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Honoring the Fallen

Remembering the fallen service members of the Kansas City Area Gold Star Families on Salute to Service Day

By Pete Sweeney

Chiefs Reporter

Kansas City Chiefs equipment manager Allen Wright has been with the Chiefs a long time, but even he would admit that this may be one of his best ideas yet.

With this Sunday's matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars marking the Chiefs Salute to Service game, Wright received the shipment of special military sweatshirts that each player will wear prior to the game last week.

The sweatshirts are all black, and on the upper right quadrant, there is a green Chiefs logo. On the upper left quadrant, there is a strip that reads, "Salute to Service."

That was the part of the sweatshirt that got Wright thinking.

"I was looking at a sweatshirt and it says, 'Salute to Service,'" Wright explained. "I thought, 'Wouldn't it be nice to salute the ones who pay the ultimate sacrifice and the ones that have lost their lives?'"

Wright came up with the idea to put names of local fallen shoulders on the sweatshirts, and to do so, he reached out to the Chiefs in-house military liaison, Major Mark Lemanski.

"Mark called the Gold Star group and I told him I needed 63 names and it would be here within the Chiefs Kingdom."

Since Gold Star families were termed as such by the Department of Defense, there have been over 18,000 service men and women from Kansas and Missouri who made the ultimate sacrifice since World War II. The 63 Gold Star names chosen came from this very long list.

Once Wright had the logistics down, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, who actually has a military background in his family, happily signed off on the idea. Wright's assistant, Cale Kirby, took the lead in making sure every sweatshirt had a name to go along with it.

From that point, Wright decided to take his idea a step further. Rather than just the players simply wearing a name, he wanted them to know about their particular Gold Star recipient.

"We had these cards made up that's a little synopsis of each individual that will go into the players' lockers," Wright said. "They will understand who the person is and who they're representing so there's a little bit of connection there."

The cards will tell each player about where the soldier was from, his or her age and where he or she was killed in action or service.

Those Being Honored

Specialist Craig Scott Amundson

25M / Multimedia Illustrator

United States Army

Department of the Army

September 11th, 2001. Attack on the Pentagon

9/11/2001

Died from impact of a hijacked aircraft

28 y/o, Kansas City, Missouri

Worn by: #15 Seantavius Jones

Sergeant Ian Christian Anderson

19 / Armor Crewman

United States Army

Charlie Troop, 2nd Squadron, 7th Cavalry

Operation Iraqi Freedom

1/15/2007

Improvised Explosive Device

22 y/o, Prairie Village, Kansas

Worn by: #32 Spencer Ware

Private First Class Shane Austin

19K / Armor Crewman

United States Army

2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division

Operation Iraqi Freedom

10/8/2006

Died from multiple fragmentation wounds

20 y/o, Edgerton, Kansas

Worn by: #14 Demarcus Robinson

Lance Corporal Michael Chad Bailey

Rifleman

United States Marine Corps

3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment

Operation Enduring Freedom - Afghanistan

6/16/2010

Small Arms Gunfire

30 y/o, St Claire, Missouri

Worn by: #95 Chris Jones

Private First Class Cody Baker

11B / Infantry

United States Army

Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment

Operation Enduring Freedom - Afghanistan

8/3/2011

Improvised Explosive Device

20 y/o, Topeka, Kansas

Worn by: #34 Knile Davis

Specialist Micheal Dean Brown

15P / Aviation Operations Specialist

United States Army

1st Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment

Operation Iraqi Freedom

10/16/2007

Unspecified

21 y/o, Williamsburg, Kansas

Worn by: #88 Ross Travis

Sergeant Don Allen Clary

13B / Artilleryman

Kansas National Guard

Bravo Battery, 2nd Battalion, 130th Field Artillery

Operation Iraqi Freedom

11/8/2004

Suicide Vehicle Improvised Explosive Device

21 y/o, Troy, Kansas

Worn by: #48 Terrance Smith

Sergeant First Class Gary Lamar Collins

11B / Infantryman

United States Army

Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Division

Operation Iraqi Freedom

11/8/2003

Improvised Explosive Device

32 y/o, Fort Riley, Kansas

Worn by: #57 D.J. Alexander

Specialist Daniel Cox

11B / Infantry

United States Army

2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment

Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan

9/12/2009

Other Explosive Device

23 y/o, Parsons, Kansas

Worn by: #66 Zach Sterup

Private First Class Ryan Robert Cox

Rifleman

United States Marine Corps

1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment

Operation Iraqi Freedom

6/15/2003

Friendly Fire

19 y/o, Derby, Kansas

Worn by: #22 Marcus Peters

Sergeant Robert Wayne Crow

12B / Combat Engineer

United States Army National Guard

203rd Engineer Battalion

Operation Enduring Freedom - Afghanistan

7/10/2010

Died from wounds received from an Improvised Explosive Device (IED)

42 y/o, Kansas City, Missouri

Worn by: #9 Tyler Bray

Sergeant Jessie Davila

11B / Infantry

United States Army

Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 137th Field Artillery

Operation Iraqi Freedom

2/20/2006

Improvised Explosive Device

29 y/o, Greensberg, Kansas

Worn by: #96 Jaye Howard

Private First Class Marty Revohn Davis

11M / Infantryman

United States Army

24th Infantry Division

Operation Desert Storm

2/25/1991

Multiple Fragmentation Wounds

19 y/o, Salina, Kansas

Worn by: #84 Demetrius Harris

Corporal Todd Davis

Unspecified

United States Army

3rd Squadron, 2nd Calvary

Operation Iraqi Freedom

1/9/2008

Other explosive device

22 y/o, Raymore, Missouri

Worn by: #77 T.J. Barnes

Master Sergeant Bernard Deghand

11B / Infantryman

Kansas National Guard

35th Infantry Division

Operation Enduring Freedom - Afghanistan

9/15/2006

Small Arms Fire

42 y/o, Topeka, Kansas

Worn by: #60 Jarrod Pughsley

Private First Class Richard Allen Dewater

11B / Infantry

United States Army

1st Infantry Division

Operation Enduring Freedom - Afghanistan

4/15/2009

Other explosive device

21 y/o, Topeka, Kansas

Worn by: #98 Kendall Reyes

Private First Class Jeremy Drexler

Unspecified Occupation

United States Army

Bravo Company, 91st Engineer Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division

Operation Iraqi Freedom

5/2/2004

Improvised Explosive Device

23 y/o, Topeka, KS

Worn by: #93 David King

Specialist Spencer C. Duncan

67U / Helicopter Repairman

United States Army Reserves

Bravo Company, 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment

Operation Enduring Freedom - Afghanistan

8/6/2011

Helicopter Crash - shot down by the Taliban with a Rocket Propelled Grenade.

21 y/o, Olathe, Kansas

Worn by: #41 James Winchester

Lance Corporal Brian Anwar Escalante

Mortar Man

United States Marine Corps

3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment

Operation Iraqi Freedom

2/17/2007

Other explosive device

27 y/o, Dodge City, Kansas

Worn by: #87 Travis Kelce

Specialist Colby Mace Farnan

Field Artillery Cannon Crewmember

United States Army

B Battery, 4th Battalion, 1st Field Artillery, 3rd Brigade, 1st Armored Division

Operation Iraqi Freedom

2/25/2005

Other explosive device

22 y/o, Weston, Missouri

Worn by: #42 Anthony Sherman

Corporal Lucas Frantz

11B / Infantry

United States Army

1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment

Operation Iraqi Freedom

10/18/2005

Small Arms Gunfire

23 y/o, Tonganoxie, Kansas

Worn by: #80 James O'Shaughnessy

Sergeant Alexander James Funcheon

19D / Calvary Scout

United States Army

Alpha Troop, 3rd Squadron, 61st Calvary

Operation Iraqi Freedom

4/29/2007

Other explosive device

21 y/o, Bel Aire, Kansas

Worn by: #50 Justin Houston

Chief Warrant Officer 4 Terrance W. Geer

153E / MH-60 Pilot

United States Army

160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment

Operation Enduring Freedom - Afghanistan

8/19/2009

Helicopter Crash

40 y/o, Rosehill, Kansas

Worn by: #70 Bryan Witzmann

1st Lieutenant Mark Gelina

Infantry Officer

United States Marine Corps

Delta Company, 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion

Operation Iraqi Freedom

11/4/2006

Fall from building

33 y/o, Moberly, Missouri

Worn by: #61 Mitch Morse

Sergeant Milton Anthony Gist Jr.

92G / Food Service Specialist

United States Army

1st Battalion, 77th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division

Operation Iraqi Freedom

1/30/2007

Died from an explosive device

27 y/o, Saint Louis, Missouri

Worn by: #10 Tyreek Hill

Specialist David Eugene Hall

31B / Military Policeman

United States Army Reserves

805th Military Police Company, 317th Military Police Battalion

Operation Iraqi Freedom

2/25/2004

Vehicle crash

20 y/o, Uniontown, Kansas

Worn by: #19 Jeremy Maclin

Lance Corporal Nicholas Joel Hand

Rifleman

United States Marine Corps

2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment

Operation Enduring Freedom - Afghanistan

11/22/2009

Hostile fire from the Taliban

20 y/o, Kansas City, Missouri

Worn by: #2 Dustin Colquitt

Colonel James W. Harrison

31A / Military Police

United States Army

Command and General Staff College

Operation Enduring Freedom - Afghanistan

5/6/2007

Small Arms Gunfire from an insider

Afghan National Army Soldier

47 y/o, Fort Leaventworth, Kansas

Worn by: #56 Derrick Johnson

Major William Hecker

13A / Field Artillery

United States Army

3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery, 4th Infantry Division

Operation Iraqi Freedom

1/5/2006

Other explosive device

37 y/o, Saint Louis, Missouri

Worn by: #44 Zac Brooks

Corporal Joseph Franklin Herndon II

Unspecified

United States Army

Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry

Operation Iraqi Freedom

7/29/2004

Unspecified

21 y/o, Derby, Kansas

Worn by: #76 Laurent Duvernay-Tardif

Staff Sergeant Jamie D. Jarboe

19D / Calvary Scout

United States Army

Alpha Troop, 4th Squadron, 4th Calvary Regiment

Operation Enduring Freedom - Afghanistan

3/21/2012

Small Arms Gunfire

27 y/o, Fort Riley, Kansas

Worn by: #27 Kenneth Acker

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Matthew G. Kelley

152D / OH-58D Pilot

United States Army

10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division

Operation Iraqi Freedom

1/26/2009

Helicopter Crash

30 y/o, Cameron, Missouri

Worn by: #99 Rakeem Nunez-Roches

Sergeant Denis Kisseloff

63B / Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic

United States Army

1138th Engineer Battalion

Operation Enduring Freedom - Afghanistan

5/14/2010

Small Arms Gunfire

46 y/o, Saint Charles, Missouri

Worn by: #73 Zach Fulton

Sergeant Michael J. Knapp

13B / Artilleryman

United States Army

Charlie Troop, 1st Battalion, (Air Assault)

377th Field Artillery Regiment, 17th Fires Brigade

Operation Enduring Freedom - Afghanistan

5/18/2012

Rocket Attack

28 y/o, Overland Park, Kansas

Worn by: #35 Charcandrick West

Private Dustin Levi Kreider

11B / Infantry

United States Army

1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment

Operation Iraqi Freedom

3/21/2004

Small Arms Gunfire

19 y/o, Riverton, Kansas

Worn by: #91 Tamba Hali

Specialist David Joseph Lane

11B / Infantry

United States Army

Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment

Operation Iraqi Freedom

9/4/2007

Other explosive device

20 y/o, Emporia, Kansas

Worn by: #39 Terrance Mitchell

Specialist Joseph Lister

19K / Armor Crewman

United States Army

Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 34th Armor

Operation Iraqi Freedom

11/20/2003

Other explosive device

22 y/o, Pleasanton, Kansas

Worn by: #92 Dontari Poe

Staff Sergeant Bryant Mackey

19K / Armor Crewman

United States Army

Lima Troop, 3rd Squadron, 3rd Armored Calvary Regiment

Operation Iraqi Freedom

2/20/2008

Artillery Attack

30 y/o, Udall, Kansas

Worn by: #72 Eric Fisher

Specialist Chad Marsh

11B / Infantry

United States Army

Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment

Operation Iraqi Freedom

2/17/2007

Multiple Fragmentation Wounds

20 y/o, Wichita, Kansas

Worn by: #51 Frank Zombo

Special Operations Chief Matthew D. Mason

Special Warfare Operator

United States Navy

SEAL Team 6

Operation Enduring Freedom - Afghanistan

8/6/2011

Helicopter Crash - shot down by the Taliban with a Rocket Propelled Grenade.

37 y/o, Kansas City, Missouri

Worn by: #5 Cairo Santos

Sergeant Erik N. May

11B / Infantry

United States Army

2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team

Operation Enduring Freedom - Afghanistan

7/14/2012

Hostile fire from the Taliban

26 y/o, Independence, Kansas

Worn by: #53 Ramik Wilson

Captain Jason McMahon

89E / Explosive Ordnance Disposal

United States Army

744th Ordnance Company, 184th Ordnance Battalion EOD

Operation Enduring Freedom - Afghanistan

9/5/2010

Small Arms Gunfire

36 y/o, Mulvane, Kansas

Worn by: #29 Eric Berry

Sergeant Jerry Mills

19K / Armor Crewman

United States Army

Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 13th Armor

Operation Iraqi Freedom

11/29/2005

Other explosive device

23 y/o, Arkansas City, Kansas

Worn by: #85 Frankie Hammond Jr.

Specialist Thomas Moffitt

11B / Infantryman

United States Army

Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment (Airborne)

Operation Enduring Freedom - Afghanistan

10/24/2010

Small Arms Gunfire

21 y/o, Wichita, Kansas

Worn by: #67 Joseph Cheek

Specialist William Joseph Mulvihill

Not specified

United States Army

Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division

Operation Enduring Freedom - Afghanistan

8/1/2008

Improvised Explosive Device

20 y/o, Leavenworth, Kansas

Worn by: #74 Bobby Richardson

Sergeant Joel Murray

11B / Infantry

United States Army

1st Infantry Division

Operation Iraqi Freedom

9/4/2007

Died from an explosive device

26 y/o, Ogden, Kansas

Worn by: #21 Eric Murray

Specialist Edward Myers

11B10-Infantryman

United States Army

Company "B", 3rd Battalion, 69th Armor, 3rd Infantry Division (Task Force Liberty)

Operation Iraqi Freedom

7/27/2005

Other explosive device

21 y/o, St. Joseph, Missouri

Worn by: #23 Phillip Gaines

Staff Sergeant Eric M. Nettleton

11B / Infantry

United States Army

Bravo Troop, 1st Squadron, 2nd Stryker Calvary Regiment

Operation Enduring Freedom - Afghanistan

6/5/2011

Improvised Explosive Device

26 y/o, Wichita, Kansas

Worn by: #68 Mike Person

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Bryan J. Nichols

152C / CH-47 Pilot

United States Army Reserves

Bravo Company, 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment

Operation Enduring Freedom - Afghanistan

8/6/2011

Helicopter Crash - shot down by the Taliban with a Rocket Propelled Grenade.

30 y/o, Kansas City, Kansas

Worn by: #4 Nick Foles

Lance Corporal Rex Arthur Page

Rifleman

United States Marine Corps

3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment

Operation Iraqi Freedom

6/26/2006

Small Arms Gunfire

22 y/o, Kirksville, Missouri

Worn by: #55 Dee Ford

Sergeant Evan Parker

Fire Support Specialist

United States Army

1st Battalion, 487th Field Artillery

Operation Iraqi Freedom

10/26/2005

Improvised Explosive Device

25 y/o, Southhaven, Kansas

Worn by: #38 Ron Parker

Sergeant Amanda Pinson

Signals Intelligence Analyst

United States Army

101st Military Intelligence Battalion

Operation Iraqi Freedom

3/16/2006

Mortar Attack – Multiple Fragmentation Wounds

21 y/o, Lemay, MO

Worn by: #49 Daniel Sorensen

Specialist Jared Plunk

11B / Infantry

United States Army

1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment

Operation Enduring Freedom - Afghanistan

6/25/2010

Artillery Attack

28 y/o, Liberal, Kansas

Worn by: #71 Mitchell Schwartz

Sergeant First Class Forrest Robertson

11B / Infantry

United States Army

6th Squadron, 8th Calvary Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team

Operation Enduring Freedom - Afghanistan

11/3/2013

Small Arms Gunfire and rocket-propelled grenade

35 y/o, Westmoreland, Kansas

Worn by: #31 Darrin Reaves

Lance Corporal Patrick Wayne Schimmel

Infantry

United States Marine Corps

2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment

Operation Enduring Freedom - Afghanistan

8/9/2009

Died of wounds

21 y/o, Winfield, Kansas

Worn by: #30 Bishop Sankey

Senior Airman Jeremy Allen Taylor

Aircraft Maintenance

United States Air Force

4404th Wing (Provisional)

Terrorist Attack on the US Compound – Khobar Towers, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

6/25/1996

Explosive device

23 y/o, Rosehill, Kansas

Worn by: #24 D.J. White

Specialist Kyle Gregory Thomas

11B / Infantryman

United States Army

Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Division

Operation Iraqi Freedom

9/25/2003

Other explosive device

24 y/o, Topeka, Kansas

Worn by: #13 De'Anthony Thomas

Corporal David Michael Unger

11B / Infantry

United States Army

1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry

Operation Iraqi Freedom

10/17/2006

Improvised Explosive Device

22 y/o, Leavenworth, Kansas

Worn by: #17 Chris Conley

Specialist Clinton Robert Upchurch

11B / Infantry

United States Army

1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment

Operation Iraqi Freedom

1/7/2006

Small Arms Gunfire

31 y/o, Garden City, Kansas

Worn by: #52 Dadi Nicolas

Sergeant Donald R. Walters

94B / Food Service Specialist

United States Army

507th Maintenance Battalion

Operation Iraqi Freedom

3/23/2003

Died from small arms gunfire

34 y/o, Kansas City, Missouri

Worn by: #11 Alex Smith

Lance Corporal Christopher Brandon Wasser

Rifleman

United States Marine Corps

3rd Battalion, 7th Marines Regiment

Operation Iraqi Freedom

4/8/2004

Multiple Fragmentation Wounds

19 y/o, Ottawa, Kansas

Worn by: #20 Steven Nelson

Sergeant Charles Wilkerson

14B / Air Defense Artilleryman

United States Army

1st Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment

Operation Iraqi Freedom

5/22/2005

Died from an explosive device

31 y/o, Kansas City, Missouri

Worn by: #12 Albert Wilson

Staff Sergeant Kevin Lee Zeigler

19D - Calvary Scout

United States Army

1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry, 2nd Brigade Combat Team

Operation Iraqi Freedom

8/12/2006

Other explosive device

31 y/o, Overland Park, Kansas

Worn by: #75 Jah Reid

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