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Monica Beacham 

Petty Officer 2nd Class

Decaturville, TN

1980 - 2009


Petty Officer Monica Beacham was a member of the United States Coast Guard.  She was a radio operator and served her country for nine years.  She was an excellent officer and was awarded two Coast Guard Good Conduct medals.

Tragically, on October 29, 2009, while searching for a lost boater off the coast of southern California, a Coast Guard C-130 with a crew of seven struck a Marine Corps helicopter with two on-board. Both crafts went down, and all nine Coast Guards and Marines were killed. Monica was 29 when this accident happened, she had left behind her husband and her young  daughter.

A Beacham relative said, “she left behind a smart and beautiful little girl who takes after her and a wonderful husband! She’s truly going to be missed by all her family. May she rest in peace, god bless all other family members involved.”

Monica Beacham is a real superhero she has done so much. She was brave,bold and courageous we will never forget Monica Beacham.


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James Woodrow Brigham Jr

Army Specialist

Ocala, FL

1947 - 1969


James Woodrow Brigham Jr was born in October twelfth, 1947 in Ocala, Florida. His rank was a specialist four and he earned the bronze star medal and the purple heart. James was in the unit A Company, 65th Engineer Battalion, 25th Infantry Division. His specialty was combat engineering and he earned the bronze star medal as stated by veterantributes.org for “distinguishing himself by outstanding meritorious service in connection with ground operations against a hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam during the period 23 February 1968 to 13 September 1968. Through his untiring efforts and professional ability, he consistently obtained outstanding results.” Unfortunately, Woodrow has no known record of any family members, but is just as honored. He battled in Vietnam. On September thirteenth, 1968, he was captured. James Woodrow was in Nui Ba Din in Tay Ninh Province when his group was ambushed. Four soldiers were taken, including him. After being captured, he was put in a Vietnamese prison camp in a small bamboo structure, located nearby Tay Ninh. In January of 1968, a North Vietnamese soldier shot James. He was wounded enough to be sent back to the U.S., getting flown to Walter Reed Army Medical Center, dying 17 days after (January 1969) from the wounds in Washington DC at the age 22. He died honored, being awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Purple Heart, and Prisoner of War Medal. James was buried in Faith Memorial Gardens in Ocala, Florida- his birthplace. He is honored on panel 34W, Row 20 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.


*The Bronze Star Medal is awarded to any person who, after December 6, 1941, while serving in any capacity with the Armed Forces of the United States, distinguishes himself or herself by heroic or meritorious achievement or service, not involving participation in aerial flight.


*The Purple Heart is a United States military decoration awarded in the name of the President to those wounded or killed while serving, on or after April 5, 1917, with the U.S. military.
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Allan E. Brown

Sergeant First Class

Takoma Park, MD

1970 - 2016


Sgt. Allan E. Brown was on his sixth deployment in Afghanistan. He was 46 years old. He was born 1970. While on the Bagram Air base a suicide bomber attacked and injured 3 people, All of which died later from wounds, One of these people was Sgt. Brown. Brown was forty six years old at the time of the blast and when he died. He was in Walter reed National medical center on December 6, 2016 at five in the morning. He earned many medals while serving his country that include but are not limited to; The non commissioned ribbon Five army Commendation medals, two army achievement medals, Afghanistan campaign medal with campaign star, the Iraqi campaign medal  four campaign stars, and the Korean defense service medal, and the global war on terrorism service medal. Sgt. Brown was a very brave man and made the ultimate sacrifice for his nation. We will forever be in his dept.

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Mark De Alencar

Army Green Beret Staff Sergeant

Edgewood, MD

1980-2017


“Mark died doing what he wanted to do.” His Uncle said.

Mark De Alencar was born April 1, 1980 in a U.S. Army hospital in Nuremberg, Germany and died of age 37 on Saturday, April 8. Mark died in Afghanistan during operations against Islamic State Groups.

De Alencar was an Army Green Beret Staff Sergeant in Afghanistan. Leaving behind his loving wife Natasha and five children, ranging in age from 3 to 17, who were waiting for him to come home with open arms. Mark was loving, caring and kind to all whom came his way. Outside deployment, Mark was a father and a husband, took his kids to school and helped around the house. Alencar went to Joppatowne High School. At the top of his classes, Mark graduated in 1998. His father was an Army veteran as well.

He has won many awards for being in the Army, such as, the Purple Heart, five Army Commendation Medals, six Army Achievement Medals, the Iraq Campaign Medal with two stars, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Expert Infantryman Badge, the Special Forces tab, the Ranger tab, the Parachutist Badge and the Air Assault Badge.

Mark was a hero who fought to serve our country. He died doing what he loved to do and he will be very missed.



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Brendan Looney 

Navy Lieutenant (SEAL) 

Owings, MD

1981 - 2010


A hero who died too young, Brendan Looney was one of our nation's best. He was graduated from the Naval academy and went on to serve as an intelligence officer during 2 tours in Korea and Iraq.  He went on to graduate as the “Honor Man,” or best in class from Basic Underwater Demolition/Seals training (BUDS).  He served another tour of duty in Iraq and then ultimately gave his life in his last tour in Afghanistan.  Brendan was only 29 when he and other members of his SEAL team died Sept. 21 in Ayatalah Village, Afghanistan, in a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crash during combat operations.

Brendan was the oldest of three brothers Steve and Billy Looney and younger sisters Bridget, Erin and Kelly. His parents Kevin and Maureen Looney were so proud of their sons bravery and accomplishments.  He was married to the love of his life, Amy.  Athletics were a very important part of his life.  Brendan Looney was originally recruited to Navy to play football, and took up organized lacrosse for the first time in 2002 after leaving the football team. In 2004, Brendan and his two brothers were able to play together on the same team for the Naval Academy.

Brendan’s military awards and commendations include a Bronze Star with Valor, Navy Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with Valor, Navy and Marine Corp Achievement Medal. Brendan was given full military honors and is interred with his fellow brothers-in-arms at Arlington National Cemetery. His grave is alongside his fellow fallen hero and USNA roommate Travis Manion. His family has created a scholarship in his name to continue his legacy of honor, commitment and service.  He is an inspirations for Americans to see someone who loved his country and made the ultimate sacrifice for it.   


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William C. McCool

Naval Officer and NASA Astronaut

San Diego, CA

1961-2003


William McCool was an American naval officer and a NASA astronaut. He was born on September 23, 1961 in San Diego. William went to Coronado High School in Lubbock, Texas. He then went on to get his bachelor's degree at the US Navy Academy. Then he went on to master in computer science from the University of Maryland in 1985.

William McCool loved being a NASA astronaut. “It’s beyond imagination, until you actually get up and see it and experience it and feel it,” he told National Public Radio on January 30 from the space shuttle Columbia. On February 1, 2003 William died when the crew from the Space Shuttle Columbia perished during entry, just 16 minutes before the landing was planned. When William McCool wasn’t taking on the job of an astronaut, he took up time with many hobbies. William McCool had many hobbies one of which was running. He also played many sports like biking, mountain biking, and swimming. He would also enjoy playing the guitar and chess. He was a proud Boy Scout and became an Eagle Scout. He also enjoyed the song “Imagine” by John Lennon. He also enjoyed the band called Radiohead. He left behind his wife and children. William McCool was a real hero and he will never be forgotten.


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Timothy J. McMahon

Petty Officer 3rd Class (HM3)

Port Townsend, WA

1946 - 1966


Timothy J. McMahon was a navy hero who gladly protected his country for his entire service. McMahon was loyal to his friends and stayed with them until the very end. He passionately and bravely began to serve at the age of 18 through 19. Timothy J. McMahon was born on March 7th of 1946. He lived in Port Townsend which is located in Jefferson county, Washington,U.S. McMahon was in the navy, and served from 1965 to 1966. He was ranked HM3 and served with the unit USS ENTERPRISE-65. McMahon died in a due to wounds at the age of 20 on 9/18/1966, in Quang Nam . While Timothy may have died, he fought bravely to protect his country. McMahon was also awarded the Purple Heart for his service to his country.


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Alan A. Patterson

Lieutenant Commander 

Tullahoma, TN

1978 - 2013


Lieutenant commander Alan A Patterson was 34 years old when he lost his life. He lost his life in a plane crash while instructing a student pilot. He was a father of two children and a husband. He was also a brother to five brothers and sisters. Patterson graduated from U.S Naval academy in the May of 2000 with his  bachelor's degree in history and a minor in french. After graduating from college he reported to Pensacola Naval Air Station for flight training.

As a child he grew up in Tullahoma and that's where he saw a midshipmen in uniform and that's what made him want to attend the Naval Academy as said in a statement by his father. “He was ambitious and liked going to the naval academy.When he had a goal, he didn’t want anything standing in the way”. Some of Alan’s hobbies were playing lacrosse, being a downhill ski racer and he was also a triathlete. Alan was an inspiration to his brother Craig who also went to the academy. His brother Craig Said “He is the kind of guy you hope you become and you hope your sons become”. In the end Alan A Patterson was a man who inspired others and a man who did more than his share of work and a man who never stepped on anybody else to get ahead.


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Aaron Seesan 

First Lieutenant

Massillon, OH

1981-2005


"He literally was playing with dinosaurs one day and the next day had little Army soldiers in his sandbox," said Aaron Seesan’s mother, Chiquita.  Aaron Seesan was born on March 6th, 1981 and was raised in Massillon, Ohio.  He became interested in the army during elementary school along with him being an altar boy, a track runner, an eagle scout, and a football player. Seesan also participated in speech and drama.  In 1999, he graduated from Massillon Washington High School with an honors diploma.


Aaron graduated in 2003 from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y.  then later on he went to Iraq, and was based at Fort Lewis. He was unfortunately killed on May 22, 2005 when a bomb struck the gas tank of the vehicle he was riding in, causing it to burst into flames. Over 80 percent of his body was burnt, but Aaron remained conscious when medics arrived and he directed them to care for other wounded soldiers. Those are the actions of a true hero.


Today his parents set up The Aaron Seesan Memorial Scholarship Fund to honor the memory of First Lieutenant Aaron N. Seesan. Aaron believed that anyone could achieve his or her highest potential through a lifetime of learning and was an advocate for the commitment to the educational process. The fund awards scholarships to graduating high school seniors who wish to pursue their goals through higher education.



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Andrew Wilfahrt

Army Corporal 

Rosemount, MN

1979-2011


“Seeing all the faces of soldiers crying should show you how much Cpl. Andrew Wilfahrt meant to us all.” said other soldiers. We will never forget him and are honored to have served with such an outstanding person.” said Andrew’s friend. Andrew was born May 7th, 1979 and died on February 27th, 2011, he was only 31 when he died. Andrew died in the middle east when he sustained serious wounds from an insurgent that attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device.

Andrew Wilfahrt is a big inspiration to many people because he was the first openly gay soldier. “He was a very nice kid.” This was a quote from the father, Jeff Wilfahrt. “There was not much people that enjoyed putting on the marching band uniforms, but Andy (Andrew) put it on with a smile and always did his best with each performance,” Said Kellsey Christensen, a classmate. Andrew was fiercely intelligent, he scored a perfect score on his aptitude test, and he was also a former peace activist who enjoyed classical music, Andrew was also known for his cheery attitude.

Outside of deployment, Andrew loved music in fact his dream was to fall in love and find a job where he could deploy music. In the meantime he studied palindromes, maps, patterns, the U.S Constitution, and quantum physics. This inspirational man will be greatly missed.



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More biographies to come soon including:


- Captain Eleanor Grace Alexander

- Army Specialist Azhar Ali

- Lieutenant Colonel Charles H. Buehring

- Major Andrew D. Byers

- Lieutenant Thomas Michael Conway

- Corporal Gregory Fleury

- Master Sergeant Gary Ivan Gordon

- Aviation Machinist's Mate Third Class Richard L. Hughes

- Marine Staff Sergeant Richard Jackson

- First Lieutenant David L. Jones

- Sergeant Lee Henderson Manning

- Lieutenant James L. McCullin

- Marine Captain David Seth Mitchell

- Private First Class Sadao Munemori

- Sergeant Pamela G. Osbourne

- Private First Class Juan Sebastián Restrepo

- Private First Class Seferino J. Reyna

- First Lieutenant Daniel Riordan

- Private First Class Anton J. Sather

- Army Specialist Mark S. Seiden

- Marine Sergeant Alan D. Sherman

- Chief Quartermaster Valleon Sylvester

- Staff Sergeant Ayman A. Taha 

- Marine Corporal Ramona M. Valdez

- Air Force Lieutenant Colonel William Willis

- Army National Guard Specialist Michelle Witmer