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PATRIOT PROFILES

 

Although there are many more Patriots enshrined in the Patriots Peace Memorial than are profiled below, many of their individual stories are unknown, other than they all perished in the line of duty while on active or reserve duty, under conditions other than declared hostile actions or actual combat. In order to personalize this memorial for future generations of Kentuckians, those who have been enshrined during formal ceremonies conducted annually on Memorial Day since 2007, as well as selected others enshrined as part of the original (2002) and subsequent (2006) mass enshrinements, have been profiled alphabetically below. Families of previously enshrined Patriots not profiled below can request that their loved ones be included, by providing basic information concerning service and circumstances surrounding their deaths, via info@patriotspeacememorial.org 

ADKINS, Cory Allen, Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, Louisville, Kentucky; January 31, 2008, motor vehicle accident while serving with School of Infantry, East Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

AUGUSTIN, Adrien E., Private, U.S. Marine Corps, Covington, Kentucky; January 17, 2009, cardiac arrest, while undergoing recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina.

BEACHAM, Monica L., Petty Officer (2nd Class), U.S. Coast Guard, Clarksville, Tennessee; October 29, 2009, aircraft collision with Marine Corps AH-1 Cobra helicopter, while serving as radio operator on search and rescue mission off coast of San Diego. All crew members were lost at sea.

BECK, Morris O., Major, U.S. Air Force; November 4, 1959, perished at sea when armed B-52 aircraft, which he was piloting on patrol, caught fire and crashed into the Gulf of Mexico. Rescue efforts failed to recover the aircraft or bodies of the crew. Major Beck, was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War at the time of his death.

BROWN, Delbert L., Lieutenant Junior Grade, U.S. Navy, Louisville, Kentucky; October 10, 1957, aircraft accident in Bering Sea while on patrol off coast of Alaska. Credited with saving lives of two crew members before perishing at sea when swept off wing in heavy seas.

COLE, Terry L., Engineman 3rd Class, U.S. Navy, Louisville, Kentucky; September 3, 1955, training accident at sea while participating in grounded ship salvage operation near Coronado, California.

DAVIS, William L., Captain, U.S. Air Force, Louisville, Kentucky; September 2, 2012, motorcycle accident while on active duty orders reassigning him from a two (2) year deployment in Saudi Arabia with the Defense Contract Management Agency, to a military billet in the Boston, MA area.

DOUGLAS, Travis Michael, Lieutenant Junior Grade, U.S. Navy, Louisville, Kentucky; December 10, 2011, of natural causes, while providing regulatory oversight of Naval Nuclear Power Propulsion Program activities at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

GALLANT, Taylor Joseph, Petty Officer (2nd Class), U.S. Navy, Lexington, Kentucky; January 26, 2012, of natural causes while training off coast of North Carolina as Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technician assigned EOD Mobile Unit 12, Virginia Beach, Virginia.  

GIBSON, Jonathan S., Chief Warrant Officer 3, U.S. Navy, Elizabethtown, Kentucky; September 22, 2013, aircraft accident while attempting to land Knighthawk helicopter on deck of guided missile destroyer deployed in Red Sea. Body never recovered.

HATCHER, Robert H., Aviation Structural Mechanic Airman Apprentice, U.S. Navy, Elizabethtown, Kentucky; March 12, 1973, accidentally struck and killed by an operational vehicle on taxiway, while inspecting jet aircraft during inclement weather at Oceana Naval Air Station, Virginia Beach, Virginia.

HEAD, John David, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, Louisville, Kentucky; August 28, 1950, accidental firearms discharge, while enroute to Korean War theater with activated Marine Corps Reserve infantry company. Recipient of Silver Star and Purple Heart for prior combat service, during World War II at Peleliu and Okinawa.

JAGGERS, Michael E., Seaman Apprentice, U.S. Navy, Louisville, Kentucky; August 13, 1969, succumbed to injuries sustained while trying to secure a hatch cover on board the USS Bennington (CVA 20), during its final voyage prior to scheduled decommissioning.

KEMPER, Robert D., Commander, U.S. Navy, Shelbyville, Kentucky; March 3, 1971, aircraft accident while serving as flight instructor at Meridian Naval Air Station, Meridian, Mississippi, when his aircraft experienced severe icing conditions during an instrument flight.

LACEWELL, Lasley "Kirk" Jr., Lieutenant, U.S. Navy, Henderson, Kentucky; January 9, 1955, aircraft accident during nighttime training mission in the vicinity of San Bernardino Mountain, while serving as naval aviator at Carmel, California.

McCREIGHT, Brent A., Airman, U.S. Navy, Eminence, Kentucky; December 21, 1990, drowned when a ferry carrying sailors from USS Saratoga (CV-60) capsized and sank in the Mediterranean Sea (Bay of Haifa) off the coast of Haifa, Israel.

MILLS, Regina Pearl, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, Hadon, Kentucky; January 23, 2012, struck by passing motorist while assisting local law enforcement with injury accident while enroute to her ship, USS Nimiitz (CVN 68), where she was serving as first and only woman in U.S. Navy as Aircraft Handling Officer.

OWENS, Gregory A., Specialist (4th Class), U.S. Army, Louisville, Kentucky; December 12, 1985, aircraft accident at Gander, Newfoundland, while returning home with 101st Airborne Division following deployment in Egypt. All 247 soldiers aboard the aircraft perished.

SATTERFIELD, Adam C., Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, Crestwood, Kentucky; January 23, 2015; aircraft accident while serving as co-pilot of UH-1Y Huey helicopter at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California.

SIMPSON, M. Brice, 1st Lieutenant, U.S. Air Force, Louisville, Kentucky; September 17, 1998, training accident at Misawa, Japan when F-16 aircraft crashed and burned. His death, under circumstances other than declared hostile military action, served as the inspiration for the conception and construction of the Patriots Peace Memorial.    

YECKERING, Joshua Adam, Petty Officer (3rd Class), U.S. Navy, Owensboro, Kentucky; May 23, 2011; accidental drowning while serving as Hospital Corpsman assigned to Marine Corps Expeditionary Unit, Camp Pendleton, California.