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Remembering California's war dead

June 28, 2009 |  9:58 am

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.

Megan Garvey

Here are some recent posts:


 “Joshua was my only son, only child. But when I say he was the BEST son a mother could have, this is so true. I love him and miss him forever and thank you all for all the great things [you] have wrote about him. . . . Love you all!!”

— Crystal, posted Thursday on Marine Lance Cpl. Joshua R. Whittle, 20, of Downey, who was killed June 6 when he stepped on a land mine in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, on the Pakistani border


Army “Thank you all for your kind words. Being strong now, I must carefully move forward. We both sought out careers in the military and shared the same views on duty, honor, respect and love for family. I remember my little brother being smarter, faster and stronger than he let on. . . . I learned patience from him. I am the elder brother. I cannot, WILL not falter. Our family needs strength now more than ever and I will always be there. I love you all.”

— Don Brown, posted Wednesday on Army Capt. Kafele H. Sims, 32, of Los Angeles, who died of noncombat-related injuries June 16 in Mosul, Iraq, north of Baghdad


Paulnakamura “I will always remember Paul with his red board shorts on top of our ambulances. Oh . . . and the sight of him launching the FLA over the sand dunes in Kuwait. You will NEVER be forgotten. I miss you.”

— Victoria Nguyen, posted Wednesday on Army Reserve Spc. Paul T. Nakamura, 21, of Santa Fe Springs, who was killed June 19, 2003, when a rocket-propelled grenade struck his military ambulance in Iskandariya, Iraq, south of Baghdad


Army “He was such an awesome person. When I heard about his death, I felt really bad. I moved from Greenfield after graduation, but I still remembering him dancing like Michael Jackson and Ricky Martin in our SoberGrad Party. He was such a nice & funny guy that it was impossible for him to not make someone laugh. GHS Class of 2002 will miss you! You are now an angel. Que descanses en paz, amigo.”

— Lupita "Star" Ramirez, posted Tuesday on Army Spc. Eduardo S. Silva, 25, of Greenfield, who died of noncombat-related injuries June 9 at Afghanistan’s Bagram Air Field, north of Kabul


Patrickmccaffrey “I won’t forget giving you a hard time for sitting on my bunk every time you came into the tent to talk to Grizzley 2-2. I won’t forget the look of your first weapon when we got into country. I won’t forget the night we caught the first two bad guys by the canal on their motorcycle. I won’t forget all the talks we had in the smoke pit outside our tents. I will never forget that hot day in June 2004 and everything that took place. I will never forget the look on your mom’s face the day she saw you on the side of the dedication vehicle.”

— Master Sgt. Adam S. Henson, posted June 20 on Army National Guard Sgt. Patrick R. McCaffrey Sr., 34, of Tracy, who was killed June 22, 2004, when his patrol unit was ambushed and attacked with small-arms fire near Balad, Iraq, north of Baghdad