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New Mexico's Fallen Heroes

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  • Front Page of May 26, 2008 (PDF)

    Memorial Day 2008: Poster Honors New Mexico's Fallen Heroes

        The New Mexico Department of Veterans Services has developed a special memorial honoring members of the military services with ties to New Mexico who have died in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
        The photographic poster project, called Fallen Heroes, is reproduced here today.
        The photographs start with Senior Airman Jason D. Cunningham, who grew up in Carlsbad and Farmington and was killed in Afghanistan in March 2002, six months after 9/11. He was a pararescueman who died trying to save special forces under enemy fire.
        The last photo on the poster is that of Army Staff Sgt. Kevin C. Roberts of Farmington, a "Screaming Eagle" of the 101st Airborne Division. He died earlier this month on a mission in Afghanistan, his vehicle blown up by a makeshift bomb.
        Between Cunningham and Roberts— the first and the latest to die— are the faces of 52 other U.S. service members who were either from New Mexico or had close ties to the state. They died in Afghanistan and Iraq, Kuwait and the Arabian Sea— far from home, but in the service of their country.
        Memorial Day, observed in New Mexico and across the United States today, honors men and women who have died in the service of our country. Many New Mexicans are serving overseas in wars today.
        The Department of Veterans Services will place the poster in state offices and is giving prints of the Fallen Heroes project to immediate family members of the service members who have died. There are no plans to make prints available to the public at large. The veterans department asked the Journal if it could share the project with other New Mexicans, and we present that to you today.



  • Military
    War in Iraq
  • Latest From Iraq: AP Dispatches
  • Iraq war casualties: searchable database
  • New Mexico's Iraq war casualties
  • A Year of War: slide show
  • Portrait of the War: slide show



    PDF of front page,
    March 20, 2003

    OTHER LINKS

  • Full text of President Bush's March 6, 2003, news conference


    Maps, U.S. Arsenal, Profile of Iraq


  • Photos from the arrival of former POWs at Fort Bliss
  • Photos from the taking of Baghdad
  • Photos of civilians fleeing Basra
  • Photos of Kurdish troops
  • Photos by Getty Images of the war
  • Photos of war support across the country
  • Photos by AP from Iraq
  • Photos of war protests across the country
  • Photos of dolphins aiding coalition forces.
  • Photos by the Journal's Richard Pipes
  • Photos of Naval strikes in the Gulf region.
  • Monday, Nov. 24, 2014



    Capt. Douglas Zembiec: 1973-2007

    Fallen Comrades
      5 Months Before He Was Killed in Combat, Marine Maj. Doug Zembiec Wrote a Letter to Keep Alive the Memory of a Fellow Officer Who Gave His Life in Iraq

    Native New Mexican Commands Namesake Sub
    He was born in Shiprock, a landlocked desert town. He grew up in Cedar Crest and Tijeras, in the mountains. But he attended high school at St. Pius X, on a mesa overlooking the mighty Rio Grande.   (Sunday, May 27, 2007)

    Ride Along as the Sleek USS Albuquerque Slides Into the Deep, Green Atlantic
    Editor's note: Journal staff writer Leslie Linthicum recently took a ride on the submarine USS Albuquerque as part of the 24th anniversary of its commissioning.   (Sunday, May 27, 2007)