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Fort Campbell Soldier: Sgt. 1st Class Aaron A. Henderson
Sgt. 1st Class Aaron A. Henderson
Fort Campbell Soldier: Sgt. 1st Class Aaron A. Henderson

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 3, 2012) – Gov. Steve Beshear today recognized the sacrifice of a Fort Campbell soldier who died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

According to the Department of Defense, Sgt. 1st Class Aaron A. Henderson, 33, of Houlton, Maine, died Oct. 2, at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit on Sept. 30 with an improvised explosive device in Zombalay Village, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Campbell, Ky.

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Fort Campbell Soldier: Sgt. James M. Darrough
Sgt. James M. Darrough
Fort Campbell Soldier: Sgt. James M. Darrough

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 2, 2011) – Gov. Steve Beshear today recognized the sacrifice of a Fort Campbell soldier who died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

According to the Department of Defense, Sgt. James M. Darrough, 38, of Austin, Texas, died Oct. 29, in Kabul province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device. He was assigned to 101st Finance Company, 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.

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Fort Knox Soldier: Spc. Michael D. Elms
Sgt. Michael D. Elm
Fort Knox Soldier: Spc. Michael D. Elms

Governor Beshear Recognizes Sacrifice of Fort Knox Soldier

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 19, 2011) – Gov. Steve Beshear today recognized the sacrifice of a Fort Knox soldier who died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

According to the Department of Defense, Spc. Michael D. Elm, 25, of Phoenix, Arizona, died Oct. 14 in Khowst, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Knox, Ky.

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Kentucky Native Soldier: Pfc. Dustin P. Napier
Pfc. Dustin Napier
Kentucky Native Soldier: Pfc. Dustin P. Napier

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 10, 2012) – Gov. Steve Beshear today recognized the sacrifice of a Kentucky soldier who died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. 

According to the Department of Defense, Pfc. Dustin P. Napier, 20, of London, KY, died Jan. 8 in Zabul province, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained from enemy small-arms fire.  He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Wainwright, Alaska.

 

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Fort Campbell Soldier: Pfc. Patricia L. Horne
Pfc. Patricia L. Horne of Greenwood, MS
Fort Campbell Soldier: Pfc. Patricia L. Horne


(FRANKFORT KY Aug. 27, 2012) – Gov. Steve Beshear today recognized the sacrifice of a Fort Campbell soldier who died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

According to the Department of Defense, Pfc. Patricia L. Horne, 20, of Greenwood, Mississippi., died Aug. 24 in Bagram, Afghanistan.  She was assigned to the 96th Aviation Support Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky. 

The Governor will order that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on the day of Pfc. Horne’s interment for which arrangements are still pending.

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Fort Knox Soldier: Spc. Mikayla A. Bragg
Fort Knox Soldier: Spc. Mikayla A. Bragg

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 27, 2011) – Gov. Steve Beshear today recognized the sacrifice of a Fort Knox soldier who died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. 

According to the Department of Defense, Spc. Mikayla A. Bragg, 21, of Longview, Washington, died Dec. 21 in Khowst province, Afghanistan.  She was assigned to the 201st Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Knox, Ky.

 

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Kentucky Marine: Cpl. Aaron M. Faust
Cpl. Aaron M. Faust
Kentucky Marine: Cpl. Aaron M. Faust

Governor Beshear Recognizes Sacrifice of Kentucky Marine

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 17, 2012) – Gov. Steve Beshear today recognized the sacrifice of a Kentucky Marine who died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

According to the Department of Defense, Cpl. Aaron M. Faust, 22, Louisville, Kentucky, died April 15 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

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Kentucky Native Soldier: Lt. Col. John D. Loftis
Lt. Col. John D. Loftis
Kentucky Native Soldier: Lt. Col. John D. Loftis
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 28, 2012) – Gov. Steve Beshear today recognized the sacrifice of a Kentucky soldier who died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

According to the Department of Defense, Lt. Col. John D. Loftis, 44, of Paducah, Kentucky, died Feb. 25 from wounds received during an attack at the Interior Ministry, Kabul, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 866th Air Expeditionary Squadron, Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Kentucky soldier: Pfc. Dustin D. Gross
Pfc. Dustin D. Gross
Kentucky soldier: Pfc. Dustin D. Gross

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 9, 2012) – Gov. Steve Beshear today recognized the sacrifice of a Kentucky soldier who died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

According to the Department of Defense, Pfc. Dustin D. Gross, 19, of Jeffersonville, Kentucky died May 7, in Ghazni province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.

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On this Veteran's Day weekend

America just went through a peaceful election.  While there were winners and losers, there was no violence. Not many countries in the world can make that claim.  

We here at West Kentucky Journal invite our readers to pause for a few minutes to study on the faces of those who in the past year made the ultimate sacrifice to serve our country. 

We welcome your thoughts. Send me an email editor@westkyjournal.com or use the "Letters to the Editor" on the top navigation bar.

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Letters to the Editor

What were they thinking?

Reminders, with pictures of now-dead soldiers, of "Operation Enduring Freedom" make me very sad.

When we consider the route that was taken by W. and his cadre of Neo-cons that lead us out of Afghanistan and into Iraq we wonder "What were they thinking?"

Some hypothecate that it was to support our military-industrial complex, of which we were warned by President Eisenhower.

We are not quite satisfied with that; perhaps it was essentially high-minded, i.e., some baffling idea of instilling peace in that "other" part of our world.

In any case, it was an egregious decision. We continue to long for an explanation, rational or not. We are NOT, at this time in our history, anticipating any forthcoming truth.

Sadness overwhelms me!

Paul

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