Hero Stories for Army

Adam M. Kuligowski

Spc. Adam M. Kuligowski, 21, of Arlington, Virginia, died April 6, 2009, in Bagram, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident. Spc. Kuligowski was assigned to the Special Troops Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky. </d

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Israel Candelaria Mejias

Spc. Israel Candelaria Mejias, 28, of San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico, died April 5, 2009, near Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds sustained when a mine detonated near him during combat operations. Spc. Candelaria Mejias was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment in Task Force 3rd Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 172nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Grafenwoehr, Germany. </d

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Daniel J. Beard

Sgt. Daniel J. Beard, 24, of Buffalo, New York, died April 3, 2009, in Al Diwaniyah, Iraq, of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident. Sgt. Beard was assigned to the 147th Postal Company, 21st Theater Sustainment Command, Wiesbaden, Germany. </d

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Devin C. Poche

Sgt. Devin C. Poche, 25, of Jacksonville, North Carolina, died March 31, 2009, at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, near Tikrit, Iraq, of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident. Sgt. Poche was assigned to the Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. </d

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Raphael A. Futrell

Staff Sgt. Raphael A. Futrell, 26, of Anderson, South Carolina, died March 25, 2009, in Baghdad, Iraq, of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident. Staff Sgt. Futrell was assigned to the 13th Military Police Detachment, 728th Military Police Battalion, 8th Military Police Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, Fort Shafter, Hawaii. </d

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Jose R. Escobedo, Jr.

Sgt. Jose R. Escobedo, Jr., 32, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, died March 20, 2009, in Baghdad, Iraq, of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident the night before at Forward Operating Base Kalsu in Iskandariyah, Iraq. Sgt. Escobedo was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 77th Field Artillery Regiment in Schweinfurt, Germany. </d

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Gary L. Moore

Spc. Gary L. Moore, 25, of Del City, Oklahoma, died March 16, 2009, in Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds sustained when an explosive device struck his vehicle. Spc. Moore was assigned to the 978th Military Police Company, 93rd Military Police Battalion, Fort Bliss, Texas. </d

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Robert M. Weinger

Sgt. Robert M. Weinger, 24, of Round Lake Beach, Illinois, died March 15, 2009, in Jalabad, Afghanistan, as a result of injuries sustained in Kot, Afghanistan, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. Sgt. Weinger was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 178th Infantry Regiment, 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Woodstock, Illinois. </d

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Norman L. Cain III

Spc. Norman L. Cain III, 22, of Oregon, Illinois, died March 15, 2009, in Kot, Afghanistan, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. Spc. Cain was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 178th Infantry Regiment, 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Woodstock, Illinois. </d

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Christopher P. Abeyta

Sgt. Christopher P. Abeyta, 23, of Midlothian, Illinois, died March 15, 2009, in Jalabad, Afghanistan, as a result of injuries sustained in Kot, Afghanistan, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. Sgt. Abeyta was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 178th Infantry Regiment, 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Woodstock, Illinois. </d

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