Editorials

Honoring service, sacrifice

President Barack Obama greeted military personnel who had recently returned from Afghanistan on May 6 at Fort Campbell. Obama also met on the base with the SEAL team that killed Osama bin Laden in a daring raid in Pakistan. Fort Campbell has suffered many casualties in Afghanistan, including at least 122 deaths since this time last year.
President Barack Obama greeted military personnel who had recently returned from Afghanistan on May 6 at Fort Campbell. Obama also met on the base with the SEAL team that killed Osama bin Laden in a daring raid in Pakistan. Fort Campbell has suffered many casualties in Afghanistan, including at least 122 deaths since this time last year. AP

In the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, this nation has lost 5,885 service members, at least 98 of them from Kentucky. Here, with help from The Washington Post's "Faces of the Fallen" project, are details about the 11 Kentuckians whose deaths, all from service in Afghanistan, were reported since last Memorial Day. We honor their patriotism and mourn their loss.

Sgt. Jason D. Calo

Hometown: Lexington

Age: 23

Died: Aug. 22, 2010

Unit: Marines, 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Incident: Died supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.


Sgt. 1st Class Kristopher D. Chapleau

Hometown: LaGrange

Age: 33

Died: June 30, 2010

Unit: Army, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.

Incident: Died at Forward Operating Base Blessing, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident.


Pfc. Nathaniel D. Garvin

Hometown: Radcliff

Age: 20

Died: July 12, 2010

Unit: Army, 96th Aviation Support Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.

Incident: Died at Forward Operating Base Frontenac (Kandahar, Afghanistan), of injuries sustained from non-combat incident.


Lance Cpl. Timothy M. Jackson

Hometown: Corbin

Age: 22

Died: Sept. 30, 2010

Unit: Marines, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Incident: Died conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.


Pfc. Russell E. Madden

Hometown: Dayton

Age: 29

Died: June 23, 2010

Unit: Army, 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Conn Barracks, Germany.

Incident: Died at Charkh district, Logar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his vehicle with rocket fire.


Pvt. Brandon T. Pickering

Hometown: Fort Thomas

Age: 21

Died: April 10, 2011

Unit: Army, 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Polk, La.

Incident: Died April 10 in Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl, Germany, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades in Wardak province, Afghanistan, April 8.


Pfc. Michael S. Pridham

Hometown: Louisville

Age: 19

Died: July 6, 2010

Unit: Army, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, Hohenfels, Germany.

Incident: Died at Qalat, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his vehicle with a makeshift bomb.


Staff Sgt. Christopher T. Stout

Hometown: Worthville

Age: 34

Died: July 13, 2010

Unit: Army, 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.

Incident: Died in Kandahar City, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with rifle, rocket propelled grenades and small-arms fire.


Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Collin Thomas

Hometown: Morehead

Age: 33

Died: Aug. 18, 2010

Unit: Navy, East coast-based SEAL team.

Incident: Died Aug. 18 during a combat operation in eastern Afghanistan.


Spec. Christopher S. Wright

Hometown: Tollesboro

Age: 23

Died: Aug.19, 2010

Unit: Army, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Hunter Army Air Field, Ga.

Incident: Died in Pech, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using small arms fire.


1st Lt. Eric Yates

Hometown: Rineyville

Age: 26

Died: Sept.18, 2010

Unit: Army, 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.

Incident: Died in the Zhari district, Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with a makeshift bomb.

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