Honoring our fallen heroes

ariquelmy@ledger- enquirer.comMay 31, 2010 

Each Memorial Day, we honor those men and women who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom. The names of the following people are those of soldiers from Columbus or who were stationed in our community who paid that price since last Memorial Day.

May 25, 2009 — Memorial Day

July 6: Spc. Issac L. Johnson, 24, of Columbus, Ga. Assigned to the 1st Battalion, 108th Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target Acquisition Squadron, Rome, Ga. He died in Konduz, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when an IED detonated near his vehicle.

July 18: Cpl. Benjamin S. Kopp, 21, of Rosemount, Minn. Assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning. He died at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington of wounds suffered July 10 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, when insurgents attacked his unit using small arms fire.

Aug. 10: Spc. Richard A. Walters Jr., 41, of Cleveland, Ohio. Assigned to the 14th Combat Support Hospital, Fort Benning. He died in Ali Al Salem, Kuwait, of wounds sustained from a non-combat related incident.

Nov. 2: Spc. Jonathon M. Sylvestre, 21, of Colorado Springs, Colo. Assigned to the 1st Battalion, 10th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Benning. He died in Kut, Iraq, from injuries sustained in a non-combat related incident.

Nov. 22: Sgt. Briand T. Williams, 25, of Sparks, Ga.. Assigned to the 1st Battalion, 10th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Benning. He died in Numaniyah, Iraq, from injuries suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using small arms fire.

Jan. 1, 2010: Spc. Brushaun X. Anderson, 20, of Columbus, Ga., Assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, N.Y. He died in Baghdad, Iraq, of injuries suffered in a non-combat related incident.

March 8: Sgt. Aaron M. Arthur, 25, of Lake City, S.C., and Spc. Lakeshia M. Bailey, 23, of Columbus, Ga. Assigned to the 203rd Brigade Support Battalion, attached to the 1st Battalion, 10th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Benning. They died north of Al Kut, Iraq, of injuries sustained when a vehicle rolled over.

April 9: Cpl. Michael D. Jankiewicz, 23, of Ramsey, N.J. Assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning. He died in Zabul, Afghanistan, from wounds sustained when the CV-22 Osprey he was flying in crashed.

April 18: Staff Sgt. James R. Patton, 23, of Fort Benning, Ga. Assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning. He died in Tikrit, Iraq, from wounds sustained from a helicopter crash.

April 23: Sgt. Ronald A. Kubik, 21, of Brielle, N.J., and Sgt. Jason A. Santora, 25, of Farmingville, N.Y. Both assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning. They died in Logar province, Afghanistan, from injuries sustained while in combat operations.

April 27: Sgt. Anthony O. Magee, 29, of Hattiesburg, Miss. Assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Benning. He died at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center from injuries sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with indirect fire at Contingency Operating Base Kalsu, Iskandariyah, Iraq.

May 8: Capt. Kyle A. Comfort, 27, of Jacksonville, Ala. Assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning. He died in Helmand province, Afghanistan, from wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using an IED.

May 31 — Memorial Day

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