Tuesday, May 22, 2012

12 Heroes Fighting in the Afghanistan War Who Died May 11 to May 21, 2012

May 13th press release; no death date given - The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Sailor who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan). Petty Officer Second Class Jorge Luis Velasquez, 35, of Houston, died as a result of a non-combat related incident in Manama, Bahrain

May 11 - 1st Lt. Alejo R. Thompson, 30, of Yuma, Ariz., died in Bagram, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked his unit with small-arms fire.
- Sgt. Wade D. Wilson, 22, of Normangee, Texas, died while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

May 12 - Spc. Alex Hernandez III, 21, of Round Rock, Texas, died in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
- Staff Sgt. Israel P. Nuanes, 38, of Las Cruces, N.M., died in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained during an enemy attack with an improvised explosive device.

May 13 - They died in Bowri Tana, Afghanistan, when the enemy attacked their vehicle with an improvised explosive device. Killed were:
- Sgt. Brian L. Walker, 25, of Lucerne Valley, Calif., and
- Pfc. Richard L. McNulty III, 22, Rolla, Mo.

May 18 - They died in Asadabad, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with an indirect fire. Killed were:
- Sgt. Michael J. Knapp, 28, of Overland Park, Kan., and
- Sgt. Jabraun S. Knox, 23, of Fort Wayne, Ind.

May 19 - Spc. Samuel T. Watts, 20, of Wheaton, Ill., died in Bethesda, Md., of wounds sustained April 25, in Zharay, Afghanistan, when he was attacked with an enemy improvised explosive device.

May 20 - They died in Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device. Killed were:
- Capt. Jesse A. Ozbat, 28, of, Prince George, Va., and
- 2nd Lt. Tobias C. Alexander, 30, of Lawton, Okla.


James Nicholas said...

1st Lt Thompson had been an eleven year veteran, having seen several deployments. A Purple Heart and National Defense Service Medal recipient, he was killed when his unit came under attack from small arms fire some two months after he was deployed there. The Lieutenant is apparently under consideration for the Bronze star. He was a strong, handsome, brave young man, and a good representative of all these guys. Don't tell me any more of how gutsy the president was for ordering someone else into harms way. This guy will be missed, as will they all.

T. D. said...

Thanks, JN, for sharing this additional information about a great hero among the other heroes.

James Nicholas said...

I'm afraid to say York is likely a robot surfing the net to draw traffic to whatever it is the link takes you to.

Other than the mechanical manner of phrasing, I very much agree with York's sentiments. I have learned much at your website and also I anticipate a lot more articles (which means I look forward to them), and will in fact be coming back soon.


T. D. said...

JN, you have to be right. So, I guess I'll delete York and my response, but this will show that you weren't talking to yourself. :-)

And thanks for your kind comments. They mean a lot coming from someone whose site and thinking I admire.