Tuesday, April 22, 2008

2-14 remembers fallen Soldiers

Spc. Jennie Burrett
2nd BCT Journalist

The 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division (LI) held a memorial ceremony Nov. 30 (Friday) to honor Golden Dragon comrades killed in action while deployed to Iraq.
The ceremony for the 10 Soldiers was held at the previous 2-14 headquarters, now used by the 1st Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd BCT.
“We are gathered here for the first time since our redeployment as a united battalion to honor and pay tribute to 10 great men,” said Lt. Col. John C. Valledor, the battalion commander of 2-14 infantry regiment. “This was the first opportunity the battalion, complete, has had to honor our fallen.”
The names of the 10 fallen comrades were put on a memorial that was created after Operation Iraqi Freedom 2.5. There are names already existing on the monument of 2-14 soldiers that were killed in action from OIF 2.5, and Mogadishu.
The monument consists of a bronze “battle cross” - an upright M-16 rifle, bayonet down, with a pair of boots at its base and topped with a Kevlar helmet. The base displays plaques containing names of the fallen.
Surrounding the memorial are semicircular benches containing names of sponsors, and colorful shrubs, designed to honor the men and keep their memories alive.
Sgt. Jason C. Denfrund, 24, from Springville, N.Y., is survived by his wife Melissa, daughter Chloe, and son Jayden.
On Christmas Day of 2006, Denfrund spent most of the morning discovering and clearing improvised explosive devices along Route Pinto. He was unaware of the hidden device that mortally wounded him. As team leader he was credited for saving the life of fellow Soldier he told to move away prior to the detonation of the IED.
“He saved my life,” said Spc. Brandon M. Deaton, the Soldier who was directed to move away by Denfrund.
Spc. Raymond N. Mitchell, 21, was from West Memphis, Ark. On Jan. 6, 2007, Mitchell safeguarding Route Earnheardt, when he suffered wounds that caused the loss of his life. He is survived by his parents, Carolyn and Raymond.
Capt. Kevin Landeck, 26, was from Wheaton, Ill. He is survived by his wife, 1st Lt. Bethany Landeck.
“On Feb. 2, 2007, Landeck paid the ultimate sacrifice,” said Valledor. “He was the only officer that we lost this year”
Landeck was killed when an IED detonated near his vehicle. Known as a prankster, he would take name tapes off body-armor vests to poke fun at fellow Soldiers in Iraq.
Sgt. Thomas L. Latham, 23, from Delmar, Md., is survived by his wife, Rachel, daughter Ariel, and stepson Caleb. Latham suffered fatal wounds when an IED when off near his Humvee on March 11, 2007.
Cpl. Wilfred Flores, Jr., 20, from Lawton, Okla. He was survived by his parents, Wilfred Sr. and Vicky; Staff Sgt. Jason Arnette, 24, from Amelia, Va., is survived by his wife Shenandoah Sky.

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Anonymous said...

Staff Sgt. Arnette passed away on Sunday, April 1, 2007. He died when their vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device. SSG was born November 1, 1982, in Richmond, VA

He is survived by his wife Shenandoah, his mother Michelle and sisters Tonya n Shelby-Grace

SSG. Arnette was last known to be living in Amelia, Virginia.

SSG. Arnette graduated from Amelia County High School in 2001.

He was in the U.S. Army. Sgt. Arnette served with the 2BCT 10th Mountain 2-14 Infantry divison from Ft. Drum NY. He served in Baghdad, Iraq , South Korea. He was awarded Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Service Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon.

He was laid to rest on May 18, 2007 in Arlington National Cemetery. This was his dream. He wanted to go down in the record books being famous. He wanted to change the guard and his tombstone to read "BEST OF THE BEST" I believe his dreams came true.

Jason also did some missionary work in Guatemala as a young teenager and loved children. He played soccer and truly loved the sport, believe he should be able to play 24/7 and wanted to coach it also. Jason knew no stranger and a great Faith in God. He wrote this poem when he was 16:

Ask Me
Ask me, tell me spin me around,
Because I can't tell you for I am
A man on earth's ground.
I know not nothing, I see not nothing.
Only God can say something.
So just set me free,
And ask Him to pray for me.
I wish I could tell you I wish I understood,
but still you hide behind me,
With you head in a hood.
Covered in black crying in shame,
And still you know you are to blame.
You can turn around you can be good,
Why be evil and stand where you stood.
the trouble that you've caused,
God can put that in the past and
Put your life at a stunning pause.
Let me stop talking and let you do your part,
Cause God can blow your mind and give you
Another start......
Branch: United Sates Army
Component: Active Duty
Rank: Staff Seargent
Grade: E-6
MOS: 11B
MOS Title: Infantryman
Enlisted: 2002
Years of service: 5
Age: 24
Gender: Male
Ethnicity: White
Date of Birth: 7 NOV 1982
Tours in Iraq: 3
Medals: posthumously awarded Bronze Star, posthumously awarded Purple Heart, Army Commendation, Army Good Conduct, National Defense Service, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary, Global War on Terrorism Service, Korean Defensse Service
Medals and Ribbons: posthumously awarded Bronze Star Medal and posthumously awarded Purple Heart MedalArmy Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Service Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon
Division: 10th Mountain
Brigade: 2D Brigade Combat Team
Regiment: 14th Infantry
Battalion: 2D
Company: C
Duty Station: Fort Drum, N.Y.
Fatality Date: 01 APR 2007
Incident Date: 31 MAR 2007
Fatality Type: Hostile - hostile fire - IED attack
Fatality Country: Iraq
Fatality Providence: Baghdad
Fatality City: Baghdad
Burial Location: Arlington National CemeteryHome
State: VA
Home County: Amelia
Home City: Amelia
Married: Yes
Daughters: No

According to some of his soldiers, Jason made life in Iraq better by focusing on the good things in life. He made a bowl of cereal funny and fun. He tried to keep all the guys on their toes with all his silly antics. This was Jason at home too. He was always the center of attention. He wrote a paper at the age of 14 for his AFJrROTC Class (9th grade) "I want to one day go down in the record books as being famous" "I want my tombstone to read Four Star General Jason Russell Arnette born Nov 7, 1982 died Nov 7, 2082" and he wanted it to read "BEST OF THE BEST". These things he strived to do. When he left for Basic Training he told us he wanted to be a Sgt before his enlisted was up. He made it. And he made SSG last Oct. during his second enlisted meant. He re-enlisted during his 2nd tour in Iraq even after his wife begged, pleaded for him not too. That didn't deter him from this task. He loved his country and the military life. Jason lived most of his life dreams, except to have a child and the 4 Star General. Now he is a keeper of the Gates of Heaven with his father and many others.Jason had a teddy bear "BABY BEAR" which he slept with up to basic and even ask me to send it to him while he was in Korea. "Baby" is now my companion and he sits watch over Jason's Flag and many medal and coins. Jason has a brick at the National Heritage Museum and is a Founding Member of the New Army Museum at Ft Belvoir in Northern Va. He is the angel for a hospital group in NY who sent out over 500 packages to our military for Christmas this year and is the theme for a Children's project out of Va Beach VA and there are many more things going on in his name. he got is wish, he is famous in so many ways.