Paying Homage to those families who made the ultimate sacrifice
Paying Homage to those families who made the ultimate sacrifice
Gold Star Ride Foundation. Paying Tribute to Families of our Nation's Fallen Heroes. We Ride Because They Died.
Gold Star Ride Foundation. Paying Tribute to Families of our Nation's Fallen Heroes.We Ride Because They Died.

some of our HEROES

Our published information comes from a variety of sources, but most often and most commonly, from Military Times (http://thefallen.militarytimes.com)

 

(web developer's note: This page is the most difficult to prepare. These people represent the work of the Gold Star Ride Foundation. The sadness we feel in writing and posting these stories is nothing compared to the losses of their families.)

 

 

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Spc. Isiah L. Booker

Died January 7, 2017 Serving During Operation Inherent Resolve


Spc. Isiah L. Booker, of Cibolo, Texas, died Jan. 7, in Jordan.

Booker was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group, Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

 

 

 


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Army Master Sgt. Peter A. McKenna Jr.

Died August 8, 2015 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom


35, of Bristol, R.I., died Aug. 8 in Kabul, Afghanistan, from enemy small-arms fire. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, Eglin Air Force Base, FL.

 

 

 

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Navy Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Nicolas D. Checque

Died December 8, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom


28, of Monroeville, Pa.; assigned to an East Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit;  died Dec. 8, near Kabul, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered while supporting combat operations.
 


 

SEAL Team Six member killed in doctor rescue

"He gave his life for his fellow Americans, and he and his teammates remind us once more of the selfless service that allows our nation to stay strong, safe and free."

President Barack Obama

 By Pauline Jelinek
The Associated Press

MONROEVILLE, Pa. — The Department of Defense says a Navy SEAL killed during a rescue operation in Afghanistan was a Pittsburgh-area man.

Defense officials are identifying the man as 28-year-old Petty Officer 1st Class Nicolas D. Checque of Monroeville. That’s about 15 miles east of Pittsburgh.

Checque died of combat related injuries suffered Saturday near Kabul, Afghanistan.  Pentagon officials had previously said a SEAL was killed rescuing Dr. Dilip Joseph, an adviser for Morning Star Development who was abducted last week. He was rescued after intelligence showed he was in imminent danger of injury or possible death.

Joseph was rescued by SEAL Team Six, the same unit that killed Osama bin Laden last year.

 

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Chief Petty Officer William "Ryan" Owens

Died January 29, 2017 Serving During U.S. Central Command operations


Chief Petty Officer William "Ryan" Owens
Died Jan. 29, 2017 Supporting U.S. Central Command operations
36, of Peoria, Illinois; assigned to a special warfare unit based on the U.S. East Coast; died of wounds sustained in a raid against al-Qaida.


The Department of Defense today has identified Chief Special Warfare Operator William “Ryan” Owens as the first American war casualty of the President Donald Trump era. 
 
Owens, 36, of Peoria, Ill., died Jan.29 of wounds received during a raid conducted in Yemen. Three other service members were wounded in the raid. 
 
Naval Special Warfare Command confirmed Owens was assigned to an “East Coast-based Special Warfare unit.” While multiple news outlets are reporting the unit as Seal Team Six, the Navy would not confirm.
 
An estimated 14 al-Qaida terrorists were killed during the raid, according to a release by the U.S. Central Command. 
 
“Americans are saddened this morning with news that a life of a heroic service member has been taken in our fight against the evil of radical Islamic terrorism,” Trump said in a White House press release on Jan. 29. “My deepest thoughts and humblest prayers are with the family of this fallen service member.
 
A fifth service member was injured when “a U.S. military aircraft assisting in the operation experienced a hard landing at a nearby location," according to the CENTCOM release.
 
That aircraft was unable to fly after the landing and was intentionally destroyed.
 
Owens enlisted in the Navy in Aug. 24, 1998. After initially training as a cryptologic technician (communications), he served his initial tour of duty at the Office of Naval Intelligence in Suitland, Maryland, before attending basic and advanced SEAL training in Coronado, California, completing training in December 2002.

His first tour as a SEAL was at a West Coast unit, followed by three consecutive East Coast unit tours. He was on his fifth team tour when he was killed. He'd been with that unit just over two years. 

He was selected for chief petty officer in 2009. 

Along with his SEAL Trident and Basic Parachutist wings, he is qualified to wear the following awards:

Navy/Marine Corps Medal
Bronze Star w/Combat “V” (2 awards)
Bronze Star
Joint Service Commendation Medal w/Combat “V” (2 awards)
Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2 awards)
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 awards)
Combat Action Ribbon
Joint Meritorious Unit Award (2 awards)
Good Conduct Medal (6 awards)
Presidential Unit Citation (3 awards)
National Defense Service Medal
Afghanistan Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (8 awards)
 
 
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Army Sgt. 1st Class Samuel C. Hairston

Died August 12, 2014 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom


35, of Houston; assigned to 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; died Aug. 12 in Ghazni, Afghanistan, of injuries caused by small-arms fire.


Sgt. 1st class killed in Afghanistan

Sgt. 1st Class Samuel C. Hairston was killed Tuesday in Ghazni, Afghanistan, when his unit took small-arms fire from the enemy, the Defense Department announced Wednesday.

Hairston, 35, was a paratrooper and platoon sergeant with A Company, 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division of Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

 

He was from Houston, Texas.

 

“We have suffered a great loss in the 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment and express our deepest condolences. Sgt. 1st Class Samuel Hairston was an exceptional noncommissioned officer and a valued member of our team,” said Lt. Col. Chris Hockenberry, Hairston's battalion commander, in a release from the 82nd Airborne. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time. We will never forget him.”

Hairston joined the Army in 2003 and completed the basic airborne course at Fort Benning, Georgia. He was assigned to 1st BCT in August 2013.

 

His awards include:

Bronze Star Medal

Purple Heart Meda

Meritorious Service Medal

Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters

Army Achievement Medal

Meritorious Unit Citation with two oak leaf clusters

Army Good Conduct Medal with two oak leaf clusters

National Defense Service Medal

Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two Campaign Stars

Iraqi Campaign Medal with two Campaign Stars

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

 

Among his qualifications are:

The Ranger Tab

Combat Infantryman Badge

Pathfinder Badge

Military Master Free Fall Parachutist Badge

Basic Parachutist Badge.

 

He is survived by his wife, Staff Sgt. Tawana Hairston and his son Hayden.

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The Gold Star Ride Foundation will actively support, comfort and provide education benefits to Gold Star Families throughout the United States and will provide these things directly with personal visits via motorcycle; and we will support those other organizations that work to assist in these same activities.

 

 

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