Hero Stories for August 2009

John Tinsley

Capt. John Tinsley, 28, of Tallahassee, Florida, died August 12, 2009, in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. Capt. Tinsley was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina. </d

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Army's top sergeant visits COB Basra

Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston told troops at Contingency Operating Base Basra Aug. 4, that his top three topics were stress, recruiting and retention, and the Year of the Noncommissioned Offic

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Soldiers in remote corner of Afghanistan get 10-ton delivery from the sky

A team of Airmen airdropped an M198 artillery piece to an Army unit in the remote eastern part of the country Aug. 8.

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Richard A. Walters, Jr.

Spc. Richard A. Walters, Jr., 41, of Cleveland, Ohio, died August 10, 2009, in Ali Al Salem, Kuwait, of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident. Spc. Walters was assigned to the 14th Combat Support Hospital, Fort Benning, Georgia. </d

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Bruce E. Ferrell

Lance Cpl. Bruce E. Ferrell, 21, of Perdido, Alabama, died August 10, 2009, while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Lance Cpl. Ferrell was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. </d

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Americans and Iraqis work to urgently preserve Iraqi cultural landmark

The ancient Assyrian City of Ashur faces imminent threats. Recent construction of a dam on the Tigris River is causing large sections of the City to be swept away, while other precious artifacts are being loot

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Patrick W. Schimmel

Lance Cpl. Patrick W. Schimmel, 21, of Winfield, Missouri, died August 9, 2009, while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Lance Cpl. Schimmel was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. </d

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Vietnam Vs. Afthanistan

http://soldiersangelsforum.com/index.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=66287&highlight=Vietnam This being Sunday morning, I know the Lord is watching out for me... I want to make a comment on Ingrid's post. Thanks for posting this, Ingrid. I did not post anything in response as I wanted it to be stand alone and thought provoking... So I will make my comments here... I just find it interesting that the soldiers in Afghanistan have been saying this for several years now. Even us dumb ci...

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Matthew K.S. Swanson

Spc. Matthew K.S. Swanson, 20, of Lake Forest, California, died August 8, 2009, at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, of injuries sustained during a vehicle roll-over July 19 in Logar Province, Afghanistan. Spc. Swanson was assigned to the 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, New York. </d

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Tara J. Smith

Staff Sgt. Tara J. Smith, 33, of Nashville, North Carolina, died August 8, 2009, in Bagram, Afghanistan, from a non-combat related incident that occurred August 4 at Camp Phoenix, Afghanistan. Staff Sgt. Smith was assigned to the 50th Signal Battalion, 35th Signal Brigade, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. </d

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