Army Sgt. Brett D. Swank

Died January 24, 2005 serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom

21, of Northumberland, Pa.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment, Fort Polk, La.; killed Jan. 24 when an improvised explosive device detonated near his position in Baghdad.


Army Capt. Robert C. Scheetz Jr.

Died May 30, 2004 serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom

31, of Dothan, Ala.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, Baumholder, Germany; killed May 30 when his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device in Musayyib, Iraq. He was a Shamokin HS Grad. His parents Bob and Joyce live in Shamokin.


Army Spc. Matthew J. Sandri

Died March 20, 2004 serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom

24, of Shamokin, Pa.; assigned to the 82nd Forward Support Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division, based at Fort Bragg, N.C.; killed March 20 when his living area came under a rocket attack in Fallujah, Iraq.
rocket attack in Fallujah, Iraq.

Kareen Murray calls Matthew J. Sandri the strongest of her friends, a sincere, honest and genuine person willing to go out of his way to help a friend in need. "There's just something special about Matt. When you look into his eyes for the first time, he just has a way with people," Murray said. "It's like he's so inviting. He had a love for people, he loved life. I could just look at him and start laughing because I knew he was thinking of something funny." Spc. Sandri, 24, of Shamokin, Pa., died March 20 in a rocket attack outside Fallujah, Iraq. He was stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C., and had completed three years of study at Bloomsburg (Pa.) University with a concentration in biology. Murray recalled the time she met him: "He just started talking to me as if he already knew me," she said. "From then on, we were like best friends. I had so many years of fun with him; there's nothing but good memories of Matt." Survivors include his parents.
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Army Pfc. Justin W. Dreese

Died September 02, 2006 serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom

21, of Northumberland, Pa.; assigned to 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; died Sept. 2 of injuries sustained from mortar fire during dismounted combat operations in Yusifiyah, Iraq. Also killed was Sgt. Ralph N. Porras.