Nathan Clemons

Nathan B. Clemons—July 2005 Shipment Honoree

Marine Corps Pfc., 20, of Winchester, Tenn.; assigned to the 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; killed June 14, 2005 when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle while conducting combat operations near Rutbah, Iraq.


Nathan

Nathan B. Clemons was active in his church– he was a drummer in the youth praise band and the guy who dropped the church’s new digital camera in a bucket of paint.

“Life to him was to be celebrated and have a good time,” said Pastor Mike Jackson.

Clemons, 20, of Jacksonville, Fla., was killed June 14 when an explosive detonated near his vehicle near Rutbah. He was based at Camp Lejeune.

Known as “Nate Dog” to his friends, he was straight-talking and eager for a good time like when he hit golf balls down the street and busted the light in front of his house.

“As my buddy, he was invincible,” said his best friend, Kenny Anderson. “He was tough and fun, and full of life like everybody says.”

He joined the military after graduating from high school and is survived by his parents. In a letter home, he told his father that if he didn’t make it through the day, he was OK with that. “I have my faith; my spirituality is in order,” he said.

Source: Military Times – HONOR THE FALLEN


The members of Landstuhl Hospital Care Project were honored to remember Nathan during the month of July 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 Nathan’s family and friends today and in the years to come.

LeRoy Alexander

LeRoy E. Alexander—June 2005 Shipment Honoree

Army Staff Sgt., 27, of Dale City, Va.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, N.C.; killed June 3, 2005 when his convoy vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device at Forward Operating Base Orgun-E, Afghanistan. Also killed was Capt. Charles D. Robinson.


Services Held for Fallen Soldier

Army Staff Sgt. LeRoy E. Alexander
Army Staff Sgt. LeRoy E. Alexander

The words bounced off the church walls as the crowd came to its feet, ready to send Roy Boy home. A medley of LeRoy Alexander’s favorite songs rang through First Baptist Church in Manassas as the crowd of about 500 sang and prayed and remembered their fallen friend, both celebrating his life and mourning his death in a “Going Home Ceremony.”

Later Monday afternoon, the mood changed, as Alexander was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery, two weeks after an improvised bomb killed him and another soldier as they were riding in a convoy in southeast Afghanistan on June 3, 2005. “LeRoy is now with the Lord,” said the Rev. John Blackmon. “We must thank Jesus for the time we had LeRoy, but know that he is home, serving the Lord.”

Alexander, 27, was born in North Carolina, but lived in Dale City as a teenager, where he met his future wife Marissa. He graduated from C.D. Hylton High School in 1997 and joined the Army, following his father Ronald, who served as a Marine in the Vietnam War.

Alexander served in Kosovo and Haiti before his death in Afghanistan. He was scheduled to leave Afghanistan in nine days and then serve eight months in Colombia, before hopefully leaving the military to raise his family. His wife Marissa is pregnant with twins.

Alexander enlisted as a technical engineer specialist, but later graduated from Special Forces Qualification Course and became a Special Forces engineer Sergeant.

An estimated 500 friends and family attended Monday’s service, sharing stories about Alexander, who most people called Lee, except his grandfather, who called him Roy Boy.

“Lee taught me so many things during my life,” said Alexander’s mother, Felicia, “but the last one, and perhaps the most important, was that it’s better to die for something than to live for nothing.”


Family mourns fallen soldier

Felicia Alexander remembered other stories from her son’s life, like when he begged her to let him play the trumpet and she could not afford it, or the first time he brought Marissa home to meet her. At the end of her tribute, Felicia Alexander presented Marissa with a flower arrangement, as her son liked to do.

Elder Georgia Walker remembered running into Alexander at a restaurant in Fort Bragg, N.C., and him lifting her spirits, giving her the warm welcome she needed.

“In the military it’s unheard of for an enlisted person to salute another enlisted person,” Walker said, “but LeRoy has been promoted to a captain in the army of the Lord.” Walker then saluted Alexander, as the crowd came to its feet applauding.

Dustin Hanover, a friend from Fort Bragg, told a story of when Alexander and his wife followed them home from the hospital during a snowstorm to make sure they got home safely following the birth of Hanover’s first child.

“[Lee] was the first person outside my family to hold my baby,” Hanover said, fighting back tears. “He always joked he was going to drop her, but he never did.” Hanover then said he plans to name his next child in honor of Alexander.

The service then moved to Arlington, where Alexander’s body was laid to rest. His wife and father were presented with flags as most of the crowd from the morning’s ceremony watched on. A bugler played Taps from across a field while a firing party fired three shots in his honor.

His awards and decorations include: the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Parachutist Badge, and Air Assault Badge. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal.

Alexander is survived by his wife, Marissa; and parents, Ronald and Felicia Alexander of Manassas, Va.

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The members of Landstuhl Hospital Care Project were honored to remember LeRoy during the month of June 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 LeRoy’s family and friends today and in the years to come.

Charles Robinson

Charles D. Robinson—June 2005 Shipment Honoree

Army Capt., 29, of Haddon Heights, N.J.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, N.C.; killed June 3, 2005 when his convoy vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device at Forward Operating Base Orgun-E, Afghanistan. Also killed was Staff Sgt. Leroy E. Alexander.


Army Capt. Charles D. Robinson’s Life Spanned the Globe

Army Capt. Charles D. Robinson
Army Capt. Charles D. Robinson

A resident of Haddon Heights, N.J., Robinson was commissioned in the Army immediately following graduation from Cedarville College in Ohio May 1998, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in foreign trade. His first military assignment was with the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C. Robinson graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course and was assigned to 7th SFG in December 2003. Robinson deployed to Afghanistan in January 2005 in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

Army Capt. Charles D. Robinson’s life spanned the globe. The son of missionaries based in Haddon Heights, Robinson spent much of his life in Paraguay, where he developed a love of languages and a bond with other Americans stationed overseas. At Baptist Regional School in Haddon Heights, Robinson played soccer and kept in touch with friends after his family resumed their travels. And after the Special Forces sent him to Afghanistan in January as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, Robinson asked his family to mail him care packages of candy. He planned to give them to children in villages he was helping rebuild.

Robinson, 29, was one of two Special Forces soldiers killed Friday when a bomb exploded near the ground mobility vehicle he was traveling in during operations near Orgun-e, in the southeastern region of Afghanistan. He had been assigned to the First Battalion, Seventh Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg, N.C.

“He put his heart and soul into everything he did,” said his maternal grandmother, Doris Anderson of Woodstown. “He was outgoing in a quiet sort of way.”

During Robinson’s childhood, his parents, Charles and Janet, were missionaries based at Haddon Heights Baptist Church. Robinson and his brother and sister were home-schooled by their mother in Paraguay, his grandmother said. During one family furlough, Robinson spent his freshman and sophomore years at Baptist High School, which is affiliated with the church, head administrator Lynn Conahan said.

“He was easygoing, friendly, outgoing, and he could take a joke,” said Conahan, whose son, P.J., was a friend of Robinson’s. After Robinson’s family returned to Paraguay, he continued to write letters to P.J., Conahan said.

Robinson later graduated from Asuncion Christian Academy in Paraguay, said his brother, Jeffrey. In Paraguay, Robinson and his family developed a kinship with American military officials and other Americans living abroad, his grandmother said.

He later majored in international studies and global economics at Cedarville University in Ohio, graduating in 1998, according to university spokesman Roger Overturf. That was where he met his wife, Laura, a native of Iowa, said Overturf, who remembered the couple. Several of Robinson’s and his wife’s relatives attended the tight-knit, 3,000-student university, Overturf said. “We’re all pretty devastated here.”

Robinson became involved in ROTC in college, which led him into the Army after graduation. He was first assigned to the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, based at Fort Bragg. But “he wanted more than that,” Anderson said. Robinson completed a rigorous training program over more than two years and joined the elite Special Forces in December 2003.

He lived with his wife in Fayetteville, N.C., and they were hoping to start a family soon, Anderson said. The family was hoping Robinson would return in August. Laura Robinson said yesterday she did not want to comment. Robinson’s parents, who live in Pemberton Township, could not be reached yesterday.

Maj. Robert Gowan, a spokesman for the Army’s Special Forces Command, said Robinson had been riding in a ground mobility vehicle. “It is a modified humvee,” Gowan said, and was “heavily armored.” Also killed in the explosion was another member of Robinson’s group, Staff Sgt. Leroy E. Alexander, 27, a Special Forces engineer sergeant from Dale City, Va.

Captain Robinson is buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Robinson is survived by his wife, Laura; and parents, Charles and Janet Robinson of Brown Mills, N.J.

His awards and decorations include: the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Parachutist Badge, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Expert Infantryman Badge, the Special Forces Tab and Ranger Tab. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal.

Source:  Groups 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne)


The members of Landstuhl Hospital Care Project were honored to remember Charles during the month of June 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 Charles’s family and friends today and in the years to come.

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.

Stafford woman helps clothe overseas wounded soldiers

Soldiers get sweat pants and shirts from Stafford resident and veterans

Fredericksburg.com
By JODI BIZAR

 

Daniel Caballero
Daniel Caballero

Wounded U.S. soldiers undergoing treatment in Germany are in the thoughts of a Stafford County woman who, with the help of contributors and area veterans, is making sure these soldiers get something they need–warm, comfortable clothing.

Karen Grimord, who has seven family members serving overseas, is sending shipments of sweat pants and shirts to wounded soldiers.

She found out that the wounded soldiers needed sweats several months ago while visiting her daughter, who was stationed in Germany.

Medical personnel have to remove wounded soldiers’ uniforms, and they don’t have anything comfortable to wear while receiving treatment, Grimord was told.

The only requirements on the sweats, she said, is that they be new and sized large or extra large.

“We’re just trying to do something to help them,” she said.

So she and her family set to work saving money and buying up as many as she could find.

“I probably spend nine or 10 hours on the phone doing this,” she says.

She also appealed to area veterans associations, including the American Legion in Stafford, which contributed $1,600.

Post Commander Fred Miller said all overseas soldiers are sent to Germany for treatment these days, and when Grimord ap-proached the legion with her request it was quickly granted.

Others have chipped in, too, and Grimord said she has raised $3,200.

That’s enabled her to buy more than 30 boxes of sweat pants and shirts totaling about 700 pairs.

And she’s not done. “I’ll keep doing it as long as the money keeps coming in,” she said.

She said word of what they’ve been doing has spread, and she’s getting donations from all around the country.

One of the shipments will be dedicated to Petty Officer Daniel Martin Caballero, who was killed in the terrorist attack on the Pentagon. Grimord said a friend of his who is helping with the effort to collect the clothing asked that it be dedicated to Caballero.

Miller said there are other efforts afoot to help soldiers, including shipments of snacks.

The American Legion has been collecting lightweight, nonperishable snacks for soldiers to carry around in their pockets.

Anyone interested in helping out with these efforts can call the American Legion at 659-4461 or Grimord at 286-1539.

To reach JODI BIZAR: 374-5000, ext. 5627 jbizar@freelancestar.com


Packing Sweats for Wounded Troops

Stafford, VA

09 Jan 2005

Daniel Caballero
Daniel Caballero