2007 Honorees

Each month LHCP has honored a military service member who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Every box which is shipped from LHCP is labeled with information about the Honoree. The monthly Honoree’s story is attached to the box so others can read about those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom. The only real criteria for the selection process is that LHCP has attempted to select a Fallen Hero from all 50 states and territories.


December LHCP Shipment Honoree

Capt. Maria Ines Ortiz

Died July 10, 2007

Maria I. Ortiz
Maria I. Ortiz

40, of Bayamon, Puerto Rico; assigned to Kirk U.S. Army Health Clinic, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.; died July 10, 2007 in Baghdad of wounds sustained from enemy indirect fire.

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November LHCP Shipment Honoree

Lance Cpl. Grant B. Fraser

Died August 3, 2005

Grant B. Fraser
Grant B. Fraser

22, of Anchorage, Alaska; assigned to the 4th Reconnaissance Battalion, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve, Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska; attached to Regimental Combat Team 2, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward); killed Aug. 3, 2005 when his amphibious assault vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device during combat operations south of Haditha, Iraq. Also killed were Marine Lance Cpls. Michael J. Cifuentes, Aaron H. Reed, Edward A. Schroeder II, Kevin G. Waruinge and William B. Wightman.

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October LHCP Shipment Honoree

Capt. (Select) Tamara Long Archuleta

Died March 23, 2003

Tamara Long Archuleta
Tamara Long Archuleta

23, of Los Lunas, N.M.; assigned to the 41st Rescue Squadron, Moody Air Force Base, Ga.; killed in a HH-60G Pave Hawk crash on March 23, 2003, in Afghanistan. Also killed were: Staff Sgt. Jason Hicks, flight engineer; Master Sgt. Michael Maltz, para-rescueman; Senior Airman Jason Plite, para-rescueman; Lt. Col. John Stein, aircraft commander; Staff Sgt. John Teal, flight engineer.

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September LHCP Shipment Honoree

Army Pfc. Matthew R. Soper

Died June 6, 2007

Matthew R. Soper
Matthew R. Soper

25, of Kalamazoo, Mich., died June 6, 2007 in Bayji, Iraq, of wounds sustained from an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 1461st Transportation Company (Combat Heavy Equipment), Michigan Army National Guard, Jackson, Michigan.

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August LHCP Shipment Honoree

Marines Captain

Patrick Marc M. Rapicault
Patrick Marc M. Rapicault

Died Nov. 15, 2004

34, of St. Augustine, Fla.; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif.; killed Nov. 15, 2004 by enemy action in Anbar province, Iraq.

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July LHCP Shipment Honoree

U.S. Army Pfc. Justin Paton

Died February 17, 2007

Justin T Paton
Justin T Paton

24, of Alanson, Mich.; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; died Feb. 17, 2007 in Taramia, Iraq, when his unit came in contact with enemy forces using small arms fire.

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June LHCP Shipment Honoree

Petty Officer Nathan B. Bruckenthal

Died April 24, 2004

Nathan B. Bruckenthal
Nathan B. Bruckenthal

24, of Smithtown, N.Y.; assigned to Tactical Law Enforcement Team South Detachment 403, aboard the patrol coastal Firebolt, forward deployed to Manama, Bahrain, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom; killed April 24, 2004 in a waterborne attack in the northern Persian Gulf.

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May LHCP Shipment Honoree

Sgt. 1st Class Meridith L. Howard

Died Sept. 8, 2006

Meridith L. Howard
Meridith L. Howard

52, of Alameda, Calif.; assigned to the 405th Civil Affairs Battalion, Army Reserve, Fort Bragg, N.C.; killed Sept. 8, 2006 when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated near her Humvee in Kabul, Afghanistan. Also killed was Staff Sgt. Robert J. Paul.

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April LHCP Shipment Honoree

Specialist Ross A. McGinnis

Died Dec. 4, 2006

Ross A. McGinnis
Ross A. McGinnis

19, of Knox, Pa.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Schweinfurt, Germany; died Dec. 4, 2006 of injuries sustained when a grenade was thrown into his vehicle in Baghdad.

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March LHCP Shipment Honoree

Chief Petty Officer Paul J. Darga

Died Aug. 22, 2006

Paul J. Darga
Paul J. Darga

34, of Lansing, Mich.; assigned to the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Two, serving with the 1st Marine Logistics Group; killed Aug. 22, 2006 when his Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team was struck by an improvised explosive device while responding to a previous strike. His unit was conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Anbar province, Iraq.

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February LHCP Shipment Honoree

Lance Cpl. Randy Lee Newman

Died Aug. 20, 2006

Randy L. Newman
Randy L. Newman

21, of Bend, Oregon.; assigned to the 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, Calif.; killed Aug. 20, 2006 while conducting combat operations in Anbar, Iraq. Also killed was Cpl. Adam A. Galvez.

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January LHCP Shipment Honoree

Army Medic Michael T. Robertson

Died Oct. 25, 2005

Michael T. Robertson
Michael T. Robertson

28, died Oct. 25, 2005 at Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, of injuries sustained Oct. 17 when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Bradley Fighting Vehicle in Samarra, Iraq.

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