The City of Long Beach and the Long Beach Rosie the Riveter Foundation proudly honor the men and women who serve our country through military service and specifically those who claim Long Beach as their hometown.
Banners sponsored by their families commemorating their service will be displayed on light poles along Clark Avenue.
Those who have given their lives in the Iraq or Afghanistan conflicts will be honored with banners flown in Rosie the Riveter Park.
Banners honoring 14 men who claimed Long Beach as their hometown and gave their lives in service to our country in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts will begin flying on December 10, 2011.
We present their names in the order that they died:
23 year old Marine Private 1st Class George D. Torres died April 11, 2004 in Anbar province, Iraq. He was born September 21, 1980 and attended Millikan High School and graduated the Long Beach High School for Adults. Torres wanted to be a policeman when he finished military service and told his family that if anything happened to him, he wanted them to use his benefits to buy a house.
21 year old Army Private 1st Class Lyndon A. Marcus, Jr. died May 3rd, 2004 near Khalis, Iraq. He was born March 8, 1983, and graduated from Jordan High School. Marcus’ tenor voice won him parts in several school plays. He planned on pursuing his dream to become a recording star when he finished his military service.
20 year old Army Private 1st Class Stephen Castellano died January 28, 2005 in Mosul, Iraq. Castellano was born February 1, 1984. An avid reader, he hoped to attend college when he returned stateside. Security needs in Iraq had resulted in his tour of duty being extended one month.He died 4 days before his 21st birthday.
22 year old Army Sergeant Anthony J. Davis, Jr. died April 23, 2005 in Mosul, Iraq. Davis was born February 9, 1983 and graduated from Jordan High School. His mother says she couldn’t have asked for a better son. He left behind a wife and two daughters – the youngest was born two weeks after he deployed to Iraq and he never got to meet her.
36 year old Army Sergeant Randy D. Collins died May 24, 2005 at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda Maryland from injuries suffered 20 days earlier in Mosul, Iraq. Collins was born October 7, 1968 and graduated from Millikan High School where he enrolled in the JROTC. Randy had a daughter and a son.
20 year old Marine Lance Corporal Veashna Muy died June 23, 2005 in Fallouja, Iraq. Muy was born on October 9, 1984 and graduated from Jordan High School. The son of Cambodian refugees, he hoped to make the military his career.
20 year old Army Private Ernesto R. Guerra died July 29, 2005 in Baghdad, Iraq. He was born August 14, 1985 and graduated from Cabrillo High School where he enrolled in the JROTC. Guerra’s death cleared the pathway for his mother to become a US citizen.
21 year old Army Specialist Roberto L. Martinez Salazar died February 4, 2006 in Mosul, Iraq. He was born October 26, 1984 and graduated from Millikan High School. Salazar was on his second tour of duty in Iraq and planned to get married when after he returned and make the military his career. He was granted US citizenship post-humously.
19 year old Army Private First Class David T. Toomalatai died January 27, 2007 in Taji, Iraq. He claimed Long Beach as his hometown. Serving as a medic he hoped to go to college after the military. He left behind his sweetheart and a 10 month old baby boy.
20 year old Army Specialist Astor A. Sunsin-Pineda died May 2, 2007 in Baghdad, Iraq. Sunsin-Pineda was born March 7, 1987 and graduated from Wilson High School and entered the Army so he later could become a police officer. He was featured in a Spanish-language recruiting video shown nationwide.
23 year old Army Staff Sergeant Joshua R. Whitaker died May 15, 2007 in Qalat, Afghanistan. Whitaker was born March 10, 1984 and graduated from Millikan High School. Whitaker died a hero. When Taliban fighters ambushed his convoy, he fired a 50-caliber turret gun, killing five Taliban and saving nine of his comrades.
24 year old Army Sergeant Israel Garcia died July 13, 2008 in Wanat, Afghanistan. Garcia was born January 19, 1984 and graduated from Polytechnic High School. He married his high school sweetheart, Lesly. Garcia was killed when his outpost was attacked by small arms fire and rocket propelled grenades. He had hoped to become a Long Beach Police Department investigator.
60 year old Army Major Steven Hutchison died May 10, 2009 in Basra, Iraq -- the oldest member of the U.S. military to die of combat-related wounds in Iraq or Afghanistan. Hutchison was born June 5, 1948, graduated from Wilson High School, served two tours of duty in Vietnam, receiving a Bronze Star. He held a doctorate in organizational psychology and rejoined the Army under its retiree recall program.
26 year old Air Force Staff Sergeant Andrew W. Harvell died August 6, 2011 in Wardak province, Afghanistan. Harvell was born September 26, 1984 and graduated from Millikan High School. He was among 30 U.S. military personnel killed when their CH-47 Chinook helicopter was shot down by a rocket propelled grenade in Wardak province Afghanistan. He left behind a wife and two children.