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Army SFC Deric Henry is from Valdosta, and is a 1988 graduate of Lowndes Co. High School. 

Deric is deployed to Kuwait, and is stationed at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Deric’s twin brother Eric is also stationed at Ft. Sill, and another brother, Ollie, is stationed in Japan. 

Deric’s wife’s name is Manuela, and they have a son, Megiel.

Tanisha Moore (Center in picture) is the 20-year-old daughter of Lester and Van Moore, from Pelham. 

Tanisha is an Aviation Boatswain aboard the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt, in the Mediterranean Sea, and is serving her second mission since September 11, 2001. 

Thanks you for putting her picture on the wall. We are so proud of her. Please keep her and all the other service people in your prayers. 

Thank You, 

Van Moore

Marine Staff Sergeant Darius Harpe is a 1992 graduate of Dougherty High School. He has a 6-year-old daughter, Brionna, and he is a member of the Greater Second Mount Olive Baptist Church in Albany. 

Darius is stationed at Camp Lejeune, NC, and operates in a Marine Corps Air Station in Iraq. 

With love, his sister, Lamonica Anderson.

Marine Lance Corporal Jason Cross is 24, and is stationed in Kuwait, as past of the Second Maintenance Battalion. Jason’s parents are Raymond Sr., and Barbara Fields. He is a 1996 graduate of Westover High School, and attended Morehouse College. 
Jason is a wonderful, caring person, who would do anything to help anyone in need. He is a talkative and loving son. His birthday is May 10th, so he will turn 25 in Kuwait, but we’ll celebrate with him upon his return. 
Love, from his mom, and family, and friends, 
Barbara Fields.

William Bradley Seymour is a member of the Second marine Airwing Expedition Unit, serving in Iraq.

Marine Lance Corporal Emanual Wester is 22, and has been a Marine for three years. He is deployed to the Middle East.

 I love him, and adore him, and I miss him dearly. I pray each and every day, hoping he will return home soon.

Love always, you fiancé, Patricia.

Dear WALB News,  
Our son, PFC Marvin Goodwin, “Marty” to his family and friends, is in the 40th Signal Battalion, 11th Signal Brigade, Delta Company. He is somewhere near Doha, Kuwait, and has been there since December 2002.  
We are very proud of Marty and all his accomplishments. 
We pray for him and all the troops daily. They are always on our minds. We wish all of them a speedy return to their loved ones. 
May God Bless all, and keep them safe. 
God Bless America, 

Sandra Goodwin, and Marvin Goodwin,

Private Nathaniel Williams, Jr. enlisted in the Army on September 17, 2002, and graduated from Forth Leonard Wood, Missouri, on November 7 of that year. He is an E-2 Military Policeman.  

His parents are Vangeline and Nathaniel Williams of Damascus. Nathaniel has a brother and sister at home. He has a daughter, Kennedy Kaunta Barber, of Edison.

 Nathaniel’s uncle, Timothy Brown, is also serving in the Iraqi theater, and is on the Wall of Honor, as well.  

With Love, from his mother, Van Williams

Lance Corporal Dexter L. Parker is stationed at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina .  He is currently serving with the 2nd Maintenance Battalion at Camp Fox/Kuwait as an electronic specialist. He was deployed Feb. 18, 2003.

Dexter is a 1999 graduate of Irwin Co. High School , Ocilla Ga. He is the son of Melvin and Sharon Parker. Dexter has two brothers, Dewayne and Larenzo Parker one sister Lakeisha Parker. 


He is loved and cherished by his family.  We are so proud of him for his dedication and for all the sacrifices he have made. Also, we are proud of all the troops and support each and every one of them, for jobs well done. 

May God and our nation be with them. 
Sharon Parker

Dear WALB,

I am sending you a picture of my cousin Ashley Hulsey. He is a 21 year old specialist (E-4) in the Army. He has a wife, Meagan, and a child. He is stationed at Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas. Extra information is on the newspaper clipping attached. 

Sincerely, Josh S. Hulsey

Gordon Christian Jr. is a 1996 graduate of Westover High.  He's presently a member of the VAQ 134 out of Whidbey Island Washington.  The squadron is presently serving in Turkey.  Gordon is an Aviation Electrician in the United States Navy.  He misses his Grandmother, Wylene Tolbert's home cooking.  

Gordon is the son of Gordon & Yvonne Christian

Dear WALB,
I am sending in a picture of my daughter Tosha Williams of Adel, GA.  She is 21 years old and is serving in the Navy, aboard the USS Harry Truman.  

She  deployed in December from Norfolk, VA and is on her six month sea duty.  

Tosha graduated from Cook High School and then went into the Navy.  I would like her to know how proud her family is of her and we pray for her safe return home.  

Our prayers are also with everyone that is fighting for our country, but most of all our prayers go to the families who have lost loved ones.

Cynthia Williams

Private Rondaski Burley, from Camilla, is currently with the 3rd Infantry in Iraq fighting on the front lines. He was stationed at Fort Benning in Columbus. This is his 2nd deployment to Kuwait/Iraq in the past year. 

He is a 2000 graduate of Mitchell-Baker High School. His mother, Martha Butler, spoke with him on April 11, and he said he was seeing an eye full, but was doing fine. His family, including his 1-year old daughter, live in Camilla, Ga. 

Submitted by Kendra Wilson

This is Army Private Michael Gordon of Ocilla, Georgia. He is a member of the 501st Signal Battalion at Fort Campbell Kentucky. 

The 501st signal Btn. is a combat support element for the 101st Air Borne (Air Assault). Michael is currently serving somewhere in the Iraq Area of Operation. 

Michael is the son of Ann Rowell of Ocilla, Georgia and Mike Gordon of Fitzgerald, Georgia. Michael is a loving son, devoted husband, and very dedicated father.

PFC Jamie Hughes is from Ashburn, Georgia. Jamie is an infantryman with the 101st Airborne Division, the Screaming Eagles, in Baghdad. 
Jamie's grandfather was killed in Vietnam and was also with the 101st Airborne. While following in the footsteps of his grandfather, Jamie has made all of his family and friends very proud. Jamie is a special man with a tender soul and a caring and loving heart in which no one could compare. We miss him and hope for his safe return as for all the soldiers and we pray for their families. 

Jamie and all the other troops have made a great contribution for freedom for our country, and as his mom who has protected him for 21 years I feel pride in him protecting us. I know he has done a great job. 

I will be waiting for my soldier with a big smile as he walks off foreign soil and on to home soil. We will all be waiting for him: his dad, Paul and mom, Pam, brothers, Jason and Jonathan, sister Samantha, grandmother, uncles, Scott and Brian, and the love of his life and fiancé, Kayla.

Thank you so much WALB for honoring our troops.

God bless them!

His mom, 
Pam Ellenburg
 Staff Sergeant Kenneth P. Reese of Albany is the son of Thomas Reese of Atlanta, GA, and Dorothy Reese of Albany, GA.
He is a 1982 graduate of Monroe High School, and has been in the service for 17 years. He is currently stationed in Ft. Campbell, KY with the 1st/214th Field Artillery unit of the National Guard. 

We love and miss him very much. We can't wait to see him and our troops return home safely. We keep Kenny and all the troops in our thoughts and prayers. Protect them as they protect us. 

Thank you very much to WALB for providing us with the opportunity to honor our soldier. 

Thank you, Dorothy Reese & family (mother) Thomas Reese & family (father) Thomia Minor (girlfriend), along with aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces & friends 


SPC William Craig Alford, an Albany, Georgia resident, has been in the military since 1996.

His the son of Shirley Stubbs Alford and Eddie Alford. William has one child, Kaaria whom he is picture with. 

He is with 377th Quartermaster PS Company Tifton Ga. 

Thank you for your time. 

from SFC Lisa M. Leverett,
Retention and Transition NCO,
always standing by to reunite

This is a Hometown Hero Sergeant Leon E.  Johnson is now serving in Operation Iraq.  

Please keep him in your hearts and prayers.  

Thank you

My brother, SFC Arthur Robinson, is on assignment in Kuwait. He's the son of Arthur & Mamie Robinson Sr. of Lake Blackshear, GA.
This is by far the hardest ordeal that my family has ever faced. Because we're such a closely knitted family, it's extremely difficult to just sit back knowing that he's in such a precarious situation and not be able to do anything to keep him out of harms way. 

Some days it just seems like too much to ask. It's truly a massive weight on the heart not knowing where he is at any given moment of the day. I watch the phones relentlessly hoping and wishing to hear the sound of his voice on the other end. I mail care packages not knowing if the packages will ever reach him. I watch my mother and my father praying to God to bring him home safely. I receive calls daily from each of my siblings in hopes that one or the other of us have heard from our brother. 

Although we know in our hearts that he is strong, courageous, very capable, and devoted to serving his country without complaint, we can't help wondering, if it's this hard for us here, how hard it must be for him there. Therefore, we SALUTE him for all that he stands for and for all that he's done. He's truly missed and loved. I would consider it an honor if you would include my beloved brother on your photo wall for the entire world to see. Thanks for affording me this opportunity to reach out to him across the seas in hopes that he may be watching. My family and I will continue to fervently pray for all the soldiers to have a speedy and safe return. We Miss You & We Love You, Rob! 

Your Sister, Barbara Robinson On behalf of everyone (Parents - Mamie & Arthur Robinson; Siblings - Rosemery Jones, SSgt Anthony Robinson, Christopher Robinson, & Brooks Robinson; Other friends & family)

Specialist Courtney Ross was deployed in February. She is assigned to the Supply Unit based at Fort Stewart.

Courtney is a 1999 graduate of Monroe High, where she served four years in the ROTC. Her two year old son, Jeremy the Second, is with his father, and paternal grandparents in Albany. 

Her mom is Winifred L. Ross.

From her friend, Almarie Green

Private First Class Aishia Spivey Patterson, from Americus,  has been deployed since September of 2002.

Aishia's grandmother Sallie raised her from the time she was a baby.

Love, from Sallie Spivey Anderson


Matthew Chad Davis of Leesburg is an E-4 Specialist, stationed at Fort Benning. He is attached to the 3rd Infantry Division, or the 101st Airborne Division, in Northern Iraq.

Matthew is the son of Nancy Davis of Leesburg, and Ted Davis of Lee County.

His family has not heard from him in over a month, and prays for his safe return to South Georgia.

Dear WALB, Our son is a proud Marine Corporal, Sibley Matchett III, BLT 2/2, 
 24th MEU, DETC Expeditionary Unit, from  Camp Lejeune, at Jacksonville, North Carolina,
serving in Iraq. 

His hometown is Valdosta. Lowndes County Cpl. Sibley Matchett has a three years old son name Isaiah that he loves very much. 

He is an alumnus of Lowndes High School, and Valdosta State University. He is a former Correctional Officer in Lake City, Fla. 

Sibley likes watching pro football, and we pray that he's home before the season starts. Sibley comes from a military family: His father served in the 82nd Airborne, the Ga. Army National Guard (Ret.) 

Great Grandfathers served in World War I, an uncle served in World II, another uncle served in Vietnam, two uncles served in the Air Force (Ret). 

We are all praying for you, and all the military forces to return home safely. 
Father, Mother, Sister, Friends, Other Relatives, And your church family.

Sergeant James Oratavious Hughes is a member of the 82nd Support battalion, Aviation, from Hunter Army Airfield, near Savannah.

"Tavious" is a helicopter mechanic, and was deployed to Afghanistan on February 14th. Tavious is a graduate of Americus High Class of 2000, and played football for the Panthers. His family prays for his safe return, as well as all the other in harm's way.

From Sandra Hughes

Lt. Colonel Robert Swale is stationed at Langley Air Force base, in Virginia. He is serving in Iraq, though his exact whereabouts we don't know. Robert is a graduate of Riverview Academy, and Valdosta State College.

he is married and has four children. His mother is Mrs. Bernice Swale, of Albany.

The McGough brothers are from Worth County, and both are serving with the 3rd Infantry Division,  in Iraq.

PVT2 Jamie McGough, above, has a wife, Denise, and two boys, Brandon and Daniel.>

PFC J. J. McGough graduated from Worth County High School in 201. Both brothers joined the U.S. Army in 2002. Their parents, Debbie and Jimmy are from Worth County, and their grandparents are from Albany.

We are very proud of both of them!

EM-2 Christopher Canty is the son of a very proud mother, Vernice. He is the brother of Catrina, Teresa, and Tommie. Chris is a 1995 graduate of Westover High, and entered the U.S. Navy after graduation. 

He serves aboard the U.S.S. Bonhomme Richard, near Kirkuk, Iraq.

We love you, Christopher, and wait for your return.

The Canty family

Seaman Melinda A. Green is a 20-year-old E-3, stationed aboard the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln, which has just received orders to return to Norfolk from near Iraq. 

Melinda is the daughter of Howard and Hazel Green of Newton, Ga. Serving in the Navy since August of 2000.

She has earned two warfare pins, ribbons, and an anchor.

With Love, her family


SPC. Michael J. Streater graduated from Dougherty Comprehensive High School in 1999, where he played in the band for four years. 

He enlisted in the US ARMY after graduation. Got married to his high school sweetheart, Diedra Hill they have one son Deshante, who will be 2 years old in August.

They were stationed in Germany, But He is currently serving with HHC 32nd Signal Battalion / 22nd Signal Brigade. They are some where in Kuwait.

AMERICA'S BRAVEST, this is our son and brother. 

GOD BLESS all these brave AMERICANS Who are protecting our way of life. AND THEIR FAMILIES

Love Toll from the Streaters
 Green (father), Lavina (Lou) (mother), Louis (brother) and Justin (brother) 

Thank You WALB

 SGT Clarence Herschel Moore III is a 27-year-old member of the 3rd Infantry Division, based at Ft. Stewart. He is a 1995 graduate of Lanier COunty High School.

Clarence is the son of Mary Love of Nashville. Clarence is a good son, and is a tank man for the Army. he always thinks of others first. 


We love him and miss him very much, and pray for his safe return!

Love, his family


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