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Remembering the fallen: Memorial Day remembrance of 2014 fatalities

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Today, May 26, 2014, we celebrate the lives of the men and women who have served our country proudly, especially those who have given all on the alter of freedom.

While there is little comfort in knowing the number of men and women who have lost their lives in a war that many have long opposed, but today we do not honor the numbers or statistics of a war gone too long; today we honor the individuals who's names are often obscured, except in the company of local papers, friends and family.

Perhaps many of us will never truly know or understand who these people were, what lives they may have lead, where they may have come from, why they chose to serve their country, when they realized they weren't going to make it back, or how this affects the survivors - their brothers and sisters in arms, and the family and friends back home, who eagerly awaited their return - but on this memorial day, let's give thanks to all of them, so that we may, for one moment, remember those who remembered us to the very end.

Full information regarding the fatalities in 2014 and in previous years available here.

  • Sergeant Jacob M. Hess (22) - U.S.M.C. - Hostile Fire in Helmand - Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 26
  • Sergeant 1st Class William K. Lacey (38) - U.S. Army - Hostile fire, RPG attack in Nangarhar - 1st Infantry Division
  • Chief Warrant Officer Andrew L. McAdams (27) - U.S. Army - Non-hostile Helicopter Crash at Bagram Air Base - Wyoming National Guard
  • Sergeant Drew M. Scobie (25) - U.S. Army - Non-hostile Helicopter Crash at Bagram Air Base - Wahiawa Army National Guard
  • Sergeant Daniel Tyler Lee (28) - U.S. Army - Hostile small arms fire in Parwan - 3rd Airborne Special Forces Group
  • Specialist Andrew H. Sipple (22) - U.S. Army - Non-hostile in Kandahar - 1st Cavalry Division
  • Chief Petty Officer Edward Balli (42) - U.S. Army - Hostile small arms fire in Kandahar - U.S. Army Europe
  • Private First Class Joshua A. Gray (21) - U.S. Army - Non-hostile at Bagram Air Base - 10th Mountain Division
  • Specialist Christopher A. Landis (27) - U.S. Army - Hostile fire, RPG attack - Bagram Airbase - 3rd Airborne Special Forces Group
  • Sergeant Roberto C. Skelt (41) - U.S. Army - Hostile small arms fire in Kapisa - 3rd Airborne Special Forces Group
  • Specialist John A. Pelham (22) - U.S. Army - Hostile small arms fire in Kapisa - 3rd Airborne Special Forces Group
  • Master Sergeant Aaron C. Torian (36) - U.S.M.C. - Hostile fire, IED Attack in Helmand - MARSOC
  • Lance Corporal Caleb L. Erickson (20) - U.S.M.C. - Hostile fire, IED attack in Helmand - II Marine Expeditionary Force
  • Master Sergeant David L. Poirier (52) - U.S. Air Force - Non-hostile - 157th Operations Support Squadron
  • Sapper Adam Morales (32) - British Army - Non-hostile in Helmand - Newcastle 2nd Engineer Regiment
  • Captain James E. Chaffin III (27) - U.S. Army - Non-hostile in Kandahar - 82nd Airborne Division
  • Specialist Kerry M.G. Danyluk (27) - U.S. Army - Hostile small arms fire in Logar - 10th Mountain Division
  • Clarke Thomas (30) - British Army Air Corps - Non-hostile helicopter crash in Kandahar - RAF Odiham
  • Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan (29) - British Royal Air Force - Non hostile helicopter crash in Kandahar - RAF Odiham
  • Warrant Officer 2nd Class Spencer Faulkner (38) - British Army Air Corps - Non-hostile helicopter crash in Kandahar - RAF Odiham
  • Corporal James Walter (36) - British Army Air Corps - Non-hostile helicopter crash in Kandahar - Unit unavailable
  • Lance Corporal Oliver Matthew Thomas (26) - British Royal Air Force - Non-hostile helicopter crash in Kandahar - Intelligence Corps, 3rd Military Intelligence Battalion
  • Sergeant Shawn M. Farrell II (24) - U.S. Army - Hostile small arms fire in Kapisa - 10th Mountain Division
  • Private First Class Christian J. Chandler (20) - U.S. Army - Hostile small arms fire in Logar - 10th Mountain Division (Light)
  • Chief warrant Officer Deric M. Rasmussen (33) - U.S. Army - Non-hostile in Balkh - 1st Air Cavalry Brigade
  • Command Sergeant Major Martin R. Barreras (49) - U.S. Army - Hostile small arms fire in Herat - 1st Armored Division
  • Specialist Adrian M. Perkins (19) - U.S. Army - Non-hostile in Jordan - 4th Infantry Division

Let us give thanks to the men and women who return to their homes, and remembrance to all those who gave their lives, determined to hold up the integrity of their oath to protect the people of the United States abroad in Afghanistan. Today we honor the fallen brave individuals, may they rest in peace.

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