Friday, May 27, 2011

The Price We Pay

In the year since we last celebrated Memorial Day eight more soldiers from Oregon have lost their lives in the conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Oregon has lost a total of 128 soldiers in this "war on terror." 

At the start of the conflict in Iraq Oregon's former governor, Ted Kulongoski, pledged to attend the funerals of Oregon soldiers who died in the war effort.  When I was a school administrator I remember receiving notifications from the governor's office to fly our school's flag at half staff when Oregon lost another soldier, and I remember reading in the newspaper that Governor Kulongoski was attending another funeral.  Some months it seemed that our flag was always flying at half staff.  I don't think our current governor attends the funerals, but he does maintain a website that shows the faces of Oregon's fallen soldiers.  You can view it here.  So many young faces.  So many fathers who will never see their children grow up.  So many young lives lost to war.

This Memorial Day take a moment to mourn those we have lost.

Oregon's Casualties in Iraq

Tobler Brandon S. Portland Ore. U.S. Mar 22, 2003

Contreras Aaron J. Sherwood Ore. U.S. Mar 30, 2003

Stever Robert A. Pendleton Ore. U.S. Apr 8, 2003

Bradach-Nall Travis J. Portland Ore. U.S. Jul 2, 2003

Kesterson Erik C. Independence Ore. U.S. Nov 15, 2003

Blickenstaff Joseph M. Corvallis Ore. U.S. Dec 8, 2003

Wesley Christopher J. Rivera Portland Ore. U.S. Dec 8, 2003

Nakis Nathan W. Corvallis Ore. U.S. Dec 16, 2003

Moothart Travis A. Brownsville Ore. U.S. Jan 27, 2004

Ramirez William C. Portland Ore. U.S. Feb 11, 2004

Rogers Philip G. Gresham Ore. U.S. Apr 4, 2004

Van Leuven Gary F. Klamath Falls Ore. U.S. Apr 17, 2004

Whitham Chase R. Eugene Ore. U.S. May 8, 2004

Roberts Bob W. Newport Ore. U.S. May 17, 2004

McCrae Erik S. Portland Ore. U.S. Jun 4, 2004

Eyerly Justin L. Salem Ore. U.S. Jun 4, 2004

Linden Justin W. Portland Ore. U.S. Jun 4, 2004

McKinley Eric S. Corvallis Ore. U.S. Jun 13, 2004

Huston James B. Umatilla Ore. U.S. Jul 2, 2004

Kelly Bryan P. Klamath Ore. U.S. Jul 16, 2004

Leisten Ken W. Cornelius Ore. U.S. Jul 28, 2004

Weisenburg David J. Portland Ore. U.S. Sep 13, 2004

Isenberg Benjamin W. Sheridan Ore. U.S. Sep 13, 2004

Johnson David W. Portland Ore. U.S. Sep 25, 2004

Mitts David A. Hammond Ore. U.S. Dec 4, 2004

Moore James L. Roseburg Ore. U.S. Jan 26, 2005

Warren Mark C. La Grande Ore. U.S. Jan 31, 2005

Plumondore Adam J. Gresham Ore. U.S. Feb 16, 2005

Davis Kevin D. Lebanon Ore. U.S. Apr 8, 2005

Thornton Steven W. Eugene Ore. U.S. Apr 18, 2005

Wessel Kevin S.K. Newport Ore. U.S. Apr 19, 2005

Kent Aaron A. Portland Ore. U.S. Apr 23, 2005

Rockholt Ricky W. Winston Ore. U.S. Apr 28, 2005

Simpson Jacob M. Ashland Ore. U.S. May 16, 2005

Troyer Tyler J. Tangent Ore. U.S. Nov 19, 2005

Zyla Michael S. Elgin Ore. U.S. Dec 13, 2005

Walker Ryan D. Stayton Ore. U.S. Jan 5, 2006

Nettles Marcques J. Beaverton Ore. U.S. Apr 2, 2006

Loveless Jeremy M. Estacada Ore. U.S. May 29, 2006

Jones Robert L. Milwaukie Ore. U.S. Jun 17, 2006

Tucker Thomas L. Madras Ore. U.S. Jun 16, 2006

Pate Christopher T. Portland Ore. U.S. Jul 21, 2006

Lee Marc A. Hood River Ore. U.S. Aug 2, 2006

Newman Randy L. Bend Ore. U.S. Aug 20, 2006

Henkes Richard J. Portland Ore. U.S. Sep 3, 2006

Haag Chase A. Portland Ore. U.S. Oct 1, 2006

Bright Dean R. Roseburg Ore. U.S. Oct 4, 2006

Jones Derek W. Salem Ore. U.S. Oct 8, 2006

Gibson Brennan C. Tualatin Ore. U.S. Dec 10, 2006

Hill Ryan J. Keizer Ore. U.S. Jan 20, 2007

Fennerty Sean P. Corvallis Ore. U.S. Jan 20, 2007

Browning Brian A. Astoria Ore. U.S. Feb 6, 2007

Windsor Nathanial D. Scappoose Ore. U.S. Mar 13, 2007

Lightner Nicholas J. Newport Ore. U.S. Mar 21, 2007

Walton Brett A. Hillsboro Ore. U.S. Apr 9, 2007

Vaughan Michael L. Otis Ore. U.S. Apr 23, 2007

Peterson Dale G. Redmond Ore. U.S. Apr 23, 2007

Rodriguez Dominic N. Klamath Falls Ore. U.S. Jun 22, 2007

Kenny Joseph P. Veneta Ore. U.S. Jun 23, 2007

Schill Juan M. Garcia Grants Pass Ore. U.S. Jul 2, 2007

Stacy Steven A. Coos Bay Ore. U.S. Jul 5, 2007

Wiens Kory D. Independence Ore. U.S. Jul 6, 2007

Leckel Daniel A. Medford Ore. U.S. Jul 25, 2007

Elizalde Adrian M. North Bend Ore. U.S. Aug 23, 2007

Jensen Drew N. Clackamas Ore. U.S. Sep 7, 2007

McMahon Graham M. Corvallis Ore. U.S. Sep 19, 2007

McBride Zachary W. Bend Ore. U.S. Jan 9, 2008

Young Joshua A. R. Riddle Ore. U.S. Jan 28, 2008

Miller Mikeal W. Albany Ore. U.S. Jan 27, 2008

Ellis Jessica A. Bend Ore. U.S. May 11, 2008

Eggleston Cody J. Eugene Ore. U.S. Oct 24, 2008

Johnson Robert L. Central Point Ore. U.S. Dec 20, 2008

Tillery Joshua M. Beaverton Ore. U.S. Jan 26, 2009

Oregon's Casualties in Afghanistan

Jeffries Joseph Allen Beaverton Ore. U.S. May 29, 2004

Lucas Jeffrey Alan Corbett Ore. U.S. Jun 28, 2005

Baum Tane Travis Pendleton Ore. U.S. Sep 25, 2005

Stump Adrian Bovee Pendleton Ore. U.S. Sep 25, 2005

Blake Joseph Robert Portland Ore. U.S. Aug 17, 2006

Paul Robert Joseph The Dalles Ore. U.S. Sep 8, 2006

Lindsey Nathaniel Bradley Troutdale Ore. U.S. Sep 10, 2006

Nguyen Long Ngoc Portland Ore. U.S. Feb 10, 2007

Bertrand Bryan Pahl Coos Bay Ore. U.S. Jan 9, 2002

Henderson Christopher D. Hillsboro Ore. U.S. Jun 17, 2007

Brennan Joshua C. Ontario Ore. U.S. Oct 26, 2007

Ngo Tan Q. Beaverton Ore. U.S. Aug 27, 2008

Wiley James L. North Bend Ore. U.S. Sep 18, 2008


  1. Makes it more real to see them listed.

  2. Thanks for listing these young heroes, Nana. I am so sad that we are still fighting these wars, and the kids are the ones who are dying.

  3. A list far too long. I'm so glad you've given us the opportunity to reflect on the loss of these young lives.

  4. My goodness, the cost is so high. We also have scarcely a day go by without news of another young life cut short too soon. So sad.

    (Darn, blogger is refusing to post me as Shrinky - gahhhhhhhh!!)

  5. Thanks for taking the time to list these young people. Yes, the cost is high.

  6. So sad...
    A nice tribute to those who gave it all


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