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In Honor

 

Some of our military friends, asked for a dedication page for our website.  This is to honor the HEROES who did not make it home, fought the good fight and lost their life to our country or who spent their life as a true supporter of the sacrifices made by active duty because they have lived it.

Enjoy the freedoms you have because it was not free….Active Duty, Veterans and Families give up so much of themselves to give you those freedoms.

You will never be forgotten.

Many of our Service Dogs are trained and named in their Honor.

This page is dedicated to them.


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A1C Elizabeth N. Jacobson

1984-2005

While providing convoy security support on Wednesday September 28, 2005 in Safwan Iraq, Airman 1st Class Elizabeth Nicole Jacobson, 21, of Riviera Beach Florida, became the first Security Forces Airman to die in Operation Iraqi Freedom. She died as a result of her vehicle making contact with an improvised explosive device (IED). Safwan is on the border of Iraq and Kuwait.

She is also the first female Airman killed in the line of duty in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Airman Jacobson had been in Iraq for just over three months. “A1C Jacobson was a great troop…always sought the hardest challenges and never gave up. She worked very hard to get on the convoy section and had only been working it for a couple of weeks when the incident occurred. She was a bright and intelligent young lady who cared deeply for her country and the military.”

Airman Jacobson joins Airman Laura A. Lucas as the first Security Forces Female Airmen to be killed in action. Airman Lucas was killed in a non-combatant accident. Our prayers go to A1C Jacobson’s family and to our Security Forces Airmen at Goodfellow AFB Texas who have experienced a second tragic loss from their Security Forces family due as a result of hostile actions.

One of the SFLS veteran’s served with her and nominated her.  The family was honored that we would name a service dog after her.


Spirit

Spirit

Spirit

16th Special Operations Squadron AC-130H Spectre gunship
Read more at http://themoderatevoice.com/174928/today-we-remember-spirit-03/#qwmeMyRKPHW2i8Yo.99

16th Special Operations Squadron AC-130H Spectre Gunship

Call Sign “Spirit 03”

During the travel of our Veteran’s Liaison, she is often asked to honor the memory of a family member by naming a dog in our program after them.  In this case, she was asked to honor the entire flight crew.  With the permission of the family member, she gladly accepted.

This flight crew was killed in action in Operation Desert Storm saving the lives of others who were on the ground.  Their sacrifice is not forgotten.

The crewmembers of Spirit 03, killed in action Jan. 31, 1991:

Maj. Paul Weaver
Capt. Thomas Bland
Capt. Arthur Galvan
Capt. William Grimm
Capt. Dixon Walters
Senior Master Sgt. Paul Buege
Senior Master Sgt. Jim May
Tech. Sgt. Robert Hodges
Tech. Sgt. John Oelschlager
Staff Sgt. John Blessinger
Staff Sgt. Tim Harrison
Staff Sgt. Damon Kanuha
Staff Sgt. Mark Schmauss
Sergeant Barry Clark

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Sean T. Greany

1982-2011

Sean Thomas Greany born May 9th 1982 in Clinton MD. He died April 22 2011 in LaPlata MD.

Sean grew up in USA until he was 9 years old than I brought him to Germany to hide him from his abusive father. Sean stayed in Germany until he graduated from School and went to trade school to be a carpenter which he achieved.

Sean severed in both the German and USA military. He was stationed in Afghanistan.

After the military, volunteered as EMS/Firefighter for Hughesville Volunteer Fire Dept. Worked for Pizzagelli Construction as safety engineer. He was excepted to the police academy before his death.

In 2010, he was diagnosed with PTSD in 2010 and lost the battle of PTSD, taking his own life after 6 month return from Afghanistan.

It was Good Friday at 1300 at LaPlata Hospital were he took his last breath.

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LCpl Janos Lutz, USMC

LCpl Janos Lutz, USMC

 

LCpl Janos Victor Lutz

1988-2013

Janos Victor Lutz was born on May 27, 1988 in Hallandale, Florida. Johnny’s interest in the military started early. He began shooting with his Mom at the age of 10. The events of 9/11 affected him greatly and he made a decision then that he would become a U.S. Marine. When Johnny was a freshman at Western High School he joined ROTC and was awarded as a sharp shooter. Johnny would graduate from Western High School in 2006 and enlist in the Marine Corps. at the age of 18.

After graduating from boot camp, at Camp Lejeune, Johnny was assigned to the 2nd Battalion 8th Marines Regiment. Johnny’s 5 year career in the U.S. Marine Corps. include tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan as a Machine Gunner. Echo Company engaged in some of the most fierce combat behind enemy lines in Helmand Province, Afghanistan during Operation Khanjari, also known as “Strike of the Sword”. Summer of Decision 2009, Johnny would lose 14 brothers in Afghanistan. For his brave acts of heroism, Lance Corporal Lutz received 13 service commendations, including the prestigious Presidential Unit Citation in 2009.

Although Johnny would return home safely, he was diagnosed with severe PTSD and TBI and was medically retired in November 2011. Now a new battle would emerge. The once fun loving, outgoing personality would soon disappear. Replaced with depression, survivors guilt, bouts of anger and nightmares. Sadly, 18 months later Johnny would succumb to the demons of war and take his own life on January 12, 2013. He was only 24 years old.

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Jarrod A. Lallier, US Army

July 3, 1991 – June 18, 2012

On June 18, 2012, Jarrod was killed in Afghanistan when men dressed as Afghan police turned their weapons against his unit in Zharay District, Afghanistan, paying the ultimate sacrifice for the country he so dearly loved. Pfc Lallier was assigned to1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment,4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

He felt called to serve his country at an early age, and never wavered in his belief to serve our God and country. It came as no surprise that Jarrod was willing to serve friends, family, and acquaintances’. Jarrod made friends wherever he went. With a quick wit, and a smile, Jarrod could put any person at ease, and make anybody feel welcome.

In his short 20 years, he lived life fully, never compromising who he was, or his values. He dearly loved his family and friends. Jarrod’s passions’ were serving Christ, family/friends, the military, soccer, animals, fishing, and camping. Jarrod loved big family events where he could just gather, and celebrate life, whatever that meant at that moment. He had a great sense of humor, and loved to laugh, even if he was laughing at himself. Jarrod’s awards include the Bronze Star medal, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service medal, the Afghanistan Campaign medal, the Overseas Serve Ribbon, the Combat Infantry’s Badge, and the Parachutist Badge.

He was born July 3, 1991 in Spokane, WA to Kim and Gary Lallier. He leaves a sister, Jessica and brother, Jordan.

He is also survived by his great grandmother, Rosemary Jones; grandparents, Patty LaBeau, Keith and Debbie Williams, Ken and Kammi McClenahan, Maureen Williams, LeAnn Lallier and recently deceased Herb Lallier. He also leaves behind numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, many close friends, and his brothers in arms.

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Darrel James Morris

1985 – 2007

On January 21, 2007, Marine Corporal Darrel James Morris was killed in action in the Anbar province while serving his second tour of duty in Iraq. Darrel was performing as Turret Gunner in an MTVR when his vehicle was hit by an IED at an Iraq Army police checkpoint.

Darrel was born in Tacoma, WA on May 27, 1985 to Jack Harvlie Jr. and Terry Morris. At age 10, he was taken in and raised by his aunt and uncle, Kim and Mik Cole of Spokane. In their care, Darrel flourished and grew.

Darrel is survived by his aunt and uncle, Mik and Kim Cole, sisters Danielle Morris, Brittany Clark, Courtney and husband Tim Copeland, Shawndell and husband John Gleese, and six nieces and nephews, aunt Maureen and husband Jim Zwicker of Portland, grandparents Jack and Ardys Harvlie (deceased), great-grandfather Glen Voss of Tucson, birth father Jack Harvlie, Jr., and uncle Glen Harvlie of Tacoma.

Darrel is also survived by a large extended family including grandmother Mona Cole, grandfather Milton Cole Sr. (deceased), aunts Pam Radogna of Bath, PA, Penny and husband Chris Carter of Longview, WA, and many other aunts, uncles, cousins and friends too numerous to mention. Darrel felt very strongly about his role as a Marine. He was fiercely proud of the job he was doing and served his country with passion.

He was honored to be considered “One of the Few, the Proud, the Marines”. Darrel was a young man overflowing with the promises and excitement of life. He lived and loved every minute to its fullest capacity.

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Ryan Smith

Ryan Smith

 

Ryan Michael Smith

1988-2012

We honor our fallen brother Ryan Smith. His legacy is told through his mother…

Ryan joined the Army in June of 2008 and essentially never came back. He would visit on leaves and was never the same. He left the Army in Nov 2011 and ultimately killed himself on Dec 2, 2012. We knew Ryan was struggling with things, but never dreamed in a million years that he would commit suicide. If only I knew more about PTSD then…..If you go to the RAKs for RYAN page… there are tons of pics of Ryan and I have blogged a LOT about this journey we have been on.  I have dedicated myself to raising awareness of PTSD and Veteran Suicide.

  • Ryan left behind a daughter …..Annabell Rose turned 4 just 5 days after he killed himself…. She just visited us the week of 4th of July….it was amazing to see her and she reminds me so much of Ryan.

Through the loss of Ryan others have come forward and are now displaying Random Acts of Kindness. The family has donated Ryan’s dog Buddy to Shepherds for Lost Sheep so that Ryan’s legacy will live on within his dog. The Veteran fortunate to receive his dog will carry that wonderful knowledge that this dog has his back.

Everyone needs to understand that they are not alone.

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LCpl Gamble

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LCpl Garrett Gamble

 

Lance Cpl. Garrett W. Gamble, 20, of Sugarland, Texas, died March 11, 2010 after stepping on a mine while on patrol supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Lance Cpl. Garrett W. Gamble, the son of former professional hockey player Troy Gamble, was killed Thursday while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, the Department of Defense said on Friday. Gamble was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force in Camp Lejeune, N.C. Gamble was a 2008 graduate of Stephen F. Austin High School in Sugar Land.

 Besides his father, he is survived by mother Michelle Greer, stepfather Brad Greer and brothers Cody and Gunner Gamble.

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SrA Brad Smith

SrA Brad Smith

 

SrA Brad Smith

SrA Bradley R. Smith was born on 11 September, 1985. He was from Troy, IL.

He joined the Air Force in 2006 and was first assigned to the 14th Air Support Operations Squadron at Pope AFB, NC., and later the 10th Air Support Operations Squadron at Fort Riley, KS., serving as a Joint Terminal Attack Controller, Bradley was 24 years old. He Deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in early December 2009. He is a graduate of Basic Airborne School, Air Assault School and Pathfinder School. He has been awarded the Purple Heart, NATO Medal, Air Force Combat Action Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. He is Survived by his wife, Tiffany, and his daughter, Chloe.

SrA Smith, your duty has been completed honorably and you will never be forgotten.

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Army 1st Lt. Mark H. Dooley

 

 

Army 1st Lt. Mark H. Dooley

27, of Wallkill, New York.

Dooley died in Ar Ramadi, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle during patrol operations. He was assigned to the Army National Guard’s 3rd Battalion, 172nd Infantry Regiment (Mountain), 42nd Infantry Division, Jericho, Vermont.

He died on September 19, 2005. Mark is was laid to rest at Arlington.

“Sleep well Brother”

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William Roberts, Sr.WILLIAM NUNNALLY ROBERTS, SR. 

Captain William Nunnally Roberts, Sr., U. S. Navy Retired, age 70 of Monroe, GA passed away peacefully December 4, 2012. A graveside military service for close friends and family washeld at 3 PM, Sunday, December 9, 2012 at Rest Haven Cemetery in Monroe, GA with Rev. Don Harp officiated.

Billy was born in Atlanta, GA on April 18, 1942. He attended Northside High School, and then the University of Georgia, where he played football and was a member of SAE Fraternity. 

While serving in the U.S. Navy as a Lieutenant; Billy was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal for his bravery, skill & courage in fighting the enemy participating in a SEAL Unit. During his two tours of duty in Vietnam, he was awarded countless medals before retiring as Captain.

He would continue to serve in the reserves, and become a Commander of Post 134 American Legion. Billy became a real-estate broker with his company William N. Roberts Properties.

He and his brother James Roberts donated property for the location of George Walton Academy in Monroe, Ga. Billy was an avid lover of hunting, deep sea fishing, spending time with his children, and breeding German Shepherds.

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Melissa Ann Ward (Myers-Blood)

 

 

Melissa Ann Ward (Myers-Blood)

36, of Peoria, AZ passed away on December 27, 2014. She graduated from Ironwood High School in Glendale, AZ in 1996, and graduated from Glendale Community College. She enlisted in the US Navy in 1999 and served on the USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74). She served as a Machinist Mate in the Nuclear Field, and was assigned to the #1 Main Machinery Room during her tour. After the Navy she began her career working as an Enrolled Agent for her mother in Sun City West.

She is survived by her husband David Ward, her two beautiful children Brian and Danica Ward, parents Mark and Ann Myers, in-laws Dave and Deb Ward, maternal grandparents Frank and June Brown, paternal grandfather Robert Myers, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

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SSGT TJ Lobraico

 SSGT TJ Lobraico

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SD TJ with SGT Pedro Rosado

SSGT TJ Lobraico the son of Todd Sr. ( MSGT USAF) and Linda Rohatsch Lobraico . ( LTCOL USAF) Our President Tim McDonough Served with all 3 of them. TJ was an avid dog lover and could be seen around the squadron bringing his pup Gus with him just about everywhere. TJ will be missed by all that knew him. Several family members and friends got together after his passing and started a FB page ” Live for TJ” live your life everyday and enjoy the freedoms you are provided here in the USA be use of TJ’s ultimate sacrifice and all those that have fallen in defense of our great nation. We are honored to have trained a wonderful service dog in his honor, his memory and spirit will live on.

SD TJ with SGT Pedro Rosado

SD TJ (K-9) is paired with SGT Pedro Rosado. Since their pairing Pedro has been able to overcome many of life’s challages since returning from the war zone. Pedro has since become a snow board instructor, walked the stage for his college graduation and visited the World Trade Center Memorial all with TJ by his side.

View the story here:

http://www.newstimes.com/local/article/T-J-Lobraico-s-act-of-uncommon-valor-4812911.php

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