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Faces of the Fallen Oregon Soldiers
Faces of the Fallen Soldiers: June 4, 2004 -- December 13, 2005
 
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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.
 

United States Marine Lance Corporal John M. Holmason
United States Marine Lance Corporal John M. Holmason
United States Marine Lance Corporal John M. Holmason
Age:  20
Died:  December 1, 2005 in Fallujah, Iraq
Hometown:   Scappoose, Oregon
 
Unit:  United States Marine 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, California.
  • Attended Scappoose High School
 
 

United States Army Sergeant William Meeuwsen
United States Army Sergeant William Meeuwsen
United States Army Sergeant William Meeuwsen
Age:  24
Died:  November 23, 2005 near Baghdad, Iraq
Hometown:   ties to Hillsboro, Oregon
 
Unit:  United States Army Alpha Company, 2-502nd Infantry, Airborne Division (Air Assault) of Ft. Campbell, Kentucky

United States Marine Lance Corporal Tyler Troyer
United States Marine Lance Corporal Tyler Troyer
United States Marine Lance Corporal Tyler Troyer
Age:  21
Died:  November 19, 2005 in Al Karmah, Iraq
Hometown:    Tangent, Oregon
 
Unit:  United States 2nd Marine Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Divsion, Golf Co.
  • Attended West Albany High School

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

Oregon National Guard Warrant Officer Adrian B. Stump
Oregon National Guard Warrant Officer Adrian B. Stump
Oregon National Guard Warrant Officer Adrian B. Stump
Age:  22
Died:  September 25, 2005 southwest of Deh Chopan, Afghanistan
Hometown:  Pendleton, Oregon
 
Unit:  Army National Guard 113th Aviation Regiment of the Oregon Army National Guard
 
 
 

Oregon National Guard Staff Sergeant Tane Baum
Oregon National Guard Staff Sergeant Tane Baum
Oregon National Guard Staff Sergeant Tane Baum
Age:  30
Died:  September 25, 2005 southwest of Deh Chopan, Afghanistan
Hometown:  Pendleton, Oregon
 
Unit:  Army National Guard 113th Aviation Regiment of the Oregon Army National Guard
 
 
 

United States Navy Petty Officer First Class Jeffrey A. Lucas
United States Navy Petty Officer First Class Jeffrey A. Lucas
U.S. Navy Petty Officer First Class Jeffrey A. Lucas
Age:  36
Died:  June 28, 2005 in Asadabad, Afghanistan
Hometown:
  Corbett, Oregon
Unit:  Navy SEAL Team Ten of Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Survived by his wife, Rhonda, his son, his parents and his brother
  • Parents live in Corbett, Oregon; until recently, he and his family lived in Corbett as well.
 

Oregon National Guard Sergeant John B. Ogburn III
Oregon National Guard Sergeant John B. Ogburn III
Oregon National Guard Sergeant John B. Ogburn III
Age:  45
Died:  May 22, 2005 in Kirkuk, Iraq
Hometown:  Fruitland, Idaho
 
Unit:  A Company, 3rd Battalion Cavalry of the Oregon Army National Guard.
  • State of Oregon Employee - Worked as a Corrections Officer for the Snake River Correctional Facility in Ontario, Oregon
  • Attended the University of Oregon
 
 

United States Army Sergeant Jacob Simpson
United States Army Sergeant Jacob Simpson
United States Army Sergeant Jacob Simpson
Age:  24
Died:  May 16, 2005 in Tal Afar, Iraq
Hometown:  Ashland, Oregon
 
Unit:  Army's 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment of Fort Carson, Colorado
 

United States Army Private First Class Specialist Ricky W. Rockholt Jr.
United States Army Private First Class Specialist Ricky W. Rockholt Jr.
United States Army PFC Specialist Ricky W. Rockholt Jr.
Age:  28
Died:  April 28, 2005 in Tel Afar, Iraq
Hometown:  Winston, Oregon

Unit:  2nd Squadron, 3rd Armor Cavalry Regiment of Fort Carson, Colorado
  • Attended Glide High School
  • Loved fishing and snowmobiling at Diamond Lake
  • Surrived by wife of 4 months, Sharadon; and brother Jason

United States Navy Hospitalman Aaron A. Kent
United States Navy Hospitalman Aaron A. Kent
United States Navy Hospitalman Aaron A. Kent
Age:   28
Died:  April 23, 2005 near Fallujah, Iraq
Hometown:  Portland, Oregon
 
Unit:  2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
  • Attended Boise-Eliott, H. Tubman M.S., Jefferson H.S. and graduated from Roosevelt H.S. in Portland, Oregon
  • He did a tour in Afghanistan, 2004 with the 1/6
  • Survived by parents Gary Kent & Lara Byrns, sister Mikaela Kent, brother Mitchell Kent, nephews Eric, Jacob and Michael and niece Mya Kent and many close friends from all over the country.

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 Major Steven W. Thornton
United States Army Major Steven W. Thornton
United States Army Major Steven W. Thornton
Age:   46
Died:  April 18, 2005 in Camp Arifjan, Kuwait
Hometown:  Springfield, Oregon
 
Unit:  US Army Communications-Electronics Command of Fort Monmouth, New Jersey
  • Survived by his wife Brenda, three children, and five grandchildren
 

Oregon National Guard Staff Sergeant Kevin D. Davis
Oregon National Guard Staff Sergeant Kevin D. Davis
Oregon National Guard Staff Sergeant Kevin D. Davis
Age:   41
Died:  April 8, 2005 in Hawijah, Iraq
Hometown:  Lebanon, Oregon
 
Unit:  Oregon National Guard G Troop 82nd Cavalry of Redmond, Oregon
  • Attended West Albany High School
  • Survived by his wife Robbin, son Drew, daughters Laurynn and Makenna
 

United States Army Sergeant Adam J. Plumondore
United States Army Sergeant Adam J. Plumondore
United States Army Sergeant Adam J. Plumondore
Age:  22
Died: February 16, 2005 in Mosul, Iraq
Hometown:  Gresham, Oregon
 
Unit:  Army’s 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division of Fort Lewis, Washington

  • Graduated from Gresham High School where he played varsity football and track  
  • He is a decorated hero earning (to date) 10 medals and ribbons including: The Bronze Star;  The Purple Heart;  an Army Commendation Medal; and an Army Achievement Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters.  He had also earned his Expert Infantry Badge and Combat Infantry Badge.  He was a skilled sniper, graduating second in his class; he and his spotter took third place in the International Sniper Competition.
  • Adam was also presented with the Valorous Unit Citation, the Bronze Star with Valor and the Army Commendation Medal with Valor.
  •  Adam was an avid outdoorsman who loved camping with family and friends; fishing; hunting; riding motorcycles and 4 wheelers (quads); crabbing at the beach; campfires; snow and water skiing.  He also loved his cowboy boots;  black wrangler jeans;  cowboy hat ( which he wore most of the time); his 1978 Ford pickup;  John Wayne and George Strait.
  • He was getting out of the army to become a police officer. He was going to build an airplane with his dad, mom and brother and get his pilot license.
  • Had a great sense of humor and made friends easily.
  • Played baseball since the time he was five.

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

United States Marine Corporal James Lee Moore
United States Marine Corporal James Lee Moore
United States Marine Corporal James Lee Moore
Age:  24
Died:  January 26, 2005 near Ar Rutbah, Iraq
Homteown:  Roseburg, Oregon
 
Unit:  1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force of Marine Corps Base of Hawaii
  • Attended Roseburg High School

United States Army First Lieutenant Nainoa Hoe
United States Army First Lieutenant Nainoa Hoe
United States Army First Lieutenant Nainoa Hoe
Age:  27
Died:  January 22, 2005 in Mosul, Iraq
Hometown:  Hawaii
Unit:  3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry of Ft. Lewis, Washington
  • Graduated from the University of Hawaii
  • Survived by his wife Emily of Newberg, Oregon

Washington National Guard Sergeant Damien Ficek
Washington National Guard Sergeant Damien Ficek
Washington National Guard Sergeant Damien Ficek
Age:  26
Died:  December 30, 2004 near Baghdad, Iraq
Hometown:  Beaverton, Oregon. Graduated from Beaverton High School, Class of 1996.
Unit:   1st Battalion, 161st Infantry Regiment of Spokane, Washington.
 

United States Army Specialist Edwin Roodhouse
United States Army Specialist Edwin Roodhouse
United States Army Specialist Edwin Roodhouse
Age:  36
Died:  December 5, 2004 in Habbaniyah, Iraq
Hometown:  From San Jose, California but lived in McMinnville, Oregon
 
Unit:  1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Greaves, South Korea

United States Army Sergeant David A. Mitts
United States Army Sergeant David A. Mitts
United States Army Sergeant David A. Mitts
Age:  24
Died:  December 4, 2004 in Mosul, Iraq
Hometown:  Hammond, Oregon
Unit:  3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment (Stryker Brigade Combat Team) of Fort Lewis, Washington
  • Attended Warrenton High School

United States Army Specialist Jeremy E. Christensen
United States Army Specialist Jeremy E. Christensen
United States Army Specialist Jeremy E. Christensen
Age:  27
Died:  November 27, 2004 in Duilayah, Iraq
Unit:  1st Squadron, 4th Armored Cavalry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division of Schweinfurt, Germany
  • Attended Centennial and Sam Barlow High Schoolsin Portland

Special Recognition - New York National Guard Specialist David L. Roustum
Special Recognition - New York National Guard Specialist David L. Roustum
New York National Guard Specialist David L. Roustum
Age:  22
Died:  November 20, 2004 in Baghdad, Iraq
Hometown:   West Seneca, New York
Unit:  Army National Guard 1st Battalion, 108th Infantry of Tonawanda, New York.
 
Specialist Roustum was assigned to the 2-162nd Infantry Regiment of the Oregon National Guard.  He was killed when his armored vehicle was hit by rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire.
  • Attended the University of Buffalo

Oregon National Guard Sergeant David W. Johnson
Oregon National Guard Sergeant David W. Johnson
Oregon National Guard Sergeant David W. Johnson
Age:  37
Died:  September 25, 2004 near Camp Taji Northwest of Baghdad
Hometown:  Portland, Oregon
 
Unit:   2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry Regiment of Cottage Grove, Oregon

United States Marine Lance Corporal Aaron Boyles
United States Marine Lance Corporal Aaron Boyles
United States Marine Lance Corporal Aaron Boyles
Age:  24
Died:  September 24, 2004 in Anbar Province, Iraq
Hometown:  Hood River, Oregon
 
Unit:  Headquarters and Service Company, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force
  • Attended Hood River High School
  • Survived by his wife Prabha, unborn child and son

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

Oregon National Guard Sergeant Benjamin Isenberg
Oregon National Guard Sergeant Benjamin Isenberg
Oregon National Guard Sergeant Benjamin Isenberg
Age:  27
Died:  September 13, 2004 in Taji, Iraq
Hometown:  Sheridan, Oregon
 
Unit:  Bravo Company, 39th Infantry Brigade, 2nd Battalion, 162 Infantry of Corvallis, Oregon
  • State of Oregon Department of Forestry Employee
  • Survived by his wife Rachel and two sons

Oregon National Guard Private First Class Ken Leisten
Oregon National Guard Private First Class Ken Leisten
Oregon National Guard Private First Class Ken Leisten
Age:  20
Died:  July 28, 2004 in Taji, Iraq
 
Unit:  2nd Battalion, 162 Infantry Regiment of Corvallis, Oregon
  • Attended Forest Grove High School

United States Marine Corporal Bryan Kelly
United States Marine Corporal Bryan Kelly
United States Marine Corporal Bryan Kelly
Age:  21
Died:  July 16, 2004 in Al Anbar Province, Iraq
Hometown:  Klamath Falls, Oregon
 
Unit:  1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force of Camp Pendleton, California
  • Attended Klamath Union High School in Klamath Falls
  • Survived by his fiancee Kate

United States Marine Lance Corporal James Huston Jr.
United States Marine Lance Corporal James Huston Jr.
United States Marine Lance Corporal James Huston Jr.
Age:  22
Died:  July 2, 2004 in Al Anbar Province, Iraq
Hometown:  Hermiston, Oregon
 
Unit:  2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force of Camp Pendleton, California
  • Attended Hermiston High School

Oregon National Guard Specialist Eric McKinley
Oregon National Guard Specialist Eric McKinley
Oregon National Guard Specialist Eric McKinley
Age:  24
Died:  June 18, 2004 in Baghdad, Iraq
Hometown:  Corvallis, Oregon
 
Unit:  Company B, 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry Regiment of Cottage Grove
  • Attended Philomath High School
  • Survived by his fiancee Coventry
 

Oregon National Guard Sergeant Justin Eyerly
Oregon National Guard Sergeant Justin Eyerly
Oregon National Guard Sergeant Justin Eyerly
Age:  23
Died:   June 4, 2004 in Baghdad, Iraq
Hometown:  Salem, Oregon
 
Unit:   2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry Regiment of Cottage Grove, Oregon
  • Attended South Salem High School

Oregon National Guard Specialist Justin Linden
Oregon National Guard Specialist Justin Linden
Oregon National Guard Specialist Justin Linden
Age:  22
Died:  June 4, 2004 in Baghdad, Iraq
Hometown:  Portland, Oregon
 
Unit:  2nd Battalion, 162 Infantry Regiment of Cottage Grove, Oregon
  • Survived by his wife Sarah

Oregon National Guard First Lieutenant Erik McCrae
Oregon National Guard First Lieutenant Erik McCrae
Oregon National Guard First Lieutenant Erik McCrae
Age:  25
Died: June 4, 2004 in Baghdad, Iraq
Hometown:  La Grande, Oregon
Unit:  2nd Battalion, 162 Infantry Regiment of Cottage Grove, Oregon

  • Attended Tigard High School
  • Survived by his wife Heather
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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