Memorial Day: Local residents who gave all

May 31, 2018

Members of the Armed Forces who died in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, as well as one killed on Sept. 11, were honored Monday during the Memorial Day ceremony at the Edmonds Cemetery. Here are five with local ties.

Army Sgt. Maj. Larry Strickland, 52, died in the terrorist attack on the Pentagon Sept. 11, 2001. Strickland, who was at his desk during the attack, graduated from Edmonds High School in 1967. He lived in Washington, D.C., and is buried at Arlington National Ceremony in Virginia.

Army 2nd Lt. Travis A. Morgado, 25, was killed May 23, 2012, while on patrol on Zharay, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. He graduated from Meadowdale High School and is buried at Calvary Cemetery in San Jose, California.

Air Force Maj. Philip Ambard, 44, served in Operation New Dawn and was killed during a terrorist attack at the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, on April 27, 2011. Edmonds was his hometown; he graduated from Shorewood High School in Shoreline. He is buried in the U.S. Air Force cemetery in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Cpl. Steven A. Rintamaki was with the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, U.S. Marine Corps. He was killed in action while driving a Humvee that came under attack in Anbar Province, Iraq, during Operation Iraqi Freedom on Sept. 16, 2004. He was 21. The Lynnwood resident graduated from Meadowdale High School and is buried at Evergreen-Washelli Memorial Park in Seattle.

Army Specialist Joshua Aaron Martin served in Operation New Dawn and died in the hospital at Fort Hood Army Base in Texas on April 19, 2012. He was 20. He graduated from Meadowdale High School and lived in Lynnwood.

 

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