Central Florida's war dead: The stories of the fallen soldiers

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Longwood soldier Andy C. Morales who died in Iraq laid to rest

October 3, 2011

Longwood soldier Andy C. Morales who died in Iraq laid to rest

The body of U.S. Army Sgt. Andy C. Morales was buried today after a funeral service at River of Life Church in Oviedo.

Deltona airman Tara R. Brown killed in gunfire near Kabul airport

April 29, 2011

Deltona airman Tara R. Brown killed in gunfire near Kabul airport

A Deltona airman was among nine Americans killed this week in gunfire at a military compound near Kabul International Airport in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense announced Friday.

November 26, 2003

Killed in Iraq

Army Cpl. Bobby Roberts

The day her husband died in Iraq, Jill Roberts received three cards from him.

February 15, 2004

Killed in Iraq

Army Sgt. Eric U. Ramirez

Felix Ramirez hadn't seen his soldier son since he presided over Eric Ramirez's wedding in August 2001, about 18 months before he shipped out to Iraq.

May 5, 2004

Killed in Iraq

Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Jason B. Dwelley

Jason Dwelley of Apopka had been in Iraq less than a week when he was killed by insurgents firing rocket-propelled grenades at his convoy.

May 5, 2004

Killed in Iraq

Navy Petty Officers 2nd Class Michael C. Anderson and Trace W. Dossett

The deaths of the five sailors, three of them from Central Florida, and of an Army officer from the Panhandle who died in a separate attack the same day, marked the deadliest single day for Florida troops since the war in Iraq began. At least 35 Florida troops have died in Iraq.

June 18, 2004

Killed in Iraq

Army Sgt. Arthur S. Mastrapa

All Stacey Mastrapa wanted to do was surprise his dad for Father's Day.

July 2, 2004

Killed in Iraq

Marine Sgt. Kenneth Conde Jr.

Sgt. Kenneth Conde Jr. could have had a safe trip home in April after he was wounded in a gunbattle with Iraqi insurgents, winning praise for his bravery.

July 24, 2004

Killed in Iraq

Marine Staff Sgt. Michael J. Clark

When she heard the knock at the door, Susan Collins looked out the window of her home on Line Street and saw two Marines in full uniform.

March 12, 2006

Killed in Iraq

Marine Cpl. Theodore 'Andrew' Bowling

In the fall of 2004, as Andrew Bowling was serving his second tour in Iraq, his mother, Lena Perry, was getting ready for his homecoming.

November 19, 2004

Killed in Iraq

Marine Lance Cpl. Antoine D. Smith

At Dr. Phillips High School, Antoine Smith might have been remembered only as the quiet kid with the slight stutter who played viola in the school orchestra.

December 11, 2004

Killed in Iraq

Army Sgt. Arthur C. Williams IV

U.S. Army Sgt. Arthur C. Williams IV told his family he was not afraid of death even as he patrolled the dangerous streets of Ramadi, Iraq.

December 3, 2004

Killed in Iraq

Army Spc. Daryl Davis

Spc. Daryl Davis, 20, enjoyed Florida so much as a kid while growing up in Sebring that he moved to Orlando in January.

January 28, 2005

Killed in Iraq

Army Sgt. Gael Saintvil

When Belga Saintvil saw the news of a helicopter crash that killed 31 U.S. troops in Iraq, he got a sinking feeling.

February 16, 2005

Killed in Iraq

Army Sgt. Chad Lake

Army Sgt. Chad Lake of Ocala was among three soldiers who ventured out in a Humvee in the wee hours Sunday to investigate rocket fire that was bombarding his camp area in Balad, Iraq.

February 24, 2005

Killed in Iraq

Army Sgt. Carlos J. Gil

If not for the bullet wound in Vietnam that put Edgar Gil in the hospital for 18 months, he would have made a career of the Army.

March 2, 2005

Killed in Iraq

Army Spec. Michael S. Deem

Maran Deem doesn't know exactly how her daddy died in Iraq, but the 7-year-old Titusville girl is certain of this: "He was in the Army and he was a hero."

November 20, 2005

Killed in Iraq

Army Sgt. 1st Class Alwyn C. Cashe

When it came time during Army Sgt. 1st Class Alwyn "Al" Cashe's funeral Saturday to share stories of his life, Cynthia Gibson joined the line that stretched from the front of the church to its doors.

November 19, 2005

Killed in Iraq

Army Staff Sgt. James E. Estep

A psychic once told Army Staff Sgt. James Estep that he would die before his 27th birthday.

April 1, 2006

Killed in Iraq

Army Pfc. Sean D. Tharp

A 21-year-old Orlando soldier who turned his life around and joined the Army to save money for college was killed Tuesday while on foot patrol in Iraq.

August 2, 2006

Killed in Iraq

Marine Sgt. Christian B. Williams

Sgt. Christian B. Williams, a decorated U.S. Marine, was killed in Iraq on Saturday.

October 1, 2006

Killed in Iraq

Army Pfc. Christopher T. Blaney

A soldier from Winter Park has been killed in Iraq, the Department of Defense announced Saturday.

October 16, 2006

Killed in Iraq

Army Sgt. Gene A. Hawkins

Sgt. Gene A. Hawkins' family thought he was en route to Orlando from Iraq last week. Instead, relatives learned Friday that Hawkins, 24, had been killed.

October 24, 2006

Killed in Iraq

Army Pfc. Nicholas Rogers

Another Army medic from Deltona was killed in combat in Iraq this week, the second such loss in the war on terror his hometown has suffered in three weeks.

December 6, 2006

Killed in Iraq

Army Spc. Marco Miller

The family of a Longwood soldier who died Tuesday from wounds suffered in Iraq is trying desperately to locate the mother of the infant daughter he never met.

February 18, 2007

Killed in Iraq

Army Pfc. Branden Cummings

Army Pfc. Branden Cummings of Titusville and his fiancee, Danielle Denull, had their whole life blissfully planned.

April 6, 2007

Killed in Iraq

Army Pfc. Derek Gibson

Bored with checking IDs in Baghdad's Green Zone, Army Pfc. Derek Gibson embraced his new but vastly more dangerous assignment in Iraq, sweeping suspected hide-outs of enemy fighters.

May 16, 2006

Killed in Iraq

Lance Cpl. Jason K. Burnett

Jason Burnett knew how to make people laugh, family and friends say. But when it was time to be serious -- either by helping the poor through his church or playing competitive soccer -- Burnett got down to business.

July 20, 2007

Killed in Iraq

Army Pfc. Brandon Bobb

Pfc. Brandon Bobb left for Iraq two months ago in good spirits.

August 24, 2007

Killed in Iraq

Army Staff Sgt. Sandy Britt

Sarah Arnold knew something was wrong with her son, Army Staff Sgt. Sandy Britt, when he joined his family in Myrtle Beach, S.C., in June while on leave from Iraq.

September 11, 2007

Killed in Iraq

Marine Cpl. Christopher Poole

Christopher L. Poole Jr. was born on the Fourth of July. With such a birthday, he figured the military was his chosen path.

February 8, 2008

Killed in Iraq

Army Sgt. John Osmolski

After 15 months in Iraq, U.S. Army Sgt. John C. Osmolski was ready to come home.

January 8, 2009

Killed in Iraq

Army Staff Sgt. Anthony Davis

Even after Staff Sgt. Anthony Dee Davis joined the Army and became a Ranger, Forrest Buckwald still saw him as the little boy whose face was pressed against the window of his gun shop, eyeing the soda machine.

October 5, 2006

Killed in Afghanistan

Army Spc. Angelo Vaccaro

DELTONA -- Angelo Vaccaro, a combat medic in Afghanistan, called home last week to have some much-needed supplies sent overseas: Sour Patch Kids, Twizzlers, pepperoncini and beef jerky.

October 14, 2006

Killed in Afghanistan

Army Chief Warrant Officer Scott Dyer

Army Special Forces soldier Scott William Dyer died smiling this week in a helicopter high above the mountains of southern Afghanistan, his mother said Friday. Dyer had been struck by heavy fire Wednesday. His men tried to save him by pulling his wounded body onto the aircraft.

October 10, 2007

Killed in Afghanistan

Army Cpl. Adam Quinn

ORANGE CITY -- Calling himself "Daddy to be" on his MySpace.com page, Cpl. Adam D. Quinn offered a simple answer to the question of how he wanted to die: "doing something that I love."

January 27, 2008

Killed in Afghanistan

Army Staff Sgt. Robert Miller

A member of the U.S. Army Special Forces, whose parents and other family members live in Oviedo, was killed in action Friday near Barikowt, Afghanistan, the Department of Defense announced Saturday.

July 29, 2008

Killed in Afghanistan

Army Spc. Seteria Brown

The Department of Defense announced the death of an Orlando soldier who was stationed in Afghanistan supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

September 1, 2009

Killed in Afghanistan

Army Staff. Sgt. Jason Dahlke

You would never know by looking at Staff Sgt. Jason Dahlke that he was a U.S. Army Ranger, said his father, Roger Dahlke.

October 5, 2009

Killed in Afghanistan

Army Sgt. Roberto D. Sanchez, 24

An Army Ranger died Oct.1 from wounds received during combat operations in Afghanistan while serving with Company B, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment based at Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.

September 8, 2009

Killed in Afghanistan

Army Sgt. Randy Haney

Sgt. Randy Haney loved to clown around. His official U.S. Army photo shows Haney, eyes wide, goofing for the camera. But the former Central Florida man also had a serious side. He joined the military when he was 20, married his high-school sweetheart, bought a house for his family and was a devoted father of two young children.

August 4, 2009

Killed in Afghanistan

Army Spc. Alexander J. Miller

A 21-year-old soldier from Clermont has died after being wounded during an insurgent attack in Nuristan Province, Afghanistan, the Defense Department said Monday.

April 1, 2003

Killed in Iraq

Army Pfc. Michael Russell Creighton-Weldon

There were no yellow ribbons tied to trees Monday outside the pink stucco house Pfc. Michael Russell Creighton-Weldon called home.

April 22, 2004

Killed in Iraq

Army Sgt. 1st Class Bradley C. Fox

Sgt. 1st Class Bradley C. Fox planned on finishing his tour in Iraq and then re-enlisting as a recruiter in the Midwest.

May 5, 2004

Killed in Iraq

Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Ronald A. Ginther

Jimmy Ginther always told his older brother Ronald that he worked too hard.

May 8, 2004

Killed in Iraq

Marine Cpl. Dustin H. Schrage

Last month, Nina Schrage attended the funeral of a 19-year-old Bradenton man, killed along with 10 other Marines from her son's unit when their patrol was ambushed by Iraqi insurgents.

May 11, 2004

Killed in Afghanistan

Marine Cpl. Ronald Payne Jr.

By the time Ronald R. Payne Jr. finished at Mulberry High School, there was no doubt that he would become a U.S. Marine like his father and uncles before him.

November 20, 2005

Killed in Iraq

Alwyn "Al" Cashe: Hundreds mourn fallen hero

When it came time during Army Sgt. 1st Class Alwyn "Al" Cashe's funeral Saturday to share stories of his life, Cynthia Gibson joined the line that stretched from the front of the church to its doors.

May 29, 2007

Killed in Iraq

Alexander Rosa Jr.: Orlando soldier killed in Iraq

CORRECTION: Because of erroneous information provided to the Sentinel, an article on Tuesday's front page about a former Orlando resident killed in Iraq reported incorrectly the military unit and fort to which he was assigned. Army Spc. Alexander Rosa Jr., 22, who was killed May 25 in Muqdadiyah, was assigned to the 293rd Military Police Company at Fort Stewart in Georgia.

November 16, 2008

Killed in Afghanistan

Army Spc. Marques I. Knight

Marques I. Knight had a tough childhood. As his sister, Summer, recalled, their parents died when they were both young in Alabama.

February 21, 2010

Killed in Afghanistan

Army Staff Sgt. John A. Reiners

Army Staff Sgt. John A. Reiners, 24, of Lakeland was among three soldiers who died of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan on Friday.

April 30, 2010

Killed in Iraq

Army Sgt. Keith A. Coe

An Army sergeant from Polk County was killed in Iraq when his unit was attacked with a bomb, the Department of Defense said Thursday.

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