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Old 09-16-2016, 07:59 PM   #681
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National POW/MIA Recognition Day: Today, the VFW nationwide commemorates National POW/MIA Recognition Day in honor and recognition of the service and sacrifice of almost 140,000 former American prisoners of war and the 83,000 Americans who continue to be listed as missing and unaccounted for from World War II forward.


MIA Updates: The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has announced burial updates and the identification and remains belonging to one Marine and six soldiers who had been missing in action since World War II and Korea. Returning home for burial with full military honors are:


Marine Pvt. Emmett L. Kines, 24, will be buried Sept. 19 in his hometown of Grafton, W. Va. In November 1943, Kines was assigned to Company F, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, which landed against stiff Japanese resistance on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll of the Gilbert Islands. After several days of intense fighting at Tarawa, approximately 1,000 Marines and sailors were killed and more than 2,000 were wounded, but the Japanese were virtually annihilated. Kines died sometime during the first day of the battle, Nov. 20, 1943.


Army Cpl. Wayne Minard, of Sedgwick, Kan., was a member of Company C, 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, fighting a delaying action south to Kunu-ri, North Korea. He would be reported missing in action on Nov. 26, 1950. Interment services are pending.


Army Cpl. David T. Nordin Jr., of Los Angeles, was a member of Company K, 3rd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, moving northward toward Unsan, North Korea, when forced to withdraw. Nordin was reported missing in action on Nov. 28, 1950. It would be later learned he had been captured but died in a North Korean POW camp. Interment services are pending.


Army Sgt. 1st Class Louis M. Baxter was a member of Headquarters Battery, 57th Field Artillery Battalion, 31st Regimental Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division, on the east side of the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea, when his unit was forced into a fighting withdrawal southward. He would be declare missing in action on Dec. 6, 1950. Interment services are pending.


Army Cpl. Joseph Trepasso, 20, of Fulton, N.Y., was a member of Company L, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, on the east side of the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea, when his unit was forced into a fighting withdrawal southward. He would be declared missing in action on Dec. 12, 1950. Interment services are pending.


Army Pfc. Kenneth Miller was a member of Company K, 3rd Battalion 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, when his unit was forced to withdraw from their position on April 23, 1951. Interment services are pending.


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American service member and civilian killed in Afghanistan attack


One U.S. service member and an American civilian were killed Wednesday in an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, officials said.

Another U.S. service member and two civilians were wounded; they were in stable condition.

The two individuals were killed during an attack near a coalition base by an unknown assailant, officials said. The assailant was later killed.

A U.S. official speaking on background later said the incident occurred at an Afghan military ammunition supply point near Camp Morehead outside Kabul. The Americans were visiting the site as part of their train, advise and assist mission when "a lone assailant opened fire on them at the entry control point," the official said.

The assailant was reported to be wearing an Afghan army uniform, according to a report by Reuters. The shooting took place about 11 a.m. local time, Reuters reported.

The troops and civilians were "conducting duties as part of the larger NATO mission to train, advise and assist the Afghan security services," the U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan said in a statement.

An investigation into the attack is underway.

"Any time we lose a member of our team, it is deeply painful," Gen. John Nicholson, commander of U.S. Forces-Afghanistan and Resolute Support, said in a statement. "Our sympathies go out to the families, loved ones and the units of those involved in this incident."


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Staff Sgt. Adam Thomas

Died October 4, 2016 Serving During Operation Freedom’s Sentinel


31, of Takoma Park, Maryland; assigned to B Company, 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group at Fort Carson, Colorado; died in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, from injuries caused by an improvised explosive device.
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2 U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan identified



The Pentagon on Friday identified the two American soldiers killed after they came under fire in northern Afghanistan.

Capt. Andrew Byers, 30, of Rolesville, N.C., and Sgt. 1st Class Ryan Gloyer, 34, of Greenville, Pa., died Thursday of wounds sustained while fighting insurgents in Kunduz.

Byers and Gloyer were assigned to Company B, 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), based in Fort Carson, Colo.

They were on a mission with the Afghan military to clear a Taliban position and disrupt the group’s operations in the Kunduz district when the incident happened, the Pentagon said in a statement.



U.S. troops are not engaged in direct combat in Afghanistan, but advisers accompany Afghan special forces troops on some missions.

The joint raid in Kunduz also involved coalition airstrikes that reportedly killed 26 civilians and three Afghan troops, the Associated Press reported.

The situation in Kunduz has remained tense since the region was briefly captured by the Taliban late last year. It was attacked again by Taliban fighters in October.


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A soldier who starved to death in a North Korean prison camp is coming home — 65 years later


Wayne Minard knew at an early age that he wanted to be a soldier.


He joined the Army when he was 17 after persuading his mother to sign his enlistment papers. His family thought he would go on to build a lifelong career in the military.

But his career as a corporal in North Korea lasted only two years.

Minard was reported missing in action on Nov. 26, 1950, the day after Chinese communist troops attacked United Nations forces and allies near the Chongchon River in North Korea, according to the Pentagon.

Minard’s unit was later ordered to withdraw. The farm boy from rural Kansas, then 19, was never seen or heard from again.

He was taken to a prison camp and starved, Bruce Stubbs, Minard’s great-nephew, told The Washington Post.

On Feb. 16, 1951, Army Cpl. Wayne Minard died, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.



Now, after 65 years, Minard is finally coming home. His remains will arrive in Wichita on Wednesday.

Minard’s loved ones had always thought he would never be found, his great-nephew said.

But the family saw a sliver of hope in spring 2005, when an Army recovery team learned of a North Korea burial site that contained the remains of an American soldier. Scientists had obtained DNA samples from two of Minard’s sisters, according to the Pentagon. It would take another 11 years for his remains to be positively identified.

The Pentagon released a statement in September saying that Minard was finally accounted for.

DNA tests also showed that 32 other people, including two soldiers from Minard’s unit, had been buried at that site, Stubbs said.

Minard’s death haunted his family for decades.

His mother, Bertha, never stopped blaming herself for signing her son’s enlistment papers. She died nine months after her son did.

“They say she died of a broken heart,” Stubbs said.

According to the Pentagon, Minard “was a member of Company C, 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, fighting units of the Chinese People’s Volunteer Forces (CPVF)” when “enemy forces launched a large-scale attack with heavy artillery and mortar fire” on Nov. 25, 1950.


He reported missing in action the following day.

But his name “did not appear on any POW list provided by the CPVF or the North Korean People’s Army,” according to the Pentagon. “However two repatriated American prisoners of war reported that Minard died at Hofong Camp, part of Pukchin-Tarigol Camp Cluster, on Feb. 16, 1951.”

A military review board “amended Minard’s status to deceased in 1951,” the Pentagon said.



Stubbs, who was born 14 years after Minard died, knows about his great-uncle only through stories he heard from family members.

Even in war, his great-uncle kept his sense of humor, Stubbs said. After he was shot in the hand during a firefight, Minard wrote to his family and joked that the enemies weren’t very good shots.

The Army was going to bring Minard home after he was injured, but he opted to stay with his unit in North Korea.

Minard had a twin brother, Dwayne; the two were the youngest of nine children. They were “good, fun-loving farm kids” who loved playing practical jokes on their father, Stubbs said. They used to set up a bucket of water above the garage door, so the water would fall on their father’s head every time he drove the tractor back into the garage.

Minard will be buried with full military honors on Saturday in the unincorporated community of Furley, Kan., where he grew up.



To this day, 7,784 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War, according to the Pentagon.

A sister who lived in California was the only immediate family member who lived long enough to hear about her brother’s remains being identified in September. She had long been ill, but when she heard the news, “she opened her eyes for the first time in a long time, and smiled,” Stubbs said.

She died shortly after.

“It’s bittersweet. We’re all very, very happy that he is finally coming home,” Stubbs said. “I wish my grandma and his sisters would’ve been around to see him come home. They never stopped thinking about him. They never stopped agonizing over him.”


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Illinois, California soldiers killed in Afghanistan attack



FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — The Department of Defense on Monday identified two U.S. soldiers killed in an explosion at a U.S. airfield in Afghanistan.

The department said 20-year-old Pfc. Tyler R. Iubelt of Tamaroa, Illinois, and 30-year-old Sgt. John W. Perry of Stockton, California, died of injuries inflicted by an improvised explosive device. Two American contractors also died in the explosion Saturday morning. Another 16 U.S. service members and one Polish soldier were wounded.


Iubelt and Perry were assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division out of Fort Hood, Texas.



Officials at Tamaroa Grade School in the southern Illinois village of about 640 residents said Iubelt graduated in 2011. Administrators said on the school’s Facebook page that Iubelt would be remembered for his quick wit and a twinkle in his eye.

“We are so proud of him for his willingness to leave his family and community to serve our country,” the post said. “We mourn his loss and the loss felt by his family and friends.”

One of Iubelt’s friends, Matthew Doerflein, told KFVS-TV that “no one could believe it in such a small community that something like that would happen.”

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which it said was carried out by a suicide bomber inside the base. Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the insurgent group, said the attack had been planned for four months. The Taliban regularly fires rockets at Bagram from outside its perimeter.


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Number of Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn casualties as confirmed by U.S. Central Command


Honoring those who paid the ultimate sacrifice...Lest we forget.


Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott Cooper Dayton
November 24, 2016

Staff Sgt. Matthew C. Lewellen
November 4, 2016


Staff Sgt. Kevin J. McEnroe
November 4, 2016

Staff Sgt James F. Moriarty
November 4, 2016


Capt. Andrew D. Byers
November 3, 2016

Sgt. 1st Class Ryan A. Gloyer
November 3, 2016


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SecNav to Award Upgraded Valor Medals to Marines, Sailor



Following the conclusion of a department-wide review of valor medals awarded to troops who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, outgoing Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus will present four Marines and a sailor with higher awards for their service Friday, Marine Corps officials announced Wednesday.

One Marine, Sgt. Michael Mendoza, will receive the Navy Cross, the second-highest award for combat valor in the armed forces.

The other four troops -- Sgt. Nicholas Brandau, Master Sgt. Steven Davis, Lance Cpl. Edward Huth, and Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Atkinson -- will receive Silver Stars, according to the announcement.

Mendoza, Atkinson and Davis earned their valor awards in Iraq, while Brandau and Huth were honored for actions in Afghanistan.

Mendoza, who previously received the Silver Star for bravery in Anbar province, Iraq, in April 2004 as a member of 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, is credited with leading five Marines in a heroic charge across an open field after his vehicle was disabled by a rocket-propelled grenade.

According to his citation, obtained by Military.com, the "vigor" of the assault resulted in the deaths of 10 enemy fighters and forced the retreat of many others. When his commander was wounded, Mendoza took out the assailant and laid down cover fire until an armored vehicle could arrive to evacuate the officer.

According to the Military Times Hall of Valor database, which compiles award citations and valor descriptions for all combat medals, the day was one of historic bravery for many Marines.

"Mendoza's platoon was one of the most-decorated platoons for heroism in a single action in the War on Terrorism. On this date, his Platoon Leader Captain Brent Morel earned the Navy Cross (posthumously) and Team Leader Sergeant Willie Copeland also received the Navy Cross," a description of the events reads. "Michael Mendoza and four of his comrades were awarded Silver Stars for this combat operation. It is a record unmatched by any Marine Corps Company, much less by any platoon, in the Global War on Terrorism."

The other awardees also distinguished themselves.

Atkinson, a Navy corpsman serving with the Marines' 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion in Iraq in April 2003, exposed himself to enemy fire on four different occasions to offer lifesaving care for two wounded Marines, according to his citation. At one point, he dismounted from his vehicle and braved hostile fire to pull his wounded first sergeant from his vehicle and render aid.

Huth, who was recognized for bravery in 2010 while serving as a machine gunner with 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines, in Afghanistan, continued to lay down suppressive fire on the enemy with his M240B medium machine gun even after receiving a gunshot wound. After being shot in the right arm, he moved the gun to his left arm and kept shooting, according to his citation.

Brandau, who served in Afghanistan with 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, also braved enemy fire, engaging enemy fighters by throwing grenades between bursts of machine-gun fire, and later directed suppressive fire to allow for a fallen Marine to be evacuated.

In Fallujah, Iraq, in 2004, Davis distinguished himself while providing security for armored ambulances evacuating casualties from the heart of the war-torn city, according to his citation. When another Marine was wounded by gunfire, Davis departed the safety of the vehicle and braved "a hail of enemy fire" to reach him. When Davis himself was wounded by gunfire, he used his own body to shield the other wounded Marine.

"It is appropriate that today we recognize these individuals for their outstanding actions in the face of incredible danger," Mabus said in a statement. "It is also appropriate, that by honoring these five men, we honor the rest of you who fought beside them, and those who are still in the fight."

Mabus will present the upgraded awards in a ceremony aboard Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, on Friday.

The higher awards are the result of a review of some 1,100 Silver Stars and Navy Crosses initiated last year by the Pentagon to ensure that no acts of valor from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were minimized or overlooked.

It's likely more award announcements are coming: Mabus revealed in December that he had recommended two troops for upgrades to the Medal of Honor in the course of the review.
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-- Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. John D. Mumford was a P-51C “Mustang” pilot assigned to the 318th Fighter Squadron, 325th Fighter Group, 15th Air Force. On June 6, 1944, Mumford flew escort for B-17 “Flying Fortress” bombers on their mission to bomb and destroy a German occupied airfield at Galati, Romania. Following the bombing, the formation was attacked by German fighters. Mumford pursued two German fighters before crashing near present day Novi Troyany, Ukraine. Interment services are pending.

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Navy to Give Final Farewell to USS Enterprise at Decommissioning


26 JAN 2017
The world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier will be decommissioned next week in what will be the final farewell to a warship that has played a role in major world events from the 1962 Cuban missile crisis to the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The USS Enterprise has spent the past several years being defueled and dismantled at Newport News Shipbuilding, the shipyard where it was built and refueled.

The "Big E," as it was affectionately called by its crew, was inactivated from service in 2012 in front of about 12,000 people in a ceremony at Norfolk Naval Station after completing its 25th deployment.

The decommissioning ceremony is a long-honored naval tradition that retires a ship from service through a variety of ceremonial services, including lowering the ship's commissioning pennant.

The Feb. 3 ceremony is closed to the public, but the Navy said Wednesday the entire event will be posted on its Facebook page. About 100 people are expected to attend at Newport News Shipbuilding.

The ship joined the fleet in 1961 and has an active veterans' group dedicated to preserving its history, which includes launching the first aircraft strikes in Afghanistan following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorism attacks on the U.S.

The carrier was the eighth Navy ship to bear the name Enterprise, which dates to the Revolutionary War. The Navy has said a future Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier also will be called Enterprise.

Sailors from the carrier's final crew built a time capsule from parts of the ship and allowed former sailors to fill it with notes and mementos. The time capsule will be opened by the commanding officer of the next Enterprise.

Thanks for your service USS Enterprise.
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US Navy SEAL killed, 3 injured in raid on Al Qaeda in Yemen



A member of U.S. Navy SEAL Team Six was killed and three others were wounded in a raid against a group of senior Al Qaeda leaders in central Yemen, officials said.

The U.S. Central Command said in a statement Sunday that another service member was injured in a "hard landing" in a nearby location. An MV-22 Osprey aircraft used in the raid was unable to fly afterward and "was then intentionally destroyed in place."

"Americans are saddened this morning with news that a life of a heroic service member has been taken in our fight against the evil of radical Islamic terrorism," President Trump said in a statement. "The sacrifices made by the men and women of our armed forces, and the families they leave behind, are the backbone of the liberty we hold so dear as Americans, united in our pursuit of a safer nation and a freer world."

A total of 14 fighters from Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula were killed in the assault, and U.S. service members captured "information that will likely provide insight into the planning of future terror plots," according to the military.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our elite servicemembers,” Commander of U.S. Central Command Gen. Joseph Votel said in a statement. “The sacrifices are very profound in our fight against terrorists who threaten innocent peoples across the globe.”


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The raid on Al Qaeda headquarters was the first counterterrorism offensive under President Trump aimed at gathering intelligence about the militant group, a U.S. official told Fox News. It was also first combat death under the new administration.

A U.S. official told Fox News planing for the operation began before Trump assumed office, but had not been given the green light.



American elite forces did not seize any militants or take any prisoners off-site after the raid, the official said.

Yemeni security and tribal officials said the assault in central Bayda province killed three senior Al Qaeda leaders.

The surprise dawn attack killed Abdul-Raouf al-Dhahab, Sultan al-Dhahab, and Seif al-Nims, Yemeni officials told the Associated Press. The al-Dhahab family is considered an ally of Al Qaeda, which security forces say is concentrated in Bayda province. A third family member, Tarek al-Dhahab, was killed in a previous U.S. drone strike years ago. It was not immediately clear whether the family members were actual members of Al Qaeda.

Just over a week ago, suspected U.S. drone strikes killed three other alleged Al Qaeda operatives in Bayda province in what was the first-such killings reported in the country since Trump assumed the U.S. presidency.

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, long seen by Washington as among the most dangerous branches of the global terror network, has exploited the chaos of Yemen's civil war, seizing territory in the south and east.

The war began in 2014, when Shiite Houthi rebels and their allies swept down from the north and captured the capital, Sanaa. A Saudi-led military coalition has been helping government forces battle the rebels for nearly two years.

The Yemen branch was responsible for sending a 23-year old Nigerian on Christmas Day in 2009, known as the "underwear bomber," to try and blow up a US airline flying from Amsterdam to Detroit.

An American cleric associated with the group became the first U.S. citizen to be killed in a drone strike overseas on the order of President Obama. Anwar al-Awlaki's 16 year-old-son was killed two weeks later in a separate drone strike.

Awkaki had communicated with the Ft Hood shooter, Maj Nidal Hasan, before Hasan carried out the rampage on the US Army base killing 13 and wounding dozens more a month prior to the attempted bombing of the American airliner by the underwater bomber in 2009.
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A U.S. Navy Guided Missile Cruiser Just Ran Aground Off the Coast of Japan


A U.S. Navy guided missile cruiser in Japan just ran aground in poor weather. Nobody was injured in the incident, which involved the USS Antietam.

According to the Navy Times, Antietam was in the vicinity of its home port of Yokosuka, Japan, when it anchored in high winds. The crew noticed the cruiser was dragging anchor and they got the ship under way again. But the Antietam promptly lost pitch control of its propellers, ran aground, and lost 1,100 gallons of oil. The U.S. government has notified Japanese authorities and is conducting a cleanup.

The USS Antietam is a Ticonderoga-class missile cruiser assigned to the Japan-based U.S. 7th Fleet. Equipped with the Aegis Combat System, Antietam proves anti-aircraft defenses for the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan. The ship is armed with two 5-inch guns, 122 vertical launch missile systems for air defense missiles, cruise missiles, anti-submarine missiles, eight Harpoon missiles, and two MH-60R helicopters. In 2015, it was awarded a Battle Effectiveness award for superior performance of its duties.
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US warship was real target in 'suicide gunboat' attack on Saudi frigate - Pentagon
Video of attack catches shouts of 'Death to America! Death to Israel! Death to the Jews!' in Arabic.
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January 31, 2017 21:36 GMT

Yemen Saudi warship suicide bomb
An explosion aboard a Saudi warship, off the western coast of Yemen in this still frame taken from video posted by Houthi-run al-Masirah televisionAl-Masirah/Handout via Reuters
A suspected suicide attack on a Saudi warship off the western coast of Yemen, which killed two sailors and injured three more, may have been occasioned by the mistaken belief that the vessel was American, the Pentagon said.

In a video which shows the huge explosion, a man can be heard shouting in Arabic: "Death to America, Death to Israel, Death to the Jews."
The attack, which at first had been thought to be carried out by a missile, has been blamed on Iranian-backed Houthi rebels. They are engaged in a bloody conflict which has left at least 10,000 people dead.


In a statement, the Saudi state news agency said: "A Saudi frigate on patrol west of Hodeidah port came under attack from three suicide boats belonging to the Houthi militias."

In a statement published by the Mirror, Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for the attack. A military official said: "The Saudi warship was involved in aggression against western coastal cities and Yemeni fishermen."

However, intelligence sources within the Pentagon told Fox News the attackers either believed the ship belonged to the US or were using the attack as a dry run for an attack on US boats in a repeat of the incident in which al Qaeda attacked USS Cole in 2000, killing 17 US sailors.

Several US vessels are in the area in support of the Saudi-led coalition against the Houthi rebels.

A US boat was attacked with missiles in the same location as Monday's attack – the Bab al Mandab Strait linking the Gulf of Aden to the Red Sea – in October 2016. The missiles were shot down and no-one was hurt in the attack, which was followed by retaliatory strikes by USS Nitze on Houthi targets.

Pentagon officials have reportedly told Fox that US warships are prepared for such an attack now.
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MIA Update: The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced the identification of remains of two Americans who had been missing in action from Korea. Returning home for burial with full military honors are:

-- Army Cpl. Melvin R. Hill, 19, of Pomona, California, will be buried Feb. 4 in Alex, Oklahoma. In late November 1950, Hill’s unit was assembled with South Korean soldiers in the 31st Regimental Combat Team on the east side of the Chosin River, North Korea, when his unit was attacked by Chinese forces. After several days of intense fighting, approximately 1,300 members of the RCT were killed or captured in enemy territory. Hill was among those declared missing on Dec. 6, 1950.


-- Army Master Sgt. Ira V. Miss, Jr., 23, of Frederick, Maryland, will be buried Feb. 8 in Arlington National Cemetery, near Washington, D.C. Miss was a member of Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, operating in the area known as the Central Corridor in South Korea. Miss was reported missing in action on Feb. 13, 1951, after Chinese forces overran the roadblock he was manning.

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A Memorial to Honor Native American Veterans:

National Museum Of The American Indian Plans To Build Native American Veterans Memorial: DCist

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Even though my Brother and me are on my Tribal Veterans Monument, which is good enough for me. I would go see this one as well, if it is built. I have been to lots and lots of Veterans Memorials.

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@Ndnsoldierboy, That is so wonderful that you & your brother are on your Tribe's Veterans Monument! What a great way to honor the service & sacrifices you have made. I don't think I've ever known anyone who is on a monument!

Do you have a picture of the monument that you would be willing to share & post here?

Here's a pic of our Veteran's Memorial...the tank is located on the corner of downtown Keshena:
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@Ndnsoldierboy, That is so wonderful that you & your brother are on your Tribe's Veterans Monument! What a great way to honor the service & sacrifices you have made. I don't think I've ever known anyone who is on a monument!

Do you have a picture of the monument that you would be willing to share & post here?

Here's a pic of our Veteran's Memorial...the tank is located on the corner of downtown Keshena:






I cannot find my pix of the Tribal Vets Monument, so I am using me and my Brother we took on leave after Desert Storm in 1991. I'm in the one in the boonie hat and that's my Brother on the right. He passed away back in June 1998. We were in the Marines in Operation Desert Storm 1990-91 together. I was with the 1st Marine Division and he was with the 2nd Marine Division. We had some great times as Brothers, but even more as Marines. He was in the artillery and I was infantry. We had some **** talking good times.

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At a Glance

Listed below are the most current statistics according to our database.
*These statistics may not reflect exact figures.


Deaths by Branch
Air Force: 194
Army: 4957
Coast Guard: 1
Marine Corps: 1479
Navy: 236

Deaths by Age
18-22: 2475
23-28: 2404
28-35: 1450
35-45: 813
45+: 152

Deaths by Conflict
Operation Enduring Freedom: 2346
Operation Freedom’s Sentinel: 24
Operation Inherent Resolve: 19
Operation Iraqi Freedom: 4410
Operation New Dawn: 67
Operation Odyssey Lightning: 1
U.S. Central Command operations: 1


Total: 6868

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Fort Hood Soldier from Massachusetts Dies in Iraq



BOSTON — A soldier from Massachusetts has died in Iraq.

The Pentagon on Tuesday said the death Monday 21-year-old Pfc. Brian Odiorne was not combat related.

The Ware resident died in Al Anbar Province in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, based at Fort Hood, Texas.

The death remains under investigation.

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