Biographies Marc Alan Lee Navy SEAL, Petty Officer 2nd Class Marc Lee joined the Navy in May 2001 with a contract to try out for the SEALs. He succeeded, becoming a member of SEAL Team 3. On August 2nd 2006, Marc was killed during combat operations while on patrol in Ramadi, Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was 28 years old. His name means “Mighty Warrior.” Leslie H. Sabo, JR. Army Specialist 4 Leslie Sabo, Jr. served as a rifleman in Company B, 3rd Battalion, 506th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division. On May 10 1970, Leslie was killed in battle in Se San, Cambodia during the Vietnam War, while heroically putting himself in harm’s way to protect his fellow soldiers. He was 22 years old. Derek Argel Air Force Captain, Combat Controller Derek Argel’s boyhood dream of joining the military was realized when he was assigned to the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron, at Hurlburt Field, FL. On May 30, 2005, Derek was killed in the crash of an Iraqi air force aircraft during a training mission in eastern Diyala Province, Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was 28 years old. Brandon Stout Army Specialist, Military Police Born near Grand Rapids, Brandon Stout was assigned to the 46th Police Company, Michigan Army National Guard in Kingsford, Michigan. On January 22, 2007, at age 23, Stout was killed in Baghdad, Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom, when his platoon was hit by a roadside explosive force projectile. Alex R. Jimenez Army Staff Sergeant Alex Jimenez was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division in Fort Drum, N.Y. On May 12, 2007, Alex was captured and killed by enemy forces in Jurf es Sakhr, Iraq, when his unit was attacked by insurgents, during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Alex was 25 years old. Erik S. Kristensen Navy SEAL, Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Commander Erik Kristensen joined the Navy in the footsteps of his father, retired Rear Admiral Edward K. Kristensen. Erik was killed in action when his helicopter was shot down near Asadabad, in the Hindu Kush of Afghanistan on June 28, 2005. He was leading an effort to rescue four US Navy SEALs. James M. Steel Air Force Captain Coming from a military family going back several generations, the Air Force was in James Steel’s blood. He was assigned to 77th Fighter Squadron, Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina. He died on April 3, 2013 in the crash of an F-16 near Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. He was 29 years old. James R. Layton Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class, Petty Officer 3rd Class James Layton was assigned to a Marine Corps unit in Afghanistan. On September 8, 2009, James was killed in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, while supporting combat operations during Operation Enduring Freedom. He was 22 years old. Sean Carson Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 1st Class, Petty Officer 1st Class Sean Carson joined the Navy in 1999. He was assigned to an explosive ordnance disposal mobile unit in San Diego. On August 16, 2012, Sean was killed in a Black Hawk helicopter crash northeast of Kandahar, Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. He was 32 years old. Bryan Burgess U.S. Army, Staff Sergeant After the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Bryan Burgess, at age 19, enlisted in the National Guard. Bryan was assigned to No Slack 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. On March 28, 2011 at age 29, Burgess was killed in Kunar Province, Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom.