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Write From The Front

WFTF is a special program that the SC Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum created specifically to preserve email, photos, and letters from South Carolina service members that reflect their daily experiences while on duty defending our nation. WFTF is central to the Museum’s mission to collect and preserve South Carolina’s military history from the colonial period to the present.
 
For centuries, South Carolinians have answered the call to military service. From Fort Moultrie to the Persian Gulf, the proud sons and daughters of the Palmetto State have always served with honor and distinction. We know about their brave feats and quiet sacrifices – their contribution to our history - from the letters and photographs that soldiers have sent back from the field of battle through the ages. The most precious resource for historians and future generations are the thoughts, recollections, and experiences of our service members recorded at the time that they lived them.
The advent of the Internet has dramatically changed how service members communicate with those at home. Today it is possible to send a quick email from almost anywhere at any time. The immediacy of email makes these sources an especially important historical treasure - but they can also be lost forever with a single click of the delete button.
 
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WFTF seeks to protect these important documents so that researchers can tell the stories of those who sacrificed to keep our state and nation safe and free. Whether 
they’re hidden away on a hard drive or in an old shoebox, the passage of time only increases the chances these irreplaceable records of history as it was lived,
by those who lived it, will be lost.

SC's Fallen Heroes

Some South Carolinian soldiers have made the ultimate sacrifice while deployed in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other locations. This gallery is intended to honor their lives and preserve their memory. Click on each name to access additional information on these soldiers.

Pvt. Algernon Adams
Army
Aiken, SC
October 28, 2003

Pfc. Michael S. Adams
Army
Spartanburg, SC
August 21, 2003

Airman FC Carl L. Anderson, Jr.
Air Force
Georgetown, SC
February 2, 2015

Sgt. Aaron M. Arthur
Army
Lake City, SC
March 8, 2010

Spc. Katrina L. Bell-Johnson
Army
Orangeburg, SC
February 16, 2005

Lance Corporal Mills Palmer Bigham
Marine Corps
Columbia, SC
October 19, 2009

Sgt. George Edward Buggs
Army
Barnwell, SC
March 23, 2003

Staff Sgt. James David Bullard
SC National Guard
Marion, SC
October 30, 2007

Capt. Joshua T. Byers
Army
Anderson, SC
July 23, 2003

Spc. Thomas D. Caughman
Army
Lexington, SC
June 9, 2004

Capt. Richard G. Cliff, Jr.
Army
Mount Pleasant, SC
September 29, 2008

Staff Sgt. Jay T. Collado
Marine Corps
Columbia, SC
February 20, 2006

Sgt. James E. Craig
Army
Hollywood, SC
January 28, 2008

Cwo. Jason Garth DeFrenn
Army
Barnwell, SC
February 2, 2007

Sgt. Andrew J. Derrick
Army
Columbia, SC
September 23, 2005

Cpl. Matthew V. Dillon
Marine Corps
Aiken, SC
December 11, 2006

Sgt. Shawn M. Dunkin
Army
Columbia/York, SC
February 19, 2007

Spc. Rian C. Ferguson
Army
Taylors, SC
December 14, 2003

2nd Lt. Almar L. Fitzgerald
Marine Corps
Lexington, SC
February 21, 2006

Lance Cpl. Christopher Fowlkes
Marine Corps
Gaffney, SC
September 10, 2009

Lance Cpl. Travis A. Fox
Marine Corps
Cowpens, SC
October 30, 2004

Sgt. Donald D. Furman
Army
Burton, SC
October 12, 2005

Staff Sergeant Raphael A. Futrell
Army
Anderson, SC
March 25, 2009

2nd Lt. Clifford V. Gadsden
Army
Red Top, SC
April 29, 2005

Lance Cpl. Jonathan E. Gadsden
Marine Corps
Charleston, SC
October 22, 2004

Pfc. Satieon V. Greenlee
Army
Pendleton, SC
October 2, 2006

Ssg. Patrick L. Griffin
Air Force
Elgin, SC
May 13, 2003

Capt. Kimberly N. Hampton
Army
Easley, SC
January 2, 2004

Sgt. Edward R. Heselton
Army
Easley, SC
August 11, 2005

Staff Sgt. Jason Hicks
Air Force
Jefferson, SC
March 23, 2003

Sgt. Stephen C. High
Army
Spartanburg, SC
April 6, 2005

Spc. Seth A. Hildreth
Army
Myrtle Beach, SC
August 27, 2006

Sgt. Shawn F. Hill
SC National Guard
Wellford, SC
January 2, 2008

Pfc. Melissa J. Hobart
Army
Ladson, SC
June 6, 2004

Sgt. Buddy James Hughie
OK National Guard
Charleston, SC
February 19, 2007

Pvt. Nolen R. Hutchings
Marine Corps
Boiling Springs, SC
March 23, 2003

Sergeant First Class John H. Jarrell
Army
Brunson, SC
July 15, 2010

Spc. Darius T. Jennings
Army
Cordova, SC
November 2, 2003

Sgt. Anthony G. Jones
Army
Greenville, SC
June 14, 2005

Capt. Garrett Tucker Lawton
Marine Corps
Beaufort, SC
August 4, 2008

Cwo. Patrick D. Leach
Army
Rock Hill, SC
December 9, 2004

Sgt. Michael R. Lehmiller
Army
Anderson, SC
August 21, 2005

Spc. David L. Leimbach
SC National Guard
Taylors, SC
May 24, 2008

Staff Sgt. Jerome Lemon
Army
North Charleston, SC
October 27, 2004

Sgt. Adrian J. Lewis
Army
Mauldin, SC
March 21, 2007

Lance Cpl. David Paul Lindsey
Marine Corps
Spartanburg, SC
May 25, 2007

Cpl. Juan Manuel Lopez, Jr.
Army
Florence, SC
August 13, 2007

Pfc. Vorn J. Mack
Army
Orangeburg, SC
August 23, 2003

Master Sergeant Danny E. Maybin
Army
Columbia, SC
August 7, 2008

Capt. Daniel G. McCollum
Marine Corps
Richland, SC
January 9, 2002

Pfc. Spence A. McNeil
Army
Bennettsville, SC
March 8, 2003

Spc. Jason L. Moski
Army
Blackville, SC
February 25, 2005

Maj. Edward J. Murphy
Army
South Carolina
April 6, 2005

Staff Sgt. Paul M. Neff II
Army
Fort Mill, SC
November 7, 2003

Staff Sgt. Tony B. Olaes
Army
Walhalla, SC
September 20, 2004

Spc. Anthony C. Owens
Army
Conway, SC
February 1, 2006

Staff Sgt. Esau G. Patterson, Jr
Army
Ridgeland, SC
April 29, 2004

Sgt. John Paul Phillips
Marine Corps
St. Stephen, SC
August 16, 2006

Staff Sgt. Ronald Phillips Jr.
Army
Conway, SC
September 25, 2008

Sgt. Edward Otis Philpot
SC National Guard
Latta, SC
October 23, 2007

Sgt. Sameer "Sam" Abdel Monem Rateb
Army
Summerville, SC
May 6, 2007

Lt. Col. Michael A. Robinson
Marine Corps
Anderson, SC
June 1, 2007

Pfc. Joey T. Sams II
Army
Spartanburg, SC
March 21, 2007

1st Lt. Andrew C. Shields
Army
Campobello, SC
December 9, 2004

Sgt. Orenthial J. Smith
Army
Allendale, SC
June 22, 2003

Sgt. Maj. Michael Boyd Stack
Army
Lake City, SC
April 11, 2004

Spc. Chrystal G. Stout
Army
Travelers Rest, SC
April 6, 2005

Staff Sgt. Matthew J. Taylor
Army
Charleston, SC
September 21, 2008

Army Staff Sgt. Steve M. Theobald
Army
Goose Creek, SC
June 4, 2010

Master Sgt. Thomas Ruel Thigpen, Sr.
SC National Guard
Greenville, SC
March 16, 2004

Sgt. Anthony O. Thompson
Army
Orangeburg, SC
September 18, 2003

Spcs. Douglas Logan Tinsley
Army
Chester, SC
December 26, 2006

Master Sgt. Timothy Toney
Marine Corps
Columbia, SC
March 27, 2004

Lance Cpl. Joshua L. Torrence
Marine Corps
Lexington, SC
March 14, 2005

Spc. Demetrius Lamont Void
Army
Orangeburg, SC
September 15, 2009

Sgt. FC Terry Daniel Wagoner
Army
Piedmont, SC
September 14, 2007

Cpl. David G. Weimortz
Marine Corps
Irmo, SC
August 26, 2006

Spc. Adam McKamey Wenger
Army
Mount Pleasant, SC
November 5, 2008

Spc. Abraham Wheeler
Army
Columbia, SC
August 28, 2009

Pfc. Anthony James White
Army
Columbia, SC
March 25, 2007

Pfc. Geoffrey A. Whitsitt
Army
Taylors, SC
January 13, 2010

Spc. Harry "Buck" Winkler III
Army
Hampton, SC
November 12, 2006

Spc. Zandra "Neicey" T. Worthy-Walker
Army
Greenville, SC
August 15, 2007

Pfc. Dustin A. Yancey
Army
Goose Creek, SC
November 4, 2005

Pfc. Rodericka Antwan Youmans
Marine Corps
Allendale, SC
July 6, 2004