Since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, and the following wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, men and women across the country — and Harford County — have bravely sacrificed their lives to fight for the rights we as Americans have every day. Especially on the tenth anniversary of that tragic, we honor those we've lost.
Patrick Ryan Adle
Marine Lance Cpl. Patrick Ryan Adle, a 2001 Fallston High School graduate, was killed in southeastern Baghdad in June 2004. Lance Cpl. Adle was 21 when a roadside explosion struck the Humvee he was traveling in. The explosion killed the Harford native as well as two other Marines. He had volunteered for a second tour of duty in Iraq.
Seven friends along with Lance Cpl. Adle promised to join the Marine Corps after graduating from Fallston High. After his death, the group of friends and other people close to Lance Cpl. Adle established a scholarship in his name. The scholarship would give one Fallston High senior a year at least $1,000 to go toward tuition at Harford Community College.
Lance Cpl. Adle, who received a posthumous Purple Heart, was buried in Arlington National Cemetery in a section dedicated to recent casualties of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Dale Burger Jr.
In November 2004, Marine Lance Cpl. Dale Burger Jr., 21 of Bel Air, was killed in action in Iraq's Al Anbar Province.
Prior to his death, Lance Cpl. Burger, who attended Bel Air High School before enlisting, had his arm wounded by shrapnel. This could have potentially sent him home.Lance Cpl. Burger, however, was eventually sent back into battle and was killed the next day.
Lance Cpl. Burger joined the Marines, with his mother's signature, when he was 17-and-a-half, the youngest age allowed. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base Camp in Pendleton, Calif., and would have completed four years of military service in January 2005.
After his death, Legion Post 135 added Lance Cpl. Burger's name to a list of nine others who gave their lives in military service.
Havre de Grace resident and Havre de Grace High School graduate Army Sgt. Jeffery Walker, 33, was killed in a helicopter crash killed in Fallujah, Iraq in January 2004 when a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter he was aboard crashed while on a medical evacuation mission.
Sgt. Walker was assigned to Company C, 782nd Main Support Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division, which is based at Fort Bragg, N.C. He is believed to be the Harford County resident killed in the war in Iraq.
David Sean Roddy
Another former Harford County resident's life was taken in September 2006. Petty Officer 2nd Class David Sean Roddy, 32 and a graduate of Bel Air High School, died when a roadside bomb he was dismantling exploded. Petty Officer Roddy, who enlisted in the Navy in 1999, was assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Two based in Norfolk, Va., and was serving with Multi-National Corps Iraq. His unit was conducting combat operations against enemy forces in the Al Anbar province when he was killed.
Neil Armstrong Prince
Sgt. 1st Class Neil Armstrong Prince, 35 of Forest Hill, joined the Army shortly after he graduated from City College in Baltimore in 1989. He did a tour of duty in the first Iraq war and wasn't supposed to go back.
In 2003, Sgt. 1st Class Prince and his family were stationed in Oklahoma before he was to transferred to South Korea. He was assured he would be staying there, even though personnel from South Korea were being transferred to Iraq at the time. It wasn't long before a soldier with more expertise was wounded in Iraq and replaced by Sgt. 1st Class Prince. He was killed in June 2005 in Iraq when a roadside bomb exploded near a Humvee he was traveling in.
Sgt. 1st Class Prince was set to rotate out of combat duty by August and then take a training position in Maryland or Pennsylvania or be stationed at Fort Hood, Texas. He was assigned to the Army's 2nd Battalion, 17th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, out of Fort Carson, Colo.