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.

I find it VERY sad we don't just fly our flags at half staff till we bring them all home.  Let's face it, these brave individuals die every day, every week.  So, why are we not flying our flags in them?

Here are the most recent hero's “who gave all” so let's fly those flags at 'half staff' in our hearts in their honor! I also left the John Wayne piece up in case you missed it from last week.

As always, you don't need my permission to re-post this tribute.


  • Army Spc. James A. Justice

    Army Spc. James A. Justice - Died August 17, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom. Age 21, of Grover, N.C.; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Vicenza, Italy; died Aug. 17 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, from injuries suffered Aug. 14 that were caused by small-arms fire in Wardak province, Afghanistan.

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  • Army Pfc. Michael R. DeMarsico II

    Army Pfc. Michael R. DeMarsico II - Died August 16, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom. Age 20, of North Adams, Mass.; assigned to 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.; died Aug. 16 in Panjway, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by an improvised explosive device.

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  • Army Staff Sgt. Eric S. Holman

    Army Staff Sgt. Eric S. Holman - Died August 15, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom. Age 39, of Evans City, Pa.; assigned to 192nd Ordnance Battalion, 52nd Ordnance Group, 20th Support Command, Fort Bragg, N.C.; died Aug. 15 in Ghazni province, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by an improvised explosive device.

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  • Army Pfc. Andrew J. Keller

    Army Pfc. Andrew J. Keller - Died August 15, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom. Age 22, of Tigard, Ore.; assigned to 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Caserma Ederle, Vicenza, Italy; died Aug. 15 in Charkh, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by small-arms fire.

  • Marine Lance Cpl. Gregory T. Buckley

    Marine Lance Cpl. Gregory T. Buckley - Died August 10, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom. Age 21, of Oceanside, N.Y.; assigned to Headquarters Company, 3rd Marines, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii; while deployed, he was attached to 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died Aug. 10 in Garmsir, Afghanistan, after being shot by an Afghan civilian. Also killed were Marine Staff Sgt. Scott E. Dickinson, 29, of San Diego and Marine Cpl. Richard A. Rivera Jr., 20 of Ventura, Calif.

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  • Marine Staff Sgt. Scott E. Dickinson

    Marine Staff Sgt. Scott E. Dickinson - Died August 10, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom. Age 29, of San Diego; assigned to Headquarters Company, 3rd Marines, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii; while deployed, he was attached to 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died Aug. 10 in Garmsir, Afghanistan, after being shot by an Afghan civilian. Also killed were Marine Cpl. Richard A. Rivera Jr., 20 of Ventura, Calif., and Marine Lance Cpl. Gregory T. Buckley, 21, of Oceanside, N.Y.

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  • Marine Gunnery Sgt. Ryan Jeschke

    Marine Gunnery Sgt. Ryan Jeschke - Died August 10, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom. Age 31, of Herndon, Va.; assigned to 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; died Aug. 10 in Sangin district, Afghanistan, after being shot by an Afghan policeman. Also killed were Marine Capt. Matthew P. Manoukian, 29, of Los Altos Hills, Calif., and Marine Staff Sgt. Sky R. Mote, 27, of El Dorado, Calif.

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  • Marine Capt. Matthew P. Manoukian

    Marine Capt. Matthew P. Manoukian - Died August 10, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom. Age 29, of Los Altos Hills, Calif.; assigned to 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; died Aug. 10 in Sangin district, Afghanistan, after being shot by an Afghan policeman. Also killed were Marine Staff Sgt. Sky R. Mote, 27, of El Dorado, Calif., and Marine Gunnery Sgt. Ryan Jeschke, 31, of Herndon, Va.

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  • Marine Staff Sgt. Sky R. Mote

    Marine Staff Sgt. Sky R. Mote - Died August 10, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom. Age 27, of El Dorado, Calif.; assigned to 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; died Aug. 10 in Sangin district, Afghanistan., after being shot by an Afghan policeman. Also killed were Marine Capt. Matthew P. Manoukian, 29, of Los Altos Hills, Calif., and Marine Gunnery Sgt. Ryan Jeschke, 31, of Herndon, Va.

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  • Marine Cpl. Richard A. Rivera Jr.

    Marine Cpl. Richard A. Rivera Jr. - Died August 10, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom. Age 20, of Ventura, Calif.; assigned to Headquarters Company, 3rd Marines, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii; while deployed, he was attached to 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died Aug. 10 in Garmsir, Afghanistan, after being shot by an Afghan civilian. Also killed were Marine Staff Sgt. Scott E. Dickinson, 29, of San Diego and Marine Lance Cpl. Gregory T. Buckley, 21, of Oceanside, N.Y.

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