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La Mirada soldier among four killed by roadside bomb in Afghanistan

Army Army Spc. Jesus O. Flores, 28, of La Mirada, was killed last week in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, when the vehicle he was riding in was attacked with a roadside bomb, military officials announced today.

Three other soldiers, Staff Sgt. Glen H. Stivison, Jr., 34, of Blairsville, Pa.; Spc. Daniel C. Lawson, 33, of Deerfield Beach, Fla.; and Pfc. Brandon M. Styer, 19, of Lancaster, Pa., also lost their lives in the Oct. 15 blast. All four men were assigned to the 569th Mobility Augmentation Company, 4th Engineer Battalion at Ft. Carson, Colo.

Share a memory of Flores on his memorial page in The Times' California's War Dead database.

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 database and readers are invited to leave memories of their loved ones and colleagues.

-- Megan Garvey

Here are some recent posts:

Walshe  "It has taken sometime for me to make a post on here, I have cried everyday since I found out Tyler was killed, it hurts so much...it always will, he was so sweet and kind and I was so proud to see how good of a father he was to my beautiful granddaughter Karsyn and him and Kirsten had so much to learn together as a husband and wife, he was so young and full of life...
my son Troy had so much fun playing games with Tyler and Ty was good at showing him new things, he gave him one of his jackets that was too small and Troy was so excited but now he is gone and we have to wait to meet up with him again. I love you Tyler, may you rest in peace"

-- Kim Sangder posted today on Army Spc. Tyler R. Walshe, 21, of Shasta, who was killed Aug. 31 when a roadside bomb exploded near him in Southern Afghanistan.

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Lester Baroncini "I have the greatest pleasure to served with him and would consider him to be a brother. The thing that I missed most about him would have to be the time we spent together at Ft. Bragg as well as all the other place that we travel together. He is the kindest person I have ever met, which reflect by his families value and ethic. Thank you for everything you have done for me, I am a better person because of you. You will never be forgoten in my heart."

-- Sgt. Nguyen Huynh posted today on Army Sgt. Lester Domenico Baroncini, Jr., 33, of Bakersfield, who was killed Oct. 15, 2006, when two land mines exploded near his Humvee in Samarra, Iraq, northwest of Baghdad.

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Hallett "Son, I did not know you. But as one of those who 8 years ago were sounding the war cry, (and then at 60 years conveniently well beyond the age of those who would have to make the sacrifice) I feel personally responsible. And I am taking this pitful means to reach out with this feeble message, reach out to you to whereever you are; and to your love ones, and say to you, I am so sorry for sending you into this war with so few alongside you; so few to carry the burden you willingly carried. I did not believe it would be like this. I was wrong and I grieve with your loved ones at this hour. William.
I guess what misshaped me is the late 1940s when we were still attending WWII funerals; everyone seemed on board - willing to bear their part of the sacrifice. Things have changed. And this has cost us; and cost your love ones, and I am in a definable way responsible, and I am in grief this morning."

-- William Whatley posted today on Army Capt. John L. Hallett III, 30, of Concord, Calif., who was one of four soldiers killed Aug. 25 when a roadside bomb exploded near their vehicle in southern Afghanistan.

 
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JUN JUN as we all call him here in Malaybalay City, Philippines...We were friends since birth. When we heard the news that he was killed in service of the US Army, we were all shocked...We couldn't believe it since he was just here in Malaybalay 3 weeks ago...Jun Jun, kung aha man ka karon, duha lang akong masulti. Nalipay ko nga naila tika ug na amigo tika for so long.and im so proud of you jud.kami tanan diri sa Capuna Compound Imapalambong, Malaybalay City, Philippines will always remember your smile..We will miss you..

Look on the bright side...
His wife will now have the chance to meet a decent man who doesn't want to go halfway round the world to kill folks never causing him or his country any harm.
Hopefully, the new guy will also turn out to be a good father to the kids.
Every cloud, as they say.

There is a reason why that for every single night of my life whenI have gone to bed I have been able to sleep in peace. It is because a group of men and women, people I have never met and do not know, have chosen to serve their country in the Armed Forces. Some of them will give their lives for me and for my family and for my friends. It is a debt I can never repay, but can only acknowledge and say "Thank you" for.

Three weeks ago I visited one of the traveling Vietnam "Walls" when it was on display in Phoenix. I saw thousands and thousand of names including those of two boys I grew up with. I will never forget them. And I will never forget what these men and women have done for me 40 years later.

May God bless them and their families and may their friends and family know that countless Americans are grateful they were there for us.

Marat = clueless. The terrorist regimes in the middle east threaten everybody. No, you aren't going to get attacked tomorrow in the grocery store as you buy your pathetic fat pint of icecream. But if everybody just stands back and lets bad people multiply, then what happens 30 years from?


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