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Tribute to our soldiers - not home for the holidays

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Special Tribute To Our Troops

NOT HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

The Gwinnett Daily Post invited readers to submit the names of loved

ones serving the country over the holidays.

We, too, wish the following servicemen and women a Merry Christmas, give

our thanks for the sacrifices they are making and hope they return home

soon, and safely.

•Sgt. Michael Hamrick, United States Army, currently serving in Kuwait,

served with the Marine Corps in Iraq Christmas 2004, a graduate of

Meadowcreek High School, son of Wayne and Loretta Hamrick, brother of

Jacob Hamrick, all of Snellville

•Lance Cpl. Michael M. Dailey, United States Marine Corps, deployed to

Bahrain, son of Mike and Candye Dailey, grandson of Charles and Sandra

Martin, all of Buford

•Staff Sgt. Riley Smallwood, United States Army, deployed to Iraq,

husband of Heather Smallwood, father of Kaylee and Will Smallwood, Dacula

•1st Sgt. Paul Dates, United States Army, son of Dan and Elaine Dates,

Grayson.

•Pfc. Daniel Primm, Camp Speicher, Tikrit, Iraq, son of Joseph and Laura

Primm of Buford and Tammy and Dan Hempe of Phoenix, Ariz.

•Staff Sgt. Jeremy Day, United States Army, deployed in Iraq (second

tour), grandson of Jean and Larry Styles of Bethlehem

•Master Sgt. William Scott Stephens, United States Marine Corps, Ramadi,

Iraq, son of Terry and Joan Stephens of Dacula

•Latisa Smith, United States Army, deployed in Iraq, daughter of Helen

Gaston Smith of Winder and the late Donald Smith

•Cpl. Clinton D. Townsend, United States Marine Corps, Ramadi, Iraq, son

of Dennis and Anita Townsend of Lawrenceville

•Lance Cpl. James Clayton Love, United States Marine Corps, Al Asad AFB,

Iraq, son of Brian and Tammy Love of Duluth

•Philip Schulte, United States Marine Corps, stationed in Berlin,

Germany, son of Gene and Debbie Schulte of Snellville

•Lance Cpl. Brian Maki, United States Marine Corps, serving in Iraq,

nephew of Jason and Linda Moore of Duluth

•Curtis Jovar McKellar, United States Army, Kuwait, husband of Sheila

McKellar, father of Savanna and Sara of Lawrenceville

•Master Sgt. Patrick C. Amos, United States Army, Balad, Iraq, husband of Lori

Amos, father of Nathan, Christopher, and Shayla of Hoschton

•Lance Cpl. Andrew J. Cardone, United States Marine Corps, deployed in

Rawa, Iraq, grandson of William and Estelle Cardone of Buford

•Major Eric Westpheling, United States Army, a Gwinnett County teacher,

stationed at Camp Victory, Iraq, husband of Lisa, father of Ashley and

Christina of Lawrenceville

•Staff Sgt. Donald Tomlinson, 101st Airborne, United States Army, Iraq,

third tour, son of Al Burns of Loganville and husband of Lisa Tomlinson,

former Gwinnett resident

•Travis D. Keever, United States Army, stationed in Iraq, son of Michael

Keever of Lawrenceville, grandson of Christine Keever of Lilburn

•Staff Sgt. Brendan E. Kitchens, United States Army, a graduate of Central

Gwinnett High School, stationed in Iraq, son of Rodney and Linda

Kitchens of Lawrenceville

•Spc. Sean W. Benson, United States Army, 82nd Airborne, a graduate of

Meadowcreek High School, deployed to Afghanistan, grandson of Virginia

LeMaster of Lawrenceville, son of Judy LeMaster Muller formerly of Gwinnett

•Jamie L. Robison, deployed in South Korea at Camp Casey, son of Robbie

Robison of Sugar Hill and Stephanie Whitener of Kona, Hawaii

•Spc. Tyler Brabson, deployed to Tikrit, Iraq, son of Daniel and Pamela

Brown, brother of Pvt. Daniel Clayton Brown USMC, Brittany Brown and

Lukas Brown of Bethlehem

•Cpl. Philip McMillan, United States Marine Corps Reserves, deployed at

Al Asad Air Base, western Iraq, son of Guy and Judy McMillan, Lawrenceville

•Michael A. Wable, United States Navy, stationed in Yokosuka, Japan, son

of Ken and Kerry Wable of Flowery Branch

•Lance Cpl. Jacob T. Allen, United States Marine Corps, currently serving

on USS Cleveland, headed for Kuwait, son of Mike and Vickie Allen of

Lawrenceville

•Sgt. Kyle R. McMinn, United States Army, deployed in Iraq, husband of

Shelley W. McMinn, son-in-law of Jerome and Helen Wigley all of Sugar Hill

•Spc. Jacob A. Ingbritsen, 101st Airborne, currently on second deployment

in Al Latifiyah, Iraq, son of Paul and Sherry Ingbritsen of Dacula

•Col. Russell Smith, United States Marine Corps, Hawaii, brother of

Elisabeth Ross of Sugar Hill

•Maj J.D. Martin, United States Marine Corps, deployed to Iraq,

brother-in-law of Elisabeth Ross of Sugar Hill

•1st Lt. Marcus D. Brown, serving in Iraq, son of Master Sgt. Roy Brown (also

currently serving in Iraq) and Bridget Brown of Hoschton

•LTJG Emeka Dashawn Ikpa, United States Navy, aboard the USS Forrest

Sherman, touring Europe and Africa, son of Donnie and Tina Ikpa of

Lawrenceville

•Patrick Hosch, United States Marine Corps, Okinawa, Japan, son of

Kassandra Thornton of Dacula and Edward Hosch of Lawrenceville

•Raymond Collins, United States Marine Corps, deployed to Iraq, Gwinnett

County native

•Lt. Scott Helminski, United States Marine Corps, Ramadi, Iraq, third

tour, nephew and Godson of Kathleen Carey of Lawrenceville

•Lionel Mercader-Allen, United States Army, deployed to Iraq, son of

Steven Allen of Duluth

•Pvt. Kenneth Burkett, Airborne Rangers, United States Army, deployed to

Taji, Iraq, son of David and Cindy Greeson

•Sgt. Jeffrey Najjar, United States Marine Corps, Camp Lejeune, N.C., a

graduate of Brookwood High School, leaving January 2008 for third

deployment to Iraq, son of Alan and Donna Najjar of Buford

•Spc. Robert Britt, United States Army, deployed in the Diyala

province, Iraq, son of Butch and Megan Britt, grandson of Ellis Britt

all of Dacula

•Spc. Timothy Daniel Ferrell, Jr., 82nd Airborne, deployed to Iraq, son

of Randy and Wendy Thompson of Lawrenceville and Tim and Debbie Ferrell

of Buford

•Sgt. Kyle M. Shelton, United States Army, stationed in Fairbanks,

Alaska, son of Rusty and Diane Shelton of Suwanee, husband of Natalie

Wilkos Shelton, a Gwinnett native

•M.Sgt. James Mays, United States Air Force, currently stationed at

Mildenhall AFB, England, brother of Gail Young of Dacula

•Sgt. Gerri Lewis, United States Army, Kuwait, daughter of Penny and

Richard Carroll of Winder

•Quincy J. Crumbly, serving in Afghanistan after 13 months in Iran, son

of Rev. Kenneth and Deborah Wyatt, of Lawrenceville

•Lance Cpl. Jared J. Goh, United States Marine Corps, Iraq, son of Ket Ching

and Eng Guan Goh of Duluth

•AM3 Brittany L. Brock, United States Navy, aboard the USS Harry S.

Truman, a graduate of Apalachee High School, currently in the Persian

Gulf, daughter of Johnny and Dena Pruitt of Winder

•Senior Airman Brian Horzewski, United States Air Force classified

deployment scheduled for mid 2008, a Berkmar High School graduate, son

of Greg and Carol Horzewski of Lilburn,

•Austin Martin Horne, 82nd Airborne, 3rd Brigade, Fort Bragg, N.C., son

of Eric and Colleen Horne of Auburn

•Capt. Timothy Nix, United States Army, a graduate of Shiloh High School,

currently stationed at Fort Carson, Colo., son of Jeff and Gail Young,

Dacula, and Steve and Shelly Nix, Buford

•1st Lt. Nick Kloster, United States Marine Corps, Naval Aviator, currently

stationed at Pensacola NAS, Fla., nephew of Jeff and Gail Young of Dacula

•Pv2 Matthew Holloway, United States Army, Ft. Benning, son of Al and

Sandra Holloway of Bethlehem

•Seaman Recruit Trenton Mapes, a graduate of Mill Creek High School, USN Recruit

Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill., son of Adam and Patricia Mapes

•Adam L. Epps, United States Marine Corps, Cherry Point, N.C., son of

Joseph Epps and Terry Ferrel, step-son of Pete Ferrell and Peggy Epps,

brother of LaSann, Sherry, Krissie, Doug, Greg and Steven of Sugar Hill

•2nd Lt. Brandon James (B.J.) Archer, currently deployed at Ft.

Rucker, Enterprise, Ala., son of Ginger and J.D. Archer and graduate of

Dacula High School, brother of Capt. Michael B. Archer, United States

Army, an Iraqi War Veteran; husband of 2nd Lt. Jean Archer, who is

presently at Ft. Hood, Texas preparing to deploy to Afghanistan

•Maj Richard Warren Hyman, a graduate of Shiloh High School, stationed

at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, son of Richard and Carmen Hyman and

grandson of Sarah Hyman, all of Snellville

•Cpl. Jeffrey L. Brown, Marine Security Company Camp David, son of

Barbara Brown and Victor Brown of Bethlehem

•Lance Cpl. Sawyer Regnier, United States Marine Corps, currently

stationed in North Carolina, preparing to re-deploy to Iraq, son of Jay

and Diane Regnier of Buford

•Maj Jeffrey Davis, United States Marine Corps, has served two tours in

Iraq, currently at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, San Diego, Calif.,

son of Jim and Linda Davis of Sugar Hill

•Sgt. Major William H. (Buck) O'Neal, United States Army, El Paso, Texas

and Lt. William B. (Ben) O'Neal, United States Army, West Point, N.Y.,

sons of Bill and Barbara O'Neal, Lawrenceville

•PO3 Brandon K. Garver, United States Navy Third Class, USS New

Mexico/Norfolk, Va., son of Brian and Janell Garver of Snellville

•Justin Thomas Otting, United States Marine Corps, Yuma, Ariz., a

graduate of Norcross High School, son of Vickie Cross, stepson of

Charles E. Cross Jr., grandson of Tom and Ramona Wilson, brother of

John, Jered and Jordan

•Spc. Adam Osland of Suwanee, United States Army, stationed at Ft. Drum

New York (returned from Iraq November, 2007), son of Tom and Cindy

Osland, Suwanee

•Staff Sgt. Andrew Blackwell, Air Force/Defense Language Institute,

Monterey, Calif., son of Stephanie Blackwell of Duluth

•Lance Cpl. John T. O'Rear, United States Marine Corps, deployed at

Cherry Point, N.C., son of Bob and Kathy O'Rear of Buford

•Spc. Casey O'Rear, deployed at Ft. Lewis, Wisc., son of Bob and Kathy

O'Rear of Buford, husband of Eve O'Rear

•Josh Brady, has served one tour in Iraq and will be deployed again in

the coming months, a graduate of Brookwood High School, stationed at Ft.

Steward, son of Tom and Karen Brady of Snellville

•Lance Cpl. Kevin Williams, United States Marine Corps, returned from

Iraq deployment in April, currently assigned to Marine Reserve Center in

Chattanooga, Tenn., son of Ed and Terri Williams of Lawrenceville

•Cpl. Bryan Williams, United States Marine Corps, member of Albany Marine

Band, Albany, Ga., son of Ed and Terri Williams of Lawrenceville

•Jessica Dawn Mullins, United States Army, Ft. Jackson, S.C.,

granddaughter of Virginia and Donald and Virginia Jackson of Lawrenceville