"A Young Man Takes A Stand Never To Be Forgotten"
These words emblazoned on the hearts of everyone who knew him. At the age of three years, Jeremiah, that was his name, had a strong desire to be a soldier. He wanted to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather who was a retired veteran of thirty-four years in the United States Army.
SPC Christian Joseph Romig joined the Army in May, 2008. He became a Cavalry Scout at Fort Knox, Kentucky. His first deployment was to South Korea in October, 2008. There he was awarded the Army Achievement Medal. He returned in October, 2009 to Troop A, 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment 4th Brigrade Combat Team at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Christian was deployed to Khugyani District, Afghanistan in August, 2010. There he was presented the Combat Action Badge in November by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. His convoy was attacked while he was on a mission. Seven days after his 24th birthday, Christian's convoy was attacked again while on another mission. His vehicle was hit by an IED. He was killed in action on January 5, 2011.
SFC Neal Boyd, of Haynesville, Louisiana, previously stationed at Fort Wainwright, AK, was sent to Iraq on September 22, 2008. On November 8,2008, two other soldiers and SFC Boyd were on a house securing mission. SFC Boyd instructed the others, upon entering the house, not to touch anything.
Private First Class Brian R. Bates, Jr. was from Gretna, Louisiana. He attended George Cox Elementary school and Livaudais Middle school in Terrytown, Louisiana. He played basketball, baseball and soccer at Oakdale Playground.
Robert L. Dusang, of Mandeville, LA, graduated from Mandeville High School in May of 1999. While a student there he became very active in the Marine Jr. R.O.T.C. program. He was a squad leader in the “Silent Drill” competition and won several awards.