We Remember

The following Illinois Service Members gave their lives for their country during Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) or Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). This page is currently under construction.

As our organization grows, this list will also grow to reflect all fallen Illinois Service Members.

Fallen Hero #16
SPC Norman Cain III
SGT Jessica Cawvey
SFC William D. Chaney
SSG Jacob Frazier
SGT Landis W. Garrison
SSG Kevin Grieco
SPC James Grijalva
SGT Joshua Harris
SGT Chester W. Hosford
SGT Jessica Housby
SPC Charles Lamb
SSG Joshua Melton
SGT Shawna Morrison
SGT Schuyler Patch
SSG Ivory Phipps
SPC Brandon Ramsey
SPC Jeremy Ridlen
SGT Simone Robinson
SGT Brian Romines
SGT Lukasz Saczek
1LT Brian Slavenas
SGT Gerrick Smith
SGT Paul Smith
1LT Jared Southworth
SGT Scott Stream
SGT Christopher M. Talbert
Staff Sgt. Jason Vazquez
SSG Kyle Wehrly
SPC Robert Weinger
1LT Derwin Williams
SPC Brian A. Wright


SGT Christopher Abeyta

Illinois Army National Guard
Midlothian, IL
A result of injuries sustained in Kot, Afghanistan, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. Abeyta was transported to Jalabad, Afghanistan, where he later died. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 178th Infantry Regiment, 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Woodstock, Ill.


SSG Jason Burkholder

Illinois Army National Guard
Champaign, IL
In Kabul, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered from an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 130th Infantry Regiment of Marion, Ill.


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