This week marks the start of the sixth year of the Iraq War and a U.S. military death toll of 4,000. These are the men and women from Louisiana who have lost their lives in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
Marine Corporal Willie Celestin Jr., 21, of Lafayette
Army Private Mark W. Graham, 22, of Lafayette
Army Staff Sgt. Jacob G. McMillan, 25, of Lafayette
Army Spc. Brandon L. Teeters, 21, of Lafayette
Marine Pfc. David P. Burridge, 19, of Lafayette
Army Spc. Joseph C. Thibodeaux, 24, of Lafayette
Army Sgt. 1st Class Kurt J. Comeaux, 34, of Raceland
Army Sgt. Christopher J. Babin, 27, of Houma
Army Spc. Bradley J. Bergeron, 25, of Houma
Marine Lance Cpl. Myles C. Sebastien, 21, of Opelousas
Army Staff Sgt. Jonathan R. Reed, 25, of Opelousas
Army Staff Sgt. Craig Davis, 37, of Opelousas
Army Spc. Huey P.L. Fassbender, 24, of LaPlace
Army Spc. Armand L. “Luke” Frickey, 20, of Houma
Army Spc. Warren A. Murphy, 29, of Marrero
Army Staff Sgt. Michael J. Gabel, 30, of Crowley
Army Cpl. Marcus A. Cain, 20, of Crowley
Army Spc. Seth R. Trahan, 20, of Crowley
Army Pfc. Lionel Ayro, 22, of Jeanerette
Army Staff Sgt. Toby W. Mallet, 26, of Kaplan
Army Spc. Joseph C. Dumas Jr., 25, of New Orleans
Army Staff Sgt. Jens E. Schelbert, 31, of New Orleans
Navy Chief Fire Controlman (SEAL) Jacques J. Fontan, 36, of New Orleans
Army Sgt. Lee M. Godbolt, 23, of New Orleans
Army Sgt. Rene Knox Jr., 22, of New Orleans
Army Spc. Jeremy M. Heines, 25, of New Orleans
Army Cpl. David M. Fraise, 24, of New Orleans
Army Sgt. Taft V. Williams, 29, of New Orleans
Army Sgt. Matthew J. Vosbein, 30, of Metairie
Marine Lance Cpl. Ryan S. McCurdy, 20, of Baton Rouge
Army Sgt. Paul M. Heltzel, 39, of Baton Rouge
Army 1st Lt. Christopher W. Barnett, 32, of Baton Rouge
Marine Sgt. Jeffrey L. Kirk, 24, of Baton Rouge
Army Sgt. 1st Class John M. Hennen, 26, of Vinton
Army Sgt. David J. Murray, 23, of Clinton
Army Sgt. Bernard L. Sembly II, 25, of Bossier City
Army Sgt. Robin V. Fell, 22, of Shreveport
Army Sgt. Isiah J. Sinclair, 31, of Natchitoches
Army Sgt. Nicholas J. Olivier, 26, of Ruston
Army Spc. Michael S. Evans II, 22, of Marrero
Army Spc. Christopher J. Ramsey, 20, of Batchelor
Army Staff Sgt. William F. Manuel, 34, of Kinder
Army Sgt. Robert W. Sweeney III, 22, of Pineville
Army Sgt. 1st Class Kurt J. Comeaux, 34, of Raceland
Army Sgt. Craig L. Nelson, 21, of Bossier City
Army Pfc. Kristian E. Parker, 23, of Slidell
Marine Pfc. Chase A. Edwards, 19, of Lake Charles
Marine Lance Cpl. Justin D. McLeese, 19, of Covington
Army Spc. Robert L. DuSang, 24, of Mandeville
Army Pfc. Charles C. Persing, 20, of Albany
Marine Lance Cpl. Derrick J. Cothran, 21, of Avondale
Marine Cpl. David S. Stewart, 24, of Bogalusa
Army Pvt. Joshua C. Burrows, 20, of Bossier City
Army Sgt. Julia V. Atkins, 22, of Bossier City
Army Staff Sgt. Bryan A. Lewis, 32, of Bunkie
Army Pfc. Torey J. Dantzler, 22, of Columbia
Marine Lance Cpl. Jon E. Bowman, 21, of Dubach
Marine Lance Cpl. Billy D. Brixey Jr., 21, of Ferriday
Army Sgt. Willard T. Partridge, 35, of Ferriday
Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Lee Hamilton Deal, 23, of West Monroe
Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew R. Barnes, 20, of West Monroe
Marine Cpl. Chad W. Powell, 22, of West Monroe
Army Spc. Charles E. Leonard Jr., 29, of Monroe
Marine Lance Cpl. Larry L. Wells, 22, of Mount Herman
Marine Lance Cpl. Donald E. Champlin, 28, of Natchitoches
Army Spc. Joshua B. Madden, 21, of Sibley
Army Spc. William S. Hayes III, 23, of St. Tammany
Army Staff Sgt. Ronnie L. Sanders, 26, of Thibodaux
Army Sgt. Jay R. Gauthreaux, 26, of Thibodaux
Army Spc. Levi B. Kinchen, 21, of Tickfaw
Army Pvt. Justin T. Sanders, 22, of Watson
Army Cpl. William J. Crouch, 21, of Zachary
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, April 18, 2014:
Friday's Blogs from the Bog!
Time and time again, the Lafayette Parish School Board shows an overwhelming tendency toward idiocy, but Wednesday night’s contentious discussion over Northside High School’s teen mother program tops the list of dumb discussions.
“The accomplishment of this goal within the next ten years is not only critical for the region to effectively compete with other regions for residents and businesses, but also to provide an amenity for everyone in Acadiana to enjoy.”
Education Superintendent John White says a continued push to try to keep Louisiana from using tests associated with the Common Core education standards are creating "a state of chaos" for public school teachers.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to use $210 million in surplus and one-time money to help balance next year's budget received the backing Thursday of the State Bond Commission, support that was needed for the maneuver to work.
State wildlife and fisheries agents have arrested a 39-year-old man accused of stealing crawfish.
An East Feliciana Parish lawmaker has jettisoned his proposal to make it harder for a condemned prisoner to appeal a death sentence.
Senators advanced a proposal Wednesday that would let the governor remove New Orleans-area levee board members for violating what he considers to be public policy, despite concerns it would introduce political meddling into state flood protection.
The Lafayette City-Parish Council on Tuesday will vote on a resolution that if approved would clear the way for a December ballot proposition asking voters to approve a 1-cent sales tax parishwide to help fund the construction of a new terminal at Lafayette Regional Airport.
Just days before the fourth anniversary of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster and oil spill, the Coast Guard has moved cleanup of Louisiana's coast to a new phase, allowing BP to end its "active" efforts in the area.
Legislators still must leave their guns at the door of the Louisiana Capitol.
Sen. Fred Mills may have an "R" behind his name, but his actions in the Louisiana Legislature transcend the established boundaries of his party.
The Louisiana House overwhelmingly rejected a repeal of the state's unconstitutional anti-sodomy law Tuesday.
The Louisiana Senate sided with Gov. Bobby Jindal and the oil industry Tuesday, agreeing to void a lawsuit that a south Louisiana flood board filed against more than 90 oil and gas companies for coastal damage.
Acadian rep notifies would-be supporters that an April 25 fundraiser for the embattled U.S. rep won’t go on as planned.
While it isn’t all too unusual for public bodies to have hired security present during meetings, the LPSB’s push to do so is arguably a response to the antics of one board member.
“I’m running. Why would I be raising all this money? Just to have to return it to people?”
With incumbent U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu watching from afar, and with a united Democratic Party in her corner, the fight to get the GOP officially behind Congressman Bill Cassidy is gaining just as much momentum as it is hushed controversy.
15th Judicial District Judge Durwood Conque has announced that he will not seek re-election after 27 years on the bench.
The controversial standardized tests are set to be used in third-grade through eighth-grade public school classrooms next year.
The Louisiana Senate has agreed to prohibit unmanned aircraft from flying over chemical plants, water treatment systems, telecommunications networks and other items considered "critical infrastructure" in Louisiana.
It didn’t take long for KATC TV 3 to jump all over the news of a dead body found in Girard Park, but in its rush to produce headlines, the local TV station got sloppy.
An unholy trinity of civil-society upheavalers whose first names are not Conner, Tanner or Logan are facing charges in Eunice.
Now that lawmakers have shot down efforts to cap annual interest rates for payday loans, supporters for stricter regulations of the storefront lenders are rallying behind another strategy.