Display remembers Wisconsin's fallen service members

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Anna Marie Lux
Friday, September 27, 2013

JANESVILLE--The faces and names of fallen Rock County servicemen will be among those honored Saturday in a special exhibit at Plahn's Army Navy store, 500 N. Parker Dr., Janesville.

At least six Rock County men are included in “Remembering the Fallen,” a traveling exhibit recognizing the ultimate sacrifice made by service members who died in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Rock County Dryhootch, Patriotic Productions and Bellevue University of Bellevue, Neb., are partners in the exhibit. Dryhootch is a Wisconsin-based program offered by veterans for veterans. A newly created chapter meets in Janesville. Patriotic Productions is the nonprofit-program creator of the display.

Fallen servicemen, with Rock County addresses or ties, are:

-- Army Pfc. Sean M. Schneider, 22, Janesville, who died March 29, 2004, in Iraq, when his truck slid off a steep embankment in Diwaniyah.

-- Sgt. Nathan J. Vacho, 29, who died from injuries May 5, 2006, when an improvised explosive device near Al Hillah in Iraq struck his vehicle.

-- Army Spec. Tyler R. Kreinz, 21, Beloit, who died June 18, 2011, in Afghanistan, of injuries suffered during a vehicle rollover accident in Uruzgan Province.

-- Army Cpl. Benjamin H. Neal, 21, Orfordville, who died April 25, 2012, in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, from injuries sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with a makeshift bomb.

At least two more lived at one time in Rock County.

They are:

-- Spec. Justin W. Linden of Portland, Oregon. He died in Baghdad, Iraq, June 4, 2004. He was raised in Clinton. The 22-year-old served with the Oregon-based Army National Guard. He died when his convoy was attacked with makeshift bombs and rocket-propelled grenades.

-- Pfc. Andrew J. McFall Halverson, Muscoda/Shopiere. The Marine was killed by enemy action in Anbar Province, Iraq, on Oct. 9, 2004, a day before his 20th birthday.

“These lives are too important to forget,” said Sarah Carter of Janesville, Dryhootch marketing coordinator.  

The display's photos honor 128 fallen service members. People are welcome to personalize their visits by attaching note cards to the photos of their fallen loved ones.

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