Since its inception, 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.
One of our contacts at the stateside VA hospital recently told me that they get cold chills reading the Honorees stories and share it with the veterans at the hospital. I recently labeled 72 boxes to take to the VA Hospital using the attached Honoree shipping label. And with each label I taped on the box, I felt that U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Camero was looking down on me and telling me “thank you for sharing my story”. It was my honor to salute this Fallen Hero.
December LHCP Shipment Honoree
Marine Cpl. Matthew C. Henderson
Died May 26, 2004 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom
25, of Lincoln, Neb.; assigned to 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; killed May 26 by hostile action in Anbar province, Iraq.
November LHCP Shipment Honoree
Army Sgt. Christopher P. Abeyta
Died March 15, 2009 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom
23, of Midlothian, Ill.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 178th Infantry Regiment, 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Woodstock, Ill.; died March 15 in Jalabad, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained in Kot, Afghanistan, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. Also killed were Sgt. Robert M. Weinger and Spc. Normal L. Cain III.
October LHCP Shipment Honoree
Army Spc. Erica P. Alecksen
Died July 8, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom
21, of Eatonton, Ga.; assigned to 978th Military Police Company, 93rd Military Police Battalion, Fort Bliss, Texas; died July 8 in Maidan Shahr, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by an improvised explosive device. Also killed were Army Staff Sgt. Ricardo Seija, Army Spc. Clarence Williams III, Army Spc. Trevor B. Adkins, Army Spc. Alejandro J. Pardo and Army Spc. Cameron J. Stambaugh.
September LHCP Shipment Honoree
Navy Special Warfare Operator 1st Class (SEAL) Jason Dale Lewis
Died July 6, 2007 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom
30, of Brookfield, Conn.; assigned to an East Coast-based SEAL team; died July 6 as a result of enemy action while conducting combat operations near Baghdad. Also killed were Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Robert Richard McRill and Cryptologic Technician 1st Class Steven Phillip Daugherty.
August LHCP Shipment Honoree
Army Chief Warrant officer 2 Thalia S. Ramirez
Died September 5, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom
28, of San Antonio, assigned to 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; died Sept. 5 in Logar Province, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered when a OH-58D Kiowa helicopter crashed. Also killed in the incident was Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jose L. Montenegro Jr.
July LHCP Shipment Honoree
Marine Sgt Jacob Michael Hess
Died January 1, 2014 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom
22, of Spokane, Wash.; assigned to Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 26, Marine Aircraft Group 26, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died Jan. 1, 2014, while supporting combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
June LHCP Shipment Honoree
Army Capt. Jennifer M. Moreno
Died October 6, 2013 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom
25, of San Diego, Calif., assigned to Madigan Army Medical Center, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.; died Oct. 6 2013, in Zhari District, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when enemy forces attacked her unit with an improvised explosive device. Also killed in the incident were Sgt. Patrick Hawkins, Sgt. Joseph Peters and Pfc. Cody Patterson.
May LHCP Shipment Honoree
Army Sgt. Faith R. Hinkley
Died August 7, 2010 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom
23, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; assigned to 502nd Military Intelligence Battalion, 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.; died Aug. 7 in Baghdad, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked her unit in Iskandariya, Iraq.
April LHCP Shipment Honoree
Army 1st Lt. Jason Togi
Died August 26, 2013 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom
24, of Pago Pago, American Samoa; assigned to 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; died Aug. 26 in Hasan Karez, Afghanistan, of injuries caused by an improvised explosive device.
March LHCP Shipment Honoree
Marine Lance Cpl. Christopher L. Camero
Died July 12, 2011 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom
19, of Kailua Kona, Hawaii; assigned to 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twenty-nine Palms, Calif.; died July 12 of wounds suffered July 6 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations.
February LHCP Shipment Honoree
Air Force Capt. Victoria A. Pinckney
Died May 3, 2013 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom
27, of Palmdale, Calif.; assigned to 93rd Air Refueling Squadron, Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash.; died May 3 near Chon-Aryk, Kyrgyzstan, in the crash of a KC-135 aircraft. Also killed were Air Force Capt. Mark T. Voss, 27, of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Air Force Tech Sgt. Herman Mackey III, 30, of Bakersfield, Calif.
January LHCP Shipment Honoree
Army Sgt. Anthony O. Magee
Died April 27, 2010 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom
29, of Hattiesburg, Miss.; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Benning, Ga.; died April at Landsthul Regional Medical Center, Germany of wounds sustained April 24 at Contingency Operating Base Kalsu, Iskandariyah, Iraq, when enemy forces attacked his unit with indirect fire.