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TAPSTuneTrumpet Call-CBS2020/05/22 Veteran trumpet and bugle players discuss the power of playing "Taps" [which] is a uniquely American melody that inspires both hope and sorrow in its listeners. As Memorial Day approaches, Steve Hartman spoke with veteran trumpet and bugle players to discuss the enchantment behind the tune on this week's "On the Road."https://www.cbsnews.com/video/veteran-trumpet-and-bugle-players-discuss-the-power-of-playing-taps/#xBagpipes (this instrument evokes soulful feelings while playing Taps)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tveUnZe7WAMeaningTaps usually refers to the following:" Taps " is a bugle call played at 2100 hrs (9 pm at night in normal or standard time) during flag ceremonies and at military funerals by the United States Armed ForcesContext Applied HereOn this website Taps applies to military and/or civilian deaths in this context: people who died on assignment in duties or on the job; combat veterans, National Guards persons, police, federal agentsDuring:•combat duty overseas•stateside assistance activities•police work•state or federal agent work•private contractor workers who were working for US safety related interestsIt also applies to:•victims of police abuses, which •resulted in deaths (like women who were targeted, emotionally challenged)•victims of military personnel abuses which resulted in deaths•victims of child abuse homicidesHistoryDon’t take on faith any one story of Taps origins, but here is a version:History of the Melody Taps “,…the haunting melody of this tune evokes the honor, dignity and esteem our nation and its citizens feel these fallen warriors have earned.”Funeral Help Center dot comhttps://www.funeralhelpcenter.com/the-origin-and-meaning-of-tapsWritten by a Civil War Union general, Daniel Butterfield, played and reworked with and by young bugler named Norton - general replaced existing regulation tune with this oneIn July 1862, during the U.S. Civil War, Brigadier General Daniel Butterfield summoned his brigade’s bugler, 22-year-old Oliver Wilcox Norton, to his camp tent in Harrison’s Landing, Virginia, following a particularly brutal and bloody battle. Butterfield disliked the formality of the existing “to extinguish lights” bugle call and asked Norton to play the notes Butterfield had “written in pencil on the back of an envelope.”After reworking the tune — “Lengthening some notes and shortening others, but retaining the melody as he first gave it to me,” according to Norton later — the Union general felt satisfied with the result and instructed his bugler to substitute the new version for the existing regulation bugle call henceforth.According to Norton three decades later (August 1898), after he played this new version of “Taps,” other buglers from surrounding Union camps heard the melody and asked for copies of the tune. Gradually, as other commanding officers authorized the use of this new version, “Taps” as we know it today spread throughout the U.S. military.https://www.funeralhelpcenter.com/the-origin-and-meaning-of-taps/#:~:text=The%20Origin%20and%20Meaning%20of%20%E2%80%9CTaps%E2%80%9D%201%20New,the%20U.S.%20...%203%20Lyrics%20for%20%E2%80%9CTaps%E2%80%9D.%20
2007•Bacevich Jr. Andy Mass.o05 /13/ 2007, 27oArmy, 1st Cav. Div.oIraq - Salah Ad Din Province - IEDoson of Boston Univ. Prof 2006•Blohm, Alan R.,AK o12/31/2006•Yazzie,Clifton o01/19/2006 o101st Airborne, IED 2006-2007 Marines - Iraq-Anbar, 1st & 3rd Divisions, incl Haditha Triad 2/3, 3/3•Adkins, Dustin TNo12/03/2006oDrowning-Heli, 2/3•Aguirre, Anthony TXo02/26/2007oHaqlaniyah 2/3oIED pressure plate, 2/3•Alonzo, Joshua TXo11/22/2006, Age 21oIED, wired, HumveeoHaqlaniyah Bonnie-Dow/Davenport, Warren•Aguilar Jr, Andres TXo04/02/2006, Rollover oNear Al Asad, 3/3•Booth, Joshua VAo10/17/2006• Brown, Donald S. NJo10/25/2006•Brown, Timothy W. CAo11/14/2006, IED•Chaires, Daniel FLo10/25/2006, Age 20okilled in combat •Chamoreun, James GAo09/28/2006, 20oIraq-Asad, IEDoHaditha Triado2/3 Radio Operator•Clark, Matthew W. Missourio12/14/2006, Age 22oIED, Haditha T. 2/3oCombat Injuries, also killed was Luke Yepsen•Christoff, David OHo05/22/2006oHaditha Triad, 3/3•Conboy, Adam PAo5/12/2006 • Conte, Matthew FLo02/01/2007oNavy, hospital corpsmanoIED•Davenport, James R. o11/22/2006 Age 20oIED•Davis III, Edward IL o04/28/2006•Dominguez, Jose Marin•Elliott, Terry oAir Force, Marine landingoIED, Haditha Triad, 2/3•Ellis, Josepho2007/02/07oHelped 2/3 oJump CP Exped. Unit BLT-2/4oSuicide bomb, Haditha T.oSgt. Major very near retirement-weeks awayoSaved Lives Jumped Suicide attackeroParcell also died• Estrella, Michael CAo06/14/2006 Age 20oKilled by sniper•Evans, Kermit MSo12/08/2006oSupport Unit 2/3oHaditha TriadoDrowning at Dam•Gonzalez, Christopher N AZo05/15/2007, 25•Gonzalez, Mario oIEDoHaditha Triad-2/3•Hardy, Brandy •Leusink, William •Lueken, EricKoehler, GaryoSupport Unit 2/3oHaditha TriadoWas Sniper•McCloud, JossephoHeli Drowning DamoHaditha Triad, 2/3•Miller, Ryan •Monroe, DanieloHaditha Triad,•Morris, Daniel oHaditha Triad, 2/3oGrenade•Morris, Stephen oIED, Haditha TriadoAge 21•Lea, Mi •Parcell, JenniferoSuicide Bomb•Riviere, ChristopheroHaqlaniyah 11/26/2006oHaditha Triad 2/3oBullet from SniperoOn his 21st Birthday•Sandvick Monroeo10/8/2006, Age 20•Scholl, Michael NEo11/14/2006, Age 21oHaditha - IED•Scott, Jeremy •Scherer,Christopher G. NYo07/24/2007•Stephen, Morris •Sticklen, Joshua C. VAo12/3/2006, Age 24ohelicopter crash on Lake Qadisiyah-Drowning•Warner, Heath OHoIED wired, in Humvee, Haqlaniyah, see AlonzooHaditha Triad, 2/3o2006/11/22 Age 19•West, Jeromy CAoSniper Attack, 2/3o2006/11/25, Age 20oHaditha Triad, Albu Hyatt Ramadi2007•Patriquin, Travis2006•Monsoor, Michael A. also in Navy, Med of Honor line top of page, alpha list o2006/09/29 2007-2008 Army - IraqTask Force Marne 1 & 23rd Infantry Division•Burress, Richard B. FLoIED - Rte. ShelbyoJabour, 2-BCTo2008/01/19•Carver, Cody M. OKoIED, small arms fireoBaghdad area NW of Salman Bak 3-BCToAlso killed McCallo2007/01/30•Chism, Johnathan LAoAbducted from the gov’s office in sneak attackoAlso killed after abduction Fritz, Falter, MillicanoKarbala-4-BCTo2007/01/20•Falter, Shawn P. NYoAbducted-see ChismoKarbala-4-BCTo2007/01/20•Fritz, Jacob N. NEoAbducted - see ChismoKarbala-4-BCTo2007/01/20•Jenkins, Rush M. TNoIED, see Carvero2007/10/30•McCall, Daniel L.oIED, see Carvero2007/10/31•Millican, Johnathan M. ALoAbducted - see Chismo2007/01/20•Falter, Shawn P. NYoAbducted - see Chismo2007/01/20•Freeman, Brian S CAoMortar, smalls-arms fireoKarbala, 412th Civil Affairs Battaliono2007/01/20•Fritz, Jacob N.oSee Carvero2007/01/20•Hicks Jr, Glenn D. TXoIED, small arms fireoAlso killed Ornsby-Adkins, SpenceroBaghdad SE of/Salman Pak, 3-BCTo2007/04/28•Ornsby-Adkins Jay, D.H. oIED - see Hicks Jro2007/04/28 •Raudenbush, Nathan R. PA oIED - his vehicle hitoArmy, 4BCT, CaptainoBaghdado2008/02/20•Spencer, Cole E. ILoIED - see Hicks Jro2007/04/282005•Lyle Cambridgeo07/23/2005 oIED near Humvee•Marcelino R. Corniel<, CAo12/31/2005•Hines, Derek S. o9/1/2005 25oAfghanistan•Jonathan R. Pfender, IN o12/30/2005•Shawn Christopher Dostie ME o12/30/20052005-2006Army - IraqTriangle of Death•Avery, Garrison C. TN, NE o2/10/2006 Age 23oIED near HMMWV•Babineau, David , Mass.o101st Airb-502ndoSmall arms fire at checkpt 6/16/2006, Menchaca and Tucker abducted. DUSTWUN -later found deado2006/6/18 Age 25•Biggers, Ethan . OHoShot 03/2005, Comao101st Airborne, 502ndo2/24/2007 Age 22 •Britt, Benjamin. TXo101st Airborne, 502ndoIED, w/ Lopez-Felico2005/12/22 Age 24•Bustamante, Marlon . NYoIED w/Avery, Viglienz.o101st Airborne, 502ndo2006/2/01 Age 25•Casica,Kenith VAoTCP2 - surprise pistol (9 mm) shooting of both Casica and Nelson by local male who’d been friendly beforeo2005/12/10Age 32•Fegler, Jason VAo11/4/2005 Age 24osee Info Fegler•Hunter,Matthew VAo01/2006 Age 31oArmy, 101st, 5012nd oIED- dismounted patrol•Kubik, Brian TXo8/05/2006 Age 20•Lopez-Feliciano, William oPuerto Rico, Age 33•Tyler MacKenzie, COoIEDo2005/11/2 Age 20•Mason, Johnnie TXoIED o2005/12/19 Age 32•Menchaca, Kristian TXoAbduction, brutaloencountered enemy small-arms fire while manning a checkpoint during combat operations. Kristian and another soldier, PFC Thomas Tucker, were taken by enemy forces and another soldier was killed. Their bodies were recovered 3 days later.o2006/06/19 Age 23•Munger, Joshua MissourioAge 22•Nelson, Travis L. ALoSmall arms fire BaghdadoArmyu 101st Airborne o killed with Casicao2005/12/10, Age 41•Owens, Anthony Chad SCoGrenades, small armsoIraq-BaghdadoArmy 101st Airb.-502o2006/02/01 Age 21•Russell, Blake H. TXoEnemy munitions while searching possible mortar cacheo2006/07/22, Age 35oSmith, Benjamin WI▪Bomb blast w/2 others▪Army, 101 Airb-502 ▪2005/1/2, Age 21oTucker, Thomas OR▪Small arms fire at ckpt, abduction▪Army 101 Airb-502▪est 2005/6/19 Age 25oViglienzone, Caesar CA-HI▪2006/2/1/Age 21▪IED neaer HumveeoWaits, Mich.▪IED near Humvee▪Army 101 airb -502▪2006/04/13 Age 23
LIGHTS OUTIn many ways this website is a memorial to the pains and struggles of the American people which ended in the ultimate sacrifice which often included a tragic death. The ethos, sense of commemoration, and interchange between life and death is marked from routine to the great unknown. That is, the order of regular drill followed by descent into sleep during life, as well as the much more dramatic transition when the body expires, all relate powerfully to the story of our lives - the ticking of the clock, then the great expulsion into the unknown. But there are also human relationships which add meaning and provide a sense of companionship, enjoyment or interest. They often teach us something, provide insight, add context and perspective, or expand our horizons.------------------------- Most of the memorials here are linked to combat related deaths in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and other parts of the Middle East or Africa. For over two decades, this has largely been a quiet war of suffering and attrition for many of our military people and their families, as well as a number of governmental civilian and defense contractor employees. It is important to never discount or forget any American or allied person’s struggles, pain and death, regardless of era or combat zone. For example, you see on this website brief article clips commemorative of a sampling of American combat veterans who were in various Iraqi, Afghanistan or other war zones, as well as police officers killed on duty. The music of Taps is an important call to the soul reminding of these intricate connections.The point is, many of the American people have suffered. Let us give the American people their due. Crying parents, grandparents, spouses, significant others, children and grandchildren when loved ones don’t come home. The ongoing ache of what could have been. The hole that is left in our lives. The missing of the companionship, sound of the voice, particular personality. The sense of the wasted quality of a person, knowing that person’s real worth, like the adult life just getting started, or the years of gathered education and experience for the older ones, both snuffed out in a moment. Let us learn from our mistakes and build on our strengths. Let us encourage a more nurturing America. Let’s give Americans opportunities and benefits which will positively acknowledge the efforts to date. Let us provide words and actions which respect and honor us, not tear us down, and which will improve and secure a better future.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------PRAYERMay a Higher Power be present here as love, healing, and wisdom for these and all Americans killed in combat zones across time and space.Such prayer is respectfully submitted in such a way to honor each individual’s belief system in these matters. -------------------------------------------------------------------------MEMORIAL FUNDSAaron Butler Conboy Benjamin Hines Derek Hines Pat Tillman Conboy moved to Past Memorial Funds - but kept here because PF thinks what was attempted is on the mark.The Ben Hines FoundationStaff Sergeant Benjamin S. Hines, 31, originally from York, Pennsylvania, was killed in action on April 8th, 2019 while conducting combat operations in Parwan Province, Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. With this foundation, we strive to do just that and to support those who share Ben’s passions of: Family, Patriotism, Faith, and Education. Help us keep Ben’s legacy alive…https://thebenhinesfoundation.org/about-3/?msclkid=4c5d6227c49511ec81a35b5f362a8bd9Derek Hines Fundhttps://derekhinesfund.com/about-the-soldiers-assistance-fund/The 1st Lieutenant Derek Hines Soldiers Assistance fund intends to provide financial assistance for Massachusetts’ soldiers, and their families, who have incurred serious, career ending, and life altering injuries while on active duty.Pat Tillman Foundationhttps://pattillmanfoundation.org/?msclkid=5495c172c49611ecbf292c3bed326c83The Pat Tillman Foundation identifies remarkable military service members, veterans and spouses, empowering them with academic scholarships, lifelong leadership development opportunities and a diverse, global community of high-performing mentors and peers. These scholars are making an impact as they lead through action in the fields of healthcare, business, public service, STEM, education and the humanities. With your help, we empower: Active duty service members Veterans Military spouses Thanks to you, Tillman Scholars are making an impact in the United States and around the world.Aaron ButlerKivitv dot com Idaho 6 News 2021/08/14 Aaron Butler Memorial Purple Heart Run brings the community together to remember the fallenhttps://www.kivitv.com/news/aaron-butler-memorial-purple-heart-run-brings-the-community-together-to-remember-the-fallen. By Steve Denthttps://www.msn.com/en-us/video/peopleandplaces/aaron-butler-memorial-purple-heart-run-brings-the-community-together/vi-AANkazR?category=foryou[Note- watch the video to gain full intended effect]The Aaron Butler Memorial Foundation makes it their mission to put together social events that help the public understand veterans and get to know the warfighting minority.The race also features local law enforcement as we saw Kevin Holtry cross the finish line in a Grit wheelchair, Holtry and other Boise Police officers were injured in a shooting five years ago when they were chasing a fugitive, police dog Jardo lost his life in the incident.SUPPORTTaps GroupTragedy Assistance Program For Survivors (TAPS) Is …www.taps.orgNov 30, 2021 · The Impact TAPS Made in 2020. TAPS provides an array of programs, comfort, and resources for the families of the fallen. As the world faced a global pandemic, TAPS opened our hearts and 27 years of knowledge to share resources and tools with the world.https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/06/politics/us-military-deadly-accidents/index.htmlMEMORIALSOperation Iraqi Freedom Memorialhttps://warmemorialcenter.org/operation-iraqi-freedom-memorial/?msclkid=bb15bd2cc49c11ecb5e8c01ebb907a28PAST MEMORIAL FUNDS[Note from PF 2022/5/2: Seems promising, like a good template, like a good way to go--Adam Conboy Memorial Fund and Operation Bedding - moved to Past Memorials - as far as I can tell, this was a strong source of assistance for soldiers, but sadly fizzled for lack of funding - if anyone has other information of its activity, please let Police Factor know https://adamconboymemorialfund.blogspot.com/?msclkid=00cfc8c6c30611eca0d8d42239d78e0aLance Corporal Adam C. Conboy AUGUST 09,1984- MAY 12, 2006Our mission is to send some of the comforts of home to those who so diligently watch over and protect us.7 years after soldier’s death, Operation Bedding disbandsBy Carrie Hagen for Newsworks || MAY 10, 2013Mary Conboy’s children aren’t the only ones she’ll be receiving cards from this Mother’s Day weekend.Since 2007, soldiers across America have shown their support for the Roxborough mother of seven on the holiday that also commemorates her oldest son’s death. Her son, Adam Conboy, died while serving as a Marine lance corporal in Iraq in 2006. He passed away two days before Mother’s Day.To honor her son’s memory, Conboy quickly founded Operation Bedding, a nonprofit organization that has sent more than 12,000 packages of blankets, socks, pillows, snacks and more to service men and women in Afghanistan and Iraq over the past seven years. This year, due to a lack of financial donations, the organization was forced to shut down.MISSION STATEMENTOur mission is to enhance the quality of life to all military personnel serving in Iraq and Afghanistan by sending the comforts of home to their remote locations. Our items of comfort include but are not limited to pillows, sheets, socks, snacks and other daily necessities.. Operation Bedding, founded in 2006, has sent nearly 10,000 boxes of supplies overseas. We are funded solely through the efforts and generosity of private citizens and corporate giving. In addition, we are 501(c)3 and are tax deductible.SUPPLIES WE NEED* socks, * foot powder, * bug spray, * wash cloths, * baby wipes* shaving cream, * razors, * tooth brushes, * toothpaste* packets of tuna (no cans), * slim jims, * power bars* moisture lotion, * hard candy, * gum, * sheets (new - twin only)* beef jerky, * eye dropsItems may be dropped of at: The Review Newspaper 6220 Ridge Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19128 [Note from PF on 2022/5/2: this might no longer be current]https://adamconboymemorialfund.blogspot.com/
2021August 26 Afghanistan Kabul Airport Suicide Bombing•Connell, James David Jr•Espinoza, David L. TX oMarines, Age 20•Hoover, Darin T. UToMarines, Age 31 •Gee, Nicole CAoMarines, Age 23 •Knauss, Ryan C. TNoArmy, Age 23•Lopez, Hunter CAoMarines, Age 22•McCollum, Rylee WY oMarines, Age 20•Nikoui, Kareem M. oMarines, Age 20•Merola, Dylan R. CAoMarines, Age 20•Page, Daegan NEoMarines, Age 23 •Rosariopichardo, Johanny Mass.oMarines, Age 25 •Sanchez, Humberto INoMarine, Age 22Schmitz, Jared MissourioMarines, Age 20•Soviak, Maxton W. OHoNavy Hospitalman, Age 222020•Covarrubias, Juan Miguel Mendez o03 11, 2020•Gillon, Brodie UK o03/11/2020 •Mayfield, Henry Jr, o01/05/20, Hazel CrestoKenya al-Shabab attack•Navas, Moises A. MDo03/08/2020oMarine-tunnel clearing death•Pongo, Diego P. CAo03/08/2020oMarine-tunnel clearing death•Roberts, Marshal OK o03//11/2020 2019•Ard, Dustin o08/29/2019oAfghanistan-Zabul Prov.o1st Special Forces Grp•Beale, Joshua Z VA o01/22/2019•Collette, Joseph P. OH, COo03/22/2019; oOperation Freedom’s Sentinel; oKunduz province, Afghanistan,o242nd Ordnance Battalion, 71st Explosive Ordnance Group. oPurple Heart, the Combat Action Badge and the Senior Explosive Ordnance Disposal Badge.oGreen Beret from Cortez, Colorado Fort Carson, Colorado connection•Deleon-Figuero, Luis F. o08/22/2019, Age 31oAfghanistan-Faryab Prov.•Fuchigami Jr., Kirk T. HIo11/20/2019, Age 25oAfghanistan-Army pilot, crash•Goble, Michael J. FLo12/22/2019, Age 33oAfghanistan-Kunduz roadside bomboSpecial Forces•Gonzalez, Jose o08/21/2019, Age 35oAfghanistan-Faryab Prov.oSpecial Forces•Griffin, Jeremy TNo09/17/2019, 40oAfghanistanoGreen Beret•Hendriks, Robert A. NY o04/08/2019•Hines, Benjamin S. PAo04/08/2019oAfghanistan-Parwan-VBIED•Holmes, Miguel GAo05/06/2019oArmy-Afghanistan•Knadle, David C. TXo11/20/2019, Age 33oAfghanistan - helicopter crashoChief Warrant Officer•Kreischer, Brandon OHo07/29/2019, Age 20oAfghanistan-Kandahar Prov.•Lindsay, Will D COo03/22/2019o33; Army; Kunduz province, Afghanistan 10th Special Forces GrpoSeveral awards incl. Purple Heart•Meddock, Cameron A TX o01/17/2019Johnston, James C NYo06/27/2019, 24oAfghanistan-Uruzgan Provoexplosive ordnance disp spec.•Nance, Michael ILo07/29/2019, Age 24oAfghanistan-Kandahar Prov.•Ortiz, Ellis o09/06/2019, Age 34oAfghanistan-KabuloParatrooper •Riley, Micheal B. born in Germanyo06/25/2019oAfghanistan-small arms fireo10th Special Force Grp Airborne•Robbins, Elliott J UTo07/01/2019 non-combatoAfghanistan-Helmand Prov•Sartor, James TXo07/13/209oAfghanistan-Faryab ProvoSpecial Forces Grp Airborne•Slutman, Christopher NY▪04/08/2019▪Marines-Afghanistan-IED•Wirtz, Scott 01/2019oFormer Navy Seal, Syria was civilian at time of suicide bomb2018•Dunbar, Jonathan oArmy, Delta Force in SyriaoFriendly fire, Grenade accidentally went off-British Army Sgt. Matt Tonroe, a member of Britain's elite Special Air Service Regiment•Black, Bryan WAo Age 35oNiger Ambush w/ 3 others•Johnson, La David FLo2018oNiger Ambush• Wright, Dustin M. GAo2018 Age 29oNiger Ambush2017•Butler, Aaron UTo2017/08/16 AfghanistanoSpecial Forces engineer sergeant assigned to 19th Special Forces Grp (Airborne)•Johnson, Jeremiah OHo2017/10/04 Age 39o hostile fire recon o3rd Special Forces Grp •Missildine, Alexander W. TX o2017/10/01•Lee, Weston C.oIraq, IED blast, 82nd Airborneo2017/04/29, GA•Owens, William "Ryan" IL oYemen, Al-Qaeda attackoUS Central Commando2017/01/292016•Keating IV, Charles oNavy SealoIraq-Tel Askuf-Kurdish areaoKilled by gunfire/hellish fighto2016/05/13 Age 312015•Louis BonacasaoAfghanistan, Suicide bomb-motorcycle, took impact, saved liveso2015/12/212014•Wyatt Martin 12/12/14oArmy Afghanistan1st Cav Divo22, IED, Engineer2011•Hickman, David NC o11/14/2011oArmy, 82nd Airborne•Mills, Adrian G. GA o09/29/2011, Age 23oIraq indir fire 27th MP•Nelson, Travis M. FLo08/18/2011, Age 19o2nd Marine Div Afghanistan - Helmand Prov-shot and killed•Vincent, Dustin TX o11/03/201`1, Age 25oArmy, 1st Infantry Div.oEnemy small arms fire2010•Stultz , Gregory INo2010/02/19o3rd Marine Div., Afghanistan•Kelly, Robert o2010/11/09 Marine 1st Lt. Nov. stepped on a landmine oHelmand Prov., AfghanistanoGen. John Kelly’s son2009•Aamot, Aaron S. WA oIED Jelewar, AfghanistanoArmy 5th Stryker Brig. Combat Team, 2nd Inf. Div.o2009/11/5, Age 22•Johnston, Jason M. NYoIED; AfghanistanoArmy inf. paratroopero2009/12/26 Age 24•Spino, Ronald J. oShot - supply unloadingoHerat, AfghanistanoArmy medico2009/12/29 Age 452008•Gaffney Jr., Charles P. oArmy-101st Airborne Div., enemy rocket fireoAfghanistan - Orgun-Eo2008/12/24•Haerter, Jordan oIraq-Ramadi-like VBIEDoStood ground with Yaleo2008/04/22•Yale, JonathanoIraq-Ramadi-VBIEDoStood ground w/ Haertero2008/04/22
--------------------------------------2003 Navy•Adams, Thomas Mullen oHelicopter crash over Persian GlfoAir Exchange Officer o w/ 6 others-in Royal Navy Sea King - Royal Navy 849 squado2003/03/22, CA Age 27•Johnson, Michael Vann oNaval Medical Centero2003/03/25, Age 25•Moreno, David John oNaval Medical Centero2003/07/172003 Navy Seals•Johnson, Jeremiah OHoAge 39•Johnson, La David FLoNiger Ambusho2018•Wright, Dustin M. GAoNigher Ambush o2018 Age 29•Keating IV, Charles oNavy SealoIraq-Tel Askuf-Kurdish area near Irbil, part of QRF rescue team sent in to help trapped American military advisersoKilled by gunfire in gruesome fight with ISISo05/13/2016, Age 31• Koch, Michael E.oSmall arms fire, IraqoAge 29
--------------------------------------Navy or Navy Seals•Benson, Darrik C. CA•Bill, Brian R. •Campbell, Christopher G. NC•Day, Jared W. UT•Douangdara,John NE•Langlais, Louis J. •Ratzlaff, Thomas A. •Kraig M. Vickers•Faas, John W. •Houston, Kevin A. •Mason, Matthew D. •Stephen M. Mills•Nicholas H. Null•Robert J. Reeves, LA•Robinson,Heath M. Mich.•Strange, Michael J. PA•Tumilson, Jon T. Iowa•Vaughn, Aaron C. FL•Workman, Jason R. UToAge 32•Pittman, Jesse D. CAoAge 27oNaval Special Warfare •Spehar, Nicholas P. Minn.oAge 24oNaval Special Warfare•Hardy, Nathan H. oAge 29oIraqoSmall arms fireoExtortion 17o30 American military servicemen and a U.S. military dog were killed when a CH-47 Chinook helicopter – call sign Extortion 17 – was shot down o08/06/2011oAfghanistan mountainsoExtortion 17 tragedy-downed helicopter by RPGsosource-https://www.navysealmuseum.org/extortion17othe information below applies to the following:•Kelsall, Jonas B. oNavy Seals
--------------------------------------Navy Seals, Navy, Naval Medical Center Deaths2017 Navy•Owens, RyanoNavy Seal, Yemeno2017/01/29, Age 36• Milliken, KyleoNavy Seal; Yemeno2017, Age 38o2009 Navy• Ryan "Biggles" Job WA, AZoSeal Team 3, OIF injuryoinjury gunshot to weapon which sent splinters to head, esp. eyes, on 2006/08/02, IraqoMarc Lee died shortly after Job sustained injury-apparently while providing cover fire for him to be medevac’d out death came unexpectedly after reconstruction surgery to eye socket three years latero2009/09/24 Age 282006 Navy•Lee, Marc Alan oSeal Team 3, OIF, RamadioIraq, gunshot woundo2006/08/02 OR CO•Monsoor, Michael A. o2006/09/29 osee Alpha List, Ramadi, Medal of Honor top of page•Wilson, Nicolas NYoIED, Al Anbar Province, OIFoExplosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 3o2006/02/12, Age 25, 2005 Navy•Macrum, Robert Douglas oUSS Princetono2005/09/122004 Navy•Briones, Pablito P. oNaval Medical Centero2004/12/28, Age 22
2003 Army - Iraq•Blanco, Ernesto M. TXoIED hit his vehicleo2003/12/28 Age 28•Cuervo, Rey D. TXoIED hit his vehicleo2003/12/28 Age 24•Haight, Charles G. ALoIED-convoy struck•Piestewa, Lori AnnoAmbush near Nasiriyah o2003/03/23 •Sutter, Michael J. ILoIEDo2003/12/26 Age 28
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GA 2018 Age 29 Nigher Ambush Navy Seals, 2003*X-Y-ZYale, Jonathan 04/22/2008 Iraq-Ramadi-VBIED Stood ground w/ Haerter; Navy CrossYazzie,Clifton; 01/19/2006; 101st Airborne, IED Updates: 2022/11/27 added and corrected some material on Anbar area Haditha Triad Marines 2/3 and 3/3, cleaned up some overlap and dark font issues note: during Veterans Memorial I was rereading Darack’s The Warriors of Anbar and am rereading it yet again here on 11/26-27, please note that it was in this general time period that some of the most intense attacks by Al Qaeda in Iraq were happening, as the Awakening had pushed a lot of the remaining AQI into the Triad and these were among the fiercest of AQI, the first deaths started around Sept 26, 2006, there were many very young American males killed or injured, and an older person, Joseph Ellis from the 2/4 died a hero’s death rushing a suicide bomber, he was weeks away from retirement-the Iraqi IP in the Haditha Triad suffered horrendous losses and brutality during this time; the Marines of the 2/3 had fought in Afghanistan’s eastern mtns near Pakistan before coming to Iraq and were of Kaneohe, Hawaii; there are some things about counterinsurgency to be learned from this subject involving the Haditha Triad, for one thing, Darack indicates that area held up to the ISIS attacks later*; one of the things they did was create a berm and set up strict checkpoints with meticulous identification procedures/tech; they seem to have been restrained for the first half by Col. William “Blake” Crowe of RTC-7 who Darack indicates was micro-managing which lowered morale and kept them from doing some things that Tracy and others felt would have been helpful-this should be double-checked for accuracy; 2022/11/20 week of; 08/07 Smith, Paul R. - (2003 Iraq) added, editing and additions; in the Task Force Marne section; Raudenbush added; 2022/08/02; 2022/08/01; 2022/08/01; 2022/07/29-31 added Aaron Butler Found, general editing and additions; ; 2022/5/2; 2022/5/1; 2022/04/24; 2022/04-22-23; 2022/01/12; 2022/01/09 added Pat Tillman to 2004; 2021/12/15; 2021/12/07-08 PAGE STARTED--TAPS.*p. 228-229 Darak: The rise of ISIS grabbed the attention of all who served with 2/3 in the Triad. Although the Islamic State took control of roughtly 75 percent of Al Anbar Province, it never took the Triad, including the Haditha Dam, one of its stated targets. I’d like to think that the IP and Iraqi Army forces we trained and worked with were the ones that repulsed them, Adam Steele said. I can’t thin of any other reason that ISIS couldn’t have taken control. To my knowledge Haditha was one of the only cities in western Iraq that did not fall to ISIS, Victor Lance said.
MEMORIAL-------------------------Smith, Paul R., FLArmy, Shot head Iraq AirportPosthum. Med of Honor2003/04/03 Age 33
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