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March 28, 2011

Yannick Scherrer

Canadian soldier, Yannick Scherrer, age 24, was killed on March 27, 2011, by a roadside bomb while on foot patrol near Nakhonay, southwest of Kandahar City, in Afghanistan. 
St. Andre, pray for
Yannick

Yannick was from Victoriaville, Quebec. 

He was a member of the 1st Battalion, Royal 22nd Regiment, based in CFB Valcartier in Quebec.

It was his first tour of duty in Afghanistan.  Yannick was looking forward to a leave in Thailand in two weeks. He had been in Afghanistan since December. His rotation was to end in July.

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

Justin D. Ross

Spc. Justin D. Ross, age 22, of Green Bay, Wisconsin, died on March 26, 2011, in Helmand province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when his unit was attacked by small arms fire. 

Jesus, pray for Justin
He was assigned to the 863rd Engineer Battalion, Wausau, Wisconsin.

Justin Ross graduated from Bay Port High School in 2007, and was deployed to Afghanistan last August. Friends of the family said that Justin was interested in the military even before he left school and that Justin will be remembered as a wonderful man who was proud to serve his country. It was also stated that Justin really enjoyed the military and that he loved the men from his squad.

Justin is survived by numerous loving family members and friends including his parents Ron and Debbie. 

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

March 25, 2011

Mark Burgan

British Lance Sergeant Mark Burgan, age 28, was killed on March 23, 2011, in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province, Afghanistan, when his vehicle hit a roadside bomb. 

He was killed just six days before he was due to return home. Military officials said that his death was a devastating blow.

Mark came from Liverpool, and joined the 1st Battalion Irish Guards in 1999. He served on Operations in Northern Ireland, Iraq, and Afghanistan. He rose to the rank of Lance Sergeant, joined the Battalion Signals Platoon, becoming a Signals Detachment Commander – a job at which he was hugely capable.

St. Jude, Brother,
pray for Mark
However, his skills stretched far beyond this. He was an extremely talented junior commander, professional in every way; this, coupled with his consummate loyalty to his friends and family made him a man his subordinates strove to emulate. A man who genuinely loved his job, he saw the Signals Platoon as being one big family, and one of which he was a key part.

Lance Sergeant Burgan was a strong family man to his core. He leaves behind his wife, Leanne, as well as his parents, Terry and Rita, and sisters, Laura, Kate and Jayne, and we offer our deepest condolences.

Mrs Leanne Burgan, the wife of Lance Sergeant Burgan, has made the following statement: “I am so honoured to be Mark’s wife. I will always love my hero. Mark was an extremely proud Irish Guardsman, dad, husband, brother and son. He will forever be in our hearts.”

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

Matthew Collins


British Major Matthew Collins, age 38, was killed on March 23, 2011, in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province, Afghanistan, when his vehicle hit a roadside bomb. 

He was killed just six days before he was due to return home. Military officials said that his death was a devastating blow.

Jesus, take Matthew
with you to heaven
Matthew Collins came from Backwell in Somerset. He commissioned into the 1st Battalion Irish Guards in August 1996, and travelled all over the world with the Battalion, serving operationally in Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as on exercise in Belize, Kenya, Oman and the Falkland Islands.

Major Collins was the Company Commander of Number 3 Company and deployed on Operation HERRICK 13 as the Commander of the Advisory Team to the 3rd Kandak of the UK’s partnered Afghan Brigade. In this role, through his professional excellence, natural intelligence and force of personality, he has made a significant improvement to the operational capability of the Afghan soldiers and officers he advised.

Major Collins was passionate about his family. He spoke often of his wife, Lucy, his daughter, Freya, and his son, Charlie. He also leaves behind his father, Derek, mother Tricia, and brothers, Mark, Nick and Chris.

The family of Major Collins have made the following statement: “Not only a soldier but a caring husband, devoted father to Freya and Charlie, caring son, wonderful brother and friend to many. We will all miss him and remember him always.”

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

Joshua S. Gire

Army Staff Sgt. Joshua S. Gire, age 28, of Chillicothe, Ohio, was killed in Logar Province, Afghanistan, on March 22, 2011, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device, rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire.

He was assigned to the 54th Engineer Battalion, 18th Engineer Brigade, Bamberg, Germany.

Joshua was a 2000 graduate of Huntington High School in southern Ross County. He had been stationed in Germany, but was serving a second tour in Afghanistan at the time of his death. He enlisted in the Army in 2001. 

Gabriel, Archangel, pray
for Joshua
Joshua is described by family members as a wonderful man who was very proud of his children and who very much loved his wife. “The family loved Josh a great deal. It’s a huge, huge, huge loss for our family, our country and the communities affected. We are very proud of him.”

Joshua is survived by numerous loving relatives including his wife, Jackie and children Nicholas, age 5 and Riley, age 3; his mother, Peggy Hunt and her husband Dale; father Paul Gire Jr.; brothers, Mike Donahue, Paul Gire III, and John Hunt; one sister Beth Hunt and a step-sister Sandy (Hunt) Bourne.

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

Michael C. Mahr

Army Pfc. Michael C. Mahr, age 26, was killed on March 22, 2011, in Logar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device, rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire.

He was from Homosassa, Florida. Michael was assigned to the 54th Engineer Battalion, 18th Engineer Brigade, Bamberg, Germany. Michael Mahr was scheduled to come home in August.

His wife, Stephanie stated "Everybody loved him. His Army buddies called him 'Superman.' He didn't have any fear."

Father, Michael is in
Your hands.  Lead him to
Heaven.
Michael Mahr and his twin brother Matthew were born in Orlando and were extremely close, says their mother, Kimberly Albury. 

Michael is survived by numerous loving relatives and his 3 year old son, Jadon. 

He enlisted April 26, 2010, and at first went to Germany. He came home and left for Afghanistan on Nov. 2, Jadon's third birthday.

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

March 24, 2011

Vincent A. Filpi III

Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Vincent A. Filpi III, age 41, died on March 23, 2011, as a result of a non-combat related incident. He lived in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. 

Vincent Filpi was assigned to USS Enterprise as an aviation ordnanceman. The Enterprise is currently deployed to the Fifth Fleet’s area of responsibility in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

Vincent leaves behind a wife and six children.

Holy Mother,
pray for Vincent.
Mother, ask our
Father to send
Vincent to paradise.
“Vince loved his country and paid the ultimate price to ensure our continued freedom,” said his wife, Erica Bruder-Filpi. “While our grief is immense we will forever thank him and all other military members.”

Vincent Filpi and his wife has a son, Tony. He also has five stepchildren: Aleksandra, Nicholai, Brianna, Davan and Taelin.  “Vince was a fantastic father who was completely devoted to our children,” his wife said. “I can’t say enough nice things about Vincent.”

His parents Vincent II and Donna Filpi live in Shalimar.

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

March 23, 2011

Jamal H. Bowers

Army Master Sgt. Jamal H. Bowers, age 41, died on March 18, 2011, at Camp Lemonier, Djibouti, as a result of a non-combat incident. His death appears to be medical in nature.

Jamal was from Raleigh, North Carolina and was assigned to 6th Battalion, 4th Military Information Support Group, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, N.C.

Jamal Bowers was a U.S. Marine who joined the Army in 1999 as a combat engineer. In 2001, he was qualified in psychological operations, and he had worked as an instructor at the psychological operations qualification course at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center.

Jesus, pray for
Jamal
He has more than 20 years of service. His son, Army Pfc. Jamal Bowers Jr. is with the 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group.

Jamal Bowers' awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, a posthumous Meritorious Service Medal, a Navy Achievement Medal with Valor, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal and Global War on Terrorism Medal.

He is survived by his parents, Leroy and Mary Bowers; wife, Kawana King-Bowers; son, Jamal; daughter, Surita; and stepdaughters, Clarice and Denise Kimp.

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

Brandon S. Hocking

Army Cpl. Brandon S. Hocking, age 24, died on March 21, 2011, in the southern Iraq city of As Samawah, when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.  

Brandon was assigned to 87th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 3rd Sustainment Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.  He was from Seattle, Washington.

Michael,
Archangel,
pray for
Brandon
Cpl. Hocking was a small-arms repair specialist and also served as a convoy gunner. He died just 10 days before his scheduled return home.

He posthumously received a Purple Heart and also the Bronze Star, which is awarded for acts of combat heroism.  Cpl. Hocking was on his second tour of duty in Iraq.  Cpl. Hocking first joined the Army in November 2005.

Cpl. Hocking was the eldest of six children and attended Federal Way and Decatur high schools. He enjoyed fixing up old cars, sketching and playing the acoustic and electric guitar.  Friends and family said Cpl. Hocking joined the military after high school in an effort to improve his life.

He is survived by numerous loving family members including his parents, Christine Dansereau, of Pomeroy, Garfield County, and Kevin Hocking, of Burien. Other survivors include Brandon's wife, Havalah Hocking, of Seattle, a 4-year-old son, Sebastian Hocking, and a 3-year-old daughter, Gwen.  He is also survived by sisters Britney Hocking, of Tacoma; Brooke Hocking, of Kent; Brielle Hocking and Gracie Dansereau, of Pomeroy. His surviving grandparents are Myrna Hocking, of Bigfork, Mont., and Gary Pitts, of Lake Tapps.

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

March 21, 2011

God the Father - do not abandon us

Do not forget us, Father.
God the Father - each day there are more earthquakes, tsunamis, cyclones, hurricanes, and volcanoes, which threaten the Earth. And there are nuclear meltdowns in Japan. And bomb explosions in Israel. 

And then there is War - everywhere. It is like a creeping snake that envelopes everyone. We are weary of war and struggles and battles. It is enough. Give us peace, Father. 
We are weeping

We cry for the unjustly dead, day after day.  We look at life through a veil of tears. 

Do not forsake us, Father. Help us in these trying times. 

If I forget you, Lord; please do not you forget me. Amen

James Malachowski

Staff Sgt. James Malachowski, age 25, died on March 20, 2011, while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. 


James was from Maryland and was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines.


James was previously an instructor in marksmanship and martial arts at Parris Island. He enlisted at age 17 and served tours in Iraq in 2004 and 2005.


His mother, Alison Malachowski, is a retired Marine, and a sister, Brandy Malachowski, served in Iraq as an Army lieutenant. 


Family members have no words to express the pain that they are feeling. 


James enlisted when he was 17-years-old and served three tours of duty in Iraq: From March 2004 to October 2004, July 2005 to February 2006 and January 2007 to July 2007.  He was a platoon leader and a decorated marksman.


James was a graduate of North Carroll High School in Hempstead, Md. and married his high school sweetheart. He was an avid bodybuilder, runner and car enthusiast.


God, the Father,
put James on the
stairway to heaven
Friends described him as a “Very, very, very enthusiastic young man -- very positive in everything that he did.”


His awards include: two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, two Marine Corps Good Conduct Medals, a National Defense Service Medal, two Iraq Campaign Medals, a Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

Family members said that “He was proud of his work. We were always so proud of him.”

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

Mecolus C. McDaniel

Staff Sgt. Mecolus C. McDaniel, age 33, of Fort Hood, Texas, died March 19, 2011, in Khowst province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device and small arms fire. 

The 12 Apostles,
pray for Mecolus, that
he is in heaven
He was assigned to the 6th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Knox, Ky. He was a cavalry scout. 

His military service began in July 1996 and he was posted to Fort Knox in October 2009. It was Mecolus McDaniel’s second deployment to Afghanistan as part of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division.

He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart.

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

Rudy A. Acosta

St. Andre, pray for
Rudy
U.S. Army Cpl. Rudy A. Acosta, age 19, of Canyon County, Calif., died on March 19, 2011, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when he was shot with small arms fire by an individual from a military security group.

The son of Dante and Carolyn Acosta, Rudy Acosta was a 2009 graduate of Santa Clarita Christian School. He completed Army basic training Aug. 11, 2009, and was deployed to Afghanistan on June 10, 2010.

Gabriel, who stands
in the presence of God,
pray for all 19 year olds who
die in war. 
Rudy Acosta was a health care specialist and combat medic for Red Platoon, Killer Troop, 4th Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, based in Vilseck, Germany.

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

Donald R. Mickler Jr.

Donald R. Mickler Jr., age 29, was killed in Afghanistan on March 29, 2011. 
Mary, pray
for Donald

Donald Mickler was assigned to the 4th Squadron, 2nd Stryker Calvary Regiment out of Vilseck, Germany.

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

March 20, 2011

Daniel Steven Prior

British Private Daniel Prior, age 27, was injured by an explosive device while on patrol in Nahr-e-Saraj, Helmand province, Afghanistan.
Jesus, pray for
Daniel

He was flown home to Britain but died on March 18, 2011. Daniel was with the 2nd Battalion, the Parachute Regiment. 

He is survived by many loving relatives including his parents, Ian and Gillian and his wife, Emily, and infant son, Logan. 

Family members stated that "Dan was a lively young man with an amazing sense of humour. He was a wonderful son, husband and father. We are all tremendously proud of him."

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

March 18, 2011

Arturo E. Rodriguez

Pfc. Arturo Emmanuel Rodriguez, age 19, of Bellflower, Calif., died on March 12, 2011, after an attack in the Giyan District, Paktika province of Aghanistan.

He was an infantryman assigned to Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. 
Holy Mother,
pray for Arturo

Arturo Rodriguez had been in the Army since February 2010 and arrived at Fort Campbell in July 2010.

His awards and decorations include a Bronze Star Medal, a Purple Heart Medal and a Parachutist Badge.

He is survived by his father, Arturo Rodriguez Segura, and mother, Rosa Jimenez Davila, both of Mexico. He is also survived by his aunt, Maria Lopez, of Bellflower, California.

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

Christopher S. Meis

Lance Cpl. Christopher S. Meis, age 20, of Bennett, Colo., died March 17, 2011, while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. 

Pray
for
Christopher
He was a machine gunner assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

He joined the Marines in January 2010 and was deployed to Afghanistan with Operation Enduring Freedom in January of this year.

His awards include the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

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

Travis M. Tompkins

Sgt. Travis M. Tompkins, age 31, of Lawton, Okla., died March 16, 2011 in Logar province, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained on March 15, when enemy forces attacked his unit with a rocket propelled grenade.
Pray for Travis

He was assigned to the Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Polk, La.

Travis Tompkins was a military police officer. He joined the U.S. Army in January 2000. His previous duty stations included Fort Sill at Lawton; Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.; Fort Carson, Colo.; and the Allied Joint Force Command in Brunssum, the Netherlands. He was previously deployed to Saudi Arabia from September 2001 until March 2002. He arrived at Fort Polk in June 2009 and deployed with his unit in October. 

Travis Tompkins' awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the NATO Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal and the Army Commendation Medal. He also received four Army Achievement Medals, three Army Good Conduct Medals, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon; and the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Combat Action Badge, the Driver and Mechanic Badge and the Basic Marksman Qualification Badge. 

Travis Tompkins is survived by his parents and his wife and two children.

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

Michael J. Hinkle II

Senior Airmen Michael J. Hinkle II, age 24, of Corona, Calif., died March 16, 2011, due to a non-combat related incident in Southwest Asia.


He was assigned to the 28th Communications Squadron, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D.


Michael Hinkle was a cyber transport systems journeyman who enlisted in December 2005 and arrived at Ellsworth in November 2008.


Father, take
Michael to
Heaven
Military officials said that "Even though Mike's life was short, it was full of accomplishments and honor. Mike joined (the Air Force) and immediately headed off to become a cyber transport systems journeyman. There could not have been a better career field for Mike to join. Mike loved computers, networking and gaming. He loved being a COMM geek."


He was remembered by his deployed family for his quick smile and positive attitude.


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

March 15, 2011

Ian M. Muller

Corporal Ian M. Muller, age 22, from Danville, Vermont, was killed on March 11, 2011, in combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. 

Ian Muller was a member of the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force out of Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Raphael, pray for Ian
Family members stated that Ian felt drawn to the Marines and that “Ian was a good fit for the Marines, and they were a good fit for him."; Ian was a “smart, strong young individual.”

Ian joined the Marines about four years ago.

Ian is survived by his parents, Clif and Susanne, and siblings - Ryan, Dylan, Benjamin, Quinton, Ruben and Madeleine.

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

March 14, 2011

Daehan Park

Sgt. 1st Class Daehan Park, age 36, died on March 12, 2011, of injuries from an enemy attack on his unit in Afghanistan's Wardak province, Afghanistan. His vehicle hit an improvised explosive device. 

Daehan was from Watertown, Connecticut, was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

Mary, pray for
Daehan
He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

Daehan Park enlisted in Watertown, served in the Army Special Forces and leaves behind a wife and two daughters in their Washington state hometown. He is also survived by his parents and step-mother. 

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

Valeri Verskiani

A Republic of Georgia soldier, Corporal Valeri Verskiani, died on March 14, 2011. 

He served in Helmand Province of Afghanistan under the command of U.S. armed forces.

He served in the 32nd battalion of Georgian 3rd Infantry Brigade. 

He was wounded in the neck on March 5, 2011, when a landmine exploded while he was on patrol. 

Valeri had served in the Georgian Army since 2007. 

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

Andrew Harper

Pfc. Andrew Harper, age 19, of Maidsville, West Virginia, died on March 11 in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained in a non-combat related incident.

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

He was born Aug, 17, 1991, in Charleston, S.C., the son of Steven Matthew Harper of Maidsville, and Deanna Jeanette Anderson Harper Wells and stepfather, Craig Lane Wells of Middleburg, Fla. 

Pray
for
Andrew
He is also survived by one brother, Steven Matthew Harper II of Burbank, Ill., one sister, Bridgette Kathleen Ross and husband, Michael Brandon Ross of Middleburg, Fla.; maternal grandfather, Charles Edward Anderson of Middleburg, Fla.; paternal grandfather, T. Dane Williams of Lost Creek; one step-sister, Camille Sophia Wells of Dayton, Oh.; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins; and step grandparents, Wallace Hunt Dickson and Pauline Lillian Dickson of Green Cove Springs, Fla.

He graduated University High in 2009, at which time he joined United States Army. He obtained the rank of PFC/E3.

Andrew was interested in sports and hunting and fishing. 

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

March 12, 2011

Eric S. Trueblood

Staff Sgt. Eric S. Trueblood, age 27, of Alameda, was killed on March 10, 2011, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, when his unit was attacked with an improvised explosive device. 

Eric was assigned to the 391st Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 16th Sustainment Brigade, which operated out of Spinelli Barracks in Mannheim, Germany.  
Jesus pray for
Eric

He was an Army explosives technician. Eric enlisted in the Army 8 years ago. 

He is survived by his mother, Linda Trueblood of Mountain View, his father, Don Trueblood of Walnut Creek and his sister Nena Trueblood. 

Family members stated that Eric was very committed to help the military accomplish their mission in Afghanistan, where he was first deployed three years ago.

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

March 11, 2011

Stephen McKee

British Cpl. Stephen McKee, age 27, from County Down, Northern Ireland, was killed on March 9, 2011, in the Nad-e Ali district of Helmand Province, Afghanistan, when his vehicle hit an Improvised Explosive Device. 
Jesus, pray for
Stephen, that he
is in heaven

Stephen was with the 1st Battalion of The Royal Irish Regiment, based at Tern Hill.

He went to Afghanistan at the end of January. On the day of his death he was taking part in a cordon and search of a small village.

He leaves behind his wife Carley, his parents Heather and Bobby, his brothers Michael, Gareth and Robert and his sisters Kelly and Rebecca.

Stephen had strong family connections with his regiment. As well as his brother, his cousin and father-in-law also serve in the 1st Battalion, with another brother serving in the 2nd Battalion.

The soldier was described as a "doting husband and family man" who had showed "enormous strength" after his two-day-old daughter died last year.

His wife stated "You will always be my hero and every step I take in life I will have my two angels looking after me. You truly are the best husband, father, son and brother anyone could ask for. Till we meet again. Love you always."

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