Sgt. Ryan “Army” Armstrong – A Kansas native with two tours with the Rakkasans to Iraq. “Army” served as a Team Leader in 1st Squad.
Spc. Ryan Avery – A 22 year old from Lebanon, New Hampshire, Avery first served as an infantryman in the Marine Corps before he joined the Army. Avery and Conklin were inseparable both at work and at play.
Sgt. Frankie Caruso – With three tours with the Rakkasans under his belt, Frankie served as a Team Leader in 2nd Squad during the 2005-2006 deployment. Frankie was the best marksman in the platoon.
Spc. Ryan A. Conklin – A Gettysburg, Pennsylvania native and author of An Angel From Hell, Conklin served in Weapons Squad as an M240B gunner, Assistant Gunner, and Radio Telephone Operator. In 2009 he was recalled to Active Duty and served again in Iraq with the North Carolina National Guard.
Sgt. Logan “Scuba” Diveley – A Kansas native, he served two tours in Iraq with the Rakkasans. He initially started the 2005-2006 deployment in First Platoon but was transferred to Third Platoon midway, swapped with McCaskill.
Sgt. Brendan Fooks – From Delta, Pennsylvania, Fooks was Conklin’s Team Leader during his second deployment to Iraq. Originally set to be discharged in October of 2005, he was held in under the Stop-Loss program of the Army so he could deploy. He was discharged a year later.
Sgt. Aric Hilmo – A Rock Creek, Montana native, Hilmo was a Forward Observer amongst Infantryman, but he performed the same job as everyone else. He currently serves in the Army Reserves in Montana.
Staff Sgt. Dave Hubert – From New York, Hubert served two tours with the Rakkasans. He was the Squad Leader of 2nd Squad. He’s soon to be commissioned an officer in the Army.
Staff Sgt. Justin Jirkovsky – Served three tours with the Rakkasans in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He was the Squad Leader of 3rd Squad. He continues to serve in the Army.
Cpl. Andrew Kemple – 23 year old from Cambridge, Minnesota, he served in Third Platoon as an M240B machine gunner. He was killed by a sniper’s bullet while in the turret of his vehicle during a patrol in downtown Tikrit on February 12, 2006. He is buried next to Miller in Fort Snelling National Cemetery, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Spc. Wilson Ly – A Queens, New York native, Ly served as a SAW gunner in 2nd Squad. Ly remained in Angel Company after the 2005-2006 deployment and returned to Iraq in 2007. He currently still serves in the Army, stationed in Germany.
Pfc. Scott “Mac” MacMillan – A 24 year old from Kansas City, Missouri, “Mac” remained in Angel Company for another deployment to Iraq in 2007. He currently is a civilian and training to become a paramedic.
Sgt. Tim McCaskill – A Team Leader in 1st Squad, McCaskill served multiple tours with the Rakkasans. During the 2005-2006 tour, he started in Third Platoon but was transferred midway to First Platoon, swapped with Diveley.
Pfc. Ben Miller – A comical soldier from Third Platoon, Miller remained in Angel Company and deployed in 2007 for his second tour in Iraq. On June 18, 2008, while home for his two weeks of R&R, Miller committed suicide. He is buried next to Kemple in Fort Snelling National Cemetery, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Sgt. Evan Pitchford – A Colorado native, Pitchford served two tours in Iraq with the Rakkasans. During the 2005-2006 deployment, he served as a Team Leader in 3rd Squad.
Staff Sgt. Jimmy Poston – Squad Leader for Weapons Squad, he served two tours with the Rakkasans and another with the 1st Infantry Division. He continues to serve in the Army.
Pfc. Justin Reese – Reese served as the platoon RTO. He served over three years in the Army before his discharge. He currently runs his own mill in Portland, Oregon.
Spc. Edward “Rod” Rodriguez – Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, “Rod” joined Angel Company halfway through the 2005-2006 deployment. He still serves in Angel Company and is with the Rakkasan Regiment currently deployed in Afghanistan.
1st Lt. Adam Scher – Served the entire deployment as the Platoon Leader for First Platoon. He returned to Iraq with the Rakkasans in 2007. He currently serves as a Captain in the Army, stationed in Germany.
Spc. Darren “Sub” Subarton – Returned to Brooklyn, New York after his discharge from the Army in 2007. He got married, had a son, and fought with the Veterans Affairs for help with his Traumatic Brain Injury he received from an IED blast in Tikrit. On December 27, 2009, “Sub” passed away after suffering a blocked artery.
Spc. Alex Sundberg – First deployed to Iraq with Angel Company in 2005, he remains in the Rakkasan Regiment and is currently on his third deployment, in Afghanistan.
Spc. Taylor “Eddy T” Edwards – Served two tours as an Infantryman in the Rakkasan Regiment. He always joked that he was going to become a pilot. He separated from the Army only to return shortly after as an officer. In March 2010, after years of training, he officially became an Apache Helicopter pilot and deploys to Afghanistan in October 2010.
Sgt. Vinse “Vinny” Edwards – Originally served in the Florida National Guard before he joined the Rakkasans in 2004. He has since had multiple tours with both the 101st Airborne Division and 3rd Infantry Division. He still serves in the Army.
Sgt. Nick Walters – Completed four deployments with the Rakkasan Regiment; one in Afghanistan and three in Iraq. He now is a civilian residing in North Dakota.