In The Service
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CMCR Franklin Truesdale - June 2007
CMCR Franklyn Truesdale graduated from Navel boot camp in Great Lakes, Illinois on April 27, 2007. He is now stationed in Port Hueneme, CA training as a construction mechanic Seebee. His proud mother is Wendy Truesdale of Grand Island.
EM1 Kristopher Bennett
EM1 Kristopher Bennett has return to his base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on May 17, 2007 after a six-month deployment aboard the USS Greeneville. Some of the ports visited during the deployment were Guam and Chinhae, Republic of Korea. Kristopher is the son of Scott and Dorothy Bennett of Stony Point Road.
Lance Cpl. Daniel G. Semrau
Grand Island, N.Y. native receives Purple Heart for actions in Operation Iraqi Freedom
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (May 18, 2007) . . .The esteemed Purple Heart Medal has been awarded to service members and civilians since 1932 for wounds suffered in action against enemies of the United States and its allies.
Lance Cpl. Daniel G. Semrau, a Grand Island, N.Y., native assigned to Weapons Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, was awarded a Purple Heart Medal here, May 18, for wounds suffered during combat operations supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Lance Cpl. Semrau was on a patrol when his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device. He was the commander of the fifth vehicle when the IED hit.
“We were driving down the street. Next thing I knew, my buddy was carrying me to the hospital,” Semrau said.
Semrau does not remember much of the event. He suffered a traumatic brain injury from the explosion.
He said his memory is not the best, and he has trouble understanding and remembering what is said to him.
Semrau was in and out of the hospital for a month. He traveled from hospital to hospital on his way back here.
“I went from Ballad, Iraq, to Germany, then to Bethesda, Md.,” Semrau said. “I spent the most time at the Traumatic Brain Injury Center in Richmond, Va.”
Despite his brain injury, Semrau hopes to go back to school.
“I really want to study pharmacology,” Semrau said. “I don’t know if I’ll be able to go back to school, but it is one thing I’m thinking about.”
The Purple Heart Medal he received brought him a little closer to his family and connected him to his family history.
“I know my grandfather received a Purple Heart Medal,” Semrau said. “I didn’t know until after I got back that my great-grandfather also received a Purple Heart.”
Twenty-four other Marines and sailors from the battalion received Purple Heart Medals in the ceremony with Semrau.
"Each one of our wounded Marines has a story to tell,” said Maj. Sean Riordan, the executive officer of the battalion. “Each one put his neck on the line so that the average Iraqi would have a better life for himself and his family.”
Sgt. David S. Caputi, Purple Heart Recipient - 2007
Mar. 2007 . . .Island resident Sgt. David S. Caputi received a Purple Heart Award Sunday, March 25, 2007. Click Sgt. David S. Caputi for March 25, 2007 story by wgrz.com Channel 2 reporter Aga Dembinska.
SSgt Brent Helman - March 2007
Brent is shown center front of smaller photo and is the 3rd from the left in the front row in the larger "click-to" photo taken during the Eagles All Star Game - Click photo for larger view
Brent is shown far right enjoying a break in between periods.
The Kaiserslautern Military Community’s Eagles Ice Hockey Team's season is almost over. SSgt Brent Helman, a Grand Island, NY native, is one of the team's starting Wingers, and racked up a short-handed goal and two assists this season. Brent was out for two month recovering from a series of operations, but now is back in full form and was ready to take on the Luxembourg Puckers in an exhibition game on March 24, 2007. The Luxembourg Puckers are a national B-team for that country. The KMC Eagles compete in the German Die Playas Liga - the American NCAA equivilant. They were knocked out of the playoffs in a heartbreaking 7-6 loss to the Eppelheim KR Kristal. "The game was filled with passion and emotion, but the Eagles came up just short."
SSgt Helman is stationed at Ramstein AB, Germany and has been here for a year. His current duty postion is in the career field of Security Forces (MP) (Desk Sergeant). According to Brent, "A Desk Sergeant is kind of like a 911 dispatcher. We take emergency phone calls, type up a daily blotter, make notifications, but on top of that we are in charge of all Law Enforcement and Security operations on the installation." "Also with our game on the 24th, I received another goal, but not after I was laid out at center ice and suffered a possible minor concussion! What an end to our season!"
Posted March 27, 2007
SSGT Mike Beagle - March 2007
Photos show (left) Mike and Julie renewing wedding vows 2005; SSGT Mike Beagle and son Matthew on the morning of "going away," September 8, 2006; Mike with wife, Julie and children, Matthew and Bridgette, on September 8, 2006; Mike ringing in the New Year 2007
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SSGT Michael A. Beagle, 29, a graduate of Grand Island High School, Class of 1995, was featured on the FOXNEWS "War Stories" that aired on Sunday, February 11, 2007.
He is now serving his country in Ramadi, Iraq at Hurricane Point.
SSGT Beagle's parents, Ken and Karen Beagle and sister, Kelly Beagle, and nieces Alex and Kaylee are Island residents. His wife Julie C. Beagle, and son and daughter, Matthew A. Beagle, 6, and
Bridgette G. Beagle, 1 1/2, are not Island residents at this time.
Click for FOXNEWS "War Stories"
Click http://uscavonpoint.com/blogs/onpoint_articles/archive/2007/01/08/1062.aspx for an article on the area where SSGT Beagle, the Platoon sergeant, is stationed.
(see later part of article, MAP 2)
Posted March 1, 2007
SPC Corey Burke Returns To Iraq - February 2007
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SPC Corey Burke, United States Army
SPC Corey Burke, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dave Burke of Panama City, Florida, returned to Iraq February 1, 2007 for his second year-long tour. SPC Burke, 598th Maint Company, Ft. Benning, Georgia, ended his first tour in November 2005. He is the nephew of Dan and Laura Dinsmore of East River Road and grandson of the late Roy and Marge Dinsmore.
Posted February 1, 2007
EM1 Kristopher Bennett - January 2007
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The parents of EM1 Kristopher Bennett have received email from their son who is underway aboard the USS Greeneville. EM1 Bennett has been awarded the Navy Achievement Medal for repairing a piece of machinery that was vital to the Navy mission. He was also Cap’d by the Commanding Officer on January 1st, receiving a promotion. Kristopher wrote that the Captain is authorized one advancement placement to a person he feels has upheld the duties and responsibilities of a first class and shows maturity and the ability to handle the responsibilities associated with that of a first class. "We are very proud of our son and look forward to his safe return," his mother said. Kristopher is the son of Scott and Dorothy Bennett and a member of the Grand Island High School class of 2000.
For December 2006 story, click EM2 Kristopher Bennett - Dec. 2006
SSG. James Folger - January 2007
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SSG. James Folger, United States Army
Submitted by SSG Folger's mother, Susan Sorci, Grand Island, NY
My beloved son, SSG. James Folger, is currently serving his second tour in Iraq with the United States Army. He was deployed this past September (2006) and expects to be there for at least a year. I do not have to tell other parents, spouses or loved ones, how proud I am of him and all our soldiers, or how hard it is to live day to day praying that they are safe. James has a profound sense of duty stemming from his loyalty to our great Country. He also takes the time while he is there to be kind to the Iraqi civilians, especially the innocent children. The picture shown is of him shaking hands with a family that he and his men had to search their house, which naturally the family was scared when they first arrived. If you care to write to him,or his men, his address is:
SSG James Folger
C Co 1-16th Infantry
APO AE 09333
God Bless America and our Wonderful Brave Soldiers!!!!
Proud Mother of a United States Soldier
Posted January 11, 2007
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