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Christopher J Birdwell

SSG Christopher J Birdwell (1987-2012) made the ultimate sacrifice in service to his country August 27, 2012 in Kala gush, Afghanistan. He was KlA by enemy small-arms fire. Christopher was assigned to 4BSTB, 4BCT, 4ID, Fort Carson, Colorado- third deployment.
Honor, Valor, Bravery, Faith, Heroism
Respected in life, honored in death, Christopher was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart. Well suited for his post, he completed Airborne, Sniper & Sapper training. Christopher thrived to protect his country and earned distinctions such as Squad Leader and Armorer during his enlistment. His heroism and leadership was an inspiration to those who served with him.

Behind the uniform, Chris was a man whose infectious laugh could make anyone smile; he was a generous friend and servant of many. His vivacity for life was evident in his fondness for speed. Chris enjoyed everything from fast cars, motorcycles and ATV’s, to skydiving and shooting sports. Ever a thrill seeker, he loved snow and cold weather, loving snowboarding/snowmobiling. His talent for enjoying life touched everyone who knew him.

Chris was baptized into Christ April 25, 2004, solidifying his hope of heaven through faith. With a firm belief in his purpose, and convictions supported by his faith, Chris’s sacrifice reflects that of his Lord and Savior, the Giver of eternal life. His legacy will survive in the hearts of his family and friends.

SS. Christopher J. Birdwell’s heroic sacrifice for his country will be remembered by the nation who stood behind him. His joyful spirit, generous heart, fun-loving nature, bravery and sacrifice are still alive in all who knew him. He was one of America’s best. Until we meet again.
Christopher Birdwell will be memorialized at Fort Carson and laid to rest at Fort Logan National Cemetery.

Chester L. Brighton

Chester L. Brighton was born April 23, 1916, in Leland, Iowa, to James and Rose Brighton. Whenever farm chores permitted, he enjoyed baseball with his 12 siblings and nearby neighbors.  Mr. Brighton left home at a young age to work in the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Mr. Brighton joined the Navy in 1937.  His first duty was aboard the

USS Tuscaloosa (CL37).  In 1938, he joined the plank owner’s crew of the

USS Helena (CL50). Petty Officer Brighton was aboard the Helena when she was torpedoed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.  He was among the damage control crews that restored power to the gun batteries so the Helena could fight off the attack.

After repairs stateside, the Helena returned to the Pacific theatre to participate in the battle of Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands where she sank four Japanese heavy ships.  At the battle of Kula Gulf, while providing support for a night landing of Marines, the Helena, hit by three torpedoes, began to sink.  Mr. Brighton went over the side with the remaining survivors. At daybreak, he was the last man rescued by a destroyer.

He also served onboard the USS Sierra (AD18), USS Twining (DD540) and the USS Jason (AR8).

Chief Brighton was a member of the fire department at Naval Air Station Miramar and trained recruits at Naval Training Center San Diego. His platoons won many awards for excellence.

After retirement in 1960,  Chief Brighton worked at National Steel and Shipbuilding Company in San Diego where he supervised construction crews.

Until his death in 1990,  Chester resided in La Mesa, CA, with his wife of 48 years Inez (McKenzie). He has two children: twins, Catherine, married to Hugh Yarbrough, and Carleton, married to Jean (Heim). He has two grandsons Todd and Kevin Brighton and four granddaughters, Julie Brighton, Cynthia (Yarbrough) Sieradski, Cheryl (Yarbrough) Hammel, and Caryn (Yarbrough) Staib. Chester has four great grandsons: Chase and Trey Sieradski, and Dayton and Blake Hammel.

 

Tobey Byron Brown

Operations Specialist

US Navy

Active Duty:  1985-1995

Reserve Duty:  1996-2007

 

Ships Served On in Combat Information Center:

USS LaSalle (AGF-3)

USS O’Brien (DD-975)

USS Bunker Hill (CG-52)

USS Mobile Bay (CG-53)

 

Naval Reserve Center, Denver;  Retired as Chief Petty Officer

 

Born April 13, 1963 in Maryville, Missouri;  Passed away March 7, 2014 in Highlands Ranch, Colorado after combating cancer.  He is survived by his brother, Brad Allen Brown  of LA and his parents, William Dick and Carolyn Brown of Highlands Ranch.

George A. Cady

George A. Cady was born on December 11, 1935 in Oxford, Colorado to Jesse and Mary Cady. He joined the U.S. Army at age 16 and was stationed at Fort Ord, California.  George was in the 34th Regimental Combat Team, 24th Infantry. He honorably served in the Korean War from 1952 to 1958.

Arno G. Casper

Arno G. Casper served in the USMC on the USS Portland from 1934 to 1938. During that time the Portland was utilized by President Roosevelt for travel and was the first of the Pacific fleet to cross the equator. After Amelia Earhart disappeared on July 2, 1937, the Portland joined in the search.

Casper reenlisted as a Corporal in 1942 and was sent to Guadalcanal with the 1st Aviation Engineer Battalion. There, he was the non-commissioned officer in charge of the rehabilitation of Henderson Field and of constructing Sailer Field, named after Maj. Joseph Sailer.  During the fall of 1942, Casper was injured when he dove onto coral to avoid an air attack on Henderson Field. Casper said he owed his life to Maj. Joe Foss and the Cactus Fighter Command’s quick actions that day. The USS Portland played a major role as it fought off the coast of Guadalcanal to keep Henderson Field open enabling 6,000 US troops to land. Casper was sent to Tinian and Okinawa. He left the military as a 1st Lieutenant in November 1945, and received the Navy Commendation Medal and Purple Heart. He died on Guadalcanal Day, Aug. 7, 2003, age 92.

Ralph P. Crawford

Ralph Parkinson Crawford, was born January 8, 1925, in Logan Utah and was a member of the Snow Basin Ski Patrol before enlisting in the Ski Troops.  In June 1943 he trained at Camp Hale, Colorado and later Camp Swift, Texas.   He served in K Company, 86th Mountain Infantry Battalion, 10th Mountain Division and was discharged November 23, 1945.  His battalion was instrumental in the offensive smashing enemy resistance in Northern Italy.   PFC Ralph was awarded the Purple Heart, Silver Star, Combat Infantry Badge and EAME Medal with two Bronze Stars.

After graduating from the University of Utah, he was a travelling auditor and worked in traffic for Mountain Bell.  Later he was an administrator/liaison officer of the Telephone Pioneers retiring from U.S West after 37 years.

He received the American Red Cross “Certificate of Merit” for saving the life of a two year old in July 1964.  Ralph is a member of Lions International and served as District Governor of District 6C.  He served on the Board of Trustees, Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind for 12 years.

He married Carol Jean Vendell in 1950, also a graduate of the University of Utah and together they had three children.  Ralph is an active member of the Highlands Ranch Lions Club.

John D. DeLozier

July 26, 1937 – January 12, 2008

Born in a modest home in Alcoa, TN, John David DeLozier excelled academically, and had big dreams for his future.

Enlisting in the National Guard in November of 1955, he continued to serve in the Army National Guard and as a Reserve 1st Lt. of the Army of the United States of America, until his honorable discharge in February of 1968.

During his military service, he married, completed his Bachelor’s Degree, and went on to work for the Highway Department in California.  Eventually, he had three children, became a stockbroker, and earned his PhD in Finance.  In addition to helping others plan for their financial future, he served his community as a Mason, earning the prestigious Hiram award for his dedication.

John David (“Dave”) DeLozier enjoyed great literature, dry humor, world travel, presidential libraries, fine art and intelligent conversation.  However, he was, at his core, a very simple man from Tennessee, who wanted a simple life.  He valued teaching literacy, spending time with family, and mentoring others.

He was a proud patriot, a committed conservative, a humble Christian, a beloved husband, and a loving father and grandfather.  Nothing is the same without him.

John Dierbeck, Jr.

4/15/1942  John Justin Dierbeck, Jr. joined the U.S. Marine Corps and was stationed in California.  In May of 1942 he boarded the U.S.S. Wharton and headed for the Samoa Islands.  He was honorably discharged 11/14/1945 from the U.S. Marine Corps.  He was married to Elizabeth Ann Dierbeck (nee Weber) and together they raised six children in the Midwest.

John P. DiRito

S/Sgt. U.S. Air Force

1948-1952
Medal of Commendation
Korean Conflict

Max Donahue

Cpl. Max Donahue was born July 14, 1987. He proudly served as with the U.S. Marine Corps for four and a half years as a part of the 3rd Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment. Deployed in Afghanistan, Max was an U.S Marine Military Police dog handler to Fenji.

Max died August 7, 2011 of wounds received August 4th in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. His service awards include a Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Unit Commendation, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medals, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon and Certificate of Commendation, NATO ISAF Medal and a Purple Heart.