Hero Stories for August 2009

Javier Olvera

Lance Cpl. Javier Olvera, 20, of Palmdale, California, died August 8, 2009, while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Lance Cpl. Olvera was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. </d

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Radio station gives voice to remote Afghan province

The Nuristan province opened a radio station that operates for 12 hours a day and offers a variety of music, history, education, religious and social commenta

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Mother, son serve together in Afghanistan

Deployed Soldiers have all kissed their families good-bye, and headed off to war with the expectation of learning to handle the constant heartache of missing their loved ones. However, in a rare exception, two Soldiers in eastern Afghanistan have found unexpected relief from this typical situation by being assigned to the same location at Forward Operating Base Salerno in the Khost provin

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Matthew C. Freeman

Capt. Matthew C. Freeman, 29, of Richmond Hill, Georgia, died August 7, 2009, while supporting combat operations in Kapisa province, Afghanistan. Capt. Freeman was assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Okinawa, Japan. </d

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Jerry R. Evans, Jr.

Sgt. Jerry R. Evans, Jr., 23, of Eufaula, Alabama, died August 7, 2009, in Wardak Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. Sgt. Evans was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, New York. </d

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Dennis J. Burrow

Lance Cpl. Dennis J. Burrow, 23, of Naples, Florida, died August 7, 2009, while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Lance Cpl. Burrow was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. </d

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Soldiers who helped film 'GI Joe' now in combat theater

One of the Soldiers in the opening scenes of "GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra," won't be able to see the film's debut this weeke

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Jay M. Hoskins

Sgt. Jay M. Hoskins, 24, of Paris, Texas, died August 6, 2009, while supporting combat operations in Farah province, Afghanistan. Sgt. Hoskins was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, based out of Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. </d

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Christian A. Guzman Rivera

Cpl. Christian A. Guzman Rivera, 21, of Homestead, Florida, died August 6, 2009, while supporting combat operations in Farah province, Afghanistan. Cpl. Guzman Rivera was assigned to the 3rd Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Okinawa, Japan. </d

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Travis T. Babine

Lance Cpl. Travis T. Babine, 20, of San Antonio, Texas, died August 6, 2009, while supporting combat operations in Farah province, Afghanistan. Lance Cpl. Babine was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, based out of Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. </d

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