1st Special Forces Group (Airborne)
Assignment: Company A, 3rd Battalion
Date KIA: 4 January 2002 OEF
Location: Khost, Afghanistan
Action: Hostile - Small Arms
Sgt. 1st Class Nathan R. Chapman was a Special Forces Communications Sergeant assigned to 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne). He was killed in action during Operation Enduring Freedom on Jan. 4, 2002, near the town of Khost in Afghanistan.
Sgt. 1st Class Chapman was born into a military family at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., on April 23, 1970. As with most military children, he called several places “home” during his childhood.
While growing up, he balanced his time between his academic studies, the wrestling team and an active social life. In 1988, he graduated from Centerville High School in Ohio.
Nathan entered the Army in July 1988, completing Basic and Advanced Individual Training as an infantryman at Fort Benning, Ga. After that, he also completed his parachutist and Ranger training there.
Following his initial training at Fort Benning, he was assigned to Company A, 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Lewis, Wash. In December 1989, he participated in his first combat action when he took part in the 2nd Ranger Battalion’s airborne assault into Panama during Operation Just Cause. In January 1991, while assigned to 3rd Battalion, 47th Infantry Regiment, he participated in his second combat action when he deployed to Saudi Arabia as part of Operation Desert Storm.
In September 1991, Sgt. 1st Class Chapman volunteered for Special Forces training. In December 1992, he graduated from the Special Forces Communications Sergeants Course at Fort Bragg, N.C., and went on to complete the Basic Military Language Course for Tagalog in June 1993.
In July 1993, he returned to Fort Lewis, Wash., where he was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne). Here, he served on Operational Detachment A-185 and Operational detachment A-195. In 1995 he deployed to Haiti as part of Operation Uphold Democracy.
In 1998, Sgt. 1st Class Chapman was reassigned to 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), in Okinawa, Japan. He served there for three years as a member of Operational Detachment A-125 and Operational Detachment A-135.
In June 2001, he returned to 3rd Battalion and became a member of Operational Detachment A-194. In November 2001, Sgt. 1st Class Chapman volunteered for a special mission in Afghanistan, where he participated in Operation Enduring Freedom.
Awards: Bronze Star with “V” device, the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Achievement Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the United Nations Medal, the Kuwait Liberation Medal, the Southwest Asia Service Medal with Bronze Service Star, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with arrow head, the Army Good Conduct Medal (3rd Award), the Armed Forces Service Medal, the Joint Meritorious Service Unit Award, the Army Superior Unit Award, the Combat Infantryman Badge second award, the Master Parachutist Badge, the Parachutist Combat Badge with bronze service star, the Special Forces Combat Divers Badge, the Special Forces Tab, the Ranger Tab, and the Royal Thai Army Parachutist Badge.
He is survived by his wife, Renae, his daughter Amanda, his son Brandon and his parents Will and Lynn Chapman.
3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne)
Assignment: 3rd Battalion
Date KIA: 2 March 2002
Location: Gardez, Afghanistan
CW2 Stanley L. Harriman was a Special Forces Warrant Officer assigned to 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group(Airborne). He was killed in action on 2 March 2002 while leading his convoy through the Shahi-Kot Valley, near Gardez, Afghanistan.
He was born on November 1, 1967, in Springfield, Missouri. Following his graduation from Strafford High School in 1986, he joined the Army, attending Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Following AIT he was awarded the MOS of 12B – Combat Engineer in the United States Army.
Harriman’s initial assignment was with the 82nd Engineer Battalion in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C. It was here that he began his Airborne career. While serving with the 82nd, CW2 Harriman deployed in support of operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in Iraq, and Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti.
Following his six-year tour with the 82nd, he was reassigned to the 8th Armored Division in Germany where he served for a three-year tour. He departed Germany in 1991 to attend the Special Forces Assessment and Selection Course and was then selected for the Special Forces Qualification Course.
Following graduation, he remained at Fort Bragg to serve with ODA 366, Company C, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne). After spending 38 months on ODA 366, he left for Fort Rucker, Alabama to attend Warrant Officer Candidate School. In November of 1988, he pinned on the rank of Warrant Officer, attended the Warrant Officer Basic Course, and then returned to Fort Bragg the following year.
He was next assigned to 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) where he was a member of ODAs 375 and 372 within Company A. While serving with Company A, Harriman deployed in support of operations Joint Forge in Bosnia, Desert Spring in Kuwait, and Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.
Harriman’s military education includes Airborne school, Jumpmaster School, the Special Forces Qualification Course, the Anti-Terrorism Instructors Qualification Course, French and Spanish Language Training, the Survival, Escape, Resistance and Evasion Course, the Primary Leadership Development Course, the Basic Noncommissioned Officers Course, the Advanced Noncommissioned Officers Course, Warrant Officer Candidate School, and the Warrant Officer Basic Course.
Awards: Silver Star, the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Commendation Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Good Conduct Medal (2nd award), the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Southwest Asia Service Medal (3rd Award), the Humanitarian Service Medal, the NCO Professional Development Ribbon (3rd Award), the Army Service Ribbon, the Army Overseas Service Ribbon, the United Nations Medal, the Kuwaiti Liberation Medal, the Saudi Arabian Defense Medal, the Joint Service Unit Award, the Valorous Unit Award, the Army Superior Unit Award, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Special Forces Tab, and the Master Parachutist Badge.
Harriman is survived by his wife Sheila, and his children Darbi, Stanley, Christopher and Jessica.
19th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
Assignment: Company B, 3rd Battalion
Date KIA: 15 April 2002 OEF
Location: Kandahar, Afghanistan
Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Aaron Romero was a Special Forces Communications Chief for B Company, 5/19th Special Forces Group (A), Colorado Army National Guard. He provided specialized resource management, effective communication, operations, tactics, communication operations, psychological operations, unconventional warfare planning, intelligence collection and processing to ensure his unit’s combat readiness.
Born in February of 1972, Sgt. 1st Class Romero began his distinguished military career with an enlistment in the Colorado Army National Guard December 18, 1991. He was a traditional guard member and was self-employed. He attended basic training at Ft. Jackson, South Carolina in July of 1992, Advanced Individual Training at Ft. Gordon, Georgia in September of 1992, and went through airborne school at Ft. Benning, Georgia in January of 1993.
He was part of approximately 100 members of the B/5-19th Special Forces Group (A) that was called to active duty in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Headquartered in Pueblo, Romero’s unit was activated December 5, 2001and placed on active duty orders for 12 months, not to exceed 24 months.
Romero, 30, was killed in action April 15th, 2002 near Qandahar, Afghanistan during an ordinance disposal operation involving 107mm rockets. The explosion killed three other U.S. soldiers and wounded another.
Awards: Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal (2nd award), Combat Infantry Badge, Colorado Active Service Medal, Colorado Foreign Deployment Medal, and Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Non-Commissioned Officers Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, and the Colorado Emergency Service Ribbon with device, Parachutist Badge and Special Forces tab.
Romero is buried at Ft. Logan National Cemetery in Denver, Colorado.
5th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
Assignment: Company C, 2nd Battalion
Date KIA: 12 June 2002 OEF
Location: Gardez, Afghanistan
Sgt. 1st Class Peter Tycz was born in Cheektowaga, NY and graduated from Tonowanda High School in June 1988.
He began his career as a Fire Support Specialist when he enlisted in and served in the active-duty Army from 1988-1990. He transitioned to the Army Reserve, where he served three years before coming back on active duty in 1993. In 1997, he completed the Special Forces Qualification Course and was assigned to Company C, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne).
SFC Tyzc’ military education includes the Fire Support Specialist Course, Basic Airborne Course, the Special Forces Qualification Course, the Special Operations Medical Sergeant Course, Spanish and French Language School, Dive Medical Technician School, the Primary Leadership Development Course and the Basic and Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course. His civilian education includes the Emergency Medical Technician Course, the Basic Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support Course, and the Advanced Trauma Life Support Course.
Awards: Bronze Star for valor, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (with 10 Oak Leaf Clusters), Good Conduct Medal (with 4th award), National Defense Service Medal (with star), Southwest Asia Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and the NATO Medal. He also earned the Combat Medical Badge, the Special Forces Tab, the Parachutist Badge and Dominican Republic Jump Wings.
SFC Peter Tycz is survived by his wife Tami and their five children: Felicia (10), Faith (7), Tiffany (5), Samantha (3) and Elizabeth (1).
1st Special Forces Group (Airborne)
Assignment: Company A, 2nd Battalion
Date KIA: 2 October 2002
Location: Republic of the Philippines.
SFC Mark Wayne Jackson was killed in action on 2 October 2002 at Camp Enrile Malagutay, Zamboanga, Philippines as the result of a suicide attack. He was the Operations Sergeant for ODA 145.
Sergeant First Class Mark Wayne Jackson was born at Saint Luke Hospital in Saginaw, Michigan to the proud parents of William Alva and Janice Marie Jackson on June 7th, 1962.
He spent his youth between Saginaw, Michigan, Bridge Port, Michigan and Swan Valley, Michigan. While growing up, Sergeant First Class Jackson balanced his time between academics, hunting, fishing, football, wrestling and track. He graduated from the Swan Valley School system in June 1981. After graduation, Sergeant First Class Jackson got a job as a mason tender in Tawas, Michigan, and later enrolled in Delta College.
Sergeant First Class Jackson started his military career in 1983 with attendance to Basic Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, as a member of the United States Army Reserve. Additionally, he completed the Motor Transport Operators course and on the job training as an artillery soldier in B Battery, 4th Battalion, 38th Field Artillery at Bad Axe, Michigan. While assigned there he was promoted from Private First Class through Sergeant.
In February of 1986, Sergeant First Class Jackson joined the Active Army and attended the cannon crewman course at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and continued on to Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia, as a Private First Class. He was assigned to C Battery, 1st Battalion, 319th Field Artillery Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. While assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division, he attended a Combat Lifesaver Course, Unit Armors Course and Jungle Warfare Training at Fort Sherman, Panama. He was promoted to Specialist in January 1987.
In November 1987, Sergeant First Class Jackson was assigned to A Battery, 2nd Battalion, 20th Field Artillery Regiment in Hanau, Germany. He participated in numerous training exercises, attended Primary Leadership Development Course (PLDC), and completed Basic Non-commissioned Officers Course (BNOC). He was promoted to Sergeant in November 1988.
In March 1990, Sergeant First Class Jackson was assigned to the 18th Airborne Corps, Noncommissioned Officers Course where he taught PLDC and BNOC and acted as the Reenlistment NCO. While assigned to the 18th Airborne Corps, he was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant and attended the Instructor Training Course, Ranger Course, Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course, and the Jumpmaster Course.
In August 1993, Sergeant First Class Jackson volunteered for Special Forces Training. He graduated from the Special Forces Weapons Sergeants Course at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and went on to complete the Basic Military Language Course for Persian Farsi in August 1994.
In September 1994, Sergeant First Class Jackson was assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He served on Operational Detachment Alpha 536. During his time in the 5th Special Forces Group, he participated in numerous overseas deployments to Kuwait, Jordan, Bahrain, and Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti. Additionally, he attended the Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape High Risk course, Tank Commander Certification Course, Aviation in Foreign Internal Defense Course, and the Special Forces Assistant Operations Course. In November 1998, Sergeant First Class Jackson attended the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California, for basic Arabic and graduated from in December 1999.
In December 1999, Sergeant First Class Jackson was assigned to Company A, 2nd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Lewis, Washington, and became a member of Operational Detachment Alpha 142. He served as the Assistant Operations Sergeant for numerous deployments in South East Asia.
In August 2002, Sergeant First Class Jackson was assigned as the Operations Sergeant of Operational Detachment Alpha 145. On October 2nd 2002, while participating in Operation Enduring Freedom, Sergeant First Class Jackson was killed in the Republic of the Philippines.
Awards: Legion of Merit, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal with five oak leaf clusters, the Southwest Asia Service Ribbon with Bronze Service Star, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with arrowhead, the Army Good Conduct Medal fifth award, the National Defense Service Ribbon with Bronze Star, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with three device, the Army Service Ribbon, and the Army Overseas Service Ribbon. Sergeant First Class Jackson's decorations include the Expert Infantry Badge, the Master Parachutists Badge, the Military Free Fall Badge, the Special Forces Tab, the Ranger Tab, the Jordanian Parachutist Badge, the Bahraini Parachutist Badge, the Russian Parachutist Badge, the Korean Parachutist Badge, and the Royal Thai Army Parachutist Badge, and the Armed Forces of the Philippines Merit Medal (Posthumously).
Sergeant First Class Jackson is survived by his father William, mother Janice, brother Richard, and sister Kimberly.