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November 29, 2010

Devon J. Harris

A 10th Mountain Division Solider stationed at Fort Polk,Louisiana, was killed in Wardak province, Afghanistan, Saturday November 27, 2010, from wounds sustained in a rocket propelled grenade attack.

Private Devon J. Harris, age 24, of Mesquite, Texas, was a combat engineer with the Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division. Private Harris joined the Army in August 2009. After training, he arrived at Fort Polk in December 2009 and deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in October 2010.

Private Harris's awards include: National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and Army Service Ribbon.  Devon Harris is survived by his mother and father.  

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

November 27, 2010

Ardenjoseph A. Buenagua

Lance Cpl. Ardenjoseph A. Buenagua, age 19, was killed November 24, 2010, in Afghanistan's Helmand province, less than two months after arriving in the country for his first combat deployment.

Lance Cpl. Ardenjoseph A. Buenagua, a decorated engineer, enlisted in July 2009 and was assigned to the First Marine Division's First Combat Battalion at Camp Pendleton.

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

William J. Donnelly IV

First Lt. William J. Donnelly IV, age 27, of Picayune, Miss., died on November 25, 2010, while conducting combat operations in the southern Helmand province of Afghanistan. 

He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division, out of Camp Pendleton.

William Donnelly accepted his commission into the Marine Corps June 16, 2008. This was his first combat deployment. His personal service awards include the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, and Afghanistan Campaign Medal.

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

Loleni W. Gandy

Staff Sgt. Loleni W. Gandy, 36, of Pago Pago, American Samoa, died November 19, 2010, in Balad, Iraq, in a non-combat related incident. 

Staff Sgt. Gandy was assigned to the 103rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command, Des Moines, Iowa.

Loleni Gandy opted to join the military right after his graduation from High School. This was his second tour of Iraq. 

His wife and four children - ages 12, 13, 19 and 20 - reside in Wisconsin. 

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

David J. Luff Jr.

Sgt. David J. Luff Jr., age 29, of Hamilton, Ohio, died November 21, 2010, in Tikrit, Iraq, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with small-arms fire. 

He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment "Wolfhounds" of the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks.

David Luff had deployed once before to Iraq.  David Luff had moved to Hawaii in 2009 after completing basic and advanced individual training at Fort Knox, Ky., and a first assignment in Fort Lewis, Wash. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.

He is survived by his wife, Katie and infant son Aidan and numerous other family members. 

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

November 25, 2010

William (Kyle) Middleton

Spc. William Middleton, age 26, was killed on November 22, 2010, while patrolling the village of Ghotamudkha, Kandahar province, Afghanistan. A bomb exploded near his patrol. 

He was from Fort Campbell, Ky. He was assigned to Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division.

He joined the Army in 2009. He went by his middle name, Kyle. He had been in Afghanistan about six months. "He joined the Army because he liked being part of a team — he loved camaraderie,” said his mother, Marlene Blackburn, of Richmond. “And he wanted colorful stories to tell his grandchildren.” Her son was an accomplished soccer player. As a boy he traveled all over for tournaments, including to Holland when he was 12. During his junior year at ODU, he studied abroad and played soccer in England.

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

Sean M. Flannery


Staff Sgt. Sean Michael Flannery, age 29, was killed on November 22, 2010, while patrolling the village of Ghotamudkha, Kandahar province, Afghanistan. A bomb exploded near his patrol. 

He was from Fort Campbell, Ky. He was assigned to Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division.

Sean Flannery joined the Army in July 2004 and is survived by his mother, Charlene V. Flannery of Wyomissing.

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

November 23, 2010

David S. Robinson


Spc. David S. Robinson, age 25, of Fort Smith, Arkansas, was killed on November 20, 2010, in a non-combat related accident in Qalat, Afghanistan. 

David Robinson had been assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, Vilseck, Germany. 

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

November 22, 2010

Jason T. Smith

Sgt. Jason T. Smith, age 28, of Colorado Springs, Colo., died Nov. 19, 2010, while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. 

He was assigned to the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Branch, Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Marine Corps Bases Japan, Iwakuni, Japan.

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

November 20, 2010

Christopher Davies


British soldier Christopher Davies, age 22, a father of one from St Helens, served alongside his 21-year-old brother, John, in 1st Battalion Irish Guards. He died after being shot in an ambush on November 17, 2010, in the Nahr-e-Saraj district of Helmand province, Afghanistan. 

His friends and family spoke of him as a "real joker" with an "invincible personality" who was focused on his job in the army. In a statement, his family said: "Christopher had always wanted to be in the army ever since he was at school. He really enjoyed computer games and karaoke evenings with his cousins and friends. He was a loving son to Catherine and Gary; stepson to Nick; brother to Bernie, Matt and John; stepbrother to Mark, Emma and Jack; loving boyfriend to Emma; and father to Lucy.

"We are very proud of Christopher and all that he achieved. One of the last things that he told us was that he wanted to specialise within the army – he was very focused on his job and enjoyed the work, his comrades and the lifestyle." Military officials said: "Guardsman Christopher Davies had been in the Micks for less than two years, but in a short space of time he forged a legendary reputation."

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

Kyle M. Holder

Army Pfc. Kyle M. Holder, age 18, died November 17, 2010, at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan of injuries sustained in a non-combat incident. 

Kyle Holder served in Charlie Troop, 1st Squadron, 38th Cavalry Regiment, 525th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C.  "Our squadron mourns the loss of one of our young troopers, Pfc. Kyle Holder," said military officials. 

Kyle Holder enlisted earlier this year and arrived at Fort Bragg in October. He was assigned to Charlie Troop as a rifleman. Kyle Holder's awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal Posthumous, Army Good Conduct Medal Posthumous, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal Posthumous, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon and NATO Medal Posthumous.

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

Justin E. Culbreth


Army Spc. Justin E. Culbreth, age 26, died at Panjway district, Afghanistan, on November 17, 2010, when insurgents attacked his unit with a roadside bomb.

Spc. Culbreth had formerly lived in Wentzville, where his parents, Walter and Cheryl Culbreth, live. He attended Warrenton High School then was homeschooled and finished early before going into the military.

Spc. Culbreth was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, out of Fort Campbell, Ky.  Justin Culbreth joined the Army in 2004 and arrived at Fort Campbell in 2009. He has since received numerous commendations, including the Purple Heart and medals for service in Iraq, Afghanistan and Korea.

In addition to his parents, among the survivors are his wife, Kimberly; his son Brandon and daughter Katelyn; and stepchildren Mariah Bailey, Hannah Carbaugh and Cole Carbaugh, all of Clarksville, Tenn.

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

David P. Senft

A 101st Airborne Division Soldier died November 15, 2010 of a non-combat related injury at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan.

Staff Sergeant David P. Senft, age 27, of Grass Valley, CA, was a UH- 60 Helicopter Repairman assigned to Bravo Company, 5th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). He joined the Army in March 2002 and arrived at Fort Campbell in May 2008. 

His awards and decorations include: Air Medal; Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal; Army Good Conduct Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal; Humanitarian Service Medal; Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon; Northern Alliance Treaty Organizational Medal; Combat Action Badge; Basic Aviation Badge; Parachute Badge; National Defense Service Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon.

David Senft is survived by his wife, Private Alyssa S. Senft of Fort Lewis, Wash.; son Landon N. Ryan of Sardinia, OH; mother, Lee A. Snyder of Riverbank, Calif.; and father David H. Senft of Grass Valley, Calif.

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

November 18, 2010

Shane Ahmed

Army Specialist Shane Ahmed, age 31, died in a firefight with enemy forces in the Konar Province of Afghanistan on November 14, 2010. 

He was part of the 1st Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division. He was based at Ft. Campbell, Ky.

Shane Ahmed joined the Army in April 2007, and was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division. His awards included the Army Commendation Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal and Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.

He is survived by his wife, Eva Vasquez; stepdaughter Evita Vasquez; stepson Evan Vasquez of Lebanon, Tenn., and his parents, Jamal and Subra Ahmed. 

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

Scott Nagorski

Scott Nagorski, age 27, died in a firefight with enemy forces in the Konar Province of Afghanistan on November 14, 2010. 

He was part of the 1st Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division. 

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

Nathan Lillard

Nathan Lillard, age 26, died in a firefight with enemy forces in the Konar Province of Afghanistan on November 14, 2010.  

He was part of the 1st Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division. 

Nathan Lillard grew up in Southeast Tennessee's McMinn County but spent his junior and senior years at Lenoir City High School, where he graduated in 2003. Friends said Nathan Lillard had talked of a military career even a teenager. His former teachers remember him as a big, burly boy, quick with a smile, who loved to work with his hands.

Nathan Lillard re-enlisted in November 2006 and arrived at Fort Campbell, Ky., in August 2009. 

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

Kevin M. Pape

Staff Sgt. Kevin M. Pape, age 30, died November 16, 2010, in Konar province, Afghanistan, when Taliban fighters attacked his unit with small arms fire.

Besides his three deployments to Afghanistan, Kevin Pape previously served on three deployments to Iraq.

"Kevin Pape had two priorities in his life -- his family and the Rangers he led," said military officials from Fort Bragg. "Kevin was literally the lead Ranger in a heavy fire fight against a large number of Taliban in some of the most rugged and extreme terrain in Afghanistan. By the manner in which he lived his life, Staff Sgt. Pape defined sacrifice, dedication, and selfless service."  

Kevin Pape was part of the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, based at Hunter Army Airfield, Ga. He enlisted in the Army in 2005.

Kevin Pape has been awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Meritorious Service awards.

He is survived by his wife, Amelia Pape, and daughter Anneka, both of Savannah, Ga.; and father Marc D. Pape of Fort Wayne.

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

Javier Ortiz-Rivera

Marine Staff Sergeant Javier Ortiz-Rivera, age 26, was killed in the line of duty by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan on November 16, 2010. 

Javier Ortiz-Rivera was raised in Rochester and is a graduate of School of Imaging and Information Technology at Edison. He joined the Marines right out of high school in 2002. His first of three tours of duty was in Iraq in 2003. He was deployed to Afghanistan in 2005 and again in September. He was due to return home from his deployment in August.

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

Christian Warriner

Army Pfc. Christian Kade Warriner, age 19, died in a firefight with enemy forces in the Konar Province of Afghanistan on November 14, 2010. 


He was part of the 1st Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division.  


Christian Warriner graduated from West Henderson High School in 2009, where he played football. He and his wife, Shelby, were married in March.


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

November 17, 2010

Jesse Adam Snow


Jesse Adam Snow, age 25, died in Afghanistan on November 14, 2010. 

Jesse Snow was a member of 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division Air Assault based in Fort Campbell. He was also working with the NATO International Security Assistance Force.

Relatives stated that "Jesse Adam Snow is a beloved son, brother, and uncle. He is by far the most caring and selfless man I know. He wanted nothing more than to do what was right for his country. Jesse said he had witnessed evil. He stressed the importance of our role in Afghanistan. He accepted what could possibly be his fate in the hope of making the world a safer place to live."

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

Shannon Chihuahua

Spc. Shannon Chihuahua, age 25, of Thomasville, Ga., died Nov. 12, 2010, in Kunar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using small arms fire and rocket propelled grenades. 

He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.

Shannon was a medic and was tending to injured fellow soldiers when he was killed.

He is survived by his wife and his two very young daugthers.

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

David C. Lutes

Spc. David C. Lutes, age 28, of Frostburg, Md., died Nov. 11, 2010, in Landstuhl, Germany, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, on Nov. 8. 

He was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.

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

Jacob Carroll, Jacob Carver, Juan Rivadeneira

A suicide bomber in Afghanistan detonated a vest of explosives and killed three Fort Campbell soldiers on November 13, 2010. 

Juan Rivadeneira
All three killed in the blast were infantrymen with the 2nd Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division.

Jacob Carver
Juan Rivadeneira was a 27-year-old non-commissioned officer whose parents are from Venezuela. He’s survived by a wife and son.

Specialist Jacob Carroll of Florida and Corporal Jacob Carver of Missouri were both 20 years old.

Jacob Carver was two years out of high school and liked mudding and motocross. On his Facebook page, he lists a favorite quote: “If you can’t stand behind our soldiers, feel free to stand in front of them.”
Jacob Carroll

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Jacob Carroll, Jacob Carver and Juan Rivadeneira are in heaven. Let us pray that they are at peace and are with God. Amen

November 15, 2010

Jørgen Randrup

Danish soldier, Jørgen Randrup, age 27, of the Royal Guard, was killed by a roadside bomb in the area east of Gereshk in Afghanistan, on November 14, 2010. 

Jørgen Randrup joined the Danish Army in 2003 and had previously been deployed to Kosovo in 2005 and Afghanistan in 2007. 

He is survived by his mother, father, sister and girlfriend.

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

Aaron McCormick

Irish Ranger Aaron McCormick, age 22, from Macosquin, County Londonderry, and of 1st Battalion, The Royal Irish Regiment, was killed in a blast while out on patrol in the Nad'e Ali area of Helmand province, Afghanistan, on November 14, 2010. 

He is described as the epitome of the Irish Infantry soldier: tough; selfless; good-humoured and full of compassion.

He leaves behind his parents, two sisters, a brother and his girlfriend.

He is described by his colleagues and commanders as a courageous soldier who was always willing to put himself in harm's way to protect his colleagues when on patrol.

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

Shawn D. Fannin

Cpl. Shawn Fannin, age 32, of Wheelersburg, Ohio, died Nov. 12, 2010, in Mazar-e Sharif, Afghanistan, in a non-combat incident.

Shawn Fannin was assigned to the 404th Aviation Support Battalion, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade at Fort Hood in Texas.

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

Andrew S. Bubacz

Senior Airman Andrew S. Bubacz, age 23, of Dalzell died Nov. 12, 2010, in Nuristan, Afghanistan while working on a communications tower. 

Andrew Bubacz, who joined the Air Force about five years ago, was assigned to the 97th Communications Squadron, Altus Air Force Base, Okla.

Friends say although Andrew Bubacz was an IT man, he had hopes of going into medicine.

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

Edward H. Bolen

Sgt. Edward H. Bolen, age 25, of Chittenango, N.Y, a soldier from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Polk, La., was killed Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010, in Logar province, Afghanistan, from wounds sustained in an improvised explosive device attack.

He was an infantryman with the 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment. He deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in October 2010.  Edward Bolen joined the Army in November 2006. After training he arrived at Fort Polk in June 2007 and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom that same year.

Edward Bolen's awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, the Valorous Unit Award, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medals, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Ribbon, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Expert Infantryman Badge, and the Parachutist Badge. He completed the Warrior Leadership Course, the Emergency Medical Technical Basic Course, the Force XXI Battalion Command-Brigade Level Course and the Airborne Course.

Edward Bolen is survived by his wife, mother and father.

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

November 12, 2010

James B. Stack

Lance Cpl. James Stack, age 20, was killed in action during a firefight in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, on November 9, 2010.

James Stack had been in Afghanistan for only about six weeks when he was killed.

He is survived by his wife, Katie, and a 1-year-old daughter, Mikayla, as well as his mother, Linda Stack, and father, Robert Stack.

His unit had been engaged in fierce combat almost since his arrival in Afghanistan in late September, but James Stack didn't offer many details in letters to family members because he didn't want them to worry. 

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

Dakota "Cody" Huse

Lance Cpl. Dakota R. Huse, age 19, of Greenwood, La., died Nov. 9, 2010, while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. 

He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C. 

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

November 10, 2010

Robert M. Kelly

2nd Lt. Robert M. Kelly, age 29, of Tallahassee, Fla., died Nov. 9, 2010, while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. 

He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

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

Anthony Vargas

Spc. Anthony Vargas, age 27, of Reading, Pennsylvania, died November 8, 2010, in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan.  He was killed by an improvised explosive device, commonly known as an IED. 

Anthony Vargas was part of the First Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), based out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky.  Anthony Vargas joined the Army in October 2008 and arrived at Fort Campbell in February 2009.  

His awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Commendation, and Army Service Ribbon.

He is survived by his wife, Luisa, and three children who live in Clarksville, Tennessee.  His father, Julio Vargas, and mother, Maria Vargas, live in Reading, Pennsylvania. 

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

Andrew Hutchins

Spc. Andrew Hutchins, age 20, was killed on November 8, 2010, while on tower duty in Khost Province in eastern Afghanistan near Pakistan.

Andrew Hutchins was from New Portland and a 2008 graduate of Carrabec High School in North Anson. He was serving as a military policeman assigned to the 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky. He joined the Army in September 2008.

Andrew Hutchins is survived by his wife, Heather Hutchins, of Clarksville, Tenn.; his father, Jeffrey Hutchins, of Leeds; and his mother, Robin Poulin, of Waltham.

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

Scott Hughes

British Senior Aircraftman Scott Hughes, age 20, from North Wales, had been relaxing on the island of Cyprus following a six-month tour of duty when he was killed in a boating accident in Cyprus. 

The 20-year-old was hit by the boat - operated by the Military Training Wing, British Forces Cyprus - on November 5th and died from his injuries on November 7, 2010. 

The gunner, from 1 Squadron Royal Air Force Regiment, was due to return to Britain on Saturday, and an investigation has been launched into the tragedy.

In a statement, his family, including parents Emma and Michael and younger brother Adam, said: "Our beautiful, brave, fun-loving son has been cruelly taken away from us. But we know that Scott fulfilled his dreams by serving his regiment and his country. Words cannot express the loss we as a family are feeling at this time and a huge void will be in our lives without Scott forever more."

SAC Hughes, who joined the RAF in January 2009, was named top student on a Squadron Mortar Cadre in November 2009. In Afghanistan, he was employed as top cover on the lead patrol vehicle as well as a signaller on the medical emergency response team helicopter where he helped in the evacuation of casualties.

Military authorities stated "Scott was fiercely proud of his Regiment and we are fiercely proud of him. He will be deeply missed and never forgotten."

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

Aaron B. Cruttenden


Sgt. Aaron Cruttenden, age 25, was killed on November 7, 2010, when his unit was attacked by insurgents in Afghanistan. 

Sgt. Cruttenden lived in Mesa, Arizona. He served in the 27th Engineer Battalion of the XVIII Airborne Corps.  

The Army Sergeant's family says this was supposed to be his last push through enemy territory. His job was to find IEDs and destroy them ahead of the troops. 

Aaron Cruttenden's large extended family in Arizona and Colorado take pride in the fact he was serving his country, a job he signed up for two years ago so he could provide for his 3-year-old daughter.

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

November 9, 2010

Dale Kridlo

Dale Kridlo, age 33, was killed by sniper fire on November 7, 2010.

Based out of Fort Bragg, N.C., Dale Kridlo was in his second year of a six-year commitment of active duty with the U.S. Army, serving as a specialist.  He enlisted about two years ago, but he was deployed to Afghanistan on New Year’s Eve last year. He was due to come home for Christmas, relatives stated. 

Relatives stated that he was very proud to be in the service.  Dale Kridlo leaves behind twin 9-year-old daughters, Madelyne and Zoe, his mother and numerous other relatives. 

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

November 8, 2010

Randy R. Braggs


The Department of Defense has identified a second Arizonan killed in action in Afghanistan.

21-year-old Marine Lance Cpl. Randy R. Braggs of Sierra Vista died Nov. 6, 2010, during combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. 

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

The "Drake Equation" about alien life and .....our wars today

Our Blue Marble
I was watching a science documentary today about the "Drake Equation" which is a scientific equation developed in 1961, about the probability of advanced civilizations in the Milky Way Galaxy.

The Drake equation takes all sorts of data into consideration including the average rate of star formation in our galaxy, the fraction of those stars that have planets, the average number of stars that can support life, the fraction of the above that actually go on to develop life at some point, the fraction of civilizations that develop a technology that releases detectable signs of their existence into space, the length of time such civilizations release detectable signals into space, the length of time these civilizations exist, etc.

The result of this equation is that there are between 10 to 20 advanced civilizations in our galaxy. Given the fact that our galaxy is 100,000 light years wide, don't expect visits from aliens anytime soon.  



However....Ronald Regan, as President of the U.S.A. in 1988, made his famous "alien speech" at the United Nations.   The speech has become known as his Disarmament Speech and in part reads as follows:


An alien city in another world?

"Cannot swords be turned to plowshares? Can we and all nations not live in peace? In our obsession with antagonisms of the moment, we often forget how much unites all the members of humanity. Perhaps we need some outside, universal threat to make us recognize this common bond. I occasionally think how quickly our differences worldwide would vanish if we were facing an alien threat from outside this world. And yet, I ask you, is not an alien force already among us? What could be more alien to the universal aspirations of our peoples than war and the threat of war?"

My question is this.... If we ever attacked by an outside alien force, would we all unite and scrap the nonsense about land ownership, oil, nationality, religion and ethnicity? Would we unite as humans?  
I sort of doubt it. I have faith in God but not in Man.  Aliens could be ready to wipe us out and take over our resources and our planet and we would all still be arguing about who was in control of our planet, and we would still be "at war", as the aliens were throwing us into the stew-pot and chewing on our bones. 

God help us and save us from warring and disruptive governments and religions. God save us from others.  Let us pray that our planet remains viable and that it is saved for our great grandchildren.

Shane M. Reifert


A soldier from eastern Michigan has died from wounds suffered in an attack in Afghanistan.

The military identified the soldier as 23-year-old Pfc. Shane M. Reifert of St. Clair County's Cottrellville Township. The Defense Department says he died on November 6, 2010, in Kunar province of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire.

He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) out of Fort Campbell, Ky.

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

Michael F. Paranzino

Sgt. Michael Paranzino, age 22, of Middletown, Rhode Island, was killed in explosion in Afghanistan on November 5, 2010.  

Michael F. Paranzino, a decorated soldier, had been a cavalry scout with the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division. His family saw him two weeks ago, when he was home in Middletown on leave.  He had been in Afghanistan since March, after serving a tour in Iraq.

Michael Paranzino leaves behind a wife, Lindsey, and sons Maxton and Logan, all in Calcium, N.Y., outside Fort Drum, and his parents, Melane and Francis “Butch” Paranzino of Middletown.

Michael Paranzino graduated from Middletown High School in 2006. He did some wrestling there. He was also a good archer. He didn’t want to go to college right away and explored other options, such as working at a tent company and toiling on fishing boats. Ultimately he decided to volunteer for the military.  His father said that he was proud of how far his son had come as a soldier. He described his son as a hero. 

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

Blake D. Whipple


Spc. Blake D. Whipple, age 21, of Williamsville died November 5, 2010, in Ghazni province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when his unit was attacked with an improvised explosive device.

He was assigned to the Army's 7th Engineering Battalion, 10th Sustainment Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, based at Fort Drum in northern New York.

The soldier's parents, David and Kim Whipple, stated that their son was a combat engineer assigned to clear roads of IEDs.  Blake Whipple was a a 2007 graduate of Williamsville East High School. David Whipple said his son joined the Army in early 2009 after attending three western New York colleges.

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

Jordan B. Emrick

Staff Sgt. Jordan B. Emrick, age 26, of Hoyleton, about 60 miles southeast of St. Louis, was killed November 5, 2010, in Helmand province, Afghanistan, after he was hit by a roadside bomb.

Jordan Emrick joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 2002 and was serving with a company from Camp Pendleton in California. He graduated from Nashville Community High School. For about three of his teen years, he did everything from milking cows to tending to the corn, soybean and wheat fields on the 3,000-acre Kasten family farm.  He is survived by his mother and father. 

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

Matthew J. Broehm and Brandon W. Pearson

Matthew Broehm
Lance Cpl. Matthew J. Broehm, age 22, of Flagstaff, Arizona and Lance Cpl. Brandon W. Pearson, age 21, of Arvada, Colorado were providing security at an outpost in Southern Helmand Province, Afghanistan, when someone started shooting at them.

Witnesses say a member of the Afghan National Army (ANA) was the person who pulled the trigger. Matthew Broehm and Brandon Pearson were killed on November 4, 2010. 

Brandon Pearson
Both Marines were assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment based at Camp Pendleton. This was their first combat deployment.  The suspected ANA soldier ran away shortly after the shots were fired. 

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Matthew Broehm and Brandon Pearson are in heaven. Let us pray that they are at peace and are with God. Amen

November 6, 2010

James C. Young (Chad)

A 25-year-old soldier from Rochester, Illinois was killed earlier this week while in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, the US Department of Defense said Friday.

Spc. James (Chad) Young died November 3, 2010, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan from wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device (IED). He was called "Chad" by his family and friends. 

Specialist Young was assigned to the 863rd Engineer Battalion out of Darien, Illinois. His job was to travel ahead of other vehicles and convoys to clear the road of any explosives.

Spc. James Young graduated from Glenwood High School in 2003 and joined the Army about a year later. Family members said James Young went to Afghanistan earlier this year and had been home on leave less than two weeks ago.  

Relatives said Friday they knew James Young as a dependable brother, uncle and a friend with a playful streak. They also remembered him as a soldier who accepted his duty head-on.  James Young is the son of Brett and Jerry Young of Rochester. His sister is Katie Robbins. Steven Baptist is Chad Young’s older brother by about 10 years. They share the same mother.  Steven Baptist’s two brothers on his father’s side, Bohdon and Chase Baptist, said though Chad Young was not related to them by blood, they considered him family. “The four of us, we always looked at ourselves as real brothers,” Bohdon Baptist of Auburn said. “We just want Chad remembered. He was a great person. He led a great life so all of his family could live in a free world.” Chad Young was the baby of the group, but he was the one they looked up to, and not just because of his 6-foot-4 frame. "He’s the greatest guy,” Bohdon Baptist said.

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

November 5, 2010

Todd M. Harris

A soldier from the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division was killed in Afghanistan on November 3, 2010. 

Sergeant First Class Todd Harris, age 37, died from wounds he sustained in a small-arms attack.

Todd Harris was an indirect fire infantryman with the 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment and had deployed in March of 2010 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

He joined the Army in February 1998, and joined Fort Drum in August 2009. This was his fifth deployment, and second in Afghanistan. He has also served in Iraq and Suriname.

Throughout his career, Todd Harris earned five Army Commendation Medals, four Army Achievement Medals, five Army Good Conduct Medals, the National Defense Service Medal, the Special Forces Tab, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, the Air Assault Badge and more.

Todd Harris is survived by his wife, two children, mother and father.

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

James R. Zimmerman


The death of a Marine in Afghanistan is hitting both a family and a school in northern Maine especially hard.

The Pentagon says 25-year-old 1st Lt. James R. Zimmerman, whose parents live in Smyrna Mills, died Nov. 2, 2010, while conducting combat operations in Helmand province.

News spread quickly at Greater Houlton Christian Academy, where James Zimmerman graduated in 2003. The Bangor Daily News says James Zimmerman's father, Tom Zimmerman, is the assistant head of the school, his mother, Jane, works with music students, and his sister and brother-in-law both teach there.

James Zimmerman always wanted to be a Marine. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

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