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1022372 2038-01-01 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-01T00:00:00.000-05:00 2009-07-28 00:23:48.0 UTC 2009-07-27T20:23:48.000-04:00 toll-from-war-touches-hernando-county Published 2009-07-28 02:21:57.0 UTC 2009-07-27T22:21:57.000-04:00 news/military/war DTI 53425279 Army Staff Sgt. Michael W. Schafer, 25, Spring Hill Schafer died July 25, 2005, while on patrol near Kandahar, Afghanistan. He was shot and killed while on a quick reaction force mission. Others survived because of his actions as squad leader, and he was awarded the Silver Star. Schafer was a 1998 graduate of Springstead High School. He and his wife, Danielle, were married in December 2000. His first job had been as a busboy at Guido's restaurant in Spring Hill, and he also had been a lifeguard at Buccaneer Bay at Weeki Wachee Springs. Marine Sgt. Lea Robert Mills, 21, Masaryktown Mills was killed on April 28, 2006, by an improvised explosive device while on patrol in Al Anbar province in Iraq. Mills, who had signed on for a second tour with the Marines shortly before his death, had asked to serve in Iraq. He was deployed with an amphibian assault battalion. He graduated from Hernando High School in 2002. In August 2004, Mills married Keesha Malicoate, his high school sweetheart. After his death, his mother, Dee Mills, started an organization known as Lea's Prayers and Postage Inc., which raises money to pay the postage for care packages that are sent from Hernando County to military personnel overseas. Army Spc. Cody C. Grater, 20, Spring Hill Grater, a paratrooper, died in Iraq on July 29, 2007. He was killed when a rocket-propelled grenade struck his Humvee outside Baghdad. He attended Springstead High School. Family members and friends said he loved working on cars, hip-hop music and chasing girls. As a teenager, Grater had been one of the supporters of the effort to build a public skate park, and once Stewy's Skate Park opened, he was a regular there. Army Spc. Justin Dean Coleman, 21, Hernando Beach Coleman died on July 24, 2009, along with three other soldiers, as they were searching near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border for prisoner of war Pfc. Bowe R. Bergdahl. Coleman was killed in a firefight with insurgents, suffering a fatal gunshot below the rib cage. He was a 2007 graduate of Nature Coast Technical High School. His family said he joined the military to earn money for college. He was married to Nicole Lynn Jenkins. Military,News,War,Hernando Toll from war touches Hernando County MKONRADN The death last week of Justin Dean Coleman brought to four the number of active-duty members of the military from Hernando County who have been killed in either Iraq or Afghanistan. They are:<br /><br /> HER Hernando djj67nz3dz1j djj67 Toll of war touches close to home Hernando County 1 herkilledinaction072809 Toll of war touches close to home 2009-07-28 04:00:00.0 UTC 2009-07-28T00:00:00.000-04:00 At Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Sunday, an Army team carries the body of Spc. Justin Dean Coleman of Hernando Beach. See story, 1A. resources/images/dti/2009/07/her_coffin072809_77902a.jpg Associated Press resources/images/dti/rendered/2009/07/her_coffin072809_77902a_4col.jpgresources/images/dti/rendered/2009/07/her_coffin072809_77902a_8col.jpg resources/images/dti/2009/07/her_grater072809_77901a.jpg resources/images/dti/rendered/2009/07/her_grater072809_77901a_4col.jpgresources/images/dti/rendered/2009/07/her_grater072809_77901a_8col.jpg resources/images/dti/2009/07/her_mills072809_77924a.jpg resources/images/dti/rendered/2009/07/her_mills072809_77924a_4col.jpgresources/images/dti/rendered/2009/07/her_mills072809_77924a_8col.jpg resources/images/dti/2009/07/her_coleman072809_77900a.jpg resources/images/dti/rendered/2009/07/her_coleman072809_77900a_4col.jpgresources/images/dti/rendered/2009/07/her_coleman072809_77900a_8col.jpg resources/images/dti/2009/07/her_schafer072809_77923a.jpg resources/images/dti/rendered/2009/07/her_schafer072809_77923a_4col.jpgresources/images/dti/rendered/2009/07/her_schafer072809_77923a_8col.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/StaffArticle/data/2009/07/27/53425279-toll-from-war-touches-hernando-county StaffArticle news,militaryMilitaryArmy Staff Sgt. Michael W. Schafer, 25, Spring HillMilitary,News,War,HernandoMilitary,News,War,Hernando 2283886 2016-07-01 18:49:12.0 UTC 2 Months Ago us-reveals-death-toll-from-airstrikes-outside-war-zones news/military/war U.S. reveals death toll from airstrikes outside war zones StaffArticle 2279888 2016-06-01 21:31:09.0 UTC 3 Months Ago hernando-doctor-accused-of-inappropriately-touching-teenage-worker news/publicsafety/crime Hernando doctor accused of inappropriately touching teenage worker StaffArticle 2267454 2016-03-01 16:34:08.0 UTC 6 Months Ago man-on-the-run-from-rape-battery-charges-in-hernando-county news/publicsafety/crime Man on the run from rape, battery charges in Hernando County StaffArticle <p><b>Army Staff Sgt. Michael W. Schafer, 25,</b><b> Spring Hill</b></p> <p>Schafer died July 25, 2005, while on patrol near Kandahar, Afghanistan. He was shot and killed while on a quick reaction force mission. Others survived because of his actions as squad leader, and he was awarded the Silver Star. Schafer was a 1998 graduate of Springstead High School. He and his wife, Danielle, were married in December 2000. His first job had been as a busboy at Guido's restaurant in Spring Hill, and he also had been a lifeguard at Buccaneer Bay at Weeki Wachee Springs.</p> <p><b>Marine Sgt. Lea Robert Mills, 21, Masaryktown</b></p> <p>Mills was killed on April 28, 2006, by an improvised explosive device while on patrol in Al Anbar province in Iraq. Mills, who had signed on for a second tour with the Marines shortly before his death, had asked to serve in Iraq. He was deployed with an amphibian assault battalion. He graduated from Hernando High School in 2002. In August 2004, Mills married Keesha Malicoate, his high school sweetheart. After his death, his mother, Dee Mills, started an organization known as Lea's Prayers and Postage Inc., which raises money to pay the postage for care packages that are sent from Hernando County to military personnel overseas.</p> <p><b>Army Spc. Cody C. Grater, 20, Spring Hill</b></p> <p>Grater, a paratrooper, died in Iraq on July 29, 2007. He was killed when a rocket-propelled grenade struck his Humvee outside Baghdad. He attended Springstead High School. Family members and friends said he loved working on cars, hip-hop music and chasing girls. As a teenager, Grater had been one of the supporters of the effort to build a public skate park, and once Stewy's Skate Park opened, he was a regular there.</p> <p><b>Army Spc. Justin Dean Coleman, 21, Hernando Beach</b></p> <p>Coleman died on July 24, 2009, along with three other soldiers, as they were searching near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border for prisoner of war Pfc. Bowe R. Bergdahl. Coleman was killed in a firefight with insurgents, suffering a fatal gunshot below the rib cage. He was a 2007 graduate of Nature Coast Technical High School. His family said he joined the military to earn money for college. He was married to Nicole Lynn Jenkins.</p>trueruntime2016-08-30 06:00:34