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as of May 2019

Since Sept. 11, 2001, more than 25,000 South Carolina Army and Air National Guard men and women have answered our nation’s call in defense of freedom. The South Carolina National Guard has lost 16 heroes who deployed in support of combat operations and paid the ultimate price. We will never forget:


Operation Iraqi Freedom- Iraq

NAME/AGE LOCATION DATE
PVT Algernon Adams, 36 Fallujah 28-Oct-03
MSG Thomas Thigpen, Sr., 52 Kuwait 16-Mar-04
SSG Jerome Lemon, 42 Balad 27-Oct-04
CW4 Patrick Leach, 39 Mosul 9-Dec-04
1LT Andrew Shields, 25 Mosul 9-Dec-04


Operation Enduring Freedom- Afghanistan

NAME/AGE LOCATION DATE 
SGT Stephen High, 45 Ghazni 6-Apr-05
SPC Chrystal Stout, 23  Ghazni 6-Apr-05
SGT Edward Philpot, 38 Kandahar 23-Oct-07
SSG James Bullard, 28  Kandahar 30-Oct-07
SGT Shawn Hill, 37  Khowst 2-Jan-08
SGT David Leimbach, 38 Bala Baluk 25-May-08
SSG Willie Harley, 48  Paktika 1-Oct-10
SGT Luther Rabon, 31 Paktika 1-Oct-10
SGT John David Meador II, 36 Khowst 20-Jun-12
1LT Ryan Davis Rawl, 30  Khowst 20-Jun-12
SFC Matthew Bradford Thomas, 30  Khowst 20-Jun-12

FALLEN HEROES BY NAME

Operation Iraqi Freedom


 PVT Algernon Adams - 36

of Aiken, South Carolina; assigned to the 122nd Engineer Battalion, South Carolina Army National Guard, in Edgefield, South Carolina. Adams died Oct. 28, 2003 of non-combat-related injuries at Forward Operating Base St. Mere, Falluja, Iraq.

 

 MSG Thomas Thigpen, Sr - 52

of Augusta, Georgia; assigned to the 151st Signal Battalion, South Carolina Army National Guard, in Greenville, South Carolina. Thigpen died March 16, 2004 of non-combat related injuries at Camp Virginia, Kuwait (north of Kuwait City).

 

 

 SSG Jerome Lemon - 42

of North Charleston, South Carolina; assigned to the 1052nd Transportation Company, South Carolina Army National Guard, in Kingstree,
South Carolina. Lemon died Oct. 27, 2004 when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated near his military vehicle in Balad, Iraq.

 

 

 CW4 Patrick Leach - 39

of Rock Hill, South Carolina; assigned to the 1-151st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, South Carolina Army National Guard, in Columbia, South Carolina. Leach died Dec. 9, 2004 in a helicopter accident when his AH-64 Apache collided with a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during a night mission in Mosul, Iraq.

 

 

 1LT Andrew Shields - 25

of Campobello, South Carolina; assigned the 1-151st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, South Carolina Army National Guard, in Columbia,
South Carolina. Shields died Dec. 9, 2004 in a helicopter accident when his AH-64 Apache collided with a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during a night mission in Mosul, Iraq.

 

Operation Enduring Freedom


 SGT Stephen High - 45

of Spartanburg, South Carolina; assigned to the 228th Theater Tactical Signal Brigade, South Carolina Army National Guard, in Spartanburg, South Carolina. High died April 6, 2005 when the CH-47 Chinook helicopter in which he was riding crashed in Ghazni, Afghanistan.

 

 

 SPC Chrystal Stout - 23

of Travelers Rest, South Carolina; assigned to the 228th Theater Tactical Signal Brigade, South Carolina Army National Guard, in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Stout died April 6, 2005 when the CH-47 Chinook helicopter in which she was riding crashed in Ghazni, Afghanistan.

 

 

 SGT Edward Philpot – 38

of Latta, South Carolina; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 263rd Armor Regiment, South Carolina Army National Guard, in Dillon, South Carolina. Philpot died Oct. 23, 2007 from a non-combat related Humvee rollover accident in Afghanistan.

 

 

 SSG James Bullard - 28

of Marion, South Carolina; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 263rd Armor Regiment, South Carolina Army National Guard, in Marion, South Carolina. Bullard died Oct. 30, 2007 of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using rocket-propelled grenade fire, machine gun fire, mortars and small-arms fire during combat operations in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

 

 

 SGT Shawn Hill - 37

of Wellford, South Carolina; assigned to the 178th Engineer Battalion, 218th Infantry Brigade, South Carolina Army National Guard, in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Hill died Jan. 2, 2008 of wounds sustained when his vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device in Khowst province, Afghanistan.

 

 

 SGT David Leimbach - 38

of Taylors, South Carolina; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 118th Infantry, South Carolina Army National Guard, in Fountain Inn, South Carolina, and attached to the 2nd Squadron, 101st Cavalry (Reconnaissance, Surveillance, and Target Acquisition), New York Army National Guard. Leimbach died May 25, 2008 of wounds sustained when his unit was attacked with small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades near Bala Baluk, Afghanistan.

 

 

 SSG Willie Harley - 48

of Aiken, South Carolina; assigned to the 1221st Engineer Clearance Company, South Carolina Army National Guard, in Graniteville, South Carolina. Harley died Oct. 1, 2010 of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his military vehicle with an improvised explosive device in Paktika Province, Afghanistan.

 

 

 SGT Luther Rabon - 32

of Lexington, South Carolina; assigned to the 1221st Engineer Clearance Company, South Carolina Army National Guard, in Graniteville, South Carolina. Rabon died Oct. 1, 2010 when the vehicle he was riding in struck an improvised explosive device in the Paktika Province, Afghanistan.

 

 

 SGT John "J.D." David Meador II - 36

of Lexington, South Carolina; assigned to the 133rd Military Police Company, South Carolina Army National Guard, in Florence, South Carolina. Meador died June 20, 2012 of wounds caused by an improvised explosive device in Khowst province, Afghanistan.

 

 

 1LT Ryan Davis Rawl - 30

of Lexington, South Carolina; assigned to the 133rd Military Police Company, South Carolina Army National Guard, in Florence, South Carolina. Rawl died June 20, 2012 of wounds caused by an improvised explosive device in Khowst province, Afghanistan.

 

 

 SFC Matthew Bradford "Brad" Thomas - 30

of Travelers Rest, South Carolina; assigned to the 133rd Military Police Company, South Carolina Army National Guard, in Florence, South Carolina. Thomas died June 20, 2012 of wounds caused by an improvised explosive device in Khowst province, Afghanistan.