Since its inception, each month LHCP has honored a military service member who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Every box which is shipped from LHCP is labeled with information about the Honoree. The monthly Honoree’s story is attached to the box so others can read about those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom. The only real criteria for the selection process is that LHCP has attempted to select a Fallen Hero from all 50 states and territories.
One of our contacts at the stateside VA hospital recently told me that they get cold chills reading the Honorees stories and share it with the veterans at the hospital. I recently labeled 72 boxes to take to the VA Hospital using the attached Honoree shipping label. And with each label I taped on the box, I felt that U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Camero was looking down on me and telling me “thank you for sharing my story”. It was my honor to salute this Fallen Hero.
December LHCP Shipment Honoree
Army Sgt. Aaron C. Elandt
Died May 30, 2004 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom
23, of Lowell, Mich.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Division, Baumholder, Germany; killed May 30 when his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device in Musayyib, Iraq.
November LHCP Shipment Honoree
Army Spc. Mark J. Downer
Died August 5, 2011 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom
23, of Warner Robins, Ga.; a combat medic was assigned to 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.; died Aug. 5 in Sangsar, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with a rocket-propelled grenade.
October LHCP Shipment Honoree
Army Staff Sgt. Lex L. Lewis
Died July 15, 2011 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom
40, of Rapid City, S.D.; assigned to 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.; died July 15 at Shewan Garrison, Farah province, Afghanistan, from injuries suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with small-arms fire.
September LHCP Shipment Honoree
Army Spc. Emilio J. Campo
Died June 6, 2011 Serving During Operation New Dawn
20, of Madelia, Minn., assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.; died of wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with indirect fire June 6 in Baghdad.
August LHCP Shipment Honoree
Marine Lance Cpl. Jacob A. Ross
Died March 24, 2010 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom
19, of Gillette, Wyo.; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died March 24, while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
July LHCP Shipment Honoree
Staff Sgt. Carl Enis
Died March 15, 2018 Serving During Operation Inherent Resolve
31, of Tallahassee, Florida, died March 15 when an HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter crashed in
western Iraq. Enis was assigned to the Air Force Reserve’s 308th Rescue Squadron at Patrick Air
Force Base, Florida.
June LHCP Shipment Honoree
Navy Hospital Corpsman William Ortega
Died June 18, 2010 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom
23, of Miami, Fla.; assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; died June 18 in Garmsir district, Helmand province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained from an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations.
May LHCP Shipment Honoree
Army Cpl. Jessica A. Ellis
Died May 11, 2008 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom
24, of Bend, Ore., assigned to the 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.; died May 11 in Baghdad of wounds sustained when her vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device.
April LHCP Shipment Honoree
Army Spc. Keenan A. Cooper
Died July 5, 2010 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom
19, of Wahpeton, N.D.; assigned to the 4th Squadron, 73rd Armor Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; died July 5 in Yakuta, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device. Also killed was Spc. Jerod H. Osborne.
March LHCP Shipment Honoree
Army Spc. Edward J. Acosta
Died March 5, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom
21, of Hesperia, Calif.; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas; died March 5 in La Jolla, Calif., of injuries sustained Dec. 3 in Wardak province, Afghanistan, when his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device.
February LHCP Shipment Honoree
Army Cpl. Antonio C. Burnside
Died April 6, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom
31, of Great Falls, Mont.; assigned to 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; died Apr. 6 in Mushaki, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by small-arms fire.
January LHCP Shipment Honoree
Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Michael V. Johnson Jr.
Died March 25, 2003 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom
25, of Little Rock, Ark.; assigned to Naval Medical Center San Diego, 3rd Marine Division Detachment, Fleet Marine Force, San Diego; killed March 25 while tending to wounded colleagues in Iraq.