Fallen Soldiers

Sgt. Michael E. Yashinski.
Sgt. Michael E. Yashinski.
24
Monument, CO.

Died 24 December 2003, Sgt. Michael E. Yashinski, died in Kirkuk, Iraq. Yashinski died of injuries sustained while running a communication wire. Yashinski was assigned to the 501st Forward Support Company, 173rd Airborne Brigade, based in Vicenza, Italy.

Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Earl R. Scott III
Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Earl R. Scott III
24
Jacksonville, Fl.

Died November 8, 2009 serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom, assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 25th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; died Nov. 8 in Tikrit, Iraq, of injuries sustained when his OH-58D helicopter crashed. Also killed was Chief Warrant Officer 2 Mathew C. Heffelfinger.

Gilbert Author Secor
Gilbert Author Secor
36

Born Jan. 6, 1932
Was Killed by Hostile fire on August 23, 1968 MACVSOG, CCN FOB4. Assigned to Specail Forces MACVSOG.

Army Spc. Wyatt J. Martin
Army Spc. Wyatt J. Martin
22
Mesa, Ariz.

Died December 12, 2014 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom, in Parwan province, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to 2nd Sq, 3rd Cav Regt, 1st Cav Div, Fort Hood, Texas.


Army Sgt. 1st Class Ramon S. Morris
Army Sgt. 1st Class Ramon S. Morris
37
New York, N.Y

Died December 12, 2014 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom, assigned to 2nd Sq, 3rd Cav Regt, 1st Cav Div, Fort Hood, Texas; died Dec. 12 in Parwan province, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by an improvised explosive device.

Air Force Capt. William H. Dubois
Air Force Capt. William H. Dubois
30
New Castle, Colo

Died December 1, 2014 Serving During Operation Inherent Resolve, 1 when his F-16 aircraft crashed near a coalition air base in the Middle East. He was assigned to the 77th Fighter Squadron, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C.

Army Staff Sgt. Matthew R. Ammerman
Army Staff Sgt. Matthew R. Ammerman
29
Noblesville, Ind

Died December 3, 2014 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom, assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.; died Dec. 3 in Zabul Province, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by small-arms fire.

Sgt. Stephen Hiett Phillips
Sgt. Stephen Hiett Phillips
23
Springfield, Mo.

KIA in Viet NAM on July 18th, 1965. Phillips was only 23 and a father-to-be when he was killed during small arms fire in South Vietnam on July 18, 1965 — only two days after he arrived in the country.   His name is misspelled on 'THE WALL'.
 

Sgt. Don A. Hawkins
Sgt. Don A. Hawkins
San Diego, California

Sgt. Don A. Hawkins

FOB 1, CCN, MACV-SOG, 5TH SF GROUP, USARV

U.S. Army, 5th Special Forces Group
Born: November 1, 1944   KIA: November 1, 1967

Raised in San Diego, California. He graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School, Class of 1961. Dad enjoyed Roller Skating and won many awards.

In 1965 Dad joined the U.S. Army. He went through basic training at Ft. Polk, Louisiana. He then went on to Special Forces Training School at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. He was trained as a Radio Operator. He requested and received his orders for service in Vietnam the summer of 1967.

Arrived in Vietnam on September 23, 1967. He spent a few weeks in Da Nang attending the MACV Recon School. He was then assigned to CCN, FOB 1 at Phu Bai.

Sergeant First Class David Alexander Woods
David Alexander Woods
Kansas City, Missouri

David Alexander Woods

Sergeant First Class

FOB 1, CCN, MACV-SOG, 5TH SF GROUP, USARV
Army of the United States

Born: September 29, 1938  KIA:  November 01, 1967

George Kenton Sisler
George Kenton Sisler
Dexter, Missouri

George Kenton Sisler
First Lieutenant
FOB-2, CCC, MACV-SOG, 5TH SF GROUP, USARV
Army of the United States
Born: September 19, 1937  KIA: February 07, 1967

lLt 0-2, Dexter MO, USASF, FOB 2 Kontum, Ops 35, MACV SOG, KIA-RR (Medal of Honor Winner) Exploitation Force PIt Ldr; also moh_army-s.gifJames H Duncan, SFC E-7, USASF, KIA has been indicated as being on the mission with George K. Sisler who was KIA on same date (?) (Exploitation Force Plt Ldr, when his EF was hit on 3 sides by a Company size element. Lt Sisler distinguished himself by exposing himself repeatedly while rescuing his wounded men and killing the enemy in the process. When the Plt came under an extremely heavy attack, he picked up grenades and charged the enemy single handedly, firing his weapon and throwing hand grenades, which broke the enemy's assault, compelling the enemy to withdraw. He continued to move about the battlefield directing fire. Sisler stood to direct gun ships when a sniper's round cut him down. He died there. George Sisler was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions.

Army Staff Sgt. Jason A. McDonald
Army Staff Sgt. Jason A. McDonald
28
Butler, Ga

 Army Staff Sgt. Jason A. McDonald died June 9, 2014 Serving  Operation Enduring Freedom, in Gaza Village, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by aircraft friendly fire. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group, Fort Campbell, Ky.

Army Pfc. Donnell A. Hamilton Jr.
Army Pfc. Donnell A. Hamilton Jr.
20
Kenosha, Wis

Army Pfc. Donnell A. Hamilton Jr. died July 24, 2014 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom.  He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; died July 24, at Brooke Army Medical Center, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, from an illness sustained in Ghazni province, Afghanistan.

Army Staff Sgt. Benjamin G. Prange
Army Staff Sgt. Benjamin G. Prange
30
Hickman, Neb

Army Staff Sgt. Benjamin G. Prange died July 24, 2014 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.; died July 24 in Mirugol Kalay, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by an improvised explosive device.

Army Pfc. Keith M. Williams
Army Pfc. Keith M. Williams
19
Visalia, Calif.

Army Pfc. Keith M. Williams died July 24, 2014 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.; died July 24 in Mirugol Kalay, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by an improvised explosive device.

Army Staff Sgt. Girard D. Gass Jr.
Army Staff Sgt. Girard D. Gass Jr.
33
Lumber Bridge, N.C.

Army Staff Sgt. Girard D. Gass Jr. died August 3, 2014 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group,Fort Bragg, N.C.; died Aug. 3 in Jalalabad Air Field Hospital, Afghanistan, from a non-combat related incident while on patrol in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan.

Army Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene
Army Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene
55
Schenectady, N.Y

Army Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene  Died August 5, 2014 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom. He was assigned as deputy commanding general of Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan; died Aug. 5 of wounds caused by small-arms fire in an insider attack in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Jon Cavaiani
Jon Cavaiani Passed Away on July 29, 2014
70
Royston England

Rank: Staff Sergeant, US Army, Vietnam Training Advisory Group

Location of action: Republic of Vietnam

Date of action: June 4 and 5, 1971

Medal received from: President Gerald Ford, December 12, 1974

Official Citation:
Staff Sergeant (S/Sgt.) Cavaiani distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty in action in the Republic of Vietnam on June 4 and 5, 1971 while serving as a platoon leader to a security platoon providing security for an isolated radio relay site located within enemy-held territory. On the morning of June 4, 1971, the entire camp came under an intense barrage of enemy small arms, automatic weapons, rocket-propelled grenade and mortar fire from a superior size enemy force. S/Sgt. Cavaiani acted with complete disregard for his personal safety as he repeatedly exposed himself to heavy enemy fire in order to move about the camp's perimeter directing the platoon's fire and rallying the platoon in a desperate fight for survival. S/Sgt. Cavaiani also returned heavy suppressive fire upon the assaulting enemy force during this period with a variety of weapons. When the entire platoon was to be evacuated, S/Sgt. Cavaiani unhesitatingly volunteered to remain on the ground and direct the helicopters into the landing zone. S/Sgt. Cavaiani was able to direct the first three helicopters in evacuating a major portion of the platoon.

Due to intense increase in enemy fire, S/Sgt. Cavaiani was forced to remain at the camp overnight where he calmly directed the remaining platoon members in strengthening their defenses. On the morning of June 5, a heavy ground fog restricted visibility. The superior size enemy force launched a major ground attack in an attempt to completely annihilate the remaining small force. The enemy force advanced in two ranks, first firing a heavy volume of small arms automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenade fire while the second rank continuously threw a steady barrage of hand grenades at the beleaguered force. S/Sgt. Cavaiani returned a heavy barrage of small arms and hand grenade fire on the assaulting enemy force but was unable to slow them down.

He ordered the remaining platoon members to attempt to escape while he provided them with cover fire. With one last courageous exertion, S/Sgt. Cavaiani recovered a machine gun, stood up, completely exposing himself to the heavy enemy fire directed at him, and began firing the machine gun in a sweeping motion along the two ranks of advancing enemy soldiers. Through S/Sgt. Cavaiani's valiant efforts with complete disregard for his safety, the majority of the remaining platoon members were able to escape. While inflicting severe losses on the advancing enemy force, S/Sgt. Cavaiani was wounded numerous times. S/Sgt. Cavaiani's conspicuous gallantry, extraordinary heroism and intrepidity at the risk of his life, above and beyond the call of duty, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the U.S. Army.

Bio:
Jon Cavaiani came to America in 1947 with his parents at the age of four. Although he was classified 4-F because of an allergy to bee stings, he enlisted in the Army shortly before being naturalized in 1968. He qualified for Special Forces and was sent Vietnam in 1970.

As a prisoner-of-war in Vietnam, Cavaiani spent time in Plantation Garden camp and interrogation center and then at the Hanoi Hilton. He was held prisoner for twenty-three months, and lost 106 pounds during his incarceration. As the papers were prepared for awarding him the Medal of Honor, he was originally thought to be MIA, (missing in action), but his name was heard on a Viet Cong “Liberation Radio” program regarding a letter from the POWs asking to end the war.

Army Capt. James E. Chaffin III
Army Capt. James E. Chaffin III
27
West Columbia, S.C

Assigned to 3rd Battalion, 319th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; died April 1,2014  in Kandahar, Afghanistan, in a non-combat incident.

Army Pfc. Jacob H. Wykstra
Army Pfc. Jacob H. Wykstra
21
Thornton, Colo

Assigned to 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.; died May 2, 2014,  in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained in an aircraft accident.