SFC Richard L. Schild

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Richard L. Schild loved Christmas so much that some of his friends had to tell him to cool it. “He was always looking for new ways to decorate,” said Merlin Goehring, a co-worker. “He always wanted the Christmas tree up before Thanksgiving, and I would tell him, ”You can”t light it up until Friday.”” Schild, 40, of Tabor, S.D., was killed Dec. 4 in a roadside bomb in Baghdad. He graduated from Mount Marty College and was assigned to Yankton. Schild was the office manager for the Bon Homme-Yankton Rural Electric Association and was trying to turn a portion of the local elementary school into a daycare run by a nonprofit organization. “Rich was one of those guys who, when he was lined up to do something, was committed and took it very seriously,” said elementary principal Mike Duffek. “I think of his personality as like a bulldog _ ”If I”m supposed to do something when I said I would, I would go do it.”” Ron Koupal, who hired Schild, said he enjoyed football and golf. “He loved the Minnesota Vikings and the Nebraska Cornhuskers,” Koupal said.

We honor you, Richard Schild.

(Submission by: Miah Parry. #Repost @The Washington Post)

SGT Marshall A. Westbrook

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Before Marshall A. Westbrook was deployed to Iraq, he installed a new door on his family’s home. It was the start of many home improvement projects he wanted to get done. Recently, about 20 community volunteers from at least eight local businesses, including the Public Service Company of New Mexico, where Westbrook worked as an environmental process operator, picked up hammers and other tools and picked up where Westbrook left off. “He worked for us for 23 years. This is the least we could do,” said Dick Goeden, who worked with Westbrook at PNM. “The house definitely needed some repairs.”

“He was a gentle giant,” said Sergeant First Class Arthur Garcia, who has known Westbrook in and out of the military for about 15 years. “He had a soft voice. He was a good guy, and he will be sorely missed.”

Westbrook was a member of the Albuquerque-based 126th Military Police Company. He died on the morning of Oct. 1 in Baghdad after being struck in the head by shrapnel from an explosive device.

“He loved his family. He loved his soldiers. This gentle giant, Sergeant Allen Westbrook, will rest in peace,” Brigadier General Kenny Montoya said. Westbrook, born July 25, 1962 at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., was married and the father of five children.

We honor you, Marshall Westbrook.

(#Repost @Fallen Heroes Project)

PO2 James Nappier Jr.

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James Nappier’s persistence and devotion to serving his country resulted in the improbable scenario of a man in his 40s with a grown child enlisting in–and being accepted by–the Navy’s Seabees. By virtue of his six years in the Marines beginning when he had dropped out of high school, Nappier’s real age was knocked down to just under the upper limit for eligibility. This was in 2000, when no one had any idea of military deployments to a war in the Middle East. In Iraq, Nappier kept volunteering for the most dangerous missions, figuring he was saving one younger man with young children from harm’s way.

We honor you, James Nappier Jr.

(#Repost @Veteran’s History Project)

SFC Stephen Cribben

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Sgt. 1st Class Stephen Cribben, 33, died Saturday from wounds sustained while engaged in combat operations in Logar province, Afghanistan.

Cribben was a senior communications sergeant assigned to 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group at Fort Carson, Colorado.

Cribben, who was born in Rawlins, Wyoming, joined the Army in November 2002 as a military police officer, according to information from U.S. Army Special Operations Command.

After serving with military police units, including in Korea and Germany, Cribben attended Special Forces Assessment and Selection in November 2011. He graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course in December 2014 and was assigned to the 10th Special Forces Group.

Cribben deployed three times with the 716th MP Battalion, first to Egypt in 2005, to Afghanistan in 2006, and Iraq in 2007. He deployed to Afghanistan again, this time with 2nd Battalion, 10th Group, in September.

Cribben’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, three Army Commendation Medals, nine Army Achievement Medals, a Meritorious Unit Citation, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Combat Action Badge, the Special Forces tab, the Parachutist badge, the Air Assault badge, and the Path Finder badge.

We honor you, Stephen Cribben.

(Submission by: Miah Parry. #Repost @ArmyTimes)

SSG Joseph Arden Beimfohr

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Joseph Beimfohr enlisted in the Army two days after his 17th birthday, with the approval of his grandmother, who had raised him. He did two tours of duty in Korea in a forward force that was on alert at all times. In August 2004, he arrived at Ft. Riley, Kansas, to train for duty in Iraq. Encouraged that he was working with experienced and dedicated men, he landed in country in January 2005. There he did more forward scouting, only this time under real, rather than anticipated, fire. What he learned from his experiences was that soldiers have to trust their training and instincts. In July he lost both legs to an explosion, and Beimfohr subsequently learned that the only limitations in his life were self-imposed.

We honor you, Joseph Biemfohr.

(#Repost @Veteran’s History Project)

SPC Eric James March

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Eric March enlisted in the Army National Guard right out of high school, and his first day of training was September 11, 2001. His infantry unit was eventually assigned to Iraq, where he served as a gunner or driver on a patrol vehicle in Baghdad. His company suffered “quite a few casualties,” though only one fatality, a well-loved sergeant for whom the unit set up a trust fund to pay for his daughter’s education. March cites the brotherhood in his company, which allowed the men to talk freely about personal problems, to ease some of the stress of their deployment. After his release from the Guard, he decided to work as a civilian in their Sacramento headquarters, passing on the benefits of his experience to others.

We honor you, Eric March.

(#Repost @Veteran’s History Project)

GySgt Rose Marie Noel

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Rose Marie Noël enlisted in the military in 1988, choosing the Marine Corps because, she said, “they’re the toughest.” Following completion of Avionics School, she served as an Aviation Electrician and Instructor around the United States and in Japan, and served as a Drill Instructor at Parris Island for two years. In late 2004, she volunteered to fill an open billet in a unit deploying to Al Asad Airbase in Iraq. On August 27, 2005, an indirect fire rocket impacted the base, and she suffered a shrapnel wound to the cheek. She would later learn that the shrapnel was just millimeters away from her maxillary artery, the main artery in the face. Though her doctor wanted to send her home, she insisted on returning to her unit. As a result of her shrapnel wound, she became the first female Gunnery Sergeant to be awarded the Purple Heart.

We honor you, Rose Noel.

(#Repost @Veterans History Project)