HEROES OF THE
ARE GONE BUT WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN
COL. (Ret) Awb
Tuesday, June 25.
Other than those I served in Vietnam with, Awb Norris is among my
longest friends in the 22nd Infantry Regiment Society. When MG John Ruggles
and Dr. Bill Boice turned the presidency of the Society over to me in the
summer of 1995, they told me, "There's a guy by the name of Awb Norris who
contacted us and has volunteered to help you out" - that began our
friendship and great working relationship in building the 22nd Infantry
Regiment Society into an organization that included all vets of the 22nd
I first met Awb as we planned for the 1996 reunion in Kissimmee,
Florida and spent many enjoyable hours with him - at reunions, when he
visited in my home, and over email exchanges. He made friends with everyone,
regardless of rank or station in life. My Family will miss him as much as I
Awb was named Honorary Colonel of the 22nd Infantry
Regiment by direction of the Secretary of the Army at our
Cleveland reunion in October 2000.
Awb entered the Georgia State Guard as a fourteen year old boy in
1944, the Alabama National Guard in 1950 and rose from the rank of private
to staff sergeant before being commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant on December
7, 1950. He also completed Armored Cavalry ROTC at Auburn University but
opted to be commissioned in the Alabama National Guard. He arrive in Korea
just as hostilities ended. Among his many assignments, Awb served with his
Honorary Colonel predecessor, MG John Ruggles, at Fort Benning when Awb was
a captain helping to establish the National Infantry Museum and Ruggles was
a Brigadier General. Awb fondly remembered how great BG Ruggles treated him
as a young captain. Awb served in Alaska as XO of the 1st Battalion (Mech),
60th Infantry Regiment and commanded the 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry
(Mechanized) in Vietnam from September 1967 through late February 1968.
Other key assignments were command of The School Brigade at Fort Benning,
and deputy/chief of Infantry Branch, Department of the Army. With over 450
parachute jumps to his credit, the Master Parachutist Badge is one of his
awards, along with the Combat Infantryman's Badge, the Expert Infantryman's
Badge, the Silver Star, Bronze Star with "V" Device, Legion of Merit with
three oak leaf clusters, and the list goes on. Awb retired from the Regular
Army as a Colonel on 1 Feb 1978 after completing 29 years and 9 months of
service to our country.
As Chuck Boyle, who was long mentored by Awb, and a great
friend, said, "A great American, a great Soldier, and a wonderful friend
left us this day."
Awb is survived by two sons.
Vice President and Web Administrator of the 22nd Infantry
Gary Krek, Vice President and Web Administrator of the 22nd
Infantry Regiment Society, died on March 29, 2008 after a long
fight with cancer. Gary Krek was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry,
4th Inf Division, in Sept. of 1965 and was instrumental in the
training of the new draftees during the Basic Training at Fort Lewis, WA.
On September 22, 1966 he was one of the original "Boat People"
who deployed by Navy ship to
where the unit was stationed in
Dau Tieng, Vietnam.
He was an Infantry scout assigned to the Recon Platoon. During
his time in
he fought in one of the largest battles of the war, the Battle
of Soui Tre on March 21, 1967 where his unit saved an American
firebase from being overrun and caused extremely heavy
casualties to the attacking NVA and Viet Cong forces.
In addition to being a key member of the 22nd Infantry Regiment
Society, Gary was an active member of the 4th Infantry (Ivy)
Division Association and an officer of the Arizona Ivymen
Chapter of the 4IDA. He served several years as the
Secretary/Treasurer for the Chapter.
After the 22nd Infantry Regiment Society was reorganized in
1995, he volunteered to be the Webmaster for the Society's Web
Page. He made this web page,
into one of the most outstanding sites on the World Wide Web.
His tireless efforts produced an exceptional web site with
information on all facets of the unit from inception to current
active duty troops. His activities have been instrumental in
locating many veterans of the 22nd Infantry Regiment - from
WWII, Cold War, Vietnam, and today. Without his total
dedication, the 22nd Infantry Regiment Society would not have
been as successful as we have been. Gary continued as the
webmaster until 2002 and was then designated as Vice President -
Webmaster of the 22nd Infantry Regiment Society. (Pete Gaworecki
succeeded Gary and assumed duties as the Webmaster in 2002).
In 2001, Gary was named a Distinguished Member of the 22nd
Infantry Regiment by order of the Secretary of the Army. His
other awards include the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and several
other Vietnam service ribbons.
Gary will be sorely missed by the members of the 22nd Infantry
Regiment Society. He truly lived our motto -
Stanley M. Tarkenton Sr.
Stanley M. Tarkenton Sr., 84, passed away Dec. 30, 2010 at Sentara
Leigh Hospital. He was born in Norfolk May. 8, 1926 to the late
Capt. Walter and Effie Tarkenton. Stanley, a
World War II
combat veteran, proudly served with the 22nd Infantry Regiment of
the 4th Infantry Division from November 1944 through the end of the
war, including during the Battle of the Bulge. He was the recipient
of the Combat Infantryman's Badge, Bronze
and numerous other military recognitions. He used to say, "I had a
pilot's license prior to a driver's license." Stan was a life member
of 4th Infantry Division Association and the 22nd Infantry Regiment
Society, where he was recognized as a Distinguish Member of the
Regiment and served on the board of directors. He was also a
lifetime member of the DAV Virginia Beach Chapter 20. He often spoke
with pride of the military and felt a warm kinship to all soldiers.
He was also commissioner of Babe Ruth Little League- Little
Creek when his children were young. He loved to work with the kids
and helped to keep the leagues running smoothly for all who enjoyed
the game. "Stan" was a lover of nature and always cared for the
little ones who came by to visit...the birds, squirrels and ducks.
He enjoyed planting seeds and waiting for a tree or flower to
flourish when possible. He could be seen daily walking around his
yard waving at anyone who passed by his home. Stan was a graduate of
William and Mary and Harvard Business and held many positions
locally in banking and commercial mortgage corporations prior to his
retirement. He is survived by Josephine Graeff, his companion of 30
years; daughter, Susan Tarkenton; son, Stanley Tarkenton Jr.;
grandson, Stanley Tarkenton III; and niece, Janie Cimino.
Drum soldier killed in Iraq
ROADSIDE BOMB: Family of Alex Bay native
said he always wanted to join the Army
TIMES STAFF WRITER
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2008
A native of Alexandria Bay
stationed at Fort Drum has been killed in Iraq, according to his family.
Pfc. Jack T. Sweet, 19, died Friday
when the vehicle he was riding in hit a roadside bomb, his father Glenn
O. Sweet said.
As of late Monday, neither the
Department of Defense nor Fort Drum had issued a confirmation of Pfc.
His father said Pfc. Sweet was a
member of the 1st Brigade Combat Team's 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry,
and a Humvee driver.
"He loved what he was doing," Mr.
Pfc. Sweet attended Alexandria Central
School and earned his general equivalency diploma at Bohlen Technical
Center of the Jefferson-Lewis Board of Cooperative Educational Services
in Watertown last year, according to Alexandria High School Principal
Ronald J. Hochmuth.
Mr. Hochmuth said he had known Pfc.
Sweet since the seventh grade and that he was full of life.
"He always had a twinkle in his eye,"
Mr. Hochmuth said.
The principal said the school held a
moment of silence for Pfc. Sweet and the flag was at half-staff Monday.
He said counselors were on hand to help students deal with the death. In
addition, students are collecting stories and pictures of Pfc. Sweet for
Pfc. Sweet's family said funeral
arrangements will be made in the next few days.
One of the school counselors, Patricia
S. Wagoner, had known Pfc. Sweet since he was a boy and said he had a
"He saw the best in things," she said.
According to Mr. Sweet, his son had always
wanted to join the military and planned for a career in the Army. When
he was younger, Pfc. Sweet was a member of the Jefferson County Young
His father said Pfc. Sweet went to basic
training last April and was stationed at Fort Drum after that. He
deployed with the 1st Brigade to Kirkuk province in September.
"He was so happy to finally get a chance to
do his part," Mr. Sweet said.
Pfc. Sweet took his leave before Christmas
and spent the time visiting with family and friends, telling stories
about his time in Iraq. Mr. Sweet said he liked hearing about what his
son was doing and was proud of all of his accomplishments.
"He's my hero," Mr. Sweet said.
Times staff writer Andy Stiny contributed to
Timothy Van Orman
R. Van Orman July 14, 1983 - February 5, 2008 Sergeant Timothy R. Van
Orman, 24, formerly of Port Matilda, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2008,
in Balad, Iraq. Born on July 14, 1983, in Williamsport, he was the son
of Randy L. and Kelly M. McGee Van Orman, who survive in Port Matilda.
He was a 2002 graduate of Bald Eagle Area High School. Timothy was of
the Protestant faith. On Aug. 5, 2006, he married Catherine Van Vleet,
of New York. He was a Sgt. serving in the United States Army. Timothy
was assigned to the 2nd. Batt Regiment, 1st. Brigade Combat Team, 10th
Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, New York. During his
military career he was awarded the Purple Heart, Army Achievement Medal,
Meritorious Unit Commendation emblem, Good Conduct Medal, National
Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism
Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon,
Overseas Service Ribbon and the Air Assault Badge Timothy was a member
of the NRA, and enjoyed hunting and music and was an avid NASCAR fan. In
addition to his parents and wife, he is survived by his daughter, Halie
E. Van Orman of New York; brother, W. Michael Van Orman of Ft. Knox,
Ky.; two sisters, Cynthia M. Shouey, of State College, and Tonya L.
Konachik, of Kileen, Texas. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 p.m.
and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, 2008, at the Dean K. Wetzler Funeral
Home. Also from 9 to 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008, at the Bald Eagle
Baptist Church, Martha. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m.,
Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008, at the church, with Rev. David R. Spaugh
officiating. Burial will be in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Taylor Township.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children
, 1645 W. Eighth St., Erie, PA 16505. Arrangements are under the
direction of Dean K. Wetzler Funeral Home, Milesburg.
Published in the Centre Daily Times on 2/12/2008.
|February 7, 2008
Release Number : 0802-08
NEWS RELEASE: Fort
Drum Soldier killed in Iraq Feb. 5
FORT DRUM – A Soldier
assigned to the 10th Mountain Division's 1st
Brigade Combat Team was killed during combat
operations in Iraq Feb. 5.
Sgt. Timothy R. Van Orman, 24, was an infantry
non-commissioned officer assigned to 2nd
Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment where he
served as a fire team leader.
A native of Port Matilda, Pa., Van Orman
enlisted in the Army in February 2003 and
completed basic and advanced individual training
at Fort Benning, Ga. He was assigned to 1st BCT,
the ‘Warrior' brigade, in June 2003.
Van Orman served in Afghanistan from August 2003
to May 2005 and also deployed to Iraq from
August 2005 to July 2006.
His military education includes the Warrior
Leader Course and the Air Assault Course.
His awards and decorations include the Purple
Heart, Army Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit
Commendation emblem, Army Good Conduct Medal,
National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign
Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal,
Non-commissioned Officer Professional
Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon,
Overseas Service Ribbon and the Air Assault
He is survived by his wife and daughter and his
parents, of Port Matilda.
Another area soldier died this week during
operations in Iraq, according to U.S. Army
officials. Media relations officer Benjamin Abel at
Fort Drum, N.Y., reported this morning that Army
Sgt. Timothy Van Orman, 24, formerly of Port
Matilda, was killed in action Wednesday. No further
information regarding his death was released.
Van Orman, a 2002 graduate of Bald Eagle Area
High School, was well-liked and very musical,
participating in the district’s instrumental music
program, according to Bald Eagle Area School
District superintendent Daniel F. Fisher.
“He was a good student, a solid student, very
active in the school’s band program,” Fisher said in
a telephone interview Thursday. “He played in jazz
band and concert band; he’ll be missed by a lot of
Scott Sheehan, Van Orman’s former band
director who now directs the Hollidaysburg Area
School District’s music program, said it was a
pleasure working with and knowing Tim.
“Tim was the kind of student who poured his
whole heart into everything,” Sheehan said. “He was
an excellent trombone player and participated in
jazz band, symphonic band and marching band. He took
it very seriously but at the same time, he knew how
to have fun with it.
“He set a good example for other students and
had a great drive about him as a person. He enjoyed
being around other people and had a really great
spirit. He’s the type of person the Bald Eagle Area
School District is very proud of, both as a former
student and for serving his country.
“All of us who knew him are deeply saddened
over his loss but at the same time it’s comforting
to know he was making a difference in this world
defending our country.
“I’m very proud of what he did.”
Van Orman was an infantry soldier with the
10th Mountain Division, stationed at Fort Drum. He
joined the Army in 2003 shortly after graduating
from high school, his mother, Kelly Van Orman, said
Van Orman grew up in Port Matilda and moved to
Fort Drum upon enlistment where he lived with his
wife, Cadie, and their daughter, Halie.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A central
Pennsylvania soldier on his
second tour in Iraq was
among three soldiers who
died this week of wounds
from an improvised explosive
He was 24-year-old
Sgt. Timothy Van Orman. The
Port Matilda man also served
in Afghanistan. He is
survived by his wife, Cadie,
and their daughter. He was
assigned to the 10th
Mountain Division at Fort
Van Orman graduated in
2002 from Bald Eagle Area
High School, where he played
in the band. He joined the
Army in 2003.
He was killed with
32-year-old Spc. Miguel Baez
of Bonaire, Ga., and
23-year-old Sgt. John
Osmolski of Eustis, Fla.
Pvt. Nathan Z. Thacker
Pvt. Nathan Z. Thacker, 18, of Greenbrier
died Friday, October 12, 2007, near Kirkuk, Iraq.
Pvt. Thacker enlisted in the Army in March 2007 and completed his training at
Fort Benning, GA. He served as an infantryman in the 2nd Battalion, 22nd
Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, based out of
Fort Drum, N.Y.
He received the Purple Heart.
He was born November 18, 1988 in Little Rock.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Donald Thacker and uncle, Roy
He was an uncle who loved to play with his nieces and nephews.
He is survived by his parents, Stephen and Darlene Thacker of Greenbrier;
brothers, Stephen Thacker, Jr. of Conway, Thomas Thacker of Vilonia, Christopher
Thacker of Vilonia, Travis Thacker of Greenbrier; sisters, Kimberly Collier of
Guy, Sabrina Black of Guy; grandmother, Peggy Thacker of IL; grandfather, Alton
Holley of Clinton.
Graveside services will be 1:00 P.M. Monday at Arkansas State Veterans’
Cemetery, N. Little Rock with full Military Honors.
Thacker had attended Guy-Perkins High School in Guy. He earned his General
Educational Development diploma last year, Stephen Thacker said. Thacker
enlisted in the Army in April 2007 and completed his training at Fort
Benning, Ga. He arrived at Fort Drum in August 2007. His honors include the
"Nathan was an excellent man," sister Sabrina Black said. "He loved me, I
loved him, and I'd give anything to have him back."
The Army said Thacker is survived by his parents and grandfather. He was the
third-youngest of seven children.
Pfc. Kevin J. Ellenburg
The Department of Defense announced 8NOV06 the death of a
soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Pfc. Kevin J. Ellenburg, 20, of Middleburg, Fla., died Nov. 1, 2006 in Baghdad, Iraq,
of injuries suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his
Bradley Fighting Vehicle. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry
Regiment, 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
-- A Clay County soldier has died in Iraq from injuries sustained when an
improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle, the Department of
Defense said Tuesday. Pfc. Kevin J. Ellenburg, 20, of Middleburg, died on Nov. 1
in Baghdad, Iraq, the department said. He had been assigned to the 1st
Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort
Hood, Texas. A friend said Ellenburg was expected home in December, but planned
to re-enlist when his tour was over. While in Iraq, Ellenburg responded
to an online survey that he wanted to die
"doing something for my country."
Services for Ellenburg will be held this weekend in Birmingham, Ala.
Kevin Ellenburg's team spirit and sense of
humor kept the Pace Patriots loose during football season.The wide
receiver was a good athlete who worked hard, his coach, Mickey Lindsey,
recalled Wednesday night. Ellenburg, a 2004 Pace High graduate, was
killed Nov. 1 in Baghdad, Iraq, from injuries caused by an improvised
explosive device. The Department of Defense on Tuesday announced that
Ellenburg, a private first class, died when the explosive detonated near
his Bradley Fighting Vehicle. No other details were available Wednesday
night. Ellenburg, 20, of Middleburg, southwest of Jacksonville, was
assigned to the 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 4th
Infantry Division out of Fort Hood, Texas. Lindsey heard about
Ellenburg's death last week and said he wasn't surprised the young man
gave his life for his country during Operation Iraqi Freedom. "He was
special and unique," Lindsey said. Lindsey said Ellenburg's death makes
him realize that many people take their freedom for granted. "These
young men are giving up their lives to give us the freedoms we have," he
said. "We probably don't appreciate it." Keith Kirchharr, golf coach at
Pace High School, also knew Ellenburg. He said Ellenburg was a popular,
likable student. "It's tragic," Kirchharr said. "I've lived in Pace all
my life. When it hits home like that, it's tragic."
Nathaniel Aguirre couldn't wait to serve his country.
He joined the reserves while still in high school in the
Carrollton-Farmers Branch school district, and put off plans to attend Texas
A&M so he could sign up for the Army. He didn"t want to wait four years to
go into the service, his father, Louis L. Aguirre of Carrollton, said
Thursday. He wanted to serve." Spc. Aguirre, 21, died Sunday in Baghdad from
injuries suffered when his patrol encountered enemy forces. He was an Army
medic assigned to the 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade
Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division based at Fort Hood. Spc. Aguirre blogged
about his experiences in Iraq on his MySpace page. Since his death, his page
on the social networking Web site has turned into an online memorial where
friends and others have posted messages about him. Spc. Aguirre was born in
Dec. 11, 1984, in San Antonio. His family later moved to Carrollton, where
Spc. Aguirre met his best friend, Joseph Posenecker, at a church gathering.
Mr. Posenecker described Spc. Aguirre as a leader and a responsible person.
Always keeping us in line, Mr. Posenecker said of his friend. Very outgoing
and always wanted to be kind of the best at everything. Family members said
Spc. Aguirre had an adventurous spirit. He enjoyed rock climbing so much so
that he volunteered at Stoneworks Climbing Gym in Carrollton so he could
climb for free. He later became a rock climbing instructor at the gym. Spc.
Aguirre also was passionate about being a Boy Scout, said his mother, Mary
Laureana Aguirre. He designated the Boy Scouts as one of his life insurance
beneficiaries, his parents said. Boy Scouts presented him with structured
adventures and learning along with teaching him leadership skills,
responsibility, integrity and loyalty that he embraced with such happiness
Mrs. Aguirre said.
Funeral services are pending.
CPL RUSSELL GRANT Culbertson III
Age 22, of Amity, died Tuesday,
October 17, 2006 while serving with the United States Army in Iraq. He was born
August 31, 1984 in Pittsburgh, a son of Russell G. II and Denise King Culbertson
of Lone Pine. CPL Culbertson was a 2003 Trinity High School graduate. He loved
fast cars, which he also loved working on, was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan
and enjoyed anything outdoors, especially hunting. He was a member of Faith
United Presbyterian Church in Washington. In May of 2003 Russell enlisted in the
U.S. Army. While serving his country CPL Culbertson was awarded the Bronze Star,
Purple Heart, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq
Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas
Service Ribbon, Combat Action Badge and the Weapons Qualification Badge- Expert
Rifle. In addition to his parents, also surviving are his paternal grandparents,
Edward R. and Nellie Loring Culbertson of Monroeville; his maternal
grandparents, William and Mildred Wilson King of Port Charlotte, FL; a brother,
Will J. Culbertson of Amity; a sister Elizabeth Culbertson of Henderson, NV and
an aunt, AnnaMarie King of Boca Raton, FL. Deceased is a brother who died in
infancy. Friends will be received Wednesday and Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9
in the PIATT & BARNHILL FUNERAL HOME, 420 Locust Avenue, Washington. The funeral
service will be held at noon on Friday, October 27, 2006 in the Bethany
Presbyterian Church, 740 Washington Avenue, Bridgeville, with Reverend Daniel
Hrach officiating. Interment will follow in the National Cemetery of the
Alleghenies. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Intrepid Fallen
Heroes Fund, One Intrepid Square, New York, NY 10036. Piatt & Barnhill Funeral
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Published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on 10/24/2006.
By MARK MARONEY -
Slain U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Christopher E.
Loudon and his wife, the former Jacey
Laidacker, are seen the day Loudon graduated
from Ranger training.
An Army soldier with
ties to Sullivan County was killed Tuesday in Iraq, and
his family is mourning his loss.
U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Christopher E. Loudon, 23, of
Brockport, near DuBois, will be sorely missed for his
dedication as a husband and father and as a soldier
fighting terrorism, his wife and mother-in-law said from
their Muncy Valley-area residence Wednesday night.
Loudon’s widow, the former Jacey Laidacker, 24, who
lives with her mother and father, Suzanne and Larry
Laidacker, described her husband as a “soul mate” and
“Chris was the most caring, kind, strong person that I
know,” she said. “I’m going to miss him every day.”
Loudon, who was attached to the 4th Infantry Division
based in Fort Hood, Texas, was killed by a roadside bomb
that exploded as he was riding by in a Humvee on patrol
in Baghdad, Suzanne Laidacker said.
Three soldiers with Loudon also died in the blast, she
said. She did not give their names.
Army personnel declined to comment when contacted by the
Sun-Gazette. The Department of Defense Web site, which
lists casualties, had not posted information on Loudon
as of Wednesday night.
“He was looking for snipers, improvised explosive
devices and knocking doors down,” Suzanne Laidacker
said. Loudon was scheduled to return in December having
left in July, she said.
“I have two sons and a daughter and he was my third son.
If I could trade places I would give up my life.”
Loudon’s parents, Randy and Suzanne, live in Brockport.
His brother, 1st Lt. Nicholas Loudon, 25, is a member of
the 82nd Airborne and is also serving in Iraq, Suzanne
The distraught mother-in-law spoke about how the couple
met. “He fell in love with our daughter at college and
we fell in love with him,” she said.
Jacey graduated from the Sullivan County School District
in 2001, where her father, now retired, worked as an
elementary teacher and guidance counselor. She and
Loudon attended Slippery Rock University, where they
met. It was “love at first sight,” Suzanne Laidacker
Loudon enrolled in the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps
in high school and college. While in high school he
always thought about a military career.
The two graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2005
and Loudon received his commission as a second
lieutenant. He also took the rigorous Ranger training,
passing the test on his initial try, Suzanne Laidacker
She described her son-in-law as a “warrior” who “wanted
to do his duty for his country.”
Loudon leaves behind a 5-year-old daughter, she said.
Burial is expected to include full military honors. “He
will no doubt receive the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and
several other medals,” Laidacker said.
Friends, family and members of the Zion Lutheran Church
in Turbotville, where Jacey and her mother and father
worship, are providing an outpouring of community
support, Laidacker said.
So have employees at Kay Jewelers in the Lycoming Mall,
where the widow works as a seasonal sales associate.
“”We’re all pretty upset,” said Judy Coup, Kay Jewelers
assistant manager. “We’re all very close here.”
A special account for Loudon’s family has been set up at
Sovereign Bank, and donations may be made at any branch,
according to Kate Pacacha, Lycoming Mall’s director of
“It is a savings account for Jacey that people can
donate to,” she said.
News Posted: 10/19/2006
Cpl. Chase A. Haag, 22, of
Portland, Ore., died in Baghdad, Iraq, on Oct. 1 when an improvised explosive
device detonated near his vehicle. Haag was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 22nd
Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
HAAG, SGT. CHASE ARMSTRONG 1984-2006. Our son, brother, grandson and
nephew, Sgt. Chase Armstrong Haag, born June 11, 1984, lost his life in
the service of his country Sunday, Oct. 1, 2006, in Baghdad, Iraq. Chase
was an engaging young man with a quick smile and ready encouragement for
everyone who knew him. He had great love of family, friends and
community. His honesty and integrity were beyond reproach. He possessed
a selfless sense of duty, often placing the needs of others above his
own. Chase was totally committed to job at hand and was a born leader.
His goal beyond his military duties was to obtain his criminal justice
degree and join local law enforcement. He was committed to service to
his community and his heart was set on making a difference wherever he
could. His death is a devastating loss to his parents, siblings and
friends. Chase leaves his mother Bonnie Gilkison; father, Frank Haag;
brother, Cpl. Taylor Haag, USMC and his wife, Jessica; brother, Brandon
Haag and his wife, Kristen; sister, Ana Haag; and grandparents, Bonnie
Dukes and William Furgason. Chase is also mourned by his aunts, uncles,
cousins, friends, teachers and fellow soldiers. Funeral services to be
held at New Hope Community Church, 11731 SE Stevens Rd., Portland, at 11
a.m. Monday, Oct. 16, 2006. Interment at Willamette National Cemetery.
Published in The Oregonian on
Sgt. Luis A. Montes
22, of El Centro, Calif., died
on Sept. 7 in Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas, of injuries
suffered on Sept. 1 in Abu Ghraib, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device
detonated near his vehicle during combat operations. Montes was assigned to the
1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry
Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
After a bomb exploded beneath his tank
last month in Iraq, Army Sgt. Luis Montes was able to
climb free but rushed back to help two fellow soldiers
Struggling to pull his men from
wreckage, Montes was burned over more than half his
He was flown to Brooke Army Medical Center in San
Antonio. There, in the presence of his family, he was
removed from life support and died Sept. 7. He was 22.
At the hospital, another soldier who witnessed the
Sept. 1 explosion west of Baghdad in Abu Ghraib told
Montes' mother of watching him on fire and yet returning
for the other soldiers.
"He didn't want to go up in the helicopter until he
knew his men were all right," his mother, Marisela, told
the Los Angeles Times.
The other two soldiers survived. One lost a leg and
the other was burned over 20 percent of his body,
Montes was born in Mexicali, Mexico and grew up in El
Centro. As a teenager at Southwest High School, Montes
played on the soccer team and at one point planned to
attend technical school in Phoenix. After graduation,
however, he decided to enlist, and finished boot camp in
|Soldiers remember Sgt. Luis Montes
By DARREN SIMON, Staff
Young U.S. Army Sgt. Luis Montes was remembered by those he served
with as a man who “had an incredible impact on his soldiers and his
In a draft eulogy prepared for a memorial held for Montes by his
unit, he is honored as a young man who even as he was injured showed
great concern for his men and fellow soldiers.
“He was mentally strong, energetic, confident and ready for
anything,” Montes’ company commander, Capt. Drew Conover writes in an
excerpt from the eulogy. “He had the balance of having absolute focus on
the well-being of his soldiers.”
Montes’ platoon leader, Lt. Brian Johnson, said Montes was the
youngest noncommissioned officer in the platoon, “yet his actions and
leadership were an example for all the rest of the soldiers to follow.”
The eulogy also addresses the day Montes suffered the critical
injuries in Iraq that two weeks later would cause his death.
“After his vehicle had struck and caught fire, Sgt. Montes’ concerns
were for the well-being and safety of the rest of his platoon” kicked
“He spotted the wires leading to where the IED was detonated from and
warned the rest of the platoon.
“While showing no pain, he refused to board the helicopter until his
two crew members were properly loaded,” Johnson said.
According to the military eulogy, the last thing Montes told Johnson
was: “Don’t worry, sir, I’ll take care of these guys.”
>> Staff Writer Darren
Simon can be contacted at
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|Copyright © 2006 Imperial Valley
Bobby R. West
Cpl. Bobby R.
West, 23, of Beebe, Ark., died in Baghdad, Iraq, on May 30, of injuries
sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated during dismounted patrol
operations. West was
assigned to the 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st
Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
A Tribute to one of our
1st Lt. Robert A. Seidel III
Visitation will be from 1400-1600 and
1900-2100, Sunday, 28 May 2006 at the
Stauffer Funeral Home, 104 E. Main St, Thurmont, MD 21788
A Funeral Mass is scheduled for Monday, 29 May 2006 at 1100 hours at the St.
Joseph’s Catholic Church and Cemetery, South Seton Ave, Emmitsburg, MD
The Seidel Family invite all to attend a reception at the St. Joseph’s
House (location same as above) immediately following the internment.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Rob Seidel Scholarship Fund,
C/O Catoctin High School, 14745 Sabillasville Rd, Thurmont, MD 21788
Md. Soldier Killed in Iraq; Army Was Lifelong Dream
By Fredrick Kunkle and Martin Weil
Washington Post Staff Writers
Saturday, May 20, 2006; A17
He grew up near the battlefield at Gettysburg, Pa., where the Union was
saved in 1863, and ever since he was a small boy, Robert A. Seidel III of
Emmitsburg wanted to be a soldier.
"He wanted to continue carrying that torch of freedom," his father,
Robert A. Seidel Jr., said last night.
On Thursday, 1st Lt. Robert A. Seidel III, a 2004 graduate of the U.S.
Military Academy at West Point, was killed in Iraq.
His father said he was killed in Baghdad by a roadside bomb that exploded
near his Humvee.
He was 23 years old and a rifle platoon leader with the 2nd Battalion,
22nd Infantry Regiment of the 10th Mountain Division, based at Fort Drum,
"Ever since he was growing up," said his grandfather, Robert A. Seidel
Sr., 76, of Emmitsburg, "he wanted to be in the Army."
The lieutenant and his family were frequent visitors to Gettysburg, about
a dozen miles from where they lived during his boyhood.
"We went there often," the father said. "And I think he recognized the
price paid in casualties during that three-day battle.
"He loved his family and believed in God, and he loved his country," his
father said. And he, too, "was willing to pay the ultimate sacrifice in
behalf of his country."
Seidel, who liked country music and played football and baseball,
graduated from Catoctin High School in Thurmont in 2000 and enrolled in the
Class of 2004 at West Point. His family said that as far as they knew, he
was the first Emmitsburg resident to graduate from the military academy. The
academy researched it, his father said, and it "could not find anybody
At West Point, relatives said, his major subject was law, and he also did
work in environmental engineering. He earned Ranger, Air Assault and
Airborne badges and planned to go into the Special Forces and make a career
of the Army.
He was deployed to Iraq in August. His grandfather, a former mayor of
Emmitsburg who saw combat during the Korean War, said he often advised his
grandson to choose a military branch other than the infantry, but to no
"He was doing what he wanted to do," his grandfather said.
In February, he came home for a two-week leave. The last time he spoke
with his family was on Mother's Day, relatives said.
On Thursday, he was with three soldiers and an Iraqi interpreter when the
bomb exploded near their vehicle in the northwestern part of Baghdad, his
"He would help you out any way he could," his brother, Stephen, 20, said
last night. "He would bend over backwards." For his country, his friends,
his family, for those he loved and cared about, his brother said, "he would
The lieutenant was born and raised in Emmitsburg, a Frederick County
crossroads town of about 2,400 that lies about two miles south of the
Pennsylvania border. About three years ago, his family, including his
mother, Sandy, moved to the Gettysburg vicinity.
But in Seidel's view, his father said, "Emmitsburg's always been our
He said his son would be buried there.
Staff researcher Bobbye Pratt contributed to this report.
© 2006 The Washington Post Company
Sgt. Lonnie C. Allen Jr.
A Funeral is scheduled for Sunday, 28 May 2006
at 1500 hours at the Bellevue
Memorial Funeral Church, 2202 Hancock Street,
Bellevue, NE 68085
The Burial is scheduled for Tuesday, 30 May 2006
at 1500 at Arlington National
Cemetery, 1 King Street, Arlington, VA 22211.
Attendees should meet at the
Fort Myer Memorial Chapel less than 30 minutes
prior to the funeral service. If
attendees are planning on entering through the
Wright Gate at Fort Myer they
should be advised to allow additional time for
Sgt. Lonnie C. Allen Jr., 26, was an infantryman assigned to Company B,
2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division (LI), Fort
A native of Bellevue, Neb., Allen entered the Army in April 2001 and
trained at Fort Benning, Ga., to be an infantryman.
In November 2001, Allen was assigned to the 1st Infantry Division's 1st
Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment as a rifleman. The unit is home
stationed at Conn Barracks near Schweinfurt, Germany.
Allen was reassigned to the 10th Mountain Division in December 2003. He
was further assigned to the 2-22nd Infantry in March 2004.
During his deployment to Iraq, Allen served as a grenadier, machine
gunner and team leader.
His awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, Army Good Conduct
Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War
on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon
and the Combat Infantryman Badge.
Allen is survived by his wife, Birgit, his parents Lonnie Sr. and Sallie
Allen, and is brother, Nuru Allen.
BELLEVUE, Neb. (AP) _-A 26-year-old soldier from
Bellevue has been killed near Baghdad. That word from his family Friday.
Sergeant Lonnie Calvin Allen-Junior graduated from Bellevue East High
School in 1998. He was killed Thursday by a roadside bomb, his mother
Sallie Allen said. Her son was serving with the Army's Tenth Mountain
Division, which is based in Fort Drum, New York. His father, Lonnie
Senior, served 26 years in the Air Force. Sallie Allen said her son was
a compassionate and courageous person. Sergeant Allen also is survived
by his wife, Birgit Allen.
Pfc. Nicholas R.
Visitation will be from 1600-2000, Sunday, 28
May 2006 at the Wilkinson-
Beane Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia,
A Funeral Service is scheduled for Monday, 29 May
2006 at 1000 hours at the
Wilkinson-Beane Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street,
Laconia, NH 03246.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the
The Friends and Brothers of
PFC Nicholas Cournoyer, B Co. 2/22 IN 1/10
MTN, 1st Platoon, APO AE
A soldier from
Gilmanton who loved to work out and was known
for his generosity was killed this week in Iraq,
the New Hampshire National Guard said yesterday.
Pfc. Nicholas R. Cournoyer, 25, was among those
killed Thursday when a homemade bomb exploded as
their convoy returned to base in Baghdad, said
Maj. Greg Heilshorn, a guard spokesman.
Cournoyer grew up in
Gilmanton, graduating in 2000 from Gilford High
School, Heilshorn said. Yesterday, family and
friends wearing red ribbons streamed to the home
of his parents, Denis and Lenda.
Heilshorn, who acted
as spokesman for the family, said Cournoyer was
remembered for his generosity. His mother would
send care packages to Iraq, which he always
shared with his fellow soldiers.
"Needless to say, his
buddies in his unit couldn't wait for him to get
those care packages," Heilshorn said.
"As his mom and dad
said, he had a big heart."
At least 13 other
soldiers and Marines with New Hampshire ties
have died in the Middle East in the past two
years, including two others since April.
Cournoyer enlisted in
the U.S. Army in January 2005, and was a member
of the 10th Mountain Division, based in Fort
He had been in Iraq
nearly a year, and was scheduled to return
stateside late this summer. February was the
last time he saw home, when he was back for a
Cournoyer was an
infantryman and had been awarded the Combat
Infantry Badge, which is given to soldiers who
see direct combat, Heilshorn said.
"He worked out,"
Heilshorn said. "He was very, very much into
being in shape, which is of course part of being
Cournoyer worked as a mason's assistant in the
Laconia area. He bought a truck that he had
fixed up and paid off.
He planned to buy a
Harley-Davidson after his tour ended, Heilshorn
said. He wanted to join the National Guard.
Last night, longtime
Gilford educator Don Engelbert said Cournoyer
had a highly developed sense of right and wrong
that stood out to his peers and teachers.
Cournoyer found a
niche in the military, Engelbert said.
"He was a really
solid human being and he was a caring human
being," said Engelbert, who taught Cournoyer's
older sister, Natalie. "He was a big, strapping
Though Cournoyer was
not involved in high school athletics, he was a
Red Sox fan. Heilshorn said his mother would
send him Sox memorabilia while he was stationed
have not been scheduled. Cournoyer will be
buried with full military honors, Heilshorn
Spc. Ronald W. Gebur
PEORIA - Members of an Illinois Army National Guard unit who knew a
Delavan man killed over the weekend in Iraq describe him as a "morals and
ethics" type of guy.
"He was a great guy . . . morals and ethics all right
there," said Sgt. 1st Class Michael Koslowsky, who served with Spc. Ronald Gebur
in the 733rd Quartermaster Battalion, based in Delavan.
Gebur, 23, died Saturday when an explosive device blew up near his Humvee
during a patrol in Baghdad, according to the Pentagon.
He leaves behind a wife, who is also in the U.S. Army, and a 9-month-old son.
"He gave the ultimate sacrifice for us," his father, Larry Gebur, said Monday
while fighting back tears.
Koslowsky remembered Gebur as someone who enlisted in the National Guard
after graduating from Delavan High School in 2002. While with the 733rd, he was
a cook, but he had higher aspirations.
"All I know, he wanted to go active duty the minute he came in," Koslowsky
said. "He wanted to be infantry."
So in 2004, Gebur transferred to the 4th Infantry Division, based at Fort
Hood, Texas, where he was assigned to 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment.
There, he was a platoon leader and a sniper. His unit had just arrived in Iraq
for a tour of duty in December.
Master Sgt. Jason Burris was also in the 733rd with Gebur. He remembers him
as a friendly guy who always seemed happy. He would volunteer for extra duty and
loved the Army.
Deborah Gebur said her son joined the military to follow in the footsteps of
his grandfathers, who both served in Korea.
"He was very talented. He grew up learning to hunt with his grandfather, so
that's how he learned to shoot. He was just so talented. He was a strong man.
That's how I remember him," his mother said.
Koslowsky, 34, said he considered Gebur not just another soldier under his
command but a close friend as well. They would hang out together after drill
sessions. The death has been tough for the sergeant.
"I will miss him greatly," he said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report. Andy Kravetz can be reached
at 686-3283 or
PFC Sean Tharp
GOLDENROD -- The bikers standing outside the south Seminole County
church Thursday morning looked out of place.
Most were outfitted in well-worn boots and leather jackets adorned with
patches. Caps and bandanas covered hair that hung over their collars,
sometimes gathered in a ponytail. Many carried large American flags.
Standing beside them, outside the Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church,
was a small contingent of soldiers. Their uniforms were perfect. Highly
polished shoes reflected the sun, and berets covered military haircuts.
Both groups snapped to attention, then offered salutes, as a hearse
carrying the flag-draped coffin of Army Pfc. Sean Tharp passed in front
Tharp, 21, was killed March 31 when he was hit by small-arms fire while
on foot patrol in Baghdad. He was posthumously promoted to private first
On Thursday, soldiers carried the coffin inside a chapel at the church,
stopping in the lobby to remove the flag so it could be replaced with a
religious funeral pall. Inside, military officials joined about 50
friends and family for a service in which Tharp was remembered as a
Tharp had been in the Army for less than a year, but wanted to go "where
the action is," the Rev. Clyde Bonar said. "These soldiers are heroes.
We must remember we live in a free nation because of this young
The question everyone is asking, Bonar said, is why Tharp had to die.
"The only answer is: We don't know."
Tharp enlisted in May, against his family's wishes. "But that was his
choice, his enthusiasm, his dream," Bonar said.
Tharp dropped out of Edgewater High School in Orlando in the 10th grade,
but he went back and got his General Educational Development diploma,
Bonar said. He hoped to use his military bonus to go to college.
For the most part, the bikers waited outside, though about a dozen
entered the service after it started and stood along a back wall until
Bonar asked them to sit in the pews.
They were members of the Patriot Guard Rider and were there both to
honor Tharp and to shield his family from any military protesters who
might show up, said Clayton Murphy of Tampa, captain of the group's
Florida chapter. The vast majority of the group's members are veterans.
Fliers from a small fundamentalist church in Kansas that has organized
pickets at other funerals encouraged protesters to show up Thursday.
Church members believe soldiers were struck down by God because they are
fighting for a country that harbors homosexuals and adulterers.
But there was no sign of opposition at the service for Tharp. Murphy
said protesters often stay away when large numbers from his group show
"It's a good cause," said Bill McCabe, who rode in from Jacksonville.
This was the second funeral he has attended as part of the group.
After the service, the U.S. flag was returned to the coffin, and
soldiers carried it to the hearse. Behind the hearse and family cars, 36
bikers lined up for the procession to Florida National Cemetery in
Army National Guard Gen. Tim Sullivan, who represented the Joint Chiefs
of Staff at the funeral, looked straight ahead as he crossed the
driveway in front of the double row of bikers, many of whom were revving
Then, suddenly, he stopped, faced the bikers and gave them a brief but
Gary Taylor |
Sentinel Staff Writer
Posted April 7, 2006
Dwayne P.R. Lewis
|True soldier's final journey
BY JONATHAN LEMIRE
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Thursday, March 9th, 2006
An immigrant soldier who lived in Brooklyn for a decade and died in
Iraq will make a final, homecoming journey to be buried in New York.
Army Staff Sgt. Dwayne Lewis, 26, was fatally shot during a
fierce firefight in Baghdad on Feb. 27 and was remembered yesterday
by grieving relatives as a generous soul who died doing what he
"He put everyone else before himself," said his widow, Sgt. April
Foster Lewis. "Once he got to know you, he put you first, no matter
if you were friends, family, or a solider."
Dwayne Lewis moved from Grenada to New York as a child and
attended Automotive High School before moving to Georgia. He
enlisted in the military in 1999 to make the most out of his life,
his family said yesterday.
"He loved the military, it was his passion," said his choked-up
father Ian Lewis, 45, a supermarket clerk in Brooklyn. "I'm trying
to hold on, but it's tough."
Lewis - who loved athletics, particularly weightlifting - met his
future wife in the barracks at Ft. Lee, Va., in 2001. The couple
quickly fell in love and they married two years later. The pair's
military obligations, however, kept them apart for most of their
marriage as they shuttled from base to base, with Dwayne Lewis
settling at Ft. Drum, N.Y., while his wife was stationed at Ft.
"He was a kind, wonderful person, it's a blow to our whole
family," Susie Foster, the victim's mother-in-law, said from her
Mobile, Ala., home. "We're still in shock."
Lewis, a naturalized U.S. citizen, spent 10 months in Afghanistan
in 2004 before departing for a year-long tour in Iraq last July. His
unit - the 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat
Team, 10th Mountain Division - had been assigned to patrol the Iraqi
"I couldn't really accept it at first," said his widow, who spent
seven months in Iraq last year. "We're really devastated. It's so
Lewis' wake will be held Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Roy L.
Gilmore Funeral Home on Linden Blvd. in St. Albans, Queens. His
funeral will be Monday at 9 a.m. at the St. Pascal Baylon Church,
also in St. Albans.
He will be buried with full military honors at the Long Island
National Cemetery in Farmingdale.
Spc. William S.
Hayes III, 23, of St. Tammany, La., died in Baghdad, Iraq, on Feb. 5 2006 of a
non-combat related injury. Hayes was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 22nd
Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood,
The Department of Defense announced today the death of two
soldiers supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died on March 18, in
Dehrawood, Afghanistan, when their team came under small arms fire while
clearing a village. Both Soldiers were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 22nd
Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, N.Y.
Staff Sgt. Anthony S. Lagman, 26, of Yonkers, N.Y.
Sgt. Michael J. Esposito, Jr., 22, of Brentwood, N.Y
hometown video report on Sgt. Esposito
story from Yonkers newspaper on SSgt. Lagman.
YONKERS — A contingent of city motorcycle police escorted a hearse carrying
the body of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Anthony S. Lagman up South Broadway yesterday,
completing the fallen soldier's return from the mountains of Afghanistan.
Police and Army officials delivered Lagman's remains to the Flynn Memorial
Home yesterday after traveling from the Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. The
New Jersey State Police escorted Lagman's body from the state's southern border
with Delaware to Fort Lee, N.J., where Yonkers and New York City police on
motorcycles took over the escort.
Capt. Frank Intervallo of the Yonkers police coordinated the Yonkers police
"Everybody feels a duty and an obligation," Intervallo said outside
the funeral home. "This guy gave his life for us."
Army Capt. John Harris also came to the funeral home.
"We're here to assist the family through this time, help them with
funeral arrangements and settling any personal affairs, not just now but in the
next month or so," said Harris, who has been with Lagman's family for the
past four days and will continue helping them through the next month.
Lagman's family could not be reached for comment.
In other developments, Sen. Chuck Schumer announced that he had acted to help
Lagman's relatives in the Philippines travel to the United States. Schumer, D-N.Y.,
scheduled meetings yesterday for Lagman's relatives with U.S. officials at the
U.S. Embassy in Manila.
Schumer expected the relatives to receive their visitors' visas. The senator
intervened when he learned that Lagman's cousin in the Philippines encountered a
bureaucratic hurdle when he applied for a visa.
Jim Flynn of the Flynn Memorial Home said the public could visit from 4 to 10
p.m. Saturday. The funeral home is at 325 S. Broadway. Lagman's funeral Mass
will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church at 70 Park Hill
Ave. He will be buried in Calverton National Cemetery on Long Island.
Lagman of 27 Cedar Place was killed Thursday during a firefight with Afghan
insurgents in the village of Deh Rahwood, southwest of Kabul. Lagman, 26, was
killed with his friend Sgt. Michael J. Esposito, 22, of Long Island.
Two other American soldiers were wounded. U.S. and Afghan National Army
soldiers killed five insurgents and wounded others, U.S. Central Command said.
Before Lagman enlisted in the Army, he was a sergeant in the U.S. Marine
Corps. Photographs appearing in The Journal News show Lagman dressed in his
Pfc. Ervin Dervishi
Bravo Company, 1st
Pfc. Ervin Dervishi, 21, Fort Worth,
Texas, died Jan. 24 in Baji, Iraq, during a combat patrol when a
rocket-propelled grenade hit the Bradley Fighting Vehicle in which he was
traveling. He was evacuated to the 28th Combat Support Hospital where he
later died. Dervishi was assigned the Company B, 1st Battalion, 22nd
Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, based at Fort Hood, Texas.
FORT WORTH - For Ervin Dervishi,
escaping poverty in Tirana, Albania, was the easy part. All his family had to do
was win a lottery at the U.S. Embassy, qualifying for visas to America.Escaping
Iraq proved more difficult.On Saturday, just weeks after being present for the
capture of Saddam Hussein, Pfc. Ervin "Vinnie" Dervishi, 21, was
killed when a rocket-propelled grenade hit the Bradley Fighting Vehicle he was
riding in on a road in Baji, Pentagon officials said.Tuesday, as friends and
family prepared memorial services, they remembered a good-natured kid who loved
soccer and dreamed of becoming a police officer. He hoped that signing up for
the Army after graduating in May 2002 from Western Hills High School would lead
to a career in law enforcement. He was ecstatic after he was assigned to the 4th
Infantry Division at Fort Hood."Everybody is crying for him," said
Dervishi's younger brother, Saimir, 19. Much of the outpouring came from back
home in Albania."The Albania government is calling our home, sending their
best wishes. The vice president is calling, ministers from the embassy,"
Saimir Dervishi said. "Even though we were simple people over there, they
respected the idea that we came here and tried to make a better living for
ourselves."Dervishi joined the Army in November 2002 and was deployed to
Iraq. He was scheduled to return to Fort Hood in April, family members said.
While in Iraq, he saw action in several battles while serving with Company B,
1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment. He was present when Saddam Hussein was
arrested Dec. 13, according to Kim Beebe, the family's U.S. sponsor.The
Dervishis moved from Tirana, the capital of Albania, to Waxahachie in April
1999. Dervishi took English classes and enrolled at Waxahachie High School as a
sophomore, Beebe said. He joined the soccer team and was voted most valuable
player by his teammates."He was a true leader," said Robert Woodhouse,
who was the Waxahachie soccer coach. "He was excellent as a player, had a
way of making people around him better."Maureen DeSerio, who lived in the
same apartment building as the Dervishi family in Waxahachie, remembered
Dervishi as a funny, open-minded guy."Vinnie -- nobody called him Ervin --
Vinnie was always talking and he liked to flirt with girls, but he didn't know
how until he learned English," DeSerio said. "And his family, they
were such wonderful people. His mother made baklava, and we'd always
talk."Vinnie was Muslim," DeSerio said. "But he went to many
other people's churches, even Christian churches. He wanted to go for the
experience of it. He was not limited in his views."The family moved to Fort
Worth before Dervishi began his senior year in high school. At 19, he was too
old to play on the Western Hills High School soccer team, but that did not keep
him away from practices and games."He was a big fan of our team, our No. 1
fan in fact," said Chuck Green, the soccer coach at Western Hills. "No
matter how cold it got, he was always there. He was always yelling for us. If
we'd lose, he'd get upset, and when we'd win, he'd be happy."Green said the
soccer team was to commemorate Dervishi before its game against Carter-Riverside
on Tuesday night with a posting of the colors by the ROTC program.Other school
officials who had known Dervishi had fond memories as well."It's just shock
and sadness," said Michael Kaprelian, who was one of Dervishi's teachers at
Western Hills. "He was a very well-rounded, well-adjusted, personable young
man. He got along with everybody."Survivors include his parents, Kujtim and
Shpresa Dervishi; his younger brother, Saimir; and his grandmother, Zenepe Ilia,
Beebe said.Memorial services were still being planned late Tuesday, Beebe said.
and Founder Dr. Bill Boice
12-21-15 Died: 12-23-03
Dr. (Chaplain) Bill Boice, veteran of
the 22nd Infantry Regiment and 4ID in WWII died on Tuesday night. He
taught his Sunday School class on his 88th birthday last Sunday, December 21 and
was driving around looking at Christmas lights when he died. Bill was a
veteran of the D-Day landing and was with the 22nd Infantry Regiment and 4ID all
through the war in Europe. Upon returning to the States in 1945, he
founded the 22nd Infantry Regiment Society.
Because of Dr. Boice's tireless work with veterans over the years, we have a
very strong organization that encompasses all 22nd Infantry Regiment veterans
from WWII, Cold War, Vietnam, and today's veterans in Iraq. Among many,
many accomplishments in his lifetime, he wrote the "History of the 22nd
Infantry Regiment in WWII" and was named a "Distinguished Member of the
Regiment" by the Secretary of the Army.
William S. Boice,
of Phoenix, AZ, went to heaven on December 23, 2003. He was born in Blackfoot,
Idaho on December 21, 1915. He graduated from Cincinnati Bible Seminary,
Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Harvard Chaplain's School. He received
Honorary Degrees from Southwest Christian Seminary-Doctor of Divinity; Kentucky
Christian Bible College-Doctor of Theology; Pacific Christian College-Doctor of
Divinity. He served his country in the U. S. Army, 4th Infantry, 22nd
Regiment. First wave, Utah Beach, D-Day Landing, 1943 through Wing Chaplain,
Perrin Air Force Base, 1951. He was Minister of the Christian Church, 1939-2003.
He was the Founding Minister of First Christian Church, Phoenix, AZ. Dr. Boice
was the Religious News Commentator for Radio KOY for 24 years. Family and a host
of loving friends shall miss our dear friend. Services will be held on Sunday,
December 28th at 2:30 PM at the Chaparral Christian Church, 6451 E. Shea Blvd.,
Scottsdale, AZ. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Chaparral Christian
Church-Prayer Garden, 6451 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ 85254.
in the Arizona Republic on 12/27/2003
Bill Boice will be sorely missed by those of us who were fortunate enough to
know him. He was truly a man who lived our 22nd Infantry Regiment motto -
"Deeds not Words".
Donald L. Wheeler
Company, 1st Battalion
Donald L. Wheeler,
was with the Army Company C, 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry
Division out of Fort Hood, Texas. He died on October 13, 2003 in Tikrit, Iraq.
Wheeler was searching for a possible improvised explosive device when his unit
came under attack from a rocket-propelled grenade.
Company, 1st Battalion
Spc. James Powell, 26, of Mark Center,
Ohio, was killed Oct. 12 near Beiji, Iraq, north of Tikrit, when his Bradley
armored vehicle struck an anti-tank mine.
Powell was assigned to B Company, 1st Battalion, 22nd
Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, based at Fort Hood, Texas.
Ky. (AP) — Ruby Powell had been expecting her husband to return from duty in
Iraq. Instead, a chaplain and a sergeant arrived on her doorstep to tell her Army
Spc. James E. Powell was dead.
Powell, 26, was killed Oct. 12 near Beiji when his Bradley armored vehicle
struck a land mine. He had called his 23-year-old wife on Oct. 4 at their Fort
Hood, Texas, home to say he'd be back six days later.
She says it was the only promise he ever broke.
"When I found out he died, I died," she said. "I'll never tell
another man 'I love you' and be able to mean it."
At a memorial service in Iraq, company commanders recounted how Powell had
volunteered for a combat mission even though he was due for home leave within
Powell served with the 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment. The unit is
part of the Fort Hood-based 4th Infantry Division, which controls a large
swath of northern Iraq and is based in Tikrit, Saddam Hussein's hometown.
The Columbus, Ohio, native served in the Navy from June 1997 to June 2000.
During that time, a fellow seaman introduced him to his sister.
"It was what people don't believe in anymore — love at first sight,"
Mrs. Powell said. "It was to the point where we couldn't be out of the same
room. Everything was ablaze inside us."
He proposed six months later, and they married in October 2000. In another four
months, he enlisted in the Army while they lived in Radcliff, Ky.
Powell also leaves behind a 2-year-old daughter, Lauren Mkinsey (cq).
"Having her means I can look at him every single day," Mrs. Powell
said. "I feel like our little girl got robbed so much."
Mrs. Powell had recently suffered a miscarriage. She said they were planning to
try for another child when her husband returned.
Instead, he will be laid to rest in his wife's hometown of Lebanon Junction, Ky.
this weekend. Mrs. Powell was still making arrangements with Kappel Funeral Home
in Lebanon Junction on Wednesday. She said the funeral will be on Sunday, but
she did not know what time.
Lt. Osbaldo Orozco
Battalion casualty in Operation Iraqi Freedom
Company, 1st Battalion
Lt. Osbaldo Orozco of Army C Company, 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, was
killed April 25 in an accident near Tikrit, Iraq.
(Christian Parley / The Fresno Bee)
-- More than 350 people crowded inside St. Jude's Catholic Church while another
crowd of about 500 waited outside Wednesday for the funeral of Army 1st Lt.
Osbaldo Orozco, the Valley's first fatality in the war with Iraq.
Mourners stood in the parking lot. They stood across the street. They sat in
chairs off to the side. Mexican and American flags flew outside as yellow
ribbons dotted the pews and aisles. Some people carried red and white flags of
the United Farm Workers Union in homage to his family's farmworker past.
Orozco, 26, died April 25 when his Bradley fighting vehicle rolled over,
crushing him under its weight. His unit was rushing to help others under attack
near Tikrit, according to the Pentagon.
College football teammates stood next to farmworkers, reflecting two of Orozco's
many roles: husband, son, brother, soldier, athlete, son of immigrants.
During the service, friends remembered him as the one who quickly patted them on
the back. He thrust out his hand to offer help. He swiftly kicked them in the
butt when they needed that, too.
"Animal gente," they said. The gentle animal. At 6-foot-1, 250
pounds, Orozco wasn't afraid of much. But, friends said, he was also kind. He
picked up hitchhikers, often bringing them home and giving them a meal.
His academic adviser at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis
Obispo, remembered him as the first student in 15 years to invite her over for
He was a star linebacker at Delano High School, named to The Bee's 1994 all-star
football team. He attended Cal Poly on a football scholarship.
"Baldo was wild," said Cal Poly teammate David Kellogg. "He was
always yelling and screaming at us, trying to motivate us. He always painted his
face, either camouflage or tiger-striped. He'd yell at us in Spanish and
English, even though most of us didn't know what he was saying.
"By the end of his college career, he had racked up 300 total tackles (No.
3 all-time at Cal Poly), five sacks and three interceptions. He earned the
respect of his teammates, coaches and fans.
And he earned the admiration of the children of Earlimart and Delano, who would
ride a bus for hours to Cal Poly just to see the local boy hit someone on
Andre Patterson, Orozco's former college coach, said he was ready to play from
the day he arrived on campus. "He was a tremendous kid,"
Patterson, who now coaches defensive line with the Cleveland Browns, said in an
interview by telephone. "He had no fear, but he was so much a people
person. Everyone looked up to him. I wasn't surprised to learn that he had
joined the Army."
Serving his country was higher on his list than chasing professional football
dreams, his friends said. He was proud to be a soldier. Proud to be fighting for
"We get a lot of students without physical training," said Maj. Paul
Buechner, an Army ROTC instructor at Cal Poly. "And Osbaldo would help
every one of them, yelling encouragement and pushing them hard. He led by
"It's difficult to lose a soldier," said Brig. Gen. Thomas Bostick,
assistant division commander of the 1st Cavalry, which shares Fort Hood with
Osbaldo's 4th Infantry Division. "But I never expected to see so many
people show up here. I knew he was well-liked in his community, but I am
overwhelmed with the amount of people here."
An American flag draped the silver and chrome casket holding Orozco's body as it
sat at the front of the church, surrounded by flowers and pictures.
After the ceremony, seven ROTC cadets stood at attention as Orozco's brothers --
dressed in gray shirts and black pants and wearing white gloves -- carried the
coffin out of the church.
A line of cars more than a mile long formed as the procession made the 10-mile
journey to Delano. The cars wound through a landscape of green grapevines and
orchards where he had worked alongside his family while growing up.
At the Delano Cemetery, the seven cadets raised their rifles and fired three
shots in unison -- a 21-gun salute. A lone trumpeter played taps. A Kern County
firetruck hung a gigantic American flag from its ladder. A flag at the Veteran
of Foreign Wars memorial, near where Orozco is buried, flew at half-staff.
Mayra Orozco wore her husband's dog tags next to a cross around her neck. She
stood solemn, hiding her eyes behind a pair of dark sunglasses.
Cadets took the flag off the casket and slowly folded it, gently handing it to
the widow. She sat facing her husband's casket, clutching the flag.
Orozco's mother, Reyes, sat next to her.
Orozco's four brothers took off their white gloves and white carnations. They
folded the gloves and placed their flowers on top. One by one, they placed them
atop the casket.
Mayra and Reyes stood up and gently held two white doves. They tossed them into
A Marine in full dress saluted. An Army general wept.
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00:13 PDT BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) -- She had thought her husband, 1st Lt.
Osbaldo Orozco, was safe since the fierce fighting had subsided. Then the Army
chaplain delivered the news to Mayra Mendez Orozco that her husband of two years
died in the war with Iraq. The chaplain went to her parents' home in Delano late
Saturday afternoon to inform her that Orozco died when the Bradley fighting
vehicle he was riding in rolled over, family members said.
The Bakersfield Californian reported in
Monday's newspaper that Orozco, who was deployed with the 4th Infantry Division
out of Fort Hood, Texas, was rushing to help out at a checkpoint under fire in
Tikrit, Iraq, when his vehicle rolled over. His Bradley was one of two that
flipped over as they maneuvered into position to return fire. A soldier friend
of Orozco's also was injured.
"That's all we know right now,"
Mayra Orozco told the Californian. "We'll know more when the casualty
specialty teams get here." The Department of Defense as of late Sunday
night had not released Orozco's name as being among the war dead, but his family
has been notified.
Mayra Orozco, 26, spoke with pride of her
husband and his love for her, his parents, his country and his cat, "Estrellita,"
which is Spanish for "little star." "He loved that cat so
much," his wife said. "He found her at (an animal shelter) and bought
her a bow and a little bell to wear."
Her 26-year-old husband was a star
linebacker at Delano High School and later played football at Cal Poly San Luis
Obispo, where he attended on a full football scholarship. He was a captain for
the Mustangs in 1999 and was named the team's Most Inspirational Player. He
enrolled in Cal Poly's ROTC program and was commissioned as an Army officer on
June 16, 2001, the same day that he graduated from Cal Poly with a bachelor's
degree in social science. He was the second of five sons of Mexican immigrants
and the first in his family to graduate from college.
"After the Army, he thought he would
go into the FBI or the CIA," Mayra Orozco said. "He had a real
leadership quality." Her husband, an Earlimart native, believed in the
cause that he fought and died for, she said. "He thought we needed to stop
terrorism and (Saddam) Hussein and what he was doing to his people," she
The only thing that frightened him was that
he would miss the war and not be able to serve as platoon leader and Bradley
commander. "He commanded four Bradleys and he loved it," she said.
"His men adored him and respected him. He was ready to go and do his job.
They all were."
Reid, U.S. Army (Ret.)
Distinguished Member of the Regiment
Reid, Colonel US Army (Retired) of Marietta, GA died on Thursday, February 13,
2003 at the age of 83. Colonel Reid served as an infantry officer in World
War II, Korea, and Vietnam. He was a proud member of the "Greatest
Generation" and was a highly decorated veteran. He was awarded the
Combat Infantryman's Badge, Silver Star, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart for
valiant action from Normandy through the Hurtgen Forest, the Battle of the
Bulge, and on into Germany. He joined the paratroopers before his service
in Korea in 1953. Colonel Reid served in Vietnam from 1966 through the Tet
offensive in 1968. He retired as Deputy Post Commander of Fort McPherson,
Georgia in 1973. Colonel Reid led several veteran's organizations and is a
past treasurer of the 22nd Infantry Regiment Society and Distinguished Member of
Funeral services will be held Monday, February 17, 2003 at 1:00PM in the H.M.
Patterson & Sons Chapel at 1020 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, GA.
Interment will be at Georgia Memorial Park in Marietta. On line memorials
may be posted at www.mem.com In lieu of
flowers, donations may be made to The American Heart Association, PO Box 672648,
Marietta, GA 30006.
The above was in the Atlanta Journal/Constitution on Saturday, February 15.
I will be representing our 22nd Infantry Regiment Society and National 4th
Infantry Division Association at the funeral.
All of us Vietnam vets owe a great debt of gratitude to Tom Reid - he was the
link that MG Ruggles assigned as the leadership of the 22nd Infantry Regiment
Society was passed from the WWII generation to us younger guys. Tom always
proudly signed his monthly financial reports with "Last CO of Company I,
22nd Infantry Regiment, WWII". Tom told me that there is nothing he
wouldn't do for our Regiment. He is the one who gave us the "Ruggles
Torch" which you have seen at reunions and he is the one who had the idea
and made the first donation to our Vietnam Memorial which will become a reality
this year. Tom always volunteered - he wrote more stories for our
newsletters than anyone else and he was the volunteer who was the subject of my
first veteran's interview for the Veterans History Project.
Tom Reid will be sorely missed by me personally and by all the members of the
22nd Infantry Regiment Society.
Colonel Lawson W. Magruder, Jr., U.S. Army (Ret.)
time Waco resident and highly decorated career soldier, Colonel Lawson W.
Magruder Jr, passed away peacefully at St Catherine’s in Waco on 1 Feb 2003.
We celebrate his unconditional love for his family and friends, his lifetime of
service to our Nation in peace and war, and his commitment to his faith and
was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi on 6 Oct 1917 to Minnie Crawford and Lawson
W. Magruder. His family moved to Waco in Aug 1925 where Lawson attended schools
in the Waco School District graduating in 1934 from Waco High. He lettered in
football and baseball and quarterbacked one of the great Paul Tyson teams in
1933. A devoted Longhorn, he attended the University of Texas at Austin
graduating with a business degree in 1942 and an Education degree in 1978. While
at UT, he was President of Kappa Sigma fraternity and played on the golf team.
the outbreak of World War II, Lawson voluntarily enlisted in our Army and went
on to serve honorably for over 31 years. He retired on 1 Feb 1973 as a highly
decorated Colonel of Infantry. His combat service spanned ten campaigns in World
War II, the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War. Some of his career highlights
were: landing at Utah Beach on 6 Jun 1944 with his beloved 22d Infantry
Regiment, 4th Infantry Division; company command at the breakout of
St Lo; battalion command in the 7th Regiment, 3d Infantry Division
during the counteroffensive of 1951; and the Inspector General for Gen
Westmoreland’s command in Vietnam in 1966-1967. His peacetime assignments
included tours in Great Britain, France and the Philippines. His awards included
the Legion of Merit, Silver Star, Bronze Star (4 awards) with Valor device,
Purple Heart (three awards), and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge (2 awards).
Lawson’s distinguished career, he was loved and devotedly supported by his
spouse, Mary Anne Windrow Magruder of Dallas. She preceded him in death on 25
Jan 1985 after 45 years of marriage. They are survived by three daughters: Anne
W. Magruder of Waco, Sallie C. Wood and her husband, Charles G. Wood of San
Rafael, Ca, and Mary Lynne Collins of Huntsville; a son, LTG Lawson W. Magruder
III (US Army, Retired) and his wife, Gloria; ten grandchildren; and five great
grandchildren. Lawson shared the last 16 years of his life in Waco with his wife
and childhood friend, Virginia “Jinx” Turner Harriss.
was an avid, scratch handicap amateur golfer. He represented the Army in
Inter-service Championships and won many military club championships. He also
played in the British, French and Phillippine Amateur championships.
His love of the game was nurtured by his mother, Minnie Crawford, who was
a Texas State Women’s Champion.
“retirement” from the Army, Lawson devoted his time to his family, his
community and his church. In Austin he was master fund-raiser for the first
Vietnam Veteran’s memorial in Travis County, life member of the NW Kiwanis
Club, substitute high school teacher, and a layperson at St Theresa’s Catholic
Church. In Waco, he was the founder of the Central Texas Chapter of the Military
Order of the World Wars, a lay reader at St Louis Catholic Church, a volunteer
for over nine years at the VA Hospital and at Parkdale and Lake Waco Elementary
Schools. His most gratifying volunteer activity was serving as a math tutor
daily in Mrs. Elsinger’s 2nd grade class at Lake Waco Elementary. Lawson was honored as a Distinguished Member of his beloved
22d Infantry Regiment. In this role, he was instrumental in perpetuating the
memory of his fallen comrades and the legacy of one of our Army’s most
remarkable life will be celebrated with a memorial mass followed by reception at
St Louis Catholic Church in Waco at 1:00PM on 6 Feb with Monsignor Mark Deering
presiding. A graveside military honors ceremony will be conducted at Ft Sam
Houston National Cemetery at 1:00PM on 7 Feb with Chaplain (Col) Robert
Hutcherson presiding. In lieu flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The
WWII Memorial, PO Box 96766, Washington DC, 30090-6766. Please state: “In
Honor of Col (Ret) Lawson W. Magruder, Jr.
extends deep felt gratitude to the Veteran’s Administration, the staffs of St
Catherine’s and Hillcrest Community Hospice and Dr David Gogulski for their
compassionate care of Lawson over the years.
BG Vincent Carrozza, U.S. Army (Ret.)
Brigadier General Vince Carrozza passed away 21DEC02. He was the
first S-3 of the Triple Duece in Vietnam . Vince is survived by his wife, Kaye.
BG Carrozza was a life member of our society.
Larry Link A/2/22
Larry M. Link, A/2-22 Vietnam passed away on 08-25-02 of a heart
attack. At the time of his death Larry was living in Mojave California which is
about 100 miles north-northeast of Los Angeles. Larry served in Alpha Company
from 05-67 to 09-67. Notification of Larry's passing was received from his
sister Patty Diaz.