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Another Californian dies in Afghanistan

Defense Department officials today announced the death of a Californian who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

Navy Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class James R. Layton, 22, of Riverbank died Tuesday while supporting combat operations in Kunar province, Afghanistan.

Since late 2001, The Times has chronicled the lives of military personnel who have died while serving in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Their stories, photos, personal websites and additional material have been collected in the California's War Dead database. Readers are invited to leave memories of their loved ones and colleagues.

-- Maloy Moore

Here are some recent posts:

Marines "i remember when Rudy came out for football he was a hard worker not the most gifted athlete but he did what we asked and then some. and those dam black socks lol. i remember saying to my self when he gets older he can tell his kids he played ball at baldwin park. now he will never get that chance. thank you Rudy for your sacrifice. semper fi"
    — coach lopez posted Wednesday, on Marine Cpl. Rudy Salas, 20, of Baldwin Park, who died May 20, 2004, in a vehicle accident in Anbar province, Iraq.

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Marines "Javier... just a little over a month ago you called me, August 6th, 2009, early in the AM, a conversation that will never leave me... often I think about it... Buddy, I miss you, so does Patty. We went to go visit you recently, we ran for you, you would have laughed @ us... We went to the beach yesterday and watched the sunset for you, it was beautiful! We have been going to Pdale so much, it's practically our second home now, just we all wish you could be there with us, we need some of your random adventures, they are missed!"
    — Liz posted Tuesday, on Marine Lance Cpl. Javier Olvera, 20, of Palmdale, who died Aug. 8, 2009, while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

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Army Specialist Tyler R. Walshe "Tyler was an amazing husband and father. I can't believe that we will never be able to spend time with him again. He will be forever in my heart. I remember all the weekends myself, my husband, Tyler and his wife spent together. We will see you again Ty, save us a seat."
    — Bailey Niles posted Tuesday, on Army Spc. Tyler R. Walshe, 21, of Shasta, who died Aug. 31, 2009, in southern Afghanistan of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit.


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Marine Lance Corporal San Sim "I did two tours with Sim, you couldn't help but love him."
    — John posted Tuesday, on Marine Lance Cpl. San Sim, 23, of Santa Ana, who died Oct. 22, 2008, while on patrol in Helmand province.




 
 
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Army National Guard Sergeant Quoc Binh Tran "SGT Tran, You have lived above and beyond the call of duty... You are gone but not forgotten. My dear friend, we miss you and we love you."
COL Mark Nguyen
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    — Mark Nguyen posted Monday, on Army National Guard Sgt. Quoc Binh Tran, 26, of Mission Viejo, who died Nov. 7, 2004, when the vehicle he was riding in struck a roadside bomb in west Baghdad.


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Army Specialist Jonathan D. Welch "I had the honor of being Jon's aunt. I am stunned by the loss of my nephew. He was special and blessed boy. He was so blessed in life I thought he would come home with nothing but great stories and new friends after a job well done. He is forever in my heart."
    — Kay Storll posted Monday, on Army Spc. Jonathan D. Welch, 19, of Yorba Linda, who died Aug. 31, 2009, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit in Shuyene Sufia, Afghanistan.

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Army Private 1st Class Brian M. Wolverton
"Brian,

You were always so sweet and kind to everyone around you. You may have been on the quiet side, but when you did speak, people listened. I am sorry that we did not stay in touch, but thank you for everything you did for our country. You will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace Brian"
    — Kayla Rice posted Saturday, on Army Pvt. 1st Class Brian M. Wolverton, 21, of Oak Park, who died Aug. 20, 2009, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit in Kunar province.

 
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