Friday, December 31, 2010

Matteo Miotto


Italian soldier, Matteo Miotto, age 24, was killed on Dec. 31, 2010, in Afghanistan. 

Holy Mother
we ask you to
pray for this
soldier and
for all soldiers

He was in Gulistan, Afghanistan since July of 2010.  He was shot by a sniper in the shoulder and it damaged vital organs. 

Matteo Miotto was born in Thiene (Veneto) and was a corporal under the 7th Alpini Regiment of Belluno, and had arrived in Afghanistan last July. 

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

Tevan L. Nguyen


Marine Cpl. Tevan L. Nguyen, age 21, was killed on December 28, 2010, during combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. 

He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, at Camp Pendleton, Calif.  He enlisted in the Marines on June 11, 2007, and Afghanistan was his first combat deployment. 

"He didn't drink, he never smoked, and he believed in prayer," a relative stated. 

He won several personal service awards, including the Purple Heart, the Combat Action Ribbon, the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal. 

He is survived by his parents, Tam and Amy Nguyen, his girlfriend Monique and the couple's 3 month old son, as well as numerous other loving relatives.

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

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

2 Germans dead in Afghanistan

Germany is slow to publish the names of its dead. The Afghan war is not popular in Germany. 

A German soldier and a German aid-worker were both killed in Afghanistan last week in separate incidents. If the names of these men or their photos surface, we will publish them here. 

German Aid Worker: 

A German national injured in an armed attack in northern Afghanistan on Dec. 24, 2010, has died of his wounds in hospital on December 25, 2010. The man, who has not yet been identified but worked for Germany's state-owned development bank, is thought to have been surveying a road project in the area. Two unknown armed motorcyclists shot a German national as he was on his way from Khulm district (Balkh province) to the city of Mazar-i-Sharif. He was taken to a German-run hospital in Mazar city by police. The man had been warned not to travel without security protection. Local Afghani officials said "We had advised him several times not go alone and without bodyguards to the district but he did not pay attention." The German was surveying a 110-kilometre (70-mile) road construction project connecting Khulm district with neighbouring Kunduz province. Officials in Berlin said that the man worked for Germany's state-owned KfW development bank.

German Soldier:

A spokesman for the Bundeswehr Operations Command in Potsdam said the 21-year-old male soldier was found at an outpost north of the Pol-e-Khomri field camp with severe gunshot wounds. He was then brought via helicopter to the camp, where he died during emergency surgery.

Pol-e-Khomri lies south of Kunduz in the far north of Afghanistan, where most of the approximately 4,600 German soldiers are stationed as part of NATO's International Security Assistance Force. 

Let us pray that both of these men are with God. God help them.  God help us all. 

Charles Wood


British Warrant Officer Class 2 Charles Wood, age 34, from Middlesbrough, England, was caught in a blast from an improvised explosive device as he led the clearance of a route through the Khushdal Kalay area of the Helmand River Valley, Afghanistan, on December 28, 2010. 

His colleagues described the soldier, of 23 Pioneer Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps, as a "consummate professional".

Charles Wood leaves behind his wife Heather, mother Barbara, father John and sisters Samantha and Amanda and numerous other loving relatives and friends.  His wife said "He will be sorely missed by those who had the good fortune to have met and known him. He will be forever in our thoughts for the rest of our lives."

Charles Wood deployed to Afghanistan on November 6 as an advanced search adviser, trained to co-ordinate the detection of IEDs. He joined the Army in 1994 and also served in Iraq and Bosnia, and had raised thousands of pounds for forces charities.

His colleagues described him as a "huge character" who volunteered for the job of advanced search adviser "in full knowledge of the potential risks".

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

Garrett A. Misener

Sgt. Garrett A. Misener, age 25, of Cordova, Tenn., died Dec. 27, 2010, while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Sgt. Misener was killed when he stepped on an improvised explosive device. He was on foot patrol between two and three in the morning. 

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

His mother stated "He wanted to be a soldier all his life; His life goal was serving other people."

He was in his seventh year as a marine. He is survived by his mother and father, sisters and numerous loving relatives and friends. 

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

Monday, December 27, 2010

Kenneth A. Corzine


Lance Cpl. Kenneth A. Corzine, age 23, of Bethalto, Illinois, died on December 24, 2010, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. He died of complications stemming from a roadside bombing that occurred December 5, 2010, during combat operations. 

Kenneth Corzine was a member of the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, base in Camp Pendleton.  A rifleman, Kenneth Corzine was on his first combat deployment. He had enlisted in 2007.

Family members stated that Kenneth wanted to be a Marine from a young age.  Kenneth Corzine was the father of a 3-year-old daughter. 

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

Friday, December 24, 2010

William H. Crouse IV

Lance Cpl. William “Billy” H. Crouse IV, age 22, died in an explosion December 21, 2010, in Afghanistan with his bomb-sniffing dog, Cane. 

It was William Crouse's first tour of duty; he had been in Afghanistan for only six weeks when the blast occurred, and it was Cane's third tour of duty. The two were in Helmand province and assigned to 1st Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force based at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

He was born in Angola and lived there through the eighth grade. The family moved to Fort Wayne where Crouse spent two years at Northrop High School. His junior year the family moved to South Carolina where he graduated from Clinton High School in 2007. After that, Crouse joined the military, receiving his training at Camp Lejeune, a major Marine training facility.

Some of his family members still live in the Fort Wayne area: his mother, Nancy, and stepfather, Vinnie Siders, and two brothers, Ryan Rothman and Nathan Rothman. He also has a sister, who stated “He joined the military to add structure and focus to his life.” 

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

Steven Thomas Dunn


British Corporal Steven Thomas Dunn, age 27, from Gateshead, died on December 21, 2010, after his Jackal vehicle hit a roadside bomb in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province, Afghanistan.

He was with the 216 Parachute Signal Squadron, attached to 2nd Battalion the Parachute Regiment Battlegroup. He deployed to Afghanistan in September and was on his third tour of the country.

He is survived by his wife - Cheryl and daughter - Emily, his brothers Christopher and Michael, close friend - Kevin, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. 

A spokesperson stated "He died doing a job he loved and excelled at."

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

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Conrado D. Javier Jr.


Pfc. Conrado D. Javier, age 19, of Marina, Calif., died December 19, 2010, of wounds from a roadside bomb in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. 

He was assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment our of Vilseck, Germany. 

He was a 2009 graduate of Seaside High School. Conrado Javier, who was one of eight children, yearned to be in the military since he was 5 years old. At Seaside High, he was active in the ROTC program, was a member of the drill team and frequently volunteered to attend funerals and other occasions with the team.

Family describe him as loyal and compassionate. He is survived by his parents, Julia and Conrado and his siblings and other loving family members. He was looking forward to family trip to Mexico planned for next summer.

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

Monday, December 20, 2010

Sean A. Osterman

Cpl. Sean Osterman, age 21, was killed in Afghanistan in December of 2010. 

He was from Minnesota. 

He was assigned to the 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

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

Eric M. Torbert, Jr.


Cpl. Eric M. Torbert, Jr., age 25, of Lancaster, Pa., died on December 18, 2010, in Afghanistan.

He was assigned to 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division with Pendleton-based I Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF). Eric Torbert enlisted in the Marine Corps on Sept. 5, 2007. 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, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon

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

Benoit Dupin

French Sergeant Benoit Dupin, age 34, was killed on December 17, 2010, during a clash in Afghanistan. 

He was an officer in 2nd Foreign Regiment of Engineers (REG). Starting in 1997, he attended the National School of sub-active officers (ENSO) in Saint-Maixent. Appointed sergeant, he was assigned to the 2nd Marine Infantry Regiment (RIMA) after passing the School of Infantry and took part in several overseas operations as group leader. In 2002, he was admitted to the Combined Military Academy (EMIA). He was promoted to captain on 1 August 2008 and took command of the 3rd company of mechanized combat in June 2010, before leaving for Afghanistan last month.

Captain Benoit Dupin was posted to many overseas operations during his career (Bosnia, Kosovo, Djibouti, Chad). 

He was married with a young child. 

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

Jonathan Lefort

French Green Beret, Jonathan Lefort , age 28, was killed on December 17, 2010, in Bedraou Valley, Kapisa, Afghanistan.

This was his third tour in Afghanistan.   Jonathan Lefort was born in 1982 in Pompey (Meurthe-et-Moselle), France. 

For his merits in combat, he received the Cross of Military Valour with Bronze Star and the Cross of the fighter. He became a paratrooper instructor. He was also awarded the Medal of National Defence, the Medal with Overseas clasp Republic of Ivory Coast, Medal of Recognition of the nation and the French Commemorative Medal with Clasp Afghanistan. 

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

Steve Martin

Canadian Cpl. Steve Martin, age 24, from 3rd Battalion, Royal 22nd Regiment, was killed December 18, 2010, by a bomb detonated while he was on patrol in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. 

Steve Martin was serving with 1st Battalion, Royal 22e Regiment Battle Group, based at CFB Valcartier, Que.  The soldier arrived in Afghanistan three weeks ago after burying his grandfather, leaving his hometown of St.-Cyrille-de-Wendover, about 10 kilometres northeast of Drummondville, Quebec.

In the small town, virtually everyone appeared to know the young soldier.  "He had two older brothers; he was the baby. They're a good family," said a neighbour. 

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

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Gays in the Military - Now Allowed

In a landmark decision, the United States Senate has repealed the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy that has been in place since 1993.

On Saturday, December 18, 2010, the Senate repealed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) in a 65-31 vote. With all of the Democrats voting to repeal, only eight of the 43 Republican Senators voted to repeal DADT.
Michael, Archangel,
Prince in Heaven,
soldier for God,
pray for all soldiers

This shameful treatment of gays in the military has been addressed, at least on the surface. The reality is that now Gays will be free to die for the government openly, where before, they died in secret. 

Jesus pray for us, that all men and women soldiers, gay or straight, are acknowledged for their efforts to achieve stability in this world. 

Jesus ask your Father for peace in this world for everyone. And that all soldiers will be returned to their loved ones, alive.  Amen

Jose L. Maldonado

Jose L. Maldonado, age 21, of Mathis, Texas, was killed December 17, 2010, in Helmand province, Afghanistan. 

His first passion was to go serve the country,” a relative stated.  Jose Maldonado was raised by his aunt and uncle, George and Alicia Williams. “Joe wanted to do better for himself and serve his country, which is why he joined the military.", said a local official. 

He was part of the 3rd Battalion, 5th Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force. A riflleman, he was on his first deployment.

We ask the Holy Mother to pray for this man, that he is with God. 

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

Sean R. Cutsforth


Spc. Sean R. Cutsforth, age 22, died December 15, 2010, in Ghazni province, Afghanistan, from wounds he suffered when insurgents attacked his unit. 

Sean was assigned to the 101st Airborne, based in Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. He deployed to Afghanistan in February and was scheduled to return to the U.S. early next year.  He was a native of Manassas, Virginia.

Sean received a baseball scholarship to Virginia Wesleyan College, but after three semesters, he announced to his family that he wanted to leave school to join the Army.

"He wanted to serve his country," stated Sean's mom. "That's what we had to let him do."

He is survived by his parents, his three siblings, and his wife Ashley, who, family members say, is pregnant.

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

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Jose A. Hernandez

Lance Corporal Jose A. Hernandez, age 19, was killed on December 14, 2010, in Afghanistan by a roadside explosive.

He was from Florida. Jose Hernandez joined the Marines after graduating from Lake Worth High School in 2009. Family members said that from the time Jose A. Hernandez was a child, he hoped someday to become a Marine.

He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, out of Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Jose Hernandez was inspired by his older brother, Don, who also served in the Marines. "He was a great guy. Funny. If you were sad, he could absolutely make your day.", said a friend.

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

Justin Schmalstieg

Staff Sgt. Justin Schmalstieg, age 28, was killed on December 14, 2010, in Afghanistan, when a roadside bomb exploded. 

He was from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was a Marine working as a bomb technician in Afghanistan. Justin Schmalstieg grew up in Stanton Heights and graduated from Peabody High School in East Liberty and was married last year. 

He is survived by his wife, his parents and numerous other loving relatives and friends. 

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

Sean M. Collins

Cpl. Sean M. Collins, age 25, of Ewa Beach, Hawaii, was killed in an insurgent attack in Kandahar province, Afghanistan on December 12, 2010, by an improvised explosive in a vehicle.

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














Willie A. McLawhorn Jr.

Cpl. Willie A. McLawhorn Jr., age 23, of Conway, North Carolina, was killed in an insurgent attack in Kandahar province, Afghanistan on December 12, 2010, by an improvised explosive in a vehicle.

He is survived by his mother, Diane B. McLawhorn; and father, Willie A. McLawhorn of Conway.

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

Patrick D. Deans

Army Spc. Patrick D. Deans, age 22, of Orlando, Florida, was killed in an insurgent attack in Kandahar province, Afghanistan on December 12, 2010, by an improvised explosive in a vehicle.

He is survived by his mother, Robyn Deans of Altamonte Springs, Fla.; and father, Patrick Deans of Orlando.

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

Jorge E. Villacis

Army Spc. Jorge E. Villacis, age 24, of Sunrise, Florida, was killed in an insurgent attack in Kandahar province, Afghanistan on December 12, 2010, by an improvised explosive in a vehicle.

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

Kenneth E. Necochea Jr.

Army Spc. Kenneth E. Necochea Jr., age 21, from San Diego, California was killed in an insurgent attack in Kandahar province, Afghanistan on December 12, 2010, by an improvised explosive in a vehicle.

He is survived by his mother, Donna L. Wright of San Diego; and father, Kenneth E. Necochea of Ponway, Calif.

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

Derek T. Simonetta

Army Spc. Derek T. Simonetta, age 21, from Redwood City, California was killed in an insurgent attack in Kandahar province, Afghanistan on December 12, 2010, by an improvised explosive in a vehicle.

Derek Simonetta joined the Army in September 2008 and arrived at Fort Campbell in Kentucky the following February. During his tenure, he earned the National Defense Service Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; and Army Service Ribbon.

Derek Simonetta is survived by his wife, Kimberly A. Simonetta of San Carlos; mother, Tanya Simonetta of Redding and father, James E. Lemp of Redwood City.

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

Monday, December 13, 2010

Stacy A. Green

Sgt. Stacy A. Green of Alexander City, Ala., aged 34, died on Dec. 10, 2010, in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Stacy Green was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune.

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

David D. Finch

Pfc. David D. Finch, age 24, of Bath Springs, Tenn., died Dec. 8, 2010, in Wasit province, Iraq, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using small arms fire. 

He was assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Hood, Texas.

His awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and Overseas Service Ribbon.

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

Ethan Goncalo

Ethan Goncalo, age 21, from Fall River, Massachusetts, died on Dec. 12, 2010, in Afghanistan.


Ethan Goncalo deployed to Afghanistan in October with the 181st Infantry Regiment of the Massachusetts National Guard. He was due to return home on leave Dec. 16th.


“He was the man,” Brett Duarte, 19, of Fall River said of his cousin. “He was that person you would want to call when you were feeling down. He could always put a smile on your face. He always knew what to say.”


Ethan Goncalo, the youngest of four, graduated in 2008 from Durfee High School, where he starred on the baseball team. He attended Westfield State University and Massasoit Community College before signing up with the National Guard in the spring. 


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

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Kelly J. Mixon

Spc. Kelly J. Mixon, age 23, of Fernandina Beach, Florida, was killed on Dec. 8, 2010, by someone who detonated an improvised explosive device he was wearing as a suicide vest, in the Balkh province of Afghanistan.

Kelly Mixon was assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, Vilseck, Germany. Kelly Mixon joined the Army two years ago, where he was trained as a sniper.

Kelly is survived by his wife, a younger brother and sister and numerous other loved ones.  He is described as a fine soldier, who loved music and who was an accomplished chef.

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

James A. Ayube Jr.

Army Sergeant James A. Ayube Jr., age 25, died on December 8, 2010, of injuries suffered on patrol in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, due to the actions of a suicide bomber. 

James was assigned to 3rd Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, Vilseck, Germany.  He had served previously in Iraq and had six months left on his tour.  James graduated from Salem High School in 2003and later earned a degree from Bunker Hill Community College in Boston.

James Ayube leaves behind his wife, Lauren, and a younger sister, Ashleigh, as well as his parents, James Sr. and Christina.

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

Michael E. Geary

Lance Cpl. Michael E. Geary, age 20, of Derry, New Hampshire, died on December 8, 2010, while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. 

Michael E. Geary was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force.

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

Jason D. Peto

Sgt. Jason D. Peto, age 31, from Vancouver, Washington died on December 8, 2010. He was injured on Nov. 24 during combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.Jason Peto is the son of Janie and Ernie Peto of Vancouver, Washington.

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

Jason Peto enlisted in the Marine Corps Sept. 13, 2004. This was his third combat deployment. Four years ago, Jason Peto was wounded in Ramadi, Iraq, during a combat tour with the 7th Regiment.

His personal service awards include the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy and Marine Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.

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

Vincent Ashlock

Sgt. Vincent Ashlock, age 45, of Seaside, California, died in a non-combat incident on Dec. 4, 2010, in Afghanistan's Khost province. 

Vincent Ashlock was in the National Guard and was deployed to the Persian Gulf during the first war in Iraq. His wife, Angela, said he also spent a year in Iraq during the recent war before being sent to Afghanistan. She described her husband as funny with a dry sense of humor. Vincent Ashlock spent two weeks with his wife and their 6-year-old daughter before his most recent deployment in November.

He was assigned to the 890th Engineer Battalion, 168th Engineer Brigade, out of Lucedale, Miss.

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

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Bowe Bergdahl - the Forgotten Soldier

Bowe Bergdahl, age 24, is the only known U.S. soldier currently held by the Taliban in Afghanistan. 

He has been imprisoned for 18 months. He has converted to Islam and adopted the Muslim name Abdullah, according to his captors. But he appeared without a beard in the latest footage and is seen with a quite significant wound on his left cheek.

The serviceman is looking thin but otherwise healthy alongside Taliban commander Maulawi Sangin who has previously threatened to kill him.  It remains unclear how when the video was shot or where he is being held.

Pte Bergdahl disappeared in June 2009 while on duty in the eastern part of the country when he was aged 23 and is thought to be the only U.S. soldier in captivity.

wounded face
Let us pray to God the Father of us all that this young man is returned alive to his family. 

We ask the Taliban for mercy for this young man and that they return him to his family unharmed, as they would wish their own children returned to them, unharmed. 

In the Hadith, (the Sayings of Muhammad), it is said "Allah's Apostle said, 'Allah will not be merciful to those who are not merciful to mankind.'" - Sahih Bukhari, Volume 9, Book 93, Number 473

God help Bowe Bergdahl. 

Colton W. Rusk

Pfc. Colton W. Rusk, age 20, of Orange Grove, Texas, died Dec. 6, 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 Colton Rusk is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen 

Derek A. Wyatt

Marine Cpl. Derek A. Wyatt, age 25, died on December 6, 2010, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. 

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

He was from Akron, Ohio.  Derek was a 2004 East High School graduate who left for Marine boot camp just a few months after high school.  Friends said ''He loved his country, and he firmly believed in the cause.

Derek is survived by numerous family members including his wife, Kait, who is expecting the couple's first child.  Friends stated that ''No matter what was thrown at him, he made the best of it.''

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

John (Jack)Howard

New Zealander Private John (Jack) Howard, age 23, died in what is suspected to be a "friendly-fire" incident on December 5, 2010, in Afghanistan.

He was killed while patrolling with the 3rd Battalion of the British Parachute Regiment in the Nad Ali district of Helmand province.

The British military are investigating the death, but initial reports indicate that he could have been killed by a United States aircraft, which had been requested for an airstrike by British Forces on the ground.

His family gave an emotional press conference yesterday in Wellington, where the family live, about the young man who sought the biggest challenges in life, fuelling his ambition to become a paratrooper in the British Army.  His father, Roger, said the family were "absolutely devastated to lose our son, brother, grandson, nephew and cousin". "Jack was immensely proud to be both a paratrooper and a New Zealander. Jack Howard was on his second tour in Afghanistan after previously serving in Kenya, Norway, France and the US.  Jack Howard joined the Army after seeing an internet advertisement while a student at Victoria University.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that John Howard, known as Jack, is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Nicholas J. Aleman



Sgt. Nicholas J. Aleman, age 24, of Brooklyn, N.Y., based in North Carolina, died on Dec. 5, 2010, in Paktia province, Afghanistan. 

Nicholas Aleman was assigned to the Deployment Processing Command-East at Camp Lejeune.

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

Jason A. Reeves

Staff Sgt. Jason A. Reeves, age 32, died Dec. 5, 2010, in the Paktia Province of Afghanistan from wounds sustained from an improvised explosive device during a suicide attack. 


He was assigned to the 2nd Military Intelligence Battalion, 66th Military Intelligence Brigade, Hohenfels, Germany.

Jason Reeves moved to Odessa, Texas, to finish high school. During his year in the area, Jason lived and worked with his grandparents, Earl Moize and Waunell Moize, received his high school degree and then enlisted.   “He found a career in (the Army) and excelled,” said his father. 



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

Lucas C. Scott

Lance Cpl. Lucas C. Scott, age 20, of Peebles, Ohio, died Dec. 3 during combat operations in the Helmand province of Afghanistan.

Lucas Scott was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division II Marine Expeditionary Force.

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

Monday, December 6, 2010

James E. Thode


Army National Guard Sgt. First Class James E. Thode, age 45, was killed on Dec. 2, 2010, in the Sabari District in Afghanistan's Khost Province during a roadside bombing.

James Thode was a graduate of Catalina High School and the University of Arizona. Born in Show Low, he moved to Tucson when he was six years old.  He was assigned to the 1457th Engineer Battalion, 204th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, Salt Lake City, Utah. James Thode lived in Kirtland, N.M., since graduating from the UA. 

He is survived by his wife Carlotta, 18-year-old daughter Ashley and 8-year-old son Tommy.

James Thode had served as an officer in the Farmington, N.M., police department for 14 years. He was on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan. was also deployed to Iraq in 2003.

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

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Matthew Abbate

Marine Sgt. Matthew Abbate, age 26, died December 2, 2010, while on duty in Afghanistan. 

Even as a little boy, Matt Abbate always wanted to be a Marine. Matthew Abbate lived with his father and stepmother in Piedmont, California, from the age of 4. He attended Beach Elementary School, Piedmont Middle School and spent his freshman year at Piedmont High School before moving to Fresno to live with his mother and stepfather, Karen and James Binion.

He attended Buchanan High School there for three years before graduating from Sierra Charter School in 2002. After graduation, Matthew Abbate moved to Hawaii, where he landed a job on the Norwegian Star cruise ship. He wanted to see the world, and he got his wish, traveling through the Panama Canal and throughout Asia to Thailand, Australia and Fiji. But he never gave up his dream to become a Marine, and by age 20 he had joined the Corps. He loved it so much he re-enlisted. Matthew had already done a 10-month tour of duty in Iraq and spent the past year in sniper training before shipping out for Afghanistan about three months ago. 

In addition to his parents, Matthew Abbate is survived by his wife, Stacie Rigall, and son, Carson, 2; a brother, Elliott Abbate; and sisters Nikki Abbate, Valerie Binion and Kelly Binion. 

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

Chad S. Wade

Cpl. Chad S. Wade, age 22, of Bentonville, Ark., was killed December 1, 2010, in combat in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, at Camp Pendleton.

Chad Wade, a rifleman, was on his third combat deployment.

Chad's uncle said "I love his personality and I will miss his smile and I will miss his hugs. Chad just wasn't an American Hero, he was a hero to the entire family, especially his wife, mother and grandfather."

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

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Michael DiScioscia and Charles Robert "Chuck" Buckman


Michael DiScioscia of Kissimmee, Fla., and Charles R. Buckman of Lawton, Okla., American contractors working in northern Afghanistan, were killed on November 30, 2010.

The two men were killed at a firearms range at Camp Shaheen near Mazar-i-Sharif and both worked for a military subcontractor as military mentors. 

A disgruntled Afghan National Army sergeant shot and killed them both. Both the military contractors were unarmed and unable to defend themselves. Speculation is that the cause of this incident was a verbal dispute between one of the Afghan National Army (troops) and these 2 U.S. mentors. 

Michael DiScioscia
Michael Discioscia was born 21 November 1968 in Puerto Rico. While serving in the U.S. Army he was a member of the AMU Pistol Team and served as a Drill Sergeant. He was medically retired after 15 years. His love of training soldiers led him to MPRI where he worked in Iraq on the M16 Transition Program. Mike later worked as a Peace Support Operations Trainer for the US Department of State in Africa. He helped train Burundian soldiers who are now in Mogadishu with the African Union Mission and Nigerian Soldiers who are in Darfur with the United Nations Mission. He later came to work for MPRI in Afghanistan as a NATO Weapons trainer at KMTC. He quickly distinguished himself as a potential leader and on the recommendation of his team leader, he was promoted to Assistant Team Leader and moved to Masar-e Sharif as the RBWT site lead working for team leader Chuck Buckman. They became fast friends. He loved movies and music and was always willing to share the latest titles with team members. Mike never had a bad day and often searched out those who did in order to cheer them up. He is survived by his wife Minerva Gonzalez, two daughters and two granddaughters.

Charles R. Buckman
Charles Robert "Chuck" Buckman was born January 2, 1971 in Ardmore, Okla. Chuck married Heather Lynn Bellisime on May 31, 1997 at Ramona, Calif.  He served in the United States Navy from 1992 to 1995.

He was currently employed as a weapons instructor with Military Professional Resources, Inc. (MPRI). Prior to that he was a police officer with the Lawton Police Department.

Chuck was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, American Legion and National Rifle Association.

Survivors include his wife Heather and children, Bailey Ann, Ruby Jean and Wyatt Buckman, his mother, Reta Ann McCartney of Duncan, two sisters, Charlena Goodman Craig of Duncan, Stephanie Drew of The Dalles, Oregon and a nephew, Wade Arbuckle of Duncan.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Michael DiScioscia and Charles R. Buckman are in heaven. Let us pray that they are at peace and are with God. Amen

It is a sign of these war-like times and a sign of the times in Afghanistan, in which a man (an Afghani), loses his temper and thinks that it is reasonable to shoot the men he is arguing with. This is the problem. Afghanistan is a country where violence is endemic and is the norm. Afghanis talk during an argument.  And then if they lose the argument, they kill you.  

God help us all. Jesus, Mary and Joseph pray for us. 

Buddy W. McLain

Buddy W. McLain, age 24, died of wounds suffered when an insurgent attacked his unit with small arms fire in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan on November 29, 2010.

His family is from Peru, Maine. 

He was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 51st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Ky.

He is survived by his wife, Chelsea, his son Owen, his parents and many other grieving loved-ones. 

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

Austin G. Staggs

Pfc. Austin G. Staggs, age 19, of Senoia, Georgia, died of wounds suffered when an insurgent attacked his unit with small arms fire in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, on November 29, 2010.

He was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 51st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Ky.

Austin Staggs was a fire support specialist who joined the Army in September 2009. He is survived by his wife, Sheena Staggs of Clarksville, son, Kallen O'Neal of Weatherford, Texas, and his parents, Byram Staggs of Senoia and Kaye Jordan of Weatherford.

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