Honoring Our Fallen Heroes

Honoring Our Fallen Heroes for 2020

Marcos L. GudinoSargent Marcos L. Gudino, 30 of Elgin, Illinois died March 25, 2018, when his military ambulance crashed of which he was part of a convoy of vehicles returning from weekend training at Fort McCoy Wisconsin.

Gudino served as a medic in the Illinois National Guard Headquarters Co. based in Chicago
1st Battalion, 178th Infantry Regiment

During his time in the Illinois National Guard he earned the Army Service Ribbon and the National Defense Service Medal.

He was born the son of Frank and Minerva Gudino.


Alex MartinezCorporal Alex Martinez, 21, of Elgin, Ill., died April 5, 2012, while conducting combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

Martinez was assigned to the 1st Combat Engineer Battalion
1st Marine Division
1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Corporal Alex Martinez was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with a “V” for valor for his heroic actions and the Purple Heart.

He is survived by his widow, Julianna Martinez, to whom he was married four years.
He was born the son of Enrique Martinez and Sororro Bethke. Stepfather Jim Bethke.


Spc Ethan J MartinSpc. Ethan J. Martin, 22 of Lewiston, Idaho, died August 7, 2012 in Koragay, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when he encountered enemy small arms fire by ambush.
Martin was assigned to 1st Squadron, 40th Calvary.
Lt’s driver for Combat Platoon
140th Calvary Airborne
4th BDE
25th Infantry Division

Inspired by his desire to attend nursing school after he got out of the military, the Spc. Ethan J. Martin Scholarship Fund has been established to help others with similar aspirations.