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Faces of the Fallen Oregon Soldiers
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United States Marine Lance Corporal Gary Van Leuven
United States Marine Lance Corporal Gary Van Leuven
United States Marine Lance Corporal Gary Van Leuven
Age:  20
Died:  April 17, 2004 in Al Anbar Province, Iraq
Hometown:  Klamath Falls, Oregon

Unit:  3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force of Twenty Nine Palms, California
  • Attended Mazama High School of Klamath Falls
  • Survived by his fiancee Jacqueline

United States Army Sergeant Michael Louis Vaughan
United States Army Sergeant Michael Louis Vaughan
United States Army Sergeant Michael Louis Vaughan
Age:  20
Died:  April 23, 2007 in As Sadah, Iraq
Hometown:  Otis, Oregon

Unit: 5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborn Division in Fort Bragg, North Carolina

United States Army Specialist Ryan Doran Walker
United States Army Specialist Ryan Doran Walker
United States Army Specialist Ryan Doran Walker
Age:  25
Died:  January 5, 2006 in Baghdad, Iraq
Hometown:  Pendleton, Oregon
 
Unit: 1st Battalion, 76th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia
  • Survived by father, Randy Walker of Pendleton, and mother, Louise Walker of Hermiston.
 

United States Army Sergeant Donald Walters
United States Army Sergeant Donald Walters
United States Army Sergeant Donald Walters
Age:  33
Died:  March 23, 2003 in Nasiriya, Iraq
Hometown:  Salem, Oregon

Unit:  507th Maintenance Company of Fort Bliss, Texas
  • Attended North Salem High School
  • Survived by his wife Stacie and three daughters

United States Army Private Brett Andre Walton
United States Army Private Brett Andre Walton
United States Army Private Brett Andre Walton
Age:  37
Died:  April 9, 2007 in Baghdad, Iraq
Hometown:  Hillsboro, Oregon
 
Unit:  2nd Battalion, 17th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Ft. Carson, Colorado.
  • Graduate of Grant High School, Portland, OR
  • Survived byWife Lindsay and Daughter Sydney

Oregon National Guard Sergeant First Class Mark C. Warren
Oregon National Guard Sergeant First Class Mark C. Warren
Oregon National Guard Sergeant First Class Mark C. Warren
Age:  44
Died:  January 31, 2005 at Kirkuk Air Base , Iraq
Hometown:  LaGrande , Oregon
Unit:  3rd Battalion, 116th Armor Cavalry Regiment, 116th Brigade Combat Team
  • Survived by his three sons Christopher, Michael, Ryan

Oregon National Guard Staff Sergeant David J. Weisenburg
Oregon National Guard Staff Sergeant David J. Weisenburg
Oregon National Guard Staff Sergeant David J. Weisenburg
Age:  26
Died:  September 13, 2004 in Taji, Iraq
Hometown:  Portland, Oregon
 
Unit:  Bravo Company, 39th Infantry Brigade, 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry of Corvallis, Oregon

United States Army Specialist Nickolas S. Welch
United States Army Specialist Nickolas S. Welch
United States Army Specialist Nickolas S. Welch
Age:  26
Died:  August 6, 2013, in Bethesda, MD, injured in Wardak Province, Afghanistan
Hometown:  Mill City, Oregon
 
Unit:  3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia

Oregon National Guard Sergeant Earl D. Werner
Oregon National Guard Sergeant Earl D. Werner
Oregon National Guard Sergeant Earl D. Werner
Age:  38
Died:  August 28, 2009, in Rashid, Iraq
Hometown:  Amboy, Washington
 
Unit: 41st Special Troops Battalion, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team
  • Survived by his wife, Casey, and son, Charles, age 19, of the Amboy, Washington area.

United States Army Specialist Christopher Wesley
United States Army Specialist Christopher Wesley
United States Army Specialist Christopher Wesley
Age:  26
Died:  December 8, 2003 in Ad Duluiyah, Iraq

Unit:  1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division of Fort Lewis, Washington
  • Attended Beaverton High School

United States Army Private First Class Kevin S.K. Wessel
United States Army Private First Class Kevin S.K. Wessel
United States Army Private First Class Kevin S.K. Wessel
Age:   20
Died:  April 19, 2005 in Baghdad, Iraq
Hometown:  Newport, Oregon
 
Unit:  3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division of Fort Stewart, Georgia

United States Army Specialist Chase Whitham
United States Army Specialist Chase Whitham
United States Army Specialist Chase Whitham
Age:  21
Died:  May 8, 2004 in Mosul, Iraq
Hometown:  Eugene, Oregon
 
Unit:  3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, Scout Platoon Stryker Brigade of Fort Lewis, Washington
  • Attended Marist High School in Eugene

United States Army Specialist Vernon Widner
United States Army Specialist Vernon Widner
United States Army Specialist Vernon Widner
Age:  34
Died:  November 17, 2005 near Bayji, Iraq
Hometown: Lived in Reedsport, Oregon for several years

Unit:3rd Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
  • survived by two young sons

United States Army Corporal Kory Wiens and Cooper
United States Army Corporal Kory Wiens and Cooper
United States Army Corporal Kory Wiens and Cooper
Age:  20
Died:  Corporal Wiens and Cooper died together on July 6, 2007 in Muhammad Sath, Iraq
Hometown:  Albany, Oregon
 
Unit:  Corporal Wiens and his army service dog, Cooper, served with the 94th Mine Dog Detachment, 5th Engineer Battalion, 1st Engineer Brigade, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri

Oregon National Guard Lt. Colonel James L. Wiley
Oregon National Guard Lt. Colonel James L. Wiley
Oregon National Guard Lt. Colonel James L. Wiley
Age:46
Died: September 18, 2008, at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan
Hometown: North Bend, Oregon
 
Unit: 27th Brigade Combat Team, New York Army National Guard, Syracuse, New York

United States Air Force First Lieutenant Justin Wilkens
United States Air Force First Lieutenant Justin Wilkens
United States Air Force First Lieutenant Justin Wilkens
Age:  26
Died: February 18, 2012, in Djibouti, Africa, supporting Operation Enduring Freedom
Hometown: Bend, Oregon
 
Unit: 34th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Florida

United States Army Sergeant First Class Christopher Willoughby
United States Army Sergeant First Class Christopher Willoughby
United States Army Sergeant 1st Class Christopher Willoughby
Age:29
Died: July 20, 2003 in Baghdad
Hometown: Phenix City, Alabama
 
Unit: Headquarters Company, 221st Military Intelligence Battalion based in Fort Gillem, GA.
  • Mother lives in Oregon
  • Survived by his wife and two sons

United States Marine Lance Corporal Nathan Windsor
United States Marine Lance Corporal Nathan Windsor
United States Marine Lance Corporal Nathan Windsor
Age: 20
Died: March 11, 2007 in Anbar Province, Iraq
Hometown: Newport., Oregon
 
Unit: 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, CA
  • Nathan was a graduate of Newport High School, class of 2005, in Newport, Oregon, where he lived with his father. He was a member of the wrestling team and was also involved in the video production program. He hoped to one day be a film producer. He enjoyed snowboarding, all-terrain motorcycling and video games.
  • According to his father, "He was patriotic, even as a little kid. As we have looked back through his photographs and some of his early drawings, it was amazing to see that he put an American flag in his pictures. He believed strongly in his country and standing up for what was right. The kid had a heart as big as the ocean."
  • Survived by: Father, Robert Windsor; Mother and Step-Father Leslie and David Elliot; Half brother, Lucas Elliot; Grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and numerous close friends.

United States Army Private First Class Joshua A. R. Young
United States Army Private First Class Joshua A. R. Young
United States Army Private First Class Joshua A. R. Young
Age: 21
Died: January 28, 2008 in Mosul, Iraq
Hometown: Riddle, Oregon
 
Unit: 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado

United States Army Staff Sergeant Michael S. Zyla
 
United States Army Staff Sergeant Michael S. Zyla
Age:  32
Died:  December 13, 2005 in Taji, Iraq
Hometown:  Elgin, Oregon

 
Unit:  U. S. Army 2nd Battalion, 70th Armor, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, Fort Riley, Kansas
  • Survivors include his wife, Theresa, stepdaughter Emmy, 8, son Mikey, 6, parents Dennis and Irene Hogan of Boise and brother James of Florida.
 
 
 
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