TAPS Fallen Heroes to be honored May 19

Philadelphia Union will host Military Appreciation Night in the team's matchup against Real Salt Lake this Saturday, May 19. 

During training on May 18, Philadelphia Union players will wear the last names of the 15 fallen heroes who will be honored during the match on the back of their limited edition military practice jerseys. Families of each of those fallen heroes will be on hand during the team's training session and join the Union for lunch in the club after practice.

On May 19 during the match, the families of the fallen heroes will also be honored as our Honorary Captains and will participate in a jersey exchange when the game concludes.

SFC Moses E. Armstead
United States Army
October 7, 1960 – October 6, 2005
 

United States Army Sergeant First Class Moses E. Armstead was born in Bartow, Florida, on October 7, 1960. He joined the Army in 1985 and met his wife, Tonya, while they were both serving at the National Guard Armory. The couple married on November 21, 1988, and had three children 

SFC Armstead served in the Army for 21 years, including three overseas deployments. In July 1999, he was assigned to Aberdeen Proving Ground, where he served as an instructor and writer. He was deployed to Afghanistan in July 2005. He passed away in Germany on October 6, 2005, one day before his 45th birthday, while in route back to Afghanistan. 

Sergeant First Class Moses E. Armstead will be honored at the match by his wife of 18 years, Tonya; his son, Llandyn, and their family friend, Sergeant Gerald Rouse. 


LCpl John Byrd
United States Marine Corps
February 2, 1981– October 30, 2004 

United States Marine Corps Lance Corporal John Byrd II was born on February 2, 1981, and was raised in the foothills of the Appalachians in the small town of Fairview, West Virginia. He attended Noah's Ark Assembly of God Church and was a graduate of North Marion High School. He enjoyed his time working in a restaurant in Myrtle Beach, until he decided to serve his country and join the Marines in 2002. 

LCpl Byrd was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force at Marine Corps Base Hawaii. He served valiantly until he was killed in Iraq on October 30, 2004, along with seven other Marines, when a suicide bomber drove into their convoy. His wife was 7 months pregnant with their first child at the time of John’s death. 

 LCpl John Byrd II will be honored at the match by his wife, Jessica, and his son, Elijah. 


SGT Steven Cadmus
United States Army
May 10, 1979 – July 22, 2016 

United States Army Sergeant Steven Westlake Cadmus was born on May 10, 1979, on Altus Air Force Base in Oklahoma. He spent most of his childhood in Long Island, New York, and later, in Clinton, New Jersey. Steven spent many years serving on the Clinton Rescue Squad and eventually enlisted in the Army after graduating from North Hunterdon High School in 1997. 

SGT Cadmus passed away on July 22, 2016, in Florence, New Jersey. He is remembered for his selflessness and for being a true caretaker for his family. He loved Ford trucks, camping, riding his motorcycle and spending time with his children. He was a proud fan of the Philadelphia Eagles and the University of Tennessee Volunteers.

SGT Steven Cadmus will be honored at the match by his fiancé, Kelly, and their daughter, Parker. 


CPT Scott Craven
United States Air Force
May 20, 1979 – February 27, 2006 

United States Air Force Captain Scott E. Craven was born on May 20, 1977, and raised in Bensalem, Pennsylvania. Capt. Craven graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 2002, which was his first major step towards his childhood goal of becoming an F-16 pilot. 

Prior to entering the Air Force Academy, Scott spent a year at the Valley Forge (PA) Military Junior College where he played varsity basketball as a walk-on candidate. While earning a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Mechanics at the Academy, he also played intercollegiate rugby and earned his “jump” wings. In December 2003, Scott earned his pilot wings and was subsequently assigned to Moody Air Force Base in Georgia as an Instructor Pilot. 

CPT died in a tragic automobile accident on February 27, 2006. He will be honored at the match by his sister, Julie; brother-in-law, Gus; nephew, Niko; and niece, Alexandria. 


1LT Demetrius Frison
United States Army
April 10, 1985– May 10, 2011 

United States Army First Lieutenant Demetrius M. Frison was born on April 10th, 1985. He grew up in Philadelphia, PA and graduated from Parkway NW High School in 2003. 1LT Frison commissioned into the Army in 2009 after graduating from Millersville University.

1LT Frison served his country valiantly during his first and only deployment, until he died on May 10, 2011 from injuries sustained by an IED in Afghanistan. 1LT Frison received a Purple Heart, a Bronze Star, a Combat Infantryman Badge and a NATO Medal for his sacrifice. He had been serving with the 3rd BCT, 1st Infantry Division. He served as COIST OIC for the Blue Spaders and later as the Platoon Leader for Able Company 2nd Platoon 1/26 Infantry. 

Demetrius loved Jesus with all of his heart and would always extend an offer of comfort and prayer to whoever seemed in need. He was also a man of action. He once jumped out of his car at a red light and took the coat off of his back to keep a homeless man warm on the way home from the hospital the day his son was born. He just was that kind of guy. He wanted to save and protect the world. Demetrius was a real life superhero.

1LT Frison will be honored at the Philadelphia Union Armed Forces Weekend by his wife, Mikki, and their son, Christopher, whom he lovingly referred to as “The Kid King Chris”. 


SPC Lucas Frist
United States Army
April 17, 1983 – January 5, 2004 

United States Army Specialist Lucas Frist was born on April 17, 1983, and grew up in Brookston, Indiana. Lucas loved to draw and work outside and he planned to attend Purdue University to study landscape design, following his service. He had a passion for the military and to carry on the family tradition of serving in the footsteps of his grandfather, uncle and cousins, so he joined the Army Reserves after graduating from Tri-Country High School.

Lucas completed his basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and continued on his Advanced Individual Training at Fort Lee, Virginia, graduating in December 2001.

SPC Frist served as a Petroleum Specialist assigned to the 209th Quartermaster Company based out of Lafayette, Indiana. He was deployed to Iraq in February 2003 and died on January 5, 2004, of wounds he sustained when his convoy was struck by an IED in Baghdad.

SPC Frist received numerous awards, including a Purple Heart, Bronze Star Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, Meritorious Service Ribbon, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Ribbon with Oak Leaf Cluster, Good Conduct Metal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with 2 Bronze Service Stars, Armed Forces Reserve Ribbon with M, Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal and Combat Action Badge.

On May 16, 2015, the new US Army Reserve Center at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis, Indiana, was named Spc. Luke P. Frist Army Reserve Center, in his honor. 

He will be honored at the match by his sister, Erin Frist and family friends, Susan Baxter and Marla Corson. 


LCpl Anastasia Jackson
United States Marine Corps
March 7, 1986 – December 1, 2012 

United States Marine Corps Lance Corporal Anastasia Aileen Jackson was born on March 7, 1986, and was raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Edward W. Bok Technical High School in 2005, where she was a member of the nationally-recognized robotics team. She also played on the basketball team and ran track in grammar school. Anastasia was incredibly active and held six certifications for scuba diving. She also enjoyed archery, sharp shooting, rappelling, traveling and cliff diving. LCpl Jackson had a deep interest in Japanese culture, especially Anime, and was fascinated with World War II history.

LCpl Jackson served as a Special Intelligence System Communicator and Radio Operator at Camp Pendleton, CA. She passed away while on a scuba diving exercise in Mission Bay, California, on December 1, 2012.

LCpl Jackson is survived by her mother, Robin; her father; Bruce; her older brother and best friend, Elliot Jackson; her niece, Lailah Marie; and her cousin Mia Jackson, who is a champion soccer player from San Diego, California.

She will be honored at the match by her mother, Robin; her older brother Elliot; her niece, Lailah Marie, and their family friend, Mr. Robert Edwards, a veteran of the United States Navy. 


1LT Daniel C. Johnson
United States Army
August 5, 1977 – January 4, 2013 

First Lieutenant Daniel Christopher Johnson was born on August 5, 1977, in Washington, D.C. His active duty service in the US Army included two deployments in Iraq and one in Kuwait. Johnson's other overseas tours took him to Germany and South Korea. 1LT Johnson was a Chemical Soldier for the 22d Chemical Battalion (TE), whose last job was Executive Officer for 46th Chemical Company. He was highly decorated and a recipient of the Bronze Star.

1LT Johnson passed away on January 4, 2013, at the age of 35, at Harford Memorial Hospital in Havre de Grace, Maryland.

1LT Daniel Christopher Johnson will be honored at the Philadelphia Union Armed Forces Weekend by his wife, Carmelita D. Johnson and their sons Christopher and Phillip. 


SSgt Shane Jones
United States Air Force
April 18, 1986 – February 28, 2017 

United States Air Force Staff Sergeant Shane Michael Jones was born on April 18, 1986, and grew up in Warminster, Pennsylvania. He graduated from William Tennent High School in 2004 and immediately joined the Air Force following graduation.

SSgt Jones served in both Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom as a Boomer Operator on a KC-10 Aircraft. He received an Air Medal and Global War on Terrorism Southeast Asia Medal. He passed away February 28, 2017, at the age of 30.

He will be honored at the match by his parents, Anne and Mike Jones; and his nephews, Bryce and Declan Power. 


SPC David Mahlenbrock
United States Army
April 2, 1984 – December 3, 2004 

United States Army Specialist David Mahlenbrock was born on April 2, 1984, and grew up in Maple Shade, New Jersey.

SPC Mahlenbrock met his wife, Melissa, when they were teens, and the two started dating at the age of 14. David wrestled and played football in high school and intended to have a career in the military.

SPC Mahlenbrock was assigned to the 65th Engineer Battalion, 25th Infantry Division (Light), Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. He was sent to Iraq in January 2004, just a few days before Melissa learned she was pregnant with the couple's first daughter, Kadence. SPC Mahlenbrock saw Kadence when he was home for a visit in September 2004. SPC Mahlenbrock died on December 3, 2004, by injuries sustained from an improvised explosive device that detonated when he was clearing a route in Kirkuk, Iraq.

SPC Mahlenbrock promised Melissa that he would come home alive from his deployment, and that was the only promise to her he ever broke to her in all the years they were together. Melissa strives to keep his memory alive every day, knowing he was one of the best men she’d ever met in her entire life.

David and Melissa saved his sperm before he left for Iraq, which allowed Melissa to have their second daughter, Reveilly, three years after he died. Melissa and David’s dream was to have two little girls and he would be thrilled to know that their dreams came true and their family has been completed.

David is survived by his wife, Melissa; his daughters, Kadence and Reveilly and his brothers, Chris and Andrew Mahlenbrock. He will be honored at the match by his wife, Melissa; his daughters, Kadence and Reveilly and their family friend, David Aukett. 


SPC Austin Monk
United States Army
April 12, 1989 – October 5, 2011 

Army Specialist Austin Hunter Monk was born on April 12, 1989. He graduated in 2007 from Friona High School in Texas, and immediately enlisted in the Army. Austin began his training at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri and Fort Sill in Oklahoma. He also served one tour at Camp Casey, Korea, and was then deployed to Iraq with the 3/319th AFAR, 82nd Airborne out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

SPC Monk was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2009, while assigned to the Warrior Transition Battalion at Fort Bragg. Austin lost his two-year battle to cancer on October 5, 2011. Despite his long fight with the illness, he never lost his courage or his passion for life. He loved his family, his friends, his fur babies and the Dallas Cowboys. It wasn’t until after he met his wife, Laura-a Philadelphia native-that he began to love Philadelphia’s sports teams.

SPC Austin Monk’s military awards include the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon and an Army Overseas Ribbon.

SPC Austin Monk is also survived by his wife, Laura Monk and his mother and father, Dorothy and Steve Powers; along with his sister-in-law, Brittany Alston; his nephew, Damien Bryan; his brother-in-law, Evans Alston; and his mother-in-law, Frances Bryan.

SPC Monk will be honored at the match by his sister-in-law, Brittany Alston; his nephew, Damien Bryan; his brother-in-law, Evans Alston, and his mother-in-law, Frances Bryan.

Brittney Alston and SPC Monk had an unbreakable relationship. He taught Brittney to stay true to herself and hold onto her passions, values she holds dear to this day. As a mother of three, she always makes sure her children are reminded of their Uncle Austin. Austin's mother-in-law, Frances, treated Austin like the son she never had. They laughed together and felt at ease with one another. 


SPC James Pizzo
United States Army
July 21, 1980– November 20, 2011 

United States Army Specialist James Pizzo, Jr. was born on July 21, 1980, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was raised in southwest Philly and joined the US Army in July of 2008. He served as a tanker for Charlie Co 1-18 Infantry and completed his duty honorably with many awards and medals. His decision to serve his country was  inspired by his family and his desire to provide a better life for his children. He loved his family and friends and put 100 percent into everything he did.

James loved anything Philadelphia. He was unique in his fashion, and loved a fresh white T-shirt which he would never wear twice. He also always had a brand new pair of Michael Jordan sneakers that went back in the box as though they would be worth thousands of dollars later on in life. He took pride in everything he did, his word meant everything and he could always be depended on to show up when he was needed.

SPC Pizzo died suddenly on November 20, 2011. His family will forever cherish his heart that loved them all so much, along with his infectious laugh and smile. He has always been, and always will be, their hero and now guardian angel, continuing to protect them, just as he did in the Army.

He will be honored at the match by his wife, Lisa, and 5 children, Joshua, Alyssa, Kayla Rossett, Giovonni Serratore and Joseph Serano. 


CDR Job Price
United States Navy
July 29, 1970 – December 22, 2012 

United States Navy Commander Job Price was born on July 29, 1970, and was raised in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. Job excelled in football and wrestling at Pottstown High School. As Captain of the football team, he earned first-team All Pioneer Athletic Conference (PAC) as an offensive and defensive lineman in 1987 and 1988. In 1988, he was named outstanding PAC Defensive Player of the Year. In 1988 and 1989, he was the champion heavy-weight wrestler at Sectionals and in District 1 South.

Job graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1993 with a degree in Human Behavior and Leadership. Following graduation, he was commissioned into the United States Navy and subsequently graduated from Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training with Class 193. Commander Price was also a graduate of the United States Army Ranger School (Class 10-97).

Commander Price’s assignments included: SEAL Teams FOUR and TWO, Naval Special Warfare Unit TEN, US Special Operations Command Central, US Naval Forces Central Command and Joint Special Operations Command. From November 2010 to May 2011, Commander Price was assigned to Combined Forces Special Operations Component Command – Afghanistan and served as Director, Special Operations Planning Liaison Element to Regional Command South.

For his service, Commander Price received many awards and honors including four Bronze Star Medals, three Defense Meritorious Service Medals, two Meritorious Service Medals, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, three Navy Commendation Medals, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, two Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medals, the Combat Action Ribbon, two National Defense Service Medals, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Kosovo Campaign Medal, two Afghanistan Campaign Medals and three Iraq Campaign Medals

CDR Price passed away on December 22, 2012. He is survived by his wife, Stephanie; his daughter, Jillian and his father, Harry; along with his sister, Bronwyn; his nephews, Luca and Matteo and his nieces, Lucia and Stella.

CDR Price will be honored at the match by his sister, Bronwyn; his nephews, Luca and Matteo; and his nieces, Lucia and Stella. 


SSgt Jacob Sibley
United States Air Force
September 18, 1987 – May 12, 2017 

United States Air Force Staff Sergeant Jacob E. Sibley was born on September 18, 1987, and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Upper Moreland High School, where he was known as “Buster.” Following graduation, he went on to attend Tulane University, but paused his studies to serve six years in the United States Air Force.

In the Air Force, he rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant and was a radar operator in an AWACS airplane. He served three deployments in the Middle East, participating in Operation Inherent Resolve, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He flew over 100 combat missions and 1500+ hours on the E-3 (AWAC radar plane) over Iraq and Afghanistan. He was awarded the AF Air Medal three times, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with gold border three times, and the Combat Readiness Medal, among many other awards and achievements.

Jacob returned to his studies in Homeland Security and Information Technology at Tulane in the fall of 2016 and became involved in the church and campus ministry. Jacob was an avid fan of all things Philadelphia, and often spoke of plans to return to Philly after college. SSgt Sibley passed away on May 11, 2017, at the age of 29 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

SSgt Jacob Sibley will be honored at the Philadelphia Union Armed Forces Weekend by his mother, Andi; his brothers, Anthony and Marquis and his uncle, John. 


Cpl Elliot Teisler
United States Marine Corps
September 2, 1988– April 17, 2010 

United States Marine Corps Corporal Elliot Dean Teisler was born on September 2, 1988, in Cleveland, Ohio. He spent his first few years on the east coast, then most of his childhood in Arizona. He went on to graduate from Central Bucks East High School in Buckingham, PA, in 2007 and immediately joined the United States Marine Corps. He attained the rank of Corporal, MOS-Communications and served two tours of duty in Iraq. He truly loved the time spent with his Semper Fi family. After his enlistment, Elliot had plans to attend college and pursue his dreams of being a deep sea welder.

Elliot was a certified Master Scuba Diver and loved extreme sports, motocross, paintball, skateboarding and wrestling. He was a gentle warrior and was kind hearted and fiercely loyal to his family and fellow Marines. Elliot had the incredible ability to warm-up a room with his contagious laughter and joy. He rarely discussed his combat tours with his family, as he did not want them to worry. He always put his family before himself and was so excited to raise his son, Dominick, and teach him how to play sports as he grew up.

Cpl Elliot Teisler passed away on April 17, 2010, at the age of 21 near Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina.

Cpl Teisler will be honored at the Philadelphia Union Armed Forces Weekend by his father, Dan; his mother, Roberta; and his son, Dominick. 


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