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Memorial Page

This Memorial Page is designed to share the information of those Orthodox Service Members who lost their lives in service to the USA in combat or other service related incident. If you have an Orthodox friend or a loved one who lost their life in service to our Country please email us with their information (Name, Rank, Service Branch, Birth Date, Date of Repose, and any other pertinent information: home town, home parish, surviving family, burial location). There is no time restriction to the date of repose of the Service Member, those killed in WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Persian Gulf War, Afghanistan, Iraq, or any other combat or service related incident may be added. You may also include a photo of the Service Member if one is available.

All Orthodox Service Members listed here will be remember in panikhídas through out the liturgical year.


ORTHODOX U.S. SERVICE MEMBERS WHO DIED WHILE IN THE SERVICE OF THEIR COUNTRY :

Private First Class Winston James Miroy, USA


Died on Active Duty: March 17th, 2010 at Ft. Carson , CO

Funeral: Protection of the Holy Mother of God Orthodox Church, Falls Church , VA

Internment: St. Mary Cemetery at Vatra Romaneasca, Grass Lake , MI

Army Pfc. Winston James "Jimmie" Miroy, 20, of Stafford County, Virginia died Wednesday, March 17, 2010, at Fort Carson, Colorado.

Born in Rockville, Maryland, Pfc. Miroy grew up in Northern Virginia, graduating from Colonial Forge High School in 2008. He entered the Army in September 2008.

After basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C., and aircraft mechanic school at Fort Eustis, he joined the 1st Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment at Fort Carson in April 2009, where he was assigned at the time of his death.

Miroy was an active member of Protection of the Holy Mother of God Orthodox Church in Falls Church, where he was baptized in 1993. While in high school, he was a member of the Rappahannock Colonial Heritage Society.

Miroy is survived by his parents, Stephen G. and Katherine A. Bast Miroy; a sister, Virginia H. Miroy; a brother, Philipp A. Miroy, all of Stafford; and his grandparents, Maj. Rene H. Miroy and Eirwen Miroy, and Joann Bast.

Pfc. Miroy's funeral was held at Protection of the Holy Mother of God Orthodox Church (known as St. Mary), in Falls Church, Virginia on Monday, April 5, 2010.

Interment was at St. Mary Cemetery at Vatra Romaneasca, Grass Lake, Mich., on Wednesday, April 7. Memorial contributions may be made to Project Mexico .

A Panikhida will be offered by the Saint George Orthodox Military Association on the 40th day - April 26th, 2010

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Commander William C. Green, U.S. Navy

Died on Active Duty
(non-combat) : January 26, 2010, at Stuttgart, Germany
Internment:
El Camino Cemetery, San Diego, Calif.

Brief Bio:
On January 26, 2010 Commander William C. Green, U.S. Navy unexpectedly died while in the service of his country.  A naval reservist, he had been called to active duty in January 2009.  After seven months in Iraq assigned to the Special Operations Command (SOC) he was reassigned to a unit based in Stuttgart , Germany supporting the war on terrorism.  It was there he was struck with a pulmonary embolism.  His family was at his bedside in Germany when he died and as he wished his heart goes on beating in a German mother of three small children .


For 25 years Bill served in the Naval Intelligence Reserve.  He was able to contribute his Russian language fluency and extensive knowledge of Soviet/ Russian military and political affairs to our nation’s defense.  During this time, Bill performed many varied periods of active duty in direct support of the fleet.  In the early 1990’s he headed an interpreter team supporting the first U.S. Navy port visit to the Soviet Northern Fleet HQ in Murmansk , USSR .  He subsequently led interpreter teams for port visits to Sevastopol and Vladivostok and for several reciprocal Soviet and Chinese Navy U.S. port visits.  During the summer of 2007 he was the acting naval attaché in Sofia , Bulgaria .  Bill was on active duty in the Pentagon during the sudden Russian invasion of Georgia in 2008.    He was able to provide his unique knowledge of Georgia and Russia to Pentagon policy makers which was recognized by his being awarded a Joint Service Commendation Medal.  For his work with the Special Operations Command in Germany he was posthumously awarded a Defense Meritorious Service Medal and for his contributions in Iraq he was awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal.   In addition he had previously been awarded two Navy Commendation Medals, one Joint Service Commendation Medal and one Navy Achievement Medal.

As many of his students have written, Professor Green will be remembered as an outstanding teacher.  He was recognized for his skill in the classroom by being honored with the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching for the academic year 2007-2008.  He was innovative in developing new courses, having taught over fifteen different classes and seminars in the California State University , San Bernardino undergraduate and graduate programs.  He will be remembered and missed by the many alumni who have gone on to careers in the field of national security.   A scholarship fund has been established in his name by his students and friends.

Born in Coronado , California in 1956, Bill was the son of Captain William C. Green and Margaret Latham Green. As a young man and “navy junior” Bill grew up all over the world.  His two years in a Soviet high school and summers at a Young Pioneer Komsomol camp gave Bill a near native fluency in the Russian language as well as an insight into a Russian way of thinking.  This was later enhanced by his academic studies at the University of Southern California from which he received his PhD.

He is survived by his wife and two minor children who reside at their home in Claremont California .  His home parish was Saint Peter’s the Apostle Antiochian Orthodox Church, San Dimas , California .   His is buried in San Diego at El Camino Cemetery.


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Specialist Robert Donevski, USA

Killed in the line of duty: January 16, 2010, in Abad, Afghanistan

Funeral Services: St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, Phoenix, Arizona
Interment: Phoenix Memorial Park. Phoenix, Arizona

Brief Bio:
Spc. Robert Donevski, 19, died Saturday, January 16 th , 2010 from wounds he suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with small-arms fire in Abad, in the Korengal Valley of Afghanistan.

He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. Robert joined the Army in July 2008 and was deployed to Afghanistan in June 2009 from Fort Carson, Colo. He is survived by his parents, Linda and Ganko, and brother, Chris. Robert died doing exactly that he wanted to do, his parents said. He wanted to be in the Army since he was 5 years old, they said, showing a picture of a young Robert saluting a flag as a boy. "He loved his country and wanted to protect it," Linda said.

"He loved his friends," Ganko, said. "And he loved the state of Arizona. He said it was the best state. He had been to Georgia, and Germany and came home and said this was the best place in the world." "And he loved America, he loved his country," he said.

Ganko, who was born in Bulgaria, told him that he had served in Vietnam, so Robert shouldn’t feel he needed to serve in the military, as well. Robert remained determined.

Robert was classified as an E-4 specialist, but recently tested to be promoted to sergeant. "He will be buried as a sergeant," Linda said the Army told her. "And he will receive a Bronze Star for protecting his fellow soldiers in the fire fight."

Robert’s body is being returned to Arizona on military flights, escorted by members of his detachment. The Army told the family Robert will be honored with several medals, including the Purple Heart.

Funeral plans are being arranged at St. George Orthodox Church in Phoenix, Arizona, and he will be buried in the National Cemetery in Phoenix with full military honors.


A Panikhida will be offered by the Saint George Orthodox Military Association on the 40th day - February 24th, 2010

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Captain Tatiana Livia Nita , USA

Born: August 19th, 1969
Died on Active duty (non-combat): January 16th, 2010, Ft. Lewis, WA
Interment: Tahoma National Cemetery, Seattle, WA



Brief Bio:

The 14th Engineer Battalion, 555th Engineer Brigade mourned the loss of a beloved and accomplished officer Jan. 22, durin g a memorial ceremony at the North Fort Chapel. Captain Tatiana Nita, 40, died Jan. 16, after a brief battle with cancer. Hundreds of Soldiers, civilians, friends and family members packed the chapel to bid farewell to the fallen “Rugged” officer. Battalion Commander Lieutenant Colonel John Buck said he had the utmost confidence in Nita’s professionalism and commitment to duty from the first time he met her.

“My Soldiers were in great care in Tatiana’s hands,” Buck said. Buck said Nita always went the extra mile for the well-being of her fellow Soldiers. “When we think of Tatiana, these words come to mind — courage, dedication. caring and compassion,” Buck said. Nita’s journey from Romanian immigrant to enlisting in the Army and then rising to the rank of captain was beyond commendable, he said.

In Iraq, Nita was dedicated to keeping more than 750 Soldiers, Sailors and Marines fit for duty, Buck said. “She wanted to see our Soldiers and care for them directly,” Buck said. He characterized Nita as strong Nita’s company commander, Capt. James Warren, described her as professional and compassionate. “I had a great respect for Tatiana,” Warren said. “Tatiana knew her profession and cared for people even if they could not, or would not, care for themselves.” Staff Sergeant Irene Cardona said she would miss Nita’s presence and spirit. “I thank God for giving me the privilege to serve by her side,” Cardona said. Nita helped those who worked with her through guidance and example, she said. “She knew her job,” Cardona said. “We all learned from her.” Chaplain (Capt.) Thomas Brooks remembered Nita as a balanced Soldier who made time for her family. “She was very special,” Brooks said. “She was a good mother.”

Nita liked to spend time with her daughters, he said. “She cared deeply for others,” Brooks said. “She affected everyone around her in a positive way.”Brooks said Nita exemplified selfless service and would be missed by all who knew her. Nita was born on Aug. 19, 1969. She joined the Army in 1992 as an enlisted soldier and served as a lab technician until 2000. From 2000 to 2004, she attended physician assistant schools in Omaha, Neb., and Fort Carson, Colo. Nita received a commission in 2004 and worked as a PA in Germany. During her time in Germany, she deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Nita came to Fort Lewis in 2007, where she worked as a PA for 14th Engr. Bn. She deployed for a second tour in Iraq in 2008.

Her awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, thee Army Commendation Medals, three Army Achievement Medals, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.

Nita is survived by her mother Livia, brother Nicholas and her two daughters, Veronica and Tiffani.

Memory Eternal!  Vichnaja Pamjat!

Private First Class Serge Kropov, USMC


Born: July 28, 1988 in Moscow, Russia
Killed in the line of duty: Dec. 20, 2009, in Bastion, Afghanistan
Interment: Monastery of St. Tikhon of Zadonsk Cemetery, South Canaan, PA


Brief Bio:

Private First Class Serge Kropov, of Hawley, Pa., was killed Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009, in Bastion, Afghanistan.

Born July 28, 1988, in Moscow, Russia, he was a son of Igor and Allison (Alevtina) Kropov.

He was a military career man who served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He served in the military Tour of Iraq and the military Tour of Afghanistan. Kropov was assigned to a Marine aircraft group based at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, which is near San Diego, California.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Sergey and Nina Kropov; and his maternal grandparents, Anna and Vladimir Patrusheva. Surviving, in addition to his parents, is his sister, Anna Kropov.

Funeral Services with full military honors were held at  the Monastery Church of St. Tikhon of Zadonsk, South Canaan, PA, with His Grace, Bishop Tikhon, officiating. Interment followed in the Monastery Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Monastery.

A Panikhida will be offered by the Saint George Orthodox Military Association on the 40th day - January 28, 2010

Memory Eternal!  Vichnaja Pamjat!


Cor poral Nicholas G. Xiarhos , USMC


Born: Feb. 12, 1988, in Hyannis, MA
Killed in the line of duty: July 23rd, 2009, in Garmsir District, Afghanistan
Interment: National Cemetery, Bourne, MA



Brief Bio:

U.S. Marine Corporal Nicholas George Xiarhos died of combat wounds on July 23, 2009 while serving his country in the Garmsir District in Afghanistan. He was the son of Yarmouth Police Lt. Steven Xiarhos and his wife Lisa. He was 21 years old. He was a Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW) Gunner, Squad Leader, with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Weapons Company based at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

U.S. Marine Corporal Xiarhos was fighting in Southern Afghanistan with the historic 10,000-member Marine Expeditionary Brigade ordered into action by President Obama, as part of a renewed offensive against Taliban insurgents in that country.

Nicholas George Xiarhos graduated from Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School in June 2006. He spent that summer at the U.S. Marine Corps Boot Camp at Parris Island, S.C. In September 2006, he earned the title of United States Marine. He also served in intense fighting in Anbar, Iraq.

A scholarship fund will be established in Nicholas George Xiarhos’ name by the Yarmouth Police Relief Association (YPRA). Donations may be sent to the Yarmouth Police Department, Attention: YPRA, One Brad Erickson Way, West Yarmouth, MA 02673. Donations should be labeled: Nicholas George Xiarhos Scholarship Fund.

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Lance Cor pora l Dimitrios Gavriel, USMC


Born: July 31, 1975
Killed in the line of duty: November 19, 2004, in Al Anbar Province, Iraq
Interment: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA



Brief Bio:

Dimitrios Gavriel, 29, a Brown University graduate who walked away from a lucrative career on Wall Street to avenge the deaths of friends lost on Sept. 11, 2001, could not be swayed from putting his comfortable life aside to risk losing it in the service of his country.

Gavriel, a bull of a man who was a state champion heavyweight wrestler at Timberlane Regional High School in Plaistow , N.H. , before wrestling at Brown, shed 40 pounds from his 6-feet-1-inch, 270-pound frame and overcame knee and ankle injuries in order to enlist in the Marine Corps.

Sent to Iraq in June 2004, for a seven-month deployment, his parents didn't learn he had been wounded in action until a Marine officer telephoned to tell them he was going to be awarded the Purple Heart.

Telling his parents only that he had hurt his ankle, Gavriel rejoined his unit and was killed by an explosion during the Fallujah fighting. His parents last spoke to him a week before his death.

The lance corporal was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery with some of America 's most revered military heroes.

The family has set up a scholarship in his memory at Timberlane Regional High School to benefit two scholastic wrestlers every year. Anyone interested in contributing can mail donations to the school at: 36 Greenough Road , Plaistow , N.H. , 03865 .

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Specialist Christopher D. Gelineau, US ANG - Maine

Born: October 23 , 1980 in Houston, TX
Killed in the line of duty: April 20th, 2004 , in Mosul, Iraq
Interment: Evergreen Cemetery,Portland , Maine

Brief Bio:

Christopher D. Gelineau, 23, died April 20, 2004 in an ambush in northern Iraq. He is the seventh soldier with Vermont roots to be killed in combat since the war began.

Gelineau was posthumously awarded Purple Heart and Bronze Star medals and promoted to sergeant. Brig. Gen. John W. “Bill” Libby, the head of Maine’s Army National Guard, presented the medals.

Gelineau, a member of the Maine National Guard’s 133rd Engineering Battalion, was killed when a convoy he was traveling in was attacked outside Mosul.

“There are those who are not willing to accept the minimum standards, those willing to give far more to their fellows” in the military, said Maj. Andrew Gibson, a Guard chaplain. “Let that be Chris’ lesson to us — that we might be willing to do a little bit more.”

He spoke after a Greek Orthodox funeral held in the University of Southern Maine’s gymnasium. About 400 people attended the service, including about 100 members of the Maine Army and Air National Guards.

The Rev. Constantine Sarantidis of Portland’s Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church performed the funeral, singing and chanting above the hum of ceiling fans that filled the gym with incense.

Gov. John Baldacci and U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe attended the funeral. Baldacci presented widow Lavinia Gelineau, 24, with a Maine flag flown over the State House.

Although the couple was married for just two years, “you showed me what perfect love was,” she said, clutching a fuzzy pink teddy bear. “You will always be my hero.”

She spoke for several minutes about the couple’s life together, then picked up a guitar to perform “Right Here Waiting” by Richard Marx. It was the couple’s favorite song, she said, in part because it was the only one Christopher Gelineau could play. “It’s not going to sound the same because my heart is broken,” she said.

The service was followed by a burial in Portland’s Evergreen Cemetery, where members of the Maine Army National Guard fired a 21-gun salute.

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Sgt. Major Dennis Tellock, US ANG - Minnesota

Born: June 28, 1944
Died on Active Duty: Sept. 20, 2003 at Eagle Base, Tuzla, Bosnia-Herzegovina
Interment: Fort Snelling National Cemetery , Montana

Brief Bio:

Big and boisterous, Sgt. Major Dennis Tellock carried a commanding presence as a military man. To those who knew him, he was a natural leader.

"This man had unequaled leadership ability with soldiers. He was made to lead." said Lt. Col. Gary Sigfrinius, Tellock's commanding officer the past seven years and 20-year friend. Sigfrinius and others in the Minnesota Army National Guard must now move on without their friend and comrade.

Tellock, on duty with the guard's 34th Infantry Division in Bosnia, died from an apparent heart attack on Saturday, Sept. 20 after completing physical fitness training with his unit at Eagle Base.

Tellock was part of a deployment to Bosnia and a peacekeeping assignment for the NATO's stabilization force. He had been in Bosnia for just one month, Sigfrinius said. Eagle Base, the largest base in Bosnia for U.S. forces, is in Tuzla, Bosnia-Herzegovina.

In his duties in Bosnia, Sigfrinius said Tellock was working as an interface between the military and the civilian government. As a non-commissioned officer, he was assigned to military support duties within the Minnesota Army National Guard.

Dennis Lee Tellock, 59,  was a native of Montana. He joined the Navy in 1962 and spent four years in the service. He enlisted in the Minnesota National Guard in 1973 and logged 30 years, rising to the rank of sergeant major, the highest possible rank for a non-commissioned officer.

Funeral service took place Monday, Sept. 29, 2003 at St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral, in Minneapolis. Interment was at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Anita; one daughter, Gretchen of Richfield; one brother, Wayne Tellock of Deer River; and an extended family that includes two additional brothers and two sisters.

He was preceded in death by a son, Judson, a National Guard veteran who served in the first Gulf War in 1991, and two brothers.

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SSG Tatiana Khaghani Dees, USA

Killed in Action - 7 Jan 1991 - DESERT STORM - Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

Brief Bio:

SSG Tatiana Khaghani Dees from Valley Cottage, NY in Rockland County and was a Russian Orthodox Christian. Tatiana had emigrated from Iran to the United States and joined the U.S. Army. She was assigned to 2nd platoon (squad leader) 92nd MP Co, 93rd MP Bn, 18th MP Brigade. Tatiana and 2 soldiers in her squad were pulling guard duty at the port in Dhahran. They saw a man taking pictures from atop one of those large cranes. Tatiana sent her 2 soldiers up to investigate. Both soldiers handed Tatiana their M-16 so she was holding 3 M-16’s and wearing full gear including Kevlar and flak vest. She stepped back from the base of the crane to get a better view of her soldiers as they climbed when she fell into the water. She was found an hour or so later and still had all her gear on and the 3 M-16’s.

She is survived by two children and her brothers, Igor & Oleg who still live in Valley Cottage, NY.

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