Away for the holidays

As Americans gather during the holidays, many circles of family and friends will be missing a person who wears our nation's uniform.
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

As Americans gather during the holidays, many circles of family and friends will be missing a person who wears our nation's uniform.

A card or letter to these members of the U.S. armed forces, stationed around the country and around the world, will let them know how much we appreciate their dedication, especially at this time of year.

PVT Crawford, Charles

C 4/5 ADA

Unit #15786

APO, AP 96260-5786

Crawford attended Holy Angels School and Sandusky High School. He is deployed in Korea until October 2009. His wife and two children are living in this area while he is deployed.

CW2 Bryan K. Chandler

A Co. 4-4 ARB

Gambler Guns

4th Combat Aviation Brigade

APO AE 09378

Chandler, a 1997 graduate of Bellevue High School, is deployed to Iraq. Family members in Bellevue include his wife Kristen, son Peyton, mother Janet Chandler, stepfather Mike Phillips and brother Shaun.

SPC Moore De'Nale P.

A Co. 46th ECB (H)

APO AE 09344

Moore, a 2001 graduate of Sandusky High School, is stationed in Iraq. He is the son of Janiece Moore and the late Lindsley Moore.

SPC Jason Newport

HHC 2-4 INF

UNIT # 40507

FOB FALCON

APO AE 09361-2507

Jason, 20, has been in Iraq for the past 12 months with the U.S. Army. Jason is the brother of Hailey Johnston, Port Clinton.

LCPL Anthony L. Mazza

Maintenance Co. MTM Platoon

CLB-2

Unit 73960

FPO AE 09509-3960

Mazza, a 2006 graduate of Perkins High School, is stationed in Iraq. He is the son of Lee and Kimberly Mazza, Queen Creek, Ariz.

A1C Sehlmeyer, Jodi Patricia

PSC3

1320 Truemper St., Unit 367669

Lackland AFB, TX 78236-6378

Sehlmeyer, a 2007 graduate of Sandusky High School, is stationed at Lackland Air Force Base. She is the daughter of Joyce and Joel Sehlmeyer and granddaughter of Ruth Sehlmeyer and Ray and Jeanette Ruffing.

SPC Joe Herner

1610 Box 31 22nd St.

Fort Polk, LA 71459

Herner graduated from Norwalk High School. He is the son of Rod and Julie Barrientes and grandson of Charles and Lois Klein.

SPC Andrew Bickley

B Co. 121st CSH

Box #51 Unit #15244

APO AP 96205-5244

Bickley, a 2005 graduate of Sandusky High School, is stationed at Yongsan Army Base in Seoul, South Korea, where he is a radiological specialist with the 121st Combat Support Hospital. He is the son of Deb and Jim Bickley.

Clayman, Mark R.

Tower/AFOSI

APO AE 09354

Clayman is an Airman E3 in the U.S. Air Force, 20th Security Forces in Bagram, Afghanistan. He is a 2003 graduate of Huron High School and the son of Dan and Holly Clayman.

LCPL Struble Ben

2nd Tank BNDETC Unit 73418

FPO AE 09509-3418

Struble, a Sandusky High School graduate, is the son of James and Barbara Struble. He and his wife, Alicia, are expecting their first child.

Joshua M Dorski

PSC 251 Box 1335

APO AP 96542-3610

Dorski, a 2007 Edison High School graduate, is stationed at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. He is the son of Dennis and Rita Mckain and brother of Andrew Dorski.

1LT Nicole Fredrick

317th Maint Co

Camp Liberty

APO AE 09344

Fredrick is a 2002 graduate of Sandusky High School and a 2006 graduate of Capital University. She is stationed in Iraq with the U.S. Army. She is the daughter of Allan Zorn and Vicki and Eric Weiss, sister of Matthew Zorn and granddaughter of Joan Zorn and Carol Harkleroad.

Michael Arnold

Supply 1 S-8

USS Ronald Reagan CVN76

FPO AP 96616-2876

Arnold, who serves in the U.S. Navy, is the son of John and Ann Arnold, Sandusky.

Julie Coyle

5008 Robeson Place

Summerville, SC 29485

Coyle, a 1983 graduate of Perkins High School, is a First Class Petty Officer/E-6/HM1 stationed in Charleston, S.C., with the U.S. Navy. She and her husband, MSgt Keith A. Coyle, have one son, Christopher. Her parents are Arnold and Bonnie Schuessler.

SPC James Niehm

B-Battery 1-94 FA

Fort Lewis, WA 98433

Niehm, a 2004 graduate of Sandusky High School, joined the U.S. Army in April 2006. He recently completed a two-year tour of duty in South Korea and is now stationed at Fort Lewis, Wash. He is the son of Jim and Jeanette Niehm.

Sgt. Schuller, J.W.

2/25 DET 1 WPNS Co. MAP 3

Unit 43509

FPO AP 96426-3509

Sgt. Jeff Schuller is a 1999 graduate of Monroeville High School and 2008 graduate of Cleveland State University. He is serving his second tour of duty in Iraq with the 2/25 Marines. He is the son of Jeff and Cindy Schuller.

Kevin Burns

770th AEAS

Unit 6045

Camp Taji

APO AE 09378

Capt. Kevin Burns, a 1998 graduate of St. Mary Central Catholic High School and 2002 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, is a helicopter pilot. He was stationed in Spokane, Wash., for four years before heading to Iraq last month. Family in Sandusky include his wife, Tania, daughters Tatianna and Therese, and parents Patrick and Mary Ellen Burns.

Master Gunnery Sgt. Howard M. Kiser

kiser224@yahoo.com

Kiser recently deployed to the Middle East for a third tour since 2005. He is stationed at Arifjan, Kuwait, until 2009 and previously served in Iraq. He specializes in Marine Corps supply and logistics. He and his wife, Leanna, are 1983 graduates of Fremont Ross High School. His family lives near Camp LeJeune in North Carolina. He is the son of Claudette Kauble and Ken Kiser of Fremont.

LCPL Joshua R. McNutt

5196 W. Peleliv Drive

Tarawa Terrence

Camp LeJuene NC 28543

McNutt was born and raised in Sandusky and Norwalk. He graduated from EHOVE Career Center. He is the son of Dion McNutt Sr.

SSgt. A. R. Sherer

AMC/LSE RPAT

APO AE 09342

Andrew Sherer is serving his second deployment to Iraq with the U.S. Air Force. He is the grandson of Marlene and the late Richard Sherer of Huron and Eugene and Donna Dahs of Monroeville.

Jeffrey Singler

PSC Box 915

APO AP 96264

or

frogandcricket@hotmail.com

Singler, a soon-to-be master sergeant, is stationed in South Korea without his family for one year. His wife, Becky (Barnes) Singler, formerly of Sandusky, lives in N. Ogden, Utah, with their sons, Jeffrey Jr., 17, and Thachary, 13. He is the son of James and Ruth Singler, brother of Jim Singler Jr. and son-in-law of Charlie and Nancy Barnes, all of Sandusky.

SPC Thomas V. Cruse

Charlie Company 100th - 442nd INF

APO, AEO9327

Cruse, who was born and raised in Sandusky, is serving in Kuwait. He and his wife, Lauren, have two daughters: Jayla, 13 months, and Kasey, born Nov. 9.

Bryan & Alyson Kluding

620 E. Lexington Apt. 7

El Cajon, CA 92020

email: Kludinbw@ddg91@usnavy.net

Bryan Kluding, an Engineman 3rd Class Petty Officer, is serving his third year aboard the USS Pinckney, based in San Diego. He is the son of Barbara Kluding and Joe Dunlap, and the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. James White and Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Kluding. His wife, Alyson, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Steven Nestor.

SGT. Saylor, James G.

HHC/3rd ESC

APO, AE 09391

James Saylor, a graduate of Sandusky High School, is the grandson of Jim and Jean Stookey and the son of Janet Saylor.

Pvt. Larry Johnson

228 Sheridan Ave.

Unit 11 I

Fort Myer, VA 22211

Johnson attended Fremont Ross High School and Vanguard Career Center. He moved to Sandusky in 2000 and worked at Lewco and Cedar Point. He is the son of Brian and Joelle Wagoner, Sandusky.

SR Robert B. Pusateri

Ship 7 DIV 046

3405 Sailor Way

Great Lakes, IL 60088

Pusateri is a 2008 graduate of St. Mary Central Catholic High School and EHOVE Career Center. He is the son of Robert and Deb Pusateri and Diane Pusateri, Sandusky.

Sgt. Ramsey, Branden

B-3/7 FA

COB Speicher Iraq

APO AE 09393

Ramsey, a 2002 graduate of Danbury High School and EHOVE Career Center, is serving his third tour of duty in Iraq. He has two sons, Branden Jr. and Elijah, both of Port Clinton. He is the son of Martha and Charles Zivkovic, Marblehead; grandson of Lois Ballard, Catawba Island; and brother of Libby Zivkovic, Marblehead, and Tim Ramsey II, Toccoa, Ga.

SFC Stephen Lucas

HHC 1/67AR

Team Headhunter (FOB McHenry)

FOB WARRIOR, APO AE 09338

Lucas is the son of Paul and Annette (Coker) Lucas, Marblehead.

Warrant Officer Travis M. Myers

1318 Forman Road

Dupont, WA 98327

Myers, a 1988 graduate of Sandusky High School, is stationed at Fort Lewis, Wash., where he lives with his wife, Kim, and children, Christian and Maddie. He is the son of Tony and Charlotte Myers, Sandusky.

Amn Shank, Ashley-Marie

USAF 332 ESFG/JDOC

APO AE 09315-9997

Shank, a 2006 Sandusky High School graduate, is stationed at Balad Air Force Base in Iraq. She is the daughter of Brian and Margaret Rohrbacher, Sandusky.

Cpt. Andrew Cullen

FET 1

APO AE 09393

Cullen, a 1996 graduate of Margaretta High School, is the son of Thomas and Gail Cullen of Castalia. His wife, Rory (Bristol) from Berlin Heights, and children, Hudson, Tucker and Delanie, reside at Lajes Field AFB, Azores, while he serves in Iraq.

Lt. David L. Norton, USN

VAW 124

Unit 60139

FPO-AE-09507-6410

Norton grew up in Chaska Beach, Huron, and attended St. Peter's School. He graduated from Huron High School in 1999 and University of Notre Dame in 2003. He serves on the USS Theodore Roosevelt, deployed in the Middle East.

Kevin Poyer

2462 Goldruch Ave.

Apt. 6

Colorado Springs, CO 80906

Staff Sgt. Poyer is is the son of Kathy and Joel Poyer, 22 Memorial Drive, Berlin Heights.

LCPL Chaffin P.E.

7TH COMM BN A CO DATA

UNIT 35608

FPO AP 96606-5608

Paul Chaffin is stationed in Okinawa, Japan, with the U.S. Marines.

PFC Chaffin, John W.

c/o Chaffins

5510 S. Columbus Ave.

Sandusky, OH 44870

John Chaffin, also with the U.S. Marines, will arrive at Quantico, Va., after Nov. 30. His address is not yet available, so his mail will be forwarded by his parents.

The Chaffins are the sons of Richard R. and Alice A. Chaffin of Sandusky and Port Clinton. Grandparents are Marcia Chaffin and the late William Chaffin, and Edward Sandrock and the late Lois Sandrock.

E4 Keith Ruggles

9601 D. Forsythe Loop

Ft. Drum, NY 13603

Ruggles, a 2001 Sandusky High School graduate, just returned from a 14-month deployment in Iraq. He serves with the Alpha Company 222, U.S. Army. He is now stationed at Fort Drum, N.Y., where he lives with his wife, Brandy, and step-daughter, Joey. His mother Patty Hiser, brother Jeremy and sister Jordan live in Perkins Township.

SGT BAUER, Jonathon M.

III MEF BSTF

Unit 35605

FPO AP 96606-5605

Sgt. Bauer, a 2004 graduate of Perkins High School, is stationed in Okinawa, Japan, for the second time. He is the son of John E. and Mary L. Bauer.

ONG, LAWRENCE

CHARLIE CO 1-66 AR 1BCT 4ID 1st PIT

FOB RUSTA MIYAH

APO AE 09390-1560

Paul Courtright, son of Sandy Courtright, Plymouth, asked his family to send this fellow soldier some mail since he had not received any mail or packages since arriving in Iraq.

SPC Skirkanich/Medics

C Co 1-27 Unit #43007

Camp Liberty

APO, AE 09344-3005

This is Michael Skirkanich's second Christmas outside the U.S., as he was deployed from Hawaii in December 2007. His wife, Amanda, and their daughter, Annelise, are living in Collins while awaiting his return in March.

Jason Vermillion

527 1 Ave #877

Sheppard AFB, TX 76311

Jason graduated from Medina High School last year. His family recently moved out of state.

LCPL Ryan, Clinton

PSC 561 Box-3535

FPO AP 96310-0036

Ryan, a 2005 Monroeville High School graduate, is stationed in Iwakuni, Japan. He is the son of Todd and Claire Ryan.

Capt. Philip Mix

B Co. 1-6 TF 1-35

Camp Striker

APO AE 09322

Mix, who is deployed to Iraq, is a 2000 graduate of Margaretta High School.

HT2 Aaron Justi

2nd Class Petty Officer

United States Navy

Engineering/R Division

USS Donald Cook

FPO AE 09566-1294

Justi is a native of Berlin Heights and 1998 graduate of Edison High School. He has served in the US Navy since 2004 and lives in Virginia Beach, Va.

Corporal Jacob A. Mautz

Apt. C

223 Clementine St.

Oceanside, CA 92054

Mautz, a Margaretta High School graduate, has served 2 tours in Iraq with the Marines. He is stationed at USMC Camp Pendleton in California.

AO2 Brandyn Walton

Weapons

USS Wasp (LHD-1)

FPO-AE 09556-1660

Walton, who serves in the U.S. Navy, is the son of Allen Walton.

Stark, Barry

C Co. 2-4 Inf

FOB Falcon

APO AE 09361-2507

Stark, who is serving in Iraq, is the son of Patricia M. Jones.

Capt. Shellece Jones-Hankerson

PSC 80 Box 15261

APO AP 96367-0055

Jones-Hankerson, a 1988 graduate of Sandusky High School, is serving in the U.S. Air Force in Okinawa, Japan. She is the daughter of Joseph and Shelley Allen and the late John L. Jones and the granddaughter of Lillian Wade and Florence Jones.

Spec. Hager Micheal

259 CSSB/20th QM

APO/AE09391

Hager, the son of Tony and Kim Hager of Bellevue, and Merry and Bob Morse of Graytown, is serving in Iraq. He is stationed at Fort Campbell, Ky., where his wife Jennifer and their children, Makala and Jameson, await his safe return.

PS1 Dale Estridge

JTF-GTMO/JMG

APO AE 09360

Estridge is a graduate of New London High School. His wife, Cheralyn (Bodey) is from Castalia.

Bradley Kinder

USS SCOUT

MCMH

FPO 34093-1928

Kinder, a 2001 graduate of EHOVE Career Center and Norwalk High School, is a mineman serving with the U.S. Navy in Bahrain.

Private Sams, Andrew M.

D-Co, 3rd ACR, 1st Squadron

APO, AE09351

Sams, 21, is a graduate of Norwalk High School and the son of Don and Teresa Swanson.

SPC Nicholas Sharp

B Co 47th FSB

Camp Stryker

APO, AE 09322

Sharp is a 2003 graduate of Sandusky High School. This is his third year in the service.

SRA Benjamin McCall

PSC103, Box 2666

APO, AE 09603-0027

McCall lives in Norwalk and has family in Sandusky.

Sgt. Martin, Ryan

MNC-1 CJTF TROY (63rd EOD)

Unit 42007

APO-AE 09342

Martin, who was born and raised in Sandusky, enlisted in the U.S. Army in January 2002. He is serving his second tour of duty in Iraq and is stationed at Fort Drum, N.Y., where his wife, Elizabeth, and two daughters live. He is the son of Nancy Martin, Monroeville, and Bill Martin of Sarasota, Fla.

PFC Missler, Kiel 1st Plt

TaskForce MPs

1st BN, 12th marines

Bravo Btry Unit 44115

FPO AP 96607-4115

Missler, a 2006 Bellevue High School graduate, is serving in Iraq with the Marines Corps. He is the son of Norbert and Mary Missler and grandson of Lawrence and Betty Humbarger.

EnFn Rogers, Cole

CTF68

Psc 819 Box 28

FPO AE 09645-9998

Rogers is an interpreter for the U.S. Marine Corps. He and his wife, Savannah, have a 1-year-old son. Savannah is the granddaughter of Doris Gorby, Sandusky.

Jacob Patton

AM2 Patton

4149 Jones Road

Oak Harbor, WA 98277

Patton, an aviation mechanic for the U.S. Navy, is the grandson of Doris Gorby, Sandusky.

PFC Stewart Turner M

AAS BN (matph)

P O Box 555041

Camp Pendleton CA 92055

Turner Stewart, who serves in the U.S. Marine Corps, is the grandson of Kelly Gorby and great-grandson of Doris Gorby, both of Sandusky.

BUCA Maxwell Myers

PSC 476

NMCB 133

FPO-AP 96322

Myers graduated from Monroeville High School. His parents are Mike and Geri Myers and Bonnie and Dick Barna.

Jason L. Farrell

CCO 1-32 INF 10-214

N. Riva Ridge Loop

Ft. Drum, NY 13620

SSG Robert Schuh

57 TH TC #43338

168 BSB

Camp Liberty, Iraq

APO AEO 9344

Robert Schuh is the son of Timothy and Virginia Schuh, Milan.

IT2 Phillip Jordan

USS Stethem DDG63

OPS/CC

FPO, AP 96678-1281

Jordan, a 1999 graduate of Perkins High School, will spend his second Christmas in Japan. He previously served two years in Italy. He is the son of Roseanne Jordan, Sandusky, and Jodie Jordan, Palm Harbor, Fla. He is the grandson of Rosemary Singler, Sandusky, and Vi Jordan, Palm Harbor, Fla.

Fred C. Willams, TSgt, USAF

PSC 80 Box 13424

APO AP 96367

Williams has served in the U.S. Air Force 16 years and is currently in Iraq. He was born in Sandusky and graduated from Sandusky High School. He is the son of Cora Williams and Steward Williams Sr., both of Sandusky.

1LT Jacob Marshall

3-1 STB A Co

Nangahar, FOB Khogyani

APO, AE 09310

Marshall, a 1995 graduate of St. Mary Central Catholic High School, is stationed in Afghanistan. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Marshall of Perkins Township.

PFC Tracht, William

4-4 ARB

Gambler Guns

4th CAB 4ID

APO, AE 09378

Tracht, a 2005 graduate of Sandusky High School is deployed in Iraq with the U.S. Army.

SGT Gettys

HHC2-28 IN

CMR 415 BOX 8179

APO-AE 09114

Kevin Gettys, 2001 graduate of Clyde High School, will be in Iraq for the holidays. His wife, Laura, and their children Kobe, 8, Ali, 7, and Gabby, 5, are in Germany. He is the son of Kevin Gettys and Shelly Gettys of Clyde.

SPC Nicholas Knoll

8715 Watkins Ave.

Box 605

Fort Benning, GA 31905

Knoll, a 1999 graduate of Sandusky High School, is preparing for deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan. He is the father of Kailin Wargo, son of Robert and Belinda Knoll and Deb Knoll, and grandson of Robert and Carol Knoll and Judy Engelman, all of Sandusky.

SSgt. Michael H. Botti

PSC 76 Box 7461

APO AP 96319-0053

Mike is the son of Mike Botti of Lakeside and Rhonda Sowers of Marblehead.

Eric A. McKillips, Sr. Airman

4908 E. 43rd Street C-3

Anchorage, AK 99508

ericmckillips@yahoo.com

McKillips, a 2004 graduate of Danbury High School, has not been home for the holidays since 2005. He is stationed in Anchorage, Alaska, with the U.S. Air Force and will leave for Guam in February.

1LT Kyle D. Marshall

340 Brady Lane

Sacket's Harbor, NY 13685

Marshall serves in the 10th Mt. Division at Ft. Drum, N.Y. He is a graduate of St. Mary Central Catholic High School, Sandusky, and Xavier University, Cincinnati. He is the son of Mike and Marilyn Marshall, Sandusky.

Joshua Bender

NMCB7 Seabees

APO AE 09391

Bender, a 2006 graduate of Perkins High School, is a builder 3rd class serving in Iraq. He is the son of Dan and Beth Bender.

ET3 Montvilas, Arvydas

CE DIVISION

USS UNDERWOOD (FFG 36)

FPO AA 34093-1491

Montvilas, an E4 in the U.S. Navy, left for a 6-month tour in South America just a few weeks after marrying his wife, Emily Marie, in August. He is the son of Arvydas and Michelle Montvilas of Norwalk. He would like those who send greetings to include an e-mail address so he can thank them.

Aaron Dickman

HMLA 467 PSC Box 8053

Cherry Point, NC 28533

Dickman, a Perkins High School graduate, is stationed in North Carolina.

Miya C. (Lawson) Hunter

E-4

113 Chandler Road

Goldsboro, NC 27534

Hunter, a 2004 Sandusky High School graduate, is in the U.S. Air Force.

Bryan Popke

455 EMXG/EAM XS/F-15AMU

APO AE 09354

Popke, a 2006 graduate of Perkins High School, is serving in Afghanistan. He is the son of Bryan Popke, Nantucket, Mass., and Amy Wray, Sandusky.

Holiday Mail for Heroes

PO Box 5456

Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

For the 2008 holiday season, the Red Cross is sponsoring a Holiday Mail for Heroes program to distribute holiday cards to service members. The program encompasses troops who are recovering in military hospitals, service members stationed throughout the U.S and abroad, as well as veterans and their families.