as one of the finest Soldiers in the Battle Hard ranks.

PFC Juan S. Restrepo’s awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Basic Parachutist Badge and the Combat Medical Badge.

1LT Benjamin J. Hall

Unit: Destined Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade
Date of birth: December 28, 1982
Date of death: July 31, 2007
Location: Chowkay Valley, Afghanistan
1st Lt. Benjamin John Hall died July 31 in Asadabad, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit during combat operations in Chowkay Valley, Afghanistan.

1LT Hall was born 28 December 1982 in Texas. The son of an Army Officer, 1LT Hall frequently moved from station to station living in both Europe and the United States. One of Ben’s greatest accomplishments as a child was earning the right to be an Eagle Scout. After graduating from high school in 2001, he went on to higher education at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan earning his degree in International Relations in 2005. In June of the same year, 1LT Hall was commissioned into the United States Army as a Second Lieutenant, Infantry. In April 2006, Ben Hall arrived to Vicenza, Italy and to the 173d Airborne Brigade Combat Team, where he was assigned to 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503d Infantry. He was then assigned to be the Platoon Leader for 2nd Platoon, Destined Company. While serving as Platoon Leader, 1LT Hall participated in three Germany training deployments, multiple local training area deployments and he deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom VIII.

1LT Ben Hall’s awards include the Purple Heart, Army Achievement Medal, Ranger Tab, Parachutist Badge, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, and Expert Infantryman’s Badge. 1LT Hall has been submitted for the Bronze Star Medal in support of Operation Enduring Freedom VIII.

SFC Matthew D. Blaskowski

Unit: Destined Battle Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade
Date of birth: March 5, 1980
Date of death: September 23, 2007
Location: Asadabad, Afghanistan
Sgt. 1st Class Matthew D. Blaskowski died Sept. 23 in Asadabad, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using small-arms fire during combat operations.

SFC Blaskowski was born on 5 March 1980 in Levering, Michigan. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on 17 November 1998. After SFC Blaskowski completed Basic Infantry Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Benning, Georgia, he reported to his first duty station at Fort Drum, New York. Assigned to 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry, 10th Mountain Division (Light) as a Rifleman and Scout, he was later assigned as a Team Leader in 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry in the same Division. After completing Airborne School in 2002, he reported to the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Vicenza, Italy and was assigned to 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry – The ROCK. SFC Blaskowski served in multiple green tab leadership positions in The ROCK – Battle Company as a Team Leader, HHC as the Battalion Assistant Operations Sergeant, Chosen Company as a Rifle and Weapons Squad Leader during OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM VI where he was awarded for Valor, and most recently as the Platoon Sergeant of 1st Platoon, Battle Company during OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM VIII.

SFC Blaskowski awards include: Silver Star, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal (4), Army Achievement Medal (3), Army Good Conduct Medal (2), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Pathfinder Badge and Basic Parachutist Badge. SFC Blaskoski has been submitted for the Bronze Star Medal for Service and the Purple Heart, Second Award.

Staff Sgt. Larry I. Rougle

Unit: Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade
Date of birth: May 6, 1982
Date of death: October 23, 2007
Location: Sawtalo Sar Mountain, Afghanistan
SSG Larry Ismael Rougle died Oct. 23 in Sawtalo Sar Mountain, Kunar Province, Afghanistan, of wounds when he was engaged by enemy small arms fire during combat operations.

SSG Rougle was born on 6 May 1982 in West Jordan, Utah. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on 14 March 2000. After SSG Rougle completed Basic Infantry Training, Advanced Individual Training, Airborne School, and the Ranger Indoctrination Program he was assigned to B Company, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment as a Rifleman. He was later assigned as a Team Leader in the same unit in June of 2003. He deployed numerous times while with the 75th Ranger Regiment, to include OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. In 2004, he reported to the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Vicenza, Italy and was assigned to 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry – The ROCK. SSG Rougle served in multiple green tab leadership positions in The ROCK – Able Company as a Squad Leader during OPERATION ENDURING FREEOM VI and most recently, HHC as a Scout Team Leader during OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM VIII.

SSG Rougle’s awards include: Army Commendation Medal for Valor, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal (2), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Pathfinder Badge and the Senior Parachutist Badge. SSG Rougle has been submitted for the Bronze Star Medal for Service and the Purple Heart.

SPC Hugo V. Mendoza

Unit: Battle Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade
Date of birth: March 23, 1978
Date of death: October 25, 2007
Location: Korengal Valley, Afghanistan
SPC Hugo Victor Mendoza died Oct. 25 in Korengal Valley, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when he came in contact with enemy forces using rocket-propelled grenade, machine-gun and small-arms fire during combat operations.

SPC Mendoza was born on 23 March 1978 in California and spent most of his childhood in El Paso, Texas.  He enlisted in the U.S. Army on 31 May 2005. During his time in service, SPC Hugo Victor Mendoza completed Basic Infantry Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, Medical Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, and Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia.  On 6 March 2006, SPC Mendoza reported to his first duty station at Caserma, Ederle, Vicenza, Italy.  He was assigned to the 173d Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry – The ROCK.  SPC Mendoza was then assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company with duty as a combat medic in Battle Company.  He immediately found his home among the combat warriors of 1st Platoon – The Celts.  SPC Mendoza trained, deployed and fought side by side with his band of brothers in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM VIII.  SPC Mendoza distinguished himself in The ROCK as a heroic medic, charismatic Paratrooper, and an overall altruistic human being. 

SPC Mendoza’s awards include: The Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Combat Medical Badge, and Basic Parachutist Badge.  SPC Mendoza has been submitted for the Bronze Star Medal for Service in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM VIII.

SGT Joshua C. Brennan

Unit: Battle Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade
Date of birth: May 30, 1985
Date of death: October 25, 2007
Location: Korengal Valley, Afghanistan
SGT Joshua Charles Brennan died Oct. 26 in Asadabad, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained Oct. 25 at Korengal Valley, when he came in contact with enemy forces using rocket-propelled grenade, machine-gun and small-arms fire during combat operations.

SGT Brennan was born on 30 May 1985 in El Paso, Texas. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on 25 September 2003. During his time in service SGT Joshua Brennan completed Basic Infantry Training, Advanced Individual Training and Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia. On 15 March 2004, he reported to Vicenza, Italy where he became a Paratrooper in the 173rd Airborne Brigade. Assigned to Battle Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry – The ROCK – SGT Brennan was first a rifleman and then an Assistant M240 Machine Gunner in 1st Platoon. Promoted to Team Leader, SGT Brennan deployed and served with distinction during bothVI and VIII. SGT Brennan was undoubtely one of the finest Noncommissioned Officers in Battle Company. He always led from the front.

SGT Brennan’s awards include: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart(2), Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Basic Parachutist Badge, and the Combat Infantryman Badge. Prior to his death, SGT Brennan was submitted for the Bronze Star Medal for Valor for his actions on 07 August 2007. For his service during OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM VIII, SGT Brennan has been submitted for the Bronze Star Medal for Service.

CPT Matthew C. Ferrera

Unit: Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade
Date of birth: October 14, 1983
Date of death: November 9, 2007
Location: Aranus, Afghanistan
CPT Matthew C. Ferrera died Nov. 9 in Aranus, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when their patrol was attacked by direct fire from enemy forces.

CPT Ferrara was born on 14 October 1983 in Torrance, California, and he graduated and was commissioned from the United States Military Academy at West Point on 28 May 2005 as an Infantry officer. CPT Ferrara completed the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Airborne School, and Ranger School at Fort Benning, Georgia and reported to Caserma Ederle in Vicenza, Italy for his first duty assignment. Matt was assigned to Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry as the Platoon Leader of First Platoon. In May 2007, CPT Ferrara deployed with the company to Afghanistan in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM VIII. On 22 August 2007, CPT Ferrara led his men to thwart a deliberate enemy attack on the Aranas Combat Outpost (Ranch House) by a numerically superior force. For his valorous and heroic actions that day he was submitted for the Silver Star.

CPT Ferrara’s awards include: Bronze Star Medal (Posthumous), Purple Heart (Posthumous), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Ranger Tab, and Basic Parachutist Badge.

CPL Sean K. Langevin

Unit: Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade
Date of birth: August 17, 1984
Date of death: November 9, 2007
Location: Aranus, Afghanistan
CPL Sean K. Langevin died Nov. 9 in Aranus, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when their patrol was attacked by direct fire from enemy forces.

CPL Langevin was born on 17 August 1984 in Walnut Creek, California. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on 14 February 2006. After completing Infantry One Station Unit Training (OSUT) and Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georiga, CPL Langevin reported to his first duty station at Caserma Ederle in Vicenza, Italy. He was assigned to Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team as an Automatic Rifleman. CPL Langevin deployed to Afghanistan in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM VIII in May 2007.During his time in Afghanistan, CPL Langevin went on numerous combat patrols. He was also involved in a violent firefight with enemy forces at the Aranas Combat Outpost (Ranch House) on 22 August 2007. For his heroic actions during the Ranch House attack, CPL Langevin was submitted for the Bronze Star Medal with Valor.

CPL Langevin’s awards include: Bronze Star Medal (Posthumous), Purple Heart (Posthumous), Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Army Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, and the Basic Parachutist Badge.

CPL Lester G. Roque

Unit: Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2dn Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade
Date of birth: December 4, 1983
Date of death: November 10, 2007
Location: Aranus, Afghanistan
CPL Lester G. Roque died Nov. 10 in Aranus, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when their patrol was attacked by direct fire from enemy forces.

CPL Roque was born on 4 December 1983 in Obando, Bulacan, Philippines where he spent most of his childhood. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on 2 February 2005. During his time in service, CPL Roque completed One Station Unit Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Medical Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, and Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia. On 10 October 2005, CPL Roque reported to his first duty station at Caserma Ederle in Vicenza, Italy. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team. After his arrival, he immediately joined Headquarters and Headquarters Company in Afghanistan in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM VI where he was assigned as a trauma medic. Due to his maturity and leadership, he was assigned as the Chosen Company Senior Medic where he served with distinction. During OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM VIII, CPL Roque established two aid stations at Combat Outposts Bella and Aranas (Ranch House), conducted numerous combat patrols, and established a local national clinic to increase the healthcare for the surrounding populace.

CPL Roque’s awards include: Bronze Star Medal (Posthumous), Purple Heart (Posthumous), Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal, Combat Medical Badge, Expert Field Medical Badge, and Basic Parachutist Badge.

SPC Joseph M. Lancour

Unit: Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade
Date of birth: June 26, 1986
Date of death: November 10, 2007
Location: Aranus, Afghanistan
SPC Joseph M. Lancour died Nov. 10 in Aranus, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when their patrol was attacked by direct fire from enemy forces.

SPC Lancour was born on 26 June 1986 in Cadillac, Michigan. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on 8 February 2006. After completing Infantry One Station Unit Training (OSUT) and attending Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia, SPC Lancour arrived at Caserma, Ederle in Vicenza, Italy for his first duty assignment. SPC Lancour was immediately assigned as a Rifleman in Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team. SPC Lancour conducted his first deployment to Afghanistan in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM VIII in May 2007. During his service, SPC Lancour participated in numerous combat patrols and manned a critical observation post at Bella Combat Outpost providing security and observation of the surrounding mountainous terrain.

SPC Lancour’s awards include: Bronze Star Medal (Posthumous), Purple Heart (Posthumous), Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Army Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, and the Basic Parachutist Badge.

SGT Jeffery S. Mersman

Unit: Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade
Date of birth: May 11, 1984
Date of death: November 10, 2007
Location: Aranus, Afghanistan
SGT Jeffery S. Mersman died Nov. 10 in Aranus, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when their patrol was attacked by direct fire from enemy forces.

SGT Mersman was born on 11 May 1984 in Paola, Kansas. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on 15 January 2002. SGT Mersman served in C Company, 2nd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division as a Grenadier and Rifle Team Leader. While in this unit, SGT Mersman deployed three times in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM before reporting for duty at Caserma Ederle in Vicenza, Italy. SGT Mersman was assigned to Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team as a Rifle Team Leader in August 2006. He deployed to Afghanistan in support of OPERATION ENDUING FREEDOM VIII in May 2007. During this deployment, SGT Mersman participated in numerous combat patrols and manned a critical observation point at Bella Combat Outpost in Nuristan Province providing surveillance and early warning of enemy activity.

SGT Mersman’s awards include: Bronze Star Medal (Posthumous), Purple Heart (Posthumous), Army Commendation Medal (3 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal, Valorous Unit Award, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, and Basic Parachutist Badge.

SFC Matthew R. Kahler

Unit: Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade
Date of birth: July 24, 1978
Date of death: January 26, 2008
Location: Waygul, Afghanistan
SFC Matthew Ryan Kahler died Jan. 26 at Forward Operating Base Fenty, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained from small-arms fire in Waygul, Afghanistan.

SFC Kahler was born on 24 July 1978 in Carroll, Iowa. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on 5 June 1997. After SFC Kahler completed Basic Infantry Training, Advanced Individual Training, and Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia, he was assigned to A Company 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina on 17 November 1997. While assigned to the 504th PIR, he held the positions of Assistant Machine Gunner, Machine Gunner, and Fire Team Leader. He deployed to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 1997 in support of OPERATION DESERT FOCUS and OPERATION DESERT THUNDER. SFC Kahler was assigned to 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team in June 2001. While assigned to the 503rd, he held the positions of Fire Team Leader, Rifle Squad Leader, and Platoon Sergeant. He helped form and train Able Company during countless training deployments to Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels. SFC Kahler deployed and served in the Brigade as a Rifle Squad Leader during both OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM I and OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM VI. SFC Kahler deployed with The ROCK to Afghanistan in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM VIII as the Platoon Sergeant for 2nd Platoon, Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne) 503rd Infantry Regiment.

SFC Kahler’s awards include: Bronze Star (2, Posthumous), Purple Heart (2, Posthumous), Army Commendation Medal (2), Army Achievement Medal (4), Army Good Conduct Medal (3rd Award), National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with numeral three, Army Service Ribbon, Over Seas Ribbon with numeral four, NATO Medal, Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, and Senior Parachutists Badge with Combat Bronze Star Device. SFC Kahler was also recently inducted into the U.S. Army, Europe Sergeant Morales Club as a lifetime member.

CPL Jason M. Bogar

Unit: Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade
Date of birth: February 19, 1983
Date of death: July 13, 2008
Location: Wanat, Afghanistan
Cpl. Jason M. Bogar died July 13 of wounds sustained when his outpost was attacked by small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades from enemy forces in Wanat, Afghanistan.

CPL Bogar was born on 19 February 1983 in Washington State. He enlisted in the U.S. Army National Guard on 12 September 2001. After completing One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Georgia, CPL Bogar was assigned to A Company, 1st Battalion, 161 Infantry Regiment (National Guard) as a Rifleman. CPL Bogar deployed in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM twice before transferring to Active Duty and PCSing to Vicenza, Italy. CPL Bogar was assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team in November 2007 and joined Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment in Afghanistan. During OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM VIII, CPL Bogar participated in numerous combat operations to include combat patrolling from Combat Outpost Bella – a remote, platoon-size, coalition outpost in northeastern Afghanistan.

CPL Bogar’s awards include: Bronze Star Medal (Posthumous), Purple Heart (Posthumous), Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal (Posthumous), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge.

CPL Jason D. Hovater

Unit: Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade
Date of birth: August 10, 1983
Date of death: July 13, 2008
Location: Wanat, Afghanistan
CPL Jason D. Hovater died July 13 of wounds sustained when his outpost was attacked by small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades from enemy forces in Wanat, Afghanistan.

CPL Hovater was born on 10 August 1983 in Tennessee. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on 9 February 2006. After completing One Station Unit Training, CPL Hovater attended Airborne School and was subsequently assigned to Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment as an Automatic Rifleman. While serving with Chosen Company, CPL Hovater deployed to Afghanistan in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM VIII. In Afghanistan, CPL Hovater participated in numerous combat patrols as an M203 Grenadier. On one such patrol on 8 March 2008, CPL Hovater’s element came under heavy enemy fire from multiple locations. For his bravery that day CPL Hovater was awarded the Army Commendation Medal w/ Valor.

CPL Hovater’s awards include: Bronze Star Medal (Posthumous), Purple Heart (Posthumous), Army Commendation Medal w/combat distinguishing device “V”, Army Good Conduct Medal (Posthumous), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, and Basic Parachutist Badge.

SPC Sergio S. Abad

Unit: Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade
Date of birth: March 15, 1987
Date of death: July 13, 2008
Location: Wanat, Afghanistan
SPC Sergio S. Abad died July 13 of wounds sustained when his outpost was attacked by small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades from enemy forces in Wanat, Afghanistan.

SPC Abad was born on 15 March 1987 in Miami, Florida. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on 17 January 2006. SPC Abad completed training as an 11C Mortarman from One Station Unit Training and Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia. He also attended the Ranger Indoctrination Program, 75th Ranger Regiment before being assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC), 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment in August 2006. SPC Abad deployed in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM VIII in May 2007. He served with HHC for 10 months before being assigned to Chosen Company as a 120mm Mortar Gunner. During his time with Chosen, SPC Abad participated in countless fire missions in support of friendly troops on the ground.

SPC Abad’s awards include: Bronze Star Medal (Posthumous), Purple Heart (Posthumous), Army Commendation Medal w/ combat distinguishing device “V”, Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal (Posthumous), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, and Basic Parachutist Badge.

CPL Jonathan R. Ayers

Unit: Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade
Date of birth: May 4, 1984
Date of death: July 13, 2008
Location: Wanat, Afghanistan
CPL Jonathan R. Ayers died July 13 of wounds sustained when his outpost was attacked by small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades from enemy forces in Wanat, Afghanistan.

CPL Ayers was born on 4 May 1984 in Atlanta, Georgia. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on 26 April 2006. After completing One Station Unit Training and graduating from Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia, CPL Ayers reported to Vicenza, Italy and was assigned to Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment where he most recently served as an M249 Machine Gunner. CPL Ayers deployed in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM VIII in May 2007. While serving in Afghanistan, CPL Ayers participated in numerous combat patrols and air assault operations. He also helped defend Combat Outpost Bella – a remote, platoon-size, coalition outpost in northeastern Afghanistan.

CPL Ayers’ awards include: Bronze Star Medal (Posthumous), Purple Heart (Posthumous), Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal (Posthumous), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, and Basic Parachutist Badge.

CPL Pruitt A. Rainey

Unit: Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade
Date of birth: February 21, 1986
Date of death: July 13, 2008
Location: Wanat, Afghanistan
CPL Pruitt A. Rainey died July 13 of wounds sustained when his outpost was attacked by small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades from enemy forces in Wanat, Afghanistan.

CPL Rainey was born on 21 February 1986 in Rockingham, North Carolina. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on 10 August 2005. CPL Rainey graduated from One Station Unit Training and Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia. He also attended the Ranger Indoctrination Program before being assigned to Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment on 28 February 2006. CPL Rainey most recently served as an M240B Machine Gunner in 2nd Platoon. CPL Rainey deployed in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM VIII in May 2007. During his deployment, CPL Rainey participated in countless combat patrols and air assault operations. He also defended and conducted patrols from Combat Outpost Bella – a remote, platoon-size, coalition outpost in northeastern Afghanistan.

CPL Rainey’s awards include: Bronze Star Medal (Posthumous), Purple Heart (Posthumous), Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal (Posthumous), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (2), NATO Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, and Basic Parachutist Badge.

CPL Matthew B. Phillips

Unit: Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade
Date of birth: April 13, 1981
Date of death: July 13, 2008
Location: Wanat, Afghanistan
CPL Matthew B. Phillips died July 13 of wounds sustained when his outpost was attacked by small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades from enemy forces in Wanat, Afghanistan.

CPL Phillips was born in 13 April 1981 in Florence, Alabama. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on 22 November 2005. After enlisting, CPL Phillips completed One Station Unit Training and Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia. Upon completion of Airborne School he was assigned to Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment where he most recently served as an M240B Machine Gunner. CPL Phillips deployed in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM VIII in May 2007. During his time in Afghanistan, CPL Phillips participated in numerous combat patrols and helped defend Combat Outpost Bella – a remote, platoon-size, coalition outpost in northeastern Afghanistan. For his outstanding service throughout the deployment he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal.

CPL Phillips’ awards include: Bronze Star Medal (Posthumous), Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart (Posthumous), Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal (Posthumous), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, and Basic Parachutist Badge.

CPL Gunnar W. Zwilling

Unit: Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade
Date of birth: April 29, 1988
Date of death: July 13, 2008
Location: Wanat, Afghanistan
CPL Gunnar W. Zwilling died July 13 of wounds sustained when his outpost was attacked by small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades from enemy forces in Wanat, Afghanistan.

CPL Zwilling was born on 29 April 1988 in Fountain Valley, California. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on 15 February 2006. CPL Zwilling attended One Station Unit Training and Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia. After earning his Airborne Wings, he was assigned to Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment as a Grenadier and later as an Assistant Machine Gunner. While serving with Chosen Company, CPL Zwilling deployed to Afghanistan in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM VIII. Throughout his deployment, CPL Zwilling participated in numerous combat patrols and air assaults that disrupted enemy operations. His actions brought security to the Afghan population in Kunar Province.

CPL Zwilling’s awards include: Bronze Star Medal (Posthumous), Purple Heart (Posthumous), Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal (Posthumous), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, and Basic Parachutist Badge.

SGT Israel Garcia

Unit: Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade
Date of birth: January 19, 1984
Date of death: July 13, 2008
Location: Wanat, Afghanistan
SGT Israel Garcia died July 13 of wounds sustained when his outpost was attacked by small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades from enemy forces in Wanat, Afghanistan.

SGT Garcia was born on 19 January 1984 in Nayarit, Mexico. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on 23 October 2002. After completing One Station Unit Training and Airborne School, SGT Garcia was assigned to B Company, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 504th Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division as a Rifleman and later as a Rifle Team Leader. SGT Garcia deployed in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM twice before PCSing to Vicenza, Italy. In July 2006, SGT Garcia was assigned to Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment as a Rifle Team Leader. He deployed in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM VIII in May 2007. During his deployment to Afghanistan, SGT Garcia participated in numerous combat patrols and helped defend Combat Outpost Bella – a remote, platoon-size, coalition outpost in northeastern Afghanistan.

SGT Garcia’s awards include: Bronze Star Medal (Posthumous), Purple Heart (Posthumous), Army Commendation Medal (3), Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon (2), NATO Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, and Basic Parachutist Badge.

1LT Jonathan P. Brostrom

Unit: Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade
Date of birth: August 22, 1983
Date of death: July 13, 2008
Location: Wanat, Afghanistan
1LT Jonathan P. Brostrom died July 13 of wounds sustained when his outpost was attacked by small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades from enemy forces in Wanat, Afghanistan.

1LT Brostrom was born on 22 August 1983 in Stuttgart, Germany. He was commissioned in the U.S. Army on 15 May 2006. 1LT Brostrom participated in the ROTC program at the University of Hawaii and while a cadet, he attended Airborne School, Air Assault School, and the U.S. Navy Scuba Divers Course. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources in 2006, he received his commission as a U.S. Army Infantry Second Lieutenant. 1LT Brostrom graduated from the Infantry Officer Basic Course and Ranger School prior to reporting to Vicenza, Italy on 26 June 2007. Shortly afterward, 1LT Brostrom deployed in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM VIII and was assigned to Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment as a Rifle Platoon Leader. 1LT Brostrom served for eight months in Afghanistan as Platoon Leader for 2nd Platoon. During his deployment, 1LT Brostrom led countless combat patrols and was responsible for the defense of Combat Outpost Bella – a remote, platoon-size, coalition outpost in northeastern Afghanistan.

1LT Brostrom’s awards include: Bronze Star Medal (Posthumous), Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart (Posthumous), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Air Assault Badge, Basic Parachutist Badge, Scuba Diver Badge, and Ranger Tab.

MAJ Thomas G. Bostick

Unit: 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade
Date of birth: December 8, 1969
Date of death: July 27, 2007
Location: Kamu, Afghanistan
MAJ Thomas Gordon Bostick, JR. died July 27 near Kamu, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when his unit came in contact with enemy forces using small-arms fire during combat operations.

MAJ Tom Bostick was born 8 December, 1969 in San Diego, California. He is a graduate of Columbus State University with a degree in Criminal Justice. He is a distinguished military graduate from The US Army Officer Candidate School. Prior to commissioning, MAJ Bostick served 10 years as an enlisted Soldier, serving first in Headquarters, 75th Ranger Regiment where he participated in Operation Just Cause; next he was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment; then as an Instructor for the Long Range Surveillance Course, 4th RTB; and finally at Special Operations Command Central where he participated in Operation Desert Thunder. Upon commissioning he was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment at Fort Benning, Georgia, where he served as an Infantry Platoon Leader and Scout Platoon Leader. He was then assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment where he served as a Platoon Leader for Alpha Company, deploying to Operation Enduring Freedom I and II and as an Executive Officer for Headquarters Company where he deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom I. Upon completion of the Infantry Captains Career Course and Combined Arms Staff Course, MAJ Bostick was assigned to Vicenza, Italy to the Southern European Task Force (SETAF) were he served as the G-3 Air and then to the 173rd Airborne Brigade where he served as the S3 Air. Prior to moving to Germany, MAJ Bostick served as Commander, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion (Airborne) 503rd Infantry Regiment and deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom VI. He is survived by his wife, Jenn and their two daughters, Jessica and Ashlie.

MAJ Bostick’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, Joint Service Achievement Medal with Oak leaf Cluster, Army Achievement Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Good Conduct Medal with 3 Knots, National Defense Service Medal with Campaign Star, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with Campaign Star, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal with Arrowhead, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Non Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with Numeral 3, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon with Numeral 2, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Expert Infantry Badge, the Combat Infantry Badge, the Ranger Tab, and the Master Parachutist Wings with Bronze Star.

PFC Christopher F. Pfeifer

Unit: Bravo Troop, 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade
Date of birth: April 11, 1986
Date of death: September 25, 2007
Location: Kamu, Afghanistan
PFC Christopher Franklin Pfeifer died Sept. 25 in San Antonio, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using small-arms fire Aug. 17 near Kamu, Afghanistan.

PFC Pfeifer was born 11 April, 1986. His home of record was Spalding, Nebraska. He married his wife Karen on March 22, 2006. PFC Pfeifer attended Basic Combat Training, Infantry School, and Airborne School at Ft. Benning, Georgia. He was assigned to 3rd Platoon, Bravo Troop, 1-91 CAV on 6 September, 2006. PFC Pfeifer deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with 1-91 CAV in May, 2007. He was wounded in an attack upon Camp Keating on August 17, 2007 and later died from those wounds on 25 September, 2007. PFC Pfeifer is survived by his wife Karen, daughter Peyton, parents Michael and Darlina Pfeifer, brother SFC Aaron Pfeifer (7th Special Forces Group), and sister Nikki Griffith.

PFC Pfeifer’s Awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, and Airborne Parachutist Badge (Basic).

CPT David A. Boris

Unit: 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade
Date of birth: June 22, 1977
Date of death: November 12, 2007
Location: Bermel, Afghanistan
CPT David A. Boris died Nov. 12 in Bermel, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when the vehicle he was in was struck by an improvised explosive device.

CPT Boris’ awards and decorations include: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal (2), Army Achievement Medal (3), Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (2), Nato Medal, Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge

SGT Adrian E. Hike

Unit: Anvil Troop, 1st Squadron (Airborne), 91st Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade
Date of birth: July 21, 1981
Date of death: November 12, 2007
Location: Bermel, Afghanistan
Sgt. Adrian Edward Hike died Nov. 12 in Bermel, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when the vehicle he was in was struck by an improvised explosive device.

Sgt. Hike was born July 21, 1981, in Carroll, Iowa and attended schools at Odebolt, Lake View, Wall Lake and Sac City. He graduated from Sac Community High School in 2000. After enlisting in the Army in 2002 he completed cavalry scout training at Fort Knox, Ky. His duty station was Schweinfurt, Germany. In February 2005 he was deployed to Iraq, where he served for a year. In 2006 he attended airborne training at Fort Benning, Ga. He was deployed to Afghanistan in June 2007. Sgt. Hike lived a theme of selfless service that started long before his military career. He gave up his own security to keep his family together and never shared experiences with his mom he thought would give her nightmares. His military career shed him of childish habits and crafted him into a true hero. That is how he will be remembered. SGT Hike is survived by his parents, Robert Bird of Odebolt and Kim Bird, and four brothers: Robert Jr., Martin, Jonathon, and Aaron.

SGT Hike’s awards and decorations include: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart (2), Army Commendation Medal (2), Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghan Campaign Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (2), Nato Medal, Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge, Basic Rifle Qualification Badge

SSG William R. Fritsche

Unit: Bravo Troop , 1st Squadron (Airborne), 91st Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade
Date of birth: February 10, 1984
Date of death: July 27, 2007
Location: Kamu, Afghanistan
SSG William Ryan Fritsche died July 29 near Kamu, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when his unit came in contact with enemy forces using small-arms fire during combat operations.

SSG Fritsche was born on February 10, 1984 in Martinsville, Indiana. He entered into the U.S. Army on June 13, 2002 as an 11B. After basic training he was assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Meyer where he served in the ‘OLD GUARD’ as a fire team leader. He was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant on August 01, 2006. On January 10th, 2007, SSG Fritsche came to the 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry and was assigned to the S-3 Section as the Schools NCO. He performed his assigned duties with meticulous care and attention, successfully sending Soldiers to various schools in preparation for OEF VII. Once in Afghanistan, SSG Fritsche became the assistant air NCO, helping with all critical air operations in TF Saber’s AO. After a month and a half at that position, SSG Fritsche gained the opportunity to join an Infantry Platoon and assumed duties as a squad leader for 2nd Platoon, Bravo Troop. SSG Fritsche performed his duty whenever and wherever they needed him. Whether it was garrison duties as the schools NCO, assisting with all air operations on FOB Naray, or on the front lines in an Infantry platoon, SSG Fritsche worked with unprecedented vigor. He was hand-selected by the CSM to take on the responsibility of one of the Squadron’s most active squads in the Task Force. His quick progression to a line unit is only overshadowed by the fact that SSG Fritsche lost his father prior to his deployment and then lost his grandmother a week after arriving in Afghanistan. Even with the burdens of his personal tragedies, SSG Fritsche performed his duty unwaveringly. It was these examples of professionalism and loyalty that brought respect to those who came in contact with him. SSG Fritsche loved his job and being in the Army. However, aside from work, SSG Fritsche enjoyed the outdoors, often mountain biking, hiking, or swimming during his free time. His PCS move to Germany brought on the new excitement of exploring the various castles scattered throughout the German countryside.

SSG Fritsche’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Good Conduct Medal with 1 Knot, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Expert Infantry Badge, Combat Infantry Badge, and the Basic Airborne Parachutist Badge.

PFC Andrew J. Shields

Unit: Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 173rd Special Troops Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade
Date of birth: September 8, 1988
Date of death: May 31, 2008
Location: Jalalabad City, Afghanistan
PFC Andrew Jon Shields died May 31 in Jalalabad City, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when his vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device.

PFC Shields was born on 08 September 1988 in Washington and spent most of his youth in Battleground, Washington. He entered the U.S. Army on 11 July 2007. During his time in service, PFC Shields attended Basic Combat Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He then went on to attend the Basic Airborne Course at the Infantry Center, Fort Benning, Georgia and earned the coveted parachutist badge. On 16 April 2008, PFC Shields reported to his first duty station at Warner Barracks in Bamberg, Germany. PFC Shields deployed to Afghanistan on 09 May 2008, and was assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company “Chaos”, 173rd Special Troops Battalion (Airborne) Military Police Platoon with duty as a Combat Medic. He immediately found his home among the paratroopers of the MP platoon “Ripcord”. PFC Shields trained, deployed and fought side by side with brothers and sisters in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM VIII. PFC Shields distinguished himself as a member of the Ripcord family proving to be a lighthearted, competent, motivated trooper, as well as an overall altruistic human being. PFC Shields is survived by his girlfriend, Loren E. Combs, his mother Wendy Jo Campbell, father Jon J. Shields, step-mother Carol L. Shields, and sister Ryleigh Campbell.

PFC Shields awards and decorations include: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Expert Marksmanship Badge, Combat Medical Badge, and Basic Parachutist Badge.

SPC James M. Finley

Unit: Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 173rd Special Troops Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade
Date of birth: November 2, 1980
Date of death: May 31, 2008
Location: Jalalabad City, Afghanistan
SPC James Matthew Finley died May 31 in Jalalabad City, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when his vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device.

SPC Finley was born on 02 November 1986 in Florida and spent most of his childhood in Lebanon, Missouri. He entered the U.S. Army on 08 February 2006. During his time in service, SPC Finley attended Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training at the United States Army Military Police School at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. On 16 July 2006, SPC Finley reported to his first duty station at Warner Barracks, Bamberg Germany. He was assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 173rd Special Troops Battalion (Airborne). SPC Finley deployed to Afghanistan on 05 May 2007. SPC Finley was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company “Chaos” Military Police Platoon with duty as a vehicle driver and military police patrolman. He immediately found his home among the paratroopers of the MP platoon “Ripcord”. SPC Finley trained, deployed and fought side by side with brothers and sisters in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM VIII. SPC Finley distinguished himself as a member of the Ripcord family as well as a strong, courageous, tactically proficient, charismatic trooper, and above all he was a wonderful human being. SPC Finley is survived by his loving parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Wayne Finley, his brothers John and Josh, and his sisters Jennifer and Jamie of Lebanon, Missouri.

SPC Finley’s awards and decorations include: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Expert Marksmanship Badge, Combat Action Badge.

SGT Ryan J. Connolly

Unit: Alpha Company, 173rd Special Troops Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade
Date of birth: February 6, 1984
Date of death: June 24, 2008
Location: Khogyani, Afghanistan
SGT Ryan J. Connolly died June 24 in Khogyani, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when his vehicle struck a suspected landmine.

SGT Connolly was born on February 6th, 1984 in California, where he spent most of his youth. He entered the U.S. Army on 11 January 2005. During his time in service, SGT Connolly attended Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill Oklahoma, and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Upon completion, SGT Connolly was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st Armored Division in Baumholder, Germany. In November of 2006 he moved to Bamberg Germany where he was assigned as a Combat Medic to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 173rd Special Troops Battalion (Airborne). SGT Connolly deployed to Afghanistan in July of 2008, and was assigned to support Alpha Company “Wolverine”, 173rd Special Troops Battalion (Airborne) Assault and Barrier Platoon with duty as a Combat Medic. SGT Connolly trained, deployed and fought side by side with brothers and sisters in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM VIII. SGT Connolly distinguished himself as a member of the Wolverine family, proving to be a strong, courageous, charismatic trooper, as well as an overall altruistic human being. SGT Connolly is survived by his loving wife, the former Stefanie Schwank, his beautiful daughter Kayla Connolly, and his parents James Connolly and Robin Nelson.

SGT Connolly’s awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (1OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal, Expert Field Medical Badge, Expert Marksmanship Badge (Rifle) and the Combat Medical Badge.

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