First Lieutenant Jeffrey Adams of the 1088th Engineering Battalion of the Louisiana National Guards 256th Infantry Brigade, was deployed to Iraq in November 2004. In Baghdad, November 7, 2004, while following procedures involved with road clearance, an improvised explosive device (roadside bomb) detonated in very close proximity, amputating his left leg above the knee.
SGT. Christopher Ramsey was deployed on October 1, 2004 to Baghdad, Iraq; he was stationed at Camp Liberty for the duration of his stay. He was with the 1088th Engineering Battalion, which is attached to the 256th Brigade Combat Team, his unit is out of New Roads Louisiana. He went on mission with, Task Force Geromino.
Spc. Christopher Vining, of Pontchatoula, Louisiana, is serving in the Louisiana Army National Guard. He has been injured twice in Iraq. The first injury occurred in March of 2005, as he was responding to a roadside bombing that injured several of his fellow servicemen. He is a trained first responder and while in route to the bombing, his vehicle was hit. He sustained moderate injuries from which he recovered and was returned to duty.
Sgt. John Aaron Blanchard of New Roads LA was serving in the La. Army National Guard. While riding in a track-tank on June 8, 2005, an anti-aircraft warhead remotely detonated under his tank, severely injuring him.