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November 30th, 2009
03:50 PM ET

Fallen Heroes

We'd planned to tell you about these troops in our second hour Friday; unfortunately, the rundown kept changing, and we weren't able to air the Fallen Heroes segment.

Here's the original write-up:

 

These four soldiers from the Fourth Engineer Battalion trained together... deployed together... and died together.

On October 15, an IED blew up their vehicle in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.

Spc. Jesús Flores Jr. joined the Army in December 2003. His family had moved to the U.S. from the Philippines when he was young. Friends there - and here - knew him as "Jun Jun" and "Lil' Flo".

Spc. Daniel Lawson joined the army in 2008, and shipped out about a year later. He had a degree in computer programming, but wanted to provide more for his family: wife Latoria, and their three kids - ages 10, eight, and five.

Pfc. Brandon Styer was just 19. He'd joined up his senior year of high school, where he was a student-athlete - and a big-time Phillies and Redskins fan. Private Styer's other passion: customizing his prized Mazda MX8.

At 34, Staff Sgt. Glen Stivison Jr. was a paternal figure to a lot of his troops, who called him "Stivey" or "Papa Sti". He loved pranks, karaoke, and fishing. But most of all, he loved his wife Eryn, and their boys - ages six and eight.

 

We honor the sacrifices of these troops - and the nearly 5,300 other Americans lost in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

 

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/11/30/lawson.daniel.jpg caption="Spc. Daniel Lawson"]

 

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/11/30/flores.jesus.jpg caption="Spc. Jesús Flores Jr."]

 

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/11/30/stivison.glen.jpg caption="Staff Sgt. Glen Stivison Jr."]

 

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/11/30/styer.brandon.jpg caption="Pfc. Brandon Styer"]

 


Filed under: Kyra Phillips • Military Matters
soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Fred

    I also honor them.

    November 30, 2009 at 7:38 pm |
  2. Judy Cohen

    There are no words to adequately memorialize these men. Just always remember them and other fallen heroes throughout history and let us live our lives worthy of their sacrifice.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  3. A. Smith, Oregon

    No brave American soldiers life is worth propping up a very corrupt foreign leader and flooding Russia with cheap Heroin.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  4. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    We should look at all of these faces and all the past faces and ask ourselves is it worth the sovernty of another country that hates us .

    December 1, 2009 at 10:29 am |
  5. BoldSolar

    I appreciate the service of our troops. But I think this guy is a troublemaker. "Pinched nerve," migraine" are buzzwords for a lawsuit. He should never have been turned away. But to go on a media parade for one transgression among thousands worldwide daily, is a bit overkill.

    December 1, 2009 at 11:26 pm |