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Fort Wayne, Indiana 46862

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Persian Gulf War Dead, Allen Co., Indiana


Jeffrey A. Settimi
  • Rank: Mess Management Specialist Apprentice
  • Branch: Navy
  • Unit: USS Saratoga
  • Death date: December 20 or 22, 1990
  • Death place: Haifa Bay, Israel
  • Age: 25
  • Cause: Drowning after chartered ferry Al-Tovia capsized in Haifa Bay while returning sailors from shore leave
  • Home: Fort Wayne, IN



Operation Anaconda Dead, Allen Co., Indiana


Matthew A. Commons
  • Rank: Private First Class (promoted to Corporal posthumously)
  • Branch: Army Rangers
  • Unit: 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment
  • Base: Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia
  • Death date: March 4, 2002
  • Death place: eastern Afghanistan
  • Age: 21
  • Cause: Killed in action during nine-hour firefight trying to rescue a Navy Seal
  • Birth place: Fort Wayne, IN
  • Home: Boulder City, NV
  • Burial: Arlington National Cemetery



Iraq War Dead, Allen Co., Indiana


Jonathan Fleming Blair
  • Rank: Corporal
  • Branch: Army
  • Unit: Company B, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division
  • Base: Fort Campbell, KY
  • Death date: November 19, 2005
  • Death place: Bayji, Iraq
  • Age: 21
  • Cause: Hostile fire, improvised explosive device
  • Home: Fort Wayne, IN
  • High School: Elmhurst High School, 2002
  • Memorial Service: Waynedale Baptist Church; Funeral procession passed Elmhurst High School on Ardmore Avenue
  • Burial: Lindenwood Cemetery, Fort Wayne, IN

James M. Clay
  • Rank: Specialist or Sergeant
  • Branch: Arkansas Army National Guard
  • Unit: 2nd Battalion, 153rd Infantry Regiment, 39th Brigade Combat Team
  • Base: Little Rock, AR
  • Death date: November 13, 2008
  • Death place: Ambar Province, Iraq
  • Age: 25
  • Cause: Injuries sustained in a vehicle accident
  • Birth place: Fort Wayne, IN
  • Home: Mountain Home, AR
  • Burial: Kirby's Tucker Memorial Cemetery, Mountain Home, AR

David James Grames Sanchez
  • Rank: Lance Corporal
  • Branch: Marines
  • Unit: Company A, 2nd Tank Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force
  • Base: Camp Lejeune, NC
  • Death date: May 11, 2006
  • Death place: Al Karmah, Iraq
  • Age: 22
  • Cause: Non-combat-related tank accident
  • Home: Fort Wayne, IN
  • High School: Elmhurst High School
  • Memorial Service: Klaehn, Fahl, & Melton Funeral Home, Winchester Rd., Fort Wayne, IN

Donald R. McCune, II
  • Rank: Specialist
  • Branch: Washington Army National Guard
  • Unit: 1st Battalion, 161st Infantry Regiment, 81st Brigade Combat Team
  • Base: Moses Lake, WA
  • Death date: August 5, 2004
  • Death place: Lanstuhl, Germany
  • Age: 20
  • Cause: Injuries from improvised explosive device near Balad, Iraq, Aug. 4, 2004
  • Former Home: Fort Wayne, IN
  • Home: Ypsilanti, MI
  • Burial: Oak Grove Cemetery, Chelsea, MI

Richard Peter Langenbrunner
  • Rank: Private First Class
  • Branch: Army
  • Unit: 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division
  • Base:Fort Benning, GA
  • Death date: April 17, 2007
  • Death place: Rustamiyah, Iraq
  • Age: 19
  • Cause: Non-combat-related injuries
  • Home: Fort Wayne, IN
  • High School: Northrop High School, 2006
  • Memorial Service: Graveside service
  • Burial: Highland Park Cemetery, Fort Wayne, IN

Paul Singh Pabla
  • Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Branch: Indiana Army National Guard
  • Unit: 139th Field Artillery deployed with the 150th Field Artillery
  • Base: Kempton, IN
  • Death date: July 3, 2006
  • Death place: Mosul, Iraq
  • Age: 23
  • Cause: Hostile sniper fire
  • Home: Fort Wayne, IN
  • High School:Huntington North High School, 2000
  • Memorial Service: Huntington North High School
  • Burial: Beech Grove Cemetery, Huntington Co., IN

Brian Hamilton Penisten
  • Rank: Specialist
  • Branch: Army
  • Unit: Air Defense Artillery Battalion, 3rd Armored Cavalry
  • Base: Fort Carson, CO
  • Death date: November 2, 2003
  • Death place: Near Falujah, Iraq
  • Age: 28
  • Cause: Hostile missile fire, helicopter crash
  • Home: Fort Wayne, IN
  • High School: Bishop Dwenger High School
  • Memorial Service: St. Vincent dePaul Catholic Church
  • Burial: Highland Park Cemetery, Fort Wayne, IN

Neale Moran Shank
  • Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Branch: Army
  • Unit: 1st Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division
  • Base: Fort Drum, NY
  • Death date: March 31, 2007
  • Death place: Baghdad, Iraq
  • Age: 25
  • Cause: Non-combat-related injuries
  • Home:Fort Wayne, IN
  • High School: Concordia High School, 1999
  • College: United States Military Academy at West Point, 2005
  • Memorial Service: Allen County War Memorial Coliseum Expo Center, Fort Wayne, IN
  • Burial: United States Military Academy Cemetery, West Point, NY

Ryan A. Woodward
  • Rank: Corporal
  • Branch: Army
  • Unit: 1st Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division
  • Base: Fort Bragg, NC
  • Death date: September 8, 2007
  • Death place: Balad, Iraq
  • Age: 22
  • Cause: Hostile small-arms fire
  • Home: Fort Wayne, IN
  • High School: Carroll High School, 2003
  • Memorial Service: Aboite Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, IN
  • Burial: Lindenwood Cemetery, Fort Wayne, IN



Operation Enduring Freedom Dead, Allen Co., Indiana


Joel Christopher Gentz
  • Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Branch: Air Force
  • Unit: 58th Rescue Squadron
  • Base: Nellis AFB, Nevada
  • Death date: June 9, 2010
  • Death place: near Sangin District Forward Operating Base Jackson, Helmand Province, Afghanistan
  • Age: 25
  • Cause: Hostile fire, helicopter crash

    Insurgents attacked the U.S. Air Force HH-60 Pave Hawk rescue helicopter which was responding to a NATO medical evacuation in the Sangin district of Helmund province. Three airmen also died and three others were injured.

  • Home: Grass Lake, MI; Chelsea MI; Las Vegas, NV
  • Married: to Kathryn L. Sullivan, Jun. 7, 2008, in Allen County, IN; they met at Purdue University
  • Wife's Home: Fort Wayne, IN
  • Burial: Oak Grove East Cemetery, Chelsea, MI

Kevin Matthew Pape
  • Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Branch: Army
  • Unit: Co. C, 1st Bn., 75th Ranger Regt.
  • Base: Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia
  • Death date: Nov. 16, 2010
  • Death place: Konar Province, Afghanistan
  • Age: 30
  • Cause: Hostile small-arms fire
  • Home: Fort Wayne
  • High School: Concordia High School
  • Memorial Service: Klaehn, Fahl & Melton, Winchester Rd.
  • Burial: Lindenwood Cemetery, Fort Wayne, IN

William H. Crouse, IV
  • Rank: Lance Corporal
  • Branch: Marines
  • Unit: 1st Battalion, 10th Marines
  • Death date: Dec. 21, 2010
  • Death place: Afghanistan
  • Age: 22
  • Cause: He and his bomb-sniffing dog, Cane, were killed by an improvised explosive device.
  • Home: Clinton, SC
  • Previous Residences: Angola and Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • High School: Northrop High School (Fort Wayne) and Clinton High School (SC)