Army Chief Warrant Officer Christopher C. Johnson Died August 14, 2007 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom 31, of Michigan; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment, Task Force 49, Fort Wainwright, Alaska; died Aug. 14 in Taqaddum, Iraq, of injuries sustained when his helicopter crashed.
Army Staff Sgt. Robert R. Pirelli Died August 15, 2007 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom 29, of Franklin, Mass.; assigned to 3rd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Carson, Colo.; died Aug. 15 in Baqubah, Iraq, of wounds sustained from enemy small-arms fire.
Army Pvt. Mark W. Graham Died March 7, 2007 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom 22, of Lafayette, La.; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; died March 7 at Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his unit while on combat patrol March 2 in Baghdad.
Sgt. Robert Huff and Cpl. Patrick O’Rourke with a Military Police Platoon rescue an Afghan child from encroaching flood waters in the Nari Shahi village in the Beshood District of eastern Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province on July 28. The flooding was caused when more than 6 inches of rain enveloped the area in a few hours. The platoon was returning from a patrol in the district and stopped to help the villagers when they realized the dangers of the situation.
Army Sgt. Moises Jazmin Died August 27, 2006 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom 25, of Providence, R.I.; assigned to 1st Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; killed Aug. 27 when an improvised explosive device detonated near his M2A3 Bradley vehicle during combat operations in Taji, Iraq.
Profile of courage - “I’m still here.” Senior Airman Mike Malarsie, USAF, is a tactical air control party (TACP) specialist. He was hit by a roadside bomb while he, one other TACP and 11 Army soldiers were on foot patrol near Kandahar, Afghanistan, January 3, 2010. He wants to remain in the Air Force; “Yeah, I’m blind, but I’m still here. I’m not going to let this wound hold me back … I don’t want to take off the uniform. It’s always been a dream of mine to be in the military."