Sunday, July 31, 2011

Augustus Vicari

National Guardsman Augustus “Augy” Vicari, age 22, was killed in Afghanistan on July 29, 2011, by an improvised explosive device. 

He lived in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. 

Augustus was a 2008 graduate of Lowell High School, Indiana. He moved to Oklahoma with his high school sweetheart and joined the Oklahoma National Guard. Augie and Holly Vicari were married in September of 2010. Then in June, he was deployed to Afghanistan. 

Jesus, pray for Augustus.
Augustus Vicari had only been in Afghanistan for three weeks. 

His survivors include his mother, Evelyn Vicari, of Lowell, his father, and his wife, Holly Vicari. 

Family members describe Augustus as being a good kid with a great sense of humor. His wife has said that he could light up any room and that he was an amazing man. 

Others have said that he was fiercely loyal, especially to his wife, and that he would help anyone. 

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

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Daniel Ackerman - Law Enforcement - California

Police Officer Daniel Ackerman, age 31, died on the job, on July 30, 2011, in California.

He was with the Buena Vista Park police department.

Michael, Archangel, patron
saint of the Police, pray
for Daniel Ackerman.
Daniel was participating in a SWAT physical fitness test on July 29, 2011, when he showed signs of distress and was rushed to St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton, California. He died the following day.

Daniel began with the department as a police Explorer in October 1995 and became a reserve officer in April 2001. He was hired full-time in June 2005.

He is survived by his mother, sister and 2-year-old daughter.

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

Yao Xiewei - Firefighter - China

Chinese Firefighter, Yao Xiewei, age 22, died in the line of duty on July 29, 2011, in Guangzhou, China. 

A young man surnamed Liang beset with emotional troubles suddenly jumped from a bridge onto the railway tracks in Zengcheng city as police tried to persuade him not to kill himself. 
A depiction of Yao Xiewie
trying to pull a
suicidal man to safety.

Yao Xiewei and other firemen rushed to rescue Liang, but as Yao Xiewei pulled Liang from the tracks, a bullet train passed, striking Liang killing him instantly and severely injuring Yao's head. Yao Xiewei later died at the hospital.

Pray for Yao Xiewei
Yao Xiewei is a true hero among fireman. He is a hero in China and in the world. 

Let us pray to the Higher Power that Yao Xiewei in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace. Amen.

Russell Willingham - Police Officer - North Carolina

Police Officer Russell Willingham, age 28, died on July 30, 2011, on duty, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Russell was en route to assist a fellow officer with a DWI investigation after a suspected drunk driver nearly hit another vehicle.

Michael, Archangel, patron saint
of the Police, pray for Russell
However, Russell lost control of his patrol car, went down an embankment, and crashed into a tree. He radioed for help after the accident and told dispatchers he was pinned inside his car. And then the car burst into flames. 

This poor man died in flames.  Jesus, Mary and Joseph pray for all of the police.

Russell is originally from Massachusetts.  He joined the Winston-Salem Police Department in 2009, after serving for two years with the Greensboro Police Department.

Russell leaves behind many loving relatives and friends, including his wife. 

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

Pawel Poswiat

Polish Lance Corporal Pawel Poswiat, age 29, died on July 28, 2011, in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan, of injuries when an improvised explosive device detonated under the vehicle he was driving.
Mary, pray for Pawel

Pawel Poswiat served in the 17th Mechanized Brigade. Pawel had joined the Polish Army in 2003. 

He was unmarried. 

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

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Jeffrey Bowen - Firefighter - North Carolina

Firefighter Captain Jeffrey Bowen, age 37, was killed on July 28, 2011, in Asheville, North Carolina.

He died fighting a fire at 445 Biltmore Center, in Asheville, North Carolina. It is a medical office building. He was checking to see if anyone was left in the building. 

More than 50 firefighters responded to the fire. The part of the building containing the fire did not have sprinklers.

Angels of God, pray for Jeffrey
Jeffrey was a 13-year veteran of the department and assigned to Rescue Company 3.

Fire Department officials said that Jeffrey was one of the most dedicated firefighters in the department and that he came to work smiling. Jeffrey wanted to do the job he was hired to do which was to put out fires. 

Jeffrey is survived by his wife, Stacey, and three children.

Pray for all who die in the line of duty. 

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

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Deon Classay - Firefighter - Arizona

Firefighter Deon Classay, age 43, of Whiteriver, Arizona, died in the line of duty on July 24, 2011. 

Deon was battling the lightning-caused Diamond Fire that broke out north of the Black River, Arizona on July 23, 2011. When his crew returned to camp, they realized that Deon was missing.

Deon joined the Fort Apache Hotshots Firefighters in 1990. He was a member of the White Mountain Apache Tribe. 
Angels of God,
pray for Deon

Deon is described as an outdoors person, who enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Deon is survived by his wife, two children, two grandchildren, his mother, three sisters and two brothers.

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

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

Monday, July 25, 2011

An 8 year old Afghani boy hung?

The laughing Taliban - at a double hanging.
Seemingly, there is nothing like a death
to put a smile on your face.
The Afghan government has announced that Mohammed Ibrahim, an 8 year old boy, was hung by insurgents in Southern Afghanistan on or about July 22, 2011.

Supposedly, the boy was kidnapped and the boy’s captors had demanded that his father, Mohammed Daoud, age 36, a police officer, supply them with a police vehicle and he refused. In apparent retaliation, the militants hanged or strangled the boy and dumped his body into a stream in Helmand Province.

This is too outrageous to be true and if it isn't, I will remove this posting from this blog. 

Two children in the Warsaw Ghetto.  This is real. 
If it is true, then God help us all. 

However, in World War Two, how many hundreds of thousands of children, among millions, were gassed or starved to death? That was real. 

And then Ratko Mladic, a Serbian military commander, is now under trial in 2011 for arranging the killing of more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslims in 1995, in Bosnia. Many of the people he killed were teenage boys. This mass murder was described by the Secretary-General of the United Nations as the worst crime on European soil since the Second World War.

Bosnian Muslims, starved and led to death by
Ratko Mladic.  This is real.  Look at their faces. 
Who could look in the face of an 8 year old or a 12 year old boy and then kill him? 

This is beyond belief, but it has happened and it does happen. It is always happening. 

If this is true, pray for Mohammed Ibrahim, age 8, that he is in Heaven and that he is with God.  Pray that he is playing in the fields of Heaven. 

God save us from the freaks in this world. God help us.

David Tobini

Italian Corporal Major David Tobino, age 28, was killed in western Afghanistan on July 25, 2011. 

He was involved in a firefight with insurgents near the village of Bala Murghab in Badghis Province.

Saint Andrew, the Apostle,
pray for David Tobini
David was living with his mother, Annarita Lomastro, and his brother in Osteria Nuova, in the municipality of Rome. His father is unnamed but also lives in Rome. 

Family members describe David as a great guy and a scholar. They also stated that David was passionate about the military and that he loved his job. 

Friends describe him as polite and respectful and a serious man. 

This was his first mission in Afghanistan. 

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

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Benjamin A. Stevenson

Master Sgt. Benjamin A. Stevenson, age 36, of Canyon Lake, Texas, died on July 21, 2011, in Paktika province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using small arms fire. 

He was assigned to the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, N.C. 

Benjamin Stevenson was born in Albany, N.Y., and graduated from Smithson Valley High School in Spring Branch, Texas, in 1993. He enlisted in the Army as an infantryman in June that year.

Light a candle for Benjamin.
Light his way to Heaven.
He first served with the 325th Infantry Battalion at Fort Bragg as a gunner firing anti-tank missiles and a squad leader. He then went on to become an aircraft power plant repairman with the 601st Aviation Support Battalion at Katterbach, Germany. He completed Special Forces training in January 2000 and was assigned to 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Campbell, Ky., where he served as a weapons and intelligence sergeant. He deployed with the unit three times to Iraq and once to Afghanistan. In May 2006, Stevenson was assigned as a special operations team member with Special Operations Command, where he deployed to Iraq four more times and twice more to Afghanistan.

Benjamin's awards include the Bronze Star; Meritorious Service Medal; Joint Service Commendation Medal with Valor; Army Commendation Medal with Valor; Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal; Presidential Unit citation; Joint Meritorious Unit award; Army Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Kosovo Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star; Afghanistan Campaign Medal with three campaign stars; Iraq Campaign Medal with six campaign stars; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal with Bronze Arrowhead; and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal.

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

Friday, July 22, 2011

Thomas Ossel - Firefighter - England


Firefighter Thomas Ossel, age 28, from Cople, England, was shot and killed on July 18, 2011, while on holiday in Margarita Island, Venezuela.

Thomas was a firefighter in London, England. 

His brother, Jack, was also stabbed during the incident. 

Jesus, pray for Thomas
The two Ossel brothers were in their room at Posada Casa Rosa Hotel in the resort of Playa el Aqua, Venezuela, when a group of about 7 people (including 3 women) armed with a knife and gun burst in, in an attempt to rob the two. Others in the hotel heard the robbers shouting in Spanish “dollars, dollars” and the sound of punching and slapping.

Thomas Ossel resisted this robbery attempt and was shot. 

Tom is described as being an adventurer, strong and fit, with an infectious personality. Thomas stated about himself - "I love to travel...have been to nearly 40 countries now..would love to make it 100 one day."

Tom is survived by many loving relatives and friends including his father, Ben and his mother, Annabelle.

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

Travis Lee Miller - Firefighter - Indiana


Volunteer Firefighter, Travis Lee Miller, age 31, died on July 19, 2011, in Indiana. 

Travis was a member of the Waterloo-Grant Township Fire Department - Indiana. 

Saint Florian, Patron Saint
of Firefighters, pray for
Travis
Travis died in his sleep of an apparent heart attack after he had returned home from assisting at a structure fire in Butler, Indiana. A circuit breaker apparently blew out in the Butler home, starting the fire. 

The heat and stress of the fire may have contributed to his death. 

Fire Department officials stated that Travis was a dedicated volunteer firefighter who was always willing to help and who was not afraid to jump right in when the need arose. 

He had served as a firefighter for over five years because (in his words)....too many people I love and care for have either died or been injured or lost everything in a fire or accident or something medical. And I love to help other people in every way I can possible.

Travis is survived by his wife, Amy. 

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

Richard "Rick" Daly - Law Enforcement - Georgia


Deputy Sheriff Richard (Rick) Daly, age 55, was shot and killed in the line of duty on July 20, 2011, in Clayton County, Georgia. 

Rick was with the Clayton County Sheriff's Office, in the state of Georgia, U.S.A.

Michael, Archangel, Patron
Saint of the Police, pray
for Richard Daly
A fugitive squad in an unmarked car identified a teenage suspect wanted on armed robbery charges and called on Deputy Daly in his marked cruiser to execute the traffic stop around 3:00 p.m. As Deputy Daly approached the passenger side of the vehicle where the suspect was, the suspect exited the vehicle and fired multiple shots that struck Rick Daly in locations not protected by his body armor. He was transported to the hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.  

The suspect fled the scene and remained at large for several hours before he was captured by a tactical team with the aid of a canine.

Deputy Daly had served in law enforcement for 25 years.

Pray for all who die in the line of duty. 

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

Jacob Molina


Sgt. Jacob Molina, age 27, of Houston, Texas, died on July 19, 2011, in Kunar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device. 

He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

Mary, pray for Jacob
Jacob Molina grew up in southeast Houston and attended Eastwood High School. Jacob had talked about joining the military since middle school. He enlisted in the Army on Feb. 15, 2007, as an infantryman. He served a tour of duty in Iraq before deploying to Afghanistan. 

Family members stated that Jacob loved the Army with a passion and that he was a hero to them. 

Jacob's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (posthumous), Purple Heart (posthumous), Combat Infantryman Badge (posthumous), Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Star, and Iraq Campaign Medal with Star.

Jacob is survived by numerous loving family members, including his wife Stephanie and two children - Andrew and Kassandra. 

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

James M. Christen


Staff Sgt. James M. Christen, age 29, of Loomis, California, died on July 19, 2011, in Kunar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device.

He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

Light a candle for James. Light
his way to Heaven.
James graduated from Del Oro High School in 2000.  This was his third deployment overseas. He previously served two tours in Iraq.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart (both posthumous), Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Star, Iraq Campaign with Star, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Army Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Profession Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge and the Parachutist Badge.

Military friends describe James as a stand-up guy and an all-around good person, who'd give you the shirt off his back. 

James was married. 

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

Omar A. Jones

Sgt. Omar A. Jones, age 28, of Crook, Colorado, died on July 18, 2011, in Balkh province, Afghanistan, of non-combat related injuries. 
Angels of God, pray
for Omar

He was assigned to the 126th Chemical Battalion, 92nd Troop Command, Nebraska Army National Guard, Wahoo, Nebraska.

Omar Jones was an electrician assigned to the 623rd Engineer Company based in Wahoo.

Omar enlisted in the Army in October 2001. In 2005 he joined the Nebraska National Guard's 134th Infantry Detachment in Crete and transferred to several Nebraska units in North Platte, Ogallala and Kearney. His current deployment was his third. He served two tours in Iraq.

Omar lived in Bogota, Colombia, for much of his childhood. He came back to America when he was 14 and enlisted in the Army when he was 18.

Family members stated that he loved being a soldier. He was a good soldier, a good husband and a very good man.

Military officials describe Omar as a very caring person who would go out of his way to help anyone. 

Omar is survived by numerous loving relatives and friends including his wife, Ava, son Malachi and daughter Airiana.

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

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Le Thanh Tam - Law Enforcement - Vietnam

Vietnamese Provisional Police Officer, Le Thanh Tam, age 25, died on July 19, 2011, in the line of duty in Dong Nai, Vietnam. 

Pray for Le
Thanh Tam
He and several other officers were pursuing two robbery suspects, who had attempted to hold up a local resident in broad daylight, when he was shot in the chest. 

He had been studying at a police college to become a sergeant. He has been posthumously promoted to the position of Lieutenant.

One of the perpetrators, also age 25, was shot dead after the police opened fire on him.

Pray for all who die in the line of duty. 

Let us pray to God the Father that Le Thanh Tam is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Brian Mowery

Sgt. Brian Mowery, age 49, of Halifax, Pennsylvania, was killed on July 18, 2011, near Bagram, Afghanistan, when his vehicle struck a roadside bomb.

He was serving with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard's 131st Transportation Co., 213th Area Support Group.

Brian Mowery had previously been a member of the Marine Corps Reserve from 1979 to 1985, then joined the National Guard in 2000. He previously served in Kosovo.

Saint Anthony of Padua,
pray for Brian
Brian was a 1980 graduate of Central Dauphin High School in Harrisburg. He started his military career in the Marine Corps Reserve from 1979 to 1985. After a 15-year break in service, he returned to uniformed services, this time with the Army National Guard, in 2000. He served in the Pennsylvania National Guard as an infantry team leader and a motor transport operator.

Brian served for several months in Kosovo from 2003 to 2004 with the Kutztown-based Company C, 1st Battalion, 111th Infantry Regiment.

His awards include two Army Commendation Medals, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, NATO Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Driver and Mechanic Badge, Kosovo Campaign Medal and the Governor’s Unit Citation.

Military officials stated that Brian served as an example to the younger soldiers around him, and that Brian demonstrated leadership potential far above his rank and never hesitated to assume responsibility, no matter how big the challenge.

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

Edward Koehler

Sgt. Edward Koehler, age 47, of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, was killed on July 18, 2011, near Bagram, Afghanistan, when his vehicle struck a roadside bomb.

Father, take Edward to
Heaven
He was serving with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard's 131st Transportation Co., 213th Area Support Group.

Edward Koehler previously served in the Marines Corps from 1982 to 1988 and joined the National Guard in 1997.

Edward was a 1982 graduate of Lebanon High School. After serving with the Marine Corps from 1982 to 1988, he took a 10-year break from service. He enlisted in the Pennsylvania National Guard in 1997 as a motor transport operator, serving his entire Guard career in the 131st Transportation Company.

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

Kenneth VanGiesen

Staff Sgt. Kenneth VanGiesen, age 30, of Kane, Pennsylvania, was killed on July 18, 2011, near Bagram, Afghanistan, when his vehicle struck a roadside bomb.

He was serving with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard's 131st Transportation Co., 213th Area Support Group.

Kenneth had previously stated that he was proud to join the National Guard, like his father before him.

Kenneth was living in Erie where he was working with the National Guard, with whom he served 12 years.
Saint Maximilian Kolbe,
pray for Kenneth

Kenneth was a 1999 graduate of the Kane Area High School. After enlisting in the Pennsylvania National Guard as a fuel and electrical systems repair specialist in 1999, he went on to become a heavy-vehicle driver, light-wheeled vehicle mechanic, and armament repairman.

He was on his fourth active-duty tour. He previously served in Germany from 2002 to 2003, Iraq from 2005 to 2006 with the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team and 2009 with the 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team.

His awards include two Army Commendation Medals, Combat Action Badge, two Iraq Campaign Medals, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation and two Navy Unit Commendations.

Military officials describe him as an enthusiastic and dedicated soldier who never shied away from the call to duty.

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

Mark A. Cofield

Sgt. Mark A. Cofield, age 25, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, died on July 17, 2011, in Baghdad, Iraq, of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident. 

Light a candle for Mark. Light
his way to Heaven
He was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Mark comes from a family of military service - Mark's father was in the Air Force for many years and recently re-enlisted into the military, this time into the Army. His brother is also a soldier who served two tours overseas. 

Family and friends describe him as being loving, strong and compassionate and an achiever. 

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

Jabari N. Thompson

Lance Cpl. Jabari N. Thompson, age 22, of Brooklyn, New York, died on July 17, 2011, of wounds sustained July 13 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. 

He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. 
Jesus, pray for Jabari

Family members were told that Jabari was shot while coming to the aid of a comrade. 

Jabari had always wanted to be a Marine, like his father. He had graduated from South Shore High School in Canarsie, New York.

Jabari is survived by many loving relatives and friends including his father, Gregory, his sister, Chekesha Thompson and his fiancée, Shemiah Louis.

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

Christopher L. Camero

Lance Cpl. Christopher L. Camero, age 19, of Kailua Kona, Hawaii, died on July 15, 2011, of wounds suffered July 6 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. 
Pray for
Christopher

He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, California. 

Friends stated that his lifelong goal was to become a Marine.

Christopher was serving his first combat deployment since he enlisted in the Marine Corps on June 7, 2010.

His personal service awards include the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon and Afghanistan Campaign Medal.

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

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Mark Anthony Palin

British Corporal Mark Anthony Palin, age 32, was killed on July 18, 2011, in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province, Afghanistan, on an operation to recover bomb components, when a bomb exploded.

Mark was with the 1st Battalion The Rifles. He had been in Afghanistan since April with the Battalion's B Company as the second in command of a 12-man Multiple.

Father, put Mark on the
stairway to Heaven.
He was from Plymouth, enlisted in the Army in 1996, joining the 1st Battalion the Devonshire and Dorset Regiment in Paderborn, with whom he served in Northern Ireland and Iraq.

Family members stated that Mark was unique - one in a million. He was loved deeply by all his family and friends. He was a devoted family man who adored his son and was so looking forward to the birth of his daughter.

Military officials stated that Mark was well known by everybody and well liked by all. They also stated that he was professional and a team player.

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