Monday, May 04, 2009

4284 - updated with photos

May 01, 2009
DoD Identifies Marine Casualties
The following Marines died April 30 while supporting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq:

Sgt. James R. McIlvaine, 26, of Olney, Md.
James, you are the best husband anyone could have ever asked for. Im honored to have spent the last 10 years with you. I will love you for all eternity, you are my world and my everything. Thank you, for everything. You are my Hero.

Staff Sgt. Mark A. Wojciechowski, 25, of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Sgt. McIlvaine was assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, Calif.

Staff Sgt. Wojciechowski was assigned to 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

May 01, 2009
DoD Identifies Navy Casualty

Petty Officer 2nd Class Tyler J. Trahan, 22, of East Freetown, Mass., died on April 30 while conducting combat operations in Fallujah, Iraq. Trahan was assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit Twelve in Norfolk, Va., and was deployed with an East Coast based Navy SEAL team.

Following in his family's footsteps as a third generation serviceman, Tyler Trahan ranked in the Top 10 of his high school graduating class where he was a National Honor Society member and the star quarterback and captain of his high school football team. After his 2004 graduation from Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School in Rochester, Tyler attended Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Bourne. Shifting gears in May 2006, Tyler enlisted in the Navy where he graduated from boot camp at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois, in July 2006. Tyler's scholastic accomplishments were capped when he was asked to carry The Golden Sword, an honor bestowed on the leader of the graduating class.

Two other deaths on May 2 are pending notification.

Update: reports that Sgt. Loza died April 10, 2009, at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., six weeks after falling ill in Iraq. His death was not announced by the Department of Defense until Saturday, May 2. The military said that Sgt. Loza became ill on March 17 in Radwaniyah, Iraq, but other details of his illness and subsequent passing were not released.
Sgt. Christopher D. Loza is survived by his parents, Amelia Nava and Martin Loza; his college sweetheart and wife, Kristena Torres, and their 4-year-old daughter Iliana Alyse Loza.

Photos courtesy of IGTNT

For all who now soar the heavens and those who weep below: Josh Groban - You Are Loved

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