Student Veterans Honor Fallen Rhode Islanders

People gathered from across the state on the Thursday before Veterans Day to dedicate a plaque in honor of the 27 men and women from Rhode Island who gave their lives in support of the Global War on Terrorism.  Guest speakers from the City of Newport, Rhode Island General Assembly, U.S. Naval War College, and Community College of Rhode Island were on hand to speak about the perils of military service and the necessity of achieving higher education.

These 27 brave souls exemplify Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s message of standing up for what is right.  Dr. King said that “A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live.”  Our fallen brothers and sisters signed their names on the dotted line to help liberate people a world away because that is what they believed was right.  They refused to sit idle while corrupt governments were oppressing their people.

“A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

During the holiday season and the new year keep these courageous men and women in your thoughts and prayers.

SGT Gregory A. Belanger, Army Reserve

SSG Joseph Camara, Army National Guard

SGT Charles T. Caldwell, Army National Guard

SPC Michael Andrade, Army National Guard

CW5 Sharon T. Swartworth, Army

CPT Matthew J. August, Army

SFC Curtis Mancini, Army Reserve

MSG Richard L. Ferguson, Army

LCPL Matthew K. Serio, Marine Corps

CAPT Christopher S. Cash, Army

LCPL John J. Van Gyzen IV, Marine Corps

SSG Christopher S. Potts, Army National Guard

LCPL Holly A. Charette, Marine Corps

2LT Matthew S. Coutu, Army

SGT Dennis J. Flanagan, Army

SGT Brian R. St. Germain, Marine Corps

SSG Dale James Kelly, Jr. Army National Guard

SGT Moises Jazmin, Army

SGT Michael R. Weidemann, Army

PS3 Ronald A. Gill, Jr., Coast Guard

LTJG Francis L. Toner IV, Navy

PFC Kyle J. Coutu, Marines

SGT Michael F. Paranzino, Army

SPC Dennis C. Poulin, Army National Guard

LCPL Nickolas D. Schiavoni, Marine Corps

SGT Dennis P. Weichel, Jr., Army National Guard

LCPL Abraham Tarwoe, Marine Corps


The CCRI Student Veterans Organization dedicated a plaque in honor of the 27 men and women from Rhode Island who died during the Global War on Terrorism.
Photo courtesy of the Brian R. St. Germain Foundation.

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