Patriot PFC Jonathan C. Yanney

August 31, 2009 at 4:29 pm | In Uncategorized by admin
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Flags were ordered to fly at half-staff Statewide today, Monday August 31, 2009 and will remain at half-staff until September 6, 2009 in Wright County, Missouri to honor PFC Jonathan C. Yanney. PFC Yanney died August 18, 2009 from wounds he received from an IED in Arghandab, Afghanistan. PFC Yanney was 20 and most recently a resident of Litchfield, Minnesota. He lived and attended High School (for 3 years) in Norwood, Missouri. Interment was at 1 PM today at Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery, 1501 Maryland, North Little Rock, Arkansas.

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Army Pfc. Jonathan C. Yanney 20, of Litchfield, Minn.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Wash.; died Aug. 18 in Arghandab, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his unit. Also killed was Spc. Troy O. Tom.

KARE-TV (Minneapolis)

Jonathan Yanney once described himself as a “pretty active” person, “so I don’t like just sitting around doing nothing.”

Not long after he graduated from high school, Yanney joined an Army Stryker brigade deployed to southern Afghanistan. The 20-year-old was reportedly on his way to help another unit under fire last week when a roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle. The explosion killed him and another soldier, Spc. Troy O. Tom, 21, of Shiprock, N.M.

“Extremely driven,” was how his former high school principal, Marcella Swatosh, described Yanney on Monday.

“We knew that he wanted to go into something where he could help people,” said Swatosh, the principal of Norwood High School in southern Missouri, which Yanney attended for three years. “He was always very focused on wanting to help people, and it sounds like that’s what he was doing.

Yanney, of Litchfield, Minn., enlisted in the Army in March 2008 and reported to Fort Lewis, Wash., six months later.

He was sent to Kandahar province, one of the most dangerous regions of Afghanistan. Insurgents regularly plant roadside bombs to attack Afghan and foreign troops there to combat both the Taliban and a thriving opium trade.

Yanney’s self-description was on his MySpace page. A posting on Yanney’s MySpace from someone who identified himself as his father said Yanney was “en route to assist another unit under fire.”

Jonathan Yanney’s decision to join the military was a surprise to some who knew him.

“I never pictured that,” said Kevin Drake, his former baseball coach. “Very respectful, always, ‘Yes sir, Mr. Drake.’ … As far as the being respectful part, you could see the military in him. But no, I wouldn’t have thought he’d be in the armed forces.”

Drake said he persuaded Yanney to join the team even though he hadn’t played baseball before. In time, Yanney became a good hitter on the junior-varsity level and played in a handful of varsity games by his second year.

Both Drake and Swatosh, his high school principal, remembered his sense of humor.

“It was very dry,” Swatosh said.

Yanney later moved to Tennessee for a short time. Samantha Lynn Fedele worked with him at a Wendy’s in Johnson City and stayed in touch after he moved to Minnesota and then deployed abroad.

She remembered him as outgoing and friendly.

“He just had this big, bright smile,” she said. “His smile would be the very first thing you noticed.”

Patriot SFC William Brian Woods, Jr.

August 29, 2009 at 7:21 am | In Uncategorized by admin
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Sgt. 1st Class William Brian Woods Jr.

From Freedom Remembered

Born: September 8 1977 in Catawissa, Missouri
Died: August 16 2009 in Landstuhl, Germany

Sgt. 1st Class William Brian Woods Jr., of Saint Louis, Missouri grew up in Catawissa, Missouri with an adventurous spirit.  Known best by his middle name , Brian, he enjoyed being out of doors, playing sports and skydiving. Brian was also a talented photographer whose bridal portraits appeared on magazine covers. The father of two girls, he and his wife, Elizabeth were a happy couple who were devoted to their children. He absolutely adored his daughters and would light up whenever he was with them. Brian’s family boast a proud military history, so when he decided to enlist, he was following a well worn path. His father, William, Sr., served in the United States Marine Corps during the Viet Nam War and his grandfather, John Woods, was in the Navy in World War II; and his uncles, Johnnie and Bob Woods, served in the Army in Viet Nam. Brian, himself had served in the Marine Corps and then the Army before joining the Special Forces. The soft spoken, level headed young man was proud to serve his country in spite of the risks. Brian officially called Chesapeake, Virginia home, where he lived with his wife and daughters. In Virginia, he served with the Maryland National Guard. At the time of his death he was a medical sergeant who completed a treacherous three-year training program. Brian died at age 31 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany, of wounds suffered when he was shot Aug. 14 while on patrol in Ghanzi, Afghanistan. He is the 40th soldier from Hampton Roads, and the sixth from Chesapeake, who has died while serving his country in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq. Brian served as a Special Forces senior medical sergeant in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He leaves behind his wife, Elizabeth, and two daughters as well as his brothers and sisters.  He died in Germany with his family by his side.

Army National Guard
2nd Battalion
20th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
Glen Arm, Maryland

Burial is at Memorial Park Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri

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Flags will be flown at half-staff state wide on August 29, 2009 and  in Franklin County from August 30, 2009 to September 4, 2009.

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From the Patriot Guard

Visitation : Friday, August 28, 2009

Location:  Chapel Hill Funeral Home
6300 HWY 30
Cedar Hill, MO

Time: 3:00pm until 9:00pm

Services: Saturday, August 29, 2009

Location:  Northwest High School
6005 Cedar Hill Road
Cedar Hill, MO

Missouri Patriot Lance Cpl. Patrick W. Schimmel

August 14, 2009 at 6:47 pm | In Uncategorized by admin
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Lance Cpl. Patrick W. Schimmel

On Sunday, August 16, 2009 flags will be flown at half-staff statewide and they will remain at half-staff in Lincoln County Missouri from August 17, 2009 until August 22, 2009 in honor of Missouri Patriot Lance Cpl. Patrick W. Schimmel.

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Please keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.


Born Jan. 22, 1988 in Bridgeton, Missouri
Died Aug. 9, 2009 in Germany

Lance Cpl. Patrick W. Schimmel, of Winfield, Missouri. He was a normal young man growing up, quiet and shy, he was a Boy Scout and a member of the cross-country team. As a teenager, he wore baggy black clothes and spiked hair. He graduated from Winfield High School in 2006 and joined the Marine Corps that November, fufilling his dream of serving his country, just like his father, who had served as a Marine during the Vietnam War. Patrick was too thin when he first wanted to enlist, and he had to be fattened up to meet their minimum weight requirements. Pat loved boot camp, he grew physically and mentally, changing from boy to man quickly, and developing a sense of purpose. He deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from October 2007 to May 2008. Patrick was promoted to the rank of lance corporal on January 1, 2008, and his duties were to drive military vehicles and work as a translator between English and Arabic languages. In May of 2009, he left for Afghanistan and was critically injured on August 9, 2009 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province. He was flown to a hospital in Germany where he died. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C. His awards include the Iraqi Campaign Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medals. Patrick was the son of Wayne M. and Mary Jean Schimmel; brother of Matthew R. Schimmel; boyfriend of Linda Anderson; nephew of Julie Lorenzo, Robert T. Schimmel, Jr., and Bryan Schimmel. He was preceded in death by his grandparents.


Marine Lance Cpl. Patrick W. Schimmel 21, of Winfield, Mo.; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died Aug. 9 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, while supporting combat operations. Also killed were Lance Cpl. Dennis J. Burrow and Lance Cpl. Javier Olvera.

From Patriot Guard:

This is the Final Itinerary for LCpl. Patrick Schimmel.

Aug. 15,2009
Baue Memorial Chapel
3950 W. Clay
(Cavesprings and Hwy 70 exit)
Time: 4 to 8 pm

Aug. 16,2009
Baue Memorial Chapel
3950 W. Clay
(Cavesprings and Hwy 70 exit)
Time: 1:30pm
Staging: 12pm

We will have a flag line until the services start.

After the services we will escort Patrick to his final resting place at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.