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Faces of the Fallen

Published: 5/27/2013
On Memorial Day, we pause to remember members of the Armed Forces who have died fighting for our country. From the first wars that gained our independence to the current conflict in the Middle East, brave men and women have given their lives in battle.

More than 6600 service members have died since the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq began more than a decade ago. It can feel like an overwhelming number, and sometimes it's easy to gloss past the individual names and faces of those who have died. But, of course, each one of those individuals is worth remembering. Their stories, their pride in serving, their smiles – these are surely the things their families are thinking of today as they mark another Memorial Day without their loved ones.

As we tip our hats to all who have fought and died, we look at a few of those proud faces. Today, we're featuring one service member from each U.S. state and territory who has died in Afghanistan or Iraq.

SPC Richard Gilmore (Photo via Together We Served)
GY SGT Christopher Eastman (Photo via Unknown Soldiers Blog)
PVT Jonathan I. Falaniko (Photo via Arlington National Cemetery)
SPC Richard Gilmore
Alabama
GY SGT Christopher Eastman
Alaska
PVT Jonathan I. Falaniko
American Samoa
SGT Elijah Tai Wah Wong (Photo via National Guard Association of Arizona)
SGT Freeman L. Gardner (Photo via Freedom Remembered)
SFC Daniel R. Scheile (Photo submitted to his Guest Book)
SGT Elijah Tai Wah Wong
Arizona
SGT Freeman L. Gardner
Arkansas
SFC Daniel R. Scheile
California
SGT Faith R. Hinkley (Photo via The Pueblo Chieftain)
SSG Ari R. Cullers (Photo via Connecticut's Wall of Honor)
L CPL Richard Z. James (Photo via USA Today)
SGT Faith R. Hinkley
Colorado
SSG Ari R. Cullers
Connecticut
L CPL Richard Z. James
Delaware
MAJ Kevin M. Shea (Photo via United States Air Force Academy Association of Graduates)
SPC Clarence Williams (Photo via Tampa Bay Times)
CPL Jonathan R. Ayers (Photo via Freedom Remembered)
MAJ Kevin M. Shea
District of Columbia
SPC Clarence Williams
Florida
CPL Jonathan R. Ayers
Georgia
SGT Iosiwo Uruo (Photo via Iraq/Afghanistan War Heroes)
PFC Cwislyn K. Walter (Photo via Nooniefortin.com)
L CPL Kenneth E. Cochran (Photo via Idaho Press-Tribune)
SGT Iosiwo Uruo
Guam
PFC Cwislyn K. Walter
Hawaii
L CPL Kenneth E. Cochran
Idaho
PVT Dewayne L. White (Photo via Ft. Campbell Courier)
SFC Marcus V. Muralles (Photo via Arlington National Cemetery)
CAPT Matthew G. Nielson (Photo via Fort Hood Press Center)
PVT Dewayne L. White
Illinois
SFC Marcus V. Muralles
Indiana
CAPT Matthew G. Nielson
Iowa
PFC Richard Dewater (Photo via Topeka Capital-Journal)
PFC Sammie E. Phillips (Photo via Madison Courier)
SFC John Hennen (Photo via Iraq/Afghanistan War Heroes)
PFC Richard Dewater
Kansas
PFC Sammie E. Phillips
Kentucky
SFC John Hennen
Louisiana
PFC Clinton Springer (Photo via Wicked Local-Cape Cod)
CPL Jennifer M. Parcell (Photo via Soldier Wall)
SGT Nelson Ramirez (Photo via Daily Kos)
PFC Clinton Springer
Maine
CPL Jennifer M. Parcell
Maryland
SGT Nelson Ramirez
Massachusetts
PFC Charles T. Heinlein (Photo via They Have Names)
SSG Jerome Firtamag (Photo via Fort Campbell Courier)
MAJ Tad T. Hervas (Photo via Minnesota Public Radio)
PFC Charles T. Heinlein
Michigan
SSG Jerome Firtamag
Micronesia
MAJ Tad T. Hervas
Minnesota
CAPT Kermit O. Evans (Photo via Cannon Connections)
SGT Milton A. Gist (Photo via Remembering the Fallen)
PO2 Charles V. Komppa (Photo via State of Montana)
CAPT Kermit O. Evans
Mississippi
SGT Milton A. Gist
Missouri
PO2 Charles V. Komppa
Montana
PFC Eric P. Woods (Photo via Iraq/Afghanistan War Heroes)
L CPL Richard A. Perez (Photo via Freedom Remembered)
SPC Justin A. Rollins (Photo via People Magazine)
PFC Eric P. Woods
Nebraska
L CPL Richard A. Perez
Nevada
SPC Justin A. Rollins
New Hampshire
CAPT James M. Gurbisz (Photo via 604th Transportation Company)
CAPT Tamara Long Archuleta (Photo via WeaponsMan)
CWO David Ayala (Photo via Windy 25 Memorial Fund)
CAPT James M. Gurbisz
New Jersey
CAPT Tamara Long
Archuleta

New Mexico
CWO David Ayala
New York
PFC Amy Sinkler (Photo via Landstuhl Hospital Care Project)
PFC Sheldon R. Hawk Eagle (Photo via Freedom Remembered)
SPC Leeroy A. Camacho (Photo via Freedom Remembered)
PFC Amy Sinkler
North Carolina
PFC Sheldon R. Hawk Eagle
North Dakota
SPC Leeroy A. Camacho
Northern Marianas
L CPL Edward A. Schroeder (Photo via God's Marines)
SGT Buddy Hughie (Photo via Daily Kos)
SPC Andrew E. Lara (Photo via The Oregonian)
L CPL Edward A. Schroeder
Ohio
SGT Buddy Hughie
Oklahoma
SPC Andrew E. Lara
Oregon
CPL Meresebang Ngiraked (Photo via Palau Embassy)
1SG Christopher D. Coffin (Photo via Iraq/Afghanistan War Heroes)
SGT Jose M. Caraballo Pietri (Photo via Stars & Stripes)
CPL Meresebang Ngiraked
Palau
1SG Christopher D. Coffin
Pennsylvania
SGT Jose M. Caraballo Pietri
Puerto Rico
LTJG Francis Toner (Photo via U.S. Naval Institute)
PFC Satieon V. Greenlee (Photo via Stars and Stripes)
SPC Estell Turner (Photo via Military Times)
LTJG Francis Toner
Rhode Island
PFC Satieon V. Greenlee
South Carolina
SPC Estell Turner
South Dakota
PO2 Xin Qi (Photo via Corpsman.com)
1LT Laura M. Walker (Photo via American Women Veterans)
SFC Floyd E. Lake (Photo via Southern Maryland Online)
PO2 Xin Qi
Tennessee
1LT Laura M. Walker
Texas
SFC Floyd E. Lake
U.S. Virgin Islands
PO1 (SEAL)
Jason R. Workman (Photo via WAVY.com)
SGT Jesse W. Strong (Photo via JesseStrong.com)
SGT Jack Bryant (Photo via Arlington National Cemetery)
PO1 (SEAL) Jason R. Workman
Utah
SGT Jesse W. Strong
Vermont
SGT Jack Bryant
Virginia
CAPT Daniel B. Bartle (Photo via Baltimore Sun)
SGT DeForest L. Talbert (Photo via Arlington National Cemetery)
SGT Louis A. Griese (Photo via Ft. Campbell Courier)
CAPT Daniel B. Bartle
Washington
SGT DeForest L. Talbert
West Virginia
SGT Louis A. Griese
Wisconsin
AP Photo/David Zalubowski
CSM Kevin J. Griffin (Photo via KDVR.com)
AP Photo/David Zalubowski
 
CSM Kevin J. Griffin
Wyoming
 


Written by Linnea Crowther

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