Hudson Valley's fallen service members
In the years following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, more than three dozen U.S. service members with direct ties to the Hudson Valley have been killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. This continually updated photo gallery takes a look at the faces of the fallen. (Compiled by Karl de Vries, Karl.deVries@cablevision.com)
Army Staff Sgt. Kyu H. Chay, 34, of Mount Kisco, served with the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) based in Fort Bragg, N.C. He was killed by a roadside bomb on Oct. 28, 2006, in Oruzgan province, Afghanistan. A graduate of Briarcliff High School, Chay joined the special forces because he wanted to serve as a linguist, learning Arabic by listening to tapes while driving in his car, said his wife, Cathy. Besides his wife, he is survived by his two children who are pictured here: Jason, now 11, and Kelly, 6.
Army Lt. Col. Jaimie Leonard was killed June 8, 2013, when a man in an Afghan army uniform opened fire on her and two other Americans on an Afghan National Army base in the eastern province of Paktika, officials said.
Marine Staff Sgt. Eric D. Christian, 39, of Warwick, died May 4, 2013, while conducting combat operations in Afghanistan.
Army Spc. Kevin A. Cuming, 22, of White Plains, served with the 1st Cavalry Division based in Fort Hood, Texas. He was killed in action on Aug. 21, 2004, in Baghdad, Iraq when his patrol came under a rocket-propelled grenade attack. Cuming came from a proud military tradition -- his father and uncle both served in Vietnam -- and joined the Army at the urging of his mother, Yolanda Cuming, to help give him some direction in life. "I want to talk about Kevin because I don't want people to forget about him," she said.
Army Maj. Paul C. Voelke, 36, of Monroe, served with the 3rd Infantry Division based in Fort Stewart, Ga. He died June 22, 2012, from noncombat-related injuries in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan. His uncle, Col. John Lindsay, said his nephew, who graduated from West Point in 1998, was rising rapidly through the Army's ranks, and served as an intern with the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington. He is survived by his wife, Traci, and sons Andrew, 8, and Ben, 6.
Army Sgt. Edward J. Frank, 26, of Yonkers, served with the 10th Mountain Division based in Fort Drum. He was killed in action on Aug. 11, 2011, when an improvised explosive device killed him and four other soldiers in Kandahar province, Afghanistan. He is survived by his wife and three children, according to reports.
Army Maj. Thomas E. Kennedy, 35, of New City, served with the 4th Infantry Division, based in Fort Carson, Colo. He was killed in action Aug. 8, 2012, along with two other soldiers, when an insurgent detonated a suicide vest in Kunar province, Afghanistan. An avid hockey fan, Kennedy was a former president of the Army Hockey Association, his family said. He is survived by his wife, Kami, as well as twin toddlers, Maggie and Brody.
Marine Lance Cpl. John J. Malone, 24, of Yonkers, served with the III Marine Expeditionary Force based out of Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. He was killed in action on Sept. 24, 2010, when he was shot while on patrol in Farah province in Afghanistan, according to reports.
Army Staff Sgt. Anthony S. Lagman, 26, of Yonkers, served with the 10th Mountain Division based out of Fort Drum. He was killed in action on March 18, 2004, when he was shot during a firefight in Dehrawood, Afghanistan. Born in the Phillipines, Lagman came to the United States in 1991 and attended Roosevelt High School. After he died, the American Gold Star Mothers amended their charter to allow Lagman's mother, Ligaya, and other non-U.S. citizens to join the organization.
Army Pfc. Douglas L. Cordo, 20, of Kingston, served with the 25th Infantry Division based in Fort Wainwright, Alaska. He was killed in action on Aug. 19, 2011, when his unit was attacked with an improvised explosive device in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Marine Capt. Eric A. Jones, 29, of Pound Ridge, served with the I Marine Expeditionary Force based out of Camp Pendleton, Calif. He was killed, along with three other Marines, on Oct. 26, 2009, in a helicopter crash over Helmand province in Afghanistan. An avid lacrosse player, Jones became interested in flying when he was growing up, and planned to get his MBA after his stint in the military. In his honor, his family created a nonprofit organization, "Heroes in Transition," to assist troops as they return home, said his mother, Cyndy Jones.
Army Lt. Louis E. Allen, 34, of Chester, served with the 42nd Infantry Division in Troy. He was killed, along with Suffern resident Capt. Phillip Esposito, on June 8, 2005, at Forward Operating Base Danger in Tikrit, Iraq. An Army staff sergeant was charged in the noncombat-related attack but was ultimately acquitted. Back home, Allen taught science at Tuxedo High School and coached soccer. He's survived by his wife, Barbara, and four children, pictured here, from left: Jeremy, Trevor, Colin, and Sean.
Army Sgt. Mark C. Palmateer, 38, of Poughkeepsie, served with the 101st Cavalry Regiment based out of Jamestown. He was killed in action, along with two other soldiers, on June 26, 2008, when his convoy was attacked near Forward Operating Base Shank in Afghanistan, the military said.
Army Sgt. Anthony Kalladeen, 26, of Purchase, served with the 256th Brigade Combat Team based out of New York City. Along with another soldier, Kalladeen was killed in action on Aug. 8, 2012, when his unit came under attack in Baghdad.
Army Spc. Justin R. Garcia, 26, of Elmhurst, served with the 2nd Infantry Division based out of Fort Lewis, Wash. He was killed by a roadside bomb in Baghdad on Nov. 14, 2006. Garcia, who earned a degree in criminal justice from St. Thomas Aquinas in Orangeburg, wanted to join the NYPD after he Army stint was finished, said his wife, Michelle. His son, Vincent, was born four months after he died.
Army Lt. Mark H. Dooley, 27, of Wallkill, served with the 42nd Infantry Division based out of Jericho, Vt. He was killed in action, along with two other soldiers, on Sept. 19, 2005, by an improvised explosive device in Ramadi, Iraq.
Army Spc. Michael A. Arciola, 20, of Elmsford, served with the 2nd Infantry Division based out of Camp Casey, Korea. He was killed on Feb. 15, 2005, when his unit was attacked near Ramadi, Iraq. His mother, Teresa Arciola, appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" last year to talk about her son, and in response, two organizations -- the USO-partnered "Stars for Cars," and "Operation Giveback," which aids wounded troops -- were founded. Today, Teresa Arciola still sends care packages overseas to soldiers.
Army Cpl. Manuel Lopez III, 20, of Haverstraw, served with the 3rd Infantry Division based out of Fort Stewart, Ga. He was killed on April 12, 2005, by a rocket-propelled grenade in Baghdad. His mother, Yolanda Lopez, remains very active in veterans' affairs. She raised $50,000 to build a monument dedicated to the four Rockland County soldiers killed in the post-9/11 wars, and now funds an annual scholarship at North Rockland High School. He's survived by his wife, Kara, and his daughter, Isabella, 6.
Army Pfc. Gifford E. Hurt, 19, of Yonkers, served with the 4th Infantry Division based out of Fort Sill, Okla. He was killed in a noncombat-related incident on Jan. 20, 2010.
Army Sgt. Jonathan D. Cadavero, 24, of Tuxedo, served with the 10th Mountain Division based out of Fort Drum, N.Y. He was killed on Feb. 27, 2007, by an improvised explosive device in Baghdad. A medic, Cadavero joined the military with the hopes of one day working for the Department of Homeland Security, said his sister, Kristia Cavere. Today, a charity aimed at helping students with college financial aid bears his name at his alma mater, the Waldwick Seventh-Day Adventist School in New Jersey. He is survived by his wife, Michelle.
Army 1st Lt. Mohsin A. Naqvi, 26, of Newburgh, served with the 11th Infantry based in Fort Benning, Ga. Naqvi was killed in action, along with three other soldiers, when his unit was attacked with an improvised explosive device on Sept. 17, 2008, in Gerdia Seria, Afghanistan. A graduate of the Newburgh Free Academy, he enlisted in the Army four days after 9/11, said his father, Nazar Naqvi.
Marine Cpl. Bernard G. Gooden, 22, of Mount Vernon, served with the II Marine Division based out of Camp Lejeune, N.C. He was killed in action on April 4, 2003, during a firefight in central Iraq. A native Jamaican, Gooden first moved to Canada to attend York University. He later settled in New York and joined the Marines in 2001 to help pay for school. A reggae fan, Gooden, known among his family as "Brent," played piano, violin and drums. His mother, Carmen Palmer, is pictured here. (Oct. 24, 2012)
Army Cpl. Carlos Gonzalez, 22, of Middletown, served with the 101st Airborne Division based out of Fort Campbell, Ky. He was killed, along with another soldier, on March 16, 2006, when his base came under a rocket attack. His mother, Anna Gonzalez, said six years later, she still gets emotional at family events. "There's someone missing," she said.
Army Staff Sgt. Courtney Hollinsworth, 26, of Yonkers, served with the 1st Infantry Division based in Fort Riley, Kan. He was killed in action on Sept. 9, 2007, by an improvised explosive device in Baghdad.
Marine Capt. Trevor J. Yurista, 32, of Pleasant Valley, served with the I Marine Expeditionary Force based out of Camp Pendleton, Calif. He was killed on Oct. 27, 2008, when his convoy was attacked by a roadside bomb in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Yurista, who obtained a degree in from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, had already served two tours and was due to return home. Instead, he volunteered to stay in Afghanistan to help train other soldiers, said his mother, Donna Yurista.
Marine Cpl. Joseph S. Tremblay, 23, of New Windsor, served with the II Marine Expeditionary Force. He was killed in action on April 27, 2005, by a roadside bomb in Mosul, Iraq. Called "GI Joey" by his family when he was growing up, Tremblay spent four years as a reservist with the Marines after he graduated from the Newburgh Free Academy, and then re-enlisted and volunteered to go overseas to Iraq a year earlier than was required, said his father, Larry Tremblay.
U.S. Army Capt. Phillip Esposito, 30, of Suffern, served with the 42nd Infantry Division based in Troy. Along with Tuxedo resident Lt. Louis Allen, Esposito was killed in an attack at Forward Operating Base Danger in Tikrit, Iraq, on June 8, 2005. An Army staff sergeant was charged in the noncombat-related attack but was ultimately acquitted. Here, Esposito is pictured with his daughter, Madeline, then 19 months, at his deployment ceremony at Fort Drum in 2004.
Army Pfc. Shawn P. Falter, 25, of Cortlandt, served with the 25th Infantry Division based out of Fort Richardson, Alaska. He was killed, along with three other soldiers, on Jan. 20, 2007, when his unit was ambushed in Karbala, Iraq.
Marine Cpl. Steve Vahaviolos, 21, of Airmont, served with the II Marine Expeditionary Force based out of Camp Lejeune, N.C. He was killed, along with three other Marines, on May 11, 2006 in a vehicle accident in Anbar province, Iraq. An avid baseball player growing up, he also was interested in the military at a young age. He ended up enlisting with the Marines at age 17, said his father, Gus Vahaviolos. "The more we talk about him, the better," Gus Vahaviolos said. "It's like he's not forgotten."