Valley troops killed in action

Service members killed in Iraq and Afghanistan with San Joaquin Valley ties:


  • Marine Lance Cpl. Jared C. Verbeek, 22, Mt. Whitney High School graduate, Visalia


  • Marine Sgt. Matthew Abbate, 26, attended Buchanan High School
  • Army Cpl. Brett Land, 24, of Porterville
  • Army Staff Sgt. Brian Piercy, 27, Buchanan High School graduate


  • Marine Lance Cpl. Alfonso Ochoa Jr., 20, of Hanford
  • Army Sgt. Joshua Soto, 25, of Avenal
  • Army Sgt. Raul Moncada, 29, Madera High School graduate


  • Sgt. Frank J. Gasper, 25, graduated from Golden Valley High School in Merced
  • Air Force Tech. Sgt. Anthony L. Capra, 31, of Hanford
  • Sgt. Timothy P. Martin, 27, of Pixley, graduate of Monache High School in Porterville


  • Air Force Senior Airman Nick Eischen, 24, Buchanan High School graduate
  • Army Cpl. Nathan Hubbard, 21, Buchanan High School graduate
  • Marine Lance Cpl. Christian Vasquez, 20, of Coalinga
  • Army Cpl. Victor H. Toledo Pulido, 22, of Hanford
  • Army Staff Sgt. Christopher Moore, 28, former resident of Alpaugh
  • Army Sgt. Steven Packer, 23, Clovis High School graduate
  • Army Pfc. Daniel Courneya, 19, former Fresnan, moved to Michigan at age 10
  • Army Cpl. Michael Rojas, 21, Clovis East High School graduate
  • Army Pfc. Rowan D. Walter, 25, Buchanan High School graduate


  • Marine Pfc. Javier Chavez, 19, of Cutler
  • Air Force Airman 1st Class Carl Jerome Ware Jr., 22, formerly of Dinuba
  • Army Spc. Manuel Joaquin Holguin, 21, of Woodlake
  • Marine Lance Cpl. Anthony "Tony" Edward Butterfield, 19, of Clovis
  • Marine Cpl. Joshua Pickard, 20, of Merced County


  • Army Sgt. Regina C. Reali, 25, of Fresno
  • Army Sgt. Adrian N. Orosco, 26, of Corcoran
  • Marine Lance Cpl. John Anthony "JT" Lucente, 19, lived in Fresno until he was 14
  • Air Force Airman 1st Class Elizabeth Jacobson, 21, of Madera Ranchos
  • Marine Corps Sgt. Lindsey James, formerly of Corcoran


  • Marine Lance Cpl. Jared Hubbard, 22, of Clovis
  • Marine Lance Cpl. Jeremiah Baro, 21, of Clovis
  • Marine Lance Cpl. Branden Paul Ramey, son of Randy Ramey of Madera Ranchos
  • Marine Lance Cpl. Jeremy D. Bow, 20, of Lemoore
  • Army Spc. Daniel Paul Unger, 19, of Exeter
  • Army Sgt. Michael W. Mitchell, 25, grew up in Porterville


  • Army Pfc. Karina Lau, 20, of Livingston
  • Army 1st Lt. Osbaldo Orozco, 26, of Earlimart

Two more men with Valley ties were killed during training in Kuwait:

  • Army Staff Sgt. Jose Carlos Rangel, 43, of Fresno
  • Army Capt. Joe Fenton Lusk II, 25, a 1997 Reedley High School graduate

Source: Fresno Bee staff librarians