Casey Pays Tribute to Pennsylvanians Killed in Iraq

WASHINGTON, DC- On the Senate floor today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) paid tribute to the 169 Pennsylvanians killed in Iraq and the sacrifices made by these troops and their families.  In his remarks, Senator Casey read the name and hometown of all 169 Pennsylvanians killed. 

A copy of his remarks is attached. 



Remarks of U.S. Senator Bob Casey

As Prepared

July 11, 2007


Mr. President, the Senate is once again debating future U.S. policy in Iraq.  I have long advocated a new direction for our policy.  I will continue to vote in a manner consistent with changing course in Iraq. 

However, today I rise to not speak about policy, tactics, or strategy.  I will speak today only about our troops and their families.  The numbers are important:

1) 3,609 Americans have lost their lives, including 169 from Pennsylvania – the third highest toll of any state;

2) Over 25,000 have been wounded, including more than 1,100 from Pennsylvania;

3) Approximately 156,000 Americans, both active-duty and reserve forces, are currently serving in Iraq, including more than 8,000 from Pennsylvania;

Those numbers surely don’t tell the whole story.  Especially when we consider the traumatic effect the war has had on individual families.  These fighting men and women were born into families, not into divisions and brigades.  They are sons and daughters, husbands and wives, fathers and mothers.  Their love for their families is matched only by their devotion to our country. 

This war has impacted these families in different ways.  We remember with gratitude and reverence those more than 3600 soldiers and marines who have died – who gave, as President Lincoln said, “the last full measure of devotion to their country.”  Their families have loved and lost and the sharp pain of that loss may, we pray, diminish over time but the ache, the hurt, will long endure because someone they loved, someone whose strong and warm embrace gave them comfort, will not be there any longer.  They’re missing.

Some families have a loved one who served in Iraq and returned home, but was one of the 25,000 wounded.  Those families have paid a terrible price for the courage and dedication of their family members.  The bravery of our fighting men and women is so inspiring!  I met one of them in March who represents so many across this “land of the brave”, our America.  His name is Joshua Humberger of Grapeville, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania – and he is 20 years old. 

Like many of our troops, Joshua comes from a small town, in southwestern Pennsylvania; he is in the Army National Guard.  He received the Purple Heart and other commendations after he was wounded when the vehicle he was riding in was hit by a bomb, killing his commander, Sgt. First Class Daniel Brozovich of Greenville, PA.  Two others, Ryan Griffin and Robert Kaminski, both of Allegheny County, were injured.  To say that Joshua was injured is an understatement.  A newspaper article put it this way: 

            His left leg was amputated at the knee.  His stomach was

            pierced by shrapnel and surgeons had to remove part of

            his lower bowel.

Despite all of this pain that he and his wife, Jessica, have endured, he said during our visit, “I want to go back”, to continue serving.  Where do these young men and women find their strength?  I don’t know, because it’s hard for me to comprehend or fully appreciate such courage.  They must find it from a deep reservoir of faith, the love of their family, and an abiding allegiance to this nation.  Other families have loved ones who are in Iraq now or had been there for a long time.  Even if a soldier isn’t killed or wounded, while they’re in Iraq, they’re missing.  The great rock music icon Bruce Springsteen’s words come to mind, written in the aftermath of 9/11, but they help explain what our families have endured during this war.  His song, “You’re Missing” says in part: 

Your house is waiting, your house is waiting
For you to walk in
But you're missing
You're missing when I shut out the lights
You're missing when I close my eyes
You're missing when I see the sun rise
You're missing

Children are asking if it's alright
Will you be in our arms tonight?


And, so, to pay tribute to those who are missing from their homes and their families because they lost their life on a battlefield in Iraq, I want to take a few minutes to read the names and hometowns of the 169 Pennsylvanians killed in action:

Shawn M. Davies - Aliquippa/Hopewell

Aric J. Barr - Allegheny

Joseph P. Goodrich - Allegheny

Luis O. Rodriguez-Contrera - Allentown

Larry Parks Jr. - Altoona

Russell G. Culbertson III - Amity

Stevon Alexander Booker - Apollo

Joshua J. Henry - Avonmore

Todd M. Siebert - Baden

Allan R. Bevington  - Beaver Falls

Clint Richard Matthews - Bedford

Russell A. Kurtz - Bethel Park

Christopher D. Coffin - Bethlehem

Frederick A. Carlson - Bethlehem

Brent W. Dunkleberger - Bloomfield

Paul D. Karpowich - Bridgeport

John H. Todd III - Bridgeport

Christopher E. Loudon - Brockport

Tristan Smith - Bryn Athyn

Carl J. Morgain - Butler

George A. Pugliese - Carbondale

Oliver J. Brown - Carbondale

Kimberly A. Voelz - Carlisle

Nicholas B. Morrison - Carlisle

Gregory A. Cox - Carmichaels

Aaron M. Genevie - Chambersburg

Brandon M. Hardy - Cochranville

John T. Bubeck - Collegeville

Nils George Thompson - Confluence

Shelby J. Feniello - Connellsville

Timmy R. Brown Jr. - Conway

Matthew C. Bowe - Coraopolis

Michael W. Franklin - Coudersport

Michael J. Cleary - Dallas

Joseph M. Kane - Darby

Jason A. Shaffer - Derry

Kenneth E. Zeigler II - Dillsburg

Colby J. Umbrell - Doylestown

Travis L. Manion - Doylestown

Steven R. Tudor - Dunmore

Corey L. Small - East Berlin

Christopher Scott Seifert - Easton

Joshua P. Klinger - Easton

Ashly L. Moyer - Emmaus

Ernest G. Bucklew - Enon Valley

Donald Samuel Oaks Jr. - Erie

Victor M. Cortes III - Erie

Jeremy R. Horton - Erie

Mark T. Resh - Fogelsville

Bradli N. Coleman - Ford City

Sean P. Huey - Fredericktown

Dylan R. Paytas - Freedom

Mark P. Phelan - Green Lane

Roger Alan Napper Jr. - Greenburg

Eric W. Slebodnik - Greenfield Township

Michael A. Marzano - Greenville

Daniel A. Brozovich - Greenville

William L. Evans - Hallstead

Lee A. Wiegand - Hallstead

John Kulick - Harleysville

Sean Michael Thomas - Harrisburg

Barton R. Humlhanz - Hellertown

Ronald E. Baum - Hollidaysburg

Brandon E. Adams - Hollidaysburg

Daniel R. Lightner Jr. - Hollidaysburg

Curtis J. Forshey - Hollidaysburg

Keith A. Bennett - Holtwood

Landon S. Giles - Indiana

Randy D. McCaulley - Indiana

Bradley G. Kritzer - Irvona

Robert H. Dembowski - Ivyland

Michael R. Cohen - Jacobus

David Michael Veverka - Jamestown

Dennis J. Veater - Jessup

Andrew Joseph Baddick - Jim Thorpe

Raymond R. Buchan - Johnston

Christopher A. Golby - Johnstown

Aaron J. Rusin - Johnstown

Andrew R. Jodon - Karthaus

Ross A. McGinnis - Knox

Jacob Walter Beisel - Lackawaxen

Jason L. Frye - Landisburg

Joseph Basil Maglione III - Lansdale

Maurice J. Johnson - Levittown

Jae S. Moon - Levittown

Ryan S. Ostrom - Liberty

Stephen P. Snowberger III - Lopez

David E. Dietrich - Marysville

Keith A. Callahan - McClure

Christopher E. Cutchall - McConnellsburg

Mark Joseph Kasecky - McKees Rocks

Edward W. Carman - McKeesport

Michael J. Smith - Media

Michael E. McLaughlin - Mercer

Jeremy M. Campbell - Middlebury

Louis E. Allen - Milford

Zachariah W. Long - Milton

Edward W. Shaffer - Mont Alto

Daniel L. Arnold - Montrose

Nathaniel E. Detample - Morrisville

Thor H. Ingraham - Murrysville

Travis C. Zimmerman - New Berlinville

Clifford L. Moxley Jr. - New Castle

Albert Pasquale Gettings - New Castle

Orlando E. Gonzalez - New Freedom

Jennifer M. Hartman - New Ringgold

Brandon J. Van Parys - New Tripoli

Timothy L. Hayslett - Newville

Kyle J. Grimes - Northampton

Justin W. Dreese - Northumberland

Brett D. Swank - Northumberland

John R. Priestner – Leraysville

Jonathan Roy Kephart  - Oil City

Kyle J. Renehan - Oxford

Jeremy E. Maresh - Penn Forest Township

Brian R. Faunce - Philadelphia

Francis J. Straub Jr. - Philadelphia

Adam C. Conboy - Philadelphia

Carl W. Johnson II - Philadelphia

Edward W. Brabazon - Philadelphia

Joseph M. Nolan - Philadelphia

Rodney A. Jones - Philadelphia

Nicholas J. Zangara - Philadelphia

Brahim J. Jeffcoat - Philadelphia

Gennaro Pellegrini Jr. - Philadelphia

Albert M. Nelson - Philadelphia

Wesley J. Williams - Philadelphia

David R. Bernstein - Phoenixville

Douglas J. Weismantle - Pittsburgh

Rafael L. Navea - Pittsburgh

Nicholas A. Tomko - Pittsburgh

Robert E. Hall Jr. - Pittsburgh

Patrick Brian Kenny - Pittsburgh

Mark W. Melcher - Pittsburgh

Jason M. West - Pittsburgh

Thomas E. Vandling Jr. - Pittsburgh

Steven Freund - Pleasant Hills

Andrew W. Brown - Pleasant Mount

Sherwood R. Baker - Plymouth

Jaror C. Puello-Coronado - Pocono Summit

Craig S. Ivory - Port Matilda

Anthony L. Sherman - Pottstown

Scott R. Smith - Punxsutawney

Tamarra J. Ramos - Quakertown

William V. Fernandez  - Reading

Joseph Minucci II - Richeyville

Tony L. Knier - Sabinsville

Timothy J. Lauer - Saegertown

Robert T. Mininger - Sellersville

Matthew J. Sandri - Shamokin

Douglas E. Kashmer - Sharon

Kurt E. Krout - Spinnerstown

William R. Sturges Jr. - Spring Church

Tristan Neil Aitken - State College

Eric A. McIntosh - Trafford

Carl F. Curran - Union City

Eric R. Hull - Uniontown

Jeffrey P. Toczylowski - Upper Moreland

Lonny D. Wells - Vandergrift

Neil Anthony Santoriello - Verona

Steven W. Szwydek - Warfordsburg

Michael T. Gleason - Warren

Ryan J. Kovacicek - Washington

Dale Thomas Lloyd - Watsontown

Brent A. Adams - West View

William J. Maher III - Yardley

Allen J. Dunckley - Yardley

Martin W. Kondor - York

Sean R. Mitchell - Youngsville


May they rest in peace.


Mr. President, I yield the floor.

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