W2 Christopher J. Mather – New to Our Support List

July 23, 2010 at 7:05 pm | In Uncategorized by admin
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W2 Christopher J. Mather (aka CJ)

C.J. is the man on the right; his friend Eddie on the left.

W2 Christopher J. Mather (above) is the newest soldier to our troop support list. I know of no better way to introduce CJ to you than for you to read what his mother, Sharon Mather, had to say to Connie Williams when Connie told her we wanted to support CJ.



I’m a crier, Connie. Your email brought tears to my eyes. I really appreciate it!

C.J. deployed for his fourth tour to Iraq on March 8. He left his pregnant wife, Claudia, and 12-year-old daughter, Haley. He’ll be in Iraq for at least 12 months – with 15 days home on leave when their baby is born (sometime in September).

He’s been in the Army since 10/31/01. He went in as a light wheel mechanic; then worked on drone aircraft. He later applied and was accepted into Warrant Officer training and flight school and has been a Chinook helicopter pilot since February 2008.

I’ve attached a couple of photos. In the first photo, C.J. is the man on the right; his friend Eddie on the left. It was Eddie’s first flight as a PC (Pilot in Command). C.J. had the honor of flying with him.

I don’t know how much info you want, but thought I’d share this, just in case. J C.J.’s favorite candies are Circus Peanuts and Candy Corn; he likes Starbucks coffee. (We just sent him a bag of coffee.) He is an avid St. Louis Cardinal’s fan; he likes Superman; he is interested in history and home improvement.

He will really appreciate this. I think I already told you, he said when he received cards from several people for his birthday it was a huge morale boost. (He didn’t realize he was “down” until he got the cards and our box.)

C.J. will be very touched. Please tell George thank you!
Thank you!

Sgt. Zachary M. Fisher FALLEN PATRIOT

July 23, 2010 at 6:03 pm | In Uncategorized by admin
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From his obit at: http://www.schrader.com – guest book links are there.

Fisher, Zachary M., Wednesday, July 14, 2010 in Zabul, Afghanistan.

Beloved husband of Jessica Koltun Fisher. Dear son of Susan (James) Jacobs and Bob (Alicia) Fisher; son-in-law of Sid (Sharron) Koltun; grandson of William (Ann) Fisher, Betty and the late Larry Schaughnessy (5-26-10); the late Jack and Barbara Jacobs and the late George and Jacqueline Horstman; grandson-in-law of Ruben and Roseleah Koltun and the late Sterling R. and Elsie J. Kennedy; brother of Andrew (Kim), Clayton, Emily, Alexander and Zoe Fisher; uncle of Colton and Baby Fisher. Dear nephew, cousin and friend to many.

Services: Funeral from the SCHRADER Funeral Home and Crematory, 14960 Manchester Road at Holloway, Ballwin, Monday, July 26, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. for private burial. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans, American Legion Post 313, St. Peters, MO or any VFW of your choice. Visitation Sunday, July 25, 2010 from 2-9 p.m.


July 22, 2010 at 4:22 pm | In Uncategorized by admin
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A portion of Shaun’s obituary from legacy.com (click to read entire obit):

Staff Sergeant Shaun Michael Mittler, 32, formerly of Gladstone, Mo., perished under enemy fire Sat., July 10, 2010 at the Combat Outpost Able Maine in Watahpur District Afghanistan while serving with the 101st Airborne Division during his third tour of duty. Shaun was born December 13, 1977 at North Kansas City Hospital and was raised in Gladstone, Mo. He attended Oak Park High School, enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1998, spent time in the Kansas National Guard and returned to active duty after the tragic events of September 11, 2001. Prior to his service in Afghanistan, Shaun valiantly served two tours of duty in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Additionally, he served at Camp Casey in South Korea, jungle training in Panama and trained in Thailand with Taiwanese soldiers.

Visitation will be 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Sat., July 24, at the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church (East Entrance), 1600 N. 291 Hwy., Liberty, Mo. Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. with entombment following with full military honors at White Chapel Memorial Gardens. The family requests in lieu of flowers, contributions be sent to: The Shaun Mittler Memorial Fund, Frontier Community Credit Union, c/o Northeast Kansas Chapter of the American Goldstar Mothers, Attention: Brenda, 690 Eisenhower Road, Leavenworth, KS 66048. (Arr.: D.W. Newcomer’s White Chapel Funeral Home, www.dwnwhitechapel.com, 816-452- 8419)

CLICK HERE to Visit Shaun’s Guest Book.

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