SALUTE TO VERMONTERS WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN IRAQ FREEDOM AND THOSE WHO ALSO GIVE THEIR LIVES IN OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM - AFGHANISTAN

BY

VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA

BENNINGTON CHAPTER 601

 

 

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    LT/COL GERALD SCOTT AND BLACK JACK CARRING ON A TRADITON OF HONORING OUR FALLEN HEROS

 

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CWO ERIC A. HALVORSEN

BENNINGTON , VERMONT

AGE: 40

KIA: 2 APRIL 2003

2ND, BN, 3RD ARMY AVN REGT

KILLED WHEN A UH-60 BLACK HAWK

HELICOPTER CRASHED IN KARBALA, CENTRAL IRAQ

 

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CPL MARK A. EVNIN

    SOUTH BURLINGTON, VERMONT

AGE: 21

KIA: 03 APRIL 2003

3RD, BN, 4TH MARINE REGT, 1ST MARINE DIV.

KILLED IN A FIREFIGHT NEAR KUT IN CENTRAL IRAQ

 

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SGT JUSTIN W. GARVEY

TOWNSEND, MA

LIVED IN VERMONT BEFORE ENTERING THE SERVICE. ONE PARENT LIVES IN VT.

AGE: 23

KIA: 20 JULY 2003

HQ & HQ CO. 1ST BN, 187TH INF REGT

KILLED BY A ROCKET PROPELLED GRENADE IN AN AMBUSH WHILE ON PATROL NEAR TAL AFAR

 

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PFC KYLE C. GILBERT

BRATTLEBORO, VERMONT

AGE: 20

KIA: 6 AUG 2003

C CO., 2ND BN, 325TH PIR 82ND, A/B DIV.,

KILLED WHEN HIS UNIT WAS AMBUSHED IN BAGHDAD

 

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CAPT PIERRE E. PICHE

STARKSBORO, VERMONT

AGE: 29

KIA: 15 NOV 2003

626TH FORWARD SUPPORT BN., 101ST A/B DIV (AIR ASSAULT)

KILLED WHEN TWO UH-60 BLACK HAWK HELICOPTERS CRASHED IN MOSUL

 

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SPC SOLOMON C. BANGAYAN

JAY, VERMONT

AGE: 24

KIA: 2 JAN 2004

2ND BN., 325TH AIR, 82ND A/B DIV

KILLED IN AN AMBUSH IN BAGHDAD

 

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SGT WILLIAM J. NORMANDY

BARRE, VERMONT

AGE: 42

DIED 15 MAR 2004

1ST BN, 86TH FA, VTARNG

DIED OF A HEART ATTACK WHILE TRAINING AT CAMP VIRGINIA, KUWAIT

 

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SPC CHRISTOPHER D. GELINEAU

PORTLAND, MAINE

AGE: 23

KIA: 20 APRIL 2004

GREW UP IN BRISTOL VERMONT LIVING IN MAINE WHILE ATTENDING SCHOOL

133RD ENGINEER BN., MAINE ARNG

KILLED WHEN A MAKESHIFT BOMB HIT HIS VEHICLE NEAR MOSUL

 

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SGT KEVIN F. SHEEHAN

MILTON, VERMONT

AGE: 36

KIA: 25 MAY 2004

1ST BN., 86TH FA REGT, VTARNG

KILLED DURING A ROCKET ATTACK AT FORWARD OPERATION BASE KALSU AT

ISKANDARIYAH, SOUTH OF BAGHDAD

 

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SGT ALAN N. BEAN, JR

BRIDPORT, VERMONT

AGE: 22

KIA: 25 MAY 2004

1ST BN, 86TH FLD ART'Y REGT, VTARNG

KILLED DURING A ROCKET ATTACK AT FORWARD OPERATION BASE KALSU AT

ISKANDARIYAH SOUTH OF BAGHDAD

 

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SGT JAMIE GRAY

EAST MONTPELIER, VERMONT

AGE: 29

KIA: 7 JUNE 2004

1ST BN, 86TH FIELD ART'Y REGT, VTARNG

KILLED WHEN A BURIED EXPLOSIVE BLEW UP AND DESTROYED THE ARMORED

HUMVEE WHICH HE WAS DRIVING ON A SUPPLY ROUTE SOUTH OF BAGHDAD

 

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LT. COL DAVID S. GREENE

VERGENNES, VERMONT

AGE: 39

KIA: 28 JULY 2004

HE WAS A MARINE RESERVIST ASSIGNED TO MARINE LIGHT ATTACK HELICOPTER SQUADRON 775,

MARINE AIRCRAFT GROUP 16, 3D MARINE AIR WING, MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, CALIF

HE WAS THE PILOT OF AN AH-1 COBRA HELICOPTER , WHICH TOOK GROUND FIRE WHILE FLYING IN

AL ANBAR PROVINCE

 

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LANCE CPL. JEFFERY SCOTT HOLMES

HARTFORD, VERMONT

AGE: 20

KIA: NOV 25, 2004

WHILE CONDUCTING HOUSE-CLEARING OPERATIONS IN FALLUJAH WAS AMBUSHED

1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary

Force

 

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SGT JESSE STRONG

IRASBURG, VERMONT

AGE : 24

KIA : JANUARY 26, 2005

DIED AS A RESULT OF HOSTILE ACTION IN AL ANBAR PROVINCE, IRAQ

4TH COMBAT ENGINEER BATTALION, 4TH MARINE DIVISON, MARINE FORCES RESERVE

 

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SGT. 1ST CLASS CHRIS S. CHAPIN

PROCTOR, VERMONT

AGE: 39

KIA: AUGUST 23, 2005

WAS KILLED BY SNIPER FIRE IN TAMMIN, IRAG WHILE ON A CIVIL AFFAIRS MISSION

 

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1ST LT MARK H. DOOLEY

WILMINGTON, VERMONT

AGE: 27

KIA: SEPT 19, 2005

HE DIED IN AR RAMADI IRAQ, WHEN AN IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVE DEVICE DETONATED NEAR HIS VEHICLE DURING PATROL OPERATIONS

 

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SPC. SCOTT P. MCLAUGHIN

HARDWICK, VERMONT

AGE: 29

KIA: SEPT 22, 2005

DIED IN AR RAMADI, IRAG AS A RESULT OF ENEMY SMALL ARMS FIRE. HE WAS ASSIGNED TO THE ARMY NATIONAL GUARDS' 1ST BATTALTION, 172ND ARMOR REGIMENT, 42ND ARMOR DIVISION, ST. ALBANS, VERMONT

 

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2ND LT. MARK J. PROCOPIO

BURLINGTON, VERMONT

AGE: 28

KIA: NOV 2, 2005

DIED WHEN AN IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVE DEVICE DETONATED NEAR HIS HMMWV DURING COMBAT OPERATIONS IN AR RAMADI, IRAG. HE WAS ASSIGNED TO THE ARMY NATIONAL GUARD'S 3RD BATTALION, 172ND INFANTRY REGIMENT,  JERICHO, VERMONT

 

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SGT JOSHUA A. JOHNSON

RICHFORD, VERMONT

AGE: 24

KIA: JAN 25, 2006

DIED IN RAMADI, IRAQ, WHEN A ROCKET PROPELLED GRENADE STRUCK HIS VEHICLE DURING COMBAT OPERATIONS. HE WAS ASSIGNED TO THE ARMY NATIONAL GUARD'S 3RD BATTALION, 172ND INFANTRY REGIMENT ((MOUNTAIN) , JERICO, VERMONT

 

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SPC. CHRISTOPHER MERCHANT

HARDWICK, VERMONT

AGE: 32

KIA: MARCH 1, 2006

DIED IN AR RAMADI, IRAG, WHEN HIS HMMWV CAME UNDER ATTACK BY ENEMY FORCES USING A VEHICLE-BORNE IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVE DEVICE AND ROCKET-PROPELLED GRENADE.  HE WAS ASSIGNED TO THE ARMY NATIONAL GUARD'S 3RD BATTALION, 172ND INFANTRY REGIMENT, JERICHO, VERMONT.  HE IS THE SECOND ONE THAT HAS DIED FROM HARWICK, VERMONT

 

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SGT 1ST CLASS JOHN T. STONE

NORWICH , VERMONT

AGE: 52

KIA: MARCH 28, 2006

SGT 1ST CLASS JOHN T. STONE BECAME THE FIRST VERMONT KILLED IN SUPPORTING ENDURING FREEDOM. DIED IN LASHKAGAR, AFGHANISTAN AS A RESULT OF ENEMY MORTAR AND SMALL ARMS ATTACKS DURING COMBAT OPERATIONS. HE WAS ASSIGNED TO THE ARMY NATIONAL GUARD'S 15TH CIVIL SUPPORT TEAM, SOUTH BURLINGTON, VERMONT

 

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LANCE CPL. KURT E. DECHEN

SPRINGFIELD, VERMONT

AGE: 24

KIA: AUGUST 3, 2006

 

LANCE CPL. KURT E. DECHEN 24, DIED OF WOUNDS RECEIVED WHILE CONDUCTING COMBAT OPERATIONS IN AL ANBAR PROVINCE, IRAQ. HE WAS ASSIGNED TO 1ST BATTALION, 25TH MARINE REGIMENT, 4TH MARINE DIVISION, WHILE ATTACHED TO REGIMENTAL COMBAT TEAM 5, IST MARINE EXPEDITIONARY FORCE, CAMP PENDLETON, CALIF.

 

SGT. CARLTON A. CLARK

SOUTH ROYALTON, VERMONT

AGE: 22

KIA: AUGUST 6, 2006

   HE DIED IN BAGHDAD, IRAQ WHEN AN IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVE DEVICE DETONATED NEAR HIS HMMWV WHILE CONDUCTING A COMBAT OPERATIONS. HE WAS ASSIGNED TO THE ARMY'S 2ND BRIGADE TROOP BATTALION, 2ND BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM, 101ST AIRBORNE AIRBORNE DIVISION (AIR ASSAULT). FORT CAMPBELL, KY

 

 

CPL. CHRISTOPHER DeGIOVINE

ESSEX JUNCTION, VERMONT

AGE: 25

KIA: APRIL 26, 2007

Degiovine died April 26 while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

 

 


PFC ADAM J. MULLER

UNDERHILL, VERMONT

AGE: 21

KIA: NOV 5, 2007

     Adam was killed while on combat operations in Tal Al-Dahab, Iraq when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Humvee. He was assigned to the 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st brigade combat team, 10th Mountain Division (light infantry) Fort Drum, NY

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tz.scott.rose.jpg (2962 bytes)We also salute SSGT Scott C. Rose of Fayetville NC who was 30  old, KIA 7 Nov 035th Bn, 101st Avn Regt, 101st A/B Div (Air Assault) (crewchief) was killed when his UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter that was shot down in Tikrit. His ties to Vermont is his wife who has moved back to Vermont.

 

vosssm.jpg (22668 bytes) SSGT Michael Voss 35 years old, native vermont who graduated from Enosburg Falls high School was KIA on Oct 8th 2004. When his conveoy vehicle encountered am improvised explosive device and small arms fire near Tikrit.  He was a member of the 1st Battalion, 120th Infantry Regiment, North Carolina Army National Guard. He leaves behind his wife and two children and his parents.

 

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Burlington Free Press - Local Stories.jpg (5290 bytes) Lance Cpl. Adam J. Strain 20, of Smartsville, Calif, Died Aug 3, 2005 as result of enemy small arms fire while conducting combat operations in Ar Ramadi, Irag. Strain was assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif. His Mother and Father and other family relatives live in the North HERO, VERMONT AREA

     CNN.com Specials.jpg (3443 bytes)          Sgt. 1st Class Michael A. Benson, 40 of Winona, Minn, died on Aug 10, 2005 at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesa, Md., of injuries sustained on Aug 2, 2005 in Baghdad, Irag, where a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device struck his convoy. Benson was assigned to the 11st Battalion, 314th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 78th Division, Fort Drum, NY. His wife of eight years is from Colchester, Vermont and is living there.

 

 

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THE VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA, BENNINGTON CHAPTER 601 IS TO BE COMMENDED FOR TAKING THE TIME TO RECOGNIZE AND HONOR THOSE INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE GIVEN THEIR LIVES IN IRAQ. THESE BRAVE SOLDIERS WERE WILLING TO SACRIFICE THEIR LIVES TO GUARANTEE THE FREEDOM AND PROSPERITY THAT TOO MANY OF US NOW TAKE FOR GRANTED. THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT THEY DESERVE THE HIGHEST HONORS AND OUR DEEPEST GRATITUDEi

 

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     AS THE BENNINGTON CHAPTER 601 OF THE VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA KNOWS ALL TO WELL, "MANY GAVE SOME, BUT A FEW GAVE ALL."  WE AMERICANS ARE GRATFUL FOR THE SACRIFICE MADE BY OUR FELLOW VERMONTERS, THAT WE MAY BE FREE. WE WILL NEVER FORGOT THEIR SERVICE FOR OUR NATION IN THE NAME OF PEACE.

 

CLICK HERE FOR A SPECIAL SALUTE TO THOSE WOUNDED IN ACTION

 

 

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I can hardly hold back the tears, and well, heck with it, there they go. Thanks for having this wonderful tribute to those who have given their lives in the defense of freedom. May this terrible war please come to an end soon. I am also a veteran from the Viet Nam conflict. The current war doesn't make any more sense to me than that one did. ------Richard Dotter of Stayton, Oregon

 

Thank you for Honoring Justin & all of his Fallen Brothers; Justin actually joined the Vt. Nat. Guard as a Jr. in high school in 1997. He graduated from Proctor High in 1998, & actually was still active in the Vt. guard although he had moved to Mass. He stayed w/ Vt. because his executive officer had told him that he would release Justin to join the Army after one year of active guard duty & that he couldn't promise what would happen if he transferred the Mass. Nat. Guard. True to his word; Justin purchased his own airplane ticket & flew the Pentagon to enlist in the 101st Airborne; after his 1 year of active guard service was up.
Gregg Garvey
Gwgsunsetbay@aol.com

Hi,
It is wonderful that SSG Scott Rose, my late husband is being included on this website, however, one piece of information for him is incorrect. Scott was a crewchief on a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter that was shot down over Tikrit, Iraq. This happened the week before the two helicopters collided over Mosul, as is stated on the web page.
Thank You for this tribute,
Michele Rose

Thank you for remembering my son Solomon Bangayan and the other fallen 
heroes for their ultimate sacrifice to give us a peaceful country to 
live in. I salute you all Veterans too for all your support as what we 
family feel you feel too. You are all heroes. Kelly will never be 
forgotten. It's been 3 years but seems just yesterday. He calls me nearly 
every night while he was in Iraq how proud of him that they are making a 
big deference in Iraq that children are coming out playing outside when 
they know that Americans keep them safe from enemy. Kelly you are always 
being remembered. Victor & Helen (mom) of Jay VT.

 

     My name appears on your web as do many of my soldiers. I am SSG Gary M.
Jackson (Ret). I was the squad leader responsible for SGT Sheehan, SPC Bean,
and many of the names on the list of Vermont soldiers who received Purple
Hearts. Thank you for reminding people. Not a day goes by that I don't
think of Kevin (SGT Sheehan), Alan (SPC Bean), and the rest of a group of
soldiers who I had the pleasure and honor of leading. Sometimes people
forget about those men and that day when so many live were touch, and
changed. People stop remembering what it felt like when news of the story
and was released. I don't, and won't, and can't forget that days or those
people. So thank you for keeping their memories.

Sincerely,
Mr. Gary M. Jackson