Five South Sound war veterans you should take a few moments to remember this weekend (just for starters).
1 Medal of Honor recipient Wilburn Ross of DuPont. He was awarded the nation’s top valor award for his five-hour, one-man machine-gun battle against elite German troops on Oct. 30, 1944. He died May 9 at age 94.
2 Staff Sgt. Matthew Thompson, a Green Beret from Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The former high school football captain, Eagle Scout and Iraq veteran was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. He died Aug. 26 at age 28.
3 Spc. Louis Moua, a Stryker Brigade soldier stationed at JBLM. The Afghanistan war veteran and Lacey resident died while running with his unit during a training exercise. He died July 8 at age 26.
4 Former POW and Bataan Death March survivor Dan Figuracion of Lakewood. A member of the celebrated U.S. Army Philippine Scouts, he served in both World War II and Vietnam. He died April 3 at age 97.
5 Reginald Jake Gutierrez, the Tacoma police officer who was killed in the line of duty after a 17-year career and who also served in the Navy during Operation Desert Storm. He died Nov. 30 at age 45.
More fallen Washington state veterans to remember
See The News Tribune’s database of U.S. war casualties since the Sept. 11 terror attacks.