SSG Michael Ollis from New York, served with -
One Army commander called Ollis a "Great American" and Rep. Michael Grimm said the New Dorp man displayed the "ultimate act of heroism."
Ollis, 24, died in Afghanistan Aug. 28 protecting a Polish soldier from a suicide bomber during an attack on their base that according to Army Times, included "grenades, rockets and a 3,000-pound bomb."
His wife, Georganne Thorpe Siercks is an incredible Mother and Wife and was by his side when he finally passed - God Bless her and their two boys, Gabriel and Gage. Billy Joe - you will never be forgotten my brother in arms. RLTW!
Sgt. Higgins was killed by enemy forces during a heavy firefight while conducting combat operations in Logar Province, Afghanistan. He was leading an assault against an enemy compound when he was mortally wounded by small arms fire.
SPC Tony Barela from California, served with B_Co 1_75_Ranger_Bn -
Before pursuing his passion for music, Tony Barela served in the U.S. Army Rangers’ 1st Battalion, 75th Infantry for three years beginning at the age of 20, his brother said. A graduate of La Quinta High School in Westminster, Barela took some classes at Santiago Canyon College and dedicated nearly 20 years working for Santa Ana as a maintenance worker, often trimming trees and beautifying the city.
SFC Timothy Griz L. Martin from Indiana, served with
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Sergeant First Class Martin was mortally wounded as part of a convoy that became lost and was taken under fire. His gallantry in action was in keeping with the finest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect the highest credit upon himself and the United States Army.
Sergeant Martin is buried at Arlington National Cemetery next to Sergeant James Casey Joyce, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Georgia, who was killed at the same location and on the same date.
He was voted into the Ranger Hall of Fame in 2005
SFC Matthew Loren Rierson from Iowa, served with B_Co 2_75_Ranger_Bn -
Matt Rierson survived the two-day Battle of Mogadishu on October 3-4, 1993. He returned to the battle scene in a frantic attempt to rescue fallen friends or recover their bodies. He followed the Ranger Creed: "Never shall I fail my comrades."
A few days after the big battle, on Oct. 6, Matt Rierson was killed by a stray mortar shell that landed near him as he chatted with other soldiers near the airport hangar.
SFC Earl R. Fillmore Jr. from Pennsylvania, served with - SFOD-D (Delta Group)
Earl was responding to help his mates trapped inside a downed helicopter when he was fatally wounded. Earl Robert Fillmore Jr. is remembered as a son, a husband, and a soldier who died trying to help other soldiers in need.
SFC Terry Lee Gilden from Arizona, served with 2_75_Ranger_Bn -
SFC Terry Lee Gilden (formerly of the 2nd Ranger Battalion) was killed on 18 April 1983, at the U.S. Embassy, Beirut, Lebanon during a terrorist truck bombing attack on the embassy. Terry was assigned to A Squadron, 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment - Delta, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Terry was supporting the American Ambassador's protective detail at the time of his death. The bombing was the work of an Iranian Shiite Hezbollah group. The suicide bomber drove a pickup truck containing gas-enhanced explosive into the embassy. The blast killed 17 Americans, which included a Marine Corps guard, three soldiers, seven Central Intelligence Agency personnel, and 46 foreign nationals. Terry was the first Delta operator to be killed by enemy forces since the unit's creation.
SFC Randall David Shugart from Nebraska, served with Delta.
Equipped with only his sniper rifle and a pistol, Sergeant First Class Shughart and his team leader, while under intense small arms fire from the enemy, fought their way through a dense maze of shanties and shacks to reach the critically injured crew members. Sergeant First Class Shughart pulled the pilot and the other crew members from the aircraft, establishing a perimeter which placed him and his fellow sniper in the most vulnerable position.
Sergeant First Class Shughart used his long range rifle and side arm to kill an undetermined number of attackers while traveling the perimeter, protecting the downed crew. Sergeant First Class Shughart continued his protective fire until he depleted his ammunition and was fatally wounded. His actions saved the pilot's life. Sergeant First Class Shughart's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest standards of military service and reflect great credit upon him, his unit and the United States Army.
MSG Aubrey M. Batts from Washington D.C.
Serving his country first in the Reserves from 1956 - 1958 and then active duty from 1958-1978, with two tours in Vietnam as a school trained "Snake Eater"(44th Company (Ranger), 4th Student Battalion Class of 64) , Ranger Batts served with MACV and 101st Airborne Div. After Vietnam Ranger Batts served as a Ranger Instructor from 1972 until his retirement in 1978. In 1994 Ranger Batts was inducted into the Ranger Hall Of Fame.
MSG Gary I. Gordon from Maine, served with Delta.
Master Sergeant Gordon continued to travel the perimeter, protecting the downed crew. After his team member was fatally wounded and his own rifle ammunition exhausted, Master Sergeant Gordon returned to the wreckage, recovering a rifle with the last five rounds of ammunition and gave it to the pilot with the words, "good luck."
Then, armed only with his pistol, Master Sergeant Gordon continued to fight until he was fatally wounded. His actions saved the pilot's life. Master Sergeant Gordon's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest standards of military service and reflect great credit upon him, his unit and the United States Army.
SPC Ricardo Cerros Jr. from California, served with B_Co 2_75_Ranger_Bn -
His battalion commander, Lt. Col. David Hodne, says “Cerros was incredibly talented and a well-respected member of this battalion.” He was mortally wounded by small arms fire when his unit attacked insurgents barricaded in a compound in Afghanistan's Logar province.
His is a story of unbelievable courage, bravery, and dedication. It was his ninth military deployment overseas. He went seven times to Iraq and twice to Afghanistan.
SGT Kelly Prince from , served with B_Co 1_75_Ranger_Bn -
Kelly graduated from Bismarck School in 1979 and went on to join the U.S. Army where he became part of the 1/75th Ranger Battalion stationed at Hunter Army Air Field in Savannah, Georgia.
Ranger Kelly jumped into Granada with the 1/75 during Operation Urgent Fury in OCT 1983, for which he was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge.
SPC Robert D. Law from Texas, served with I_Co_1_75_Vietnam -
Although his team was hindered by a low supply of ammunition and suffered from an unidentified irritating gas in the air, Sp4 Law's spirited defense and challenging counterassault rallied his fellow soldiers against the well-equipped hostile troops.
When an enemy grenade landed in his team's position, Sp4 Law, instead of diving into the safety of a stream behind him, threw himself on the grenade to save the lives of his comrades.
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