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Fort Bragg remembers fallen soldiers

Posted May 27, 2010

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— Fort Bragg paid tribute Thursday to 35 U.S. Army Special Operations soldiers who have died in the past year in the war on terrorism.

"These are men who had choices. They are extraordinarily talented and intelligent men who could have done anything they wanted to do," Lt. Gen. John Mulholland, of the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, said.

Fallen Special Operations Soldier Memorial Wall Special Ops soldiers honored at Fort Bragg

The names were added to a redesigned Fallen Special Operations Soldier Memorial Wall at Fort Bragg that is in tribute to 787 Army Special Operation soldiers since the Vietnam War and more than 255 in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere in the world since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States.

Among them: Chief Warrant Officer 4 Michael Montgomery.

Montgomery, 36, was a combat veteran with seven deployments, two in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and five in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

A native of Redmond, Wash., he died Oct. 26, when his helicopter crashed in western Afghanistan.

"From what everybody tells me, he was the best of the best in an elite group," his father, Mark Montgomery said. "So he got to do what he wanted to do, and there are not many of us who can say that."

Staff Sgt. Mark Stets Jr., 39, is another among the fallen.

He died Feb. 3 of wounds suffered from an improvised explosive device in Pakistan.

Originally from California, he was a senior psychological operations sergeant on his second deployment in Operation Enduring Freedom. He had also served in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

His mother, Nancy Stets, touched his name on the Memorial Wall.

"His name is up there with so many others. It’s not just about him but about all the men and women who have given their lives,” she said.

"You can see in his face and in his voice that he absolutely loved what he was doing," Stets' father, Mark Stets Sr., said. "He did what he loved to do."

 

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A list of the 35 U.S. Army Special Operations soldiers remembered Thursday:

Staff Sgt. Keith R. Bishop of Medford, N.Y., 3rd Bn., 7th SFG (A) (Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan)

Sgt. 1st Class Bradley S. Bohle of Baltimore, 3rd Bn., 7th SFG (A) (Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan)

Sgt. Josue E. Hernandez Chavez of Las Vegas, 3rd Bn., 160th SOAR (A), Savannah, Ga. (Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan)

Staff Sgt. Rusty H. Christian of Greenville, Tenn., 2nd Bn., 1st SFG (A), Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. (Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan)

Staff Sgt. Jason S. Dahlke of Jacksonville, Fla., 1st Bn., 75th Rgr Regt., Hunter Army Air Field, Ga. (Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan)

Spc. Marc P. Decoteau of Waterville Valley, N.H, 6th Bn., 4th Psychological Operations Group (Airborne) (Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan)

Sgt. Joel D. Clarkson of Fairbanks, Alaska, 2nd Bn., 75th Rgr Regt., Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. (Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan)

Sgt. 1st Class Alejandro Granado III of Longview, Texas, 2nd Bn., 20th SFG (A), Jackson, Miss. (Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan)

Pfc. Eric W. Hario of Monroe, Mich., 1st Bn., 75th Rgr Regt., Hunter Army Air Field, Ga. (Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan)

Sgt. 1st Class David J. Hartman of Merced, Calif., 96th Civil Affairs Bn., 95th Civil Affairs Brigade (Airborne) (Operation Enduring Freedom – Other)

Cpl. Michael D. Jankiewicz of Ramsey, N.J., 3rd Bn., 75th Rgr Regt., Fort Benning, Ga. (Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan)

Cpl. Benjamin S. Kopp of Minneapolis, 3rd Bn., 75th Rgr Regt., Fort Benning, Ga. (Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan)

Staff Sgt. Andrew T. Lobosco of Somerville, N.J., 2nd Bn., 7th SFG (A) (Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan)

Capt. Ronald G. Luce Jr. of Julian, Calif., 2nd Bn., 20th SFG (A), Jackson, Miss. (Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan)

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Niall D. Lyons of Spokane, Wash., 3rd Bn., 160th SOAR (A), Savannah, Ga. (Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan)

Staff Sgt. Jack M. Martin III of Bethany, Okla., 3rd Bn., 1st SFG (A), Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. (Operation Enduring Freedom – Philippines)

Sgt. 1st Class Shawn P. McCloskey of Peachtree, Ga., 3rd Bn., 7th SFG (A) (Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan)

Cpl. Ryan C. McGhee of Fredericksburg, Va., 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Ga. (Operation Iraqi Freedom)

Staff Sgt. Shawn H. McNabb of Terrell, Texas, 3rd Bn., 160th SOAR (A), Savannah, Ga. (Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan)

Sgt. 1st Class David E. Metzger of San Diego, Calif., 3rd Bn., 7th SFG (A) (Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan)

Staff Sgt. Joshua M. Mills of El Paso, Texas, 3rd Bn., 7th SFG (A) (Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan)

Chief Warrant Officer 4 Michael P. Montgomery of Redmond, Wash., 3rd Bn., 160th SOAR (A), Savannah, Ga. (Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan)

Sgt. Nickolas A. Mueller of Little Chute, Wis., 3rd Bn., 160th SOAR (A), Savannah, Ga. (Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan)

Staff Sgt. Matthew A. Pucino of Boston, 2nd Bn., 20th SFG (A), Glen Arm, Md. (Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan)

Cpl. Nicholas R. Roush of Middleville, Mich., 1st Bn., 4th POG (A), Fort Bragg, N.C (Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan)

Sgt. Roberto D. Sanchez of Ocala, Fla., 1st Bn., 75th Rgr Regt., Hunter AAF, Ga. (Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan)

Sgt. 1st Class Christopher D. Shaw of Natchez, Miss., 3rd Bn., 1st SFG (A), Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. (Operation Enduring Freedom – Philippines)

Sgt. 1st Class Matthew S. Sluss-Tiller of Ashland, Ky., 96th CA Bn., 95th CAB (A) (Operation Enduring Freedom – Other)

Staff Sgt. Mark A. Stets Jr. of California, 8th Psyop Bn., 4th POG (A) (Operation Enduring Freedom – Other)

Sgt. 1st Class Severin W. Summers III of Lafayette, La., 2nd Bn., 20th SFG (A), Jackson, Miss. (Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan)

Capt. David J. Thompson of Pinehurst, 3rd Bn., 3rd SFG (A), Fort Bragg, N.C (Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan)

Sgt. 1st Class Duane A. Thornsbury of Clinton, Md., 2nd Bn., 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Carson, Colo. (Operation Iraqi Freedom)

Capt. John Tinsley of Tallahassee, 2nd Bn., 7th SFG (A) (Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan)

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Douglas M. Vose III of Roseburg, Ore., 1st Bn., 10th SFG (A), Stuttgart, Germany (Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan)

Sgt. 1st Class William B. Woods Jr. of Chesapeake, Va., 2nd Bn., 20th SFG (A), Glen Arm, Md. (Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan)

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  • Proud2BUS Citizen May 28, 2010

    To the 35 U.S. Army Special Operations soldiers who will not read these words THANK YOU for the ultimate sacrifice.

    To their families THANK YOU for being so unselfish with your loved one. Knowing that each day they were putting their lives on the line for people they didn’t know.

    THANK YOU for the men and women currently serving. My prayers are with each of you everyday and I appreciate your gallantry. My hopes are that you will all be safe.