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Name: Air Force Capt. Derek Argel

Age: 28

From: Lompoc, Calif.

Assigned to the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla.

Incident: Air Force Capt. Derek Argel was killed May 30 in the crash of an Iraqi air force aircraft during a training mission in eastern Diyala province, Iraq. Also

Died: May 30, 2005

Air Force commando from Lompoc dies in Iraq crash

Associated Press

LOMPOC, Calif. — Air Force Capt. Derek Argel was so dedicated to water polo that he started showing up at high school practices as a fifth-grader.

As he grew older, his intense commitment to the military led him to enroll in the Air Force Academy and head to Iraq as a commando.

Argel, 28, died Monday in a plane crash during a training mission in the Diyala province northwest of Baghdad. Three other U.S. troops and an Iraqi pilot were also killed in the Memorial Day crash.

Argel was assigned to the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron based at Hurlburt Field, Fla. The squadron’s missions were often classified and officials refused to say when he was deployed.

Argel was named most valuable player in his high school water polo league, and played the sport at the Academy, where he graduated in 2000.

“He worked exceptionally hard. He never took...


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Derek Argel
BY Anonymous on May 16, 2010
  Ar dheis DÃ go raibh a anam

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Derek Argel
BY Kawaierus on Aug 17, 2008
  Rest In peace. May God bve with you and bless you.

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Derek Argel
BY Anonymous on Aug 16, 2008
  never foget thank you sir


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Derek Argel
BY sexygal001 on Jun 07, 2008
  Thank you so much for patriotism, love of our country and the ultimate sacrifice you have made. May your family and friends find comfort in their memories of you. You will never be forgotten. Rest in peace.


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Derek Argel
BY miyembro on May 25, 2008
  Your sacrifice will remain in our hearts for a lifetime,

with intense gratitude. May God bless you and your family.

Rest Safely and Securely in God's Loving Arms.

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Derek Argel
BY Anonymous on Jul 25, 2006
  Godspeed Capt. Argel.

Thank You.


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Derek Argel
BY DONNYDO on Apr 20, 2006
  O God, by whose mercy the faithful departed find rest, look kindly on Your departed veteran who gave his life in the service of his country. Grant that through the passion, death, and resurrection of Your Son he may share in the joy of Your heavenly kingdom and rejoice in You with Your saints forever.

I ask this through Christ our Lord.

May God give Derek's family peace in their hearts and strength to carry on.

He has proudly served his country.

Now, he proudly serves with angel's wings.

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Derek Argel
BY Anonymous on Mar 29, 2006
  Until we meet again......Love you Hubby, w

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Derek Argel
BY efe on Jul 14, 2005
  My deepest condolences for you and your loved ones. You will never be forgotten.

God Bless,


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Derek Argel
BY Anonymous on Jul 08, 2005
  D, we love you and miss you man! Dré

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Derek Argel
BY Anonymous on Jun 29, 2005
  No one is ever really dead until there is no one left to remember them.

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Derek Argel
BY acidburnny on Jun 28, 2005
  Don't think of me as gone away

My journey's just begun

Life holds so many facets

This earth is but one

Just think of me as resting

From the sorrows and the tears

In a place of warmth and comfort

Where there are no days and years

Think of how I must be wishing

That you could know today

How nothing but your sadness

Can really go away

And think of me as living

In the hearts of those I touched

For nothing loved is ever lost

And I know I was loved so much

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Derek Argel
BY Anonymous on Jun 28, 2005
  Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam - The Gilligan Family

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Derek Argel
BY Anonymous on Jun 22, 2005
  Thanks for all the good times and the good memories...God bless you and your family.


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Derek Argel
BY abotnevi on Jun 20, 2005
  All gave some.... but some gave all. God bless each of your Families. As long as one person holds you in their heart you will live forever.


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Derek Argel
BY Anonymous on Jun 20, 2005
  I love you son and will always feel your loving arms around me.


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Derek Argel
BY luiz on Jun 20, 2005
  May his soul rest in peace.

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Adam D. Jones

Happy Birthday, Adam. You are missed so much every minute of everyday! XOXO ~143~ You will forever be in my heart and on my mind. Love always, Tammy

Laurie Cobb

She was my 3rd and 5th grade teacher. Today I'm 32 and still think about her. She was the best teacher ever. From her hair children stories to her bubbly happiness and kindness she spread. I'll never forget her. She was the teacher who had lunch with the kids in her classroom so everyone had someone to be with. She made my school experience amazing. I will never forget her.. I love you Mrs. Cobb. Sincerely, Forever in my thoughts, Alyssa (Viau) Capone

Larry E Polley Jr

SPC Polley died almost two decades ago so I don't know if this message will be seen. In honor of Memorial Day, my agency hands out cards with names of those who have fallen. This year, 2023, I received the card for SPC Polley and was inspired to look up more on him. I am thankful for his service and sacrifice. My condolences to his family. He is not forgotten.

Paul C. Holter III

Miss you brother

Alex D Gonzalez

Love you and miss you always. Since you been gone it has been hard for everyone. I know you loved what you did, and I want to thank you for our freedom. If I can have you back home and safe living your life man everything would be different. No matter how much money they would offer me I would rather have you alive and home. Money comes and go so it's not worth losing you.

Christopher D Young

hello my name is Jesus Vega I would like to give my condolences to Christopher's family and friends, I served with him in Iraq and slept in the same quarters. I have many fond memories of him. I have never forgotten his sacrifice. I would like to share that the greatest memory I had of Chris is that he would speak highly of his mom and how much she meant to him. Chris was a strong minded person and looked out for other. He was kind and friendly the he made friends with everyone. Chris was truly a great man! I sincerely apologize for not sharing sooner. but would like to express that Chris's memory will never be forgotten! though he is not with us he will always be in spirit! If this message gets to Christopher's mother I she could know she raised a great man and for that I thank you.

Jose E Ulloa

Ricky you are still in your family's hearts.

John Michael Roy Curwin

I'm doing a work assignment for school and think he should be included.

Derek L. Shanfield

Heartfelt Sympathy on the loss of your son - Semper Fi.

Marisol Heredia

Dear Marisol, You are Loved Forever...Jeff

John Charles Jenkins

In hope for your soul to be safe and in peace forever, God hold you in your wings! Amen

Todd Beamer

Your courage exceeds the unimaginable.

Steven Paul Chucknick

peace be with you

Geoffrey Perez

thank you for being in our lives, you i got to see you right before you left and i feel so blessed for tour ultimate sacrifice brother. Rest in paradise

Linda Jones

Praying for peace and serenity. God bless you as you travel this difficult path.

Kristopher J. Gould

Miss you everyday buddy. Look forward to seeing you again, one day.

Kristopher J. Gould

Thank you for making the ultimate sacrifice, Kris. You are missed.

Deora Bodley

rest in peace

James David Parker

I knew James David Parker as "Dave" when he lived in Solon Ohio. We met when I moved into town from out of state. He and his group of friends were a year or two older than me. Dave was a bright beacon of hope and joy to me. I was an unsure young man in a strange place. Dave introduced me to many people and ensured his friends always saved me a seat in the lunchroom. I have fond memories of him and his friends during that time. I doubt so many people would have been as wonderful toward me without Dave's incredible kindness. I've never forgotten his kindness. I hope to be able to pay it forward someday.

Tyler O. Griffin

Condolences to the family. Freedom is not free, it cost this man's life. Thank you is not enough. Grieving is not enough for your loss though it is all we have, the Sandoval Family

John A. Hofer

Alicia... he ALWAYS talked about YOU and how much he loved you... I am so sorry HE was IS an amazing friend!!

Michell Lee Robotham

Saying prayers for you and your family today. I remember working with you in Land O' Lakes, WI at the bank and the fun times we shared. Sandy V

Karen Sue Juday

So very sad,l am so sorry. Rest in peace.

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