"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf."Today, let us remember some of those "rough men" from Whitman County who died on our behalf:
- George Orwell
Staff Sergeant Travis W. Nixon, 24, of St. John; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC; died from injuries sustained October 29, 2005 when his patrol was attacked by enemy forces using small arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades north of Lwara, Afghanistan. SSGT Nixon, who had served in Afghanistan and Iraq previously, was awarded the Silver Star posthumously for his heroism in protecting the members of his squad.
Army Sergeant Jacob H. Demand, 29, of Palouse; assigned to the 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, Fort Lewis, WA; killed September 14, 2004 when his patrol was attacked by enemy forces in Mosul, Iraq. SGT Demand was a month away from coming home when he was killed.
Army Sergeant Damien T. Ficek, 26, from Pullman, died December 30, 2004 in Baghdad, Iraq, when his patrol was attacked by enemy forces using small arms fire. Ficek was assigned to the Washington Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 161st Infantry Regiment, Spokane, WA. SGT Ficek was a WSU student in the athletic training education program.