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IN MEMORIAM: Enduring Freedom Casualties
VetsCoR ^ | 5/21/02 | A Navy Vet

Posted on 05/21/2002 12:43:47 PM PDT by A Navy Vet

Operation Enduring Freedom Casualty List

May 19, 2002: Fatally wounded when unit came under heavy fire on patrol in eastern Afghanistan
Sgt. Gene Arden Vance Jr. - 38, West Virginia

April 15, 2002: Killed while attempting to dismantle rockets in Afghanistan
Staff Sgt. Brian Craig - 27, Texas
Staff Sgt. Justin Galewski - 28, Kansas
Sgt. Jamie Maugans - 27, Kansas
Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Romero, Army National Guard - 30, Colorado

March 28, 2002: Killed after stepping on a land mine during training mission in Afghanistan
Chief Petty Officer Matthew J. Bourgeois, USN - 35, Talahassee, Fla.

March 4, 2002: Seven American soldiers were killed and 11 were wounded when two helicopters took enemy fire in the largest allied air and ground offensive of the war.
Sgt. Bradley S. Crose, USA - 27, Orange Park, Fla.
Sgt. Philip J. Svitak, USA - 31, Joplin, Mo.
Spc. Marc A. Anderson, USA - 30, Brandon, Fla.
Pfc. Matthew A. Commons, USA - 21, Boulder City, NV
Petty Officer 1st Class Neil C. Roberts, USN - 32, Woodland, Calif.
Tech. Sgt. John A. Chapman, USAF - 36, Waco, Texas
Airman Jason D. Cunningham, USAF - 26, Camarillo, Calif.

March 2, 2002: Killed by enemy fire during an assault on Taliban and al-Qaida fighters regrouping in eastern Afghanistan.
Chief Warrant Officer Stanley L. Harriman, USA - 34, Wade, N.C.

March 2, 2001: Died after ejecting from his F-14 Tomcat fighter jet, which crashed during a training exercise in the Mediterranean Sea.
Lt. Cmdr. Christopher M. Blaschum, USN - 33, Virginia Beach, Va

January 20, 2002: Killed when their CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter crashed while on a resupply mission. Five other Marines injured.
Staff Sgt. Walter F. Cohee III, USMC - 26, Wicomico, Md.
Sgt. Dwight J. Morgan, USMC - 24, Mendocino, Calif.

January 9, 2001: Killed when their tanker plane crashed into a mountain in Pakistan.
Capt. Matthew W. Bancroft, USMC - 29, Redding, Calif
Capt. Daniel G. McCollum, USMC - 29, Irmo, S.C.
Gunnery Sgt. Stephen L. Bryson, USMC - 36, Montgomery, Ala.
Staff Sgt. Scott N. Germosen, USMC - 37, New York;
Sgt. Nathan P. Hays, USMC - 21, Wilbur, Wash.
Lance Cpl. Bryan P. Bertrand, USMC - 23, Coos Bay, Ore.
Sgt. Jeannette L. Winters, USMC - 25, Gary, Ind.

January 4, 2002: Killed in the vicinity of Khost, near the Pakistan border. The first U.S. soldier killed by the enemy.
Sgt. 1st Class Nathan Ross Chapman, USA, - 31, San Antonio, Texas

December 5, 2000: Killed in Afghanistan when a U.S. bomb missed its target.
Staff Sgt. Brian "Cody" Prosser, USA - 28, Frazier Park, Calif.
Master Sgt. Jefferson Donald Davis, USA - 39, Watauga, Tenn.
Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Petithory, USA - 32, Cheshire, Mass.

November 29, 2001: Killed in Uzbekistan, where about 1,000 members of the Army's 10th Mountain Division were stationed. Officials say death under investigation, not result of enemy action.
Pvt. Giovany Maria - 19, New York,

November 25, 2001: Killed by rioting prisoners at Mazar-e-Sharif. First American civilian killed in action in Afghanistan.
Johnny "Mike" Spann, CIA - 32, Winfield, Ala.,

November 7, 2001: Declared dead after he fell overboard from an aircraft carrier in the Arabian Sea.
Fireman Apprentice Bryant L. Davis, USN - 20, Chicago

October 19, 2001: Killed in crash of Black Hawk helicopter in Pakistan.
Pfc. Kristofor Stonesifer, USA - 28 Doylestown, Pa.
Spc. Jonn J. Edmunds, USA - 20 Cheyenne,

October 10, 2001: Killed in a heavy-equipment accident in the northern Arabian peninsula. The first death in the campaign.
Master Sgt. Evander Earl Andrews, USAF - 36, Solon, Maine

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1 posted on 05/21/2002 12:43:48 PM PDT by A Navy Vet
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To: A Navy Vet
Rodger Hunter
2 posted on 05/21/2002 12:47:13 PM PDT by A Navy Vet
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To: A Navy Vet
34 of us, and how many hundreds or thousands of the enemy? I'd say our boys are doing good work.
3 posted on 05/21/2002 12:52:45 PM PDT by SunStar
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To: A Navy Vet

4 posted on 05/21/2002 1:17:27 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: A Navy Vet;redrock;ALOHA RONNIE
Johnny "Mike" Spann, CIA - 32, Winfield, Ala.,

From the 9-11 archive of
(a website about the mainstream Churches of Christ;
I'm posting this just for the background on Spann and the town he grew up in)
Headline News

Churches mourn CIA operative killed in Afghanistan

By Erik Tryggestad
The Christian Chronicle

Mike Spann was dedicated father, Christian, warrior, residents say.

Winfield, Ala. - The line of congregants filed into the Winfield Church of Christ Dec. 6,
remembering in hushed voices an old friend.

"You know he went to school with our kids." "He was a quiet little boy."
"So tragic," they said.

This was Johnny Micheal Spann’s home. He grew up in the Winfield church of about 260 and
dreamed of joining the military and flying a plane like Tom Cruise in the film "Top Gun."

On Nov. 28 the CIA revealed that Spann, known as Mike, was killed in a prison uprising
in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan. The 32-year-old was the first American casualty on Afghan
soil in the war on terrorism. The news sent a wave of national media crashing down on
Winfield, a town of about 4,500 near the Mississippi border, where Spann’s father,
also named Johnny, and mother, Gail, still live.

Church members lined their cars bumper-to-bumper in front of the Winfield building
to keep television cameras away from the service, which was attended by 400 residents.
Inside, minister James F. Wyers was fielding phone calls from city officials.
Assistant minister Larry Davenport said it was a little overwhelming.

"You think about this happening in some big city — New York City — or California,
not in a town where the big event of the year is Mule Day (a yearly bazaar in Winfield),"
Davenport said. But Wyers said church members from Winfield and nearby towns
"came out of the woodwork" to help, supporting Spann’s parents and his relatives who
were visiting Winfield for the service.

During the emotional memorial, complete with a Marine color guard and 21-gun salute,
the congregation sang "To Canaan’s Land I’m On My Way" and "I’ll Fly Away,"
Mike Spann’s favorite songs.

"He was always attentive and wanted to know everything about God," said Mildred McGuire,
who taught Spann in Sunday school.
Spann graduated from high school in 1987 and went to Auburn University before joining the
Marines, where he spent seven years. While stationed in Okinawa, Japan, Spann and his
first wife, Kathryn, attended church with their daughters Alison, now 9, and Emily,
now 4, said fellow soldier and church member Allan Naugle. "He was then a Marine
chopper pilot — the strong, silent type. But always there," Naugle said.

After joining the CIA, Spann and Kathryn attended the Manassas, Va., church for about
three years before they divorced, said Manassas minister Barry Bryson.
Spann remarried, and he and his second wife, Shannon, started attending the Fairfax,
Va., Church of Christ. They had one son, Jacob, now 6 months old.

"His first priority in his life was to make sure he was right with God," Bryson said of Spann.
"Mike was a one-of-a-kind guy — almost Davidian. He was certainly devoted to God,
(with) a warrior mentality. But (he was) very, very kind."

Kathryn is still part of the Manassas congregation, Bryson said. After the government
called immediate family and told them Spann was missing, his father recommended
they call Bryson, too.

Together with the girls’ caregiver, Bryson told the girls and Kathryn he was missing.
Grandparents and friends were there for support, Bryson said.

Spann was buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia Dec. 10. At the Winfield
service, Spann’s father read a letter, written by Alison, that would be buried
with her father. Alison stood next to her grandfather as he read.

"Thank you, daddy, for making the world a better place. I love you," Alison wrote.
"Everybody’s so proud of you — especially me."

Donations for Spann’s children may be sent to
The Micheal Spann Memorial Trust Fund,
c/o The Citizens Bank
P.O. Box 550
Winfield, AL 35594.

I bolded the last paragraph, just in case the spirit moves anyone...
5 posted on 05/21/2002 1:19:17 PM PDT by VOA
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To: All
You will stay right where you are on the thread.

Please take a moment and Thank a Service Man or Woman.
Just Click on the logo to send an e-mail.

6 posted on 05/21/2002 1:19:33 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: A Navy Vet
Thanks for the post and this poignant reminder.

Our church's prayer list has over 60 names now on it with men and women in our services. Several are in country in Afghanistan.

Sgt. Dwight J. Morgan, USMC - 24, Mendocino, Calif. grew up here and was buried here after his death. His family actually lived in the Ukiah Area when he was killed in action.

Those of us who are religious might want to pray for the souls of those who have been killed and the safety of those who put their lives on the line 24/7 while being in the service this weekend and every church service that we attend.

7 posted on 05/21/2002 1:21:54 PM PDT by Grampa Dave
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To: Grampa Dave
Prayer bump...
8 posted on 05/21/2002 1:23:17 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: A Navy Vet
SGT Vance was a special forces soldier from the WV ARNG. According to one story I read he was the first National Guardsman killed on active duty since WWII (maybe the reporter meant from WV).
9 posted on 05/21/2002 1:25:45 PM PDT by 91B
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To: kcvl
Thanks! Every Sunday or when we attend on Saturday, when this growing prayer list is read in our church, there are a lot of moist eyes.
10 posted on 05/21/2002 1:26:35 PM PDT by Grampa Dave
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Sgt. Philip J. Svitak, USA - 31, Joplin, Mo.

(Also from the 9-11 archive of


Church member killed in Afghanistan skirmish

The Christian Chronicle

Philip Svitak sent Bible verses from Afghanistan to his wife

Clarksville, Tenn. - Members of the Hilldale Church of Christ are mourning the loss
of Philip Svitak, a sergeant with a special operations regiment based at Fort Campbell,
who died March 4 in combat against al-Qaida and Taliban fighters in eastern Afghanistan.

Svitak (pronounced “svee-tak”), 31, of Joplin, Mo., and his wife, Laura, started visiting
the church in September 2001, said pulpit minister Steve Kirby. A military chaplain
had encouraged the Svitaks to find a church home, and after studying with associate
minister Barclay Riley and elder Nick Muiznieks, Philip wanted to be baptized.
His wife wasn’t as sure, but Philip convinced her that they should be baptized together.

“He was an evangelist before he was a Christian,” Riley said.

The Svitaks were baptized Sept. 29, and Philip was deployed to Afghanistan the day
after Thanks-giving, Kirby said.

“Phil would write letters to me daily including Bible verses from his reading that day,”
Laura Svitak said. The Hilldale church hosted a memorial service before Philip
was buried in Joplin March 14. At Laura’s request, the Fourth and Forest church,
Joplin, hosted the visitation and funeral. Hundreds attended, according to local
newspaper the Joplin Globe.

Svitak also is survived by sons Ethan, 5, and Nolan, 2.

Donations for Svitak’s children may be sent to a college fund set up by the
Hilldale church.
Make checks payable to the Hilldale Church of Christ and note ‘Svitak Memorial Fund’ on the check.
Mail contributions to: Hilldale Church of Christ (attention Mary Ellen Young),
501 Highway 76, Clarksville, TN 37043.

Last portion just bolded in case anyone wishes to contribute...

11 posted on 05/21/2002 1:26:58 PM PDT by VOA
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I don't think this list is comprehensive.
12 posted on 05/21/2002 1:27:53 PM PDT by Demidog
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To: A Navy Vet
13 posted on 05/21/2002 1:28:43 PM PDT by Fiddlstix
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Memorial: For Those Who Have Given Their Lives To Fight The War On Terror
14 posted on 05/21/2002 1:34:57 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: A Navy Vet;An American Soldier;*War_list
Thanks for posting and *Index Bump
15 posted on 05/21/2002 1:43:29 PM PDT by Fish out of Water
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To: Demidog
Please add whoever I may have left out. My sincerest apologies to the families of anyone I may have missed.

Couldn't find on all-inclusive list from gov sources, so I used the following:
Source 1
Source 2
Source 3

16 posted on 05/21/2002 1:45:05 PM PDT by A Navy Vet
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Excerpted from a letter left by Navy Seal Neil Roberts Capture and Killed by Al Qaeda Forces March 3, 2001

"...Although I sacrificed personal freedom and many other things, I got just as much as I gave. My time in the Teams was special. For all the times I was cold, wet, tired, sore, scared, hungry and angry, I had a blast. The bad was balanced equally with the good." "All the times spent in the company of my teammates was when I felt the closest to the men I had the privilege to work with. I loved being a SEAL. If I died doing something for the Teams, then I died doing what made me happy. Very few people have the luxury of that."

17 posted on 05/21/2002 1:54:06 PM PDT by A Navy Vet
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To: A Navy Vet
bttt! Thanks!
18 posted on 05/21/2002 2:17:51 PM PDT by lodwick
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