Remembering the Fallen: A Few Profiles from Iraq and Afghanistan

Staff Sgt.  Robert Miller was awarded a Medal of Honor on Oct. 6, 2010 for giving his life for his comrades in 2008 during a firefight against over 100 insurgents in Afghanistan.  His actions allowed 22 fellow soldiers, both American and Afghan, to seek and find cover.  He was 24. 

U.S. Army Sgt. Allen Dunckley of Yardley, PA, gave his life in Iraq when his unit was attacked by the enemy who used makeshift bombs and small arms fire.  He died May 14, 2007 when he was 25.

It was Aug. 8, 2011 when Sgt. Alessandro L. Plutino died in Paktia province, Afghanistan as a result of wounds he suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire.  He served the U.S. Army and comes from Pitman, NJ.   Sgt. Plutino was 28.

A Madison, Wisconsin Army Reserves Specialist died at the age of 24, when her unit had a makeshift bomb detonate nearby.  Spec. Rachael L. Hugo was serving in Iraq.  She died on Oct. 5, 2007. 

U.S. Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer John W. Marcum died as a result of wounds suffered while conducting combat operations in Afghanistan.  This serviceman from Flushing, Michigan gave his life on Sept. 12, 2008 at the age of 34.  

Find some of the fallen from your state or any other of the 50 states at Faces of the Fallen by the Washington Post

According to the Washington Post, 6,440 U.S. service personnel have given their lives in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.  

Let's not forget them and the families they leave behind.  

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