Then he joined the Air Force after briefly attending the University of Evansville and enlisted in the Marines Oct. 17, 2005. He was deployed to Afghanistan in February 2012 and was set to permanently return to the U.S. eight months later.
About 8,000 Howard County residents are military veterans, according to the local Disabled American Veterans chapter. We thank all our neighbors who served in the U.S. military.
In particular, we thank Sgt. Atwell and our other young men killed in Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11: Army National Guard Spc. Brian Michael Clemens of Kokomo, Army Pvt. Robert McKinley of Kokomo, Army Sgt. Jarrod Black of Peru, Marine Cpl. Lance Thompson of Marion, Marine Lance Cpl. James Swain of Kokomo, Army Spc. Nathan J. Frigo of Kokomo, Army Sgt. Rickey Jones of Kokomo and Army Pfc. David Neil Simmons.