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SPC Jody Miller is from Albany. He is stationed at Fort Bragg, NC, with the 504th Parachute Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division. 

Jody is 25, and was sent to Afghanistan in November. He is married and has two sons.  Jody is the only son of Allen Miller. He was fine when we heard from him three weeks ago.

Sent in by his Aunt Gail.

SGT. Eric Knowles Senior is a 1986 graduate of Dougherty High. He has served in the U.S. Army for 13 years, and is stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

He is deployed to combat duty in Iraq.


The Knowles family

SGT Anthony White is in the 3rd Infantry Division in Iraq. He is 23, and loves Sports. Football is his favorite. he played football in Nashville, Ga. His mom is Willie White, and his dad is Ralph White.

Anthony has served his country for six years, and has a sister and two nieces.

We miss our only son so much!

His family

We'd like to thank WALB for saluting our troops. My daughter is Teresa Mitchell, who has served for almost 10 years in the Navy. 

Her mother is Martha Williams, and she has two sisters. 

We love Teresa, and pray for her safe return...


SSG Kenneth Span is assigned to Fort Stewart, with the 3rd Infantry Division, and is serving in Iraq. 

He is a 15-year Army veteran, who also served in the 1991 Gulf War.

His mother, Hattie Ponder lives in Albany, as do his wife and son.

With love from his wife, Constance\

Please place my husband on the wall of heroes for the USA. 

SSG Kelvin Miller is hauling supplies in Kuwait with the 4th Infantry Division from  Fort Hood, Texas.


His wife Martha lives in Morven, and his mom, dad, and sister live in Valdosta.

We love him, and miss him!

Love, Martha

SGT Torres Carr is 25, and has been in the Army for four years. Torrs is a member of Bravo Company of the 317th Infantry Division at Ft. Benning, and was sent to Kuwait in January.

He has two daughters, Yakeirra, aged 5, and Kelise, aged 2.  His whole family loves him, and we miss him and pray for him.

Torres' older brother Eric is in the U.S. Navy, and has not deployed yet. 

God Bless!

Cheryl Haynes


America’s Bravest,

This is Justin Coleman 21-year-old son of Ronald and Denise Coleman of Fitzgerald, Georgia. He is with the 37 Cavalry, 3rd Infantry Division, from Fort Stewart, Georgia. He has been in the United States Army for two years. His dad and I are very proud of him. And we believe in what he is doing and all the others. When you see what those people have gone through at the hands of Saddam it really breaks your heart. We pray that all that we are dong won’t be in vain, and that the people will have their country back, and we pray that Justin will be home soon.

Denise Coleman


Dear WALB,

First, I would like to thank you for your sincere concern in honoring the men and women in our military who risk their lives to defend our freedom. Also, your news network has been exceptional in broadcasting "real" newscasts of live footage of our brave soldiers doing their jobs while in harm’s way.

Enclosed is a photo of our son, Casey Garrett Colter. Casey has been in the Navy for three years. He is currently on the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln and has been in the Persian Gulf since November. He is attached to the F-18 fighter group VFA-25 and works on the flight deck inspecting the jets and armaments before take-off.

Thanks again for your hard work and concern for our children. God bless!

Andy Betty Colter and Family,
Vienna, Georgia

Here is my brave Marine, Lance Corporal Kevin Anthony Ross. I am an active duty mom, MSGT Lisa Dunson, stationed here in Albany since 1999. Kevin graduated from Dougherty High in 2001, and joined the Marine Corps in July, 2001.

He's stationed at Camp Lejeune, and is somewhere in Iraq. I am very proud of him, and we love and miss him dearly.

God bless my son, and all forces involved in liberating the Iraqi people.

Sgt. Eugene Williams, Jr. is a graduate of Pelham High School, and joined the U.S. Air Force is 1997. He is located near Baghdad. Eugene is married, and has a three-year-old son. 

His family is in Pelham at this time.

His parents are Eugene Williams, Sr. and Connie Williams, of Pelham.

Private first Class Nicholas Hudson is a member of "A" Company, 326th Engineering Battalion, attached to the 101st Airborne Division in Iraq.

Nicholas is a native of Newton, Ga., and is the son of Nick Hudson of Newton, and Pam Phillips of New York.

His grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Braxton Hudson of Newton.

To America’s Bravest, WALB Television,Albany, Georgia

Senior airman Ashley D. Gibbs
Duty station: shepherd air force base, Wichita falls, Texas.

Currently deployed in Saudi Arabia,
Ashley is the daughter of the late Willie James Gibbs and Jeanette Gibbs of Lenox, Georgia; and the granddaughter of Lillie Bell Simmons also of Lenox.

Ashley is 1998 graduate of Cook County High, Adel, and Georgia, where she graduated with honors. She then attended ABAC College in Tifton, Georgia before joining the Air Force in 2001.

Information from: Rev. and Mrs. Johnny (Barbara) Arnold, Ashley’s pastor and his wife.

Leiutenant Martin J. Barlow is a United states Navy officer, posted aboard the U.S.S. Bataan

He is seen here receiving his commission in 1999 at N.A.S. O.C.S. graduation.

With love, from Diane Barlow

Dear WALB,

My son is Sgt. LaWarren Wakefield, from Leary, Ga.. He graduated with honors from Calhoun County High School in 1996, where he played basketball and baseball.

After graduation, LaWarren joined the Army, and is stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He is married to Sgt. Sherise Anthony, who is expecting their first child.

LaWarren is somewhere in Kuwait with the Signal/Communication Unit.

With love, from his mother, 
Christian Wakefield

Airman First Class La'Nature Williams is a 2003 graduate of Monroe High, and graduate Air Force technical School in San Antonio Texas in November.

She is the daughter of Sgt. Mel Williams of Pensacola, Florida, and May Minners of Albany. 

Se is stationed at Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, Wyoming.


SPC Kentrollis Clyde is a 22-year-old native of Dawson, Ga. He is a member of the 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, and was assigned to Fort Hood, Texas from 1999 until his current assignment.  
Kentrollis is in Kuwait now for the third time. 

Kentrollis has a three-year-old son, Zakhoury, who lives with his grandparents. He is engaged to Tangela Roberts of Dawson.


GYSGT Goss, Anthony "Tony"
Camp Pendleton, CA
20 years service
38 years old
Tony has a wife and three children

He is the son of Robert and Mary Lee Goss of Dixie, GA.  

With love,
from  Lavett Goss

Gunnery Sgt. Freddie M. Hill is a Company Camp Commander from Camp Pendleton, California, and is stationed in Iraq.

Freddie, we love you and are praying for your return, and the safe return of your comrades.

With love, 
from your step-mother and father, and sons.

Army Staff Sergeant David Rentz, from Adel, GA is currently deployed in Iraq with the 632nd Maintenance Company, in communications.

He has one daughter Haley, who is 9-years-old. He is missed by everyone, and we can't wait until he gets home.

God Bless him and all our Troops.

David, we love you very much. Hurry home.

 (Brother) Van & Family
 (Father) Willard & Vivean
 (Sister) Roseann & Family
 (Brother) Terry & Family
 (Brother) C.C.

Monica Lashley is the daughter of Vivian Ponder and the sister of Jennifer Lashley.  She was among those deployed today out of Warner Robbins AFB.

Monica was born and raised in Albany, GA.  She graduated in 1990 from Monroe High School.  She served four years in the US Army.  She has since been an active member of the National Guard.  Monica was called back to active duty in February 2003. 

Monica leaves many family members and friends praying for her safe return.  Most of all, she has a beautiful niece who will miss her very much.  Kodie is 1 year old.  When her aunt returns, she will have many new things to show her.

We Love You Monica,

Grannie, Granddaddy, Mom, Jennifer and Kodie


My name is Christine Dell, and I live in Barney Ga. My oldest son Russell is in Iraq, and so is my nephew Josh. 

My mother Sue Vining, of Adel Ga. She has six grandsons in the US forces (two are in the war) she is a wonderful mother and grandmother, she has pictures of all the boys and keeps up with were they are.

If y'all would like to come and talk with her please email me back or call me. 

Thank you,
and God bless the USA!

SPC Markeith Merritt is one of America's Bravest.  He was born and raised in Ocilla and Fitzgerald GA.  He is in the 3rd Infantry of the United States Army and stationed in Fort Stewart, GA.  

His mother, Beverly Fuller, and daughter, Alexis Merritt, is also pictured with him.  Markeith has a wife, Rachael Merritt, and a daughter, Alissa Merritt, living in Fort Stewart, Ga.

Markeith is a blessing to our family.  We love you and miss you very much!  You make us proud!  
Beverly Fuller & Family

This is my nephew, Petty officer Spergeon Trammell Teemer of Baconton, Georgia, he is station in the Persian Gulf onboard the U.S.S. Rainier AOE-7 which is a part of the U.S.S. Constellation battle group. 

He is a Damage Control man First Class, which is E-6. He is the Leading Petty Officer in the shop, which he is in charge of all fire fighting systems, Chemical, Biological and Radiological Defense system and equipment onboard the ship. He makes sure that there's not fire hazards, if so he puts them out. 

He is a former Albany, Georgia firefighter. He is the son of Mary Brown and husband of Angela Smith Teemer.

With love, from his Sharron Griffin 




The picture that I am sending is of my fiance', Army Spc. Chris Sheridan. 

He is serving with the 37th Cavalry in Iraq. He was born and raised in Tifton, GA. His parents are Jane and Joe Sheridan of Tifton. 

He was a '95 graduate of Tift County High School and a '00 graduate of Valdosta State University. 

He is stationed at Ft. Stewart, GA.

Thank you,
Amy Griner
Valdosta, GA.

Attached is a photo of LCPL Donnell Sirmans, 2nd Tank/MT Det. A Unit 73203.

His brother, James, is in the National Guard Reserves and will be joining him in Kuwait on May 1, 2003. 

James Sirmans is also a Coach at Coffee High School. They are the children of Mae Frances and James Allen Sirmans of Douglas, Ga. 

The information is sent in by their cousin, Joann Robinson of Douglas.

PFC Richard L. Sharp of Camilla is stationed at Ft. Benning, GA., and is serving in operation Iraqi Freedom. 

He is Married to Laura Ross of Morrow, Ga. 

He is the son of Rodney and Debbie Sharp of Camilla, The Grandson of Waymon and Clyde Sharp of Camilla, and the late James Maxwell and Rosa Maxwell of Greenville, MS.

Specialist Steven Grant McCormick
First Battalion 3rd Aviation Regiment
3rd Infantry Division
Hunter Army Airfield
Savannah, Georgia

Crew chief Apache helicopters, currently serving in Iraq. 

Grant is the son of Betty and James Pearson of Moultrie, and Steve and Robin McCormick of Valdosta.

Brother of Laurie M. Floyd of Moultrie, Georgia and Susannah M. Taylor of Ft. Myers, Florida.



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