The American Fallen Soldiers Project

The American Fallen Soldiers Project Our Project commits to honor, respect and forever remember those who have sacrificed their lives protecting our freedom. Our 501(c)3 non-profit organization makes available hand painted original portraits free of charge to the families of these heroes.
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The American Fallen Soldiers Project was formed to help provide comfort and healing to the grieving families of our fallen military. Our 501c3 non-profit organization makes available at no cost to the family an original portrait of their fallen loved one that fully captures their appearance and personality.

Mission: Our mission is to honor, respect and forever memorialize the American military servicemen who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our Nation, comfort their mourning families, and inspire all Americans to know and recognize the price paid for their freedom.

Today we honor Army PFC Michael Metcalf who was killed April 22, 2012; Enemy forces attacked is unit with an IED only 2 ...
04/22/2019
Army PFC Michael J. Metcalf - american fallen soldiers

Today we honor Army PFC Michael Metcalf who was killed April 22, 2012; Enemy forces attacked is unit with an IED only 2 weeks after he arrived in Afghanistan. PFC Metcalf was a Quick Response Team member and was coming to the aid of his injured comrades when he was killed. He was a paratrooper assigned to the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his actions.

To see more about Army PFC Michael Metcalf, go to:
https://americanfallensoldiers.com/army-pfc-michael-j-metcalf/

Army PFC Michael Metcalf died April 22, 2012 of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device in Ghazni province, Afghanistan. Also killed in the blast was 1LT Jonathan P. Walsh. PFC Metcalf had only been in Afghanistan for about two weeks when he died. He j...

Today we remember PFC Sam Huff who died April 18, 2005 from injuries sustained when an IED detonated near her combat veh...
04/18/2019
Army PFC Sam W. Huff - american fallen soldiers

Today we remember PFC Sam Huff who died April 18, 2005 from injuries sustained when an IED detonated near her combat vehicle in Baghdad, Iraq. According to her battalion commander, LTC J. Switzer, she was not a typical Soldier. "Two weeks after her arriving in our unit, even I knew who she was,” he said. “Her smile could light up a room. She could lighten the mood of any hardcore noncommissioned officer and even bring a smile to an old warrior’s face.”
To learn more about Sam Huff, visit:
https://americanfallensoldiers.com/army-pfc-sam-huff/

Assigned to 170th Military Police Company, 504th Military Police Battalion, 42nd Military Police Brigade, Fort Lewis, Washington

Today we remember Army 1LT Robert Malone who was killed in action on April 15, 1968 in Vietnam when the supply vehicle h...
04/15/2019
Army 1LT Robert Malone - american fallen soldiers

Today we remember Army 1LT Robert Malone who was killed in action on April 15, 1968 in Vietnam when the supply vehicle he was riding in was hit by an enemy mine. Robert grew up on a ranch in Baylor County, Texas. Robert was a devoted Christian, lifelong cowboy and outdoor sportsman, enjoying riflery and participating in rodeos. His plans after completing his tour were to return to ranch management and raise his family.

To find out more about 1LT Robert Malone, see https://americanfallensoldiers.com/army-1st-lt-robert-e-malone/

Died April 15, 1968 when the supply vehicle he was riding in was hit by an enemy mine while on a re-supply mission to a pinned platoon.

Army SGT Tanner Higgins was killed in action on April 14, 2012 during a heavy firefight with enemy forces.  He was leadi...
04/14/2019
Army SGT Tanner S. Higgins - american fallen soldiers

Army SGT Tanner Higgins was killed in action on April 14, 2012 during a heavy firefight with enemy forces. He was leading an assault against an enemy compound when he was mortally wounded by small arms fire. Tanner grew up wanting to be a soldier. Being at war had changed him. “It taught me I wasn’t nearly as tough as I acted, but that I was a lot tougher than I thought,” Tanner was quoted saying. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, and Purple Heart.

To learn more about Army SGT Tanner Higgins, to:
https://americanfallensoldiers.com/tanner-higgins/

Army SGT Tanner Stone Higgins was killed April 14, 2012 in Logar province, Afghanistan, by enemy forces during a heavy firefight while conducting combat operations. He was leading an assault against an enemy compound when he was mortally wounded by small arms fire. Tanner was on his fifth deployment...

Today we remember Army SP4 Darrell Naylor who died on April 14, 1967. His fatal injury happened when his stepped on a la...
04/14/2019
Army SP4 Darrell J. Naylor - american fallen soldiers

Today we remember Army SP4 Darrell Naylor who died on April 14, 1967. His fatal injury happened when his stepped on a landmine while leading his unit into a hostile village in Vietnam. He was 23 years old at the time of his death. His original portrait was presented to his parents on May 21, 2011, during the Armed Forces Day Banquet held by America Supports You-Texas in Amarillo, Texas

To find out more about Army SP4 Darrell Naylor, go to:
https://americanfallensoldiers.com/army-sp4-darrell-j-naylor/

Died from Injuries sustained April 14, 1967 Vietnam Assigned to B Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division, USARV Died from injuries sustained April 14, 1967 when he stepped on a landmine while leading his unit into a hostile village in Vietnam 23 years old (at time of injury) from....

Today we remember Army SGT Daniel Lee Galvan who died on August 12, 2004 in  Salerno, Afghanistan as a result of an acci...
04/12/2019
Army SGT Daniel L. Galvan - american fallen soldiers

Today we remember Army SGT Daniel Lee Galvan who died on August 12, 2004 in Salerno, Afghanistan as a result of an accident involving the Black Hawk helicopter in was riding in. Daniel, a helicopter mechanic, entered the Army in 1996. His father and two brothers also served in the Army and they recalled that Daniel used to draw pictures of choppers as a child and later progressed to making models of helicopters.

To learn more about Army SGT Daniel Galvan, visit the following website:
https://americanfallensoldiers.com/army-sgt-daniel-l-galvan/

SGT Daniel Lee Galvan died August 12, 2004, when the Black Hawk helicopter in which he was riding was improperly flown to demonstrate it’s speed causing it to crash in Salerno, Afghanistan. 14 other Soldiers and Marines were also injured in the crash and were taken to Camp Salerno, an American bas...

Today we remember Army WO3 ‘Chuck Fortenberry who was killed on April 11, 2004 when his AH-64 Apache helicopter was sh...
04/11/2019
Army CW3 Wesley Charles Fortenberry - american fallen soldiers

Today we remember Army WO3 ‘Chuck Fortenberry who was killed on April 11, 2004 when his AH-64 Apache helicopter was shot down by insurgents. He was a 19-year Army veteran who had a variety of duties throughout his military career. He served in the 82nd Airborne, became a Ranger and worked in Alaska before joining a warrant officer program to fly helicopters about 10 years prior to his passing.

To find out more about WO3 Wesley Charles Fortenberry, visit:
https://americanfallensoldiers.com/army-cw3-wesley-charles-fortenberry/

Army WO3 “Chuck” Fortenberry was killed April 11, 2004 when his AH-64 Apache helicopter was shot down by insurgents just west of Baghdad, Iraq, which was protecting a fuel convoy headed toward the violence-racked city of Fallujah. His co-pilot CW2 Lawrence S. Colton also died in the attack.

Marine Lance Corporal John Sims was killed in action on April 10, 2004 from injuries sustained by hostile fire in Anbar ...
04/10/2019
Marine LCpl John Sims - american fallen soldiers

Marine Lance Corporal John Sims was killed in action on April 10, 2004 from injuries sustained by hostile fire in Anbar Province, Iraq. Two of his favorite sayings were, “That didn’t hurt” And “I ain’t scared.” While in Iraq, his nickname became “Lunchbox” due to the fact that he was never seen without food.

To learn more about LCpl John Sims, go to:
https://americanfallensoldiers.com/marine-lance-cpl-john-sims/

Assigned to 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California

On April 7, 2003 Cpt. Eric Das was killed when his F-15E was shot down during a combat mission in Iraq. He went to schoo...
04/07/2019
Air Force Capt. Eric Das - american fallen soldiers

On April 7, 2003 Cpt. Eric Das was killed when his F-15E was shot down during a combat mission in Iraq. He went to school at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs where he earned his wings and met his wife Nikki. “You have to have priorities in life, and Eric had them — God, family and country, in that order,” Nikki Das said.

To learn more about Cpt Eric DAS, go to:
https://americanfallensoldiers.com/air-force-capt-eric-das/

Killed when his F-15E was shot down during a combat mission in Iraq. Also killed was the plane’s weapon system officer.

Today we remember Army SGT Richard Vaughn who died on April 7, 2008 from wounds sustained when his unit came under attac...
04/07/2019
Army SGT Richard A. Vaughn - american fallen soldiers

Today we remember Army SGT Richard Vaughn who died on April 7, 2008 from wounds sustained when his unit came under attack in the Sadr City neighborhood of Baghdad. “Richard’s courage and unyielding loyalty remind all Californians of the sacrifices made to protect democracy and keep us safe. We will honor and cherish the memory of this brave Californian forever,” then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said in a statement.

To read more about SGT Richard Vaughn, visit:
https://americanfallensoldiers.com/army-sgt-richard-vaughn/

Died April 7, 2008 from wounds sustained during a fight in the Sadr City neighborhood of Baghdad when his unit came under attack from a militia force using small arms, rocket-propelled grenades and improvised explosive devices.

SGT Timothy “Timmy” Smith was killed April 7, 2008 when his combat vehicle struck an improvised explosive device (IE...
04/07/2019
Army SGT Timothy Smith - american fallen soldiers

SGT Timothy “Timmy” Smith was killed April 7, 2008 when his combat vehicle struck an improvised explosive device (IED) in Baghdad. His mother, Patricia Smith stated, “He just wanted to help people,” she said, “He was always a protector.” He communicated with his wife by e-mail or phone practically every day. They talked about their life together after he finished his service: becoming a police officer, moving to Los Angeles

Find out more about SGT Timothy Smith at:
https://americanfallensoldiers.com/army-sgt-timothy-m-smith/

Assigned to 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Polk, Louisiana

Today we remember Navy SO2 Joseph Schwedler who was killed April 6, 2007 while on an assault mission in Iraq. The Commod...
04/06/2019
Navy SO2 (SEAL) Joseph “Clark” Schwedler - american fallen soldiers

Today we remember Navy SO2 Joseph Schwedler who was killed April 6, 2007 while on an assault mission in Iraq. The Commodore of Naval Special Warfare Group TWO said, “Petty Officer Schwedler lived by the SEAL code, and time and again his actions in training and on the battlefield embodied the physical agility and mental toughness that characterizes the best of Naval Special Warfare. He will surely be missed and certainly not forgotten.”

To learn more about SO2 Clark Schwedler, go to:
https://americanfallensoldiers.com/navy-so2-seal-clark-schwedler/

On April 6, 2007 while on an assault mission of a home occupied with terrorists involved in the recent takedown of a Marine Medivac helicopter, Schwedler took enemy fire and was killed in action. Two other SEALS were injured during the attack, and one Iraqi soldier involved in the joint operation wa...

Army 1LT Robert Welch was killed in action on April 3, 2011 of wounds sustained by a rocket that was launched by insurge...
04/03/2019
Army 1LT Robert Welch III - american fallen soldiers

Army 1LT Robert Welch was killed in action on April 3, 2011 of wounds sustained by a rocket that was launched by insurgents in the Khost Province of Afghanistan. He wanted to join the military and be a Soldier at an early age; his dream was to follow in his father and grandfather’s footsteps.

To learn more about 1LT Robert Welch, go to:
https://americanfallensoldiers.com/army-1st-lt-robert-welch-iii/

1LT Robert Welch III died April 3, 2011 of wounds sustained when a rocket was launched by insurgents into Forward Operating Base (FOB) Salerno, in the Khost Province near the Pakistani border. According to his father, Retired Army LTC Robert Welch II, when they got 1LT Welch to the air station for s...

Today we remember Capt James Steel who died on April 3, 2013 in the crash of an F-16 near Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan...
04/03/2019
Air Force Capt James M. Steel - american fallen soldiers

Today we remember Capt James Steel who died on April 3, 2013 in the crash of an F-16 near Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. “James was always smiling, always happy,” his mother recalls. He was known as the leader in his family of six children.

To read Capt James Steel’s full story, visit:
https://americanfallensoldiers.com/james-steel/

Air Force Capt. James Steel died April 3, 2013 in the crash of an F-16 near Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. While returning to the airfield from a close-air support mission, Capt. Steel was flying his F-16 low to prepare for landing but could not see the mountain in his flight path due to poor weather...

LTJG Frank Hand died on April 1, 1968 when his P-3 Orion was hit by anti-aircraft fire from a Cambodian gunboat while fl...
04/01/2019
Navy LTJG Frank Hand - american fallen soldiers

LTJG Frank Hand died on April 1, 1968 when his P-3 Orion was hit by anti-aircraft fire from a Cambodian gunboat while flying a reconnaissance mission while deployed in Vietnam. LTJG Hand was laid to rest at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery on November 12, 2007, nearly 40 years after his plane was shot down.

To learn more about Navy LTJG Frank Hand, go to:
https://americanfallensoldiers.com/navy-lt-frank-hand/

Died April 1, 1968 when his P-3 Orion was hit by anti-aircraft fire from a Cambodian gunboat while flying a reconnaissance mission.

Today we remember Army SSG Jason Arnette who was killed on April 1, 2007 in Bagdad, Iraq when an IED detonated near his ...
04/01/2019
Army SSG Jason R. Arnette - american fallen soldiers

Today we remember Army SSG Jason Arnette who was killed on April 1, 2007 in Bagdad, Iraq when an IED detonated near his vehicle. Since the age of three Jason loved the idea of becoming a Green Beret. “My son lived and died doing what he loved,” his mother said.

To read SGT Arnette’s full story, visit:
https://americanfallensoldiers.com/army-staff-sgt-jason-r-arnette/

Army SSG Jason Arnette died April 1, 2007 from wounds sustained March 31st when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle in Bagdad, Iraq. Also killed was SPC Wilfred Flores, Jr., of Lawton, Oklahoma.

Today we honor Army SSG Bryan Burgess who died on March 29, 2011, from wounds sustained after enemy forces near Bagram A...
03/29/2019
Army SSG Bryan A. Burgess - american fallen soldiers

Today we honor Army SSG Bryan Burgess who died on March 29, 2011, from wounds sustained after enemy forces near Bagram Airfield in Kunar Province, Afghanistan. His father, Terry Burgess, wrote, “As he grew, he became very interested in providing security for others. He worked for a security service with an eye toward joining the Police Force. He joined the National Guard, and then after 9/11 he told me, ‘Dad, I want to fight back,’ – and he did.”
To see more about SSG Bryan Burgess, go to:
https://americanfallensoldiers.com/army-bryan-burgess/

Assigned to 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky

Today we remember Marine PFC Leroy Sandoval who on March 26, 2004 he was killed in action as a result of a gunshot wound...
03/26/2019
Marine PFC Leroy Sandoval - american fallen soldiers

Today we remember Marine PFC Leroy Sandoval who on March 26, 2004 he was killed in action as a result of a gunshot wound in Fallujah, Iraq while manning a machine gun during a battle with Iraqi insurgents. Leroy had asked his mother for a prayer as his unit prepared to move into Fallujah. “He never liked the name of that city,” his stepfather, Steve Walters said. “I think he felt like he might not make it back from there.”
To find out more about Leroy Sandoval, go to:
https://americanfallensoldiers.com/marine-pfc-leroy-sandoval-jr/

Assigned to 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California

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03/26/2019
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In Brush of Honor, artist Phil Taylor is on a mission to pay tribute to America’s fallen military service members. In each episode, he embarks on a journey to learn as much as he can about them in order to accurately reflect the fallen hero’s true spirit in a hand-painted original portrait. He visits their hometown, meets with family members, friends and comrades. Through this process, he gains a clearer understanding of what leads these young men and women to serve and lay down their lives for our country. Phil ultimately honors the fallen by presenting the finished portrait to the family in an emotional and heartwarming tribute. Emmy® award winner Gary Sinise narrates this series.

Phil Taylor paints portraits of fallen American service members and presents the paintings to their families in emotional ceremonies. One canvas at a time, he honors our military heroes and recognizes their families on behalf of a grateful nation.

Today we remember LCpl Rick Centanni who was killed in action on March 24, 2010 in Helmand Province of Afghanistan when ...
03/24/2019
Marine LCpl Rick Centanni - american fallen soldiers

Today we remember LCpl Rick Centanni who was killed in action on March 24, 2010 in Helmand Province of Afghanistan when the light armored vehicle he was riding in was struck by a roadside bomb. Rick is remembered as a team player who helped his high school baseball and football teams work towards the state championships. His football coach Bill Pendleton said, “He was a great teammate and it’s no surprise at all to me that he chose to join the one other thing with as much camaraderie – the U.S. military.” Rick’s unfulfilled dream was to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a police officer.
To see more about LCpl Centanni, go to:
https://americanfallensoldiers.com/marine-lcpl-rick-centanni/

Assigned to 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve, Camp Pendleton, California

SGT Ryan Green died on March 18, 2007 from injuries sustained when an IED detonated near his unit while on combat patrol...
03/18/2019
Army SGT Ryan P. Green - american fallen soldiers

SGT Ryan Green died on March 18, 2007 from injuries sustained when an IED detonated near his unit while on combat patrol in Baghdad. Ryan’s stepfather, Craig Kagan, who also served in the Army during Vietnam said, “He believed so much in our country that he displayed his pride with the words “FREEDOM” tattooed across his back, shoulder to shoulder.”
To learn more about SGT Green, visit:
https://americanfallensoldiers.com/army-sgt-ryan-green/

On his second tour of duty in Iraq, SGT Green was severely injured on March 15, 2007 when an IED detonated near his unit while on combat patrol in Baghdad. He was flown to Landstuhl, Germany, where he died from his injuries on March 18, 2007. Others from his unit who were killed during the explosion...

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