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Florida's Fallen Soldiers


Soldiers transfer the remains of Army Sgt. 1st Class Ofren Arrechaga at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on March 31, 2011. [Photo: Roland Balik/U.S. Air Force]

This year's Floridian of the Year issue includes 37 armed services personnel from Florida — four women and 33 men — who died while serving the country. The list includes five who died in 2010 after our 2010 publication went to press. They came from 27 cities. All but two died fighting the war in Afghanistan — Army Spc. Marcos A. Cintron and Army Sgt. Andy Morales died on duty in Iraq. In chronological order based on when they died, here are Florida's war dead.

» Air Force Lt. Col.
Gwendolyn A. Locht, 46
Hometown: Fort Walton Beach
Died: Nov. 16, 2010 / leukemia

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» Army Spc.
Kelly J. Mixon, 23
Hometown: Yulee
Died: Dec. 8, 2010 /
makeshift bomb
» Army Cpl.
Patrick D. Deans, 22
Hometown: Orlando
Died: Dec. 12, 2010 /
suicide bomber

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» Army Cpl.
Jorge E. Villacis, 24
Hometown: Sunrise
Died: Dec. 12, 2010 /
suicide bomber

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» Marine Lance Cpl.
Jose A. Hernandez, 19
Hometown: West Palm Beach
Died: Dec. 14, 2010 / combat

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» Navy Operations Spc. 2nd Class
Dominique D. Cruz, 26
Hometown: Panama City
Died: Jan. 18 / fall from
U.S.S. Halsey into Gulf of Oman

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» Marine Sgt.
Jason G. Amores, 29
Hometown: Lehigh Acres
Died: Jan. 20 / combat
» Marine Cpl.
Johnathan W. Taylor, 23
Hometown: Homosassa
Died: Feb. 22 / combat

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» Army Pfc.
Michael C. Mahr, 26
Hometown: Homosassa
Died: March 22 / combat

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» Navy Aviation
Ordnanceman 1st Class

Vincent A. Filpi III, 41
Hometown: Fort Walton Beach
Died: March 22 / non-combat

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» Army Sgt. 1st Class
Ofren Arrechaga, 28
Hometown: Hialeah
Died: March 29 / gunfire

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» Army Sgt.
Keith T. Buzinski, 26
Hometown: Daytona Beach
Died: April 7 / gunfire
» Army Sgt.
Linda L. Pierre, 28
Hometown: Immokalee
Died: April 16 / grenade

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» Air Force Master Sgt.
Tara R. Brown, 33
Hometown: Deltona
Died: April 27 / gunfire

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» Army Pfc.
Jonathan M. Villanueva, 19
Hometown: Jacksonville
Died: April 27 / gunfire

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» Marine Lance Cpl.
Ronald D. Freeman, 25
Hometown: Plant City
Died: April 28 / combat

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» Army Sgt.
Amaru Aguilar, 26
Hometown: Miami
Died: May 13 / gunfire
» Army Spc.
Brian D. Riley Jr., 24
Hometown: Longwood
Died: May 15 / unspecified

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» Army Pvt.
Lamarol J. Tucker, 26
Hometown: Gainesville
Died: May 16 / makeshift bomb

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» Army Spc.
Marcos A. Cintron, 32
Hometown: Orlando
Died: June 16 / rocket attack

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» Army Pfc.
Joshua L. Jetton, 21
Hometown: Sebring
Died: June 20 / gunfire

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» Army 1st Lt.
Dimitri A. Del Castillo, 24
Hometown: Tampa
Died: June 25 / gunfire
» Marine Sgt.
Marlon E. Myrie, 25
Hometown: Oakland Park
Died: June 25 / combat

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» Army Spc.
Jordan C. Schumann, 24
Hometown: Port St. Lucie
Died: July 5 / land mine

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» Army Spc.
Frank R. Gross, 25
Hometown: Oldsmar
Died: July 16 / makeshift bomb

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» Army Pfc.
Gil I. Morales
Del Valle, 21

Hometown: Jacksonville
Died: Aug. 3 / makeshift bomb

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» Air Force Tech. Sgt.
John W. Brown, 33
Hometown: Tallahassee
Died: Aug. 6 / shot down in helicopter
» Navy Special Warfare Operator
Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL)

Aaron C. Vaughn, 30
Hometown: Stuart
Died: Aug. 6 / shot down in helicopter

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» Marine Lance Cpl.
Travis M. Nelson, 19
Hometown: Pace
Died: Aug. 18 / combat

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» Army Pfc.
Alberto L. Obod Jr., 26
Hometown: Orlando
Died: Aug. 28 / vehicle rollover

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» Army Spc.
Dennis James Jr., 21
Hometown: Deltona
Died: Aug. 31 / makeshift bomb

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» Army Pfc.
Christophe J. Marquis, 40
Hometown: Tampa
Died: Sept. 4 / makeshift bomb
» Army Spc.
Ryan J. Cook, 29
Hometown: Fort Walton Beach
Died: Sept. 18 / makeshift bomb

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» Army Sgt.
Andy Morales, 32
Hometown: Longwood
Died: Sept. 22 / unspecified

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» Army 1st Lt.
Ivan D. Lechowich, 27
Hometown: Valrico
Died: Sept. 28 / makeshift bomb

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» Army Spc.
Jeremiah T. Sancho, 23
Hometown: Palm Bay
Died: Oct. 13 / makeshift bomb

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» Army Pfc.
Theodore B. Rushing, 25
Hometown: Longwood
Died: Nov. 11/ makeshift bomb