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Ordinary People, Extraordinary Times

The Secret Service is a unique institution in that it must be prepared for worst case scenarios at every moment, everyday. But nothing adequately prepares the men and women of law enforcement for the loss of a colleague.

Behind every name on the Secret Service’s Wall of Honor in its Headquarters building is a legacy that lives on. Their stories are the agency’s history, and their dedicated service runs to the core of the Secret Service’s identity.

The Wall of Honor features an inscription of a quote by retired Secret Service Assistant Director Jerry Parr. He said these words at the dedication ceremony for the Wall in December of 2000:

"The Secret Service has a long tradition of excellence, and we are an organizational culture held together by an invisible web of obligations: duty, honor and country. We do not abandon one another. That is why we gather here today, to remember our fallen colleagues. These men and women died on duty. Some were killed in accidents, and some were deliberately murdered. We remember many of them now as they once were. Some were very young, at the beginning of their careers. Some were middle-aged and then they were gone from our midst, and we mourned our loss. There is, sadly, nothing as ruthless as truth and nature. Still, we do not lose hope. We are strengthened by their memory.

Death ends a life, but not a relationship. Those memories, I think, linger in love. These honored dead have returned to the love that created them, and we miss their faces that we’ll see no more. Yet, we know at the deepest level of our being that something of who they were, and are now, endures at a whole new dimension of reality. And our true nature is to trust and embrace both life and death. As Thornton Wilder once wrote, 'There is a land of the living and the land of the dead, and the only bridge is love, the only survivor, the only meaning.'"

Assistant Director Jerry Parr (Ret.)

Operative William Craig Operative William Craig

Operative
William Craig

September 3, 1902

Killed at Pittsfield, Massachusetts, in a collision between a street car and the President's carriage.

Operative Joseph A. Walker Operative Joseph A. Walker

Operative
Joseph A. Walker

November 3, 1907

Murdered while conducting a land fraud investigation near Durango, Colorado.

Operative Robert K. Webster Operative Robert K. Webster

Operative
Robert K. Webster

August 7, 1927

Shot and killed by a liquor runner while on a Coast Guard boat en route to Bimini Island to conduct a counterfeit investigation.

Operative James W. Hair Operative James W. Hair

Operative
James W. Hair

July 12, 1928

Shot and killed during a dispute at a firing range.

Operative Robert L. Godby Operative Robert L. Godby

Operative
Robert L. Godby

May 24, 1935

Involved in an automobile accident while on official business on May 19, 1935, in Buffalo, New York.

Special Agent James A. Hollinger Special Agent James A. Hollinger

Special Agent
James A. Hollinger

July 26, 1936

Died of a heart attack while on a Coast Guard cutter en route from Bar Harbor to Eastport, Maine, in connection with presidential protection.

Special Agent Henry E. Thomas Special Agent Henry E. Thomas

Special Agent
Henry E. Thomas

August 17, 1936

Died as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident while on official business.

Special Agent August A. Gennerich Special Agent August A. Gennerich

Special Agent
August A. Gennerich

December 1, 1936

Died of a heart attack while in Buenos Aires, Argentina, while engaged in presidential protection.

Special Agent Thomas E. Vaughan Special Agent Thomas E. Vaughan

Special Agent
Thomas E. Vaughan

November 8, 1940

Killed in an automobile accident while on official business en route to Nashville, Tennessee.

Officer Leslie W. Coffelt Officer Leslie W. Coffelt

Officer
Leslie W. Coffelt

November 1, 1950

Killed in an exchange of gunfire with Oscar Collazo and Griselio Torresola in front of the Blair House, Washington, D.C., when the two Puerto Rican Nationalists attempted to assassinate President Truman.

Special Agent Thomas B. Shipman Special Agent Thomas B. Shipman

Special Agent
Thomas B. Shipman

October 14, 1963

Died of a heart attack while on a presidential protective assignment at Camp David, Maryland.

Special Agent in Charge Thomas K. Wooge Special Agent in Charge Thomas K. Wooge

Special Agent in Charge
Thomas K. Wooge

October 17, 1968

Died of a heart attack while protecting a presidential candidate in Rochester, New York.

Special Agent J. Clifford Dietrich Special Agent J. Clifford Dietrich

Special Agent
J. Clifford Dietrich

May 26, 1973

Killed in a helicopter crash near Grand Cay Island in the Bahamas while on assignment with the Presidential Protective Division.

Special Agent James M. Ryan Special Agent James M. Ryan

Special Agent
James M. Ryan

February 9, 1977

Killed in an automobile accident while on official business in New York City.

Special Agent Perry S. Watkins Special Agent Perry S. Watkins

Special Agent
Perry S. Watkins

January 14, 1980

Died as a result of bullet wounds he sustained while on duty at the Denver Field Office. The assailant had a history of harassing federal representatives, and had been confined to mental hospitals on several occasions. He was also killed in the incident.

Special Agent Julie Y. Cross Special Agent Julie Y. Cross

Special Agent
Julie Y. Cross

June 4, 1980

Killed by two assailants while investigating a counterfeit case in Los Angeles, California.

Special Agent Donald A. Bejcek Special Agent Donald A. Bejcek

Special Agent
Donald A. Bejcek

March 5, 1983

Killed in an automobile collision which occurred en route to Yosemite National Park, California, to provide protection for Queen Elizabeth II.

Special Agent George P. LaBarge Special Agent George P. LaBarge

Special Agent
George P. LaBarge

March 5, 1983

Killed in an automobile collision which occurred en route to Yosemite National Park, California, to provide protection for Queen Elizabeth II.

Special Agent Donald W. Robinson Special Agent Donald W. Robinson

Special Agent
Donald W. Robinson

March 5, 1983

Killed in an automobile collision which occurred en route to Yosemite National Park, California, to provide protection for Queen Elizabeth II.

Special Agent Richard T. Cleary Special Agent Richard T. Cleary

Special Agent
Richard T. Cleary

June 11, 1986

Died of a heart attack while on duty.

Special Agent Manuel de J. Marrero-Otero Special Agent Manuel de J. Marrero-Otero

Special Agent
Manuel de J. Marrero-Otero

December 31, 1986

Died as a result of a fire at the Dupont Plaza Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He was investigating a counterfeit case when the fire occurred.

Special Officer Marvin E. Gilpin Special Officer Marvin E. Gilpin

Special Officer
Marvin E. Gilpin

August 15, 1989

Died of a heart attack while on duty in Washington, D.C.

Special Agent James Steven Collins Special Agent James Steven Collins

Special Agent
James Steven Collins

October 20, 1992

Died of a heart attack while protecting a vice presidential candidate in Los Angeles, California.

Special Agent Cynthia L. Brown Special Agent Cynthia L. Brown

Special Agent
Cynthia L. Brown

April 19, 1995

Died as a result of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Special Agent Donald R. Leonard Special Agent Donald R. Leonard

Special Agent
Donald R. Leonard

April 19, 1995

Died as a result of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Special Agent Mickey B. Maroney Special Agent Mickey B. Maroney

Special Agent
Mickey B. Maroney

April 19, 1995

Died as a result of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Office Manager Linda G. McKinney Office Manager Linda G. McKinney

Office Manager
Linda G. McKinney

April 19, 1995

Died as a result of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Investigative Assistant Kathy L. Seidl Investigative Assistant Kathy L. Seidl

Investigative Assistant
Kathy L. Seidl

April 19, 1995

Died as a result of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Assistant Special Agent in Charge Alan G. Whicher Assistant Special Agent in Charge Alan G. Whicher

Assistant Special Agent in Charge
Alan G. Whicher

April 19, 1995

Died as a result of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Physical Security Specialist Aldo E. Frascoia Physical Security Specialist Aldo E. Frascoia

Physical Security Specialist
Aldo E. Frascoia

August 17, 1996

Died when a Presidential cargo plane crashed near Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Special Agent Daniel M. Connolly Special Agent Daniel M. Connolly

Special Agent
Daniel M. Connolly

Died of a heart attack while on duty.

Special Agent Hector L. Diaz Special Agent Hector L. Diaz

Special Agent
Hector L. Diaz

December 26, 1997

Died as of a result of contracting Hepatitis C while performing his investigative duties.

Special Agent Scott E. Deaton Special Agent Scott E. Deaton

Special Agent
Scott E. Deaton

June 11, 1999

Killed in an automobile accident while enroute to a protective assignment.

Master Special Officer Craig J. Miller Master Special Officer Craig J. Miller

Master Special Officer
Craig J. Miller

September 11, 2001

Died during a terrorist attack at the World Trade Center in New York City.

Special Agent Phillip C. Lebid Special Agent Phillip C. Lebid

Special Agent
Phillip C. Lebid

November 22, 2004

Killed in an automobile accident while on official business.

Assistant to the Special Agent in Charge Christopher J. Smith Assistant to the Special Agent in Charge Christopher J. Smith

Assistant to the Special Agent in Charge
Christopher J. Smith

December 27, 2007

Died as a result of a heart attack suffered on March 25, 2005.