Justin Carter

Justin B. Carter—April 2005 Shipment Honoree

Army Spc. Justin B. Carter, 21, of Mansfield, Mo., died February 16, 2005 in Forward Operating Base McKenzie, Iraq, from non-combat related injuries. Carter was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3d Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Benning, GA


Army Spc. Justin B. Carter
Army Spc. Justin B. Carter

Specialist Justin B. Carter was born on 26 October 1982 in Witchia, Kansas. He entered active Federal Service in October 2002 where he attended Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training in Fort Leanordwood, Missouri. Following AIT, SPC Carter was assigned to A Co, 2nd Engineers, Camp Castle, Korea where he served as a Unit Armorer until February 2004.  SPC Carter returned to the United States and was assigned to Fort Benning March 2004. At the time of his death, SPC Carter had served 11 months in Echo Company as a Combat Engineer and as the Unit Armorer at Fort Benning, Georgia.

SPC Carter’s awards include the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, and the Overseas Service Ribbon.

SPC Carter’s survivors include, his mother and her husband, Becky and Brett Misemer and his father William Carter.

Justin Carter had a truck that locals had nicknamed the “Red Blur.” “Everybody in town knew Justin and his truck,” said Carter’s stepfather and deer-hunting buddy, Brett Misemer. Carter was in a rush to live life, but he always kept track of details about friends and made time to speak to each person at family gatherings. He once invited a handful of friends from his barracks to his home for the Thanksgiving holidays. On Valentine’s Day, he remembered to e-mail his mother, Becky, and send his love. “I thank God every day for giving me the chance to be raised by the best mother on earth!” he wrote just days before his death. Before he graduated from high school in Mansfield and enlisted in the Army, Carter was involved with the Future Farmers of America. His cousin, Rebecca Denney, remembered the adventures they had during high school, such as the prom they never quite made it to. He was the life of the party wherever he went, she said.

Source: FRG News and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


The members of Landstuhl Hospital Care Project were honored to remember Justin during the month of April 2005 with our shipments to the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, and U.S. military hospitals in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Our thoughts and prayers remain with Justin’s family and friends today and in the years to come.

Andrew Chris

Andrew F. Chris – March 2005 Shipment Honoree

Army Spc., 25, of San Diego; assigned to Company B, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Ga.; killed June 25, 2003 in Iraq. Chris was fatally wounded in combat operations in hostile enemy territory.


Army Ranger killed in Iraq to be buried with father in Alabama

Source: Kristen Green, San Diego Union-Tribune
Army Spc. Andrew F. Chris
Army Spc. Andrew F. Chris

Army Spc. Andrew Chris followed in the footsteps of his grandfather, father, uncle and beloved older brother when he joined the military in 2001. It was a way to connect with the generations of his family.

Chris, 25, who had ties to San Diego, was killed in combat operations June 25, a few days after arriving in Iraq. His brother, Derek, said ordnance exploded near the vehicle Chris was riding in, and the Army Ranger died immediately. Today, his remains will be buried with his father’s in Huntsville, Ala., where he was raised.

Before Andrew Chris joined the Army, he lived for five years in California, most of them in San Diego. After he graduated from high school in Florence, Ala., he moved to Lemoore, south of Fresno, to live with Derek. When Derek and his wife relocated to San Diego six months later, Andrew followed and rented a North Park home with the couple. He worked for a graphics company for a while before moving to Steel Skin Inc., a body jewelry company in Poway. When Derek relocated again, he stayed behind, moving into a Linda Vista apartment with friends. He and his roommate, Brett Hall, 27, spent many weekends exploring and camping in the mountains of California and Arizona. “We hiked all over the place,” Hall said.

Andrew Chris was well-read and had a special interest in World War II. “He’s just like a walking history book,” Derek Chris said. He planned to teach high school history when he completed his military career. Andrew Chris was quiet and reserved, and extremely loyal to family and friends. He had visited Derek’s family just before he was sent to Iraq. “He had such a magical aura that he drew people to him,” Derek Chris said. “He just had a ton of friends everywhere he went.”

Andrew Chris’ Army Ranger unit was based at Fort Benning, Ga. He is survived by his mother, Cheryl Dawson of Baton Rouge, La.; his grandmother, Barbara Phillips of Huntsville; two brothers; a stepbrother; and a stepsister.


The members of Landstuhl Hospital Care Project were honored to remember Andrew during the month of March 2005 with our shipments to the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, and U.S. military hospitals in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Our thoughts and prayers remain with Andrew’s family and friends today and in the years to come.

Kyle Eggers

Kyle Eggers—February 2005 Shipment Honoree

Army Staff Sgt., 27, of Euless, Texas; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Greaves, Korea; killed Dec. 5, 2004 when his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device in Habbaniyah, Iraq.


AL HABANIJAH, IRAQ – Army Staff Sergeant Kyle Andrew Eggers, 27, of Yakima, Washington, was born in Grand Island, Nebraska on May 26, 1977 and was killed on December 5th, 2004 while serving in the US Army in Al Habanijah, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division, Camp Greaves, Korea.

Army Staff Sergeant Kyle Andrew Eggers
Army Staff Sergeant Kyle Andrew Eggers

Kyle’s family lived in Nebraska until 1988; from there they moved to Oklahoma and to Euless, Texas in 1989. He attended Harwood Junior High and graduated from Trinity High School, class of 1995. He joined the Army in August, 1995. He was stationed at Scoffield Barracks, Hawaii until 1999. From there, he was stationed at the Yakima Training Center in Yakima, Washington. He met and married the love of his life, Jennifer Giles, in October of 2001. To this union, three beautiful sons were born; twins Tegan and Kaden, 2 1/2 years, and Zane, 1 year. He was transferred to Camp Greeves, Korea in February, 2004 and was then sent to Camp Manhattan in Al Habanijah, Iraq in August, 2004.

Kyle loved life and was a very caring, giving, and loving son, husband, father, brother, and friend. His family’s happiness and well being were very important to Kyle. He treasured the time he shared with his three sons, wife and other family members, especially his cousins Courtney, Danielle, and Ali. Kyle never knew a stranger and made friends wherever he went. He took great pride in serving his country and was honored and proud to wear his uniform.

Services for Kyle will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 12, 2004 at the West Valley Nazarene Church, Yakima, Washington and Tuesday, December 14, 2004, at First Baptist Church in Euless, Texas at 1 o’clock. Interment will be at Dallas National Memorial Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting memorials be made to the Tegan, Kaden, and Zane Eggers Benefit Fund provided through the Central Valley Bank of Yakima, Washington or the Summit Bank of Euless, Texas. Memorials can be made at any of the branch bank locations.

Source: Keith and Keith Funeral Home and Iraq War Heroes


The members of Landstuhl Hospital Care Project were honored to remember Kyle during the month of February 2005 with our shipments to the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, and U.S. military hospitals in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Our thoughts and prayers remain with Kyle’s family and friends today and in the years to come.

Daniel Martin Caballero

Daniel Martin Caballero—January 2005 Shipment Honoree

Source: The Washington Post, AP and WashingtonPost.com
Daniel Martin Caballero
Daniel Martin Caballero

Naval Petty Officer 3rd Class Daniel Martin Caballero, 21, was poised to see the world. He joined the Navy in 1998, trained as an electronics technician in Chicago and had worked for two years at the Pentagon, most recently staging satellite video teleconferences.

In December, Caballero would have started his first assignment at sea — not bad for a Texas kid whose only travel had been to visit relatives back in Mexico.

Caballero is among those killed during the Sept. 11, 2001 attack on the Pentagon.

His mother, Carmen Cabellero, remembered her only son as a committed sailor, determined to rise through the ranks, always bringing his electronics and naval textbooks with him when he visited.

“He was quite dedicated to what he wanted to do,” Caballero said, “to all his dreams, to his country.”

As a teenager in Houston, Caballero was not into sports or other organized activities, according to his family. Instead, he liked playing pool or bowling with friends, or taking apart electronic toys. But Carmen Caballero said her son never put the toys back together, so she was surprised to discover his aptitude for electronics once he entered military life.

Carmen Caballero, who works in a medical office, and her husband, a body shop technician, had talked about visiting their son in Washington before his Pentagon tour ended. They declined the Navy’s offer to bring them here after the attack.

“We just feel like it would be really harder for us to just stand there and see the gap in the wall there, where the destruction happened, and not be able to do anything,” Carmen Caballero said. “I don’t think that we could do that.”

– Debbi Wilgoren


Daniel Callebero
Daniel Martin Callebero shipment

The members of Landstuhl Hospital Care Project were honored to remember Daniel during the month of Jan 2005 with our shipments to the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, and U.S. military hospitals in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Our thoughts and prayers remain with Daniels friends and family today and in the years to come.