In Memoriam
Illinoisans who have been Killed in Action
while serving in the Military Service since Sept. 11, 2001.
[Current as of July 2006]

©2006 Sara Hemp



The following biographical information was provided by Illinois Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn's office.

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Navy CDR Dan
Shanower was killed on September 11, 2001 in the attack on the Pentagon.
Mother and Father: Donald and Patricia Shanower of Naperville
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Navy LCDR Patrick
Murphy was killed on September 11, 2001 in the attack on the Pentagon.
Wife: Massako Nagasawa Murphy of Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922
Sons: Mitchell Murphy, Casey Murphy
Mother: Joan Murphy-Miller of Glenwood, IL
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Machinist's Mate Fireman Apprentice Bryant L.
Davis, 20, of Chicago, Ill. has been declared deceased after falling overboard from the USS Kitty Hawk on Nov. 7, 2001.
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Sgt. Jeannette
Winters, United States Army, of Chicago died January 9, 2002 in Pakistan in an airplane accident.
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Army PVT James
Ebbers was killed due to gunshot wound on October 14, 2002 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Mother: Nancy Ebbers of Chicago Ridge
Father: Brian Ebbers of Bridgeview
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Cpt Ryan
Beaupre, United States Marines, of St. Anne was killed during a helicopter crash in Kuwait on March 20, 2003. Beaupre was assigned to the Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 268, 3d Marine Aircraft Wing, Camp Pendleton, Calif.
Parents: Mark and Nicky Beaupre of St Anne
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U.S. Marine Cpl. Brian
Kennedy was killed in Kuwait in aircraft accident on March 20, 2003. He was assigned to the Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 268, 3d Marine Aircraft Wing, Camp Pendleton, Calif. He grew up in Evanston.
Parents: Wilma and John Kennedy of Huston, TX
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Spc. Brandon
Rowe of Roscoe was killed in Iraq on March 31, 2003. He was a member of the Army's 101st Airborne Division.
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Spc. Brandon J.
Rowe, 20, was assigned to C Company, 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky. He was killed in action on March 31, 2003, in Ayyub, Iraq, by enemy artillery. Rowe was from Roscoe.
Mother: Wendy Borowski of Roscoe
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Air Force Lt. Col. John
Stein was killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan on March 23, 2003.
Wife: Barbara Stein of Colchester
Three children
Mother: Hazel Henry of Macomb
In-Laws: Jerry and Betty Nelson of Adair
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Pvt. Jonathan L.
Gifford, 20, of Macon was killed in action in Iraq of March 23, 2003. He was listed as Missing in Action for two weeks before his body was found. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Daughter: Lexie Gifford, 4, of Decatur
Mother: Vicky Langley of Decatur
Father: John Gifford of Decatur
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Cpl. Evan
James, 20, of the United States Marines was killed in action on March 24, 2003 in Iraq. He was a Marine Reservist from Peoria.
Parents: Michael and Donna James of La Harpe
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Staff Sgt Jacob L.
Frazier, 24, was killed in action in Afghanistan on March 29, 2003. He was assigned to the 169th Air Support Operations Squadron, 182nd Airlift Wing, Illinois Air National Guard.
Parents: James and Joyce Frazier
Sisters: Jessica and Kathryn
Brothers Dan and Zack
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Army Spc. Rachael A.
Lacy of Lynwood died, April 3, 2003 as a result of a vaccination for smallpox. She was getting ready to deploy with her unit to Iraq.
Parents: Mosses and Ruby Lacy
Brothers: Jonathan, 9, Joseph, 21
Sister: Leah, 12
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Marine 1st Sgt Edward
Smith, 38, of Chicago was died April 5, 2003 in Doha, Qatar as a result of wounds received in action a day earlier. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, Calif.
Father: Ronald Holliday of Chicago
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Army Staff Sgt Lincoln
Hollinsaid, 27, of Malden, was killed in a grenade attack in Iraq on April 7, 2003. He was assigned to B Company, 11th Engineer Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.
Parents: Dan and Nancy Hollinsaid of Malden
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Lance Cpl. Jakub
Kowalik of Schaumburg was killed on May 12, 2003 when ordnance he was handling exploded. He was assigned to the 1st Maintenance Battalion, 1st Force Service Support Group, Camp Pendleton, Calif.
Mother: Danuta Kowalik of Des Plaines
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Lance Cpl. Nicholas Brian
Kleiboeker, 19, of Irvington was killed May 13 near Al Hillah, Iraq, when the munitions bunker he was working in caught fire and exploded. He was assigned to the 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Mother: Theresa Clark of Summer
Father and step-mother: Gary and Sheryl Kleiboeker of Iuka
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Marine Corps 1st Lt Timothy
Ryan of North Aurora was killed on May 19, 2003 when his helicopter crashed in a canal about 60 miles south of Baghdad. He was assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364, Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Camp Pendleton, Calif.
Mother: Judi Ryan of North Aurora
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Army Staff Sgt. Andrew R.
Pokorny, 30, of Naperville was killed in Iraq on June 13, 2003 when his armored personnel carrier threw a track causing the vehicle to roll over. He was assigned to 3rd Air Defense Artillery, 3rd Armor Cavalry Regiment, Fort Carson, Colo.
Wife: Jeannie Pokorny of Colorado Springs, CO
Mother: Marie Pokorney of Naperville
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Army Spc. Cory
Hubbell , 20, of Urbana died on June 26, 2003 in Camden Yards, Kuwait. Hubbell died from a non-combat related cause. He was assigned to Company B, 46th Engineer Battalion, Fort Rucker, Ala. Mother: Connie Sue Bickers of St. Joseph
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Army Pvt. Matthew D.
Bush, 20, of East Alton, Ill., died on Aug. 8, 2003 in Camp Caldwell, Iraq. A fellow soldier tried to wake Bush and noticed he was not breathing. Bush was assigned to F Troop, 1st Squadron, 10th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Hood, Texas.
Next of Kin: Randy Bush of Alton
Barbara Bush of Wood River
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Army Spc. Brandon
Ramsey, 21, of Calumet City died on Aug. 8, 2003 in Tallil, Iraq. Ramsey was part of a convoy escort mission when the vehicle he was in rolled over during a chase and fatally injured him.
Ramsey was assigned to the 933rd Military Police Co., U.S. Army National Guard, Chicago
Mother: Deborah Ramsey of Calumet City
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Army Pfc. Adam
Thomas, 21, of Palos Hills died while on patrol in Afghanistan on Aug 31, 2003.
He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.
Next of kin: Jeffery Thomas
Ellen Thomas of Burbank
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Army Pfc Christopher
Sisson, 20, of Oak Park died in Iraq due to helicopter crash on Sept. 2, 2003. Sisson was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 325th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Fort Bragg, N.C.
Father and step-mother: William and Cindy Sisson of North Riverside
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Army Spc. Ryan G.
Carlock, 25, of Macomb was killed on Sept. 9, 2003 near Baghdad, Iraq. Carlock died of injuries sustained when his fuel truck was attacked. He was assigned to the 416th Transportation Company, 260th Quartermaster Battalion, Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.
Father: Randy Carlock of Macomb
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1st Lt. Brian
Slavenas, 30, of Genoa, was killed on November 2, 2003 in Iraq when a surface-to-air missile struck his CH-47 aircraft while transporting troops.
Father and step-mother: Ronald and Chris Slavenas of Genoa
Mother: Rose Marie Dietz-Slavenas of Rockford
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Army Spc. John R.
Sullivan, 26, of Countryside was killed on Nov. 15, 2003 during a helicopter crash in Northern Iraq.
Wife: Katrina Sullivan of Auburn, WA
Sons: Aiden J. and Gavin J.
Step-daughter: Jade M. Whitner
Mother: Bette I. Sullivan of Bolingbrook
Father: James E. Sullivan of Romeoville
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Army Spc. William D.
Dusenbery, 30, of Fairview Heights was killed on Nov. 15, 2003 during a helicopter crash in Northern Iraq.
Father and step-mother: William and Nancy Dunsenbery of Fairview Heights
Wife: Rochelle Dusenbery of Arcata, CA
Mother: Nancy Medcalf of Rancho Cordovia, CA
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Army Pvt. Scott M.
Tyrrell, 21, of Sterling died on Nov. 20, 2003 at Brooke Army Medical Center, in San Antonio, Texas, of wounds received on Nov. 14 in Tikrit, Iraq. Tyrrell was at an ammunition point when it caught on fire.
Father and step-mother: Arnold and Kathleen Tyrrell of Polo
Mother: Susan Tyrell of Forreston
Army Spc. Uday Singh, 21, of Lake Forest, was killed on Dec. 1, 2003 in Habbaniyah, Iraq.
Father: Preet Singh of Chandigarh, India
Mother: Manjit Taunque
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Staff Sgt. Michael J.
Sutter, 28, of Tinley Park, Ill., was killed Dec. 26, 2003 in Baqubah, Iraq. Sutter was attempting to render safe an improved explosive device when it detonated. Sutter was assigned to the 745th Ordnance Company, 79th Ordnance Battalion, Army National Guard, based in Grayling, Mich.
Parents: John and Judy Sutter of Tinley Park
Brothers: John and Steven Sutter
Sister: Angela Zoll
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Marine Capt. Adam
Miller was killed on January 12, 2004 in a helicopter accident at Camp Pendleton, CA.
Mother and Father: Sandra and Joseph Miller of Midlothian
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Army Sgt. 1st Class James T.
Hoffman, 41, originally from Palatine, Illinois, was killed on Jan. 27, 2004 near Ar Ramadi, Iraq.
Next of kin: Vickie P. Hoffman of Wakefield, KS
Father: Fred Hoffman of Cary
Mother: Patricia Hoffman of Palatine
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Army Sgt. Ivory L.
Phipps, 44, of Chicago was killed March 17, 2004 in Baghdad, Iraq, of injuries sustained from a mortar attack. Phipps was assigned to 1544th Transportation Co., Illinois Army National Guard, Paris
Fiancé: Latoya Ragsdale of Chicago
Daughter: Ivory Phipps of Chicago
Father and step-mother: Oscar and Pat Ford of Chicago
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Marine Corps Pfc. Geoffrey S.
Morris, 19, of Gurnee was killed April 4, 2004 by hostile fire in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, CA.
Father and step-mother: Vickie and Kirk Morris of Gurnee
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Army Cpl. Forest J.
Jostes, 22, of Albion was killed on April 4, 2004 in Baghdad, Iraq, when his unit was attacked with rocket-propelled grenades and small arms fire.
Step-father and mother: Von and Dianne Ibbotson of Albion
Father: Joseph C. Jostes of Bethel, MO
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Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Phillip E.
Frank, 20, of Elk Grove died April 8, 2004 from hostile fire in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, CA
Wife: Keri Frank
Mother and Father: Roy and Georget Frank of Elk Grove Village
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Army Pfc. Gregory R.
Goodrich, 37, of Bartonville died April 9, 2004 in Iraq when his convoy was ambushed. Goodrich was assigned to the Army Reserve's 724th Transportation Company, Bartonville.
Mother: Barbara Goodrich of Hillsboro, WI
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Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Torrey L.
Gray, 19, of Patoka was killed on April 9, 2004, in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 3rd Batalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, CA.
Mother and Step-fathe: Jerry and Mary Stoffel of Patoka
Father: Jerome S. Gray of Indianapolis
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Army Pfc. Shawn C.
Edwards, 20, of Bensenville, died on April 23, 2004 in Samarra, Iraq, when his convoy vehicle hit an explosive device. Edwards was assigned to 121st Signal Battalion, 1st Infantry Division, Kitzingen, Germany.
Mother and Father: Glen and Elizabeth Edwards of Bensenville
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Army Sgt. Landis W.
Garrison, 23, of Rapids City, died April 29, 2004 in Abu Gharb, Iraq. Garrison was assigned to the 333rd Military Police Company, Illinois National Guard, Freeport
Mother and Father: Randal and Leah Garrison of Rapids City
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Army Staff Sgt. Oscar D.
Vargas-Medina, 32, of Chicago died on May 1, 2004 in Al Amarah, Iraq when his convoy was attacked. He was assigned to 84th Engineer Battalion, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Honolulu, HI.
Mother: Francia Lopez of Kissinnmee, FL
Wife: Beta Medina
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Army Capt. John E.
Tipton, 32, of Fort Walton Beach, FL, formerly of Collinsville, died May 2, 2004 in Al Anbar Province, Iraq, from an explosion. Tipton commanded Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, KS.
Wife: Susie Tipton of Maryville
Son: Austin
Daughter: Kaitlyn
Mother and Father: Dwight and Kwong Tipton of Ft. Walton Beach, FL
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Army Staff Sgt. William D.
Chaney, 59, of Schaumburg, died on May 18, 2004 in Landstuhl, Germany due to complications after surgery. Chaney was assigned to the Army National Guard, Company B, 1st Battalion, 106th Aviation Regiment, Chicago
Wife: Carol Chaney of Schaumburg
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Army Spc. Jeremy L.
Ridlen, 23, of Paris, died on May 23, 2004 in East Fallujah, Iraq, from small-arms fire. Ridlen was assigned to the Army National Guard's 1544 Transportation Company, Paris
Father: Edward Tidlen of Maroa
Mother: Cheryl Ridlen of Maroa
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Army Maj. Paul R.
Syverson III, of Lake Zurich died on June 16, 2004 in Balad, Iraq, during a mortar attack.
Wife: Jackie Syverson
Mother and Father: Joy and Paul Syverson of Lake Zurich
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Army 1st Sgt. Ernest E.
Utt, 38, of Hammond, died June 27, 2004 in Baghdad, Iraq, after two rockets were fired into his forward operating base. Utt was assigned to Battery B, 1st Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, TX.
Wife: Denise Utt of Fort Hood, TX
Father: Ernest Utt of Hammond
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Army Sgt. Christopher A.
Wagener, 24, of Fairview Heights died July 1, 2004 in Mosul, Iraq, when his convoy vehicle hit a land mine. Wagener was assigned to the Army's 10th Aviation Battalion, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, NY.
Mother and Father: Kenneth and Dani Wagener of Fairview Heights
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Army Pfc. Collier E.
Barcus, 21, of McHenry died on July 8, 2004 in Baghdad, Iraq. He was in the Iraqi National Guard Headquarters when it came under a mortar attack. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, Schweinfurt, Germany.
Mother: Sandra Barcus of McHenry
Father: Gregory Barcus of Algonquin
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Army Pfc. Torry D.
Harris, 21, of Chicago, died on July 13, 2004 in Tikrit, Iraq, of non-combat related injuries. Harris was assigned to the 12th Chemical Company, Kitzingen, Germany.
Mother: Linda Calhoun of Chicago
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Army Cpl. Demetrius L.
Rice, 24, of Ortonville, MN, formerly of Chicago, died on July 14, 2004 in Talafar, Iraq, when the vehicle he was in rolled over. He was assigned to the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, WA.
Mother: Valorie Rice of Appleton, MN
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Marine Lance Cpl. Vincent M.
Sullivan, 23, of Chatham, N.J., formerly of Western Springs, died on July 23, 2004 due to injuries received in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Wife: Erika Sullivan
Mother: Susan Sullivan of Bradley Beach, NJ
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Marine Sgt. Matthew S.
Adams 26, of Moline died July 24, 2004 in an accident at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, San Diego, CA, while preparing for deployment.
Wife: Jessica M. Adams of Moline
Children: Issac S. Adams
Jordan Shields of East Moline
Parents: Francis S. Adams and Laura A. Adams of Silvis
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Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jonathan W.
Collins, 19, of Crystal Lake, died on Aug. 8, 2004 due to enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.
Father and Mother: John and Angle Collins of Crystal Lake
Brothers and Sister: Brandon, 21, Lauren, 15, Devon, 12
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Marine Cpl. Christopher
Belchik, 30, of Alton, died on Aug. 22, 2004 due to enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Wife: Mary Belchik of Alton
Father and Step-mother: Stephen and Violet Belchik of Staunton
Mother and Step-father: Lynn and Jim Lenker of Godfrey
Brother and Sister: Brian Belchik and Julie Prats
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Army Spc. Charles L.
Neeley, 19, of Mattoon, died on Aug. 25, 2004 in Tikrit, Iraq, when the tractor-trailer he was in rolled over. Neeley was assigned to the Army Reserve's 454th Transportation Company, Columbus, Ohio.
Mother and Step-father: Jane and Robert Tate of Fairland
Father: Charles Larrew of Neoga
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Army Sgt. Shawna
Morrison, 26, of Paris died on Sept. 5, 2004 in Baghdad, Iraq when her unit came under attack from mortars. She was assigned to the 1544th Transportation Company, Illinois Army National Guard, Paris.
Parents: Richard and Cynthia Morrison of Paris
Brother: Allan Morrison
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Army Spc. Charles
Lamb, 23, of Martinsville died on Sept. 5, 2004 in Baghdad, Iraq when his unit came under attack from mortars. He was assigned to the 1544th Transportation Company, Illinois Army National Guard, Paris
Parents: Tom and Shelly Lamb of Martinsville
Wife: Erin Lamb of Martinsville
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Marine Lance Cpl. Drew M.
Uhles, 20, of Du Quoin, died on Sept. 15 from injuries in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif.
Father and Mother: Dan and Marla Uhles of Du Quoin
Brothers and Sister: Melissa, Neil, Sean
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Marine 1st Lt. Andrew K.
Stern, 24, of Germantown, Tenn., formerly of Arlington Heights, died on Sept. 16, 2004 from injuries in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif.
Mother and Father are from Germantown, TN
Brothers: Justin, Kyle, Zach
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Army Spc. Wesley R.
Wells, 21, of Libertyville, died on Sept. 20, 2004 in Naka, Afghanistan, when his observation post was attacked. Wells was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th
Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.
Wife: Jonalyn Wells of Waiaula, HI
Mother: Joan Neal of Gurnee
Father: Robert Wells of Sunrise, FL

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