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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 12, 2003

Blagojevich commissions memorial to fallen soldiers
Honors Illinoisans killed in war on terrorism

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today announced that he has commissioned special memorials to honor the 25 Illinois service members who have lost their lives during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq that will be displayed in the state Capitol rotunda and James R. Thompson Center in Chicago.
 
“This is a way that the people of Illinois can honor those service members from our state who paid the ultimate price in the global war against terrorism,” Blagojevich said.  “We are in their debt for their bravery and the freedom we enjoy as a nation.”
 
The two memorials will feature a bronze plaque and a display that includes a picture of each of the fallen service members, their hometown, branch of service and date of death.  If there are additional Illinois deaths, information will be added to the memorials. A ceremony to unveil the memorials will be held when they are complete.
 
Those soldiers from Illinois who have died in the two wars are:
 
Operation Iraqi Freedom – Iraq
 
Capt. Ryan Beaupre, 30, Marines, St. Anne, March 21, 2003
Pvt. Matthew Bush, 20, Army, East Alton, Aug. 8, 2003
Spc. Ryan G. Carlock, 25, Army, Macomb, Sept. 9, 2003
Pvt. Jonathon Gifford, 30, Marines, Decatur, March 23, 2003
Staff Sgt. Lincoln Hollinsaid, 27, Army, Malden, April 7, 2003
Spc. Corey Hubbel, 20, Army, Urbana, June 25, 2003
Cpl. Evan James, 20, Marines, LaHarpe, March 24, 2003
Cpl. Brian Kennedy, 25, Marines, Glenview, March 21, 2003
Lance Cpl. Nicholas Kleiboeker, 19, Marines, Irvington, May 13, 2003
Lance Cpl. Jakub Kowalik, 21, Marines, Schaumburg, May 12, 2003
Spc. Rachael Lacy, 22, Army, Lynwood, April 5, 2003
Pfc. Shawn Pahnke, 25, Army, Manhattan, June 16, 2003
Staff Sgt. Andrew Pokorny, 30, Army, Naperville, June 13, 2003
Pfc. Brandon Ramsey, 21, Army, Calumet City, Aug. 8, 2003
Spc. Brandon Rowe, 20, Army Roscoe, March 31, 2003
First Lt. Timothy Ryan, 30, Marines, Aurora, May 19, 2003
Pfc. Christopher Sisson, 20, Army, Oak Park, Sept. 2, 2003
First Lt. Brian Slavenas, 30, Army, DeKalb, Nov. 2, 2003
First Sgt. Edward Smith, 38, Marines, Chicago, April 5, 2003
 
Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan
 
Machinist Mate Fireman Apprentice Bryant Davis, 20, Navy, Chicago, Nov. 10, 2001
Pvt. James Ebbers, 19, Army, Bridgeview, Oct. 14, 2002
Staff Sgt. Jacob L. Frazier, 24, Army, St. Charles, March 29, 2003
Lt. Col. John Stein, 39, Air Force, Bardolph, March 23, 2003
Pfc. Adam Thomas, 21, Army, Palos Hills, Aug. 31, 2003
Sgt. Jeannette L. Winters, 25, Marines, DuPage, Jan. 9, 2002
 


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