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Fort Bragg honors fallen soldiers

Posted May 26, 2011
Updated May 27, 2011

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— Fort Bragg paid tribute Thursday to 30 Army Special Operations soldiers who have died in the past year in the war on terrorism.

"These are men who responded to a different voice," Lt. Gen. John Mulholland, of the Army Special Operations Command, said.

Fort Bragg honors fallen soldiers Fort Bragg honors fallen soldiers

The names were added to a redesigned Fallen Special Operations Soldier Memorial Wall at Fort Bragg that is in tribute to more than 1,100 Army Special Operations soldiers since the Vietnam War.

Among them was Capt. Jason Holbrook, 28, who died July 29 in Afghanistan while serving with Company C, 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group.

Holbrook's father-in-law, John Harper, placed a rose by the wall.

"Jason was a father-in-law's dream come true," he said.

Another soldier honored was Sgt. Andrew Creighton, a 23-year-old signal intelligence specialist who died on July 4 in the Oruzgan province of Afghanistan while serving with 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group.

Creighton's mother, Rebecca Wolter, said seeing all of the soldiers' family members at the ceremony was difficult.

"To me, that makes the tragedy bigger, more profound," Wolter said.

Former presidential candidate Ross Perot, actor Gary Sinise and others attended the ceremony. They declined interviews, saying the real stars are those on the wall.

More than 300 Special Operations soldiers have died in combat since 2001.

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A list of the 30 U.S. Army Special Operations soldiers remembered Thursday:

 

Cpl. Ryan C. McGhee, 21, of Virginia, Company D, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. (Operation Iraqi Freedom)

Staff Sgt. James R. Patton, 23, of Georgia, Co. B, 3rd Bn., 75th Ranger Regiment. (Operation Iraqi Freedom)

Sgt. Nicholas A. Robertson, 27, of Maine, 3rd Bn., 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne). (Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan)

Sgt. Nicholas A. Casey, 22, of Ohio, 3rd Bn., 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne). (Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan)

Cpt. Ronald G. Luce, Jr., 27, of California, Co. C, 2nd Bn., 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne). (Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan)

Sgt. 1st Class William B. Woods, Jr., 31, of Missouri, Co. B, 2nd Bn., 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne). (Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan)

Master Sgt. Mark W. Coleman, 40, of Washington, Co. C, 2nd Bn., 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne). (Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan)

Sgt. Andrew J. Creighton, 23, of Texas, 3rd Bn., 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne). (Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan)

Cpt. Jason E. Holbrook, 28, of Texas, Co. C, 1st Bn., 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne). (Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan)

Staff Sgt. Kyle R. Warren, 28, of California, Co. C, 1st Bn., 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne). (Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan)

Sgt. 1st Class Calvin B. Harrison, 31, of Texas, Co. A, 2nd Bn., 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne). (Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan)

Sgt. 1st Class Dae Han Park, 36, of Connecticut, Co. C, 3rd Bn., 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne). (Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan)

Master Sgt. Jared N. Van Aalst, 34, of New Hampshire, Headquarters and Headquarters Co., U.S. Army Special Operations Command. (Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan)

Sgt. 1st Class Ronald A. Grider, 30, of Illinois, Headquarters Co., U.S. Army Special Operations Command. (Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan)

Cpl. Michael D. Jankiewicz, 23, of New Jersey, Co. A, 3rd Bn., 75th Ranger Regiment. (Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan)

Sgt. Joel D. Clarkson, 23, of Alaska, Co. A, 2nd Bn., 75th Ranger Regiment. (Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan)

Sgt. Ronald A. Kubik, 21, of New Jersey, Co. D, 3rd Bn., 75th Ranger Regiment. (Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan)

Sgt. Jason A. Santora, 25, of New York, Co. D, 3rd Bn., 75th Ranger Regiment. (Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan)

Cpt. Kyle A. Comfort,  27, of Alabama, Co. D, 3rd Bn., 75th Ranger Regiment. (Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan)

Sgt. Jonathan K. Peney,  22, of Georgia, Co. D, 1st Bn., 75th Ranger Regiment. (Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan)

Spc. Joseph W. Dimock, II, 23, of Illinois, Co. E, 1st Bn., 75th Ranger Regiment. (Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan)

Sgt. Anibal Santiago, 37, of Puerto Rico, 3rd Bn., 75th Ranger Regiment. (Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan)

Sgt. Justin B. Allen, 23, of Ohio, Co. D, 1st Bn., 75th Ranger Regiment. (Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan)

Sgt. Andrew C. Nicol, 23, of New Hampshire, Co. B, 3rd Bn., 75th Ranger Regiment. (Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan)

Spc. Bradley D. Rappuhn, 24, of Michigan, Co. B, 3rd Bn., 75th Ranger Regiment. (Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan)

Sgt. Martin A. Lugo, 24, of Arizona, Co. C, 1st Bn., 75th Ranger Regiment. (Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan)

Spc. Christopher S. Wright, 23, of Kentucky, Co. C, 1st Bn., 75th Ranger Regiment. (Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan)

Sgt. 1st Class Lance H. Vogeler, 29, of Maryland, 1st Bn., 75th Ranger Regiment. (Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan)

Staff Sgt. Kevin M. Pape, 30, of Indiana, Co. C, 1st Bn., 75th Ranger Regiment. (Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan)

Sgt. 1st Class David J. Hartman, 27, of California, Co. B, 96th Civil Affairs Bn. (Airborne), 95th Civil Affairs Brigade (Airborne). (Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan)

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