Irvin M Ceniceros

Marine Lance Cpl. Irvin M. Ceniceros  — May 2013 Shipment Honoree

Died October 14, 2010 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

Irvin M. Ceniceros

Irvin M. Ceniceros
Irvin M. Ceniceros

Lance Corporal Irvin Martin Ceniceros, born in Tampa, Florida, on August 29, 1989, a dedicated and courageous United States Marine, deeply loved by his family and many friends, died on October 14, 2010, while serving his country in Afghanistan, Helmand Province.

Lance Cpl. Ceniceros was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1 Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Pendleton, California. He had traveled to lands across the globe, including Hawaii, Dubai and several African countries. He was a highly skilled machine gunner.

He was a young Marine, only 21 and had only been in Afghanistan for two short weeks before an IED exploded next to the Humvee he was driving, leading a convoy. He was a great kid…smart and kind…the youngest of my first cousins said Cousin Bob Ducca. His sister, Vanessa, said he died in service to a cause he believed in. He told his father: “Don’t worry for me, papa, I’m fighting for the ones who can’t fight, the ones who can’t defend themselves.” A fellow Marine, Cpl. Andrew Gutierrez, said “Ceni” was a straight-up Marine who did what he was told and knew right from wrong.

Irvin graduated from Clarksville High School in 2007 where he was known for his humor and his ability to find the good in others and in life. His interests included cars, motorcycles, and fitness; as a young child he played tennis and football. He was fascinated with cars wanting to detail them, make them look good. After graduating from Clarksville High School, Ceniceros signed up with the Marines in August of 2007. The Marines are very strong people to him; he admired their strength of character. That’s why he wanted to be in the Marines says his sister, Vanessa.

Irvin was the beloved son of Ignacio Ceniceros and Maria A. Armendaniz of Knoxville, Arkansas; the devoted brother of Karla Vanessa Ceniceros, also of Knoxville, and brothers Ivan and Abraham Ceniceros of New Mexico. He is also survived by his girlfriend, Stacy Rios, and an extended family as well as loyal friends around the world.

Lance Cpl. Ceniceros never hesitated when duty called. He served our nation with honor and dedication. We will never forget his courage and valor, and may we always honor the life he gave for our country, words of U.S. Senator Mark Pryor, D-Ark.

Sen. John Boozman on Irvin M. Ceniceros

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor one of America’s bravest, Lance Corporal Irvin Ceniceros of Clarksville, Arkansas, who was taken from us while supporting combat missions in Afghanistan.

After graduating high school in 2007, Lance Corporal Ceniceros enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. Family members say it was the strength and character of the Marines that drew him to serve with the Corps, and his friends and comrades say he was a great machine gunner.

Lance Corporal Ceniceros served with the Marines all across the globe, and less than 2 weeks after arriving in Afghanistan, at the age of 21, he made the ultimate sacrifice for our great Nation.

My prayers and the prayers of the people of Arkansas are with the Ceniceros family. I humbly offer my thanks to Lance Corporal Irvin Ceniceros, a true American hero, for his selfless service to the security and well-being of all Americans.

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3 Marines killed in Helmand province combat

Three Camp Pendleton, Calif.-based Marines died Thursday during combat operations in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, the Defense Department announced.

Lance Cpl. Alex E. Catherwood, 19, a rifleman from Byron, Ill., and Lance Cpl. Irvin M. Ceniceros, 21, a machine-gunner from Clarksville, Ark., were killed by small-arms fire, the 1st Marine Division said in a news release.

Lance Cpl. Joseph C. Lopez, 26, a rifleman from Rosamond, Calif., died after an improvised explosive device detonated during dismounted combat operations, the release said.

The Marines were on their first combat deployments and were part of 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines. The battalion has suffered seven deaths in the past two days.

Catherwood enlisted in June 2009. His military awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal and Korean Defense Service Medal.

Ceniceros enlisted in September 2007 and deployed in 2009 to the western Pacific with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.

His military awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.

Lopez enlisted in March 2009. His military awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Korean Defense Service Medal.

Source: Military Times

Still shipping to the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center?

Yes. The Landstuhl Hospital Care Project is still shipping comfort and relief items to Pastoral Services Department at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC) in Germany. We recently received this letter from the Chaplin Clothes Closet (CCC.)

Clinical Pastoral Division
Chaplains Clothes Closet
Mrs. Karen Grimord
Landstuhl Hospital Care Project
29 Greenleaf Terrace
Stafford, VA 22556


Thank you for your generous dedication to the Chaplains Clothes Closet (CCC.) Your donation will be used for direct support of our wounded warriors.

The CCC started in October 2001 at the onset of operation enduring freedom and continues to date for my closing covered items for wounded warriors who come to logical reason medical center for treatment. Frequently, a right here with minimal clothing items. The CCC provides the essential clothing and toiletries items for these men and women.

The chaplains closet serves more than 350 warriors each month. The chaplain closet is a non-unfunded humanitarian into the within the Department of Defense, we reliably generous donations of fellow Americans and others. One hundred percent of all donations directly support our wounded and ill service members.

Our goal is to respond immediately to donors as contract contributions are received. Please include your email address with your next donation. This will help us follow up with you and confirm receipt of your generous donation.

Please continue to pray for our wounded warriors and their families, and I can’t thank you for your generous donation.

Sincerely, J. Luke Pittman
Chaplin Col., US Army
Chief, Clinical Pastoral Division


Handwritten note, Karen, blessings to you and the Landstuhl Hospital Care Project.

LHCP shipment

Building Dedicated to LHCP Honoree Hoby Bradfield

Headquarters and barracks facilities dedication
5th Squadron, 15th Cavalry Regiment dedication

Source: The Bayonet


For a little background, I work at the Maneuver Center of Excellence (MCoE) at Fort Benning, Georgia. MCoE is the home of the U.S. Army Infantry School and the U.S. Army Armor School (the Cavalry).

Recently the final six buildings were completed for the 194th Armor Brigade which for the last 5 years as been part of the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) bringing the Armor School to Fort Benning. As recently reported in The Bayonet, LTC Andrew Koloski (Squadron Commander) reported “Great care was taken in choosing the names that would forever be emblazoned on these buildings.”

SPC Hoby Bradfield is our LHCP August 2005 Honoree. I am so happy to report that one of those six buildings was dedicated to Hoby. Hoby’s family members attended the dedication ceremony. The following is an excerpt from The Bayonet on the Bradfield Barracks dedication.

Bradfield Barracks bear the name of Spc. Hoby Bradfield Jr. The Scout served with the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment in Iraq in 2005. During a dismounted patrol, his squad received heavy fire and a fellow Soldier was wounded. Bradfield crossed enemy fire to drag Sgt. Jeremy Wolfsteller to safety, saving his life.

“My brother is looking down right now with his spurs on and is gleaming with pride, I have no doubt about it”, said Jared Bradfield, a retired Marine, referencing the honor of the dedication ceremony.

“Hoby was a special kind of Soldier,” his brother said. “He came from a warrior class. When he deployed, he knew what he was doing. He knew that he may not come home, but his job while he was out there was to do the absolute best he could for each one of the men who were around him. I think it’s incredibly important to preserve that history. And I think that what we’re doing here.”

Hoby was 22 when he gave the ultimate sacrifice to preserve our freedoms. Hoohah!

For more info on the unit’s headquarters and barracks facilities dedication: The Bayonet


Soldier Hubbard’s Cupboard Drive

LHCP has 9 units leaving Afghanistan by the end of August.  This is awesome news that they’re going home, but it also means that their support teams are leaving.  And they leave earlier, so our guys are left eating MRE’s.  They are not the tastiest things in the world, and they really don’t provide enough calories to sustain our military. 

So we are jumping in.  We prefer the food items to be healthy, and would like a lot of protein.  They can be microwaveable.  Below is a list of items and amounts.  Now, we are asking for these items in these amounts for EVERY month through August.

  • 300 chicken or tuna snacks/meals
  • 500 protein/snack bars
  • 25 beef jerky bags
  • 200 canned soup/fruits  (please don’t send the plastic containers, they break during shipment)
  • Any other items you can think of, let us know!

While some of the requested items come in multi-packs, the number is different depending on what you buy.  So, we are requesting in terms of individual items.  Please don’t remove them from their packs when you ship them.

We need a lot of food to take care of our units.  So please be generous!  This is a great time to talk to your church and civic groups to do a food drive.  We can also accept monetary donations.

If you want to order online, there are a lot of places you can use: (some items if you order up to $25 have free shipping!),, Dollar Days, etc.  Let us know if you find any good deals!

Please ship food items to:

Karen Grimord
29 Greenleaf Terrace
Stafford, VA  22556


For monetary donations:

Sharon Buck
LHCP Treasurer
4214 Silver Terrace Court
Phenix City, AL  36867


Micheal E. Phillips

Army Spc. Micheal E. Phillips — April 2013 Shipment Honoree

Died February 24, 2008 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

Fort Campbell soldier killed in Iraq

The Associated Press

Army Spc. Micheal E. Phillips
Army Spc. Micheal E. Phillips

ARDMORE, Okla. — His knack for drawing and love of history could’ve landed Pfc. Micheal Phillips in college, but he had told his parents he wanted to be GI Joe when he grew up.

Phillips fulfilled his dream, but he lost his life.

The 19-year-old died Feb. 24 near Baghdad after the vehicle he was in was hit by an explosive device, his family said.

Phillips, a member of the 101st Airborne based in Fort Campbell, Ky., died in the attack, but the other men in the Humvee escaped with minor injuries, said his mother, Anglia Phillips, who was informed of his death Feb. 24.

“He was a hero,” Anglia Phillips said. “What I’ve heard from his squad is that he was an excellent soldier who was always trying to improve himself and was always willing to go the extra mile. He’s more of a man than most will be.”

The military confirmed his death Feb. 26.

Micheal Phillips had written to his family and former teachers at Ardmore High School while serving in Iraq. When he was home on leave, Phillips visited his 18-year-old brother and other students at school.

“He had an infectious smile,” said Jake Falvey, assistant principal at Ardmore High School. “He was an outgoing kid, and you could see the maturity in him; he had grown up quite a bit.”

Micheal Phillips was an astute student who loved history and ran track and cross country. He excelled at drawing and had been offered admission to the San Francisco Art Institute, his mother said.

But serving his country meant more than going to college, she said.

“He came home one day and said he wanted to join the Army, and we got in the car and went down to the recruiting station,” Anglia Phillips said. “He said terrorism was like a virus. It had to be stopped. It had to be contained.”

She said her son was re-enlisting to join for two more years.

“He didn’t want to leave his squad, his guys,” she said.

Plans for a memorial service are pending.

Source: MiltaryTimes

Young Ardmore soldier killed in Iraq

By Manny Gamallo World Staff Writer

ARDMORE — A young soldier from Ardmore who was killed Sunday in Iraq was remembered Tuesday for his endearing smile and the courage to stand up for the country.

Army Spc. Micheal Phillips, 19, was killed when his Humvee struck a roadside bomb in Baghdad. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), based at Fort Campbell, Ky.

Funeral arrangements are pending at the Griffin Funeral Home in Ardmore.

The Department of Defense on Tuesday night officially announced Phillips’ death.

Micheal E. Phillips
Micheal E. Phillips’ Highway

Phillips joined the Army after graduating from Ardmore High School in 2006. He was a popular student at school, where he also ran cross-country and played football.

Phillips would often visit his old classmates and teachers while he was on leave from the Army, so the news of his death came as a blow at the high school.

Counselors were being made available to students so they could deal with their grief.

For Jake Falvey, assistant principal at the high school, word of Phillips’ death came as a shock.

Falvey, who was Phillips’ sophomore English teacher, said he and Phillips had kept closely in touch ever since the young man graduated and went on to the Army.

“He was one of those kids you never doubted would succeed,” Falvey said.

“He had a great smile, and he was proud of the fact that he joined the U.S. Army. That’s what he wanted to do,” Falvey said.

About six months ago, the assistant principal said, he received a letter from Phillips, expressing his pride in the Army and the country.

“I’m doing this for my family, for you, for everyone, for America, to protect it from the bad guys,” said Falvey, quoting Phillips’ letter.

Phillips was planning to re-enlist in the Army, according to Falvey.

“The Army had made a man of him. You could see that,” Falvey said, recalling the last time Phillips had visited the school on leave.

Falvey called Phillips’ death a “real American tragedy.”

“He leaves behind a wonderful family; good hard-working folks,” he said.

Falvey said Phillips has a younger brother at the high school — David, a senior, who is an all-state runner.

Phillips also has another brother, Anthony, 9, and a sister Barbara, 14, Falvey said.

Falvey called Phillips’ parents, Angelia and Steve Phillips, a hard-working couple “whose whole world changed” when they received news of their son’s death.

Specialist Micheal E. Phillips Post Office

By: Tom Cole, Date: May 2, 2011, Location: Washington, DC
Army Spc. Micheal E. Phillips
Army Spc. Micheal E. Phillips

Mr. COLE. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of H.R. 1423, a bill I sponsored, to designate the post office in Ardmore, Oklahoma, as the Specialist Micheal E. Phillips Post Office.

Micheal was driven by a personal sense of duty and honor. He joined the Army because he recognized injustice and terror in our world and sought to make a difference. Specialist Micheal Phillips lived out that sense of duty through military service and made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure our Nation remained secure and free.

Mr. Speaker, Micheal turned down an opportunity to attend the San Francisco Art Institute to volunteer for the United States Army. When asked why he wanted to join the Army, Micheal simply stated, “I want a career and we are at war.” Specialist Phillips saw terrorists as thugs, often referring to them as the “ultimate bullies in the world.” A fervent student of history, Micheal knew that his service would be against a tough and formidable enemy, still he enthusiastically embraced what he believed was the right decision and enlisted in the United States Army.

Mr. Speaker, Micheal Phillips was only 17 years of age when he joined the military via the delayed entry program. He left for boot camp on June 24, 2006. Upon finishing advanced infantry training, Micheal was assigned to Bravo Company 1 of the 502nd Strike Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division, one of the most storied divisions in the United States Army. On October 13, 2007, Micheal and his brothers in arms were deployed to Iraq for combat operations.

Micheal’s enthusiasm for his work inspired members of his platoon. In addition to his enthusiasm, Specialist Phillips also endeavored to foster real camaraderie amongst his fellow soldiers. Even in the middle of a war, it was said that Micheal made bad times good and good times better. Micheal’s team leader, Sergeant Matthew Whalen praised his abilities in terrain association, map reading, and his tremendous bravery in combat. Sergeant Whalen reflected on Specialist Phillips’ leadership skills, noting, “I know that soldiers that did serve with him have taken away with them, as I have, the undoubted and unmistaken values that he always possessed and always portrayed.”

Mr. Speaker, Specialist Micheal E. Phillips was killed in action on February 24, 2008, in Shula, Iraq, just outside of Baghdad. An explosively formed penetrator, a so-called EFP, hit the driver’s side of the door on the vehicle that he was driving. Despite the severity of his injuries, he continued to smile and reassure those taking care of him. Even in the most grim and serious times, Micheal still fought and lifted up those around him.

For his service, Specialist Micheal Phillips was awarded a Bronze Star. He was also designated as a Distinguished Member of the 502nd Infantry Regiment. The Distinguished Member award is for those who display honorable service, loyalty on active duty in peace or war. These are qualities Micheal Phillips lived with each and every day of his service career.

Mr. Speaker, Micheal always gave more than his share back to his community. When he did have time away from his duty, he would often visit his high school to speak with students and encourage them to pursue their goals.

Never without a smile, had Micheal fought for his country, have his community and his family with valor and with honored. He wanted others in the world to have the freedoms and opportunities that we enjoy here in the United States, and he risked his life to achieve that end.

Like many who have made the ultimate sacrifice, Specialist Micheal Phillips leaves behind loved ones, friends, and comrades in arms who treasure his memory and honor his service. Micheal is survived by his parents, Steven and Angelia Phillips; his brothers, David and Anthony; and his sister, Barbara–all of Ardmore, Oklahoma. He also leaves behind a Nation and a community that will never forget his courage, his sacrifice, and his devotion to duty.

Mr. Speaker, I urge the passage of this legislation.


Tyanna Avery-Felder

Spc. Tyanna S. Avery-Felder — March 2013 Shipment Honoree

Died October 21, 2004 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

Unit: 296th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division – Unit’s Base: Fort Lewis, Wash

First Connecticut woman killed in Iraq is laid to rest

Tyanna S. Avery-Felder
Tyanna S. Avery-Felder family

When Spc. Tyanna S. Avery-Felder joined the Army, she created a new family for herself in the military. “She was a daughter to me,” said Sgt. Thomas Smith Jr., who was stationed with Avery-Felder at Fort Lewis, Wash. She even called me dad.” Avery-Felder, 22, of Bridgeport, Conn., died April 7 of injuries sustained on April 4 when her vehicle was hit with an explosive. In high school, Avery-Felder played basketball and sang in the choir. She later took classes at Southern Connecticut State University toward a career in early childhood education, but left school after completing her freshman year. She joined the Army soon afterward, in 2000. Friends remembered Avery-Felder as a strong, caring woman. “She told me, ‘Never, even let them see you cry or they’ll walk all over you,'” said Odessa Blackwell, a high school friend. “She was so tough.” Survivors also include her parents and her husband.

Source: Connecticut Post

Spc. Tyanna S. Avery-Felder's grave
Spc. Tyanna S. Avery-Felder’s grave

We were going to eat the whole time she was here,” said Ilene “Patricia” Avery, her mother, describing the expected celebration. “Everyone was going to bring their favorite dish and we were all going to eat.”

Avery said her daughter had especially missed her aunt’s special dish, macaroni and cheese. “There’s no place like home,” she said, holding back tears.

Avery-Felder, a cook in the Army’s Stryker Brigade, died last week from injuries sustained when a military truck hit a homemade bomb device in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.

She was the first member of the armed services from Bridgeport to die in Iraq and the first woman from Connecticut to perish in the conflict.

Family members and friends called her a tough, determined and enthusiastic person, who also was kind-hearted and funny. She came from a large family.

The 22-year-old East End native will be remembered Thursday with a funeral at Mount Aery Baptist Church. She will be buried at Bridgeport’s Lakeview Cemetery.

“She’s coming home,” Ilene Avery said at a family press conference organized by the military last week, explaining her daughter would be buried in the city where she was born and raised.

The fallen soldier’s husband, Army Spc. Adrian Felder, also attended the press conference. He said his wife had a great sense of humor and was fun to be around.

“I’m so sad it happened,” the South Carolina native said. “She’s in a better place.”

The two had met in the military while stationed together at Fort Lewis in Washington State. A mutual friend told Felder about an “attractive” cook on the base.

He asked her out on a date and she accepted, and they went to see a movie together. “From there our relationship grew,” Felder said.

They were married in December 2002 in Washington, and she was sent to Iraq last November. Despite being separated by thousands of miles, they stayed in frequent contact by writing and phoning as often as possible.

Avery-Felder also frequently sent e-mails to her family in Bridgeport and would call them from Iraq as well. “We were always going to be proud of her,” Avery said of her daughter. “We’re all proud of her.”


  • Find A Grave
  • Military Times

Jesse Samek

Airman 1st Class Jesse Samek — February 2013 Shipment Honoree

Died October 21, 2004 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

Arkansas airman dies in Afghanistan helicopter crash

Remembering Jesse
Remembering Jesse

ROGERS, Ark. — An airman from Rogers who worked on a rescue helicopter died in Afghanistan when his aircraft went down, the Air Force said Friday.

Airman 1st Class Jesse Monroe Samek, 21, died Thursday, a day after his helicopter crashed during a medical evacuation, Capt. Maureen Schumann said.

A statement issued by Samek’s family in Rogers said he’d moved to northwest Arkansas in 1997 from O’Fallon, Mo., near St. Louis. He graduated from Rogers High School in 2001 and attended the University of Arkansas for a year before deciding to join the Air Force.

“He was a great outdoorsman,” the family statement said. “He loved camping, hiking, hunting, fishing and snow- and waterskiing. He played recreational hockey as a goalie.”

Military officials said technical problems brought down the HH-60 helicopter, which was carrying a wounded Afghan election worker. The crash occurred in the Herat province, 105 miles east of Shindand.

Two other airmen were injured in the crash, one critically, military officials said.

Samek’s family said the airman worked for months in a training program, and became a member of an elite group that qualified for the rescue duty as a flight engineer on a HH-60 Para Rescue helicopter.

“He loved that his job was to do rescues and saving people in this war-torn world,” the family statement said.

A presidential election worker had been accidentally shot by a guard earlier in the day, and Samek’s helicopter was transporting the man for medical treatment.

Samek was assigned to the 66th Rescue Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., just outside Las Vegas. He joined the Air Force in February 2003.

He is survived by parents Gavin and Julie Samek of Rogers, Ark.; brother Benjamin Samek of Rogers, Ark.; and grandparents David and Jenny Burkemper of St. Louis, Mo.

Airman killed in Afghanistan chopper crash buried

Jesse M. Samek
Jesse M. Samek

BELLA VISTA, Ark. — The cracking boom of seven rifles fired in unison pierced the air at Airman 1st Class Jesse Samek’s burial on Wednesday.

Onlookers who winced instinctively stood their ground as the second and third rounds echoed over the hills surrounding the Bella Vista Memorial Cemetery.

A few moments later, the high-pitched strains of “Taps” lingered in the air, only to be blown away by the whirring blades of an HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter that flew over Samek’s casket.

Samek, 21, a member of the 66th Rescue Squadron, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev ., was killed Oct. 20 when the helicopter carrying him on a rescue mission crashed in Afghanistan. Samek and his family moved to Arkansas in 1997 from O’Fallon, Mo.

A friend, David Dezarov, returned to Arkansas aboard the aircraft that carried Samek’s body.

“The hardest thing I’ve ever had to do was spend the last four days with him and not saying a word,” Dezarov said.

Dezarov, a scout with the 1st Armored Division based in Germany, recalled a gesture by the pilot of the plane carrying Samek’s body on a flight from Atlanta to Tulsa. He circled Rogers for 10 minutes as a tribute to the young man who had graduated from high school there in 2001, Dezarov said.

“He was a great outdoorsman,” the family statement said. “He loved camping, hiking, hunting, fishing and snow- and waterskiing. He played recreational hockey as a goalie.”

Blake Johnston, another friend, also recalled times with Samek. He recounted a trip with his buddy to Cancun, Mexico, canoe trips down the Elk River a few miles north in McDonald County, Mo. — and the bond that allowed the two friends to communicate without saying a word.

“His life was full of happiness and laughter,” Johnston said. “I never would have believed I’d be standing up here doing this.”

Instead, he said, he had imagined a future of good times with Samek.

“There would have been beer bellies — big ones,” Johnston said. “I’d like to think we’ll be together again someday, with our beer bellies.”

Corrine Hagedorn, a cousin of the fallen airman, read to the mourners a message from Samek’s mother, Julie.

“(There were) moments in the last few days that I felt I had to force myself to keep on breathing,” she wrote.

Air Force Airman 1st Class Jesse M. Samek
Air Force Airman 1st Class Jesse M. Samek

She thanked those who offered their words of sympathy, but acknowledged there was no word or deed that could soften the blow.

“Our hearts will never be whole again,” she wrote.

He is survived by parents Gavin and Julie Samek of Rogers, Ark.; brother Benjamin Samek of Rogers, Ark.; and grandparents David and Jenny Burkemper of St. Louis, Mo.

She wrote that her son was a hero for who he was, not what he did.

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New Year

Troops in Harm's Way
US Troops in Harm’s Way

As we entered the new year with hope and optimism for peace & joy, lets not forget our fellow Americans in harm’s way. We can let them know we care in a big way by a small effort. Please visit our How to Help page.

Below is our first Troop Thanks for 2013. All LHCP’s Troop Thanks letters can be viewed here.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

New Year



And Happy New Year again!

It is for us! Three (3!!!) more boxes of pillows arrived today!

The Soldiers love the themes on them! The non-theme are popular too. Besides sleeping on them, their are being used to make riding in vehicles more comfortable. The roads are anything but smooth and you can imagine that the suspension in these vehicles are a bit on the rough side.

I’ll thank you again – especially on behalf of those on the roads with hemorrhoids. We called the chaplain for him and his assistant to pick them up to push out to the 3 outposts around our Operating base!

The video games are a big hit too. Card playing doesn’t seem to be particularly popular.

You guys are the greatest.

We can’t thank you enough for all your kindness and gifts to our soldiers

Lillian Clamens

Army Staff Sgt. Lillian Clamens — January 2013 Shipment Honoree

Died October 10, 2007 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

Soldier from Florida unit killed in insurgent attack in Iraq

The Associated Press
Army Staff Sgt. Lillian Clamens
Army Staff Sgt. Lillian Clamens

OMAHA, Neb. — A soldier from a unit in Florida was killed in Iraq, just says before she was due to come home, her family and the military said Oct. 12.

Army Staff Sgt. Lillian Clamens was one of two people who died Oct. 10, according to the Department of Defense.

Insurgents fired rockets on Camp Victory in Baghdad from a nearby abandoned school, killing Clamens and Army Spc. Samuel F. Pearson, 28, Westerville, Ohio.

Clamens was assigned to the 1st Postal Platoon, 834th Adjutant General Company, Miami.

Lillian Clamens
Lillian Clamens

Family members in Omaha, Neb., say Lillian Clamens was due to return to Homestead, Fla., next week.

“She was the type of person that was honest,” her niece Sierra Cobbin, of Omaha, told KETV. “She never had a bad bone in her body. She did everything for her family. She was confident, strong and just a very down-to-earth person.”

Clamens, who served in the Army Reserve for 17 years, was a full-time postal worker, and served as an administrative clerk for the unit. She was married with three children.

“She died doing what she wanted to do,” said her sister Dana Cobbin, of Omaha. “I don’t have a sister no more. I miss my baby. I’m going to miss her. I just wanted to see her one last time. She was supposed to come home.”

Source: Military Times 

Army Staff Sgt. Lillian Clamens
Army Staff Sgt. Lillian Clamens

MIAMI, Fla. –A local Army Reserve Soldier from Miami was killed in action while serving in Iraq. Staff Sergeant Lillian Clamens, 35, was with assigned 1st Postal Platoon, 834th Adjutant General Company in Miami, Fla.

CLAMENS, LILLIAN L., 35, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Reserve, Military Personnel Clerk for United States Southern Command, wife and mother of three, died in a mortar attack on Camp Victory in Baghdad, Iraq, on Wednesday, October 10, 2007. She was assigned to the 1st Postal Platoon, 834th Adjutant General Company in Miami.

Lillian was born May 9, 1972, in the city of Omaha, Nebraska, to Dorothy Cobbin and Solom Bogard. She graduated from Central High School in 1990. Lillian served in the U.S. Army (Adjutant General Corps) as an Administrative Specialist from 1990 until 2007. She was stationed in Korea; Ft. Leonard Wood, MO; Vilseck, Germany; Ft. Sill, OK; and participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom. She attained the rank of Staff Sergeant (SSG). On August 14, 1997, she was united in marriage to Raymond J. Clamens in Omaha, NE.


Lillian was affectionately known as “Lilly” and with her endearing personality, radiant smile and caring demeanor warmed the hearts of everyone that came in contact with her. At home she was a devoted wife, fantastic mother, and the center of the family. She loved taking care of soldiers and their families and touched so many people no matter where she was in the world.

Lillian is survived by her husband Raymond, her daughters Lana 8, Victoria 7,and her son Ayinde 14; her sister Dana; her mother Dorothy; and her mother-in-law Gemma. She is further survived by aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. Funeral services for Lillian L. Clamens will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, October 19, at St. Brendan’s Church, 8725 SW 32nd St. Miami, FL 33165. The Burial will be in Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery, 11411 NW 25th St. Doral, FL 33172.

Relatives and friends are welcome for visitation at the Van Orsdel Funeral Home, 9300 SW 40th St. (Bird Rd.) Miami, FL 33165 on Thursday October 18, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. We would like to thank all of the staff of the FIU Army ROTC, USSOUTHCOM, and the 834th AG Postal Company for their help and support. VAN ORSDEL – BIRD RD CHAPEL 9300 SW 40 St. (305)553-0064 Family Owned Since 1924 to visit this Guest Book Online, go to

Published in The Miami Herald on October 17, 2007