Lance Corporal Casey Lynne Casanova of McComb, Mississippi, assigned to the Combat Logistics Battalion 1, Combat Logistics Regiment 1, 1st Marine Logistics Group, was killed on May 2, 2008 when an improvised explosive device detonated near her vehicle in Anbar Province, Iraq.  Casey joined the Marine Corps 2 years ago and was deployed to Iraq in January 2008.  “She didn’t have to join the Marines, it was a choice she made” said Craig Casanova, Casey’s father.  “She just felt like she had a purpose in life when she joined the Marines and she was just happy doing what she was doing”.


My name is Hardy P. Mills IV.  I was born in Azle TX, March 9th 1984 and raised in Weatherford, TX.  I went into the Marines 12-30-2002.  On June 29th of 2004, I was on base in Falluijah, Iraq and was on top of a gun truck, and me and a fellow marine were struck by a rocket propelled grenade (RPG). I was medevac to Germany and had multiple surgeries. My injuries where a lacerated spleen, broken scapula, severed artery in right leg, lost most of the muscle in my left hamstring, both lungs collapsed, bacterial infections from the shrapnel, severe burns, multiple skin grafts etc. The doctors said I probably wouldn’t live long, but I showed them.

Marine Corporal, Michael Paul Savoie, 29, of Folsom, Louisiana has been deployed twice to Iraq.  During both deployments he was injured.  While serving as a machine gunner with Company A, Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion, 2D Marines, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, on October 4, 2004, and while moving through the city of Haswah, Iraq, located south of the Baghdad in the “Triangle of Death”, Michael’s patrol was ambushed by a combination of improvised explosive devices (IED), rocket propelled grenades, machine gun and small arms fire.

Cpl. Schick was born on April, 25 1982 in Bossier City, Louisiana.  Cpl. Schick then moved to Coppell, Texas where he played 5-5A football and was a captain of his team his senior year.  He then joined the Marine Corps in May of 2001 at the end of his senior year.   Cpl. Schick is a 3rd generation Marine following in the footsteps of his uncle who served in Vietnam and his grandfather who served in WWII.

Spc. Matthew James King of Abita Springs, LA served in the Army Active, C company, 2nd Battalion, 503 infantry of the 173rd Airborne Brigade. He was based in Vicenza, Italy.  On May 3, 2005 while deployed to the Argenedab River Valley, Afghanistan, Spc King, assistant gunner and team leader of 1st Platoon weapons squad, was called to assist scouts and special forces that were under heavy attack and needed immediate assistance.