Green Beret from San Diego was among seven soldiers killed in helicopter crash in Afghanistan
Army Sgt. 1st Class David E. Metzger, 32, of San Diego was one of seven soldiers killed Monday when the MH-47 helicopter they were aboard crashed in Darreh-ye Bum, Afghanistan. Military officials announced his death Thursday night.
Metzger, a married father of two boys, was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group [Airborne] based at Ft. Bragg, N.C.
At least 57 U.S. service members have been killed in Afghanistan this month, according to the independent website icasualties.org, making it the deadliest month for Americans in the eight-year war.
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:
"Geovani is one of my friends I would never forget. He was always there when I needed him. He had his mind set on joining the Navy right after high school. I know he wanted to do something with his life and I am so proud of everything he has done. He will always be in my mind and prayers. I will never forget you Geo!"
— Brenda Garcia posted today on Navy Hospitalman Geovani Padilla Aleman, 20, of South Gate, who was killed April 2, 2006 near Ramadi, Iraq, when a roadside bomb exploded near the Humvee he was riding in.
"I was a member of the crew that brought Sgt Wolf to Dover AFB. To her family, I'd like to say what an honor it was to bring her back home to you, though I assure you I'd rather it have been under different circumstances. You are all in my prayers. It was a very sobering day that I still can't seem to shake off, watching nine cases be carried off the back of my jet. Her name will be added to the list of others that I've carried home. It's a list I won't soon (or ever) forget."
— SrA Toney posted Thursday on Army Sergeant Eduviges G. Wolf, 24, of Hawthorne, who was killed Sunday in Kunar province, Afghanistan, when insurgents attacked her vehicle with a rocket propelled grenade.
" Ramon and I met in Junior High. We were good friends all the way through high school and even after. I remember I still saw him a couple of days before he left to Iraq. He was so happy he was finally going. He was a very smart and kind person. His death left me very sad and i make sure that every year on his anniversary, bday, or memorial day I go by Rose Hills Memorial Park and spend some time with him. Ramon I love you and you will always be in my heart."
— Cristiann Rojas posted Thursday on Marines Private 1st Class Ramon Romero, 19, of Huntington Park, who was killed Aug. 22, 2005 in Fallouja, Iraq, when a roadside bomb detonated next to his military vehicle.
"I remember you once told me, "Oscar, you are a good friend" as you punched my arm, right after playing counter strike for 2 hours near your home in Glendale at a local internet cafe. I knew you meant what you said and that meant a lot to me. We lost contact not long after that and never knew much about you but always wondered where you were. And now... after some years... I come to find out you have become a fallen hero. RIP friend. You will always be a hero."
— Oscar L. (TRU) posted Thursday on Marines Lance Corporal Pedro A. Barboza Flores, 27, of Glendale, was one of two Marines killed July 11 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, when a roadside bomb exploded near their vehicle.
"He is my cousin my brother and my friend. I cant believe when i heard the news. I cried aloud co'z it really hurt so much. Damn i really regret when we didn't see each other the last time you were here. Im gonna miss you very much thank you for the memories. Ill never gonna forget you.Goodbye and I love you...."
— Alan Jr. posted Wednesday on Army Specialist Jesus O. Flores, Jr., 28, of La Mirada, was one of four soldiers killed Oct. 15 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked their vehicle with an improvised explosive device.