Fort Hood Memorial

Posted: November 10, 2009 in Nitegator

A mammoth U-shaped wall of shipping containers encircled the III Corps headquarters building to bring some privacy and security to the event. Framed portraits of the dead with 13 pairs of combat boots, each with an inverted rifle topped with a helmet lined up in a row. Music was played by the 16-piece 1st Calvary Division Band. Some of the soldiers wounded in Thursday’s attack hobbled down stairs to the stage area. Some walked down leaning on family members or were pushed in wheelchairs. Others had bullet-ridden arms in slings. Thousands of people arrived at the service, which looked like a sea of military fatigues, men and women of all ages and color, many wearing white ribbons to honor those who died.

That was the scene of Fort Hood, TX, home to about 70,000 people, where suspect Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan fired off more than 100 rounds killing 13 and wounding 29. They came from 11 states, three women and 10 men. Obama told a sea of mourners Tuesday that the lives of 13 people who died at the hands of a gunman here last week affirm the nation’s “core values” in a time of war and selfishness. One by one, Obama spoke the names and told the stories of the 13 people slain in the Fort Hood shooting rampage, honoring their memories.The victims of the shooting rampage range in age from 19 to 62:

From top left, Michael Grant Cahill, 62, of Cameron, Texas; Maj. Libardo Eduardo Caraveo, 52, of Woodbridge, Va.; Staff Sgt. Justin M. DeCrow, 32, of Evans, Ga.; Capt. John Gaffaney, 56, of San Diego, Calif.; Spc. Frederick Greene, 29, of Mountain City, Tenn.; Spc. Jason Dean Hunt, 22, of Frederick, Okla., Sgt. Amy Krueger, 29, of Kiel, Wis.; Pfc. Aaron Thomas Nemelka, 19, of West Jordan, Utah; Pfc. Michael Pearson, 22, of Bolingbrook, Ill.; Capt. Russell Seager, 51, of Racine, Wis.; Pvt. Francheska Velez, 21, of Chicago; Lt. Col. Juanita Warman, 55, of Havre de Grace, Md.; and Pfc. Kham Xiong, 23, of St. Paul, Minn.

Francheska Velez – Velez, 21, of Chicago, was pregnant and preparing to return home. A friend of Velez’s, Sasha Ramos, described her as a fun-loving person who wrote poetry and loved dancing.

Capt. John Gaffaney – Gaffaney, 56, was a psychiatric nurse who worked for San Diego County, Calif., for more than 20 years and had arrived at Fort Hood the day before the shooting to prepare for a deployment to Iraq. Gaffaney, who was born in Williston, N.D., had served in the Navy and later the California National Guard as a younger man, his family said. After the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, he tried to sign up again for military service. He is survived by a wife and a son.

Pfc. Aaron Thomas Nemelka – Nemelka, 19, of the Salt Lake City suburb of West Jordan, Utah, chose to join the Army instead of going on a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, his uncle Christopher Nemelka said. Aaron Nemelka, the youngest of four children, was scheduled to be deployed to Afghanistan in January. Nemelka had enlisted in the Army in October 2008, Utah National Guard.

Pfc. Michael Pearson – Pearson, 21, of the Chicago suburb of Bolingbrook, Ill., quit what he figured was a dead-end furniture company job to join the military about a year ago.

Spc. Jason Dean Hunt – Hunt, 22, of Frederick, Okla., went into the military after graduating from Tipton High School in 2005 and had gotten married just two months ago, his mother, Gale Hunt, said. He had served 3 1/2 years in the Army, including a stint in Iraq. He had re-enlisted for six years after serving his initial two-year assignment, she said. Jason Hunt was previously stationed at Fort Stewart in Georgia.

Michael Grant Cahill – Cahill, a 62-year-old physician assistant, suffered a heart attack two weeks ago and returned to work at the base as a civilian employee after taking just one week off for recovery. Cahill, of Cameron, Texas, helped treat soldiers returning from tours of duty or preparing for deployment. Cahill would walk young soldiers where they needed to go, just to make sure they got the right treatment.

Spc. Frederick Greene – Greene, 29, of Mountain City, Tenn., was assigned to the 16th Signal Company, Fort Hood, Texas.

Staff Sgt. Justin M. DeCrow – DeCrow, 32, was helping train soldiers on how to help new veterans with paperwork and had felt safe on the Army post.

Sgt. Amy Krueger – Krueger, 29, of Kiel, Wis., joined the Army after the 2001 terrorist attacks and had vowed to take on Usama bin Laden. Amy Krueger arrived at Fort Hood on Tuesday and was scheduled to be sent to Afghanistan in December.

Pfc. Kham Xiong – Xiong, 23, of St. Paul, Minn., was a father of three whose family had a history of military service. Xiong’s father, Chor Xiong, is a native of Laos who fought the Viet Cong alongside the CIA in 1972; Chor’s father, Kham’s grandfather, also fought with the CIA; and Kham’s brother, Nelson, is a Marine serving in Afghanistan. Kham Xiong was preparing to deploy to Afghanistan.

Juanita Warman- Warman, 55, was a military physician assistant with two daughters and six grandchildren.

Major L. Eduardo Caraveo – Caraveo, 52, arrived in the United States in his teens from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. He earned his doctorate in psychology from the University of Arizona and worked with bilingual special-needs students at Tucson-area schools before entering private practice.

Russell Seager – Russell Seager’s uncle said he joined the Army a few years ago because he was a psychiatrist who wanted to help soldiers returning from war adapt to civilian life again. He taught at Bryant & Stratton College in Milwaukee.

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