To honor those who have battled internal wars – may they always be remembered.
SPC Jonathan Bogert
5/28/1968 – 7/1/2013
Jon was a great friend who loved to laugh and joke. He adored his girls and enjoyed playing the guitar. Regardless of what was going on Jon was sure to be there to make you smile. Until next time my friend.
Carla Roselyn Briggs
1/19/1953 – 11/30/2010
Carla was a hard working single mother who loved her only son, Garrett, tremendously. She is loved and remembered today for her strength during her own internal war. Always loved, never forgotten, Carla.
SGT Sean P. Kelly
8/8/1987 – 11/7/2019
Your friend, Austin, misses you dearly and wishes you were not a part of the 22-a-day epidemic. Sean was the best friend the Army ever gave Austin. He remembers them always playing Pokémon go and talking crap to each other and playing magic the gathering. Hanging out with him when they both got out of the Army. He was a down to earth guy who was a big goofball and just the most amazing person Austin has probably ever known in his life.
SPC Nickolas J. Maner
5/5/1991 – 10/30/2017
Nickolas was the youngest of 3 boys. He loved his family and we loved him. I miss his calls and our chats. His oldest nephew remembers his Uncle Nick and likes items with the American Flag (he likes to honor his Uncle). We miss you Nickolas.
3/23/1993 – 6/25/2017
Garnett enlisted in the United States Army on August 14, 2012 where he served for 5 years in active duty as a combat medic. Staff Sergeant Garnett S. Morrison was suddenly and tragically snatched from our lives and replaced with memories and tears. He was a great soldier and will be missed by so many. It was an honor to have known who he was.
Sean D. Maxwell
10/6/1986 – 9/1/2013
Sean D. Maxwell 26, formally of Bridgewater, NJ passed into eternal rest on September 1, 2013 in Bluffton, SC. He was a Sergeant and a Tank Commander in the United States Army and served in Iraq (2010-2011) and in the Republic of Korea (2011-2012). He was awarded the US Army Commendation Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, US Army Achievement Medal x2.
Jeremy Wayne Berczik
7/19/1986 – 11/9/2012
Specialist Jeremy Wayne Berczik, 26, entered the military in September 2004 as an M1 armor crewman. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, Fort Hood, since September 2012. Berczik deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from October 2008 to January 2009. He also deployed in support of Operation News Dawn from August 2010 to August 2011. Berczik’s awards and decorations include two Army Commendation Medals, Army Achievement Medal, two Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with two Campaign Stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Non-commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, two Overseas Service Ribbons, Combat Action Badge and Driver and Mechanic Badge Wheeled Vehicle.
Brad C Knoll
4/10/1991 – 3/17/2012
Bradley was a very special person that I considered my little brother! He had a great smile and always cracks jokes. His laugh was truly infectious. Growing up I can remember all the random stuff we shared laughs about. He also had a special bond with his dog and truly had many friends and family that can share stories on stories of adventure.
8/8/1982 – 4/30/2018
Rich was super smart and was really good at his job. He was so good that his workmates would come to him for troubleshooting assistance. It was taking a lot of his work time so he wrote a 300 page help manual for them to reference.
His brain would not shut off so he was constantly thinking how to solve problems and we were told he was a great problem solver.
He had to rat terrier dogs that were his babies—AMA & Little Big Guy.
Richard loved to cook and have his friends over for game night and his smile and laugh would melt your heart. His depression and anxiety was too great for him to endure. We miss him greatly and pray that others in similar shoes can seek the help they need.
Paul Tomeyoshi Drogos
4/9/1969 – 4/15/2019
Paul was born in San Francisco on April 9, 1969 and was raised in Fairfield, CA. Growing up, Paul had a passion for martial arts and firearms. Four months after graduating from Fairfield high school, Paul joined the US Marine Corps. Paul deployed with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment during the 1st gulf war as a Scout Sniper. After 4 years in the Marine Corps, Paul became a police officer then spend 23 years as a Federal Law Enforcement Officer at FCC Butner in NC. He was 3 months short of retirement. Paul met his soulmate in March 2017, married her in November 2018 and after just 5 months of marriage, he left this world.
Paul had a heart of gold and he can make anyone laugh and smile. Paul passed away on April 15, 2019 at Carolina Beach. He always felt peaceful on the beach. Paul was an avid marksman, a survivalist, a devoted husband, a dedicated bonus dad, a loving son, a caring brother, a steadfast friend to many, a selfless man and man of honor.
PFC Logan Castello
1/18/1998 – 11/20/2019
Logan was caring, kind, smart and hilarious. He had the brightest smile and most infectious laugh. He was loved by everyone who ever met him. Joining the military was a lifelong dream. He was an amazing son, brother and friend. He took his life while stationed at Fort Hood.
William Michael Woodruff
2/19/1986 – 2/26/2019
He was a loving father, loved being outdoors. He loved hunting and working in his shop. He served in the United States Navy and was an electrician.
SSG David P. Senft
7/4/1983 – 11/15/2010
A loving husband, father and son, Dave was the type of person who could always make someone smile. He would frequently be caught whistling, singing, or playing the drums. Most memorable for his smile, laugh and straightforward personality, you would never catch him looking anything less than perfect. Growing up, Dave always believe that the fireworks on the 4th of July were for him, and that joy permeated throughout his life. Dave loved snowboarding, rock climbing, driving fast, riding roller coasters, and tattoos. More than anything though, he loved flying. His job as a UH-60 mechanic allowed him to fly almost every day and if anyone deserved to have wings, it was him. Throughout his deployments, he kept a positive attitude and tried to win his internal battles by seeking help. Eventually, the fight within took its toll and Dave passed away on November 15th, 2010 in Afghanistan. His last words to the world, “I don’t know what to say. I’m sorry”. Missed every day, Dave lives in our hearts and his battle is never forgotten.
SGT Cameron Bull
1/14/1993 – 3/9/2019
Cameron was born into the Marine Corps at Camp Lejeune, NC . I always knew
that one day he would return and wear those Dress Blues and serve his country himself. That day came on May 29, 2013 when he left home for boot camp. Cameron had a brilliant mind and was
a keyboard genius and therefore was led in the direction of Intelligent. Cameron wasn’t the same after he was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps and on 03/09/2019 after bouts of depression my only son, my first-born child took his own life. Our family is shattered beyond
repair. We can only hope that by raising awareness of the 22’s that we can hopefully prevent other families from experiencing this nightmare. If we can save one family each from this living
nightmare then our loved ones didn’t die in vain. Your life matters. Their lives matter. His life mattered.
SGT Brett Joseph Morris
4/2/1980 – 9/10/2021
Brett was born April 2, 1980, in Metairie, LA and resided in Kenner, LA for 19 years where he attended John Curtis Christian school in River Ridge. Brett moved to Savannah GA (HAAF) in 1999 after entering the United States Army and has resided the last 17 years in Rincon, GA.
Brett dedicated more than 20 years of his life serving the nation in the United States Army. Of those 20 years, eight were spent in 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment
Airborne. There he served as an MH-47 crew member, completing eight combat rotations in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Brett worked for Kimball Midwest and was a member of Compassion
Christian Church for 20 years.
SSG Jeffery Hays
11/8/1966 – 9/7/2012
Jeff was a veteran of Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom. SSG Hays was commonly known as the “swiss army knife” by members of his unit. He was always connecting and making deals to keep
the missions happen. He truly cared for everyone, and he carried his heart on his sleeve. He was a musician, mechanic, and carpenter. He was a great friend and father. He spent his time assisting others, even though he was one who needed the help. Jeff assisted many soldiers to succeed in their military career, while putting himself last. Jeff carried heavy burdens in his mind for years, until one day the weight became too much.
CPT Austin A. Murga
2/9/1994 – 9/7/2020
After serving with the 82nd Airborne in Afghanistan, Austin’s life was permanently altered by the effects of PTSD. His family vows to actively honor Austin’s life by raising awareness of PTSD, as it relates to those in active duty, fellow veterans, and non-military alike. According to his mother, “From the time he could walk and talk, he wanted to chase the bad guys,” and his life choices certainly led him toward that path. Again, in pursuit of his dreams, Austin went through rigorous training to earn his Ranger Tab and increase his combat and leadership skills. These would come in handy when he was
deployed to Afghanistan in 2019/2020. Despite protocol, he made himself available to all his men, regardless of rank, whenever they needed him. He would take each and every one of them
under his wing in an attempt to give them the support and encouragement they needed. Austin once lovingly confided to his parents that he often felt like a father/brother to his men.
SPC Brady J. Hammer
2/26/1989 – 7/28/2013
SPC Brady James Hammer was truly one of the good ones. He was a gentleman through and through. The kind that opened doors and walked you to your car when it was dark, both literally and figuratively. He was a fierce protector and soft shoulder on a bad day. He hugged and held longer than most. He wanted people to know that they mattered and were cared for. That they were safe in his embrace. It was as if his arms had healing powers, and all the trials in your life
would just melt away. He had endless humor about him, would make you laugh until you could not breathe. He was
incredibly selfless- would give the shirt off his back so you would not go without . He did not know a stranger. He was a tattered soul with a heart of gold, and he used his pain to light the world. It is no doubt that anyone who crossed his path, was a better person just for having known him.
CPT Kyle R. Reeves
4/12/1994 – 1/28/2021
He was a native of Virginia Beach, VA. He is the beloved son of David and Nancy Reeves. Kyle attended Catholic High School and graduated with the class of 2012 as the Class President. He attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY with his older brother, Christian. He graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and commissioned as an Engineer Officer in the US Army. During his time in the Army Kyle served honorably with the 4th and 7th Infantry Divisions and earned a Master of Science in Engineering from the University of Missouri Science & Technology. His potential and bright future were cut too short. He is well remembered as a cadet at the Academy for purchasing and renovating a School Bus with his friends; the Academy later honored this legacy by prohibiting future cadets from owning
school buses. Kyle was a proud Sandhurst teammate and member of the Army Football Mascot team. Kyle loved the mountains, traveling across North America for snowboarding trips with his
friends and family and spending his free time at rock climbing gyms. He also developed a passion as a mechanic, renovating classic cars and motorcycles with his friends. He enjoyed spending his weekends taking motorcycle rides with his friends and playing video games with
GM1 Matthew Austin
5/22/1993 – 6/30/2019
I was blessed with a loving son on May 22, 1993. He was extremely smart. He was in the Duke TIP & AIG program in school. They tried to excel him up 3 grades & go to early college but I said no, because I felt it necessary to experience things in life & not to miss out on high school.
Matthew always had a smile that brightened any room. he left behind a sweet son. He touched everybody’s life he meets even it was just a short while. He was a great father, friend, son, brother, nephew& grandson. Matthew was the kind of person to leave a good impression on you that was unforgettable. He had a successful career in the navy with special boat 20 team. He was intelligent, he came up with a solution to fix the rifles on the ships that the navy had given up on & were going to replace because they thought they unfixable. My son came up with the solution saving the navy
millions of dollars. I received his special award for that, the Navy had planned on giving it to him once he returned to work after his deployment & his week vacation that he never made it home for.
SrA Derek Martin
7/16/1987 – 3/17/2020
SrA Martin knew from a young age that he’d join the military someday, following his dad’s footsteps; desire heightened after the 9/11/01 attacks. Derek took pride in his country and his military service. In fact, he volunteered for all three Middle Eastern deployments – going three times within four years – driving convoys, partnering with Army missions, and being on the front line in raids. Although combat PTSD was a challenge, he is known for his hearty laugh, infectiously goofy personality, love for the outdoors, KC Chiefs and Metallica, as well as time for children and veterans. Derek volunteer coached numerous youth sports, helped weekly at his kids’ school, dropped stuffed animals at hospitals, and co-chaired a non-profit organization that’s vision was for disabled veterans. He spoke at Wounded Warriors events, offered free golf lessons, and was humble of his collaboration with Metallica to gift soccer balls to Iraqi and Afghan children – who
knew life only of war. He was the guy riding scooters in the cul-de-sac giving out Popsicles to kids while wearing a
Joker mask. Derek held a degree in golf course management and was in his last semester of earning his business degree. Derek’s family is proud of all the achievements and lives he touched.
CPL Jonathan D. Letta
6/5/1989 – 11/8/2019
Jonathan Letta was a son, father, twin, brother, uncle and most importantly…an US Marine. Growing up, it was Jon’s dream to be a Marine. Jon proudly served that dream and truly lived up to the Marine Corps values, honor courage and commitment! Jon cherished his family, especially his two precious sons, Ethan and Antonio. Jon was fiercely protective of his family and friends. He served in multiple combat deployments including Afghanistan and Iraq. Jon lost the battle to PTSD. From his twin brother, Don, words he wrote the day Jon died. “I was born at 11:11 you were born at 11:20. We are exactly alike yet totally different. You were a magnificent person. We shared a womb for 9 months and then a bedroom for 18 years. Half of me is gone. My twin
brother, my absolute best friend. I hope you are at peace. As your other brothers would say, Till Valhalla.”
SPC Travis Tullis
2/26/1979 – 4/10/2017
Travis lived in Beech Island SC, and had one child, Jade Madison Tullis. He lived most of his life in Aiken County. He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving in Iraq. He loved the Carolina Gamecocks, the Atlanta Braves, and the Falcons and was a die-hard fan. He played sports: baseball and football from the first grade on. He was his daughters’ coach during soccer and T-ball, and coached girls fast pitch softball. Travis was a mentor to many of the young people in the community. He loved his family, and his daughter was his world, and he was hers.
He had a respectable job at Halocarbon Chemical Co. He loved his country and was a true Hero even in death because he was an organ donor. His heart never stopped before he was put on the life support. I would love to meet some of the people whose lives he saved. Spreading awareness of veteran suicide and prevention was a cause Travis embraced. Suffering from PTSD himself, on an April night, he went to the VA and urgently stated he needed help. A security officer escorted him to the ER and said he needed to wait for the social worker. In
completing the paperwork, he wrote “I almost shot myself.” He then waited and waited. Someone came to take his vitals. He stormed out, receiving no treatment. When they finally read his paperwork and realized he was in crisis, they ordered a welfare check at his home (using the
wrong address). He returned and took his life in his car, literally in the shadow of the VA Hospital.
PFC Zacharay Arsenault
11/19/1998 – 4/1/2019
Zacharay was currently serving his country as a member of the United States Army. He was a graduate of Leominster High Schools class of 2017 and enlisted in the fall following his graduation. His hobbies were fishing, working on Jeeps, and spending time with family. Zach has an
infectious smile. He touched the hearts of everyone he met. He had such a beautiful spirit that brightened any room he entered. No matter how long he was in your life or what role he played he left his mark. He will live in our hearts forever.
SPC Richard E. Cobb
SPC COBB is a Veteran of the Gulf War. He was a SUPER-Soldier who will be dearly missed by all his Battle-Buddies and Leaders from Alpha-Company “MADDAWGS”, 296TH BSB
(BrigadeSupport-Battalion), 3RD Stryker BDE, Joint-Base Lewis-McChord. SPC COBB was a 92F10 Fuel Handler assigned to the Fuel & Water Platoon. He was a loyal and reliable soldier that always accomplished the mission with a big smile on his face. As his Platoon Sergeant I never had to disseminate or explain twice the scope or purpose of a mission assigned to SPC
Cobb. His Squad Leaders knew that they could count on him to accomplish any given mission with the outmost professionalism and attention to detail. His platoon members and company
peers could always count on SPC Cobb’s measured approach to any tasks and sound advice both on and off duty. SPC COBB is a resident of Washington State. He ETS(ed) and returned to live with his family. It is my personal understanding that he suffered greatly from PTSD / Depression. Our former Platoon Leader wanted me to keep in touch with SPC COBB following my retirement. His
sudden final lapse and departure from this world happened in a flash, leaving his family and friends with so many unanswered questions. He was especially fond of the Raiders Football team. SPC COBB is survived by his daughter and life partner. Rest in Peace Brother.
PFC Joshua W. Monk
PFC Monk was a great friend, and battle buddy. We served in HHC 296 BSB 3/2 SBCT JBLM WA 8/2008- 11/2011 as cooks. Was loyal to those loyal to him and always made sure he looked out for everyone he could. We deployed to Iraq in 2009 and neither of us returned the same. PFC MONK is survived by his daughter, Elizabeth Monk. Rest in Peace Brother.