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‘Faces of the Fallen’ Remembers Hillsborough’s Fallen Soldiers

The Washington Post keeps a database of the fallen soldiers of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. We remember here 28 of the 6,013 soldiers, whose home states were noted as towns and cities of Greater Brandon and Hillsborough County.

By the numbers is a stark way of remembering human life, but it is one way to report the cost of war on this Memorial Day, lest we never forget the toll that has been paid in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

The state of California has paid the highest toll in the number of U.S. service members who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan, with Texas and Florida ranking second and third, according to the “Faces of the Fallen” database maintained by The Washington Post.

The searchable database reports on the 6,013 soldiers who, as of this Memorial Day posting, have lost their lives in Operation Iraqi Freedom (4,442) and Operation Enduring Freedom (1,571).

The report’s latest home state breakdown shows that California leads the country with 624 fallen soldiers, followed by Texas (534), Florida (294), Pennsylvania (263) and New York (262).

The database is searchable by age, year of death, home state and military branch. It is updated at least twice monthly from military releases, news service reports and local newspaper stories.

An analysis of the database shows that Hillsborough County, including the Greater Brandon communities of Brandon, Hillsborough, Lithia, Plant City and Seffner (as categorized by the researcher), accounts for 11 of the fallen soldiers, with Ruskin, Tampa and Thonotossasa accounting for another 17 soldiers.

(Editor’s Note: An earlier Brandon Patch report, , notes 43 soldiers with engravings at markers at the Joe Chillura Courthouse Square Memorial in downtown Tampa. This list includes soldiers who at their time of death were not from Hillsborough but had once lived there or had strong ties to the county.)

Overall, according to The Washginton Post database, 22 of the county’s fallen soldiers hailing from Hillsborough served in the Army; the remaining six served in the Marines. The soldiers’ ages ranged from 19 to 56, with 25 the median and 28 the average. Collectively, the soldiers lived 782 years.

The database includes, for each soldier, hometown, age, date of death, unit and a brief description of the incident that led to the soldier’s death. Related links to coverage and tributes is included as well. (Click each soldier’s name to link to the database section applicable to that soldier, for additional information.)

BRANDON

  • Spec. Marc A. Anderson / Age: 30 / Died: March 4, 2002 / Operation Enduring Freedom / Army, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Stewart, Ga.
  • Spec. Alexis Roman-Cruz / Age: 33 / Died: Nov. 16, 2005 / Operation Iraqi Freedom / Army, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky.

HILLSBOROUGH

  • Lance Spl. Antonio J. Sledd / Age: 20 / Died: Oct. 8, 2002 / Operation Enduring Freedom / Marines, Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

LITHIA

  • Pfc. Marc A. Delgado / Age: 21 / Died: Nov. 24, 2005 / Operation Iraqi Freedom / Army, 170th Military Police Company, 504th Military Police Battalion, 42nd Military Police Brigade, Fort Lewis, Wash.

PLANT CITY

  • Pfc. Paul O. Cuzzupe / Age: 23 / Died: Aug. 8, 2010 / Operation Enduring Freedom / Army, 3rd Squadron, 2nd Stryker Calvary Regiment, Vilseck, Germany
  • Lance Cpl. Ronald D. Freeman / Age: 25 / Died: April 28, 2011 / Operation Enduring Freedom / Marines, 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
  • Pct. Jody W. Missildine / Age: 19 / Died: April 8, 2006 / Operation Iraqi Freedom / Army, 2nd Battalion, 37th Armed Regiment, 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division, Friedberg, Germany
  • Lance Cpl. James R. Phillips / Age: 21 / Died: Dec. 23, 2004 / Operation Iraqi Freedom / Marines, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, Calif.
  • Lt. Col. Peter E. Winston / Age: 56 / Died: Nov. 13, 2006 / Operation Iraqi Freedom / Army, 143rd Sustainment Command, Orlando, Fla. 

RUSKIN

  • Spec. David A. Hess / Age: 25 / Died: Oct. 10, 2010 / Operation Enduring Freedom / Army, 526th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.
  • Pfc. Cody J. Orr / Age: 21 / Died: Jan. 17. 2004 / Operation Iraqi Freedom / Army, 2nd Battalion, 20th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Tex. 

SEFFNER

  • Sgt. 1st Class Jason J. Fabrizi / Age: 29 / Died: July 14, 2009 / Operation Enduring Freedom / Army, 3rd Squadron, 61st Calvary Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.
  • Staff Sgt. Michael D. Thomas / Age: 34 / Died: April 27, 2007 / Operation Enduring Freedom / Army, 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, N.C.

TAMPA

  • Pfc. Roberto C. Baez / Age: 19 / Died: Oct. 3, 2005 / Operation Iraqi Freedom / Army, 3rd Batallion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.
  • Pfc. Joshua D. Brown / Age: 26 / Died: June 3, 2007 / Operation Iraqi Freedom / Army, 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Schweinfurt, Germany
  • Staff Sgt. Wilbert Davis / Age: 40 / Died: April 3, 2003 / Operation Iraqi Freedom / Army, 3rd Battalion, 69th Armor, 3rd Army Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.
  • Staff Sgt. Joseph F. Fuerst III / Age: 26 / Died: June 24 2006 / Operation Enduring Freedom / Army National Guard, 53rd Infantry Brigade, Army National Guard, Pinellas Park, Fla.
  • Cpt. Aaron M. Griner / Age: 24 / Died: June 28, 2006 / Operation Enduring Freedom / Army, 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, N.Y.
  • Staff Sgt. John L. Hartman Jr. / Age: 39 / Died: Nov. 30, 2006 / Operation Iraqi Freedom / Army, 1st Battalion, 9th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.
  • Sgt. 1st Class David A. Heringes / Age: 36 / Died: Aug. 24, 2007 / Operation Iraqi Freedom / Army, 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborn Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.
  • Spec. Eric N. Lembke / Age: 25 / Died: Oct. 23, 2009 / Operation Enduring Freedom / Army, 569th Mobility Augmentation Company, 4th Engineer Battalion, Fort Carson, Colo.
  • Sgt. Bryan C. Luckey / Age: 25 / Died: June 29, 2006 / Operation Iraqi Freedom / Army, 562nd Engineer Company, 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Fort Wainwright, Alaska
  • Staff Sgt. Michael B. Quinn / Age: 37 / Died: May 27, 2003 / Operation Iraqi Freedom / Army, 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Carson, Colo.
  • Sgt. 1st Class Paul R. Smith / Age: 33 / Died: April 4, 2003 / Operation Iraqi Freedom / Army, 11th Engineer Battalion, 3rd Army Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.
  • Sgt. Antwan L. Walker / Age: 22 / Died: May 18, 2005 / Operation Iraqi Freedom / Army, 2nd Forward Support Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.
  • Lance Cpl. Nicholas Wilt / Age: 23 / Died: Sept. 3, 2004 / Operation Iraqi Freedom / Marines, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif.
  • Lance Cpl. Kevin G. Waruinge / Age: 22 / Died: Aug. 3, 2005 / Operation Iraqi Freedom / Marine Reserves, 4th Assault Amphibian Battalion, 4th Marine Division, Marine Corps Reserve, Gulfport, Miss.

THONOTOSASSA

  • Sgt. Daniel M. Angus / Age: 28 / Died: Jan. 24, 2010 / Operation Enduring Freedom / Marines, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C. 

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