Memorial Day – 5 Military Heroes Who Gave Their All to the USA
In the history of the United States of America, so many people have given their lives in the service of their country. Here are five of them. Five individuals that joined a purpose larger than them, and five individuals who left behind grieving families. Let's remember them this weekend.
Words don't exist to appropriately thank those who died, and the families and friends they left behind. The sacrifice on both sides is enormous.
Click on each person's name to learn more about them.
Senior Chief Cryptologic Technician (Interpretive) Shannon Kent, 35, of Pine Plains, New York, died Jan. 16 in a suicide bomb attack in Manbij, Syria. Also killed in the incident was Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathan R. Farmer, 37, of Boynton Beach, Florida; and a civilian, Navy SEAL veteran Scott A. Wirtz, from St. Louis. A fourth casualty, a civilian contractor, has not been identified. Kent was assigned to the Cryptologic Warfare Activity 66 based at Fort George Meade, Maryland.
Army Spc. Juan Mendez Covarrubias, 27, of Hanford, California, died March 11, 2020, in a rocket attack on Camp Taji, Iraq. Air Force Staff Sgt. Marshal Roberts was also killed in the incident. Covarrubias was assigned to 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
Air Force Staff Sgt. Marshal D. Roberts, 28, of Owasso, Oklahoma, died March 11, 2020, in a rocket attack on Camp Taji, Iraq. Army Spc. Juan Miguel Mendez Covarrubias was also killed in the incident. Roberts was assigned to 219th Engineering Installation Squadron of the Oklahoma Air National Guard’s 138th Fighter Wing.
Marine Corps Cpl. Eloiza Zavala, 20, of Sacramento, California, died March 10, 2020, in an incident involving a medium tactical vehicle replacement truck in the United Arab Emirates. Zavala was serving with Combat Logistics Battalion 13 at exercise Native Fury, as a motor vehicle operator deploying from Camp Pendleton, California. The incident is under investigation.
Her awards include a National Defense Service Medal and a Global War on Terror Service Medal.
Sgt. Holli Bolinski, 37, of Pinkneyville, Ill., died after her vehicle collided with a civilian commercial truck in Kuwait on March 7, 2019. Also killed in the crash was Spc. Jackson Johnson. Both soldiers were assigned to the 657th Transportation Detachment based in Mount Vernon, Illinois, an Army Reserve unit. They were deployed to Camp Arifjan in support of Operation Spartan Shield.
Bolinski's awards include the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal and Meritorious Service Medal, among others.