Trump Goes to Dover to Receive America’s Fallen from Syria Suicide Blast

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Four Americans were killed in Manbij, Syria when a suicide bomber detonated his vest near a restaurant. At least 16 people were killed in the blast. The four Americans have been identified. On Saturday, President Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan traveled to Dover, Delaware to meet with the families of the fallen and honor them during the dignified transfer of their remains.

Trump told reporters that his  meeting with the families “might be the toughest thing I have to do as President.” After he met with them, the President saluted as their remains were transferred.

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Left: Jonathan Farmer. Center- Shannon Kent. Right- Scott Wirtz

Information obtained from Military Times

Jonathan Farmer, Green Beret

Army Warrant Officer 2 Farmer, 37,  was from Boynton Beach, Florida. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He served six tours of duty including Iraq, and was serving in Operation Inherent Resolve at his passing. He was married, with four children.

His awards included: Bronze Star Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal with “C” Device, the Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Achievement Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Ribbon with one campaign star, the Iraqi Campaign Medal with three campaign stars, the Special Forces Tab, the Parachutist Badge and the Combat Infantryman Badge.

Scott Wirtz, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)

Scott Wirtz, 42, was a Navy SEAL for 10 years. He was serving with the DIA as a civilian operations support specialist when he died. He had deployed several times, overseeing “human intelligence collection.” He was from St. Louis, Missouri.

His awards included: the SEAL Insignia, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Rifle Marksmanship Ribbon and Pistol Expert Medal. His DIA awards include the Secretary of Defense Medal for the Global War on Terrorism.

Shannon Kent, Navy cryptologist Tech

Petty Officer Shannon Kent,35, was assigned to Cryptologic Warfare Activity 66, based out of Fort Meade, Maryland. She is the first female to be killed in combat against ISIS since the US began fighting them in 2014. It was her job to analyze signals intelligence.

She was a graduate of the Defense Language School, among many others. Her awards included two Joint Service Commendation Medals, The Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal, an Iraq Campaign Medal, a Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, and a Joint Service Achievement Medal.

Ghadir Taher, contractor, translator

Ghadir Taher, 27, was an Arabic translator from East Point, Georgia. He was identified on Saturday, so little is known about him yet.

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  • Roger Paul Johnson
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    THANK YOU, FOR ALL YOU HAVE SACRIFICED FOR me and the freedoms we enjoy at no cost as American citizens. While some may have forgotten or just not care, I pray that I will never forget the price my peers have paid to help America remain “THE LAND OF THE FREE, AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE!

  • Faith Edson
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    My gratitude for these members who have sacrificed their lives for us. May God grant their families and loved ones peace through this difficult time. My heart goes out to these families. My prayers I lift for all of you. R.I.P.

  • Georgia Fuentes
    Reply

    Thank you for your service. You have done what I had only hoped to do. You are the brave, the warriors, the real hero’s, real Americans. I wish I could do something for your Families that are hurting so much right now and will continue to hurt for quite some time. May you rest in Peace and know that you put forth for Gods Country what so many of us did not do. God be with you until we meet again.

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