Hero Stories for New York

Zachary D. Smith

Lance Cpl. Zachary D. Smith, 19, of Hornell, New York, died January 24, 2010, while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Lance Cpl. Smith was assigned to 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. </d

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Gifford E. Hurt

Pfc. Gifford E. Hurt, 19, of Yonkers, New York, died January 20, 2010, in Mosul, Iraq, of injuries sustained from a non-combat related accident. Pfc. Hurt was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 14th Field Artillery Regiment, 214th Fires Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Sill, Oklahoma. </d

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Jason M. Johnston

Spc. Jason M. Johnston, 24, of Albion, New York, died December 26, 2009, in Arghandab, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. Spc. Johnston was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. </d

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Luis M. Gonzalez

Staff Sgt. Luis M. Gonzalez, 27, of South Ozone Park, New York, died October 27, 2009, in Arghandab Valley, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device. Staff Sgt. Gonzalez was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Washington. </d

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Eric A. Jones

Capt. Eric A. Jones, 29, of Westchester, New York, died October 26, 2009, while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Capt. Jones was assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169, Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary Force, based out of Camp Pendleton, California. </d

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Daniel J. Rivera

Pfc. Daniel J. Rivera, 22, of Rochester, New York, died October 18, 2009, in Mosul, Iraq, of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. Pfc. Rivera was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. </d

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Kevin O. Hill

Spc. Kevin O. Hill, 23, of Brooklyn, New York, died October 4, 2009, at Contingency Outpost Dehanna, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit using small arms and indirect fires. Spc. Hill was assigned to the 576th Mobility Augmentation Company, Fort Carson, Colorado. </d

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John J. Malone

Lance Cpl. John J. Malone, 24, of Yonkers, New York, died September 24, 2009, while supporting combat operations in Farah province, Afghanistan. Lance Cpl. Malone was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Fore, based out of Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. </d

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Jeremiah J. Monroe

Pfc. Jeremiah J. Monroe, 31, of Niskayuna, New York, died September 17, 2009, in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device. Pfc. Monroe was assigned to the 7th Engineer Battalion, 10th Sustainment Brigade, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, New York. </d

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Nekl B. Allen

Staff Sgt. Nekl B. Allen, 29, of Rochester, New York, died September 12, 2009, in Wardak province, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised-explosive device and small arms fire. Staff Sgt. Allen 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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