Living

Day by Day, Death by Death

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September 2003
1
  • A staff sergeant and a sergeant are killed when their vehicle is hit by a homemade bomb.

    [Joseph Camara, 40, New Bedford MA; Charles T. Caldwell, 38, North Providence RI]

  • A staff sergeant is killed in Kuwait when he is hit by a truck while changing a tire on his vehicle.
    [Cameron B. Sarno, 43, Waipahu, HI]
2
  • A private first class is killed when a helicopter in which he’s riding flips and crashes on takeoff.

    [Christopher A. Sisson, 20, Oak Park IL]

4
  • A sergeant is killed in a motor vehicle accident in Qatar.
    [Bruce E. Brown, 32, Coatopa AL]
9
  • A specialist is killed when the fuel truck he’s driving is ambushed and he is shot in the neck.

    [Ryan G. Carlock, 25, Macomb IL]

10
  • A staff sergeant is killed when a homemade bomb explodes while he is trying to disarm it.
    [Joseph E. Robsky Jr, 31, Elizaville NY]
11
  • A sergeant is killed while chang-ing a tire on a Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck when the tire explodes.
    [Henry Ybarra III, 32, Austin TX]
12
  • A master sergeant and sergeant first class are killed during a raid on enemy forces.
    [Kevin N. Morehead, 33, Little Rock AR; William M. Bennett, 35, Seymour TN]
14
  • A sergeant is killed on patrol when two homemade bombs hit his vehicle.
    [Trevor A. Blumberg, 22, Canton MI]
15
  • A staff sergeant is killed on patrol when his vehicle is hit by a rocket-propelled grenade.
    [Kevin C. Kimmerly, 31, North Creek NY]
  • A specialist is killed by a non-combat gunshot wound to the head.
    [Alyssa R. Peterson, 27, Flagstaff AZ]
18
  • A sergeant and two specialists are killed in an ambush.

    [Anthony O. Thompson, 26, Orangeburg SC; Richard Arriaga, 20, Ganado TX; James C. Wright, 27, Morgan TX]

  • A captain is electrocuted when he reaches above his Bradley Fighting Vehicle and grabs low-lying power lines.

    [Brian R. Faunce, 28, Philadelphia PA]

20
  • A staff sergeant is killed on security patrol when a homemade bomb hits his vehicle.
    [Frederick L. Miller Jr., 27, Hagerstown IN]
  • A specialist and a sergeant are killed in a mortar attack.
    [Lunsford B. Brown II, 27, Creedmore NC; David T. Friedrich, 26, Hammond NY]
22
  • A specialist is accidentally shot to death by another soldier in a non-combat incident.
    [Paul J. Sturino, 21, Rice Lake WI]
24
  • A specialist is killed when a five-ton truck hits a Hummer in which he is riding.
    [Michael Andrade, 28, Bristol RI]
25
  • A sergeant first class is killed when he’s hit by a forklift in Kuwait.
    [Robert E. Rooney, 43, Nashua NH]
  • A specialist is killed on patrol when a homemade bomb explodes.
    [Kyle G. Thomas, 23, Topeka KS]
  • A captain is killed while searching a building when another captain opens a box and it explodes.
    [Robert L. Lucero, 34, Casper WY]
29
  • A staff sergeant is killed when a homemade bomb explodes as his vehicle passes by.

    [Christopher E. Cutchall, 30, McConnellsburg PA]

  • A sergeant drowns when his Hummer crashes into a canal and he’s swept away by the current.
    [Darrin K. Potter, 24, Louisville KY] Another sergeant drowns while trying to rescue him.
    [Andrew Joseph Baddick, 26, Jim Thorpe PA]
30
  • A specialist is killed by friendly fire.
    [Dustin K. McGaugh, 20, Derby KS]


October
1
  • A sergeant major is killed when his convoy is hit by a homemade bomb and rocket-propelled grenades in Samarra.
    [James D. Blankenbecler, 40, Alexandria VA]
  • A private first class is killed when her convoy is hit by a homemade bomb and rocket-propelled grenades near Tikrit.
    [Analaura Esparza Gutierrez, 21, Houston TX]
  • A specialist is shot to death on patrol.
    [Simeon Hunte, 23, Essex NJ]
  • A specialist medic dies of cancer.
    [Tamarra J. Ramos, 24, Quakertown PA]
3
  • A private first class chokes on a piece of candy and drowns in a swimming pool during rec time.
    [Charles M. Sims, 18, Miami FL]
4
  • A specialist is killed when a rocket-propelled grenade hits his Bradley Fighting Vehicle.
    [James H. Pirtle, 27, La Mesa NM]
6
  • A specialist is killed when his vehicle is blown up and overturns.

    [Spencer T. Karol, 20, Woodruff AZ]

  • A second lieutenant and a private first class are killed when their convoy is hit by a homemade bomb.
    [Richard Torres, 25, Clarksville TN; Kerry D. Scott, 21, Mount Vernon WA]
9
  • A specialist is killed when his convoy is attacked by rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire.
    [Joseph C. Norquist, 26, San Antonio TX]
  • A staff sergeant and a private are killed in an ambush.
    [Christopher W. Swisher, 26, Lincoln NE; Sean A. Silva, 23, Roseville CA]
12
  • A specialist is killed when his Bradley Fighting Vehicle hits an anti-tank mine.
    [James E. Powell, 26, Radcliff KY]
13
  • A private first class is killed when his convoy is hit by a homemade bomb and small-arms fire.
    [Stephen E. Wyatt, 19, Kilgore TX]
  • A specialist is killed when his unit is hit by a rocket-propelled grenade.
    [Donald L. Wheeler, 22, Concord MI]
  • A specialist and a private first class are killed when an Iraqi garbage truck swerves out of
  • control, rolls over, and lands atop their Hummer.
    [Douglas J. Weismantle, 28, Pittsburgh PA; Jose Casanova, 23, El Monte CA]
  • A private drowns in a recreational swimming hole set up for troops in the Euphrates River.

    [Benjamin L. Freeman, 19, Valdosta GA]

16
  • A lieutenant colonel, a staff sergeant, and a corporal are shot to death by gunmen who are guarding the headquarters of a Shiite cleric.
    [Kim S. Orlando, 43,
  • Nashville TN; Joseph P. Bellavia, 28, Wakefield MA; Sean R. Grilley, 24, San Bernardino CA]
17
  • A specialist is killed when his vehicle runs over a homemade bomb.
    [Michael L. Williams, 46, Buffalo NY]
18
  • A first lieutenant and a private first class are killed in an ambush.
    [David R. Bernstein, 24, Phoenixville PA; John D. Hart, 20, Bedford MA]
20
  • A staff sergeant is killed when his vehicle hits a homemade bomb and is fired upon.
    [Paul J. Johnson, 29, Calumet MI]
21
  • A private first class is killed when a helicopter tire he’s changing explodes.
    [Paul J. Bueche, 19, Daphne AL]
22
  • A private dies shortly before a scheduled return to the U.S. for medical treatment of intestinal and stomach problems.
    [Jason M. Ward, 25, Tulsa OK]
  • A specialist dies from non-combat injuries.
    [John P. Johnson, 24, Houston TX]
23
  • A captain is killed when his convoy is hit by a homemade bomb.
    [John R. Teal, 31, Mechanicsville VA]
24
  • A sergeant is killed in a gun battle while guarding a grain-storage facility.
    [Michael S. Hancock, 29, Yreka CA]
  • Two specialists are killed by a mortar attack.
    [Artimus D. Brassfield, 22, Flint MI; Jose L. Mora, 26, Bell Gardens CA]
26
  • A private first class dies from a non-combat gunshot.

    [Steven Acosta, 19, Calexico CA]

  • A lieutenant colonel is killed by a rocket-propelled-grenade attack on a hotel.

    [Charles H. Buehring, 40, Fayetteville NC]

  • A private is killed when his vehicle is hit by a homemade bomb.
    [Joseph R. Guerrera, 20, Dunn NC]
  • A staff sergeant is killed on patrol when his vehicle is hit by a homemade bomb.
    [Jamie L. Huggins, 26, Hume MO]
  • A private first class is killed during a mortar attack at the Abu Ghraib police station.
    [Rachel K. Bosveld, 19, Waupun WI]
27
  • A sergeant is killed during a bombing of the Al Bayra police station.
    [Aubrey D. Bell, 33, Tuskegee AL]
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  • A private is killed when a vehicle blows up at the Al Khadra police station.
    [Jonathan I. Falaniko, 20, Pago Pago, American Samoa]
28
  • A sergeant and a specialist are killed when their tank is blown up and hurtles down a 30-foot embankment.
    [Michael Paul Barrera, 26, Von Ormy TX; Isaac Campoy, 21, Douglas AZ]
  • A private dies from a non-combat gunshot wound after surviving a shrapnel attack in August.
    [Algernon Adams, 36, Aiken SC]
31
  • A second lieutenant is killed on patrol by a homemade bomb.
    [Todd J. Bryant, 23, Riverside CA]
  • A sergeant falls into a hole while running to keep up with friends in Baghdad and suffers a blood clot in her brain that causes a stroke, and she dies of complications nine days later.

    [Linda C. Jimenez, 39, Brooklyn NY]


November
1
  • A first lieutenant and a specialist are killed when their Hummer is blown up in Mosul.
    [Joshua C. Hurley, 24, Clifton Forge VA; Maurice J. Johnson, 21, Levittown PA]
  • A second lieutenant is killed when his Hummer is blown up in Baghdad.
    [Benjamin J. Colgan, 30, Kent WA]
2
  • Five sergeants, four specialists, three staff sergeants, two privates first class, a first lieutenant, and a chief warrant officer are killed when their Chinook helicopter, carrying them home on leave, is shot down and crashes.
    [Sergeants: Paul F. Fisher, 39, Cedar Rapids IA; Keelan L. Moss, 23, Houston TX; Ross A. Pennanen, 36, Shawnee OK; Ernest G. Bucklew, 33, Enon Valley PA; Joel Perez, 25, Rio Grande PR.Specialists: Frances M. Vega, 20, Fort Buchanan PR; Darius T. Jennings, 22, Cordova SC; Steven D. Conover, 21, Wilmington OH; Brian H. Penisten, 28, Fort Wayne IN. Staff sergeants: Paul A. Velazquez, 29, San Diego CA; Joe N. Wilson, 30, Crystal Springs MS; Daniel A. Bader, 28, Colorado Springs CO. Privates first class: Anthony D. Dagostino, 20, Waterbury CT; Karina S. Lau, 20, Livingston CA. First Lieutenant Brian D. Slavenas, 30, Genoa IL. Chief Warrant Officer Bruce A. Smith, 41, West Liberty IA]
3
  • A private first class is killed on patrol when his vehicle hits a land mine.
    [Rayshawn S. Johnson, 20, Brooklyn NY]
4
  • A sergeant is killed when a bomb explodes near his truck.
    [Francisco Martinez, 28, Humacao PR]
  • A specialist dies from a “non-hostile” gunshot wound to the head at a checkpoint.
    [Robert T. Benson, 20, Spokane WA]
5
  • A sergeant first class is killed on patrol by rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire.
    [Jose A. Rivera, 34, Bayamon PR]
6
  • A specialist is killed when his convoy is hit by a homemade bomb.
    [James R. Wolf, 21, Scottsbluff NE]
  • A specialist is killed when his vehicle hits a land mine.
    [James A. Chance III, 25, Kokomo MS]
7
  • Two chief warrant officers, a staff sergeant, a sergeant, a captain, and a command sergeant major are killed when their Black Hawk helicopter is shot down by unknown enemy ordnance.
    [Chief warrant officers: Sharon T. Swartworth, 43, Alexandria VA; Kyran E. Kennedy, 43, Boston MA. Staff Sergeant Paul M. Neff II, 30, Fort Mill SC. Sergeant Scott C. Rose, 30, Fayetteville NC. Captain Benedict J. Smith, 29, Monroe City MO. Command Sergeant Major Cornell W. Gilmore I, 45, Baltimore MD]
  • A staff sergeant is killed by rocket-propelled grenades while guarding a bank.
    [Morgan D. Kennon, 23, Memphis TN]
8
  • Two staff sergeants are killed when their Bradley Fighting Vehicle hits a homemade bomb.
    [Mark D. Vasquez, 35, Port Huron MI; Gary L. Collins, 32, Hardin TX]
  • A private is killed when the Hummer he’s driving runs over a homemade bomb.
    [Kurt R. Frosheiser, 22, Des Moines IA]
  • A sergeant is fatally wounded when a homemade bomb hits his vehicle, after which he’s flown to the United States, where he dies December 2.
    [Ryan C. Young, 21, Corona CA]
9
  • A sergeant is killed when his convoy vehicle, on which he is door gunner, is hit by small-arms fire.
    [Nicholas A. Tomko, 24, Pittsburgh PA]
11
  • A specialist is killed when a homemade bomb explodes on a road.
    [Marlon P. Jackson, 25, Jersey City NJ]
  • A specialist is killed on patrol when his Bradley vehicle hits and explodes two homemade bombs.
    [Genaro Acosta, 26, Fair Oaks CA]
12
  • A specialist is killed on patrol by a homemade bomb.
    [Robert A. Wise, 21, Tallahassee FL]
  • A staff sergeant dies from a “non-hostile” gunshot wound while on guard duty in Kuwait.
    [Nathan J. Bailey, 46, Nashville TN]
13
  • A sergeant and a private first class are killed by a homemade bomb while sitting next to each other on a bus.
    [Joseph Minucci II, 23, Richeyville PA; Jacob S. Fletcher, 28, Bay Shore NY]
14
  • A specialist is killed when his convoy hits a homemade bomb.
    [Irving Medina, 22, Middletown NY]
  • A private is fatally burned when, while he’s operating an armored earth mover to build a berm around a bunker containing confiscated ammunition, the bunker explodes and he’s engulfed by flames, after which he’s flown to Germany, where his arms are amputated, and then to San Antonio, Texas, where, five days later, his family makes the decision to take him off life support, and he dies the next evening.

    [Scott M. Tyrrell, 21, Sterling IL]

15
  • Five specialists, four privates first class, four sergeants, two chief warrant officers, a captain, and a second lieutenant are killed when two Black Hawk helicopters collide and crash.

    [Specialists: Jeremiah J. DiGiovanni, 21, Pricedale MS; Ryan T. Baker, 24, Brown Mills NJ; William D. Dusenbery, 30, Fairview Heights IL; Eugene A. Uhl III, 21, Amherst WI; John R. Sullivan, 26, Countryside IL. Privates first class: Damian L. Heidelberg, 21, Batesville MS; Richard W. Hafer, 21, Cross Lanes WV; Joey D. Whitener,19, Nebo NC; Sheldon R. Hawk Eagle, 21, Grand Forks ND. Sergeants: Michael D. Acklin II, 25, Louisville KY; Warren S. Hansen, 36, Clintonville WI; Kelly Bolor, 37, Whittier CA; John W. Russell, 26, Portland TX. Chief warrant officers: Erik C. Kesterson, 29, Independence OR; Scott A. Saboe, 33, Willow Lake SD. Captain Pierre E. Piche, 29, Starksboro VT. Second Lieutenant Jeremy L. Wolfe, 27, Menomonie WI]

  • A sergeant is killed on patrol when his Hummer is blown up by a homemade bomb.

    [Timothy L. Hayslett, 26, Newville PA]

17
  • A captain is killed while checking community center supplies when another soldier’s rifle accidentally goes off and hits him in the head.

    [James A. Shull, 32, Kirkland WA]

  • A chief warrant officer is killed when his vehicle runs over a homemade bomb.

    [Alexander S. Coulter, 35, Bristol TN]

  • A captain is killed by a “non-hostile” gunshot.

    [Nathan S. Dalley, 27, Kaysville UT]

  • A staff sergeant is killed in an ambush.
    [Dale A. Panchot, 26, Northome MN]
20
  • A captain is killed when his tank rolls over a homemade bomb.
    [George A. Wood, 33, Marcy NY]
  • A specialist is killed when his convoy vehicle is hit by a homemade bomb.
    [Josph L. Lister, 22, Pleasanton KS]
21
  • A corporal drowns when his Hummer flips into a canal during a chase and he’s trapped inside.

    [Gary B. Coleman, 24, Pikeville KY]

22
  • A private first class and a specialist are killed when a tank accidentally crushes their vehicle during a night mission.

    [Damian S. Bushart, 22, Waterford MI; Robert D. Roberts, 21, Winter Park FL]

23
  • A command sergeant major and a specialist die of gunshot wounds to the head after their car isstopped by another vehicle, they’re shot at, they’re pulled out of their vehicle, and their possessions are looted.
    [Jerry L. Wilson, 45, Thomson GA; Rel A. Ravago IV, 21, Glendale CA]
  • A staff sergeant is killed when a truck he’s driving is blown up by a remote-controlled roadside bomb.
    [Eddie E. Menyweather, 35, Los Angeles CA]
  • A corporal drowns when his vehicle overturns and plunges into a river.
    [Darrell L. Smith, 28, Otwell IN]
  • A chief warrant officer is killed when the vehicle in which he’s a passenger is accidentally struck head-on by a civilian tanker truck.
    [Christopher G. Nason, 39, Los Angeles CA]
26
  • A specialist dies from an accidental non-combat gunshot to the chest.
    [David J. Goldberg, 20, Layton UT]
27
  • A specialist dies in his barracks from a gunshot wound to the head from his rifle.

    [Thomas Sweet II, 23, Bismarck ND]

28
  • A sergeant is killed by a mortar attack.
    [Ariel Rico, 25, El Paso TX]
29
  • A specialist and a staff sergeant are killed when their convoy is ambushed.
    [Aaron J. Sissel, 22, Tipton IA; Stephen A. Bertolino, 40, El Cajon CA]

December
1
  • A sergeant is killed when his patrol is ambushed.

    [Uday Singh, 21, Lake Forest IL]

2
  • A specialist is killed when his vehicle is hit by a homemade bomb.
    [Raphael S. Davis, 24, Tutwiler MS]
  • A chief warrant officer dies from a non-combat injury in Kuwait.
    [Clarence E. Boone, 50, Fort Worth TX]
5
  • A specialist is killed on a convoy when a homemade bomb explodes.
    [Arron R. Clark, 20, Chico CA]
7
  • A private first class is killed when he drives his Hummer over a homemade bomb detonated by remote control.
    [Ray J. Hutchinson, 20, League City TX]
8
  • A private first class is shot to death guarding a gas station when a passing vehicle shoots at his vehicle.
    [Jason G. Wright, 19, Luzerne MI]
  • A staff sergeant and a specialist are killed when an embankment collapses and their $2 million Stryker combat vehicle flips up-side down into a canal. They can’t escape because the rear hatch door was accidentally left padlocked.

    [Steven H. Bridges, 33, Tracy CA; Joseph M. Blickenstaff, 23, Corvallis OR]

  • A specialist is killed when his Stryker vehicle, 250 meters from the one carrying two fellow soldiers who died, flips into a canal.

    [Christopher J. Rivera Wesley, 26, Portland OR]

10
  • A staff sergeant drowns on river patrol when he falls overboard into the Tigris. A specialist drowns when he dives in to try to rescue the sergeant.

    [Aaron T. Reese, 31, Reynoldsburg OH; Todd M. Bates, 20, Bellaire OH]

  • A staff sergeant is killed when his convoy vehicle is hit by a homemade bomb.
    [Richard A. Burdick, 24, National City CA]
  • A private first class is killed guarding a gas station.

    [Jerrick M. Petty, 25, Idaho Falls ID]

11
  • A specialist is killed when his camp is hit by a homemade bomb.
    [Marshall L. Edgerton, 27, Rocky Face GA]
12
  • A private first class is killed by a “non-hostile” gunshot wound.

    [Jeffrey F. Braun, 19, Stafford Springs CT]

  • A sergeant is killed when his convoy is hit by a homemade bomb.
    [Jarrod W. Black, 26, Peru IN]
14
  • A specialist dies when he’s thrown out of his vehicle after it hits a bump.
    [Rian C. Ferguson, 22, Taylors SC]
  • A staff sergeant is killed when she tries to defuse a homemade bomb and it explodes.

    [Kimberly A. Voelz, 27, Carlisle PA]

15
  • A private first class dies from non-combat injuries at Baghdad International Airport.
    [Kenneth C. Souslin, 21, Mansfield OH]
16
  • A specialist is killed when he loses control of his truck in an oil-soaked area and it rolls over.
    [Nathan W. Nakis, 19, Sedro-Woolley OR]
17
  • A specialist is killed when his patrol is ambushed.

    [Christopher J. Holland, 26, Brunswick GA]

18
  • A sergeant dies of a heart attack during physical training in Baghdad.

    [Glenn R. Allison, 24, Pittsfield MA]

19
  • A private first class is killed when his vehicle is hit by a homemade bomb.
    [Charles E. Bush Jr., 43, Buffalo NY]
22
  • A first lieutenant and a private are killed when a homemade bomb hits their convoy.

    [Edward M. Saltz, 27, Bigfork MT; Stuart W. Moore, 21, Livingston TX]

24
  • A command sergeant major is killed when his convoy vehicle hits a homemade bomb.

    [Eric F. Cooke, 43, Scottsdale AZ]

  • A major, a captain, and a sergeant are killed when their vehicle hits a homemade bomb.

    [Christopher J. Splinter, 43, Platteville WI; Christopher F. Soelzer, 26, Sturgis SD; Benjamin W. Biskie, 27, Vermilion OH]

  • A sergeant is electrocuted while running a communication wire.

    [Michael E. Yashinski, 24, Monument CO]

25
  • Two staff sergeants are killed by a mortar attack on their living quarters on Christmas Day.

    [Thomas W. Christensen, 42, Atlantic Mine MI; Stephen C. Hattamer, 43, Gwinn MI]

26
  • A specialist is killed when his convoy vehicle hits a homemade bomb.
    [Charles G. Haight, 23, Jacksonville AL]
  • A specialist is killed off duty when his Hummer overturns and he’s crushed to death.
    [Michael G. Mihalakis, 18, Milpitas CA]
  • A staff sergeant is killed when he tries to disarm a homemade bomb and it explodes.
    [Michael J. Sutter, 28, Tinley Park IL]
28
  • A private is killed when a homemade bomb hits his vehicle.

    [Rey D. Cuervo, 24, Laguna Vista TX]

  • A sergeant dies from inhaling fumes while doing minesweeping for a hazardous-materials team.
    [Curt E. Jordan Jr., 25, Green Acres WA]
  • A captain dies when a homemade bomb hits his vehicle.

    [Ernesto M. Blanco, 28, San Antonio TX]

30
  • A specialist is shot to death when a rifle accidentally goes off .

    [Justin W. Pollard, 21, Foothill Ranch CA]


January 2004
1
  • A sergeant dies when his vehicle goes out of control and rolls over.
    [Dennis A. Corral, 33, Kearney NE]
2
  • Two specialists are killed when their convoy is hit by a homemade bomb and then raked by machine-gun and small-arms fire.

    [Solomon C. Bangayan, 24, Jay VT; Marc S. Seiden, 26, Brigantine NJ]

  • A helicopter pilot captain is killed when her Kiowa is shot down by ground fire and crashes.
    [Kimberly N. Hampton, 27, Easley SC]
  • A captain is killed in his command post by a mortar attack.

    [Eric T. Paliwoda, 28, Goodyear AZ]

5
  • A specialist is burned to death when the fuel truck he’s driving is blown up by a homemade bomb.
    [Luke P. Frist, 20, West Lafayette IN]
7
  • A private first class is killed when a mortar round hits his living quarters.
    [Jesse D. Mizener, 24, Auburn CA]
8
  • Three specialists, three chief warrant officers, a staff sergeant, a sergeant, and a sergeant first class are killed when their Black Hawk helicopter is shot down.

    [Specialists: Michael A. Diraimondo, 22, Simi Valley CA; Nathaniel H. Johnson, 22, Augusta GA; Christopher A. Golby, 26, Johnstown PA. Chief warrant officers: Philip A. Johnson Jr., 31, Mobile AL; Ian D. Manuel, 23, Jacksonville FL; Aaron A. Weaver, 32, Inverness FL. Staff Sergeant Craig Davis, 37, Opelousas LA; Sergeant Jeffrey C. Walker, 33, Havre de Grace MD; Sergeant First Class Gregory B. Hicks, 35, Duff TN]

12
  • A staff sergeant is killed when he’s hit by a homemade bomb.
    [Ricky L. Crockett, 38, Broxton GA]
14
  • A sergeant is killed when she is hit by a vehicle at an airfield.

    [Keicia M. Hines, 27, Citrus Heights CA]

16
  • A master sergeant is fatally injured when a homemade bomb hits his vehicle.

    [Kelly L. Hornbeck, 36, Fort Worth TX]

  • A staff sergeant is accidentally shot to death while searching a bunker.
    [Roland L. Castro, 26, San Antonio TX]
17
  • A specialist, a private first class, and a sergeant are killed during a surveillance sweep for homemade bombs when their Bradley Fighting Vehicle hits one.

    [Larry E. Polley Jr., 20, Center TX; Cody J. Orr, 21, Ruskin FL; Edmond L. Randle, 26, Miami FL]

21
  • A specialist and a private first class are killed by a mortar attack.

    [Gabriel T. Palacios, 22, Lynn MA; James D. Parker, 20, Bryan TX]

23
  • A private first class is fatally shot guarding a gas station.

    [Luis A. Moreno, 19, Bronx NY]

  • Two chief warrant officers are killed when their Kiowa helicopter crashes on the way back from a mission.

    [Michael T. Blaise, 29, Macon MO; Brian D. Hazelgrove, 29, Fort Rucker AL]

24
  • A private first class is killed when a rocket-propelled grenade hits his Bradley Fighting Vehicle.
    [Ervin Dervishi, 21, Fort Worth TX]
  • Two specialists and a sergeant are killed by a car bomb.

    [Jason K. Chappell, 22, Hemet CA; William R. Sturges Jr., 24, Spring Church PA; Randy S. Rosenberg, 23, Berlin NH]

  • A sergeant and a staff sergeant are killed when their convoy is hit by a homemade bomb.

    [Keith L. Smette, 25, Makoti ND; Kenneth W. Hendrickson, 41, Bismarck ND]

25
  • A staff sergeant drowns when his watercraft capsizes in the Tigris River, and a first lieutenant and a chief warrant officer are killed when their Kiowa helicopter crashes into the Tigris while they’re searching for the sergeant’s capsized boat.

    [Christopher Bunda, 29, Bremerton WA; Adam G. Mooney, 28, Cambridge MD; Patrick D. Dorff, 32, Minneapolis MN]

27
  • A captain, a sergeant first class, a staff sergeant, and a sergeant are killed when a roadside bomb explodes next to their convoy.

    [Matthew J. August, 28, North Kingstown RI; James T. Hoffman, 41, Whitesburg KY; Sean G. Landrus, 31, Thompson OH; Travis A. Moothart, 23, Brownsville OR]

  • A second lieutenant, a staff sergeant, and a sergeant are killed when a roadside bomb explodes near their convoy.

    [Luke S. James, 24, Hooker OK; Lester O. Kinney II, 27, Zanesville OH; Cory R. Mracek, 26, Hay Springs NE]

31
  • A sergeant, a corporal, and a private first class are killed when their vehicle is hit by a homemade bomb.
    [Eliu A. Miersandoval, 27, San Clemente CA; Juan C. Cabral Banuelos, 25, Emporia KS; Holly J. McGeogh, 19, Taylor MI]


February
1
  • A staff sergeant is killed in his sleeping quarters by a mortar attack.

    [Roger C. Turner Jr., 37, Parkersburg WV]

  • A private first class is killed when his vehicle slides off the road in bad weather and rolls over.

    [Armando Soriano, 20, Houston TX]

3
  • A second lieutenant is blown up while trying to disarm a homemade bomb along a supply route.

    [Seth J. Dvorin, 24, East Brunswick NJ]

5
  • A specialist is killed by a mortar round at an airport checkpoint.

    [Joshua L. Knowles, 23, Sheffield IA]

  • A master sergeant is fatally injured in a vehicle accident in Qatar and dies five days later.

    [Jude C. Mariano, 39, Vallejo CA]

8
  • A staff sergeant is killed by a homemade bomb.

    [Richard P. Ramey, 27, Canton OH]

9
  • Two sergeants are killed when a collection of unexploded ordnance, rocket-propelled grenades, and mortar rounds explodes while being moved to a demolition site.

    [Thomas D. Robbins, 27, Schenectady NY; Elijah Tai Wah Wong, 42, Mesa AZ]

11
  • A sergeant and a private first class are killed on patrol by a homemade bomb.

    [Patrick S. Tainsh, 33, Oceanside CA; William C. Ramirez, 19, Portland OR]

12
  • A specialist is killed when his unit is attacked by small-arms fire, a rocket-propelled grenade, and a homemade bomb.

    [Eric U. Ramirez, 31, San Diego CA]

13
  • A private is killed when a bridge collapses and his Hummer falls into a water-filled ditch.

    [Bryan N. Spry, 19, Chestertown MD]

16
  • A private first class is killed when a homemade bomb hits her convoy in Baqoubah.

    [Nichole M. Frye, 19, Lena WI]

  • A specialist is killed when a homemade bomb hits his convoy near Mosul.
    [Michael M. Merila, 23, Sierra Vista AZ]
  • A specialist is killed when when his Hummer hits a roadside bomb in Baghdad.

    [Christopher Taylor, 25, Daphne AL]

19
  • A second lieutenant and a specialist are killed by small-arms fire and a homemade bomb.

    [Jeffrey C. Graham, 24, Elizabethtown KY; Roger G. Ling, 20, Douglaston NY]

20
  • A sergeant first class is killed on his way to Kuwait for a flight home when he’s hit by a tow truck while he’s on the side of a road repairing a truck that broke down.

    [Henry A. Bacon, 45, Wagram NC]

25
  • Two chief warrant officers are killed when their Kiowa helicopter hits an electrical cable, catches fire, and crashes into the Euphrates River.

    [Stephen M. Wells, 29, Egremont MA; Matthew C. Laskowski, 32, Phoenix AZ]


March
2
  • A specialist is killed when a homemade bomb hits his convoy.

    [Michael R. Woodliff, 22, Port Charlotte FL]

5
  • A petty officer second class is killed when he’s rear-ended by a civilian vehicle in an automobile accident in Kuwait.
    [Michael J. Gray, 32, Richmond VA]
7
  • A surgical nurse captain dies of a heart attack.

    [Gussie M. Jones, 41, El Paso TX]

  • A private first class is found dead of a gunshot wound in a chapel at Camp Victory in Kuwait.

    [Matthew G. Milczark, 18, Kettle River MN]

9
  • A specialist dies from a “non-hostile” gunshot wound.

    [Edward W. Brabazon, 20, Philadelphia PA]

  • A sergeant first class is killed by a homemade bomb.

    [Richard S. Gottfried, 42, Lake Ozark MO]

10
  • A private first class is killed when a homemade bomb hits his convoy.

    [Bert E. Hoyer, 23, Ellsworth WI]

11
  • A specialist and a staff sergeant are killed when their vehicle is hit by a homemade bomb.

    [Christopher K. Hill, 26, Ventura CA; Joe L. Dunigan Jr., 37, Belton TX]

  • A private first class is fatally injured when a Hummer carrying seven soldiers plunges into a canal.

    [Ernest Harold Sutphin, 21, Parkersburg WV]

13
  • A captain and a specialist are killed when their patrol is hit by a homemade roadside bomb.

    [John F. Kurth, 31, Columbus WI; Jason C. Ford, 21, Bowie MD]

  • A specialist is killed on the main supply route when a homemade bomb hits his vehicle.

    [Jocelyn L. Carrasquillo, 28, Wrightsville Beach NC]

  • A sergeant first class, a sergeant, and a private first class are killed when a homemade bomb hits their vehicle.

    [Clint D. Ferrin, 31, Picayune MS; Daniel J. Londono, 22, Boston MA; Joel K. Brattain, 21, Santa Ana CA]

15
  • A sergeant dies of a heart attack while training with his unit.

    [William J. Normandy, 42, East Barre VT]

16
  • A first lieutenant, standing in the turret of a tank in a convoy heading back to Kuwait for redeployment, is killed when a passing vehicle hits his tank and the barrel of the tank’s .50-caliber weapon swings around and hits him from behind.

    [Michael R. Adams, 24, Seattle WA]

  • A master sergeant dies from non-combat injuries.

    [Thomas R. Thigpen Sr., 52, Augusta GA]

17
  • A specialist is killed when his Bradley Fighting Vehicle goes over an embankment and flips into a river.

    [Tracy L. Laramore, 30, Okaloosa FL]

  • A sergeant is killed by a mortar attack in Baghdad.

    [Ivory L. Phipps, 44, Chicago IL]

18
  • A corporal is killed by a mortar attack at Al Asad Air Base.

    [Andrew D. Brownfield, 24, Summit OH]

  • Two privates first class are killed in a battle in Al Qaim.

    [Brandon Smith, 20, Washington AR; Ricky Morris Jr., 20, Lubbock TX]

  • A specialist is killed when his vehicle, cut off by a civilian vehicle, swerves into oncoming traffic and flips over.

    [Doron Chan, 20, Highland NY]

19
  • A corporal dies “due to enemy action near Hit, Iraq.”

    [David M. Vicente, 25, Methuen MA]



Back to: March 2003 – August 2003.


* Sources: Pentagon press releases, the Associated Press, militarycity.com, CBS News, lunaville.org, The Washington Post, The San Diego Union-Tribune, Chicago Tribune, and other newspapers and websites, including those of military units. Ranks do not necessarily take account of posthumous promotions. Many of the deaths are still being investigated or their circumstances are in dispute. The list is current as of March 22, based on information available to the Voice.

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