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Members of the U.S. armed forces with known Michigan ties who died supporting military operations in Afghanistan:



_ Army Spc. Deangelo B. Snow, 22, of Saginaw died Sept. 17 in

Kandahar province of wounds suffered when insurgents attached his

vehicle with a rocket-propelled grenade. He was assigned to the 526th

Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne

Division, based at Fort Campbell, Ky.


_ Marine Sgt. Jason D. Calo, 23, of Mancelona died Aug. 22, 2010,

while supporting combat operations in Helmand province. He was part of

the 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine

Expeditionary Force, based at Camp Lejeune, N.C.


_ Army Pfc. Bradley D. Rappuhn, 24, of Grand Ledge died Aug. 8,

2010, when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive in

Zhari Kandahar. He was part of the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment,

based at Fort Benning, Ga.


_ Marine Cpl. Paul Miller, 22, of Traverse City died July 19,

2010, while on foot patrol in Afghanistan after an improvised explosive

device detonated in Helmand province. Miller was part of the 3rd Combat

Engineer Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force

at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif.


_ Marine Cpl. Daane Adam DeBoer, 24, of Ludington died June 25,

2010, while on foot patrol in Afghanistan after an improvised explosive

device detonated in Helmand province. DeBoer was part of the 1st Combat

Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force at

Camp Pendleton, Calif.


_ Army Spc. Joseph D. Johnson, 24, of Genesee County's Mundy

Township and another soldier died June 16, 2010, when an improvised

explosive device hit their vehicle in the northern Afghan city of

Kunduz. They were assigned to the 161st Engineer Support Company, 27th

Engineer Battalion (Combat) (Airborne), 20th Engineer Brigade, 18th

Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg, N.C.


_ Marine Cpl. Jeffrey R. Standfest, 23, of St. Clair County's

China Township died June 16, 2010 while supporting combat operations in

Helmand province. He was assigned to the 3rd Combat Engineer Battalion,

3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, based at Marine

Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif.


_ Air Force 1st Lt. Joel C. Gentz, 25, of Grass Lake and three

other airmen died June 9, 2010, when two Taliban rockets brought down

their helicopter near Forward Operating Base Jackson in Helmand

province. He was part of the 58th Rescue Squadron from Nellis Air Force

Base, Nev.


_ Marine Lance Cpl. Anthony A. Dilisio, 20, of Macomb County's

Macomb Township died May 30, 2010, while supporting combat operations in

Afghanistan's Helmand province. He was part of the 1st Battalion, 6th

Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force,

based at Camp Lejeune, N.C.


_ Army Cpl. Michael K. Ingram Jr. 23, of Newport died April 17,

2010. He was on patrol in Kandahar, Afghanistan, when an improvised

explosive detonated near him. He was part of the 1st Battalion, 12th

Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, based

at Fort Carson, Colo.


_ Marine Cpl. Jacob H. Turbett, 21, of Wayne County's Canton

Township died Feb 13, 2010, in Afghanistan. He was part of a unit from

Camp Lejeune, N.C.


_ Army Sgt. Dillon B. Foxx, 22, of Traverse City died Feb. 5,

2010 in Bala Murghab, Afghanistan of wounds suffered when enemy forces

attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device. He was part of

the 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat

Team, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C.


_ Army Sgt. Lucas T. Beachnaw, 23, of Lowell died Jan. 13, 2010

in Darya Ya, Afghanistan of wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked

his unit using small arms fire. He was part of the 2nd Battalion, 503rd

Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team at Camp Ederle,

Italy.


_Air Force Tech. Sgt. John Chapman, 36, a commando, died March 4,

2002, after his helicopter came under attack by al-Qaida and Taliban

fighters. He was killed while trying to retrieve the body of a fellow

airman who had fallen from a helicopter during the attack. The Windsor

Locks, Conn., resident's father, Eugene, lived in Belding.


_Senior Airman Jason Plite, 21, of Grand Ledge, died March 23,

2003, when his helicopter crashed during a flight to evacuate two

children with life-threatening head injuries.


_Air Force Tech. Sgt. Howard A. Walters, 33, of Port Huron, an

aerial gunner, died Nov. 23, 2003, when his Air Force Special Forces

helicopter broke up after a hard landing on a rocky river bank nine

miles east of Bagram Air Base.


_Army Sgt. Robert P. Kassin, 29, a Flint native who grew up in

Clovis, N.M., died July 16, 2006, when his platoon came under fire near

Larzab.


_Army Pvt. Joseph R. Blake, 34, a Michigan native of Portland,

Ore., died Aug. 17, 2006, from small-arms fire. Blake, whose parents

live in Livonia, was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry

Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum,

N.Y.


_Army Sgt. Jeremy E. DePottey, 26, of Ironwood, died Sept. 11,

2006, in Asadabad of injuries suffered in a single vehicle accident.

DePottey was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd

Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.


_Army Maj. Douglas E. Sloan, 40, who grew up in Charlevoix, died

Oct. 31, 2006, of injuries sustained in a roadside bombing, his family

said. Sloan was assigned to the 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.


_Army Col. James W. Harrison, 47, a 1977 graduate of Oscoda High

School, died May 6, 2007, when he was shot by an Afghan soldier at a

prison 20 miles east of Kabul. The Missouri resident, whose parents live

in Montrose, was serving as a detention policy expert with the Combined

Forces Command Afghanistan.


_Army Pfc. Joseph A. Miracle, 22, of Ortonville, died July 5,

2007, of wounds sustained from enemy small arms fire and indirect fire

in the Watapor Valley of Kunar province. He was assigned to the 2nd

Battalion, 503d Infantry Regiment (Airborne), 173d Airborne Brigade

based in Vicenza, Italy.


_Army Pfc. Jordan E. Goode, 21, of Kalamazoo, died Aug. 11, 2007,

from injuries suffered when a roadside bomb exploded beneath the truck

he was driving in Zormont. He was assigned to the 4th Squadron, 73rd

Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division at

Fort Bragg, N.C.


_Army Sgt. 1st Class Matthew D. Blaskowski, 27, a 1998 Cheboygan

Area High School graduate whose parents live in Cheboygan County, died

Sept. 23, 2007, in Asadabad of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked

his unit using small arms fire during combat operations. He was assigned

to the 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne

Brigade Combat Team at Vicenza, Italy.


_Marine Sgt. Phillip A. Bocks, 28, of Troy, died Nov. 9, 2007,

while conducting combat operations in Aranus. He was assigned to the

Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center, Bridgeport, Calif.


_Army Pfc. Joseph M. Lancour, 21, of Swartz Creek, died Nov. 10,

2007, the day after his patrol was attacked in Aranus. The Ludington

native was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Airborne Infantry

Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team based in Vicenza, Italy.


_Army Pfc. Antione V. Robinson, 20, of Detroit, died March 19,

2008, in Nawa, of injuries sustained when the vehicle he was repairing

collapsed. He was assigned to the 782nd Brigade Support Battalion, 4th

Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C.


_Navy Petty Officer Ross L. Toles III, of Davison, died June 18,

2008, of wounds suffered in a rocket attack in Paktika province. He was

assigned to Provincial Reconstruction Team Sharana in Afghanistan.


_Army Sgt. 1st Class Matthew L. Hilton, 37, of Livonia, died June

26, 2008, of injuries following a roadside bomb explosion and gunfire

near Forward Operating Base Shank. He was assigned to the 425th Infantry

Regiment of the Michigan Army National Guard at Selfridge Air National

Guard base near Mount Clemens.


_Army Staff Sgt. Kristopher Dan Rodgers, 29, of Burr Oak, died

Aug. 16, 2008, in the Korengal Valley when a roadside bomb went off near

his vehicle. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry

Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division at Fort Hood,

Texas.


_Army Sgt. 1st Class Gregory A. Rodriguez, 35, of Weidman, died

Sept. 2, 2008, of wounds suffered when his mounted patrol came under

small arms fire in Ana Kalay. He was assigned to the K-9 unit of the

527th Military Police Company, 709th Military Police Battalion, 18th MP

Brigade, Ansbach, Germany.


_ Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer John Wayne Marcum, 34, of

Flushing, died Sept. 12, 2008, of injuries suffered the previous day in

combat in Afghanistan. He was temporarily forward deployed from his

assignment at Naval Special Warfare Development Group, Virginia Beach,

Va.


_ Navy Chief Petty Officer (select) Jason Richard Freiwald, 30,

of Armada, died Sept. 12, 2008, of injuries suffered while conducting

combat operations in Afghanistan. He was temporarily forward deployed

from his assignment at Naval Special Warfare Development Group, Virginia

Beach, Va.


_ Army Cpl. Nicholas R. Roush, 22, of Middleville died Aug. 16,

2009, in Herat, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when an improvised

explosive device detonated near his vehicle. Roush was part of the 4th

Psychological Operations Group, based at Fort Bragg, N.C.


_ Army Pfc. Eric Hario, 19, of Monroe died Aug. 29, 2009, in

Paktika province, Afghanistan. Hario was an Army Ranger assigned to 1st

Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Ga.


_ Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Benjamin P. Castiglione, 21, of

Howell, died Sept. 3, 2009, in Helmand province, Afghanistan. The

hospital corpsman was assigned to the 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance

Battalion, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Battalion, Camp Lejeune, N.C.


_ Army Spc. Christopher T. Griffin, 24, of Kincheloe, died Oct.

3, 2009, in Kamdesh, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered in an enemy attack

on a contingency outpost. He was assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 61st

Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division at Fort

Carson, Colo.


_ Army Spc. Brandon Steffey, 23, of Sault Ste. Marie died Oct.

25, 2009, when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised

bomb. He was a combat tracking dog handler assigned to the 178th

Military Police Detachment, 89th Military Police Brigade, III Corps,

Fort Hood, Texas.


IRAQ:



_ Senior Airman James A. Hansen, 25, of Athens died Sept. 15,

2010, in an accident during a controlled detonation at Joint Base Balad,

Iraq. He was part of the 46th Operations Support Section at Elgin Air

Force Base, Fla.


_ Army Staff Sgt. Richard J. Jordan, 29, died March 16, 2010, of

injuries received in a vehicle rollover while serving in Iraq. The

Defense Department said he was from Tyler, Texas, but relatives said he

was from Macomb County's Harrison Township. He was assigned to the 1st

Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored

Division at Fort Bliss, Texas.


_ Army Staff Sgt. Timothy A. David, 28, of Beaverton died June

28, 2009 from injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device

detonated near his vehicle. David was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 5th

Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division at Fort

Hood, Texas.


_ Army Spc. Paul E. Andersen, 49, of Dowagiac died Oct. 1, 2009

from wounds sustained when his camp was attacked with indirect fire in

Baghdad. Andersen was assigned to the U.S. Army Reserve's 855th

Quartermaster Company based in South Bend, Ind.


_Marine Sgt. Ralph Anthony Webb Frietas, 23, died Dec. 8, 2009 of

unknown causes in Baghdad. He was assigned to Marine Wing Support

Squadron 172, Marine Wing Support Group 17, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing,

III Marine Expeditionary Force based in Okinawa, Japan.



Deaths in 2008 (no year listed with individual deaths) Members of the U.S. armed forces with known Michigan ties who died in 2008 while supporting military operations in Iraq:


_ Army Staff Sgt. Michael D. Elledge, 41, of Brownsburg, Ind.,

died March 17 in Baghdad from wounds suffered when an improvised

explosive device detonated near his vehicle. He graduated from Dexter

High School in 1985. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 68th Armor

Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, based at Fort

Carson, Colo.


_ Army Pfc. John Thomas Bishop, 22, of Gaylord, died April 23 in

Golden Hills in a vehicle crash. He attended Gaylord High School. He was

assigned to the 1st Squadron, 32nd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat

Team, 101st Airborne Division, based at Fort Campbell, Ky.


_ Army Sgt. 1st Class Steven J. Chevalier, 35, of Flint, died

July 9 in Balad, Iraq, from wounds sustained when a grenade hit his

patrol vehicle in Samarra. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 327th

Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division,

based at Fort Campbell, Ky.


_ Army Pfc. Bryan R. Thomas, 22, of Battle Creek, died Sept. 4 in

Baghdad when a bomb went off near his vehicle. He was assigned to the

1st Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th

Infantry Division based at Fort Hood, Texas.


_ Army Spc. Adam M. Wenger, 27, of Waterford, died Nov. 5 in

Tunis of injuries sustained during a noncombat incident. He was assigned

to the 1st Battalion, 76th Field Artillery, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd

Infantry Division based at Fort Stewart, Ga.


_ Army Staff Sgt. Christopher G. Smith, 28, of Grand Rapids, died

Dec. 24 of injuries suffered in a rollover accident in Baghdad. He was

assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd

Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.


_ Army Spc. Stephen M. Okray, 21, of St. Clair Shores, died Dec.

24 of injuries suffered in a rollover accident in Baghdad. He was

assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd

Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.


Iraq 2007 deaths:


_ Marine Lance Cpl. Luis J. Castillo, 20, of Lawton died Jan. 20

while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province. Castillo was

assigned to the Marine Forces Reserve's 1st Battalion, 24th Marine

Regiment, 4th Marine Division in Lansing.


_ Army Spc. Brandon Stout, 23, of Grand Rapids died Jan. 22 after

an explosive detonated near his vehicle in Baghdad. Stout was assigned

to the 46th Military Police Company, Michigan Army National Guard in

Kingsford.


_ Marine Cpl. Mark D. Kidd, 26, of Milford died Jan. 25 while

conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province. Kidd was assigned to

the Marine Forces Reserve's 1st Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, 4th

Marine Division in Mount Clemens.


_ Marine Pfc. Tarryl Hill, 19, of Macomb County's Shelby Township

died Feb. 7 when his vehicle ran over an improvised explosive device in

Al Anbar province. Hill was assigned to Marine Forces Reserve's 1st

Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division in Mount Clemens.


_ Army Pfc. Justin T. Paton, 24, of Alanson died Feb. 17 in

Taramia when his unit came in contact with enemy forces using small arms

fire. Paton was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st

Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.


_ Marine Pfc. Brett Witteveen, 20, of Shelby died Feb. 19 during

combat operations in Anbar province. He was a member of the Marine

Forces Reserve's 1st Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine

Division, based in Grand Rapids.


_ Marine Pfc. Bufford ``Kenny'' VanSlyke, 22, of Bay City died

Feb. 28 after being shot during combat operations in Anbar province. He

was assigned to the Marine Forces Reserve's 1st Battalion, 24th Marine

Regiment, 4th Marine Division, based in Saginaw.


_ Army Sgt. 1st Class Douglas Stone, 49, of Taylorsville, Utah,

died March 11 in a non-combat incident in Iraq. Stone grew up in Oakland

County's Milford Township. He was assigned to the 96th Regional

Readiness Command at Fort Douglas in Salt Lake City.


_ Army Pfc. Jim Arnold, 21, of Mattawan died March 15 along with

three other soldiers when an improvised explosive device detonated near

his unit during combat operations in Baghdad. He was assigned to the 1st

Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry

Division, based at Fort Hood, Texas.


_ Army Pfc. William Davis, 26, of Grand Rapids and three others

were killed March 17 when an improvised explosive device hit their

Humvee in Baghdad. The four were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 12th

Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, based

at Fort Bliss, Texas.


_ Army Sgt. Curtis E. Glawson Jr., 24, who was born in Detroit,

died March 20 in a bomb blast in Baghdad. Glawson, of Daleville, Ala.,

was assigned to the 610th Brigade Support Battalion, 28th Infantry

Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, based

in Fort Riley, Kan.


_ Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Joseph C. Schwedler, 27, of

Crystal Falls died April 5 while conducting combat operations in Al

Anbar province. He was assigned to Navy SEAL Team Four, based in

Virginia Beach, Va.


_ Army Sgt. Todd A. Singleton, 24, of Muskegon died April 8 in

Baghdad of wounds suffered when his unit came in contact with enemy

forces using an improvised explosive device and small arms fire. He was

assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 1st

Cavalry Division, based at Fort Hood, Texas.


_ Army Pfc. Levi K. Hoover, 23, of Midland died along with three

other members of his unit in a roadside bomb explosion in Zaganiyah on

April 7. He was assigned to the 5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd

Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, based at Fort Bragg, N.C.


_ Army Pfc. Garrett C. Knoll, 23, of Huron County's Verona

Township was among nine U.S. soldiers who were killed April 23 when a

truck bomb exploded next to their patrol base northeast of Baghdad. All

were assigned to the 5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade

Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division based at Fort Bragg, N.C.


_ Army Pfc. Brian A. Botello, 19, of Alta, Iowa, was killed April

29 when a bomb exploded near his unit in Baghdad. Botello, who was born

in Muskegon, was one of three soldiers with the 3rd Squadron, 61st

Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, of

Fort Carson, Colo., who were killed in the blast.


_ Army Spc. Robert J. Dixon, 27, of Minneapolis died May 6 from

wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his

vehicle. Dixon, who graduated from Gladwin High School, was assigned to

the 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st

Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.


_ Army Pfc. Daniel W. Courneya, 19, of Vermontville was killed

May 12 with three other U.S. soldiers in an ambush in Al Taqa, south of

Baghdad. He was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment,

2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, N.Y.


_ Army Sgt. Thomas G. Wright, 38, of Grand Blanc died May 14 en

route to Germany for treatment of an undisclosed illness. He was serving

a second tour in Iraq as a member of the Michigan National Guard's 46th

Military Police Company, 210th Military Police Battalion, based in

Kingsford.


_ Army Sgt. Justin D. Wisniewski, 22, of Standish died May 19 in

Lutfiyah from wounds he received when an improvised explosive device

went off near his unit. He was from the 2nd Battalion, 15th Field

Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division,

based at Fort Drum, N.Y.


_ Army Pfc. Casey P. Zylman, 22, of Coleman died May 25 in Mosul

of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near

his vehicle May 24 in Tallafar. He was assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 4th

Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, based

at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.


_ Army Pfc. Joshua D. Brown, 26, of Troy died June 2 after his

vehicle struck an explosive device in Iraq. He was born in Southfield

and grew up in Dearborn Heights, moving to Tampa, Fla. a few years

before joining the military in 2005. He had recently purchased a home

with his wife in Troy. Brown served with the 1st Battalion, 18th

Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division in

Schweinfurt, Germany.


_ Army Sgt. Matthew Soper, 26, of Jackson died June 6 in Bayji of

wounds suffered from an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to

the 1461st Transportation Company (Combat Heavy Equipment), Michigan

Army National Guard in Jackson.


_ Army Pfc. Shawn D. Gajdos, 25, of Grand Rapids died June 6 in

Baghdad of wounds suffered when his unit was attacked by insurgents

using improvised explosive devices and small arms fire. He was assigned

to the 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade

Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division in Fort Riley, Kan.


_ Army Spc. David Anthony Wilkey Jr., 22, of Clay Center, Kan.,

died June 18 after his Humvee convoy was hit by a roadside bomb in Iraq.

Wilkey was born in Norway, Mich., and grew up in Wilson, Mich., before

moving to Elkhart, Ind., as a teenager. He was assigned to the 1st

Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade, 1st Infantry

Division.


_ Army Sgt. Allen A. Greka, 29, of Alpena died July 13 of wounds

sustained from a land mine detonation in Jisr Diyala. He was assigned to

the 3rd Battalion, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd

Infantry Division at Fort Benning, Ga.


_ Army Pfc. Christopher D. Kube, 18, of Macomb County's Shelby

Township died July 14 in Baghdad from wounds he sustained from an

improvised explosive device. Kube was assigned to the 2nd Battalion,

17th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry

Division, based at Fort Carson, Colo.


_ Army Pfc. Charles T. Heinlein Jr., 23, of Hemlock died July 31

in Baghdad along with two other soldiers of wounds suffered when an

improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. All were

assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 2nd

Infantry Division at Fort Lewis, Wash.


_ Army pilot Christopher Johnson, 31, died Aug. 14 when his CH-47

Chinook helicopter crashed during a routine post-maintenance test flight

near Taqqadum air base in Anbar province. Johnson grew up in Grand

Rapids and graduated from Tri-Unity Christian School. He was assigned to

the 1st Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment, Task Force 49 based at Fort

Wainwright, Alaska.


_ Army 1st Lt. Jonathan W. Edds, 24, of White Pigeon died Aug. 17

in Baghdad from wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his vehicle

using an improvised explosive device and small arms fire. He was

assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat

Team, 3rd Infantry Division based at Fort Benning, Ga.


_ Army Sgt. James S. Collins Jr., 35, of Rochester Hills, died

Aug. 28 in Kirkuk from wounds suffered during combat operations. Collins

was assigned to the 303rd Military Police Company, U.S. Army Reserve

based in Jackson.


_ Army Sgt. 1st Class Daniel E. Scheibner, 40, formerly of Norton

Shores, died Aug. 30 in Al Noor of wounds sustained when his vehicle

struck an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 2nd

Battalion, 12th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Striker Brigade Combat

Team, 2nd Infantry Division based at Fort Lewis, Wash.


_ Army Spc. Todd A. Motley, 23, of Clare, died Sept. 14 in

Muqdadiyah of wounds suffered when a bomb exploded near his vehicle

during combat. He was assigned to the 6th Squadron, 9th U.S. Cavalry,

3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood in Texas.


_ Army Spc. Rachael L. Hugo, 24, of Madison, Wis., died Oct. 5 in

Bayji of wounds sustained from an explosive and small arms fire. Hugo

was assigned to the 303rd Military Police Company, 97th Military Police

Battalion, 89th Military Police Brigade, U.S. Army Reserve based in

Jackson.


_ Army Staff Sgt. Donald L. Munn II, 25, of St. Clair Shores,

Mich., died Oct. 11 in Baghdad of wounds suffered when an improvised

explosive device detonated near his unit. He was assigned to Special

Troops Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.


_ Army Sgt. Daniel L. McCall, 24, a Flint native who grew up in

Pace, Fla., died Oct. 30 with two other soldiers when enemy forces

engaged their unit in small-arms fire and set off a homemade bomb in

Salman Pak, about 15 miles southeast of Baghdad. McCall was assigned to

the 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd

Infantry Division out of Fort Benning, Ga.


_ Army Pfc. Casey P. Mason, 22, of Lake in southwestern Clare

County, was killed Nov. 13 in Mosul when enemy forces attacked his unit

with small arms fire. He was assigned to the 728th Military Police

Battalion, 8th Military Police Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.


_ Army Cpl. Jason T. Lee, 26, of Fruitport, died Nov. 18 after an

improvised explosive device detonated during a mounted patrol in

Baqubah. Lee was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment,

4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, of Fort Lewis,

Wash.


_ Army Spc. Randy W. Pickering, 31, Bovey, Minn. died Dec. 9 in

Baghdad of injuries from a non-combat incident. Family members live in

Michigan. He was assigned to the Regimental Support Squadron, 2nd

Stryker Cavalry Regiment at Vilseck, Germany.


_ Army Sgt. Peter C. Neesley, 28, of Grosse Pointe Farms, died

Dec. 25 in Baghdad of an undetermined cause in a non-combat environment.

Neesley was assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd

Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Ga.




Members of the U.S. armed forces with known Michigan ties who died in 2006 while supporting military operations in Iraq:


_Marine Lance Cpl. Jason T. Little, 20, of Climax, died Jan. 7,

2006, in Ferris, when his tank was attacked with an improvised explosive

device. He was assigned to the 2nd Tank Battalion, 2nd Marine Division,

II Marine Expeditionary Force based at Camp Lejeune, N.C.


_Army Spc. Walter B. Howard II, 35, who grew up in Macomb

County's Clinton Township, died in Balad, on Feb. 2, 2006, of injuries

sustained when an improvised explosive device exploded near his M1

Abrams tank earlier in the day in Ashraf. Howard was assigned to the 1st

Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry

Division.


_Marine Cpl. Ross A. Smith, 21, of Wyoming, died Feb. 9, 2006,

from an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations

near Fallujah. Smith was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine

Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp

Pendleton, Calif.


_Army Staff Sgt. Curtis T. Howard II, 32, of Ann Arbor, died Feb.

22, 2006, along with two other soldiers when their vehicle was hit by a

roadside bomb. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry

Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.


_Army Pfc. Allan A. Morr, 21, of Byron, died Feb. 22, 2006, near

Hawijah, along with three other soldiers when their vehicle was hit by a

roadside bomb. All were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry

Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division at Fort

Campbell, Ky.


_Army Sgt. Joshua V. Youmans, 26, of Genesee County's Flushing

Township, died March 1, 2006, at Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas.

Youmans was injured Nov. 21, 2005, when an improvised explosive device

went off near his vehicle in Habbaniyah. Youmans was assigned to the

Army National Guard's 1st Battalion with the 125th Infantry Regiment in

Saginaw.


_Army Cpl. Nyle Yates III, 22, of Lake Odessa, died March 16,

2006, in Bayji, when he came under small arms fire. He was assigned to

the 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st

Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Ky.


_Army Spc. Andrew K. Waits, 23, of Oakland County's Waterford

Township, died April 13, 2006, after an improvised explosive device

detonated near his vehicle in Baghdad. He was assigned to the 1st

Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st

Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Ky.


_Army Sgt. 1st Class Richard J. Herrema, 27, of Hudsonville, died

April 25, 2006, when his unit came under enemy fire during combat in

Baghdad. Herrema was born in Grand Rapids and graduated from Unity

Christian High School in Hudsonville, according to the Army Special

Operations Command based at Fort Bragg, N.C., where he was assigned.


_Army Sgt. Matthew A. Webber, 23, of Stanwood, died on April 27,

2006, at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. Webber was injured

Nov. 21, 2005, when an improvised explosive device went off near his

vehicle in Habbaniyah. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 1st

Battalion with the 125th Infantry Regiment in Saginaw.


_Army Cpl. Brock Bucklin, 28, of Grand Rapids, died May 31, 2006,

in an equipment accident in Balad. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion,

68th Armor Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry

Division in Fort Carson, Colo.


_Army Cpl. Alexander J. Kolasa, 22, of Oakland County's White

Lake Township, died May 31, 2006, of non-hostile injuries in Baghdad. He

was assigned to the 704th Main Support Battalion, 4th Brigade, 4th

Infantry Division, at Fort Hood, Texas.


_Marine Lance Cpl. Brandon Webb, 20, of Swartz Creek, died June

20, 2006. The Arizona-born Webb worked for almost a year as a Swartz

Creek firefighter before going on military leave. He was assigned to 1st

Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, First Marine

Expeditionary Force, in Camp Pendleton, Calif.


_Marine Staff Sgt. Raymond J. Plouhar, 30, of Lake Orion, died

June 26, 2006, of wounds received while conducting combat operations in

the Al Anbar province. Plouhar was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine

Regiment, 1st Marine Division, First Marine Expeditionary Force, in Camp

Pendleton, Calif.


_Army Spc. Joseph P. Micks, 22, of Rapid River, was among three

soldiers who died July 8, 2006, in Ar Ramadi, when an improvised

explosive device detonated near their vehicle during combat operations.

He was assigned to the 54th Engineer Battalion, 130th Engineer Brigade,

Warner Barracks, Bamberg, Germany.


_Army Sgt. Duane Dreasky, 31, of Novi, died July 10, 2006, at

Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas. He was injured Nov. 21, 2005, when

an improvised explosive device went off near his vehicle in Habbaniyah.

Dreasky was assigned to the Army National Guard's 1st Battalion with the

125th Infantry Regiment in Saginaw.


_Army Sgt. Al'Kaila Floyd, 23, of Grand Rapids, died July 13,

2006, at a hospital in Germany of injuries he received July 8 when a

makeshift bomb detonated near his vehicle in Ramadi. Floyd was assigned

to the 54th Engineer Battalion, 130th Engineer Brigade in Bamberg,

Germany.


_Army Staff Sgt. Michael A. Dickinson II, 26, of Battle Creek,

died July 17, 2006, when his patrol was hit by small arms fire in

Ramadi. He was assigned to the 9th Psychological Operations Battalion,

4th Psychological Operations Group, Army Special Operations Command in

Fort Bragg, N.C.


_Army Spc. Dennis K. Samson Jr., 24, of Hesperia, was killed by

small arms fire July 24, 2006, in Taqaddum. He was assigned to the 4th

Brigade Troop Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne

Division, at Fort Campbell, Ky.


_Army 1st Sgt. Aaron D. Jagger, 43, of Hillsdale, was among three

soldiers who died Aug. 9, 2006, in Ar Ramadi, when an improvised

explosive device detonated near their vehicle. He was assigned to the

Army's 1st Battalion, 37th Armor Regiment, 1st Armored Division,

Friedberg, Germany.


_Army Sgt. Gabriel G. DeRoo, 25, of Paw Paw, died Aug. 20, 2006,

in Mosul from injuries suffered when he was hit by small arms fire. He

was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade,

2nd Infantry Division, at Fort Lewis, Wash.


_Navy Chief Petty Officer Paul J. Darga, 34, of Alpena, died Aug.

22, 2006, in Al Anbar province when his explosive ordnance disposal team

was struck by an improvised explosive device while responding to a

previous strike. He was assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile

Unit Two, serving with the 1st Marine Logistics Group.


_Army Staff Sgt. Eugene H.E. Alex, 32, of Bay City, died Sept. 2,

2006, in Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, of injuries

suffered Aug. 30 when he was wounded by small-arms fire in Baghdad. He

was a cavalry scout assigned to the 4th Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment,

172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team based at Fort Wainwright, Alaska.


_Army Sgt. Ralph N. Porras, 36, of Merrill, died Sept. 2, 2006,

in Yusufiyah, when enemy mortar fire hit his unit. He was assigned to

the 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat

Team, 82nd Airborne Division, at Fort Bragg, N.C.


_Army Pfc. Jeffrey P. Shaffer, 21, of Harrison, Ark., died Sept.

13, 2006, when a roadside bomb detonated near his vehicle during a

combat operation in Ramadi. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 6th

Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Division of Bamberg, Germany. He once

lived near Flint and his father, Paul Shaffer, is a Greenville resident.


_Marine Capt. Justin D. Peterson, 32, of Davisburg, died Oct. 1,

2006, from a non-hostile vehicle accident in Anbar province. He was

assigned to 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine

Expeditionary Force, in Twentynine Palms, Calif.


_Marine Lance Cpl. Clifford R. Collinsworth, 20, of Chelsea, was

one of four members of a unit from Camp Lejeune, N.C., who died Oct. 21,

2006, during combat in Anbar province. He was a member of the 1st

Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment of the 2nd Marine Division.


_Marine Lance Cpl. Nicholas J. Manoukian, 22, of Lathrup Village,

was one of four members of a unit from Camp Lejeune, N.C., who died Oct.

21, 2006, during combat in Anbar province. He was a member of the 1st

Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment of the 2nd Marine Division.


_Marine Lance Cpl. Troy D. Nealey, 24, of Eaton Rapids, died Oct.

29, 2006, during combat in Anbar province. He was assigned to Marine

Forces Reserve's 1st Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine

Division, in Lansing.


_Marine Cpl. Gary A. Koehler, 21, of Ypsilanti, died Nov. 1,

2006, during combat in Anbar province. He was assigned to 1st Battalion,

8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force

at Camp Lejeune, N.C.


_Marine Lance Cpl. Min Hee Kim, 20, of Ann Arbor, died Nov. 1,

2006, during combat in Anbar province. He was assigned to Marine Forces

Reserve's 1st Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, in

Lansing.


_Marine Sgt. Bryan K. Burgess, 35, of Wayne County's Canton

Township, died Nov. 9, 2006, during combat in Anbar province. He was

assigned to Marine Forces Reserve's 1st Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment,

4th Marine Division at Perrysburg, Ohio.


_Army Staff Sgt. Gregory McCoy, 26, who grew up in Webberville,

died Nov. 9, 2006, after his vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive

device in Baghdad. He was assigned to the 410th Military Police Company,

720th Military Police Battalion, 89th Military Police Brigade at Fort

Hood, Texas.


_Army Sgt. William Samuel Jackson II, 29, of Saginaw County's

Saginaw Township, died Nov. 11, 2006, following a blast from a roadside

bomb in Ramadi. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 16th Engineer

Battalion, 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division, in Giessen, Germany.


_Army Spc. Brad Shilling, 22, of Stanwood, died Nov. 18, 2006, in

Baghdad of injuries suffered when an improvised explosive device

detonated near his vehicle during combat operations. He was assigned to

the 1st Battalion, 125th Infantry Regiment (Mechanized) in Big Rapids.


_Army Sgt. 1st Class James D. Priestap, 39, of Hardwood, died

Nov. 23, 2006, in Baghdad from small-arms fire while on duty at a

checkpoint. He was assigned to the 46th Military Police Company in

Kingsford.


_Marine Maj. Joseph T. McCloud, 39, of Grosse Pointe Park, died

Dec. 3, 2006, when the CH-46 helicopter he was in crashed in Anbar

province. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd

Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.


_Marine Lance Cpl. Thomas P. Echols, 20, who spent his childhood

in St. Clair and moved to Sault Ste. Marie as a teenager, died Dec. 4,

2006, during combat in Anbar province. He was assigned to the 1st

Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine

Expeditionary Force, at Camp Lejeune, N.C.


_Marine Lance Cpl. Brent E. Beeler, 22, of Jackson, died Dec. 7,

2006, while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province. He was

assigned to Marine Forces Reserve's 1st Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment,

4th Marine Division, in Lansing.


_Army Spc. Andrew P. Daul, 21, of Brighton died Dec. 19, 2006, in

Hit, Iraq, from an improvised explosive device that went off near his

tank. He was with the 1st Battalion, 37th Armored Regiment, 1st Brigade,

1st Armored Division, based in Friedberg, Germany.


_Marine Lance Cpl. Ryan J. Burgess, 21, of Midland County's Hope

Township, died Dec. 21, 2006, during combat in Al Anbar province. The

2003 graduate of Meridian High School was assigned to the 3rd Battalion,

4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force

based at Twentynine Palms, Calif.


_Army Sgt. Curtis L. Norris, 28, of Ingham County's Ingham

Township, died Dec. 23, 2006, in Baghdad after an improvised explosive

device went off near his vehicle. Norris was part of the 210th Brigade

Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division

(Light Infantry), based at Fort Drum, N.Y.


_Army Spc. Chad J. Vollmer, 24, of Grand Rapids; Army Pfc. Wilson

A. Algrim, 21, of Howell; and Army Pvt. Bobby Mejia II, of Saginaw died

Dec. 23, 2006, after an improvised explosive device detonated near their

vehicle in Salman Pak, Iraq. They were assigned to the First Battalion,

125th Infantry from Big Rapids.


_Army Pfc. Andrew H. Nelson, 19, of St. Johns, died Dec. 25,

2006, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle

during combat operations in Baghdad. Nelson was assigned to the 9th

Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division based

in Schweinfurt, Germany.


_Marine Lance Cpl. William Craig Koprince Jr., 24, of Oak Ridge,

Tenn., died Dec. 27, 2006, while on foot patrol in Al Anbar province,

killed by a roadside bomb. Koprince was born in Southgate, Mich. He had

been stationed with the 3rd Battalion of the 2nd Marine Regiment.


_Marine Cpl. Christopher E. Esckelson, 22, of Vassar, and Lance

Cpl. Nicholas A. Miller, 20, of Silverwood, died Dec. 28, 2006, while

conducting combat operations in Anbar province. They were assigned to

Marine Forces Reserve's 1st Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine

Division in Lansing.


_ Army Sgt. Christopher P. Messer, 28, of Petersburg died when an

improvised explosive device detonated near him as he patrolled on foot

in Baghdad on Dec. 27. He was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 31st

Infantry Regiment, 2d Brigade Combat Team, based at Fort Drum, N.Y.


Members of the U.S. armed forces with known Michigan ties who died supporting military operations in Iraq 2003-2005:


_Army Pvt. Brandon Sloan, 19, of Bedford Heights, Ohio, was

killed when his unit, the 507th Maintenance Company, was ambushed near

Nasiriyah on March 23, 2003. Sloan's mother, Kimberly, lives in Fraser.


_Marine Maj. Kevin Nave, 36, formerly of Oakland County's White

Lake Township, was killed when he was run over by a military vehicle

March 26, 2003. Nave was a veteran of the 1991 Persian Gulf War and

lived in Oceanside, Calif. He is survived by his wife and two children.


_Army Sgt. Todd James Robbins, 33, formerly of Pentwater, died

after the Bradley fighting vehicle he manned with eight other soldiers

apparently was bombed April 2, 2003, possibly by friendly fire. Robbins,

a veteran of the first Gulf War, was stationed at Fort Sill, Okla. He

left behind a wife and 13-year-old son from a previous marriage.


_Army Sgt. Michael Pedersen, 26, formerly of Flint, was one of

six soldiers killed in the crash of an Army Black Hawk helicopter April

2, 2003, during a firefight. He served as a helicopter crew chief with

the Army's 3rd Infantry Division based in Fort Stewart, Ga.


_Army Pfc. Jason Meyer, 23, of Howell was killed April 7, 2003,

when his personnel carrier took fire. He graduated from Howell High

School in 1999 and joined the Army in 2001. Meyer was based in Fort

Stewart, Ga., and had celebrated his first wedding anniversary two weeks

before his death.


_Marine Pfc. Juan Garza, 20, of Temperance was killed by sniper

fire April 8, 2003. Garza graduated from Summerfield High School and was

married the day after Christmas 2002.


_Air Force Staff Sgt. Scott Sather, 29, of Clio was killed in

action in Iraq on April 8, 2003. He was assigned to the 24th Special

Tactics Squadron based at Pope Air Force Base, N.C.


_Army Spc. Richard A. Goward, 32, of Midland was killed April 14,

2003, when his truck collided with another truck in Iraq. Goward was

assigned to the Midland-based 1460th Transportation Company of the

Michigan Army National Guard. The father of two daughters served on

active duty with the Army from 1990 to 1996, then joined the Michigan

Guard after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.


_Army Sgt. Sean Reynolds, 25, was killed May 3, 2003, in an

apparent accident involving his own weapon in northern Iraq. He grew up

in Detroit and graduated from East Lansing High School in 1995. Reynolds

was assigned to the Army's 173rd Airborne Brigade, deployed near Kirkuk.


_Army Master Sgt. William Lee Payne, 46, of Otsego, died May 16,

2003 when an ordnance exploded as he examined it in Haswah, Iraq. Payne

was an intelligence officer for the 2nd Battalion, 70th Armor Regiment

of the 3rd Brigade, 1st Armored Division.


_Army Staff Sgt. Brett J. Petriken, 30, of Flint, died May 26,

2003, when a heavy equipment transporter crossed a median and struck his

vehicle in Samawah, Iraq. He was part of the 501st Military Police Unit

of the 1st Armored Division.


_Army Capt. Paul J. Cassidy, 36, of Laingsburg died as a result

of non-combat injuries on July 13, 2003. He was part of the 432nd Civil

Affairs Battalion based in Ashwaubenon, Wis. Cassidy, a reservist, was

in Iraq performing humanitarian services. He also served as department

secretary for the Meridian Township clerk's office.


_Army Sgt. Trevor A. Blumberg, 22, of Wayne County's Canton

Township, died Sept. 14, 2003, when a roadside bomb hit a convoy and

destroyed his Humvee in Fallujah, Iraq. Blumberg was an 82nd Airborne

paratrooper with the 1st Battalion of the 504th Parachute Infantry

Regiment.


_Army Spc. Donald L. Wheeler, 22, of Concord died from injuries

sustained Oct. 13, 2003, in Tikrit, Iraq, when his unit was attacked by

resistance forces. Wheeler was assigned to A Company, 1st Battalion,

22nd Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.


_Army Staff Sgt. Paul J. Johnson, 29, of Calumet was killed when

Iraqi fighters ambushed his patrol in Fallujah, Iraq, on Oct. 20, 2003.

Johnson served in the 82nd Airborne Division based at Fort Bragg, N.C.

He was a member of the 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment.


_Army Spc. Artimus D. Brassfield, 22, of Flint was killed in a

mortar attack while he played basketball at an outpost on Oct. 24, 2003.


_Army Staff Sgt. Mark D. Vasquez, 35, of Port Huron died when the

Bradley Fighting Vehicle in which he was riding was struck by an

improvised explosive device on Nov. 8, 2003. Vasquez was assigned to the

1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division based in

Fort Riley, Kan.


_Army Pfc. Damian S. Bushart, 22, of Oakland County's Waterford

Township was killed Nov. 22, 2003, when a 25, 2003, when their living

quarters in Baqouba, Iraq, came under mortar attack. Christensen and

Hattamer were assigned to the 652nd Engineer Battalion, U.S. Army

Reserve, a bridge-building unit based in Harvey.


_Army Pfc. Holly J. McGeogh, 19, of Taylor was among three

soldiers killed when a homemade bomb exploded Jan. 31, 2004 along a road

near Kirkuk, Iraq. She and the two other soldiers were assigned to

Company A, 4th Forward Support Battalion, 4th Infantry Division, from

Fort Hood, Texas.


_Army Spc. Richard K. Trevithick, 20, of Gaines died April 14,

2004, when an improvised explosive device exploded near his convoy

vehicle in Balad, Iraq. He was part of the 9th Engineer Battalion, 2nd

Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division out of Schweinfurt, Germany.


_Army Sgt. 1st Class Bradley C. Fox, 34, who grew up in Adrian,

died April 20, 2004 of wounds suffered March 14, 2004 when a roadside

bomb detonated near his vehicle. He served with the 1st Armored

Division.


_Army Pfc. Richard H. Rosas, 21, of St. Louis was one of two

soldiers killed May 25, 2004, when their patrol was hit by an improvised

explosive device in Fallujah, Iraq. He served with the 3rd Battalion,

62nd Air Defense Artillery, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry),

based in Fort Drum, N.Y.


_Army Sgt. Aaron Elandt, 23, of Port Hope died May 30, 2004, when

the Humvee he was in struck a land mine while responding to a mortar

attack. Elandt was a cavalry scout with the 1st Armored Division.


_Army Spc. Craig S. Frank, 24, of Lincoln Park, died July 17,

2004, after his vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device near

Baghdad. Frank was serving with the Michigan National Guard's 1775th

Military Police Company out of Pontiac.


_Army Sgt. 1st Class David A. Hartman, 41, of Akron died July 17,

2004 in Beiji, Iraq, after the vehicle he was driving was hit by an

improvised explosive device. Hartman was assigned to the Army Reserve's

401st Transportation Company out of Battle Creek.


_Army Pfc. Nicholas H. Blodgett, 21, of Wyoming died July 21,

2004 when his patrol vehicle hit an improvised explosive device in

Abdalluyah, Iraq. He was assigned to the 4th Cavalry Regiment of the

Army's 1st Squadron and stationed in Schweinfurt, Germany.


_Army Spc. Donald R. McCune, 20, of Ypsilanti died Aug. 5, 2004,

in Landstuhl, Germany, of injuries he received when an improvised

explosive device detonated near his patrol the previous day in Balad,

Iraq. McCune was assigned to the Army National Guard's 1st Battalion,

161st Infantry Regiment, 81st Brigade Combat Team and stationed in Moses

Lake, Wash.


_Army Staff Sgt. Donald N. Davis, 42, of Saginaw died Aug. 24,

2004 when a tractor and a tanker trailer rolled over an embankment in

Fallujah, Iraq. Davis was assigned to the U.S. Army Reserve's 660th

Transportation Company in Zanesville, Ohio.


_Army Sgt. Carl Thomas, 29, a native of Detroit who lived in

Phoenix before being stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, died Sept. 13, 2004

when a homemade explosive detonated near his Army observation post in

Baghdad. Thomas was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry

Regiment.


_Army Private Mark Barbret, 22, of Macomb County's Shelby

Township, died Oct. 14, 2004 when the Humvee he was riding in hit a

roadside bomb near Ramadi, Iraq. Barbret was an Army mechanic with the

2nd Infantry Division.


_Army Pfc. Dennis Miller Jr., 21, of La Salle died Nov. 10, 2004

after his unit came under attack and a rocket-propelled grenade struck

his tank in Ramadi, Iraq. Miller was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 72nd

Armor Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division.


_Marine Lance Cpl. Justin D. Reppuhn, 20, of Hemlock died Nov.

11, 2004 as a result of enemy action in Al Anbar province. Reppuhn was

assigned to motor transport duties with the 3rd Light Armored

Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division.


_Marine Lance Cpl. Justin M. Ellsworth, 20, of Mount Pleasant

died Nov. 13, 2004 while on reconnaissance during a U.S. assault on

Fallujah. He was assigned to a Combat Service Support Battalion 1 in the

First Marine Expeditionary Force in Camp Pendleton, Calif.


_Marine Lance Cpl. Michael Wayne Hanks, 22, of Gregory, died Nov.

17, 2004 as a result of enemy action in Al Anbar province. He was

assigned to 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, in

the First Marine Expeditionary Force. The Marines issued him a formal

commendation on May 11, 2003, for saving the life of an Iraqi civilian

in Ash Shatra.


_Marine Cpl. Gentian Marku, 22, of Warren, died Nov. 25, 2004 as

a result of enemy action in Al Anbar province. Marku was assigned to 1st

Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine

Expeditionary Force and stationed at Camp Lejeune, N.C. Marku moved to

the United States from Albania when he was 14.


_Marine Cpl. In C. Kim, 23, of Warren, died Dec. 7, 2004, after a

non-hostile vehicle incident in Iraq's Al Anbar province. He was

assigned to 9th Communications Battalion, First Marine Expeditionary

Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.


_Marine Staff Sgt. Jason A. Lehto, 31, of Warren, died Dec. 28,

2004, in what the military described as a non-hostile incident. He was

assigned to the Marine Forces Reserve's Marine Wing Support Group 47,

4th Marine Aircraft Wing, Mount Clemens.


_Marine Lance Cpl. Allan Klein, 34, of Macomb County's Clinton

Township, died Jan. 26, 2005 along with 29 other Marines and a Navy

medic when a helicopter crashed during a sandstorm in western Iraq. He

was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine

Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force from Marine Corps Base Hawaii.


_Navy Lt. Cmdr. Edward E. Jack, 51, of Detroit, died Jan. 29,

2005 in a non-combat related incident aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard.

Jack was assigned to Commander, Destroyer Squadron Seven, the home port

for which is Naval Station San Diego in California.


_Army 1st Lt. Adam Malson, 23, of Rochester Hills, died Feb. 19,

2005 in a suicide bombing in Baghdad. He was a member of the Reserve

Officers Training Corps at Michigan State University and was assigned to

the 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, based at Fort Drum, N.Y.


_Army Capt. Sean Grimes, 31, of Bloomfield Hills, died March 4,

2005 when an explosive device detonated near his patrol. He was a member

of the 1st Infantry Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat

Team, based in Fort Carson, Colo.


_Staff Sgt. Ricky Kieffer, 36, of Ovid was killed March 15, 2005

when his unit was attacked by insurgents using small arms fire in

Baghdad. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion of the Michigan Army

National Guard's 182nd Field Artillery Regiment.


_Marine Cpl. Michael B. Lindemuth, 27, of Pellston, died April

13, 2005 as a result of wounds from enemy mortar fire at Camp Hit in Al

Anbar Province, Iraq. Lindemuth was assigned to inspector/instructor

staff of the 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division in

Akron, Ohio.


_Army Spc. Randy Lee Stevens, 21, of Genesee County's Flint

Township, died April 16, 2005 in combat in Ar Ramadi, Iraq. He was with

the 17th Field Artillery Regiment of the 2nd Infantry Division's 2nd

Combat Brigade, and was stationed in Camp Hovey, Korea.


_Army Capt. Ralph J. Harting III, 28, who was born in Pontiac and

raised in Union Lake, and Army Capt. Stephen Frank, 29, a graduate of

Haslett High School, died April 29, 2005 when a bomb blew up a truck

they were inspecting in Diyarah, Iraq. Both were based at Fort Irwin,

Calif.


_Army Sgt. Brad A. Wentz, 21, of Gladwin died May 20, 2005 when

his convoy came under attack along a main supply route. He was assigned

to the Army Reserve's 180th Transportation Company based in Muskegon.


_Army Spc. Joshua T. Brazee, 25, of Sand Creek died May 23, 2005

in Al Qaim, Iraq, from non-combat related injuries. He was assigned to

the 1st Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment based in Fort Carson,

Colo.


_Army Sgt. Charles A. Drier, 28, of Tuscola, died May 24, 2005

when an explosive detonated near his vehicle. He was assigned to the 1st

Battalion, 76th Field Artillery, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry

Division based in Fort Stewart, Ga.


_Army Spc. Eric T. Burri, 21, of Wyoming, died June 7, 2005 when

a primitive bomb exploded near his vehicle in Baghdad, Iraq. He was

assigned to the 623rd Quartermaster Company, 1st Corps Support Command

at Fort Bragg, N.C.


_Marine Lance Cpl. Andrew Kilpela, 22, of Fowlerville, died June

10, 2005 when a roadside bomb exploded. He was assigned to the 2nd

Combat Engineering Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine

Expeditionary Force, based at Camp Lejeune, N.C.


_Army Spc. Adrian Butler, 28, of Detroit, died July 27, 2005 when

the vehicle he was riding in drove over a roadside bomb in Iraq. He was

assigned to the 411th Military Police Company, 720th Military Police

Battalion, 89th Military Police Brigade at Fort Hood, Texas.


_Army Spc. Brian K. Derks, 21, of Newaygo County's Wilcox

Township died Aug. 13, 2005 when a homemade bomb exploded while he was

patrolling in Baghdad. He was assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored

Calvary Regiment at Fort Irwin, Calif.


_Army Staff Sgt. Brian Lee Morris, 38, of Centreville, died Aug.

21, 2005 when the fuel truck he was driving overturned near Tal Afar,

Iraq. He was assigned to the 360th Transportation Company based at Fort

Carson, Colo.


_Army Maj. Gregory Fester, 41, of Kent County's Ada Township,

died Aug. 30, 2005 in an explosion while on foot patrol. The married

father of three was a reservist assigned to the Army Civil Affairs and

Psychological Operations Command at Fort Bragg, N.C.


_Army Capt. Lowell T. Miller, II, 35, of Flint, was killed Aug.

31, 2005 by small arms fire. Miller was assigned to the Army National

Guard's 1st Battalion, 155th Infantry Regiment in McComb, Miss.


_Army Sgt. 1st Class Casey E. Howe, 32, a Deford native, was

killed Sept. 26, 2005 when his patrol hit an improvised explosive

device. Howe was a member of the 3rd Battalion, 314th Field Artillery

Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 78th Division, based at Fort Drum, N.Y.


_Marine Cpl. Nicholas O. Cherava, 21, of Ontonagon, was killed

Oct. 6, 2005 by an improvised explosive device near Karmah. He was

assigned to Second Battalion, Second Marine Regiment, Second Marine

Division, Second Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.


_Army Pfc. Nicholas J. Greer, 21, of Monroe, died Oct. 7, 2005

when insurgents attacked his patrol unit in Haqlaniyah, Iraq. He was

assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd

Airborne Division based at Fort Bragg, N.C.


_Army Staff Sgt. Vincent E. Summers, 38, of South Haven, was

among five U.S. soldiers killed Oct. 15, 2005 when an explosive

detonated near their vehicle in Ramadi, Iraq. He was assigned to the 2nd

Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division at

Fort Benning, Ga.


_Army Staff Sgt. Lewis J. Gentry, 48, of Detroit, died Oct. 26,

2005 in Mosul, Iraq, from a noncombat-related cause. Gentry was assigned

to the Army's 94th Engineer Battalion in Vilseck, Germany.


_Marine Sgt. Michael Paul Hodshire, 25, of North Adams, died Oct.

30, 2005 while on duty near Fallujah, Iraq. He served as second squad

leader for 3rd Platoon, Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regimen,

based at Camp Lejeune, N.C.


_Marine Maj. Gerald Bloomfield, 38, of Ypsilanti, died Nov. 2,

2005 when the helicopter he was in crashed near Ramadi, Iraq. Bloomfield

was assigned to the Marine Light-Attack Helicopter Squadron 369, Marine

Aircraft Group 39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary

Force out of Camp Pendleton, Calif.


_Army Spc. Timothy Brown, 23, of Cedar Springs, was killed Nov.

4, 2005 by a roadside bomb while checking for explosives around the

Humvee in which he and four other soldiers were riding. Brown was a

National Guardsman assigned to Company B, 125th Infantry.


_Army 1st Lt. Justin S. Smith, 28, of Lansing, died Nov. 7, 2005

when a bomb exploded near his patrol in Baghdad. Smith was assigned to

the 3rd Squadron, 3rd Armored Calvary Regiment in Fort Carson, Colo.


_Army Special Forces Sgt. Anthony Yost, 39, a native of

Millington, died Nov. 18, 2005 in a suicide bombing in Mosul. Yost was

stationed in Fort Bragg, N.C.


_Army Pfc. John Dearing, 21, of Hazel Park, formerly of Oscoda,

died Nov. 21, 2005 when his vehicle struck a land mine in Habbaniyah.

Dearing was a gunner assigned to the Army National Guard's First

Battalion with the 125th Infantry Regiment in Saginaw.


_Marine Lance Cpl. Craig Watson, 21, of Union City, and Marine

Lance Cpl. David Huhn, 24, of Portland, were among 10 Marines killed in

a roadside bomb explosion Dec. 1, 2005 in Fallujah. They were assigned

to 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine

Expeditionary Force in Twentynine Palms, Calif.


_Army Sgt. Spencer Akers, 35, of Traverse City, died Dec. 8, 2005

at Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas. He was injured Nov. 21 when an

improvised explosive device went off near his vehicle in Habbaniyah.

Akers was assigned to the Army National Guard's First Battalion with the

125th Infantry Regiment in Saginaw.


_Army Spc. Tony Cardinal, 20, of Muskegon, was killed Dec. 25,

2005 in Baghdad when an improvised explosive device detonated near his

Humvee during combat operations. Cardinal was assigned to the 3rd

Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division in

Fort Stewart, Ga.


_Army Spc. Dane O. Carver, 20, of Freeport, died Dec. 26, 2005,

in Khalidiyah, Iraq, when insurgents attacked his Humvee with small-arms

fire. Carver was assigned to the Army National Guard's 1st Battalion,

125th Infantry Regiment in Saginaw.


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