Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

Remembering the servicemembers who died in the service of their country.

The list was last updated at 3:22 PM EST Thursday, November 2, 2006
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Navy  (54)
Cmdr. Joseph Acevedo, 46, of New York, New York.
Acevedo died in Manama, Bahrain. He was assigned to the Naval Forces Central Command, Tampa, Florida. Died on April 13, 2003.
Lt. Thomas Mullen Adams, 27, of La Mesa, California.
Killed when two Royal Navy Sea King helicopters collided over international waters. He was assigned as an exchange officer with the Royal Navy's 849 Squadron since October 2002. Died on March 22, 2003.
Hospitalman Zachary M. Alday, 22, of Donalsonville, Georgia.
Alday died from injuries sustained earlier in the day when the vehicle in which he was riding struck a land mine while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in the Al Anbar Province of Iraq. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 7th Regimental Combat Team, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), Camp Pendleton, California. Died on June 9, 2006.
Hospitalman Geovani Padilla Aleman, 20, of South Gate, California.
Aleman died as a result of enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was permanently assigned to Bethesda Naval Hospital, USNS Comfort Detachment and operationally assigned to Third Battalion, Eighth Marine Regiment, 2/28 Brigade Combat Team. Died on April 2, 2006.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael C. Anderson, 36, of Daytona, Florida.
Anderson died in the Al Anbar Province as a result of hostile fire. He was assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 14, Jacksonville, Florida. Died on May 2, 2004.
Petty Officer 1st Class Howard E. Babcock IV, 33, of Houston, Texas.
Babcock died in a motorcycle accident in Bahrain. He was assigned to the Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station in Bahrain. Died on October 13, 2005.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Cesar O. Baez, 37, of Pomona, California.
Baez died as a result of enemy small arms fire while conducting combat operations in al-Anbar province, Iraq. He was a Hospital Corpsman assigned to 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward). Died on June 15, 2005.
Chief Joel Egan Baldwin, 37, of Canal Zone, Republic of Panama.
Baldwin died in Mosul, Iraq, when a suicide bomber entered his dining facility and detonated an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to Navy Mobile Construction Battalion 7, Gulfport, Mississippi. Died on December 21, 2004.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Doyle W. Bollinger, Jr., 21, of Poteau, Oklahoma.
Bollinger died in Iraq when a piece of unexploded ordnance accidentally detonated in the area he was working. He was assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133, Gulfport, Mississippi. Died on June 6, 2003.
Seaman Pablito Pena Briones, Jr., 22, of Anaheim, California.
Briones died of a non-hostile gun shot wound in Fallujah, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Marine Division Detachment, Naval Medical Center San Diego, California. Died on December 28, 2004.
Seaman Sheree Cannon, 20, of Baltimore, Maryland.
Cannon died of non-combat related causes. She was assigned to the USS Enterprise (CVN-65) Norfolk, Virginia. Died on October 25, 2003.
Petty Officer 3rd Class David A. Cedergren, 25, of South St. Paul, Minnesota.
Cedergren died near Iskandariayah, Iraq, in a non-combat related incident. He was assigned to the 2nd Marine Division Fleet Marine Forces Atlantic. Died on September 11, 2004.
Petty Officer 1st Class Regina R. Clark, 43, of Centralia, Washington.
Clark died in a convoy that was attacked by a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device in Fallujah. She was a culinary specialist deployed with Naval Construction Region Detachment 30, Port Hueneme, California and was temporarily assigned to II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward). Died on June 23, 2005.
Chief Petty Officer Paul J. Darga, 34, of Alpena, Michigan.
Darga died when his Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team was struck by an improvised explosive device while responding to a previous strike. His unit was conducting combat operations against enemy forces in the Al Anbar province, Iraq. Darga was assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Two, serving with the 1st Marine Logistics Group. Died on August 22, 2006.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Lee Hamilton Deal, 23, of West Monroe, Louisiana.
Deal died as a result of enemy action in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was operationally assigned to Regimental Combat Team-5, I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), and permanently assigned to 2nd Marine Division Fleet Marine Force Atlantic, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Died on May 17, 2006.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Christopher M. Dickerson, 33, of Eastman, Georgia.
Dickerson died in Al Anbar province, Iraq, when his military vehicle hit an improvised explosive device while traveling in a convoy. He was a member of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 14, based in Jacksonville, Florida. Died on April 30, 2004.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Trace W. Dossett, 37, of Orlando, Florida.
Dossett died in the Al Anbar Province as a result of hostile fire. He was assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 14, Jacksonville, Florida. Died on May 2, 2004.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Jason B. Dwelley, 31, of Apopka, Florida.
Dwelley died in Al Anbar province, Iraq, when his military vehicle hit an improvised explosive device while traveling in a convoy. He was a member of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 14, based in Jacksonville, Florida. Died on April 30, 2004.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Allan M. Cundanga Espiritu, 28, of Oxnard, California.
Espiritu died from an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations in the vicinity of Ar Ramadi, Iraq. He was assigned to 2nd Force Service Support Group (Forward), II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward). Died on November 1, 2005.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Ronald A. Ginther, 37, of Auburndale, Florida.
Ginther died in the Al Anbar Province as a result of hostile fire. He was assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 14, Jacksonville, Florida. Died on May 2, 2004.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael J. Gray, 32, of Richmond, Virginia.
Gray died in an automobile accident in Kuwait. Gray was traveling to Kuwait Navy Base when his vehicle was struck from the rear by a civilian vehicle. He was assigned to Navy Detachment Kuwait Navy Base. Died on March 5, 2004.
Petty Officer 3rd Class John D. House, 28, of Ventura, California.
House died in a helicopter crash near Ar Rutbah, Iraq. He was assigned to Naval Medical Clinic Hawaii, Marine Corps Units Detachment, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Died on January 26, 2005.
Petty Officer 1st Class Thomas C. Hull, 41, of Princeton, Illinois.
Hull died on board the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz in the Arabian Gulf after being medically evacuated to the carrier for a non-combat related incident. He was an operations specialist assigned to the USS Princeton, home ported in San Diego, California. Died on August 2, 2005.
Lt. Cmdr. Edward E. Jack, 51, of Detroit, Michigan.
Jack died of a non-combat related incident aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard. He was assigned to Commander, Destroyer Squadron Seven, home ported in San Diego, California. Died on January 29, 2005.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Jaime S. Jaenke, 29, of Bay City, Wisconsin.
Jaenke died as a result of enemy action when her HMMWV was struck by an improvised explosive device in Al Anbar province, Iraq. She was assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 25, Fort McCoy, Wisconsin. Died on June 5, 2006.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Robert B. Jenkins, 35, of Stuart, Florida.
Jenkins died in the Al Anbar Province as a result of hostile fire. He was assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 14, Jacksonville, Florida. Died on May 2, 2004.
Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Michael Vann Johnson, Jr., 25, of Little Rock, Arkansas.
Killed in combat, when shrapnel from a grenade hit him in the head. He was assigned to Naval Medical Center, Third Marine Division Detachment, San Diego, California. Died on March 25, 2003.
Lt. Kylan A. Jones-Huffman, 31, of Aptos, California.
Jones-Huffman was killed by an unidentified gunman in Al Hillah, Iraq. He was on temporary duty with the I Marine Expeditionary Force. Died on August 21, 2003.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Brian K. Joplin, 32, of Hugo, Oklahoma.
Joplin was killed when he fell out of a Navy MH-53 helicopter during a regularly scheduled training mission in the Central Arabian Gulf. He was assigned to Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 15, based in Corpus Christi, Texas. Died on October 4, 2005.
Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Anthony Jordan, 35, of Augusta, Georgia.
Jordan died in an automobile accident in Manama, Bahrain. He was assigned to Destroyer Squadron 50, Bahrain. Died on January 13, 2006.
Hospitalman Aaron A. Kent, 28, of Portland, Oregon.
Kent died from an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations near Fallujah, Iraq. Kent was assigned to 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Died on April 23, 2005.
Hospitalman Chadwick T. Kenyon, 20, of Tucson, Arizona.
Kenyon died of injuries suffered when his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in the Al Anbar province, Iraq. Kenyon was assigned to the 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, California. Died on August 20, 2006.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Eric L. Knott, 21, of Grand Island, Nebraska.
Knott died of shrapnel wounds when the area in which he was working was struck by enemy fire. He was assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 4, Port Hueneme, California. Died on September 4, 2004.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Edward A. Koth, 30, of Towson, Maryland.
Koth died at Camp Victory, Iraq, after ordnance exploded during a disposal operation. Koth was assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Eight, serving with Multinational Corps Iraq in Baghdad. Died on July 26, 2006.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Marc A. Lee, 28, of Hood River, Oregon.
Lee died during combat operations while on patrol in Ramadi, Iraq. Lee was an aviation ordnanceman and a member of a West Coast-based SEAL Team. Died on August 2, 2006.
Seaman Apprentice Robert D. Macrum, 22, of Sugarland, Texas.
Macrum was lost at sea. He was last seen the evening of September 12, 2005 while the ship was underway. He was assigned to the USS Princeton, currently deployed to the Arabian Gulf conducting maritime security operations as part of the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group.
Hospitalman Robert Nathan Martens, 20, of Queen Creek, Arizona.
Martens died from injuries sustained as a passenger when his HMMWV rolled over in Al Qaim, Iraq. He was assigned to II Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Died on September 6, 2005.
Hospitalman Joshua McIntosh, 22, of Kingman, Arizona.
McIntosh died in Karbala, Iraq, from a non-hostile gunshot wound. He was assigned to the Third Battalion, Seventh Marine Regiment, Twentynine Palms, California. Died on June 26, 2003.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Scott R. Mchugh, 33, of Boca Raton, Florida.
Mchugh died in the Al Anbar Province as a result of hostile fire. He was assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 14, Jacksonville, Florida. Died on May 2, 2004.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Fernando A. Mendez-Aceves, 27, of Mexico City, Mexico.
Mendez-Aceves was killed in Iraq while conducting combat operations in the Al Anbar Province. He was assigned to the Naval Medical Center San Diego, First Marine Division Detachment, San Diego, California. Died on April 6, 2004.
Petty Officer 3rd Class David J. Moreno, 26, of Gering, Nebraska.
Moreno died in Al Hamishiyah, Iraq, from a non-hostile gunshot wound. He was assigned to the Naval Medical Center San Diego, Fourth Marine Division Detachment. Died on July 17, 2003.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Marcques J. Nettles, 22, of Beaverton, Oregon.
Nettles died when the seven-ton truck he was riding in rolled over in a flash flood near Al Asad, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Combat Logistics Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on April 2, 2006.
Petty Officer 1st Class Michael J. Pernaselli, 27, of Monroe, New York.
Pernaselli died in the Northern Persian Gulf as a result of a waterborne attack. He was assigned to the USS Firebolt, forward deployed to Manama, Bahrain. Died on April 24, 2004.
Petty Officer 1st Class Gary T. Rovinski, 44, of Roseville, Illinois.
Rovinski died in Al Anbar Province, Iraq, as a result of enemy action when his HMMWV was struck by an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 25, Fort McCoy, Wisconsin. Died on June 5, 2006.
Petty Officer 3rd Class David Sisung, 21, of Phoenix, Arizona.
Sinsung died of a non-combat related injury while in the Persian Gulf. He was assigned to the USS Nimitz, home ported in San Diego, California. Died on June 6, 2003.
Lt. Cmdr. Keith E. Taylor, 47, of Irvine, California.
Taylor died in a rocket attack on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. He was assigned to Commander, U.S. Naval Forces, Central Command, Iraq Detachment. Died on January 29, 2005.
Petty Officer 1st Class Jerry A. Tharp, 44, of Aledo, Illinois.
Tharp died as a result of enemy action when his dismounted patrol was struck by an improvised explosive device while operating in the Al Anbar province of Iraq. He was assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 25, Rock Island, Illinois. Died on July 12, 2006.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Christopher W. Thompson, 25, of N. Wilkesboro, North Carolina.
Thompson was killed in action from an IED explosion while conducting Combat operations against enemy forces in the Al Anbar Province of Iraq. He was assigned to Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines, 8th Regimental Combat Team, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Forces Atlantic, based in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Died on October 21, 2005.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher E. Watts, 28, of Knoxville, Tennessee.
Watts died in the Northern Persian Gulf as a result of a waterborne attack. He was assigned to the USS Firebolt, forward deployed to Manama, Bahrain. Died on April 24, 2004.
Lt. Nathan D. White, 30, of Abilene, Texas.
Killed in action. White was the pilot of an F/A-18C Hornet lost over Iraq. He was assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron One Nine Five (VFA 195), based in Atsugi, Japan, and currently deployed with Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW 5) aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63). Died on April 2, 2003.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Jeffery L. Wiener, 32, of Louisville, Kentucky.
Wiener died in a combat related incident. He was a Navy hospital corpsman assigned to II Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF). Died on May 7, 2005.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicholas Wilson, 25, of Newark Valley, New York.
Wilson died as a result of an improvised explosive device in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Three, based in San Diego, California. Died on February 12, 2006.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Julian Woods, 22, of Jacksonville, Florida.
Woods died as a result of hostile fire in Fallujah, Iraq. He was assigned to 3rd Marine Division Detachment, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaheohe Bay, Hawaii. Died on November 10, 2004.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Travis L. Youngblood, 26, of Surrency, Georgia.
Youngblood died of wounds received July 15, 2005 from an improvised explosive device during combat operations in Hit, Iraq. He was a hospital corpsman assigned to the Naval Hospital Great Lakes, Great Lakes, Illinois and deployed with the II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward). Died on July 21, 2005.
Air Force  (27)
Airman 1st Class Carl L. Anderson, Jr., 21, of Georgetown, South Carolina.
Anderson died as result of enemy action near Mosul, Iraq. He was assigned to the 3rd Logistics Readiness Squadron, Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska. Died on August 29, 2004.
Capt. Derek Argel, 28, of Lompoc, California.
Argel died in the crash of an Iraqi air force aircraft during a training mission in eastern Diyala province. He was assigned to the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Florida. Died on May 30, 2005.
Master Sgt. Steven E. Auchman, 37, of Waterloo, New York.
Auchman died from injuries received when multiple rocket propelled grenades struck his location in Mosul, Iraq. He was assigned to the 5th Air Support Operations Squadron, Fort Lewis, Washington. Died on November 9, 2004.
Capt. John J. Boria, 29, of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.
Boria died from injuries he received in an all-terrain vehicle accident in Doha, Qatar. He was assigned to the 911th Air Refueling Squadron, Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. Died on September 6, 2004.
Tech. Sgt. Bruce E. Brown, 32, of Coatopa, Alabama.
Brown was killed in a motor vehicle accident near Al Udeid, Qatar. He was a fuels supervisor assigned to the 78th Logistics Readiness Squadron, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. Died on September 4, 2003.
Master Sgt. Brad A. Clemmons, 37, of Chillicothe, Ohio.
Clemmons died when an improvised explosive device struck his vehicle. The vehicle was part of a transportation convoy enroute to Taji, Iraq. Clemmons was assigned to the 354th Civil Engineer Squadron, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Died on August 21, 2006.
Staff Sgt. Casey Crate, 26, of Spanaway, Washington.
Crate died in the crash of an Iraqi air force aircraft during a training mission in eastern Diyala province. He was assigned to the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Florida. Died on May 30, 2005.
Capt. Eric B. Das, 30, of Amarillo, Texas.
Das was the pilot of an F-15E that went down during a combat mission in Iraq. He was assigned to the 333rd Fighter Squadron, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Died on April 7, 2003.
Maj. William Downs, 40, of Winchester, Virginia.
Downs died in the crash of an Iraqi air force aircraft during a training mission in eastern Diyala province. He was assigned to the 6th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Florida. Died on May 30, 2005.
Senior Airman Pedro I. Espaillat, Jr., 20, of Colombia, Tennessee.
Espaillat died as a result of non-hostile injuries in Kirkuk, Iraq. He was assigned to the 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Died on May 15, 2004.
Capt. Jeremy Fresques, 26, of Clarkdale, Arizona.
Fresques died in the crash of an Iraqi air force aircraft during a training mission in eastern Diyala province. He was assigned to the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Florida. Died on May 30, 2005.
Staff Sgt. Patrick Lee Griffin, Jr., 31, of Dryden, New York.
Killed in action near Diwaniyah, Iraq when his convoy was ambushed enroute to Baghdad. Griffin was a data systems technician assigned to the 728th Air Control Squadron, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. Died on May 13, 2003.
Airman 1st Class Antoine J. Holt, 20, of Kennesaw, Georgia.
Holt died as a result of injuries sustained when his tent was hit by a mortar round at Balad Air Field, Iraq. He was assigned to the 603rd Air Control Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy. Died on April 10, 2004.
Airman 1st Class Elizabeth N. Jacobson, 21, of Riviera Beach, Florida.
Jacobson died near Camp Bucca, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near her convoy vehicle. She was assigned to the 17th Security Forces Squadron, Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas. Died on September 28, 2005.
Civilian Daniel J. Kuhlmeier, 30, of Omaha, Nebraska.
Kuhlmeier died in Baghdad, Iraq, when the convoy he was traveling in was struck by an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to Detachment 204, 2nd Field Investigations Region, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. Died on February 20, 2006.
Master Sgt. Jude C. Mariano, 39, of Vallejo, California.
Mariano died in Doha, Qatar from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. He was assigned to the 615th Air Mobility Operations Squadron, Travis Air Force Base, California. Died on February 10, 2004.
Staff Sgt. Brian McElroy, 28, of San Antonio, Texas.
McElroy died when his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device while conducting convoy escort duties in the vicinity of Taji, Iraq. He was assigned to the 3rd Security Forces Squadron, Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska. Died on January 22, 2006.
Tech. Sgt. Walter M. Moss, Jr., 37, of Houston, Texas.
Moss was killed in the explosion of an improvised explosive device while conducting safing operations in the vicinity of Baghdad, Iraq. He was assigned to the 366th Civil Engineer Squadron, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho. Died on March 29, 2006.
Tech. Sgt. Jason L. Norton, 32, of Miami, Oklahoma.
Norton died when his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device while conducting convoy escort duties in the vicinity of Taji, Iraq. He was assigned to the 3rd Security Forces Squadron, Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska. Died on January 22, 2006.
Staff Sgt. Dustin W. Peters, 25, of El Dorado, Kansas.
Peters died as result of enemy action near the Forward Operating Base Summerall in Iraq. He was assigned to the 314th Logistics Readiness Squadron, Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas. Died on July 11, 2004.
Staff Sgt. Ray Rangel, 29, of San Antonio, Texas.
Rangel died while performing a canal rescue mission in Balad, Iraq. He was assigned to the 7th Civil Engineering Squadron, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. Died on February 13, 2005.
Staff Sgt. Scott D. Sather, 29, of Clio, Michigan.
Killed in action in Iraq. Sather was assigned to the 24th Special Tactics Squadron, Pope Air Force Base, North Carolina. Died on April 8, 2003.
Master Sgt. David A. Scott, 51, of Union, Ohio.
Scott died as a result of a non-hostile cause in Doha, Qatar. He was assigned to the 445th Communications Flight, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Died on July 20, 2003.
Maj. Gregory Stone, 40, of Boise, Idaho.
Died from wounds received by a March 22, 2003 grenade attack in a tent at Camp Pennsylvania, Kuwait. He was assigned to the 124th Air Support Operations Squadron, Idaho Air National Guard, Boise, Idaho. Died on March 25, 2003.
Special Agent Rick A. Ulbright, 49, of Waldorf, Maryland.
Ulbright died at Kirkuk Air Base, Iraq, from wounds received during a mortar attack. He was assigned to the 33rd Field Investigative Squadron, Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland. Died on August 8, 2004.
Airman 1st Class Carl Jerome Ware, Jr., 22, of Glassboro, New Jersey.
Ware died from a non-combat related cause at Camp Bucca, Iraq. He was assigned to the 15th Security Forces Squadron, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. Died on July 1, 2006.
Maj. William R. Watkins III, 37, of Danville, Virginia.
Killed in action while supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Watkins was assigned to the 333rd Fighter Squadron, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Died on April 7, 2003.
Coast Guard  (1)
Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan B. Bruckenthal, 24, of Smithtown, New York.
Bruckenthal died in the Northern Persian Gulf as a result of a waterborne attack. He was assigned to Tactical Law Enforcement Team South Detachment 403. Died on April 24, 2004.

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