Saturday, July 31, 2010

Justin McNeley

Justin McNeley, age 30, was killed, in July 2010, in Afghanistan.

He was a father of two who was due to return to the United States next month.

“He was young, full of energy, a good kid and a patriot defending his country,”

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Justin McNeley is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

James Gallagher - A victim of these wars - suicide

A U.S. Army study released Thursday says it suffered a record number of soldier suicides last year, pointing to a military that has been stretched thin by wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
James Gallagher

While every branch of the military must cope with suicides, the Marines have been hit the hardest.The report says 160 soldiers took their own lives in 2009; another 1,800 tried to commit suicide. The report says multiple deployments and too little time at home are part of the underlying problem.

Mary and James Gallagher had been married for less than a year when he told her one night at the dinner table in November 1987 that he wanted to fulfill his lifelong dream.

"He actually had come home one day and said to me, 'You know, Mary, I really, really want this. I really want to, you know, join the Marine Corps.' And I said, 'OK, Jim, if this is what you'd like.

"And he said, 'Oh, great — the recruiter will be here tomorrow for you to sign the papers.' So he already had signed up."

James Gallagher loved being a Marine. He was an infantryman who rose to the rank of gunnery sergeant. In 2005, he was deployed to Iraq and assigned to Ramadi, where it was a violent and deadly summer. Twelve men in Gallagher's unit were killed, including his commanding officer.

Mary Gallagher said when her husband returned stateside, he kept the worst of it to himself: "Most Marines were not ones to really talk at all. Jim always said he'd placed it in his heart, and he said, 'I'll carry it forward because that's what I have to do and that's how I'll get through it.'

"I'm sure he saw a lot of ugly things. I just don't know all the ugly he did see."

After he returned home, Sgt. Gallagher was soon sent to the Marines advanced course. Mary Gallagher said her husband seemed mostly fine.

"I didn't really see it coming at all. I think that people are a little misled at the fact that PTS is very visible, but it's not as visible as people think," she said.

PTS refers to post-traumatic stress.

It is only in retrospect that Mary Gallagher can see what she missed at the time.

"To me, he just seemed sad. You know, he was not quite himself, but, you know, I just had no idea that he was really struggling as bad as he was," she said. "And obviously he was struggling a lot.

"And that's the hardest part for me. You know, it's something I carry with me every day, that I didn't notice that I didn't realize how much he was hurting."

Eight months after Sgt. Gallagher returned home, his unit was getting ready to deploy again. That seemed to throw him. Mary Gallagher said her husband seemed distracted, a little out of it. The 19-year Marine veteran would sometimes quietly confide to her that he wasn't sure he was up for it.

When Mary Gallagher took the children to Disney World with family friends, her husband decided to stay behind. The day before they were to go home, Mary talked to her husband on the phone. He was stressed; she reassured him.

"Our last phone call of that day, he just repeatedly told me how much he loved me and, you know, if I truly knew how much he loved me, and I said, 'I do, Jim, and we can get through this together.'

"And my children and I came home, and my daughters actually found their father before I could protect them from that — and he was hanging in the garage in our home."

Gallagher and her three teenage children were blindsided, and they grieved intensely.

"It was crippling," she said. "It truly crippled us."

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that James Gallagher is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

It's really not okay that these men are killed in foreign countries to serve the interests of our governments.

It's really not okay that some of these men commit suicide when they come back home. They look for justice and rationale and don't find it.  God help them and us.

Mark Antony Smith


British soldier Sapper Mark Antony Smith, 26 years old, was killed in what may be a "friendly fire" incident. 

The soldier, from 36 Engineer Regiment, died while serving with the Counter-IED Task Force in the Sangin area of Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

His family and friends paid tribute to the 26-year-old, from Swanley in Kent, and in a statement published by the MoD, called him "an inspiration".

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Mark Antony Smith is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Jarod Newlove

Petty Officer 3rd Class Jarod Newlove, age 25, of Renton, Wash., died in July, 2010, in Logar province, Afghanistan. 

Jarod Newlove is a 2003 graduate of Seattle's Chief Sealth High School. He spent five years on active duty in the Navy and was ranked as a culinary specialist, according to a Navy biography. He then joined the Navy Reserve, but quickly returned to active service. By December 2009, he had reported for duty at what the Navy listed as a Kabul-based "mobilization and accounting operations."

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Jarod Newlove is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Daniel Lim

Sgt. Daniel Lim, age 23, of Cypress, was killed in July, 2010, in Qalat, Afghanistan. Two other soldiers were killed in the same attack.

Daniel Lim was assigned to the 5th Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, 17th Fire Brigade from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, an Army and Air Force base located 10 miles south of Tacoma, Wash.

He was on his first assignment in Afghanistan. 

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Daniel Lim is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Conrad Mora

Army Staff Sergeant Conrad Mora, age 24, of San Diego was killed in July, 2010, in Afghanistan by a roadside bomb.



Conrad Mora was leading a group of solders when the attack on their vehicle occurred. He was a graduate of Morse High School, where he played football.

He is survived by his wife, Ann, and their one-year-old son, Christopher. The family had recently moved to Washington state before his deployment. Conrad Mora’s parents, Alejandrino and Carmelita Mora, live in National City. He is also survived by his sister, Carmela.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Conrad Mora is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Andrew Hand

Army Pfc. Andrew Hand, age 25, was killed in Afghanistan in July, 2010, when an improvised explosive device struck his vehicle. 

He is survived by his wife and children. 

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Andrew Hand is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Joseph A. Bauer

Army Spc. Joseph A. Bauer, age 27, died in July 2010, when an explosive hit his vehicle while he was working duty as a mine sweeper in Afghanistan.

Joseph Bauer was a native of Owensville, a Clermont County community east of Cincinnati.

His family says he joined the Army in 2007 and recently re-enlisted with plans of becoming a career soldier.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Joseph Bauer is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Brian Piercy

An Army staff sergeant from Clovis, in California's Central Valley, has been killed in Afghanistan. 

Brian Piercy, age 27, was killed in July 2010 in the Arghandab River Valley when insurgents attacked his unit with improvised explosive devices. He was on his second deployment to Afghanistan.

Brian Piercy was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Brian Piercy is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

James J. O'Quin

A soldier from El Paso has died from injuries suffered when he was swept away by the current when a levee broke near his military vehicle in Paktika, Afghanistan.


The death in July, 2010, of Army Pfc. James J. O'Quin, age 20, was not combat related. James was an infantryman assigned to Company B, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team. He entered the Army in October 2008 and arrived at Fort Campbell in February 2009.

His awards and decorations included the Army Good Conduct Medal; NATO Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon; and Weapons Qualification: M4 (expert).


Survivors include his wife, Patricia of Fabens; mother, Michaela of El Paso; and father, James of El Paso.


Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that James O'Quin is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Thanks to God....

Thanks to God the Father, Jesus, the Holy Mother, St. Michael and St. Jude for prayer answered and favour received.


Thank you - GT (Canada)

Monday, July 26, 2010

Matthew James Stenton


Corporal Matthew Stenton, age 23, died in July, 2010 in Afghanistan. He ignored a hail of insurgents' bullets to help drag a stricken serviceman to safety. But he was tragically cut down in the firefight while the injured man was evacuated from the battlefield.

Cpl Stenton's family said they were 'so proud' of the soldier, adding: 'Matthew died how he lived his life, surrounded by his friends. It comes as no surprise to us to hear that he died whilst trying to help one of his fellow comrades.'

Cpl Stenton, from the Royal Dragoon Guards, who served with the 1st Battalion Scots Guards, was providing security for engineers building a road near Basharan, in central Helmand.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Matthew Stenton is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Michael L. Runyan

1st Lieutenant Michael L. Runyan, of Newark, aged 24, died of injuries sustained when insurgents attacked his convoy vehicle with an improvised explosive device in Muqdadiyah, a city in Iraq’s Diyala province.

The soldier was treated on the scene of the attack by unit personnel and was subsequently evacuated to the Combat Support Hospital located at Joint Base Balad, where he passed away.

Michael L. Runyan was assigned to the 52nd Infantry, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks in Hawaii.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Michael Runyan is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Saints for Soldiers....

Some saints in the Catholic Church have been known for their support of soldiers.

These saints are:

St. Joan of Arc



St. Maurice
St. Martin of Tours
St. Sebastian

Father, hear the requests of these saints for the safety and protection of soldiers. 

Father, hear our petitions, that all soldiers are kept safe. 

Father, raise up those that have died, unto you and bring them into heaven. Amen.

Zachary Fisher



Sgt. Zachary Fisher, age 24, was killed along with three other soldiers when insurgents attacked their vehicle with a bomb July 14, 2010. 
Zachary Fisher was on his second tour of duty, having previously served in Iraq.
Zachary Fisher met his wife of two years, Jessica Fisher, just before shipping out to Iraq for nine months. He was home for a time, then headed out to Afghanistan.  


The angels weep for Zachary and for Jessica. 


Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Zachary Fisher is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Matthew Harrison



Matthew Harrison from Hemel Hempstead died in the Camp Bastion field hospital after being wounded in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, on Tuesday 13 July 2010.

Commanding officers and colleagues have spoken of how he always led patrols.

His parents, Brian and Janette Harrison said their son was passionate about being a marine.

Matthew was from 40 Commando Royal Marines, serving as part of Combined Force Sangin.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Matthew Harrison is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Neal Turkington


Lieutenant Neal Turkington, age 26, an officer serving with 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles, was one of three soldiers shot by a renegade Afghan soldier and killed in July 2010.

It is understood he died alongside a Nepalese Gurkha when the soldier fired a rocket-propelled grenade into the command centre at Patrol Base 3, in what the Ministry of Defence called a "suspected premeditated attack".

In a statement last week the family of Lieutenant Turkington paid tribute to the "courageous" victim, saying: "We are all so proud of him.

"We couldn't have asked for a finer son, brother and friend."

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Neal Turkington is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Brian Collier


Canadian Sapper Brian Collier, age 24, was killed in an IED attack near Kandahar, Afghanistan in July, 2010.

He had recently been wounded in a mine blast. He was a combat engineer from Bradford, Ontario.

"Sapper Brian Collier was a remarkable Canadian and a dedicated soldier," defence minister Peter MacKay said in a statement. "He made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and has earned the recognition and the respect of us all."

Collier had recently been wounded in another IED attack, but "fought hard to overcome his injury in order to get back to doing his job with his comrades", Brig Gen Jonathan Vance, commander of Task Force Kandahar told reporters.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Brian Collier is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

James Bowman


British Major James Bowman, age 34, of Salisbury, Wiltshire, was killed in Helmand Province of Aghanistan, in July 2010.

He was shot in his sleeping quarters. 

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that James Bowman is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Arjun Purja Pun


Arjun Purja Pun, a Gurkha soldier was killed in Afghanistan in July, 2010.

He was with the 1st Battalion, The Royal Gurkha Rifles.

Arjun was killed when a rocket-propelled grenade was fired into the base's command centre.

He is survived by his wife and young children.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Arjun Pun is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Matthew W. Weikert

Sgt. Matthew W. Weikert of Jacksonville, age 29, was killed July 17, 2010, in the Paktika province of Aghanistan. His unit was attacked with an improvised explosive device.

He was from west-central Illinois. 

Mattew Weikert was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

Military officials say a 29-year-old soldier from west-central Illinois has been killed in Afghanistan.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Matthew Weikert is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Justin B. Allen

Sgt. Justin B. Allen died July 18, 2010, in Zhari, Afghanistan. He was shot by insurgents while conducting combat operations.

Justin Allen, who was from Coal Grove, Ohio, was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment out of Hunter Army Airfield in Georgia.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Justin Allen is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Brett Linley


British soldier, Brett George Linley, was killed by an explosion in Afghanistan In July, 2010. 


The 29-year-old, from Birmingham, England, served with the Royal Logistic Corps.


He died in a blast in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province and is survived by his partner and parents.


Lt Col David Southall of the Royal Engineers told the MoD website: "Staff Sergeant Brett Linley was a man of courage and composure."


I remember his calm, considered manner and, as one of life's grafters, his professionalism was meticulous; 'If it's worth doing, it's worth doing right' he'd tell his boys, both in training and on task."


Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Brett Linley is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Kinikki Griffiths

British Senior Aircraftman Kinikki Griffiths, who was based at RAF Honington in Suffolk, was carrying out his duties as his flight commander's signaller and driver when he was killed in July 2010, in Afghanistan. 

Wing Commander Paul Weaver Smith, Commanding Officer Bastion Force Protection Wing said: "Kinikki was the consummate professional gunner and, even at this early stage, had much promise; he will be sorely missed by all who knew him in the RAF Regiment. Kinikki was serving his country by protecting a key UK operating base and he died whilst ensuring the security of others and enabling airpower."

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Kinikki Griffiths is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

David Monkhouse

British Sergeant David Monkhouse, a 35-year-old member of the Royal Dragoon Guards, died in a blast in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand, Afghanistan in July, 2010. 

Sgt Monkhouse, from Aspatria, Cumbria, was described as a devoted father to his daughter. The Regimental Medical Sergeant had previously served four tours in Northern Ireland and one in Iraq. His family said: "For David, the Army was his life, second only to his daughter. His devotions were equally divided between his beloved daughter and his beloved Regiment, the Royal Dragoon Guards."

Lieutenant Colonel James Carr-Smith, commanding officer of The Royal Dragoon Guards, described Sgt Monkhouse as a "great man".

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that David Monkhouse is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Jonathan Crookes

British Marine Jonathan Crookes, age 26, a reservist in 40 Commando Royal Marines, was killed in an explosion while on foot patrol in Sangin, Afghanistan, in July 2010. 

Comrades described Marine Crookes, from Halesowen, West Midlands as a "gentle giant". His mother Sue and fiancee Danielle Davis spoke of their pride in the marine, who volunteered to serve in Afghanistan three times.

Outside the Royal Marines, he was studying for a degree in International Relations and worked as a tree surgeon and labourer. Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Paul James, said: "He was a bright, strong, fearless man with a selfless, determined, but well-humoured and affable manner; everyone admired Jonny Crookes."

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Jonathan Crookes is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

David Ramsden

British Lance Corporal David Ramsden, age 26, from Leeds, England, was killed in June, 2010, when the vehicle in which he was travelling overturned into the Nahr-e-Bughra Canal, Afghanistan.

His friends called him Lizard due to him keeping two iguanas which he re-homed before he left for Afghanistan. He was a normal young lad who would always cheer you up and often did things for a laugh.


He is survived by his mother and father and brothers and sisters.


Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that David Ramsden is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Prayer for Dustin in California

My son's name is Dustin, in Costa Mesa, CA. My Son has autism and just turned 25 on July 2. My name is Monica, I rent a room with this very nice family. I need prayers so that, at the Hearing, the Honorable Judge, says yes, my son Dustin can come live with me and my other son Israel in an apartment in San Diego. Please pray for me. 

I thank you with all my heart and may God bless us all - Monica (California)

Monday, July 19, 2010

Daniel G. Raney

Lance Corporal Daniel G. Raney, was a Marine from Pleasant View, Tennessee. Known as “Gabe,” the 21-year old was a 2007 graduate of Sycamore High School. He was assigned to the 2nd Marine Corps Division at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

Daniel died on July 9, 2010, in combat in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. 

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Daniel Raney is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Joseph W. Dimock

Army Spc. Joseph W. Dimock II, age 21, of Wildwood, Illinois, died July 10, 2010, in Salerno, Afghanistan. 

Joseph was checking inventory when the explosion happened. 

Joseph Dimock, who joined the Army nearly three years ago, served in the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Joseph Dimock II is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Tyler A. Roads

Marine Lance Corporal Tyler A. Roads, age 20, of Burney, California, died July 10, 2010, in combat in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. 


Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Tyler Roads is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen


The angels weep for Tyler.  

Carlos J. Negron


A soldier from southwest Florida has been killed in Afghanistan.

Spc. Carlos J. Negron, age 40, of Fort Myers who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom, died July 10, 2010, from wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with rifle and small arms fire.

He was assigned to 426th Forward Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell in Kentucky. 

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Carlos Negron is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Shaun M. Mittler

Shaun M. Mittler, age 32, of Kansas City, died on July 10, 2010, in Konar, Afghanistan. 

Shaun with Iraqi child

Shaun Mittler was serving with the 101st Airborne Division when his unit was attacked with rocket-propelled grenades and rifle fire. 

The sergeant most recently made his home in Clarksville, Tenn. He had been stationed nearby at Fort Campbell, Ky.

He is survived by his daughter, Cristine Mae Mittler, his parents, a brother and sister.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Shaun Mittler is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Christopher J. Antonik

Staff Sgt. Christopher J. Antonik, age 29, of Crystal Lake, Ill., was killed Sunday, July 11 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. 

Christopher Antonik was assigned to 1st Marine Special Operations Command Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, Camp Pendleton.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Christopher Antonik is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Christopher J. Moon

Army Spc. Christopher J. Moon, age 20, of Tucson, Arizona, died July 13, 2010, of his wounds at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. He was on patrol July 6 in Afghanistan's Arghandab River Valley when he was injured by an improvised explosive device.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Christopher Moon is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Sheldon Tate

Staff Sgt. Sheldon L. Tate, age 27, of Hinesville, Ga., joined the Army Oct. 18, 2001, as a food services specialist.

Sheldon Tate died Tuesday, July 13, 2010, while repelling an insurgent attack on an Afghan police compound in Kandahar City, Afghanistan.

Sheldon Tate is survived by his wife Marion, his daughter Kiante, his parents Walter and Valerie Moore and sister Ebony.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Sheldon Tate is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Christopher T. Stout

Staff Sgt. Christopher T. Stout, age 34, a chaplain’s assistant from Worthville, Kentucky, Stout died Tuesday, July 13, 2010, while repelling an insurgent attack on an Afghan police compound in Kandahar City, Afghanistan.

He was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division.

Christopher is survived by his wife Misty; their three daughters, Jacqueline, Audreanna and Kristin; and his parents Billy and Sharon Neuner.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Christopher Stout is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Zachary M. Fisher

Zachary M. Fisher, age 24, of Ballwin, Mo. died in Afghanistan in July 2010.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Zachary Fisher is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Jesse Reed

A soldier from eastern Pennsylvania has died in Afghanistan in July 2010. 

26-year-old Spc. Jesse Reed of Orefield, Pa., was killed by an improvised explosive device.

Jesse Reed's best friend, 25-year-old Adam Keys, was injured by the roadside bomb. 

Jesse Reed leaves a pregnant wife and son. He was assigned to the 27th Engineer Battalion (Combat Airborne), 20th Engineer Brigade (Combat) in Fort Bragg, N.C.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Jesse Reed is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Chase Stanley

Army Spc. Chase Stanley was killed on in July, 2010, when an improvised explosive device struck his vehicle in Zabul Province, Afghanistan.

Lance Bubak, who was a year behind Chase Stanley at Capell Valley Elementary School, said his friend could be a joker. He recalled a camping trip when Stanley gave everyone nicknames that stuck for the rest of the weekend.

Mandy Epperson, another friend, said he could brighten up any party.

Chase Stanley was based out of Fort Bragg, N.C. He had previously served in Iraq.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Chase Stanley is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Brandon M. King

Pvt. Brandon M. King, age 23, was killed in July, 2010, at Combat Outpost Nolen, Afghanistan. He was from Tallahassee. 

Brandon sustained fatal wounds when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Brandon King is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Suicides - American Soldiers

32 soldiers killed themselves in June, 2010, the highest number in a single month since the Vietnam era. Twenty-one of them were on active duty, while 11 were in the National Guard or Army Reserve in an inactive status.

Seven of those soldiers killed themselves while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to the Army numbers.



I don't know their individual names or I would publish them here so that they would be remembered forever....who else is going to remember them? 


Father do not abandon these men. 


Mary, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis. 

Matthew Johnson

Spc. Matthew Johnson, age 21, of Maplewood, was killed during an improvised explosive device attack in Lagman, Afghahistan. 

Matthew served with the 18th Airborne Corps.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Matthew Johnson is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Christopher Goeke

First Lt. Christopher Goeke, age 23, of Apple Valley, died during an attack on an Afghanistan National Army facility in Kandahar City,Afghanistan.

Christopher served out of Ft. Bragg, N.C., with the 82nd Airborne Division.

Christopher Goeke's family described him as a proud soldier, a beloved family member and devoted Christian.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Christopher Goeke is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Nathaniel D. Garvin

Pfc. Nathaniel D. Garvin, age 20, a helicopter mechanic assigned to the 101st Airborne Division's Combat Aviation Brigade, died in July, 2010, of injuries sustained from a noncombat-related incident in Kandahar, Afghanistan. 

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Nathaniel D. Garvin is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Jessie Ainsworth

Jessie Ainsworth, a 24-year-old staff sergeant and father of two, was killed July 10, 2010, when insurgents attacked his unit in Walaskan, Afghanistan.


Jessie's injuries were caused by an improvised explosive device.

A team leader with the 1st Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment, Jessie Ainsworth already had served two combat tours in Iraq between 2006 and 2008, before he deployed to Afghanistan.


Jessie Ainsworth and his wife, Sarah, had a 6-month-old daughter, Lanna Rose, who was born shortly before he went to Afghanistan. They live in Fort Drum, N.Y. He had another daughter, Lexie, 3, who was born while he was in Iraq and lives with her mother in Texas.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Jessie Ainsworth is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Wayne Crow

A 42-year-old Missouri Army National Guard member has been killed in Afghanistan.

The U.S. Department of Defense says Sgt. Robert Wayne Crow of Kansas City died July 10, 2010, in Paktika, Afghanistan, after an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle.

He was a combat engineer with the 203rd Engineer Battalion, headquartered in Joplin.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Robert Wayne Crow is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen