SGT Christopher Higginbotham

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Christopher was born on January 24, 1990, the son of Jeanette Higginbotham. Christopher was a Sergeant in the U.S. Army where he served two tours in Afghanistan. Throughout his military career, he was a recipient of the following awards: 3 Army Commendation Medals, 2 Army Achievement Medals, 2 Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, 2 Afghanistan Campaign Medals with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Medal, NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge, and an Air Assault Badge. He currently served with the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.

He passed away on Saturday, April 25, 2015 in Colorado Springs, at 25 years old.

We honor you, Christopher Higginbotham.

(#Repost @Clarksville Now)

CPT Stephen Wolf

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Stephen Wolf was born in Fort Hood, Texas, on October 11, 1985. His father was a platoon leader on the base, and later a banker, and his mother was a nurse. Wolf was the middle child of the family and a self-proclaimed “Army brat.” He attended West Windsor Plainsboro High School and was active in wrestling, lacrosse and the row team. After graduating from high school in 2003, Wolf attended Bucknell University, joined the ROTC, and was the vice president of his class for one year. He graduated in 2007.

Wolf decided to join the Army based on his personal experiences during the September 11 attacks—his father was working in New York City at the time of the attack, and Todd Beamer, a passenger on Flight 93, lived a mile away from Wolf. He was also influenced by his ROTC instructors to join the service. He decided to become a scout for the Armored Cavalry. Wolf received his officers training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and was assigned to the 1st Platoon of Tanks at Camp Casey in South Korea. At Camp Casey, he was a Tank Commander, and then made the rank of Gunnery Sergeant. Wolf was then assigned to the 361st Cavalry at Fort Carson, Colorado.

Wolf was deployed to Afghanistan on May 26, 2009. As a junior lieutenant, he became a platoon leader for a Recon Unit in Fall 2009. He patrolled the Kunar River Valley, engaged in skirmishes with the Taliban, and worked closely with the Afghan National Security Forces. When his tour was finished, Wolf went to Airborne School at Fort Rucker, Alabama. He was then deployed to Iraq in the last four months of the (2003) Iraq War in 2011. He was assigned to the 3rd Brigade 1st cavalry and stationed at Tahfal Mountain as an advisor to the Brigade Commander.

He left the Army in 2011 and attended Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University to earn an MBA in business. Wolf is a member of the Kellogg Veteran Association and the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

We honor you, Stephen Wolf.

(#Repost @Pritzker Military Museum & Library)

MSG Jonathan J. Dunbar

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A special operations soldier assigned to Fort Bragg was killed in Syria on Friday, March 30, according to the Department of Defense.

Master Sgt. Jonathan J. Dunbar, 36, of Austin, Texas, died from wounds received near Manbij, Syria, officials said.

Dunbar, assigned to Headquarters, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, and a British soldier, officials said, were killed by an improvised explosive device while on patrol.

A spokesman for USASOC said Dunbar joined the Army in 2005, six years after he graduated from John B. Connally High School in Austin.

His first assignment was with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division as a machine gunner, fire team leader and squad leader. He deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq with that unit before transferring to Fort Hood in 2009 to join a long range surveillance battalion and again deploy to Iraq.

Dunbar was assigned to Headquarters, U.S. Army Special Operations Command in 2013. He served as a team leader and deployed three times in support of combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

We honor you, Jonathan Dunbar.

(Submission by: Miah Parry. #Repost @The Fayette Observer)

SSG Stephen M. Collins, Jr.

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At the time of the September 11 terrorist attacks, Staff Sergeant Stephen M. Collins, Jr., was a Marine Corps reservist and a medical student. Suddenly he had to balance the demands of his educational pursuits with his military obligations and the possibility of deployment. Though many of his colleagues and fellow students asked if he would leave the Marine Corps to focus on medical school, he says he felt a moral obligation to serve his country. He was called to active duty in 2003, and deployed to Iraq and Kuwait as a tank commander with the 8th Tank Battalion in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In an interview conducted for Veteran’s History Project just a few months after he returned from his deployment, Collins reflected on his experience, and shared a straightforward view of his service, saying “I did my job. I did the best that I could do, and I made it back.”

We honor you, Stephen Collins Jr.

(#Repost @Veteran’s History Project)

SSG Dennis Alexander Pracht

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On the morning of 19 JUN 2009, my team was tasked with an escort mission for newly graduated classes of Afghan National Army Soldiers and Afghan National Police Officers from Kandahar Air Field, Kandahar, Afghanistan to two Combat Posts located in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. I was tasked with Convoy Support Coverage as the fourth vehicle of the convoy. My team consisted of a driver (myself), a Truck Commander (my best friend SSG Josh Melton), and a Gunner (my good friend SGT Paul Smith). At approximately 1025 hours local Afghanistan time, my vehicle was struck with a command detonated Improvised Explosive Device (IED). The device was constructed with Homemade Explosives (HME) with an approximate amount of 700-800 lbs of explosives.

The explosion instantly knocked me unconscious while throwing my vehicle 30 to 40 ft into the air flipping it over causing it to land upside down on the roadway median. Once extracted from the vehicle I was MEDEVACed to Kandahar Air Field, wheeled into the Emergency Room and evaluated. My injuries were extensive and serious. I had a Traumatic Brain Injury, collapsed lung, internal bleeding, compression fractures to Lumbar Spines L1, L2, L3, and L5, a burst fracture of Lumbar Spine L4 and severe nerve damage to my right leg. I was eventually told that I was the lone survivor of the IED blast incident.

We honor you, Dennis Alexander Pracht.

(#Repost @National Purple Heart Hall of Honor)

SFC Daniel Metcalfe

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29-year-old US Army Sergeant 1st Class Daniel T. Metcalfe, from New York was killed on 29th September 2012 when his unit came under fire from enemy forces at Sayyid Abad, Afghanistan. He served with the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, based in Italy.

Sergeant Metcalfe joined the Army when he was 18 and had served one tour in Iraq and two tours in Afghanistan prior to this deployment. He first joined his unit in Vicenza, Italy, in January 2002 and it was here that he met his Italian wife Vesna. He later became a drill instructor at Fort Benning, Georgia., before returning to Vicenza in 2011.

Sergeant Metcalfe’s father said this about his son in an interview with local press: “He was always positive, always the one taking the lead, a little mischievous. The Army took that leadership and put it into proper use. To watch his maturity after he joined the service made me as proud as I could be.”

We honor you, Daniel Metcalfe.

(#Repost @Fallen Heroes: Afghanistan)

PO2 Daniel McCartney

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Daniel McCartney, 34, was shot during a burglary call near Spanaway on January 7, 2018. He died from his injuries at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma.

McCartney graduated from high school in Loyalton, California near Reno, Nevada. He joined the Navy in 2002, where he served as an electronics technician 2nd class. He was deployed to Afghanistan with a security detail assigned to the Army before being honorably discharged in 2008.

McCartney worked as a detention officer at the Grays Harbor County Juvenile Facility and was a personal trainer at the Grays Harbor YMCA before joining Hoquiam Police in 2009. He transferred to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department on Aug. 17, 2014.

We honor you, Daniel McCartney.

(Submission by: Ninzel Rasmuson. #Repost @Seattlepi)