Home: Gary, IN Base: Miramar, CA Killed in a refueling tanker crash in Pakistan. An annual military scholarship has been established in her name. Jeannette served as a role model for her 5 siblings, including a brother, who also serves in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Home: Lynwood, IL Served as a combat medic. Served as a combat medic. Died after receiving a series of 5 shots in preparation for deployment to Afghanistan. These shots included Anthrax and Smallpox, and were administered together. Rachel succumbed a month later after her lungs, heart, and other organs failed. By : Ch arl ee Fr o m Th eL ou M ay 9, 20 08
Home: Baltimore, MD Base: Norfolk, VA Died in Bahrain due to natural causes. Jakia ran track in Italy. She sang in the choir at Greater Mount Zion Baptist Church, where she was also served as an usher.
Home: Livingston, CA Base: Ft. Hood, TX Killed in an attack on a CH-47 Chinook helicopter near Fallujah, Iraq. Sang, played the clarinet and saxophone, and hoped to someday open a music store. Among Karina’s surviving family members is her mother, Ruth Lau, and brother, Luis Lau, U.S. Navy.
Home: Fort Buchanan, PR Born in San Francisco, CA Base: Ft. Hood, TX Died while onboard a CH- 47 Chinook helicopter hit by a surface-to-air-missile near Fallujah. Frances loved to dance and hoped to become a model.
Home: Citrus Heights, CA. Base: Ft. Bragg, NJ Died when she was struck by a vehicle on Mosul Airfield in Mosul, Iraq. Her mother, Beverly Coleman, received a package the same day she learned Keicia was dead. It contained a lovely purse stuffed with money, jewelry, and a note saying, “I love you, Mommy.” It was from Keicia. Keicia also leaves her loving husband, SGT Sean Hines, U.S. Army.
Home: Raleigh, AR Suffered a heart attack and died in the Baghdad hospital where she worked as a surgical nurse. During her 15 years of military service, Gussie received the Joint Service Commendation medal, 4 Army Commendation medals, and 3 Army Achievement medals.
Home: Bridgeport, CT Base: Ft. Lewis, WA Died in Mosul, Iraq, of injuries sustained when her convoy vehicle was hit with an improvised explosive device in Balad, Iraq. She enjoyed singing and playing basketball. Tyanna is mourned by her husband, Adrian Felder, of the U.S. Army.
Home: Richmond, VA Base: Ft. Hood, TX Killed when her military vehicle hit an improvised explosive device as she was returning to Camp Eagle in Baghdad. Was a model student. Served as Commander of her high school’s JROTC program. She enlisted as soon as she graduated. Leslie’s dream was to serve her country. She had been deployed for only 2 months.
Home: Hollywood, FL Base: Ft. Hood, TX Killed when two rockets hit her camp in Baghdad. A medical condition could have kept her out of harm’s way but she refused to avoid Iraq. Pamela is survived by her husband, Rohan Osbourne, their 2 sons, and daughter.
Home: Orangeburg, SC Base: Ft. Hood, TX Killed in a vehicle accident in Baqubah, Iraq. Deployed to Iraq 2 months after giving birth to her ‘miracle baby’ daughter, Gabriella. Doctors had told her she would never have children. Katrina also leaves behind her husband, Lawrence Johnson, and her mother, Vivian Johnson-Huffman.
Home: Harvey, LA Base: Schofield Barracks, HI Killed April 6 when the CH- 47 helicopter in which she was riding crashed in Ghazni, Afghanistan. Barbaralien leaves behind her 2 children, Lashuwnta and Kent Kelly, and relatives, including her sister, Cassandra Bradley, U.S. Army, Kuwait.
Home: Bronx, NY Base: Camp Lejeune, NC Killed when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated near her convoy vehicle in Fallujah, Iraq. Did everything ahead of her time: graduated high school at 15, joined the Marines at 17, married at 18, and died 4 days before her 21 st birthday. Ramona was the wife of U.S. Marines CPL Armando Guzman.
Home: Florissant, MO Base: Ft. Campbell, KY Died of non-combat related injuries in Balad, Iraq. Her death remains under investigation. Donated blood and was a volunteer for the American Heart Association. LaVena is survived by her heartbroken parents, Dr. and Mrs. John Johnson.
Home: Rosedale, MD Base: Fort Drum, NY Killed when multiple improvised explosive devices detonated near her unit during convoy operations in Asad, Iraq. Toccara enjoyed fishing, roller skating, and working on cars.
Home: Bossier City, LA. Base: Fort Hood, TX. Killed when an improvised explosive device detonated near her Humvee during patrol operations in Baghdad. Enjoyed shopping and spending happy times with her nieces and nephews. Julia was engaged to marry SPC Keith Mack, U.S. Army.
Home: Ceres, CA Base: Okinawa, Japan Died from a gunshot wound to the head while in a defensive position. She was guarding other soldiers during the mission when she was struck by small arms fire. Called “Chica”, she was a true warrior and had a magnetic, fun-loving personality. Juana is survived by her parents, 3 sisters, including her twin, and 2 brothers who also serve in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Home: Jacksonville, FL Base: Ft. Drum, NY Killed when an improvised explosive device detonated near her convoy vehicle in Kunar, Afghanistan. Loved the military life and attending church. Wakkuna was the youngest of 3 daughters. Her parents are Sherman and Teresita Jackson.
Home: Killeen,TX Base: Ft. Hood, TX Died of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near her Humvee during combat operations in Kifl, Iraq. Emily was West Point’s first African-American female Cadet Corps Command Sergeant Major. By: CharleeFromTheLou May 9, 2008By: CharleeFromTheLou May 9, 2008
Home: Bayside, NY Born in Kingston, Jamaica Base: Newburgh, NY Died at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait from a non-combat related incident. Denise’s family and fellow soldiers will forever miss her sincerity, enthusiasm, and contagious smile.
Home: St. Louis, MO Base: Washington, DC Died in Baghdad, Iraq, from a non-combat related gunshot wound. Volunteered at a women’s shelter, and was devoted to her granddaughter. Gloria also leaves behind her beloved children, Candace and Damien, and her mother, Annie Washington.
Home: Orange Park, FL. Died of natural causes aboard the U.S.S. Bataan, according to reports. Was known to be in excellent physical health. Laquita leaves behind her 2 sons, loving relatives, and many friends.
Home: Mashpee, MA Base: Ft. Campbell, KY Died of injuries sustained when she was pinned by a truck while changing its tire in Baghdad. Served as an engineer mechanic. She felt that joining the Army was a good way to both see the world and contribute to it. Alicia leaves behind her 3 sons, ages 2, 4, and 7, now in the care of her husband and her mother, Dorothea Finklea.
Home: Greenville, SC Base: Ft. Hood, TX Died in Taji, Iraq, when the enemy attacked using indirect fire. Also killed was Sgt. Princess C. Samuels. Zandra’s identical twin sister, Yolanda Worthy, also serves in the U.S. Army, Kuwait. By: CharleeFromTheLou May 9, 2008
Home: Mitchellville, MD Base: Ft. Hood, TX Died in Taji, Iraq, when the enemy attacked using indirect fire. Also killed was SPC Zandra T. Walker. Called “Noodle” by her family and friends because of her 5’2”, 100-pound frame. Princess loved the color pink.
Home: Lawton, OK Base: Miami, FL Died in Baghdad of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked her unit with rockets. Devoted wife and supermom to her daughters, Lana and Victoria, and son, Ayinde. “Lilly” also leaves behind her loving husband, Raymond, and her mother, Dorothy.
Home: Lithonia, GA. Assigned to U.S. Naval Support Activity, Bahrain. Died in Bahrain in a non-combat related incident. Also killed was her roommate, Seaman Anamarie Camocho. Nicknamed “Snowflake”, Genesia was scheduled to return home on October 24 th.
Home: Anchorage, AK Base: Fort Drum, NY Died in Tal Al-Dahab, Iraq of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near her Humvee during combat operations. Was as a flight medic and planned to become a physician’s assistant. Carletta is mourned by her mother, Ms. Levada Napier, other relatives, and friends.
Home: Dracut, MA Born in Kenya Base: Ft. Hood, TX Died in Camp Arifjan, Kuwait from non-combat related illness. Her death is under investigation. Was a devout Christian who loved to play and watch sports. Christine is mourned by her parents, 3 brothers, and many other family members.
Home: Washington, DC Base: Ft. Hood. TX Died in Baghdad, Iraq of a non-combat related cause. Re-enlisted just a few days before her death, and was planning to become a Registered Nurse. Keisha leaves behind her grieving parents, Michael and Diana Morgan, and other relatives. By: CharleeFromTheLou May 9, 2008
Home: Bakersfield, CA Assigned to Naval Security Force, Naval Support Activity in Bahrain. Died in Galali, Muharraq, Bahrain of a gunshot wound. Her death is under investigation. Christine won several awards during her career, including the Navy Achievement Medal and the Good Conduct Medal Christine won several awards during her career, including the Navy Achievement Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.
Why only Angels of Color? Fallen Angels is not to undermine the memories of others. No life was more precious than the next. All are cherished and mourned by their families and nation. However, I am haunted by the number of women of color who died mysteriously, of unknown causes, and violently, in non-combat-related incidents. Some were shot. At least one was raped and murdered. Others died of ‘illnesses’, even though they were in perfect health and had been medically cleared for active duty. Thus… Fallen Angels is born of utter sadness, yet is filled with my hope and prayers that all wars will cease. By: CharleeFromTheLou May 14, 2008 Music: Adagio For Strings, Leonard Bernstein and Orchestra