Service Members Honor Fallen on Memorial Day, Djibouti

DJIBOUTI - U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class David Fedora plays taps during a Memorial Day ceremony on Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, May 31, 2010. The ceremony was held in remembrance of all who lost their lives while serving their country. Fedora is currently assigned to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Technical Sergeant Shad Eidson) CJTF-HOA Photo DJIBOUTI - U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class David Fedora plays taps during a Memorial Day ceremony on Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, May 31, 2010. The ceremony was held in remembrance of all who lost their lives while serving their country. Fedora is currently assigned to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Technical Sergeant Shad Eidson)
DJIBOUTI - U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Tyler Wilson reads the names of 21 military members who lost their lives while assigned to the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa during a Memorial Day ceremony on Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, May 31, 2010. The ceremony was held in remembrance of all who lost their lives while serving their country. Wilson is currently assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Technical Sergeant Shad Eidson) CJTF-HOA Photo DJIBOUTI - U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Tyler Wilson reads the names of 21 military members who lost their lives while assigned to the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa during a Memorial Day ceremony on Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, May 31, 2010. The ceremony was held in remembrance of all who lost their lives while serving their country. Wilson is currently assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Technical Sergeant Shad Eidson)
DJIBOUTI - U.S. Navy Captain Scott Vasina speaks about honoring America's veterans during a Memorial Day ceremony on Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, May 31, 2010. Vasina is the Strategic Communications director for the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa and was the master of ceremonies for the event held in remembrance of those who lost their lives while serving their country. (U.S. Air Force photo by Technical Sergeant Shad Eidson) CJTF-HOA Photo DJIBOUTI - U.S. Navy Captain Scott Vasina speaks about honoring America's veterans during a Memorial Day ceremony on Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, May 31, 2010. Vasina is the Strategic Communications director for the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa and was the master of ceremonies for the event held in remembrance of those who lost their lives while serving their country. (U.S. Air Force photo by Technical Sergeant Shad Eidson)
DJIBOUTI - U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Ben Loth rings a bell for each of the 21 military members who lost their lives while assigned to the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa during a Memorial Day ceremony on Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, May 31, 2010. The ceremony was held in remembrance of all who lost their lives while serving their country. Loth is currently assigned to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Technical Sergeant Shad Eidson) CJTF-HOA Photo DJIBOUTI - U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Ben Loth rings a bell for each of the 21 military members who lost their lives while assigned to the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa during a Memorial Day ceremony on Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, May 31, 2010. The ceremony was held in remembrance of all who lost their lives while serving their country. Loth is currently assigned to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Technical Sergeant Shad Eidson)

Service members gathered for a Memorial Day ceremony in Djibouti, May 31, 2010, honoring those who have died while serving Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa. Rear Admiral Brian Losey, CJTF-HOA commander, said that those who have died in the service of their country will not be forgotten and that the sacrifices of those left behind are not in vain. "From the sting of losing friends, to comforting their families, we know how important it is that they will not be forgotten," said the admiral.

"In the land of the free, we must always remember that we are the defenders of the home of the brave," said Navy Captain Scott Vasina, Strategic Communications director and master of ceremonies for the event.

During the ceremony, the names of the 21 service members who passed away while being attached to CJTF-HOA were read. They are (name and hometown):

- Captain Seth Michaud, Hudson, Mass.

- Petty Officer 1st Class Alec Mazur, Vernon, N.Y.

- Petty Officer 3rd Class Fabricio Moreno, Brooklyn, N.Y.

- Petty Officer 3rd Class Emory J. Turpin, Dahlonega, Ga.

- 1st Lieutenant Brandon R. Dronet, Erath, La.

- Sergeant James F. Fordyce, Newton Square, Pa. - Senior Airman Alecia S. Good, Broadview Heights, Ohio

- Lance Corporal Samuel W. Large Jr., Broadview Heights, Ohio

- Sergeant Donnie Leo F. Levens, Long Beach, Miss.

- Corporal Matthieu Marcellus, Gainesville, Fla.

- Sergeant Jonathan E. McColley, Gettysburg, Penn.

- Staff Sergeant Luis M. Melendez Sanchez, Bayamon, Puerto Rico

- Lance Corporal Nicholas J. Sovie, Ogdensburg, N.Y.

- Captain Bryan D. Willard, Hummelstown, Pa.

- Sergeant Gregory D. Fejeran, Barrigada, Guam

- Sergeant Christopher J. C. Fernandez, Dededo, Guam

- Lance Corporal Dustin L. Canham, Lake Stevens, Wash.

- Lieutenant Colonel Joseph A. Moore, Boise, Idaho

- Chief Warrant Officer Milton E. Suggs, Lockport, La.

- Lance Cpl. Randy M. Heck, Steubenville, Ohio

- Sgt. Roberto E. Diaz Boria, San Juan, Puerto Rico

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