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
The fight to clean up Lafayette Parish could get some added ammunition with two ordinances up for votes Tuesday by the City-Parish Council targeting litter-bugs.
By striking a deal to lessen the blow of health insurance changes on state workers, school employees and retirees, Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration lowered the volume of criticism but gave itself and local school boards a new budget headache.
With the airport tax coming up for a parishwide vote in about a week, the Broussard City Council and its mayor have come out in support of the proposal.
Protesters rallied peacefully in several Louisiana cities in the wake of the Missouri grand jury decision not to indict a police officer in the fatal shooting of Michal Brown.
US cities bidding on Olympics; Guard prevents more Ferguson riots; storm threatens travel and more national and international news for Wednesday, November 26, 2014.
Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog!
The U.S. rep billed LSU for work allegedly performed on the same days Congress voted on major legislation and held important committee hearings on energy and the ACA.
Abysmally low participation by the public has prompted the council to scuttle the 2014 survey with plans to simplify it and try again next year.
The village now says the ordinance will likely be overturned and authorities will more vigorously enforce existing leash laws.
Bill Cassidy cast an early ballot Tuesday, seeking to draw renewed attention to a race that has fallen off newspaper front pages and away from people's minds as they plan holiday meals and shopping schedules.
Battered all night by Baltimore's relentless pass rush, Drew Brees could feel his protection collapsing and Terrell Suggs getting ahold of him as he urgently unloaded a pass to the right flat toward tight end Jimmy Graham.
After a convincing defeat at the polls on Nov. 4, Earl “Nickey” Picard has decided to let bygones be bygones with his former right-hand man Brian Pope, announcing his support for his former employee’s runoff bid to become Lafayette’s next city marshal.
Saturday the athletic department did everything possible to ensure the 2014 Ragin’ Cajun seniors remembered fondly their last home game. Rain and lightning never arrived but turbulence did in the form of the Appalachian State Mountaineers.
Even stranger than the Republican Party’s decision to hold a “unity rally” earlier this month for Congressman Bill Cassidy in a Baton Rouge bar, Huey’s Bar, was the fact that the establishment was named after Louisiana’s most famous Democrat.
Bar Code is not a gay bar.
After failing to pass a medical marijuana bill last year, state Sen. Fred Mills, R-Parks, is telling supporters he will return in 2015 with legislation that focuses on different applications like oils and pills.
Voters, obviously, are not yet tuned into the 2015 ballot, despite the intriguing races it will host.
By now, the story of how longtime LSU coach Dale Brown discovered Shaquille O'Neal has been told many times: Brown happened upon a massive 13-year-old at an army base in Germany, stayed in touch with him and eventually became like a second father.
Fate simply wasn't ready to give the New Orleans Saints a break from longtime nemesis Steve Smith.
Lafayette Police have had a busy day.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration will use $130 million in patchwork financing from a tax amnesty program, insurance settlement, uninsured motorist penalties and other excess funds to close most of the state's midyear budget deficit.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu said she disagrees with President Barack Obama's actions on immigration, hoping the latest controversy doesn't worsen her campaign difficulties.
Gay-rights advocates challenging Louisiana's same-sex marriage ban announced Thursday that they have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review their case before it is heard by a federal appeals court.
Thinking himself the “son of God,” the man charged with the 2013 killing of an officer of the Chitimacha Tribal Police will not stand trial following a ruling Thursday on his mental competency.
Either Saints coach Sean Payton doesn't want to tip Baltimore off as to who'll start in New Orleans' secondary on Monday night, or he really doesn't know yet.