STATEHOUSE (March 24, 2009) - Rep. Mike Murphy (R-Indianapolis) today joined the Indiana General Assembly in honoring the families of Indiana soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice defending their country, especially those fighting the war on terrorism.
In a resolution, the Indiana General Assembly offered gratitude and prayers to the families of the 152 fallen men and women from Indiana. As part of the ceremony, the families were invited into the House chamber for the reading of the resolution. Following this reading, the names of the soldiers were read and Adjutant General R. Martin Umbarger spoke before the assembly.
"You just don't realize the massive scope of this war until you see the faces of those who have lost a loved one fighting in it," said Rep. Murphy. "Today, we saw hundreds of those faces. No matter how much we try to do, we can never fully compensate these families. We can never do enough to honor the courageous lives of these brave men and women. I am humbled and saddened by today's resolution - and proud to add my support to it."
Rep. Murphy represents the southern portion of Marion County. The names of 19 soldiers from Marion County were read to the House.
Army Pvt. Jesse M. Halling, age19. Jesse gave his life on June 7, 2003, in Iraq.
Army Pfc. Christopher E. Hudson, age 21. Christopher gave his life on March 21, 2004, in Iraq.
Marine Pfc. Deryk L. Hallal, age 24. Deryk gave his life on April 6, 2004, in Iraq.
Marine Corp. Lance Cpl. Torry L. Gray, age 19. Torry gave his life on April 11, 2004, in Iraq.
Marine Sgt. Morgan W. Strader, age 23. Morgan gave his life on Nov. 12, 2004, in Iraq.
Marine Lance Cpl. Eric Hillenburg, age 21. Eric gave his life on Dec. 23, 2004, in Iraq.
Army Pvt. Cory R. Depew, age 21. Cory gave his life on Jan. 4, 2005, in Iraq.
Army National Guard Spc. Brett M. Hershey, age 23. Brett gave his life on March 26, 2005, in Afghanistan.
Army Staff Sgt. Jeremy Doyle, age 24. Jeremy gave his life on Aug. 18, 2005, in Iraq.
Army Spc. Antoine J. McKinzie, age 25. Antoine gave his life on March 21, 2006, in Iraq.
Marine Staff Sgt. Eric A. McIntosh, age 29. Eric gave his life on April 2, 2006, in Iraq.
Army National Guard Sgt. Joseph E. Proctor, age 38. Joseph gave his life on May 3, 2006, in Iraq.
Army National Guard Chief Warrant Officer William T. Flanigan, age 37. William gave his life on July 2, 2006, in
Army Sgt. William "B.J." Beardsley, age 25. William gave his life on Feb. 26, 2007, in Iraq.
Army Sgt. Anthony J. Schober, age 23. Anthony gave his life on May 12, 2007, in Iraq.
Army Reserves Spc. Zachariah J. Gonzalez, age 23. Zachariah gave his life on July 31, 2007, in Iraq.
Army National Guard Sgt. Gary Henry, age 34. Gary gave his life on Aug. 4, 2008, in Iraq.
Army Spc. William J. McClellan, age 22. William gave his life on Nov. 6, 2008, in Iraq.
Army Spc. Ezra Dawson, age 31. Ezra gave his live on Jan. 17, 2009, in Afghanistan.
The resolution concluded with the ceremonial playing of taps.