DEDICATED TO OUR FALLEN PATHFINDERS KILLED IN ACTION AND MISSING IN ACTION 

Korean War

MSG Joseph T. Bass 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team Pfdrs. Also was a WWII Normandy Pathfinder with 501st PIR 101st Plane 7. KIA 9 Sept 1950 Korea while serving with the 27th Inf Regt 25th Inf Division. Awarded Silver Star, Bronze Star (2), Purple Heart (3)

World War II

The men below all served as Pathfinders during WWII.  Some were killed while performing their Pathfinder duties and others after they returned to their parent unit.  All of the 82nd Airborne Pathfinders were awarded the Bronze Star for heroism for the D-Day Pathfinder jump.

101st Airborne Division - 35 known

PVT John H. Funk H Co 502nd PIR, 101st Pfdrs KIA 11 June, 1944 Normandy France. Awarded Purple Heart

PVT John D. Kleinfelder 502nd PIR, 101st Pfdrs KIA 31 Dec 1944 Holland. Awarded Bronze Star (2), Purple Heart

CPL George C. Dagres C Co 1st Bn 502nd PIR, 101st Pfdrs KIA 31 Dec 1944 Bastogne Belgium. Awarded Purple Heart

2LT Lawrence G. Hensley Jr HQ Btry 377th PFAB, 101st Pfdrs 24 June 1944 Normandy France Died of wounds. Awarded Purple Heart 

PFC Robert R. Blankenship D Co 2nd Bn 506th PIR, 101st Pfdrs KIA 16 Jan 1945 Bastogne Belgium. Awarded Purple Heart (2)

CPL Jack E. Mattz D Co 2nd Bn 506th PIR, 101st Pfdrs KIA 23 or 24 Sep 1944 Holland. Awarded Purple Heart

PFC John Sherbon  D Co 2nd Bn 506th PIR, 101st Pfdrs KIA16 Jan 1945 Belgium. Awarded Purple Heart

PFC Terrence C. Harris B Co 1st Bn 506th PIR, 101st Pfdrs KIA 18 June 1944 Carentan, Normandy France. Awarded Bronze Star, Purple Heart

CPT Roy M. Kessler A Co 1st Bn 506th PIR, 101st Pfdrs KIA 15 Jan 1945 Bastogne Belgium. Awarded Bronze Star (2), Purple Heart

PFC Donald W. Carter B Co 1st Bn 506th PIR, 101st Pfdrs KIA 7 June 1944 Normandy France. Awarded Bronze Star, Purple Heart

1LT John W. Ell Co H and Co I 501st PIR, 101st Pfdrs KIA18 Sep 1944 Holland. Awarded Bronze Star

SSG Chester Garretson Co I 3rd Bn 501st PIR, 101st 27 Dec 1944 Died of Wounds in POW Camp. Awarded Bronze Star, Purple Heart

Tech 5 Kendell C. Lewis Co I 501st PIR, 101st Pfdrs Belgium KIA 20 Dec 1944 Bastogne Belgium. Awarded Purple Heart

PFC Donald J. McDougall Co I 3rd Bn 501st PIR, 101st Pfdrs KIA 6 June 1944 Normandy France. Awarded Purple Heart

PVT George L. Sarlas C Co 1st Bn 501st PIR, 101st Pfdrs KIA 17 Sept 1944 Holland. Awarded Bronze Star, Purple Heart

PVT Stanley S. Suwarsky HQ 3rd Bn 501st PIR 101st Pfdrs KIA 6 June, 1944 Normandy, France. Awarded Bronze Star, Purple Heart

1LT Joseph G. McGregor E Co 501st PIR, 101st  Pfdrs KIA 9 Jan 1945 Belgium. Awarded Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart

CPL Russell G. Waller 501st PIR, 101st Pfdrs KIA 18 Sep 1944 Holland. Awarded Purple Heart

PFC Ralph A. Newton F Co 501st PIR, 101st Pfdrs 23 Dec 1944 Bastogne Belgium Died of wounds. Awarded Purple Heart

PVT Walter V. Olender E Co 2nd Bn 501st PIR, 101st Pfdrs KIA 18 Sept 1944 Holland. Awarded Purple Heart

PFC Harold E. Sellers F Co 501st PIR, 101st Pfdrs KIA 6 June, 1944 Normandy, France. Awarded Bronze Star. Awarded Purple Heart

CPL Delbert S. Brazzle A Co 1st Bn 501st PIR, 101st Pfdrs KIA 17 Sept 1944 Holland. Awarded Purple Heart

SGT George Adomitis B Co 1st Bn 501st PIR, 101st Pfdrs 2 Feb 1945 Bastogne Belgium Died of wounds. Awarded Purple Heart

PFC Stephen Via Jr. B Co 1st Bn 501st PIR 101st Pfdrs KIA 6 or 7 June 1944 Normandy France. Awarded Purple Heart

PVT Alvin Daley B Co 1st Bn 501st PIR 101st Pfdrs 5 Oct 1944 Holland Died of wounds. Awarded Purple Heart

Tech SGT Thayer U. Carlton HQ Co 3rd Bn 506th PIR, 101st Pfdrs KIA 10 June 1944 Caen, Normandy France. Awarded Purple Heart

PFC Wilbur D. Croteau G Co  506th PIR, 101st Pfdrs KIA 9 June 1944 Normandy France. Awarded Bronze Star, Purple Heart

PFC George E. Kenfield I Co 506th PIR 101st Pfdrs KIA 10 June 1944 Normandy France. Awarded Purple Heart

SGT John J. Houk 506th PIR, 101st Pfdrs KIA 6 June, 1944 Com Du Mont, Normandy France. Awarded Purple Heart

SGT Louis DiGaetano C Co 326th Airborne Engineer Bn 101st Pfdrs 6 Jan 1945 Bastogne Belgium Died of wounds. Awarded Purple Heart

PVT Domenick Chirico E Co 2nd Bn 502nd PIR 101st Pfdrs KIA 18 or 22 Sept 1944 Holland. Awarded Purple Heart

PVT Michael Rofar I Co 3rd Bn 501st PIR 101st Pfdrs KIA 17 Sept 1944 Holland. Awarded Bronze Star,  Purple Heart

PVT John D. Kleinfelder RHQ and A Co 502nd PIR 101st Pfdrs. KIA 31 Dec 1944 Bastogne Belgium. Awarded Bronze Star (2), Purple Heart

2LT Napoleon T. Lavallee F Co 2nd Bn 502nd PIR 101st Pfdrs KIA 3 Jan 1945 Belgium. Awarded Bronze Star, Purple Heart

PVT Roy L. Stephens RHQ 502nd PIR 101st Pfdrs KIA 17 Sept 1944 Holland. Awarded Bronze Star, Purple Heart

82nd Airborne Division - 30 known

SSG Thomas L. Rodgers C Co 1st Bn 504th PIR, 82nd Pfdrs KIA 15 June, 1944 Normandy France. Distinguished Service Cross, Bronze Star, Purple Heart

PFC William L. Gray B Co 1st Bn 504th PIR 82nd Pfdrs KIA 6 June, 1944 Normandy France. Awarded Bronze Star,  Purple Heart

PVT James M.  McCormick HQ 3rd Bn 507th PIR 82nd Pfdrs KIA 10 June 1944 Normandy France. Awarded Bronze Star, Purple Heart

1LT Lloyd L. Polette Jr. F Co 2nd Bn 508th PIR, 82nd Pfdrs KIA 22 Jan 1945 Belgium. Awarded Distinguished Service Cross, Bronze Star, Purple Heart

PFC Carl W. Jones E Co 2nd Bn 508th PIR 82nd Pfdrs KIA 4 July 1944 Normandy France. Awarded Bronze Star, Purple Heart

PFC Murray E. Daly D Co 2nd Bn 508th PIR 82nd Pfdrs KIA 12 June 1944 Normandy France. Awarded Bronze Star, Purple Heart

CPL Earnest J. King F Co 2nd Bn 508th PIR 82nd  Pfdrs KIA 9 June 1944 Normandy France. Awarded Bronze Star, Purple Heart

2LT Elbert F. Hamilton D Co 2nd Bn 82nd Pfdrs 4 July 1944 Normandy France Died of wounds. Awarded Bronze Star, Purple Heart

2LT Gene H. Williams HQ 3rd Bn 508th PIR, 82nd Pfdrs KIA 20 June 1944 Normandy France. Awarded Bronze Star, Purple Heart

PFC Arnold H. Martin H Co 3rd Bn 508th PIR 82nd Pfdrs KIA 6 June 1944 Normandy France. Awarded Bronze Star, Purple Heart

PFC Walter W. Harrelson 508th PIR 82nd Pfdrs KIA 23 June 1944 Normandy France. Awarded Bronze Star, Purple Heart

PFC Charles H. Rogers HQ 3rd Bn 508th PIR 82nd Pfdrs1 Oct 1944 Holland. Awarded Bronze Star, Purple Heart

2LT Edward J. Czepinski 508th PIR, 82nd Pfdrs KIA 12 June 1944 Normandy France. Awarded Bronze Star,  Purple Heart

PVT Henry S. Pawlings G Co 3rd Bn 504th PIR 82nd Pfdrs KIA 6 June 1944 Normandy France. Awarded Bronze Star, Purple Heart

PVT Ralph W. Nicholson G Co 3rd Bn 508th PIR, 82nd Pfdrs 6 June 1944 Normandy France. Awarded Bronze Star, Purple Heart

PFC John R. Bergendahl HQ 1st Bn 507th PIR 82nd Pfdrs. KIA 6 June 1944 Normandy France. Awarded Bronze Star. Purple Heart

1LT Claude V. Crooks Jr. Co I 3rd Bn 507th PIR 82nd Pfdrs. KIA 23 June 1944 Normandy France. Awarded Bronze Star. Purple Heart 

PVT James J. Currin A Co 1st Bn 505th PIR 82nd Pfdrs. KIA 6 June 1944 Normandy France. Awarded Bronze Star, Purple Heart 

CPL Russell B. Dillard HQ 2nd Bn 507th PIR 82nd Pfdrs. KIA 23 June 1944 Normandy France. Awarded Bronze Star (2), Purple Heart

PFC Walter A. Heinemann B Co 1st Bn 505th PIR 82nd Pfdrs. KIA 23 June 1944 Normandy. Awarded Bronze Star, Purple Heart 

PVT Dale C. Hudson F Co 2nd Bn 505th PIR 82nd Pfdrs. KIA 16 June 1944 Normandy Awarded Bronze Star, Purple Heart 

SGT Jerome Shapiro HQ 2nd Bn 507th PIR 82nd Pfdrs. KIA 5 July, 1944 Normandy France. Awarded Bronze Star, Purple Heart

2LT Elmer R. Stull 508th PIR 82nd Pfdrs. KIA 23 June 1944 Normandy France. Awarded Bronze Star, Purple Heart

PFC Louis C. Waldorf E Co 2nd Bn 507th PIR, 82nd Pfdrs KIA 12 June 1944 Normandy France Awarded Bronze Star, Purple Heart

PFC John Rigapoulos (Rigopoulos) H Co 3rd Bn 504th PIR 82nd Pfdrs KIA 20 Sept 1944 Holland. Awarded Bronze Star, Purple Heart

SGT Charles L. Burghduff A Co 1st Bn 505th PIR 82nd Pfdrs KIA 21 Sept 1944 Holland.  Awarded Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart

PFC John J. Baldassar H Co 3rd Bn 504th PIR 82nd Pfdrs KIA 28 Sept 1944 Holland. Awarded Bronze Star, Purple Heart

PVT Joseph W. Manfredi E Co 2nd Bn 504th PIR 82nd Pfdrs KIA 14 June 1944 Normandy France. Awarded Bronze Star, Purple Heart

PVT Joseph A. Byrne H Co 3rd Bn 504th PIR 82nd Pfdrs KIA 17 June 1944 Normandy. Awarded Purple Heart (listed as Burns on 82nd Bronze Star orders)

PFC Leslie D. Fries A Co 1st Bn 505th PIR 82nd Pfdrs KIA 15 Sept 1944 Holland Died of wounds.  Awarded Bronze Star (2), Purple Heart

509th Parachute Infantry Battalion - 2 known

SGT Stephen D. Justice C Co 509th PIB Pfdrs,  KIA 28 Dec 1944 Belgium. Awarded Purple Heart

PVT Frank J. Sweetitz HQ Co 509th PIB Pfdrs, 1st Airborne Task Force KIA 21 Aug 1944. Southern France. Awarded Purple Heart

517th Parachute Infantry Battalion - 4 known

PVT Carl L. Barrett C Co 1st Bn 517th PIR Pfdrs First Airborne Task Force KIA 23 Dec 1944 Ardennes Belgium. Awarded Purple Heart

PFC Henry A. Ciner RHQ 517th PIR Pfdrs, First Airborne Task Force KIA 15 Aug 1944 Le Muy Southern France. Awarded Purple Heart

PVT George J. Scecina A Co 1st Bn 517th PIR Pfdrs, First Airborne Task Force KIA  15 Aug 1944 Southern France. Awarded Purple Heart

SGT William H. Delaney C Co 1st Bn 517th PIR Pfdrs First Airborne Task Force KIA 21-26 Dec 1944 Belgium. Awarded Purple Heart

551st Parachute Infantry Battalion - 2 known

Tech 5 Wendell E. Morrison HQ Co 551st PIB Pfdrs, 1st Airborne Task Force KIA 14 or 15 Aug 1944 Southern France. Awarded Purple Heart

PVT Gerna W. Sizemore 551st PIB KIA 3 Jan 1945 Belgium. Awarded Purple Heart

 

IXth (9th) Troop Carrier Command Provisional Pathfinder Group 8 - known

2LT Eugene P. Shauvin MIA/KIA 17 Sept 1944 Holland Pilot. Awarded Purple Heart

2LT John F. Richards KIA 17 Sept 1944 Holland Navigator Awarded Purple Heart

2LT Walter I. Green KIA 17 Sept 1944 Holland Co-Pilot Awarded Purple Heart

2LT Matthew Bloomfield KIA 17 Sept 1944 Holland Radio Operator Awarded Purple Heart

SSG Stanley Fischer KIA 17 Sept 1944 Holland Crew Chief Awarded Purple Heart

SSG Raymond G. Sievert KIA 12 Nov 44 He was a Normandy Radio Operator Plane 2 Awarded Purple Heart

2LT Centers, Robert "Bob" J. KIA 12 Nov 44 He was a Normandy Pilot Plane 2 Awarded Purple Heart

2LT Branit, William B. KIA 26 Nov 44. He was a Normandy Co-Pilot Plane 3 Awarded Purple Heart

Joseph T Bass
Joseph T Bass

Served in WWII 501st PIR 101st Pfdrs and 187th ARCT Pfdrs Korea

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1st Cavalry Division Pathfinders KIA Vietnam

1LT William Barrett KIA 21 Oct 1965
1LT William Barrett KIA 21 Oct 1965

Formerly 11th Pfdr Co. KIA on 2nd tour with 12th Cav. Gunshot wound to abdomen. Purple Heart, CIB, Airborne and Pathfinder qualified. Photo credit vvmf.org

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Larry Batts KIA Vietnam 29 Mar 1972
Larry Batts KIA Vietnam 29 Mar 1972

Purple Heart, CIB. Airborne and Pathfinder qualified.

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John Randles 11th Pfdr KIA Vietnam 17 May 1966
John Randles 11th Pfdr KIA Vietnam 17 May 1966

Gunshot wound to neck at Binh Dinh Province. Attached to 12th Cav. Purple Heart, CIB, Airborne and Pathfinder qualified. photo credit vvmf.org

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Stanley Crockett Pfdr Qualified KIA Vietnam 2 Jan 1971
Stanley Crockett Pfdr Qualified KIA Vietnam 2 Jan 1971

Bronze Star(2), Air Medal, ARCOM, Purple Heart, CIB. Airborne and Pathfinder qualified. photo credit George Brewster

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Robert Lajko 11th Pfdr KIA Vietnam 27 Dec 1966
Robert Lajko 11th Pfdr KIA Vietnam 27 Dec 1966

Hot landing Zone at Binh Dinh Province. Small arms fire. Purple Heart, CIB, Airborne and Pathfinder qualified. Photo credit vvmf.org

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John Brimm 11th Pfdr KIA Vietnam 3 Jan 1968
John Brimm 11th Pfdr KIA Vietnam 3 Jan 1968

Small arms fire while base camp under attack at at Quang Nam Province. 229th Team. Airborne and Pathfinder qualified. Photo credit vvmf.org

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Keith Huffstutler 11th Pfdr KIA 1 Nov 1967
Keith Huffstutler 11th Pfdr KIA 1 Nov 1967

Corporal 227th Team. Enemy ground fire in Binh Dinh. Silver Star, Purple Heart, CIB. Airborne and Pathfinder qualified.

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Oscar Aguilar Pfdr Qualified KIA Vietnam 10 May 1972
Oscar Aguilar Pfdr Qualified KIA Vietnam 10 May 1972

Helicopter Crash. CIB, Airborne and Pathfinder qualified. Photo credit Janna Hoehn

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Louis Cunnigham 11th Pfdr KIA Vietnam 19 Dec 1965
Louis Cunnigham 11th Pfdr KIA Vietnam 19 Dec 1965

Binh Dinh Province. Small arms fire. Bronze Star with V (2), Air Medal, Purple Heart, CIB. Airborne and Pathfinder qualified. Photo credit vvmf.org

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SFC Charles Moore
SFC Charles Moore

Photo Credit Tom Reese

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Davd Amheiser 11th Pfdr
Davd Amheiser 11th Pfdr

KIA by machine gun fire in Phuoc Long Vietnam 29 Aug 1970 Attached to 1st Bn 8th Cav. Bronze Star(2), Air Medal, Purple Heart CIB. Airborne and Pathfinder qualified. Photo credit vvmf.org

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George Letmate  11th Pfdr KIA Vietnam 4 May 1968
George Letmate 11th Pfdr KIA Vietnam 4 May 1968

Died from shrapnel wound when base came under attack. Purple Heart, CIB. Airborne and Pathfinder qualfied. Photo credit vvmf.org

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SFCCharles Moore KIA 14 Sep 1968
SFCCharles Moore KIA 14 Sep 1968

Formerly 11th Pfdr Co. Killed on 2nd tour with advisory team 162. Silver Star, Purple Heart, CIB. Airborne and Pathfinder qualified. Photo credit K Brech

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Jerry Bryant 11th Pfdr  KIA Vietnam 5 Sep 1969
Jerry Bryant 11th Pfdr KIA Vietnam 5 Sep 1969

Died during mortar attack while directing aircraft in a hot LZ. Bronze Star, Air Medal, Purple Heart, CIB. Photo credit Bryan Simmons

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101st Airborne Division Pathfinders KIA Vietnam

Kukowski Headstone
Kukowski Headstone
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Ron Reynolds 160th KIA 8 May 1969
Ron Reynolds 160th KIA 8 May 1969

Silver Star, Bronze Star(2), Air Medal with Valor, CIB, Purple Heart. Airborne and Pathfinder qualified. Had recently transferred to L Co 75th Rangers. Photo credit vvmf.org

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1LTThomas Kukowski 101st 16 May 1971
1LTThomas Kukowski 101st 16 May 1971

Thua Thien Province. Small arms fire in a hot LZ. Silver Star, Bronze Star, Air Medal, Purple Heart, CIB, Airborne and Pathfinder qualified. Photo credit vvmf.org

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David Winkle 160th Pfdr KIA Vietnam 16 May 1971
David Winkle 160th Pfdr KIA Vietnam 16 May 1971

Thua Thien Province. Small arms fire in a hot LZ. Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, CIB, Airborne badge, Pathfinder Torch. photo credit vvmf.org

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George Fogleman 101st Pfdr KIA Vietnam 11 May 1970
George Fogleman 101st Pfdr KIA Vietnam 11 May 1970

CIB, Purple Heart. Had recently transferred to L Co 75th Rangers. Photo credit vvmf.org

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Guy Fearn 160th Pfdr KIA Vietnam 12 May 1971
Guy Fearn 160th Pfdr KIA Vietnam 12 May 1971

Killed while flying on a Pathfinder mission. Shot by small arms fire. CIB, Purple Heart, Airborne and Pathfinder qualified. photo credit vvmf.org

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Patrick Bohan 160th Pfdr KIA Vietnam 10 July 1970
Patrick Bohan 160th Pfdr KIA Vietnam 10 July 1970

Killed at Firebase Ripcord by mortar fire. Bronze Star(2), Purple Heart, Air Medal, CIB. Airborne badge Pathfinder torch. Photo credit Timothy Bohan

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Howard Drain 101st Pfdr KIA Vietnam 17 Mar 1972
Howard Drain 101st Pfdr KIA Vietnam 17 Mar 1972

Bronze Star, Air Medal, Purple Heart, CIB, Airborne badge Pathfinder torch.

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Donald Ragsdale 160th Pfdr KIA Vietnam 1 Apr 1970
Donald Ragsdale 160th Pfdr KIA Vietnam 1 Apr 1970

Died in a mortar attack at FSB Ripcord. Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart. Airborne badge Pathfinder torch. Photo credit Martin Clarke

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Fox Co 4-101 Avn 159th CAB 101st Airborne Pathfinders KIA Afghanistan

Russell Hercules Memorial
Russell Hercules Memorial
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Memorial
Memorial
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Thomas Bohall 4 101 Avn Pfdr KIA Afghanistan 26 May 2011
Thomas Bohall 4 101 Avn Pfdr KIA Afghanistan 26 May 2011

Killed by improvised explosive device. Awarded Purple Heart. photo credit 101st Airborne Division

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Louis Ramos Velazquez 4 101 Avn Pfdr KIA Afghanistan 26 May 2011
Louis Ramos Velazquez 4 101 Avn Pfdr KIA Afghanistan 26 May 2011

Killed by improvised explosive device. Awarded Purple Heart. photo credit 101st Airborne Division

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Russell Hercules 4-101 Avn Pfdr KIA Afghanistan 1 oct 2009
Russell Hercules 4-101 Avn Pfdr KIA Afghanistan 1 oct 2009

Wardak Province. Bronze Star, Purple Heart, CIB. photo credit Hercules family.

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Adam Patton 4 101 Avn Pfdr KIA Afghanistan 26 May 2011
Adam Patton 4 101 Avn Pfdr KIA Afghanistan 26 May 2011

Killed by improvised explosive device. Purple Heart. photo credit 101st Airborne Division

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Ergin Osman 4 101 Avn Pfdr KIA Afghanistan 26 May 2011
Ergin Osman 4 101 Avn Pfdr KIA Afghanistan 26 May 2011

Killed by improvised explosive device. Purple Heart. photo credit 101st Airborne Division

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Edward Mills 4 101 Avn Pfdr KIA Afghanistan 26 May 2011
Edward Mills 4 101 Avn Pfdr KIA Afghanistan 26 May 2011

Killed by improvised explosive device. Purple Heart. photo credit 101st Airborne Division

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John Runkle 4 101 Avn Pfdr KIA Afghanistan 26 May 2011
John Runkle 4 101 Avn Pfdr KIA Afghanistan 26 May 2011

Killed by improvised explosive device. Purple Heart. photo credit 101st Airborne Division

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SFC Lance Cornett
SFC Lance Cornett

Former 6th Bn 101st Avn Regiment, 101st Airborne Pathfinders. KIA 3 Feb 2006 Iraq. Awarded Bronze Star with Valor, Purple Heart.

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Co C 509th Pathfinders KIA Operation Desert Storm

Roger Brilinski C Co 509th Pfdr KIA Desert Storm 27 Feb 1991
Roger Brilinski C Co 509th Pfdr KIA Desert Storm 27 Feb 1991

Purple Heart, CIB. Helicopter shot down while on search and rescue mission. Airborne, air assault and Pathfinder qualified.

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Patbouvier Ortiz C Co 509th Pfdr KIA Desert Storm 27 Feb 1991
Patbouvier Ortiz C Co 509th Pfdr KIA Desert Storm 27 Feb 1991

Helicopter shot down while on search and rescue mission. Purple Heart, CIB, Airborne and air assault qualified.

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Fox Co 2-10 Avn 10th CAB 10th Mountain Division Pathfinders KIA Afghanistan

Billy Joe Siercks F Co 2 10 Avn 10th CAB Pfdr  KIA Afghanistan 28 Sep 2011
Billy Joe Siercks F Co 2 10 Avn 10th CAB Pfdr KIA Afghanistan 28 Sep 2011

Mortar attack. Bronze Star, Purple Heart, CIB, Ranger tab, Airborne, air assault and Pathfinder qualified. Photo credit 10th Mountain Division

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4th Aviation Bn 4th ID Pathfinders KIA Vietnam

Emmett Pope
Emmett Pope
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Pope Headstone
Pope Headstone
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52nd Security Det, 1st Aviation Bde Pathfinders KIA/MIA Vietnam

Rosendo Montana Sr 52nd Sec Det 1st Avn Bde Pfdr KIA Vietnam  15 Apr 1970
Rosendo Montana Sr 52nd Sec Det 1st Avn Bde Pfdr KIA Vietnam 15 Apr 1970

Dak Seang. Killed while on a Pathfinder mission by small arms fire. Silver Star, Bronze Star with V(2)Purple Heart, ARCOM with V, Air Medal(2). Photo Credit Mary Montana

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Herndon Bivens 52nd Sec Det 1st Avn Bde Pfdr MIA Vietnam 15 Apr 1970
Herndon Bivens 52nd Sec Det 1st Avn Bde Pfdr MIA Vietnam 15 Apr 1970

Dak Seang. Missing in action after firefight while on a Pathfinder mission. Was last seen alive and shot multiple times. Silver Star, Bronze Star with V, Purple Heart, Air Medal, POW Medal. Airborne and Pathfinder qualified. Photo Credit Larry Fuhr

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268th CAB 1st Aviation Brigade Pathfinders KIA/MIA Vietnam

Jerry Elliot 268th CAB 1st Avn Bde Pfdr MIA Vietnam 21 Jan 1968
Jerry Elliot 268th CAB 1st Avn Bde Pfdr MIA Vietnam 21 Jan 1968

Missing in action. Purple Heart, CIB. Airborne and Pathfinder qualified. Photo credit Donna Elliott

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Douglas Noel 268th CAB 1st Avn Bde Pfdr KIA 31 Jul 67
Douglas Noel 268th CAB 1st Avn Bde Pfdr KIA 31 Jul 67

Purple Heart(2), CIB, Airborne and Pathfinder qualified. Photo credit Mike Teutschman

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10th CAB 1st Aviation Bde Pathfinders KIA Vietnam

William Keeler 10th CAB 1st Avn Bde KIA Vietnam 1 Dec 1969
William Keeler 10th CAB 1st Avn Bde KIA Vietnam 1 Dec 1969

Quang Duc Province. Posthumous promotion to Sergeant. Died in a Mortar Attack, Air Medal, Purple Heart, CIB, airborne badge, pathfinder torch. Photo Credit Billy Phillips

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SP4 Robert E. Jenne 8 May 1968
SP4 Robert E. Jenne 8 May 1968

10th CAB, 1st Avn Bde. Died when helicopter shot down while attached to 281st ASHC. Body not recovered. Purple Heart, Air Medal, Airborne badge. Photo credit Joyce Jeppson.

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145th CAB 1st Aviation Bde Pathfinders KIA Vietnam

CPL James Wood 145th CAB 11 Apr 1968
CPL James Wood 145th CAB 11 Apr 1968

Woody was killed by sniper as he was moving off LZ. Bronze Star with V, Air Medal with V(2), Purple Heart, CIB. Also served with 173rd and made a combat jump. Airborne and Pathfinder qualified. photo Credit vvmf.org

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14th CAB, 23rd Inf Div Pathfinders KIA Vietnam

Donald Whitlock III 14th CAB 23rd ID
Donald Whitlock III 14th CAB 23rd ID

Quang Ngai Province, Purple Heart, CIB, Airborne Wings, Pathfinder Torch

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Donald Whitlock III 14th CAB 23rd ID Pfdr KIA Vietnam 4 Aug 1971
Donald Whitlock III 14th CAB 23rd ID Pfdr KIA Vietnam 4 Aug 1971

Quang Ngai Province. Purple Heart. CIB, Airborne and Pathfinder qualified. Photo credit Jerry Sepulvado

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13th CAB 1st Aviation Bde Pathfinders KIA Vietnam

Francis M Beverly 13th CAB 1st Avn Bde Pfdr KIA 24 Jul 1969
Francis M Beverly 13th CAB 1st Avn Bde Pfdr KIA 24 Jul 1969

Kien Tuong Province. Helicopter explosion. Attached to 114th AHC. Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Air Medal(4), CIB. Airborne and Pathfinder qualified. Photo credit vvwf.org

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25th Avn Bn 25th Inf Div Pathfinders KIA Vietnam

Stephen E Feistner 25th Avn 25th Inf Div Pfdr KIA 8 Oct 1967
Stephen E Feistner 25th Avn 25th Inf Div Pfdr KIA 8 Oct 1967

Photo credit Roger Heilig Jr

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James P Spencer 25th Avn Bn 25th Inf Div Pfdr KIA Vietnam 24 Jan 1967
James P Spencer 25th Avn Bn 25th Inf Div Pfdr KIA Vietnam 24 Jan 1967

Photo credit David Olsen

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Alfred Coffroth 25th Avn Bn 25th Inf Div Pfdr KIA  31 Jan 1968
Alfred Coffroth 25th Avn Bn 25th Inf Div Pfdr KIA 31 Jan 1968

Distinguished Service Cross, Purple Heart, CIB. Died on 2nd tour with 506th PIR. Photo credit vvmf.org

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82nd Airborne Pathfinder Platoon

CW3 Wesley Fortenberry
CW3 Wesley Fortenberry

KIA 11 April 2004 Baghdad Iraq. He previously was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division Pathfinder Platoon. Awarded Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Air Medal

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CW3 Fortenberry Monument
CW3 Fortenberry Monument
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Individual Pathfinders

Iraq 

SSG Joseph P. Bellavia 194th MP Co. 716th MP Bn, 101st Air Assault Division KIA Karbala 16 Oct 2003 Awarded Purple Heart

MSG Ivika Jerak 1st SOCOM KIA 25 Aug 2005. Awarded Bronze Star (2), Purple Heart

SFC Trevor J. Diesing 1st SOCOM KIA 25 Aug 2005. Awarded Bronze Star (2), Purple Heart.

CPT Michael Y. Tarlavsky 1st Bn 5th Special Forces Group KIA 12 Aug 2004 Awarded Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart

Afghanistan

SSG Christian Longsworth 3rd Bn 7th Special Forces Group KIA 19 May 2006 Awarded Purple Heart

SFC Matthew Blaskowski 2nd Bn 503rd PIR, 173rd Airborne Brigade KIA 23 Sept 2007. Awarded Purple Heart

SSG Larry I. Rougle 2nd Bn 503rd PIR 173rd Airborne Brigade KIA 23 Oct 2007. Awarded Bronze Star, Purple Heart

MSG David L.  Hurt 1st Bn 3rd Special Forces Group KIA 20 Feb 2009. Awarded Bronze Star (2), Purple Heart

SFC Severin W. Summers III 2nd Bn 20th Special Forces Group KIA 2 Aug 2009. Awarded Bronze Star, Purple Heart

SFC Carlos Santos -Silva 2nd Bn 508th PIR 82nd Airborne KIA 22 Mar 2010. Awarded Bronze Star (2), Purple Heart

MSG Jared Van Aalst 1st SOCOM  KIA 2 Aug 2010. Awarded Bronze Star, Purple Heart

SFC Charles L. Adkins 101st Special Troops Bn 101st Airborne KIA 16 Apr 2011. Awarded Bronze Star, Purple Heart

SFC Kristoffer B. Domeij 2nd Bn 75th Ranger Regiment KIA 22 Oct 2011. Awarded Bronze Star, Purple Heart

WO1 Sean Mullen 2nd Bn 5th Special Forces Group KIA 2 June 2013. Awarded Bronze Star, Purple Heart

SFC Samuel C. Hairston 1st Bn 504th PIR 82nd Airborne KIA 12 Aug 2014. Awarded Bronze Star, Purple Heart

CPT Andrew Pedersen-Keel B Co 1st Bn 3rd Special Forces Group KIA 11 Mar 2013 Afghanistan. Awarded Bronze Star, Purple Heart

SFC William R. Brown 3rd Special Forces Group. KIA 6 Nov 2006. Afghanistan. Awarded Bronze Star with Valor, Purple Heart