January 31, 2011

Jason T. Pool

Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Jason T. Pool, age 51, died while undergoing a medical evaluation at Fort Bragg, N.C. in late January, 2011. 

Jason Pool was serving in the 101st Field Artillery unit. The Fall River native leaves behind his wife, Linda, his daughter, Elizabeth, and two grandchildren.

The cause of death appears to have been from an accidental fall in a wooded area that includes the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Museum in Raleigh, N.C.

Jason Pool served in the National Guard for more than 20 years and most recently was deployed to Afghanistan from January 2010 to July 2010. He most recently worked for the Department of Defense at Otis Air National Guard Base on Cape Cod and prior to that worked as a truck driver. 

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

Anthony Venetz Jr.

Sgt. 1st Class Anthony Venetz Jr., age 30, of Prince William, Va., died in on January 28, 2011, in Parwan province, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained in a non-combat incident. 

Anthony Venetz Jr. was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg. 

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

January 28, 2011

Leslie D. Williams

Tech. Sgt. Leslie D. Williams, age 36, died on January 25, 2011, in a noncombat-related incident at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.   He was from Juneau, Alaska. 


Leslie Williams was based at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in North Carolina. He was assigned to the 4th Maintenance Group.


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

January 26, 2011

Martin Bell


British Private Martin Bell, age 24, was killed in a blast from an improvised explosive device to the south of Nahr-e-Saraj in Helmand province on January 25, 2011. 

Martin Bell, from 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment, was fatally wounded in the explosion as he attempted to go to the aid of a comrade who had been injured by a separate device.

Pte Bell leaves behind his parents Simon and Elaine and his brothers Oliver and Philip. The family said in a statement: “Martin was proud to be in the Parachute Regiment and serving his country. He served three years as a Police Community Support Officer in West Yorkshire Police before joining the PARAs.

Family members stated that he was extremely close to his two brothers, Oliver and Philip.  Family members also stated that "He made us all very proud and he will leave behind a hole in all of our hearts that will never be replaced."

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

January 24, 2011

Marcin Pastusiak and Marcin Knap

Marcin Pastusiak
A Polish soldier and a Polish civilian medic were killed on January 23, 2011, as a result of a mine blast during a routine patrol in Afghanistan’s Ghazni province. 

The explosion occured as a Rosomak armoured vehicle drove over a mine in the south-eastern region of the Ghazni province during a joint patrol with Polish soldiers and Afghan police forces.

Marcin Knap
Private First Class Marcin Pastusiak, age 26, was as a member of the Military Police’s Special Unit in Minsk Mazowiecki. He had previously served a tour of duty in Lebanon in 2008. He was unmarried. 

Civilian medic Marcin Knap, age 34, is survived by his wife. 

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Marcin Pastusiak and Marcin Knap are in heaven. Let us pray that they are at peace and are with God. Amen

January 22, 2011

Jason G. Amores

Sgt. Jason G. Amores, age 29, died Jan. 20, 2011, while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was killed in a bomb explosion. 

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

It was his third deployment in Afghanistan. He had also served in Iraq twice.

He is survived by his wife, Jennifer and his parents, Beverly and Curtis Middleton and his two children, Corbin, age 9 and Violet, age 4.

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

Amy Renee Sinkler


Pfc. Amy Renee Sinkler, age 23, was killed in a nighttime attack on her vehicle in northwest Afghanistan on January 20, 2011.

She was from Chadbourn, N.C., was the second female soldier and third overall from the 109th Transportation Co., the "Rough Riders," to die in combat since the 150-soldier unit deployed in July. A gunner for the mission, she was in the exposed turret of an armored MRAP vehicle when it was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade. 

She was married. She arrived at Fort Richardson in January 2010 after joining the Army in August 2009. 

The 109th Transportation Co. is part of the 17th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 3rd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, at Fort Richardson. The transportation company deployed in July for a 12-month tour.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Amy Renee Sinkler is in heaven. Let us pray that she is at peace and is with God. Amen

Dominique Cruz

Navy Operations Specialist 2nd Class Dominique D. Cruz, age 26, of Panama City, Florida, died in the Gulf of Oman, on January 18, 2011. 

She was assigned to the destroyer USS Halsey, homeported in San Diego but currently deployed to the Fifth Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations. She was reported missing in a "man overboard" incident on January 18. Her body was found on January 19. The incident is under investigation. 

The Gulf of Oman is located between the Persian Gulf and the Arabian Sea south of the Iranian coast.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Dominique Cruz is in heaven. Let us pray that she is at peace and is with God. Amen

Joshua T. Lancaster

Army Spc. Joshua T. Lancaster, age 22, of Millbrook, Alabama, was killed on January 19, 2011, in combat in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Insurgents attacked the Kandahar airfield and he was killed in the ensuing combat. Friends and relatives described him as follows:  "If something happened over here where I was getting shot at, he would jump in the way.  He was so unselfish. He cared about his friends."

Joshua Lancaster was assigned to Fort Campbell, Ky. He was ex­pected to return home from Afgha­nistan on Feb. 11.

Joshua Lancaster got married and moved to Tennessee about the time he joined the Army in March 2008.   He was a Signal Support Systems Specialist assigned to the 723rd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, 184th Ordnance Battal­ion, 52nd Ordnance Group at Fort Campbell, Ky. He arrived at Fort Campbell in October 2010.

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

He is survived by his wife, Mela­nie, of Clarksville, Tenn., and his mother, Kimberly Irwin of Mill­brook. 

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

January 20, 2011

Thanks for prayer answered....

Thanks to the Father and the Son, and St. Mary, St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Jude for a prayer answered and a favour received. 


Thank you God for not forgetting me - Rick (Canada)

January 19, 2011

Luca Sanna

Italian Corporal Luca Sanna, age 33, of the eighth Alpine Brigade, died in Afghanistan on January 18, 2011.

Luca Sanna was hit in the head and died immediately from his injuries during an insurgent attack on an advance base in the Bala Murghab Valley. His assailant was wearing an Afghan soldier's uniform and managed to find an excuse to get up close to the base. The attacker pretended he needed help cleaning his gun as it had jammed, and so was able to open fire on the soldiers before escaping. 

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

Michael S. Evarts

Major Michael S. Evarts, age 41, of Concord, Ohio, died January 17, 2011, in Tikrit, Iraq, in a non-combat related incident. 


He was assigned to the 256th Combat Support Hospital, Twinsburg, Ohio.


Michael Evarts died during his second tour in Iraq. In 2006, he served as a logistics officer near Baquba. He helped train Iraqi infantry in combat operations. He also distributed school supplies and toys sent by Hingham Cub Scouts and Hingham High School students.


Michael Evarts was from Cleveland, Ohio, and leaves a wife and two children.


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

Joseph C. Whitehead

Cpl. Joseph C. Whitehead, age 22, was killed on January 17, 2011, during combat operations in the Helmand province of Afghanistan.  He identified a large IED and was protecting others from the larger one when a smaller one exploded close to him.



Joseph Whitehead was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama. He enlisted in the Marines after graduating from Satsuma High School in 2007. He was about to finish up his first stretch and planned to re-enlist in August. 

He was assigned to 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

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

Martin J. Lamar

Army Specialist Martin J. Lamar, age 43, of Sacramento, California, was killed in Iraq on January 15, 2011, when an Iraqi soldier from the unit with which he was training shot him with small-arms fire. 

He was assigned to 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. 

Martin Lamar is survived by his wife, Josephine of Sacramento, two adult daughters, a 7-year-old son and a 3-month-old daughter whom he had never seen. He also leaves his mother and stepfather, Marti and Frank Walker, and brother Chris Lamar of Roseville.  Relatives stated that Martin Lamar had wanted to join the military since he was a child, and that he loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman.  After serving four years in the Marines, Lamar worked as an electrician and for an armored truck company.  But his first love was the military and he re-enlisted in 2007.

He had been scheduled to come home on leave the day he was killed, but the leave date had been postponed to Jan. 30. He died on his wedding anniversary.

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

Jose A. Torre Jr.

Spc. Jose A. Torre, Jr., age 21, of Garden Grove, Calif., was killed on January 15, 2011, in Baghdad, Iraq. Jose A. Torre died of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with a rocket-propelled grenade. 

He was assigned to the Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas. 

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

January 17, 2011

Zachary Salmon

Pfc. Zachary Salmon, age 21, was shot and killed on January 12, 2011, when his armored vehicle was attacked in Afghanistan. 

Pfc. Salmon was with the Cavalry Unit of the 101st Airborne based at Fort Campbell. In addition to his parents, he is survived by a three-year-old son named Noah. He also has two sisters and a brother.

He is described as a hero by his family members, who will forever miss him. He is also described as a wonderful father who adored his son. 

Pfc. Salmon grew up in Ohio, but he moved to Tennessee as a teenager and graduated from Pigeon Forge High School in 2008. After graduating he returned to the Tri-State and spent a year living in Hebron, Kentucky with his mother. His father lives in Hamilton. He enlisted in March of 2010 and was deployed in September. 

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

Zainah C. Creamer

Sgt. Zainah Caye Creamer, age 28, was killed in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, on January 12, 2011, when insurgents attacked her unit with an improvised explosive device.

Zainah was based in Northern Virginia, and she was an Army dog handler. She and her working dog, Jofa, were assigned to check vehicles and facilities for explosives. The two had gone to Afghanistan in October.
She and the dog were doing their job, carrying out "a route and building clearance mission" when the blast occurred.

Zainah Creamer went to high school in Texarkana, Ark., and "always loved animals." Other interests included hunting and fishing, the cousin said, as well as the martial art of taekwondo. 

Relatives stated that she "absolutely loved being in the Army," and she "loved her dog she had in the Army." "Everybody that knew her loved her. She touched a lot of people for the short amount of time she was on Earth." 

Her mother lives in the Philippines. A brother also survives.

Zainah Creamer had been a soldier for a little more than six years. She had been assigned to Belvoir since October 2009 and was in the 212th Military Police Detachment, part of Belvoir's headquarters battalion. While in Afghanistan, Zainah Creamer worked with the second battalion of the 502nd Infantry Regiment. She had previously been in Iraq. Her Afghanistan assignment was her first as a dog handler. The dog lived after the blast. 

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

Evan J. Mooldyk

Major Evan J. Mooldyk, age 47, of Rancho Murieta, California, was killed in Khowst province, Afghanistan on January 12, in a non-combat related incident.

Evan Mooldyk had been in Afghanistan since January of 2010 supporting Operation Enduring Freedom as part of the 19th Sustainment Command, 377th Theater Sustainment Command. He was scheduled to come home in two weeks.

He is survived by his wife, Leslie and their three children. 

Evan Moodyk also served in Iraq while he was a member of the national guard five years ago.

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

Michael Bartley

Sgt. Michael Bartley, age 23, of Wayne County, Illinois, was killed in Iraq on January 15, 2011. 

The incident occurred while U.S. soldiers were training Iraqi security forces at al-Ghazlani U.S. military camp in southern Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad. Two U.S. soldiers were killed by small arms fire when an Iraqi soldier attacked them at the Ghazlani Training Center located south of Mosul. The Iraqi soldier who had opened fire was killed during the incident. 

Michael Bartley was a 2007 graduate of Fairfield Community High School. He was the only child of Rebecca Isles of Fairfield. Michael Bartley had enlisted in the U.S. Army shortly after graduating from high school and had re-enlisted. This was his second tour of duty in Iraq. 

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

January 14, 2011

Jarrid L. King

Corporal Jarrid L. King, age 20, of Erie, Pennsylvania, was killed on January 12, 2011, in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan, when his unit was attacked by an improvised explosive device. 

He was a combat engineer with the 693rd Engineer Company, 7th Engineer Battalion, and was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in May 2010.

Jarrid King joined the Army in March 2009 and after completing training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, came to Fort Drum in August 2009.

Jarrid King's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the Combat Action Badge, the Good Conduct Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the NATO Medal.

Jarrid King 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 Jarrid L. King is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Omar Aceves

Staff Sergeant Omar Aceves, age 30, of El Paso, Texas, was killed on January 12, 2011, in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan, when his unit was attacked by an improvised explosive device. 

He was a combat engineer with the 693rd Engineer Company, 7th Engineer Battalion, and was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in May 2010.

Omar Aceves joined the Army in February 2005 and was subsequently stationed at Fort Hood, Texas until 2008 when he arrived at Fort Drum. Omar Aceves previously deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from October 2006 to January 2008.

Omar Aceves' awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the Combat Action Badge, two Army Commendation Medals, 6 Army Achievement Medals, 3 Army Good Conduct Medals, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the NATO Medal, the Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Air Assault Badge and the Marksman Qualification Badge.

Omar Aceves is survived by his wife, six children, mother and father.

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

Benjamin G. Moore

Specialist Benjamin G. Moore, age 23, of Robbinsville, New Jersey, was killed on January 12, 2011, in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan, when his unit was attacked by an improvised explosive device. 

He was a combat engineer with the 693rd Engineer Company, 7th Engineer Battalion, and was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in May 2010.

Benjamin Moore joined the Army in April 2009 and after completing training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, came to Fort Drum in September 2009.

Benjamin Moore's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the Combat Action Badge, the Good Conduct Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the NATO Medal.

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 Benjamin G. Moore is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

January 13, 2011

Samuel Enig

Danish Konstabel Samuel Enig, age 23, was killed on January 9, 2011, in Afghanistan. 

He was with Charlie-Kompagniet, II Bataljon, Den Kongelige Livgarde (Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, Royal Life Guard). 

He was killed when a roadside bomb detonated during a dismounted patrol west of Patrol Base Line, six miles northeast of Gereshk, Afghanistan. 

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

January 12, 2011

The Tucson Murders...and the real tragedy of not intervening

On January 8, 2011, Jared Lee Loughner, age 22, blew away 6 people and wounded 14, in Tucson, Arizona. 
Does anyone smile after
killing 6 people if you are
sane? 

This man is mentally ill and will be sentenced ultimately to a secure mental institution. He will never be criminally prosecuted and he will never be executed for his crimes.

I am a Canadian and in Canada, because of financial restraints, shit loads of mental patients are released to live in the public domain. Alone and abandoned by our system.

In fact in my province, Manitoba, in 2010, we had an incident where a deranged man actually sawed off the head of a young man sitting beside him on a Greyhound bus. The killer didn't even know his victim. The killer was so "f***** up mentally that he has no idea of what he did and he never will. He will languish in a secure facility until death, entertaining his death fantasies but never really reaching a connection to reality. 

And he should remain there forever, in order to protect the public from his delusions. This killer is entirely mentally ill and always will be a threat to society.  

This American boy, Jared Lee Loughner, was known by everyone to be "out of scope" and odd and ill. And yet no one stood up in his defense and intervened for help for him before this shooting tragedy. His parents, his neighbours, his friends, his fellow students - all knew that he was troubled and headed for destruction. In retrospect - everyone knew he was a freak. But no one spoke up before this? Why not?

God help him and also his victims, including the 9 year old girl, whose life is forever finished because of the delusions of Jared Lee Loughner. 

God save us from the freaks and their guns and knives. God help the mentally ill and give them the possibility of change.  


God help our governments to come up with a real plan for the handling of serious mental health issues. 


Does anybody really care?

January 10, 2011

God the Father....Hear our plea

God, the Father... hear us and answer us.






We ask that these wars cease now, today. Please make your children 
end the killing. 

We pray that the human beings will learn to live together in peace, 
toward the good of all.  You hold us in your hands, Father. 





Jesus, ask your Father for mercy for mankind. Hear us and answer us.



Mary,  blessed amongst women, 
pray for us now and in the hour of our death. Do not forget us. 
Pray for the soldiers - that they are returned alive to their loved ones. 
Pray for us Mary.
Amen. 


Robert J. Near

Pfc. Robert Near, age 21, of Nampa, Idaho, was killed on January 7, 2011, at Kandahar, Afghanistan. 

He was assigned to the 86th Signal Battalion of Fort Huachuca, Arizona.

Robert Near grew up in Granger, Wash., and lived there until high school. The soldier later moved to Nampa and attended school at Nampa Job Corps, studying computers. Robet Near had lived in Nampa for about a year until he enlisted into the Army.  "He was smart and polite; He was friendly and he was happy.", said a family member.  He shipped out in March 2010 to Afghanistan.

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

Ira B. Laningham

Private First Class Ira B. Laningham, IV, age 22, of Zapata, Texas, was killed on January 7, 2011, in Logar Province, Afghanistan, when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device and small arms fire.

He was with the 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, based at Fort Polk, La. He deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in October 2010.

Ira Laningham joined the U.S. Army in November 2009 and after completing training arrived in Fort Polk in June 2010.

Ira Laningham's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, and the Parachutist Badge.

Ira Laningham is survived by his wife, mother and stepfather.

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

Ethan C. Hardin

Specialist Ethan C. Hardin, age 25, of Fayetteville, Arkansas, was killed on January 7, 2011, in Logar Province, Afghanistan, when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device and small arms fire.

He was with the 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, based at Fort Polk, La.
He deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in October 2010.

Ethan Hardin joined the U.S. Army in January 2006 and after completing training was stationed at Fort Irwin, California and in Germany before arriving to Fort Polk in March 2010. Ethan Hardin previously deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from November 2008 through October 2009.

Ethan Hardin's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, ,Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge.

Ethan Hardin 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 Ethan Hardin is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Joseph Ryan Giese

Lance Cpl. Joseph Ryan Giese, age 24, of Winder, Ga., died on January 7, 2011, while conducting combat operations in the Helmand province. He had stepped on on improvised explosive device. 

He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force.

He went by his second name - Ryan. 

In less than 30 days, Ryan Giese, was supposed to be on a plane back to his base at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. His family was making travel plans to be there when he returned.  Growing up, Ryan told his father he wanted to be a marine just like his father was during the Vietnam War. When Ryan was 17, he asked his father to sign paperwork that would let him enlist. Larry Giese said no. When Ryan turned 18, he enlisted.

“I was very proud of him,” his father, Larry Giese said. “Very proud. It’s hard not to be.”

Next month, Ryan would have celebrated his one-year anniversary with his wife, Brittany, who lives in Georgia.

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

Hervé Guinaud

French Master Cpl Hervé Guinaud, age 42, was killed on January 8, 2011, in southern Kapisa, north-eastern Afghanistan when his armored vehicle was hit by an explosion. 

Master Corporal Guinaud had arrived in Afghanistan last December. In 22 years of service, he also participated in numerous missions in Djibouti, Senegal and Côte d’Ivoire.

Married and father of a child, Master Corporal Guinaud is the 53rd French soldier killed in Afghanistan since the deployment of French forces in late 2001. Military authorities described him as "remarkable and exemplary". 

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

Robert W. Pharris

Sgt. 1st Class Robert W. Pharris, 48, of Seymour, Mo. He was assigned to the Missouri National Guard Agri-Business Development Team IV, Jefferson City, Mo.

Sgt. 1st Class Robert Wayne Pharris, age 48, of the Missouri National Guard, died on January 5, 2011, of wounds he suffered in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan. Insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

Sgt. Pharris served as an agriculture specialist with an agribusiness development team of the Guard. His son, a Marine Corps corporal, is also serving in Afghanistan.  Sgt. Pharris is from Seymour, Missouri. 

Sgt. Pharris enlisted in the Army in 1981 and later joined the National Guard. He left the Guard in 1997 and rejoined it in 2008 after he learned that the Guard was forming an infantry unit.  His commander describes Robert Pharris as the “most energetic and enthusiastic” soldier he’s ever met.

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

Christian J. Romig

Army Spc. Christian J. Romig, age 24, was killed on January 5, 2011, in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

Christian Romig joined the Army in May 2008, enlisting for three years. He was assigned to 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), in Fort Campbell, Ky.

His sister stated that Christian loved “everything Army” since he was little, and always wanted to make people laugh.

In Afghanistan, Christian Romig was a cavalry scout and worked as a gunner on ground vehicles. Christian Romig won an Army achievement medal in Korea last year and recently won a combat action badge after coming under enemy fire in Afghanistan. 

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

January 8, 2011

Jose M. Cintron Rosado

Army Sgt. Jose M. Cintron Rosado, age 38, of Vega Alta, Puerto Rico, died on January 2, 2011, in Taji, Iraq, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. 


Jose Rosado was assigned to the 1013th Engineer (Sapper) Company of the Puerto Rico Army National Guard, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.


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

Jose A. Delgado Arroy

Army Spc. Jose A. Delgado Arroy, age 41, of San Juan, Puerto Rico, died on January 2, 2011, in Taji, Iraq, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. 

Jose Arroy was assigned to the 1013th Engineer (Sapper) Company of the Puerto Rico Army National Guard, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.

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

Eric M. Nettleton

Sgt. Eric M. Nettleton, age 26, from Wichita, Kansas, was killed on January 5, 2011, in Dehjawz-e Hasanzay, Afghanistan, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his dismounted patrol.

Eric Nettleton was part of the oldest continuously serving regiment in the U.S. Army — the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment. Nicknamed the Dragoons, the regiment formed in 1836. Now based in Vilseck, Germany, Eric Nettleton served in B Troop, 1st Squadron.

He was a 2003 graduate of West High School, where he played football. He lived in Germany with his wife. His parents live in Wichita. 

"He was the kind of person who could walk into a room and make friends with anyone", stated his brother, Clayton. 

Eric Nettleton grew up in Wichita with a close family — which also includes his father, Jim, sister, Jessica and his wife, Ashley.

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

January 5, 2011

Jacob A. Tate

Cpl. Jacob A. Tate, age 21, was killed on January 2, 2011, during combat operations in the Helmand province of Afghanistan. 

Jacob Tate was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.  He left for Afghanistan in July. This was his second tour. He had previously been deployed to Iraq. 

His aunt stated that “Jacob was the kindest, sweetest kid. He used to call me from Iraq just to say hello. He didn’t even know how to swim when he joined the Marines. He had to take swimming lessons to join. He was just an amazing kid.”

He is survived by his parents, James and Janice Tate of Columbus and his wife and a newborn child who he had never met, and by numerous other loving relatives and friends. 

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

Maung Htaik

Lance Cpl. Maung Htaik, age 20, died in combat in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, on January 1, 2011.

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

His brother said that "He has never spoken of being afraid of death and was very quiet and calm.  There are a lot of things, but I just want to say he was brave, real brave."

Maung is described as being very quiet, and that he liked to play games on the computer and enjoyed drawing.

Maung Htaik joined the Marines in February 2009. He was promoted to lance corporal April 1, 2010, and deployed to Afghanistan in July. 

Maung Htaik's family left Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, in 1998, and moved to Singapore. The family came to the United States in 2002 because their father wanted them to be able to get a better education. 

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

January 3, 2011

Joseva S. Vatubua

British Private Joseva Saqanagonedau Vatubua, age 24, of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, originally from Fiji, died on January 1, 2011, after he was caught in an explosion in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

Family members stated that he was "a hugely loved man". 

Pte Vatubua was deployed to Afghanistan in October last year with B Company, 5 Scots, as part of the 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment Battle Group. He had been part of an operation targeting known enemy firing positions north of the village of Saidabad Kalayk, when he was killed by a bomb blast from the wall of a compound.

After attending Laucala Bay Secondary School, he joined the British Army in 2007 and was posted to B Company 5 Scots as a rifleman.  Commanding officers described Joseva as a "loyal, well loved and respected young soldier" and "His scale was colossal - he dominated the front row, dwarfed his machine gun and delivered fiery, martial passion in abundance."

He leaves behind his wife Claudette.

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

Michael J. Beckerman

Sgt. Michael J. Beckerman, age 25, of Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, died on Dec. 31, 2010, in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

Michael Beckerman joined the Army in September 2004. He arrived at Fort Campbell in January 2010 and was assigned to 2nd Brigade Support Troop Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. 

He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal; Army Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Iraqi Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Non commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon; and the Combat Action Badge.

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