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Old 05-16-2017, 10:11 PM   #721
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1st Lt. Weston C Lee

Died April 29, 2017 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom



1st Lt. Weston C. Lee, 25, of Bluffton, Georgia, died April 29, 2017, in Mosul, Iraq, from injuries while conducting security as part of advise and assist support to partnered forces. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 325th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.


A first lieutenant with the 82nd Airborne Division's 2nd Brigade Combat Team has been identified as the soldier killed Saturday in Mosul, Iraq.

First Lt. Weston Lee, 25, died from wounds he sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated during a patrol outside Mosul, according to information from the Army. The incident is under investigation, officials said.

Lee, of Bluffton, Georgia, was an infantry officer assigned to 1st Battalion, 325th Infantry Regiment, 2nd BCT, 82nd Airborne Division, at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Lee was "an extraordinary young man and officer. He was exactly the type of leader that our paratroopers deserve," said Col. Pat Work, the commander of 2nd BCT, in a statement. "Our sincere condolences and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time."

Lee joined the Army in March 2015, and after Infantry Basic Officer Leaders Course, he was assigned to 2nd BCT as a platoon leader. He deployed to Iraq in December 2016; it was his first deployment.

His was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart and Meritorious Service Medal, the Army said.


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Old 05-22-2017, 04:21 PM   #723
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Utah Navy sailor's remains to come home after 75 years


MONROE, Utah — A Utah sailor killed in the Pearl Harbor bombing will finally get a proper funeral.



Reports say U.S. Navy identified the remains of Navy Musician 1st Class Elliott Dean Larsen when they matched his DNA with his sister and niece. He had been reported missing in action for 75 years. He died at age 25.



Larsen's niece Lisa King says the Navy had requested DNA samples from her and her mother in 2011. She says the process has brought her closer to the uncle she never got the chance to meet.



Larsen's remains are expected to arrive at the Salt Lake City airport on Thursday. His family is hosting a graveside service for him in his native Monroe on Friday.

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Sailor killed at Pearl Harbor finally buried in Michigan


PORT HURON, Mich. — The remains of a Michigan sailor killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor have been buried with military honors in the family's cemetery plot in Port Huron.





MLive.com reports that more than 300 people attended Saturday's funeral services for Fred M. Jones after his casket was escorted from a Detroit-area airport.




Karrer-Simpson Funeral Home said in a statement earlier this month that the Navy recently identified Jones' remains. The 30-year-old was aboard the USS Oklahoma during the attack on Dec. 7, 1941.


MLive.com reports that Jones was a machinist's first mate when the battleship and other vessels were attacked by the Japanese during World War II.




Helen Kellie Cosner said Saturday that the turnout for her grandfather's services was "overwhelming."

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Airman Captured In WWII Accounted For (Hirschi)


The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that a U.S. serviceman, missing from World War II, has been identified and is being returned to his family for burial with full military honors.



Army Air Forces Pvt. Harold S. Hirschi, 29, of Oklahoma City, will be buried June 28, in Andersonville, Georgia. On Dec. 8, 1941, Hirschi was assigned to Headquarters Squadron, 19th Bombardment Group, when Japanese forces invaded the Philippine Islands. Intense fighting continued until May 6, 1942, when American forces on Corregidor Island surrendered.



Thousands of U.S. and Filipino service members from Bataan and Corregidor were taken prisoner; including many who were forced to endure the Bataan Death March, en route to Japanese prisoner of war (POW) camps. Hirschi was among those reported captured after the surrender of Corregidor and who were eventually moved to the Cabanatuan POW camp. More than 2,500 POWs perished in this camp during the remaining years of the war.



Hirschi was admitted to the Cabanatuan Camp station hospital for illness, where he died on Nov. 19, 1942. According to prison records, Hirschi was buried along with 13 fellow prisoners in a local camp cemetery in Cabanatuan, Grave 717.



Following the war, American Graves Registration Service (AGRS) personnel exhumed those buried at the Cabanatuan cemetery and relocated the remains to a temporary U.S. military cemetery near Manila. In late 1947, the AGRS again exhumed the remains at the Manila cemetery in an attempt to identify them. Due to the circumstances of the POW deaths and burials, the extensive commingling, and the limited identification technologies of the time, all of the remains could not be individually identified. The unidentified remains were reburied as unknowns in a permanent American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) cemetery at Fort McKinley in Manila, Philippines (known as Manila American Cemetery and Memorial.)



In 2014, the Secretary of the Army granted permission to exhume ten graves associated with the Cabanatuan Common Grave 717. On August 28, 2014, the remains were sent to the DPAA laboratory for identification.



To identify Hirschi’s remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial (mtDNA) DNA analysis, which matched two cousins, as well as circumstantial evidence and laboratory analysis, to include anthropological analysis, which matched his records.
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Corporal Dillon C Baldridge

Died June 10, 2017 Serving During Operation Freedom’s Sentinel


The Department of Defense announced today the death of three soldiers who were supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

They died June 10 in Peka Valley, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, of gunshot wounds sustained in Peka Valley, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan. The incident is under investigation.

The Soldiers were assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Company D, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, KY.

Killed were:

Sgt. Eric M. Houck, 25, of Baltimore, Maryland;

Sgt. William M. Bays, 29 of Barstow, California; and

Corporal Dillon C. Baldridge, 22 of Youngsville, North Carolina


Three soldiers from the Army's 101st Airborne Division who were allegedly killed by an Afghan soldier on Saturday have been identified as Sgt. Eric Houck, Sgt. William Bays and Cpl. Dillon Baldridge, according to a Defense Department news release.

They died of gunshot wounds while deployed to Peka Valley in Afghanistan's Nargarhar province, the Monday release said.

"Today, as we grieve, our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Cpl. Baldridge, Sgt. Houck and Sgt. Bays. We take this as a family loss," said Maj. Gen. Andrew Poppas, Commanding General of the 101st Airborne Division and Fort Campbell, in a separate release. "In the days ahead, the 101st Soldiers and the Rakkasans will continue the fight against terrorism with unbridled determination. Our Soldiers are battle-hardened and committed to the defense of our nation and the freedoms for which we fight."

The Taliban claimed responsibility, the Associated Press reported, saying one of its fighters had infiltrated an Afghan army. U.S. officials have not identified the assailant who opened fire on the Americans.

Balridge, 22, and Bays, 29, both infantrymen, were members of D Company, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. Baldridge was posthumously promoted to sergeant, and both soldiers were awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge and Army Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster for their actions on the deployment, according to the release.

Houck, a 25-year-old forward observer, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. He earned Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Combat Action Badge and Army Commendation Medal with a second oak leaf cluster, the release said.

Their deaths bring the toll of American troops killed in Afghanistan this year to six. Both special operations and conventional units have been on the ground in Nangarhar province, fighting an Islamic State affiliate that remains entrenched there.

Saturday's incident marks the second apparent insider attack in 2017, following March incident in Helmand province, where three soldiers were wounded by an Afghan soldier.

The Fort Campbell, Kentucky-based soldiers were supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel, a counter-terror mission focused on ISIS and al Qaida elements who remain active along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. In addition to Operation Freedom's Sentinel, U.S. troops are also in Afghanistan in a train, advise and assist mission with Afghan security forces dubbed Operation Resolute Support.

All told, around 8,000 American personnel are deployed to Afghanistan. The Trump administration is debating whether to increase that number by several thousand, as the Pentagon recommends.
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Corporal Robert Hendriks

Died April 8, 2019 Serving During Operation Freedom’s Sentinel


25, of Locust Valley, New York, was killed in a bombing April 8, 2019, in Parwan province, Afghanistan. Also killed in the incident were Staff Sgt. Christopher Slutman and Sgt. Benjamin S. Hines. They were assigned to the 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve. The incident is under investigation.
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Remains of Korean War soldier ID’d, reburied


LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — A Missouri soldier who was killed 68 years ago during the Korean War has been reburied close to home after his remains were identified through DNA.


The St. Joseph News-Press reports that U.S. Army Cpl. Frederick Eugene Coons, of St. Joseph, was last seen manning a roadblock on July 29, 1950. The 22-year-old member of the 24th Infantry Division initially was buried by a South Korean villager and then was interred for 65 years in Hawaii as an unknown soldier.


Among those who turned out Wednesday for a funeral in St. Joseph and burial at the National Cemetery in Leavenworth, Kansas, was his nephew, Jerry Coons. He said it “brought closure for the whole family” and added that he felt “a sense of peace just having Freddie back home.”


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DoD identifies soldier who died in Iraq on Saturday


Spc. Ryan Dennis Orin Riley, 22, from Richmond, Kentucky, died Saturday in Iraq, the Defense Department announced on Sunday.


Riley died in Nineveh province in a non-combat related incident, according to the DoD announcement.


He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 32nd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky.


Riley was a 13J fire control specialist on his first deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, Lt. Col. Martin L. O’Donnell, spokesman for the 101st Airborne, said on Sunday.


Riley enlisted in the service in October 2016. He was promoted to the rank of specialist in October 2018 and arrived in Iraq in December, O’Donnell said.


The incident is under investigation.


“We are deeply saddened by Ryan’s passing," Col. Derek Thomson, commander of 1st BCT, 101st Airborne, said in a statement. "Our hearts go out to his family as together we mourn the loss of our brother-in-arms. As we grieve this tragic loss, we will also draw strength from his memory as his mates continue to build the capacity of the Iraqi Army and enable the defeat of ISIS.”





Riley’s awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Korea Defense Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon and the Combat Action Badge.


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World War II vet Bob Maxwell, the oldest Medal of Honor recipient, dies at 98



BEND, Ore. — World War II veteran Bob Maxwell, the nation’s oldest Medal of Honor recipient, has died in Oregon more than seven decades after grabbing a blanket and throwing himself on a German hand grenade in France to save his squad mates. He was 98.


Maxwell died Saturday in Bend, The Bulletin newspaper of Bend reported.


The death was confirmed Monday by U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, a Republican from Oregon, who said Maxwell represented the "best of what Oregon and America have to offer."


Maxwell earned the nation's highest military honor while fighting in Besancon, France, on Sept. 7, 1944, the newspaper reported. The bomb severely injured him, but the blanket saved his life by absorbing some of the impact.


He was also awarded two Silver Stars, two Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star and two French combat awards — the French Croix de Guerre and the Legion d'Honneur — for his service in World War II.



Maxwell had been the oldest living recipient of the Medal of Honor, which is bestowed for "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty."



Born on Oct. 26, 1920, in Boise, Idaho, Maxwell was drafted into the U.S. Army during World War II. Though he was a Quaker, he declined conscientious objector status and entered the service in Colorado.


Trained to string heavy wire for telephone lines at the battlefront, he served in Italy and then France, becoming a technician fifth grade and wearing two stripes — the equivalent of a corporal.



Prior to throwing himself on the grenade, Maxwell sustained a leg injury in Italy in January 1944 while maintaining telephone wires under intense artillery fire.


He spent several months in a hospital in Naples, returned to his unit and was sent to France.


After the war, Maxwell became a car mechanic and taught classes on auto repair and service at a Bend high school and two community colleges.
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Navy Chief Cryptologic Technician (Interpretive) Shannon Kent

Died January 16, 2019 Serving During Operation Inherent Resolve


35, of Pine Plains, New York, died Jan. 16 in a suicide bomb attack in Manbij, Syria. Also killed in the incident was Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathan R. Farmer, 37, of Boynton Beach, Florida; and a civilian, Navy SEAL veteran Scott A. Wirtz, from St. Louis. A fourth casualty, a civilian contractor, has not been identified. Kent was assigned to the Cryptologic Warfare Activity 66 based at Fort George Meade, Maryland.


The Defense Department has identified three of the Americans killed earlier this week by a suicide bomber in the northern Syria town of Manbij.

The deceased who were identified include two U.S. service members and one Defense Intelligence Agency civilian.

Another U.S. civilian working as a contractor has not been officially identified.

Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathan Farmer, Navy Chief Cryptologic Technician Shannon Kent and DoD civilian Scott Wirtz died Wednesday in Manbij, Syria, as a result of wounds sustained from a suicide improvised explosive device.

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack through its propaganda agency immediately following the incident.

Wirtz, 42, was from St. Louis, Missouri. He was a former Navy SEAL assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency as a civilian operations support specialist. He had been working in that role, overseeing human intelligence collection, since February 2017, and deployed multiple times.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of this patriot,” DIA Director Lt. Gen. Robert P. Ashley, Jr., said. “This is a stark reminder of the dangerous missions we conduct for the nation and of the threats we work hard to mitigate. As President Lincoln described on the fields at Gettysburg, this officer gave the last full measure of devotion”

Wirtz’s military awards and decorations include the SEAL Insignia, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Rifle Marksmanship Ribbon and Pistol Expert Medal. His DIA awards include the Secretary of Defense Medal for the Global War on Terrorism.

“We are thankful for the dedicated men and women of DIA who continue to put themselves in harm’s way to keep the nation safe,” Ashley said. “Our adversaries never grow tired, so our mission to provide seamless battlefield intelligence, which includes the deployment of DIA personnel to combat zones, never stops.”

Farmer, 37, was an Army Green Beret from Boynton Beach, Florida. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

Farmer joined the Army on March 30, 2005. He graduated in 2007 from the Special Forces Qualification Course as an engineer sergeant and was assigned to 5th Group, where he remained throughout his career.

Farmer was selected to attend the Special Forces Warrant Officer Candidate School, where he earned his commission in 2016.

Farmer served on six overseas combat tours. Twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in October 2007 and January 2009; once in support of Operation New Dawn in August 2010; once in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in January 2012; and twice in support of Operation Inherent Resolve in January 2018 and January 2019 until his passing.

Farmer’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal with “C” Device, the Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Achievement Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Ribbon with one campaign star, the Iraqi Campaign Medal with three campaign stars, the Special Forces Tab, the Parachutist Badge and the Combat Infantryman Badge.


He is survived by his spouse, four children, and his parents.

The second Navy service member, 35-year-old Kent, was from upstate New York. She was assigned to Cryptologic Warfare Activity 66, based out of Fort Meade, Maryland. Kent enlisted on Dec. 11, 2003.

Kent is the first U.S. female service member killed in combat against ISIS since the U.S.-led coalition began battling the terror group in 2014.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends, and teammates of Chief Petty Officer Kent during this extremely difficult time. She was a rock star, an outstanding chief petty officer, and leader to many in the Navy Information Warfare Community,” Cmdr. Joseph Harrison, commanding officer of CWA 66, said in a statement.

Among her many schools, she was a graduate of the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California.

She was a recipient of two Joint Service Commendation Medals, the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal, an Army Commendation Medal, and a Joint Service Achievement Medal.

Kent also held an Iraq Campaign Medal and a Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.

“Chief Kent’s drive, determination and tenacity were infectious. Although she has left us way too soon, she will not be forgotten, and her legacy will live on with us,” Senior Chief Cryptologic Technician Denise Vola, CWA 66′s command senior enlisted leader, said.
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Spc. Miguel Holmes

Died May 6, 2019 Serving During Operation Freedom’s Sentinel



22, of Hinesville, Georgia, died May 6, 2019, of wounds suffered in a non-combat incident in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan. Holmes was assigned to 1st Battalion, 118th Field Artillery Regiment, 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team out of Savannah, Georgia. The cause of death is under investigation.

A soldier has died of wounds he suffered in a non-combat incident in Afghanistan, the Defense Department announced Tuesday.

Spc. Miguel L. Holmes, 22, from Hinesville, Georgia, died Monday in Nangarhar province, the statement said.

Holmes was assigned to 1st Battalion, 118th Field Artillery Regiment, 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team out of Savannah, Georgia. He was deployed supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

No other details about the incident were available on Tuesday and his cause of death was not released.

“Spc. Holmes’ death is currently under investigation. We will release additional information as it becomes available,” Lt. Col. Jeff Freeman, spokesman for the Georgia National Guard in Marietta, Georgia, told Army Times.

Several service members have died in non-combat incidents in recent weeks.

Pfc. Michael A. Thomason died in Kobani, near the Syrian-Turkish border, April 29 while supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, the international coalition to defeat the Islamic State.

Thomason, 28, was an infantryman with 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky, according to division spokesman Lt. Col. Martin L. O’Donnell.

Thomason’s death was the third non-combat fatality in the Iraq and Syria area of operations in April. The incident is under investigation.
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Medal of Honor announced for soldier who fought through three floors of insurgents in

Medal of Honor announced for soldier who fought through three floors of insurgents in Fallujah



The president will award the Medal of Honor on June 25 to a soldier who fought through a nest of insurgents during the second Battle of Fallujah in 2004, the White House officially announced Monday.


Then-Staff Sgt. David G. Bellavia originally received the Silver Star for his actions, but his citation was revisited as part of a review of valor awards and determined worthy of the nation’s highest combat award.


The award will give Bellavia one of now seven Operation Iraqi Freedom Medals of Honor, and make him the only living recipient from the Iraq War.


During the battle, Bellavia single-handedly killed multiple insurgents, including one during hand-to-hand combat.


A squad leader at the time, Bellavia, now 43, was clearing a block of buildings when his platoon was pinned down on Nov. 10, 2004, in Fallujah, Iraq.





The first nine buildings were found to be unoccupied, but were filled with rockets, grenade launchers and other weapons. When Bellavia and four others entered the 10th building, they came under fire from insurgents in the house, according to his Silver Star citation.


The ensuing gun battle injured several soldiers. Bellavia switched out his M16 rifle for an M249 SAW gun and entered one room where the insurgents were located to spray it with gunfire, forcing the Jihadists to take cover and allowing the squad to move out into the street.


Other insurgents on the rooftop of the building began firing on his squad below, forcing them to seek cover in a nearby building. Bellavia then went back to the street and called in a Bradley Fighting Vehicle to shell the houses before re-entering the building to assess the scene.


Upon entering, Bellavia gunned down one insurgent who was loading an RPG launcher. A second enemy fighter began firing as he ran toward the kitchen and Bellavia fired back, wounding him in the shoulder. A third insurgent then began yelling from the second floor.



Bellavia then entered the uncleared master bedroom and emptied gunfire into all the corners, at which point the wounded insurgent entered the room, yelling and firing his weapon, the citation reads. Bellavia fired back, killing the man. Bellavia was then shot at by another insurgent upstairs and the staff sergeant returned the fire, killing him as well.





“At that point, a Jihadist hiding in a wardrobe in a bedroom jumped out, firing wildly around the room and knocking over the wardrobe. As the man leaped over the bed he tripped and Sergeant Bellavia shot him several times, wounding but not killing him,” the citation reads. "Another insurgent was yelling from upstairs, and the wounded Jihadist escaped the bedroom and ran upstairs. Sergeant Bellavia pursued, but slipped on the blood-soaked stairs."


Bellavia followed the bloody tracks of the insurgent up the stairs to a room on his left. Hearing the wounded insurgent inside, he threw a fragmentary grenade into the room, which caused the insurgent to flee to the roof. Two more insurgents began yelling from the third story of the building.



Bellavia grabbed the wounded insurgent and put him in a choke hold to keep him from giving away their position.


“The wounded Jihadist then bit Sergeant Bellavia on the arm and smacked him in the face with the butt of his AK-47. In the wild scuffle that followed, Sergeant Bellavia took out his knife and slit the Jihadist’s throat,” the Silver Star citation reads. "Two other insurgents who were trying to come to their comrade’s rescue, fired at Bellavia, but he had slipped out of the room, which was now full of smoke and fire."





A final insurgent dropped from the third story to the second-story roof. Bellavia saw the fleeing man and fired at him, hitting him in the back and the legs and causing him to fall off the roof and die.


By this point, five members of the platoon had entered the house and took control of the first floor. Before they would finish off the remaining insurgent fighters, however, they were ordered to move out of the area because close air support had been called in by a nearby unit.


The White House release said that Bellavia’s actions that day rescued an entire squad, cleared an insurgent strongpoint, and saved many members of his platoon from possible death.


Bellavia originally enlisted in the Army in 1999 and served in Kosovo, before deploying to Iraq in 2004 with Company A, Task Force 2-2, 1st Infantry Division. After leaving the service on Aug. 16, 2005, he has engaged in New York state politics and continued to serve the military and veteran communities through various advocacy groups.


Bellavia now has his own daily radio talk show for WBEN in Buffalo.
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244th Army Birthday Cake Cutting Ceremony




Happy Birthday U.S. Army. Especially those who were with the 25th Infantry Division, 10th Mountain Division, 1st Army, 170th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, V Corps.

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