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Mon Sep 07, 2009 at 04:44 PM PDT

IGTNT: 'We made a difference'

by JeNoCo

Three more deaths of young men were reported by the Department of Defense Friday.  They all died far from home: Two in Iraq and one in Afghanistan.  Please take a moment to join me below to remember Petty Officer 3rd Class Benjamin P. Castiglione, Staff Sgt. Todd W. Selge and Spc. Jordan M. Shay.

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Tue Aug 25, 2009 at 05:55 PM PDT

IGTNT: "Courage is facing your fear"

by JeNoCo

From the oldest American casualty in Afghanistan to two young men just beginning their life's journey, we are here this evening to pay tribute to three who gave the last full measure for their country.

Please join me and my co-diarist, blue jersey mom, as we remember 1st Sgt. Jose "Joe" Crisostomo, Pfc. Brian Wolverton and Spc. Justin Pellerin.

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Mon Aug 10, 2009 at 07:47 PM PDT

IGTNT: "How many more heroes...?"

by JeNoCo

                                               DoD Identifies Marine Casualties

           The Department of Defense announced Friday the death of four Marines who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

           The following Marines died Aug. 6 while supporting combat operations in Farah province, Afghanistan:

           Lance Cpl. James D. Argentine, 22, of Farmingdale, NY
           Lance Cpl. Travis T. Babine, 20, of San Antonio, TX
           Cpl. Christian A. Guzman Rivera, 21, of Homestead, FL
           Sgt. Jay M. Hoskins, 24, of Paris, TX

Please join me below and spend a few minutes remembering these young men.

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Sun Jun 21, 2009 at 10:56 AM PDT

IGTNT: Remembering a young father

by JeNoCo

On a day during which we honor all fathers, I would like to take a few moments to remember one young father in particular:

                                           DoD Identifies Army Casualty

            The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

           Sgt. Joshua W. Soto, 25, of San Angelo, Texas, died June 16 in Iraq of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 77th Armor Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss Texas.

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Wed Jun 10, 2009 at 07:24 PM PDT

IGTNT: Remembering the smiles

by JeNoCo

Any day during which we lose men and women serving in Iraq or Afghanistan is a bad one and last Friday was no exception:  The Department of Defense released the names of six men who died in service to our country.  Please follow me below to spend a few minutes honoring their memories:

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Mon Mar 09, 2009 at 08:10 PM PDT

IGTNT: Two more gone

by JeNoCo

                                            DoD Identifies Army Casualties

            The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
 
            Pfc. Jessica Y. Sarandrea, 22, of Miami, Fla., died March 3 in Mosul, Iraq, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked her forward operating base with mortar fire. She was assigned to the 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

             Sgt. Jeffrey A. Reed, 23, of Chesterfield, Va., died March 2 in Balad, Iraq, of wounds suffered when his vehicle was struck by a grenade in Taji, Iraq. He was assigned to the 411th Military Police Company, 720th Military Police Battalion, 89th Military Police Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas.

Please let me tell you a little about them:

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One was a husband and a father of three children.  One was a father of two boys with a third on the way. Two had younger siblings and all four were sons.  Tonight we remember four soldiers who were all these things and more. They died together on February 9 in Mosul, Iraq.

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Mon Jan 19, 2009 at 03:41 PM PST

IGTNT: He dreamed of being a Marine

by JeNoCo

                                          DoD Identifies Marine Casualty

            The Department of Defense announced Friday the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
 
            Sgt. Marquis R. Porter, 28, of Brighton, Mass., died Jan. 11 as a result of a non-hostile incident in Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

The cause of death is still under investigation.

On the day that our country has set aside to celebrate the life and honor the ultimate sacrifice of Martin Luther King, we are here now to remember Sgt. Marquis R. Porter, who would have turned 29 on January 16.  

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                                         DoD Identifies Army Casualty

            The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
 
            Pvt. Benjamin B. Tollefson, 22, of Concord, Calif., died Dec. 31 in Balad, Iraq, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with indirect fire in Ghazaliya. Tollefson was assigned to the Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.

Pvt. Ben Tollefson left for Iraq in September and was killed on New Year's Eve.

Please join me below for a look at the life of this young man:

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Sun Oct 19, 2008 at 01:23 PM PDT

IGTNT: He put everyone else first

by JeNoCo

                                       DoD Identifies Army Casualty

           The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
 
            Sgt. John M. Penich, 25, of Beach Park, Ill., died Oct. 16 in Karangol Village, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered from indirect fire. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
 
            The incident is under investigation.

Putting everyone else first...that is how Sgt. John M. Penich is being described by those who knew him.

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Sun Oct 05, 2008 at 02:26 PM PDT

IGTNT: "What more could you ask for?"

by JeNoCo

                                            DoD Identifies Army Casualty

            The Department of Defense announced Friday the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
 
            Pfc. Christopher A. Bartkiewicz, 25, of Dunfermline, Ill., died Sept. 30 in Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his dismounted patrol using small arms fire. 

The medic who treated Pfc. Christopher "Bart" Bartkiewicz, Eric "Doc" Williams wrote:

" Sept 30th I lost one of my best friends here due to sniper fire. I was the medic that treated his injurys (sic). Bart was a great man and a loving father and husband. He was one of our brothers and will be missed. I just wish you could have know him. Rest in peace brother."

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Sun Aug 17, 2008 at 12:42 PM PDT

IGTNT: "His legacy to this family"

by JeNoCo

Keep a fire burning in your eye
Pay attention to the open sky
You never know what will be coming down
I don’t remember losing track of you
You were always dancing in and out of view
I must have thought you’d always be around
Always keeping things real by playing the clown
Now you’re nowhere to be found.

--For a Dancer by Jackson Browne

Today we remember Pfc. Daniel A.C. McGuire, 19, of Mashpee, MA who died Aug. 14 while supporting combat operations in Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

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