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We mourn the loss of service personnel killed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) and Operation Iraqi Freedom. 

Our prayers are with their families and loved ones.

The following is a list of U.S. service members killed in Afghanistan and Iraq in August 2005, as reported by the Department of Defense.

August 2005


Wednesday

Aug 31

 

 U.S. ARMY

IED Kills Soldier in Samarra 

Sgt. Monta S. Ruth, 26, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, died on August 31, 2005, in Samarra, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his military vehicle during security patrol operations.  Ruth was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Benning, Georgia.


Soldier Dies from Non-Combat Related Injuries

Spc. Jason E. Ames, 21, of Cerulean, Kentucky, died on August 31, 2005, in Mosul, Iraq, from non-combat related injuries.  Ames was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), Fort Lewis, Washington.


 U.S. ARMY

MS Guard Member Killed by Enemy Fire

Capt. Lowell T. Miller, II, 35, of Flint, Michigan, died on August 31, 2005, in Iskandariyah, Iraq, when his military training team was conducting operations with the Iraqi Army and they came under attack by enemy forces using small arms fire.  Miller was assigned to the Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 155th Infantry Regiment, McComb, Mississippi.


Tuesday

Aug 30

 

 U.S. ARMY RESERVES

IED Claims Reservist in Iskandariyah

Maj. Gregory J. Fester, 41, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, died on August 30, 2005, in Iskandariyah, Iraq, where an improvised explosive device detonated near his dismounted patrol.  Fester was a reservist assigned to the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.


Monday

Aug 29

 

 U.S. ARMY

Two Soldiers Killed in Tal Afar

Two members of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment were killed by enemy fire in Tal Afar, Iraq.

Chief Warrant Officer Dennis P. Hay, 32, of Valdosta, Georgia, died on August 29, 2005, in Tal Afar, Iraq, where his OH-58D Kiowa helicopter came under attack by enemy forces using small arms fire.  Hay was assigned to the 4th Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Carson, Colorado.

2nd Lt. Charles R. Rubado, 23, of Clearwater, Florida, died on August 29, 2005, in Tal Afar, Iraq, when his M1A2 Abrams tank came under attack by enemy forces using small arms fire.  Rubado was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Carson, Colorado.


Sunday

Aug 28

 

 U.S. ARMY

A Fourth Soldier Dies from August 25th IED Blast

Sgt. 1st Class Obediah J. Kolath, 32, of Louisburg, Missouri, died on August 28, 2005, in Landstuhl, Germany, of injuries sustained on August 25, 2005, in Husaybah, Iraq, where an improvised explosive device detonated near his position.  Kolath was assigned to the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and is the fourth soldier to die as a result of the IED Blast.  The names of the other soldiers are listed under the fallen for August 25, 2005.  Kolath entered the Army in 1992 as a fire support specialist.  After completing initial training, he was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 29th Field Artillery Regiment in Germany.  He received numerous military awards and decorations including the Meritorious Service Medal, two Army Commendation Medals, five Army Achievement Medals, four Army Good Conduct Medals, and many more.  Kolath was posthumously recommended for the Combat Infantrymanís Badge, the Bronze Star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal and the Purple Heart. He is survived by his three daughters and his mother.


Saturday

Aug 27

 

 U.S. ARMY

Enemy Fire Claims Soldier in Tal Afar

Spc. Joseph L. Martinez, 21, of Las Vegas, Nevada, died on August 27, 2005, in Tal Afar, Iraq, where his dismounted patrol was engaged by enemy forces using small arms fire.  Martinez was assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Carson, Colorado.


Friday

Aug 26

 

Afghanistan

 U.S. ARMY

Soldier Killed by IED

Staff Sgt. Damion G. Campbell, 23, of Baltimore, Maryland, died on August 26, 2005, in Khayr Kot, Afghanistan, where an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during a combat patrol.  Campbell was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 508th Infantry Regiment, Vicenza, Italy.


Thursday

Aug 25

 

 U.S. ARMY

Three Soldiers Killed by IED in Baqubah

Three soldiers died on August 25, 2005, in Husaybah, Iraq, of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near their position. Killed were:

Cpl. Timothy M. Shea, 22, of Sonoma, California.  Shea was assigned to the Army's 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Georgia.

Also killed were two members of the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.  They were:

Sgt. 1st Class Trevor J. Diesing, 30, of Plum City, Wisconsin. Diesing first entered the U.S. Army as an infantryman in 1993, and after completing initial entry training, he was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment of the Minnesota National Guard. Since that time, Diesing served in 2nd Battalion, 187th Infantry Battalion, 101st Airborne Division.  Diesing's awards and decorations included two Bronze Star Medals, two Army Commendation Medals, one with Valor Device, two Army Good Conduct Medals, and many more. Diesing was posthumously promoted and recommended for the Bronze Star with Valor Device, Defense Meritorious Service Medal and Purple Heart. Diesing worked on his family farm and enjoyed hunting, particularly bow hunting and fishing with his younger brother.  Diesing is survived by his wife, their two sons, his parents, and his brother. He is buried on his family's farm next to the graves of his grandparents.  Source: SF site.

Master Sgt. Ivica Jerak, 42, of Houston, Texas. Jerak first entered the U.S. Army as a combat medic in 1988 and, after completing initial training, he was assigned to the 690th Medical Company, Fort Benning, Georgia. He graduated from numerous military courses and earn numerous awards and decorations including four Bronze Star Medals, one with Valor device, two Purple Heart Medals, three Meritorious Service Medals, the Joint Service Commendation Medal with Valor device, four Army Commendation Medals, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Presidential Unit Citation, and many more.  Jerak was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star with Valor Device, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal and the Purple Heart. He is survived by his wife and his mother. Source: SF site.


Tuesday

Aug 23

 

 U.S. ARMY

Soldier Killed by IED in Baqubah

1st Lt. Carlos J. Diaz, 27, of Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico, died on August 23, 2005, in Baqubah, Iraq, when enemy forces detonated an explosion near his position.  Diaz was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Benning, Georgia.


 ARMY NATIONAL GUARD

VT Guard Member Killed by Enemy Fire

Master Sgt. Chris S. Chapin, 39, of Proctor, Vermont, died on August 23, 2005, in Ar Ramadi, Iraq during combat operations when he was attacked by enemy forces using small arms fire. Chapin was assigned to the Army National Guard's 2nd Battalion (General Studies), 124th Regiment (Regional Training Institute), Colchester, Vermont.


Monday

Aug 22

 

 U.S. MARINES

Marine Killed in Fallujah by IED

Pfc. Ramon Romero, 19, of Huntington Park, California, died August 22 when the vehicle he was in was struck by an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations near Fallujah, Iraq.  Romero was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, California.  As part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, his unit was attached to the 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward).


 U.S. ARMY

Soldier Killed in Baghdad by Enemy Rocket

Spc. Hatim S. Kathiria, 23, of Fort Worth, Texas, died on August 22, 2005, in Baghdad, Iraq, where an enemy rocket impacted near his position. Kathiria was assigned to the 703rd Forward Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia.


 ARMY NATIONAL GUARD

Two TN Guard Members Killed by IED in Samarra

Two members of the Army National Guard's 3rd Squadron, 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Sparta, Tennessee died on August 22, 2005, in Samarra, Iraq, when they were conducting patrol operations and an improvised explosive device detonated near their HMMWV. Killed were:

Staff Sgt. Victoir P. Lieurance, 34, of Seymour, Tennessee.

Sgt. Joseph D. Hunt, 27, of Sweetwater, Tennessee.


Sunday

Aug 21

 

Events reported by the American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Aug. 22, 2005 - Two 1st Corps Support Command soldiers were killed when their vehicle rolled over during a combat logistics patrol near Tal Afar, Iraq, about 11 p. m. Aug. 21, military officials reported.

The names of the soldiers are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Afghanistan

 U.S. ARMY

Four Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan by IED

Four members of the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, Vicenza, Italy, died on August 21 near Baylough, Afghanistan, when an improvised explosive device detonated near their HMMWV during patrol operations. The AFPS reported that three other soldiers were wounded by secondary explosions while helping others to safety during the attack.  The wounded were reportedly in stable conditions at a military treatment center.  Killed were:

Spc. Blake W. Hall, 20, of East Prairie, Missouri.

1st Lt. Joshua M. Hyland, 31, of Missoula, Montana.

Sgt. Michael R. Lehmiller, 23, of Anderson, South Carolina.

Pvt. Christopher L. Palmer, 22, of Sacramento, California.


 U.S. MARINES

Marine Dies of Injuries Caused by IED

2nd Lt. James J. Cathey, 24, of Reno, Nevada, died August 21 of injuries caused by an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations near Al Karmah, Iraq. Cathey was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.


 U.S. ARMY

Two Soldiers Killed in Tractor Roll Over

Two members of the Army's 360th Transportation Company, 68th Corps Support Battalion, 43rd Area Support Group, Fort Carson, Colorado died on August 21, 2005, in Mosul, Iraq, when their M915A1 tractor, which was pulling a 7,500-gallon tanker, accidentally rolled over. Killed were:

Pfc. Elden D. Arcand, 22, of White Bear Lake, Minnesota.

Staff Sgt. Brian L. Morris, 38, of Centreville, Michigan.


Soldier Killed When IED Explodes Near Tractor

Spc. Joseph C. Nurre, 22, of Wilton, California, died on August 21, 2005, near Samarra, Iraq, where an improvised explosive device detonated near his M916 tractor during convoy operations.  Nurre was assigned to the Reserve's 463rd Engineer Battalion, Weirton, West Virginia.


Saturday

Aug 20

 

 U.S. ARMY

MP Killed by IED in Baghdad

Sgt. Willard T. Partridge, 35, of Ferriday, Louisiana, died on August 20 in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle.  Partridge was assigned to the 170th Military Police Company, 504th Military Police Battalion, 42nd Military Police Brigade, Fort Lewis, Washington.


Wednesday

Aug 18

 

Afghanistan

 U.S. MARINES

Marine Killed by Enemy Fire

Lance Cpl. Phillip C. George, 22, of Houston, Texas, died August 18 from enemy small arms fire while conducting combat operations near Taleban, Afghanistan. George was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.


 U.S. ARMY

Soldiers Killed by IED During Attack on Convoy

Two members of the Army's 864th Engineer Combat Battalion (Heavy), 555th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade (Provisional), Fort Lewis, Washington died on August 18, 2005, in Kandahar, Afghanistan, when an improvised explosive device detonated underneath their HMMWV during ground assault convoy operations. Killed were:

1st Lt. Laura M. Walker, 24, of Texas.

Sgt. Robert G. Davis, 23, of Jackson, Missouri.

 U.S. ARMY

Four Soldiers Killed in Samarra by IED

Four members of the 3rd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia died on August 18, 2005, in Samarra, Iraq, where an improvised explosive device detonated near their HMMWV following a mine assessing mission. Killed were:

Sgt. Nathan K. Bouchard, 24, of Wildomar, California.

Staff Sgt. Jeremy W. Doyle, 24, of Chesterton, Maryland.

Spc. Ray M. Fuhrmann, II, 28, of Novato, California.

Pfc. Timothy J. Seamans, 20, of Jacksonville, Florida.


Tuesday

Aug 16

 

 ARMY NATIONAL GUARD

IED Claims GA Guard Member

Spc. Michael J. Stokely, 23, of Sharpsburg, Georgia, died on August 16, 2005, in Baghdad, Iraq, where an improvised explosive device detonated near his dismounted patrol.  Stokely was assigned to the Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 108th Armor Regiment, 48th Brigade Combat Team, Griffin, Georgia.


Monday

Aug 15

 

 U.S. ARMY

Soldier Killed While Conducting Security Ops

Spc. Jose L. Ruiz, 28, of Brentwood, New York, died on August 15, 2005, in Mosul, Iraq, when he was conducting security operations and enemy forces using small arms fire drove by his position in a civilian vehicle.  Ruiz was assigned to the Army's 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), Fort Lewis, Washington.


 ARMY NATIONAL GUARD

Three GA Guard Members Killed in Roll Over

Three members of the Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 108th Armor Regiment, Calhoun, Georgia died on August 15, 2005, in Al Mahmudiyah, Iraq, when their HMMWV accidentally rolled over into a canal. Killed were:

Sgt. Thomas J. Strickland, 27, of Douglasville, Georgia.

Spc. Joshua P. Dingler, 19, of Hiram, Georgia.

Sgt. Paul A. Saylor, 21, of Norcross, Georgia.


Sunday

Aug 14

 

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Aug. 14, 2005 - Five U. S. soldiers were killed and five were wounded by improvised-explosive-device blasts across Iraq today and yesterday, according to coalition reports.

One 1st Corps Support Command soldier was killed and three were wounded by an IED while conducting a combat logistics patrol at about 2:45 a. m. today east of Rutbah.

Three Task Force Liberty soldiers died and one was injured when an IED detonated during a patrol near Tuz at about 11 p. m. on Aug. 13.

A Task Force Baghdad soldier was killed when his unit struck an IED in west Baghdad at 3:45 p. m. Aug. 13. One other soldier was wounded in the terrorist attack.

The wounded soldiers were taken to a coalition medical facility.

The names of the deceased and wounded soldiers involved are being withheld pending notification of next of kin, and the incidents are being investigated.

 U.S. ARMY

Soldier Killed by IED in Baghdad

Spc. Toccara R. Green, 23, of Rosedale, Maryland, died on August 14, 2005, in Al Asad, Iraq, where multiple improvised explosive devices detonated near her unit during convoy operations.  Green was assigned the Army's 57th Transportation Company, 548th Corps Support Battalion, Fort Drum, New York.


 U.S. ARMY

Three TN Guard Members Killed on Patrol

Three members of the Army National Guard's 3rd Squadron, 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, McMinnville, Tennessee, died on Aug. 14, 2005, in Tuz, Iraq, of injuries sustained on August 13, 2005, in Tuz, Iraq, where they were conducting a mounted patrol. Their HMMWV came under attack by enemy forces using rocket-propelled grenades and small arms fire.  Killed were:

Staff Sgt. Asbury F. Hawn, II, 35, of Lebanon, Tennessee. 

Spc. Gary L. Reese, Jr., 22, of Ashland City, Tennessee.

Sgt. Shannon D. Taylor, 30, of Smithville, Tennessee.


Saturday

Aug 13

 

 U.S. ARMY

Soldier Killed by IED in Baghdad

Spc. Brian K. Derks, 21, of White Cloud, Minnesota, died on August 13, 2005, in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated while he was on mounted patrol.  Derks was assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Calvary Regiment, Fort Irwin, California.


Friday

Aug 12

 

 U.S. ARMY

Soldier Killed by Land Mine in Tikrit

1st Lt. David L. Giaimo, 24, of Waukegan, Illinois, died August 12, 2005, in Tikrit, Iraq, where his HMMWV hit a land mine.  Giaimo was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia.


Soldier Dies from Non-Combat Related Injuries

Spc. Rusty W. Bell, 21, of Pocahontas, Arkansas, died on August 12, 2005, in Taji, Iraq, of non-combat related injuries.  Bell was assigned to the Army's 603rd Aviation Support Battalion, Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia.


Thursday

Aug 11

 

Afghanistan

 U.S. ARMY

Soldier Killed While Conducting Training

Capt. Jeremy A. Chandler, 30, of Clarksville, Tennessee, died August 11 in Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan, from non-battle related injuries while he was conducting training operations at Forward Operating Base Ripley. The incident was under investigation. Chandler was a Special Forces officer  assigned to the 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.   He was commissioned in the Army immediately following high school in 1997. He graduated from basic airborne and infantry officer training in 1998, and was assigned as an infantry officer with the 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He deployed with the battalion to Kosovo in 2000 supporting Operation Joint Guardian.  In 2001, he volunteered for Special Forces.  He was selected and later graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course. Upon completion of Arabic language training in 2003, Chandler was assigned to 3rd SFG at Fort Bragg. He earned his military free fall jumpmaster qualification in 2004, which is an advanced special operations skill. He deployed to Afghanistan in support of the Global War on Terrorism. This was his third deployment to Afghanistan. Chandler's many awards and decorations include a Bronze Star Medal for valor, three Army Commendation Medals, Army Achievement Medal, two National Defense Service Medals, and many more.  He is survived by his wife, his parents and a sister.  Source: SF site.


 U.S. ARMY RESERVES

Reservist Killed During a Route Clearing Mission

Sgt. Edward R. Heselton, 23, of Easley, South Carolina, died on August 11, in Orgun-E, Afghanistan, when ordnance exploded near the vehicle he was driving as his unit performed a route clearing mission.  Heselton was assigned to the U.S. Army Reserve's 391st Engineer Battalion, 415th Chemical Brigade, Greenville, South Carolina.


Wednesday

Aug 10

 

 U.S. MARINES

Marine Dies from Injuries Received in IED Blast

 

Lance Cpl. Evenor C. Herrera, 22, of Gypsum, Colorado, died August 10 from wounds received from the detonation of an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations near Ar Ramadi, Iraq.  Herrera was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California.  As part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, his unit was attached to 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward).


 U.S. ARMY

Soldier Dies of Injuries from IED Blast in Baghdad

Sgt. 1st Class Michael A. Benson, 40, of Winona, Minnesota, died on August 10 at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland, of injuries sustained on August 2 in Baghdad, Iraq. The 10th Mountain Division web site reports that Benson was riding in the gunner's turret in the second up-armored vehicle in a three-vehicle convoy when the unit was attacked by a suicide vehicle borne-improvised explosive device (IED).  Benson was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 314th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 78th Division (Training Support), Fort Drum, New York.  Members of the 2nd Brigade, 78th Division deployed to Iraq in March as part of a Special Police Transition Team that was training an Iraqi Public Order Division, and its subordinate brigades and battalions, to take over security operations.  The 2nd Brigade, 78th Division is an Army Reserve unit comprised of Army Reserve and active duty Soldiers and has as its mission to train Reserve Component Soldiers and units. Benson entered the Army in December 1985 and trained to be an infantryman.  After basic and advanced individual training, he was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 508th Infantry Regiment at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.  He successfully advanced as a leader through numerous reassignments. In 2003, he was reassigned to the 1st Battalion at Fort Drum. Benson had served in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm; and his many awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, and Meritorious Service Medal.  Benson is survived by his wife, Elizabeth.


Tuesday

Aug 9

 

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Aug. 10, 2005 - An improvised explosive device blast killed four U. S. soldiers Aug. 9 near Bayji, Iraq, as their patrol was investigating reported explosions in the area.

The patrol came under small-arms fire after the explosion. Five Task Force Liberty soldiers and one U. S. contractor were injured in the attack.

Also on Aug. 9, a soldier assigned to the 2nd U. S. Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), was killed by small-arms fire near Habbaniyah, Iraq. Several U. S. Army units are attached to the 2nd MEF (Forward) during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The names of the deceased are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Afghanistan

 U.S. ARMY

Soldier Dies of Injuries from IED Blast

Spc. Christopher M. Katzenberger, 25, of St. Louis, Missouri died on August 9, 2005, in Bagram, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained earlier that day in Ghazni, Afghanistan, where an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during convoy operations.  Katzenberger was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.  The AFPS reported the following from an 82nd Airborne Division news release "Chris was a great kid, loved children, and had dreams of being a Ranger medic and becoming a physician assistant," said Capt. Jody Shouse, his company commander. During his tour in Afghanistan Katzenberger was credited with saving "a woman's life in Kabul," the captain noted. Shouse said the deceased paratrooper had "died doing what he wanted to do: fight for his country and help people. Please keep Chris's family in your thoughts and prayers."  Katzenberger and another paratrooper were first reported wounded in the August 9 attack. Both were evacuated to Bagram Airfield for treatment. Katzenberger died of his wounds shortly after arrival.

 U.S. ARMY

Soldier Killed by IED Blast in Baghdad

Spc. Miguel Carrasquillo, 25, of River Grove, Illinois, died on August 9 in Baghdad, Iraq, when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated near his military vehicle.  Carrasquillo was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 76th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia.


 ARMY NATIONAL GUARD

Four PA Guard Members Killed by Enemy Fire

Four members of the Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 111th Infantry Regiment (Mechanized), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania died on August 9, 2005, in Bayji, Iraq, where a mine exploded and enemy forces attacked using small arms fire.  The attack occurred while the soldiers were investigating a rocket-propelled grenade incident. Killed were:

     

Pfc. Nathaniel E. Detample, 19, of Morrisville, Pennsylvania.

Spc. John Kulick, 35, of Harleysville, Pennsylvania.

Spc. Gennaro Pellegrini, Jr., 31, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Sgt. Francis J. Straub, Jr., 24, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


Enemy Fire Kills PA Guard Member

Staff Sgt. Ryan S. Ostrom, 25, of Liberty, Pennsylvania, died on August 9 in Taqaddum, Iraq, from injuries sustained from enemy small arms fire earlier in Habbaniya, Iraq.  Ostrom was assigned to the Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 109th Infantry Regiment, Williamsport, Pennsylvania.


Monday

Aug 8

 

Afghanistan

 U.S. ARMY

Soldier Killed by Enemy Fire

Staff Sgt. Christopher M. Falkel, 22, of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, died on Aug. 8, 2005, in Deh Afghan, Afghanistan, when his unit was conducting combat operations and was engaged by enemy forces using small arms fire.  Falkel was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

 U.S. MARINES

Marine Killed by Enemy Fire in Ar Ramadi

 

Staff Sgt. Ramon E. Gonzales Cordova, 30, of Davie, Florida, died August 8 as a result of enemy small-arms fire while conducting combat operations in Ar Ramadi, Iraq.  He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California.  As part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, his unit was attached to 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward).


 ARMY NATIONAL GUARD

Enemy Action Claims Two NY Guard Members

 

Two members of the Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry Regiment, 256th Brigade Combat Team, New York, New York, died on August 8 in Baghdad, Iraq from injuries sustained on August 7, when their HMMWV was struck by two improvised explosive devices and they received small arms fire. Killed were:

Spc. Anthony N. Kalladeen, 26, of Purchase, New York.

Pfc. Hernando Rios, 29, of Queens, New York.


Sunday

Aug 7

 

 U.S. ARMY

IED Claims Soldier in Taji

Pfc. Seferino J. Reyna, 20, of Phoenix, Arizona, died on August 7, 2005, in Taji, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his military vehicle.  Reyna was assigned to the 70th Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, Fort Riley, Kansas. He enlisted in the Army in August 2002 and had been stationed at Ft. Riley since May 2004.  Reyna deployed with his unit in February 2005 for his first rotation to Iraq.  He is the 56th soldier from Ft. Riley to die in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.


Saturday

Aug 6

 

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Aug. 7, 2005 - Two Task Force Liberty soldiers were killed and three wounded when an improvised explosive device detonated near a vehicle patrol near Samarra, Iraq, at about 6:00 p.m. August 6, officials said.

The soldiers were evacuated to a coalition forces medical facility, where two soldiers died. The names of the soldiers are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

 U.S. MARINES

IED Kills Marine in Al Amiriyah

Lance Cpl. Chase J. Comley, 21, of Lexington, Kentucky, died August 6 as a result of an explosion from a suicide, vehicle-borne, improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations against enemy forces near Al Amiriyah, Iraq.  Comley was assigned to the 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.


Two PA Guard Members Killed by IED

Two members of the Army National Guard's 1st Battalion (Mechanized), 111th Infantry died on August 6, 2005, near Balad, Iraq, where they were conducting convoy operations when an improvised explosive device detonated near their HMMWV.  Killed were:

 

Sgt. Brahim J. Jeffcoat, 25, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Spc. Kurt E. Krout, 43, of Spinnerstown, Pennsylvania.


Friday

Aug 5

 

 U.S. MARINES

Explosion Claims Marine in Al Karmah

Gunnery Sgt. Terry W. Ball, Jr., 36, of East Peoria, Illinois, died August 5 from wounds received as a result of an explosion while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Al Karmah, Iraq, on June 12.  Ball was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.


 U.S. ARMY & U.S. ARMY RESERVES

Two Soldiers Killed in Vehicle Collision

Two soldiers died on August 5, 2005, in Rubiah, Iraq, when a civilian fuel truck collided with their HMMWV while performing a convoy mission. Killed were:

Sgt. 1st Class Robert V. Derenda, 42, of Ledbetter, Kentucky.  Derenda was assigned to the U.S. Army Reserve's 1st Brigade, 98th Division, Rochester, New York.

Sgt. 1st Class Brett E. Walden, 40, of Fort Walton Beach, Florida.  Walden was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

 


Thursday

Aug 4

 

Afghanistan

 U.S. MARINES

Marine Killed in Afghanistan by IED

Gunnery Sgt. Theodore Clark, Jr., 31, of Emporia, Virginia, died August 4 when the vehicle in which he was a passenger was struck by an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations near Gardez, Afghanistan.  Clark was assigned to the 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California.


 U.S. ARMY

Two Soldiers Drowned in Road Side Accident

Two members of the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Georgia, died on August 4, when their Humvee slid into the Kunar River northeast of Jalalabad, Afghanistan. The Armed Services Press Services reported that two other service members escaped from the vehicle before it slid into the river. One was treated and released by U. S. military medical personnel at the scene, and the other was transported to Bagram Air Base for treatment. The soldier was reported to be in good condition and was expected to be released soon. The up-armored Humvee was part of a larger convoy conducting operations against enemy forces. The convoy was traveling along the river, which is swollen due to melting snow from nearby mountain peaks and rainfall in the area in recent weeks. Killed were:

Pvt. 1st Class Damian J. Garza, 19, of Odessa, Texas.

Pvt. John M. Henderson, Jr., 21, of Columbus, Georgia.

 U.S. MARINES

Marine Dies from Injuries Received in November

Staff Sgt. Chad J. Simon, 32, of Madison, Wisconsin, died August 4, while under hospice care in Madison, Wisconsin, from wounds he received on November 8, 2004 from an explosion while conducting combat operations in Babil Province, Iraq.  Simon was assigned to Marine Forces Reserve's 2nd Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Madison, Wisconsin.


 U.S. ARMY

Soldier Killed by Enemy Fire in Mosul

Pvt. 1st Class Nils G. Thompson, 19, of Confluence, Pennsylvania, died August 4, in Mosul, Iraq, when he was struck by enemy fire while on a routine patrol at an Iraqi police station.   Thompson was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), Fort Lewis, Washington.


Wednesday

Aug 3

 

 U.S. MARINE

Fourteen Marines Killed in Early Morning Attack

The Department of Defense has released the names of the fourteen Marines killed August 3 when their Amphibious Assault Vehicle was attacked by an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations about two kilometers south of Haditha, Iraq. 

Nine of the Marines killed were assigned to Marine Forces Reserve's 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Columbus, Ohio. They were:

Lance Cpl. Timothy M. Bell, Jr., 22, of West Chesterfield, Ohio.

Lance Cpl. Eric J. Bernholtz, 23, of Grove City, Ohio.

Lance Cpl. Michael J. Cifuentes, 25, of Fairfield, Ohio.

Lance Cpl. Christopher J. Dyer, 19, of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Sgt. Justin F. Hoffman, 27, of Delaware, Ohio.

Cpl. David Kenneth J. Kreuter, 26, of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Lance Cpl. Aaron H. Reed, 21, of Chillicothe, Ohio.

Lance Cpl. Edward A. Schroeder II, 23, of Columbus, Ohio.

Lance Cpl. William B. Wightman, 22, of Sabina, Ohio.

Two of the Marines killed were members of the Marine Forces Reserve's 4th Assault Amphibian Battalion, 4th Marine Division, Gulfport, Mississippi. Killed were:

Lance Cpl. Kevin G. Waruinge, 22, of Tampa, Florida.

Cpl. David S. Stewart, 24, of Bogalusa, Louisiana.

Also killed were:

Lance Cpl. Nicholas William B. Bloem, 20, of Belgrade, Montana. Bloem was assigned to Marine Forces Reserve's 4th Reconnaissance Battalion, 4th Marine Division, Billings, Montana.

Lance Cpl. Grant B. Fraser, 22, of Anchorage, Alaska.  Fraser was assigned to Marine Forces Reserve's 4th Reconnaissance Battalion, 4th Marine Division, Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska.

Sgt. Bradley J. Harper, 25, of Dresden, Ohio. Harper was assigned to Marine Forces Reserve's 4th Assault Amphibian Battalion, 4th Marine Division, Norfolk, Virginia.

As part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, they all were attached to Regimental Combat Team 2, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward).


Marine Killed in Ar Ramadi

Lance Cpl. Adam J. Strain, 20, of Smartsville, California, died August 3 as result of enemy small arms fire while conducting combat operations in Ar Ramadi, Iraq.  Strain was assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California.  During Operation Iraqi Freedom his unit was attached to 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward).


 U.S. ARMY RESERVES

MP Killed by Sniper Fire in Baghdad

Staff Sgt. James D. McNaughton, 27, of Middle Village, New York, died August 2 in Baghdad, Iraq, where he was struck by sniper fire while he was in a guard tower.  McNaughton was assigned to the Army Reserve's 306th Military Police Battalion, 800th Military Police Brigade, Uniondale, New York.


 ARMY NATIONAL GUARD

Three GA Guard Members Killed in Baghdad by IED

Three members of the Army National Guard's 648th Engineer Battalion, 48th Infantry Brigade, Statesboro, Georgia, died August 3, in Baghdad, Iraq, when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated near their armored personnel carrier.  One of the soldiers (Gibbs) was in the vehicle at the time; and the other two (Warren and Ganey) were conducting a dismounted security patrol. Killed were:

Spc. Jerry L. Ganey, Jr., 29, of Folkston, Georgia.

Spc. Mathew V. Gibbs, 21, of Ambrose, Georgia.

Sgt. 1st Class Charles H. Warren, 36, of Duluth, Georgia.


Tuesday

Aug 2

 

 U.S. NAVY

Sailor Dies from a Non-Combat Related Incident

Petty Officer 1st Class Thomas C. Hull, 41, of Princeton, Illinois, died August 2 on board the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz in the Arabian Gulf after being medically evacuated to the carrier for a non-combat related incident.  Hull was an operations specialist assigned to the USS Princeton, homeported in San Diego, California.


Monday

Aug 1

 

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Aug. 2, 2005 - Seven U. S. Marines were killed in Iraq Aug. 1, U. S. officials there announced today. Six Marines assigned to Regimental Combat Team 2, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), were killed in action near Haditha. Elsewhere, a Marine assigned to the same unit (Sgt. James R. Graham III) was killed by a suicide car bomber while conducting combat operations near Hit.

The names of the deceased are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Three U. S. military personnel and two civilian interpreters assigned to a Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq special police transition team were injured today in central Baghdad when their Humvee was struck by a suicide car bomb.

Two soldiers and one interpreter were later transported by helicopter to the 86th Combat Support Hospital, officials said.

 U.S. MARINE RESERVES

Reservist Killed in Hit by IED

Sgt. James R. Graham III, 25, of Coweta, Oklahoma, died August 1 as result of a suicide, vehicle-born, improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations near Hit, Iraq.  Graham was assigned to Marine Reserve's 4th Tank Battalion, 4th Marine Division, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.  As part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Graham's unit was attached to Regimental Combat Team 2, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward).


Six Marines Killed by Enemy Fire in Haditha

Six Marines died August 1 as result of enemy small-arms fire while conducting dismounted operations outside Haditha, Iraq.  They were:

Lance Cpl. Roger D. Castleberry Jr., 26, of Austin, Texas, was assigned to Marine Forces Reserve's 4th Reconnaissance Battalion, 4th Marine Division, San Antonio, Texas. 

Also killed were five Marines assigned to Marine Forces Reserve's 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Brookpark, Ohio. They were:

Cpl. Jeffrey A. Boskovitch, 25, of Seven Hills, Ohio.

Sgt. David J. Coullard, 32, of Glastonbury, Connecticut.

Lance Cpl. Daniel N. Deyarmin, Jr., 22, of Tallmadge, Ohio.

Lance Cpl. Brian P. Montgomery, 26, of Willoughby, Ohio.

Sgt. Nathaniel S. Rock, 26, of Toronto, Ohio.

As part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, all six Marines were attached to Regimental Combat Team 2, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward).


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