Honored Yesterday

May 27, 2008

The following soldiers were honored at yesterday's Memorial Day ceremony at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens:

Cpl. Jonathan V. Hamm (Baltimore), 20, died May 17, 2007, in Baghdad of wounds suffered when his forward operating base came under indirect enemy fire. A 2004 graduate of Carver Vocational-Technical High School, he joined the Army a few months before his 18th birthday. He was sent to Kuwait 10 days after the death of his mother in February and died a month after being deployed to Iraq.

Sgt. Casey W. Nash (Baltimore), 22, was killed May 18, 2007, along with two other soldiers by an improvised explosive device in Tahir, Iraq. At Eastern Technical High School, he played center and guard on the varsity football team.

Sgt. 1st Class Robert E. Dunham (Baltimore), 36, was killed in Baghdad May 24, 2007, when a makeshift bomb exploded near his vehicle. He enlisted in the Army after high school, trained and specialized in communications and served in Iraq during Operation Desert Storm as well as in Somalia. Raised in Park Heights and stationed at Fort Gordon, Ga., he had been thinking of retiring after 19 years of service. He was married and had five children.

Cpl. Brandon M. Craig (Earleville), 25, died of injuries suffered in a roadside bomb explosion July 19, 2007, in Husayniyah, Iraq. He joined the Army in February 2006 and was deployed in April 2007 with the Headquarters Company, 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division. Among his awards were the Bronze Star, a Purple Heart and the Army Commendation Medal for Valor.

Sgt. Scott L. Kirkpatrick (Dickerson), 26, was killed with three comrades Aug. 11, 2007, in Arab Jabour, Iraq, in the explosion of a house rigged with explosives. He had joined the Army after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and was assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division - one of the first to reach Baghdad after the 2003 invasion.

Sgt. Princess C. Samuels (Mitchellville), 22, was killed Aug. 15, 2007, along with another soldier by indirect enemy fire in Taji, Iraq. She enlisted in the Army after graduating from Charles Herbert Flowers High School and was trained as an imagery specialist in military intelligence. She was part of Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

Specialist Ari D. Brown-Weeks (Abingdon), 23, was killed Sept. 10, 2007, along with six other paratroopers when the truck they were riding in rolled over as they returned from a raid in Baghdad. The Massachusetts native enlisted after Sept. 11 and served with the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C.

Sgt. 1st Class Robin L. Towns Sr. (Upper Marlboro), 52, died Oct. 24, 2007, of wounds suffered when a roadside bomb exploded in Bayji, Iraq, nine days after he was deployed as a member of the 275th Military Police Company, 372nd Military Police Battalion of the District of Columbia National Guard. He joined the Army at 17 and rose to platoon sergeant before his honorable discharge. He later joined the Army National Guard. His awards include the Maryland State Active Duty Medal, the Army Achievement Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal.

Specialist Micheal B. Matlock Jr. (Glen Burnie), 21, died Feb. 20 of wounds suffered when his vehicle struck a makeshift bomb in Baghdad. The Glen Burnie High School graduate joined the Army in 2006 and served on a combat team responsible for security in the Iraqi capital. His awards include the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

Sgt. 1st Class Collin J. Bowen (Millersville), 38, died March 14 at an Army hospital in Texas of wounds suffered when his vehicle struck a roadside bomb in Afghanistan on Jan. 2. He and his comrades were on their way back to base on the last day of a 10-day mission for which he had volunteered even though he was at the end of his deployment. He was awarded the Bronze Star.

Sources: Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens, Sun articles

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