It's hard not to think of the families that will be forever linked together by death. As you read these posts, you will see those who died together; some from the same states, and how these families now have to deal with their ultimate sacrifice. If you don't know who Larry Eckhardt is, please watch both video's in today's post. What an amazing human being and the one thing he and I both have in common is that there isn't a week that goes by that we don't honor our fallen warriors and I am honored to be able to say that.

KIA States last week: NY-NJ-ME-NC-CA-TX-AZ

  • Marine Sgt. Camella M. Steedley

    Marine Sgt. Camella M. Steedley - Died October 3, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom. Age 31, of San Diego, Calif.; assigned to Combat Logistics Regiment 17, 1st Marine Logistics Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; died Oct. 3 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

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  • Army Sgt. 1st Class Aaron A. Henderson

    Army Sgt. 1st Class Aaron A. Henderson - Died October 2, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom. Age 33, of Houlton, Maine; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Campbell, Ky.; died Oct. 2 at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered Sept. 30 from an improvised explosive device in Zombalay Village, Afghanistan.

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  • Army Sgt. Thomas J. Butler IV

    Army Sgt. Thomas J. Butler IV - Died October 1, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom. Age 25, of Wilmington, N.C.; assigned to 514th Military Police Company, 60th Troop Command, Winterville, N.C.; died Oct.1, in Khost, Afghanistan, of injuries caused by a suicide bomber. Also killed were Army Sgt. Jeremy F. Hardison, 23, of Maysville, N.C., and Army Sgt. Donna R. Johnson, 29, of Raeford, N.C.

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  • Army Sgt. Jeremy F. Hardison

    Army Sgt. Jeremy F. Hardison - Died October 1, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom. Age 23, of Maysville, N.C.; assigned to 514th Military Police Company, 60th Troop Command, Winterville, N.C.; died Oct.1 in Khost, Afghanistan, of injuries caused by a suicide bomber. Also killed were Army Sgt. Thomas J. Butler IV, 25, of Wilmington, N.C., and Army Sgt. Donna R. Johnson, 29, of Raeford, N.C.

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  • Army Sgt. Donna R. Johnson

    Army Sgt. Donna R. Johnson - Died October 1, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom. Age 29, of Raeford, N.C.; assigned to 514th Military Police Company, 60th Troop Command, Winterville, N.C.; died Oct.1, in Khost, Afghanistan, of injuries caused by a suicide bomber. Also killed were Army Sgt. Thomas J. Butler IV, 25, of Wilmington, N.C., and Army Sgt. Jeremy F. Hardison, 23, of Maysville, N.C.

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  • Army Sgt. 1st Class Daniel T. Metcalfe

    Army Sgt. 1st Class Daniel T. Metcalfe - Died September 29, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom. Age 29, of Liverpool, N.Y.; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Vicenza, Italy; died Sep. 29 in Sayyid Abad, Afghanistan, of injuries caused by small-arms fire.

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  • Army Sgt. 1st Class Riley G. Stephens

    Army Sgt. 1st Class Riley G. Stephens - Died September 28, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom. Age 39, of Tolar, Texas; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, N.C.; died Sept. 28 in Wardak, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by enemy small-arms fire.

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  • Army Sgt. Jonathan A. Gollnitz

    Army Sgt. Jonathan A. Gollnitz - Died September 26, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom. Age 28, of Lakehurst, N.J.; assigned to 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Schweinfurt, Germany; died Sept. 26 in Puli Alam, Afghanistan, of injuries caused by a suicide bomber. Also killed was Army Staff Sgt. Orion N. Sparks, 29, of Tucson, Ariz.

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  • Army Staff Sgt. Orion N. Sparks

    Army Staff Sgt. Orion N. Sparks - Died September 26, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom. Age 29, of Tucson, Ariz.; assigned to 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Schweinfurt, Germany; died Sept. 26 in Puli Alam, Afghanistan, of injuries caused by a suicide bomber. Also killed was Army Sgt. Jonathan A. Gollnitz, 28, of Lakehurst, N.J.

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