When a soldier pays the ultimate price and lays down his or her life protecting the freedom of our great country it goes largely unnoticed. This week there are two names to report but that is two to many!

Every week I post names of those “who gave all” so I can pay my respects and remember why I have the freedom I enjoy today. As always, you don't need my permission to re-post this tribute.


  • Army Capt. Bruce A. MacFarlane

    Army Capt. Bruce A. MacFarlane - Died July 6, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom. Age 46, of Oviedo, Fla.; assigned to 1186th Transportation Company, 831st Transportation Battalion, U.S. Army Reserve, Jacksonville, Fla.; died July 6 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of unspecified causes.

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  • Army Cpl. Juan P. Navarro

    Army Cpl. Juan P. Navarro - Died July 7, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom. Age 23, of Austin, Texas; assigned to 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.; died July 7 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, when he was attacked with an enemy improvised explosive device.

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  • Army Spc. Clarence Williams III

    Army Spc. Clarence Williams III - Died July 8, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom. Age 23, of Brooksville, Fla.; assigned to 978th Military Police Company, 93rd Military Police Battalion, Fort Bliss, Texas; died July 8 in Maidan Shahr, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by an improvised explosive device. Also killed were Army Staff Sgt. Ricardo Seija, Army Spc. Erica P. Alecksen, Army Pfc. Trevor B. Adkins, Army Pfc. Alejandro J. Pardo and Army Pfc. Cameron J. Stambaugh.

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  • Army Pfc. Cameron J. Stambaugh

    Army Pfc. Cameron J. Stambaugh - Died July 8, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom. Age 20, of Spring Grove, Pa.; assigned to 978th Military Police Company, 93rd Military Police Battalion, Fort Bliss, Texas; died July 8 in Maidan Shahr, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by an improvised explosive device. Also killed were Army Staff Sgt. Ricardo Seija, Army Spc. Erica P. Alecksen, Army Spc. Clarence Williams III, Army Pfc. Trevor B. Adkins and Army Pfc. Alejandro J. Pardo.

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  • Army Staff Sgt. Ricardo Seija

    Army Staff Sgt. Ricardo Seija - Died July 8, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom. Age 31, of Tampa, Fla.; assigned to 978th Military Police Company, 93rd Military Police Battalion, Fort Bliss, Texas; died July 8 in Maidan Shahr, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by an improvised explosive device. Also killed were Army Spc. Erica P. Alecksen, Army Spc. Clarence Williams III, Army Pfc. Trevor B. Adkins, Army Pfc. Alejandro J. Pardo and Army Pfc. Cameron J. Stambaugh.

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  • Army Pfc. Alejandro J. Pardo

    Army Pfc. Alejandro J. Pardo - Died July 8, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom. Age 21, of Porterville, Calif.; assigned to 978th Military Police Company, 93rd Military Police Battalion, Fort Bliss, Texas; died July 8 in Maidan Shahr, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by an improvised explosive device. Also killed were Army Staff Sgt. Ricardo Seija, Army Spc. Erica P. Alecksen, Army Spc. Clarence Williams III, Army Pfc. Trevor B. Adkins and Army Pfc. Cameron J. Stambaugh.

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  • Army Spc. Jonathan Batista

    Army Spc. Jonathan Batista - Died July 8, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom. Age 22, of Kinnelon, N.J.; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 321st Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; died July 8 in Zharay, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by small-arms fire.

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  • Army Spc. Erica P. Alecksen

    Army Spc. Erica P. Alecksen - Died July 8, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom. Age 21, of Eatonton, Ga.; assigned to 978th Military Police Company, 93rd Military Police Battalion, Fort Bliss, Texas; died July 8 in Maidan Shahr, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by an improvised explosive device. Also killed were Army Staff Sgt. Ricardo Seija, Army Spc. Clarence Williams III, Army Pfc. Trevor B. Adkins, Army Pfc. Alejandro J. Pardo and Army Pfc. Cameron J. Stambaugh.

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  • Army Pfc. Trevor B. Adkins

    Army Pfc. Trevor B. Adkins - Died July 8, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom. Age 21, of Spring Lake, N.C.; assigned to 978th Military Police Company, 93rd Military Police Battalion, Fort Bliss, Texas; died July 8 in Maidan Shahr, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by an improvised explosive device. Also killed were Army Staff Sgt. Ricardo Seija, Army Spc. Erica P. Alecksen, Army Spc. Clarence Williams III, Army Pfc. Alejandro J. Pardo and Army Pfc. Cameron J. Stambaugh.

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  • Army Spc. Sterling Wyatt

    Army Spc. Sterling Wyatt - Died July 11, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom. Age 21, of Columbia, Mo.; assigned to 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.; died July 11, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by an enemy improvised explosive device.

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  • Army Sgt. Michael E. Ristau

    Army Sgt. Michael E. Ristau - Died July 13, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom. Age 25, of Rockford, Ill.; assigned to 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.; died July 13 in Qalat, Zabul province, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by an enemy improvised explosive device.

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