U.S. Catholic Scroll of Remembrance for the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

Updated March, 2017 on thecatholiccostofwar.org

These pages are dedicated to the U.S. Catholic victims of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, both soldiers and civilians, who have been killed in these unjust wars and to the memory of Ben and Elizabeth Salmon, Catholic resisters of WWI. It also serves as an indictment of the Catholic Bishops of the U.S. whose response to these wars has been characterized by cowardice, moral laxity and relativism, to the point that they are guilty of material cooperation with the objective evil of unjust war.

We were surprised to learn that the Archdiocese for the Military Services (AMS) does not keep a record of those killed while under its care.  Instead, this Scroll had to be compiled by researching a web site which lists casualties provided by the Pentagon and, more recently, a site honoring some of the victims of PTSD/suicide who have numbered 22 every day for some time, according to the US Dept. of Veteran's Affairs (both while in service and after discharge). It was most difficult to find the names of Catholic military contractors who have been killed. Since many names could not be found for whom a Mass of Christian Burial or Memorial Mass was offered, we would like to see every diocese compile and publish all these names from their parish funeral records so we can have a better idea of what these wars are costing our Church.

While only a few are listed here, we pray and grieve for all victims of war. If we could list only the civilian murders for which the U.S. is directly or indirectly responsible since the slaughter of the 1991 Gulf War, that list would be hundreds of times longer than the list of all U.S. casualties. Only God knows the number of the unborn who have been murdered (most often along with their mothers) but certainly many mothers, babies and families have experienced this great evil. It seems certain that more Iraqi Catholics (mainly Chaldeans) have been killed than U.S. soldiers in both wars. As Pope Benedict XVI said when he echoed Benedict XV’s comment about WWI, “War is a useless slaughter that brings hell to earth.”

Almost invariably, priests and bishops who spoke at these funerals showed a complete acceptance of Catholic participation in unjust war, often employing the same platitudes used in the secular/military world.  The most frequent scripture reference in the homilies was John 15:13 "A man can have no greater love than to lay down his life for his friends." Verse 14, "You are my friends if you do what I command you" was never used.  We found only three instances where a homily truly applied the gospel to war, (see Jesse De La Torre under Illinois, and Luke Yepsen and Matthew Mendoza in Texas) yet this is the real support that our religious leaders owe to the souls entrusted to their care. It is our prayer that meditating on these names will hasten the day when no diocese or parish will be ashamed to preach and teach Jesus’ Gospel of peace and nonviolence.

If you would like to have a name entered on this Scroll or make a correction, please contact us. Remember to check your parish funeral records.

Select from the list below to view the U.S. Catholic victims of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan by State

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ALABAMA

Paul Joseph Bueche (Army Spc) Age 19 of Daphne, AL. Killed October 21, 2003 in Iraq when a helicopter tire he was working on exploded. Mass at Christ the King, Daphne with Fr. Timothy Deasy. He attended Catholic grade and high school.

Philip A. Johnson Jr. (Army CWO) Age 31 of Mobil, AL (native of Davenport IA). One of 9 killed January 8, 2004 when their helicopter was shot down near Fallujah, Iraq by an RPG. (see also: Michael DiRaimondo in CA) Mass at Corpus Christi, Mobile with Frs. John S. Boudreaux and James F. Zoghby and Deacon Arthur Robbins. He left a wife, Melissa, in the Air Force.

Brendan Patrick Neenan (Army Spc) Age 21 of Enterprise, AL. Killed June 7, 2010 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. John’s, Enterprise with Fr. Gregory Okorobia.

Timothy G. Santos, Jr. (Army 1st Lt.) Age 29 of Helena, AL (born in Guam). Died August 18, 2013 at Army Medical Center, Ft. Bliss, TX from aggressive pancreatic cancer diagnosed in Kuwait City, Kuwait. Mass at St. Vincente/St. Roke, Barrigada, Guam. He left a wife and two daughters.

David Cazzie Smith (Air Force SSgt) Age 26 of Eight Mile, AL. Killed June 9, 2010 when his helicopter was shot down by an RPG while on a rescue mission in Afghanistan. Mass at Little Flower CC, Mobile, AL with Fr. John G. Lynes. He left a fiancée.

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ALASKA

Timothy Douglas Sayne (Army Sgt) Age 31 of Effingham, IL and Ft. Wainwright, AK. Killed September 18, 2011 in Afghanistan. Mass at Sacred Heart, Effingham, IL was attended by Sacred Heart School students. 8th Grade teacher, Vicki Niemberg said, “We talked to the Junior High students about what he did for our country and that he served with honor, defending freedom…” Dan Clasby, Sacred Heart principal said, “We talked to the students before we came out (for the funeral) about how this was the ultimate sacrifice and the importance of showing tribute to this soldier.” He and some of the students held flags. He left a wife, son and unborn child.

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AMERICAN SOMOA

Michael T. Fuga (Army Sfc) Age 47 of Independence, MO and Nuuli, American Samoa. Killed September 9, 2006 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Mary’s, Independence.

Max A. Galea’i (Marine Lt. Col.) Age 42 of Pago Pago, American Samoa. Killed June 26, 2008 in Iraq. Mass at Leone Catholic Church, A.S. with Msgr. Etuale Lealofi who said, “We know that we have to do away with terror, so that people may have the freedom…to build their own lives.” Mass was attended by Gov. Togliola Tulafono. He was commanding officer of 1000 Kaneohe, HI based Marines and a grad of Oregon State U. He left a wife and four children.

Lui Tumanuvao (Army Sgt) Age 29 of Fagaalu, American Samoa. Killed November 7, 2007 in Iraq. Funeral Mass at (?) He had been an altar boy at St. Paul’s, Ili’ili, A.S. and Mass was offered for him there also. He left a wife and two young children living at Ft. Stewart, GA; See: brilliantatbreakfast.blogspot.com/2005/07/grinding-up-poor-for-dog-food.html

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ARIZONA

Raymond Santos “Bear” Armijol (Army Spc) Age 22 of Phoenix, AZ. Killed October 2. 2006 in Iraq. Mass at St. Mary's Basilica, Phoenix.

Victor Manuel “Chiko” Cota (Army Sgt) Age 33 of Tucson, AZ. Killed May 14, 2008 in Iraq. Mass at Sacred Heart, Tucson with Fr. Patrick Gavin. He was buried on his 34th birthday. He left a wife, son and daughter.

Joseph Francis Gonzales (Army Pvt) Age 18 of Tucson, AZ. Killed September 20, 2008 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. John the Evangelist, Tucson with Fr. Robert Gonzalez.

Ryan Eugene Haupt (Army SSgt) Age 24 of Colorado Springs, CO and Phoenix, AZ. Killed October 17, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at St. Gertrude, Franklin Park, IL.

Frank Bustamante Hernandez Jr. (Army Sgt) Age 21 of Phoenix, AZ. Killed February 17, 2005 in Iraq. Mass at St. Thomas More, Phoenix.

Charles Humphrey Keating IV (Navy PO 1st, SEAL Team 1) Age 31 of Phoenix, AZ. Killed May 3, 2016 in Iraq. Mass on May 13, 2016 at Sacred Heart, Coronado CA where his SEAL team is based with Fr. James McCurry, OFM Conv. (who had just been installed as the first Minister Provincial of the newly formed Our Lady of the Angles Province on May 7) A number of other priests and a deacon were on the altar. From an account of McCurry's remarks by Kaila White in the Arizona Republic paper: Keating loved without limit, which was not only a fundamental trait for a Navy SEAL, but a man of faith. Fr. McCurry also described the deadly firefight in Iraq, where, under fire, Keating was said to have climbed to an exposed rooftop, shielding his team mates, when he was struck in the neck by a sniper's bullet. The priest characterized that scene of horror as a victory of love. "The goofy, cheeky, loveable kid from Phoenix has borne witness. Noble witness." McCurry said. "He joins the long list of American heroes who have given the last full measure of devotion." He had been married shortly before his multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. His father and grandfather were key figures in the 1980's savings and loan scandal. His brother, Billy, is also a SEAL.

Matthew C. Laskowski (Navy CWO2) Age 32 of Phoenix, AZ. Killed February 25, 2004 in Iraq. Mass at St. Jerome's, Phoenix. He left a wife and two daughters.

Juan Lopez-Castaneda (Marine LCpl)) Age 19 of Mesa, AZ. Killed August 21, 2008 in Afghanistan. Mass at Queen of Peace, Mesa.

Wyatt Joseph Martin (Army Spc) Age 22 of Mesa, AZ. One of two killed December 12, 2014 in Afghanistan in an IED attack. Mass at Holy Cross, Mesa.

Philip Daine McGeath (Marine Cpl) Age 25 of Glendale, AZ. Killed January 18, 2012 in Afghanistan. Mass at Most Blessed Sacrament, Arlington, TX. He left a wife.

Alan E. McPeek (Army Spc) Age 20 of Tucson, AZ. One of two killed February 2, 2007 in Iraq. (see also: Matthew Zeimer in MT) Mass at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Tucson. Both were killed in a "friendly fire" incident first reported as killed by enemy fire.

Seferino Jose Reyna (Army Pfc) Age 20 of Kingman, AZ. Killed August 7, 2005 in Iraq. Mass at St. Edward, Phoenix.

Kenneth G. Ross (Army Sgt) Age 24 of Peoria, AZ. One of five killed September 25, 2005 in Afghanistan when their helicopter was shot down. Mass at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Sun City, AZ with Major (Fr.) Mike Martinez, AZ National Guard chaplain and parochial vicar of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton who said, "He gave his life. He gave for God and freedom and love of cuntry."

Frank M. Sandoval (Army Pfc) Age 27 of Yuma, AZ. Died June 18, 2007. Mass on June 28, 2007. He suffered a TBI in Iraq on 11/28/2005, improved but was declared brain dead after a post-op complication. He never woke from surgery and died nine months later. He left a wife and daughter.

Harry N. Shondee (Army Pfc) Age 19 of Ganado, AZ. Killed August 2, 2004 in Iraq. Mass at St. Michael Mission, Mary Mother of Mankind Church. He was a Navajo born for the Nakai Din Clan of the Tzil nai Tabaaha tribe. A sister, Ophelia Shondee, said, “He was my little brother—my happy little brother.”

Mark Richard Vecchione (Army Sgt) Age 25 of Tucson, AZ (born and raised in Cape Cod). Killed July 18, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at St. Joan of Arc, Cape Cod, MA. Gov Mitt Romney and Sen. Ted Kennedy attended.

Wyatt Joseph Martin (Army Spc) Age 22 of Mesa AZ. Killed December 12, 2014 in Afghanistan. Mass at Holy Cross, Mesa on Christmas Eve.

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ARKANSAS

Patrick W. Kordsmeier (Army CWO) Age 49 of North Little Rock, AR. Killed April 24, 2004 in a rocket attack on Camp Cook, Iraq. Mass at St. Patrick’s with Fr. William Define. From an AP story: Fr. Define said Kordsmeier’s death should be viewed as a natural part of life. “Death is holy. Death is God’s way of gathering his people to himself…at death, life is changed not taken away.” Mass was conducted in Latin. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Latin Mass Community of North Little Rock. According to his son, Jason, he went to a priest a year before and said he was afraid he was going to die over there.”

Michael J. Strachota (Army Sgt) Age 28 of Pine Bluff, AR. Killed June 24, 2012 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Joseph's, Pine Bluff with Fr. Warren Harvey, Celebrant. Homily by Deacon Noel “Bud” Bryant whose wife, Gail Bryant is Parish Administrator. He left a wife and son.

Michael Reuben Sturdivant (Army Sgt) Age 20 of Conway, AR. Killed January 22, 2008 in a vehicle roll over in Iraq. Memorial Mass at Immaculate Conception, North Little Rock, AR. with Fr. James P. West. MOCB at St. Agnes, Arlington, VA. with Fr. West. He became a Catholic at IC shortly before his deployment.

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CALIFORNIA

Shawn G. Adams (Army Sgt) Age 21 of Dixon, CA, killed July 22, 2007 in Iraq. Mass at St. Mary's, Vacaville, CA with Fr. Michael McFadden who said, “He knew what he was doing when he put on that uniform... and when he saluted that flag... Shawn gave his life that others might live. We salute Shawn Adams.” He left a wife.

Alexandre A. Alexeev (Army Spc) Age 23, killed May 28, 2007 in Iraq. Mass at San Secundo D'Asti RC, Guasti, CA. He was a native of Russia who looked forward to becoming a US citizen.

Aaron Michael Allen (Marine Cpl) Age 24 of Buellton, CA. Killed November 14, 2008 in Iraq. Mass at Old Mission Santa Ines, Solvang, CA. He was an '02 grad of Santa Inez HS.

Kenneth Clifford Alvarez (Army Spc) Age 23 of Santa Monica, CA. Killed August 23, 2013 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Louis de Monfort, Orcutt, CA with Pastor, Fr. Charles Hofschulte, C.J. (Josephite).

Carlos A. Aparicio (Army Pfc) Age 19 of San Bernadino, CA. Killed September 23, 2011 in Afghanistan. Mass at Blessed John XXIII, Rialto, CA with Fr. Raphael Partida. He left a fiancée.

John David Aragon (Army Sgt) Age 22 of Antioch, CA. Killed June 12, 2008 in Iraq. Mass at Most Holy Rosary, Antioch.

Cesar O. Baez (Navy PO 2nd Class) Age 37 of Pomona, CA. Killed June 15, 2005 in Iraq. Mass at Our Lady of the Assumption, Claremont, CA, with Fr. Thomas Welbers who said, " We are here to celebrate that Cesar did the same thing Christ did. Cesar found the courage to die for others." He left a wife expecting their fourth child.

Matthew William Bancroft (Marine Capt.) Age 29 of Shasta and Burney,CA. Killed January 9, 2002 aboard a refueling aircraft that crashed into a mountain near Shamsi, Pakistan. Mass at St. Angela's, Pacific Grove, CA. He left a wife, a baby daughter and two step sons.

Pedro Antonio Barbosa Flores (Marine LCpl) Age 27 of Glendale, CA (born in Mexico). Killed July 11, 2009 in Afghanistan. Mass at St Ann's, Los Angeles, CA.

Scott G. Barnett (Army Pfc) Age 24 of Martinez, CA. Killed January 28, 2010 in Iraq in a "non-combat incident, under investigation." Mass at St Bonaventure's Concord, CA He left a wife.

Jeremiah Allen Baro (Marine Cpl) Age 21 of Fresno, CA. Killed November 4, 2004 in Iraq. Mass at St. Anthony of Padua, Fresno. On his second tour in Iraq he reported, “everyone hates us here.”

Lester Domenica Baroncini Jr. (Army Sgt) Age 33 of Bakersfield, CA. Killed October 15, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at St. Francis of Assisi, Bakersfield with Fr. Craig Harrison who said, “Each one of us here owes him our freedom, our respect, our love.”

Ricardo "Ricky" Barraza (Army SSgt) Age 24 of Shafter, CA. Killed March 18, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at St Therese, Shafter with Fr. Pedro Umana. He left two sons and was to be married in May.

Jose Oscar Belmontes (Army Pfc) Age 28 of La Verne, CA. Killed July 28, 2012 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Thomas the Apostle, Riverside, CA with Deacon Michael Cruz and Fr. Joseph Felker. He left a wife.

Anthony Kamalu Bento (Army Cpl) Age 23 of San Diego, CA. Killed September 24, 2007 in Iraq. Mass at Blessed Sacrament, San Diego. He left a wife and infant son.

Kelly Martin Liberato Bolor (Army Sfc) Age 37 of Whittier, CA, native of Hawaii. Killed November 15, 2003 in Iraq in a helicopter crash. Mass at St. Bruno's, Whittier, CA. He has a twin brother and another brother in the military. He left a wife and son.

Robert R. Boniface (Army Special Forces Medical Sgt.) Age 34 of El Centro and San Luis Obispo, CA.  Killed March 19, 2017 in a "non-combat-related incident under investigation" in Afghanistan.  Catholic burial rites at Barrancus National Cemetery at the Naval Air Station, Pensacola, FL with Fr. Dolug Halsema.  He left a wife and daughter.

Jerry Lee Bonofacio Jr. (Army SSgt) Age 28 of Vacaville, CA. Killed October 10, 2005 in Iraq. Mass at St. Mary's, Vacaville with Pastor, Fr. Ben Randall and Fr. Michael McFadden. He left a fiancée.

Joel K Brattain (Army Pfc) Age 21 of Santa Ana, CA. Killed March 13, 2004 in Iraq. Mass (?) Buried in Holy Sepulcher Cemetery, Orange, CA. He left a wife.

Andrew J. Castro (Army Spc) Age 20 of West Lake Village, CA. Killed August 8, 2010 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Jude’s, West Lake Village. He left a wife, daughter and step-son.

Ricardo Cerros Jr. (Army Spc) Age 24 of Gary, IN and Salinas, CA. Killed October 8, 2011 in Afghanistan. Memorial Mass at Sacred Heart, Salinas and MOCB at Holy Angles, Gary with Fr. Jon Pavcan who said, “Ricardo is a hero along with others who have died in this horrible war. A hero is a person noted for feats of courage or nobility of purpose. He faced (sic) the courageous efforts by going into a new territory to be an example of bringing peace and freedom to those who are held captive.”

Alejandro Currillo (Marine Sgt) Age 22 of Los Angeles, CA. Killed January 30, 2007 in Iraq. Mass at Sts. Peter & Paul, Wilmington, CA. He told his high school ROTC instructor he didn't want to die in the streets. While in Iraq, his brother was shot to death by LA County Sheriff's deputies. He left a wife and 3 year old son.

Manuel A. Ceniceros (Marine LCpl) Age 23 of Santa Ana, CA. Killed June 26, 2004 in Iraq. Mass at Our Lady of Solitude, East Los Angeles, where he had planned to have the formal wedding he and his wife couldn't afford when they were married in 2002.

Ryan James Connolly (Army Sgt) Age 24 of Vacaville, CA. Killed June 24, 2008 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Rose, Santa Rosa, CA. He left a wife and daughter.

Bernard P. Corpuz (Army Cpl) Age 28 of Watsonville, CA. Killed June 11, 2006 in Afghanistan. Mass (?) He attended Palma High School, boy's Catholic prep, in Salinas, CA. He served as an interpreter and interrogator. Mother's only son.

Ricardo A. Crocker (Marine Maj.) Age 39 of Mission Viejo, CA. Killed May 26, 2005 in Iraq in an RPG attack. Mass at St. Monica's, Santa Monica, CA with Msgr. Lloyd Torgerson.

Joseph F. Curreri (Army SSgt) Age 27 of Los Angeles, CA. Died October 27, 2007, drowned in the Philippines. Mass at Church of the Good Shepherd, Beverly Hills, CA. He was a grad of Loyola Blakefield HS and a former captain of the USC swim team. He left a wife.

Armando Alexander De La Paz (Army Spc) Age 21 of Riverside, CA. Killed November 13, 2008 in Iraq (under investigation). Mass at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Riverside.

Bruno Giancarlo DeSolenni (Army Capt, Oregon NG) Age 32 of Crescent City, CA. Killed September 20, 2008 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Joseph's, Crescent City. He has an identical twin brother, Ricardo.

Sean D. Diamond (Army Sgt) Age 41 of Dublin, CA. Killed February 15, 2009 in Iraq. Mass at St. Raymond's, Dublin. He left a wife and 4 children.

Michael A. DiRaimondo (Army Spc, air medic) Age 22 of Simi Valley, CA. One of 9 killed January 8, 2004 in Iraq when their helicopter was shot down by an RPG while on a medivac mission. (see also: Philip Johnson in AL) Mass at St. Peter Claver, Simi Valley.

Brian Enrique Dunlap (Army Sgt) Age 34 of Vista, CA. Killed September 24, 2005 in Iraq. Mass at St. John the Evangelist, Carmichael, CA.

Michael A Estrella (Marine Cpl) Age 20 of Hemet, CA. Killed June 14, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at Our Lady of the Valley, Hemet. His mother said he was depressed about everything he had seen in a previous tour in Afghanistan.

Jason C. Finan (Navy CPO) Age 34 of Imperial Beach, CA.  Killed by an IED in Iraq on October 20, 2016 while serving in OIR as a "combat advisor" to Iraqi forces and while supporting a SEAL team assisting in the battle to retake Mosul.  Mass at Sacred Heart, Coronado, CA.  He left a wife and seven year old son.

Carlo Francisco Eugenio (Army Sgt) Age 29 of Rancho Cucamonga, CA. Killed October 29, 2011 in Afghanistan in a suicide vehicle bomb incident. Mass at SS Peter and Paul, Rancho Cucamonga. Born in the Philippines, he was 2 years old when his family came to the US.

Christopher B. Fishbeck (Army Spc) Age 24 of Buena Park, CA. Killed June 6, 2011 in Iraq in a rocket attack on Camp Loyalty. Mass at St. Irenaeus, Cypress, CA. He left a wife of 3 months.

Sean Paul Fisher (SSgt) Age 29 of El Cajon and Santee, CA. One of 5 killed August 14, 2007 in Iraq in a helicopter crash. Mass at St. Kieran's, El Cajon, CA. He had been recently divorced by his wife who “couldn't take it” after his first deployment. His mother is bitter that her son died in a “useless war” that was lied about by the president and unnecessary. He left a 6 yo daughter.

Francisco Martinez Flores (Marine Pfc) Age 21 of Mexico and Los Angeles, CA. Killed March 25, 2003 in Iraq when his tank rolled off a bridge in the middle of the night, landing upside down in the Euphrates. Mass at Immaculate Conception, Monrovia, CA with Fr. Edmund Gomez. He was two weeks shy of becoming a citizen. (a process sped up from 5 years to 3 months for soldiers)

Jose Ricardo Flores-Mehia (Army Pfc) Age 21 of Santa Clarita, CA. Killed November 16, 2004 in Iraq. Mass at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Newhall, CA. His grandmother was killed in a car accident en route to the funeral from Mexico

Gregory Michael Frampton (Army Sgt, Special Ops) Age 37 of Fresno, CA. Killed January 30, 2003 when a helicopter crashed on a training range near Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan. Mass at Shrine of St. Therese, Fresno, CA. He was a K of C member and left a wife.

Richard J. Gannon II (Marine Capt) Age 31 of Escondito, CA. Killed April 17, 2004 in Iraq. Mass at St. Mary's, Escondito. He was a grad of Cornell U. on a Navy scholarship. He left a wife and 4 children.

Israel Garcia (Army Sgt) Age 24 of Long Beach, CA. Killed July 13, 2008 in Afghanistan. Mass at Holy Family, Wilmington, CA. He was born in Mexico. He left a wife.

Jair DeJesus Garcia (Army Pvt) Age 29 of Chatsworth, CA. Killed August 1, 2008 in Afghanistan. Mass at Holy Cross, Culver City, CA. He left a wife and son.

Victor A. Garcia (Army Spc) Age 22 of Rialto, CA. Killed July 1, 2007 in Iraq. Mass at Immaculate Conception, Monrovia, CA with Fr. Carlos Ramirez. He joined up for the promise of college tuition but believed the war was unjust.

Juan DeDios Garcia-Arana (Army SSgt) Age 27 of Los Angeles, CA. Killed April 30, 2005 in Iraq. Mass and burial in Guadalajara, Mexico. He left a wife and son.

Jose Angel Garibay (Marine Cpl) Age 21 a Mexican national of Jalisco, Mexico and Costa Mesa, CA. One of 9 killed March 23, 2003 in Iraq (3rd? to be killed in OIF) Mass at St. Joachim, Costa Mesa. He was posthumously granted citizenship. (See also: Jorge Gonzalez in CA, Thomas Slocum in CO and Frederick Pokorney in NV and Philip Jordan in TX)

Cory Ryan Geurin (Marine LCpl) Age 18 of Santee, CA. Killed July 15, 2003 in Iraq when he fell from the roof of a palace he was guarding. Mass at Guardian Angles, Santee.

William Joseph Gilbert (Army Spc) Age 24 of Hacienda Heights, CA. Killed May 14, 2013 in Afghanistan. Mass at Holy Family, South Pasadena, CA with Msgr. Clement J. Connolly. He left a wife and new born daughter he never met.

Adan Gonzales Jr. (Marine Sgt) Age 28 of Bakersfield, CA. Killed August 7, 2011 in Afghanistan. Mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe, Bakersfield. He leaves a wife and 3 young children. In a letter home he asked for prayers for his comrades as well as for “…the innocent children that have to live day after day in this war zone. They are born innocent into war…Our gun bursts wake them up at night and I can hear them crying after a firefight… It haunts me to know that they frequently become victims of our bombs and missile strikes. They are no different from my own children and have a God-given right to live in peace and happiness.”

Jose Angel Gonzalez (Marine Cpl) Age 22 of Indio, CA, killed April 12, 2003 in Iraq. Mass at Our Lady of Perpetual Help. A Mexican national, Jose opposed the war but was a "loyal Marine" His family was steeped in the philosophy of nonviolence practiced by UFW leader Cesar Chavez. His mother and stepfather have been UFW organizers.

Jorge A. Gonzalez (Marine Cpl) Age 20 of Los Angeles, CA. One of 9 killed March 23, 2003 in Iraq. Mass at St. Catherine of Sienna, Rialto, CA. His parents watched on TV as an Iraqi soldier picked up the body of their son and turned his face towards the camera. (See also: Jose Garibay in CA, Thomas Slocum in CO and Frederick Pokorney in NV and Philip Jordan in TX)

Mario Daniel Gonzalez (Marine Cpl) Age 21 of La Puente, CA. Killed November 14, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at St. John the Baptist, Baldwin Park, CA. His father said, his son “died for a cause that, to many, is an injustice and we have learned to resign to the fact that many wonderful people like my son will have to die if it continues this way.” He left a fiancée.

Moises Jesus Gonzalez (Army Spc) Age 29 of Huntington, CA. Died April 15, 2012 in Afghanistan in a vehicle roll over accident. Mass at St. Matthias, Huntington Park, CA with Fr. Albilardo Bailon. He left two wives, each with a son.

Felix G. Gonzalez-Iraheta (Army Sgt) Age 25 of El Salvador and Sun Valley, CA. Killed May 3, 2007 in Iraq. Mass at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, Sun Valley. He left a wife and two young daughters.

Aracely Gonzalez-O’Malley (Army SSgt) Age 31 of Brawley, CA. Died October 22, 2010 in Hamburg, Germany of injuries sustained in a non-combat incident or of a brain aneurysm. Mass at Immaculate Conception. She had recently given birth and could have postponed deployment but chose to deploy with her husband and left the newborn and two other children with her sister.

Salvador Guerrero (Marine LCpl) Age 21 of Los Angeles and Whittier, CA. Killed June 9, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at St. Mary's, Whittier, CA with Fr. Steve Nyl.

Jose Antonio Gutierrez (Marine LCpl) Age 28 of Guatemala and Lomita, CA. Killed March 21, 2003 by “friendly fire” (2nd casualty of OIF). Mass at St. Margaret Mary, Lomita with Cardinal Roger Mahoney. He and his sister were orphans of the civil war in Guatemala on the streets of Guatemala City. Jose hopped trains to get to the US when he was 22 years old and was put in foster care in the US when he said he was only 16. He joined the Marines to earn money for college and to send to his sister. He was a "green card draftee" hoping to speed up citizenship for himself so he could send for his sister sooner. He wrote to his foster mother, "Pray for all of us, not just me." see: imdiversity.com/Villages/Hispanic/careers_workplace_employment/amoruso_latino_military.asp about the green card draft of G. Bush

David Hector Gutierrez (Army SSgt) Age 35 of San Francisco, CA. Killed Christmas Day, 2009 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Mary's, Gilroy, CA. He left a wife and three sons, all St. Mary's School students. He attended St. Teresa HS in San Jose. His father was in the Army in Viet Nam.

Miguel Guzman (Marine Cpl) Age 21 of Norwalk, CA. Killed May 2, 2008 in Iraq. Mass at St. John of God, Norwalk with Fr. John Paul Gonzalez who said, "To serve in the military is a vocation that is very special- the idea of protecting what you believe in... And there is no greater way to show your love than to lay down your life for someone else."

John Louis Hallett III (Army Capt.) Age 31 of Concord, CA. Killed August 25, 2009 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Agnes, Concord. He attended St. Agnes School, De La Salle HS in Concord and West Point. He left a wife and two sons, the youngest, born August 9, he never met.

Joseph S. Heredia (Marine Cpl) Age 22 of Santa Maria, CA. Died November 20, 2004 in Germany of injuries suffered in Fallujah, Iraq. Mass at St. John Neumann, Santa Maria. He left a wife.

Armando Hernandez (Army Spc) Age 22 of Hesperia, CA. Killed August 1, 2004 in Iraq. Mass at Holy Family, Hesperia.

Jared Patrick Hubbard (Marine LCpl) Age 22 of Clovis, CA. Killed November 4, 2004 in Iraq. Mass at St. Anthony of Padua, Fresno, CA.

Nathan C. Hubbard (Army Cpl) (brother of Jared Hubbard) Age 21 of Clovis, CA. Killed August 22, 2007 in a helicopter crash in Iraq. Mass at St. Anthony of Padua, Fresno.

Terry John Hurne (Army Spc) Age 34 of Atwater, CA. Killed June 9, 2014 in Afghanistan. One of 5 killed in a “friendly fire” incident where “coalition” forces called for air strikes against the Taliban and mistakenly hit US troops. Mass at St. Anthony, Atwater with pastor, Fr. Thomas Timmings. He was due to go home to his wife of eight years in less than a month.

Conrado D. Javier (Army Pfc) Age 19 of Marina, CA. Killed December 19, 2010 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Francis Xavier, Seaside, CA.

Christopher Edward Kalafut (Navy Cmdr.) Age 49 of Oceanside, CA. Died October 24, 2014 on the air base in Doha, Qatar in a “non-combat incident under investigation” in support of OEF (Afghanistan). Mass at St. Catherine of Sienna, Kennesaw, GA with Fr. John Matejek. He left a wife and 5 children ages 12-21.

Joshua Jacob Kynoch (Army Cpl) Age 23 of Santa Rosa, CA. Killed October 1, 2005 in Iraq. Buried in Calvary Catholic Cemetery. He left a wife and baby daughter.

Douglas Amuel La Bouff (Army Maj.) Age 36 of Colorado Springs, Colorado and La Puente, California. Killed January 7, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at St. Joseph's, La Puente. He was killed with eleven others in a helicopter crash. He was an ’87 grad of Bishop Amat H. S. in La Puente. He left a wife and two children.

Martin J. Lamar (Army Spc) Age 43 of Sacramento, CA. Killed January 15, 2011 in Iraq. Mass at St. Rose, Sacramento. He was one of two soldiers shot by a member of the Iraqi army who turned on them during a training mission. He left a wife, two adult children, a 7 year old son and a 3 month old daughter he never met and two step daughters.

Sean Kanae-Aldrique Langevin (Army Cpl) Age 23 of Walnut Creek, CA. Killed November 9, 2007 in Iraq. Mass at St. John Vianney, Walnut Creek. He left a wife and an unborn child.

Rueben J. “Boy” Lopez (Army Pfc) Age 27 of Williams and Roseville, CA. Killed August 11, 2011 in Afghanistan. Funeral service at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish School and burial in Holy Cross Cemetery, Colusa, CA

Patrick Daniel Magnani (Air Force MSgt) Age 38 of Martinez, CA. Killed September 4, 2007 in Afghanistan. Mass at Christ the King, Pleasant Hill, CA. The AF told his family he was shot. US HQ in Afghanistan said he was found dead of a “non-combat injury under investigation”. He left a twin brother, sister and another brother.

Matthew Patrick Manoukian (Marine Capt) Age 29 of Los Altos Hills, CA. One of three killed after sharing a meal with Afghan National Police and village leaders, by one of them on August 10, 2012. Mass at St. Francis HS, Mountain View, CA where he graduated in '01. His father is a Santa Clara Co. judge and his mother is an associate justice in the CA Court of Appeals. He was Commander of Marine Corps Special Operations Command.

Timothy Paul Martin (Army Sgt) Age 27 of Pixley, CA. Killed February 8, 2008 in Iraq. Mass at St. Ann's, Porterville, CA. An '04 grad of St. Mary's College of CA, Moraga, CA.

Michael Jason Martinez (Army Sgt) Age 24 of Chula Vista, CA. Killed June 28, 2007 in Iraq. Mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe, San Diego, CA. His father was in the AF in Viet Nam and was 28 years in the Army Reserve. He left a girlfriend with their young son and a wife.

Joseph Christopher McCarthy (Marine LCpl) Age 21 of Concho, CA. Killed September 6, 2004 in Iraq. Mass at St. John the Baptist. He loved to hand out candy to children in Iraq. He left a wife.

Raul Mercado (Marine LCpl) Age 21 of Monrovia, CA. Killed January 7, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at Immaculate Conception, Monrovia.

Ivan E. Merlo (Army Pfc) Age 19 of San Marcos, CA. Killed January 8, 2008 in "friendly fire" incident in Iraq. Mass at St. Mark's, San Marcos, CA.

Gilberto Alejandro Mesa (Army Cpl) Age 21 of Oxnard, CA. Killed October 6, 2007 in Iraq. Mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe, Oxnard. Fidel Ramirez, a Santa Clara parish deacon said, “We honor a son of this great nation who offered his life for our liberty, our hopes and our dreams.”

Raul Moncada (Army Sgt) Age 29 of Madera, CA. Killed April 13, 2009 in Iraq. Mass at St. Joachim's, Madera. He left a girlfriend six months pregnant and a wife from a previous marriage.

Luis Antonio Montes (Army Sgt) Age 22 of El Centro, CA. Killed September 7, 2006 in Abu Ghraib, Iraq. He climbed out of a tank after a bomb went off underneath but went back to rescue two who were trapped inside and suffered burns that proved fatal. He died at Brooke Army Med. Center, San Antonio, TX when he was removed from life support in the presence of his family. Mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe, Calexico, CA with Fr. Gerardo Fernandez. Born in Mexico.

Keith Jesse Moore (Army Pfc) Age 28 of San Francisco, CA. Reportedly died of a non-combat injury on October 14, 2006, though it was clearly a suicide. His mother, Rev. Susan Turley is a chaplain at the Palo Alto VA. She is quoted in the San Jose Mercury News, “The invasion of Iraq really isn't something that anyone should have died for. Keith died for nothing. It was a preventable, tragic death that had no redeeming qualities at all, except for how I and others respond to it, so we can hopefully prevent other suicides.” Mass at St. Peter's, Pacifica, CA. Read more at: www.mercurynews.com/ci_12431500

Arthur A. Mora, Jr. (Army Sgt) Age 23 of Pico River, CA. Killed October 19, 2005 in Iraq. Mass at St. Rose, Perrysburg, OH. He left a wife, two daughters and a son.

Michelangelo Mora (Army Pfc) Age 19 of Arroyo Grande, CA. Killed May 14, 2004 in Iraq. Mass at St. Patrick's, Arroyo Grande. He was discouraged when he was “extended” and as troops were increasingly attacked by those he thought he was helping.

Ramon Mora Jr. (Army Pfc) Age 19 of Ontario, CA. Killed May 22, 2011 in Iraq. Mass at San Secondo d’Asti, Ontario. He leaves a wife, Amanda.

Travis Alan Morgado (Army 2nd Lt) Age 25 of Edmonds, WA and San Jose, CA. Killed May 23, 2012 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. John Vianney, San Jose. He was an '09 grad of the U. of Washington in civil engineering.

Marcos Omar Nolasco (Army Spc) Age 34 (born in Mexico) of Chino, CA. Electrocuted while showering May 18, 2004 in Iraq. As of 9/2009, 16 US soldiers and 2 contractors have died of electrocution. Mass at St. Edward's, Corona, CA. He left a wife and son. KBR, a Halliburton ($39.5 billion in war contracts) subsidiary, did bad electrical work. See: thenation.com/article/another-mysterious-electrocution-death-Iraq#

Joseph Nurre (Army Sgt) Age 22 of Wilton, CA. Killed August 21, 2005 in Iraq. Mass at St. Joseph's, Elk Grove, CA. He was an only son.

Alejandro Jose Pardo (Army Pfc) Age 21 of Porterville, CA. Killed July 8, 2012 in Afghanistan when a bomb went off under his vehicle killing all 6 inside and 5 others from the same unit. Mass at Holy Cross, Porterville with Msgr. Scott Daugherty. He had been active in a Catholic youth group.

Jose R Perez (Army Spc) Age 21 of Ontario, CA. Killed October 18, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at St. George, Ontario. He left a wife and two children.

Victor H. Toledo Pulido (Army Cpl) Age 22 of Hanford & Kettleman City, CA (b. Mexico). Killed May 23, 2007 in Iraq. Mass at St Cecelia's, Kettleman City. He had entered the US illegally with his mother and brother and worked as a farmworker. He left a wife and a son.

Jose Carlos Rangel (Army SSgt) Age 43 (b. Mexico) of Saratoga, CA. Died January 23, 2005 in Kuwait. Mass at St Anthony of Padua, Stockton, CA. He collapsed during a training exercise in Kuwait. He was healthy with no history of heart disease and had been in the first Gulf War. He left a wife and 3 young sons.

Jose Regalado (Army Sgt) Age 23 of Los Angeles, CA. One of two killed by a uniformed Iraqi soldier on November 12, 2008. He was buried in Holy Cross Cemetery, Pamona, CA. He left a wife and daughter.

Elias Reyes Jr. (Marine Cpl.) Age 27 of Boston and Riverside, CA. Joined the Marines right out of HS in '04 and did 2 tours in Iraq and 1 in Afghanistan. He suffered a TBI from an IED blast and received $400.93/mo. in disability benefits from the VA. He graduated UCLA in 2012 with a degree in Philosophy, still dreaming of becoming a doctor. He became very frustrated trying to get the help he needed from the VA. On April 12, 2014, he lost his battle with PTSD and took his own life. The VA asked his family to return his last benefit check. Mass at St. Catherine of Alexandria, Riverside, CA. He left a woman friend.

Richard Anthony Rivera, Jr. (Marine Cpl) Age 20 of Ventura, CA. One of three killed August 10, 2012 by an Afghan police officer in a gym. Mass at Santa Clara, Oxnard, CA with Msgr. Jon F. Majarucon, V.F. and Assoc. Pastor Lucio Juarez. Three more Marines were killed later the same day in a similar incident.

Arturo E. Rodriguez (Army Pfc) Age 19 of Bellflower, CA. Killed March 12, 2011 in Afghanistan. Mass at Nuestra Senora de la Salud de Los Enfermos in Guadulajara, Jalisco, Mexico. According to his Aunt Maria Melendez of LA, “He was an angel.”

Jamie Rodriguez Jr. (Army Spc) Age 19 of Oxnard, CA. Killed July 26, 2007 in Iraq. Mass at St. Joseph's, Carpinteria, CA.

Jose Rodriguez (Army Sgt) Age 22 of San Jose, Gustine and Modesto, CA. Killed June 19, 2012 in Afghanistan. Mass at Our Lady of Miracles, Gustine, CA. He left a wife and year old son.

Daniela Rojas (Army Pfc) Age 19 of East Los Angeles, CA. Died May 3, 2014 in Homburg, Germany of a non-combat related illness. Mass at Resurrection, E. LA

Victor A. Rosales-Lomeli (Army SSgt) Age 29 (born in Mexico City) of Westminster, CA. Killed April 13, 2004 in Iraq. Mass at Blessed Sacrament, Westminster. His wife, Sgt. Sandra Rosales was also serving in Iraq at the time. He also left an infant son.

Christopher David Rose (Army Spc) Age 21 of San Francisco, CA. Killed June 29, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at St. Augustine's, South San Francisco.

Christopher Joseph Ruiz (private contractor, ex-Marine for nine years, one tour in Iraq) Age 29 of Menifee, CA. One of 11 killed October 2, 2015 when a C130-J crashed after takeoff from Jalalabad, Afghanistan. Mass at St. Vincent Ferrer, Sun City, CA. He was born on Easter Sunday, March 30, 1986. His father was a Marine. He left a wife, two daughters and a son.

Javier Sanchez, Jr. (Army Spc) Age 28 of Greenfield, CA. Killed June 23, 2013 in Afghanistan. Mass at Holy Trinity, Greenfield with Fr. Antonio Cortes. He left a wife.

Martin Francis Scahill (Marine Sgt.) Age 25 of Yucca Valley, CA. He had done three tours in Iraq and was assigned to Twenty-Nine Palms base. PTSD/suicide by shotgun on April 5, 2010 in the back yard of his home while his wife slept. (The day after Easter) Mass at St. Boniface, Rochester, NY where his grandparents had been founding members of the Rochester Catholic Worker. He left a wife and three children.

Anthony R. Servin (Marine Cpl) Age 22 of Moreno Valley, CA. Died June 8, 2012 of electrocution when his vehicle's radio antenna hit low hanging wires. Mass at St. Christopher's, Moreno Valley. His family was first told it was a combat death. A younger brother is also in the Marines.

Timothy Magnus Shea (Army Cpl) Age 22 of Sonoma, CA. Killed August 25, 2005 in Iraq. Mass at St. Leo's, Sonoma, CA. He was an '01 grad of St. Vincent de Paul HS in Petaluma, CA.

Casey Austin Sheehan (Army Spc) Age 24 of Vacaville, CA. One of 8 killed on Palm Sunday, April 4, 2004 in Iraq. Mass at St. Mary's, Vacaville (where he had been an altar server and lector) with Fr. Benedict DeLeon.  Israel Garza of Texas was killed in same incident.  See: www.opednews.com/articles/opedne_cindy_sh_080305_the_casey_sheehan_do.htm about the circumstances of Casey's death.  His mother, Cindy, has devoted her life to resisting war and US militarism.

Brad S. Shuder (Marine LCpl) Age 21 of El Dorado, CA. Killed April 12, 2004 in Iraq by a mortar round that may have been a “friendly fire” mistake. Mass at Holy Trinity, Eldorado Hills, CA. He was adopted from S. Korea as a toddler. On this, his second tour, he had a premonition and told his father, “Dad, I'm not coming back.”

Dustin M. Shumney (Marine 1stLt.) Age 30 of Vallejo, CA. One of 31 killed in a helicopter crash on January 26, 2005 in Iraq. (se also: Hector Ramos in IL, Michael Finke in OH, Kyle Grimes in PA and Saeed Jafarkhani-Torshizi in TX) Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas, Dallas, TX with Fr. John Libone. A “devout Catholic”, he left a wife and 3 children

William Mason Sigua (Army Sgt) Age 21 of Los Altos, CA. Killed Jan 31, 2007 in Iraq. Mass at St. Simon, Los Altos

Eduardo Sosa Silva (Army Spec, a cook) Age 25 of Greenfield, CA. Killed June 9, 2009 at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan in a “non-combat related incident”. Mass at Holy Trinity, Greenfield. He left a wife.

Curtis R. Spivey (Army Spc) Age 25 of Chula Vista, CA. Died April 2, 2007 in a San Diego hospital after suffering brain and spinal injuries in Iraq. Mass at St. Rose of Lima, Chula Vista. He had done 2 tours with the Marines. He left a wife and daughter.

Jordan Stanton (Marine Cpl) Age 20 of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA. Killed March 4, 2011 in Afghanistan. Mass at San Francisco Solano, Rancho Santa Margarita (where he had been baptized) with Fr. John LaVecke who said, “Jordan chose to give the ultimate gift, his life, for us all”. His recruiter also spoke during Mass saying, “...he died leading from the front.” He left a fiancée.

Kenny Francis Stanton Jr. (Army Pfc) Age 20 of Hemet, CA. Killed October 13, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at Our Lady of the Valley, Hemet where he had been active in the youth group.

Nicholas P. Steinbacher (Army Spc) Age 22 of La Crescenta, CA. Killed December 10, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at St. James the Less, La Crescenta.

Matthew P. Steyart (Army Spc) Age 21 of Mt. Shasta, CA. Killed November 22, 2005 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Anthony, Mt. Shasta.

Joseph Francis Stifter (Army Sgt) Age 30 of La Canada, CA.  Killed January 28, 2016 in a vehicle roll over incident in Iraq.  Mass at St. Bede the Venerable, La Canada.  He was a graduate of St. Francis High School in La Canada.  He left a wife and two year old daughter.  He was serving in "Operation Inherent Resolve."

Jesus Alberto Saurez del Solar (Marine LCpl) Age 20 of Escondito, CA. Killed March 29, 2003 in Iraq. He was ordered into an area where the US had dropped cluster bombs the day before and stepped on one. Mass at St. Mary's, Escondito.  Only son of his mother, he left a wife and child.  His step father, Fernando, joined Military Families Speak Out and visited Iraq. The military lied to him initially about his son's death. He tries to prevent recruitment of Latinos: "There is nothing in my life now but saving these young people" see http://inmotionmagazine.com/opin/pr_fathers.htm and http://flaweddemocracy.blogspot.com/

Jhanner Andres Tello (Army Pvt) Age 29 of Los Angeles, CA. Killed December 10, 2009 in Iraq in a “non-combat related incident”. Mass at St. Raphael. He was born in Columbia and left a wife, 3 sons and a daughter.

Jonathan Tessar (Army Sfc) Age 36 of Simi Valley,CA. Killed October 31, 2005 in Iraq. Mass at St. Peter Claver, Simi Valley. He left a wife and 3 children.

Manuel Joseph Vasquez (Army Spc) Age 22 of West Sacramento, CA. Killed April 24, 2012 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Rose, Sacramento, CA.

Jake Robert Velloza (Army Spc) Age 22 of Inverness, CA. One of 2 killed May 2, 2009 in Iraq by 2 Iraqi soldiers. Mass at Sacred Heart, Olema, CA. He left a fiancée.

Justin A. Verdeja (Army Pfc) Age 20 of La Puente, CA. Killed May 5, 2007 in Iraq. Mass at St. Alphonsus, Los Angeles. He joined the Army to get his family out of poverty.

Ramon A. Villatoro (Army Pfc) Age 20 of Bakersfield, CA. Killed July 24, 2005 in Iraq. Mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe, Bakersfield. He left his wife of 8 months, expecting their first child.

Charles Williams (Army Pfc) Age 29 of Fair Oaks, CA. Died February 7, 2010 in Afghanistan of “non-combat injuries”. Mass at Holy Family, Citrus Heights, CA.

Travis Martin Woods (Marine Cpl) Age 21 of Redding, CA. Died September 9, 2007 in Germany after injuries suffered in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Anthony, Mt. Shasta, CA with Fr. Michael Canny.

Angelo Akram Zawaydeh (Army Pfc) Age 19 of San Bruno,CA. Killed March 15, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at St. Thomas More, San Francisco, CA.

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COLORADO

Jordan Logan Bear (Army SSgt) A member of the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska (His grandmother was Winnebago and his grandfather was Ponca and Omaha), Age 25 of Denver, CO. Killed March 1, 2012 by 2 Afghan Army soldiers and an Afghan civilian literacy instructor firing from a security tower at his base. Mass at All Saints, Denver. He left a wife, infant son and 4 yo daughter. To date, Afghan police or soldiers are responsible for 12 of the 61 casualties this year.

Nathan Ryan Beyers (Army Sgt) Age 24 of Littleton, CO. Killed July 7, 2011 in Iraq. Mass at St. Aloysius, Spokane, WA with Fr. Ken Krall, S.J. He left a wife and baby daughter.

Benjamin Keith Brosh (Spc) age 22 of Biloxi, MS and Colorado Springs, CO. Killed April 8, 2008 in Iraq. Mass at Our Lady of Fatima, Biloxi.

Christopher DeGiovine (Marine Cpl) age 25 of Lone Tree, CO (formerly of Essex Junction, VT). Killed April 26, 2007 in Iraq. Mass at Chapel of St. Michael the Archangel, St. Michael's College, Colchester, VT with Fr. Brian J. Cummings, Director of Campus Ministry who said, “Chris wanted to serve his country. He wanted to make a difference. It was out of love that he joined the corps. We cannot lose sight of this hopeful vision for our world.” Burlington (VT) Bishop Salvatore Matano spoke about how the realities of the world were finding their way to Vermont: “These faraway places are now at our doorstep.”

Devon J. Doyle (Navy PO3rd) Age 21 of Alamosa, CO. KIlled May 16, 2015 when he fell off a balcony while on liberty in Bahrain. Vigil and Rosary at Sacred Heart, Alamosa. Funeral service at Alamosa High School gym.

Christopher M. Falkel (Army SSgt, Green Beret) Age 22 of Highlands Ranch, CO. Killed August 8, 2005 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Thomas More, Centennial, CO.

Glen E. Martinez (Marine Sgt) age 31 of Boulder, CO. One of 4 killed May 2, 2008 near Fallujah, Iraq. (see Miguel Guzman in CA) Rosary at St. Joseph's Church, and Mass at Monte Vista HS, Monte Vista, CO. His wife, Marine Sgt. Melissa Sue Martinez, was deployed in the same area. Bishop Arthur Tafoya (Pueblo, Co) said, “Glen was a hero at a time our young so desperately need someone to look up to."

Jonathan Nyle Muniz (Army Capt) Age 42 of Rocky Ford, CO. Killed January 8, 2015 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Pius X, Pueblo, CO. He left a wife and son.

Rob Lee Nichols (Army SSgt) Age 24 of Colorado Springs, CO. Killed July 23, 2013 in Afghanistan. Mass at Holy Apostles, Colorado Springs with Fr. Paul Wicker.

Nicklas J. Palmer (Marine LCpl) age 19 of Great Falls, MT and Leadville, CO. Killed December 16, 2006 in Iraq. Rosary at Annunciation, Leadville and Mass at Holy Spirit, Great Falls, MT with Fr. Jay Peterson (who had baptized Nick in 1987) who called Nick a peacemaker because his mission in Fallujah was to bring peace in the face of an armed insurgency. He quoted the Beatitudes, “Blessed are the peacemakers.”

Isaac Palomarez (Army Sgt) age 26 of Loveland, CO. Killed May 9, 2008 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. John the Evangelist, Loveland with 4 priests and a deacon.

Andrew G. Riedel (Marine LCpl) age 19 of Northglenn, CO. Killed October 30, 2004 in Iraq. Rosary at St. Joseph's and "Celebration Services" at Westminster Church of the Nazarene.

Daniel Aaron Romero (Army Sfc, Green Beret) Age 30, of Lafayette, CO. Killed with 3 others when a rocket exploded while they were destroying captured weapons on April 15, 2002 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Louis, Louisville, CO. His wife announced at the funeral that she had been pregnant and miscarried. Mass attended by Gov. Bill Owens.

Thomas J. Slocum (Marine LCpl) age 22 of Thornton, CO. One of 9 killed March 23, 2003 in Iraq. Mass at Immaculate Heart of Mary, Northglenn, CO. He was the first Marine from CO killed in Iraq. (see also: Jose Garibay and Jorge Gonzalez in CA and Frederick Pokorney in Nevada and Philip Jordan in TX.)

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CONNECTICUT

Frank E. Adamski III (Army SSgt) Age 26 of Moosup, CT. Killed March 29, 2011 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. John the Apostle, Plainfield, CT. Gov. Daniel Malloy attended. He left a wife and 1 year old daughter.

Philip Richard Albert (Army Sgt. Maj) Age 41, formerly of Terryville, CT. One of five killed November 23, 2003 when their helicopter crashed 5 min. after lift off from Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan on their third sortie of the day (8 survived). Mass at St. Ann, Bristol, CT. Some of the widows filed a lawsuit against Sikorsky for defects in the helicopter.

Stephen R. Bixler (Marine Cpl) Age 20 of Suffield, CT. Killed May 4, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at Sacred Heart, Suffield. He left a twin sister.

Jeffrey Francis Braun (Army Pfc) Age 19 of Stafford Springs, CT. Killed December 11, 2003 in Iraq. Mass at St. Edward's, Stafford Springs where he was a lector.

William Brennan (Army CWO3) Age 36 of Bethlehem, CT. Killed October 16, 2004 in Iraq when the helicopter he was piloting collided with another over Baghdad. Mass at Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem. He had been an altar boy and graduate of Holy Cross HS in Waterbury. He left a wife and 2 daughters. A niece once sent him an email asking him to sign a petition against the upcoming war in Iraq. He declined.

David J. Coullard (Marine Sgt) Age 32 of Glastonbury, CT. One of six members of a sniper team killed August 1, 2005 in Iraq. “Ecumenical service” at St. Paul RC Church, Glastonbury.

Anthony D. D'Agostino (Army Pfc) Age 20 of Waterbury, CT. One of 16 killed November 2, 2003 in Iraq when a helicopter taking troops out for two weeks of leave was shot down. (see also: Brian Penisten in IN and Joel Perez in PR) Mass at Immaculate Conception, Waterbury with Fr. John Blanchfield who said, “He died for the land of the free and the home of the brave. That it why Anthony is smiling down on us. He did not die in vain. He captured for us a spirit that will not die.” The recessional was the Star Spangled Banner.

Kevin John Dempsey (Marine Cpl) Age 23 of Monroe, CT. Killed November 13, 2004 in Iraq. Mass at St. Catherine of Sienna, Greenwich, CT where he had been an altar server and attended Catholic grade school.

Richard C. “Richie” Emmons III (Army Spc) Age 22 of North Granby, CT. Killed May 31, 2011 in Afghanistan. Mass at Catholic Community of the Holy Spirit, Woodstown, CT.

David Richard Fahey, Jr. (Army Pfc) Age 23 of Norwalk, CT. Killed February 28, 2011 in Afghanistan. “religious service” at St. Patrick’s, Yorktown Heights, CT.

Richard L. Ford (Army Sgt) Age 40 of East Hartford, CT. Killed February, 20, 2007 in Iraq. Mass at St. Andrews, Colchester, CT. He left an 11 year old son.

Keith Neal Heidtman (Army 1st Lt.) Age 24 of Norwich, CT. One of two pilots killed on Memorial Day, May 28, 2007 in Iraq when their helicopter was shot down. Mass at Cathedral of St. Patrick, Norwich (Bishop Michael R. Cote) with Chaplain Kevin P. Cavanaugh who said, “In his 24 years, Keith accomplished more, gave more, make a greater impact on the world than most do in many decades of life.” Six members of a ground rescue team were killed by a roadside bomb when they got to the crash site.

Robert William Hoyt (Army Spc) Age 21 of Ashford, CT. Killed December 11, 2004 in Iraq. Mass at St. Mary's, Coventry, CT.

Philip Andrew Jordan (Marine SSgt.) Age 42 of Brazoria, TX and Enfield, CT. One of 10 killed March 23, 2003 in Iraq in an ambush "fake surrender" incident. (See also: Jose Garibay in CA, Frederick Pokorney in NV and Thomas Slocum in CO) Mass at Holy Family, Enfield. As many as 10 Marines may have been killed by "friendly fire" in the incident. He had been in Kosovo and Desert Storm. He left a wife and son.

Nicholas A. Madaras (Army Pfc) Age 19 of Wilton, CT. Killed September 3, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at Our Lady of Fatima, Wilton was attended by Gov. M. Jodi Rell.

Michael J. McMahon (Army Lt. Col.) Age 41 of West Hartford, CT. One of two soldiers and 3 civilians killed November 27, 2004 in Afghanistan when their Presidential Airways “Blackwater 61” civilian contract plane crashed in the mountains. Mass at Holy Trinity Chapel, West Point, NY where he was a 1985 grad. He left a wife, also a Lt. Col., and 3 children. She sued Blackwater (they had taken a highly questionable route) which reached a settlement after 5 yerars.

Andrew Michael Pedersen-Keel (Army Capt) Age 28 of Madison, CT. Killed March 11, 2013 by a member of the Afghan National Police along with another officer. Mass at St. George, Guilford, CT with Fr. James Shanley, pastor. Archbishop Henry J. Mansell, D.D. said, “there is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends.” (John 15:13) Mass also attended by Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy and U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney. He left a fiancée.

Wilfredo Perez Jr. (Army Spc) Age 24 of Norwalk, CT. Killed July 26, 2003 in Iraq. Mass at St. Thomas the Apostle, Norwalk. Killed with two others by a grenade thrown from a window of a civilian hospital they were guarding. Fr. Richard Murphy read his homily including, "Freedom is not free".

Joseph E. Phaneuf II (Army SSgt) Age 38 of Eastford, CT. Killed December 15, 2006 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral, Norwich, CT. (Bishop Michael Cote) He left a wife and 3 children.

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DELAWARE

Ryan P. Long (Army Spc) Age 21 of Seaford, DE. Killed April 3, 2003 in Iraq. Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes, Seaford.

Ely Saul Urdaneta Maza (Marine Cpl) Age 23 of New Castle, DE. Served ? PTSD/suicide on September 24, 2013 while working as a customer service professional at Capital One Bank. Mass at Our Lady of Fatima, New Castle.

Stephen M. McGowan (Army Cpl.) Age 26 of Newark, DE. Killed March 3, 2005. in Iraq. Mass at Corpus Christi, Elsmere, DE with Fr. Greg Corrigan. He was due to come home for a leave on March 22. The CC community prayed for his safe return every week.

Sean William Mullen (Army WO1 Special Forces) Age 39 of Dover, DE. Killed June 2, 2013 in Afghanistan. Mass at Holy Cross, Dover with pastor, Fr. James S. Lentini.

Jarrett Thompson (Army Spc) age 27 of Dover, DE. Died September 7, 2003 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center of injuries suffered in a vehicle accident on August 30 in Iraq. Mass at St. Dennis, Galena, DE

Russell P. White (Marine LCpl) age 19 of Dagsboro, DE. Killed June 20, 2004 in Afghanistan at Camp Bulldog, Baghram AFB when another Marine's pistol fired by mistake. Both were on guard duty. Mass at St. Ann's, Ocean View, DE

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Gregory E. MacDonald (Marine LCpl) Age 29 of Washington, DC. Killed June 25, 2003 in Iraq in a vehicle accident. Mass at St. Margaret's, Burlington, MA.

Kevin Shea (Marine Maj.) Age 38 of Washington, DC. Killed September 14, 2004, (his birthday) in Iraq. He was a graduate of Bishop O'Dea HS, Seattle, WA. and the Air Force Academy before joining the Marines. “Catholic Service” at Ft. Myers Memorial Chapel. He left a wife and two children.

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FLORIDA

Robert Jospeh Allen (Army Spc) Age 27 of San Antonio, FL. Did 1 tour in Iraq. PTSD/suicide on August 2, 2012 in Olympia, WA while stationed at Joint Base Lewis McCord. He attended St. Anthony's School and at age 15 was an area delegate to the International Catholic Youth Conference in Rome. Mass at St. Anthony of Padua, San Antonio, FL. He left a wife and 2 young sons.

Andrew J. ‘’Andy’’ Aviles (Marine LCpl) Age 18 of Tampa, FL. Killed April 7, 2003 in Iraq. Mass at St. Patrick’s, Tampa, where he had been a parishioner, with Fr. Colman McGarril, TOR. He was buried 2 days before his 19th birthday.

Roberto Carlos ‘’Robert’’ Baez (Army Pfc) Age 19 of Tampa, FL. Killed October 3, 2005 in Iraq. Mass at Incarnation Catholic Church, Tampa with Fr. Eugene Gancarz and Fr. Eric Hunter who said these “...young men and women are dying for our sake." He prayed the Lord would bring the troops quickly and safely home. His parents are from the Dominican Republic. Brian Large (OH) was killed in the same incident.

Timothy R. Burke (Army Spc) Age 31 of Hollywood, FL. Killed October 4, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at Little Flower Catholic Church, Hollywood with Fr. Tom O'Dwyer.

Philip Paul Clark (Marine LCpl) Age 19 of Gainesville, FL. Killed May 18, 2010 in Afghanistan. Mass at Queen of Peace, Gainsville with Fr. Jeffrey McGowan. He left a wife.

Paul Orazio Cuzzupe II (Army Pfc) Age 23 of Plant City, FL, killed August 8, 2010 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Francis of Assisi, Seffner, FL with Fr. Michael O’Neill, I. C.. Memorial Masses at St. Paul’s, Burlington, NJ and St. Stephen’s, Valrico, FL.

Scott Eugene Dougherty (Marine LCpl) Age 20 of Bradenton, FL. Killed July 6, 2004 in Iraq. Mass at Our Lady Queen of the Martyrs, Bradenton with Fr. Joe Connolly who said, when Scott arrived in heaven he probably said, “Marine Corporal Scott Eugene Dougherty reporting for duty, sir.” After Communion, two Marines presented his parents with American flags. Marines fired a 21 gun salute at the end of Mass, followed by Taps.

Daniel William Eggers (Army Capt, Special Forces) Age 28 of Cape Coral, FL. One of 4 killed May 29 2004 in Afghanistan. (see also: Brian Ouellette in MA) Mass at St. Andrew's, Cape Coral. He was an altar boy at Our Lady Queen of Angels, Ft. Myers, FL, ‘’a devout Catholic’’ who carried a rosary in his pocket and a graduate of The Citadel. He left a wife, also an Army Capt., and two sons. Camp Eggers in Kabul was named for him. Many of his family had served in the military including his father in Viet Nam. His brother, Billy is in the Army and expected to return to Iraq.

Jason J. Fabrizi (Army Sfc) Age 29 of Seffner, FL. Killed July 14, 2009 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Ignatius of Antioch, Tarpon Springs, FL where he was baptized and attended grade school. He left a wife, son and unborn daughter and two sons from a previous marriage.

Patrick Delaney Feeks (Navy PO1st Special Warfare Operator, SEAL) Age 28 of Clearwater, MD. Killed in a helicopter that crashed during a firefight with insurgents. Mass at Fr. Myers Memorial Chapel, MD. He attended McQuaid Jesuit HS, Rochester, NY for three years. He left a wife.

Joseph J. Fenty Jr. (Army Lt. Col) Age 41 of Florida and Watertown, NY. Killed May 5, 2006 in a helicopter crash (no hostile fire) in Afghanistan. Mass at Ft. Myers Memorial Chapel, Ft. Myers, VA. He left a wife and infant daughter.

Marius L. Ferrero, (Army Pfc) Age 23 of Miami, FL. Killed November 18, 2007 in Iraq by a suicide bomber while he was handing out Christmas presents to children. Mass at St. Raymond’s, Miami.

Joseph Fuerst III (Army SSgt) Age 26 of Tampa, FL. Killed June 24, 2006 in Afghanistan. Mass at Christ the King, Tampa. He left a wife, also in the ANG.

Javier J. Garcia (Army Sgt) Age 25 of Crawfordville, FL. Killed April 5, 2005 in Iraq. Mass at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Crawfordville.

Armando Ariel Gonzalez (Marine Cpl) Age 25 of Hialeah, FL. Born in Cuba and not yet an American citizen, killed April 14, 2003 when a refueling truck collapsed as he was working under it. Mass at Immaculate Conception with Fr. Alberto Cutie’ and Retired Auxiliary Bishop Agustin Roman of the Archdiocese of Miami. Fr. Cutie’ said, “He took a flag, a flag he adopted as his own, and took it to the other end of the world to defend what that flag stands for.” His wife Liudmila, widowed after less than a year of marriage, was four months pregnant.

Aaron M. Griner (Army Cpl) Age 24 of Tampa, FL. Killed June 28, 2006 in Afghanistan. Mass at Sacred Heart, Tampa with Fr. Sean O'Brien. He had attended Sacred Heart Academy. He left a wife and 5 month old son.

Christian Guzman Rivera (Marine Cpl) Age 21 of Homestead, FL. One of 4 killed August 6, 2009 in Afghanistan by IED. Mass at St. Martin DePorres, Leisure City, FL with Fr, Carlos Vega who said Guzman fought on the battlefield so that all Americans can enjoy freedom and justice. “Christian gave his life for that purpose, he gave his life for that mission.”

Charles A. Hanson Jr. (Marine LCpl) Age 22 of Panacea, FL. Killed November 28, 2004 in Iraq. Mass at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Crawfordville, FL. He didn’t agree with US involvement in Iraq but was a loyal Marine.

John L. Hartman Jr. (Army SSgt) Age 39 of Lake Worth, FL. Killed November 30, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at St. Joseph’s, Bradenton, FL. He left two teenage children.

Jose A. Hernandez (Marine LCpl) Age 19 of West Palm Beach, FL. Killed December 14, 2010 when he stepped on a land mine in Afghanistan. Mass at Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Pueblo, CO (Bishop Fernando Isern) where his family lives with Msgr. Leonard Rakki who said, “We never want to lose those who are dear to us. Jose understood that, even as he made his decision to defend his country, even at the risk of his life.” His older brother is also in the Marines.

Arturo Huerta-Cruz (Army Spc) Age 23 of Clearwater, FL. Killed April 14, 2008 in Iraq. Mass at St. Cecilia’s, Clearwater. Not yet a citizen, he joined up for education benefits.

Ivan D. Lechowich (Army 1st Lt.) Age 27 of Valrico, FL. Killed September 28, 2011 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Stephen, Valrico with Fr. William Svengros who had been celebrant at his wedding 10 months earlier. He leaves a wife and new born daughter he saw once on Skype.

Patrick Antonio Malone (Marine LCpl) Age 21 of Ocala, FL. Killed March 9, 2009 in Iraq in a “non-hostile incident”. Mass at Blessed Trinity, Ocala with Fr. Pat Sheedy who said, “Patrick, from a little child was anxious to serve.” Funeral on St. Patrick's Day. (St. Patrick: “With Christ there is no killing.”)

Michael Maltz (Air Force MSgt) Age 42 of St. Petersburg, FL. One of 6 killed March 23, 2003 in Afghanistan in a helicopter crash. (see also: Jason Plite in MI) Mass at St. Matthew’s, Dix Hills, NY with Fr. James McDonald who said, “He gave his life for something that was important, the service of human beings.” He left a wife and two sons from a former marriage.

Curtis Mancini (Army Sfc) Age 43 of Lincoln, RI and Davie, FL. Killed January 29, 2004 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Edwards, Providence, RI.

Robert J. Miller (Army SSgt, Special Forces) Age 24 of Oviedo, FL. Killed January 25, 2008 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Joseph’s, Orlando, FL.

Jonathan Charles O’Neill (Army Spc) Age 22 of Zephyr Hills, FL. Died June 15, 2009 at Brooke Army Medical Center of injuries sustained June 2 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Frances Cabrini, Lebanon, FL with Fr. Michael O’Bryan.

Patrick Marc Rapicault (Marine Capt.) Age 34 of St. Augustine, FL. He was a French citizen born on the Island of Martinique. He was one of 3 killed November 15, 2004 in Iraq in a suicide bomber attack. Mass at Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine. He left a wife.

Jonathan Michael Rossi (Army Pfc) Age 20 of Safety Harbor, FL. Killed July 1, 2007 in Iraq. Mass at Espiritu Santo, Safety Harbor with Fr. Robert J. Schneider who said, “We hold him up as an example of duty and sacrifice. He gave his life defending freedom.”

Brenden Salazar (Army Pfc) Age 20 of Chuluota, FL. Killed July 22, 2012 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Stephen Catholic Community, Winter Springs, FL with Fr. John Bluett, Pastor. Both parents had been active duty Army pilots, now in the Army Reserves.

Marc Anthony Scialdo (Army Sgt) Age 31 of Naples FL. One of five killed in a helicopter crash on a night training mission near Kandahar, Afghanistan. (see also, Sara M. Knutson in MD) on March 11, 2013. Mass at St. John the Evangelist, Naples with Msgr. John J. Ludden, pastor. Wake was held at St. Leo the Great, Bonita Springs. He was a '99 grad of St. John Neumann H.S., Naples.

Timothy James Seamans (Army Pfc) Age 20 of Jacksonville, FL. Killed August 18, 2005 in Iraq. Mass at Christ the King, Jacksonville. He had been an altar boy.

Donald Eugene Valentine III (Army Spc) Age 21 of Orange Park, FL. One of three killed September 18, 2007 in Iraq in a suicide bomber attack. Mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe, Houston, TX (? city) His father had retired from the Navy two years earlier and had been in Iraq in 2003. He joined the army right out of high school. He left a wife of one year.

Franklin Ruddy Vilorio (Army Sgt) Age 26 of Miami, FL. Born in the Dominican Republic, killed September 6, 2005 in Iraq. Mass at St. Andrew’s, Orlando, FL with Fr. Andrew O’Rielly.

Nicholas Wilt (Marine LCpl) Age 23 of Tampa, FL. Killed September 3, 2004 in Iraq. Mass at Sacred Heart, Tampa attended by Tampa mayor, Pam Iorio. He was a grad of Tampa Catholic High School. He left a wife of less than a year.

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GEORGIA

Scott J. Fleming (Marine 1st Lt.) age 24 of Marietta, GA. Killed September 17, 2010 in Afghanistan. Mass at Blessed Trinity HS, Roswell, GA where he was a 2004 grad. He asked his assistant principal and basketball coach at BT, Brian Marks, to write a letter of recommendation to the Marines. Marks said he “felt honored to write that letter.” He left a wife of less than a year.

Jesus Fonseca Jr. (Army Pfc) Age 19 of Marietta, GA. Killed January 17, 2005 in Iraq. Mass at Transfiguration, Marietta with Msgr. Patrick Bishop and Fr. Fernando Ruge. Buried in Degollado, Jalisco, Mexico.

Michael Christopher Hardegree (Army Sgt) Age 21 of Villa Rica, GA. Killed September 10, 2007 in Iraq when his vehicle rolled over a 40 ft. high bridge after being fired on. Mass at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Carrollton, GA with Fr. Paul Williams. (see also Omar Mora in TX and Gregory Riveria-Santiago in USVI)

John McKenzie Henderson Jr. (Army Pvt.) Age 21 of Columbus, GA. Killed August 4, 2005 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Anne’s, Columbus with Fr. Gerard Schreck. He was a 2002 grad of Pacelli HS in Columbus.

Christopher James Holland (Army Spc) Age 26 of Brunswick, GA. Killed December 17, 2003 in Iraq. Mass at St. Francis Xavier, Brunswick with Fr. Cletus Pifher who said Holland “…gave his life like the Lord in pursuit of peace and freedom…This is bigger than Christopher. It’s bigger than the Holland family. This extends the world over. This person was part of this universe and he gave so much.” The service ended with the singing of “Onward Christian Soldiers”.

Aaron Michael Kenefick (Marine Sgt) Age 30 of Roswell, GA. Killed September 8, 2009 in Afghanistan in an ambush while going to a meeting with village elders. Mass at Christ the King, Snyder, NY. He left a woman friend and a daughter.

Kenneth E. “Aaron” Kincaid IV (Army Pfc) Age 25 of Lilburn, GA. Killed September 23, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at St. Marguerite d’Youville, Lawrenceville, GA, with Fr. Brendan Doyle. He left a wife and two daughters. He joined because he wanted “a better life for his two little girls.”

Juan Lopez (Marine LCpl) Age 22 of Whitfield, GA. Killed June 21, 2004 in Iraq. Mass at St. Joseph’s, Dalton, GA. He was a legal permanent resident of the US who was granted citizenship posthumously. A funeral and burial took place in his home town of San Luis de la Paz in Mexico where a controversy arose over ceremonial rifles carried by US Marines. See: latinamericanstudies.org/latinos/disrupt.htm

Luke Mercardante (Marine Sgt) Age 35 of Athens, GA. Killed April 15, 2008 in Afghanistan. He was baptized Catholic but attended a Baptist church. Rosary service led by Fr. Jacque of St. Joseph’s CC. He left a wife and son.

Michael P. Montgomery (Army CWO4) Age 36 of Savannah, GA. Killed October 26, 2009 in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan. “Funeral Service in his honor” at St. Jude’s, Redmond, WA

Raymundo P. “Ray” Morales (Army Spc) Age 34 of Dalton, GA. Killed July 21, 2009 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Joseph’s, Dalton, his home parish, with Fr. Paul Williams and Rev. Daniel Bravo.

Gary Lee Nelson III (Army Spc) Age 20 of Woodstock, GA. Died April 5, 2011 in Iraq of injuries suffered in a “non-combat incident”. Mass at St. Michael the Archangel, Woodstock.

Jonathan Kellylee Peney (Army Spc, medic) Age 22 of Marietta, GA. Killed June 1, 2010 in Afghanistan. Mass at Cathedral of St. John the Baptist Savannah, GA with Fr. John Johnson. (Bishop John K. Boland). He left a wife.

Charles Houghton Warren (Army SSgt) Age 36 of Duluth and Suwanee, GA. One of 3 killed August 3, 2005 in Iraq in an IED attack. Mass at St. Benedict’s with Fr. Paul Flood. He was a pediatric intensive care nurse. He left a wife, son and daughter.

Stephen John Wilson (Marine SSgt) Age 28 of Brentwood CA & Duluth, GA. Killed June 20, 2007 in Iraq. Mass at Immaculate Heart of Mary, Brentwood, CA.

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GUAM

Eugene Michael Aguon (Army Sgt) Age 23 of Chalan Pago, Guam. Killed May 16, 2013 in Afghanistan. Mass at Our Lady of Peace and Safe Journey, Guam.

Anthony Mark Fejeran Carbullido (Navy PO2nd) Age 25 of Agat, Guam. Killed August 8, 2008 in Afghanistan. Mass at Mount Carmel, Agat.

Jesse J.J. Castro (Army Sgt) Age 22 of Chalan Pago, Guam. Killed December 6, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at Our Lady of Peace and Safe Journey, Chalan Pago, Guam. He left a wife and baby son.

Gregory Duenas Fejeran (Army Sgt) Age 28 of Barrigada and Mangilao, Guam. Died March 5, 2007 in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia of injuries sustained in a vehicle roll over. Mass at St. Teresita, Mangilao. He left a wife, Debra.

Christopher J. C. Fernandez (Army Sgt) Age 28 of Dedeo, Guam. Killed March 5, 2007 in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia in the same accident as G. Fejeran Mass at St. Teresita, Mangilao.

Dwayne Westfall Flores (Army Spc) Age 22 of Afame, Sinajana, Guam. Killed May 16, 2013 in Afghanistan. Mass at Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica, Hagatna, Guam (where he had been an altar server) with Msgr. David Quintugua.

John Derek Flores (Army Pfc) Age 21 of Barrigada, Guam. Killed May 3, 2007 in Iraq. Mass at Santa Teresita (?) Joined the army to support his family. He left a wife and 18 month old daughter.

Joseph Duenas Gamboa (Army SSgt) Age 34 of Yigo, Guam. Killed March 25, 2008 in Iraq. Mass at St. Jude Thaddeus, Sinajana, Guam. He left a wife and five children stationed in Germany.

Brian S. Leon Guerrero (Army Sgt) Age 34 of Tamuning, Guam. Killed July 10, 2008 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Anthony’s Tamuning. He left a wife and three children.

Joshua Akoni Sablan Lukeala (Army Sgt) Age 23 of Yigo, Guam. Killed June 7, 2010 in Afghanistan. Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes, Yigo. He left a wife and daughter living in CA.

Sampson Augusto Mora (Army Spc) Age 28 of Dedeo, Guam. Killed July 10, 2008 in Afghanistan in the same IED incident as Brian Guerrero (above). Mass at Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral Basilica, Hagatna (Agana)

Richard Junior Degracia Naputi (Army Spc) Age 24 of Talafofo, Guam. Killed December 20, 2005 in Iraq. Mass at San Miguel, Talafofo. He left a wife, Brianne. See: decolonizeguam.blogspot.com/2006/01/fallen-soldier-returns-home.html

Henry San Nicolas Ofeciar (Army Maj) Age 37 of Talafofo, Guam. Killed August 27, 2007 in Afghanistan. Mass at San Miguel, Talafofo. He had been married for nine months. He took a masters degree at Syracuse U. with a double major in finance and public administration.

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HAWAII

Charlie Cabay Antonio (Army Pfc) Age 28 of Kahului, HI. Found dead on April 18, 2010 in Iraq of a non-combat related gun shot wound to the head “under investigation”. Mass at Christ the King, Kahului. He was born in the Philippines and moved to Maui at age 18 with his father.

Jonathan Brostrom (Army 1st Lt.) Age 24 of Aiea, HI. Killed with 8 others in the battle of Wanat, Afghanistan on July 13, 2008. Mass at Holy Family, Aiea. He was a graduate of Damien Memorial (Cath. Prep) School. He left a wife and son.

Christopher L. Camero (Marine LCpl) Age19 of Kailua Kona, HI. Died July 15, 2011 in Germany of wounds suffered in Afghanistan on July 6. Mass at Annunciation Catholic Community, Waimea, HI.

Sean M. Collins (Army Cpl) Age 25 of Yelm, WA and Ewa Beach, HI. One of 6 killed December 12, 2010 in Afghanistan when a suicide car blast brought down part of a building. Mass at St. Columban, Yelm, WA. Buried in Kent, WA.

Richard V. “Valiant” Correa (Army Sgt) Age 25 of Lingayen, Philippines and Honolulu, HI. Killed May 29, 2007 in Iraq. “Necrological Service” at Lingayen Catholic Church in the Philippines.

Richwell Arzadon Doria (Army SSgt) Age 25 of the Philippines, San Diego, CA and Honolulu, HI. Killed November 7, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at St. John the Evangelist, Dagupan City, Philippines with Fr. Jim Cerezo. In his homily, Fr. Cerezo said war is a tragedy but Doria’s death was not pointless because he died serving in a war “…that hopefully will bring peace…It is always more tragic when good men just do nothing in spite of the evil around them. He died for the ideals he believed in. He died for his friends. He died as a hero…Richwell Doria, welcome home. We are proud of you.” (US Ambassador Kristie Kennedy failed to attend the funeral) He had grown up in San Diego, coming from the Philippines at age 11. He left a wife in HI with a 4 month old baby.  A memorial Mass was celebrated in San Diego.

“Alex” Udarbe Gagalac (Army Sgt) Age 28 of Wahiawa, HI. Killed September 9, 2007 in Iraq. Mass at St John the Apostle & Evangelist, Mililani, HI. He left a twin brother.

Jeung-jin Na Kim (Army Pvt) Age 23 of South Korea and Honolulu, HI. Killed October 6, 2004 in Iraq. Mass at Sacred Heart, Waianae, HI. He left a wife and a son he never met who was born a month before his death. He was granted citizenship posthumously.

Myla L. Maravillosa (Army Sgt, assigned to a military intelligence battalion), age 24 of U-og, Philippines and Wahiawa, HI. Killed in an RPG attack on December 24, 2005 in Iraq. Mass at Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace, Honolulu, HI. (Bishop Clarence R. Silva) She emigrated the Philippines in 1997. She was her mother’s only child and regularly attended Mass at the Cathedral. She was remembered at Sunday Mass at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Boston where she had gone for a retreat after her military training.

Joshua Kuile Paul Titcomb (Army Pfc) age 20 of Waianae, HI. Died Sept 29, 2004 of injuries suffered the day before when an IED exploded near his tank in Iraq. Mass at Sacred Heart, Wainae where he had been baptized. He met his fiancée, Laura while they were stationed in Korea. She was expecting their first child. Fr. Sebastian Chacko said, "Joshua sacrificed his life for his country and the values this country stands for."

Morgan Charles Tulang (Navy Lt Commander) Age 36 of Itabashi City, Japan and Hilo, HI. Died of an apparent heart attack while exercising on March 2, 2007 in Kuwait. Mass at Immaculate Heart of Mary, Papa’ikou, HI.

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IDAHO

John George Borbonus (Army Pfc) Age 19 of Boise, ID. Killed April 12, 2007 in Iraq in a suicide vehicle explosion. Mass at St. John’s Cathedral, Boise (Bishop Michael P. Driscoll) His unit's 1st. Lt. gave the eulogy.

Octavio Herrera (Army SSgt) Age 26 of Caldwell, ID. Killed August 11, 2013 in Afghanistan. Mass at Our Lady of the Valley, Caldwell with Fr. Francisco Flores. He left a wife.

Michael T. Lilly (Army Sgt) Age 23 of Boise, ID. Killed April 7, 2008 in Iraq. Mass at St. Mark’s, Boise. He left a wife.

Philip A. Murphy-Sweet (Navy Commander) Age 42 of Mechanicsburg, PA and Caldwell, ID. Killed April 7, 2007 in Iraq. MOCB at Good Shepherd, Camp Hill, PA. Memorial Mass at St. Paul's, Nampa, ID. A Director of Maritime Weapons Systems, he had held various leadership roles with the Navy Chaplains' Office during his career. He left a wife and three children.

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ILLINOIS

Christopher Paul Abeyta (Army Sgt) Age 23 of Midlothian, IL. Killed March 15, 2009 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Christopher’s, Midlothian. He enlisted in the ILNG while still in high school, was in Iraq at age 18 and was on his second tour in Afghanistan when killed. He was an only child.

Christopher M. Alcozer (Army Pfc) Age 21 of Villa Park IL. Killed November 19, 2005 in Iraq. Mass at St. John Vianney, North Lake, IL.

Ryan Anthony Beaupre (Marine Capt.) Age 30 of St. Anne, IL. One of 12 killed March 21, 2003 in Kuwait when the CH46-E helicopter he was piloting crashed in the desert. Mass at St. Anne’s, St. Anne with Fr. James Fanale assisted by Bishop Joseph Imesch of Joliet. He was a Graduate of Bishop McNamara HS.

Bradley H. Beste (Army Sgt) Age 22 of Naperville, IL. Killed August 4, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at St. Raphael, Naperville.

Mario J. Bievre (Army SSgt) Age 34 of Glendale Heights, IL. Killed June 23, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at St. Mary’s, Norfolk, VA. He left a wife and baby daughter whose birth he had been home for in February.

Phillip John Brodnick (Army Cpl) Age 25 of New Lenox, IL. One of 16 killed August 22, 2007 in Iraq in a helicopter crash due to mechanical failure. (See also: Joshua Harmon in OH) Mass at St. Albert the Great, Burbank, IL with Fr. David Engbarth. He left a wife of less than three months.

Ryan G. Carlock (Army Spc) Age 25 of Macomb, IL. Killed September 9, 2003 in Iraq. Service at funeral home with Fr. Hugh McLaughlin, Pastor of Sacred Heart, Spring Grove, IL. He joined the army "to make a living and get job training" He left a baby daughter and a 7 year old daughter from a previous marriage.

David Mitchell Caruso (Marine Sgt) Age 25 of Naperville, IL. Killed November 9, 2004 in Fallujah, Iraq. Mass at St. Thomas the Apostle, Naperville with Fr. Joel Fortier.

Jonathan W. Collins (Marine LCpl) Age 19 of Crystal Lake, IL. Killed August 8, 2004 in Iraq. Mass at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Crystal Lake.

Pedro J. Colon (Army Sgt) Age 25 of Cicero, IL. Killed February 19, 2007 in Iraq. Mass at Church of Santa Maria, Bronx, NY. After he had to leave his parents' home in NY, he was homeless and living in a Chicago shelter. Social workers helped him find housing and he graduated high school before entering the military.

"Jesse De La Torre (Marine LCpl) Age 27 of Aurora, IL, killed April 16, 2007 in Iraq. Mass at St. Mary’s, Aurora, IL. Gov. Pat Quinn attended. Fr. Timothy Piasecki said, “I don’t want our loss in any way to bless this war. The teachings of Jesus condemn this war.” See: michaelmoore.com/words/latest-news/funeral-brings-out-war-politics

Shawn Christopher Edwards (Army Pfc) Age 20 of Bensenville, IL. Killed April 23, 2004 in Iraq. Mass at St. Charles Borromeo, Bensenville.

Blake W. Evans (Army Sgt) Age 24 of Rockford, IL. Killed May 25, 2008 in Iraq. Mass at St. Anthony of Padua, Rockford. Military awards were bestowed during Mass. He left a wife and two daughters.

Kraig D. Foyteck (Army Sgt) Age 26 of Skokie, IL. Killed October 30, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at St. Peter’s, Skokie. His mother spent $12,000. over a three year period for her son to come home on leave six times.

Jacob Lee Frazier (Army SSgt) Age 24 of St. Charles, IL. Killed March 29, 2003 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Patrick’s, St. Charles, IL.

Greg R. Goodrich (Army Pfc) Age 37 of Bartonville, IL. Killed April 9, 2004 in Iraq. Mass at St. Aloysius, Hillsboro, WI.

Kevin Douglas Grieco (Army SSgt) Age 35 of Bartlett, IL. One of 2 killed by a suicide bomber on October 27, 2008 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. John the Baptist, Winfield, IL. Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn spoke during Mass. He was also a 13 year veteran of the Navy. He left a wife , son and daughter.

James T. Grijalva (Army Spc) Age 26 of Burbank, IL. Killed October 12, 2005 in Iraq. Mass at St. Albert the Great, Burbank.

Leonard J. Gulczynski II (Army Pfc) Age 19 of Carol Stream, IL. Killed September 17, 2008 in Iraq. Mass at Corpus Christi, Carol Stream.

Raymond James Holzhauer (Marine LCpl) Age 19 of Dwight, IL. Killed March 15, 2007 in Iraq in a "non-hostile incident under investigation". He was found dead in an armory where he worked. Mass at St. Patrick’s, Dwight with Fr. James Rickey who said, "Always be grateful to the giver of life- then give back. Give that life back generously and freely."

Jakub Henryk Kowalik (Marine LCpl) Age 21 of Poland and Schaumburg, IL. Killed May 12, 2003 in Iraq when ordnance he was handling exploded. Mass at St. John Brebeuf, Niles, IL. He enlisted in the Marines in his senior year of high school. He was a Polish immigrant granted US citizenship posthumously.

Kevin C. Landeck (Army 2nd Lt.) Age 26 of Wheaton, IL. Killed February 2, 2007 in Iraq. Mass at St. Daniel the Prophet, Wheaton. He left a wife, also an Army 2nd Lt.

Ryan David LeDuc (Marine 2nd Lt.) Age 28 of Pana, IL. Killed September 24, 2004 in Iraq. Mass at St. Patrick’s, Pana. He left a fiancée.

Eric A. Lill (Army Sgt) Age 28 of Chicago, IL. Killed July 6, 2007 in Iraq. Mass at St. Mary of Perpetual Help, Chicago. He was a graduate of St. Laurence HS, Burbank, IL. He left a wife, son and daughter.

Shane R. Mahaffee (Army Capt) Age 36 of Gurnee, IL. Wounded near Bagdad on May 5, he died on May 15, 2006 in Landstuhl Medical Center, Germany. Mass at St. Paul the Apostle, Gurnee. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. upon graduation from Evangel University (private, Christian associated with the Assembly of God) While on active reserves, he graduated from Weidner College of Law and began a law practice in IL before he was activated in Jan. '06. He left a wife, son and daughter.

Sean Patrick Maher (Marine LCpl) Age 19 of Grayslake, IL. Killed February 2, 2005 in Iraq. Mass at St. Paul the Apostle, Gurnee, IL. He was due to return home in two days.

Matthew Michael Martinek (Army Pfc) Age 20 of Dekalb, IL. Died in Germany on September 11, 2009 after being wounded in Afghanistan while on a mission to rescue Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Mass at St. Hubert, Hoffman Estates, IL with Fr. John Guiney who pointed out Matthew was born on Dec.7 and died on Sept. 11 and said, "Clearly he was meant to be a soldier and a defender."

Philip John Martini (Marine LCpl) Age 24 of Lansing, IL. Killed April 8, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at Holy Ghost, South Holland, IL.

Joshua Melton (Army SSgt) Age 26 of Germantown, IL. Killed June 19, 2009 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Boniface, Germantown, where he had been married in 2006, with Fr. James Buerster and Deacon Rich Bagley. He left a wife and daughter.

Steven Paul Mennemeyer (Army Sgt) Age 26 of Granite City, IL. A flight medic killed August 8, 2006 in a helicopter crash in Iraq. Mass at St. Elizabeth’s, Granite City with Fr. Pat Jakel. He left a 7 year old son.

Anthony G. Mihalo (Marine Cpl) Age 23 of Naperville, IL. Killed August 14, 2008 in Afghanistan. Visitation at St. Thomas the Apostle, Naperville. Funeral services at Naperville H.S. which he was attending when he enlisted. He had done 2 tours in Iraq.

William Robert “Will” Newgard (Army Pfc) Age 20 of Arlington Heights, IL. Killed December 29, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at St. James, Arlington Heights with Fr. James Hearne who said, "It connects us with what's going on over in Iraq, Afghanistan and the rest of the world, if we hadn't been connected before...There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends...and for that there is a special place in heaven."

Keith A. Nurnberg (Army Spc) Age 26, of Genoa City, WI and McHenry, IL. Killed September 5, 2007 in Iraq. Mass at St. Joseph, Richmond, IL. He left a wife of 9 months and an unborn son.

James Scott Ochsner (Army Sfc, Special Forces Intelligence) Age 36 of Hope Mills, NC and Waukegan, IL. Killed November 15, 2005 in Afghanistan. Mass at Our Lady of Humility, Beach Park, IL. He attended St. Joseph's HS in Kenosha. He was in the Gulf War and his wife was in the army in Iraq at the same time. He was due to come home in a week from his fourth tour in Afghanistan . His father had been special forces in Viet Nam and his mother was also in the army. He left a wife, son and daughter.

Brian M. Patton (Navy PO2nd) Age 37 of Nanticoke, IL. Killed November 19, 2009 in a head on crash with a civilian vehicle. (see David Morgan in PA who was wounded in the accident) Mass at St. Adalbert’s, Glen Lyon, IL with Fr. Joseph Kutch who said, "Be assured Brian's mission on earth has been completed." He was a vet of the first Gulf War. He left a wife and two sons.

John M. Penich (Army Sgt) Age 25 of Beach Park, IL. Killed October 16, 2008 in Afghanistan. Mass at Our Lady of Humility, Beach Park.

Scott Alan Pickerel (Marine Sgt) Age 30 of Belleville, IL. He had been in the Marines for 4 years and was in Iraq. PTSD/suicide on November 27, 2014. He attended St. Henry's Catholic Grade School. Service at funeral home in Belleville with Msgr. John Myler and deacon David Bohnenstiehl.

Andrew Robert Pokorny (Army SSgt) Age 30 of Naperville, IL. Killed June 13, 2003 in Iraq when an armored vehicle threw a track and overturned. Funeral service at Sts. Peter & Paul, Naperville with Chaplain Karen Swiderski. He left a wife and three children.

Hector Ramos (Marine LCpl) Age 20 of Aurora, IL. One of 31 killed January 26, 2005 in Iraq when a CH-53E helicopter crashed in a sandstorm. (see also: Dustin Shumney in Ca, Michael Finke in OH, Kyle Grimes in PA and Saeed Jafarkhani-Torshizi) Mass at St. Nicholas, Aurora. His older brother, Noah was in Marine boot camp at the time. To date, at least 33 helicopters have crashed, 20 by hostile fire.

Gary T. Rovinski (Navy PO1st) Age 44 of Roseville and Mountain Top, IL. Killed June 5, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at St. Jude, Mountain Top. He was a graduate of Bishop Hoban HS and College Misericordia, Wilkes Barre, PA (bachelors in studio art). He had a masters degree in student personnel from Miami of Ohio. He had worked in administrative positions at Biola U. in CA and Monmouth College in IL where he joined the Naval Reserve. He had also spent 8 years in the Army and been in the first Gulf War as an optometry specialist. He left a wife and two daughters.

Christopher Michael Rudzinski (Army SSgt) Age 28 of Rantoul, IL. Killed October 16, 2009 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Malachy, Rantoul with Fr. Stanley Malinowski. He had done one tour in Kosovo and two in Iraq. He left a wife and a one year old son.

Wilberto Sabalu Jr. (Army MSgt) Age 36 of Chicago, IL. One of two killed May 6, 2007 by an Afghan soldier outside a prison. MOCB at Fort Leonard Wood, MO with Major (Fr.) Matt Pawliaowski. He left a wife, son and daughter.

Lukasz D. Saczek (Army Spc) Age 23 of Lake in the Hills, IL. Killed May 10, 2009 in Afghanistan in a "non-combat related incident". Mass at St. Stanislaus Bishop & Martyr, Lake in the Hills. He left a wife and infant daughter.

Adriana Nicole Salem (Army Spc) Age 21 of Elk Grove, IL. Killed March 4, 2005 in an IED attack/vehicle roll over incident, “under investigation” in Iraq. Mass at Queen of Peace, Elk Grove. He had been in Iraq for 20 days.

Randal Scott Shelton (Army Pvt) Age 22 of Schiller Park, IL. Killed September 4, 2007 in Iraq. Mass at St. Gertrude, Franklin Park, IL.

Anne Smedinghoff, (a Foreign Service officer) Age 25 of River Forest, IL.  Killed April 6, 2013 in Afghanistan.  First reported to have been killed while traveling in an armored vehicle with a military escort.   Later a "scathing" army investigation revealed she was walking on foot to an Afghan school to help publicize a donation of books. The party got lost, arrived at the wrong place and returned to the base.  A car bomb was exploded just outside the base, probably intended for another target.  Three US military, a DOD employee and an Afghan doctor were also killed. Mass at St. Luke's, River Forest with Fr. Kenneth Fischer.  She was a graduate of Johns Hopkins U.

Jared Donald Stanker (Army Spc) Age 22 of Evergreen Park, IL. Killed October 27, 2009 in Afghanistan. Mass at Queen of Martyrs, Oak Lawn, IL. He was a grad of Brother Rice HS, Chicago, IL.

Joshua Steele (Army Capt) Age 26 of North Henderson, IL. Killed June 17, 2007 in Afghanistan. Mass at Immaculate Conception, Monmouth, IL with Fr. Christopher Haake, assisted by Frs. Michael Monclova, John Thieryoung, and Stanislaus Mutajwana. Fr. Haake said, "Josh had faith in his family and faith in our government and especially faith in the Army...all built on that faith in Christ." The Batle Hymn of the Republic and God Bless America were sung. Lt. gov. Pat Quinn attended. He was a grad of Immaculate Conception Grade School.

Scott Bradley Stream (Army Sgt) Age 39 of Mattoon, IL. One of 4 killed February 24, 2009 in Afghanistan in an IED attack.(see also:Daniel Thompson in WI and Brian Bunting in MD) Visitation at Immaculate Conception, Mattoon. Mass at SS. Peter and Paul with Fr. John M. Thomas. He met his wife in Germany and they married in Lithuania. He also left a daughter.

Omar E. Torres (Army Pfc) Age 20 of Chicago, IL. Killed August 22, 2007 in Iraq. Mass at St. Richard, Chicago.

Antonio F. Trejo (Marine Cpl) Age 25 of Grayslake, IL. Joined Marines right out of HS. Served in Afghanistan and was discharged in 2010. PTSDF/suicide on August 2, 2013. Mass at St. Raphael the Archangel, Old Mill Creek, IL. He left a fiancée and an infant daughter.

Joseph Michael Vanek (Army Sgt) Age 22 of Elmhurst, IL. Killed November 12, 2007 in Iraq on his third tour. Mass at Immaculate Conception, Elmhurst. He joined the army right out of high school.

Gary J. Vasques (Army Sfc, Green Beret) Age 33 of Round Lake, IL. Killed September 29, 2008 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Paul, Highland, IL with Fr. Charles Edwaards, pastor. He left a wife.

Andrew Paul Wade (Army Spc) Age 22 of Antioch, IL. Died March 9, 2011 in a “non-combat incident”. Mass at St. Peter’s, Antioch where Fr. Michael McMahon said, “He enlisted into the Army to protect his country, which is acting in a completely selfless way…rest in peace good and faithful soldier, rest in peace.” He was a life long member of St. Peter's.

Nicholas R. Walsh (Marine Sgt) Age 27 of Millstadt, IL. Killed May 26, 2007 in Iraq. Mass at St. Joseph’s, Ft. Collins, CO. He was a graduate of John Carroll HS in Birmingham, AL. He left a wife and 2 sons.

Wesley R. Wells (Army Spc) Age 21 of Libertyville, IL. Killed September 20, 2004 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Joseph, Libertyville where he was a life long member.

Dewayne Lenell White (Army Pvt) Age 27 of Country Club Hills, IL. Killed December 4, 2007 in Iraq. Baptized and attended grade school at St. Raphael, Chicago, IL. Memorial Service at Mt. Zion Baptist.

Christopher E. Zimny (Marine Cpl) Age 27 of Cook, IL. Killed January 31, 2005 in Iraq. Mass at St. Catherine Laboure, Glenview, IL. His mother said, "My son died honorably but I don't think we should be there. Look at how many hearts President Bush is breaking." He was a grad of IL State U.

Daniel Zizumbo (Pfc) Age 27 of Chicago, IL. Killed February 27, 2007 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Bruno, Chicago. Killed in a suicide bomb attack at Bagram Air Base on the day VP Dick Cheney visited the base. He joined the Marines at age 17, left after 4 years and tried to find a job at Chicago’s airports before enlisting in the Army. His mother, Julia, was quoted, “He didn’t need to go to the army. I always provided for him and his siblings. I always wanted something better for my children.” After presiding at this funeral, Fr. Matt Foley was inspired to become an Army chaplain. See: www.jsonline.com/news/wisconsin/78488012.html for more of the story

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INDIANA

Brock Babb (Marine Sgt) Age 40 of Evansville, IN. Killed October 15, 2006 in Fallujah, Iraq. Mass at St. Boniface, Evansville with Fr. Terry Gamblin and Fr. David Nunning. He joined at age 19 and was in the first Gulf War. He left a wife, two sons and a daughter.

Zachariah Jared Gonzalez (Army Spc) Age 23 of Indianapolis, IN. Killed July 31, 2007 in Iraq. Mass at St. Monica’s, Indianapolis. He Attended Bishop Chatard HS, Indianapolis.

Jesse M. Halling (Army Pvt) Age 19 of Indianapolis, IN. Killed June 7, 2003 in Iraq. Mass at St. Christopher’s, Indianapolis with Fr. D. Michael Welsh who said, “There’s no greater love than this, than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends…Jesse went over to Iraq to help a people have a freedom, to help a people have a peace… If that peace is going to have any chance, it has to start with us. If Jesse’s life is going to make any sense to us, we must get in our churches on our knees and thank God for the freedoms we’ve got.” See: iraq.pigstye.net/article.php/20030620095549281

Joseph M. Hernandez (Army Spc) Age 24 of Hammond, IN. Killed January 9, 2009 in Afghanistan. Mass at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Hammond. He was a grad of Mt. Carmel HS in Chicago who attended Holy Cross for a time. He was an altar boy and sang in the choir at OLPH. He left a wife and two sons.

Hunter “HD” Hogan (Marine Lcpl) Age 21 of Norman, IN. Killed June 23, 2012 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Joseph's, York, NE with Msgr. James Reinert who reflected on “blessed are the peacemakers” in the Beatitudes. He was a member of St. Ambrose, Seymour, IN. He left a wife.

Eric Lueken (Marine Cpl) Age 23 of Dubois, IN. Killed April 22, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at St. Raphael, Dubois, IN with Fr. John Brosmer and 3 other clergy.

Marcus V. Murales (Army Sfc) Age 33 of Shelbyville, IN. Killed June 28, 2005 in Iraq. He was “of the Catholic faith”. Service was in the funeral home chapel.

David P. Nowaczyk (Army SSgt) Age 32 of Dyer, IN. Killed April 15, 2012 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Thomas More, Munster, IN with Fr. Michael J. Yadron who said, “David saw the necessity... to preserve freedom.” He leaves a wife, a stepson and a 1yo daughter.

Shawn David Pahnke (Army Pvt) Age 25 of Manhattan, IL and Shelbyville, IN. Killed June 17, 2003 in Iraq. Mass at St. Joseph’s, Manhattan, IL. He left a wife and infant son.

Brian Hamilton Penisten (Army Spc) Age 28 of Ft. Wayne, IN. One of 16 killed November 2, 2003 in Iraq. (see also: Anthony D'Agostino in CT and Joel Perez in PR) Mass at St. Vincent DePaul, Ft. Wayne. He was a member of the parish and a grad of Bishop Dwenger HS. He was on a helicopter with other troops going home for leave and was to be married on November 7, when it was shot down.

Sergio Eduardo Perez, Jr. (Army Spc) Age 21 of Crown Point, IN. Killed July 16, 2012 in Afghanistan. Mass at Our Lady of Consolation, Merrillville, IN in Spanish and English with Frs. Peter Muha and Carlos Martinez.

Duane R. Rios (Marine Sgt) Age 25 of Griffith, IN. Killed April 4, 2003 in Iraq. Mass at St. Mary’s, Griffith. He left a wife.

Gustavo A. Rios-Ordonez (Arm Pfc) Age 25 of Richmond, IN. Killed June 20, 2011 in Afghanistan. Mass at Visitation Catholic Community, Eaton, OH with Fr. J. Thomas Fitzsimmons and Fr. Todd Reibe. He was born in Columbia and came to the US in August, 2007. He leaves a wife and two daughters.

Jonathan Rojas (Army SSgt) Age 27 of Hammond, IN. Killed October 3, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at All Saints, Hammond with Fr. Steve Gibson who compared Rojas’ sacrifice for peace to the suffering that Jesus Christ endured. He was born in Mexico and left a wife, Tasha.

Shayna Ann Schnell (Navy Seaman’s Apprentice) Age 19 of Tell City, IN. Killed October 1, 2007 in Dubai, UAE in a motor vehicle accident. Mass at Sacred Heart of Jesus, Schnellville, IN with Fr, Timothy Tenbarge.

Steven Frederick Sirko (ArmyPfc) Age 20 of Statesville NC and Portage, IN. Died April 17, 2005 in Iraq. Mass at St. Philip the Apostle, Statesville, NC with Fr. James Byer. The report was, “He fell asleep three days ago and never woke up.” See: inportercounty.org/Data/Military/IraqList/SirkoStevenFrederick.html

Alec Terwiske (Marine LCpl) Age 21 of Dubois, IN. Killed September 3, 2012 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Celestine/ St. Raphael, Jasper, IN. (Fr. Eugene Schmitt, pastor)

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IOWA

David W. Behrle (Army Spc) Age 20 of Tipton, IA. Killed May 19, 2007 in Iraq. He attended Mass at St. Mary’s, Tipton with his family. He was Senior Class president at Tipton HS. Funeral service at Tipton Middle School with Fr. Eugene Benda

Jeffrey E. Bohr (Marine Sgt) Age 39 of Ossian, IA. Killed April 10, 2003 in Iraq in a 7 hour gun battle in front of a mosque. Mass at St Francis de Sales, Ossian, IA with Msgr. Cletus Hawes. He enlisted in the Army Reserves as a high school junior. He parachuted into Grenada as an Army Ranger and was in the Gulf War. He transferred to the Marines in 1993. He was baptized, confirmed and attended grade school at St. Francis. He left a wife.

Joshua Casteel Age 32 of Cedar Rapids, IA. Died August 25, 2012 in NYC of cancer, caused by breathing the fumes from a toxic burn pit at Abu Ghraib where he was stationed as an interrogator and Arab linguist. Memorial Service at All Saints, Cedar Rapids. Josh was raised in an Evangelical Christian family. He was a cadet at West Point for the first three months. He found the Catholic chaplain at Abu Ghraib to be no help in the moral crisis that arose for him there. Nevertheless, he later became a Catholic and even met Pope Benedict XVI. He was in Iraq from June '04 til January '05, applied for CO status and was honorably discharged. He was featured in the film Soldiers of Conscience. For more of the story see:http://amazon.com/Letters-Abu-Ghraib-Joshua-Casteel/dp/097911893X, http://ivaw.org/blog/remembering-joshua-casteel, http://alliancecatholicworker.org/joshuacasteel/, http://joshuacasteel.com

Scott Carney (Army MSgt) Age 37of Ankeny, IA. Killed August 24, 2007 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Theresa’s with Fr. Larry Hoffman who said, “Scott was living out what God created him to do. He was loving. He was caring. He was serving.”

Paul J. Finken (Army Lt. Col.) Age 40 of Mason City, IA. Killed November 2, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at St. Joseph’s, Earling, IA with Fr. Michael Berner. He was a West Point grad and left a wife and three daughters.

Joseph John Hamski (AF SSgt) Age 28 of Ottumwa, IA. Killed May 26, 2011 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Mary of the Visitation, Ottumwa with Fr. Bernie Weir. He leaves a wife, Christina, also an AF SSgt.

Thomas E. Houser (Marine Sgt) Age 22 of Council Bluffs, IA. Killed January 3, 2005 in Iraq. Mass at Mid American Center with Fr. Phil Hobt. He was a graduate of St. Albert's High School, Council Bluffs, IA.

James C. Kearney III (Army Sgt) Age 22 of Emerson, IA. Killed November 1, 2004 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Mary’s, Red Oak, IA with Fr. Ken Gross who said, "I'm sure many would attest he was a good soldier, but he was a better Christian."

Joshua Lincoln Knowles (Army Spc) Age 23 of Sheffield, IA. Killed February, 5, 2004 in Iraq. Mass at Sacred Heart, Rockwell, IA with Fr. Craig Steimel and Fr. Dennis Cahill who said Joshua "discovered his true love of God and country during his time in the National Guard."

Steven Bradley Korthaus (Marine Sgt) Age 28 of Davenport, IA. One of two who drowned in Saddam Canal in SE Iraq while swimming across to set up armed cover for a water purification team, March 25, 2003. Mass at Our Lady of Victory, Davenport. He joined out of high school, served four years and then joined the reserves.

Christopher Wesley Opat (Army Spc) Age 29 of Lime Springs, IA. Died June 15, 2010 of “non-combat injuries” on his third tour. Mass at Notre Dame, Cresco, IA with Fr. Richard Aments who said, “Everyone of us is blessed by those in military service.” These men and women, he added, “...serve our nation and give protection to the freedoms we now enjoy.” He attended Notre Dame grade school.

Steven D. Shannon (Army Cpl) Age 21 of Guttenburg, IA. Killed January 31, 2007 in Iraq. Mass at St. Mary’s, Guttenburg with Dubuque Archbishop Jerome Hanus who said, “Stephen Shannon chose an appropriate confirmation name. St. Francis of Assisi, known for gentleness and respect for others, also had a calling to improve relations between Christians and Muslims. You can imagine how many times Steven Shannon sought to imitate his patron."

Matthew John Tindall (Army Sgt) Age 25 of Emmetsburg, IA. Joined the Army after HS and did tours in Kosovo and Afghanistan. He remained active in the ING. PTSD/suicide on December 25, 2013. Mass at Immaculate Conception, Graettinger, IA.

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KANSAS

Jessie Davila (Marine Sgt) Age 29 of Greensburg, KS. Killed February 20, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Dodge City, KS (Bishop John B. Brungardt) with Fr. Ted Skalsky. Fr. Jeffrey Blackburn presided at a Memorial Service in the high school gym. He left a daughter.

Bernard “Bernie” Lee Deghand (Army Sfc) Age 42 of Mayetta, KS. Killed September 14, 2006 in Afghanistan. Mass at Sacred Heart, Topeka, KS. He had previously been deployed to Bosnia. He had been in Afghanistan since March. He left a wife and three children.

Benjamin “Ben” Morton (Army Sgt) Age 24 of Wright, KS. Killed May 22, 2005 in Iraq. Mass at St. Andrew’s, Wright with Fr. Robert Schremmer, celebrant. He was a member of K of C Council #1862. His wife, Elaina, committed suicide three months later.

Eric G. Palmer (Army Spc) Age 21 of Maize, KS. Died June 24, 2007 at Landstuhl Medical Center, Germany, of wounds suffered June 21 in Iraq. Mass at St. Vincent de Paul, Andover, KS.

Kyle Gregory Thomas (Army Spc) Age 23 of Louisville, KY and Topeka, KS. Killed September 25, 2003 in Iraq. Mass at St. Matthew’s, Topeka. He danced for Metropolitan Ballet of Topeka, Boca Ballet Theatre, FL, Dayton Ballet Company, OH and Evansville Dance Theatre, IN. He married another dancer, Cari Dyke in 2002.

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KENTUCKY

Gregory J. Billiter (Navy CPO) Age 30 of Villa Hills, KY. Killed April 6, 2007 (Good Friday) in Iraq. Mass at St. Joseph’s, Crescent Springs, KY with Fr. Daniel J. Vogelpohl, celebrant. He attended St. Joseph’s School and was a graduate of Covington Latin School (college prep) Covington, KY. He left a wife and a son.

Thomas Lee Bruner (Army MSgt) Age 50 of Owensboro, KY. Died October 28, 2007 of a non-combat related illness in Afghanistan. Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes, Owensboro, KY. He left a wife and two stepsons.

Nicholas R. Carnes (Army SSgt) Age 25 of Dayton and Ludlow, KY. Killed August 26, 2007 in Afghanistan. Mass at Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, Covington, KY with Fr. Lowell Bowling. He joined the National Guard at 17. He left a wife.

Robert V. Derenda (Army Sfc) Age 42 of Cheektowaga, NY and Ledbetter, KY. One of two killed August 5, 2005 in Iraq when a civilian fuel truck collided with their HMMWV. Mass at St. Josaphat’s, Cheektowaga with Fr. Theodore C. Rog. He attended St. Francis HS, Cheektowaga and held two degrees from the U of Buffalo.

Nicholas James “Nick” Dieruf (Marine Cpl) Age 21 of Versailles, KY. Killed April 8, 2004 in Iraq. Mass at Cathedral of Christ the King, Lexington, KY (Bishop Ronald W. Gainer) with Frs. Paul Prabel and Charles McDonald. Fr. Prabel said, " We can be sure that Nicholas has fought the good fight as a faithful Marine. We can be sure that he has run the race to the finish; that this young man of faith and dreams and spirituality has keept the faith." The Marine Hymn and My Country 'Tis of Thee were sung as a processional and The Battle Hymn of the Republic was the recessional. He left a wife.

Aaaron M. Faust (Marine Cpl) Age 22 of Louisville, KY. Killed April 15, 2012 in Afghanistan. Mass at Mother of Sorrows, Louisville, with Fr. James Hackett. He was a 2007 grad of DeSales Catholic HS in Louisville.

Jonathan Adam Hughes (Army Spec) Age 21 of Springfield, KY. Killed March 19, 2005 in Iraq. Mass at Holy Name of Mary, Calvary, KY. Gov. Ernie Fletcher attended. He was in JROTC in HS. He left a wife and son.

David Neil Wimberg (Marine Sgt) Age 24 of Louisville, KY. Killed May 25, 2005 in Iraq. Mass at Cathedral of the Assumption, Louisville. (Bishop Thomas C. Kelly, O.P.) He was a 1999 graduate of Trinity HS, Louisville. Homily given by Fr. Wayne Jenkins, pastor of St. Barnabas who said, “…he gave without counting the cost.”

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LOUISIANA

Jordan Charles Bordelon (AF Sr. Airman) Age 22 of Baton Rouge, LA. PTSD/suicide on October 27, 2012 in Valdosta, GA while stationed at Moody AFB. A grad of Our Lady of Mercy Elementary and St. Michael the Archangel HS. Joined the AF out of HS and did tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Mass at Our Lady of Mercy, Baton Rouge.

Michael Joseph Bordelon (Army Sfc) age 37 of Bayou Vista, LA. Injured in a bomb explosion in Iraq on April 23rd and died May 10, 2005 at Brook Army Medical Center in Texas. Mass at St. Bernadette, Bayou Vista with Msgr. Richard Green. He left a wife, two sons and a daughter.

Marcus Anthony Cain (Army Cpl) age 20 of Crowley, LA. Killed September 14, 2006 in Iraq by a suicide bomber. Mass at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Jennings, LA where he had served as an altar boy. Fr. Hyacinth Okafor said, "There is a great dignity, there is a great honor, there is a great respect in simply doing what one is called to do."

Kurt Joseph Comeaux (Army Sfc) age 34 of Raceland, LA. One of 7 killed January 6, 2005 by a bomb blast in Iraq. (see also: Harry Fassbender and Warren Murphy in LA) Mass at St. Charles Borromeo, Thibodaux, LA. He left a wife and three sons.

Steven Lloyd Dupont (Army Spc) Age 20 of Lafayette, LA. Killed October 24, 2010 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Joseph’s, Milton, LA. where he had been an active member of the youth group. His family had moved from Milton to Slidell, LA after Hurricane Katrina destroyed their home. He was in JROTC.

Huey P. Fassbender III (Army Sgt) age 24 of La Place, LA. One of 7 killed January 6, 2005 by a bomb blast in Iraq. (see also: Kurt Comeaux and Warren Murphy in LA) Mass at St. Joan of Arc, La Place. He was an alumni of Boy's Town.

Jarred Seth Fontenot (Army SSgt) age 35, of Port Barre, LA. Killed October 18, 2007 in Iraq. Mass at Sacred Heart, Port Barre. He left a wife, three sons and a daughter.

Michael John Gabel (Army SSgt) age 30 of Baton Rouge and Crowley, LA. Killed December 12, 2007 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Thomas More, Baton Rouge. He left a wife two sons and a daughter.

Jay Ryan Gauthreaux (Army Sgt) age 26 of Thibodaux and Vacherie, LA. Killed December 4, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at Our Lady of Peace, Vacherie with Fr. Michael Miceli and Fr. Louis Dubue (pastor of St. Philip, Vacherie) Fr. Miceli spoke of how Jay's death exemplified the gospel reading (John 15- "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends..") and how the sacrifices of all military men and women do so as well. "Jay truly reflected the best of American youth, the courage to stand up for what is not popular, to fight for freedom." He joined the army at age 17, right out of high school. He left a wife and year old son.

Mark William Graham (Army Pvt) age 22 of Lafayette, LA. Died March 7, 2007 at Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas of wounds suffered in Iraq. Mass at Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Lafayette (Bishop Michael Jarrell) with Fr. O. Joseph Breaux, pastor of St. Alphonsus and Fr. P. Austin Leger pastor of St Martin de Porres. His godparents were the lectors.

Peter James Hahn (Army Sfc) age 31 of Metairie, LA. Killed May 24, 2005 in Iraq. Mass at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. (In NY state ?) Memorial Service at Vineyard Christian Fellowship, Kenner, LA. He was in the Army 3 years before joining the NG. He left a wife and daughter.

Jeremy Michael Heines (Army Spc) age 25 of New Orleans, LA. Killed June 26, 2004 in Iraq. Mass at St. Henry’s, New Orleans. He was a '98 grad of Redeemer-Seton HS and a member of K of C De la Salle Council #3411.

William F. Manuel (Army SSgt) age 34 of Kinder, LA. Killed January 10, 2005 in Iraq. Mass at St. Joan of Arc, Oberlin, LA where he had been an altar boy, with Fr. Michael Barras, celebrant. He left a wife.

Justin Daniel McLeese (Marine LCpl) age 19 of Covington, LA. Killed November 13, 2004 in a booby trapped building in Fallujah, Iraq. Mass at St. Peter’s, Covington with retired Archbishop Philip Hannah who said McLeese "...died for a cause that is a tremendous benefit and interest to all of us. I'd like to assure all of you, Justin did not die in vain."

Jacob Gerald McMillan (Army SSgt) Age 25 of Lafayette, LA. Killed December 20, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at Holy Cross, Lafayette with Fr. Floyd Calais who said McMillan volunteered (right after high school) because his country needed protection. "We would like to thank him for that and for being so generous with his life." He was buried next to his best friend, Joseph Thibodeaux. (see below) He left a fiancée.

Warren Anthony Murphy (Army Spc) age 29 of Marrero, LA. One of 7 killed January 6, 2005 by a bomb blast in Iraq. (see also: Kurt Comeaux and Harry Fassbender in LA) Mass at Visitation of Our Lady, Marrero. He was a graduate of Visitation of Our Lady grammar school and Archbishop Shaw HS.

Nicholas Joseph Oliver (Army Sgt) age 26 of Ruston, LA. Killed February, 23, 2005 in Iraq. Mass at St. Peter’s, Carencro, LA with Fr. William Gearhead, pastor of Our Lady of the Assumption. The Battle Hymn of the Republic was sung. He left a wife.

Jonathan Ray Reed (Army SSgt) age 25 of Opelousas, LA. Killed February 5, 2005 in Iraq. Mass at Our Lady of Mercy, Opelousas with Frs. Jeff Deblanc and Mark Ledoux and Chaplain Sanders. He joined the National Guard to get himself through school. He left a wife and infant son.

Matthew Thomas Richard (Marine Cpl) Age 21 of Acadia, LA. Killed June 9, 2011 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Joseph’s, Iota, LA with Fr. Mikel Polson.

Christian Joseph Romig (Army Spc) Age 24 of Kenner, LA. One of two killed January 5, 2011 in an IED attack in Afghanistan. Mass at Divine Mercy Church, Kenner.

Michael Shane Soignier (Army Sgt) Age 31 of Dubach, LA. PTSD/suicide Februar 15, 2015. Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas, Ruston, LA. He had attended St. Paschal's Catholic School.

Joseph C. Thibodeaux (Army Spc) age 24 of Lafayette, LA. He was a sharp shooter who was killed September 1, 2004 in Iraq by a sniper after an IED attack. Mass at Holy Cross, Lafayette

Matthew J. Vosbein (Army Sgt) age 30 of Clarksville, TN, West Frankfort and Metairie, LA. Killed August 29, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at St. John’s, West Frankfort with Fr. Trevor Murphy. He left a wife and two young sons.

Larry Lloyd Wells (Marine LCpl) age 22 of Mt. Herman, LA. Killed August 6, 2004 in Iraq. Mass at St. Paul’s, Tylertown, MS with Fr. Victor Siedel. He ws one of eight siblings who grew up in a series of foster homes.

Patrick Oliver Williamson (Army Sgt) age 24 of Broussard, LA. Killed October 27, 2009 in Afghanistan. Mass at Sacred Heart, Broussard with Fr. Louis Richard. He attended St Cecilia grade school and was a graduate of St. Thomas More HS, Lafayette, LA. He left a wife.

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MAINE

John “Jay” Brainard III (Army Capt) Age 26 of Newport, ME. Killed May 28, 2012 (Memorial Day) in the crash of a helicopter he was piloting in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Anne's, Dexter, ME with Fr. Paul Murray. Sen. Olympia Snow attended. He left a wife.

Daniel Francis J. Cunningham Jr. (Army Spc) Age 33 of Lewiston, ME. Killed April 4, 2003 in Iraq. Mass at St. Joseph’s, Lewiston was attended by Gov. John Baldacci and Congressmen Tom Allen and Michael Michaud. After losing several jobs, he joined the army for a steady job to support his family with a new baby. He left a wife and son.

Patrick Daniel Damon (Army Capt) Age 41 of Falmouth, ME. “Died unexpectedly” June 15, 2006 at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan of an apparent heart attack after a run. Mass at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Portland, ME (Bishop Richard J. Malone) While in the National Guard, he had served as Chief of Staff in Maine's House Speaker's Ofice and House Majority Office and was Administrative Director of Maine's Public Utliities Commission. He left a wife and two children.

Nicholes Darwin “Nick” Golding (Army Sgt) Age 24 of Addison, ME. Killed February 13, 2004 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Michael’s, Cherryfield, ME with Fr. Michael Sheridan, pastor. He left a wife, son and daughter.

Jeremiah “Jay” Holmes (Army Spc) Age 27 of North Berwick, ME. Killed March 29, 2004 in Iraq. Mass at St. Joseph’s, Dover, ME with Fr. Robert Cole and Fr. Paul Ruzzo. He left a wife and son.

Joshua John Kirk (Army Sgt) Age 30 of South Portland, ME. Killed October 3, 2009 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Michael’s, Exeter, NH with Fr. Marc Montminy who said, "He was a true hero who, in a selfless way, fought for our nation to bring peace to areas of our world that don't know peace." Gov. John Lynch, US Rep. Carol Shea-Porter and state Sen. Maggie Hassan attended. He left a wife and daughter.

Lynn Robert Poulin Sr. (Army SSgt) Age 47 of Freedom, ME. Killed December 21, 2004 in Iraq, Mass at Notre Dame, Waterville, ME attended by US senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, Gov. John Baldacci and US Reps. Tom Allen and Michael Michaud. He left a wife, two children and two step children.

Angel Rosa (Marine LCpl) Age 21 of South Portland, ME. Killed March 13, 2007 in Iraq. Mass at Sacred Heart, Portland. He left a wife.

Lawrence A. Roukey (Army Sgt) Age 33 of Westbrook, ME. Killed April 26, 2004 in Iraq. Mass at St. Joseph’s, Portland (where he had been baptized) with Fr. Dan Bosco, celebrant. Attended by Gov. John Baldacci, Sen. Olympia Snowe, US Rep. Tom Allen. He had been in Iraq for six weeks. He left a wife, son and step daughter.

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MARYLAND

Bradley Bohle (Army, Sfc, Green Beret Medic) Age 29 of Glen Burnie, MD. One of three killed September 15, 2009 in an IED attack in Afghanistan. Mass at St Bernadette, Severn, MD with Fr. Michael Murphy who said, "We will all try to reach deep down inside ourselves and find what it was in Brad that allowed him to stand up for the underdog...the greatest thing we can do is lay down our life for a friend and Brad did that for a lot of friends." The Ballad of the Green Beret was played in church before Mass. He left a wife and three daughters.

Collin Bowen (Army Sfc) Age 38 of Millersville, MD. One of three killed by an IED attack on January 2nd in Afghanistan. He was injured that day and died March 14, 2008 at Brooke Army Medical Center, TX. Mass at St. Mary’s, Hyattsville, MD. He left a wife, daughter and step daughter.

Brian M. Bunting (Army Capt.) Age 29 of Potomac, MD. One of four killed February 24, 2009 in an IED attack in Afghanistan. (see also: Daniel Thompson in WI and Scott Stream in IL) Mass at Our Lady of Mercy, Potomac. He was an '02 grad of West Point on his first deployment. He left a wife, son and unborn child.

Dale Allan Burger, Jr. (Marine cpl) Age 21 of Port Deposit and Bel Air, MD. Killed November 14, 2004 in Fallujah, Iraq. Service at funeral home with Fr. Leonard Kempski of St. Theresa’s. He left high school early to join the Marines. His father had been a Marine in Viet Nam who died at age 54 of a heart attack in May '04. The son was buried in Arlington near his father.

Alessandro “Alex” Carbonaro (Marine Sgt) Age 28 of Bethesda, MD. Died May 10, 2006 in Germany after suffering wounds and burns over 60% of his body in an IED explosion in Iraq on May 1. Mass at Washington National Cathedral. He left a wife.

Bernard L. Ceo (Army Cpl) Age 23, of Baltimore, MD. Killed October 14, 2005 in Iraq, Mass at St.Bernardine’s with Fr. Edward Miller who refered to John 12:24: Unless a grain of wheat dies..."He was that proverbial grain of wheat. Did he not give of himself so that others could be lifted up?"

Christopher Coffland (Army Spc) Age 43, of Baltimore, MD. Killed November 13, 2009 in Afghanistan. Mass at Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, Baltimore (Bishop Edwin F. O'Brien) with Fr. Thomas J. Potack of his parents’ home parish of St. John Neumann in Berlin, MD who said Coffland did not lose his life in vain. Auxiliary Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski and Gov. Martin O’Malley attended. A "free spirit", he had lived in Austrailia, West Africa and Finland. See: http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/cjcoffland.htm

Brandon M. Craig (Army Cpl) Age 25 of Earleville, MD. Killed July 19 2007 in Iraq. Mass at St. Dennis, Galena, MD.

Mark Rochetto de Alencar (Army SSgt. Special Forces) Age 37 of Florida and Edgewood, MD.  Killed April 8, 2017 in Afghanistan.  Mass at St. Francis de Sales, Abingdon, MD with pastor Fr. John "Jack" Ward, celebrant.  K of C Council 11372, affiliated with the parish provided an honor guard.  A homily was given by Deacon Ray Van Pelt, an Army veteran who serves at St. Joan of Arc, Aberdeen, MD.  He said, " In the greatest love and sacrifice, Jesus took, on all the sins, the hurt and grief that could be thrown at him."  The same, Deacon Van Pelt continued, could be said for de Alencar, who, he said, " gave his last full measure of devotion for those oppressed by evil."  In a remembrance after Mass, Fr. Ward said, "... and there's no question he's in heaven because of his service and the life he gave for other people--just like Christ did."  the entrance to church was decorated with red, white and blue streamers and other patriotic mementos created by preschoolers of the parish.  de Alencar was born in Nuremburg, Germany.  He left a wife and four children

John Ryan Dennison (Army Capt) Age 24 of Ijamsville, MD. Killed November 15, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at St. John the Evangelist, Frederick, MD. He was a 2004 graduate of West Point. He left a wife who is a 1st Lt.

Thomas Karl Doerflinger (Army Spc) Age 20 of Silver Spring, MD. Killed November 11, 2004 in Iraq. (Feast of St. Martin of Tours) Mass at St. John the Baptist, Silver Spring with Fr. Francis Kazista and Archbishop Edwin O'Brien of the AMS (Archdiocese for the MIlitary Sesrvices). He enlisted shortly out of high school. His father, Richard Doerflinger, is the Deputy Director of the Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities of the USCCB. His parents released a statement outlining their son's reasons for joining the army: "...to serve his country and protect innocent people. We honor the ideals he stood for and ask others to do the same." (from a CNS article)

Thomas Joseph Gibbons (Army CWO) Age 31 of Huntington, MD. Killed January 30, 2003 as copilot of a helicopter that reportedly crashed on a training mission in Afghanistan. He was one of the "Night Stalkers", a special ops aviation unit that specializes in getting commandos behind enemy lines at night. He was also a veteran of the Gulf War and had enlisted shortly after high school. Fr. Lawrence J. Mullaney was celebrant at the Mass of Christian Burial. He left a wife and two young daughters.

Eric W. Herzberg (Marine LCpl) Age 20 of Severna Park, MD. Killed October 21, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at St. Bernadette’s, Severn with Fr. Dominic Cieri. From http://arlingtoncemetery.net/ewherzberg.htm : “His Roman Catholic faith guided his decision to join the marines and helped convince his mother of the surety of his vocation,” said his maternal grandfather, William Barnhurst. Fr. Cieri was encouraged by Eric's mother to share a story: "Just before he went to Iraq he came home, to be with family and get ready...After Mass he asked for a blessing. We talked but he said he wanted to talk a little more." The young man told his pastor that he and a few of his friends had "changed their minds about our effort in Iraq." He said he no longer believed in the war in Iraq and he wanted to know what to do. Father Cieri said he was flustered. "I thought--you know exactly what to do, what you're going to do. Then I told him, 'Eric, we love you. Do your duty.' "

Sara M. Knutson (Army Capt) Age 27 of Eldersburg, MD. One of five killed in a helicopter crash on a night training mission near Kandahar, Afghanistan on March 11, 2013. Mass at St. Joseph's, Sykesville, MD with Fr. Neville O'Donohue, S.M. She was an '07 grad of West Point. In Nov. 2012 she married Chris Cullen, also a former Black Hawk pilot who followed her to Afghanistan as a civilian contractor.

Edward Austin Koth (Navy PO2nd Class, Bomb disposal expert) Age 30 of Towson, MD. Killed July 26, 2006 in Camp Victory, Iraq. Mass at Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, Baltimore (Bishop William Henry Keeler) with Fr. Francis Hilton who said, "This man ran a good race of faith." Retired Aux. Bishop William C. Newman said, "It's true that Austin's death was a tragic death--really a blight on the human family worldwide. But Austin had a noble death. We thank Austin for his contagious spirit of loyalty and patriotism." He was a grad of Loyola College and a '94 grad of Calvert Hall College HS, Towson whose mission is to make its students "men of intellect, men of faith and men of integrity."

Brendan J. Looney (Navy Lt., Seal) Age 29 of Owings, MD. One of eight killed September 21, 2010 in Afghanistan in a helicopter crash (reported as accidental and elsewhere as in combat) MOCB at St. John the Baptist, Silver Spring, MD. Memorial Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, DC. Msgr. Ralph Kuehner was principal celebrant who had baptized all six Looney siblings. Assisted by Aux. Bishop Richard B. Higgins of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, Trinitarian Fr. Damian Anuszewski, rector of DeMatha H.S. (homilist) and Fr. Michael King, pastor of Jesus the Good Shepherd, Owings, MD.  He was a grad of DeMatha Catholic H.S., Hyattsville, MD and an ’04 grad of the U.S. Naval Academy.  He left a wife.

James Michael Malachowski (Marine SSgt) Age 25 of Westminster, MD.  Killed March 20, 2011 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Bartholomew’s, Manchester, MD.  He enlisted out of high school and was on his fourth tour in Iraq.  He left a wife and two young sons.

Nathaniel McDavitt (Airman 1st) Age 22 of Glen Burnie, MD.  He died April 15, 2016 (the war is now called "Operation Inherent Resolve") after being critically injured in Jordan when the structure he was in collapsed due to heavy winds.  He was unconscious for five days after the incident, during which his family traveled to see him.  Mass at St. John the Evangelist, Severna Park, MD.  His father was a five year veteran of the Air Force.  As a child he went to Rome with his mother to see the pope.  His wife is also in the Air Force and they had been married since December.

Christopher O. Moudry (Army SSgt) Age 31 of Baltimore, MD. Killed October 4, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at St. Joseph’s, Fullerton with Fr. Steve Sutton. He attended St. Joseph's grade school. He left a "girl friend" with an 18 month old son and a former wife with a nine year old son.

Michael J. Potocki (Army Pfc) Age 21 of Baltimore, MD. Killed June 26, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at St. Casimir’s, Baltimore.

David S. Roddy (Navy PO 2nd) Age 32 of Abingdon, MD. Killed September 16, 2006 in Iraq while trying to dismantle a bomb. Mass at St. Francis de Sales, Abingdon with Fr. Charles Wible who said, "David's job was to risk his own life so that others might be kept safe." He left a wife, twin sons and a daughter.

Kurt Stephen Shea, (Marine Cpl) Age 21 of Frederick, MD. Killed May 10, 2010 in Afghanistan. Mass at Frederick Christian Fellowship with Fr. Daniel R. Goulet.

David James Smith (Marine Sgt) Age 25 of Frederick, MD. Died January 26, 2010 in Landstuhl, Germany of injuries suffered three days earlier in Afghanistan. Mass at Lynfield Event Complex in Frederick with Fr. Lawrence Frazier. He attended St. Joseph's in Buckeystown, MD. He enlisted six months after high school and had done one tour in Iraq as well.

Matthew A. Snyder (Marine LCpl) Age 20 of Finksburg and Westminster, MD. Killed March 3, 2006 in Iraq in a non-combat vehicle roll over accident. Mass at his home parish, St. John’s, Westminster. Westboro Baptist Church members protested at the funeral. Mathew's father, Albert, sued the church and its leaders which eventually led to the Supreme Court case "Snyder vs Phelps."

James John Stoddard, (Army Sfc) Age 29 of Crofton, MD. Killed September, 30 2005 in Afghanistan in a vehicle roll over incident. Mass at St. Joseph’s, Odenton, MD. He had done a tour in Iraq and was on his second in Afghanistan. He left a wife and three children.

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MASSACHUSETTS

Scott Anthony Andrews (Army Spc) Age 21 of Fall River, MA. Killed June 21, 2010 in Afghanistan. Mass at Holy Name, Fall River. His mother prayed in Holy Name Church every day before work for protection for her son in Afghanistan. “Those prayers were heard,” said Fr. Edward A. Murphy. “In his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, ‘blessed are the peacemakers, they shall be called children of God.’ God’s ways are not our ways. God wanted Scott home with him…We live in a violent uncertain time in history. We have a duty to protect this country. The Church respects those who dedicate their lives to defending our nation.” Bishop George W. Coleman (Diocese of Fall River) presided “in choir” at the Mass. Concelebrating with Fr. Murphy were Frs. Jeffrey Cabral, Stephen Salvador, and Michael Racine, Msgr. Thomas Harrington and Maronite Chor-Bishop Joseph Kaddo.

Brian K. Arsenault (Army Spc) Age 28 of Northborough, MA. Killed September 4, 2014 in Afghanistan. Mass of the Resurrection at St. Rose of Lima, Northborough, with Fr. James Houston who said, “Do you know who was the last person in scripture to recognize that Jesus was God's son sent to love us? It was the soldier. I think ever since then that Jesus has a very special place for soldiers... in his heart and in his mind."

James Anthony Ayube II (Army Spc) Age 25 of Salem, MA. Killed December 8, 2010 in Afghanistan by a suicide bomber. Mass at St. James, Salem where he was a parishioner with Fr. Walter Waldron (of St Patrick's, Roxbury, MA) who had baptized James and celebrated his parents' wedding. Several local priests assisted and Gov. Deval Patrick attended. He left a wife.

Alexander Scott Arredondo (Marine LCpl) Age 20 of Randolph, MA. Killed August 25, 2004 in Iraq. Mass at St Thomas Aquinas, Jamaica Plain. He enlisted at age 17 "to help pay for college". His father was so upset on learning of his son's death that he climbed into a Marine Corps van and set it on fire, burning himself seriously in the process.

Andrew John Bacevich (Army 1st Lt.) Age 27 of Walpole, MA. Killed May 13, 2007 in Iraq, Mass at St. Timothy, Norwood with Fr. John Culloty. His father, of the same name, was an army Col. who fought in Viet Nam. He is a professor at Boston College (Jesuit) specializing in international relations, security studies, US foreign policy and diplomatic and military history. In line with the pope, he called such "preventative wars" "immoral, illicit and imprudent". He has been a vocal critic of the Iraq war calling it a "catastrophic failure" and wrote a book, Breach of Trust, after his sons death.

Robert John Barrett (Army Sgt) Age 20 of Fall River MA. Killed April 19, 2010 in Afghanistan. Mass at Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, Fall River (Bishop George W. Coleman) with Fr. Paul Bernier who said, “Robert was proud to serve his country and we in turn were so very proud of him.” He was Cadet Executive Officer of JROTC in high school. He left a two year old daughter, Sophie. Mass was attended by Mayor Will Flanagan, Gov. Deval Patrick, Senators John Kerry and Scott Brown and Rep. Barney Frank.

David L. Brodeur (AF Maj.) Age 34 of Auburn, MA One of nine killed by an Afghan officer at Kabul Air Base on April 27, 2011. Mass was concelebrated at North American Martyrs, Auburn with Fr. John F. Gee, Msgr Thomas J. Sullivan (Chancellor of Worcester diocese) and retired Worcester Bishop Daniel P. Reilly. The national anthem was sung by a soloist. Gov Deval Patrick, Sens. Scott Brown and John Kerry and US reps attended. He leaves a wife and two children.

William Joseph Callahan (Marine Sgt.) Age 28 of South Easton, MA. Killed April 27, 2007 in Iraq. Mass at Immaculate Conception, Easton. He left a wife and a three week old son he never met.

Geofrey Robert Cayer (Marine LCpl) Age 20 of Fitchburg, MA. Killed July 18, 2006 in Iraq in a "non-hostile incident by gunshot". Mass at St. Joseph's Fitchburg with Fr. Thomas Sickler and Worcester Bishop Robert J. McManus. Fr. Sickler thanked the Marine for sacrificing himself to help secure a better world. Gov. Mitt Romney attended.

Paul Edward Conlon (Army Pfc) Age 21 of Sommerville, MA. Killed August 15, 2008 in Afghanistan. Mass at Christ the King, Mashpee, MA with Msgr Daniel Hoye. Attended by Gov Patrick, Lt. Gov Murray and Sen. Kerry.

David Scott Connolly (Army Capt.) Age 37 of Boston, MA. Killed April 6, 2005 in Afghanistan in a helicopter crash in bad weather. Mass at St. Ignatius of Loyola, Chestnut Hill, MA. He was a '94 grad of Boston College (Jesuit) where he was in ROTC. He had served on the Boston Municipal Council and been an Assistant DA in Suffolk County for a year while he was in the army reserves. He left a wife.

Mitchell Kirk Daehling (Army Spc) Age 24 of Dalton, MA. Killed May 14, 2013 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Agnes, Dalton, MA with Bishop Timothy A. McDonnell (Diocese of Springfield) and pastor, Fr. Christopher Maletesta. According to a local reporter, Fr. Maletesta hoped the support and concern shown by those attending the service at the start of Memorial Day weekend would “bring the honor and respect they deserve” to all who enter the military. Attended by Gov. Deval Patrick, US Rep. Richard Neal and Sen. Elizabeth Warren. He left a wife of less than a year. He chose to be buried next to his grandfather in Idaho who was a veteran of the Korean War.

John M. Dawson (Army Spc, medic) Age 22 of Northbridge, MA. Killed April 8, 2015 in Afghanistan when an Afghan Army soldier fired on a group of US soldiers. He was the first US service member killed in "Operation Resolute Support" an "advise-and-assist" mission that replaced OEF on January 1, 2015. Mass at St. Gabriel, Upton, MA with Fr. Michael Broderick who described him as a man who lived the Beatitudes, as one of the peacemakers. "John drives home the necessity of peace," he said. Bishop Robert J. McManus of Worcester, MA said in his commendation, "Well done John, my good and faithful servant."

Travis R. Desiato (Marine LCpl) Age 19 of Bedford, MA. Killed November 15, 2004 in Fallujah, Iraq. Memorial Service at St. Michael's, Bedford with Rev. John Gibbons He had joined the Marines right out of high school and been married since June.

Shane Padraig Duffy (Army Sgt.) Age 22 of Taunton, MA. Killed June 4, 2008 in Iraq. Mass at St. Mary's, Taunton where he was eulogized by Sen. John Kerry. He left a wife and daughter.

Matthew Gallagher (Army Spc) Age 22 of Falmouth, MA. Killed June 26, 2011 in Iraq. Mass at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Bourne, MA. His death was ruled a homicide. He was shot in the head by his roommate a week before his 23rd birthday. He attended Bishop Connolly H.S. for 3 years. He left a wife.

Ethan L. Goncalo (Army Spc) Age 21 of Fall River, MA. Died December 11, 2010 in Afghanistan of “injuries sustained in a non-combat related incident”. Mass at Holy Rosary, Fall River with Bishop George Coleman, presiding and Fr. Marc Hession, a former pastor from Holy Rosary who first knew him as an altar server, assisting. Mass was also attended by Gov. Deval Patrick and Mayor William Flannigan.

Steven E. Gutowski (Army Spc) Age 24 of Plymouth, MA. Killed September 28, 2011 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Peter’s, Plymouth with Fr. George Carlson of Holy Name, West Roxbury, MA. Gov. Duval Patrick, US Sen. John Kerry, US Rep. William Keating and MA Senate President Therese Murray attended.

Derek S. Hines (Army 1st Lt.) Age 25 of Newburyport, MA. Killed September 1, 2005 in Afghanistan. Mass at Immaculate Conception, Newburyport was attended by Gov Mitt Romney.

Alex R. Jimenez (Army Sgt.) Age 25 of Lawrence, MA. He disappeared after an attack on his unit's position on May 12, 2007 in Iraq. 14 months later, Iraqi soldiers recovered his skeletal remains and those of another soldier who had been abducted in the same raid. Memorial Mass at Our Lady of Sorrows, Corona, NY. Gov. Deval Patrick, Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray and Sen. John Kerrry attended. He left a wife.

Ryan Patrick Jones (Army 1st Lt.) Age 23 of Westminster, MA. Killed May 2, 2007 in Iraq. Mass at Holy Spirit, Gardner, MA.

Adam P. Kennedy (Army Sgt) Age 25 of Norfolk MA. Killed April 8, 2007 in Iraq. Mass at St. Jude's Norfolk with Msgr. Peter Conley who called Kennedy's loss a "test of faith...let it not be wispered, let it not be thought that Adam Kennedy died in vain, he did not. This is a man who kept his promise...and his promise was to us." He was a 2000 grad of Xaverian Brothers H. S., Westwood, MA and Norwich University, a private military college in VT.

Kyran E. Kennedy (Army CWO3) Age 43 of Boston, MA. One of 6 killed when the helicopter he was piloting was shot down by a missle that produced an explosion on November 7, 2003 in Iraq. (see also: Sharon Swartworth in VA) MOCB at St. Theresa of Avila West Roxbury, MA ,where he had been an altar server, with Fr. Gerald Baker. Memorial Mass at SS. Peter and Paul, Hopkinsville, KY. He grew up in a family of 10 siblings. A statement from his family was issued by Fr. Christopher Coyne, a family friend who is also a spokesman for the Boston Archdiocese: "All of us are extremely proud of Kyran and he died doing the job he was sent to do. We love him and he will be dearly missed." He was a '78 grad of Xavierian Brothers H.S. , Westwood, MA. His brother William is a priest of the Archdiocese of Boston serving as a Navy chaplain. He left a wife and three children.

John Francis Landry Jr. (Army Pfc) Age 20 of Lowell, MA. Killed March 17, 2007 in Iraq. Mass at St. Thomas of Villanova, Wilmington, MA with Fr. Marc J. Bishop, Fr. Paul Flammia and a third priest. Fr. Bishop said, "The grief passes, the honor remains. We know that those who act in a godly way will be cared for by God himself." He was an '05 grad of Lowell Catholic H.S.

Daniel Londono (Army Sgt.) Age 22 of Boston, MA. One of three killed March 12, 2004 in Iraq in an IED attack. Mass at Our Lady of Czestochowa, South Boston. He told his sister he enlisted right after high school to help his mother pay for her college education. He was a graduate of Archbishop Williams H.S. in Braintree, MA.

Jeffrey Michael Lucey (Marine Cpl) Age 23 of Belchertown, MA. Enlisted in the Marine Reserves shortly after HS. He served in Kuwait and Iraq from Jan.-July '03. Haunted by what he had seen and been forced to do, his PTSD worsened during the 11 months he was home. PTSD/ suicide on June 22, 2004 at home. Mass at St. Francis, Belchertown. He left a long time girlfriend.

Scott J. Metcalf (Army Sgt.) Age 36 of Framingham, MA. Killed October 29, 2008 in Iraq. Mass of Remembrance at St. Patrick's, Whitinsville, MA. MOCB at Immaculate Conception, Clarksville, KY. He left a wife and three children.

Seth Michaud (Marine Capt., a helicopter commander) Age 27 of Hudson, MA. Killed June 6, 2003 in Djibouti (Afghan theatre) in a "friendly bombing accident" when a B-52 dropped 9 M117 general purpose bombs during a practice mission. 50 troops were taking part in a two day exercise at Godoria Bombing range, training to eradicate terrorist activity in Kenya, Yemen, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan and Somalia. Eight others were woulded. Mass at St. Michael's. He was a '98 grad of the Naval Academy.

Jared C. Monti (Army Sfc) Age 30 of Raynham, MA. Killed June 21, 2006 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Ann's, Raynham. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. (Patrick Lybert of WI was killed in the same battle)

Walter K. O'Haire (Marine LCpl) Age 20 of Lynn, MA. Killed May 9, 2007 after one month in Iraq. Mass at Holy Family, Rockland. MA with Bishop Dooher. (Auxiliary of Boston who had baptized Walter.)

Brian Patrick Odiorne (Army Pfc) Age 21 of Ware, MA.  Died on February 20, 2017 in Iraq in a "non-combat related incident under investigation".  Mass at All Saints, Ware with Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski of the Diocese of Springfield (MA).  Bishop Rozanski praised Odiorne's military service saying, "he was willing to put his own life on the line so that others could live in freedom and dignity."  He concluded the Mass by recognizing the other military present, "You put your lives on the line for all of us.  We are grateful to God for all you do."  The Mass was attended by US Rep. Jim McGovern, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito.

Brian J. Ouellette (Navy P.O. 1st , Seal, Special Warfare Group) Age 37 of Needham, MA. One of 4 Special Forces killed by a roadside bomb on May 29, 2004 in the “Afghan theatre”. (see also: Daniel Eggers in FL) Mass at St. Luke's, Belmont with Fr. Kenneth Quinn. Memorial Mass at Church of the Holy Family, Virginia Beach, VA. He had been previously deployed to Central and South America and Bosnia.

Daniel Henry Petithory (Sfc, Green Beret) Age 32, of Webster and Cheshire, MA. Killed by a wayward "smart bomb" dropped by a B-52, 100 yards from his position in Afghanistan on December 5, 2001. Mass at St Mary of the Assumption, Cheshire attended by Senators Kerry and Kennedy, US Rep. John Oliver and acting Gov. Jane Swift. Fr. David Raymond said, "He gave his life for his country and for all of us. He served so terrorism would not rule our world." He enlisted two weeks out of high school.

Robert Ryan Pirelli (Staff Sgt., Green Beret) Age 29 of Franklin, MA. Killed August 15, 2007 in Iraq. Mass at St. Mary's, Franklin with Fr. Thomas J. Walsh. Col. Darcie Rogers of his special forces group gave the eulogy. He was an '01 grad of Northeastern U.

Matthew M. Pollini (Army Pfc) Age 21 of Rockland, MA. He was killed in a vehicle roll over incident in Iraq, January 22, 2009. Mass at Holy Family, Rockland. He had been married exactly one month.

Pierre A. Raymond (Army Sgt.) Age 28 of Lawrence, MA. He was hit with shrapnel while in his sleeping quarters in an attack on September 15 in Iraq. He died September 20, 2005 in Landstulh Medical Center, Germany when they couldn't stop the bleeding. He was kept alive until his family arrived. Mass at St. Patrick's, Lawrence. He enlisted in '98, served as a mechanic and had been deployed to Bosnia previously.

Jared J. Raymond (Army Spc) Age 20 of Swampscott, MA. Klled September 19, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at St. John the Evangelist, Swampscott where he had been an altar server. He was an only child who enlisted one month out of high school.

Jonathan R. Roberge (Army Pfc) Age 22 of Leominster, MA. Killed February 9, 2009 in Iraq in a suicide car bombing. Mass at St. Cecilia's, Leominster with Msgr. James Maroney.

Nelson D. Rodriguez Ramirez (Army Sgt) Age 22 of Revere, MA. One of four killed June 21, 2008 in Iraq in an IED attack. (see also: Anthony Mangano in NY) Mass at Immaculate Conception, Revere. He left a wife and two daughters.

Timothy Francis Ryan III (Marine LCpl) Age 23 of Wilmington, MA. Joined Marines right from HS and was discharged after 2 tours in Afghanistan. PTSD/suicide on May 7, 2014. Mass at St. Thomas of Villanova, Wilmington.

Jordan Michael Shay (Army Spc) Age 22 of Salisbury, MA. Killed September 3, 2009 in Iraq in a vehicle roll over incident. Mass at Holy Family Parish-St. Joseph's Church, Amesbury, MA.

Corey M. Shea (Army Spc) Age 21 of Mansfield, MA. One of two killed November 12, 2008 in Iraq by an Iraqi army soldier. Mass at St. Mary's, Mansfield was attended by Gov. Deval Patrick and Sen. John Kerry.

Timothy J. Steele (Army 1st Lt) Age 25 of Duxbury, MA. Killed August 23, 2011 in Afghanistan. Funeral Mass at Holy Trinity, West Point, NY with Fr. Michael McNamara. "Celebration" Mass at Holy Family, Duxbury with Fr. Robert Deehan. He was an 2009 grad of West Point. An older sister, also a West Point grad, is an Army Major. He leaves a wife and daughter.

Christopher James Sullivan (Army Capt.) Age 29 of Princeton, MA. Killed January 18, 2005 in Iraq. Mass at Prince of Peace, Princeton. He left a wife and 19 month old son.

Tyler J. Trahan (Navy PO2nd) Age 22 of East Freetown, MA. Killed April 30, 2009 in Fallujah, Iraq. Mass at St. John Neumann, Freetown (where he had been baptized) with Fr. Richard Degagne (pastor), Msgr. Stephen J. Avila and Bishop George W. Coleman (Fall River diocese)

Eric Paul Valdepenas (Marine LCpl) Age 21 of Seekonk, MA. One of three killed September 4, 2006 in Fallujah, Iraq in an IED attack. Mass at Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul, Providence, RI. (Bishop Thomas J. Tobin) He attended St. Margaret's Middle School and was an '03 grad of Bishop Hendrickson H.S., Warwick, MA. The Boys Choir of B.H.H.S. sang The Battle Hymn of the Republic as the recessional. He was a communicant at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Seekonk. Homilist was Fr. Marcel Taillon, chaplain at his high school who said, "This morning we honor a hero, a great Marine, an obedient son, a faithful brother...a faithful son of the Church." In closing remarks, Bishop George W. Coleman (Diocese of Fall River) said, "May the Lord who endured the Cross give Eric the joys and blessings of the life to come." He was from a devout Philipino-American family. RI Gov. Carcieri and MA Gov. Romney attended.

Kyle Van De Giesen (Marine Capt., helicopter pilot) Age 29 of North Attleboro, MA. One of 14 killed October 26, 2009 in Afghanistan in a pair of helicopter crashes. MOCB at St. Mary's, North Attleboro. Memorial Mass at St. Anselm's College, Goffstown, NH with Fr. Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B. He was an '02 grad of this Benedictine college near Manchester, NH where he was enrolled in officer's training. His was the 57th name added to the college's war memorial. He left a wife, an 18 month old daughter and an unborn son who was born four days after his burial. He had flown his last mission but filled in for another pilot on a last night mission. He was planning to move his family to Yuma AZ where he was to teach Weapons and Tactics at the Marine Corps Air Station. 

Daniel M. Vasselian (Marine Sgt) Age 27 of Abington, MA. Killed December 23, 2013 in Afghanistan. Mass at St Bridget's, Abington with Fr. James Mahoney, pastor, who said, “There is no greater love than this, than to lay down one's life for one's friends.” Attended by Gov. Deval Patrick and US Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey. He left a wife.

David Marques Vicente (Marine Cpl) Age 25 of Methuen, MA. Killed March 19, 2004 in Iraq when his vehicle hit a land mine. Mass at St. Lucy's, Methuen. He had been in Iraq for two weeks. He was newly engaged to be married.

William Joseph Woitowicz (Marine Cpl) Age 23 of Groton and Middlesex, MA. Killed June 7, 2011 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Catherine’s, Westford, MA with Fr. David White and Fr. Peter Quinn, pastor. He was posthumously promoted to sargeant during the Mass. He had enlisted out of high school.

Andrew J. Zabierek (Marine LCpl) Age 25 of Chelmsford, MA. Killed May 21, 2004 when he was struck by an Iraqi truck driver. (ruled a hostile action) Mass at St. John the Evangelist, North Chelmsford. He was a grad of Clemson U.

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MICHIGAN

Matthew Blaskowski (Army Sfc) Age 27 of Possoleone, Italy and Levering, MI. Killed September 23, 2007 in Afghanistan. Visitation at St. Mary/ St. Charles, Cheboygan, MI. Mass at Cheboygan School gymnasium with Fr. Paul Megge. He joined the MI NG at age 17 and later enlisted. He had previously been deployed to Bosnia. He was married and had built a house in Italy.

Nicholas Henry Blodgett (Army Pfc) Age 21 of Wyoming, MI. Killed July 21, 2004 in Iraq. Mass at Holy Name of Jesus, Wyoming with Fr. Stephen Dudek.

Bryan K. Burgess (Marine Sgt) Age 35 of Garden City, MI. Killed November 9, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at St. Bernardine of Sienna, Westland, MI with Fr. Sal Briffa who said, “We know Bryan’s death is not meaningless. Bryan offered his very life to bring peace and freedom to millions of people in Iraq.”

Eric T. Burri (Army Spec 4th class) Age 21 of Wyoming, MI. Killed June 7, 2005 in Iraq. Mass at Holy Name of Jesus, Wyoming with Frs. Stephen Dudek and Thomas Hack, celebrants. He had enlisted out of high school and left a fiancée.

Michael A. Cathcart (Army Sfc. Spec. Forces) Age 31 of Bay City, MI. Killed November 14, 2014 in Afghanistan. Mass at All Saints-St Boniface, Bay City with Fr. Stephen J. Fillion.

Dominic J. Ciaramitaro (Marine LCpl) Age 19 of South Lyon, MI. Killed April 23, 2011 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Clare of Montefalco, Grosse Point Park, MI with pastor, Fr. David Brecht. Assoc. Pastor, Fr. Thomas Griffin, a former Navy chaplain, said, “It was God who gave him his life. It was God who gave him his destiny. He died honorably.” He enlisted the day after high school graduation. He left a wife.

Patrick T. Conlen (Army Spc) Age 43 of Chesterfield, MI. He was in the Army from 1992-1996. He was an E-4 combat engineer and a Desert Storm vet. “Pat was injured to his soul. His was a spiritual injury, not a physical one,” said a friend. PTSDF/suicide on October 30, 2013. Mass at St. Mary Queen of Creation, New Baltimore, MI. He left four children.

William “Billy” N. Davis (Army Pfc) Age 26 of Grand Rapids, MI. One of 3 killed March 17, 2007 in Iraq in an IED attack. Mass at St. Anthony of Padua, Grand Rapids. He left a wife and a three year old daughter with a second baby due in one month.

Aaron C. Elandt (Army Sgt.) Age 23, of Port Hope, MI. Killed May 30, 2004 in Iraq. Mass at St. Joseph’s, Rapson, MI with Fr. James Carlson, Pastor.

Robert Michael Friese (Army Pfc) Age 21 of Harrison and Chesterfield, MI. Killed April 29, 2011 in Iraq. Mass at St. Athanasius, Harrison with Frs. Noel Rudy and William J. Rutkowski.

Allen A. Greka (Army Sgt) Age 29 of Alpena, MI. Killed July 13, 2007 in Iraq, Mass at St. John the Baptist, Alpena. He enlisted out of high school. He left a wife, infant daughter and a step daughter. 

Sean Grimes (Army Capt.) Age 31 of Southfield and Bloomfield Hills, MI. One of 4 killed March 4, 2005 in Iraq in an IED attack. Mass at St. Cecilia’s, Rockaway, MI. He had previously been deployed to Kosova and Korea. He was a '97 grad of MSU with a degree in nursing and was a physician's assistant.

James Arthur Hansen (AF Sr. Airman) Age 25 of Athens, MI. Killed September 15, 2010 at Joint Base Balad in Iraq during a “controlled detonation” of an M1028 tank round that was not done according to proper proceedures. Mass at St. Philip, Battle Creek, MI. He left a fiancée.

Eric William Hario (Army Pfc) Age 19 of Monroe, MI. Killed August 29, 2009 in Afghanistan, Mass at St. Mary’s, Monroe. He enlisted 2 weeks out of high school.

Levi Kennith Hoover (Army Spc) Age 23 of Midland, MI. Killed April 7 2007 in Iraq. Mass at Blessed Sacrament, Midland. He left a fiancée.

David A. Huhn (Marine LCpl) Age 24 of Portland, MI. One of 10 killed December 1, 2005 in an IED attack at a promotion ceremony in Iraq. (See also: Scott Modeen in MN) Mass at St. Patrick’s, Portland with Fr. Larry King, Pastor.

Jason Allen Lehto (Marine SSgt) Age 31 of Warren, MI. Killed December, 28 2004 while trying to defuse a bomb. Mass at St. Mark’s, Warren with Fr. Robert Ruedisueli who compared Lehto’s efforts to “restore” Iraq—its freedom, traditions and customs—to God’s efforts. “This is God’s work, the work of restoration,” he said. He left a wife, two sons and a step son. (21 % of service related deaths in Iraq since the invasion have been in such "non-hostile" incidents)

Casey P. Mason (Army Pfc) Age 22 of Lake, MI. Killed November 13, 2007 in Iraq. Deacon Lary Fussman officiated at a funeral service at Sacred Heart, Mt. Pleasant, MI

Joseph Trane McCloud (Marine Maj.) see Virginia

Kyle Brenton McClain (Army Sgt) Age 25 of Rochester Hills, MI. Killed August 1, 2012 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Mary of the Hills, Rochester Hills with Fr. Stanley Ulman. (Every Sunday, the names of US soldiers who have been killed are read at Mass at St. Mary) He was born in Korea. He leaves a wife and his adoptive parents.

Holly J. McGeogh (Army Pfc) Age 19 of Taylor, MI. Killed January 3, 2004 in Iraq. Mass at St. Joseph’s, Taylor. Fr. T.J. Maloney said, “ She died for a cause she believed in…Her death reminds us that freedom is not free.” Bishop John Quinn of Detroit thanked McGeogh’s family “…for giving us such a brave daughter that should serve our nation this way.”

Nicholas Miller (Marine LCpl) Age 20 of Clifford and Silverwood, MI. Killed December 28, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at St. Peter and Paul, North Branch, MI with Fr. Richard Treml who said, “It is full circle from the waters of Baptism to the Mass of Christian Burial…He was trying to sprout his wings with the Marines…He became a good man and Marine and paid the ultimate price of dying for us and his country. We don’t know what the future may have been but he completed his mission. God is always there waiting. Where there’s God- love is present. So Nick—mission accomplished.”

Joseph A. Miracle (Army Pfc.) Age 22 of Ortonville, MI. Killed July 5, 2007 in Afghanistan. Mass at Our Lady of the Lakes, Waterford, MI.

Todd A. Motley (Army Spc) Age 23 of Clare, MI. One of 4 killed September 14, 2007 in Iraq in an IED attack. Mass at St. Athanasius, Clare County. An Army vet and his wife who had been friends of the family for years were pulled over while driving in the funeral procession for violating a MI "funeral protection" law. Their car was impounded and they were detained for 24 hours. They were carrying signs critical of Pres. Bush and the war. They mised the burial.

Donald L. Munn II (Army SSgt) Age 25 of St. Clair’s Shores, MI. Killed October 11, 2007 in Iraq. MOCB at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Fairfield, CA. The DOD had said they would fly 5 family members to CA for the funeral but at the last minute said only parents would be paid for. Sen. Carl Levin was "not helpful" in this situation. He left a wife (also in the Army) and a daughter.

Kevin G. Nave (Marine Maj.) Age 36 of White Lake Township, MI. Died March 26, 2003 in Iraq in a "non-hostile" vehicle accident when a Marine amphibious vehicle drove over him in his fox hole. Mass at St. Patrick’s, White Lake, MI. He left a wife, son and a daughter.

Jason T. Plite (AF Senior Airman) Age 21 of Lansing, MI. One of 6 killed March 23, 2003 in Afghanistan in a helicopter crash while enroute to try and save two children. (see also: Michael Maltz in FL) Memorial Mass (only) at St. Patrick’s, Parnell, MI. He was talented in many artistic media.

Drew E. Russell (Army Capt.) Age 25 of Scotts, MI. One of two killed October 8, 2011 in Afghanistan in a RPG attack. Mass at St. Martin of Tours, Vicksburg, MI with Fr. Chris Ankley who said Drew was “born to be a soldier…the kind of man we want to defend our country…the uniform that he wore is a symbol of charity, a symbol of a great personal sacrifice that he made for people he didn’t even know…He gave his life so that others may live. It’s a symbol of the gift of self to others. The gift of his life.” (A soldier of Christ I am, to fight is not allowable for me.—St. Martin of Tours, patron of soldiers)

Daniel E. Scheibner (Army Sfc) Age 40 of Tacoma, WA and formerly Muskegon, MI. Killed August 29, 2007 in Iraq. Mass at St. Francis de Sales, Muskegon with Fr. Thomas G. Simons. He left a wife and son.

Douglas Emory Sloan (Army Maj) Age 40 of Evans Mills, NY and Charlevoix, MI. One of 3 killed October 3l, 2006 in Afghanistan in an IED attack. Mass at Church of the Holy Family, Columbus, GA. He left a wife and four children.

Matthew Ryan Soper (Army Sgt) Age 25 of Kalamazoo and Jackson, MI. Killed June 6, 2007 in Iraq. Visitation at St. Mary Star of the Sea, Jackson. Mass at Lumen Christi High School Gymnasium in Jackson with Fr. Bernard Reilly. He had attended the school for two years.

Brian R. Thomas (Army Pfc) Age 22 of Battle Creek, MI. Killed September 4, 2008 in Iraq. Mass at St. Joseph’s, Battle Creek with Fr. John D. Fleckenstein.

Joseph A. VanDreumel (Army Cpl) Age 32 of Grand Rapids, MI. One of 2 killed August 11, 2011 in Afghanistan while trying to recover a disabled MRAP vehicle. Mass at Holy Spirit, Grand Rapids. He joined the Army in 2010, determined to find work to support his family after being laid off. He left a wife and 2 children.

Adam McKamey Wenger (Army Spc) Age 27 of Waterford, MI. Killed November 5, 2008 in Iraq. Mass at Christ Our King, Mt. Pleasant, MI. He left a wife, three children and three step children. 

Donald Laverne “DJ” Wheeler Jr. (Army Spc) Age 22 of Concord, MI. Killed October 13, 2003 in Iraq. Mass at Queen of the Miraculous Medal, Jackson, MI with Fr. Thomas Nenneau who said, "He was willing to lay his life on the line for something greater that himself." The fourth of 12 siblings, he was a '99 grad of Lumen Christi H.S. in Jackson, MI.

Justin Daniel Wisniewski (Army Sgt) Age 22 of Standish, MI. (where his parents operate a dairy farm) Killed May 19, 2007 in Iraq. Mass at Resurrection of the Lord, Standish with Fr. James M. Fitzpatrick who said, "There is no greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends. It's what Christ did for us, and in imitation of Him, it's what Justin did for his fellow soldiers."

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MINNESOTA

Joshua R. Anderson (Army Spc) Age 24 of Jordan, MN. Killed January 2, 2008 in Iraq. Mass at St. John the Baptist, Jordan.

Emilio J. Campo (Army Spc, medic) Age 20 of Madelia, MN. One of 5 killed June 6, 2011 in Iraq in a rocket attack on their base. Mass at St. Mary’s, Madelia. He joined to pursue his dream of becoming a doctor. 

David F. Day (Army SSgt) Age 25, of St. Louis Park, MN. Killed while coming to the aid of injured comrades in Iraq on February 21, 2008. Mass at Assumption Catholic Church where Fr. Alan Wielinski said he had laid down his life for his friends: “The selfless service of David, and countless other soldiers like him, gives witness to some of the very best of human qualities: courage, faithfulness, selflessness, steadfastness, loyalty and love unto death.” He was married just before his deployment in October, '07.

Nicholas M. Dickhut (Army Sgt) Age 23 of Rochester, MN. Killed April 30, 2012 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Francis of Assisi, Rochester with Fr. Mark C. McNea, Pastor. Gov. Mark Daytion attended. He left a wife.

Patrick D. Dorff (Army CWO3) Age 32 of Minneapolis, MN. One of two killed January 29, 2004 in Iraq when the helicopter he was pilotiing crashed into the Tigris River during a search for a soldier whose boat had capsized. His body was found 4 days after the crash. Mass at St. Andrew’s, Elk River, MN with Fr. Daniel Walz who said, "I would like to acknowledge the military, all those who are around the world protecting the peace." He left a wife and daughter.

Michael John Fasnacht (Army 1st Lt) Age 25, formerly of Janesville, MN. Killed June 28, 2005 in Iraq. Visitation at St. Ann, Janesville, Mass at St. John the Baptist, Mankato, MN with Frs. Richard Colletti and Syl Brown. He left a wife.

Tyler R. Fey (Marine Cpl) Age 22 of Eden Prairie, MN. Killed April 4, 2004 in Iraq. Mass at Pax Christi Community, Eden Prairie. He was a 2000 grad of Academy of the Angles, Richfield, MN.

Rory Robert Gavic (AF SSgt) Age 25 of Eagan and Buffalo, MN. Joined AF Reserve out of HS and began active duty a few years later. He was in Iraq in '07 and Afghanistan in '09. PTSD/suicide while stationed at Hill AFB in Layton UT on November 14, 2009. Mass at St. Francis Xavier, Buffalo, MN. Four years later, his mother used the same hand gun as her son to shoot herself in the heart. His mother's sister had also lost a son to suicide.

Thomas J. O'Kane Gramith (Air Force Capt.) Age 27, of Eagan, MN. One of two killed July 17, 2009 in Afghanistan in the crash of a F-15E Strike Eagle fighter jet (non-hostile). Mass at Cathedral of St. Paul (Bishop Lee A. Piche) with Fr. Dan Dandurand. He was a 2000 grad of St. Thomas Academy, a private RC prep school emphasizing military leadership in Mendota Heights, MN. He left a wife and twin daughters.

Joshua Robert Hanson (Army Sgt) Age 27 of Dent, MN. Killed August 30, 2006 in Iraq. Visitation, Parish Prayers and K of C Rosary at St. Leonard’s, Dent. Mass at Pelican Rapids High School with Bishop John Kinney (Diocese of St. Cloud, MN) and Frs. Arlie Sowada and Richard Walz. He was baptized in November 1979 at Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. Paul, MN and confirmed at St. Henry, Perham, MN. He joined the MN NG at age 17 as a junior in high school

Anthony “Tony” Hebert (Army Pfc) Age 19 of Lake City, MN. Killed June 21, 2007 in Iraq. Mass at St. Mary’s, Lake City with Fr. James Russell.

Kelly C. Hinz (Marine Capt.) Age 30 of Woodbury, MN. Killed May 2, 2005 in Iraq in a mid air collision of two F/A-18 Hornet fighter planes. (see John C. Spahr in NJ, the pilot of the other plane) Both planes launched from the aircraft carrier, Carl Vinson. Mass at University of St. Thomas Chapel. He was a 1993 graduate of St. Thomas Academy, a military prep school in Mendota, MN and U. of St. Thomas, a Catholic, diocesan university in Minneapolis/St. Paul with a degree in business administration. U. St. Thomas mission: “Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of St. Thomas educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely and work skillfully to advance the common good.” He left a wife and infant daughter.

Joseph Alan Kennedy (Army Spc) Age 25 of St. Paul, MN. Killed April 15, 2011 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Patrick, Inver Grove Heights, MN with Fr. Bob Hart.

Daniel James McConnell (Army Spc) Age 27 of Duluth, MN. Killed November 16, 2004 in Iraq. Mass at St. James, West Duluth with Fr. John Golobich who said, “Our friend Dan was taken from us when he was called to bring peace to a foreign land.” He left a wife and two daughters.

Bryan T. McDonough (Army Sgt) Age 22 of Maplewood, MN. Killed December 2, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at Cathedral of St. Paul, St. Paul, MN. (Bishop Harry J. Flynn)

Michael Charles Mettille (Army Sgt. Maj.) Age 44 of West St. Paul, MN. Died February 1, 2007 at Tallil Air Base (Camp Adder) Iraq of a heart attack or aneurysm. Mass at Cathedral of St. Paul, St. Paul, MN. (Bishop Harry J. Flynn) He left a wife and five children.

Scott T. Modeen (Marine LCpl) Age 24 of Robbinsdale and Hennepin, MN. One of ten killed December 1, 2005 at a promotion ceremony in Iraq. (see also: David Huhn in MI) Mass at Church of the Sacred Heart, Robbinsdale.

Andrew Paul Nelson (Army Sgt) Age 22 of Moorhead, MN. Killed August 29, 2007 in Iraq. Mass at St. Joseph’s, Moorhead with Fr. August Gothman. He was a graduate of St. Joseph's Grade School, Moorhead, St. Anthony/Sullivan Middle School and Shanley Catholic H. S., Fargo, ND and was an altar server. He enlisted out of high school.

Randy W. Pickering (Army Spc) Age 31 of Bovey, MN. He took his own life on December 9, 2007 in Iraq. Mass at St. James, Mason, MN with Fr. Steven Ezop. He described himself on MY Space as "As a young loner on a crusade to champion the cause of the innocent, the helpless, the powerless, in a world of criminals who operate above the law." 

Greg N. Riewer (Army Sgt) Age 30 of Frazee, MN. Killed March 23, 2007 in Fallujah, Iraq. Mass at Frazee High School with Bishop Victor Hermann Balke (Diocese of Crookston, MN) and Fr. Joe DeCrans who said, "Greg was not afraid to live life to its fullest". In closing remarks to the family, the bishop said, "Greg gave up his life for all freedom loving people. Having died as a martyr for freedom, I am sure he has now entered the Kingdom." He was one of 13 children, including a brother in the same company. Burial in Sacred Heart Cemetery

Corey J. Rystad (Army Spc) Age 20 of Red Lake Falls, MN. Killed December 2, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at St. Joseph’s, Red Lake Falls.

Nicholas Patrick Spehar (Navy PO2) Special Warfare Operator, Seal Team Five. Age 24 of St. Paul and Chicago City, MN. One of 30 Americans and 8 Afghans killed August 6, 2011 in Afghanistan when their helicopter was shot down by an RPG. 20 of the 22 Navy Seals killed were from Seal Team Six, the unit that assassinated Osama bin Laden. Visitation at St. Bridget of Sweden, Lindstrom, MN. Mass at Cathedral of St. Paul. St. Paul, MN. He had a "deep Catholic faith".  Killed in the same incident were Michael Strange of PA and Brian Bill of VA. 

Jacob M. Thompson (Army SSgt) Age 26 of North Mankato, MN. One of 3 killed August 6, 2007 in Iraq by an IED, while searching houses. Mass at St. John the Baptist, North Mankato.

Jason G. Timmerman (Army 1st Lt.) Age 24 of Tracy and Cottonwood, MN. One of three killed in an IED attack on February 21, 2005 in Iraq. Mass at Holy Redeemer, Marshall, MN with Fr. Paul Hadusek. He had built homes with Habitat for Humanity, worked at a soup kitchen and sponsored a child overseas. His older brother, Craig, was studying for priesthood in Rome. He left a wife of one year.

John Joseph Tobiason (Army Sfc, a cook) Age 42 of Bloomington and Hayfield, MN. Killed November 28, 2007 in Iraq. His family was told "...he stepped outside a tent and shots were fired." This means it could have been an accidental weapon's discharge, friendly fire, murder or suicide. MOCB at St. Bonaventure, Bloomington. Memorial Mass at Church of the Holy Family, Kasson, MN.

Nicholas D. Turcotte (Army Sgt) Age 23 of Maple Grove, MN. Killed December 4, 2006 in Iraq in a non-hostile vehicle roll over incident. Mass at St. Vincent de Paul, Brooklyn Park, MN. He left a wife.

James Wertish (Army Spc) Age 20 of Olivia, MN. Killed July 16, 2009 in Iraq. Mass at St. Mary’s, Bird Island, MN.

James M. Wosika Jr. (Army Sgt) Age 24 of St. Paul, MN. Killed January 9, 2007 near Fallujah, Iraq. Mass at Cathedral of St. Paul with Bishop Harry J. Flynn who ended his homily, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God." 

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MISSISSIPPI

Donnie Leo F. Levens (Marine Sgt) Age 25 of Long Beach, MS. One of 10 killed February 17, 2006 on a night time training mission when two Marine helicopters crashed in the Gulf of Aden near northern Djibouti. (part of OEF, Afghanistan). Only two were rescued. The CH-53E helicopters cost $1 million each. Mass of Christian Burial at First United Methodist Church, Long Beach. See also: Nicholas Sovie in NY.

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MISSOURI

Christopher M. Allgaier (Army CWO3) Age 33 of Omaha, NE and Middleton, MO. Killed May 30, 2007 when a helicopter was shot down by enemy fire in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Robert Bellarmine, Omaha. He was a 1991 grad of Creighton Prep HS (Jesuit) and a 1995 grad of St. Louis U. (Jesuit). He leaves a wife and 3 daughters.

Riley Elam Baker (Marine Cpl) Age 22 of Pacific, MO. Killed June 22, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at Most Sacred Heart, Eureka, MO with Fr. Alex Anderson.

Amos Camden Riley Bock (Army 1st Lt) Age 24 of New Madrid, MO. Killed October 23, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at Immaculate Conception, New Madrid with Fr. Randy Tochtrop. He joined the NG out of high school and was an '04 grad of West Point where he also joined the K of C.

Matthew W. Clark (Marine LCpl) Age 22 of St. Louis, MO. Killed December 14, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis with Msgr. Vernon E. Gardin, a special friend and Vicar General for the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Nearly two dozen priests were on the altar including Archbishop Raymond Burke. He attended St. Louis Priory School from 7th through 10th grades. He had also been in Afghanistan. He was an only child.

James F. Costello III (Army Pfc) Age 27 of St. Louis, MO. One of three killed April 11, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at St. Francis of Assisi, Oakville, MO.

Leon Bertrand Deraps (Marine LCpl) Age 19 of Jamestown, MO. Killed May 6, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at Assumption of the BVM, Cedron, MO with Fr. Henry Reichert. He was an “active member” of Annunciation Parish, California, MO.

Colby Mace Farnan (Army Pfc) Age 22 of Weston, MO. One of three killed February 25, 2005 in Iraq. He had been in Iraq fewer than ten days. Mass at Holy Trinity, Weston.

Christopher Michael Katzenberger (Army Spc) Age 25 of St. Louis, MO. Killed August 9, 2005 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Sabina, Florissant, MO. He was a 1998 grad of DeSmet Jesuit HS. His mother, Kathleen, is a Spanish professor at St. Louis University. (Jesuit)

Denis D. Kisseloff (Army Sgt) Age 45 of St. Charles, MO. Killed May 14, 2010 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Joseph’s, Cotleville, MO with Fr. James P. Callahan who said Kisseloff "..gave his life for our nation because he believed in this nation and he believed in the people of America." He was born in the Philippines and left two young children. His wife had died two years earlier.

Donald Matthew Marler (Marine Cpl) Age 22 of St. Louis, MO. One of three who drowned June 6, 2010 in Afghanistan when their vehicle flipped over into a canal. Mass at St. Francis of Assisi, St. Louis.

Peter Joseph Navarro (Army Spc) Age 20 of Wildwood, MO. Killed December 13, 2005 in Iraq. Mass at St. Clare of Assisi, Ellisville, MO. He was the son of Philippino parents and had been in AF JROTC. His father Jose is in the Navy.

Michael Robert Patton (Marine Pfc) Age 19 of Fenton, MO. One of four killed June 14, 2008 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Paul’s, Fenton. He attended St. Paul's Grade School. He left a wife he had married while on leave from boot camp.

Austin David “Ozzie” Pratt (Army Sgt) Age 22 of Cadet, MO. Killed December 15 2007 in Iraq. Mass at St. Joachim, Old Mines, MO with Fr. Ted Piper.

Daniel P. Riordan (Army 1st Lt) Age 24 of St. Louis, MO. One of four killed June 23, 2007 in Iraq in an IED attack. Mass at St. Catherine Laboure , Sappington, MO. He attended Catholic grade school and was an '01 grad of St. John Vianney HS, Kirkwood, MO (diocese of St. Louis) He left a twin brother.

Daniel R. Sexton (Army Sfc) Age 53 of Wentzville, MO. Died September 10, 2008 at Joint Base Balad in Iraq “from an accidental shooting under investigation”. He was an active Catholic and a member of the K of C. Mass (?) He left a wife and two teenage sons and was predeceased by a daughter. He had been in the Persian Gulf War.

Sean Patrick Sullivan (Navy CPO) Age 40 of Crestwood, MO. One of two killed July 19, 2012 when his helicopter crashed in Oman during a heavy lift operation. Three survived. He had served in Operation Desert Storm, Desert Shield and Iraqi Freedom. Mass at Our Lady of Providence, Crestwood with Fr. David Rauch, Pastor. He left a wife.

Christopher G. Walsh (Navy PO2nd) Age 30 of St. Louis, MO. Killed September 4. 2006 in Iraq. MOCB at St. Joseph’s in St. Louis and a Memorial Mass at St. Rose Philippine-Duchesne, Florissant, MO.

Drew W. Weaver (Maine LCpl) Age 20 of St. Charles, MO. Killed February, 21, 2008 in Iraq. Mass at St. Cletus, St. Charles, MO. He attended St. Cletus School.

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MONTANA

Christopher Michael Dana (Army Spc) Age 23 of Helena, MT. He did one tour in Iraq from 11/04-11/05 and continued in the MT Army NG. PTSD/suicide on March 4, 2017. Mass at Cathedral of St. Helena, Helena, MT. (Bishop George L. Thomas)

Joshua Michael Hyland (Army 1st Lt) Age 31 of Missoula, MT. Killed August 21, 2005 in Afghanistan. Mass at Holy Family, Missoula with Fr. Jim Hogan and Fr. Matthew Huber who said, “No one has a greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends.” His younger brother said, “He was chosen. He was the ultimate disciple of Christ.” He was a 1992 grad of Loyola Sacred Heart HS. He left a wife and a 13 year old son.

Terry Lynch (Army Sgt) Age 22 of Shepherd, MT. Killed June 29, 2009 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Bernard’s, Billings, MT with Fr. David Reichling. Attended by Gov. Brian Schweitzer.

James A. “Jimmy” McHale (Army Sgt) Age 31 of Fairfield, MT. Died July 30, 2008 of wounds suffered July 22 in Iraq. He was in a coma over a week and was taken off life support on July 30 at the Naval Medical Center in MD. Vigil Service at St. John’s, Fairfield and MOCB at Fairfield HS Gym.

Matthew Martin Szymanski (Army 1st Lt.) Age 38 of Orion, MI and Three Forks, MT. Retired after 20 years in the military as a Blackhawk pilot and sniper. PTSD/suicide on June 15, 2014. Mass at Christ the Redeemer, Lake Orion, MT. He left a fiancée.

Matthew Thomas Zeimer (Army Pvt) Age 18 of Glendive, MT. Fresh from boot camp, having been in Iraq only a few weeks, he was killed February 2, 2007 along with Alan E. McPeek (see AZ) It was the last day of McPeek's tour and the two went up to a roof top to help repel an "insurgent attack". They were killed by "friendly fire" when another army outpost nearby thought they were an enemy position and fired a tank round at the roof top. The military reported it as combat deaths under investigation but it took a FOI request from the Associated Press for the truth to come out. Three were injured in the incident. Mass at Sacred Heart, Glendive. He left a fiancée and four siblings including a twin sister.

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NEBRASKA

Justin J. Duffy (Army Sgt) Age 31 of Cozad, NE. Killed June 2, 2009 in Iraq. Mass at Sacred Heart, Moline, IL. He attended Seton Catholic School in Moline until Sixth Grade.

Adam G. Herold (Army Spc) Age 23 of Omaha, NE. Killed June 10, 2007 in Iraq. Mass at St. Cecilia Cathedral (Archbishop Elden Francis Curtiss) with Fr. Michael Gutgsell who said, “Oftentimes, when there is war, the soldiers sent to it are called peacemakers. It may seem a contradiction, but making peace by subduing violence was indeed Adam’s calling.” He was a graduate of Roncalli Catholic HS.

Edward Iwan (Army 1st Lt) Age 28 of Albion, NE. Killed November 12, 2004 in Iraq. Mass at St. Michael’s, Albion, NE with Fr. Frank Baumert.

Tricia L. Jameson (Army SSgt) Age 34 of Omaha, NE. Killed July 14, 2005 in Iraq in an IED attack. Mass at St. Bridget, Omaha with Fr. Rodney Adams. She was a medic killed as her ambulance rushed to aid three wounded Marines.

Shane Edward Kielion (Marine Cpl) Age 23 of LaVista, NE. Killed November 15, 2004 in the US assault on Fallujah, Iraq. Mass at St. Cecelia Cathedral, Omaha with Fr. Norman Hunkel, Rector. (Archbishop Elden F. Curtiss) He died the same day his first child, Shane Jr., was born. Mass was attended by Lt. Gov. Dave Heineman, US Rep Lee Terry and Omaha mayor Mike Fahey.

David J. Moreno (Navy PO 3rd) Age 26 of Gering, NE. Died July 17, 2003 in Iraq of a “non-hostile gun shot wound”. Mass at Christ the King, Gering with Fr. Gerald Harr, celebrant. From an AP story: “Harr drew a parallel between Moreno and Gen George Patton who often talked about how much he loved war. Harr said there is something in the human spirit that longs for greatness, and war seems to be a vehicle to draw greatness from an individual. Harr said there is no greater love than to give one’s life for his friends.”

Nicholas S. Nolte (Army Sgt) Age 25 of Falls City, NE. He died November 24, 2004 at National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD of injuries sustained November 8 in Iraq. Msgr. Robert Roh, pastor of Sts Peter & Paul, Falls City presided at a funeral service (Mass?) in a Falls City auditorium : “We honor all those who serve, who, like Nick, made a choice to put themselves in harm’s way to defend us, our children, families, nation, our freedom and way of life.”

Mark A. Noziska (Army 2nd Lt.) Age 24 of Colorado Springs, CO and Papillion, NE. One of two killed August 30, 2010 in Afghanistan in an IED attack. Mass at Blessed Sacrament, Grand Island, NE with Fr. Michael E. McDermott. He attended Creighton U. (Jesuit) and graduated U. of Nebraska, Omaha.

Christopher F. Pfeifer (Army Pfc) Age 21 of Spaulding, NE. He died September 25, 2007 at Brook Army Medical Center, Ft. Sam Houston, San Antonio, TX from wounds suffered in combat on August 17 in Afghanistan. He left a wife and baby daughter born 2 days after he died. Mass at St. Michael’s, Spaulding with Fr. Joseph Hannappel, celebrant.

Blaine E. Redding (Army Spc) Age 22 of Plattsmouth, NE. Killed June 7, 2007 in Iraq. Mass at Church of the Holy Spirit, Plattsmouth with Fr. Raymond Wicks, pastor, who said, “Blaine said that if something happened to him, let people know that he was not a victim, but a warrior doing his job... he served and gave his life for the cause of freedom.”

James R. Wolf (Army Spc) Age 21 of Scotts Bluff, NE. Killed November 6, 2003 in Iraq in an IED attack. Mass at St. Agnes, Scotts Bluff with Fr. James O’Kane who said, "He touched everyone or someone who is here today, then gave the ultimate sacrifice for his country." He had signed up while still in high school.

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NEVADA

James Jeffrey Cathey (Marine 2nd Lt.) Age 24 of Reno, NV. Killed August 21, 2005 in Iraq. Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas Cathedral, Reno (Bishop Philip Straling) with Fr. Tom Czack: “James was a young man who was living his dream, serving as a Marine. He was a kind and giving man who was serving his country…For those who are peacemakers, they’ll be children of God... In this time of trial, let us stand in faith.” He left a wife, Kathleen, pregnant with their first child who she decided to name after his father.

Anthony Steven Cometa (Army Spc) Age 21 of Greece, NY and Las Vegas, NV. Killed June 16, 2005 in Kuwait in a vehicle roll over. Mass at (?) Buried at Holy Ghost Cemetery, Gates, NY near his mother's home in Greece, NY.

Matthew A. Commons (Army Pfc) Age 21 of Boulder City, NV. Killed March 4, 2002 in Afghanistan. Mass at Good Shepherd, Mt. Vernon, VA. See “A Wintery Ordeal at 10,000 Feet” in the May 25, 2002 Washington Post.

David Joseph Drakulich (Army Sgt) Age 22 of Reno, NV. Killed January 9, 2008 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas Cathedral, Reno. (Bishop Randolf Rogue Calvo who is from Guam) His father said, "His death and sacrifice will not go in vain. It has a purpose."

Sean Michael Gaul (Army SSgt) Age 29 of Cresco, IA and Reno, NV. One of six killed January 9, 2008 in Iraq in a booby trapped house they were trying to clear. (see also: Matthew Pionk in WI) Mass at St. Rose of Lima, Reno. He had been in JROTC and was on his fifth tour in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Richard A. Perez Jr. (Marine LCpl) Age 19 of Henderson and Las Vegas, NV. Killed February 10, 2005 in Iraq. Mass at St. Thomas More, Henderson. His father, Richard Sr., said he’s not satisfied with the explanation of his son’s death given by the Army (a truck rolled over him in Ramadi). The incident remains “under investigation”

Frederick E. Pokorney Jr. (Marine 1st Lt) Age 31 of Tonopah, NV. One of 9 killed March 23, 2003 in Iraq in a "fake surrender incident". Mass at (?) with Fr. Kevin Curtis. He was the first Marine from OIF to be buried at Arlington and the first soldier from Nevada to die in Iraq. He left a wife and a two year old daughter. (See also: Jose Garibay and Jorge Gonzalez in CA and Thomas Slocum in CO and Philip Jordan in TX)

William I. Salazar (Marine Cpl) Age 26 of Las Vegas, NV. Killed October 15, 2004 in Iraq. Mass at St. Hilary, Pico Rivera, NV.

Anthony Jason Schober (Army Sgt) Age 23 of Reno, NV. Killed May 12, 2007 in Iraq. Mass at St. Eugene’s with Fr. Gerard Fahey who acknowledged the upcoming Memorial Day holiday honoring those “who have given their life in war that we might live in peace.” He had joined at age 17. Gov. Jim Gibbons attended.

Teodoro “Tito” Torres (Army Spc) Age 29 of Irondequoit, NY and Las Vegas, NV. One of three Killed May 5, 2006 in Iraq in an IED attack. Mass at (?). Burial at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery, Rochester, NY.

Travis M. Virgadamo (Army Spc) Age 19 of Las Vegas, NV. Died August 30, 2007 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Iraq. Service at Palm Mortuary Chapel conducted by Fr. Manny Guico, a retired AF chaplain. His grandmother believes he never had suicidal thoughts before the Army put him on Prozac for “anger issues”. He was put on suicide watch before going to Iraq and again, once there.

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NEW HAMPSHIRE

Nicholas Paul Bernier (Army Spc) Age 21 of East Kingston, NH. Died June 25, 2011 in Landstuhl Medical Center in Germany of injuries suffered June 22 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Michael’s, Exeter, NH. Mass attended by Gov. John Lynch.

Nicholas R. Cournoyer (Army Pfc) Age 25 of Gilmanton, NH. One of 4 killed May 18, 2006 in Iraq in an IED attack. (see also: Robert Seidel in PA) Mass at St. Joseph's, Laconia, NH with Fr. Gary Kosmowski who said, "All gave some and some gave all, and Nick, along with eleven others from our Granite State, gave all to Operation Iraqi Freedom ...Today we commerate those men and women who died in military service for this great land of ours." Attended by Gov. John Lynch, Sen. Judd Gregg and Rep. Jeb Bradley.

Douglas Andrew Dicenzo (Army Capt.) Age 30 of Plymouth, NH. Killed May 25, 2006 in Iraq in an IED attack. Mass at St. Matthew's, Plymouth with Fr. Leo LeBlanc. He was a '99 grad of West Point. He left a wife and 16 month old son.

Russell M. Durgin (Army Sgt.) Age 23 of Henniker, NH. Killed June 3, 2006 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Theresa's, Henniker with Fr. Mark Dollard who said, "When your son died for his country, he died a hero... when your son died in the eyes of God, he became a saint. He lives on forever". Attended by Gov. Lynch and Sen. John Kerry See www.michaelmoore.com/words/latest.../public-hero-private-grief

Michael Erick Geary (Marine LCpl) Age 20 of Derry, NH. Killed December 8, 2010 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas, Derry with Fr. Bruce Czapla. In his homily he compared Geary’s courage to that of Jesus, Mary and Joseph and said that mourners were gathered because of that courage, “...because he was willing to stand up for what is right and just and good.” Attended by Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Gov. John Lynch who said, “He truly is an American hero.”

Daniel Robert Gionet (Army Sgt, medic) Age 23 of Pelham, NH. Killed June 24, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at St. Patrick's, Pelham. He left a wife of 7 months.

Jonathan D. Grassbaugh (Army Capt. Ranger) Age 25 of Hempstead, NH. One of 4 killed April 7, 2007 in Iraq in an IED attack. Mass at St. Anne's, Hempstead with Fr. Frederick Penett who said, " He laid down his life for us and for his country, and we are grateful...for there is no greater love than this. Jonathan's story and his memory will go on forever." He was a grad of Phillips Exeter Academy and attended Johns Hopkins U. where he was in ROTC. He had been married for 10 months. His wife was also in ROTC. Gov. John Lynch and local, state and national politicians attended.

Edmond L. Lo (Army SSgt) Age 23 of Salem, NH. Killed June 13, 2009 in Iraq while trying to disarm a bomb. His parents had come from Hong Kong. Mass at Mary Queen of Peace, Salem. He was in JROTC in Salem high school.

Ryan T. McCaughn (Marine LCpl) Age 19 of Manchester, NH. Killed November 7, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at St. Anne-St. Augustine, Manchester. Enlisted during his senior year of high school and was in boot camp one week after graduatiion. He had been in Iraq for two months.

Angelo Lozada Jr. (Army Sgt) Age 36 of Brooklyn, NY and Nashua, NH. One of three killed April 16, 2005 in Iraq in an IED attack. Mass at St. Louis De Gonzague, Nashua. He left three children.

Andrew C. Nicol (Army Sgt., Ranger) Age 23 of Kensington, NH. One of 2 killed August 8, 2010 in Afghanistan in an IED attack. Public wake and MOCB at Holy Family, Amesbury, MA. with Fr. Jason M. Makos. According to NHNG Public Affairs Officer, Capt. Robert J. Burnham, “He served in Afghanistan and Iraq with his units responsible for the capture or killing of hundreds of insurgents.” He had enlisted right out of high school. Attended by Gov Lynch and US Rep. Carol Shea-Porter

David S. Stelmat, Jr. (Army Sgt, medic) Age 27 of Littleton, NH. One of three killed March 22, 2008 in Iraq in a road side bomb attack. Memorial Mass at Church of the Incarnation, Centerville, OH. Funeral Mass and burial in NH.

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NEW JERSEY

Jonathan Batista (Army Spc) Age 22 of Kinnelon, NJ. Killed July 6 or 8, 2012 in Afghanistan.  Mass at Our Lady of the Magnificat, Kinnelon with Msgr. John Carroll and Fr. John Pierce (a Viet Nam vet) who said, "These guys really stepped up to fight global terrorism."

Stephen C. Benish Army (lArmy Pfc) Age 20 of Clark, NJ.  Killed November 28, 2004 in Iraq. Mass at St. Agnes, Clark with Msgr. James S. Choma who said, "Stephen did not die in vain and he will not be forgotten.  He is one of our local modern day heroes.  He wanted to protect our country and fight terrorism."  He enlisted out of high school.

David J. Bentz III (Pfc) Age 20 of Newfield, NJ. Killed June 20, 2007 in Iraq.  Mass at St. Catherine of Sienna, Clayton, NJ with Fr. Joromir Michalak who said, "He paid the highest price...It wasn't what the country could do for him. It was what he could do for his country...." Gov Jon Corzine attended the Mass. David had attended St. Catherine of Sienna School.

Christian E. Bueno-Galdos (Army Sgt) Age 25 of Patterson, NJ. Killed May 11, 2009 in Iraq.  Mass at St. John the Baptist Cathedral, Paterson, NJ. (Bishop Arthur J. Serratelli)  He and four others were killed by Sgt. John Russell outside a counseling clinic in Camp Liberty (Baghdad) where Russell had sought counseling.  He had emigrated Peru as a child and enlisted out of high school.

Frank T. Carvill (Army Sgt) Age 51 of Carlstadt, NJ.  One of 5 killed June 3, 2004 in Iraq.  Mass at St. Joseph's, Hoboken, NJ with Fr. Francis X. Gunn.  He was born in Ireland.

Ryan D. Christensen (Army Pfc) Age 22 of Spring Lake Heights, NJ.  Died November 24, 2005 in the US of infection, seizure, and brain hemorrhage after becoming ill in Iraq.  Mass at Holy Innocents, Neptune, NJ.

Christopher Benedict Cosgrove III (Marine LCpl) Age 23 of Cedar Knolls, NJ. Killed October 1, 2006 in Iraq by a suicide bomber at a checkpoint outside Fallujah.  Mass at St. Vincent Martyr, Madison, NJ where he was to be married next August.  Seven priests were on the altar including Msgr. Chris DiLella (Presider), Parochial Vicar Fr. Justin Caputo, Fr. John Laferrera (homilist) who knew Cosgrove as a young boy when he attended St Aloysius in Caldwell, NJ, Fr. Ron Sordillo and Deacon James Konchalsk.

Michael Edward Curtin (Army Spc) Age 23 of Howell, NJ. One of 4 killed March 29, 2003 in Iraq by a suicide bomber at a road block.  Mass at St. Veronica's, Howell with Fr. Berndan Williams, pastor who said, "Michael believed in the Word and he took that word with him to battle."  Bishop John Smith of Trenton and NJ, Senators Jon Corzine and Frank Lautenberg were there.

Gregory T. Dalessio (Army Capt.) Age 30 of Cherry Hill, NJ. One of two killed June 23, 2008 in Iraq as they emerged from a "reconstruction meeting" with Iraqi officials.  Mass at St. Peter Celestine, Cherry Hill with Fr. Thomas Newton.  He was a grad of Bishop Eustace Prep School, Pennsauken, NJ and held two degrees from Seton Hall U. where he was in the ROTC program.  (Archbishop John J. Myers of Newark is Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Seton Hall)

Joseph D'Augustine (Army Sgt) Age 29 of Waldwick, NJ. Killed March 27, 2012 in Afghanistan.  Mass at St. Luke's, Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ with Fr. James Weiner, pastor, who said D'Augustine “must be remembered as a man of faith with a mission of hope and peace.”  The Battle Hymn of the Republic was the recessional.  He went to boot camp the morning after high school graduation.  He had been in Korea, East Timor, and Okinawa and done two tours in Afghanistan and two in Iraq.

Osbrany Montes De Oca (Marine LCpl) Age 20, of North Arlington, NJ.  Killed February 10, 2012 in Afghanistan.  Mass at Queen of Peace. His identical twin brother and an older brother are also in the Marines.

Matthew John Fenton (Marine Sgt) Age 24 of Little Ferry, NJ. Died May 6, 2006 at Naval Med Center, Bethesda, MD of wounds sustained in Fallujah, Iraq on April 26.  Mass at St. Margaret of Cotona, Little Ferry with retired Auxilary Bishop of Newark Charles J. McDonnell who said, "Jesus said, 'Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.'  Matthew did that, and he did more. He gave his life to help people he didn't even know, the prople of Iraq."  His mother said, "He always liked to play with toy guns."  Gov. John Corzine attended. 

Vincent Michael Frassetto (Marine Pfc) Age 21 of Toms River, NJ. Killed September 7, 2006 in Iraq, 18 days after leaving for the war.  Mass at St. Luke's, Toms River (where he had been baptized) with Fr. Louis Kralovich who said, "Vinnie will continue to be our war hero."  Nine clergy were present including Trenton bishop John M. Smith who said, "He is now in the community of saints in heaven."  HIs brother John, a reservist, was also in Iraq.

Adam Dalrymple Froehlich (Army Spc) Age 21 of Pine Hill, NJ.  Killed March 25, 2004 after three weeks in Iraq.  Mass at St. Edward's, Pine Hill.

Yoe Manuel Aneiros Gonzales (Army Spec) Age 20 of Newark, NJ.  Killed on his birthday, September 7, 2004 in Iraq.  Mass at Holy Trinity, Perth Amboy, NJ.  Hoping to become a doctor, he enlisted with the promise of help with his education.  A naturalized citizen, he emigrated Cuba as a teenager.  He left a wife of one year. 

James W. Harvey II (Army Sgt) Age 23 of Toms River, NJ and Clark, NJ.  One of two killed June 20, 2011 in Afghanistan.  Mass at St. Catherine’s, Spring Lake, NJ.

Jon T. Hicks Jr. (Marine LCpl) Age 20 of Atco, NJ. Killed September 10, 2007 in Iraq.  Mass at Assumption, Atco with Fr. James Maggart, pastor, who said, "We are here today to mark the death of a hero.  He went marching into battle for his country, for freedom, for his family, for his loved ones, for the people of that part of the world...There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's family and that's exactly what Jon did for each one of us."

Edward Karolasz (Army SSgt) Age 25 of Kearny, NJ. One of two killed November 19, 2005 in Iraq in an IED attack.  Mass at St. Stephen's, Kearny where he had been an altar server.  He enlisted right after high school.

Steven R. Koch (Army Cpl) Age 23 of Milltown, NJ. One of two killed March 3, 2008 in Afghanistan.  Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes, Milltown with Fr. Edward Czarinski who said, "We see the parallel between Steven, who gave his life for others, and Christ, who gave his life for us."  He said Koch died serving people he didn't even know.   "He did his duty as so many young men and women are doing at his hour...They put their lives on the line for the sake of patriotism.  And what is patriotism but another word for love?... There is no greater love than to give up your life for your friends."  The pastor expressed his hope that others would follow Koch's example.  Final prayer was offered by the chaplain of the 82nd Airborne Division.  Steven had been an altar server and attended the parish school through the 8th grade.  He left a wife and daughter.

Andrew Thomas Lobosco (Army SSgt, Special Forces medical) Age 29 of Somerville, NJ.  Killed August 22, 2009 in Afghanistan.  Mass at Blessed Sacrament, Bridgewater, NJ with Msgr. Eugene Prus, pastor.  He was a '98 grad of Immaculata H. S. and had been an altar server.  He left a twin sister.  Mass was attended by Gov. Jon Corzine.

Christian Longsworth (Army SSgt, Special Forces) Age 26 of Fayetteville, NC and Newark, NJ.  Killed May 19, 2006 in Afghanistan.  Mass at St. Joseph's, East Orange, NJ and  burial in Puerto Rico.  His Father was from El Salvador and his mother was from Honduras.  He attended Catholic grade school and Essex Catholic High School in East Orange.  When he decided to enlist, he visited a former teacher, Sr. Antoinette, to tell her of his plan.  She said, "This is the first time I saw him so focused."  He left a fiancée.

Miguel A. Marcial III (Marine Pfc) Age 19 of Secaucus, NJ. Killed April 1, 2007. (under investigation)  Mass at St. Athanasius, Brooklyn, NY.  He had been in Iraq for one month.

Luigi Marciante, Jr. (Army Cpl) Age 25 of Elizabeteh, NJ.  Killed September 20, 2007 in an IED attack in Iraq.  Mass at St. Anthony of Padua, Elizabeth where he and his siblings had been baptized.  In his homily, Deacon Joseph Caporaso said, "...he leaves for each of us a...legacy of strength, of pride, of laughter, of courage and especially of love.  Luigi...taught us a ...lesson of loving despite whatever comes our way."  He had just been home in August for the birth of a son.  His wife was a former Army MP.  Gov. Jon Corzine and Sen. Frank Lautenberg attended the Mass.

Derek Tra McConnell (Army Sgt) Age 23 of North Caldwell, NJ. He was badly injured by an IED in Afghanistan on July 23, 2011 and suffered the amputation of both legs.  He seemed on the way to recovery and was engaged to be married but died at Walter Reed Army Hospital on March 18, 2013.  Mass at Notre Dame, North Caldwell with Fr. Anthony Randazzo who said, “A saint for all times has crossed our paths.”  His mother, Siobhan Fuller McConnell was an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion at the Mass.

Timothy Raymond McGill (Army Sgt, former Marine) Age 30 of Ramsey, NJ. One of three Special Forces soldiers killed by an Afghan National Army member on September 21, 2013.  Mass at St. Paul's, Ramsey.  He was in the Rhode Island National Guard.

Trista L. Moretti (Army Sgt) Age 27 of South Plainfield, NJ.  Killed June 25, 2007 in Iraq in a mortar attack while sleeping in her trailer.  21 others were wounded but she was the only casualty.  Mass at Sacred Heart, South Plainfield with Fr. John Alvarado who said, "As a nation tomorrow, (July 4) we pause to celebrate our independence.  As a family today, we gather to see at what cost."

Raphael Nieves, Jr. (Army Spec) Age 27 of Jersey City and Bayonne, NJ.  Killed July 10, 2011 in Afghanistan.  Mass at St. Aloysius, Jersey City with Fr. Joseph D'Amico who said, "Raphael was a real hero because he made the ultimate sacrifice to save the lives of the soldiers around him.  He left a wife, a two year old daughter and an infant son.

William R. Neil, Jr. (Army SSgt, Special Forces) Age 38 of Holmdel, NJ.  Killed March 21, 2008 in Afghanistan in an IED attack.  Mass at St Catherine's, Holmdel with Msgr. Eugene Rebeck who said, "There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends. Sgt William Neil followed this ideal."  Bishop John Smith of Trenton also spoke and he was eulogized by a member of his battalion.  He was an '87 grad of Hudson Catholic High School.

Jorge Miguel Oliveira (Army SSgt) Age 33 of Newark, NJ. Killed October 19, 2011 in Afghanistan.  Mass at Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Newark.  He had worked 11 years in the Essex County Sheriff’s office and was eulogized by Gov. Chris Christie.  He was born in Portugal and came to the US at age 7.  His parents are Haitian.

Nicholas S. Ott (Marine Cpl) Age 23 of Manchester, NJ.  Killed August 10, 2011 in Afghanistan.  Mass at St. John’s, Lakehurst, NJ.

Brian P. Parello (Marine LCpl) Age 19 of West Milford, NJ.  Killed January 1, 2005 in Iraq.  Mass at St. Joseph's, West Milford.

Gladimir Philippe (Army Sfc) Age 37 of Roselle, NJ. Killed June 25, 2003 in Iraq.  He was one of two abducted from a guard post and found dead a few days later.  Mass at St. Joseph the Carpenter, Roselle with Archbishop John J. Myers (Newark), Aux.Bishop Charles McDonnell and priests.  Gov. McGreevey attended the funeral Mass.  See rcan.org/07-16-03 for an account Bishop Myers wrote on July 16 (Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and anniversary of the Trinity bomb)  A divorcee, his ten year old son lives with his ex in Germany.

Dr. John Paul Pryor (Army Major,combat surgeon) Age 42 of Moorestown, NJ. Killed Christmas Day 2008 in Iraq when a mortar round hit near his living quarters.  Mass at Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Philadelphia, PA with Fr. Damien J. McElroy who said "All we can do is what we think is the right thing to do...He served humanity generously. He served God generously."  He was head of the trauma team at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.  He left a wife and three children.

Eric G. Palacios Rivera (Army Spc) Age 21 of Atlantic City, NJ.  One of six killed November 14, 2006 in Iraq.  Mass at Our Lady Star of the Sea, Atlantic City with Fr. Joseph Pham, pastor who said, "We are gathered here today to celebrate, not the death of a soldier but the life of a hero."  He had been an altar server.

Vincenzo Romeo (Army SSgt) Age 23 of Lodi and Fairview, NJ.  One of six killed May 6, 2007 in Iraq in an IED attack.  Mass at St. Joseph's, Lodi in English and Italian with Fr. Hector DiNardo who said, "God knows how to reward those who give their lives for others."  He was born in Calabria, Italy and came to the US at age 3.  He left a fiancée.

John Rossi (Army Maj. Gen.) Age 55, native of Long Island.  He was found dead in his home at Redstone Arsenal in Alabama on July 31, 2016, two days before he was to assume command of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense at that base.  He had previously been in command of Ft. Sill, OK.  He was a 1983 grad of West Point with masters degrees from Webster U. and the U.S. Naval War College.  He had been in Korea, Germany, SW Asia and Iraq where he was in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. The army has called it a suicide.  Vigil/Rosary and Mass at 1st  Armored Division Chapel at Fort Bliss, TX.  He left a wife, two daughters and a son who is an army Captain.

Marc T. Ryan (Marine Cpl) Age 25 of Gloucester City, NJ.  Killed November 15, 2004 in Iraq.  "Ecumenical interfaith" service at St. Mary's, Gloucester City.

Thomas E. Saba (Marine Cpl) Age 30 of Toms River, NJ.  One of 7 killed February 7, 2007 in Iraq when a helicopter was shot down by enemy fire.  Mass at St. Theresa's, Staten Island, NY with Fr. John O'Hara who said, "We come together today as a family to salute and celebrate a young man who answered a call, and that call began on September 11, 2001.  He had been an altar server.

John C. Spahr (Marine Lt. Col.) Age 42 of Cherry Hill, NJ.  Died May 2, 2005 in a mid air collision of two F/A-18's in Iraq.  Both jets launched from the aircraft carrier, "Carl Vinson".  Mass at St. Thomas of Villanova, Philadelphia, PA.  He graduated first in his class at the Navy's “Top Gun” fighter weapons school and was an instructor.  He was an '81 grad of St. Joseph's Prep High School.  He was divorced and left a 9 year old daughter. (see Kelly C. Hinz in MN, pilot of the other plane.)

Stephen J. Sutherland (Army Sgt) Age 34 of West Deptford, NJ.  Killed November 12, 2005 in Iraq in a vehicle roll over incident.  Mass at St. Rose of Lima, Haddon Heights, NJ.  He left a wife and two children.

Luigi Marciante, Jr. (Army Pfc) Age 25 of Brick, NJ. Killed September 20, 2007 in Iraq.  Mass at St. Anthony's, Elizabeth, NJ. The homily was given by Deacon Joseph Caporaso who said, " Luigi...taught us a valuable lesson, a lesson of loving despite whatever comes our way."  Mass was attended by Gov. Jon Corzine and Sen. Frank Lautenberg.  He left a wife and new born son whose birth he had just been home for. 

Humberto Timoteo (Army Sgt) Age 25 of Newark, NJ.  One of two killed June 5, 2004 in Iraq by a roadside bomb.  Mass at Our Lady of Fatima, Newark.  He had come from Portugal with his family as a child.  His wife, also an Army Sgt., was in Korea.  They have a three year old son. 

Omar J. Vazquez (Army 1st Lt.) Age 25 of Hamilton Township, NJ.  Killed April 22, 2011 in Iraq.  Mass at St. Anthony’s, Hamilton, NJ with Msgr. Thomas N. Gervasio who said, "Our deep sorrow is also mingled with gratitude for Omar's gift of grace...Even as a little boy, he was known to be very patriotic and expressed his desire to serve his country."  Bishop David M. O'Connell "attended" the Mass. He was an '03 grad of McCorristin Catholic HS (now Trenton Academy) and had a Masters in Liberal Arts from Rutgers.

Joseph M. Weiglein (Army Sgt) Age 31 of Audubon, NJ.  Killed May 29, 2007 in Iraq. Mass at St. Vincent Pallotti, HaddonTownship, NJ (on his birthday) with Msgr. Louis Marucci who said, "I submit to you that Sgt. Joseph Weiglein was a man of service, a man who understood the call of Jesus...We are all waiting for the Supreme Commander to issue our order to report to his heavenly home to be with him again."  He urged those left behind to think of this as Weiglein's "last deployment."  He left a wife.

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NEW MEXICO

Matthew Stephen Apuan (Army Sgt) Age 27 of Las Cruces, NM.  Killed February 18, 2007 in Iraq. Mass at Holy Cross, Las Cruces with Msgr. John Anderson and Frs. Mike Lindsey and Ray Flores.  He was in JROTC in high school.

Henry George Robert Byrd III (Army Pfc) Age 20 of Veguita, NM. Died June 24, 2007 in Landstuhl, Germany Military Hospital a week after an apparent heat stroke.  His parents made it to his bedside as he received Last Rites. Mass at Our Lady of Belen, Belen, NM with Fr. Stephen Schultz who said, “He was proud to follow in his father’s footsteps…he had a dream to drive tanks…what young boy doesn’t dream of driving tanks? Henry lived that dream.”  He had been in the JROTC program in high school.

Christopher Diaz (Marine SSgt) Age 27 of Albuquerque, NM.  Killed September 28, 2011 in Afghanistan.  Mass at St. Mark’s with Fr. Martin Cordero, a cousin.  He leaves a young son and daughter.

Marshall Angelo Gutierrez (Army Lt. Col.) Age 41 of Las Vegas, NM. Died September 4, 2006 in Camp Virginia, Kuwait of “non-combat injuries” in an incident that is “under investigation”. He blew the whistle in 2005 when he discovered signs of rampant overcharging by the Army’s main food supplier for the Iraq War. See: www.wsj.com/articles/SB119282544852865144 and/or rangeragainstwar.blogspot.com/2007/10/few-smart-bad-apples.html

Pernell Johnnie Herrera (Army Spc) Age 33 of Espanola, NM. Died December 31, 2011 in Afghanistan of an apparent heart attack during fitness training, though DOD first said of injuries suffered in a non-combat incident. Mass at Sacred Heart of Jesus, Espanola. He left a son and daughter.

Christopher A. Merville (Army Spc) Age 26 of Albuquerque, NM. Killed October 12, 2004 in Iraq. Mass at John XXIII, Albuquerque, with Fr. Arkad Biczak who said, “We celebrate a man who dedicated his life to giving us freedom. He offered his own life on behalf of you and on behalf of me. He was really a young man who dedicated his life to being a loving person.” He left a fiancée he had met in Sout Korea.

Christopher Ramos (Marine LCpl) Age 26 of Albuquerque, NM. Killed April 5, 2004 in Iraq. Mass at St. Jude Thaddeus, Albuquerque. He left a wife, infant daughter and a step son.

Leroy Segura Jr. (Army Sgt) Age 23 of Clovis, NM. Killed August 4, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at Sacred Heart, Clovis with Frs. Carlos Chavez and Sotera Sena.

Eric Vizcaino (Army Sgt) Age 21 of Albuquerque, NM. Killed November 21, 2006 in Iraq.  He was a member of San Jose Parish, Albuquerque but the MOCB may have been at San Felipe de Neri, Old Town, NM. It was first reported that he was shot in the head while on a mission and was in stable condition but later reported as death due to non-combat related injuries. Another soldier from Iowa was killed in a similar suspicious manner the next day. He left a wife and two year old daughter.

Jesse M. Zamora (Army Spc) Age 22 of Las Cruces, NM. Killed February 3, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at Immaculate Heart of Mary, Las Cruces with Msgr. Robert Getz who said, "Jesse is now a heavenly intercessor, for family, for friends and for soldiers around the world." A brother, Tyrel was also in Iraq at the time. 

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NEW YORK

Juan Mariel Alcantara (Army Cpl) Age 22 of the Dominican Republic and NYC, NY. One of four killed August 6, 2007 in Iraq in an IED attack. Mass at Church of St. Elizabeth, Washington Heights with Cardinal Edward M. Egan. Fr. Luis Soldana gave the homily. At the end, in a message to the family, he said, "He was lost in the horror of war which he fought with nobility." He had been "extended" and not allowed to leave a day early for the birth of his daughter. At the burial, his mother, Maria, cried, "My only son, Mariel!" He left a fiancée and new borrn daughter.

Nicholas J. Aleman (Marine Sgt) Age 24 of Brooklyn, NY. Killed December 5, 2010 in Afghanistan by a suicide bomber while he slept. Mass at St. Anthony of Padua, Brooklyn. His family came from Honduras. He joined the marines right out of high school.

James D. Argentine, (Marine LCpl.) Age 24 of Farmingdale, NY. One of three killed August 6, 2009 in Afghanistan in an IED attack. MOCB at St. Kilian's, Farmingdale, NY with Fr. Augustine Fernando who addresed the parents, "You taught him good values. You taught him loyalty to friends and family. You taught him selflessness of service." Memorial Mass at St. Anthony's High School Lady of Angels Chapel on August 9. He was an '05 grad.

Jerome "Jerry" Bell Jr. (Marine Sgt) Age 29 of Auburn, NY. Killed September 19, 2008 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Mary's, Auburn with Fr. Frank Lioi. He left a wife and three children.

Charles E. Bilbrey Jr. (Army Spc) Age 21 of Owego, NY. One of three killed July 27, 2007 in Iraq in an IED attack. Mass at St. Patrick’s, Owego with Fr. John DeSocio, Navy Reserve Chaplain, Fr William Moorby, pastor, an Army veteran and Deacon Gary DiLallo, retired Brigadier General with the army reserves.

Christopher D. Bordoni (Marine Cpl) of Lansing and Ithaca, NY. Died April 3, 2012 at San Antonio (TX) Military Medical Center of injuries suffered in a suicide bomber attack on January 18 in Afghanistan. Mass at Immaculate Conception, Ithaca (4/12/12) with Fr. Joseph Marcoux, pastor of St. Catherine of Sienna, Ithaca, who had been a military chaplain. Fr. Louis Vasile, pastor of St. Asphonsus, Auburn, NY was concelebrant. Lt. Nathan Rice, Protestant Chaplain of Bordoni's unit, was also on the altar. He had always wanted to be a marine and started training in the tenth grade. His commanding officer addressed the assembly, "I'm here to make sure you all understand that the young man you grew up with, or simply knew as Chris, became one of the Marine Corps' most talented and corageous leaders. He left a wife.

Greg Buckley, Jr. (Marine LCpl) Age 21 of Oceanside, NY. Killed August 10, 2012 in Afghanistan along with two others when an Afghan police office fired into a gym. Mass at St. Agnes Cathedral, Rockville Center, NY (Bishop William Murphy) with Msgr. William Koenig, Rector, who said, “The hole in our hearts is as big as the American flag draped across the fire truck outside.” His father said, “I have to believe... there's a purpose for Greg. I have to, in my heart, accept the idea that the Lord took my son for a reason.” He shared guard duty with an Afghan trainee who kept repeating, "We don't want you here. We don't need you here." He told his father he expected to be killed by such a person if he had to stay in Afghanistan much longer.

Andrew D. Byers (Army Capt. Green Beret) Age 30 of Rolesville, NC and Clarence, NY.  One of two US soldiers and 3 Afghan troops killed November 3, 2016 as they were trying to clear a Taliban position in the Kunduz district.  Surrounded and taking heavy fire, they called in air support which resulted in the death of 26 civilians.  Local residents carried twelve of the bodies to the local governors office in a show of rage just one year after the US bombed the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz. Mass at Our Lady of Peace, Clarence with pastor Fr. Thomas Doyle who noted in the parish bulletin, "The family...has requested complete privacy leading up to and including the funeral on Friday."  (November 11, Feast of St. Martin of Tours, Armistice Day and Veterans Day)  His father had been an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion and a lector at OLP before the family moved to Rolesvile.  At a November 11 ceremony at St.  Catherine of Sienna, Wake Forest, NC, Msgr. David Brockman said, "He was very much enjoying what he did and had the pleasure to serve our country."  Byers was an '08 grad of West Point and had been deployed to Iraq in '09 and the Congo in '15.  He leaves a twin sister and  a wife who is a grad of the US Naval Academy.  

Jeffrey R. Calero, (Army Major Special Forces), Age 34 of Queens Village, NY. Killed October 29, 2007 in Afghanistan in an IED attack. Mass at St Brigid's, Westbury, NY with pastor, Fr. Ralph Sommer. His father, Raymond said, “I’m very proud of him. That’s about all I have left—to be proud…if we aren’t proud, then he died in vain.” He was born in Puerto Rico, attended Incarnation Elementary in Queens Village, was a '91 grad of St. Francis Prep in Fresh Meadows and graduated Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in '96 where he was in the ROTC program.

Isaac T. Cartes, (Army Pvt), Age 26 of the Bronx, NY. Killed November 27, 2007 in Iraq. Funeral mass at St. Raymond's, Bronx.

Bruce Kevin Clark (Army Capt., Chief Nurse) Age 43 of Addison, MI and Spencerport, NY. Killed April 30, 2012 in a controversial incident. His wife, Susan, witnessed his death during one of their regular Skype video chats. He slumped onto his desk from an apparent (to her) gunshot wound. She tried desperately for a long time to get someone to come to his aid. Mass at St. Mary's, Rochester, NY. He also leaves two daughters.

Todd J. Clark (Army Lt. Col.) Age 40 of Evans Mills (Ft. Drum) and Guilderland, NY. Killed June 8, 2013 by an Afghan Army soldier who was one of his trainees. (two other Catholics from NY were killed in the same incident; Joseph Morabito, a civilian contractor, and Maj. Jamie Leonard) Mass at St. Madeleine Sophie, Guilderland with Fr. James Belogi who was also the celebrant at his wedding. He was a 1990 grad of CBA, Colonie, NY and Texas A & M. Students and faculty from St. Madeleine and Pine Bush Elementary attended. His father was a retired Army Col. He had done 3 tours in Iraq and was on his second in Afghanistan. He left a wife, son and daughter.

James K. Crawford (Navy Cmdr) Age 50 of East Concord, NY. Died September 7, 2011 in a non-combat incident under investigation (heart attack) in Manama, Bahrain. Mass at Ss. Peter and Paul, Hamburg, NY. He had also been in the first Gulf War. He leaves a wife.

Leopold F. Damas (Marine LCpl) Age 26 of Queens, NY (born in Haiti). Killed August, 17, 2009 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Joachim & Anne, Queens. He had also done two tours in Iraq.

Robert William DeFazio, (Army Spc) Age 21 of West Babylon, NY. Died April 24, 2005 in Afghanistan of non-combat related injuries. Mass at Our Lady of Grace, West Babylon.

Jason Denfrund (Army Sgt) Age 24 of Cattaraugus, NY. Killed December 25, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at St. Patrick's, Wadsworth, NY. He left a wife and daughter.

Patrick A. Devoe II (Army Pfc) Age 27 of Auburn, NY. Killed March 8, 2009 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Mary's Auburn. He left a "girlfriend" and a one year old daughter. 

Mark Harold Dooley (Army 1st Lt., Ranger) Age 27 of Wallkill, NY. One of three killed September 19, 2005 in Iraq in an IED attack. Mass at Christ the King, Rutland, VT

Philip J. Dykeman (Marine Capt.) Age 38, of Brockport, NY. One of three killed June 26, 2008 in Iraq in a suicide attack. (see also: Max Galeai in American Somoa) Mass at St. Mary's, Cleveland, NY. He left a wife, son and two daughters.

Christian P. Engledrum (Army Sgt.) Age 39, of Bronx, NY. One of two killed November 29, 2004 in Iraq in an IED attack. (see also: Wilfredo Urbina in NY) Mass at St. Benedict's, Bronx with Msgr. Edmund Whalen who said Christian lived up to his given name. "He bore the name to far flung areas of the world, safe guarding democracy." A NYC firefighter and former policeman, he left two teenage sons and his wife pregnant with their third child. The Mass was attended by Mayor Bloomberg and former mayor Giuliani, Gov. Geroge Pataki and Senator Hillary Clinton.

John William Engeman (Army CWO4) Age 45, of East Northport, NY. One of two killed May 14, 2004 in Iraq by a roadside bomb. Mass at St. Joseph's, Garden City. He was a graduate of Holy Family High School (diocesan), South Huntinigton. He left a wife, a daughter in college and a son who is a 2nd Lt. at Fort Drum, expected to go to Iraq in August. He had been in Desert Storm and Kosovo.

Philip T. Esposito (Army Capt.) Age 30, of Suffern, NY. One of two killed in a fragging incident on June 8, 2005 in Iraq. (See also: Louis Allen in PA for more details.) Mass at St. Anthony's, Nanuet, NY with Fr. Thomas McDonald (who was celebrant for his wedding) who said Esposito answered "...the call to serve...when a good man like this dies, I believe the heart of God rings like a bell." He attended St. Anthony's School and was a grad of Albertus Magnus High School, Bardonia, NY and a '97 grad of West Point. He had been a Wall Street broker. He left a wife and infant daughter. 

Michael J. Esposito (Army Sgt.) Age 22, of Brentwood, NY. One of two killed March 18, 2004 in Afghanistan in a firefight while his unit was "clearing a village." Mass at St. Luke's, Brentwood, NY with Fr. Gerry Twomey who said, "Both Mike and his family knew why he was there, [our soldiers] are there because of what happened on 9/11...Michael found himself cast in a drama of good and evil. He faced the hard, clear questions. He chose good over evil and did well..."

Alberto Francesconi (Marine LCpl) Age 21 of Bronx, NY. Killed January 1, 2009 in Afghanistan by a land mine. Mass at Our Lady of Mercy, the Bronx (where he had been baptized) with Edward Cardinal Egan who said, "We promise to keep him in our prayers." He left a wife.

Steven C. Ganczewski (Army Sgt.) Age 22 of Niagara Falls, NY. Killed November 16, 2007 in Iraq. His mother was told he fell from a helicopter on the way to a mission. Mass at St. Stanislaus Kostka, Niagara Falls. He left a wife, also in the Army, and a daughter. He had done one tour in Afghanistan and five in Iraq.

Justin R. Garcia (Army Spec.) Age 26 of Elmhurst, NY. Killed November 14, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at St. Paul's, Congers, NY. He was orphaned at age 12 and raised by his grandfather. He was a graduate of St. Agnes High School in Manhattan and St. Thomas Aquinas College in Rockland Co. He left a wife six months pregnant with their first child.

Cari Anne Gasiewicz (Army Sgt) Age 28, Depew, NY. Killed December 4, 2004 in Iraq when an IED struck the convoy that was the first leg of her trip home. Mass at St. Philip Apostle with Fr. Joseph H. Penkaul who said, "No matter where Cari was she always found time to help others." She was a translator in Army Military Intelligence. She had attended Canisius College (Jesuit) in Buffalo, NY.

Daniel J. Geary (Marine LCpl) Age 22, of Rome, NY. Killed March 20, 2009 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Peter's, Rome. He joined the army at 18 after being in JROTC at Rome Free Academy. He left a fiancée he would have married in May.

Theodore Matthew Glende (Army Pfc) Age 23 of Rochester, NY. Killed July 27, 2012 in Afghanistan. Funeral at University of Rochester Chapel. He was an '07 grad of McQuaid Jesuit HS, Rochester, NY and a '11 grad of Niagara U. (Jesuit) with a degree in Military Science.

Michael Dennis Glover (Marine LCpl) Age 28, of Brooklyn (Belle Harbor) NY. One of six shot in the head by snipers on August 16, 2006 in Fallujah, Iraq. (see also: his platoon commander, John McKenna in NY) Mass at St. Francis De Sales, Belle Harbor. He was a grad of Xavier High School. He had taken a leave of absence from law school to join the army. [In 1886, a military training unit under the direction of the National Guard began at Xavier HS and was mandatory. It became a JROTC program in 1935. Xavier became a "Military Institute" in 1968. JROTC became optional in 1971. "LCpl. Michael D. Glover Street" was added to Xavier's address.]

Jose Gomez (Army Sgt) Age 23, of Corona, NY. Killed April 20, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at Our Lady of Sorrows, Corona, Queens with Msgr. Thomas Healy who said, "There is no greater love than to give your life for your friends." His former fiancée, Pvt. Analauria Esparza-Gutierrez, was killed in Iraq three years earlier. (see under TX). He joined to buy his mother a house. His brother was not allowed to travel from the Dominican Republic for the funeral. He left a second fiancée.

Carlos M. Gonzalez (Army Cpl, Green Beret) Age 27, of Middletown, NY. Killed March 16, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Middletown. He had been in JROTC for four years in high school. He left a wife and one year old daughter.

Luis M. Gonzalez (Army Staff Sgt.) Age 27,of South Ozone Park, NY. One of seven Killed October 27, 2009 in Afghanistan in an IED attack. Mass at St. Leo's, Flushing with Fr. Diego Villegas and Aux. Bishop Octavio Cisneros (Brooklyn/Queens) He was honored by President Obama on Oct. 30, 2009 on the return of his body to Dover AFB. His mother, Bienvenda, said, "I don't agree with this war." He was the new father of 5 mo. old Isaiah with wife Jessica also in the Army. VP Biden attended a memorial ceremony for him.

Jason D. Hasenauer (Army Spc) age 21 of Hilton, NY. Killed December 28, 2005 in Afghanistan in a humvee roll over accident. Mass at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Hamlin, NY with Fr. William Spilly. He left a wife and a newborn son.

Irving Hernandez, Jr. (Army Sgt) age 28 of NYC, NY. Killed July 12, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at Holy Redeemer, Manhattan, NY. He left a wife, son and daughter.

Manny Hornedo (Army Sgt) age 27 of Brooklyn, NY. Killed June 28, 2005 in Iraq. Mass at St. Michael's, Brooklyn. Rev. Edward Kane, former chaplain of his unit, said, "We sometimes forget that we are called to greater things, to move on to glory. We should not be so sad. If his children become half the man their father was, they would do him proud." He left a wife and two sons.

Anthony A. Kaiser (Army Spc) age 27 of Narrowsburg, NY. Killed March 17, 2007 in Iraq. Mass at St. Francis Xavier, Narrowsburg, where he had once been an altar server, with Fr. William Scully. He left a wife. 

Thomas E. Kennedy (Army Maj) Age 35 of New City, NY. Killed August 8, 2012 in Afghanistan in a suicide vest attack along with a Command Sgt. Maj, an AF Maj. and a civilian working for US AID. Mass at Cadet Chapel, West Point, NY. He did two tours in Iraq, was selected to become a Tactical Officer at West Point and earned a masters degree in Organizational Psychology from Columbia. He left a wife a son and twin daughters.

Jaime Elizabeth Leonard (Army Maj) Age 39 of Warrick, NY. Killed June 8, 2013 by an Afghan Army member after an argument with an American. (Two other Catholics from NY were killed in the same incident, Joseph Morabito, a civilian contractor and Lt. Col. Todd Clark) Mass at Most Holy Trinity Chapel, West Point where she was a 1997 graduate.

Michael Luciani LiCalzi (Marine 1st Lt.) Age 24, of Garden City, NY. Drowned with three others when their tank fell off a bridge on May 11, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at St. Joseph's, Garden City where he had been an altar server. He was a grad of Chamindale High School (Catholic college prep for men in Mineola, NY) and an '04 grad of the US Naval Academy. He left a twin brother, another brother and a sister.

John D. Linde (Army SSgt) Age 30, of NYC, NY. Killed November 5, 2007 in Iraq. Mass at Holy Family, Union City, NJ with Command Chaplain of US Army North, Maj. (Fr.) Gary Studniewski who said, "He served to the point of death so others could be free." He left a wife, daughter and a daughter form a previous relationship.

Jonathan E. Lootens (Army Sgt) Age 25 of Lyons, NY. Killed October 15, 2001 in Iraq. Mass at St. Francis, Phelps, NY with Fr. Thomas Mull (Pastor of St. Mary's, Canandaigua, NY) who said, "Phelps is a tiny place. Today, America is in Phelps. Thank you Jonathan for your service."

Matthew Devin Lynch (Marine 1st Lt.) of Jericho, NY. Killed October, 31, 2004 in Iraq. Mass St. Paul the Apostle, Brookville, NY. He was an '01 grad of Duke U. His brother, Tim, is also in the Marines.

Scott A. Lynch (Marine LCpl) Age 22 of Greenwood Lake, NY. Killed October 6, 2010 in Afghanistan. Mass at Holy Rosary, Greenwood Lake with Fr. Robert Sweeney. He was married in May just before deployment.

Anthony L. Mangano (Army Spc) Age 36 of Greenlawn, NY. One of four killed June 21, 2008 in Afghanistan in an IED attack. (see also: Nelson Rodriguez-Ramirez in MA) Mass at St Theresa's, Greenlawn.

Joseph Anthony Morabito (civilian contractor for Dyncorp at the time) Age 54 of Haines Falls and the Bronx, NY, killed June 8, 2013 by an Afghan Army member after an argument with an American. (Two other Catholics from NY were killed in the same incident; Jamie Leonard and Todd Clark) He had been in the Navy and the Army and served over 34 years in numerous law enforcement capacities, both military and civilian. Mass at Immaculate Conception, Haines Falls with Fr. Anthony Motta. He left a wife and three children.

Shawn P. Martin (Marine Sgt) Age 30 of Delmar, NY. Killed June 20, 2007, one week after arriving in Iraq. Mass at St. Thomas the Apostle, Albany, NY. A singer "belted out" Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA" during Mass. He left a wife.

Ramon Mateo (Marine LCpl) Age 20 of Suffolk, NY. Killed September 24, 2004 in Iraq. He joined for diesel mechanic training and for college aid. Mass at Luke's, Brentwood, NY. He left a wife.

John J. McKenna IV (Marine Capt.) Age 30 of Brooklyn, NY. Killed August 16, 2006 when he went to the aid of a fallen Marine (see Michael Glover in NY) while on patrol in Fallujah, Iraq. Mass at Immaculate Heart of Mary, Brooklyn with Fr. Joseph Fonti, a friend from his childhood. He attended Immaculate Heart of Mary school and Bishop Ford High School in Brooklyn and was a '98 grad of Binghamton U.

James Dennis McNaughton (Army SSgt) Age 27 of Middle Village, NY. Killed August 2, 2005 by a sniper bullet while on guard tower duty at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Mass at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Lake Ronkonkoma. He left a fiancée.

Julian S. Melo (Army SSgt) Age 47 of Brooklyn, NY. Killed December 21, 2004 in Iraq. Mass at Fort Lewis Main Post Chapel. He was a former Panamanian Army captain. He left a wife.

Jerimiah J. Monroe (Army Pfc) Age 31 of Niskayuna, NY. Killed September 17, 2009 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. John the Baptist, Chesterton, NY. He left a daughter.

Alphonso Junior Montenegro II (Army Sgt) Age 22 of Far Rockaway, NY. One of six killed June 21, 2007 in Iraq in an IED attack. Mass at St. Therese, Wilson, NC. He enlisted right out of high school hoping to get help to pursue a medical career. He was "stop-lossed", adding another year to his tour. His brother is also in the Army.

Timothy J. Moshier (Army Capt.) Age 25 of Albany, NY. One of two killed April 1, 2006 in Iraq when a helicopter was shot down. Mass at St. Thomas the Apostle, Delmar, NY with Fr. Mark Cunningham. He was an '02 grad of West Point. He left a wife and infant daughter.

Michael Patrick Murphy (Navy Lt., SEAL) Age 29 of Patchogue, NY. One of three killed June 28, 2005 in Afghanistan when he was leading a SEAL team in the mountains along the Afghanistan/Pakistan border. Mass at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Patchogue, NY. A rescue team of 8 SEALS and 8 Special Forces soldiers were also killed when their helicopter was shot down by an RPG.

Raphael Nieves Jr. (Army Spc) Age 22 of Albany, NY and Jersey City, NJ. Killed July 10, 2011 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Aloysius, Jersey City, NJ. He left a wife, a 2 year old son and a 4 month old daughter.

Michael Harold Ollis (Army SSgt) Age 24 of New Dorp, Staten Island, NY. Killed August 28, 2013 in Afghanistan. Mass at Our Lady Queen of Peace, New Dorp with Fr. Pancrose Kalist, Pastor. St. Paul the Apostle Catholic War Veterans Post 1934 attended the calling hours. His grandfather was in WWII and his father in Viet Nam. In his homily, Fr. Stephen Koeth said, “Michael was able to turn strength and courage and determination into what Christ called the truest kind of love, the love that lays down one's life for his friends.”

Blaise A. Oleski (Marine LCpl) Age 22 of Holland Patent, NY. Killed April 8, 2009 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Peter's, Rome, NY with Fr. Vincent P. Long (pastor of St Leo's and St Anne's, Holland Patent) who said Oleski is "...A perfect example of how the good that we do lives on long after we pass from this life...He touched us with his gentleness...a peaceful man...He was larger than life." He was a member of St Leo's, Holland Patent. Fr. Philip A. Hearn of St. Peter's and Fr. Sean Patrick O'Brien of Christ Our Light, Palasaides, NY were concelebrants.

Eric J. Orlowski (Marine Cpl) Age 26 of Buffalo, NY. Killed March 22, 2003 in Iraq by the accidental discharge of a machine gun. Mass at St. Philip the Apostle, Buffalo. He left a wife and a three year old daughter.

Javier O. Ortiz-Rivera (Marine SSgt) Age 26 of Rochester, NY. Killed November 16, 2010 in Afghanistan. Mass at Our Lady of the Americas, Rochester. He had done one tour in Iraq and was on his second in Afghanistan. He left a wife and three children, ages 8,5,and 3. The youngest asked, “Why did my Daddy die?”

Paulomarko U. Pacificador (Army Pfc) Age 24 of Shirley, NY. Killed August 13, 2007 in Iraq. Mass at St. Jude's, Mastic Beach with Fr. Todd Saccoccia who said, "Marko believed in his mission." His parents were presented with six medals during Mass by Brig. Gen. Todd Semonite. He was born in the Philippines.

Michael J. Pernaselli (Navy PO 1st Class) Age 27 of Monroe, NY. Killed April 24, 2004 in Iraq. Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes, Brighton, NY. He left two daughters living with his parents.

Jacob M. Pfister (Army Spc) Age 27 of Buffalo, NY. Killed April 19, 2005 in Iraq. Mass at St. Vincent de Paul, North Evans, NY. He left a wife expecting their first child in June.

Robert C. Pope II (Army Cpl.) Age 22 of East Islip, NY. Killed November 7, 2005 in Iraq. Mass at St. Mary's, East Islip. He left a wife and a son.

James E. Prevete (Army Pfc) Age 22 of Whitestone, NY. Killed October 10, 2004 in Iraq. Mass at Holy Trinity, Whitestone with Fr. James Fraser. He attended Holy Trinity Elementary, was a 2000 grad of St. Francis Prep High School, Queens, NY and briefly attended Sacred Heart U, Fairfield CT. He left a fiancée.

Julian Alberto Ramon (Marine Cpl) Age 22 of Flushing, NY. Killed July 20, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at St. Michael's, Flushing. His family came from Columbia when he was 4 years old.

James John Regan (Army Sgt, Ranger) Age 26 of Manhasset, NY. Killed February 9, 2009 in Iraq in an IED attack. Mass at St. Mary's, Manhasset with Fr. James C. Williams, S.M. who had been his teacher at Chamindale College Prep High School, Mineola, NY. Fr. Williams said, "He wanted to serve his country rather than himself." 600 from St. Mary's High School attended. He had done two tours in Afghanistan and was on his second in Iraq. He played on two national champion lacrosse teams at Duke U. He left a fiancée.

Hernando Rios (Army Pfc) Age 29 of Queens, NY. Killed August 8, 2005 in Iraq. Mass at Our Lady Queen of Angles, Queens. He left a wife and three daughters.

Jonathan Rivadeneira (Army Spc, medic) Age 22 of Jackson Heights, NY. One of four killed September 14, 2007 in Iraq in an IED attack. Mass at St. Joan of Arc, Jackson Heights with Fr. Stephen Valdaso, pastor. He had joined right out of high school looking for a pathway to college and a possible career in medicine. His wife was in the Army NG. His mother held a nine day vigil for her only child at the home of Maria del Rosario Duran, the mother of missing Army Spec. Alex Jimenez.

Robert Marcus Rodriguez (Marine Cpl) Age 21 of Queens, NY. Drowned March 25, 2003 in Iraq when the tank he was in plunged into the Euphrates River after the driver was shot. Mass at Blessed Sacrament, Cypress Hills, NY with Fr. Thomas Brosnan, pastor, who said Rodriguez "...wanted to do something of service to others. Let's hope that we too can imitate the decision Robert made in his young life. He made that choice to serve and did it to his greatest capacity." He said, "Everyone could be proud of his sacrifice." A banner in "patriotic colors" hung from the school windows across the street: "Our Hero, Cpl. Rodriguez". A choir of Fourth and Fifth graders from B. S. School sang "God Bless America". Daniel Lanfranco, 13, an altar server at the Mass, commented later, "It would be an honor to serve like Rodriguez. That's my model right there." Leslie Corona, an 11 year old Sixth grader said, " It's good to know he definitely achieved his dream."

Kyle R. Rookey (Army Spc) Age 23 of Oswego, NY. Died September 2, 2012 in Afghanistan in a “non-combat related incident”. (Mass ?) Buried in St. Paul's Cemetery, Oswego. His “military occupation specialty” was a UAV (drone) operator. He left a wife and an 11 mo. old daughter.

John Rossi (Army Maj. Gen.) Age 55, native of Long Island.  He was found dead (ruled a suicide by the Army) in his home at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama two days before he was to take command of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense at that base.  He had only been there for a week.  Vigil/Rosary and Mass at 1st Armored Division Chapel, Fort Bliss, TX where he had once been commander.  He was a 1983 grad of West Point and had masters degrees from Webster U. and the U.S. Naval War College. He had been 33 years in the army. He had been in Korea, Germany, SW Asia and Iraq where he was in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.  He left a wife who is a native of El Paso, a son who is an Army Capt. and two daughters. 

David L. Roustum (Army Spc) Age 22 of West Seneca, NY. Killed November 20, 2004 in Iraq. Mass at St. John Vianney, West Seneca.

Yevgeniy Ryndych (Army Sgt) Age 24 of Brooklyn, NY. Killed December 6, 2006 in Iraq. Buried in St. Theresa's cemetery He had emigrated Ukraine in 1998) He left a fiancée.

Daniel J. Shaw (Army Sgt) Age 23 of West Seneca, NY. Killed November 5, 2007 in Iraq. Mass at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Orchard Park. He left a fiancée.

Douglas Emory Sloan (Army Major) see under MI.

Zachary Smith (Marine LCpl) Age 19 of Hornell, NY. Killed January 24, 2001 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Ann's, Hornell with Frs. Peter Anglaere, Paul Schnacky, Sean DeMaria, James Jaeger, John Cullen and Mark Brewer and Deacon Robert McCormick. He was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Parish, Hornell. He left a wife.

Nicholas J. Sovie (Marine LCpl) age 20 of Ogdensburg, NY. One of ten killed February 17, 2006 in Djibouti when two Marine transport helicopters crashed (no hostile fire) on a night training mission in the Gulf of Aden as part of OEF, the Afghanistan Global War on Terrorism. (two survived) Mass at Notre Dame, Ogdensburg. See also: James Fordyce in PA and Donnie Levens in MS.

Riayan Tejeda (Marine SSgt) age 26 of NYC, NY and citizen of the Dominican Republic. Killed April 11, 2003 in Iraq. Mass at St. Elizabeth's, Washington Heights with Msgr. Gerald Walsh and Cardinal Edward Egan. NYC Mayor Blumberg attended. He left an ex-wife and two daughters. He had been 8 years in the Marines and was not yet a citizen. There are 31,000 men and women in the military who are not citizens.

Joseph Stephen Tremblay (Marine Cpl) Age 23 of New Windsor, NY. Killed April 27, 2005 in Iraq in an IED attack while he was on combat patrol. Mass at Sacred Heart, Newburg, NY with Fr. William Scafidi and Cardinal Edward Egan. Fr. Scafidi said, "Joseph dutifully gave his life on his tour of duty in Iraq." He left a fiancée.

Peter P. Tycz II (Army Sfc) Age 32 of Raeford, NC and Tonawanda, NY. Killed June 12, 2002 in Afghanistan in the crash of a MC-130H Combat Talon, Mass at St. Francis of Assisi, Tonawanda. He left a wife and five daughters.

Wilfredo Fernando Urbina (Army Pfc) Age 29 of Baldwin, NY. One of two killed November 29, 2004 in Iraq in an IED attack. (see also: Christian Engledrum in NY) Mass at St. Christopher's, Baldwin.

Michael A. Uvanni (Army Sgt) Age 27 of Rome, NY. Killed October 1, 2004 in Iraq. Mass at St. John the Baptist, Rome. He had joined the ANG after five years as a Marine.

Paul Clarke Voelke (Army Major) Age 36 of Monroe, NY. Died in a “non-combat incident, under investigation.” Mass at Chapel of the Most Holy Trinity, West Point, NY. He was a '98 grad of West Point. He left a wife and 2 sons.

Blake D. Whipple (Army Spc) Age 21 of Williamsville, NY. Killed November 5, 2010 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Gregory the Great, Amherst, NY with Fr. Joseph Grotto. He had attended St. Bonaventure U.

Ronald Winchester (Marine 1st Lt.) Age 25 of Rockville Centre, NY. Killed September 2, 2004 in Iraq. Mass at St. Agnes Cathedral, Rockville Centre (Bishop William Francis Murphy) Homily given by Fr. James Williams. He was a grad of Chamindale Catholic (college prep) High School, Mineola, NY and an '01 grad of the US Naval Academy.

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NORTH CAROLINA

Michael James Bramer (Army Sgt. Special Forces) Age 23 of Fayetteville, NC. Did tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and was honorably discharged after being wounded. PTSD/suicide on January 17, 2007. Mass at St. Mary's, Bath, Maine.

Sean Edward Brazas (Navy PO 2nd) Age 26 of Greensboro, NC. Killed May 30, 2012 in Afghanistan. Memorial Mass at St. Paul the Apostle, Greensboro. He left a wife and 13 month old daughter.

Andrew D. Byers:   see under NY

Patrick R. Dolphin (Marine SSgt) Age 29 of Holly Ridge, NC. (and Elmhurst and Dunmore, PA) Killed July 21, 2011 in Afghanistan in a “non-combat incident under investigation”. Mass at St. Ann’s Basilica, Scranton, PA with Fr. Donald Williams, Chaplain of Misericordia University and former pastor of St. Eulalia’s, Elmhurst where Sgt. Dolphin was an altar server. Funeral attended by Maj. Gen. Paul E. Lefebvre, Commanding General of USMC Special Operations Command, US Reps Tom Marino and Lou Barletta, US Sen. Bob Casey and State Rep. Ken Smith. He left a wife.

Donald “Rocky” Edgerton (Army Sgt) Age 33 of Murphy, NC. Killed July 10, 2010 in Afghanistan when he stepped on a land mine the day after his birthday. His father learned of his death on the way to Sunday Mass. Mass at St. William’s, Murphy. He left a wife and daughter.

Adam K. Ginett (AF Tech. Sgt) Age 29 of Knightdale, NC. One of two killed January 19, 2010 in Afghanistan in an IED attack. Mass at St. Bernadette, Fuquay-Varina, NC. He had also done two tours in Iraq.

Cliff K. Golla (Marine LCpl) Age 21 of Charlotte, NC. Killed September 1, 2006 in Iraq, Mass at St. Matthew’s, Charlotte with Fr. John McSweeney. His sister said, "It's not good enough of a cause to send people, young men...my brother was only 21." He left a fiancée.

Edward C. Kramer (Army Sfc) Age 39 of Wilmington, NC. One of four killed June 29, 2009 in Iraq in an IED attack. MOCB at St. Mark’s, Wilmington. Memorial Mass at St. Thomas, Southington, NC. He left a wife and two daughters.

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NORTH DAKOTA

Dennis J. Ferderen Jr. (Army Spc) Age 20 of New Salem, ND. Killed November 2, 2005 in Iraq. Mass at St. Pius V, where he had been an altar server, with Fr. Terry Wipf.

Jon Paul Fettig (Army Spc) Age 30 of Dickinson, ND. Killed July 22, 2003 in Iraq when an RPG hit his vehicle. Mass at Queen of Peace, Dickinson. Gov John Hoeven in attendance. Gen Mike Haugen, Commander of the ND ANG Presented awards to the family and wept as he read Isaiah 6:8 and dedicated it to Jon: Also I heard the voice of the Lord say, "Whom shall I send and who will go for us? then said I, here I am, send me." An armored personnel carrier led the funersal procession to St. Joseph's cemetery. He left a wife.

Thomas J. Sweet II (Army Spc) Age 23 of Bismarck, ND. Joined the Army right out of HS and went to Iraq in September '08. PTSD/suicide on November 27, 2008. Mass at Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, Bismarck (Bishop Pavel Zipfel) with Frs. Larry Haas and Thomas Kramer. He was promoted to Sgt the day he died.

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NORTH MARIANAS ISLANDS

Leroy Apatang Camacho (Army Spc) Age 28 of Saipan, Northern Marianas. Killed February 9, 2007 in Iraq. Mass at Mt. Carmel Cathedral. (Bishop Tomas Aguon Camacho

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OHIO

Joseph J. Andres Jr. (Army MSgt, Special Forces communications officer) Age 34 of Seven Hills, OH. Killed December 24, 2005 in Iraq. Mass at St. Columbkille, Parma, OH. He was an '89 grad of Padua Franciscan High School, Parma.

Michael Christopher “Mike” Barkey (Army Sgt) Age 22 of Canal Fulton, OH. Killed July 7, 2004 in Iraq when his vehicle rolled over after a sniper shot out a tire. Member of Sts. Philip & James Parish, Canal fulton. Mass at Northwest HS Gym, Canal Fulton. Eight years later, his younger brother, Tony, committed suicide at age 22. His parents believed this was the family's second casualty of war. See: http://www.chio.com/news/local/sgt-michael-barkey-1.473699

Joseph A. Bauer (Army Spc) Age 27 of Cincinnati, OH. Killed July 24, 2010 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Louis, Owensville, OH with Fr. Jerry Hiland who said, "It's a good and honorable thing to be a soldier and to serve your country. We've had a lot of peopole deployed from our parishes in Clermont County and we pray for them every day." He left a wife.

Peter James Clore (Marine LCpl) Age 23 of New Philadelphia, OH. Killed May 28, 2011 in Afghanistan. Mass at Sacred Heart, New Philadelphia with Bishop Frederick F. Campbell (Diocese of Columbus) and concelebrants, Msgr. George J. Schlegel and Frs. Jeff Corning, Ed Keck, Matt Hoover, Anthony Lonzo and James Hatfield. He was a ’06 grad of Tuscarawas Catholic HS. He was an Altar Server and Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communioin. He was on the Diocesan Youth Council and attended the Steubenville Youth Rally and the National Catholic Youth Conference in Columbus, OH. He completed one year of education at the Pontifical College Josephinium in Columbus before joining the Marines.

Michael Benjamin Cook Jr. (Army Spc) Age 27 of Salem, MA and Middletown, OH. Killed in a rocket attack June 6, 2011 on his birthday in Iraq. Mass at St. Thomas, West Springfield, MA with Fr. Kenneth J. Tatro, pastor who said, "No one wants peace more than the young soldiers on the front lines of the battlefield. Michael worked hard for that peace. It cost him his life." Brig. Gen John J. McGuiness spoke at the service. He left a wife, son and daughter.

Brad A. Davis (Army Sgt) Age 21 of Garfield Heights, OH. Killed April 22, 2009 in Iraq in an IED attack. Mass at St. Monica’s, Garfield Heights.

Robert J. Dowdy (Army Sgt) Age 38 of Cleveland, OH. One of 8 found dead March 23, 2003 in Iraq after their convoy was ambushhed during an attempt to rescue Pfc. Jessica Lynch. Mass at St. John Nepomucene, Cleveland. He left a wife and teenage daughter.

Nicholas B. Erdy (Marine LCpl) Age 21 of Williamsburg, OH. One of 6 killed May 11, 2005 in Iraq in an IED attack. Mass at Guardian Angels, Mt. Washington, OH. He was an '07 grad of Archbishop McNichols High School who enlisted one week after graduation. He left a fiancée.

Michael S. Evarts (Army Maj.) Age 41 of Concord Township, OH. Killed January 17, 2011 in Iraq in a "non-combat related incident under investigation". Mass at St. Gabriel’s, Concord Township. He left a wife and two young sons.

Michael Wayne Finke Jr. (Marine Sgt) Age 28 of Glendale, AZ and Huron, OH. One of 31 killed January 26, 2005 in Iraq when a CH-53E helicopter crashed in a sandstorm. (See also: Hector Ramos in IL, Dustin Shumney in CA, Kyle Grimes in PA and Saeed Jafarkhani-Torshizi in TX) Mass at Most Holy Trinity, Phoenix, AZ with Fr. Paul Burtzlaff. He had enlisted at age 17 after trying to do so at 15.

Dustin Robert Fitzgerald (Marine LCpl) Age 22 of Huber Heights, OH. Killed August 18, 2004 in Iraq. Mass at St. Peter’s, Huber Heights with Fr. Earl Simone. He had been in JROTC in high school.

Shamus Otto Goare (Army SSgt) Age 29 of Rincon, GA and Danville, OH. One of 16 killed June 28, 2005 in Afghanistan when their helicopter was shot down while on a special ops mission to rescue 4 Navy Seals (including Michael Murphy in NY who was killed) who were missing in the mountains near Pakistan. (see also: Marcus Muralles in IN) Mass at St. Luke’s, Danville with Fr. Richard Snoke who said, "We are here celebrating in freedom made possible by SSgt. Shamus and his crew."

Richard Allen Hardy (Army Spc) Age 24 of Newcomerstown and Bolivar, OH. One of 5 killed October 15, 2005 in Iraq when an RPG struck inside their tank. Mass at Church of the Holy Trinity, Bolivar with Fr. Ed Keck.

Joshua Scott Harmon (Army Cpl) Age 20 of Mentor-on-the- Lake, OH. One of 14 killed August 22, 2007 in Iraq in a helicopter crash. Mass at St. John Vianney, Mentor, with Fr. Tom Johns. He left a wife.

Jason John Hernandez (Army Spc) Age 21 of Streetsboro, OH. One of 3 killed in an IED attack in Iraq on September 7, 2007, his 21st birthday. Mass at St. Joan of Arc, Streetsboro. His father is a combat veteran who works as a civilian recruiter for the Army. He had been married less than a year.

John Patrick “JP” Huling (Marine Sgt) Age 25 of West Chester, OH. Killed May 6, 2012 in Afghanistan. He was shot in the chest by an Afghan Army MP. Mass at St. Michael the Archangel, Sharonville, OH with Fr. Tom DeFolco. Catholic HS students lined the street to meet the funeral procession. He attended St. Michael's grade school and was an '04 grad of Moeller Catholic HS in Montgomery, OH. His mother, Debbie Huling said her son didn't think US soldiers should be in Afghanistan. “...he just thought it was senseless”, she said. The funeral was on his 26th birthday.

Dennis E. Kancler (Marine Sgt) Age 26 of Brecksville, OH. Killed July 31, 2011 in Afghanistan with two other Marine Special Operators in a “non-combat incident”, first listed as KIA but later as a fire in their living quarters. Mass at St. Basil the Great, Brecksville. He had done 2 tours in Iraq and was on his third in Afghanistan. He leaves a 2 year old son and two sisters married to Marines.

Michael McClaren Kashkoush (Marine Sgt) Age 24 of Chagrin Falls, OH. Killed January 23, 2007, ten days after arriving in Iraq. Mass at St. Joan of Arc, Chagrin Falls. He was an only child.

Thomas Oliver Keeling (Marine LCpl) Age 23 of Strongsville, OH. One of 5 killed June 9, 2005 in Iraq in an IED attack. (see also: Brad Squires in OH) Mass at St. John Neumann, Strongsville with Fr. Robert Kraig who said, "Tom not only wanted to serve, he was willing to serve...His death will bring life and freedom to many people." He was a graduate of Kent State U. Squires and Keeling were buried in Holy Cross cemetery in suburban Cleveland. 

Anthony David Kinslow (Army Spc) Age 21 of Westerville and Galena, OH. One of two killed June 13, 2005 in Iraq. Mass at St. John Neumann, Sunbury, OH with Fr. James A. Walter, who said, “It wasn’t he who was shooting when something exploded to kill him.” His father said, "From the time he went over, he was anxious to come home."

Matthew Joseph Kuglics (AF SSgt) Age 25 of Green, OH. Killed June 5, 2004 in Iraq. Mass at Queen of Heaven, Green.

Sean G. Landrus (Army SSgt) Age 31 of Thompson, OH. Died January 29, 2004 in Iraq, two days after being wounded in an IED attack. Mass at St. Patrick’s, Thompson with Fr. Paul Smith, pastor who said, “We’re not here to debate the morality or validity of the war in Iraq or to seek vengeance for the death of someone we love.” He left a wife and three children.

Bryan W. Large (Army Sgt) Age 31 of Cuyahoga, OH. One of three killed October 3, 2005 in Iraq in an IED attack. (see also: Roberta Baez in FL) Mass at Immaculate Heart of Mary, Cuyahoga with Fr. Thomas McCann. He left two daughters.

Angel Luis Lopez (Army Spc) Age 27 of Cleveland, OH. Killed October 5, 2013 in Afghanistan. Mass at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Cleveland. He left a wife and two children.

Jonathan L. Martin (Army SSgt) Age 33 of Bellevue, OH. Died November 22, 2007 in a German hospital of injuries suffered Nov. 9 in Iraq. Mass at Immaculate Conception, Bellevue.

Robert A. Massarelli (Army SSgt) Age 32 of Hamilton, OH. One of two killed June 24, 2012 in Afghanistan. (see also: Michael Strachota in AR) It was first reported as an IED attack, later due to an accident involving two convoys travelling in opposite directions. The last fuel truck being driven by a convoy of Afghan nationals swerved and caused Massarelli's vehicle to crash into a ditch where it burned for three hours. Mass at St. Julie Billiart, Hamilton with Fr. Michael Pucke. He had done three tours in Iraq as well.

Matthew C. Mattingly (Army Capt) Age 30 of Reynoldsburg, OH. Killed September 13, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at Holy Spirit, Columbus, OH with Fr. Raymond Larussa. He was a 1998 graduate of Xavier University (Jesuit) His fiancée is also an Army Captain.

Michael Joseph Medders (Army Capt) Age 25 of Avon Lake, OH. Killed September 24, 2008 in Iraq, Mass at St. Joseph’s, Avon Lake. St. Joseph's grade and high school school students waving flags lined the sidewalk as the funeral procession left the church. He left a fiancée.

Keith “Matt” Maupin (Army Sgt) Age 24 of Batavia, OH. Listed as “missing-captured” since April 9, 2004, the armed forces medical examiner confirmed on March 3, 2008 that human remains recovered in Iraq were his. Buried in Gate of Heaven Cemetery (Catholic)

Nicholas Edward Messmer (Army Pfc) Age 20 of Gahanna and Franklin, OH. Killed May 8, 2005 in Iraq in an IED attack. Mass at St. Matthew’s, Gahanna with Fr. Paul A. Noble.

Daniel Edward Miller (Army Sfc) Age 43 of Rossford, OH. Killed August 24, 2007 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Christopher’s, Radcliff, OH. Described as a “faithful Roman Catholic” and a member of the K of C which posthumously honored him for his “patriotism enlightened and informed by religion” with promotion to rank of Knight of the Fourth Degree. See his obituary in the Toledo Blade: www.legacy.com/guestbooks/daniel-miller-condolences/149070789

Ryan E. Miller (Marine LCpl) Age 21 of Gahanna, OH. Killed September 3, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at St. Matthew’s, Gahanna with Fr. Anthony P. Lonzo. He attended St. Matthew's grade school, graduated St. Francis DeSales HS and enlisted a few months later with a few buddies. He was a third generation Marine. 

Andrew W. “Ace” Nowacki (Marine LCpl) Age 24 of South Euclid, OH. Killed February 6, 2005 in Iraq. Mass at St. Gabriel, Concord, OH.

Nicholas Henry Olivas (Army Cpl) Age 20 of Hamilton, OH. Killed May 30, 2012 in Afghanistan. Mass at Sacred Heart, Fairfield, OH with Fr. Jeff Silvers. He attended St. Julie Billiart grade school in Hamilton. He left a wife and infant son.

Michael C. O’Neill (Army Sgt) Age 22 of Mansfield, OH. Died November 21, 2004 in Landstuhl, Germany of injuries suffered at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan in an accidental grenade explosion on November 17. Mass at Resurrection Catholic Community, Mansfield, OH with Fr. Stanley Szybka.

Daniel J. Patron (Marine Sgt) Age 26, of Canton, OH. Killed August 6, 2011 while trying to defuse a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Joan of Arc, Perry Township, OH with Fr. William B. Kranak. He had played four years in the Marine Corps band and done two tours in Iraq. He left a wife.

Daniel J. Pratt (Army Sfc) Age 48 of Youngstown, OH. Died November 3, 2005 in Iraq of an apparent heart attack. Mass at St. Christine, Youngstown with Msgr. David W. Rhodes. He had been an soccer coach at St. Christine's school. He left a wife and two children.

Nathaniel Shae Rock (Army Sgt) Age 26 of Toronto, OH. One of 6 killed August 1, 2005 in Iraq by small arms fire. Mass at St. Francis, Toronto with Msgr. Kurt Kemo.

Nicholas Jan Rozanski (Army Capt.) Age 36 of Dublin, OH. Killed April 4, 2012 in Afghanistan in a suicide attack. Mass at St. Joan of Arc, Powell, OH with Fr. Raymond Larussa. He left a wife and two daughters.

Zachary Steven Salmon (Army Pfc) Age 21 of Pigeon Forge, TN, Hebron, KY and Harrison, OH. Killed January 12, 2011 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Lawrence, Lawrenceburg, IN with Fr. Peter Gallagher. He left a three year old son, Noah, and a fiancée he was soon to marry.

Marko Mato Samson (Army Spc) Age 30 of Columbus, OH. Killed May 31, 2009 in Iraq in a non-combat related incident. Mass at St. Paul Croatian RC Church, Cleveland, OH.

Kurt Daniel Schamberg (Army Sgt) Age 26 of Orwell, OH. Killed May 20, 2005 in Iraq by a roadside bomb near Abu Ghraib prison. Mass at St. Mary’s, Orwell with Fr. Gregory Fedor. He was a "natural artist" and a singer.

Daniel R. Scherry (Marine LCpl) Age 20 of Rocky River, OH. Killed April 16, 2007 in Iraq in a non-hostile incident when he grasped a wire in the turret of a MTVR and was electrocuted. Mass at Our Lady of Angels, Cleveland, OH with Fr. John J. Cregan who said he was a "..young man always coming to the defense of others."

Jeremy S. Shock (Marine LCpl) Age 22 of Green Springs and Tiffin, OH. Killed November 19, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at St. Mary’s, Tiffin with Fr. David M. Ross. He was a grad of Tiffin University.

Brad D. Squires (Marine Cpl) Age 26 of Middlebury Heights, OH. One of 5 killed June 9, 2005 in Iraq in an IED attack. (see also: Thomas Keeling in OH) Mass at St. Mary’s, Berea, OH where he had been married seven months earlier, with Fr. John Retor. The Marine Hymn was sung at Mass.

Ashley White Stumpf (Army 1st Lt.) Age 24 of Alliance, OH. Killed October 22, 2011 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Joseph’s, Mogadore, OH with Frs. Edward R. Wieczorek and Thomas Dyer. She married Capt. Jason Stumpf, who survives, in May, 2011. She served as a member of the “Cultural Support Team” attached to a “Joint Special Operations Task Force”. (She mingled with local women and children to collect information which would have been culturally impossible for men) She has a twin sister, Brittany. She was an '09 grad of Kent State. Gayle Tzemach wrote a book about her titled Ashley's War.

Norman Lane Tollett (Army Sgt) Age 30 of Elyria, OH. Killed April 28, 2007 in Iraq by sniper fire. Mass at Elyria Catholic HS with Fr. Allan Laubenthal, his great uncle. See: A Soldier's Sacrifice. He had also attended St. Jude's Elementary School.

Joseph A. Tomci (Marine Cpl) Age 21 of Stow, OH. Killed August 2, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at Holy Family, Stow with Fr. Paul Rosing.

Charles L. Wilkins III (Army 1st Lt) Age 38 of Columbus, OH. Killed August 20, 2004 in Iraq. Mass at Thomas More Newman Center, The Roman Catholic Community at the Ohio State University (a ministry of the Paulist Fathers) He attended St. Charles Prep School, Bexley, OH and was a graduate of Bishop Hartley HS, Columbus. He enlisted in the Air Force after high school and left the AF to join the Army NG. He was attending law school at Capitol U.

Zachary Ryan Wobler (Army SSgt) Age 24 of Fayetteville, NC and Paulding & Ottawa, OH. Killed February, 6, 2005 in Iraq. Mass at Sts. Peter & Paul, Ottawa with Fr. Tom Hemm and Deacon Jim Rump. He had been legally seperated from his wife and also left a three year old daughter.

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OKLAHOMA

Lillian L. Clamens (Army SSgt, Military Personnel Clerk for the US Southern Command), age 35 of Omaha, NE, Miami, FL and Lawton, OK. One of two killed October 10, 2007 in a mortar attack on Camp Victory in Iraq in which 40 were also wounded. Mass at St. Brendan’s, Miami, FL. Her husband, an Army vet, was working as a civilian ROTC logistics manager at Florida International University. They have three children.

Daniel Lee Galvan (Army Sgt) Age 30, of Mercedes, TX and Moore, OK. Killed August 12, 2004 in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Theresa’s, Lubbock, TX with Bishop Placido Rodriguez. He left a wife and 2 step children.

William “Daniel” Scates (Army SSgt) Age 31 of Oklahoma City, OK. Killed August 11, 2007 in Iraq. Mass at St. Michael’s Chapel at Ft. Bliss. He left a wife and 2 daughters.

Bryan J. Scripsick (Marine Cpl) Age 22 of Wayne, OK. Killed September 6, 2007 in Iraq in a suicide bomber attack. Mass at St. Catherine of Sienna, Paul’s Village, OK with Fr. Michael Vaught.

Augustus “Augy” J. Vicari (Army Spc) Age 22 of Broken Arrow, OK. One of two killed July 29, 2011 in Afghanistan. Mass at Holy Name CC, Cedar Lake, OK with Fr. Tony Janik. He left a wife.

Theodore "Ted" Westhusing (Army Col) Age 44 of Dallas, TX, West Point, NY and Jenks, OK. Killed June 5, 2005 in Iraq by a single gunshot wound to the head. His family was first told he was KIA. Mass at Most Holy Trinity Chapel, West Point, NY. He was an '83 grad of the Academy where he was selected as Honor Captain his senior year, the highest ranking ehtics official within the cadet corps. He was a professor of English and Philosophy at West Point who volunterred to go to Iraq where his primary duty was to over see the training of Iraqis for civilian police duty in collaboration with USIS (United States Investigations Service), a private contractor. He was found dead in his office by the contractor whose fraud, abuse and waste he planned to expose. An hour before he was killed, (a suicide note was found) he had a heated argument with Gen. Patraeus on the phone. He left a wife and three young children.

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OREGON

Mabry James Anders (Army Spc) Age 21 of Baker City, OR. Killed August 27, 2012 by a member of the Afghan Army. Mass at St. Francis De Sales Cathedral, Baker City (Diocese of Baker, Bishop Liam Cary) with Fr. Julian Cassar, Rector. Baker City Herald reporter, Devan Schwartz said Fr. Cassar “...invoked a history of martyrdom from biblical times to 9/11 and all the way to the war in Afghanistan.” He left a fiancée.

Travis John Bradach-Nall (Marine Cpl) Age 24 of Portland, OR. Killed July 2, 2003 in Iraq during a land mine clearing operation. Mass at All Saints, Portland with Fr. Richard Thompson who said, "Travis chose to lay down his life for his friends- and for strangers -because he knew it was the right thing to do...Travis gave us a model of faithfulness, a gift of purpose and courage. His life made a difference in the world." He attended All Saints grade school. Gov. Ted Kulongoski spoke at the Mass.

Joshua Charles Brennan (Army Sgt) Age 22 of Ontario, OR. Died October 26, 2007 in Afghanistan, a day after being wounded in a firefight. Memorial Mass at Corpus Christi, Fruitland, Idaho. MOCB at St. Maria Goretti with Msgr. Michael Burke. His enlistment was to have ended in September but a "stop loss" order extended it for a year. His unit had come under fire every day but three for two months. His mother lives in OR and his father in WI. Both had been MP's in the Army. 

Aaron J. Contreras (Marine Capt) Age 31 of Sherwood, OR. Killed March 30, 2003 when his helicopter crashed in southern Iraq. Mass at St. Francis, Sherwood with Fr. Tom McCarthy who saw Aaron as a devout Catholic who knew his bible inside and out. “He was a very unusual young man in a spiritual way,” said McCarthy. Aaron’s father, Edward, a veteran of the Viet Nam war, said, “Aaron was very religious and believed in his church.” He left a wife and three children.

Sean Patrick Fennerty (Army Sgt) Age 25 of Corvallis, OR. Killed January 20, 2007 in Iraq. Mass at Knight Center of Jesuit HS, Beaverton, OR, where he had graduated in 1999. Attended by Gov. Ted Kulongoski (a veteran of the Marines) who said Sean was, “the son every parent wants, the student every teacher wants, the soldier every commanding officer wants.” He compared Sean to St. Patrick who faced fear with confidence. The Gov. also recited the Prayer of St. Ignatius.

Anthony Troy Justesen (Army Pfc) Age 22 of Wilsonville, OR. Killed June 23, 2010 in Afghanistan in an IED attack. Mass at St. Luke’s, Woodburn, OR with Fr. Dave Zegar who said, "I can still see his face when he stood here for the first time in his uniform. This life for him would have meaning." His sister sang "Heaven was needing a Hero" as a final hymn. He attended St. Luke's School.

Matthew “Matt” Lembke (Marine Cpl) Age 22 of Tualatin, OR. Died July 10, 2009 at Bethesda Naval Hospital from wounds suffered June 24 in Afghanistan. He lost both legs and had massive internal injuries from an IED explosion. Mass at Church of the Resurrection, Tualatin with Fr. Paul Peri (who had given him First Holy Communion 14 years earlier) who said Lembke "had a quiet faith and a spirit of self sacrifice."

Long N. Nguyen (Army Sgt) Age 27 of Portland, OR. Died February 10, 2007 in Afghanistan of non-combat related wounds. Mass at Our Lady of Lavang, Portland. He was born in Viet Nam, June 27, 1979 and came to the US with his parents when he was three years old.

Chase R. Whitham (Army Spc) Age 21 of Eugene, OR. Died May 8, 2004 in Iraq when an electric current charged the water in a pool he was swimming in in Mosul. Mass at St. Paul’s, Eugene. He was a 2000 grad of Marist HS, Eugene.

James Leon Wiley Jr. (Army Lt. Col.) Age 46 of Germany and North Bend, OR. Killed September 18, 2008 at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan in a “non-combat incident under investigation”. Mass at Holy Redeemer, North Bend with Fr. Karl Schray. He was a lawyer in the Judge Advocate Generals Office. He had lived in Germany for 12 years. He left a wife and three daughters, all of Germany.

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PENNSYLVANIA

Louis E. Allen (Army 1st Lt) Age 34 of Chester, NY and Milford, PA. One of two killed June 8, 2005 in Iraq (see also: Philip Esposito in NY) by a fellow guardsman, Sgt Alberto Martinez, using a Claymore mine outside Esposito"s office window. Martinez was Supply Sgt. for the company but was in the process of being dismissed for missing supplies and insubordination. Allen had arrived a few days earlier and was helping Esposito with the dismissal. Martinez was acquited by the Army. Allen's wife, Barbara wrote a masters thesis on this and other fragging incidents. See: http://www. ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1106878 . Mass at St. Joseph's, Middletown, NY Allen was a HS science teacher at George Baker HS, Tuxedo, NY. He left a wife and four sons.

Jan Argonish (Army Sgt), Age 26 of Peckville, PA. One of 5 killed August 27, 2007 in Afghanistan in an ambush. Mass at Sacred Heart, Peckville. He was embedded with the Afghan army. He left a wife and son.

Andrew Joseph Baddick (Army Sgt), Age 26 of Jim Thorpe, PA. Drowned on September 29, 2003 as he tried to rescue another soldier whose vehicle had fallen into a canal near Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Mass at St. Joseph's, Jim Thorpe. The other soldier, Pfc Kristian Parker, died of non-combat related injuries at Camp AS Sayliyah, Qatar. Andrew left an ex-wife and a fiancée.

Aric J. Barr (Marine LCpl) Age 22 of Allegheny, PA. Killed April 3, 2004 in Iraq. Mass at St. Stephen's, Allegheny.

Jacob Walter Beisel (Marine LCpl), Age 21 of Lackawaxen, PA. Killed March 31, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at St. Ann's, Lackawaxen. He joined the Marines shortly after high school.

Richard Joseph Berrettini (Army Lt. Col, nurse practitioner) Age 52 of Wilcox, PA. Died January 11, 2008 in Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, TX of injuries suffered in an IED attack nine days earlier in Afghanistan. Two others were also killed in the attack. Mass at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Pittston, PA with Fr. Paul McDonnell. He was a grad of St. Joseph's College. He was a Port Allegheny school nurse for 14 years who volunteered to go to Afghanistan with his PA NG unit. He left a wife and two sons, one a grad of the AF Academy and the other a grad of West Point.

David Allbin Boris (Army Capt), Age 30, formerly of Pottsville, PA. One of two killed November 12, 2007 in Afghanistan in an IED attack. Mass at St. Stanislaus Kostka, Minersville, PA with Fr. Leo J. Maletz. He was a grad of West Point. He left a wife.

Daniel Anthony Brozovich (Army Sfc), Age 42 of Greenville, PA. Killed October 18, 2006 in Iraq in an IED attack. Three others were serioiusly wounded. Mass at Church of the Assumption, Bellevue, PA with Lt. Col. (Fr.) Douglas Etter who said, "Certainly he was a focused young man who, today, we give back to God." He joined the Marines at age 18 and was in for four years before joining the ANG. He worked at a state prison at Mercer, PA. He left a wife, son, daughter and step daughter.

Keith A. Callahan (Army Sfc), Age 31 of McClure, PA. Killed January 24, 2007 in Iraq in an IED attack on his fourth tour in Iraq. Mass at St. Charles, Woburn, MA with Fr. James Achadinha who said, "Keith, our fallen hero, sacrificed his life for each and everyone of us here this morning." He left a wife, son, two daughters and a step son. MA Gov. Deval Patrick attended.

Frederick A. Carlson IV (Army Spc), Age 25 of Bethlehem, PA. Died March 25, 2006 in Iraq. He was found unconscious in his barracks and died a short time later in a hospital. Funeral service conducted by Msgr. Edward Coyle, pastor of Most Blessed Sacrament, Bally, PA who said, "He was willing to sacrifice so much for the freedom of others." Mass attended by Gov. Ed Rundell, US Rep. Charlie Dent and Bethlehem mayor John Callahan. He left a fiancée and an 11 month old son.

Michael J. Cleary (Army 1st Lt.), Age 24 of Dallas, PA. One of two killed December 20, 2005 in Iraq in an IED attack. Mass at Gate of Heaven Church, Dallas. He left a fiancée he was to marry in two months. See: citizensvoice.com/news/soldier-s-legacy-lives-on-1.1079790

Adam C. Conboy (Marine LCpl), Age 21 of Philadelphia, PA. Killed May 12, 2006 in Iraq by a non-hostile gunshot wound. Mass at St. John the Baptist, Philadelphia with Fr. Anthony Ditto.

Jeffrey D. Cooper (Army 1st Lt) Age 25 of Swarthmore, PA.  Killed September 10, 2016 in Kuwait in a non-combat vehicle roll over incident (under investigation).  Mass at Notre Dame deLourdes, Swarthmore, PA.  He joined the Coast Guard at age 17  and later transferred to the Army, serving a total of 8 years.

Carl Francis Curran II (Army Spc), Age 22 of Union City and Brady's Bend, PA. Killed May 16, 2004 in Iraq. Mass at St. Patrick's, Brady's Bend where he had been an altar server. He left a wife of 5 months and a daughter.

Shawn M. Davies (Army Spc), Age 22 of Aliquippa, PA. "Fell over and stopped breathing" at a recreational facility near Baghdad on July 8, 2004. Mass at Our Lady of Fatima, Hopewell, PA. No medical problems had been previously reported. He left a fiancée.

Jeffrey F. DePrimo (Army 1st Lt.), Age 35 of Pittston, PA. Killed May 20, 2008 in Afghanistan in an IED attack. Mass at St. Mary Help of Christians, Pittston, PA. with Fr. Thomas Maloney and Lt. Col. (Fr.) Douglas Etters. Graduated with high honors from Seton Catholic High School and was a '96 Music Performance grad of Marywood University, Scranton, PA (Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary) 

Michael Egan (Army Sfc), Age 36 of Philadelphia, PA. One of four killed September 19, 2005 in Iraq in an IED attack. Mass at St. Peter's, Merchantville, NJ with Fr. Anthony Manuppella who said, "He gave his life for our country. He gave his life for the cause of freedom. He was indeed a great patriot." He also quoted Gen. Douglas McArthur: "The soldier, above all other men, is required to perform the highest act of religious teaching-sacrifice."

Kenneth B. Elwell (Army 1st Sgt) Age 33 of Holland, PA. One of two killed July 17, 2011 in Afghanistan in an IED attack. Mass at St. Andrews, Newton, PA. He left a wife, son and daughter

William V. Fernandez (Army Sgt), Age 37 of Mount Penn, PA. Killed September 19, 2005 in Iraq in an IED attack. Mass at St. Peter's, Reading, PA. He left a wife and a step daughter.

Sean Michael Flannery (Army SSgt) Age 29, of Wyomissing, PA. Killed November 19, 2010 in Afghanistan. Mass at Sacred Heart, West Reading, PA (where he had received his first sacraments) with Msgr. Joseph DeSantis. His medals were presented to his mother during Mass. He was due home for Christmas and to be married. His brother Brian was also in Afghanistan.

James F. Fordyce (Marine Sgt), Age 22 of Newton Square, PA. One of 10 killed February 17, 2006 in a helicopter crash in the Gulf of Aden near Djibouti. It was a night time training mission as part of Command Joint Task Force, Horn of Africa in support of OEF (Afghanistan) (See also: Nicholas Sovie in NY and Donnie Levens in MS). Mass at St. Anastasia, Newton Square With Fr. James McKelvey who said Fordyce embodied the love that is at the core of Christian life as in the reading from the First Letter of John: "The way we came to know love was that he laid down his life for us, so we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers." (1 John 3:16) He had also done two tours in Iraq.

Steven W. Freund (Marine Pfc), Age 20 of Pittsburgh,PA. One of two killed May 23, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at Nativity Catholic Church, South Park, PA.

Christopher P. Geiger (Army Sgt), Age 38 of Northampton, PA. Died July 9, 2003 in Afghanistan of an apparent heart attack in his sleep at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. Mass at Assumption of The Blessed Virgin Mary, Northampton. He was a '92 grad of Penn State with a degree in history.

Albert Pasquale Gettings (Marine Cpl), Age 27 of New Castle, PA. Killed January 5, 2006 in Fallujah, Iraq. Mass at Mary Mother of Hope with Fr. Victor Molka and concelebrants Fr. Kevin Beaton, Fr. James Downs of St. Vincent dePaul Parish and Fr. Robert Schweitzer of St. Joseph the Worker. Fr. Molka said, "This is like a nightmare we'd all like to awaken from. It is hard to believe that it has happened." He said Gettings wife "...has joined the company of other American women whose husbands served their nation and gave their lives for our freedom, whose husbands are heroes." The Battle Hymn of the Republic was the recessional. Gettings' family and friends wore badges with ribbons featuring the Marine insignia, provided by the local recruiter. His aunt said, "We wear this to show our support for what is going on in Iraq...I do not believe my nephew died needlessly. I believe he is a hero...we suppport the war effort and what everyone is doing."

Michael R. Girdano (Army 2nd Lt.), Age 23 of Kiski Township, PA. One of 4 killed August 1, 2008 in Afghanistan in an IED atack. (see also: Jair DeJesus Garcia in CA) Mass at St James, Apollo, PA with Fr. John T. McSweeney. He was an '07 grad of West Point who had been in Iraq for one month.

Kyle Jason Grimes (Marine Cpl), Age 21 of Bethlehem, PA. One of 31 killed January 26, 2005 in Iraq, in a helicoptrer crash blamed on bad weather. (see also: Michael Finke in OH and Dustin Shumney in CA, Saeed Jafarkhani-Torshizi in TX, Hector Ramos in IL and Dester Kimble in TX) Mass at St. Agnes, Bethlehem. He was a veteran of the Nov. '04 battle of Fallujah.

Robert E. Hall Jr. (Army Spc) Age 30 of Bellevue, PA. Killed June 28, 2005 in Iraq by a suicide car bomber near the gate he was guarding. Mass at St. Athanasius, West View, PA. He left a wife and daughter.

Jeremy R. Horton (Army SSgt) Age 24 of Erie, PA. Killed May 21, 2004 in Iraq in an IED attack. Mass at St. Francis Xavier, McKean, PA. He had joined right out of high school to earn money for college. He left a wife.

Matthew Nevin Ingham (Marine SSgt), Age 25 of Altoona, PA. One of three killed January 11, 2010 in Afghanistan. Mass at Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Altoona, PA. (Bishop Joseph V. Adamec) He left a wife.

Craig S. Ivory (Army Spc), Age 26 of Port Matilda, PA. Died August 17, 2003 in Homberg University Hospital, Germany after suffering a stroke and being medically evacuated from Kuwait on August 12. He was a medic. Mass at Good Shepherd, State College, PA with Fr. Philip M. Bender.

Brahim Jamel Jeffcoat (Army Sgt), Age 25 of Philadelphia, PA. One of 2 killed August 6, 2005 in Iraq in an IED attack. Mass at St. Athanasius, Philadelphia. He left a wife and daughter.

Larry Michael Johnson (Marine LCpl), Age 19 of Scranton, PA. Killed February 18, 2010 in Afghanistan. Mass at Divine Mercy, Scranton with pastor Fr. Francis Pauselli, who said, "He gave his life for this country and for freedom and for the way we live...He followed a dream, he became a Marine and he served this country wonderfully." He said Johnson's "...soul is now in God's kingdom where there is no more war, no more explosives, but only happiness and joy forever." Concelebrants were Fr. Stephen Savoy and Msgr. Joseph Bambera (who had been designated the next Bishop of Scranton) Scranton High School chorus sang "God Bless the USA" as a slide show played in church with images of the flag and military personnel. The show ended with Johnson's photo and the entire congregation on its feet. 

James S. “Jimmy” Kalitz (Marine Cpl) Age 32 of Hampstead, NC and Philadelphia, PA. Joined Marines in '01, served in Iraq and was honorably discharged. PTSD/suicide on August 31, 2013. Mass at St. Simon Stock, Berlin, NJ. He left a wife and three daughters. His sister said, “When he came back he was closed off, didn't speak and changed... A lot of situations he had to deal with were kill or be killed with women and children and that was something he could never let go of.” The family said it took him 10 years to open up about what happened overseas.

Paul Daniel Karpowich (Army Sgt), Age 30 of Bridgeport, PA. One of 22 killed December 21, 2004 in Iraq when their mess tent was bombed. (see also: Julian Melo in NY) Mass at St. John Nepomucene, Freeland, PA. He was a graduate of Bishop Hafey HS, Hazelton, PA. He left a wife.

Patrick B. Kenney (Marine LCpl), Age 20 of Pittsburgh, PA. Killed October 6, 2005 in Iraq. Mass at Church of the Assumption with Fr. John P. Skaj, C.S.Sp.

John F. Kihm (Army Pfc) Age 19, of Philadelphia, PA. One of 4 killed April 19, 2011 in Afghanistan in an IED attack. Mass at Resurrection of Our Lord, Philadelphia. He was an ’09 grad of Cardinal Dougherty HS and had been in Iraq for one month.

Joshua P. Klinger (Marine Pfc), Age 21 of Easton, PA. Killed June 6, 2005 in Iraq. Mass at St. Jane Frances de Chantal, Palmer Township, PA.

Ryan J. Kovacicek (Marine LCpl), Age 22 of Washington, PA. One of 2 killed July 10, 2005 in Iraq in a mortar attack. Mass at Immaculate Conception, Washington with Fr. William Feeney who said, "We must remember that for Ryan, life has changed; it has not ended." He attended Immaculate Conception school and was a grad of Bishop Canevin H. S., Pittsburgh. He left a wife and son. His father was a Viet Nam vet.

Patrick F. Kutschbach (Army SSgt, Green Beret), Age 25 of McKees Rocks, PA. Killed November 10, 2007 in Afghanistan. Mass at St Louise de Marillac, Upper St. Clair, PA.

Dale Thomas Lloyd (Army Sgt), Age 22 of Watsontown, PA. Killed July 19, 2004 in Iraq. Mass at St. Joseph's, Milton, PA with Fr. Thomas A. Scala.

Joseph Basil Maglione III (Marine LCpl), Age 22 of Lansdale, PA. Killed April 1, 2003 in a "non-combat weapons discharge" incident in Camp Coyote, Kuwait. Mass at Our Lady of Czestochowa, Doylestown, PA. His reserve unit was called up in March '03 when he was just a few weeks shy of finishing the Spring semester at Drexel U. (architectural engineering) Before deployment he burned himself with cigarettes, cut himself with a knife and said he heard voices. A military psychiatrist dismissed his actions as fear of deployment. He was sent to Iraq under suicide watch but the day he arrived in Kuwait, he put the muzzle of an M-16 in his mouth and fired.

William J. Maher III (Army Spc), Age 35 of Yardley, PA. Killed July 28, 2003 in Iraq in an IED attack. Mass at St. John the Evangelist, Morrisville, PA. He joined the Army at age 30 "to find himself". His father had been a Marine.

Thomas D. Maholic (Marine Sgt) Age 38 of Bradford, PA. Killed June 24, 2006 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Bradford. He left a wife and son.

Travis Joseph Lemma Manion (Marine 1st Lt.), Age 26 of Doylestown, PA. Killed April 29, 2007 in Fallujah, Iraq by sniper fire. Mass at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Doylestown with Fr. Anthony W. Janton, chaplain at LaSalle College H.S. (Christian Brothers) where he was a '99 grad. He was also an ’04 grad of the U.S. Naval Academy. He was born in Lejuene, NC while his father was in the Marines.

Michael Adam Marzano (Marine Sgt) Age 28 of Greenville, PA. Killed May 7, 2005 in Iraq. Mass at St. Michael, Greenville

Mark W. Melcher (Army Spc), Age 34 of Mt. Lebanon (Pittsburgh) PA. Killed April 15, 2006, In Iraq. Mass at St. Peter's, Mt. Lebanon. He was a grad of North Catholic H.S.

David Charles Morgan (Navy Reserve), Age 38 of Wilkes-Barre, PA. Died August 10, 2013 of complications of a severe TBI suffered in Kuwait in November '09. His vehicle (driven by Brian M. Patton of IL who was killed) was struck head on at the top of a hill by a US government contractor driving fast in the wrong lane while trying to pass a military convoy. David lost his speech and ability to walk. He lived in pain for four years but could understand what was said to him. Funeral service at St. Nicolas, Wilkes-Barre with Rev Rebecca Turner, Fr. Michael Kloton and Msgr. Joseph Rauscher who said, "He served his country, his friends and all his brothers and sisters. We must always remember his courage and strength."

Joseph Michael Nolan (Army Sgt), Age 27 of Philadelphia, PA (Born in Waterbury, CT). Killed November 19, 2004 in Fallujah,Iraq. Mass at St. Anthony, Prospect, CT. He was in military intelligence, spoke Arabic and his duties included interrogating prisoners. He had attended St. Joseph's U., Philadelphia. His father was an ex-Marine and Viet Nam vet.

Dylan R. Paytas (Army Pvt) Age 20 of Freedom, PA. First listed as KIA on November 16, 2005 in Iraq but he was shot four times and killed by Spec. Chris Rohan after drinking and an argument. Rohan pled guilty to unpremeditated murder. He said depression, alcohol abuse and the ravages of war took a toll on him though this didn't excuse what he did. Mass at St. Ferdinand, Cranberry, PA with Fr. Stephen Kresak.

Gennaro Pellegrini Jr. (Army Spc, Special Forces), Age 31 of Philadelphia, PA. One of 4 killed August 9, 2005 in Iraq in an IED attack. (see also: Francis Straub in PA) Mass at St. Anne's, Philadelphia. He was the first Philly police officere killed in Iraq.

Brandon Robert Pepper (Army SSgt) Age 31 of York, PA. Killed July 21, 2012 in Afghanistan. Mass at Our Lady Queen of Peace, Middle River, MD with Fr. Kevin Mueller, Pastor, who said, "I've been a priest for 20 years and I have done many funerals. This is the first time I've ever had a funeral for someone who died so that I might live as I wish, that I may be free. The freedom I have every day is a gift that has been given to me because of men and women who chose to serve their country." His brother, Derek, was also in Afghanistan at the time. He left a wife.

Mark Patrick Phelan (Army Lt. Col.), Age 44 of Green Lane, PA. One of two killed October 13, 2004 in Iraq by a car bomb. Mass at St. Jude, Chalfont, PA. He left a wife and 22 year old step daughter.

John Richard Priestner (Army CWO4), Age 42 of Sanford, NC and LeRaysville, PA. Killed November 6, 2006 in Iraq when the helicopter he was piloting crashed, killling one other soldier. He had been in Afghanistan from 11/02 - 8/03 and also in Desert Storm. Mass at Fort Myers Chapel. He left a wife and two daughters.

Kyle J. Renehan (Marine Cpl), Age 21 of Oxford, PA. Died December 9, 2004 in a German hospital of combat wounds suffered in a mortar attack, having survived 11 days until his family arrived. Mass at St. Mary of the Mill, Laurel, MD with Fr. Glen Willis. His brother, Chris, was a Marine in Iraq at the time.

Nicholas T. Rodriguez (Marine Lcpl) Age 23 of Whitehall, PA. Did one tour in Afghanistan. PTSD/suicide on March 1, 2011. Mass at Assumption of the BVM, Northampton, PA. He left a fiancée.

Matthew Paul Ruffner (Army CWO) Age 34 of Susquehanna Township, PA. Killed in a helicopter explosion (either in the air or on the ground according to conflicting reports) Mass at S.S. Cosmas and Damian, Punxsutawney, PA with Chaplain Captain (Fr.) Raymond Lavoie who said, “Matt paid the ultimate price for us, he held the line against evil...thank God for men and women like him who paid the ultimate sacrifice for freedom.” He left a long-time sweetheart.

Matthew J. Sandri (Army Spc, medic), Age 24 of Shamokin, PA. Killed March 20, 2004 near Fallujah, Iraq in a rocket attack on a medical facility. Mass at Mother Cabrini Church, Shamokin

Justin E. Schmalstieg (Marine SSgt) Age 28 of Pittsburgh, PA. killed December 15, 2010 in Afghanistan. Mass at Sacred Heart, Pittsburgh with Bishop David Zubic presiding. Fr. James Farnan said Justin’s faith was important to him and the morning he left for a deployment, he visited and asked for his blessing and prayers. (He did two tours in Iraq and was near the end of his first in Afghanistan.) He had been married in the same church 13 months earlier. Bishop Zubic said, “The fact that in the quest for peace, people have to die is horribly tragic. But this young man gave his life so we could enjoy freedom, and for that we owe him a tremendous debt of gratitude.” The Mass was broadcast on the internet: upstream.tv/channel/gysgt-justin-e-schmalstieg-funeral

Robert A. Seidel III (Army 1st Lt.), Age 23 of Gettysburg, PA. One of four killed May 18, 2006 in Iraq in an IED attack. (see also: Nicholas Cornoyer in NH) Mass at Basilica of the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Emmitsburg, MD. Bishop Francis Malooly (Aux. of Baltimore) presided, Fr. James Kiernan, celebrant, assisted by Fr. Vincent O'Malley, pastor of St. Joseph's, Emmitsburg and Fr. Stephen Trzecieski. He was a 2004 grad of West Point who had been an altar server and high school representative on St. Joseph's parish council.

Anthony Lee Sherman (Army Lt. Col., civil affairs brigade), Age 43 of Pottstown, PA. Died August 27 2003 in Kuwait of an apparent heart attack. Mass at St. Peter's, Pottstown. He left a wife and 8 year old son.

Todd Michael Siebert (Marine Capt), Age 34 of Baden, PA. Killed February 16, 2007 in Iraq. Mass at St. Gregory, Zelienople, PA. He was a grad of Penn State. He left a wife, daughter and son.

Robert Curtis Sisson, Jr. (Army Sgt) Age 29 of Aliquippa, PA. Died February 21, 2011 in Afghanistan. He experienced stomach cramps the night before and was found dead in the morning. He was a former member of St. Titus and St. John the Baptist parishes. Mass at St. Frances Cabrini, Aliquippa with Fr. Mariusz Mularczyk. He left a wife.

Michael J. Smith (Army Spc), Age 24 of Media, PA. Killed January 11, 2005 in Iraq by an RPG. Mass at St. Francis of Assisi, Springfield, PA with Fr. Salvatore M. Riccio who had baptized him 23 years before. One month before deploying, he married a Russian woman he had met while stationed in Korea. He also left a step son.

Michael Joseph Strange (Navy PO 1st, Cryptologist Technician and Expeditionary Warfare Specialist) Age 25 of Philadelphia, PA. Killed August 6, 2011 in Afghanistan. Mass at Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, Philadelphia with main celebrant, Cardinal Justin Rigali. Rigali’s homily can be seen at: archphila.org/rigali/cardhom/funeralMichaelStrange.htm He was one of 38 killed, inclluding 8 Afghanis, when their helicopter was shot down on August 6, making it the deadliest day for US troops in 10 years of war. 22 were from the Navy SEALS' “Elite Team Six”, the secretive unit that carried out the assassination of Osama bin Laden. There are conflicting reports. One was that they were on the way to rescue a group of Army Rangers (who ended up securing the crash site). Another was they were lured to the area by a Taliban commander who sent in a false tip about a Taliban meeting in progress. Two other Catholics among the dead were, Nicholas Spehar of St. Paul, MN and Brian Bill of Virginia Beach, VA

Francis J. Straub (Army Sgt), Age 24 of Philadelphia, PA. One of four killed August 9, 2005 in Iraq in an IED attack. (see also: Gennaro Pellegrini in PA) Mass at St. Martin of Tours, Philadelphia with Fr. Joseph diGregorio, a retired Army chaplain, who said, "He died doing something noble, something righteous, something everyone of us will be proud to have done." He was eulogized by Chief MSgt. Eddie Sandoval who said Straub was a "..soldier who epitomized the meaning of love and sacrifice." Gov. Rendell attended. He left a fiancée.

Brett D. Swank (Army Sgt), Age 21 of Northumberland, PA. Killed January, 24, 2005 in Iraq in an IED attack. Mass at Sacred Heart of Jesus, Lewisburg, PA with Fr. Patrick Shannon. He was in JROTC in grades 10-12.

Nils George Thompson (Army Pfc), Age 19 of Confluence, PA. Killed August 4, 2005 in Iraq, the day after his birthday. Mass at St. Stanislaus Kostka, Pittsburgh PA. He was deeply religious and spent his time reading the Bible and discussing religion with other soldiers. He had wanted to join the Army since childhood and did so on his 18th birthday.

Jeffrey P. Toczylowski (Army Capt, Special Forces), Age 30 of Upper Moreland, PA. Killed November 3, 2005 when he fell from a helicopter after only 17 days in Iraq. Mass at Valley Forge Military Academy in Wayne, PA with Msgr James Mortimer who quoted an email Jeffrey had sent from Iraq saying he would have no regrets if he died in combat: "It was an honor to serve my country and I wouldn't change a thing. It was just my time." Fr. Mortimer said, "I'm going to insert Jeff's email in my Bible in the third chapter of Ecclesiastes and chances are future homilies will incorporarte some of it." He was a graduate of Archbishop Wood High School in Warminster, PA.

Nicholas A. "Nick" Tomko (Sgt), Age 24 of McKees Rocks, PA. Killed November 9, 2003 in Iraq. Mass at St. Mary's, Glenshaw, PA with Fr. Ronald Baillie, Vicar of Church of the Good Shepherd, McKees Rock. His father was in the Marines from 1966-1970. He left a fiancée, Jessica Baillie, with his two year old son.

Thomas Edward Vandling Jr. (Army Sgt, Psychological Operations Specialist), Age 26 of Pittsburgh, PA. Killed January 1, 2007 in Iraq in an IED attack. Mass at Church of the Assumption, Bellevue, PA with Fr. John Gizler who said Vandling "...left a beautiful positive mark on everyone he met...this beloved young man has taught us so much in such a short time." He majored in Psychology and Philosophy at the U of Pittsburgh. Maj. Gen. Herbert Altshular, head of US Army Psychological Operations Command, spoke during the Mass: "Tommy was a soldier, a son, a brother...a warrior citizen, He was a model soldier." He had also been in Afghanistan.

Dennis James Veater (Marine LCpl), Age 20 of Jessup, PA. Died March 9, 2007 in Iraq in a military hospital in Fallujah of wounds sustained in his final mission in Iraq. Mass at Church of St. Gregory, Clarks Green, PA with Msgr. John H. Louis, Pastor. His father was a Marine. He left a fiancée with their 14 month old son and a twin brother. 

David Michael Veverka (Army SSgt), Age 25 of Jamestown, PA. One of two killed May 6, 2006 in Iraq in an IED ataack. Mass of Christian Burial at Arlington National Cemetery. He had a degree in Wildlife Ecology from the U. of Maine.

Kimberly Ann Fahnestock Voelz (Army SSgt), Age 27, of Vine Grove, KY and Carlisle, PA. Killed December 14, 2003 in Iraq. Mass at St. Joseph's, Mechanicsburg, PA with Fr. Chester P. Snyder. She and husband, Max Voelz, served on separate bomb disposal teams. She was injured when an IED exploded and died in her husband's arms.

Douglas John Weismantle (Army Spc), Age 28 of Pittsburgh, PA. Killed October, 13, 2003 in Iraq when an Iraqi dump truck swerved and rolled over on top of his humvee. Mass at Most Holy Name of Jesus, Pittsburgh with Fr. David Schorr. He had joined to earn money for college. He left a wife.

Jason M. West (Army Capt), Age 28 of Crafton, PA. Killed July 24, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at St. John of God Parish, Church of St. Mary's, McKees Rocks, PA with Fr. Walter Dworak who said, "Jason joined the Army because of the purity of intentions...to set people free." Fr. Dworak is pastor of St. Philip, Crafton where Jason had been raised. He enlisted right out of high school and was an '02 grad of Slippery Rock U. He left a wife.

Adam M. Wolfel (Marine Cpl) Age 23 of St. Mary's PA. He joined the Marines after HS and went to Afghanistan. He was honorably discharged in October '13, and lived with his mother. PTSD/suicide on December 13, 2014 at home in St. Mary's. He was enrolled in an Electrical Tech. Program at Penn. College of Tech. Mass at Sacred Heart, St. Mary's with Fr. Eric Vogt, OSB.

Nicholas J. Zangara (Army Spc), Age 21 of Philadelphia, PA. Killed July 24, 2004 in Iraq in an IED attack. Mass at Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Philadelphia. He had enlisted in 2000. He left a wife.

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PUERTO RICO

Joel Perez (Army Sgt) Age 25 of Rio Grande, PR. Killed November 2, 2003 in Iraq. Mass at Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Newark, NJ with Msgr. William J. O’Reilly. He was among 16 killed when a helicopter was shot down near Fallujah. He spent some of his school years in Newark before returning to PR. His wife and eighteen month old daughter live in Newark. (See also: Brian Penisten in IN and Anthony D'Agostino in CT.)

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RHODE ISLAND

Michael Andrade (Army Spc) Age 28 of Bristol, RI. Killed September 24, 2003 in Iraq when a military fuel truck struck his humvee. Mass at St. Elizabeth's, Bristol. He left a wife and 14 month old step son.

Matthew J. August (Army Capt.) Age 28, of North Kingston, RI. Killed January 27, 2004 in Iraq. Mass at Holy Trinity Catholic Chapel at West Point. He was a '97 graduate and his wife, Capt.Maureen E. August, was a '98 grad who was in Iraq at the same time. Agustinian Fr. Edson Wood was celebrant as he had been for their wedding at the same chapel. See: Catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1102584.htm for a CNS article about the Catholic scene at West Point.

Kyle Joseph Coutu (Marine Pfc) Age 20 of Providence, RI. Killed February 18, 2010 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Theresa, Pawtuckett, RI with Fr. Joe Paquette who said he too had questions about Kyle's death but added, "The gospel is--we will be judged on the love we have given." Attended by Gov. Donald Carcieri, 2 US senators and a state senator.

Matthew S. Coutu (Army 2nd Lt.) Age 23 of North Kingston, RI. Killed June 22, 2005 in Iraq by a sniper. Mass at St. John the Baptist, West Warwick, RI. He was an '04 History grad of the U. of Maine. 

Peter Andrew McKenna, Jr. (Army MSgt, Green Beret) Age 35 of Bristol, RI. Killed August 7, 2015 during an ememy attack on a NATO facility in Kabul, Afghanistan. Mass at St. Mary of the Bay, Warren, RI with Fr. Doug Grant, pastor, who said McKenna left this world because he was the soldier we needed, where we needed him, at the right time. He told mourners to accept that the world is not a fair place, but one occupied with evil and that's why the world needs soldiers. "How many lives were saved," Fr.Grant wondered "by Sgt. McKenna's dedication and love of country?" He had done one tour in Iraq and was on his fifth in Afghanistan. 

Michael F. Paranzino (Army Sgt) Age 22 of Middletown, RI. Killed November 5, 2010 in Afghanistan in an IED attack. Mass at St. Lucy’s, Middletown with Fr. John O'Brien, pastor. Homily by Fr. Eugene McKenna. At the cemetery, Col. (Fr.) Robert Marciano, Command Chaplain for the RI NG said, "Today this is the nation's outpouring of affection for an extraordinary young man who made an extraordinary difference." Gen William Rapp spoke during Mass.

Dennis “Danny” Cullen Poulin (Army Spc) Age 26 of Pawtucket, RI. Wounded March 28, 2011 in Afghanistan and died March 31 in Landstuhl, Germany with his parents, son and aunts by his side. Mass at St. Theresa, Pawtucket.

Matthew K. Serio (Marine LCpl) Age 21 of North Providence, RI. Killed April 5, 2004 in Falujah, Iraq. Mass at the Cathedral of Ss. Peter & Paul, Providence. (Bishop Robert E. Mulvee) He joined right out of high school.

Brian R. St.Germain (Marine Cpl) Age 22 of Warwick, RI. Killed April 2, 2006 in Iraq in a vehicle accident. Mass at Holy Apostles, Cranston, RI.

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SOUTH CAROLINA

The Diocese of Charleston is all of South Carolina. 100 Soldiers from the state have been killed but no Catholics have been identified.

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SOUTH DAKOTA

Jeremiah J. Boehmer (Army Sgt) Age 22 of Parkston, SD. Killed February 5, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at Sacred Heart, Parkston with Fr. Bob Krantz who said Boehmer had given the gift of life for his country. “God Bless America” and “America the Beautiful” were sung by the congregation. Attended by Gov. Mike Rounds.

Jason W. Montefering (Army SSgt) Age 27 of Parkston, SD. One of four killed July 24, 2005 in Iraq. (See also: Ramon Villatoro in CA) Mass at Sacred Heart, Parkston with Fr. Bob Krantz.

Zachary Blaise Tomczak (Army SSgt) Age 24 of Huron, SD. Killed September 25, 2007 in Iraq. Mass at Huron Arena with Fr. Joe Holzhauser and Fr. Terry Anderson. Visitation and reception were at Holy Trinity Parish. At Holy Trinity, he had participated in Parish Life Teen Team. He enlisted right out of high school. He left a wife.

Gregory Allen Wagner (Army SSgt) Age 35 of Mitchell, SD. Killed May 8, 2006 in Iraq in an IED attack. Mass at St. Mary of Mercy, Alexandria, SD. He joined the NG right out of high school. He was a '94 grad of Mount Mary U. College of Nursing, Milwaukee, WI.

LeRoy O. Webster (Army SSgt) Age 28 of Hartley, IA and Sioux Falls, SD. Killed April 25, 2009 in Iraq. Mass at the high school in Hartley with Fr. Tim Hogan, pastor of St. Joseph’s in Hartley. He left a wife and three young daughters. He had done 2 tours in Iraq.

Joseph Tyler Welke (Marine LCpl) Age 20 of Rapid City, SD. Died November 20, 2004 in Ramstein AFB Hospital, Landstuhl, Germany of wounds suffered in Fallujah, Iraq. Christian wake service with Rosary at funeral home.

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TENNESSEE

Ofren “AC” Arrechaga (Army Sfc) Age 28 of Clarksville, TN. Killed March 29, 2011 in Afghanistan. Mass at Immaculate Conception, Clarksville with Fr. David Gaffney. A "Celebration of Life" service was held after Mass in the church with military brass officiating. He was born in Cuba and left a wife, son and daughter.

Richard Allen Buerstetta (Marine LCpl) Age 20 of Franklin, TN. Killed October 23, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at St. Matthew’s, Franklin.

Michael A. Cerrone (Army 1st Lt) Age 24 of Clarksville, TN. One of two killed November 12, 2006 in Iraq in an IED attack. Mass at Our Lady of Mt Carmel, Worcester, TN with Fr. Michael P. Bafaro, pastor. Bishop Robert J. McManus gave a brief commendation. He was the son of a brigadier general and an ’04 grad of West Point.

Michael Harvey Ferschke Jr. (Marine Sgt) Age 22 of Maryville, TN. Killed August 10, 2008 in Iraq. Mass at Our Lady of Fatima, Maryville. He had been married one month and left a wife pregnant with their first child.

William Timothy Flannigan (Army CWO3) Age 37 of Milan, TN. Killed July 2, 2006 in Afghanistan when his helicopter crashed on take off. Mass (?) He was a graduate of Brebeuf Jesuit Prep School. He left a wife, son and daughter.

Paul Joseph Oliver (Marine Sgt) Age 30 of Memphis, TN. He was in the first group of Marines to go into Iraq after 9/11. He was a sniper in Iraq and Afghanistan. PTSD/suicide on December 6, 2013. Mass at Holy Rosary, Memphis. He was a grad of Memphis Catholic HS.

Robert Wayne Pittman, Jr. (working for CC Wexford Group International as a combat adviser, Retired as an Army MSgt.) Age 41 of Clarksville, TN. Killed July 29, 2010 in Afghanistan. Mass at Immaculate Heart of Mary, Greenwood, TN on August 9. He left a wife and two daughters.

Richard Torres (Army 2nd Lt) Age 25 of Passaic, NJ and Clarksville, TN. Killed October 6, 2003 in Iraq. Mass at Holy Trinity, Passaic, NJ. He was the son of Peruvian immigrants. He enlisted right out of high school. He left a wife.

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TEXAS

Anthony Aguirre (Marine LCpl) Age 20 of Channelview, TX. Killed February 26, 2007 in Iraq. Mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe, Raymondville, TX.

Roberto Arizola Jr. (Army Sgt) Age 31 of Laredo, TX. Killed June 8, 2005 in Iraq in an IED attack, the day before he was to return home. Mass at San Luis Rey, Loredo. He left a wife and son.

Andrew Todd Arnold (Marine CWO) Age 30 of Spring, TX. Killed in a “non-hostile” accident April 22, 2003 in Iraq when test firing an rpg launcher. The incident, in which two others were killed and 7 wounded, is “under investigation.” He was “a devout Catholic”. He left a wife, son and daughter.

Richard Arriaga (Army Spc) Age 20 of Ganado and Dime Box, TX. Killed September 18, 2003 in Iraq. Mass at Assumption, Ganado with Fr. Joe Hybner. He was married a week before he left for Iraq. Their daughter was a month old when he was killed.

Travis Babbitt (Army Spc) Age 24 of Uvalde, TX. Killed November 9, 2004 in Iraq. Mass at St. Patrick’s, Sabinal, TX. He left a wife, son and two daughters.

Paul Balint Jr. (Army Pfc) Age 22 of Willow Park, TX. Killed December 15, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at Sacred Heart, Abilene, TX

Dominic Christopher Brown (Marine LCpl) Age 19 of Austin, TX. Killed September 13, 2004 after only two weeks in Iraq in a "non-combat related incident." Mass at St. Thomas More, Austin. He was a "natural artist".

William Justin Byler (Army Spc) Age 23 of Ballinger, TX. One of 4 killed October 31, 2005 in Iraq in an IED attack. Mass at St. Joseph’s, Rowena, TX with Bishops Michael Pfeifer (San Angelo Diocese) and Leroy Matthiesen (Bishop emeritus of Amarillo Diocese) and Frs. Hugh Wade, Bhasker Morugundi and others.

Jaun Calderon, Jr. (Marine Sgt) Age 26 of Weslaco, TX. Killed August 2, 2004 in Iraq. Mass at St. Martin de Porres, Weslaco. He left a wife expecting their first child in a month.

Adrian M. Campos (Navy Airman Apprentice) Age 22 of El Paso, TX. Found dead in a hotel while on liberty, April 21, 2008 in Dubai. Mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe, El Paso.

Juan Francisco Campos (Army SSgt) Age 27 of McAllen, TX. Died June 1, 2007 at Brooke Aarmy Medical Center, San Antonio, TX of injuries suffered in an IED attack in Iraq on May 14th. He suffered burns over 80% of his body. Mass at St. Joseph the Worker, McAllen. He left a wife, son and unborn child.

Aaron Nathaniel Cepeda, Sr. (Army Sgt) Age 22 of San Antonio, TX. One of two killed May 7, 2005 in Iraq by a suicide bomber. Mass at St. Anthony’s, Elmendorf, TX. He was an '04 grad of Texas A & M (biology). He left a wife, son and daughter.

John A. Chapman (AF Tech. Sgt) Age 36 of Waco, TX. One of 6 killed March 4, 2002 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Windber, PA with Fr. Leonard Voytek. Bishop Joseph Adamec (Altoona-Johnstown (PA) Diocese) wrote to Voytek, “Tech Sgt. Chapman was willing to endanger his life in the conflict between good and evil”. He left a wife and two daughters.

Shawn Patrick-Thomas Charles (Army Capt.) Age 40 of Copperas Cove, TX. Died October 23, 2011 at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio after a brief, “non-combat related” illness contracted in Iraq. He was a member of Holy Family, Copperas. MOCB at St. Aloysius, Hickory, NC with Fr. Ed Sheridan. He leaves a wife and 2 children.

Pedro Contreras (Marine LCpl) Age 27 of Harris, TX. Killed June 21, 2004 in Iraq. Mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe, Houston with Fr. Timothy Gray who said, “Pedro felt the call to serve.” He was born in Matamoros, Mexico. He left a wife.

James Jesse DeLaCruz (Army Sgt) Age 29 of Houston, TX. PTSD/suicide on January 13, 2013. He did 1 tour in Iraq and 1 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Leo the Great, Houston. He left a wife, son and daughter.

Fernando DeLarosa (Army Sgt) Age 24 of Alamo, TX. One of 7 killed October 27, 2009 in Afghanistan in an IED attack. (see also: Luis Gonzalez in NY) Mass at Resurrection, Alamo. He left a wife and two sons. 

Bradley Espinosa (Army SSgt) Age 26 of Mission, TX. Killed October 19, 2009 in Iraq. Mass at San Martin de Porras, Alton, TX with Fr. Julian Becerril. He left a wife, son and daughter.

Ruben Estrella-Soto Jr. (Army Pvt) Age 18 of El Paso, TX. Killed March 23, 2003 in Iraq. Mass at San Juan Diego, East El Paso with Fr. Ed Roden- Lucero. Mayor Ray Caballero and US Rep. Silvester Reyes attended.

Christopher Lee Everett (Army SSgt) Age 23 of Huntsville, TX. Electrocuted by a power washer in an accident in the motor pool September 7, 2005 in Iraq. Mass at St. Thomas, Huntsville. He left a fiancée.

Michael Timothy Franklin (Army Sgt) Age 31 of Fort Hood, TX. He did 2 tours in Iraq. PTSD/suicide on Sept 27, 2010 at Fort Hood. Mass at St. Mary's, Newport, RI. He was an '07 grad of Salve Regina University. Predeceased by his wife, he left two daughters.

Anthony Ricardo “Rick” Garcia (Army Capt.) Age 48 of Fort Worth, TX. Died February 17, 2006 in Iraq of a gunshot wound on a military base. He was a Physicians Assistant. The incident is “under investigation” Mass was at St. Francis, Grapevine, TX with Fr. Ken Robinson. He had been in the Gulf War and Afghanistan. He was a grad of U. of Texas, Arlington. He left a wife, daughter and son.

Dominic Simon Garcia (Army Capt) Age 30 of San Antonio, TX. He did two tours in Iraq. PTSD/suicide on December 17, 2012. He graduated from St. Mary's U. in San Antonio with a degree in Psychology. Mass at Resurrection of the Lord, San Antonio. He left a wife.

J. Adan “Adam” Garcia (Army Cpl) Age 20 of Irving, TX. Died May 27, 2006 of combat wounds sustained on May 22 in Iraq. Mass at St. Anne’s, Coppell, TX

Damian James Garza (Army Pvt) Age 19 of Odessa, TX. Killed August 4, 2005 in Afghanistan. Mass at Holy Redeemer, Odessa with Fr. Frank Chavez. 

Israel Garza (Army Spc) Age 25 of Lubbock, TX. Killed April 4, 2004 in Iraq in the same incident as Casey Sheehan (see in WA). Mass at Our Lady of Grace with Fr. David Cruz who said, "the US Army and our country lost a brave young soldier when he and his companions were killed in battle outside the city of Baghdad." He left a wife and three sons.

Alex Daniel Gonzalez (Army Spc) Age 21 of Mission, TX. Killed May 6, 2008 in Iraq. Mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mission, TX with Fr. Roy Snipes.

Javier Garcia Guzman (Marine SSgt) Age 33 of Hart TX. Joined Marines right out of HS and was honorably discharged in 2002. He joined again in 2003 and did tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. PTSD/suicide on August 6, 2013 in Bridgeport CA. Mass at St. John's, Hart, TX with Fr. Faj Arockiaraj Malapady. He left wife and three sons.

Donald Jay Hasse (Army Sgt) Age 28 of Wichata Falls, TX. One of two killed November 29, 2005 in Iraq in an IED attack. Mass at St. Joseph’s, Wichata Falls. “A devoted Roman Catholic”, he left an 8 year old son.

Jose Abraham Rubio Hernandez (Army Cpl), Age 24 of Mission, TX. One of 4 Killed March 24, 2008 in Baghdad, Iraq in an IED attack. Mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mission, TX with Fr. Roy Snipes. He had a degree in computer science from South Texas College. He left a wife and son.

Glenn Dale Hicks, Jr. (Army Sgt) Age 24 of College Station, TX. Killed April 28, 2007 in Iraq. Mass at St. Maria Goretti, Arlington, TX with Fr. James Gigliotti T.O.R.

Daniel Edward Holland (Army Lt. Col) Age 43 of Boerne, TX. One of 4 US soldiers and an Iraqi interpreter killed May 18, 2006 in Iraq in an IED attack. Mass at S.S. Peter and Paul, New Braunfels, TX. He was an Army veterinarian and “a devout Catholic”. He got his vet degree from Oklahoma State and also a Masters in Public Health. He went to Iraq as part of a Civil Affairs Group working on public health. His father had been in the Army. He left wife, son and daughter.

Robert M. Horrigan (Army MSgt, Ranger) Age 40 of Austin, TX. Killed June 17, 2005 in Iraq. Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Austin, TX. (Bishop Gregory Aymond) He left a wife, daughter and an identical twin.

Andrew R. Houghton (Army Capt) Age 25 of Comfort, TX. Died August 9, 2004 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, a month after injury in an RPG attack in Iraq. He was a '97 graduate of Strake Jesuit College Prep School in Houston, TX where a memorial service was held. MOCB and burial at West Point where he was an '01 grad.

Matthew Philip Honseal MD (Army Maj) Age 54 of Amarillo, TX. One of 5 killed May 11, 2009 in Iraq by Sgt. John Russell outside a mental health clinic at Camp Liberty where Honseal served as a psychiatrist. Mass at St. Joseph’s, St. Joseph, MI with Msgr. Michael Osborn. (also killed: Christian Bueno-Galdos in NJ)

Saeed Jafarkhani –Torshizi Jr. (Marine LCpl) Age 24 of Fort Worth and Slippery Rock, TX. Killed January 26, 2005 with 31 others (see also: Dustin Shumney in CA, Hector Ramos in IL, Michael Finke in OH, Kyle Grimes in PA and Dexter Kimble in TX) in a helicopter crash in bad weather in Iraq. Mass at St. Peter’s, Slippery Rock, TX with Fr. James Armstrong, pastor. He was he son of an Iranian father and a US mother.

Michael James Jaurigue (Army Spc) Age 20 of Texas City, TX. One of three killed May 26, 2007 in Iraq in an IED attack. Mass at St. Mary of the Miraculous Medal, Texas City. His mother said, "I hope it's worth it, what he died for." He left a wife.

Mark David Juarez (Marine LCpl) Age 23, of San Antonio, TX. One of two killed January 9, 2010 in Afghanistan in an IED attack. Mass at St. John the Evangelist, San Antonio. He left a one year old son.

Michael Greg Karr Jr. (Army Spc) Age 23 of San Antonio, TX. Killed March 31, 2004 in Iraq. Mass of Christian Burial at First United Methodist Church, Mt. Vernon, TX

Dexter S. Kimble (Marine SSgt.) Age 30 of Houston, TX. One of 31 killed January 26, 2005 in Iraq in a helicopter crash. All were vets of the November '04 battle of Fallujah. (see also: Dustin Shumney in CA, Hector Ramos in IL, Michael Finke in OH, Saeed Jafarkhani-Torshizi in TX and Kyle Grimes in PA) Mass at Our Mother of Mercy, Houston. He left a wife, four children and an adopted son.

Charles Bernard “Trey” Kitowski III (Army Sgt) Age 31 of Farmer’s Branch, TX. One of 3 killed August 12, 2007 in Afghanistan in an IED attack. Mass at St. Bartholomew, Katy, TX with Fr. John Kha Tran. He was a graduate of St. Thomas HS and U of St. Thomas, Houston, TX. He left a long time "girlfriend".

Brian J. Kubik (Army Pfc) Age 20 of Harker Heights, TX. Died August 5, 2006 in Landstuhl Medical Center, Germany of “non-combat” injuries suffered August 2 in Iraq. Mass at St. Paul Chong Hasang, Harker Heights

Jose Antonio Lanzarin (Army SSgt) Age 28 of Del Rio and Lubbock, TX. Killed September 26, 2006 in Iraq in an IED attack. Mass at All Saints, Ft. Worth. He left a wife.

Hector Leija (Army Sgt) Age 27 of Houston and Raymondville, TX. Killed January 24, 2007 in Iraq. Mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe, Raymondville. He had enlisted at age 17. See: pacetua.blogspot.com/2007/01/death-of-staff-sgt-hector-leija.html 

Jesus Antonio Leon-Perez (Army Pfc) Age 20 of Houston, TX. One of 5 killed January 24, 2005 in Iraq when their vehicle over turned. Mass at St. Cecilia’s, Houston.

Roberto “Junior” Loeza (Army SSgt) Age 28 of El Paso, TX. Killed May 25, 2012 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Michael's Chapel, Ft. Bliss, TX. Chaplain Edward Martin said, "roberto was a soldier committed to his country, a strong family man, a super trooper." He was in JROTC in high school and enlisted right after school. He left a wife, son and daughter.

Hilario R. Lopez (Marine LCpl) Age 22 of Ingleside, TX. Killed December 12, 2004 in Iraq. Mass at Our Lady of the Assumption, Ingleside with Bishop Edmond Carmody (Diocese of Corpus Christi) and Fr. Tom Wellar, Pastor

Raymond Losano (AF Airman 1st class) Age 24 of Del Rio, TX. Died April 28, 2003 of wounds suffered April 25 in Afghanistan. Mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe, Del Rio. At a graveside service in Arlington, Maj. G. Paul Herbert, AF Chaplain, said, “In the Christian tradition, Ray stands as a martyr”. He left a wife pregnant with their second child and a two year old daughter.

Christopher David Loza (Army Sgt) Age 24 of San Angelo and Abilene, TX. Died Good Friday, April 10, 2009 at Walter Reed of a non-combat related illness contracted in Iraq. Mass at Sacred Heart, Abilene. He left a wife and daughter.

Sean Edward Lyerly (Army Capt) Age 31 of Pflugerville, TX. Killed January 20, 2007 in Iraq. He was the pilot of a helicopter with 12 aboard that was reported to have been shot down by a surface to air missle. None survived. (see also: Paul Kelly in VA) Mass at St. Elizabeth, Pflugerville. A graduate of Texas A & M, he left a wife and son.

Msgr. Sidney J. Marceaux J.C.L. (Col, Army Chaplain) Age 69 of Beaumont, TX. He became ill in Kuwait and died “peacefully in his sleep” on September 14, 2008 at Walter Reed. A Pontifical Memorial Mass was concelebrated with Bishop Curtis Guillory at St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica, Beaumont. He was a graduate of Bishop Byrne HS and St. Edward U., Austin. He joined the TX National Guard at age 17. He had served as superintendant of Catholic Schools and was president of The Canon Law Society of America from 1989-1992. He was senior chaplain at a base and headquarters for coalition forces in Saudia Arabia in Desert Storm

Anselmo Martinez III (Army Sgt) Age 26 of Robstown, TX. One of 3 killed May 18, 2007 in Iraq in an IED attack. Mass at St. Anthony’s, Robstown. He had enlisted to provide for his family. He left a wife and two daughters.

Johnny Villareal Mata (Army CWO) Age 35 of El Paso and Pecos, TX. One of 9 Killed March 23, 2003 in Iraq in an ambush. Mass at Santa Rosa, TX with Fr. Ben Flores. See: huffingtonpost.com/jim-moore/johnny-came-home-b-5279.html His body was found during the rescue of Jessica Lynch. He left a wife, teenage son and a young daughter. 

Robert M. McDowell (Army Sgt) Age 30 of Deer Park, TX. Killed April 1, 2007 in Iraq. Mass at St. Hyacinth, Deer Park. He left a wife and two sons.

William Benjamin “Bill” Meeuwsen (Army Sgt) Age 24 of Kingwood, TX. One of 2 killed November 23, 2005 in Iraq in a "friendly fire" incident. Mass at St. Martha, Kingwood with Msgr. Chester Borski. He had attended Immaculate Conception School, Vernon, WA. He left a wife of three months.

Kristian Menchaca (Army Pfc) Age 23 of Brownsville, TX. Killed June 19, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at Brownsville Event Center. He was tortured, killed and mutilated along with another captured soldier by the Mujahideen Shura Council who produced a graphic video and claimed it was revenge for the rape and murder of Abee Qasim Hamza al-Janabi by US troops.

Matthew Elias Mendoza (Marine Sgt.) Age 24 of San Antonio, TX. Killed June 20, 2008 in Afghanistan. Mass at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, San Antonio with Fr. Daniel Cisneros (a former Marine). According to a Marine web site, "Together We Served", Cisneros punctuated the Mass with anti-war messages saying, "If we loved one another, we would have no more pain, no more sorrows. Who pays for the war? Our young generation, our youth, they're the ones that go to war and give up their lives. War brings nothing but sadness." A third generation member of the military, he left a wife and 6 year old son. He had also done two tours in Iraq.

William Lewis “Billy” Miller (Marine LCpl) Age 22 of Pearland, TX. Killed November 15, 2004 in Fallujah, Iraq. Mass at St. Helen’s, Pearland where he had been baptized. He had enlisted one month after high school. The funeral was on November 24, his 23rd birthday.

Gilbert Minjares, Jr. (Navy PO1st) Age 31 of El Paso, TX. One of 7 killed February 7, 2007 when a helicopter was shot down one week after he arrived in Iraq. (see also: Thomas Saba in NJ and James Tijerina in TX) Mass at St. Raphael, El Paso. He left a wife, two year old son and 4 week old baby.

Jacob Molina (Army Sgt) Age 27 of Houston, TX. Killed July 29, 2011 in Afghanistan. Mass at Catholic Charismatic Center, Houston. He leaves a wife and two children. His uncle, Joe Campos Torres, a Viet Nam veteran, wearing army fatigues and combat boots, was killed in one of the most notorious cases of police brutality in Houston history in May of 1977.

Jose Luis Montenegro, Jr. (Army CWO2) Age 31 of Brownsville and San Juan, TX. Killed when the helicopter he was piloting was shot down in Afghanistan on September 5, 2012. Mass at St. John the Baptist, San Juan. (Fr. Gerry Frank, pastor.)

Omar Leonardo Mora (Army Sgt) Age 28 of Texas City, TX. One of 7 killed September 10 2007 in Iraq in a non-combat vehicle roll over incident. (see also: Michael Hardagree in GA and Gregory Rivera-Santiago in US Virgin Islands) It was later reported the vehicle fell off a 40 foot high bridge after being fired upon. Mass at St. Mary of the Miraculous Medal, Texas City where he had taught Sunday school. He came to Texas from Ecuador when he was 2 years old. He left a five year old daughter.

Gerardo “Chito” Moreno (Army Sgt) Age 23 of Terrell, TX. Killed April 6, 2004 in Iraq. Mass at St. John the Apostle, Terrell with Fr. Michael Forge. He enlisted right after high school. He left a wife and two children.

Raymond John Munden (Army Sfc, Special Forces) Age 35 of Mesquite, TX. Killed February 16, 2009 in Iraq. Mass at St. John Vianney, Orchard Park, TX. He was due to become an instructor at West Point. He joined the army in 1991 and had been in Somalia and Hatai. He left a wife, two daughters and two sons from a previous marriage.

Joe A. Narvaez (Army SSgt) Age 25 of San Antonio, TX. Killed October 2, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at St. Martin de Porres, Edgewood, TX with Archbishop Jose Gomez (Diocese of San Antonio and a member of Opus Dei) who said Narvaez set an example when “...he gave his life for all of us...He has shown us the bravest manifestation of God.” Maj. Gen. Russell J. Czerw, Fr. Sam Houston Commander, said, “He's a hero who gave his life for his country and our way of life.” See: iraqnam.blogspot.com/2006/10/joe-narvaez-remembered.html

Dan Hong Nguyen (Army Spc, medic) Age 24 of Sugarland, TX. Killed May 8, 2007 in Iraq. Mass at Christ the Incarnate Word, Houston, TX. The son of Vietnamese immagrants, he left a fiancée.

Tevan Lee Nguyen (Marine Cpl) Age 21 of CA and Hutto, TX. Killed December 10, 2010 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Mary’s, Brownwood, TX with Fr. Serafin Avenido. He left a woman friend of four years and their son.

Bobby Justin Pagan (Army Spc) Age 23 of Austin, TX. One of 3 killed February l3, 2010 in Afghanistan by a suicide motor biker. Mass at St. Julia’s, Austin with Fr. Christopher Ferrer who said, "Today we have in front of us a brave soldier. Bobby, we admire your courage and we admire your self sacrifice." He left a fiancée in the same unit who was to meet his family in two weeks on their mid-tour break.

Javier G. Paredes (Army Cpl, medic) Age 24 of San Antonio, TX. Killed September 5, 2007 in Iraq in an RPG attack. Mass at St. Patrick’s, San Antonio, TX. Much of his childhood was spent in foster care. He lived with an aunt just before joining the Army in '04.

Paul W. Pena (Army Capt) Age 27 of San Marcos, TX. Killed January 19, 2010 in Afghanistan in an IED attack. Mass at St. John the Evangelist, San Antonio with Fr. Stuart Juleen. Memorial Service at San Marcos Baptist Academy where he was a 2000 graduate.

Roger Pina Pena, Jr. (Sgt) Age 29 of San Antonio, TX. Killed June 14, 2006 in Afghanistan. Mass at San Fernando Cathedral, San Antonio. (Bishop Jose Gomez) He had been a member of the youth club at St. Leo’s parish and attended UT Austin. He left a wife and two sons, 5 and 2 years old.

Javier Perales Jr. (Marine LCpl) Age 19 of El Paso, TX. Killed June 11, 2008 in Iraq in a “non-hostile incident under investigation”. Mass at San Elizaria, El Paso. He was a graduate of San Elizaria HS and an “active member of the Catholic Community” who helped with the Confirmation program.

Jose “Amancio” Perez III (Army Spc, medic) Age 22 of San Diego, TX. Killed May 28, 2003 in Iraq. Mass at St. Francis de Paula, San Diego with Bishop Edmond Carmody of Corpus Christi diocese who said Perez had lived his baptismal promise all his life. He was buried next to his uncle, Baldemar Benavides, an Army Pfc who was in the Gulf War and died from the after effects of the war in 1992 at the age of 25.

Nicholas Samuel Valdez-Perez (Marine LCpl) Age 19 of Austin, TX. Killed September 3, 2004 in Iraq while searching for weapons and insurgents in abandoned neighborhoods. Mass at San Jose, Austin. He had been an altar server and wanted to be a Marine since age 9.

Orlando Antonio Perez (Army Spc) Age 23 of Houston, TX. Killed February 24, 2008 in Iraq by small arms fire. Mass at St. Charles Borromeo, Houston with Fr. Miguel Solorzano. He had been an altar server who asked the priest to be his sponsor for Confirmation. He left a wife.

Christopher Ramirez (Army Sgt) Age 34 of McAllen, TX. Killed April 14, 2004 in Fallujah, Iraq. Mass at Sacred Heart, Edinburg, TX. He had enlisted right after high school and had been in Kosovo and Desert Storm.

Gene Ramirez (Marine SSgt.) Age 28 of San Antonio, TX. Killed November 10, 2004 in Fallujah, Iraq in an IED attack. Mass at St. Leo the Great, San Antonio.

William Douglas (Doug) Richardson (Marine SSgt.) Age 30 of Houston, TX. Killed November 30, 2005 in Iraq in a "non-hostile viehcle accident. Mass at St. Cecilia’s, Houston. He enlisted in 1994. He left a wife.

Paul A. Rivera (Army Sgt) Age 26 of Round Rock, TX. Killed October 22, 2011 in Afghanistan when his vehicle was attacked and rolled over. Mass at St. Mary Cathedral, Austin, TX (Bishop Joe S. Vasquez) with Frs. Albert Laforet and Bud Roland who said he was a “soldier of Christ”. He had been an altar server at the cathedral. Both priests wept during Mass and called Paul their spititual son. He had enlisted out of high school.

Michael Christopher Roberts (Army Spc) Age 23 of Watauga, TX. Killed August 27, 2011 in Afghanistan. Memorial Mass at St. Norbert’s, Northbrook, IL. MOCB at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Keller, TX. He leaves a wife.

David G. Robinson (Army Sfc) Age 28 of Winthrop Harbor, IL and El Paso, TX. Killed October 25, 2011 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Mass at Our Lady of Humility, Beach Park, IL. He leaves a wife and two sons. The family was told it was a "non-combat incident under investigation." He was a grad of St. Joseph’s HS, Kenosha, WI.

John Rossi (Army Maj. Gen):  see under NY

Benjamin Salgado Rosales (Marine Cpl.) Age 20 of Katy, TX. Killed October 4, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at St. Bartholomew, Katy with Fr. John Kha Tran. He had enlisted right out of high school and married several weeks before going to Iraq. His mother wept when as she signed enlistment papers for her 17 year old: "I didn't want my son in the military...I grew my kids in a lot of love. I taught them not to kill--not even bugs or plants...I didn't want the Marines to teach my son to kill." Both parents were Mexican immigrants.

Isela Rubalcava (Army Sgt) Age 25 of El Paso, TX. Killed May 8, 2004 in Iraq by a mortar round. Mass at St. Patrick's, Canutillo, TX with Fr. Manny Marruto.

Cesar Bocanegra Ruiz (Marine Sgt.) Age 26 of San Antonio, TX. Killed October 31, 2009 in Afghanistan. Mass at San Francesco Di Piola, San Antonio. He left a a wife and son.

Blake Harrison Russell (Army Capt) Age 35 of Fort Worth, TX. Killed July 22, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at Holy Family, Ft. Worth with Fr. Brian Kelly, chaplain US Navy, Fr. Anthony Mathew T.O.R. and Deacon Joseph Milligan. He had emailed his father in February: "I'm tired of the killing. I'm tired of ordering people to kill." A medic on his team had died in his arms. A grad of Texas A & M, he left a wife, son and daughter.

Eric Domingo Salinas (Army Spc) Age 25 of Houston, TX. Killed August 2, 2007 in Iraq. Mass at Immaculate Heart of Mary, Houston with Fr. Raphael Vega. 

Oscar Sauceda, Jr. (Army Pvt) Age 21 of Del Rio, TX. Killed May 22, 2007 in Iraq. Mass at St. Joseph’s, Del Rio.

Christian Christopher Schulz (Army Spc) Age 20 of Colleyville, TX. Killed July 11, 2003 in Iraq in a "non-hostile fire arms discharge". Mass at Good Shepherd, Colleyville. He died on his father's 47th birthday. He became interested in the Army after a Boy Scout camping trip to Ft. Hood.

Sean Patrick Sims (Army Capt) Age 32 of El Paso, TX. Killed November 13, 2004 in Fallujah, Iraq. Mass at St. Mary’s, College Station, TX with Frs. Dean Wilhelm, Mike Sis, David Ivey and Bishop Gregory B. Aymond (Diocdesse of Austin) His father was an Army Col. in Viet Nam. He was a '94 grad of Texas A & M. He left a wife and infant son.

Juan Manuel Solorio (Army SSgt) Age 32 of Dallas, TX. Killed March 4, 2005 in Iraq in an IED attack. Mass at Santa Clara, Dallas. He left a wife and two sons, ages 11 and 8.

Chris N. Staats (Army SSgt) Age 32 of Fredericksburg, TX. Killed October 16, 2009 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Marys, Fredericksburg. He was an '02 gread of Texas A & M. He left a wife.

John Christian Stock (Marine SSgt.) Age 26 of Longview, TX. One of 4 killed September 6, 2007 in Iraq in combat. Mass at St. Mary’s, Longview with Fr. Gavin Vaverek, pastor. He attended St. Mary's School, Longview. He left a wife.

Eddie Daniel Tamez (Army Spc) Age 21 of Galveston, TX. One of 2 killed April 27, 2007 in Iraq in an IED attack. Mass at St. Patrick’s, Galveston with Fr. John Bok who said, “Last night, his grieving wife asked me, ‘Why?’ I can’t answer why, you can’t answer why, none of us can answer why.” He was a chemical warfare specialist.

Nickolas Aaron Tanton (Army Pfc) Age 24 of San Antonio, TX. Died February 13, 2007 in Iraq of "non-combat injuries". Mass at Dodd Field Chapel with Chaplain Lt. Col. (Fr.) Joseph Fleury.

Samuel Tapia (Marine LCpl) Age 20 of San Benito, TX. Killed December 18, 2005 in Iraq, his daughter's first birthday. Mass at St. Theresa’s, San Benito. He had wanted to be a Marine since childhood. He left a wife.

Miguel Terrazas (Marine LCpl) Age 20 of El Paso, TX. Killed November 19, 2005 in Iraq. Mass at St. Ignatius, El Paso. In Haditha, a roadside bomb struck a humvee carrying Marines and killed Miguel. In retaliation the Marines broke down doors and killed 24 civilians. 12 year old Safa Younis survived and reported, “…They killed my father in the kitchen. They killed my mother and my sister, Noor…” See: archives.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0605/30/acd.02.html and Stanford.edu/group/commwiki/cgi-bin/mediawiki/index.php?title=Haditha

James Rodney Tijerina (Marine Sgt.) Age 26 of Katy, TX. One of 7 killed February 7, 2007 when a helicopter was shot down in Iraq. (see also: Thomas Saba in NJ and Gilbert Minjares in TX) Mass at Epiphany of the Lord, Katy with Msgr. Jack Dinkins.

Daniel Torres (Army Sgt) Age 23 of Fort Worth, TX. One of two killed February 4, 2005 in Iraq in an IED atack. Mass at St. Bartholomew, Ft. Worth. He was an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion in Iraq. He left a "girl friend" and an unborn child.

Michael S. Torres (Marine LCpl) Age 21 of El Paso, TX. Killed July 5, 2004 in Fallujah, Iraq. Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, El Paso (Bishop Armando Ochoa) with Fr. Fabian Marquez who said, "He fought for freedom and died for freedom. He brought us joy and made us proud. May his death change the world and bring peace." Fr. Marquez was a long time family friend and Torres' Godfather. Torres was a graduate of Cathedral HS, El Paso.

Steven C. Tucker (Army Pfc) Age 19 of Grapevine, TX. Killed May 21, 2005 in Afghanistan in an IED attack. Mass at St. Michael’s, Bedford, TX.

George M. Ulloa, Jr. (Marine Sgt.) Age 23 of Austin, TX. Killed August 3, 2006 in Iraq in an IED attack. Mass at San Jose, Austin with Fr. Joseph Tomei, CSC. He joined to provide a better life for his family. He left a wife and 3 children.

Jorge Luis Velasquez (Navy PO2) Age 35 of Houston, TX. Died of injuries sustained in a fall from a balcony while serving with the US 5th Fleet in Bahrain on May 12, 2012. Mass at Queen of Peace, Houston. Buried in Mexico (?)

Alex Anthony Viola (Army SSgt, an engineer in Special Forces) Age 29 of Keller, TX. Killed November 17, 2013 in Afghanistan, five weeks into his first deployment. Mass at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Keller with Msgr. E. James Hart, pastor.

Henry Ybarra III (Army SSgt) Age 32 of Austin, TX. Killed September 11, 2003 when a tire he was changing exploded. Mass at San Jose, Austin. He left a wife and three children.

Luke Carney Yepsen (Marine LCpl) Age 20 of Kingwood, TX. Killed December 14, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at St. Martha, Kingwood with Msgr. Chester Borski and Fr. Ray Cole. Fr. Cole asked the congregation to seek forgiveness "...for all the times when we have not been peacemakers." Deacon Alfredo Soto said Yepson "...died the death of a hero. he gave the ultimate sacrifice that anyone could give." He left a fiancée.

Thomas “TJ” Zapp (Marine LCpl) Age 20 of Houston, TX. Killed November 8, 2004 in Fallujah, Iraq in an IED attack. Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas, Sugarland, TX with Fr. Kevin Thissen.

Andres “Andy” Zermeno (Army 1st Lt.) Age 26 of Brownsville and San Antonio, TX. Killed September 25, 2011 in Afghanistan. Mass at Bill Greeley Arena on St. Mary’s University campus, San Antonio, TX. At St. Mary’s, he joined ROTC and the TX National Guard and met his wife, Rachel. He also leaves a son and daughter. His brother, Joaquin Zermeno is a priest of the Diocese of Brownsville.

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UNITED STATES VIRGIN ISLANDS

Gregory Rivera-Santiago (Army SSgt) Age 26 of Calqohoun and St. Croix, USVI. One of 7 killed September 10, 2007 in Iraq in a non-combat-related vehicle roll over incident, later reported as falling off a 40 foot bridge after being fired upon. (see also: Omar Mora in TX and Michael Haardegree in GA.) Mass at St. Joseph’s, St. Croix. He left a wife and three children.

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UTAH

Daniel George Dolan (Army Pfc) Age 29 of Roy, UT. Killed August 27, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at St. Rose of Lima, Layton, UT. He began taking classes in Iraq to become Catholic so his parents brought him to St. Rose. See article in the Intermountain Catholic: icatholic.org/indstory/2006/indexstory/200632p01.html

Rocky H. Herrera (Army Sfc) Age 43 of Salt Lake City, UT. One of 3 killed August 27, 2007 in Afghanistan in a suicide bomber attack. Mass at St. Ann, Salt Lake City with Bishop John C. Wester of Salt Lake, Fr. Colin Bircumshaw of St. Ann and Fr. John Bednarz of St. Martin dePorres, Taylorsville. Bishop Wester said, “Now he is clothed with Christ, loved by God and called to the eternal banquet. This Eucharist is a fitting tribute to a real hero.” See; icatholic.org/indstory/2007/200732p05.html see: loriimsdahl.com/jajl-province-afghanistan-suicide-bomber/ He left a wife, 4 children and a granddaughter.

Norberto Mendez-Hernandez (Marine LCpl) Age 22 of Logan, UT. Killed July 10 2011 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Boniface, Anaheim, CA. He leaves a wife, son and daughter

Brandon Allen Parr (Army Sgt) Age 25 of West Valley, UT. One of 3 killed March 3, 2007 in Iraq in an IED attack. Mass at Cathedral of the Madeleine, Salt Lake City with Fr. Joseph M. Mayo, rector and celebrant in the presence of Bishop John C. Wester. He was a member of St. Francis Xavier parish in Kearns, UT. He left a wife and four year old son. See: icatholic.org/indstory/2007/200711p01a.html

Larry Ismael Rougle (Army SSgt) Age 25 of West Jordan, UT. Killed October 23, 2007 in Afghanistan on his sixth combat depolyment. Mass at St. Francis Xavier, Kearns, UT. His father had been in the Army in Viet Nam. He enlisted at age 17. A scene in the film "Restrepo" was shot immediately after his death. He left a wife and 3 year old daughter.

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VERMONT

Anthony James "Chuckie" Rosa (Marine Lcpl) Age 20 of Swanton, VT. Killed September 23, 2010 in Afghanistan. Mass at Missiquoi High School due to space limitations at Church of the Nativity. Bishop Salvatore Matano was principal celebrant and homilist.

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VIRGINIA

James Francis Adamouski (Army Capt.) Age 29 of Springfield, VA. Killed April 2, 2003 with 5 others in a helicopter crash in central Iraq, Mass at Church of the Nativity, Burke, VA. He was "a great soccer player" and president of his high school class and the first West Point grad to die in Iraq. He had been married 7 months, been accepted at Harvard Business School and planned to teach economics after earning an MBA. He atteneded St. Timothy School, Chantilly, VA through 8th grade.

Daniel Ryan Bennett (Marine LCpl) Age 23 of Clifton, VA. Killed January 11, 2009 at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan in a "non-hostile" incident. Mass at St. Andrew the Apostle, Clifton. He left a fiancée.

Brian Robert Bill (Navy CPO, Chief Special Warfare Operator, SEAL) Age 31 of Virginia Beach, VA. Killed August 6, 2011 in Afghanistan with 37 others, including 8 Afghanis, when their helicopter was shot down. Mass at St Cecelia’s, Stamford, CT. He was a grad of Trinity HS, Stamford. 22 of those killed were Navy Seals, many of whom were involved in the assassination of Osama bin Laden. At least two others were Catholic. See Michael Strange of PA and Nicholas Spehar of MN. Gov David Malloy attended.

Thomas J. Brown (Army 1st Lt) Age 26 of Burke and Shelton, VA. One of 3 killed September 23, 2008 in Iraq in an IED attack. Mass at St. Jude, Monroe, VA. He was a graduate of St. Jude Grammar School and Notre Dame High School, Fairfield, VA and an '04 grad of George Mason U. He left a fiancée and a twin brother.

Christopher F. Cabacoy (Army SSgt) Age 30 of Virginia Beach, VA. One of two killed July 5, 2010 in Afghanistan in an IED attack. Mass at St. Gregory the Great, Virginia Beach. He left a wife and son.

Robert E. Drawl Jr. (Army Spc) Age 21 of Alexandria, VA. One of 3 killed August 19, 2006 in Afghanistan in an IED attack. Mass at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Community, Alexandria. He joined to support his wife and two daughters, age 3 and 19 months.

Kyle M. Hemauer (Army Pfc) Age 21 of Chilton, WI and Manassas, VA. Killed May 23, 2005 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Mary’s (now Good Shepherd), Chilton, WI with Fr. Greg Smith. First listed as non-combat, later as confirmed suicide.

Paul Michael Kelly (Army Col) Age 45 of Stafford, VA. One of 12 killed in a helicopter crash in Iraq, January 20, 2007. (see also: Sean Lylerly in TX who was the pilot) MOCB at St. William of York with Fr. David P. Meng who said, "Paul loved his family, his God, his soldiers, his country." Memorial Mass at St. Luke, Beaver Creek, VA. A member of the K of C and a graduate of the University of Dayton, Dayton, OH, a private Roman Catholic university operated by the Society of Mary (Marianist) where he was in the ROTC program. His father had been a fighter pilot in Viet Nam. He left a wife and two young sons. 

Brett Lee Lundstrom (Marine Cpl) Age 22 of Black Hawk, SD and Stafford, VA. Killed January 7, 2006 in Fallujah, Iraq. Mass at Immaculate Heart of Mary, North Glenn, CO with Fr. Matthew Vazhackapara and Deacon Leo Oehrle. A member of the Oglala Sioux tribe, his brother was also in Iraq at the time. Their father spent 20 years in the Marines.

Donald Charles May Jr. (Marine SSgt) Age 31 of Richmond, VA. Killed March 25, 2003 in Iraq when his tank fell off a bridge into the Euphrates River, Mass at St. Augustine’s, Richmond. He was in the '91 Gulf War, left the military for two years and rejoined. Both his parents had been in the Marines. He left a wife expecting their third child.

Joseph Trane McCloud (Marine Maj.) Age 39 of Grosse Point, MI and Alexandria VA. One of 4 killed December 4, 2006 when his helicopter crashed into a reservoir in Haditha, Iraq. 12 survived. MOCB at Good Shepherd, Alexandria, VA. Memorial Mass at St. Anthony's, Kailua, HI. A letter he wrote to his son, Hayden's 2nd Grade class at St. Anthony's school was read during Mass. He had enlisted right out of high school. 

Sean H. Miles (Marine Sgt) Age 28 of Midlothian, VA. Killed January 24, 2006 in Iraq. Memorial Mass at St. Gabriel, Chesterfield, VA. MOCB at San Jose, MIssion, TX. He left a wife and two year old son.

Stephen Chase Prasnicki (Army 1st Lt) Age 24 of Lexington, VA. One of two killed June 27, 2012 (5 days after deployment) in Afghanistan in an IED atack. Mass at St. Patrick's, Lexington. He was a 2010 grad of West Point and had been married for 6 months.

David Alan Ruhren (Army Spc) Age 20 of Stafford, VA. Killed December 21, 2004 in Iraq. Mass at St. Francis of Assisi, Triangle, VA. Killed with 13 others when a suicide bomber blew up their mess tent. He was the only son of a single mother.

Christopher Curtis Simpson (Army Sgt) Age 23 of Hampton, VA. One of two killed March 17, 2008 in Iraq in an IED attaack. Mass at St. Joseph’s, Camillus, NY. He left a fiancée.

Kyle Pascal Stoeckli (Army Spc) Age 21 of Mosley, VA. Killed June 1, 2013 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Gabriel, Chesterfield, VA with pastor, Fr. Eric Ayers.

Sharon T. Swartworth (Army CWO5) Age 43 of Alexandria, VA. One of 6 killed November 7, 2003 in Iraq when a helicopter was shot down by "enemy ordnance". (see also: Kyran Kennedy in MA, the pilot) Mass at Good Shepherd, Alexandria, VA. She was lead advisor to the Army’s Judge Advocate General. She left a husband, a Navy Capt, stationed in HI and an 8 year old son.

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WASHINGTON

Jason Michael Charles Bogar (Army Cpl) Age 25 of Seattle, WA, Killed July 13, 2008 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle. (Bishop Alexander J. Brunett) See “I Was Just Starting to Live My Life”, JB’s journal entries and last letter to his family at: cbs.com/stories/2009/10/04/eveningnews/main5362370.shtml

Brian Bradshaw (Army Lt.) Age 24 of Steilacoom, WA. Killed June 25, 2009 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. John Bosco, Lakewood, WA with Fr. Lee Hightower who noted Bradshaw, “...went to Afghanistan firmly believing he could help people suffering over there. It was there that he lay down his life for us. No greater love has anyone than to lay down his life for another.” At the church, Bradshaw’s flag draped coffin was placed beneath the banner of a life sized image of Divine Mercy. He was a graduate of Visitation Catholic School and Bellarmine Prep School and an '07 grad of Pacific Luthern U. where he was in the ROTC program. Both his parents are retired from the military.

Benjamin Joseph Colgan (Army 2nd Lt., Delta Force) Age 30 of Kent, WA. Killed All Saints Day 2003 in Iraq. Mass at St. Philomena’s, Des Moines, IA. He enlisted right after high school. He left a wife and two daughters. A third daughter was born 7 weeks after his death. His parents are long time Catholic peace activists who took their children to demonstrations at places like the nuclear sub base at Bangor, WA. See: paxchristiusa.org/thecpv/winter2008/story4.pdf At the bottom of the page is an open letter from Lt. Colgan’s father, Joe Colgan, to Bishop Alexander J. Brunett, which served as the inspiration for this scroll of remembrance.

Christopher W. Dickison (Army Spc) Age 26 of Seattle, WA. Killed July 5, 2005 in Iraq. Mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe, West Seattle. He left a fiancée and a twin sister.

Mathew Gregory Fazzari (Army 1st Lt.) Age 25 of Walla Walla, WA. Killed June 6, 2012 when the helicopter he was piloting was shot down. Mass at Assumption of the BVM, Walla Walla with Fr. James Peak. (Fr. Timothy Hays, Pastor) He attended Catholic grade school, was an '05 grad of DeSales HS, Walla Walla and was a 2010 grad of Gonzaga (Jesuit) where he was in ROTC. He left a wife and two young sons.

Wyatt A. Goldsmith (Army SSgt, Special Forces Medic) Age 28 of Colville, WA. Died July 15, 2011 at Camp Bastion Hospital from injuries suffered in Afghanistan. Mass at Immaculate Conception, Colville on July 26 with Fr. Steve Werner. Bishop Blasé J. Cupich came to visit Wyatt’s parents and preached at a Sunday Mass on July 17. His homily, “The Rising: On the Loss of Wyatt A. Goldsmith” was published July 25 on “The Good Word”, a blog site of America Magazine and can be seen at: dioceseofspokane.org/bjc_2011/goldsmith.htm

Steven Michael Langmack (Army Sfc, Special Forces) Age 33 of Seattle, WA. Killed May 31, 2005 in Iraq. Mass at St. Edward’s, Seattle. He had also been in the '91 Gulf War and Afghanistan. He left a wife and two sons.

Niall D. Lyons (CWO) Age 40 of Spokane, WA. One of 7 killed October 25, 2009 in Afghanistan in a helicopter crash. (see also: Michael Montgomery in GA) Mass at St. Anthony’s, Spokane. He left a son.

Jason Peto (Marine Sgt) Age 31 of Vancouver, WA. Died December 7, 2010 at the Naval Medical Medical Center, Bethesda, MD after being severely wounded in a bomb blast on Nov. 24 in Afghanistan. Mass at Holy Redeemer, Vancouver with Fr. Joseeph Mitchell who said, "It was courage and loyalty that led him to volunteer to join his fellow Marines in Afghanistan. He had done 2 tours in Iraq previousy. His father was a Marine.

Yadir G. Reynoso (Sgt) Age 27 of Wapato, WA. Killed August 5, 2004 in Iraq. Mass at St. Peter Claver, Wapato.

Michael Harrison Simpson (Army Sgt. Green Beret) age 30 of Olympia, WA. Died May 1, 2013 in Landstuhl Regional Hospital, Germany of injuries suffered in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Columban, Yelm, WA. He left a wife and 2 sons, age 3 and 16 months.

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WEST VIRGINIA

Daniel Frederick Mehringer (Army Spc) Age 20 of Morgantown, WV. Killed April 27, 2007 in Afghanistan in a “non-combat incident under investigation”. Mass at St. Francis de Sales, Morgantown with Fr. Leon Alexander.

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WISCONSIN

Joseph J. Altmann (Army SSgt) Age 27 of Marshfield, WI. Killed Christmas Day 12/25/11 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. John the Baptist, Marshfield with Fr. David Rybicki and Fr. Charles Stoetzel who said, “Joe, I think, received a call to serve in the military. God called him to serve, to serve our country in parts of the world where there is anguish and terrorism and war.” He attended Catholic schools and graduated Columbus Catholic HS, Marshfield. He leaves a wife.

Benjamin C. Edinger (Sgt) age 24 of Green Bay, WI. Died November 23, 2004 at National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD of injuries sustained November 14 in Iraq. Mass at St. Agnes, Green Bay.

William Daniel Ewing (Marine Pfc.) Age 22 of Superior, WI. He joined the Marines in '09 and was in Afghanistan from March-Oct. 2010 after which he was stationed at Camp Pendleton, CA. PTSD/ suicide on June 26, 2011 at his residence in Vista, CA. Mass at Cathedral of Christ the King, Superior with Fr. Andrew P. Ricci. (Bishop Peter F. Christensen)

Nicole Marie Frye (Pfc) age 19 of Lena, WI. Killed February 16, 2004 in an IED attack after two weeks in Iraq. Mass at Lena High School where Bishop David Zubik of Green Bay joined the mourners and kissed her casket. She had worked in the same restaurant where her mother was a cook.  She left a fiancé.

Jacob A. Gassen (Army Pfc, medic) Age 21 of Beaver Dam WI. One of 6 killed November 29, 2010 in Afghanistan by a rogue Afghan policeman in training. Mass at Sacred Heart, Horicon, WI with Fr. Michael Wild who said Gassen "..had a vision, like Jesus he wanted to spend his life healing others." He had attended St. Jerome grade school, Columbus, WI. State and federal politicians attended.

Jesse J. Grindley (Army SSgt) Age 30 of Hazel Green, WI. Killed March 12, 2012 in Afghanistan (under investigation). Mass at St Francis De Sales, Hazel Green. He left a wife, son and daughter.

Kyle M. Hemauer (Army Pfc) age 21 of Chilton, WI and Manassas, VA. See VA

Daren M. Hidalgo (Army 1st Lt., Ranger) Age 24 of Waukesha, WI. Killed February 20, 2011 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. Anthony of the Lake, Pewaukee, WI. He was an ’09 grad of West Point where there was a graveside service on March 7, 2012, his 25th birthday. He had a brother in Afghanistan at the time and another in the Marines at Camp Pendleton. His father was an '81 grad of West Point.

Rachael Lorraine Hugo (Army Sp, medic) age 24 of Madison/ Monona, WI. Killed October 5, 2007 in Iraq in an IED attack. Mass at Immaculate Heart of Mary, Monona.

Isaiah Robert Hunt (Army Pfc) age 20 of Green Bay, WI. Killed November 15, 2004 in Iraq when he was thrown from the gun turret of his vehicle when the driver accidentally collided with another vehicle. Mass at Sts. Edward and Isodore, Suamico, WI.

Charles Anthony Kaufman (Army Spc) age 20 of Fairchild, WI. Killed June 26, 2005 in Iraq by a vehicle borne IED. Mass at (?) Buried in Fairview Catholic Cemetery, Humbird, WI.

Kevin Michael Kryst (Marine Capt) age 27 of West Bend, WI. Killed December 18, 2006 in Iraq by shrapnel from a mortar attack. Mass at St. Frances Cabrini, West Bend. He was an '01 grad of the U. of WI, Madison in Kinesiology. He left a fiancée.

Patrick Lee Lybert (Army SSgt) age 28 of Ladysmith, WI. Killed June 21, 2006 in Afghanistan. Mass at Our Lady of Sorrows, Ladysmith. Jared Monti of MA was killed in the same battle. He was planning a "surprise" wedding on a leave in July.

Mark Allen Maida (Army Sgt) age 22 of Madison, WI. Killed May 27, 2005 in Iraq. Mass at St. Maria Goretti, Madison with Msgr. Michael Burke. He was forced to stay in Iraq due to the "stop-loss program". His brother is a Marine. Their father is a Viet Nam vet.

John J. Mattek, Jr. (Marine LCpl) age 24 of Stevens Point, WI. Died June 13, 2005 at Bethesda Naval Hospital, MD of injuries suffered June 8 in an explosion. Mass at St. John’s, Antigo, WI with Fr. Jeremiah Worman who described him as a military man, “...doing his best, being proud of his community, country and God”

Jacob Alexander Meinert (Marine LCpl) age 20 of Fort Atkinson, WI. Killed January 10, 2010 in Afghanistan when he stepped on a land mine. Mass at St. Joseph’s, Fort Atkinson. The "Marine Hymn" was followed by a 21 gun salute and Taps outside church. He had arranged to graduate high school early to join the Marines. He had also done a tour in Iraq. He left a 1 year old son.

Brian K. Naseman (Army Sfc) Age 36 of New Breman, OH and Caledonia, WI. Killed May 22, 2009 in Iraq in a "non-combat incident under investigation". Mass at St. Paul the Apostle, Racinge, WI with Fr. William Dietzler. He left a wife and sons age 9 and 11.

Benjamin H. Neal (Army Spc) Age 21 of Orfordville, WI. Killed April 25, 2012 in Afghanistan. Mass at St. William's, Janesville, WI with Fr. John R. Auby, Pastor. He left a wife.

Dean D. Opicka (Marine LCpl) age 29 of Luxemburg and Cosco, WI. One of two killed April 14, 2008 in Iraq in an IED atack. Mass at St. Mary’s, Luxemburg with Fr. Milton Suess. He was an '02 grad of Carroll College, Helena, MT. (Catholic, diocesan) He left a fiancée.

Matthew I. Pionk (Army Sfc) age 30 of Eveleth, MN and Superior, WI. One of 6 killed January, 9, 2008 in Iraq in a booby trapped house they were trying to clear. (see also: Sean Gaul in NV) Mass at Cathedral of Christ the King, Superior. WI. (Bishop Peter Christensen) Gov. Jim Doyle and MN Gov. Tim Pawlenty attended. He left a wife and three children.

Mathew E. Schram (Army Maj) age 36 of Brookfield, WI. Killed May 26, 2003 in Iraq. Mass at St. Mary’s, Elm Grove, WI with Fr. Daniel Pakenham who said, "....Mat's death reminds us...there are things we are willing to give our lives for." He attended Immaculate Heart of Mary School, West Allis, WI. He was a a college grad with a Masters in Organizational Magagement and was in ROTC.

Chad J. Simon (Marine SSgt) age 32 of Manona and Madison, WI. Died August 4, 2005 in a Madison hospice, nine months after being severely wounded in Iraq. Mass at Immaculate Heart of Mary, Manona, WI with Fr. Jeff Mannel, celebrant. He left a wife and 5 year old son.

Christopher Jon Splinter (Army Maj.) Age 43 of Waynesville MO and formerly of Platteville, WI. Killed December 24, 2003 in Iraq. Mass at St. Mary’s, Platteville with Fr. Charles, Schluter. He was a '90 grad of UW Platteville where he was in ROTC. He left a wife, son and daughter.

Jesse L. Thiry (Marine Cpl) age 23 of Casco, WI. Killed April 5, 2004 after one month in Iraq. Mass at St. Peter’s, Lincoln, WI with Bishop David Zubik and Frs. Dennis Drury and John Doerfler

Daniel James Thompson (Army Sgt) age 24 of Madison, WI. One of 4 killed February 24, 2009 in Afghanistan in an IED attack. (see also: Scott Stream in IL and Brian Bunting in MD) Mass at St. Mary’s, Madison with Fr. Jim Murphy. He joined the NG while still in high school. He left a fiancée.

Richard Daniel Warner (Marine LCpl) age 22 of Genesee Depot, WI. One of 3 killed December 13, 2004 in Iraq when their vehicle hit a landmine or while on foot patrol. (?) Mass at St. Anthony on the Lake, Pewaukee, WI with Fr. Robert Gozma.  He was a member of St. Paul's, Genesee Depot but a bigger church was needed for the funeral.

Robert P. Warns II (Marine Cpl) age 23 of Waukesha, WI. Killed November 8, 2004 in Iraq. Mass at St. Mary’s, Waukesha, where he had been baptized, with Fr. Brian Mason, pastor. Gov. Jim Doyle attended. He was a '99 grad of Catholic Memorial High School. He joined the Marines right out of school and was called to active duty during his senior year at UW-Milwaukee.

Travis M. Wichlacz (Marine LCpl) age 22 of West Bend, WI. Killed February 5, 2005 in Iraq. Mass at Immaculate Conception, West Bend with Fr. Jeffreey Haines who said, "It was as if love spilled from his heart." He left a wife of 9 months who left the day after their wedding for active duty in the Army at Norfolk, VA.

Daniel R. Wyatt (Marine Cpl) age 22 of Racine, WI. Killed October 12, 2004 after only a few weeks in Iraq. Mass at St. Rita, Racine with Fr. Joseph G. Stobba, OSA. He attended St. Rita's Elementary and joined the Marines right out of high school. He proposed to his fiancée the same day he was called up to active duty.

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WYOMING

James Joseph Arellano (Army Pfc) Age 19 of Cheyenne, WY. Killed August 17, 2006 in Iraq. Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Cheyenne (Bishop David L. Ricken) with Fr. Gary Ruzicka. Gov. Dave Freudenthal also spoke.

Scott A. Miller (Army Pvt) Age 20 of Cheyenne, WY. Killed June 9, 2007 in Iraq, Mass at St. Anthony of Padua, Casper, WY. Attended by Gov. Dave Freudenthal.

Leif E. Nott (Army 1st Lt.) Age 24 of Cheyenne, WY. Killed July 30, 2003 in Iraq. Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Cheyenne (Bishop David L. Ricken) with Fr. Gary Ruzicka and Chaplain David Hall. His father was in the army. He was born in Italy, raised in Europe and graduated from high school in Germany. He spoke 5 languages and was a 2000 grad of West Point. On August 1, 2003 the Pentagon announced Nott had “died of wounds received from hostile fire” but it turned out he was killed by a fellow US soldier. The family was told the truth at his funeral by a friend. See: thefallen.militarytimes.com/army-1st-lt-leif-e-nott/256781

Matthew S. Schwartz (Army Tech. Sgt) Age 34 of Traverse City, MI and Cheyenne, WY. Killed January 5, 2012 in Afghanistan. Mass at Christ the King, Acme Township, MI with Frs. Edwin Thome and Raymond Cotter who said the US flag and the cross are powerful symbols with the flag meaning “you serve something beyond yourself." He leaves a wife and three daughters.

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