Lance Corporal Adam Strain, 20, a 2003 graduate of Nevada Union High School, was killed by small arms fire on Aug. 4, 2005, in Ar Ramidi, Iraq.
Adam lived in Smartville with his family before joining the Marines after high school. While at Nevada Union, Adam played defensive end on the Miners football team.
Prior to joining the Marines, Adam worked as a courtesy clerk at SPD Market in Grass Valley.
A service was held in Vermont where his parents reside. Another service was held in Grass Valley on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2005.
Lance Corporal John Lucente, 19, a 2004 graduate of Bear River High School, serving with Regimental Combat Team - 2, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), was killed in action during a fire fight Nov. 16, 2005, while conducting combat operations against the enemy in support of Operation Steel Curtain in New Ubaydi, Iraq.
John joined the Marines during his junior year in high school and went on active duty following graduation.
John lived with his family in Lake of the Pines and is survived by his mother and step-father, Mr. and Mrs. Shawn Mason, and siblings, Cris, Cassie, and Jake.
Marine Corps 1st Lt. Nathan Krissoff, 25, died Dec. 9, 2006, from injuries sustained when the Humvee he was riding in during a routine patrol was bombed in al-Anbar Province, Iraq.
A memorial service for the Truckee native was held Dec. 23, 2006 at Nightingale Hall at the University of Nevada, Reno. Graveside followed at Mountain View Cemetery.
Nathan Krissoff was a counterintelligence officer assigned to a reconnaissance battalion based in Okinawa, Japan. He was deployed in September with his division to al-Anbar province, Iraq.
Born in Truckee on March 29, 1981, he was the son of Truckee orthopedic surgeon Dr. William Krissoff and wife, Chris.
Sean Stokes, a U.S. Marine corporal from Lake of the Pines, was killed July 30, 2007, after being injured by enemy fire in Al Anbar province, Iraq.
Stokes, a 2001 graduate of Bear River High School, was on his third tour in Iraq.
Stokes fought insurgents with his fellow Marines in Fallujah even while hiding shrapnel wounds on his arms and legs, said a writer embedded with Stokes’ platoon in 2004. His platoon and its role in the fight for Fallujah is the subject of a History Channel documentary, “Shootout, D-Day Fallujah,” which first aired in summer 2005.
Stokes was awarded the Silver Star for bravery in 2008. His father, Gary Stokes of Lake of the Pines, has created the Sean Andrew Stokes Memorial Organization, which supports the needs of the families of other fallen soldiers.
Source: www.fncm.org (Friends of Nevada County Military)