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Aaron M. Forbes aka Big Sexy
Corporal U.S. Army KIA 12.28.2005
Being in the Army helped Aaron M. Forbes focus and mature. Forbes, 24, of Hilton Head, S.C., was killed Dec. 29 in Baghdad by a roadside bomb. He was assigned to Fort Hood. Forbes joined the Army in 2002.
Before he left for his second Iraq tour, they finalized adoption of her 5-year-old son, Alex, from a previous marriage. “He loved that little boy so much,” Jokisch said. Forbes’ mother, Majorie Jokisch, died in January 2001 of ovarian cancer. His sister, Alecia, died that July at age 21 after fainting at the restaurant where she worked.
Learn more or leave a message for Cpl. Aaron M. Forbes on his Legacy page.
Ben Kopp - U.S. Army Ranger
Corporal U.S. Army 07.18.2009
Ben Kopp became an Army Ranger out of respect and admiration for his great grandfather, who served as infantryman in WWII. After 9/11, at the age of 13, Ben vowed to serve his country with determination and pride.
Ben arrived at Ft. Benning, Georgia exactly one month after his high school graduation. His tenacity made him an accomplished Army Ranger only eight months later. The daily challenges of being an elite Army Ranger do not come easy, but quickly turns “boys” into “men”. Ben was no exception. On his first visit home, the change in him was not unnoticed and it was apparent he was doing exactly what he was meant to do.
Ben maintained his childhood friendships from his hometown of Rosemount, MN, but also established new friendships within his fellow brothers of the the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. He became known for his fearless attitude, crooked grin and his charm with the ladies. Ben had an infectious personality and all would agree he was a best friend to many.
Ben served two tours in Iraq before his third tour in Afghanistan in May of 2009. On July 10th, during a firefight with the Taliban, he saved the lives of six of his fellow Rangers before being shot in the leg. Unfortunately, recovery from the trauma his body endured from the gunshot wound and surgery would prove to be too much. Ben Kopp died on July 18, 2009 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. Prior to his death, Ben ensured his living will stated that he donate all of his organs, including bone, skin and tissue. Ben’s organ donations saved or enhanced the lives of 60 people. His heart still beats today in a woman from Winnetka, Illinois. He is laid to rest in the hallowed grounds of section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery.
In life and in death, Corporal Benjamin S. Kopp was and still is a hero. He is sorely missed to this day by all who know and love him.
Here is a link to Cpl. Ben Kopp Legacy page.