Each Memorial Day we try to focus on the lives of a small number of individuals who gave their lives for our country, and whose stories we have followed for several years.

CIA Officer Johnny “Mike” Spann


[CIA Officer Johnny “Mike” Spann on horseback in Afghanistan]

The unfortunate news since last Memorial Day is that ‘American Taliban’ John Walker Lindh was released from prison.

Lt. Roslyn Schulte

Lt. Schulte, who was Jewish, was honored on a memorial wall in Israel:

Air Force 1st Lieutenant Roslyn Schulte would not have considered herself a role model or a hero. “She just felt there was a right way to do things,” said her mother Susie, “and expected others would behave the same way.

“Roz was very committed to serving her country,” said Susie, “and we fully supported her in that. To the end she liked what she was doing and as parents that’s what you hope for with the choices your children make. We continue to be proud of the fact that she was doing what she wanted to.”

Lt. Schulte, who was killed in action in Afghanistan on May 20, 2009, will be memorialized with a plaque on JNF’s Wall of Honor at Ammunition Hill in Jerusalem. The first female graduate of the Air Force Academy killed in action, Lt. Schulte chose to pursue a career in military intelligence after training to be a pilot.

She also was remembered at Goodfellow Air Force Base in Texas:


GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — The Schulte family are presented a hand-drawn portrait of 1st Lt. Roslyn Schulte during a building dedication ceremony April 29, 2011. The dedication ceremony was in honor of Lieutenant Schulte, who was killed by a roadside bomb May 20, 2009 near Kabul, Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Laura R. McFarlane)

Cpl. Jonathan Daniel Porto

Be sure to reread the post at Legal Insurrection by Cpl. Porto’s wife, I am proud to be the widow of Cpl Jonathan Daniel Porto, USMC.

Capt. Billie Taylor Presson

Christopher David Horton

Be sure to reread the post at Legal Insurrection by Jane Horton, “My husband, like many fallen service members, would want to see you live”.

Cornell Class of 1944


The fallen, known and unknown

May their memories be a blessing.


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