Saturday, April 30, 2011

Jonathan M. Villanueva

Pfc. Jonathan M. Villanueva, age 19, of Jacksonville, Florida, died on April 27, 2011, in Wardak province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire. 

Jesus, pray for Jonathan
He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Polk, La.

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

Matthew D. Hermanson

Sgt. Matthew D. Hermanson, 22, of Appleton, Wis., died April 28, in Wardak province, Afghanistan of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire. 

Angels of God, pray
for Matthew
He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Polk, La.

He joined the U.S. Army in 2007, completed training at Fort Benning, Georgia and was subsequently stationed to Fort Polk in 2007. He deployed to in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from November 2007 to January. Matthew deployed with his unit in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2010. 

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

Preston J. Dennis

Spc. Preston J. Dennis, age 23, of Redding, California, died on April 28, 2011, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. 

He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.

Gabriel, pray
for Preston
Preston was a graduate of Modoc High School in Alturas and graduate of College of the Siskiyous. He was on his second deployment, the first had been from 2009 to April 2010. He began his second tour March 18, 2011.

Preston is survived by his wife, Heather, son Richard, step-father retired Modoc County Sheriff Bruce Mix and mother Maria, sisters Angie and Amanda Dennis-Mix all of Redding.

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

Friday, April 29, 2011

Ronald D. Freeman

Lance Cpl. Ronald D. Freeman, age 25, of Plant City, Florida, died on April 28, 2011, while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. 
St. Jude,
pray for
Ronald

He was assigned to 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Ronald Freeman deployed just last month in support of Operation Enduring Freeman. He joined the Marines in September 2008 and was promoted to lance corporal Nov. 1, 2009. 

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

He is survived by his wife, daughter and newborn son. 

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

Charles A. Ransom

Capt. Charles A. Ransom, age 31, of Midlothian, Virginia, died on April 27, 2011, at the Kabul Airport in Afghanistan. 

A financially distressed 50-year-old Afghani pilot opened fire at Kabul airport after an argument, killing seven other U.S. troops and an American civilian contractor. Ahmad Gul, the shooter, was killed in the incident.

Charles was assigned to the 83rd Network Operations Squadron, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. He was a trainer assisting the Afghan National Security Forces.

Angels of God, pray
for Charles
During his four years at VMI, Charles Ransom, a computer science major, served on the General Committee as vice president of the Class of 2001. He was also a cadet corporal, platoon sergeant, and Rat Challenge corporal. In addition, he worked as a library assistant during his 3rd, 2nd, and 1st Class years. On graduation, he commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air Force. He was selected for promotion to the rank of major at the time of his death.

The Class of 2001 issued the following statement regarding Charles' death:

“The class of 2001 mourns the loss of our Brother Rat and Vice President, Charles Ransom. Charles will be remembered for his loyal support to his Brother Rats as well as his reliable friendship. During a speech to the class after Breakout in 1998, Charles promised he would be a fighter for all of us. That he was. Charles continued that fight for his country as an officer in the US Air Force and died serving in harm’s way on our behalf. The great love of our class swells for Charles and his family. You will be so greatly missed, Brother Rat.”

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

Tara R. Brown

Master Sgt. Tara R. Brown, age 33, of Deltona, Florida, died on April 27, 2011, at the Kabul Airport in Afghanistan. 

She was assigned to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Joint Base Andrews, Md. 

Jesus, pray for Tara Brown.
Pray that she is in Heaven
A financially distressed 50-year-old Afghani pilot opened fire at Kabul airport after an argument, killing seven other U.S. troops and an American civilian contractor. Ahmad Gul, the shooter, was killed in the incident.

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

Jeffrey O. Ausborn

Maj. Jeffrey O. Ausborn, age 41, of Gadsden, Alabama, died on April 27, 2011, at the Kabul Airport in Afghanistan. 
Angels of God, pray for
Jeffrey Ausborn

He was assigned to the 99th Flying Training Squadron, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. 

A financially distressed 50-year-old Afghani pilot opened fire at Kabul airport after an argument, killing seven other U.S. troops and an American civilian contractor. Ahmad Gul, the shooter, was killed in the incident.

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

Raymond G. Estelle II

Maj. Raymond G. Estelle II, age 40, of New Haven, Connecticut, died on April 27, 2011, at the Kabul Airport in Afghanistan. 

He was assigned to Headquarters Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. 

A financially distressed 50-year-old Afghani pilot opened fire at Kabul airport after an argument, killing seven other U.S. troops and an American civilian contractor. Ahmad Gul, the shooter, was killed in the incident.
Father, put Raymond on the
stairway to Heaven

Raymond served 20 years in the United States Air Force.

He was a married father of a daughter and a newborn son. 

Family members stated that Raymond loved being a part of the U.S. Air Force, serving multiple tours overseas, and that “He loved flying and doing things most people dreamed of.” 

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

Frank Bryant

Lt. Col. Frank D. Bryant Jr., age 37, of Knoxville, Tennessee, died on April 27, 2011, at the Kabul Airport in Afghanistan. 

Emil Kapaun, Servant of God,
on your way to sainthood,
pray for Frank 
He was assigned to the 56th Operations Group, Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. 

A financially distressed 50-year-old Afghani pilot opened fire at Kabul airport after an argument, killing seven other U.S. troops and an American civilian contractor. Ahmad Gul, the shooter, was killed in the incident.

God help us all, if everyone who is financially distressed, kills others. 

Frank had been stationed in Afghanistan since June 2010, attached to the 438th Air Expeditionary Advisory Group.  Military officials stated "He was a great pilot, and a great wingman."

Frank graduated from Karns High in 1991, the same year he brought home the state trophy at 119 pounds. The win led to a congressional appointment to the Air Force Academy, where he was captain of the wrestling team and most-valuable player. He received his silver wings in 1997.

Frank Bryant had served in Iraq, where he piloted an F-16 on more than a dozen bombing missions in Baghdad and helped support a surprise raid aimed at Saddam Hussein and his sons.

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

Philip D. Ambard

Maj. Philip D. Ambard, age 44, of Edmonds, Washington, died on April 27, 2011, at the Kabul Airport in Afghanistan. 

A financially distressed 50-year-old Afghani pilot opened fire at Kabul airport after an argument, killing seven other U.S. troops and an American civilian contractor. Ahmad Gul, the shooter, was killed in the incident.

God help us all, if everyone who is financially distressed, kills others. 

Michael, Archangel,
pray for Philip
Philip was assigned to the 460th Space Communications Squadron, Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado.

Philip was a foreign-language professor.  Philip Ambard served in the Air Force for about 25 years.

Family members stated that he was a great teacher and he was a great father. He was a family man through and through. His whole being was dedicated to his family.

Philip is survived by numerous loving family members including his wife of 23 years - Linda, who has stated "My heart is broken. I lost my best friend and husband....He paid the ultimate cost so that all might live free."

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

Nathan Nylander

Air Force Captain, Nathan Nylander, age 35, died on April 27, 2011, at the Kabul Airport in Afghanistan. 

A financially distressed 50-year-old Afghani pilot opened fire at Kabul airport after an argument, killing seven other U.S. troops and an American civilian contractor. Ahmad Gul, the shooter, was killed in the incident.

God help us all, if everyone who is financially distressed, kills others. 
God, put Nathan on the
stairway to Heaven

Nathan is survived by his wife and 3 children and his father and stepmother and numerous other loving relatives.

Family members and friends are remembering Nathan Nylander as someone who was very dedicated to his country and the Air Force. Nathan is also described as a great man devoted to his job and family and a great son. 

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

David L. Brodeur

Major David L. Brodeur, of Auburn, Mass., age 34, died on April 27, 2011, at the Kabul Airport in Afghanistan. 
Jesus, pray for David Brodeur

Ahmad Gul, a 50-year-old pilot from Tarakhail district of Kabul province, was distressed over his personal finances and opened fire at Kabul airport after an argument, killing seven other U.S. troops and an American civilian contractor. Ahmad Gul was killed in the incident.

God help us all, if everyone who is financially distressed, kills others. We are all financially distressed. Where is the rationality in this? God, the Father, help us. Jesus, pray for humanity. Save us from the violent freaks, wherever they are. 

David Brodeur was assigned to the 11th Air Force, based at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska.

He was an adviser to the Afghan Command and Control center under NATO Air Training Command-Afghanistan. He was deployed in February. 

He has a wife and 2 children.

Family members stated that David set his sights on the Air Force Academy, with dreams of becoming a fighter pilot. A standout student and athlete at Auburn High School, David Brodeur was a born leader and a big-brother figure whom people naturally rallied around.

Family members and friends also described him as a real gentleman: brave, proud, sympathetic, generous and  strong.  He is also described as a dedicated husband and father of two beautiful children.

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

Andrew E. Lara

Spc. Andrew E. Lara, age 25, of Albany, Oregon., died April 27, 2011, of a noncombat related incident, in Babil province, Iraq. 
Holy Mother,
pray for
Andrew

He was assigned to F Company, 145th Brigade Support Battalion, attached to the 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry Regiment.

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

Pawel Staniaszek

Polish Private First Class Pawel Staniaszek, age 29, died on April 20, 2011, at the Military Medical Institute in Warsaw.

Mary, pray for
Pawel
Pawel was with the 2nd Mazowiecka Sapper Brigade in New Kazuń. 

Pawel was seriously injured in an explosion in Warduk Province, Afghanistan, on October 9, 2009. He was transported to a field hospital in Ghazni, where he underwent the first of numerous operations. Later he was treated in a U.S. hospital in Germany and the Warsaw Military Medical Institute. He fought for his life to the end. 

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

Adam D. Jones

Cpl. Adam D. Jones, age 29, of Germantown, Ohio, died April 27, 2011, while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. 

He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

He joined the Marine Corps in November 2006 and was promoted to corporal Feb. 1, 2010. Adam deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from October 2007 to May 2008, with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit from May 2009 to December 2009, to Haiti from January 2010 to March 2010, in Support of Operation Enduring Freedom from July 2010 to October 2010 and most recently in support of OEF in February 2011.
Pray for Adam

His awards include the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal and the Humanitarian Service Medal.

Adam's family spoke about his good nature and great pride in being a Marine. 

Adam Jones is survived by his wife and numerous loving relatives.

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

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Joseph M. Jackson

Lance Cpl. Joe M. Jackson, age 22, of White Swan, Washington., died on April 24. 2011, while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. 

All Apostles, pray for
Joseph Jackson
He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif. 

His father, Shawn Marceau, is devastated by the loss of his son. He said that when his son was killed, he lost his best friend. God, help Shawn. 

Mary, pray for Shawn,
the father of Joseph
The Marine Corps reports that Lance Corporal Jackson's actions at the time of his death likely saved the lives of other marines.

Joseph Jackson is a hero. 

Joseph has been awarded five medals including the Purple Heart. 

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

Bradley S. Hughes

Sgt. 1st Class Bradley S. Hughes, age 41, of Newark, Ohio, died on April 24, 2011, of a non-combat incident, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan. 

He was assigned to the 528th Sustainment Brigade, Fort Bragg, N.C.

Bradley Hughes was an armament-maintenance sergeant who was serving for the first time in Afghanistan. He was deployed to Afghanistan in December.

A graduate of Newark High School, Bradley Hughes first enlisted in the Marine Corps in March 1989 and enlisted in the Army in February 1994. He was stationed in Germany several times and spent some time stationed in Korea. He also served two tours in Iraq. 
Jesus, pray for
Bradley

He is survived by numerous loved ones, including his father, Larry Hughes. 

Family friends stated that Bradley lived every day with a positive attitude and a dedication to helping others. He is also described as a true American and a very giving person. 

Bradley married his wife, Leslie, in 2008 and was devoted to her and her two sons.  Bradley had planned to retire from the Army in December to spend more time with his family.

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

David P. Day

Sgt. David P. Day, age 26, of Gaylord, Michigan., died on April 24, 2011, while conducting combat operations in Badghis province, Afghanistan. 
Michael, Archangel,
pray for David Day

He was assigned to 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion, Marine Special Operations Regiment, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

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

Joshua M. McClimans

Capt. Joshua M. McClimans, age 30, of Akron, Ohio, died on April 22, 2011, at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Khost province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with indirect fire. He was shot by a sniper as he was reporting for his shift. 
Rafael, Archangel,
pray for Joshua

He was assigned to the 848th Forward Surgical Team, U.S. Army Reserve, Twinsburg, Ohio.

Joshua had been serving as a registered nurse with the U.S. Army Reserve at Forward Operating Base Salerno since early March.

Joshua McClimans graduated from Jamestown Area High School in 1998. He attended Kent State University and earned his degree in nursing from the University of Akron.  He had worked as a registered nurse in the intensive care unit at Summa Western Reserve Hospital, formerly Cuyahoga Falls General Hospital, in Akron from 2008 until he was activated by the Army Reserve early this year.

Medical officials stated "Serving others was a way of life for Joshua -- perfectly exemplified by his roles in service as a nurse and as a member of the reserves."

Joshua was the father of a son, Max, 7, and a stepdaughter, Emily, 12, of Akron. His former wife, Amanda McClimans, also lives in Akron.

Survivors include his father, Michael McClimans; mother, Cindy McClimans, and a sister, Crystal McClimans, both of Harlingen, Texas; a sister, Jennifer McClimans Ransom, of Jamestown; and his grandmother, Jamestown Mayor Esther McClimans.

Joshua is also survived by his girlfriend, Melissa Bulebush, who stated that "He is a hero in all our eyes." 

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

Monday, April 25, 2011

Benjamin F. Bitner

Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin F. Bitner, age 37, of Greencastle, Pa., died April 23, 2011, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device. 

He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, N.C.

Pray for Ben
Ben Bitner lived in Jackson Springs, North Carolina, with his wife, April, and sons Gunnar and Rogue. He is the son of Roger and Bev Bitner of Greencastle and was a 1991 graduate of Greencastle-Antrim High School.

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

Dominic J. Ciaramitaro


Lance Cpl. Dominic J. Ciaramitaro, age 19, of South Lyon, Michigan, died on April 23, 2011, while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He died from brain injuries after an improvised explosive device detonation. 

Jesus, pray for Dominic
and all 19 year olds
He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Family members described Dominic as a great kid who had many, many friends. Dominic, who graduated from South Lyon High School in 2009, played football while he was in school. He joined the Marines the day after his high school graduation.  

In addition to his mother, Debbie Beaupre, Dominic is survived by his father, John Ciaramitaro; his brother, Sam Ciaramitaro, of South Lyon; his sisters Holly Ciaramitaro, of Los Angeles, Calif. and Lucy Ciaramitaro, of South Lyon; and his grandparents, Marie and Sam Ciaramitaro of Grosse Pointe.

Family members stated that Dominic was "an extremely outgoing, loving, active, athletic guy;  He was never afraid of anything....".

In the end, this poor kid, was just 19.  Jesus pray for the 19 year olds.  God knows, they had no time in this world. 

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

Sean T. Callahan


Sgt. Sean T. Callahan, age 23, of Warrenton, Virginia, died on April 23, 2011, while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Light a candle for Sean.
Light his way to Heaven.

Sean was an antitank missileman.  He deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from August 2009 to October 2009 and most recently in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in December 2010.

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

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

Mervyn E. Sims


This young man died in 1943. His remains have just been recovered now. 


Jesus, Mary and Joseph pray for us all.  It took 68 years to find this man. 

U.S. Army Air Forces Pfc. Mervyn E. Sims, age 23, of Petaluma, Calif., died in April, 1943. 

God take Mervyn
to Heaven
On April 24, 1943, Mervyn Sims and four crew members aboard a C-87 Liberator Express departed from Yangkai, China, in support of “the Hump” resupply mission between India and China. Prior to takeoff, a ground crew determined the aircraft had sufficient fuel for the six-hour flight to the air base on other side of the Himalayas in Chabua, India. Once cleared for takeoff, there was no further communication between the aircrew and airfield operators. Army officials launched a search effort when the plane did not arrive at the destination. No evidence of the aircraft was found and the five men were presumed killed in action.

Family members, 6 decades later, said that they were glad that he was back with his family. They were glad that he was home. 

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

Terry L. Varnadore II

Chief Warrant Officer, Terry L. Varnadore II, age 29, of Hendersonville, N.C. died April 23, 2011, in Kapisa province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when his helicopter went down due to an undetermined cause. 

He was assigned to the 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.

Terry Varnadore joined the U.S. Army in 2005, completed training, and has been serving at Fort Drum since 2007. He deployed with his unit in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in October. He had previously deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2009.

Father, lead Terry to Heaven
Terry's awards and decorations include the Air Medal, the Meritorious Unit Commendation, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, the Army Aviator Badge and the Combat Action Badge.

Terry is survived by his wife and child, mother and father. 

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