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The following Illinois Service Members gave their lives for their country during Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) or Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). Click on the Fallen Hero’s picture for more information about their service and sacrifice.

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

Spc. James Grijalva

Illinois Army National Guard
26
10/14/2005
Burbank, Illinois
in Baghdad, Iraq of non-combat related injury. Grijalva was assigned to the Army National Guard’s 2nd Battalion, 130th Infantry Regiment, Urbana, Illinois.

1st Lt. Derwin I Williams

Illinois Army National Guard
41
7/6/2009
Glenwood, IL
1st Lt. Derwin Williams died of wounds sustained when his vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to Troop B, 2nd Battalion, 106th Cavalry based in Dixon, IL.

Sgt. Scott Stream

Illinois Army National Guard
39
2/24/2009
Mattoon, IL
in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 130th Infantry Regiment, 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Effingham, Ill.

Staff Sgt. Kevin Grieco

Illinois Army National Guard
35
10/27/2008
Bartlett, IL
in Baghlan, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when a suicide bomber detonated explosives as they were preparing to enter a building. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 122nd Field Artillery, Illinois Army National Guard, Sycamore, Ill.

Sgt. Simone Robinson

Illinois Army National Guard
21
3/1/2009
University Park, IL
at Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas, of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near her security post on Jan. 17 in Kabul, Afghanistan. She was assigned to the 634th Brigade Support Battalion of the Illinois Army National Guard, Crestwood, Ill.

1st Lt. Brian Slavenas

Illinois Army National Guard
30
11/2/2003
Genoa, Illinois
when his aircraft was shot down near the town of Falluja, Iraq. 1st Lt. Slavenas was assigned to Co. F, 1st Battalion, 106th Aviation in Peoria, Illinois.

Staff Sgt. Kyle Wehrly

Illinois Army National Guard
28
11/3/2005
Galesburg, Illinois
in Iraq as a result of hostile action by insurgents. Wehrly was assigned to Bravo Battery, 2nd Battalion, 123rd Field Artillery, Macomb, Illinois.

Spc. Norman Cain III

Illinois Army National Guard
22
3/15/2009
Mt. Morris, IL
SPC. Cain died as a result of injuries sustained in Kot and he died at the scene of the incident in Kot, Afghanistan, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 178th Infantry Regiment, 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Woodstock, IL.

Sgt. Shawna Morrison

Illinois Army National Guard
26
9/5/2004
Paris, Illinois
in Baghdad, Iraq, during a during a mortar attack. Morrison was assigned to the Army National Guard’s 1544th Transportation Company, Paris, Ill.

Sgt. Gerrick Smith

Illinois Army National Guard
19
7/29/2009
Sullivan, IL
in Herat, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 130th Infantry, Illinois Army National Guard, Marion, Ill.

Spc. Brandon Ramsey

Illinois Army National Guard
21
8/8/2003
Calument City, Illinois
Spc. Brandon Ramsey died in Tallil, Iraq while performing convoy security operations in pursuit of a suspicious vehicle. Specialist Ramsey was assigned to the 933d Military Police Company of Chicago, IL.

Sgt. Jessica Cawvey

Illinois Army National Guard
21
10/6/2004
Mahomet, Illinois
in Iraq, was part of a cargo truck convoy traveling a main supply route. She was killed when an improvised explosive device was detonated near the convoy along the supply route.

Sgt. Christopher M Talbert

Illinois Army National Guard
24
7/7/2009
Galesburg, IL
in Shindad, Afghanistan of wounds sustained when his vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 130th Infantry based in Marion, IL.

Sgt. Brian Romines

Illinois Army National Guard
20
6/6/2005
Simpson, Illinois
in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV. Romines was assigned to the Army National Guard’s 2nd Battalion, 123rd Field Artillery, Milan, Ill.

Sgt. Jessica Housby

Illinois Army National Guard
23
2/9/2005
Rock Island, Illinois
when an improvised explosive device was detonated near the convoy along the supply route. A motor transport operator with the Illinois Guard transportation company, Housby was part of a cargo truck convoy traveling a supply route between forward operating base Scania and forward operating base Stryker on Feb. 9.

Spc. Robert Weinger

Illinois Army National Guard
24
3/15/2009
Round Lake Beach, Ill.
a result of injuries sustained in Kot, Afghanistan, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. Weinger 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.

Staff Sgt. Jacob Frazier

Illinois Air National Guard
24
3/29/2003
St Charles, Illinois
by suspected former Taliban during an ambush on his reconnaissance convoy at Geresk, in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan. He was part of a special operations team that was inspecting a school and hospital being built with American funding. He was assigned to the 169th Air Support Operations Squadron (182d Airlift Wing) in Peoria, Illinois.

Sgt. 1st Class William D Chaney

Illinois Army National Guard
59
5/18/2004
Schaumburg, Illinois
in Landstuhl, Germany due to a non-combat related injury. Chaney was assigned to the Illinois Army National Guard, Company B, 1st Battalion, 106th Aviation Regiment, Chicago, Ill.

1st Lt. Jared Southworth

Illinois Army National Guard
26
2/8/2009
Oakland, 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.

Spc. Brian A Wright

Illinois Army National Guard
19
12/6/2005
Keensburg, Illinois
in Ramadi, Iraq on on Dec. 6, when his HMMWV struck a mine during combat operations. Wright was assigned to the Army National Guard’s 135th Engineer Company, Lawrenceville, Ill.

Staff Sgt. Ivory Phipps

Illinois Army National Guard
44
3/17/2004
Chicago, Illinois
in Baghdad, Iraq, from a mortar attack. Sgt. Phipps was assigned to the 1544th Transportation Company, Illinois Army National Guard, Paris, Illinois.

Sgt. Landis W Garrison

Illinois Army National Guard
23
4/29/2004
Rapids City, Illinois
in Abu Gharb, Iraq, of non-combat related injuries. Sgt. Garrison was assigned to the 333rd Military Police Company, Illinois National Guard, Freeport, Ill.

Staff Sgt. Jason Burkholder

Illinois Army National Guard
27
2/8/2009
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.

Spc. Charles Lamb

Illinois Army National Guard
23
9/5/2004
Casey, Illinois
in Baghdad, Iraq, during a a mortar attack. Lamb was assigned to the Army National Guard’s 1544th Transportation Company, Paris, Ill.

Sgt. Schuyler Patch

Illinois Army National Guard
25
2/24/2009
Galva, IL
in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. He was assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 106th Cavalry Regiment, 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Kewanee, Ill.

Sgt. Paul Smith

Illinois Army National Guard
43
6/19/2009
Peoria, IL
in Kandahar, Afghanistan of wounds sustained when his vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to 2nd Squadron, 106th Cavalry, Aurora, IL.

Staff Sgt. Joshua Melton

Illinois Army National Guard
26
6/19/2009
Carlyle, IL
in Kandahar, Afghanistan of wounds sustained when their vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 130th Infantry, Marion, IL.

Sgt. Christopher Abeyta

Illinois Army National Guard
23
3/15/2009
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.

Spc. Jeremy Ridlen

Illinois Army National Guard
23
5/23/2004
Paris, Illinois
in East Fallujah, Iraq, from small arms fire after a dump truck on the side of the road was detonated while his military convoy passed by. Ridlen was assigned to the Illinois Army National Guard’s 1544 Transportation Company, Paris, Ill.

Staff Sgt. Jason Vazquez

Illinois Army National Guard
24
9/17/2008
Chicago, IL
as a result of injuries suffered from an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan. He was assigned to Battery B, 2nd Battalion, 122nd Field Artillery of Robbins, Ill.

Sgt. Lukasz Saczek

Illinois Army National Guard
23
5/10/2009
Lake in the Hills, IL
in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 178th Infantry Regiment, Illinois Army National Guard, Woodstock, Ill.

Sgt. Chester W Hosford

Illinois Army National Guard
35
7/6/2009
Ottawa, IL
in Konduz, Afghanistan of wounds sustained when his vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to Troop B, 2nd Battalion, 106th Cavalry based in Dixon, IL.

Sgt. Joshua Harris

Illinois Army National Guard
21
9/17/2008
Oak Park, IL
as a result of injuries suffered from an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan. He was assigned to Battery B, 2nd Battalion, 122nd Field Artillery of Robbins, Ill.

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