by Ellin Walsh


Cuyahoga Falls -- A group of moms who have lost their sons in the military service of this country as well as a soldier who lost his right leg above the knee -- will ride in the city's 75th annual Memorial Day parade May 28.

Gold Star Mothers who are scheduled to participate include:

* Terrie Walsh, mother of Sgt. Justin T. Walsh, 24, of Cuyahoga Falls, who died Oct. 11, 2006, at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., from wounds received while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq, on Oct. 5, 2006. He was assigned to 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

* Linda Large, mother of Army Sgt. Bryan W. Large, 31, of Cuyahoga Falls, who died on Oct. 3, 2005. Large was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C. He died in Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during combat operations.

* Melody Roop, mother of Marine Corps Cpl. Andrew D. Brownfield, 24, who died March 18, 2004, from wounds received during an enemy mortar attack at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq. He was assigned to Marine Wing Support Squadron 374, Marine Wing Support Group 37, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, Calif.

* Parade Chairman Dave Sebastian says Army SPC Adam Poppenhouse, who lost his right leg above the knee and badly wounded his left foot in Iraq, has indicated his willingness to participate in the parade.

"From what I understand, his family is having his uniform remade for him to wear," Sebastian reports.

Poppenhouse lost his right leg above the knee and badly wounded his left foot in Iraq. Poppenhouse was deployed in June 2006 as a member of the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division -- the Stryker Brigade Combat Team from Fort Myers, Wash. In December 2006, the armored vehicle in which Poppenhouse was riding was struck by a roadside bomb.

Adam's mother, Kim Poppenhouse, also will ride in the parade.

The family of Marine Cpl. Jeff Boskovitch, 25, of North Royalton, who died in action with his sniper unit in western Iraq on Aug. 1, 2005, will attend the service at Oakwood Cemetery following the parade. Boskovitch was assigned to the Headquarters and Service Company 3rd Battalion, 25th Marines based in Brook Park. Boskovitch's father lives in Cuyahoga Falls.


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