The Department of Defense announced today the death of  soldiers who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.Spc. Manuel J. Holguin, 21, of WoodlakeCalif., died on July 15 in Baghdad, Iraq, of injuries sustained when his dismounted patrol encountered enemy small arms fire and an improvised explosive device.  Holguin was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, Baumholder,Germany. Sgt. 1st Class Scott R. Smith, 34, of Punxsutawney , Pa., died on July 17 in Al skandariyah, Iraq, of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated during a controlled ordnance clearing mission.  Smith was assigned to the 737th Explosive Ordnance Detachment, 52nd Ordnance Group, Fort Belvoir Va. Cpl. Kenneth I. Pugh, 39, of Houston Texas , died on July 17 in Baghdad Iraq , of injuries sustained when his M1A2 Abrams tank encountered enemy forces small arms fire.  Pugh was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas Staff Sgt. Michael A. Dickinson II, 26, of Battle Creek, Mich., died on July 17 in Ar Ramadi, Iraq, when his dismounted patrol encountered enemy forces small arms fire.  Dickinson was assigned to the 9th Psychological Operations Battalion, 4th Psychological Operations Group, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, N.C.Semper Fi warriors! Capt B


  1. Thank you warriors. We will not forget. My prayers to your families.God bless.
    Semper gratus,

  2. My thoughts and prayers will be with all of the warriors and their families. We will never forget!!!
    God Bless Then All!

  3. Thanks, Capt. B, for posting this. God knows the media doesn’t even think these fallen heroes deserve a mention in the press. All of America should mourn with the families of these warriors. My prayers and sympathy go out to them.

  4. Thank you, Warrior/Hero/Angels.
    Forgotten is not an issue. That will never happen.My thanks are also to the families who were a part of their lives and had the courage to love and support someone who had the call to service. Love comes in many forms, and I love all of you.

  5. For those who gave their all I thank you from the bottom of my heart and will always honor your service and sacrafice. Your families are in my prayers.

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