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; until now. Every week I post names of those “who gave all” so I can pay my respects and remember why I/we have the freedom we do. This weeks list is the longest to date and I hope you too will salute these brave warriors who gave their all last week! You have full authority to share this weekly post anywhere you like.


  • Army Spc. Gerardo Campos

    Army Spc. Gerardo Campos - Died June 2, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom. Age 23, of Miami, Fla.; assigned to 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.; died June 2 in Maiwand, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by enemy small-arms fire.

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  • Army Staff Sgt. Alexander G. Povilaitis

    Army Staff Sgt. Alexander G. Povilaitis - Died May 31, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom. Age 47, of Dawsonville, Ga.; assigned to 14th Engineer Battalion, 555th Engineer Brigade, Joint Base Lewis-McChordl, Wash.; died May 31 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by an improvised explosive device.

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  • Navy Master-at-Arms 2nd Class (EXW) Sean E. Brazas

    Navy Master-at-Arms 2nd Class (EXW) Sean E. Brazas - Died May 30, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom. Age 26, of Greensboro, N.C.; assigned to Naval Base Kitsap Security Detachment, Bremerton, Wash.; died May 30 in Panjway, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations.

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  • Army Cpl. Nicholas H. Olivas

    Army Cpl. Nicholas H. Olivas - Died May 30, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom. Age 20, of Fairfield, Ohio; assigned to 4th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; died May 30 in Zharay, Afghanistan, of injuries caused by an improvised explosive device

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  • Marine Lance Cpl. Joshua E. Witsman

    Marine Lance Cpl. Joshua E. Witsman - Died May 30, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom. Age 23, of Covington, Ind.; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; died May 30 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, while supporting combat operations.

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  • Army Capt. John R. Brainard

    Army Capt. John R. Brainard - Died May 28, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom. Age 26, of Dover-Foxcroft, Maine; assigned to 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, Ansbach-Katterbach, Germany; died May 28 in Kabul, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when his AH-64 Apache helicopter crashed. Also killed was Army Chief Warrant Officer Five John C. Pratt.

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  • Marine Sgt. Julian C. Chase

    Marine Sgt. Julian C. Chase - Died May 28, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom. Age 22, of Edgewater, Md.; assigned to 5th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Okinawa, Japan; died May 28 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations.

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  • Army Chief Warrant Officer Five John C. Pratt

    Army Chief Warrant Officer Five John C. Pratt - Died May 28, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom. Age 51, of Springfield, Va.; assigned to 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, Ansbach-Katterbach, Germany; died May 28 in Kabul, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when his AH-64 helicopter crashed. Also killed was Army Capt. John R. Brainard.

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  • Army Pfc. Leroy Deronde III

    Army Pfc. Leroy Deronde III - Died May 27, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom. Age 22, Jersey City, N.J.; assigned to 125th Brigade Support Battalion, attached to 2nd Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas; died May 27 in Chaki Wardak district, Wardak province, Afghanistan, when his unit was attacked by enemy forces. Also killed was Army Spc. Kedith L. Jacobs.

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  • Army Spc. Kedith L. Jacobs

    Army Spc. Kedith L. Jacobs - Died May 27, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom. Age 21, of Denver; assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas; died May 27 in Chaki Wardak district, Wardak province, Afghanistan, when his unit was attacked by enemy forces. Also killed was Army Pfc. Leroy Deronde III.

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  • Army Spc. Tofiga J. Tautolo

    Army Spc. Tofiga J. Tautolo - Died May 27, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom. Age 23, of Wilmington, Calif.; assigned to 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.; died May 27 in Bati Kot, Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by an enemy improvised explosive device.

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  • Army Spc. Vilmar Galarza Hernandez

    Army Spc. Vilmar Galarza Hernandez - Died May 26, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom. Age 21, of Salinas, Calif.; assigned to 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.; died May 26 in Zharay, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by an improvised explosive device.

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  • Marine Lance Cpl. Steven G. Sutton

    Marine Lance Cpl. Steven G. Sutton - Died May 26, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom. Age 24, of Leesburg, Ga.; assigned to 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died May 26 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations.

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  • Navy Hospitalman Eric D. Warren

    Navy Hospitalman Eric D. Warren - Died May 26, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom. Age 23, of Shawnee, Okla.; assigned to 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died May 26 in Sangin district, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by an improvised explosive device.

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  • Army Staff Sgt. Roberto Loeza

    Army Staff Sgt. Roberto Loeza - Died May 25, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom. Age 28, of El Paso, Texas; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas; died May 25 in Charkh, Logar province, Afghanistan, of injuries caused by indirect fire.

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  • Marine Cpl. Keaton G. Coffey

    Marine Cpl. Keaton G. Coffey - Died May 24, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom. Age 22, of Boring, Ore.; assigned to 1st Law Enforcement Battalion, 1st Marine Headquarters Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; died May 24 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations.

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  • Army Pfc. Cale C. Miller

    Army Pfc. Cale C. Miller - Died May 24, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom. Age 23, of Overland Park, Kan.; assigned to 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.; died May 24 in Maiwand, Afghanistan, of injuries caused by an improvised explosive device

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