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Sergeant Chad J. Vollmer

2019 Freedom Cruise Fallen Soldier Honoree
Sergeant Chad J. Vollmer
United States Army
JANUARY 22, 1982 – DECEMBER 23, 2006

Chad Vollmer was born January 22, 1982, in Grand Rapids and graduated from Central High School.

He entered the Army National Guard between his junior and senior year in high school and served with 1st Battalion, 125th Infantry Regiment, first in the Sinai Peninsula of Egypt and later in Iraq.

Chad was killed December 23, 2006 when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle during combat operations in Salman Pak, Iraq. He was posthumously promoted to Sergeant.

He is survived by his parents, Sandi and Terry Vollmer, and his sister, Heather.

Corporal Nicholas R. Roush

2018 Freedom Cruise Fallen Soldier Honoree
Corporal Nicholas R. Roush
United States Army
JANUARY 19, 1987 – AUGUST 16, 2009

Nick Roush (“Nicky,” as he was known to his family) was born January 19, 1987, in Middleville, graduated from Thornapple-Kellogg High School, and attended Kalamazoo Valley Community College.

He enlisted in the Army in 2007 and was assigned to 1st Psychological Operations Battalion, 4th Psychological Operations Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, NC.

While conducting combat operations in Herat, Afghanistan, on August 16, 2009, Nick died of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near the vehicle in which he was riding.

He is survived by his parents, Robert and Donna Roush, and brothers Bobby and Kyle.

Marine Gunnery Sergeant Daniel J. Price

2017 Freedom Cruise Fallen Soldier Honoree
Gunnery Sergeant Daniel J. Price
United States Marine Corps
JUNE 8, 1985 – JULY 29, 2012

Dan Price was born June 8, 1985, in Holland and was homeschooled, graduating in 2003.

He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2003 and was initially assigned to 1st Reconnaissance Battalion. In 2008, he was selected for the Marine Corps Special Operations Command (MARSOC) and was assigned to 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion.

Dan was killed in action July 29, 2012, while conducting combat operations in Badghis Province, Afghanistan. He was serving on his third tour in Afghanistan and had previously completed three tours in Iraq.

He is survived by his wife Rachel, his parents Karl and Ruth Price, his brother Nathan and sister Rebecca.

Marine Corporal Ross A. Smith

2016 Freedom Cruise Fallen Soldier Honoree
Corporal Ross A. Smith
United States Marine Corps
MARCH 4, 1984 – FEBRUARY 9, 2006

Ross Smith was born March 4, 1984, in Wyoming and graduated from Wyoming Park High School.

He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2002, during his senior year, and was assigned to  3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment.

While conducting combat operations near Fallujah, Iraq, on February 9, 2006, Ross was killed instantly by an improvised explosive device. He was serving on his third tour in Iraq and was only months away from completing his four-year obligation to the Armed Forces.

He is survived by his parents, Susan and Mark Smith, and two brothers, Lucas and Matt.

Navy Petty Officer First Class (SEAL) David J. Warsen

2015 Freedom Cruise Fallen Soldier Honoree
Petty Officer First Class (SEAL) David J. Warsen
United States Navy
JULY 1, 1985 – AUGUST 16, 2012

David Warsen was born July 1, 1985, in Grand Rapids. He graduated from East Kentwood High School and attended Davenport University and Aquinas College.

He entered the Navy in 2009 and completed Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL School in 2010 and qualified as a Navy SEAL. He was then assigned to a West Coast-based SEAL team and deployed the following year to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

David died August 16, 2012, when his Black Hawk helicopter was shot down during a firefight with insurgents in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. He was posthumously promoted to Petty Officer First Class.

He is survived by his parents, Patty (Greg) Vroon-Frank and David (Stephanie) Warsen, his fiancée Karlyn Deveau, and brothers, Aaron, Kyle, and Ryan Warsen, and Sam Frank.

Army Specialist Brandon L. Stout

2014 Freedom Cruise Fallen Soldier Honoree
Specialist Brandon L. Stout
United States Army
DECEMBER 7, 1983 – JANUARY 22, 2007

Brandon Stout was born December 7, 1983, in Kent City, graduated from Kent City High School, and attended Great Lakes Christian College in Lansing.

He entered the Army National Guard in 2003 and served with the 46th Military Police Company, 210th Military Police Battalion.

Brandon died January 22, 2007, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle in Baghdad, Iraq. He died two weeks before his tour in Iraq was to have ended.

He is survived by his wife Audrey, his parents, Tracy and Jeff Anderson, and Bill and Tammy Stout, and by his siblings: Adam Stout, Andrew, Elizabeth, Stephanie and Kristina Anderson, Callie and David McGee (Devin), and Stephanie Stout.

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