ESTABLISHED 2013

Wall of Remembrance

2014 YEAR TO DATE - YTD 

Photo by Al Burzynski, APR

Fallen 15 families gather in loving memory of their loved ones as part of annual memorial dinner.

Since 2013 the Fallen 15 has been working closely with local area Army Survivor Outreach Services (SOS) and our patriotic community partners to support their mission showing respect, gratitude, and providing continuing support for the families who loved ones gave all in support of the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT). 
 

Through a multitude of programs at no cost to the families, our veterans, and those currently serving or making the seamless transition back to civilian life.

Each year during the Annual Honor.Celebrate.Inspire. ™  Remembrance Dinner, with the approval and permission of the family members of our fallen warriors from Ohio, we announce

the names of the 15 warriors we will pay tribute to throughout the year by upholding the Fallen 15’s ethos of Honor.Celebrate.Inspire. ™ in their name during special community and outreach events,  execution of special events, Fallen 15 academic scholarship and whole warrior support programs while continuing to support their families who are still fighting the good fight and holding down the homefront.
 

Before a fallen warrior is honored for the upcoming year, we receive express permission from the family and work closely with them to continue to make a positive difference in the world and continue to lead by example as their loved ones did.
 

The origin of the Fallen 15 is a tribute from a humble warrior who wanted to honor the life of a very special cohort Sgt. 1st Class Daniel B. Crabtree a member of the Ohio Army National Guard’s Company B, 2nd Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in Columbus, Ohio.

 

A native of Columbus, Ohio, Crabtree died June 8, 2006, in Iraq after a roadside bomb exploded next to his vehicle during a combat patrol.

Like many warriors, Crabtree was an avid runner and often ran with his brother-in-arms in various competitive runs.  As a means to keep his memory and spirit alive, the annual Sgt. 1st Class Daniel B. Crabtree 5K Memorial Run was established.

After multiple deployments in support GWOT, his brother-in-arms joined forces with other passionate cohorts who understand the sacrifices made by the men, women, and families who answered America’s call to duty and the patriotic Americans who support them resulting in the formation of the all-volunteer, certified not-for-profit, Fallen 15 and adjoining Honor.Celebrate.Inspire.™ Initiative and whole warrior support programs.

 

The organization’s feature special event is the annual Fallen 15K.  Runners consisting of citizens, veterans, military cohorts pledge to run in the name of the 15 fallen warriors and their families honored for the year.  Each kilometer marker displays the name of our fallen warriors.  Their families are in attendance to cheer the runners on as they pass their loved one's remembrance marker. 


Steaming Audio (2016 Fallen 15 4th Annual Remembrance Dinner)

Disclaimer: No direct or implied endorsement by the Department of Defense or Department of Veterans Affairs.

We will always remember.

Sgt. Jesse M. Balthaser, U.S. Marine Corps., age 23, of Columbus, Ohio; assigned to the 3rd Combat Engineer Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif.; died Sept. 4, 2010, in Helmand province, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations.

1st Sgt. Russell Bell, U.S. Army, age 37, of Tyler, Texas, assigned to 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; died Aug. 2, 2012, in Zharay, Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by an enemy improvised explosive device.

Lance Cpl. Eric J. Bernholtz, U.S. Marine Corps, age 23, of Grove City, Ohio; assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve, Columbus, Ohio; attached to Regimental Combat Team 2, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward); killed Aug. 3, 2005, when his amphibious assault vehicle was attacked by an improvised explosive device while he was conducting combat operations south of Hadithah, Iraq.

Staff Sgt. Christopher L. Brown, U.S. Army, age 26, of Columbus, Ohio; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.; died April 3, 2012, in Khas Kunar district, Kunar province, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by an improvised explosive device.

Master Sgt. Shawn T. Hannon, Ohio Army National Guard, age 44, of Grove City, Ohio; assigned to 1st Battalion, 148th Infantry Regiment, 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Ohio Army National Guard, Walbridge, Ohio; died April 4, 2012, in Maymaneh, Faryab province, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device.

Cpl. Jason A. Lucas, U.S. Army, age 24, of Columbus, Ohio; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Polk, La.; died Oct. 13, 2006, from injuries sustained when his vehicle was struck by a suicide bomber using a vehicle-born improvised explosive device in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Pvt. Jonathan R. Pfender, U.S. Army, age 22, of Evansville, Ind.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky.; killed Dec. 30, 2005, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Humvee during patrol operations in Bayji, Iraq.

Sgt. Titus Reynolds, U.S. Army, age 23, of Columbus, Ohio; assigned to the 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Wash.; died Sept. 24, 2009, in Omar Zai, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an Improvised Explosive Device.

Master Sgt. Jeffrey J. Rieck, Ohio Army National Guard, age 45, of Columbus, Ohio; assigned to 1st Battalion, 148th Infantry Regiment, 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Ohio National Guard, Walbridge, Ohio; died April 4, 2012, in Maymaneh, Faryab province, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device.

Capt. Nicholas J. Rozanski, Ohio Army National Guard, age 36, of Dublin, Ohio; assigned to 1st Battalion, 148th Infantry Regiment, 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Ohio National Guard, Walbridge, Ohio; died April 4, 2012, in Maymaneh, Faryab province, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device.

Pfc. Jacob D. Spann, U.S. Marine Corps, age 21, of Columbus, Ohio; assigned to Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; killed Feb. 6, 2006, by an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations in Hit, Iraq.

Cpl. Jacob A. Tate, U.S. Marine Corps., age 21, of Columbus, Ohio; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died Jan. 2, 2011, while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

1st Lt. Charles L. Wilkins III, Ohio Army National Guard, age 38, of Columbus, Ohio; assigned to the 216th Engineer Battalion, Ohio Army National Guard, Hamilton, Ohio; killed Aug. 20, 2004, when an improvised explosive device exploded near his vehicle near Samarra, Iraq.

Lt. Miroslav S. Zilberman, U.S. Navy, age 31, of Columbus, Ohio; assigned to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121, based at Naval Base Norfolk, Va.; died after his E-2C Hawkeye crashed into the Arabian Gulf on March 31, 2010. The recovery effort was abandoned on April 2, 2010, and his body was not recovered.

IPfc. Nicholaus E. Zimmer, U.S. Army, age 20, of Columbus, Ohio; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 37th Armored Regiment, 1st Armored Division, Friedberg, Germany; killed May 30, 2004, when his vehicle came under attack by rocket-propelled grenades in Kufa, Iraq.

Lt. Col. Dominic R. Baragona, U.S. Army, age 42, of Niles, OH, assigned as the Battalion Commander, 19th Maintenance Battalion, III Corp Artillery, died May 19, 2003, in Safwan, Iraq.

Lt. Col. Thomas P. Belkofer, U.S. Army, age 44, of Perrysburg, OH, assigned to the 10th Mountain Division, died May 18, 2010, in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Cpl. Dustin A. Derga, U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, age 24, of Pickerington, OH, assigned to Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, died May 8, 2005, in Ubaydi, Iraq.

Lance Cpl. James F. Kimple, U.S. Marine Corps, age 21, of Carroll, OH, assigned to Combat Logistics Battalion 1, 1st Marine Logistics Regiment, 1 Marine Expeditionary Force, died May 3, 2008, in Karmah, Iraq.

Sgt. Justin F. Hoffman, U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, age 27, of Delaware, OH, assigned to 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve, died Aug. 3, 2005, in Hadithah, Iraq.

Staff Sgt. Phillip C. Jenkins, U.S. Army, age 26, family in Columbus, OH, assigned to Company B, 1st BN, 27th IN REGT, 2d Stryker AAB, Schofield Barracks, HI., died Sept. 7, 2010, in Balad, Iraq.

Sgt. Adam L. Knox, U.S. Army Reserve, age 21, of Columbus, OH, assigned to 346th Psychological Operations Company, (4ID), Parma, Ohio, died Sept. 17, 2006, in Baghdad, Iraq.

Spc. Nicholas E. Messmer, U.S. Army, age 20, of Franklin, OH, assigned to Company B, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry, (2MEF), Fort Carson, CO, died May 8, 2005, in Khalidiyah, Iraq.

Lance Cpl. Ryan A. Miller, U.S. Marine Corps, age 19, family in Columbus, OH, assigned to Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, died Sept. 3, 2006, in Barwanah, Iraq.

Spc. Zachary T. Myers, U.S. Army, age 21, of Delaware, OH, assigned to 545th Military Police Company, 607th MP BN, 8th MP Brigade, Fort Richardson, AK, died Sept 8, 2009, in Tikrit, Iraq.

Spc. Vincent J. Pomante III, U.S. Army, age 22, of Westerville, OH, assigned to HHB, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery, Geissen Depot, Germany, died Dec. 6, 2006, in Ramadi, Iraq.

Spc. Joseph W. Riley, U.S. Army, age 27, of Grove City, OH, assigned to 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd BCT, 82nd Airborne Division, died Nov. 24, 2014, in Kabul, Afghanistan.

2nd Lt. Justin L. Sisson, U.S. Army, age 23, family in Columbus, OH, assigned to HHC, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4 BCT, Fort Campbell, KY, died June 3, 2013, in Tsamkani, Afghanistan.

Cpl. Andre L. Williams, U.S. Marine Corps, age 23, of Galloway, OH, assigned to Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, died July 28, 2005, in Cykla, Iraq.

Staff. Sgt. Wesley R. Williams, U.S. Army, age 25, of New Carlisle, OH, assigned to Company B, 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 4th SBCT, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA, died Dec. 10, 2012, in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Lt. Stephen Byus, U.S. Navy, age 39, of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, died Tuesday, September 16, 2014, in Kabul, Afghanistan from injuries received from a suicide bomber attack near his location.  He was a Department of Defense civilian supply specialist working for the Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime based in Columbus, Ohio.

Lance Cpl. Michael Cifuentes, U.S. Marine Corps, age 25, of Fairfield, Ohio, died Aug. 3, 2005, when his amphibious assault vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device during combat operations south of Hadithah, Iraq.  He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve, Columbus, Ohio; attached to Regimental Combat Team 2, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward)

Maj. Michael Donahue, U.S. Army, age 41, of Columbus, Ohio, died September 16, 2014, in Kabul, Afghanistan, in a suicide car bomb attack.  He was assigned to Company C, Headquarters Battalion, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Staff Sgt. Shamus Goare, U.S. Army, age 29, of Danville, Ohio, died June 28, 2005, when an MH-47 Chinook helicopter crashed while ferrying personnel to a battle against militants in eastern Afghanistan.  He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.

Chief Warrant Officer 3 James Groves III, US Army, age 37, of Kettering, Ohio, died March 16, 2013, in Kandahar, Afghanistan, in an OH-58 Kiowa helicopter crash.  He was assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.

Spc. James Hall, Jr., U.S. Army, of Miamisburg, Ohio, died Nov. 11, 2011, from injuries sustained resulting from a bomb blast in Afghanistan supporting combat operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Staff Sgt. Adam King, U.S. Army, age 28, of Marion, Ohio, assigned to West Point Military Academy, died Dec. 18, 2012 after supporting the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) and transitioning back to civilian life.

Staff Sgt. Robert Massarelli, U.S. Army, age 32, of Hamilton, Ohio, died June 24, 2012, in Kandahar, Afghanistan.  He was assigned to the 180th Transportation Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), Fort Hood, Texas.

Sgt. Daniel McCall, U.S. Army, age 24, of Pace, Fla., died Oct. 30, 2007, in Baghdad of wounds sustained when enemy forces engaged his unit with small-arms fire and an improvised explosive device.  He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Benning, Ga.

Sgt. Arthur Mora, Jr., US Army, age 23, of Pico Rivera, Calif., died Oct. 19, 2005, when his Humvee was struck by indirect enemy fire during patrol operations in Balad, Iraq.  He was assigned to the to the 5th Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.

Lance Cpl. Aaron Reed, U.S. Marine Corp, age 21, of Chillicothe, Ohio, died Aug. 3, 2005, when an improvised explosive device hit his amphibious assault vehicle during combat operations south of Hadithah, Iraq.  He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve, Columbus, Ohio; attached to Regimental Combat Team 2, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward).

Lt. Joseph Sharpe, U.S. Air Force, age 30, of Columbus Ohio, died March 14, 2015, of acute myeloid leukemia. Sharpe was a Global War on Terrorism veteran (GWOT).

Sgt. 1st Class  Daniel Smith, U.S. Army, age 32, died Oct. 24, 2009, from injuries sustained in a civilian skydiving accident during off-duty hours while he was attending law enforcement training at Fort Leonardwood (Missouri).
He was assigned to the 391st Military Police Battalion of Columbus and a veteran of the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT).

Sgt. Christopher Terry, U.S. Army, age 37, died March 18, 2014, from cancer.  Terry was a Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) veteran.

Cpl. Paul Zanowick, II, U.S. Marine Corps, age 23, of Miamisburg, Ohio, died June 3, 2011, in Karim Karez, Helmand province, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, Calif.

Army Sgt. 1st Class Daniel B. Crabtree, age 31, of Canton, Ohio; died June 8, 2006, from injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Humvee during combat operations in Kut, Iraq.

He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group, Ohio Army National Guard, Columbus, Ohio

Lance Cpl. Stacey “Annie” Dryden, was assigned to 1st Supply Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group, Camp Pendleton, California. She died in Al Asad of injuries sustained in a non-hostile incident. Dryden was a 2004 graduate of Glenoak High School in Canton, Ohio. While in high school, she was a member of the choir and on the cheerleading squad.

After graduation, she worked a few jobs but felt she needed something more challenging. In March 2007, she joined the Marines and had been in Iraq only two months as a packing and packaging specialist. Her fellow Marines named her the "fiery angel" because she came off as sweet and innocent, but she was tough as nails. But the other side of her was strong, always there if you needed her, and blessed with a positive attitude and compassion.

Sgt. Bradley J. Harper, U.S. Marine Corps, age 25, of Dresden, Ohio; assigned to the 4th Assault Amphibian Battalion, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve, Norfolk, Va.; attached to Regimental Combat Team 2, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward); killed Aug. 3, 2005, when his amphibious assault vehicle was attacked by an improvised explosive device while he was conducting combat operations south of Hadithah, Iraq.

Spc. Benjamin D. Harris, age 31, of Hilliard, Ohio, passed away June 9, 2016, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Born in Oxford, Ohio, he was a 2003 graduate of Hilliard Darby High School and a graduate of The Ohio State University. Harris was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving as a medic deployed to Afghanistan. He was a member of the Ohio National Guard before recently transferring to the New Mexico National Guard.

Pfc. Timothy J. Hines Jr., U.S. Army age 21, of Fairfield, Ohio, died July 14, 2005, at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C., from wounds sustained on June 19 when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Humvee in Baghdad.  He was assigned to the 64th Military Police Company, 720th Military Police Battalion, 89th Military Police Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas.

Staff Sgt. Kendall H. Ivy II, U.S. Marine Corps, age 28, of Crawford, Ohio, killed in action May 11, 2005, by an explosion while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Karabilah, Iraq.  He was assigned to Regimental Combat Team 2, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Staff Sgt. Matthew J. Kuglics, U.S. Air Force, age 25, of North Canton, Ohio, died June 5, 2007, in Kirkuk, Iraq, of wounds sustained when his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device. He was assigned as a special agent to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations.

Sgt. David J. Luff Jr., U.S. Army, age 29, of Hamilton, Ohio, died 21, 2010, in Tikrit, Iraq, from wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with small-arms fire. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

Lt. Jason S. Manse, U.S. Navy, age 30 of Pensacola, FL, passed away  January 10, 2006. He died in a tragic plane crash while training student navigators in his job as a U.S. Navy flight instructor.

Manse was born on March 22, 1975, in Canton, OH to Ron and Cindy Manse. He graduated from St. Mary's Grade School and Canton Central Catholic High School.

Manse distinguished himself as the class salutatorian while also earning many other academic & athletic honors. He attended Duke University on a Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarship and graduated in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history.

Staff Sgt. Keith M. Maupin, U.S. Army, age 24, of Batavia, Ohio; assigned to the 724th Transportation Company, Bartonville, Ill.; the armed forces medical examiner confirmed March 29, 2008, that human remains recovered in Iraq were those of Maupin, who had been listed as missing-captured since April 16, 2004. Maupin’s convoy came under attack by individuals using rocket-propelled grenades and small arms fire April 9, 2004.

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Sgt. Daniel J. Patron, U.S. Marine Corps, age 26, of Canton, Ohio; assigned to 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died Aug. 6, 2011, in Helmand province, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations.

Lance Cpl. Devon P. Seymour, U.S. Marine Corps, age 21, of St. Louisville, Ohio;  was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve, Akron, Ohio.  He was killed June 9, 2005, in an explosion while conducting combat operations with 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), in Haqlaniyah, Iraq

Sgt. David Matthew Smith, U.S. Army, age 24, formerly of Sandusky, died unexpectedly on Nov. 14th, 2016 at Lewis McCord Army base in Tacoma Washington.  Smith was born on June 23, 1992, in Pineville, Kentucky, and was a 2010 Margaretta High School graduate and a captain on the wrestling team. He attended Bowling Green State University until his enlistment in the U.S. Army in 2012 where he excelled in his military training and was transitioning to become an Air Defense Early System Operator.

Lance Cpl. William Brett Wightman, age 22, of Sabina, Ohio; was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve, Columbus, Ohio; attached to Regimental Combat Team 2, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward).  He was killed in action Aug. 3, 2005, when his amphibious assault vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device during combat operations south of Hadithah, Iraq.

Staff Sgt. Sonny C. Zimmerman, U.S. Army, age 25, of Waynesfield, Ohio; assigned to 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, Fort Campbell, Ky.; was killed in action July 16, 2013, in Mushaka, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by a rocket-propelled grenade.