Archive for the ‘Sacrifice’ Category

Rembering Philip C Jenkins

November 16, 2011

Remembering Jenkins

Philip Jenkins died in Iraq on on September 7th 2010. Philip Jenkins was the first person to die in combat since President Obama’s announced end of combat operations August 31, 2010. Philip Jenkins was from Decatur Indiana and was 26 or 27 years old, depending on the source. A sax player in High School he joined the army when he graduated. He is missed by his wife, daughters and friends and family.

Charlie Antonio

April 26, 2011
Charlie C. Antonio Died April 18 2010

Charlie C. Antonio Died April 18 2010

Raised in the Philippines Charlie Antonio moved to Kahului Hawaii when he was 18.  After working in hotels for years Charlie and his father had saved enough money to bring the rest of their family to America. Charlie was proud to serve his new homeland and had become an American citizen.

Christopher Worrell

April 26, 2011

Christopher D. Worrell April 22nd 2010

Christopher Worrell was 22 when he died in Bagdad, April 22nd 2010. From Virginia Beach he is remembered as a loving and supportive husband and an involved father. He served for 13 years and was on his 3rd tour in Iraq. He also served in Korea, another conflict that continues long after combat missions ended.

Rememberance

May 6, 2009

Stephen Okray was 21 years old when he died.

St. Clair Shores, Michigan was where he grew up, and took lots of risks. “He never got hurt, he always just bounced,” said his brother Jeff.

He was very family oriented and his Christmas Eve 2008 death left friends and family devastated.

Update and Remembrance

March 11, 2009

Robert L Johnson was 21 when he died December 20th, 2008. He was from Central Point, Oregon. An avid outdoorsman, he loved, hunting, fishing and camping. Brother, son and husband his lost is not calculable.

If you would like to join Nancy to help chalk his name stop by next Monday morning on NE Holiday St and 6th Ave.

Martin Luther King Jr Day

January 20, 2009

I have just reread Martin Luther King’s Letter From Birmingham City Jail.

Reading the letter reminds me why I join Nancy to chalk on freezing cold mornings.

This morning was freezing cold. Nancy and a few hardy friends took a few minutes to remember Anthony Davis and Warren Frank, in front of the Liberty Centre a few blocks from Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard.

Warren Frank was 26 years old when he died.  Frank was from Anderson Township near Cincinnati Ohio. “Our son wanted nothing more than to make a difference in our world,” said Frank’s father, Warren R. Frank, in a statement sent to the media. “He was not a movie version soldier, but a man who looked forward to loving his children, retiring from the service of his country, teaching history at a high school and coaching track.” He was working on a food distribution mission North of Baghdad when he was killed.

Anthony Davis was 43 years old when he was killed. Anthony Davis from East Baltimore Maryland and living in Triangle Virgina, had volunteered for humanitarian assistance duty. He was working on the same humanitarian food drop as Warren Frank when he was killed.  He worked assessing schools and arranging for repairs and supplies. His eighteen year old daughter, Diana, collected soccer balls for distribution to Iraqi children.

“We must remain vigilant and pray that we are getting through to the younger generation, who will one day inherit this nation, so that they remember us as peaceful and encouraging not intruders and invaders,” Davis wrote in an e-mail.

Volunteerism was part of Anthony’s life. His mother made sure he, and his 16 brother and sisters, did volunteer work when they were growing up.

A brother, husband, father of 5 and grandfather of 1. Our thoughts go out to them and to Warren Frank’s family.

Remembering Sacrifice

January 6, 2009
Photo by Clint

Photo by Clint

Ryan Jopek was 20 years old when he died. He made his home in Merrill Wisconsin. Ryan loved his 1966 Chevy pickup truck. According to a resolution passed by the Wisconsin legislature, he was a Chicago Bears fan and modeled his life after Walter Payton.

Matthew Stanley was 22 years old when he died in Iraq. He grew up in Wolfeboro New Hampshire. Matthew is remembered by his large family as a very responsible teenager, he worked in his uncle’s seafood business, helped raise younger cousins and was fun to be around.

Our friend Clint suggested, back when it was topical, that I write about the soldiers whose names are on bracelets worn by John McCain and Barack Obama. First McCain and then Obama mentioned the bracelets during the debates. McCain mentioned his bracelet and Matthew Stanley first. Obama had to decide if he was going to mention Ryan Jopek. Ryan’s mother had asked Obama not to use her sons names in speeches. She simply asked that he remember her son and try to end the killing so other mothers don’t have to suffer. After the debate she said that she was “ecstatic” when Obama mentioned her son.

These 2 young men, with brothers and sisters and parents and cousins and aunts and uncles, will be remembered not just by their families and friends, but by all of us and historians for their part in war, and in presidential politics.

I had not heard of these memorial bracelets before last summer. It was when Nancy was drawing names of the dead on NE Broadway that she met a woman who still wore the bracelet of a friend of who died in Viet Nam decades ago.

Nancy will start chalking again, as soon as the weather allows. The schedule and location are below.

Remembrance

November 12, 2008

Veterans Day Remembrance.

Jamel Bryant of Belleville Il was 22 years old when he died September 27th. He joined the army 2 years ago to become a better man. Jamal was a self taught piano player, music producer and rapper.

He was known for his resourcefulness and for mentoring children. In Iraq he was always giving candy to local children.


Daniel R. Sexton of Wentzville Missouri was 53 years old when he died. He joined the Army when he was 33. The same age as me he joined the Army because of guilt he felt for missing the Vietnam war. He is remembered by his wife and sons.

He is one of the 34 coalition members over the age of 50 who have died in Iraq.

The oldest coalition soldier to die in Iraq is Sidney J. Marceaux. Sidney was 69 years old when he died September 14th. He stayed on past retirement because of the shortage of Catholic priests.

Sidney was From Beaumont Texas. He explained “I was able to exercise my priesthood in a way I couldn’t in a diocese,” Marceaux said. “I was able to help them face death daily. They knew they had to go out and they knew they may not come back.”

Because of rain Nancy has not been able to get out and draw names the last few weeks. If things clear up she will chalk again on Monday at 7:15am.

Rememberance, Steven Fitzmorris

September 22, 2008

Steven Fitzmorris was 26 years old when he died.

A Columbia Missouri father, husband, brother and son, he was known for his charm and sense of adventure.

Circumstances of his death vary. When his family heard of his death, they were unable to get information from the military. The reports they received told them that Steven had been ordered on patrol without body armor, or a partner. After being shot he lived through surgery, and for another 24 hours. But the family was never contacted, even though he was conscious for some of that time.

It may have taken days, but now the official military report says, he was wearing armor, was with other soldiers and died with in 3 hours of being shot.

Communication is a tricky thing. Nancy wrote Fitzmorris’ name on what she thought was public sidewalk, in front of the Intergra Telecommunications building. Integra officials told her the sidwalk under the awning was private property and proceeded to wash the name off the sidewalk.

She moved and started drawing the name again. Again Integra washed the name off before she was done.

She explained she had written the name of every soldier killed in Iraq in a continuous line now 14 miles long. Fitzmorris was the 4,461st name of a coalition soldier she had drawn.

She let them know, she was going to honor Firzmorris, they could do what they wanted once she was done. Finally, a building manager showed her where Integra proprety ended and public sidewalk began. They allowed her to draw names there, but then washed them off at the end of the day.

Communication is a tricky thing. I would have hoped that Integra Telecommunications, being in the communication business, would have been better communicators.

I am going to let them know I am not happy with the way they treat the memory of our fallen soldiers. (503) 453-8777, or-info@integratelecom.com

UPDATE: I have talked to Integra Telecom, who share my feelings. They do not own the building. The building is owned and managed by Ashforth Pacific 503-233-4048

Rememberances

August 26, 2008

William L. McMillan III, 22, of Lexington, Ky died July 8th 2008. I found Run For The Fallen while researching William McMillan. Here is their flickr page. I had not heard of this event before. Just ended today. A lot of good people are doing good things to help other good people. It’s hard for people with out professional press agents and publicity departments to get their message out over the roar of political news and Hollywood gossip.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/iraqnamesproject/2788281520/

Travis Stottlemyer was 20 years old when he died, August 17th, 2008. Travis lived in Hatfield PA, a Philadelphia suburb, and was a graduate of North Penn High School. Son, brother, uncle, godfather he was a dedicated friend and close to his family. Many are missing him today.

James Hale of Naperville Il was 23 years old when he died August 13th, 2008. He was a husband and a father to 3 children. Words do not express the loss.

23, of Naperville, Ill.

Iraq Names Project and Nordstroms

July 3, 2008

Ceasar, whose brother is currently deployed in iraq, colors in a name out side of Nordstroms, May 6th 2008.


Caesar helps color in a name out side or Nordstrom, May 6th.

I wanted to write about somethings that happened a few months back. In May Nancy was drawing every morning, first down NE Broadway, then down NE 10th to the Lloyd Center. We met many great people along the away. We got a thank you from soldiers assigned to the Armed Services Recruiting Station on NE Broadway. On 10th we met Caesar, who joined Nancy every weekday morning for a week or 2. Caesar’s brother is deployed in Iraq, and he was thankful for a chance to remember those who had been there.

I was not surprised that when Nancy got to the Lloyd Center she was closely scrutinized by the Lloyd security. In fact they called the police the first day she was on the sidewalk around the center. The officer who came, like all others Nancy has met in the last year, thanked her for her good work. The officers I have talked to are also veterans and supportive of the project. As long as Nancy is on the public sidewalk she has the green light from the City of Portland to continue.

All went fine until Nancy was along side the Nordstrom at the Lloyd Center. Every morning Nancy would draw the names of those who had died. Every night Nordstrom would wash them off. So Nancy went in one morning to let them know what she was doing and ask them not to wash off the names. She was met by security. Security quickly told her they knew who she was and what she was doing. When she asked them about washing off the sidewalk she was told she had to leave the premises.

Nancy was more than a little peeved.

Then we started hearing from the family of PFC Aaron J. Ward.
Aaron was killed in Iraq on May 6th.
He was 19.
His was the 4,385 name Nancy wrote.
His family was bothered that Nordstrom would wash off the names. So they contacted Nordstrom. All a big misunderstanding according to Store Administrator Kryn Scoggins; “I hope you will accept our sincerest apologies for missing the relevance of the project; we would never intentionally insult such a beautiful and important acknowledgement of our national heroes.” By that time we were past Nordstrom and there was nothing more to be done. Last week Aaron’s name was still lightly legible over near Stanfords. Faded by time and weather and traffic. But never forgotten.

On July 4th Nancy will draw on NE Multnomah, by Holladay Park near NE 13th.
She will start at 9am.
Please come join her.

Rememberances

July 2, 2008

Du Hai Tran of Reseda California was 30 years old when he died June 20th, 2008.

Gregory T. Dalessio of Cherry Hill, NJ was 30 when he died June 23rd, 2008. The oldest of 8 children, he had an education degree and a masters in diplomacy and international relations from Seton Hall.

Dwayne M. Kelley of Willingboro, NJ was killed June 24th, 2008. A NJ State Trooper he was in Iraq with an army Civil Affairs unit working on community development restoring local government.

James M. Yohn of Highspire, PA was 25 years old when he died June 25th, 2008. His son is due in a few weeks. His wife can already see the father/son resemblance in the ultrasound pictures.

Now that Nancy is drawing just once a week, on Friday mornings as names are released, the names she writes become more and more immediate. Personal. This last week the DOD listed the 4 names above plus “8 names not yet released”. A chilling reminder that she will be back on Friday July 4th (9am), with at least 8 more names, 8 more people, 8 more State Troopers, and diplomats, and parents and spouses.