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Correction
A previous online version of this editorial failed to include an army sergeant from Auburn. JaBraun S. Knox and another soldier were killed by enemy rocket fire on May 18, 2012, in Asadabad, Afghanistan.
Scott Stantis | Chicago Tribune
Editorial

We pause in reflection

As we celebrate Memorial Day, we take time to reflect on the day's deeper meaning. With that in mind, we present the roll of those from the area who have given their lives in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Sgt. JaBraun S. Knox of Auburn was killed by enemy rocket fire on May 18, 2012, in Asadabad, Afghanistan.

Lance Cpl. William “Billy” H. Crouse IV, 22, died Dec 21, 2010, in Afghanistan along with his bomb-sniffing dog when an improvised explosive device exploded.

Staff Sgt. Kevin Pape, 30, of Fort Wayne, died Nov. 6, 2010, during combat with the Taliban in Kunar Province.

Sgt. Phillip Jenkins, 26, died Sept. 7, 2010, at a medical facility in Balad, Iraq, after being shot by an Iraqi soldier in Tuz Khurmatu, about 130 miles northeast of Baghdad.

Army Pfc. Chad Clements, of Huntington, died Aug. 30, 2010, during an attack with an improvised explosive device while he was on a mission.

Army Staff Sgt. Kristopher D. Rodgers, formerly of LaGrange, died Aug. 16, 2008, when a roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle.

National Guard Sgt. Brian K. Miller, 37, of Pendleton, died Aug. 2, 2008, in Abd Allah, Iraq, of injuries suffered in a vehicle accident. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 293rd Infantry Regiment, D Company out of Huntington.

Army Staff Sgt. James P. Snyder, 48, a Syracuse native, died May 10, 2008, in Georgia from injuries he had suffered in a January roadside bomb explosion in Baghdad.

Army Cpl. Ryan A. Woodward, 22, of Fort Wayne, died Sept. 8, 2007, in Balad, northwest of Baghdad, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using small-arms fire during combat operations.

Army Pfc. Nick Hartge, 20, of Rome City, died May 14, 2007, in Adhamiya, Iraq, during a combat operation.

Army Pfc. Richard P. Langenbrunner, 19, of Fort Wayne, died April 17, 2007, in Rustamiyah, Iraq, of injuries suffered in a non-combat related incident.

National Guard Staff Sgt. Bradley King, 28, of Lafontaine, died April 2, 2007, in Al Amiriyah, Iraq, from an improvised explosive device while on combat operations.

Army 1st Lt. Neale M. Shank, 25, of Fort Wayne, died March 31, 2007, in Baghdad of non-combat injuries.

National Guard Staff Sgt. Paul S. Pabla, 23, of Fort Wayne, died July 3, 2006, when he came under attack while on foot patrol in the northern Iraq city of Mosul.

Marine Lance Cpl. David Grames Sanchez, 22, of Fort Wayne, died May 11, 2006, when the tank he and three other Marines were in rolled into a canal near Karmah, 50 miles west of Baghdad in Anbar province.

National Guard Staff Sgt. Brock A. Beery, 30, who grew up in Warsaw, died March 23, 2006, when his armored vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device near Al Habbaniyah, about 80 miles west of Baghdad.

Army Cpl. Jonathan F. Blair, 21, of Fort Wayne, died Nov. 19, 2005, near Bayji, Iraq, with three other soldiers from his Army unit when an improvised explosive device blew up near their vehicle during a combat operation.

Marine Lance Cpl. Scott A. Zubowski, 20, of North Manchester, died Nov. 12, 2005, when a roadside bomb exploded under the military vehicle he was riding in near Fallujah, Iraq.

Army Sgt. Christopher T. Monroe, 19, of Kendallville, died Oct. 25, 2005, when his 5-ton truck and a civilian vehicle collided in Basra, Iraq.

National Guard Capt. Michael T. Fiscus, 36, of Milford, died March 26, 2005, when a land mine exploded under the vehicle he was in south of Kabul, Afghanistan.

National Guard Master Sgt. Michael T. Hiester, 33, of Bluffton, died March 26, 2005, when a land mine exploded under the vehicle he was in south of Kabul, Afghanistan.

Army Spc. Brian H. Penisten, 28, of Fort Wayne, died Nov. 2, 2003, with 14 other soldiers when Iraq insurgents shot down a transport helicopter on its way to the U.S. base at the Baghdad airport.

Marine Lance Cpl. David Fribley, 26, of Warsaw, died March 23, 2003, during an ambush in which Iraqi troops opened fire after pretending to surrender.

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