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May And June US Military Combat Deaths
 

LEST WE FORGET.....REST IN PEACE TO ALL.

June 2012 Heroes

Spc. Gerardo Campos, 23, of Miami, Fla
Pfc. Vincent J. Ellis, 22, of Tokyo, Japan
Capt. Scott P. Pace, 33, of Brawley, Calif.
1st Lt. Mathew G. Fazzari, 25, of Walla Walla, Wash.
Cpl. Anthony R. Servin, 22, of Moreno Valley, Calif
Pfc. Brandon D. Goodine, 20, of Luthersville, Ga
Master Chief Petty Officer Richard J. Kessler Jr., 47, of Gulfport, Fla.
Pfc. Nathan T. Davis, 20, Yucaipa, Calif.
Spc. Bryant J. Luxmore, 25, New Windsor, Ill
Cpl. Taylor J. Baune, 21, of Andover, Minn
Sgt. 1st Class Barett W. McNabb, 33, of Chino Valley, Ariz
Sgt. Nicholas C. Fredsti, 30, of San Diego, Calif.
Sgt. Joseph M. Lilly, 25, of Flint, Mich.
Spc. Trevor A. Pinnick, 20, of Lawrenceville, Ill.
Pfc. Jarrod A. Lallier, 20, of Spokane, Wash
1st Lt. Ryan D. Rawl, 30, Lexington, S.C.
Sgt. 1st Class Matthew B. Thomas, 30, Travelers Rest, S.C.
Spc. John D. Meador II, 36, Columbia, S.C.
Sgt. Jose Rodriguez, 22, of Gustine, Calif.
Lance Cpl. Eugene C. Mills III, 21, of Laurel, Md.
Maj. Paul C. Voelke, 36, of Monroe, N.Y.
Pfc. Steven P. Stevens II, 23, of Tallahassee, Fla.
Lance Cpl. Niall W. Coti-Sears, 23, of Arlington, Va
Staff Sgt. Matthew J. Leach, 29, of Ferndale, Mich
1st Lt. Stephen C. Prasnicki, 24, of Lexington, Va
Sgt. James L. Skalberg Jr., 25, of Cullman, Ala.
Staff Sgt. Robert A. Massarelli, 32, of Hamilton, Ohio
Sgt. Michael J. Strachota, 28, of White Hall, Ark.

May 2012 Heroes

Capt. Bruce K. Clark, 43, Spencerport, N.Y.
Staff Sgt. Zachary H. Hargrove, 32, of Wichita, Kan
Master Sgt. Gregory L. Childs, 38, Warren, Ark
Sgt. John P. Huling, 25, of West Chester, Ohio
Staff Sgt. Thomas K. Fogarty, 30, of Alameda, Calif
2nd Lt. David E. Rylander, 23, of Stow, Ohio
Spc. Junot M. L. Cochilus, 34, of Charlotte, N.C.
Sgt. Jacob M. Schwallie, 22, of Clarksville, Tenn.
Spc. Chase S. Marta, 24, of Chico, Calif.
Pfc. Dustin D. Gross, 19, of Jeffersonville, Ky.
Petty Officer Second Class Jorge Luis Velasquez, 35, of Houston
1st Lt. Alejo R. Thompson, 30, of Yuma, Ariz
Sgt. Wade D. Wilson, 22, of Normangee, Texas
SSpc.Vilmar Galarza Hernandez, 21, of Salinas, Calif.
Spc. Alex Hernandez III, 21, of Round Rock, Texas
Sgt. Brian L. Walker, 25, of Lucerne Valley, Calif.
Pfc. Richard L. McNulty III, 22, Rolla, Mo.
Staff Sgt. Israel P. Nuanes, 38, of Las Cruces, N.M.
Sgt. Michael J. Knapp, 28, of Overland Park, Kan.
Sgt. Jabraun S. Knox, 23, of Fort Wayne, Ind.
Capt. Jesse A. Ozbat, 28, of, Prince George, Va.
2nd Lt. Tobias C. Alexander, 30, of Lawton, Okla.
Spc. Arronn D. Fields, 27, of Terre Haute, Ind
2nd Lt. Travis A. Morgado, 25, of San Jose, Calif.
Petty Officer 1st Class Ryan J. Wilson, 26, of Shasta, Calif
Pfc. Cale C. Miller, 23, of Overland Park, Kan
Cpl. Keaton G. Coffey, 22, of Boring, Ore
Hospitalman Eric D. Warren, of Shawnee, Okla.
Spc. Vilmar Galarza Hernandez, 21, of Salinas, Calif.
Spc. Tofiga J. Tautolo, 23, of Wilmington, Calif.
Capt. John R. Brainard, 26, of Dover-Foxcroft, Maine
Chief Warrant Officer Five John C. Pratt, 51, of Springfield, Va.
Sgt. Julian C. Chase, 22, of Edgewater, Md.
Lance Cpl. Steven G. Sutton, 24, of Leesburg, Ga
Cpl. Nicholas H. Olivas, 20, of Fairfield, Ohio
Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean E. Brazas, of Greensboro, N.C
Staff Sgt. Roberto Loeza, 28, of El Paso, Texas
Staff Sgt. Alexander G. Povilaitis, 47, of Dawsonville, Ga
Spc. Kedith L. Jacobs, 21, of Denver, Colo
Pfc. Leroy Deronde III, 22, Jersey City, New Jersey
Lance Cpl. Joshua E. Witsman, 23, of Covington, Ind.
 

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I went home early today, got to watch the great TV waseland from1 until 5PM. Watched the  apathetic golden bodies from the ages of 18-26 surfing. checked out the web site you posted. I guess these brave individuals will never enjoy those benefits, where do we find these brave and dedicated individuals?
 

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The man is gifted with a great talent, I am glad to see he cares about those who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom. As a Vietnam vet he did a fantastic painting on the three soldiers at the Wall. Well gotta go I think I have some dirt in my eye if you know what I mean!
 

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JACK, This is only what is reported, as i type we have "boots on the ground"in about 44 nations and this is not counting the friendlies... In '60 we had 200 advisers on the ground in SE asia...
 

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I would think it refers to the amount of American Troops that we have committed as the "World Police" in 2012 as opposed to a smaller role in 1960.
 

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Thirty-nine years ago,
an Italian submarine was sold for a paltry $100,000 as scrap. The submarine, given to the Italian Navy in 1953 . . was originally the USS Barb . . an incredible veteran of World War II service . . with a heritage that should not have been melted away without any recognition.
The U.S.S. Barb was a pioneer, paving the way for the first submarine to launch missiles and it flew a battle flag unlike that of any other ship.
In addition to the Medal of Honor ribbon at
the top of the flag identifying the heroism of its Captain, Commander Eugene 'Lucky' Fluckey. And the bottom border of the flag bore the image of a Japanese train locomotive.
The U.S.S. Barb was indeed, the submarine that SANK A TRAIN !

July 18, 1945 In Patience Bay, off the coast
of Karafuto, Japan.

It was after 4 A.M. and Commander Fluckey rubbed his eyes as he peered over the map spread before him. It was the twelfth war patrol of the Barb, the fifth under Commander Fluckey. He should have turned the submarine's command over to another
skipper after four patrols, but had managed
to strike a deal with Admiral Lockwood to make a fifth trip with the men he cared for
like a father.
Of course, no one suspected when he had struck that deal prior to his fourth and
should have been his final war patrol, that Commander Fluckey's success would be so great he would be awarded the Medal of Honor.

Commander Fluckey smiled as he
remembered that patrol. Lucky Fluckey
they called him. On January 8th the Barb
had emerged victorious from a running
two-hour night battle after sinking a large enemy ammunition ship. Two weeks later
in Mamkwan Harbor he found the mother-lode?... more than 30 enemy ships.
In only 5 fathoms (30 feet) of water his crew had unleashed the sub's forward torpedoes, then turned and fired four from the stern. As he pushed the Barb to the full limit of its
speed through the dangerous waters in a daring withdrawal to the open sea, he recorded eight direct hits on six enemy
ships.

What could possibly be left for the Commander to accomplish who, just three months earlier had been in Washington,
DC to receive the Medal of Honor? He smiled to himself as he looked again at the map showing the rail line that ran along the
enemy coastline.

Now his crew was buzzing excitedly about bagging a train!
The rail line itself wouldn't be a problem. A shore patrol could go ashore under cover
of darkness to plant the explosives... one of the sub's 55-pound scuttling charges. But
this early morning Lucky Fluckey and his officers were puzzling over how they could blow not only the rails, but also one of the frequent trains that shuttled supplies to
equip the Japanese war machine. But no matter how crazy the idea might have sounded, the Barb's skipper would not risk
the lives of his men.
Thus the problem... how to detonate the explosives at the moment the train passed, without endangering the life of a shore party.
PROBLEM ?
If you don't search your brain looking for them, you'll never find them. And even then, sometimes they arrive in the most unusual fashion. Cruising slowly beneath the surface
to evade the enemy plane now circling overhead, the monotony was broken with
an exciting new idea: Instead of having a crewman on shore to trigger explosives to blow both rail and a passing train, why not
let the train BLOW ITSELF up?
Billy Hatfield was excitedly explaining how
he had cracked nuts on the railroad tracks
as a kid, placing the nuts between two ties
so the sagging of the rail under the weight
of a train would break them open. Just like cracking walnuts, he explained. To complete the circuit [detonating the 55-pound charge] we hook in a micro switch... and mount it between two ties, directly under the steel rail.

" We don't set it off . . the TRAIN will. Not
only did Hatfield have the plan, he wanted
to go along with the volunteer shore party.
After the solution was found, there was no shortage of volunteers; all that was needed was the proper weather... a little cloud
cover to darken the moon for the sabotage mission ashore.
Lucky Fluckey established his criteria for the volunteer party:

[ 1 ] No married men would be included, except for Hatfield,
[ 2 ] The party would include members from each department,
[ 3 ] The opportunity would be split evenly between regular Navy and Navy Reserve sailors,
[ 4 ] At least half of the men had to have been Boy Scouts, experienced in handling medical emergencies and tuned into woods lore.

FINALLY, Lucky Fluckey would lead the saboteurs himself.

When the names of the 8 selected sailors
was announced it was greeted with a
mixture of excitement and disappointment.
Among the disappointed was Commander Fluckey who surrendered his opportunity at the insistence of his officers that as commander he belonged with the Barb, coupled with the threat from one that I
swear I'll send a message to ComSubPac if
the Commander attempted to join the demolition shore party.

In the meantime, there would be no
harassing of Japanese shipping or shore operations by the Barb until the train
mission had been accomplished. The crew would 'lay low' to prepare their equipment, practice and plan and wait for the weather.

July 22, 1945 Patience Bay [Off the coast of Karafuto, Japan]

Waiting in 30 feet of water in Patience Bay was wearing thin the patience of Commander Fluckey and his innovative crew. Everything was ready. In the four days the saboteurs
had anxiously watched the skies for cloud cover, the inventive crew of the Barb had crafted and tested their micro switch.
When the need was proposed for a pick and shovel to bury the explosive charge and batteries, the Barb's engineers had cut up
steel plates in the lower flats of an engine room, then bent and welded them to create the needed digging tools.
The only things beyond their control were
the weather.... and the limited time. Only
five days remained in the Barb's patrol.

Anxiously watching the skies, Commander Fluckey noticed plumes of cirrus clouds,
then white stratus capping the mountain peaks ashore. A cloud cover was building
to hide the three-quarters moon. So, this would be the night.

MIDNIGHT, July 23, 1945

The Barb had crept within 950 yards of the shoreline. If it was somehow seen from
the shore it would probably be mistaken
for a schooner or Japanese patrol boat. No
one would suspect an American submarine
so close to shore or in such shallow water.
Slowly the small boats were lowered to the water and the 8 saboteurs began paddling toward the enemy beach. Twenty-five
minutes later they pulled the boats ashore
and walked on the surface of the Japanese homeland.
Stumbling through noisy waist-high grasses, crossing a highway and then into a 4-foot drainage ditch, the saboteurs made their
way to the railroad tracks. Three men were posted as guards, Markuson assigned to examine a nearby water tower. The Barb's auxiliary man climbed the tower's ladder,
then stopped in shock as he realized it was
an enemy lookout tower . . . an OCCUPIED
enemy lookout tower.
Fortunately the Japanese sentry was peacefully sleeping. And Markuson was
able to quietly withdraw to warn his
raiding party.

The news from Markuson caused the men digging the placement for the explosive charge to continue their work more quite
and slowly. Twenty minutes later, the demolition holes had been carved by their crude tools and the explosives and batteries hidden beneath fresh soil.

During planning for the mission the
saboteurs had been told that, with the explosives in place, all would retreat a
safe distance while Hatfield made the final connection. BUT IF the sailor who had
once cracked walnuts on the railroad tracks slipped or messed up during this final, dangerous procedure . . his would be the
only life lost.
On this night it was the only order the sub's saboteurs refused to obey, and all of them peered anxiously over Hatfield's shoulder
to be sure he did it right. The men had come too far to be disappointed by a bungled
switch installation.

1:32 A.M.
Watching from the deck of the submarine, Commander Fluckey allowed himself a sigh
of relief as he noticed the flashlight signal from the beach announcing the departure
of the shore party. Fluckey had daringly,
but skillfully guided the Barb within 600
yards of the enemy beach sand.
There was less than 6 feet of water beneath the sub's keel, but Fluckey wanted to be
close in case trouble arose and a daring
rescue of his bridge saboteurs became necessary.

1:45 A.M.
The two boats carrying his saboteurs were only halfway back to the Barb when the
sub's machine gunner yelled, CAPTAIN '
there's another train coming up
the tracks The Commander grabbed a megaphone and yelled through the night, Paddle like the devil ! knowing full well
that they wouldn't reach the Barb before
the train hit the micro switch.

1:47 A.M.

The darkness was shattered by brilliant
light . . and the roar of the explosion!
The boilers of the locomotive blew,
shattered pieces of the engine blowing
200 feet into the air. Behind it the railroad frieght cars accordioned into each other, bursting into flame and adding to the magnificent fireworks display. Five
minutes later the saboteurs were lifted to
the deck by their exuberant comrades as
the Barb eased away . . slipping back to
the safety of the deep.
Moving at only two knots, it would be a
while before the Barb was into waters deep enough to allow it to submerge. It was a moment to savor, the culmination of teamwork, ingenuity and daring by the Commander and all his crew. Lucky Fluckey's voice came over the intercom. All hands
below deck not absolutely needed to maneuver the ship have permission to
come topside. He didn't have to repeat
the invitation. Hatches sprang open as the proud sailors of the Barb gathered on her decks to proudly watch the distant
fireworks display. The Barb had sunk a Japanese TRAIN !

On August 2, 1945 the Barb arrived at
Midway, her twelfth war patrol concluded. Meanwhile United States military
commanders had pondered the prospect
of an armed assault on the Japanese homeland. Military tacticians estimated
such an invasion would cost more than a million American casualties.
Instead of such a costly armed offensive
to end the war, on August 6th the B-29 bomber Enola Gay dropped a single
atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima,
Japan. A second such bomb, unleashed
4 days later on Nagasaki, Japan, caused
Japan to agree to surrender terms on
August 15th.
On September 2, 1945 in Tokyo Harbor
the documents ending the war in the
Pacific were signed.
The story of the saboteurs of the U.S.S.
Barb is one of those unique, little known stories of World War II. It becomes increasingly important when one realizes
that the [ 8 ] eight sailors who blew up the train near Kashiho, Japan conducted the
ONLY GROUND COMBAT OPERATION on
the Japanese homeland during World
War II.

[Footnote : Eugene Bennett Fluckey retired from the Navy as a Rear Admiral, and wore
in addition to his Medal of Honor . . [4]FOUR Navy Crosses . . a record of heroic awards unmatched by any American in military history.]
In 1992, his own history of the U.S.S. Barb
was published in the award winning book, THUNDER BELOW. Over the past
several years proceeds from the sale of this exciting book have been used by Admiral Fluckey to provide free reunions for the men who served him aboard the Barb, and their wives.

P.S. : He graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1935 . . lived to age 93 . .
 

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DECK OF CARDS........Short video stay till the end.........                                                          http://stg.do/91qb
 

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/14/us-marines-dead-afghanistan_n_1885596.html?ncid=webmail1  ...    RIP to the two Marines most recently killed in Afghanistan.....& to the Ambassador & the other three Americans killed on a different front.....our response to that was to send just 50 Marines ?......time for the boss to stop the campaigning & fundraising & figure this out......my suggestion....either send an appropriate amount of Troops to flatten the insurgents on all negative fronts or bring all our Troops home.....best idea would be to bring our Troops home... Embassy people included...i as a Military person have been there & wanted to be there (on an older front & never questioned anything then & i am proud to have been there but i am still here to talk about it, many, many are not ) as a Marine in the past & have seen what the outcome was.....lost American lives & no betterment for those we tried to help....Let us keep our Military Ready Willing & Able  to protect American soil...  JMHO........ ULTIMATE RESPECT TO ALL WHO HAVE SERVED & THOSE STILL SERVING.
 

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Long-missing Colo. Marine buried with full honors
By DAN ELLIOTT | Associated Press ? 19 hrs ago.. .
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DENVER (AP) ? For 37 years, Delouise Guerra never knew for certain what happened to the young man she called her baby brother, an 18-year-old Marine from Colorado who was missing and presumed dead after a helicopter crash on the other side of the world.

The Defense Department, however, told Guerra two months ago it had positively identified the remains of the man who disappeared so long ago, Pfc. James Jacques.

"Oh my God, it's a relief to know that they have found his final remains," Guerra said. "It's just an honor to bring him home."

The Colorado Marine was killed during the rescue of the crew of the S.S. Mayaguez, an American cargo ship seized by Cambodia's Khmer Rouge two days earlier on May 12, 1975.

Jacques will be buried with full military honors at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver on Tuesday on what would have been his 56th birthday.

Jacques ? pronounced "HAW-kas" ? was among hundreds of Marines and airmen sent to storm Koh Tang Island, about 60 miles off the coast of Cambodia, to rescue the Mayaguez crew. A helicopter carrying Jacques and 25 others crashed into the surf off Koh Tang Island amid unexpectedly heavy fire from Cambodian fighters.

Half the men on the helicopter were rescued, but the other 13 were declared missing, including Jacques.

All 39 crew Mayaguez members were released safely by Cambodia, but some 40 U.S. servicemen were killed.

Jacques' identification dog tags were found in 1992, but his remains weren't positively identified until this year, said Air Force Maj. Carie Parker of the Defense Prisoner of War and Missing Personnel Office.

A Cambodian had turned over the remains to a U.S.-Cambodian search team in 2007. Newly available DNA technology allowed researchers to confirm the identity this year.

Guerra got the news in a letter from the Marines that arrived at her Denver home on Aug. 14. Her son Bob was with her.

"I started crying because I knew it was about my brother," she said. "We were crying, we jumped, we hollered."

Guerra, now 71, was 15 when Jacques was born.

"He was a very loving, very caring ? well, he was my baby brother," she said. "He was just a really good person."

Jacques grew up in La Junta, a small town about 140 miles southeast of Denver. He joined the Marines in October 1974, shortly after his 18th birthday. His family was apprehensive but didn't try to dissuade him, Guerra said.

"It was something he wanted to do," Guerra said. "He wanted to go and serve his country and do his best."

He died just seven months after enlisting.

Twelve of the 13 missing servicemen are now confirmed to have died, Parker said. She said she could not discuss the 13th because an investigation is ongoing.

The Mayaguez operation is considered the last U.S. military engagement in Southeast Asia after the long and bloody war in Vietnam. The last U.S. combat troops left South Vietnam in 1973, and the South Vietnamese capital fell to North Vietnam on April 30, 1975, just two weeks before the Mayaguez engagement.

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CONTINUED REST IN PEACE......SEMPER FI .
 

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I flew with Forward Air Controllers 68-69 in SNM, NVM, Laos and other places. FAC's and Rescue people had a promise, we leave no one behind!
 
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