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FALLEN ANGELS. The War on Terror officially began on September 11, 2001. American troops have since sustained over 4,500 mortalities. Among these are more than 100 WOMEN. This is in loving memory of our Service Women of Color who died in this conflict. killed in this war.

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u s marine corps sgt jeannette l winters 25 january 09 2002
U.S. Marine Corps SGTJeannette L. Winters, 25 January 09, 2002
  • Home: Gary, IN
  • Base: Miramar, CA
  • Killed in a refueling tanker crash in Pakistan.
  • An annual military scholarship has been established in her name.
  • Jeannette served as a role model for her 5 siblings, including a brother, who also serves in the U.S. Marine Corps.
u s army spc rachel lacy 22 april 4 2003
U.S. Army SPC Rachel Lacy, 22 April 4, 2003
  • Home: Lynwood, IL

Served as a combat medic.

  • Died after receiving a series of 5 shots in preparation for deployment to Afghanistan. These shots included Anthrax and Smallpox, and were administered together.
  • Rachel succumbed a month later after her lungs, heart, and other organs failed.
u s navy seaman jakia sheree cannon 20 october 25 2003
U.S. Navy SEAMANJakiaSheree Cannon, 20October 25, 2003
  • Home: Baltimore, MD
  • Base: Norfolk, VA
  • Died in Bahrain due to natural causes.
  • Jakia ran track in Italy. She sang in the choir at Greater Mount Zion Baptist Church, where she was also served as an usher.
u s army pfc karina s lau 20 november 02 2003
U.S. Army PFCKarina S. Lau, 20November  02, 2003
  • Home: Livingston, CA
  • Base: Ft. Hood, TX
  • Killed in an attack on a CH-47 Chinook helicopter near Fallujah, Iraq.
  • Sang, played the clarinet and saxophone, and hoped to someday open a music store.
  • Among Karina’s surviving family members is her mother, Ruth Lau, and brother, Luis Lau, U.S. Navy.
u s army spc frances m vega 20 november 02 2003
U.S. Army SPC Frances M. Vega, 20November 02, 2003
  • Home: Fort Buchanan, PR

Born in San Francisco, CA

  • Base: Ft. Hood, TX
  • Died while onboard a CH-47 Chinook helicopter hit by a surface-to-air-missile near Fallujah.
  • Frances loved to dance and hoped to become a model.
u s army sgt keicia m hines 27 january 14 2004
U.S. Army SGTKeicia M. Hines, 27January 14, 2004
  • Home: Citrus Heights, CA.
  • Base: Ft. Bragg, NJ
  • Died when she was struck by a vehicle on Mosul Airfield in Mosul, Iraq.
  • Her mother, Beverly Coleman, received a package the same day she learned Keicia was dead. It contained a lovely purse stuffed with money, jewelry, and a note saying, “I love you, Mommy.” It was from Keicia.
  • Keicia also leaves her loving husband, SGT Sean Hines, U.S. Army.
u s army capt gussie m jones 41 march 07 2004
U.S. Army CAPT Gussie M. Jones, 41March 07, 2004
  • Home: Raleigh, AR
  • Suffered a heart attack and died in the Baghdad hospital where she worked as a surgical nurse.
  • During her 15 years of military service, Gussie received the Joint Service Commendation medal, 4 Army Commendation medals, and 3 Army Achievement medals.
u s army spc tyanna s avery felder 22 april 7 2004
U.S. Army SPCTyanna S. Avery-Felder, 22April 7, 2004
  • Home: Bridgeport, CT
  • Base: Ft. Lewis, WA
  • Died in Mosul, Iraq, of injuries sustained when her convoy vehicle was hit with an improvised explosive device in Balad, Iraq.
  • She enjoyed singing and playing basketball.
  • Tyanna is mourned by her husband, Adrian Felder, of the U.S. Army.
u s army pfc leslie d jackson 18 may 20 2004
U.S. Army PFCLeslie D. Jackson, 18May 20, 2004
  • Home: Richmond, VA
  • Base: Ft. Hood, TX
  • Killed when her military vehicle hit an improvised explosive device as she was returning to Camp Eagle in Baghdad.
  • Was a model student. Served as Commander of her high school’s JROTC program. She enlisted as soon as she graduated.
  • Leslie’s dream was to serve her country. She had been deployed for only 2 months.
u s army sgt pamela g osbourne 38 october 11 2004
U.S. Army SGTPamela G. Osbourne, 38October 11, 2004
  • Home: Hollywood, FL
  • Base: Ft. Hood, TX
  • Killed when two rockets hit her camp in Baghdad.
  • A medical condition could have kept her out of harm’s way but she refused to avoid Iraq.
  • Pamela is survived by her husband, RohanOsbourne, their 2 sons, and daughter.
u s army spc katrina l bell johnson 32 february 16 2005
U.S. Army SPCKatrina L. Bell – Johnson, 32February 16, 2005
  • Home: Orangeburg, SC
  • Base: Ft. Hood, TX
  • Killed in a vehicle accident in Baqubah, Iraq.
  • Deployed to Iraq 2 months after giving birth to her ‘miracle baby’ daughter, Gabriella. Doctors had told her she would never have children.
  • Katrina also leaves behind her husband, Lawrence Johnson, and her mother, Vivian Johnson-Huffman.
u s army sgt maj barbaralien banks 41 april 06 2005
U.S. Army SGT MAJ Barbaralien Banks, 41April 06, 2005
  • Home: Harvey, LA
  • Base: Schofield Barracks, HI
  • Killed April 6 when the CH-47 helicopter in which she was riding crashed in Ghazni, Afghanistan.
  • Barbaralien leaves behind her 2 children, Lashuwnta and Kent Kelly, and relatives, including her sister, Cassandra Bradley, U.S. Army, Kuwait.
u s marines cpl ramona m valdez 20 june 23 2005
U.S. Marines CPLRamona M. Valdez, 20June 23, 2005
  • Home: Bronx, NY
  • Base: Camp Lejeune, NC
  • Killed when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated near her convoy vehicle in Fallujah, Iraq.
  • Did everything ahead of her time: graduated high school at 15, joined the Marines at 17, married at 18, and died 4 days before her 21st birthday.
  • Ramona was the wife of U.S. Marines CPL Armando Guzman.
u s army pvt lavena l johnson 20 july 19 2005
U.S. Army PVT LaVena L. Johnson, 20July 19, 2005
  • Home: Florissant, MO
  • Base: Ft. Campbell, KY
  • Died ofnon-combat related injuries in Balad, Iraq. Her death remains under investigation.
  • Donated blood and was a volunteer for the American Heart Association.
  • LaVena is survived by her heartbroken parents, Dr. and Mrs. John Johnson.
u s army spc toccara r green 23 august 14 2005
U.S. Army SPCToccara R. Green, 23August 14, 2005
  • Home: Rosedale, MD
  • Base: Fort Drum, NY
  • Killed when multiple improvised explosive devices detonated near her unit during convoy operations in Asad, Iraq.
  • Toccara enjoyed fishing, roller skating, and working on cars.
u s army sgt julia v atkins 22 december 10 2005
U.S. Army SGTJulia V. Atkins, 22December 10, 2005
  • Home: Bossier City, LA.
  • Base: Fort Hood, TX.
  • Killed when an improvised explosive device detonated near her Humvee during patrol operations in Baghdad.
  • Enjoyed shopping and spending happy times with her nieces and nephews.
  • Julia was engaged to marry SPC Keith Mack, U.S. Army.
u s marine corps l cpl juana navarro arellano 24 april 8 2006
U.S. Marine Corps L/CPL Juana Navarro Arellano, 24April 8, 2006
  • Home: Ceres, CA
  • Base: Okinawa, Japan
  • Died from a gunshot wound to the head while in a defensive position. She was guarding other soldiers during the mission when she was struck by small arms fire.
  • Called “Chica”, she was a true warrior and had a magnetic, fun-loving personality.
  • Juana is survived by her parents, 3 sisters, including her twin, and 2 brothers who also serve in the U.S. Marine Corps.
u s army sgt wakkuna a jackson 21 august 19 2006
U.S. Army SGTWakkuna A. Jackson, 21August 19, 2006
  • Home: Jacksonville, FL
  • Base: Ft. Drum, NY
  • Killed when an improvised explosive device detonated near her convoy vehicle in Kunar, Afghanistan.
  • Loved the military life and attending church.
  • Wakkuna was the youngest of 3 daughters. Her parents are Sherman and Teresita Jackson.
u s army 2 nd lt emily j t perez 23 september 12 2006
U.S. Army 2ND LTEmily J.T. Perez, 23September 12, 2006
  • Home: Killeen,TX
  • Base: Ft. Hood, TX
  • Died of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near her Humvee during combat operations in Kifl, Iraq.
  • Emily was West Point’s first African-American female Cadet Corps Command Sergeant Major.
u s army sgt denise a lannaman 46 october 1 2006
U.S. Army SGT Denise A. Lannaman, 46October 1, 2006
  • Home: Bayside, NY Born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Base: Newburgh, NY
  • Died at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait from a non-combat related incident.
  • Denise’s family and fellow soldiers will forever miss her sincerity, enthusiasm, and contagious smile.
u s army maj gloria d davis 47 december 12 2006
U.S. Army MAJGloria D. Davis, 47December 12, 2006
  • Home: St. Louis, MO
  • Base: Washington, DC
  • Died in Baghdad, Iraq, from a non-combat related gunshot wound.
  • Volunteered at a women’s shelter, and was devoted to her granddaughter.
  • Gloria also leaves behind her beloved children, Candace and Damien, and her mother, Annie Washington.
u s navy petty officer 2 nd class laquita pate james 23 february 12 2007
U.S. Navy PETTY OFFICER 2nd CLASS Laquita Pate James, 23February 12, 2007
  • Home: Orange Park, FL.
  • Died of natural causes aboard the U.S.S. Bataan, according to reports.
  • Was known to be in excellent physical health.
  • Laquita leaves behind her 2 sons, loving relatives, and many friends.
u s army staff sgt alicia a birchett 29 aug 9 2007
U.S. Army STAFF SGTAlicia A. Birchett, 29Aug. 9 , 2007
  • Home: Mashpee, MA
  • Base: Ft. Campbell, KY
  • Died of injuries sustained when she was pinned by a truck while changing its tire in Baghdad.
  • Served as an engineer mechanic. She felt that joining the Army was a good way to both see the world and contribute to it.
  • Alicia leaves behind her 3 sons, ages 2, 4, and 7, now in the care of her husband and her mother, Dorothea Finklea.
u s army spc zandra t walker 28 aug 15 2007
U.S. Army SPC Zandra T. Walker, 28 Aug. 15, 2007
  • Home: Greenville, SC
  • Base: Ft. Hood, TX
  • Died in Taji, Iraq, when the enemy attacked using indirect fire. Also killed was Sgt. Princess C. Samuels.
  • Zandra’s identical twin sister, Yolanda Worthy, also serves in the U.S. Army, Kuwait.
u s army sgt princess c samuels 22 august 15 2007
U.S. Army SGTPrincess C. Samuels, 22August 15, 2007
  • Home: Mitchellville, MD
  • Base: Ft. Hood, TX
  • Died in Taji, Iraq, when the enemy attacked using indirect fire. Also killed was SPC Zandra T. Walker.
  • Called “Noodle” by her family and friends because of her 5’2”, 100-pound frame. Princess loved the color pink.
u s army staff sgt lillian clamens 35 october 10 2007
U.S. Army STAFF SGT Lillian Clamens, 35October 10, 2007
  • Home: Lawton, OK
  • Base: Miami, FL
  • Died in Baghdad of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked her unit with rockets.
  • Devoted wife and supermom to her daughters, Lana and Victoria, and son, Ayinde.
  • “Lilly” also leaves behind her loving husband, Raymond, and her mother, Dorothy.
u s navy master at arms seaman genesia mattril gresham 19 october 22 2007
U.S. Navy MASTER-AT-ARMS SEAMANGenesiaMattril Gresham, 19October 22, 2007
  • Home: Lithonia, GA.
  • Assigned to U.S. Naval Support Activity, Bahrain.
  • Died in Bahrain in a non-combat related incident. Also killed was her roommate, Seaman AnamarieCamocho.
  • Nicknamed “Snowflake”, Genesia was scheduled to return home on October 24th.
u s army staff sgt carletta s davis 34 nov 5 2007
U.S. Army STAFF SGTCarletta S. Davis, 34 Nov. 5, 2007
  • Home: Anchorage, AK
  • Base: Fort Drum, NY
  • Died in Tal Al-Dahab, Iraq of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near her Humvee during combat operations.
  • Was as a flight medic and planned to become a physician’s assistant.
  • Carletta is mourned by her mother, Ms. Levada Napier, other relatives, and friends.
u s army spc christine m ndururi 21 november 6 2007
U.S. Army SPCChristine M. Ndururi, 21November 6, 2007
  • Home: Dracut, MA

Born in Kenya

  • Base: Ft. Hood, TX
  • Died in Camp Arifjan, Kuwait from non-combat related illness. Her death is under investigation.
  • Was a devout Christian who loved to play and watch sports.
  • Christine is mourned by her parents, 3 brothers, and many other family members.
u s army spc keisha m morgan 25 febrary 22 2008
U.S. Army SPC Keisha M. Morgan, 25 Febrary 22, 2008
  • Home: Washington, DC
  • Base: Ft. Hood. TX
  • Died in Baghdad, Iraq of a non-combat related cause.
  • Re-enlisted just a few days before her death, and was planning to become a Registered Nurse.
  • Keisha leaves behind her grieving parents, Michael and Diana Morgan, and other relatives.
u s navy counselor 1 st class cherie l morton 48 april 20 2008
U.S. Navy COUNSELOR 1ST CLASS Cherie L. Morton, 48April 20, 2008
  • Home: Bakersfield, CA
  • Assigned to Naval Security Force, Naval Support Activity in Bahrain.
  • Died in Galali, Muharraq, Bahrain of a gunshot wound. Her death is under investigation.
  • Christine won several awards during her career, including the Navy Achievement Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.
why only angels of color
Why only Angels of Color?

Fallen Angels is not to undermine the memories of others. No life was more precious than the next. All are cherished and mourned by their families and nation.

However, I am haunted by the number of women of color who died mysteriously, of unknown causes, and violently, in non-combat-related incidents.

Some were shot. At least one was raped and murdered. Others died of ‘illnesses’, even though they were in perfect health and had been medically cleared for active duty. Thus…

Fallen Angels is born of utter sadness, yet is filled with my hope and prayers that all wars will cease.

Music: Adagio For Strings,

Leonard Bernstein and Orchestra