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18-053 Kansas National Guard soldiers to be honored during Run for the Fallen

Kansas National Guard soldiers who died while serving during the War on Terror will be recognized April 7 to June 5 during the America’s Run for the Fallen (http://runforthefallen.org/)

America’s Run for the Fallen is a nationwide relay foot run in tribute to every military service member who has died while serving or as a result of serving during the War on Terror since Oct. 12, 2000. The run covers more than 6,000 miles in 19 states and honors for nearly 20,000 service members.  The run began on April 7 in Fort Irwin, California, and ends Aug. 5 in Arlington National Cemetery.

The run will come through Kansas from May 31 to June 5.  For more information on the Kansas route go to http://runforthefallen.org/kansas

Kansas National Guard soldiers that will be recognized are listed below along with where and when they will be recognized.  The only Kansas soldier that will be recognized in Kansas is Spc. Ronald Schmidt (Mile 35 of Day 58, Overall Mile: 2,667, State: Kansas, Estimated Time of Arrival: 06/03/2018 at 2 p.m.)

Sgt. 1st Class Clinton Lee Wisdom

Sgt. 1st Class Clinton Wisdom

 

Date of death: 11/08/2004
Hometown: Atchison, Kansas
Mile 3 of Day 30, Overall Mile: 1,342, State: New Mexico Estimated Time of Arrival: 05/06/2018 at 7:36 a.m.

Sgt. 1st Class Clinton Lee Wisdom, Atchison, Kansas, 2nd Battalion, 130th Field Artillery, was killed Nov. 8, 2004, in Baghdad during Operation Iraqi Freedom, while serving as a member of a personal security detail for a convoy that included the head of the Iraq Survey Group and several Defense Intelligence Agency analysts.  When a vehicle driven by insurgents charged the convoy, Wisdom was killed when the suicide bomber detonated his vehicle-born improvised explosive device.  Because of his actions, none of the members of the ISG were seriously harmed.

Sgt. Don Allen Clary
Date of Death: 11/08/2004
Hometown: Troy, Kansas
Mile 3 of Day 30, Overall Mile: 1,342, State: New Mexico Estimated Time of Arrival: 05/06/2018 at 7:36 am

Sgt. Don Allen Clary

Sgt. Don Allen Clary, Troy, Kansas, 2nd Battalion, 130th Field Artillery, was killed Nov. 8, 2004, in Baghdad during Operation Iraqi Freedom, while serving as a member of a personal security detail for a convoy that included the head of the Iraq Survey Group and several Defense Intelligence Agency analysts.  When a vehicle driven by insurgents charged the convoy, Clary was killed when the suicide bomber detonated his vehicle-born improvised explosive device.  Because of his actions, none of the members of the ISG were seriously harmed.

Sgt. Derrick Joseph Lutters
Date of Death: 05/01/2005
Hometown: Burlington, Colorado
Mile 18 of Day 33, Overall Mile: 1,510, State: New Mexico Estimated Time of Arrival: 05/09/2018 at 10:36 a.m.

Lutters, 24, a resident of Burlington, Colorado, and a member of Company A, 891st Engineer Battalion, Kansas Army National Guard, was

Sgt. Derrick Lutters

killed in action south of Baghdad, Iraq, on May 1, 2005. Lutters was killed when the vehicle he was riding in was attacked by a suicide bomber with a Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device.  Lutters was assigned as a Gunner in one of the three vehicles performing a bridge and road reconnaissance mission.

Sgt. Jessie Davila
Date of Death: 02/20/2006
Hometown: Greensburg, Kansas
Mile 4 of Day 39, Overall Mile: 1,798, State: New Mexico Estimated Time of Arrival: 05/15/2018 at 7:48 a.m.

Davila, a member of Company A, 2nd Battalion, 137th Infantry, Kansas National Guard, was killed in action in Iraq on Monday, Feb. 20, 2006. Davila, 29, a resident of Greensburg, Kansas, died when a vehicle borne improvised explosive device exploded near his vehicle.

Master Sgt.  Bernard Lee Deghand
Date of Death: 09/15/2006
Hometown: Mayetta, Kansas
Mile 52 of Day 43, Overall Mile: 2,001, State: Texas Estimated Time of Arrival: 05/19/2018 at 5:24 p.m.

Sgt. Jessie Davila

Deghand, 42, a resident of Mayetta, Kansas, and a member of the Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 35th Division Artillery Embedded Training Team, Kansas National Guard, was killed in action in Afghanistan on Sept. 15, 2006. Deghand died as a result of small arms fire while conducting combat operations as part of Operation Mountain Fury.

Spc. John Edward Wood
Date of Death: 10/07/2006
Hometown: Humboldt, Kansas
Mile 22 of Day 45, Overall Mile: 2,023, State: Texas Estimated Time of Arrival: 05/21/2018 at 11:24 a.m.

Wood, 37, a resident of Humboldt, Kansas, and a member of Detachment 1, Headquarters Support Company, 891st Engineer Battalion, Kansas National Guard, Garnett, was killed in action in Iraq on Oct. 7, 2006. Wood was attached to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 110th Engineer Battalion, Missouri National Guard, Kansas City, Missouri.

Staff Sgt. David R. Berry

Sgt. 1st Class Bernard Deghand

Date of Death: 02/22/2007
Hometown: Wichita, Kansas
Mile 48 of Day 47, Overall Mile: 2,156, State: Oklahoma Estimated Time of Arrival: 05/23/2018 at 4:36 p.m.

Berry, 37, a resident of Wichita, Kansas, and a member of Battery B (-), 1st Battalion, 161st Field Artillery, Kansas National Guard, Pratt, was killed in action in Iraq on Feb. 22, 2007.  Berry died when he was struck by an improvised explosive device.

Sgt. Courtney D. Finch
Date of Death: 07/24/2007
Hometown: Leavenworth, Kansas
Mile 49 of Day 50, Overall Mile: 2,305, State: Oklahoma Estimated Time of Arrival: 05/26/2018 at 4:48 p.m.

Finch, 27, a resident of Leavenworth, Kansas, and a member of the 714th Security Force, Kansas National Guard, Topeka, died in Iraq on Tuesday, July 24, 2007.

Sgt. 1st Class Travis S. Bachman

Spc. John Wood

Date of Death: 08/01/2007
Hometown: Garden City, Kansas
Mile 57 of Day 50, Overall Mile: 2,313, State: Oklahoma Estimated Time of Arrival: 05/26/2018 at 6:24 p.m.

Bachman, 30, a resident of Garden City, Kansas, and a member of the 1st Battalion, 161st Field Artillery, Kansas National Guard, died when an improvised explosive device exploded near his vehicle on Aug. 1, 2007.  Bachman deployed to Iraq with the 714th Security Forces in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Spc. Ronald Andrew Schmidt
Date of Death: 08/03/2008
Hometown: Newton, Kansas
Mile 35 of Day 58, Overall Mile: 2,667, State: Kansas Estimated Time of Arrival: 06/03/2018 at 2 p.m.

Schmidt, 18, a resident of Newton, Kansas, and a member of Battery C, 1st Battalion, 161st Field Artillery, Kansas National Guard, was serving in Iraq and was on patrol on Aug. 2, 2008, when the vehicle he was in overturned. Schmidt

Staff Sgt. David Berry

died on Aug. 3, 2008.

Sgt. Courtney Finch
Sgt. 1st Class Travis Bachman
Spc. Andrew Schmidt