About Us

Our mission is to create, establish, and help maintain hometown memorials in honor of the brave men and women who have lost their lives defending the United States of America in the war against terrorism. Known as the “Lest They Be Forgotten” Memorial Projects, each monument becomes a visible testament of appreciation and compassion to the families of the fallen.

The Fallen Heroes Memorial Foundation, a 501(c)3 charitable organization, has been honoring Michigan’s Fallen Heroes since 2006. The FHMF is the only organization dedicated exclusively to building memorials honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the war on terror. To date we have dedicated 31 memorials throughout Michigan honoring 50 of our Fallen Heroes. We work with Gold Star Families to ensure their loved one’s service and sacrifice are never forgotten. For some families the memorial offers closure when their loved one is buried far away.

The foundation operates solely through private donations and community funding. No federal, state or local government monies are received. Donations from Gold Star Families are not solicited or accepted. Each project is a grass roots community endeavor to honor and remember these brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

America owes these service members and their families a debt that can never be repaid. The FHMF recognizes the need to keep in sacred remembrance those who died serving our country and to remember with sincere respect those who paid the price for our freedoms. We need to never let them be forgotten.

The Fallen Heroes Memorial Foundation’s officers, board of directors and staff members are volunteers who donate their time and talent without monetary compensation.

Board of Directors

  • President - John “Skip” Bushart, CMS, USAF, Ret
  • Vice President - Patrick Rich
  • Secretary - Rockwood Bullard, Blue Star Father
  • Board Member - Joseph Salvia
  • Commander - AMVETS Post 2006
  • Past Commander - Post 216
  • Board Member - Chuck White
    President, Founder - Armstrong White
  • Honorary Board Member - Stan Bozich
    Director, Michigan’s Own Military and Space Museum
  • Honorary Board Member - Dr. S. Pete Worden (Brig. Gen., USAF, Ret.)
    Director, NASA Ames Research Center
  • Honorary Board Member - Leon Worden, Brig Gen, MI Air National Guard, Ret
  • Honorary Board Member - Jack Bressler, TSG, USAF, Ret, Korean War and Viet Nam War Vet
  • Honorary Board Member - Robert E. Simanek, CMH receipent, former USMC PFC, and Korean War Vet

Chapter Staff

  • Lee Cavanaugh - Secretary/Photographer
  • Alan Lockwood - Video
  • Christopher Ridgeway - IT
  • Eric Bushart - Member
  • Ryan Copenhaver - Member

 

 

 

Throckmorton

Joshua A. Throckmorton

Army SSG

Died 07/05/2011

Age 28

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Sloan

Douglas E. Sloan

Army MAJ

Died 10/31/2006

Age 40

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Howe

Casey E. Howe

Army SFC

Died 09/26/2005

Age 32

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Vasquez

Mark D. Vasquez

Army SSG

Died 11/08/2003

Age 35

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Arnold

James L. Arnold

Army PFC

Died 03/15/2007

Age 21

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Carver

Dane O. Carver

National Guard SPC

Died 12/26/2005

Age 20

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Christensen

Thomas W. Christensen

Army SSG

Died 12/25/2003

Age 42

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Lehto

Jason A. Lehto

Marine Reserve SSG

Died 12/26/2004

Age 31

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Plouhar

Raymond J. Plouhar

Marine SSG

Died 06/26/2006

Age 30

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Stevens II

Steven P. Stevens II

USMC PFC

Died 06/22/2012

Age 23

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