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MEDAL OF VALOR PROGRAM

As you enter this site, please do so with respect. This is a place of honor.

Grand Lodge put forth a program to make available Elks Medals of Valor to be presented to deserving families of those who have made the supreme sacrifice in the conflicts in Iraq (Operation Iraqi Freedom) and Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom).

Through Wayne Leroy’s hard work the program was initiated in 2007 by the Southern Nevada Lodges, with presentations made on Memorial Day. The program having been met with such great enthusiasm was repeated in 2008 and 2011 by the Southern Nevada Lodges on Memorial Day and for the first time by the Northern Nevada Lodges on June 28th trough the hard work of Roger Brotherton, Sr. The presentations were held by the Southern Nevada Lodges at the Las Vegas Lodge and Northern Nevada Lodges at the Fallon Lodge. These servicemen and women are presented chronlogically by date of death. Please keep their famillies, friends and other loved ones in your prayers. Please, also pray for the troops that are still in harm's way.

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Iraq (39) and Afghanistan (19)

PHOTO PERSONAL INFO MILITARY BRANCH & UNIT DATE, INCIDENT & LOCATION
Disney Spc. Jason A. Disney
Age:
21
Hometown: Fallon,NV
A 1999 Churchill County H.S. graduate active in baseball.
Branch: Army
Unit: 58th Maintenance Company, 7th Transportation Battalion, 507th Corps Support Group, Fort Bragg, North Carolina
13 February 2002:
A large piece of equipment came loose and fell on him at Bagram Air Base while he was trying to remove it from a wall with a cutting torch.
Location: Kabul, Afghanistan
Commons Cpl. Mathews A. Commons
Age:
21
Hometown: Boulder City, NV
The Boulder City VFW chapter is named in his memory. A 1999 Boulder City HS graduate.
Branch: Army
Unit: Company A, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Stewart, Georgia
4 March 2002:
Two MH-47 Chinook helicopters were struck by enemy fire in the Shahikot mountain area. One soldier died when he fell off the first helicopter, and six others were killed after the second Chinook landed in an attempt to rescue him.
Location: Gardez, Takur Ghar, Afghanistan
J-Smith Chief Warrant Officer John D. Smith
Age:
32
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
He is survived by his wife and two daughters.
Branch: Army
Unit: 158th Aviation Regiment, 5th Battalion, 12th Aviation Brigade, V Corps, Giebelstadt, Germany
24 February 2003:
His UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed in night training during a sandstorm in the Kuwaiti desert.
Location: Kuwait City, Kuwait
Cline Lance Cpl. Donald J. Cline Jr.
Age:
21
Hometown: Sparks, NV
He is survived by his wife and two sons.
Branch: Marines
Unit: Headquarters & Service Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
23 March 2003:
Killed in action near Nasiriyah on March 23. He was listed as missing until April 13, when the Defense Department announced his remains had been identified. He was among 18 who died in the battle just days after the war started.
Location: Nasiriyah, Iraq
Pokorney 2nd Lt. Frederick E. Pokorney Jr.
Age:
31
Hometown: Tonopah, NV
A 2001 graduate of Oregan State. Survived by his wife and daughter.
Branch: Marines
Unit: Headquarters & Service Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
23 March 2003:
Killed during a battle in Nasiriyah. As many as 10 Marines may have been killed by friendly fire.
Location: Nasiriyah, Iraq
Byers Capt. Joshua T. Byers
Age:
29
Hometown: Sparks, NV
a 1996 garduate of the West Point Military Academy. Survived by his wife, parents and two brothers.
Branch: Army
Unit: F Troop, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Carson, Colorado
23 July 2003:
Capt. Byers was killed when his convoy hit an explosive device.
Location: Baghdad, Iraq
Sarno Staff Sgt. Cameron B. Sarno
Age:
43
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
A black belt in karate, planned to open a karate school when he returned. His son "BJ" is serving in the Army.
Branch: Army Reserve
Unit: 257th Transportation Company, U.S. Army Reserve, Las Vegas, Nevada
1 September 2003:
Hit by a truck while changing a tire in Kuwait.
Location: Kuwait City, Kuwait
Salazar Cpl. William I. Salazar
Age:
26
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
He worked at Metro Pizza and plumber's apprentice before joining the Marine Corps.
Branch: Army
Unit: Headquarters & Service Company, Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California
15 October 2004:
Killed by enemy action in Anbar province.
Location: Al Anbar Province, Iraq
Lukac Pfc. John Lukac
Age:
19
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
A 2003 honors graduate of Durango High School.
Branch: Marines
Unit: Company B, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Crops Base Hawaii
30 October 2004:
Killed when a car bomb detonated next to a truck in Anbar province.
Location: Baghdad, Iraq
Anderson Lance Cpl. Nicholas H. Anderson
Age:
19
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
A 2002 graduate of Bonnanza HS and a member of the U.S. Army JROTC.
Branch: Marines
Unit: Weapons company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii
12 November 2004:
Died in a non-hostile vehicle accident in Afghanistan. The incident is under investigation.
Location: Al Anbar Province, Iraq
Gustaferro Pfc. Daniel F. Guastaferro
Age:
27
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
Attended Cimarron Memorial HS. Survived by his parents.
Branch: Army
Unit: Company D, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Casey, South Korea
7 January 2005:
Killed in an accident when his vehicle went into a canal in Ramadi.
Location: Ramadi, Iraq
Perez Lance Cpl. Richard A. Perez Jr.
Age:
19
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
A 2003 graduate of Coronado HS. Has a street named for him in Henderson.
Branch: Marines
Unit: Bulk Fuel Company, 6th Motor Transport Battalion, 4th Force Service Support Group, Marine Forces Reserve, Las Vegas
10 February 2005:
Killed in a vehicle accident in Anbar province.
Location: Al Anbar Province, Iraq
Morris Sgt. Eric W. Morris
Age:
31
Hometown: Sparks, NV
Survived by his wife and twin daughters.
Branch: Army
Unit: Company A, 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), 25th Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Washington
28 April 2005:
Killed by a roadside bomb in Tal Afar.
Location: Tal Afar, Iraq
Lapinski Sgt. Stanley J. Lapinski
Age:
35
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
Hosted a radio talk show on KUNV-FM under the air name "Stan the Man".
Branch: Army
Unit: Company B, 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia
11 June 2005:
Killed by a makeshift bomb in Baghdad.
Location: Baghdad, Iraq
Jaime Cpl. Jesse Jaime
Age:
22
Hometown: Henderson, NV
Was a member of the Navy Junior ROTC at Chaparral HS.
Branch: Marines
Unit: Company A, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California
15 June 2005:
Killed when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in Ramadi.
Location: Ramadi, Iraq
Cometa Spc. Anthony S. Cometa
Age:
21
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
A 2002 graduate of Silverado HS where he wrestled and taught himself to play base.
Branch: Army
Unit: 1864th Transportation Company, 106th Transportation Battalion, Army National Guard, Henderson, Nevada
16 June 2005:
Killed when his Humvee rolled over in Safwan.
Location: Satwan, Kuwait
Patton Petty Officer 2nd Class Shane E. Patton
Age:
22
Hometown: Boulder City, NV
A 2000 garduate of Boulder City HS
Branch: Navy
Unit: SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team One, Naval Special Warfare Group Three, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
28 June 2005:
Killed while conducting combat operations when the helicopter that he was aboard crashed in the vicinity of Asadabad.
Location: Kunar Province, Asadabad, Afghanistan
Cathey 2nd Lt. James J. Cathey
Age:
24
Hometown: Reno, NV
Survived by his wife, expecting their first child and a 9-year old daughter.
Branch: Marines
Unit: Company G, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
21 August 2005:
Killed by a makeshift bomb that detonated while conducting combat operations near Karmah.
Location: AlKarmah, Iraq
Martinez Spc. Joseph L. Martinez
Age:
21
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
A 2002 graduate of Durango HS and a member of the Air Force Junior ROTC.
Branch: Army
Unit: E Troop, 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Carson, Colorado
27 August 2005:
Killed by enemy forces when on dismounted patrol in Tal Afar.
Location: Tal Afar, Iraq
Flynn Chief Warrant Officer John M. Flynn
Age:
36
Hometown: Sparks, NV
A 1988 graduate of Reno HS. Survived by his wife, two childen & his parents.
Branch: Army National Guard
Unit: Company D, 113th Aviation Regiment, Nevada Army National Guard, Stead, Nevada
25 September 2005:
Killed when the CH-47 Chinook helicopter he was riding in crashed near Deh Chopan, Afghanistan.
Location: Deh Chopan, Afghanistan
Stewart Sgt. Patrick D. Stewart
Age:
34
Hometown: Fernley, NV
A 1989 graduate of Wooster HS. Survived by his wife, daughter and son.
Branch: Army national Guard
Unit: Company D, 113th Aviation Regiment, Nevada Army National Guard, Stead, Nevada
25 September 2005:
Killed when the CH-47 Chinook helicopter he was riding in crashed near Deh Chopan, Afghanistan.
Location: Deh Chopan, Afghanistan
Sickert Pfc. Thomas C. Siekert
Age:
20
Hometown: Lovelock, NV
A 2004 graduate of Persing County HS, was very active in track & relay events, something he very much enjoyed.
Branch: Army
Unit: Company A, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky
6 December 2005:
Died from non-combat related injuries in Bayji.
Location: Bayji, Iraq
Morberg Pvt. Joshua M. Morberg
Age:
20
Hometown: Sparks, NV
A 2004 graduate of Washoe HS. Born in Anchorage, Alaska.
Branch: Army
Unit: 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas
27 December 2005:
Killed when a makeshift bomb exploded near his dismounted patrol in Baghdad.
Location: Baghdad, Iraq
Misner Sgt. Gordon F. Misner II
Age:
23
Hometown: Sparks, NV
A 2000 graduate of Sparks HS. He is survived by his wife & three daughters.
Branch: Army
Unit: 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado
22 February 2006:
Killed when a makeshift bomb exploded near his Bradley Fighting Vehicle near Balad.
Location: Balad, Iraq
Lasswell Cpl. Shawn T. Lasswell Jr.
Age:
21
Hometown: Reno, NV
A 2001 graduate of Valley HS. Shawn's wife is presently serving in the military.
Branch: Army
Unit: 7th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas
23 April 2006:
Died of injuries sustained when a makeshift bomb exploded near his Humvee during combat operations in Taji.
Location: Taji, Iraq
Saenz 1st Sgt. Carlos N. Saenz
Age:
46
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
He is survived by his wife and son.
Branch: Army
Unit: 490th Civil Affairs Battalion, Army Reserve, Abilene, Texas
5 May 2006:
Killed when a makeshift bomb exploded near his Humvee during combat operations in Baghdad.
Location: Baghdad, Iraq
Torres Spc. Teodoro Torres Jr.
Age:
29
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
He was raised in Rochester, New York, and of lately lived in Las Vegas.
Branch: Army
Unit: 490th Civil Affairs Battalion, Army Reserve, Abilene, Texas
5 May 2006:
Killed when a makeshift bomb exploded near his Humvee during combat operations in Baghdad.
Location: Baghdad, Iraq
Griffith Army Sgt. John C. Griffith
Age:
33
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
A 1994 graduate of Ranch HS. Survived by his wife and three children.
Branch: Army
Unit: 3rd Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York
5 May 2006:
Killed when his CH-47 Chinook helicopter crashed during combat operations east of Abad, Afghanistan
Location: Kunar Province, Abad, Afghanistan
Legaspi Staff Sgt. Emmanuel L. Legaspi
Age:
38
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
Enlisted in the Army in 2000. Survived by his wife and 6-month old daughter.
Branch: Army
Unit: 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Friedberg, Germany
7 May 2006:
Killed when his unit came under enemy small arms fire during combat operations in Tall Afar.
Location: Tal Afar, Iraq
Crombie Pfc. David N. Crombie
Age:
19
Hometown: Winnemucca, NV
He played in the Cibola HS marching band and wanted to teach high school band after completing college.
Branch: Army
Unit: 2nd Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Division, Baumholder, Germany
7 June 2006:
Died when a makeshift bomb exploded near his Humvee during combat operations in Ramadi.
Location: Ramadi, Iraq
Kassin Sgt. Robert P. Kassin
Age:
29
Hometown: Las Vegas
Moved to Las Vegas just before his senior year while attending school in Clovis, NM
Branch: Army
Unit: 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Polk, Louisiana
16 July 2006:
Killed when his platoon encountered enemy forces small arms fire during combat operations in Larzab Base, Afghanistan.
Location: Larzab Base, Afghanistan
Ramirez Spc. Ignacio Ramirez
Age:
22
Hometown: Henderson, NV
A 2002 graduate of Basic HS where he played football his freshman year and enjoyed music.
Branch: Army
Unit: 1st Battalion, 37th Armor Regiment, 1st Armored Division, Friedberg, Germany
9 August 2006:
Killed when a makeshift bomb exploded near his Humvee during combat operations in Ramadi.
Location: Ramadi, Iraq
Long Lance Cpl. Jeremy Z. Long
Age:
18
Hometown: Sun Valley, NV
A 2005 graduate of Spanish Springs HS, active in football (4 yrs), wrestling, swimming and track.
Branch: Marines
Unit: 1st Battalion, 7th Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, California
10 August 2006:
Killed while conducting combat operations in Anbar Province.
Location: Al Anbar Province, Iraq
Williams Pfc. Phillip B. Williams
Age:
21
Hometown: Gardnerville, NV
His father and uncle are both sergeants with the South Lake Tahoe Police Department.
Branch: Army
Unit: 4th Brigade Troop Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, KY
9 October 2006:
Killed by enemy contact during combat operations in Baghdad.
Location: Baghdad, Iraq
Bostic Sgt. Kenneth E. Bostic
Age:
21
Hometown: Hawthorne, NV
A 2003 Mineral County High School graduate.
Branch: Army
Unit: 204th Military Police Company, 519th Military Police Battalion, 1st Combat Support Brigade, Fort Polk, Louisiana
30 October 2006:
Killed by enemy forces using small arms fire during check point operations in Baghdad.
Location: Baghdad, Iraq
Krissoff 1st Lt. Nathan M. Krissoff
Age:
25
Hometown: Reno, NV
His father joined the Navy Medical Corps as a way of to honor his son's scarifice.
Branch: Marines
Unit: Headquarters & Service Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, 3rd Marine Expeditioary Force, Okinawa, Japan
9 December 2006:
Killed while conducting combat operations in Anbar Province.
Location: Al Anbar Province, Iraq
Cote Lance Cpl. Budd M. Cote
Age:
21
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV / Marina, AZ
He attended Mountain View HS, Marana, AZ. Survived by his wife.
Branch: Marines
Unit: Marine Support Squadron 373, Marine Wing Support Group 37, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, CA
12 December 2006:
Killed while conducting combat operations in Anbar Province.
Location: Al Anbar Province, Iraq
Bravo Lance Cpl. Raul S. Bravo
Age:
21
Hometown: Elko, NV
He was serving his second tour of duty in Iraq. He joined the Marines while still in High School.
Branch: Marines
Unit: 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, California
3 March 2007:
Killed while conducting combat operations in Anbar Province.
Location: Quaim, Al Anbar Province, Iraq
Rodgers Chief Warrant Officer Joshua R. Rodgers
Age:
29
Hometown: Carson City, NV
A 1997 graduate of Douglas HS. Survived by his wife & three daughters.
Branch: Army
Unit: 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion, 82nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina
3 May 2007:
Killed when their helicopter crashed apparently due to enemy fire.
Location: Upper Sangin Valley, Afghanistan
Schwab Staff Sgt. Colby G. Schwab
Age:
25
Hometown: Henderson, NV
A 2000 graduate of Advanced Technologies Academy. Survived by his wife, also on active duty.
Branch: Army
Unit: Company B, 321st Engineer Battalion, U.S. Army Reserve Hayden Lake, Idaho
3 May 2007:
Killed when his armored personnel carrier was struck by a makeshift bomb in Ramadi.
Location: Ramadi, Iraq
Schober Sgt. Anthony J. Schober
Age:
23
Hometown: Reno, NV
He is survived by his parents, sister and grand parents.
Branch: Army
Unit: Company D, 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, NY
12 May 2007:
Killed in Taqa when his patrol was attacked by enemy forces using automatic fire and explosives.
Location: Al Taqa, Iraq
Varela Pfc. Alejandro P. Varela
Age:
19
Hometown: Fernley, NV
He attended San Juan and Casa Robles High Schools before moving to Fernley.
Branch: Army
Unit: 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas
19 May 2007:
Killed when a makeshift bomb detonated near his vehicle in Baghdad.
Location: Baghdad, Iraq
Modgling Pfc. Joshua S. Modgling
Age:
22
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
He attended HS in Las Vegas, NV and Corona, CA. He is survived by mother and father.
Branch: Army
Unit: 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, GA
19 June 2007:
Killed when a makeshift bomb exploded near their vehicle in Muhammad al Ali, Iraq.
Location: Muhammad Al Ali, Iraq
Virgadamo Pfc. Travis M. Virgadamo
Age:
19
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
Survived by his mother and grand mother of Las Vegas and his father of the Philippines.
Branch: Army
Unit: 3rd Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, GA
30 August 2007:
Died in a non-combat related incident in Taji.
Loaction: Fob Taji, Iraq
Townes Staff Sgt. Michael L. Townes
Age:
29
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
He joined the military in October 1999 as a wheeled vehicle mechanic.
Branch: Army
Unit: 3th Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, Aviation Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, TX
16 September 2007:
Died from a non-combat related illness in Balad.
Location: Balad-Salah Din, Iraq
Peredez Sgt. Alfred G. Paredez, Jr.
Age:
32
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
This was his second tour to Iraq; his first in 2003. Survived by his wife and three step children.
Branch: Army
Unit: 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, TX
20 November 2007:
Killed when his vehicle struck a makeshift bomb in Baghdad.
Location: Baghdad, Iraq
Drakulich Sgt. David J. Drakulich
Age:
22
Hometown: Reno, NV
A 2003 graduate from Hug High School. Attended TMCC two semesters before he joined the Army in 2004.
Branch: Army
Unit: 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina
9 January 2008:
Killed when his vehicle struck a makeshift bomb in Chagali, Afghanistan.
Location: Chagali, Afghanistan
Gaul Staff Sgt. Sean M. Gaul
Age:
29
Hometown: Reno, NV
He was a tri-athlete. Survived by his wife, daughter, father and four sisters.
Branch: Army
Unit: 3rd Squadron, 2nd Stryker Calvalry Regiment, 1st Armored Division, Vilseck, Germany
9 January 2008:
Killed when a makeshift bomb detonated during combat operations in Sinsil.
Location: Sinsil, Iraq
Bolander Staff Sgt. Bryan E. Bolander
Age:
26
Hometown: Virginia City, NV
He is survived by his son, parents, grandparents, and fiancè. He was planning to get married 6 June.
Branch: Army
Unit: 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, KY
29 April 2008:
Killed when his vehicle struck a makeshift bomb in Baghdad.
Location: Baghdad, Iraq
Rhoads Pfc. Joshua R. Rhoads
Age:
23
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
He attended Paris High School. Survived by his wife, father and three brothers.
Branch: Army
Unit: 173rd Brigade Support Battalion (Airborne), Vicenza, Italy
16 July 2008:
Died in Bagram, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered from a non-combat related incident.
Location: Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan
Humphreys Chief Warrant Officer Christian P. Humphreys
Age:
28
Hometown: Fallon, NV
He is survived by his wife and parents.
Branch: Army
Unit: 6th Squadron, 17th Calvalry Regiment, Task Force 49 U.S. Army Alaska, Fort Wainwright, Alaska
15 November 2008:
Died Nov. 15 in Mosul, Iraq, when his OH-58 Kiowa helicopter crashed while on a mission over Mosul.
Location: Mosul, Iraq
Dawson Spec. Ezra Dawson
Age:
31
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
Born the son of an Oklahoma preacher before he moved to Las Vegas.
Branch: Army
Unit: 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas
17 January 2009:
Died in Konar Province, Afghanistan, when the Chinook helicopter he was in made a hard landing under combat conditions.
Location: Kunar Province, Afghanistan
Lyons Pfc. Thomas F. Lyons
Age:
20
Hometown: Fernley, NV
He is survived by wife Delvin, son Erik, parents, five brothers and five sisters.
Branch: Army
Unit: 545th Military Police Company, Artic Military Police Battalion, U.S. Army, Alaska, Fort Richardson, Alaska
8 September 2009:
Died of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their vehicle with an explosive device in Baji, Iraq.
Location: Baji, Iraq
Thomson Pfc. Kevin C. Thomson
Age:
22
Hometown: Reno, NV
A graduate of Wooster High School joined the U.S. Army in April 2008.
Branch: Army
Unit: 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado
3 October 2009:
Died at COP Keating, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their contingency outpost with small arms, rocket-propelled grenade and indirect fires.
Location: Nuristan Province, Afghanistan
Chavez Sgt. Josue E. Henandez Chavez
Age:
23
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
He is survived by his mother Eustolia, father Pedro Hernandez, and sisters Cristina and Myara.
Branch: Army
Unit: 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Regiment (Airborne) from Hunter Army Airfield, Georga.
26 October 2009:
Died of wounds suffered when the MH-47 helicopter they were aboard crashed in Darreh-ye Bum, Afghanistan.
Location: Darreh-ye Bum, Afghanistan
Hennigan Sgt. Matthew R. Hennigan
Age:
20
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
A 2007 graduate of Silverado HS. He is survived by his parents and three brothers.
Branch: Army
Unit: 173rd Special Troops Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Bamberg, Germany
30 June 2010:
Died at Forward Operating Base Shank, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered earlier in Tangi Valley, Afghanistan when enemy forces attacked his unit with machine gun fire.
Location: Tangi Valley, Afghanistan
Zaehringer Sgt. Frank R. Zaehringer III
Age:
23
Hometown: Reno, NV
A 2005 graduate of Wooster High. Survived by his wife Cassie, his parents and sisiter Nicole.
Branch: Marines
Unit: 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
11 October 2010:
Died while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
Location: Helmand Province, Afghanistan
Tabada Spec. Brian Tabada
Age:
21
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
He attended Las Vegas Shadow Ridge and Arbor View High Schools.
Branch: Army
Unit: 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Cambell, Kentucky
27 February 2011:
Died in Konar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using small arms fire and a rocket propelled grenade.
Location: Kunar Province, Afghanistan
Sayne Sgt. Timothy D. Sayne
Age:
31
Hometown: Reno, NV
Survived by his wife, Thania, 1-year-old son, Timothy with another child due in January; his mother & three siblings.
Branch: Army
Unit: 5th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Wainwright, Alaska
18 September 2011:
Died in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with a makeshift bomb.
Location: Kandahar, Afghanistan

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