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
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A Baton Rouge judge issued a temporary restraining order Monday against enforcing a law that prohibits anyone 70 or older from running for justice of the peace or constable.
Gov. Bobby Jindal believes the last-minute passage of a pension hike for his state police superintendent, Col. Mike Edmonson, was improperly handled, according to the governor's office.
As the courts hash out the attempts to preserve and shelve Common Core in Louisiana, a group of six state lawmakers are planning an Aug. 22 trip to Oklahoma to meet with their counterparts and strategize for the 2015 regular session.
While hopes are high for turnout this fall, a new report from the Center for the Study of the American Electorate suggests that Louisiana's midterm face-offs may amount to nothing special in terms of votes cast.
The attorney hired by the Lafayette Parish School Board for a special investigation of Superintendent Pat Cooper has submitted his final report, though it may be another week before the findings are made public.
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Tuesday's Blogs from the Bog!
The Tea Party of Louisiana is calling Sen. David Vitter a “turncoat” for his newfound embrace of Common Core educational standards.
An annual report evaluating Gov. Bobby Jindal's privatization of Medicaid lacked important financial information and presented rosy performance reviews not corroborated by data, according to a review released Monday.
Lafayette attorney Michelle Meaux-Breaux has announced her plans to seek the Division E seat for judge in the 15th Judicial District.
A card-carrying member of Lafayette’s “tribe,” Milton “Spider” Guidry died over the weekend. IND music writer Nick Pittman remembers the character and the man.
As tensions continue to escalate in Ferguson, Mo., between law enforcement and residents protesting the shooting death of a local teen by police, we’re reminded of the peculiar circumstances surrounding the in-custody death earlier this year of a New Iberia man.
A group of teachers and parents who support Common Core is asking a state judge to invalidate Gov. Bobby Jindal's actions against the multi-state education standards.
Drew Brees walked up to the line of scrimmage early Sunday, taking a snap during the New Orleans Saints' pre-practice walk-through.
A state judge Friday refused a temporary injunction sought against state education officials in an effort to block implementation of the Common Core education standards in Louisiana.
UL was the consensus pick in a coaches' preseason poll to win the league, and experience has a lot to do with that.
The price tag has nearly doubled for Gov. Bobby Jindal's hiring of an outside consulting firm to recommend new ways to balance the state budget.
U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu is under scrutiny for billing private chartered planes to her Senate office when she used the flights to attend campaign fundraisers.
Many people found not guilty by reason of insanity are being held in Louisiana jails, where they cannot get the treatment they need, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday.
In a just-released audio recording, City Prosecutor Gary Haynes claims Mike Harson had direct dealings with the alleged mastermind behind the bribery scheme in the DA’s office.
C-P councilmen sponsor a resolution in support of the notion that one should subscribe to Tea Party ideas about civics before being allowed to seek public office.
Russel Honoré, the retired U.S. Army general known for his role in restoring order to New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and most recently for his involvement in the Green Army movement to stop environmental abuses of Louisiana, has now weighed in on the police response to protestors in Ferguson, Mo.
More than three dozen restaurants, bars, convenience stores and supermarkets in Lafayette Parish are facing fines in connection with the state office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control’s 2014 “Summer Crackdown.”
The grim news, delivered to the joint legislative budget committee, barely raised eyebrows at the committee hearing, after more than six years of such disappointing financial forecasts.