Op-Ed

Kentucky's dead in Iraq, Afghanistan

On this seventh Memorial Day since the United States invaded Iraq in March 2003, let us honor the U.S. troops who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Associated Press put the number at 4,976. Please observe a moment of remembrance for those who have given their lives in these conflicts, especially these 80 Kentuckians:

Pfc. Sergio S. Abad, 21, Morganfield, Army. Died July 13, 2008

Sgt. Michael D. Acklin II, 25, Louisville, Army. Died Nov. 15, 2003

Capt. Clayton Adamkavicius, 43, Louisville, Army National Guard. Died April 20, 2006

Staff Sgt. William A. Allers III, 28, Leitchfield, Army National Guard. Died Sept. 20, 2005

Spec. Jason E. Ames, 21, Cerulean, Army. Died Aug. 31, 2005

Chief Petty Officer Gregory J. Billiter, 36, Villa Hills, Navy. Died April 6, 2007

Sgt. 1st Class Jason L. Bishop, 31, Covington, Army. Died Jan. 1, 2006

Sgt. William G. Bowling, 24, Beattyville, Army. Died April 1, 2007

Master Sgt. Thomas Bruner, 50, Owensboro, Army Reserve. Died Oct. 28, 2007

Spec. Joey Cantrell, 23, Westwood, Army. Died April 4, 2007

Staff Sgt. Nicholas R. Carnes, 25, Dayton, Army. Died Aug. 26, 2007

Staff Sgt. Thomas W. Clemons, 37, Falls of Rough, Army National Guard. Died Dec. 11, 2006

Cpl. Gary B. Coleman, 24, Pikeville, Army. Died Nov. 21, 2003

Lance Cpl. Chase J. Comley, 21, Lexington, Marines. Died Aug. 6, 2005

Sgt. David K. Cooper, 25, Williamsburg, Army. Died August 27 2008

Staff Sgt. John E. Cooper, 29, Ewing, Army. Died Jan. 15, 2007

Sgt. 1st Class Lance Cornett, 33, London, Army. Died Feb. 3, 2006

Master Sgt. Clinton Cubert, 38, Lawrenceburg, Army National Guard. Died April 16, 2006

Sgt. Matthew L. Deckard, 29, Elizabethtown, Army. Died Sept. 16, 2005

Sgt. 1st Class Robert V. Derenda, 42, Ledbetter, Army Reserve. Died Aug. 5, 2005

Cpl. Nicholas J. Dieruf, 21, Versailles, Marines. Died April 8, 2004

Pfc. Stephen P. Downing II, 30, Burkesville, Army. Died Oct. 28, 2004

Staff Sgt. Joe L. Dunigan, 37, Benton, Army. Died March 11, 2004.

Lance Cpl. Thomas P. Echols, 21, Shepherdsville, Marines. Died Dec. 4, 2006

Sgt. Robert W. Ehney, 26, Lexington, Marines. Died April 23, 2006

Maj. Steven W. Faulkenburg, 45, Lebanon Junction, Army. Died Nov. 9, 2004

Spec. Timothy A. Fulkerson, 20, Utica, Army. Died Oct. 8, 2006

Spec. James W. Gardner, 22, Glasgow, Army. Died April 10.

Lance Cpl. Chadwick A. Gilliam, 29, Mayking, Marines. Died Jan. 2009

2nd Lt. Jeffrey C. Graham, 24, Elizabethtown, Army. Died Feb. 19, 2004

Pfc. Brian L. Gorham, 21, Woodburn, Army. Dec. 31, 2007

Spec. Jeremy Gullett, 22, Greenup, Army. Died May 7, 2008

Staff Sgt. Santiago M. Halsel, 32, Bowling Green, Army. Died May 16, 2006

Staff Sgt. Christopher N. Hamlin, 24, London, Army. Died May 4, 2007

Sgt. James W. Harlan, 44, Owensboro, Army Reserve. Died May 14, 2004

Pfc. Michael R. Hayes, 29, Morgantown, Army National Guard. Died June 14, 2005

Sgt. Christopher T. Heflin, 26, Paducah, Marines. Died Nov. 16, 2004

1st Lt. Robert Henderson II, 33, Alvaton, Army National Guard. Died April 17, 2004

Sgt. 1st Class James T. Hoffman, 41, Whitesburg, Army. Died Jan. 27, 2004

Spec. Jonathan A. Hughes, 21, Lebanon, Army National Guard. Died March 19, 2005

Sgt. 1st Class Charles Jason Jones, 29, Lawrenceburg, Army National Guard. Died Sept. 20, 2006

Lance Cpl. Sean M. Langley, 20, Lexington, Marines. Died Nov. 7, 2004

Lance Cpl. Robert A. Lynch, 20, Louisville, Marines. Died July 24, 2007

Specialist William L. McMillan III, 22, Lexington, Army. Died July 8 2008

Sgt. Phillip McNeill, 22, Owingsville, Army. Died Jan. 20, 2007

Pfc. Scott Messer, 26, Ashland, Army. Died Feb. 2, 2006

Spec. Ryan J. Montgomery, 22, Greensburg, Army National Guard. Died July 3, 2005

Pfc. Joshua Moore, 20, Russellville, Army. Died May 30, 2007

Sgt. 1st Class John D. Morton, 31, Stanton, Army. Died dec. 15, 2005.

Maj. Michael L. Mundell, 47, Brandenburg, Army Reserve. Died Jan. 5, 2007

Lance Cpl. Deshon E. Otey, 24, Hardin, Marines. Died June 21, 2004

Sgt. 1st Class Christopher W. Phelps, 39, Louisville, Army. Died June 23, 2005

Pfc. Sammie Phillips, 19, Cecilia, Army National Guard. Died Sept. 10, 2007

Sgt. Darrin K. Potter, 24, Louisville, Army National Guard. Died Sept. 29, 2003

Spec. James Powell, 26, Radcliff, Army. Died Oct. 12, 2003

Sgt. Tatjana Reed, 34, Fort Campbell, Army. Died July 22, 2004

Lance Cpl. Thomas Reilly Jr., 19, London, Marines. Died Dec. 21 2008

Staff Sgt. George S. Rentschler, 31, Louisville, Army. Died April 7, 2004

Sgt. William P. Rudd, 27, Madisonville, Army. Died Oct. 5 2008

Spec. Justin A. Scott, 22, Bellevue, Army. Died Jan. 4, 2004.

Pvt. Robert J. Settle, 25, Owensboro, Army. Died April 19, 2006

Sgt. James A. Sherrill, 27, Ekron, Army National Guard. Died April 3, 2005

Cpl. Windell J. Simmons, 20, Hopkinsville, Army. Died Sept. 21, 2006

Lance Cpl. Justin Sims, 22, Covington, Marines. Died April 15, 2006

Staff Sgt. Garth Sizemore, 31, Mount Sterling, Army. Died Oct. 17, 2006

Sgt. Joseph M. Tackett, 22, Whitehouse, Army. Died June 23, 2005

Captain Eric Daniel Terhune, 34, Lexington, Marines. June19 2008

Lance Cpl. Jonathan B. Thornsberry, 22, McDowell, Marines. Died Oct. 25, 2006

Pfc. Joshua K. Titcomb, 20, Somerset, Army. Died Sept. 29, 2004

Spec. Eric L. Toth, 21, Edmonton, Army National Guard. Died March 30, 2005

Sgt. Daniel W. Wallace, 27, Dry Ridge, Army National Guard. Died Oct. 31 2008

Sgt. Joshua A. Ward, 30, Scottsville, Army. Died Feb. 9 2009

Cpl. Christopher T. Warndorf, 21, Burlington, Marines. Died Aug. 29, 2006

Pfc. Theodore "Coty" West, 23, Richmond, Army. Nov. 28, 2006

Staff Sgt. Delmar White, 37, Lexington, Army National Guard. Died Sept. 2, 2007

Petty Officer 3rd Class Jeffrey L. Wiener, 32, Louisville, Navy. Died May 7, 2005

Spec. Ronnie D. Williams, 26, Erlanger, Army. Died July 17, 2005

Sgt. David N. Wimberg, 24, Louisville, Marines Reserve. Died May 25, 2005

Staff Sgt. Gary L. Woods Jr. 24, Lebanon Junction, Army. Died April 10, 2009

Sgt. 1st Class William Zapfe, 35, Park Hills, Army. Died June 19, 2007.

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