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Petty Officer 2nd Class Stephen Angell

Petty Officer 2nd Class Stephen Angell.A 2010 Huntingtown High School graduate and Huntingtown, Maryland native is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the amphibious assault ship, USS Bataan (LHD 5).

Petty Officer 2nd Class Stephen Angell is a firecontrolman aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship operating out of Norfolk, Virginia.

A Navy firecontrolman is responsible for maintaining the displays for combat systems.

"I like that my job keeps me busy," said Angell. "I have a strong pride taking care of my equipment."

Commissioned in 1997, the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship, USS Bataan, is 844 feet long. The ship is named in honor of the defense of the Bataan Peninsula during World War II and is the second ship to bear the name.

Bataan, one of the largest of all amphibious warfare ships, resembles a small aircraft carrier. It is equipped with a mix of helicopters and attack aircraft, launchers and machine guns and an extensive medical facility with 600 hospital beds.

"I have the best job in the entire world," says Capt. J.C. Carter, commanding officer of the USS Bataan. "Every day, I get to work the best young Americans that our country has to offer! They have endured long deployments and they have engaged the enemy successfully! It is an honor to serve alongside the next greatest generation!"

Approximately 70 officers and 1000 enlisted men and women make up the ship's company. Their jobs are highly specialized and keep each part of the amphibious assault ship running smoothly. The jobs range from washing dishes and preparing meals to maintaining engines and handling weaponry.

"I love working with the people in my crew on this ship," said Angell. "There is a great camaraderie here."

Although it is difficult for most people to imagine living on a ship, the challenging living conditions build strong fellowship among the crew. The crew is highly motivated, and quickly adapt to changing conditions. It is a busy life of specialized work, watches, and drills.

As a member of one of the U.S. Navy's most relied upon assets, Angell and other Bataan sailors know they are part of a legacy that will be last beyond their lifetimes.

"Since joining the Navy, I have learned to be a self starter and how to be a better leader," said Angell.

Lt. Junior Grade Andy "Pags" Pagliarulo—USN

Andy "Pags" Pagliarulo
A 2007 Leonardtown High School graduate and California, Md., native is serving with a U.S. Navy helicopter squadron that flies the Navy's newest and most technologically-advanced helicopter, the MH-60R Sea Hawk.

Lt. Junior Grade Andy "Pags" Pagliarulo is a naval aviator with the "Wolf Pack" of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 75, based out of San Diego.

"This aircraft is new, extremely capable and very versatile," said Pagliarulo. "I like that it is capable of different missions from search and rescue, humanitarian aid, to surface and submarine warfare."

The squadron deploys its helicopters and personnel around the world aboard a variety of Navy ships, including frigates, destroyers, cruisers and aircraft carriers.

While aboard ships at sea, the squadron conducts a variety of missions.

"Our missions aboard ships include tracking and hunting enemy submarines, combating enemy surface ships, search and rescue, communications relay, and ferrying supplies, cargo and personnel," said Lt. Reagan Lauritzen, Commander, Naval Air Force U.S. Pacific Fleet spokesperson.

As a naval aviator, Pagliarulo is responsible for for the safe mission of each flight.

"I love flying, there's something new everyday and I also enjoy working with my team," said Pagliarulo. "My mentors are extremely knowledgeable and do a great job fostering an environment for success."

Ensign Garrett Smith—USN

Garrett Smith
A 2009 Great Mills High School graduate, 2013 University of Kanas graduate and Great Mills, Md., native is serving aboard USS Nitze (DDG 94), one of the world’s most versatile multi-mission combat ships.

Ensign Garrett Smith is a gunnery officer aboard the Norfolk-based ship, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, that is longer than 1.5 football fields long at nearly 510 feet long. The ship is 66 feet wide and weighs more than 9,200 tons.

As a 23 year-old with numerous responsibilities, Smith said he is learning about himself as a leader, sailor and a person. “We serve together as a diverse group of people with no two alike,” said Smith. “We all have good days and bad days and learn from each other.”

He also said he is proud of the work he is doing as part of the Nitze’s 315-member crew, protecting America on the world’s oceans. “I’m doing work that has an effect on the world,” Smith said.

“I am proud and amazed by the knowledge they display and the work my Sailors do every day,” said Cmdr. Michelle Nakamura, the ship’s commanding officer. “Many very young people, some with only months of experience in the Navy, stood ready to sail and fight our ship in any situation. They performed exceptionally each and every day of our 7-plus month deployment and they continue to excel here at home. Their professionalism, motivation and commitment to the Navy are genuinely inspiring.”

Petty Officer 1st Class James Kesecker—USN

James Kesecker
A 1980 Calvert High School graduate and Broomes Island, Maryland native is serving on one of the world's largest warships, the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan.

Petty Officer 1st Class James Kesecker is an aviation electronics technician aboard the San Diego-based ship, a Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and one of only ten operational aircraft carriers in the Navy today.

"I'm a quality assurance technician for aviation equipment repair onboard the USS Ronald Reagan," said Kesecker

As a sailor with numerous responsibilities, Kesecker said he is proud to serve his country aboard an aircraft carrier.

"I really enjoy being home-ported in San Diego. Living in California was on my bucket list," said Kesecker.

Petty Officer Michelle Gray—USN

Michelle Gray
A 2006 Patuxent High School graduate and Lusby, Md., native is serving on one of the world’s largest warships, the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).

Petty Officer 3rd Class Michelle Gray is an aviation boatswain’s mate (handler) (ABH) aboard the Norfolk-based ship, a Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and one of only ten operational aircraft carriers in the Navy today.

As a 25 year-old with numerous responsibilities, she said service members works harder than people think. “In port it’ isn’t so strenuous or faced paced, but out to sea it can be a whole other ball game,” said Gray. She added she is following her grandfather and fathers Navy tradition. “I was raised in a Navy family, third generation. I joined as a stepping stone to a future career.”

She also said she is proud of the work she is doing as part of the Truman’s 5,500-member crew, protecting America on the world’s oceans. “Without ABH’s aircraft would not get moved and this is our primary mission.” Gray explained.

Lt. j. g. Justin Allgood—USN

Justin Allgood
Navy Lt. j.g. Justin Allgood, a 2007 Calvert High School graduate from Port Republic, Md., is serving on one of the world’s most advanced warships, the U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67).

Allgood is a division officer aboard the Norfolk-based ship.

“I make sure that everybody is taken care of,” said Allgood. “I make sure the division is run properly and things like maintenance are getting done for the ship. I help people get their leave taken care of if they need to take time off and see their families.”

Allgood said he is proud of the work he is doing as part of the Cole’s 270 plus-member crew, protecting America on the world’s oceans.

Lt. j.g. Suzanne Gay—USN

Suzanne Gay
A 2007 Calvert High School graduate and St. Leonard, Md. native is serving aboard USS John S. McCain (DDG 56), living and working at a Navy base in Japan.

Lt. j.g. Suzanne Gay is a surface information warfare officer aboard the ship operating out of Japan. Often called “the tip of the spear,” Yokosuka is located approximately 35 miles south of Tokyo and accommodates our nation’s furthest forward deployed naval forces.

A 24 year-old with numerous responsibilities, Gay said she is learning about herself as a leader, Sailor and a person. “I love what I do serving in the world’s greatest Navy,” said Gay.

She also said she is proud of the work she is doing as part of the McCain’s 300-member crew, living thousands of miles from home, and protecting America on the world’s oceans. “If you don’t love your job and look forward to it every day, you’re wasting your life,” Gay added.

LCPL Philip "Alex" Carlson—USMC

God Bless and Protect you, Alex as you protect our freedom by serving in Afghanistan. Praying for your safe and swift return. So Proud of you and your daily sacrifices. Love you!!

MaryAnn Carlson

E-5 Luke Mauck—USN

Local hero who has been deployed three times over seas based out of Jax, FL. Spent four years from Jun 2009 til Jun 2013 aboard USS Halyburton FFG 40 and now has come home to be stationed in Indian Head close to his home town. Was aboard for the Capt Phillips event.

Kimberly Mauck

Airman Bryan Dekin—USAF

To my Fiancé, Bryan Michael, I miss you so much and can not wait until we can be together and start our future. I am so proud of you! Be safe and keep looking at the stars! You are my HERO! xoxo

Love you always and for eternity,
Alyssa Rae

PVT Michael Anthony Gray—USA

My son your my hero I cant hold back the tears I know that your there in Iraq fighting 4 all of America I hope you know if I could say I know a perfect man it would be u I love you and have been so blessed having u as my son you are my hero

Ana Marie Gray

SSGT Michael L Gibbs—USAF

Michael...You will always be "Our" hero!

Mom, Paul, Jason & Garrett

We Love and miss you very much and can't wait for you to get HOME!!!

SPC Scott Butler Jr.—USA

Scott Butler, Jr.
I am so proud of you son!

I love you!
Kelly Catron

Cpl Tyler Alt—USMC

Cpl Tyler Alt
Love Always, Heather
Live, Laugh, and Love!

SGT Ronald Campbell, Jr—USA

My husband is currently serving his second tour of duty over seas. He is a great man to put up with all the issues that they face over there each day. He is dedicated to what he is doing there and we are very proud of him. He makes sure he stays grounded and focused. He is a wonderful husband and a great father and we could not have asked God for much more. We cant wait to see him again. So keep him in your prayers that he may come home safe. We love u Ronnie, God Bless!!!

Love your Wife and your Son (Man Man)

SPC Kyle Bennett—USA

Kyle is attached to the 1st Cav, 1-7 Gerryowen and is currently in Iraq. Son, I am so proud of what you do to keep us safe. I love you and pray for you daily.

Love, Mom

LCPL Jordan Paul Bremm—USMC

LCPL Jordan Bremm is serving with the 2/6 he is in the sandbox and will be returning in November. We love and miss you! You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Carol Bremm

1st Class Petty Officer David Dunbar—USN

1st Class Petty Officer David Dunbar

You always tell everyone that I am your hero. You have it backward son, you are my hero. I am so proud of you because of who you are and not just where you are. Can't wait until May to have you back home.

Love you,

Cpl. Matthew P. Wallace—USA

Cpl. Matthew P. Wallace
Matthew was born on December 27, 1983. He loved music, vampire novels, and making those around him laugh until they cried. Matthew entered the Army on February 17, 2004. He attended Basic Combat Training and 19D Cavalry Scout Advanced Individual Training at Ft. Knox, Kentucky. He reported to Ft. Hood, Texas on June 29, 2004. He was assigned to 3rd Batallion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized). After a month, he was reassigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, where he served as an M1068 Standard Integrated Command Post System Carrier driver, Advanced Battle Command Systems Operator, and Radio Telephone Operator in the Brigade Tactical Operations Center.

Matthew deployed to Iraq in November 2005, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 05-07, and conducted missions throughout the 2nd Brigade area of operations, south of Baghdad. On April 25, 2006, he was reassigned to Alpha Troop, 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, at Forward Operating Base Charlie. In May, he moved north with Troop to Forward Operating Base Falcon. His primary duty position was as a gunner with qualifications for the JAVELIN medium antitank assault weapon system.

On July 16th, Matthew's Bradley Fighting Vehicle was overtaken by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). He was treated at the field hospital down range and transported to Balad for stabilization. Once this was accomplished, he was transported to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany. His family flew to his side and he passed on July 21, 2006 in the presence of those who loved him most.

Matthew's military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Combat Action Badge, the Driver and Mechanic Badge, and the Expert Rifle Marksmanship Badge. In addition, he was awarded the Cavalry Scout spurs and Stetson.

Matthew is dearly missed and will always be loved.

Jessica Wallace

Tyler Edward Alt—USMC

Best of luck to my godson Tyler E. Alt who left for boot camp today!! We love you Tyler!!

Julie Slade Williams


Joe Hance
I am so proud of you Joe! I can't wait for your safe return! Counting the days until you are home safely again! I love you!


PFC Cynthia Soliman—Army Reserves

Cynthia Soliman
Cinsha We love and miss you dearly. I know it seems like you will be forever there in Kuwait but you will be home before you know it . All of your family back in Maryland is so very proud of our beautiful little Filipino soldier.

Aunt Deb, Uncle Chris, Grandpa, Grandma, Net, Ricky, Devin and Christian

Sgt. Shanise D. Holly—USA

We know that this second tour to Iraq is hard on you, but we want to let you know that as a family we are so damn proud of you.  We know you miss your son and husband dearly but like your family they keep you in there thoughts and prayers all the time.

Wayne, Donnalee, Neshelle, Sharina, Shanicqua last but not least Big"K" and little "k"

Senior Airman Robert "Rob" Lee Naylor—USAF

Bobby, we are so proud of you. This is your second tour and you are still staying strong. I can not wait for your return so I can beat you in Madden 06'! Malachi is getting so tall and he is talking very well. We are praying for you constantly. See you soon.

Mom, Dad, Helen, Atlas, Renata, Malachi, Drae, DJ, and Necie.

SPC Corey Schaefer—USA

He has been in the Army for almost 2 years now. He just recently was deployed about 2 months ago. Born and raised in Southern Maryland with both are families praying for him. We love him and miss him and pray for a safe return for him and his unit. We love you guys!!

Victoria Schaefer

SPC James Thomas Hobbs lll—USA

Tommy, I love you and miss you very much. Stay safe, just a couple of months and you will be home again. Keep up the good work. I'm soooooooo proud of you.

Love you,

All our Troops

Thank you so much for all you do to protect our freedoms, God Bless each and everyone of you!!! You are in my prayers daily!! Come home safely, please. You make me PROUD to be an American!


Spc. Joseph Cline—National Guard

Spc. Joseph Cline
Only you would get out of the Marines and join the NG and then get shipped out. 18 months is a long time but the baby and I will be waiting for you when you get back. Stay safe.

Kelly & Ethan

CW3 Edgar O. Marquis, Jr.—Army Reserves

CW3 Edgar O. Marquis, Jr.
It is with heartfelt pride you serve your country. To protect and defend those that are not able to protect themselves makes you and the other soldiers you serve with A TRUE HERO!! We are proud of you!

Wife Helen and our children

SST Cheryl Alvey—USA

I am proud to see that the little girl I once knew is now serving her country. You are in my prayers!

Mrs. Julio

Bobby Phillipi & Jeff Marquard—USMC

Bobby and Jeff mean a lot to me and I wish them the best and hope that they come home safe to their family and friends. I miss you guys, cant wait to see you again! Thanks for allowing me to go to bed safe and sound! Miss you!


All Men & Women

The Men and Women of our military, I know a simple thank you just seems not enough to say for what you do every day of your lives. But, I do send a heartfelt Thank You Wish that each will come home safe and soon. God bless and may he watch over all.


Sr. Airman Daren DeLong—USAF

Loving the fact that my son is serving his country in a big way. Hopefully, he will achieve all his goals, with God's help. He may not be overseas, but what he does here in the US is just as important.

Love ya, son,
Mom, Karmen and Kenny

Charles Holton—USA

Hey Baby, Be Safe Out There. Cant wait to see you, Come Home Soon. Love You Always.


PFC William McLaren

Hey Will! Keep up the good work, babe! We are soooo proud of you!! I know your mom is proud of you, too. We love you - come see us when you get home!

"Mama Peggy" and Russell

SFC Frank Peck—National Guard

Frank Peck
My daddy is serving in Iraq with the 250th Signal. He coaches the Great Mills Boys Basketball team. Daddy - We love you forever and for always and hope you come soon.


CW03 M.A. DeSimone—USMC

To my wonderful brother and mentor. As you journey through on your second tour, you know you are in our thoughts along with your entire family. I, as an American, am so proud of you and all others keeping us safe in our homeland and helping those who are trying to have a safe and happy homeland!  You are forever in our thoughts and prayers! See ya soon!

Denise Schmidt

PFC William McLaren—USA & CPL Michael McLaren—USMC

PFC William McLaren—USA & CPL Michael McLaren—USMC
To my Sons serving proudly in Iraq, be safe and come home soon. Your Country and your family are so proud of both of you.


PFC Raymond J. Faulstich Jr.—USA

Was killed in action on 5 Aug 2004 in Najaf, Iraq. From Leonardtown, Md. Condolences to the family, may his soul rest in peace.

Jesse Livingston

SSgt Joseph R. Labrosse II—USA

Serving with the Stryker Brigade in Iraq.

PFC Wes Collins—USMC

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Go kick some arses!!


PFC Jason Warder—USA

Jason Warder
Jason is in Iraq and will be there for @ least 6 more months. Like many of our soldiers, Jas is so young, but so strong and brave. Know that you are in our prayers, take care and keep safe, we love and miss you and can't wait for your safe return.

Aunt Dee

CPL Chad Carlson—USMC

Hey Chad, we miss you a ton!! You are in our thoughts in prayers.

Jesi Kalber

SPC Jeremy C. Metcalf—US Army

Jeremy C. Metcalf
Jeremy is serving in Baghdad as a mechanic on the Camp Cuervo base. We are very proud of our son and his willingness to serve our country. Stay safe and come home soon.

Love ya always,
Dad & Mom

 LCPL James Cox—USMC

One of the best guys out there! Miss ya.

Leigh Ann

PFC Christopher Dale

Christopher Dale
Serving proudly as a Combat-medic with 1/7 FA Charlie Company, based out of Schweinfurt, Germany. Currently deployed in Baji, Iraq. We love and miss you. Stay safe.

Dad, Mom, Laura, Ryan, Alec, and friends.

Jesse M. Harris—Army

I Love You Jesse!!! Com home soon and safe. Please pray for the troops at night!!!!

Thank You,
Cecelia Harris

Airman Aaron Doyle—USAF

I'm very proud of you and the role you played at PSAB in Saudi Arabia. For everyone out there, every job is important, and no matter what your duties are, what your rank is, and which branch of the service you're in, YOU ARE ALL HEROES! God Bless America, and THANK YOU FOR BEING THERE FOR US!


CPL Michael C. Breder—USA

Mike, We are so proud of you. Stay safe and come home soon. Hi! to 101st Airborne.

Laura, Andrew, Christopher and Romeo

Divers of Every Branch HOO-YAH Boys!!!!!!!!!!! A Brother

E-6 Allen M. Garneau—USC

Thank you for protecting us during Operation Liberty Shield. Keep safe and come home soon.

Kerri & Calle

SGT Stephanie McKay—USA

Dear Aunt Steph, We miss you and hope you can come home soon! We Love You Very Much!

Chad & Kyle

SGT. John P. Bowman—USA-R

Our Dad was in Kuwait the last time we heard from him. He is a specialized mechanic. DAD (Homey,Cleatus) We Love & Miss U very much. We know that you will return HOME soon and safely as possible. God is with YOU and all of our TROOPS. We are supporting you and we know that you are there protecting us.

Love always,
Carolyn Nick-bom & Jay-man

Russell Marcus—USA

Russell is an Army Medic. He's the son of our neighbors Butch & Liz. We pray for him (and his folks) daily and look forward to his safe return. God speed, Russell!

Kim & Kathy

PFC Shawn Wooton—USN

My nephew is serving on the USS Kitty Hawk. We are very proud of him. We want to tell him we love him very much and he is in our prayers and hope they all come home soon. God Bless Our Troops!!!

Aunt Cathy

SGT Stephanie McKay—USA

Stephanie McKay
Steph, We are very proud of you for what you are doing to help rid the world of Saddam's evil regime. You are our hero. We pray to God every day to watch over you and keep you safe. We miss you and love you very much.

Mom and Dad

LCPL Nick Rosser—USMC

Nick! We love you & miss you! I hope u are kickin' some butt in Iraq!  Be careful! See ya when u come home!

Ma, Pa and Tif!

EW3 Vernon C. Hinson—USN

Vernon C. Hinson
My husband Chris was deployed on a regularly scheduled deployment in Dec. 2002 for Operation Enduring Freedom. Now that has turned into Operation Iraqi Freedom, and his deployment won't end until the war does. Chris is my hero for risking his life to protect my freedom, and yours. I pray for his safe and swift return. I love you, Chris!

Stacy Hinson

SGT Michael Rust—USA

God Bless you. Prayers are with you. Please come home safely and soon.

Leona Quade

SGT Scott A Butler Jr—USA

My son is an Iraq veteran along with his sister, my daughter Erica who is stationed at Fort Hood. Scott is now serving in Afghanistan. Please keep these two and all our soldiers in your prayers.

Kelly Catron

E4 Gregory L. Chapman—USA

Missing you my son and so proud of you in service to your country in Iraq. This Christmas won't be the same without you. Love, Mom. Family is born of blood and seed, but it lives and it dies by its words and its deeds.


SPC Erica N. Thomas—USA

SPC Erica N. Thomas
So happy you are home from Iraq. Now we are waiting for your brother. I am so proud of you and I love you!

Kelly Catron

LCPL Andrew "Drew" S. Tinsley—USMC

You are loved and missed; and bring us great pride. We are looking forward to your homecoming ;)

Judi Tinsley

Pvt. Amber Lynn Bailey—USA

We love that you thought enough of this country to serve with honor. We can't thank you enough for what you do. Proud of you and love you.

Diana D. Lopez

Cpl Matthew Konicki—USMC

Praying for your safe return home to us. We love you Matt.

Mom, dad, Josh, and Kate

CPL Daniel Finein—USMC

Danny, Joe and I are so proud of you! We are keeping you in our prayers while you are away and for your safe return home.

JoAnne Junkin

SPC Shaina Howard—USA

SPC Shaina Howard
Shaina, You are out there telling the Military story to so many. You are a great Soldier and we are all proud of you. You and your husband are serving our country to keep us safe. Thanks! Miss and love you!

A Loving Friend

CPL Gary Couchenour—USA

He is a Ranger in the United States Army and will be going to Baghdad, Iraq in February 2007.

James Couchenour

PFC Tyler E. Alt—USMC

PFC Tyler E. Alt
Tyler Finished Boot camp At Parris Island, S.C. on November 22nd , 2006 As PFC and Will Continue to N.C. We Will Always Keep You In Our Hearts and Prayers! We Love You. Good Luck With All Your Assignments!


Sgt Ryan Emmart—USMC

Sgt Ryan Emmart
Sgt Emmart just left for Iraq, to support Operation Iraqi Freedom, this past Wednesday August 16th. He will be there for 7 months, and is due home late March. Please pray for him as well as his marines over there, and pray for his safe return. I love you more than anything baby, you truly are my hero. Come home soon, come home safe. I need you.

Cathleen Olson

Sr. Airman Daren DeLong—USAF

Daren made it home safe on November 2005. God blessed me w/ my son home safe and sound. He served his country, will continue to do so and we pray the same for all other mothers and fathers with children in the military. Gold doesn't mean as much as having my son home. Members of the military, be blessed. Diana DeLong Lopez AirMan 1st Class Brandy Magnussen—US Air Force We are so very proud of your accomplishments and sacrifice you chose to make to serve your country. May god bless and keep you safe until you return home.

Love and miss you,
Mom, Dad and Amber

1LT Will Baines—USA

Will Baines
Will is proudly serving with the 101st Airborne Division, 1-187th. The Rakkasans. He is sorely missed by his mom, Anita, his brother, Chris, his sister Sarah, and his brother-in-law, Mike.

Bill Baines

Staff Sgt. Russell Marcus—Army Reserves

Russell Marcus served was activated in 2003 and served in Iraq. He was activated again in September of 2005. He originally was to go to Seattle Washington with is unit out of Walter Reed. A select group was going to Kosovo and Bosnia. Sgt.Marcus married friends were being split between Seattle and Kosovo. He volunteered to give up his spot state side so the couple could stay together. He then was assigned to Bosnia for 12 mos. of his 18 mo. tour. This is not the first time he has shown his unselfishness in the field. Sgt. Marcus is working toward becoming a doctor and will work with the Medics in Bosnia. Sgt. Marcus is a credit to his unit and this Country. Hats off to our military and their families.

Elizabeth A Marcus

PFC Jeff Estlack—USA

PFC Jeffrey Paul Estlack was deployed to Iraq with 1st CAV DIV 615th ASB bravo company (from Fort Hood TX) in Feb 2004 and was able to come home for 2 weeks in Oct 2004 to see his son come into the world. When his son Paul was 9 days old he had to go back to Iraq. I remember it like it was yesterday. Jeff was holding Paul and they both had on desert cammies. Jeff is his uniform and Paul in his hat and bib that matched. We walked around and we both held back tears. A kind lady walked up and asked if he was going overseas and we said yes she said she would pray for him and said a simple thank you and that's when reality hit. He was leaving and he had to go soon. we both checked the board and his plan was on time and he needed to go. We both took a deep breath and said our goodbyes. It was a sad moment but I stayed as strong as I could. I didn't want him to feel worse than he already did. So we kissed and hugged one last time and I had to walk away. I don't think I made it 2 steps before the tears fell. I still cry when I think about it today, a year later. But he came home in one piece 6 months later and now we are happy healthy and together again as a family!

Jeff, I love you with all of my heart. Thank you for all that you do, I could never repay you for the time you had to be away fighting for our freedom.

Jeff is now currently in the National Guard in Prince Frederick, Md.!

Melisa Estlack

Loretta Dickerson—USA

Hey babe gurl! Make sure you stay safe and out of harms way, we miss you down here and I want you to come back home real soon so that I can have someone to whip up on (hahaha). Roses are red,  Violets are blue, God needed someone to help protect us, So he called on you. We miss you and love you hurry up home.


Sgt. Ronald L. Spalding, Jr.—Army Reserves

We are sooo PROUD of you!  We do sleep soundly in our beds at night knowing you are over there protecting our safety.  We Love and Miss You MOREEE.

Mary Buono

Sgt.  Jason and Erich Vanaman—USMC

Guys, I love you like you were my own brothers. Come home to us soon. We will keep you in our thoughts every nanosecond of everyday. I miss you already. Can't wait for more hugs Jay! Cristie Wieck Justin, Zachary, Jeremy, Gerald, Will, Mike, Stevie, DJ, Derrick Keep up the great work boys & remember we think of u everyday & miss u back home!

LCPL Robert Phillippi, Jr.—USMC

Robert Phillippi, Jr.
Baby, I am so proud of you and I cant wait for you to come home. I love you with all my heart!

Belinda Santiago

Sgt Dwight T Palmer—USA

Dwight T. Palmer
Dwight T. Palmer
SSgt Palmer was born in La Plata, Maryland and grew up in Mechanicsville, Maryland. He graduated from Great Mills High School. He join the Army in 1997 and is now a 13 Fox Field Artillery (Forward Observer). We are currently Station at Ft Drum, NY . I am very proud of my Husband for the Bravery that he shows and goes through ,and that he has gone through with being in the military but also when he gets deployed to places like Afghanistan . for 10 months this past year .He has showed me that you have to be a Tough Person to handle the Military Life and to be a Military Spouse by living with out him for up to 6-18 months at a time . He truly is a Real Man!  And for all he does for his Family and Country, I want to say Thank You Honey !! I just want him to know that I Love Him for all he does for us in providing a Safe future for our children and Grandchildren to come.

Rhonda Palmer

SPC/E4 Derek E. Hobbs—USA

Derek E. Hobbs
DeDerek, we are so proud of you and we love and miss you.

Eddie Hobbs

SGT. Daniel A. Knick—USA

SGT. Daniel A. Knick
DaDaniel graduated from Chopticon HS in 1999 and left the area to further his education. Understanding the need for extra funds for college, he joined the Kentucky National Guard. He was a pre-law student there until November 2003 when his unit was activated for deployment. He's stationed in Kuwait with the 2123rd Trans. Co., but spends most of his time in Iraq! We pray for his safe return home in January of 2005!

Patti Doty

SPC4 Justin L. MIller—USA

JuJustin is a Firefighter stationed in Fort Hood Texas. Graduated Leonardtown High School 2001. Spent a year in Iraq, returned in March 2004 and may be scheduled to go back over in Nov.2004. We love you and pray you don't have to go back to Iraq.

Love, Dad

CPL Jeremy Metcalf—USA

We are proud of you and your desire to serve our Country. Congratulations on your promotion to Corporal!!!... 6 months and counting... Take care and stay safe!!

Love always,
MOM & DAD and family

PVT1 Robert Moreland—USMC

Robert came home February 2004!!! Woot!! To all the others serving.. come home swiftly! Summer Webb

SrA Michael L. Gibbs Jr.—USAF

He has served in Kuwait and now is actively in Iraq/Baghdad as a Combat Controller. He will always be a hero to me.

Michael Gibbs Sr.

SSG Thomas A. Bean—USA

Thomas A. Bean
Tommy was deployed 02/04 and is currently serving in Kuwait. He has a beautiful wife, Shelly and 2 adorable sons, Brandon and Cory. Please know we ALL miss you so very much and pray for your safety there as well as your safe return to your loving family in Southern Maryland. Keep Jesus close!


Justin Miller—Army

Justin, we just wanted to say we are so proud of you and thankful for what you have done for our country and you have represented well. I am so glad you finally get to come home for a little while. So, we look forward to seeing you when you get home. We all love you and Miss you dearly!!!!

Airman James "Aubrey" Johnson—USN

Aubrey, Stay strong. Be proud to serve your country. Say your prayers everyday. BE SAFE!! I love and miss you!! See you soon!!


CPL Jason Hernandez—USMC

Jason Hernandez
Attached to Squadron HMM 161 Miramar, California. Currently serving his country for a second tour in Iraq. Come home safe son...We miss you. We love you...And we are damn proud of you and all the service members serving in Iraq!

Mom, Dad and Kelley

1Lt Brad Sullivan

Brad Sullivan
Assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry of the Third Infantry Division, currently in Baghdad.

Chris & Laura Sullivan

PVT. Dominic Watkins—USA

Dominic, I hope you are well, I hear you are selling T-Shirts like you did here in DC, keep it up!! Keep it real.



You are in my prayers and thoughts 24-7. God Bless you and keep you safe. Remember the stars.

Ditto Liz

CPL Yvonne Ranieri Taylor—USMC

Love you and Miss you very much. You are in my every thought. I'm so very proud of you. You have great strength and integrity. You go Girl!

Mom and Rog


I love you! I miss you! I'm so very proud of you!!! Stay safe.


CPL Adam W. Smith—USMC

Adam W. Smith
To Adam, We all miss you very much! I cant wait till you come back and we can get married and start our future together! You have always tried to make my life safer and better for me, and now you are doing it for the rest of the World! I am so proud of you! You are truly a Hero! Hurry home I miss you!

Your Fiancé Emma

CPL William I. Bodnar—USMC

William I. Bodnar
Billy, it's been 10 long months since you left. We love and miss you and can't wait until you are back home safe and sound. We all hope you will be home by your 22nd birthday. Keep your spirits up and before you know it you will be back in St. Mary's County. We are all proud of you! Keep up the good work.

Mom and Mike Adam and Brittany

PFC Tina Buckler—USA

Teeny Bean I'm very proud of you for protecting your family and country I know you're in Baghdad now I follow the 3rd infantry who you are communication support for, so I know your still in harm's way please be careful and I pray I'll see you real soon your mum. PS, yeah 123rd signal battalion!

Deborah Defelice

SSgt Cheryl Alvey—USAF

We are very proud of you!! We miss you very much and can't wait until you come home! Keep up the Good Work. LOVE, Mom, Dad, Dana,& Kenny

SGT. Dwayne McKenney—USA

My brother is serving with the 3rd Infantry/7th Calvary in Iraq. He was deployed in January to Kuwait, Camp Penn. We are very proud of him and send our love and prayers to him. We wish all the men and women serving in OP Iraqi Freedom a safe journey and pray for their safe return home. Viewers: Please support our troops, our support is all they have showing our care for them at home and gives them the strength they need to get through this. Thank you. Cal.Co.

Lurlene McKenney

AME1 (AW/SW) Ken D. Carr—USN

Our Dad is deployed on the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), participating in Operation Iraqi Freedom. We miss and love you Daddy! Our thoughts and prayers are with you! Hurry home!

Justin, Brianna, and Brandon

All of our troops

These troops are going through a lot and I'd like to thank everyone supporting the world's greatest military.

PFC Doug Gordon

PFC Tanyelle Dyson—USA

Tanyelle Dyson
Stay strong and fight like a soldier.

Auntie B

SGT. Nelson L. Butler—USMC

You are always in our thoughts we miss you and love you. We can't wait for you to return home safely.

Karen Butler

AM1 (AW) Peter Schroeder—USN

My husband is aboard the USS Roosevelt participating in Operation Iraqi Freedom. We miss him very much and are proud of him for his efforts in this situation. We are praying for the safety of all our heroes that are participating in Operation Iraqi Freedom and hope all are home soon.

Karen Schroeder

CPL Michael Kent McLaren—USMC

God Bless you Son. America is behind you. Come home soon!


LCPL Christopher K. Kluge—USMC

Christopher K. Kluge
He is currently in Kuwait, waiting to go "north". He has been a Marine since Sept 27, 2002. He is a 2002 Westlake High School graduate. We are very proud of him and are thankful for him and others like him who defend our country on a daily basis. May God watch over them and bring them home safely.

Dawn Custer

PVT1 Robert Moreland—USMC

Robert is my best friend's brother. He has been over there since January. He is a graduate of Great Mills HS. He has his 3 sisters and one brother here in Maryland, along with his mother and father. Last we heard he was in actual combat on ground, serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom .Have not heard anything since 3/10/03.


CPL Matthew A. Burgan—USMC

We love you, are proud of you, and are praying - really hard - for your safe return. Keep doing what you're doing - you represent the best!!!


2LT Neal Murray—National Guard

2LT Neal Murray
But above all of the confusion of those bound to the ground, he spoke with his Archangels and created Aviation to relieve the wearniess of the infantry's feet, the increase the vision of the artillerymans eyes, the sound of the signalmen and to speed the goods of the quartermasters and others to those in need. And to show his pleasure with his new aerial angels, he created the most special one of all: the Attack Aviator, whose mighty wings silences foes with their firey blast of cannon, rocket and missiles.

SPC Jeff Estlack—USA

Jeff served in Active Duty Army then went on to serve in the MD Army National Guard then onto the NV Army National Guard. He passed away on June 25, 2010 in Las Vegas. He was 30 and leaves behind a wife and 2 small children. He loved his life in the ARMY and was working towards his 20 yr mark! He will be greatly missed!

Melisa Estlack

SPC Scott Butler Jr. / Erica Thomas (Butler)—USA

Please God, I fall on my knees before you for your strength and mercy.. Please God protect our men and women who gave their life to offer us safety and security Safe parks for our kids to play, safe school, safe Churches, Temples, and Mosques. Dear God, Thank you for giving us countless blessings we cannot even count Dear God, Send your angels to look after every father, mother, son, daughter, husband and friend.. who took the oath to honor our flag and to protect this Country Dear God: Make this creed last as long as we all breath: I am an American Soldier. I am a Warrior and a member of a team. I serve the people of the United States and live the Army Values. I will always place the mission first. I will never accept defeat. I will never quit. I will never leave a fallen comrade. I am disciplined, physically and mentally tough, trained and proficient in my warrior tasks and drills. I always maintain my arms, my equipment and myself. I am an expert and I am a professional. I stand ready to deploy, engage, and destroy the enemies of the United States of America in close combat. I am a guardian of freedom and the American way of life. I am an American Soldier. And from my heart as a proud mother of a Soldier: Please God bring all our loved once back safe and healthy.

Kelly Catron

CPL Matthew Konicki—USMC

Your in our prayers everyday. Stay strong and remember we love you so much. Cant wait for your homecoming.

Love always,
The Ammon Family

SS Jeremy Thomas Gugliotta—USA

My son Jeremy is serving his second tour in Iraq. He is a medic and is stationed in Germany. We love him and are very proud of him.  He has received the Bronze Medal of Honor and we pray for him everyday.

Karen Gugliotta

Ensign William Corrigan—USN

Ensign William "Billy" Corrigan
We are so proud of our hero who is currently serving in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. We love you and miss you dearly and anxiously await your safe return.

All our love,
Tiffany and the kids

SGT Ryan King—USA

SGT Ryan King
Thanks to SGT King and his beautiful wife Erica for enduring their second separation for the sake of our country's safety! Thank you both for your surrender to God's will!


SGT. Jason S. Tarr—USMC

Daddy, we miss you and love you. We saw your picture in the paper and we showed all our friends. That was cool that you are in the paper. Please be safe, we both love you.

Your girls,
Brittany and Lyric Oakes

CTN2 Kristin Marie Ratcliff—USN

Kristin Marie Ratcliff
Kristin is serving on the USS Boxer the flagship for Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group which is currently conducting maritime security operations (MSO) in the Persian Gulf in support of U.S. 5th Fleet. She was selected for the CTN rating in 2006 and recently promoted to Petty Officer 2nd Class. CTN is the first new Navy enlised rating of the 21st Century. We are very proud of her and her service to the country. Have a safe deployment and an uneventful return home. We miss you.

Dad, Mom, Dauber, Grandma, Moon, Cate, Wrigley, Buster, Harry and Gimp

E-E-3 Andrew R. Becker—USA

E-3 Andrew R. Becker
We pray for your safe return from Iraq in August 2007. Stay safe, along with your fellow soldiers. We love you, Andrew!

The Becker Family

CPL Chris Hance—USMC

Chris Hance
Chris, We are so proud of you!! We can't wait for your safe arrival back in the states!! Be safe and thank you for all that you do!


SSgt Scot Heineman—National Guard

SSgt Scot Heineman
We are so proud of you. Come back to us safe and sound. We will keep you and all our service members in our thoughts and prayers.

Mom & Dad

Sgt Lauretta Leanne Dickerson—USA

LeeLee, Just wanted to let you know that the family truly miss ya! Continue to be strong through this whole ordeal. They always say the second time around is better so.. make the best of it. We luv ya crazy girl!

The Dickerson Family

Pvt. China Wright—Army Reserves

Auntie, Sister, Friend: We are so proud of you.  We miss you deeply and pray to see you home safely soon.  You are daily in our prayers.  You have our utmost support. Love, Rodney, Dee, Peyton, Bert, Bethanie, Solomon, Jonah, Eric, Judith & Judah All USACE GRD Civilians Don't forget the Civilians who serve! I miss my US Army Corps of Engineers, Gulf Region Division, North friends in Mosul. Be safe, be well and thanks for hanging in there. Wish I could be back there again, with you.


SGT Chad Carlson—USMC

Hey sweetheart! I love you and am so proud of you, we are at the halfway point and I can't wait until you return home. I miss you every waking moment. You are in our thoughts and prayers! Love, Jesi Kalber Carlsbad California

JR "Baby Daddy" Gaskin—USA

Hey buddy! Keep safe and you will always be in my heart and prayers. I miss you and cant wait to see you again. You know you always have a true solider and ready for your war. Much love and happiness.


SGT. Ronald Spalding Jr.—Army Reserves

It is almost less than a month away that you will be coming home to us from Iraq. We miss you and love you! Come home safe. Can't wait to see you!

Mallory Spalding

LCPL Mark Miesowitz—USMC

Mark is my brother. he should be heading back to Iraq or Afghanistan some time in august of 2005. I Just wanted to say that I love you bro. you are always in my thoughts and prayers. come back safe again.

James D. Miesowitz

LCPL Darrell Deese, Jr.—USMC

LCPL Darrell Deese, Jr.
D - You are our hero! We love you and miss you like crazy!!! We pray for you and your buddies over there every single day. Be careful and know that God is watching over you all. Hurry home D!

Dad, Mom, Robbie, Jess & Steve and everybody else

To All Our Brave Soldiers

Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all the men & women of our combined military forces, for your unwavering bravery, your constant dedication and your unselfish sacrifice. May God watch over each & everyone of our soldiers & also provide solace & comfort to the families/friends of our brave fallen comrades that gave the ultimate sacrifice, their lives!

Maria Tynes

Robert Phillippi—USMC

Please come home Safe and Soon. Prayers and Best Wishes Always.


SPC4 Derek E. Hobbs—USA

Derek was deployed to Kuwait on Jan.12,2005. I know Derek and his soldier brothers and sisters will do the job they were trained to do and that is to protect OUR FREEDOM. We will NEVER FORGET 9/11. We love and will think of you every day.


LCPL Joshua Davis—USMC

I would like to say that I love you Josh, and I am proud of you for what you are doing for our Country. I wish you luck and hope you get back home soon. You are due back in March, and lets hope you come back when you are suppose to. You have served enough time over there, and so much has happend to you personally since you have been in Iraq, so come back man ok. If they need you there longer, then go for it. Anything for our Country!!!

Love you man!!!
Your cousin, Billy

CPL James Dean—USA

James Dean
Jamie, I want you to know how proud of you I am. I pray for your safety. Keep your head up and a clear mind and you will do well. I love and miss you dearly.


PFC Steve A. Litten II—USA

Steve A. Litten II
My Husband, My Hero: PFC Steve A. Litten II of Hollywood, MD is currently deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is proudly serving in HHD 101st Forward Support Battalion (1st Infantry Division) stationed in Fort Riley, KS. Stevie - Everyone is so very proud of you and can't wait to see you. Know that God is with you always and will keep you safe. You are in our thoughts and prayers along with all of our service members. I love my soldier!

Missing you,
Sarah Litten

Sr. Amn Alonzo Dent—USAF

II just wanted to let everyone know that my husband is doing big things in the Air Force. He is more than anyone could ask for in a husband and father. He is deployed right now, and he is definitely representing for all of SoMd.

Love ya lots,

SSGT Stefanie Johnson—USMC

Stefanie Johnson
Stefanie is serving with the 22nd MEU in Afghanistan. She has two beautiful little girls waiting for her to come home. I can't wait to see you again little sis'.

Semper Fi!

LCPL Mark Miesowitz—USMC

LcLcpl Mark Miesowitz is serving his first tour in Iraq in the city of Fallujah. We love and miss you Mark and pray for you EVERY day. Please stay safe, it won't be long before you are back home with us.

We love you!!!

CPL Jeremy Metcalf—USA

Jeremy Metcalf
God bless you and my heart and prayers go out to you and your family. Hope you return safe and soon. Cindy I haven't talked to in awhile so if you see this e-mail me honeybear2295 (at)

Leona Quade

CPL Jeremy Metcalf—US Army

Jeremy Metcalf
Leonardtown High never knew what hit em! 7 years and 3 kids later, I love you more everyday. We love you and miss you. You prove someone can overcome whatever comes their way. Stay safe baby. 1st Cav Hooah!

Cindy and the kids

To all in uniforms

To all of you in Iraq and in support of OIF. My thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless my friends and fellow soldiers who didn't make it back with me. Stand strong AMERICA!!!

SPC Anthony Whipkey

LCPL Robert Simmons—USMC

Every day seems like forever knowing you are at war and can't come home. We are all thinking about you and praying for your safe return. You are a Hero. I am proud to know you. Hurry home soon.

Miss you :)

SGT Douglas Gordon—Army

Douglas Gordon
Intel Analyst (96B) with the 1st Cavalry Division (Headhunters) at Camp Victory North. Doug, we're so proud of you and can't wait to see you again.

Mom, Dad and the girls

Jesse M. Harris "Jess"—Army

We are so proud of you for all the accomplishment that you have made in your life. And we will pray for everyone fighting for our freedom. SUPPORT OUR TROOPS!!!!

Mom, Dad, George, Jimmy, Cecelia

BM3 Eric Brown—USCG

Thanks so much for your contribution and dedication to keeping the US safe along with the rest of the crew.

Love Always,
Mom, Lisa, Ken and Jett

Angela Moore—USA

Angie I just wanted to let you know that you are in in my prayers everyday. You are more than a sister to me you are my very best friend. I also wanted to say thank you for being my shero. I love you.



Hey Kid, Just want you to know we are holdin' it all down for you and all things are still in place, just waiting for that day u can step back up to the plate and resume things! HOLLA!


LCPL Kenneth Joseph Burley—USMC

Hey sweetie, we cant wait to see you again. Hurry home soon. I cant wait to hold you. I hope your doing great and cant wait to hear all the stories. Good Luck!!!

Amanda and baby

CPL William "Billy" Bodnar—USMC

I miss you so much baby! I cant wait for you to come home! We have so much catching up to do! We will FINALLY get to be together "FOR GOOD" this time baby! I miss you and I love you so much baby! I am so proud of you! You will always be my hero baby!

Your Angel

CPL Justin McConnell—USMC

love you and I am so proud! Come home soon!

Love Always,

LCPL Jordan Norsworthy—USMC

Jordan is a very special person to all of his family. He is doing us proud right now. We all all praying for him. We hope God returns him safe and sound to us soon. We love him and we miss him.

his cousin, Jocelyn

YN Jason D. Tedder—USN

Jason D. Tedder
To Jason and the crew of the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) off the coast of Iraq, make all of your "delivery's" be right on target! Come home soon. Dad, Mom, and your sisters miss you!

Shirley Woodburn

PFC Tanyelle Dyson—USA

I'm so proud of you. Keep representing.

Momma, Keshawn, Jurel

CPL William "Billy" Bodnar—USMC

Can't wait for you to get home we have so much celebrating to do when you finally do get here for so many different things. Miss you and love you bunches!


SSGT Andy D. Ledford—USMC

My love and prayers are with you! Keep your head down and your rifle clean!

Angela Ledford

Jon Pannell—USA

Hey Jon, Hope that you come home safely. We all miss you.


Chris Pannell—USA

Hey Chris, I hope you are out there kicking some Iraqi butts. Miss you. Hope that you come home soon.

Your sister, Stephanie

SGT Stephanie McKay—USA

4ID go kick ass.

Uncle Sam

SGT George Haynes—USAF

You're in our thoughts and prayers. You make us proud.

Ken King

LCPL Robert Simmons—USMC

You have downtown Ridge on your are in our thoughts and prayers daily! I am so proud to know you...hurry home so we can celebrate your 21st birthday. Miss you!

Jessica T.

Becky Pannell—USA

Bec, Be careful out there. Come home soon.


LCPL Robert Simmons—USMC

Come back home safely Jumpin' Bean. Ridge needs ya back!

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