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This page was last updated on 13 June 2013.

 

Hopefully you are listening to "Fallen Not Forgotten" by Ray Boltz. While the song mentions a Father I think it is still appropriate for this particular page. I heard this song at Freedom Fest a few years ago when the Maitland Church Youth Group performed a very moving tribute to our men and women in uniform and I'm glad they continue to perform this each year.

This page honors the women who have died serving our country while in Iraq or or nearby countries.

The War on Terror which officially began following the attack on the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, DC on 11 September 2001 has already caused the deaths of far too many men and women serving our country. Shown here are the women who have died in our most recent war.

Killed in Iraq or in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom:

2003: 12 US Military women, 1 US Civilian woman

2004: 18 US Military women, 3 US Civilian women

2005: 18 US Military women, 5 US Civilian women

2006: 16 US Military women, 1 US Civilian woman

2007: 27 US Military women, 2 US Civilian women

2008: 11 US Military women, 1 US Civilian woman

2009: 3 US Military women, 0 US Civilian women

2010: 6 US Military women, 0 US Civilian women

Total a/o 10 Aug 10: 111 US Military women, 13 US Civilian women

124 US women killed during OIF

7 Aug 10:

USA SPC Faith R Hinkley, 23, of Colorado Springs, CO died in Baghdad from wounds she received when insurgents attacked her unit at an Army forward operating base in Iskandariiya about 25 miles south of Baghdad in central Iraq. She was assigned to the 502nd Military Intelligence Battalion, 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA. Two other soldiers were injured at the same time—one was sent to Germany for surgery. Faith enlisted 27 Aug 2007, went to Fort Jackson, SC for basic training and to Fort Huachuca, AZ for advanced training in her specialty—human intelligence collector. She went to Fort Lewis in August 2008 and was deployed to Iraq in September 2009. Faith only had six weeks left to serve in the Army when her unit was attacked by insurgents near Baghdad. The air-raid siren went off and she was running to take cover when she was hit by shrapnel from a rocket propelled. She was a native of Monte Vista in south-central Colorado, graduated from Monte Vista High School in 2006 and attended the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs for a year before she enlisted. While in school Faith was a cheerleader, a peer mediator and played clarinet in the marching band. She was on the student council and participated in the Future Business Leaders of America and Key Club. During her time in the Army, Faith was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon. She always had a positive outlook and a smile. Faith’s body was flown to Dover Air Force Base on Monday. Her parents were there to welcome her remains back to US soil. Faith is survived by her parents David and Annavee Hinkley of Monte Vista, brother Matthew, sister Shannon, grandmother Leona Edwards and other family members.

 

2 Jul 10:

USA SPC Morganne M. McBeth, 19, of Fredericksburg, VA, died in Al Asad of wounds sustained on 1 Jul in a non-combat related incident in Khan Al Baghdadi. She was a Health Care Specialist (combat medic) paratrooper assigned to the 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC. Morganne enlisted in the Army on 9 July 2008; went to basic training at Fort Jackson, SC; attended Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sam Houston, TX; and assigned to HHC, 1st BSTB at Fort Bragg on 25 February 2009. She deployed to Iraq on 17 August 2009 with her unit and was due to return home next month. Her awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and Basic Parachutist Badge. Morganne was always quick with a smile. She looked after her fellow Paratroopers with keen diligence and respect. Her smile and attitude were contagious. She had been seeking higher qualifications in parachuting that would have made her a sergeant so she would be allowed to fly more missions. A memorial in her honor will be held in Iraq. Morganne grew up in Spotsylvania County, and attended Salem Elementary School and Faith Baptist School all in Virginia. Her remains arrived at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware early Sunday morning but no funeral plans had been announced yet. She is survived by her father, Leonard McBeth, stepmother, Sylvia McBeth, and brother Army SGT Christopher McBeth. A brief video of her can be seen at DVIDS. In November it was announced that two soldiers had been charged with her death. The story appeared at SOLDIER'S DEATH A MURDER PROBE. SPC Nicholas Bailey from Pflugerville, TX plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced to nine months confinement, demoted to private and given a bad conduct discharge. Meanwhile SPC Tyler Cain  from NC was demoted to private and was sentenced to 45 days confinement but allowed to stay in the Army. They finally admitted to being in a tent throwing knives at a poster when Morganne walked up behind Bailey and got struck with one of the knives. BUT why did it take so long for all of this to come out? Had Morganne's parents not persisted with getting at the truth--these men might have gotten away with her death! Other articles of importance include:

Army Says Soldier's Death No Accident

2 Bragg soldiers charged in paratrooper's stabbing death

No End in Sight for a Family’s Agonizing Guessing Game

 

13 Mar 10:

USA PFC Erin L McLyman, 26, of Federal Way, WA died in Balad from wounds she sustained when enemy forces attacked her base with mortar fire. She was assigned to the 296th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA. Erin lived most recently in Federal Way. She had overcome drug addiction in her teen years. After rehab Erin graduated from Sheldon High School in 2001 in Eugene, OR. She was named the school’s “Turnaround Achievement Award” student, an honor that recognizes select middle and high school students who work to overcome barriers to their personal success. Erin enlisted in the Army on New Year’s Eve. She was assigned to Fort Lewis on 6 April 2009 and served with the 296th Brigade Support Battalion as a wheeled-vehicle mechanic with 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division. She met Brian William of Roy, WA in Washington and they married in 2007. This was her first deployment and she had been home on leave in February. Erin is survived by her husband Brian; mother Flora Neustel of Eugene, OR; father Robert McLyman of Coburg, OR; and her sisters Mischa of Seattle and Nancy of Portland.

 

 

 

 

8 Mar 10:

USA SPC Lakeshia M Bailey, 23, of Columbus, GA died north of Al Kut from injuries she sustained during a vehicle rollover along with another soldier. They were both heavy vehicle drivers assigned to the 203rd Brigade Support Battalion, attached to the 1st Battalion, 10th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Benning, GA. Lakeshia graduated in 2004 from Spencer High School where she excelled in math and enjoyed cosmetology and home economics. After Spencer she was enrolled at Columbus State University before leaving to enlist in the Army in February 2006 and then was assigned to Fort Benning in June 2006. Lakeshia had already been to Iraq in 2007 for a year and gained more experience and confidence. She was committed to her new profession and hoped to become a sergeant. During the summer of 2009 she was the Soldier of the Month for her unit and a few months later received the title of Soldier of the Quarter. Prior to deploying for a second time to Iraq in October 2009, she was married and felt more prepared for war. Lakeshia had a passion for life, loved the Army and was a fun person to be around. She loved dancing and was always looking for an adventure. Her military awards include the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, two Iraq Campaign Medals, a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, a Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, an Army Service Ribbon and an Overseas Service Ribbon. Lakeshia’s body was due to arrive at Dover Air Force Base late Wednesday night then flown to Lawson Army Airfield on Fort Benning. The rollover is under investigation. She is survived by her parents Tony and Phyllis Bailey who live in Fort Mitchell, AL and her two younger sisters.

 

21 Feb 10:

TNARNG CWO2 Billie J. Grinder, 25, of Gallatin, TN died near Qayyarah Air Field West (Q-West) about 30 miles south of Mosul in Ninewa province, along with fellow soldier CPT Marcus R. Alford, 28, of Knoxville, from wounds suffered when their OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter had a hard landing. They were members of the Tennessee National Guard assigned to Troop C, 1st Squadron, 230th Cavalry Regiment, from Murfreesboro near Louisville, TN in Blount County. A memorial service was held at the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade in Tal Afar on 25 Feb for both soldiers. Billie is the first female Guard member from Tennessee to die there since the war began. She grew up in Smyrna and enlisted in the Tennessee Army National Guard when she was a senior at Smyrna High School in 2002. Billie became a pilot in 2007 after completing Warrant Officer School at Fort. Rucker, AL. She was currently a Pilot-In-Command (PIC) for OH-58D Kiowa Warrior. Billie deployed to Iraq for her first tour in June 2009 and was due home within two weeks. She was going to help her sister Melissa Smith plan her wedding and go shopping for dresses. Melissa also served in the Tennessee Army National Guard as did their father, Billy Davenport, and Billie Jean’s husband, Samuel Grinder who had returned home from Iraq earlier this month. Her father, an aviation mechanic with the Tennessee Army National Guard, was stationed with Billie Jean at Camp Speicher. She was known for her trademark giant smile. She was a tough but girly tomboy who rode motorcycles and gave generously to the people in her life. She had tattoos and liked going fast and doing things that other people might see as dangerous. Billie was a friend to everyone she met, devoted to her country and to her 10-year-old twin stepdaughters. She talked about the girls all the time and thought of them as her own. The accident is under investigation. Grinder is survived by her husband, two stepdaughters, her mother and stepfather, her sister, two brothers, a niece, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

 

10 Feb 10:

USA PFC Adriana Alvarez, 20, of San Benito, TX died in Baghdad from non-combat injuries she received while supporting combat operations. She was assigned as a military policewoman to the 504th Military Police Battalion, 42nd Military Police Brigade, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA. Adriana graduated from San Benito High School in 2008 and enlisted in the Army in August of that year. She wanted to pursue a career in the criminal justice department. Adriana was found Wednesday in Baghdad with a gunshot wound. Military officials are still investigating her death. Adriana is survived by her parents, Alicia and Gabriel Alvarez; sisters Alma Alvarez, Diana Alvarez and Alice Alvarez of San Benito.

 

4 Nov 09:

USA SSG Amy (Seyboth) Tirador, 29, originally from Colonie (Albany), NY died from a non-combat gun shot while serving in Kirkush on her second tour of duty there. She was assigned as an Arabic-speaking interrogator to the 209th Military Intelligence Company, 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, WA. Amy had served in the US, Turkey, Germany and Iraq. During her first tour in 2004-2005 as a medic with the First Infantry Division she was credited with saving a soldiers life who had been shot during a convoy mission--for which she received the Bronze Star. During Amy's tour in Germany she met Mickey Tirador—they’ve been married for two years. They had been living in Washington state. Mickey is currently serving his third tour in Iraq as a first sergeant. Amy was a Regents graduate from Colonie High School in 1998 where she had been a member of the National Honor Society. She studied Spanish, took college-level economics through Hudson Valley Community College, was a member of the school Key Club and a four-year member of the school band. Amy played trumpet in the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Orchestra. She played softball and lacrosse. Amy attended the state College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse. She enlisted in 1999. In 2004 she was one of the local soldiers who did a Christmas greeting from Iraq which aired on WNYT-TV13 in the Albany area. Amy is the first woman from the Capital District Region to die in the Iraq or Afghanistan wars. Besides Mickey, Amy is survived by her father Gerard Seyboth, her mother Colleen Murphy, younger siblings April and Evan, and many other family members and friends. Investigation into her death continues but it is reported that she was shot once in the back of the head in a secure area of the Caldwell Forward Operating Base. An update was held Thursday 4 February, the three month anniversary of her death, by her mother when Colleen called a press conference. You can see some of what she had to say by visiting the following links below and on 8 March 09 the family received Amy's death certificate and autopsy report--the death certificate states suicide but CID claims the case is still open:

Slain soldier's mother alleges coverup

Mother of fallen soldier rules out suicide

Soldier's mom doesn't buy suicide theory

Soldier's Mother May Exhume Body

GI's death ruled a suicide

Colleen Murphy speaks

Motorcycle ride to honor fallen soldier

Amy’s Ride to benefit music program

Bike ride for Amy Seyboth-Tirador

Report says soldier 'defeated'

 

3 Mar 09:

USA PFC Jessica Y Sarandrea, 22, of Miami, FL of Miami, FL died in Mosul from wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked her forward operating base with mortar fire. She was assigned to the 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team., 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, TX. Jessica graduated from Coral Gables High School. She enlisted in the Army about four years ago. During a prior deployment she met Alex Sarandrea in Kuwait and learned they were both from the same area of Miami. They fell in love and married. She re-enlisted to be with her husband. Jessica worked as a supply specialist performing logistical support for her battalion. She was walking from her office when she was hit by shrapnel from incoming mortar which pierced her liver and severed one of her main arteries. She is survived by her husband Alejandro ''Alex'' Sarandrea and others.

 

 

 

19 Feb 09:

HIARNG SPC Cwislyn (pronounced swiss-lynn) K Walter, 19, of Honolulu, HI died in Kuwait City, Kuwait of injuries from a non-combat related vehicle accident. She was assigned to the 29th Brigade Special Troops Battalion of the Hawaii National Guard. Cwislyn was a passenger in a sport utility vehicle on a trip from Camp Virginia to Camp Arifjan when the accident occurred. The incident is under investigation at this time as three other National Guard soldiers were seriously injured at the same time. The 29th Brigade Special Troops Battalion left Fort Hood, TX on Oct. 22 for Kuwait with 1,200 soldiers from Hawaii. Cwislyn graduated from Farrington High School in 2007 where she excelled on the varsity softball team as an outfielder where she was the shortest player on the team at about 5 feet, but she was fast and could hit. She was also a member of Island Harmony, a Polynesian dance group at Farrington and liked reggae music. Born in Chuuk in the Federated States of Micronesia, raised on Guam, Cwislyn had been living in Kalihi, HI for two years. She enlisted in the Hawaii National Guard in April 2007 and went to Fort Gordon, GA for her basic and advanced individual training as a signal support systems specialist. Then she obtained follow on training at Fort Jackson, SC as a human resources specialist. On her MySpace page she referred to herself as “Soljah girl.” Besides her parents Kiwis and Conception Walter, Cwislyn leaves behind two sisters, Kcyleen and Carolyn, and three brothers Walter, Christopher and KC. Burial will be in Kolonia, Pohnpei, Micronesia.

 

19 Oct 08:

USMC L/CPL Stacy A Dryden, 22, of North Canton, OH died at the al-Asad air base in Anbar province from injuries sustained in a non-hostile incident. She was assigned to 1st Supply Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group, Camp Pendleton, CA. Stacey, called Annie by her mother, graduated from Stark County’s GlenOak High School near Canton in 2004. She sang in the choir and was a cheerleader at GlenOak. After high school she worked at a fast-food restaurant as well as a few other jobs. She enlisted in the Marines in 2007. Stacey had been in Iraq for less than two months. She had a beautiful singing voice and sang for her unit while in Iraq. Survived by her mother Thea  of Canton; brother, Jake Dryden of Canton; father Ronald “Scott” Dryden of Canton; other family members and many friends. She was to be buried on 28 October at the Forest Hill Cemetery in North Canton. She was to be buried on 28 October at the Forest Hill Cemetery in North Canton. As of 25 October the family was still not sure how she died.

 

1 Sep 08:

USAR SSG Renee A Deville, 44, died in her room at Mologne House, Walter Reed Hospital. Renee had deployed with the 401st Civil Affairs Battalion from Webster, NY to Iraq. After being critically injured in a mortar attack she had been at Walter Reed since August 2006. Confined to a wheelchair, assigned to the 352nd Civil Affairs Command on Fort Meade, and still undergoing treatment and therapy Renee graduated on 28 March 08 from the Army’s first Basic NCO Course Stand Alone Common Core offered to wounded Warriors in Transition. Renee is survived by her husband Joseph; children Kevin, Justin, Amani and Janee; two grandchildren; her mother; brother; and three sisters. She was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Though her death has not been reported yet by DoD I felt that since she was wounded in Iraq that she deserved to be listed as a casualty of war here.

 

 

 

 

14 Aug 08:

USA PVT Janelle F King, 23, of Merced, CA died in Baghdad from injuries suffered in a non-combat incident. She was assigned as a health care specialist with the 115th Combat Support Hospital, Fort Polk, LA which treats soldiers planning to return to duty and Iraqi detainees. This incident is under investigation. Janelle enlisted in May 2007 and following her training was assigned to Fort Polk in January 2008. She is survived by her mother Jamecia Jackson, and other family and friends.

 

 

 

 

 

2 Aug 08:

USA PFC Jennifer L Cole, 34, of American Canyon, CA died in Bayji from injuries suffered in a non-combat incident. She was assigned to the 426th Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, KY. The incident is under investigation. Jennifer graduated from Vintage High School in Napa in 1992 and took a few community college courses. She had been working as a designer in her mother’s floral business until July 2007 when she enlisted in the Army. She had been a driver for a supply unit since getting dispatched to Iraq in March 2008. Jennifer was scheduled to come home on leave on 11 August. According to her mother her death was the result of an accidental shooting. Her body was escorted to Dover, DE and will be flown to Travis Air Force Base. The Treadway & Wigger Funeral Chapel in Napa is handling the funeral arrangements. Jennifer will have a full military funeral but the date has not yet been scheduled. She is survived by her mother Candace Gholson; father James Cole II; brothers Jeffrey and James; along with many other family members and friends.

 

 

 

 

 

17 Jul 08:

USAF T/SGT Jackie L Larsen, 37, of Tacoma, WA died of non-combat natural causes at the Balad Air Base. She was on an Air Expeditionary Force rotation serving with the 447th Air Expeditionary Group at Baghdad International Airport. Stateside Jackie was assigned to the 9th Reconnaissance Wing Legal Office from Beale Air Force Base, CA. Jackie was serving as a paralegal at Baghdad International Airport. Although she was originally from the Philippines, Jackie called Tacoma her hometown. Jackie joined the Air Force in 1990 as a Services Specialist. Assigned to Beale in 2006 as a base paralegal Jackie took over as the Legal Office Superintendent in June 2008. Jackie loved deep sea diving in her off duty time and wanted to become an instructor to teach others her love of the sea. She also loved animals and coffee. Her career took her to Turkey, Germany, Iraq and many other places. She is survived by her mother and her husband, an active-duty airman also stationed at Beale.

 

 

 

 

 

24 Jun 08:

CIVILIAN Nicole Suveges, 38, from Wauconda, IL, died in Sadr City as a result of a bombing which killed 3 other Americans. She was employed by BAE Systems as part of their Human Terrain System, a global defense and aerospace company, working with helping Army commanders understand Iraqis and their culture and society to help them avoid offending or misunderstanding the Iraqis. Nicole had been in Iraq since April with BAE but prior to that she was there for a year as a civilian contractor. She had also served in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina as an Army Reservist. Nicole graduated from the University of Illinois-Chicago, earned her master’s degree in political science from George Washington University and was working to complete her Ph.D. in political science from Johns Hopkins University while embedded with the 3rd Bde Combat Team, 4th Inf Div. She is survived by her father Edward Suveges and others.

 

 

 

11 May 08:

USA CPL Jessica A Ellis, 24, of Bend, OR died in Baghdad from wounds suffered when her vehicle encountered an IED. She was a medic assigned to the 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, KY. Jessica graduated in 2002 from Lakeview High School where she was on the track, cross country and swim teams. She is the first female soldier from Oregon to be killed in this war. She is survived by her parents Steve and Linda Ellis, brother Cameron and sister Mandy.

 

 

 

9 May 08:

USA SPC Mary J Jaenichen, 20, of Temecula, CA died of a non-combat incident in Iskandariyah. She was an MP assigned to the Brigade Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, GA. This incident is under investigation. Mary had graduated from El Camino High School in Oceanside in 2006 before moving to Temecula with her mother Julieta Jaenichen. She enlisted in the Army Reserve before going on active duty last year. Mary had been in Iraq nearly a year and was due to return home in a few months. She is survived by her mother Julieta Jaenichen in Temecula; her father and step-mother Alfred and Mini Jaenichen from the Camp Pendleton area; and many others.

 

 

 

2 May 08:

USMC L/CPL Casey Lynne Casanova, 22, of McComb, MS died along with three other Marines from an IED in Karmah, Anbar province while supporting combat operations. She was a field radio operator assigned to the Combat Logistics Battalion 1, Combat Logistics Regiment 1, 1st Marine Logistics Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, CA. Casey loved to sing and dance. She deployed to Iraq on Valentine’s Day, was engaged to marry another Marine, expected to be promoted in June and thought she’d be home in September. Born in Metairie, LA, Casey attended North Pike Middle School where she played in the band. She graduated from Bass Memorial Academy in Lumberton before going to and graduating from Southwest Mississippi Community College, where she played steel drums in the stage band and sang. She also sang with her church and was honored to sing the national anthem at Marine Corps functions. She enlisted with the Marines two years ago. Casey is thought to be the first woman from Mississippi killed in combat in Iraq. Her mother was presented with Casey’s Purple Heart during the memorial service. Casey is survived by her mother Paula Carruth of McComb, MS; her maternal grandparents John and Kitty Carruth of McComb; her maternal great-grandmother, Ruth Williams Carruth of Summit; her fiancé, CPL Brandon Henderson of Camp Pendleton, CA; an uncle and aunt, Bruce Wayne “Batman” and Sandra Carruth of Jefferson, La.; two cousins, Molly Ann Carruth and Bruce Wayne Carruth Jr., both of Jefferson, La.; her father Craig Lewis Casanova of St Rose, LA; two sisters Bailey and Alana Casanova both of St. Rose; her paternal grandparents Lynne Rivet of New Orleans and James Casanova of Metairie; along with aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.

 

20 Apr 08:

USN NC Cherie Morton, 40, of Bakersfield, CA died of a non-combat injury in her quarters in Qalali, Muharraq in Bahrain. She was assigned to Naval Security Force, Naval Support Activity Bahrain as a Petty Officer First Class (E-6) Command Career Counselor (NC) for the Southwest Asia area. Cherie had served 15 years in the Navy and was twice awarded the Navy Achievement Medal and the Good Conduct Medal on four occasions.. She was born in Rockford, IL and graduated from West Rockford High School. Cherie is survived by her father Richard Gary of Rockford; her mother Mary Hughes also of Rockford; her son Brian Trevor of Los Angeles; and a sister Angelia Hughes. At this point investigators don’t suspect foul play. Cherie was in excellent health but had complained about occasional headaches. She was found on the floor in her living room after apparently suffering a head injury, according to sources.

 

 

 

22 Feb 08:

USA SPC Keisha M Morgan, 25, of Washington, DC died in Baghdad of a non-combat incident. She was assigned to the Division Special Troops Battalion, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, TX as a signal support systems specialist and this was her second tour in Iraq. This incident is under investigation. Keisha graduated from Wilson High School before joining the Army in September 2007. It is reported that she had a seizure, was responsive but died later. She is survived by her mother Diana Morgan and others. She was buried in Arlington on Monday 3 March. Keisha had reenlisted the week before she died, was in top physical condition and engaged to be married. After reading Wounded Times and Songs From a Wooden Tongue about her death I have to wonder exactly what happened! Don't you? A follow-up story to this states Mother of One Dead Soldier Suspects Sex Assault.

 

 

25 Jan 08:

USA SGT Tracy Renee Birkman, 41, of New Castle, VA died in Owesat, Iraq from non-combat incident. She was assigned to the 626th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, KY and was on her third tour in Iraq. Tracy was a light vehicle mechanic who enlisted in the Army in 1988. She is survived by her three sons along with her parents, Phyllis and Gerald Griffith.

 

 

 

12 Nov 07:

USA SPC Ashley (Segura) Sietsema, 20, of Melrose Park, IL died in Kuwait City, Kuwait while supporting OIF from injuries she suffered in a vehicle accident. She was a healthcare specialist and ambulance driver assigned to the 708th Medical Company, 108th Medical Battalion, 108th Sustainment Brigade, Illinois National Guard, North Riverside, IL. Ashley was driving an ambulance that was transporting a patient from Camp Arifjan to Camp Buehring when it rolled over and hit a light pole. She died on the scene. Originally from River Grove, IL Ashley joined the IL National Guard in December 2004 before graduating in June 2005 from East Leyden High School in Franklin Park. She had been deployed since July and in Kuwait since 3 September. She is the 16th casualty from the Illinois National Guard and the fourth female Illinois Guard casualty. Ashley is survived by her husband Max, mother Olivia Segura, brother Kyle and many other family members and friends.

 

6 Nov 07:

USA SPC Christine M Ndururi, 21, of Dracut, MA died in Camp Arifjan, Kuwait while supporting OIF from a non-combat illness. She was assigned as an automated logistical specialist to the 4th Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Hood, TX. Her death is under investigation. Originally from Kenya her family moved to Massachusetts in 2002. Christine graduated in 2005 from Dracut High School and enlisted in March 2006. She was assigned to the 4th Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment since September 2006. Her awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal and Army Service Ribbon. Chrsitine is the first female soldier from the Merrimack Valley area to die during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Christine had called home the day before to say she was heading to Kuwait from Fort Hood and she wasn’t ill at that time. She was taken to a hospital a short time after her arrival in Kuwait. She is survived by her mother; father Wilson Wachira; brothers George, Simon, Ambrose; and sister Faith.

 

 

5 Nov 07:

USA SSG Carletta S (Ward) Davis, 34, of Anchorage, AK died along with three other men in Tal Al-Dahab from wounds she suffered when an IED detonated near the Humvee she was in. She was a health care specialist assigned to the 10th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, N.Y. Carletta graduated from East Anchorage High School in 1991 and enlisted in the Army in October 1994. Her first assignment was with Company B, Area Support Medical Battalion at Fort Hood, TX and she was deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina from October 1996 to April 1997. In March 1999, she was reassigned to the 54th Medical Company (Air Ambulance), Fort Lewis, WA where she served as a flight medic. In January 2002 Carletta was assigned to the 702nd Main Support Battalion at Camp Casey, South Korea until she returned to the 54th Medical Company in February 2003. In April 2007 she arrived at Fort Drum and was assigned to the 1st Brigade Combat Team. Carletta’s deployment to Iraq with 1st BCT was her third tour, having served there from April 2003 to March 2004 and again from December 2004 to November 2005. During one of those tours she was wounded and received a Purple Heart. Her other awards and decorations include the Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and the Overseas Service Ribbon. She planned to return to Alaska after this tour in Iraq and become a physician’s assistant. Carletta is survived by her husband, three sons and her mother Lavanda Napier.

 

1 Nov 07:

USA 2LT Tracy Lynn Alger, 30, of New Auburn, WI died south of Baghdad in Shubayshen when an IED exploded near her Humvee while on patrol. She was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, KY. She was in charge of convoys transporting supplies but she wouldn’t stay in the wire and often went on the convoys herself. Tracy graduated from Chetek High School and went to the University of Wisconsin—River Falls then worked as a graphic artist as well as a certified nursing assistant. Throughout her life Tracy was a rodeo barrel-racer aboard her horse Tango and had been president of the Wisconsin Girls Barrel Racing Association. Her mother had been in the National Guard and after 9/11 Tracy decided to join the Guard as well. Meanwhile her sister served in the Air Force. Tracy is survived by her mother Pauline Knutson of New Auburn and her younger sister, Tanya Leo.

 

22 Oct 07:

Two women serving as Master-at-Arms with the Navy at the US Naval Support Activity Bahrain were murdered by a male sailor who then attempted suicide. This incident happened within their barracks and is thought to be a jilted boyfriend’s shooting spree. DoD listed both women as being there in support of OIF.

USN MASN Anamarie Sannicolas Camacho, 20, of Panama City, FL died in Bahrain from injuries she received during a non-combat gunshot. In fact it has come out that she was murdered by another sailor who had a previous relationship with her roommate. She was serving as a Master-at-Arms Seaman (E-3) assigned to the US Naval Support Activity Bahrain. Her mother apparently lives in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands in the North Pacific. Anamarie was originally from Tinian and decided to join the Navy after graduating from the Tinian Jr. and Sr. High School. She enlisted in June 2006 and arrived in Bahrain in August 2007. She always had big smiles and was filled with energy. Her remains were expected to arrive on the island and a memorial service was set for the following day. She is survived by her mother Jovy San Nicolas Paulino of Tinian and a sister Joana Lynn San Nicolas-Killoren.

 

USN MASN Genesia Mattril Gresham, 19, of Lithonia, GA died in Bahrain from injuries she received during a non-combat gunshot. In fact it has come out that she was murdered by another sailor who had a previous relationship with her. She was serving as a Master-at-Arms Seaman (E-3) assigned to the US Naval Support Activity Bahrain. Genesia enlisted in November 2006 and was assigned to this unit in March 2007. She and the sailor accused of shooting both of these women had been in a volatile relationship. He had threatened her in the past, was punished and ordered to stay away from her. It’s obvious he didn’t adhere to those restrictions. After shooting her and Anamarie he turned the weapon on himself but didn't die. He has since been discharged from the Navy with no benefits from either the Navy nor the VA. She is survived by her mother, Natalie Gresham; father, Joseph Webb; grandmother, Mattie Gresham; brothers, Marques Moreland and Ezra Gresham; sister, Ashlee Gresham; and many other family members and friends.

 

10 Oct 07:

USAR SSG Lillian (Cobbin) Clamens, 35, of Lawton, OK died in Baghdad from wounds suffered when Camp Victory in the Green Zone was attacked with rockets. She was assigned to the 1st Postal Platoon, 834th Adjutant General Company, Miami, FL as part of the Army Reserve 143rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command. Lillian had been in the USAR for 17 years as an administrative clerk for her unit and was a full-time postal worker. Lillian, originally from Omaha, NE, joined the Army Reserve after graduating from Omaha Central High School in 1990. She liked it so much she went active duty and served in Korea; Fort Leonard Wood, MO; and Vilseck, Germany but eventually returned to the USAR and worked as a civilian at the US Southern Command Headquarters in Miami. She met Raymond Clamens while in Germany in 1996 and they married a year later. In 2005 the family moved to South Florida. Lillian deployed in July 2006. She sent Raymond a message on Monday that she had arrived safely from Talil into Baghdad and was expecting to be in the US over the weekend and home in Homestead, FL in time for Halloween with him and her three children. Lillian is survived by her husband Raymond Clamens; her son Ayinde Williams; her daughters Lana and Victoria; her mother Dorothy Cobbin; her sister Dana Cobbin and niece Sierra Cobbin.

 

5 Oct 07:

USAR SPC Rachael L Hugo, 24, of Madison, WI died in Bayji from wounds she received when her unit came under attack from an IED as well as small arms fire. She was assigned to the 303rd Military Police Company, 97th Military Police Battalion, 89th Military Police Brigade, U.S. Army Reserve, Jackson, MI. Rachael was a dedicated soldier and a combat medic. She was a 2001 graduate of Madison East High School and had been working toward a bachelor’s degree in nursing at Viterbo University in La Crosse. She worked as a home health aide for the La Crosse County Health Department and was also employed by Meriter Hospital in Madison as a nursing assistant in the hospital’s mobile unit during breaks from school. Her unit deployed to Iraq a little more than a year ago. She is survived by her parents Kermit and Ruth Hugo, brother Scott and great uncle Robert Hugo.

 

1 Oct 07:

USN MASA Shayna Ann Schnell, 19, of Tell City, IN died from injuries she received in a vehicle accident in Dubai. DoD has listed her as being in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. She was serving as a Master-at-Arms Seaman Apprentice (E-2) assigned to Naval Security Force Bahrain, Jebel Ali Detachment, United Arab Emirates working base security. Shayna was a passenger in a vehicle, under contract by the Navy driven by a local man, enroute to a doctor’s appointment when the accident occurred following a tire failure sending the vehicle into a brick wall which collapsed onto the vehicle. She suffered a massive brain injury in the accident that occurred on 25 September. Shayna graduated from Perry Central High School in 2006 and enlisted in the Navy that July. She was a bug Tom Petty fan. She went to Great Lakes’ IL for her boot camp followed by Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX where she trained to become a master-at-arms before she was deployed to Bahrain. Shayna is survived by her father and stepmother Doug and Peggy Schnell; sister Nichole; two brothers Trent and Tyler (who is also in the Navy); and her grandmother Linda Terry.

 

20 Sep 07:

USA CPT (Dr) Roselle M. Hoffmaster, 32, of Cleveland, OH died in Kirkuk of injuries sustained from a non-combat incident. It was unclear how she was hurt. She was a surgeon assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, NY. The circumstances surrounding the death are under investigation. Roselle was initiated into the Phi Beta Kappa sorority in November 1997 and became a 1998 graduate of Smith College (where she excelled in cross country, track and field) with a biochemistry degree. Then in 2004 she graduated from Case Western Reserve University’s medical school. After graduating from Case Western in 2004, she was commissioned into the Army Medical Corps and continued her training in internal medicine at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. She was assigned to the 10th Mountain Division in July 2007 and deployed to Iraq in September. She is survived by her husband Gordon and her parents. Roselle is updated in this article which states her death was ruled a suicide.

 

7 Sep 07:

USA SPC Marisol Heredia, 19, of El Monte, CA died at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX of injuries suffered from a non-combat incident in which she was severely burned 18 July in Baghdad. Marisol was assigned as a petroleum supply specialist to the 15th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, TX. The circumstances surrounding her injuries and subsequent death are under investigation. However it is reported that she was refueling a generator at the time, then there was a spark and the gasoline spilled on her, burning 80 percent of her body—all but her feet. Her family has said that her wounds had become infected and she took the turn for the worse. She had been in the 15th Brigade since May 2006 and deployed to Iraq in October 2006. Marisol had graduated a half year early from El Monte’s Mountain View High School where she studied French and followed her older sister Claudia into the Army. She became the first female soldier from the San Gabriel Valley to die in the 4 1/2-year-old Iraq War. She was returned to Baton Rouge, LA for her wake and funeral. Burial will be on Sunday, which would have been her 20th birthday, in the Port Hudson National Cemetery in Zachary, LA. She is survived by her mother Rosa; sisters Claudia Billiot, Carolina and Azusena Heredia; stepfather Jose Luis Dominguez and her fiancé USA SGT Travis Beaumont as well as many other family members and friends.

 

16 Aug 07:

USA SPC Kamisha J Block, 20, of Vidor, TX died in Baghdad from injuries suffered from a non-combat gunshot. She was assigned to the 401st Military Police Company, 720th Military Police Battalion, 89th Military Police Brigade, Fort Hood, TX as an MP. Kamisha was the first woman from Southeast Texas to be killed in Iraq. She graduated from AIM Center High School in Vidor in 2005 and joined the Army. Kamisha turned 20 on 4 August 2007 and was due to return home the next month. She worked at the local Waffle House during high school where she also hung out with her friends. She was buried in Mansfield Cemetery. She is survived by her parents Jerry and Jane Block of Vidor, sister Shonta Godeaux, grandmother Gertrude Stuckey, several aunts and uncles, one nephew Hyden Godeaux, and close friends Amanda Buck, her mother Arnette Buck, Debbie Strother and many more. It has now been reported in both the Beaumont Enterprise and The Huffington Post that Kamisha was murdered by another soldier who had been abusing her and then killed himself. The Army and Pentagon lied to the family and press. With help of their congressman, the family finally received the 1200 page report covering this young woman's death. The Army had done nothing to protect Kamisha from this soldier and yet no one has since been held responsible for not taking care of her.

 

15 Aug 07:

Two women were killed in Taji when the enemy attacked using indirect fire with mortars.

USA SGT Princess C Samuels, 22, of Mitchellville, MD was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, TX and had been in Iraq since February. She had also been in Afghanistan. Princess became the fourth Maryland woman to die in the war. She was a 2003 graduate from Charles Herbert Flowers High School in Springdale, MD in Prince George’s County where she played soccer, was a cheerleader and a gifted artist. Though she had been accepted at art school Princess decided to join the Army instead because she wanted to see the world. She was trained as an imagery specialist in military intelligence. She will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery. She is survived by her mother Anika Lawal of Waldorf, brother Jubril, aunt Kathy Smith, her poodle Skylar and many other relatives and friends.

 

 

 

USA SPC Zandra T (Worthy) Walker, 28, of Greenville, SC was assigned to 4th Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Aviation Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, TX as an aircraft refueler. Graduates of Woodmont High where they both ran track, Zandra and her twin sister Yolanda Worthy-Weathersby entered the Army together in January 2000. Zandra got out in April 2005 but rejoined in April 2006. Yolanda was serving in Kuwait, while Zandra’s husband Kenneth Walker was a civilian air traffic controller working in Kuwait. The twins had been home in June for the funeral of their younger Katrina from brain cancer. The twins were always together except when deployed. Zandra (whose nickname was Neicy) is survived by her husband Kenneth Walker; her parents Dwight and Connie Worthy; sisters Yolanda, Charlita and Amber; and many other family members and friends.

 

 

 

 

 

9 Aug 07:

USA SSG Alicia A (Finklea) Birchett, 29, of Mashpee, MA died in Baghdad from injuries suffered from a non-combat accident. She was assigned as an engineer mechanic to the 887th Engineer Company, 326th Engineer Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, KY. An investigation is under way. Alicia (known as Little Brown Bee) was a member of the Wampanoag tribe from the Cape Cod area. She grew up in Mashpee and was described as an adventurous woman who was dedicated to her country and family, and proud of her heritage. Her family has been told that she was changing a flat tire when the brakes of the truck failed resulting in her death. Alicia’s tribal custom of keeping a fire lit from time of death until burial is being done at her aunt’s home in Mashpee along with American Indian music playing in the background. Alicia graduated in 1995 from Falmouth High School and went into the Army at 17. She had served in Germany and Iraq as well Fort Campbell and had been living in Waynesboro, TN. She will be buried in a traditional Wampanoag ceremony with drums, prayers and tobacco—all part of the Wampanoag cleansing ritual—instead of a military funeral at the Old Indian Cemetery. Alicia is survived by her husband Joe Louis Birchett; three sons Joe Louis Birchett III, Julian X. Birchett and Silas V. Birchett, all of Waynesboro, TN; mother, Dorothea (Jackson) Finklea of Wareham; stepfather, Elie Pilet of Mashpee; and father Alvin Finklea of New York; sister of Teresa Jackson and Elie Pilet Jr. both of Tennessee, Moise Finklea of Mashpee and Eli Finklea of Wareham; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

 

10 Jul 07:

USA CPT Maria Ines Ortiz, 40, became the first Army nurse to die in Baghdad from wounds suffered during a mortar attack on the Green Zone. Maria was assigned to the 28th Combat Support Hospital, 3rd Command as the head nurse for the intermediate care ward where she attended to Iraqi civilians and American soldiers. She had been caring for patients at the hospital inside the fortified district and not wearing body armor because she felt safe inside the walls of central Baghdad’s Green Zone district. Maria had been born in Pennsauken, NJ, raised in Bayamon, PR and listed NJ as her home. She had been assigned to the Kirk US Army Health Clinic in Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD prior to volunteering to be deployed to Iraq in September. She enlisted in the Army in 1991 and got her nursing degree in 1999 from the University of Puerto Rico followed by her master’s degree in quality management from the Massachusetts National Graduate School in 2004. Before being assigned to Kirk as the Chief Nurse of general medicine Maria had been stationed in Puerto Rico, Korea and at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. Maria is survived by her parents, four sisters—one of whom is her twin Maria Luisa Medina, and her fiancé Juan Casiano.

 

 

 

5 Jul 07:

USA SPC Michelle R (Stearns) Ring, 26, of Martin, TN died from enemy mortar fire while she was on guard duty at Camp Liberty in Baghdad. She was assigned to the 92nd Military Police Battalion, Fort Benning, GA as a petroleum supply specialist. She had hoped to retrain and become an MP upon re-enlisting two weeks before her death. Michelle was born in Portland, OR and grew up in McMinnville, OR before her family moved to Alaska in 1992 where Michelle graduated from Chugiak High School and considered Alaska as her home. While in Alaska she was known as Michelle Stearns. She left the Anchorage area in 1999 after her boyfriend, Marc Hopfenspirger (the father of her first son), was killed but had hoped to return to Alaska. Michelle enlisted in the Army in August 2005 with the hopes of making a better life for her children and was deployed to Iraq in October 2006. She loved fishing, hiking and anything outdoors. Michelle became the first female soldier with Oregon ties to die in the Iraq war, although she's not the first Oregon woman killed there. Civilian contractor, Deborah D. Klecker, 51, of Bend died in June 2005. However Michelle is the 106th service member with ties to Oregon or southwest Washington to die. She is survived by her two sons, Marc Hopfenspirger (living in OR) and Brandon Ring (living in TN), her parents John and Shirley Stearns, and her sisters Karen Harbuck of Wasilla, AK and Marilyn Haybeck of McMinnville, OR. Michelle will be buried at Williamette National Cemetery near Portland, OR.

 

25 Jun 07:

USA SGT Trista L Moretti, 27, from South Plainfield, NJ died in Nasir Lafitah when her unit was attacked by insurgents using indirect fire with mortars. She was assigned to the 425th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska. Trista worked nights and slept during the day. She was off duty and asleep in her trailer when the mortars hit it. Trista graduated in 1998 from South Plainfield High School where she excelled in athletics. She had wanted to become a teacher but changed her mind. Trista’s former neighbor and best friend, Gloria Anthony, had served in the Army. She was inspired to enlist after hearing Gloria’s stories about her time serving. Trista joined the Army in 2003 and became a signal intelligence analyst and paratrooper. She became the first from South Plainfield to die in Iraq. She is survived by her parents Frederic and Judy Moretti as well as her sister Jennifer and many other family members and friends.

 

 

 

21 Jun 07:

USA SPC Karen N Clifton, 22, of Lehigh Acres, FL died in Baghdad from wounds suffered when the Humvee she was driving was hit with a rocket propelled grenade. Three other soldiers were wounded. She was assigned to the 554th Military Police Company, 95th MP Battalion, Kaiserslautern, Germany. While in Iraq she was technically assigned to 544th MP CO, Forward Platoon, 630th MP CO, 759th MP BN, 89th MP Brigade. She is the first female from Lee County in Florida to die in Iraq. Karen had been in Iraq more than a year and always stayed in touch with her family. Her company was due to leave Iraq on 1 June but had been extended to October. Born in Decatur, IL, Karen had grown up there and attended Mt Zion schools and was active in the Mt. Zion Police Department Explorer's Program. She moved to Lehigh Acres in 2002. She loved poetry, music, movies and shopping. After graduating from high school in Fort Myers, FL in 2003 she returned to IL where she enlisted in the Army to become an MP. Karen has been posthumously promoted and awarded the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, Combat Action Badge, and the Army Good Conduct Medal. Funeral services will be held in Mt Zion, IL and she’ll be buried in Long Creek, IL. Karen is survived by her mother Chris (Maurer) Hancock of Illiopolis, IL; father Doug Clifton of Mt Zion, IL; sisters—Cindy Blackston and her husband Blake of Mobile, AL, and Katie Maple of Illiopolis; stepsister—Heather Maple of Lehigh Acres, FL; former stepfather John Maple; stepbrother Sean Maple of Triumph, IL; grandparents, and many others.

 

2 May 07:

USA PFC Katie M (Soenksen) Rowella, 19, of Davenport, IA died in Baghdad from wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near her convoy vehicle. She was assigned to the 410th Military Police Company, 720th MP Battalion, 89th MP Brigade, Fort Hood, TX. She was conducting a security mission when her convoy was attacked. She was due to return home in June. Katie was a 2005 graduate of Davenport North High School where she had played center field on her softball team, enjoyed singing in the choir and prepared herself for a military career by joining the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps. She had been influenced by her grandfather who had served in the Army and an aunt who had been in the Air Force. Katie is the 52nd person and the third woman from Iowa to be killed in Iraq or Afghanistan. Katie is survived by her husband USA SPC Benjamin Rowella, her parents Ronald and Mary Ann Soenksen, brother Matt Soenksen, sister Sarah (Soenksen) Goodwin, several nieces, grandmother, aunts, uncles and many others. Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home. Inurnment will be in National Cemetery, Arsenal Island, with full military honors.

 

 

27 Mar 07:

CIVILIAN Carolyn C Edwards, 38, from Montezuma, GA was killed while working in the Green Zone of Baghdad following a missile attack. She had been standing in a doorway and was hit from shrapnel and debris from the rocket. She was there working as a civilian contractor for KBR Industries as a coordinator at the American Embassy of Iraq, a subsidiary of Halliburton. She was due to return home for good in time for Easter—sadly though she is back in time her family is unable to enjoy it with her. Carolyn graduated in 1986 from Macon County High School. She had worked for several companies including the Macon County Family Connection where she served as director. Carolyn also had been the owner and operator of Carolyn Edwards’ Consultant. She was a community leader, always searching for new adventures and experiencing new techniques in technology. Carolyn is survived by her son, Darius Larry; her mother, Mary Ann Tookes Edwards; several aunts and uncles as well as very many friends.

 

 

3 Mar 07:

USA SGT Ashly L Moyer, 21, of Emmaus, PA died in Baghdad when an Improvised explosive device detonated near her vehicle killing her and two other soldiers. She was assigned to the 630th Military Police Company, 793rd Military Police Battalion in Bamberg, Germany and had been in Iraq almost a year. She was due to return home in June. Ashly enlisted in the Army Reserve before graduating from Emmaus High School in 2003. She then trained to become a Military Police officer. Her first assignment was guarding high-security detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. After returning to PA she decided to go active duty and was then stationed in Bamberg for five months before being sent to Iraq. Ashly’s boyfriend Jake Wells, also a member of her unit, tried to rescue her but was turned back by the flames and rounds of ammunition exploding in the heat. Ashly and Jake were expected back in the US in June and planned to spend two weeks each in PA and TX where Jake is from. Jake wanted to ask Ashly’s father for her hand in marriage. Ashly came from a military family. Her grandfather was a Marine who served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam and her father was also a Marine. Ashly is survived by her mother Jane (Geyer) Drumheller and stepfather Jeff Drumheller of Milford, her father Michael Moyer and stepmother Deborah Moyer of Lower Macungie, her sisters Karissa Thomas and Teagen Moyer, her brothers Kyle and Tyler Clark, her boyfriend Jake and many other family members and friends. Ashly will be buried on 16 March at Arlington National Cemetery. The Ashly Moyer Memorial Fund has been set up to erect a monument locally in her honor.

 

7 Feb 07:

USMC CPL Jennifer M Parcell, 20, of Bel Air in Harford County, MD died in Al Anbar Province while supporting combat operations. She was assigned to Combat Logistics Regiment 3, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Okinawa, Japan as a landing support specialist (E-4) for combat operations and was scheduled to leave Iraq on 1 March and return to Okinawa, where she was stationed. Jennifer graduated in 2004 from Fallston High School and followed her older brother into the Marines in January 2005. They were actually stationed together in Iraq for about a month before being separated. Jennifer enjoyed boating, scuba diving, yoga and music as well as being a whiz at mathematics. She had already received six medals and will no doubt receive a Purple Heart. Jennifer became the fourth woman from the state and 55th Marylander to be killed in Iraq. She was a true humanitarian and had already sponsored an African child through a mission charity and went with her unit to help when Pakistan was devastated by an earthquake last year. She earned the Humanitarian Service Medal for her efforts. Jennifer planned to leave the Marines and attend college when her tour ended in 2009. She was already taking a course at University of Maryland online while in Iraq. Her family plans to hold a funeral service at Mount Calvary Free Will Baptist Church in Aberdeen. She is survived by her parents, other family members including her brother CPL Joseph Parcell who is returning from his tour to be with family and her aunt Martha Benton of Aberdeen.

 

7 Feb 07:

USMC CPT Jennifer Harris, 27, of Swampscott, MA died northwest of Baghdad when the CH-46E helicopter she was piloting went down killing all aboard. She was assigned to HMM-364, the “Purple Foxes” and was on her third tour of duty in Iraq. Jennifer, an O-3, was due back home next week to fill a position as a Marine instructor for the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. While at Swampscott High School she played flute and graduated fifth in her class. Jennifer was a member of the Student Council and volunteered at the Swampscott senior citizens' dance and the American Heart Association. As a high school junior in 1995 Jennifer wanted to go to the US Naval Academy and that she did in 1996! Graduating from Annapolis in 2000 she went into the Marines and joined an air wing where she became a helicopter pilot. She had always wanted to fly. Jennifer flew big CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters into danger to rescue fellow military personnel. Jennifer loved sailing off Nahant, playing softball, taking dance lessons and especially loved flying. On her first tour in Iraq in 2003 she evacuated wounded from Fallujah. She returned to Iraq for a second time in 2005. She became the first Massachusetts servicewoman to be killed in Iraq. She is survived by her parents Raymond and Rosalie Harris and other family members and many friends.

 

28 Jan 07:

USAR SPC Carla J Stewart, 37, of Sun Valley, CA, died in Tallil from injuries suffered when her convoy vehicle rolled over. Carla was assigned to the 250th Transportation Company, El Monte, CA. She had wanted to enlist when she was 17 but didn’t until she reached 35. Originally from La Canada Flintridge she was raised there and in Glendale. Carla attended La Canada Flintridge High School and Hoover High School in Glendale before attending Glendale Community College pursuing a career in mechanical drafting. She began working with her father until she finally had the opportunity to enlist. She went to basic training at Fort Jackson, SC and shortly afterwards was deployed to Iraq with her unit and was suppose to return home in March. Carla loved the ballet, mountain hiking, nature, children and animals. She had five cats and one dog. Carla is survived by her mother, Emmy Aprahamian; her father, Edmund Babayan; her brother, Richard Babayan; her estranged husband, Brandon Stewart; and other members of the Aprahamian and Babayan families. She was buried at famous Forest Lawn—Hollywood Hills Cemetery in Los Angeles. Special thanks to her brother Richard for the photo he sent me!

Rick Tyndall wrote—my son, Sgt Randy Tyndall is also with the same unit. He told me that she was always looking at things on the positive side and the two of them shared many stories together. He enjoyed her company very much. It was a sad and an extremely emotional time for my son when he would comment that he would never see her again. I don't know how to get in touch with her immediate family to share this information with them. She was from Glendale California. If you are able to assist me in contacting the family, you have my E-mail address. Thanks for your help.

 

20 Jan 07:

IAARNG CSM Marilyn L (Van Cannon) Gabbard, 46, of Polk City, IA was among those killed when the Black Hawk helicopter they were on crashed outside of Baghdad. Marilyn, who was the first woman to obtain her rank in the Iowa Army National Guard, was a full-time member of the Iowa National Guard and was based at Camp Dodge in Johnston, IA but she went to Iraq with another unit that left from Fort Bliss, TX. She had deployed from Iowa on 16 December and assumed her duties in Iraq on 26 December. With 27 years of military service she could have retired but decided to go to Iraq anyway. She was a liaison between the troops and the Guard and was enroute to inspect troops. Marilyn was a native of Madrid and Boone, IA and graduated from Boone High School in 1979. She enlisted as a private in the Iowa National Guard that fall. Marilyn was promoted to Command Sergeant Major in April 2001. She was married to Edward Gabbard for the past decade. Marilyn lived in Polk City with her husband Edward, 65 who is a retired command sergeant major from the Iowa National Guard. Besides her husband Marilyn is survived by her daughter, Melissa Danielson of Maxwell, IA;  stepson, Terry Gabbard of Waterloo; stepdaughters, Mari Jo Scott of La Porte City, IA, Gerri Gabbard of Des Moines, Deborah Pommier of Madrid, Sherri Gabbard of Waterloo and Kerri Wilson of Waverly.

 

17 Jan 07:

CIVILIAN Andrea “Andi” Parhamovich, 28, of Perry, OH died in Baghdad when the convoy she was in was attacked. Three security guards from Unity Resources Group were also killed. Andi was in Iraq working with the Washington-based National Democratic Institute on International Affairs to help the Iraqi politicians communicate better with their people. She was a softball player before graduating from Perry High School in 1996. She graduated from Marietta College in 2000 with a degree in advertising and public relations and a minor in journalism before working in communications with the Massachusetts Governor's office and Department of Economic Development, Air America Radio and, most recently, the International Republican Institute in Iraq before joining NDI's Baghdad staff in late 2006. She had already formed good working relationships with Iraqi political leaders who have expressed their deep sadness at her murder. She is survived by her fiancé, Michael Hastings, a Newsweek reporter based in Iraq, along with family and friends.

 

 

16 Jan 07:

USN MA1 Jennifer A (Young) Valdivia, 27, of Cambridge, IL was found dead in Bahrain. She was assigned to the naval security force for Naval Support Activity, Bahrain, an island country in the Persian Gulf off the coast of Saudi Arabia. DoD lists her as supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Her death is considered a non-combat gunshot even though Bahrain is considered a hostile fire zone. Investigation was pending and NCIS determined this to be a suicide. She was born in Iowa City on 25 May 1979 and graduated from Orion High School in 1997 before entering the Navy. Jennifer advanced to Master-at-Arms Petty Officer First Class (E-6) in nine years and was the Kennelmaster in charge of the largest kennel in the Navy. In 2005 she earned the title of Sailor of the Year while at the Bahrain Naval Base. Her family requested that contributions be made to the City Animal Welfare - No Kill Shelter, Milan. Jennifer is survived by her mother Debra Hawk, father Chris Young, brother Jeremy Young, grandparents, other relatives and friends. Senior officers were admonished but no punishment was given to them in this incident!

 

7 Jan 07:

USAF Sr Airman Elizabeth A Loncki, 23, of New Castle, DE died in the Baghdad area near Al-Mahmudiyah from an vehicle borne improvised explosive device which they were investigating at the time it exploded while attempting to disarm it. She and two airmen also killed were assigned to the 775th Civil Engineer Squadron, Hill Air Force Base, UT. The three airmen were members of an explosive ordinance disposal team. She had graduated from Padua Academy in Wilmington, DE in 2001. Elizabeth attended the University of Arizona before enlisting. She enjoyed rock music, swimming, volleyball and being able to match boys push-up for push-up. She deployed to Iraq in August and was due to return home in two weeks. Elizabeth became the first Delaware woman to be killed in the line of duty in Iraq. She is survived by her father Stephen Loncki; stepmother Christine Loncki; sister Olivia Loncki; mother Ann Roberts; stepfather Joey Roberts; several aunts, uncles, grandparents; fiancée SGT Jayson Johnson who was planning to ask her father's permission to marry her; and many other family members and friends.

 

 

 

 

31 Dec 06:

USN DCFA Sandra S (Grant) Fry, 23, of Linwood, NC died from a non-combat health problem in her sleep on New Year’s Eve after apparently going into cardiac arrest while in the Arabian Sea assigned to the USS Eisenhower as a Damage Controlman Fireman Seaman (E-2). Though she was born in Subic Bay when her father was stationed there Sandra graduated from West Davidson High School in NC. Sandra joined the US Navy so she could serve her country also and became a damage control firefighter. She married John Wolfgang Fry of Virginia Beach, VA and eight months ago gave birth to their son, Alexander Wolfgang Fry. In October 2006 she flew to Iraq where she met up with the aircraft carrier. Sandra is survived by her husband, son and other family members. A trust fund has been set up for her son.

 

12 Dec 06:

USA MAJ Gloria D. Davis, 47, of St. Louis, MO became the Heartland's first female casualty. She died in Baghdad at Camp Victory from a non-combat gunshot which is under investigation. This was her second tour of duty in Iraq. She was assigned to the Defense Security Assistance Agency in Washington, DC which handles sales of military equipment to foreign nations. Before deploying to Iraq Gloria had worked in the Pentagon and was suppose to be there on 11 September 2001 but had taken the day off to visit her daughter. Originally from Portageville, MO Gloria had been in the Army for 18-years and in Iraq since September. Before joining the Army she had received her master’s degree and worked as a police officer near Columbia, MO. After being assigned to the Washington, DC area she became involved at women’s shelters, and helped get disadvantaged African-American children into ROTC programs. Gloria was buried in Arlington National Cemetery and there was a memorial service held in Portageville for family and friends who couldn’t attend the service in Arlington. She is survived by her mother Annie Washington of Portageville; son Damien Thomas; daughter Candace Thomas; and granddaughter Kennedy. It has been reported in The New York Times (US says company bribed officers for work in Iraq--31 Aug 07) that Gloria had admitted to an Army investigator that she had accepted at least $225,000 in bribes from Lee Dynamics. The following day she committed suicide. The US has begun proceedings to seize her assets, a move her heirs are contesting. A point that needs to be brought out about this death is the CID calls this a suicide by gun and that she shot herself with her left hand. Gloria was right-handed! She was planning to retire in 2 years and according to her mother the military hasn't found the money it claims Gloria took in bribes.

 

6 Dec 06:

USMC MAJ Megan M. McClung, 34, of Coupeville, WA, died while supporting combat operations was killed in downtown Ramadi in Al Anbar province. She was a Public Affairs Officer (O-4) for the Ready First Combat Team, assigned to I Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, I MEF, Camp Pendleton, CA. Megan was escorting media when she was killed. Megan was nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy in 1989 while attending Mission Viejo High School in California. She joined the Marine Corps in 1995 after graduating from Annapolis. She had deployed to Iraq in January. She was in the final month of a yearlong deployment to Iraq. Megan is the only woman graduate of the Naval Academy to die in Iraq as a result of hostile action. Having been a runner and gymnast most of her life she took part in the Ironman Distance Triathalon and this year planned the Marine Corps Marathon Forward race which shadowed the Marines running in Washington, DC. She is survived by her parents Michael and Re McClung living in Coupeville, WA. Megan will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Marine Corps League Detachment 1210 in Washington state has been renamed in honor of her and on Friday 7 Dec 07 the Multi-National Corps-Iraq broadcast studio was named for her.

 

26 Nov 06:

USA SGT Jeannette T. Dunn, 44, of Bronx, NY died in Taji from a non-combat incident. She was assigned to the 15th Sustainment Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, TX as a wheeled vehicle mechanic. Services were held at St Augustine Presbyterian Church in Bronx and burial followed at the Calverton Cemetery. Her survivors live nearby. I'd like to thank Jennifer Norris for providing me with this picture of Jeanette!

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 Oct 06:

NYARNG SGT Denise A Lannaman, 46, of Bayside (Queens), NY died at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait while serving with the Army's 63rd Engineering Company from a non-combat gunshot wound. Originally from Kingston, Jamaica, Denise came to the US, became a naturalized citizen and served in the US Navy and Navy Reserve for nine years. She held various jobs such as lifeguard, swimming instructor, electrician, mechanic, etc. Denise had also been a firefighter, scuba diver, paramedic and filmmaker. She had lived in France and England. She decided to join the NY Army National Guard in May 2003. Trained as a truck driver in the Army National Guard, Denise originally was deployed to Iraq with the 1569th Transportation Company, based out of Newburgh, NY in January 2005. When her unit returned to the US, Denise asked to stay so she was then assigned to the 63rd. Following the death of an officer at Camp Arifjan who was accused of shaking down a laundry contractor, Denise also had been questioned. She was told she would be sent home in disgrace but it is unknown if she was accused of being somehow involved with the officer's bribery charge, if it had something to do with her being a lesbian, or if it was something else. But that same day Denise was found dead in a jeep. Was her death a murder or suicide? In September 2007 her mother received a letter from the Army along with Denise's Honorable Discharge certificate! Her survivors include her mother Barbara Lannaman and sister Michelle Forgennie.

 

 

19 Sep 06:

USA 1LT Ashley (Henderson) Huff, 23, from Athens, GA was killed near Erbil in a suicide attack on her convoy. A member of the 549th Military Police, 3rd Infantry Division, she was to return home in about six weeks. Ashley grew up in Louisiana and New Jersey. She married Brian Huff in August 2005. She was a 2004 graduate of the University of Georgia and a member of Sigma Kappa sorority. While in Iraq she was helping to create that country’s police force. The Defense Department has not released Henderson’s identity to the public, but the Associated Press reported on Tuesday that a suicide car bombing in Iraq had killed one soldier and wounded two others. Her father notified the media. A memorial service will be held at Fort Stewart. She is survived by her husband Brian and her father Mark Henderson. Grad's death brings reality of war home was an article done in the Review of 2006 section of Red and Black. The Erbil Police Academy was handed over to the government of Iraq at a celebration of the New Campus included a bronze bust of Ashley. The photo below was taken by LuAnne Fantasia, US Army Corps of Engineers, Gulf Region North on 19 October 2008.

 

 

19 Sep 06:

USN LCDR Jane E (Lanham) Tafoya, 43, of Owensboro, KY died from non-combat natural causes in Bahrain. DoD listed her as supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. She was an Industrial Hygienist who had served for 18 years in the Navy with the classification of Lieutenant Commander (O-4) and was assigned to the Naval Branch Health Clinic in Bahrain.

 

14 Sep 06:

USA SGT Jennifer M Hartman, 21, of New Ringgold, PA was assigned to the 4th Support Battalion, 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, TX as a food service specialist. She died in Baghdad from injuries she suffered when a vehicle borne IED detonated near the West Baghdad Substation where she was located. She was inside the patrol base at the time of the explosion but not working at the time of the incident. Jennifer graduated from Tamaqua High School and enjoyed all things that go fast. She enlisted in July 2003 and was deployed to Iraq in December 2005. Jennifer was scheduled to be come home from Iraq on 10 Nov. She is survived by her parents, David and Bernice Hartman, her sister Katie, and brother Brian.

 

 

 

12 Sep 06:

USA 2LT Emily J. T. Perez, 23, of Texas died in Al Kifl when her HMMWV struck an IED. She was assigned to the 204th Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Ft Hood, TX as a Medical Service Corps officer. Emily was a 2005 graduate of West Point and had been in Company G3.She was the first African-American female cadet Corps command sergeant major. She was a letter winning track and field star in high school as well as West Point. She had been a gospel singer and helped start an AIDS ministry at her church. Emily is survived by her parents Daniel and Vicki Perez of Ft Washington, MD, her brother, Kevyn, other family members and may friends. She will be buried at West Point.

 

 

4 Sep 06:

USA PFC Hannah L. (Heavrin) Gunterman McKinney, 20, of Redlands, CA died in Taji from non-combat injuries she received when she was struck by a vehicle. Hannah was assigned to the 542nd Maintenance Company, 44th Corps Support Battalion, Fort Lewis, WA. When this story was first reported the military claimed that early in the morning darkness Hannah climbed down from a guard tower at Fort Taji and headed across a dusty road to a latrine but she didn’t make it. She was struck by a Humvee, which then sped away. A tank driver found her at least an hour later and rushed her to the base medical center, where she died of internal injuries. HOWEVER--in December it was reported that Hannah had been out with some other soldiers and somehow fell out of the vehicle they were riding in and got run over. The NCO driving the vehicle was later found and has been charged with hit and run along with several other pertinent charges! Hannah was due to return stateside in two months. She had deployed to Iraq in November 2005 and served as a quartermaster at Fort Taji. Her duties included order processing and manning a machine gun on a guard tower at the base, the job she was doing when she was killed. She is survived by her husband, Christopher McKinney, her 22-month-old son Todd Avery Gunterman, her parents Matt and Barbie Heavrin, as well as three siblings. The article War families grieve deaths appeared just before Christmas '06 and it contradicts the info DoD released about her death. On 4 January 2008 the Washington Post reported in A Drunken Night in Iraq, A Soldier Is Left Behind that SGT Damon Shell had pleaded guilty to drinking, drunken driving and consensual sodomy. The judge decided he was not guilty of involuntary manslaughter. He was reduced in rank to private, sentenced to 13 months in jail but allowed to stay in the Army! Read the article and make up your own mind--I don't agree with the judge's  decision--do you?

 

26 Jul 06:

CIVILIAN Donna Marie Kerns, 54, from Memphis, TN died as a result of a vehicle accident while in Amman, Jordan. She had been in Iraq training Iraqi police so I decided to leave her on this list. Donna had retired from the Memphis Police Department after serving there for 26 years. She had been a hostage negotiator as well as a leading investigator of sexual assaults. After retiring from the MPD Donna was contracted as a civilian to train Iraqi police recruits and was on her second trip to Iraq when this accident occurred. She is survived by her mother, three sisters, one brother, two grandmothers, and many others. I recently heard from Donna's sister Tracy Hopper and would like to thank her for sharing this photo of Donna with me and you. Please click on the photo to enlarge it.

 

 

5 Jun 06:

USNR HM2 Jaime S. Jaenke, 29, of Bay City, WI died in Al Anbar, Iraq as a result of enemy action when her HMMWV was struck by an improvised explosive device. Jaime was assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 25 from Fort McCoy, WI as a Hospital Corpsman/Field Medic Petty Officer 2nd Class (E-5). Originally from Iowa Falls, IA, Jaime had recently moved back there with her daughter and was starting her own business running an equestrian stable. Jaime had been an Emergency Medical Technician with the Ellsworth Ambulance Service in WI before she was activated in January and had been in Iraq about three months. She became the first female Iowan to die since WW II. Jaime leaves behind her daughter Kayla, mother Susan, and other family members. An article about Jaime can be found at Mother Fights For Veteran's Trust Fund Payments!

 

 

8 Apr 06:

USMC L/CPL Juana Navarro Arellano, 24, of Ceres, Calif., died from a gunshot wound to the head while in a defensive position 300 meters behind her vehicle, guarding other soldiers during the mission when she was struck by small arms fire while supporting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq. She had been assigned as an (E-3) to 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Okinawa, Japan where she traveled with convoys or by herself to refuel military vehicles or provide camps with fuel supplies. However, because of the need for her specialty as a "bulk fuel specialist" Juana was transferred to Iraq in May 2005 where she was attached to the 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group. Juana had been born in the state of Michoacán, Mexico and became a US citizen at age 13 along with her twin sister. She graduated from Johansen High School in Modesto, CA in 2000 where she was active as with PALS—where students voluntarily work with special education students on academics and social skills. After high school, Juana joined Job Corps in San Francisco. But seeing her twin brothers join the Marines inspired her to act on her desire to join the Corps also. Juana is survived by her parents, Euelia Navarro of Ceres and Raul Navarro of Mexico; brothers, L/CPL Raul Navarro and L/CPL Lorenzo Navarro, both of Ceres; sisters, Maria Navarro and Maira Navarro, both of Ceres, and Beatriz Lopez of Modesto; and grandparents, Lorenzo Arellano, Otilia Cardenas, Raul Navarro and Raquel Navarro, all of Mexico.

 

 

16 Mar 06:

USA SPC Amanda Pinson, 21, of Lemay, MO died while waiting for a bus in Tikrit after being hit by shrapnel from an enemy mortar attack. She did intelligence work while assigned to the 101st Military Intelligence Detachment, 501st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) based at Fort Campbell, KY. Amanda had graduated from Hancock High School in 2002 where she had been active in sports. She is survived by her father Tony Pinson, stepmother Regina Pinson, mother Chris Ehlen, and her brother Bryan Pinson.

 

 

 

 

11 Mar 06:

USA PFC Amy A Duerksen, 19, originally from Copperas Cove, TX. According to reports in the Killeen Daily Herald newspaper she died in Taji from a non-combat gunshot and had been a radio operator with Delta Company, 7th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division from Fort Hood, TX. However, according to the Department of Defense when they finally released her name on 22 March, Amy was from Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD, died in Baghdad and was assigned to the 4th Combat Support Battalion, 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division. Amy was a 2005 graduate of Charis Christian High School in Copperas Cove before joining the Army in Maryland. After hearing from a woman that I met several years ago I decided to add a little of what she told me. Amy and her sister were frequently home-schooled since they moved around with their Army parents. When they moved to Fort Hood, Amy often selected books from the CCJHS library, where she was remembered as a "kind and thoughtful thirteen-year-old". When she was preparing to deploy at Thanksgiving, she expressed hope of utilizing her radio communication and maintenance skills later in the field of ministry, serving both her nation and her Lord. The KDH front page headline read: "4th Infantry Soldier Remembered As Servant Of God." She was buried in the newly opened Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery, where she is the youngest female active-duty soldier interred there. Amy is survived by her parents Michelle and Doug Duerksen, her sister April, grandparents and many friends. Elizabeth Ridderhoff wrote Soldier Girl to honor Amy and other women who have served our country.

 

1 Mar 06:

USA PFC Tina M Priest, 20, of Smithville, a suburb of Austin, TX died in Taji from a non-combat gunshot wound to the chest. She was assigned to the 4th Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, TX. Tina joined the Army after earning certification as a medical assistant but in the Army, she dealt with logistics, getting things where they need to be, and handled a machine gun mounted on a Humvee while deployed to Iraq. Tina had been raped while in Iraq, filed a claim, spoke with her chaplain, and saw a psychologist who stated she was stable but exhausted and sent her back to her quarters. The incident is still under investigation. Survivors include her mother, Joy Priest of Giddings; father, Tim Priest of Smithville; and sisters, Danielle Priest (her twin), Tiffany and husband Robert Reyna of Giddings; and grandmother, Beverly Priest of Smithville.

 

7 Jan 06:

AKARNG 1LT Jaime Lynn (Krausse) Campbell, 25, originally from Ephrata, WA but residing in Fairbanks, AK died while co-piloting the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, along with CWO Chester Troxel, that crashed near Tal Afar. She was one of two female helicopter pilots assigned to the Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 207th Aviation Regiment, Anchorage, AK. Jaime grew up in Washington state where she graduated from Ephrata High School in 1998. She received a degree in interior design in 2003 from Washington State University. Jaime had joined the Washington Army National Guard in 1999 to help pay for her college education, joined the ROTC program and decided to pursue an aviation career. She joined the Alaska Army National Guard in March 2003 and was stationed at Fort Wainwright, AK when she moved to Alaska with her husband, who had been stationed at Fort Wainwright with the Army. Jaime is the first woman in the Alaska Army National Guard’s history to die in the line of duty. She is survived by her husband Sam, an active duty Army captain who is also serving in Iraq, her parents Army CSM Jeff and Miki Krausse, and her sisters--Jessica and Jenny.

 

24 Dec 05:

USAR SGT Myla L. Maravillosa (pronounced Mar-RA-vi-OS-a), 24, of Wahiawa, HI,  died in Kirkuk of injuries sustained earlier that day in Al Hawijah when her HMMWV was attacked by enemy forces using rocket-propelled grenades. Myla was assigned to the Army Reserve’s 203rd Military Intelligence Battalion, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. Myla was a 1999 graduate of Leilehua High School and then joined the U.S. Army Reserve. She had attended Leeward Community College and planned to attend Hawaii Pacific University this year but was sent to Iraq on 20 Nov. Myla was only in Iraq for a little more than a month. She is survived by her mother, Estelita Maravillosa.

 

 

23 Dec 05:

USAR SGT Regina C. Reali, 25, of Fresno, CA was killed in Baghdad when an improvised explosive device detonated near the HMMWV she and another soldier from her unit were in. They were both assigned to the Army Reserve’s 351st Civil Affairs Command, Mountain View, CA. Regina graduated from Fresno High School in 1999 and joined the Army in Sacramento in July 2000, according to the US Army Special Operations Command. She worked at Home Depot in Clovis and was a student at Fresno City College. She deployed to Iraq this summer, was promoted to sergeant in November and was due home in May 2006. Regina is survived by her father, Richard, and brother, Paul.

 

 

10 Dec 05:

USA SGT Julia V. Atkins, 22, of Bossier City, LA, died in Baghdad when an improvised explosive device detonated near her HMMWV during patrol operations. Julia was an MP assigned to the 64th Military Police Company, 720th Military Police Battalion, 89th Military Police Brigade, Fort Hood, TX. She was on her second tour of duty in Iraq and was scheduled to leave Iraq in February. She planned to attend college and marry SGT Keith Mack. The youngest of four children Julia is survived by her father Billy Atkins, stepbrother Larry Thomas and two stepsisters—Tawanna Thomas and Shiri (Thomas) Selby.

 

 

28 Oct 05:

MOARNG 1LT Debra A. (Butler) Banaszak, 35, of Bloomington, IL, died at Camp Victory, Kuwait from non-combat gunshot injuries. DoD listed her as being in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Debra was assigned to the Army National Guard’s 1035th Maintenance Company, Jefferson Barracks, St Louis, MO. The company’s job is to repair diesel engines, transmissions, track vehicles and maintenance on other tactical vehicles. She had originally enlisted in the Army Reserve in January 1989 after high school and stayed with the USAR for a year and a half. Debra then joined the IL National Guard for 5 years. She switched to the MO Air National Guard for more than 3 years and had been with the MO Army National Guard for almost 7 years. While with the MONG and after attaining the rank of E-6 SSG, Debra attended the Officer's Candidate School and graduated in September 2000 as a 2LT. Her military position was handling administrative duties for the unit. The 1035th had been in Iraq since April and redeployed to Kuwait where they are expected to remain until returning home in April 2006. Debra had been a career police officer who most recently had worked as a sheriff’s deputy in St Charles, MO. She had received her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice in 2000. She was hoping to get a full time job in the MONG when she completed her tour of duty. Debra is survived by her son Mark, father John Butler Jr, mother Barbara Butler, brother Brian Butler, several other relatives and many friends in the military and police agencies.

 

28 Sep 05:

USAF A1C Elizabeth N. Jacobson, 21, originally from Riviera Beach, FL died near Camp Bucca near the southern city of Safwan when an improvised explosive device detonated near her convoy vehicle. Elizabeth was an Airman First Class assigned to the 17th Security Forces Squadron, Goodfellow Air Force Base, TX. She became the first woman from Palm Beach County to die in the Iraq war. Elizabeth attended Palm Beach Gardens High School in 2000 and Gold Coast High School in 2001 before moving to Madera, CA to be with her mother and graduate. She decided to enlist in the Air Force to serve her country and earn money for college for a career in law enforcement. She had been a member of the Fresno Playhouse and wrote poetry. Elizabeth will be buried in Fort Lauderdale, FL. She is survived by her parents David Jacobson and Marianne Earheart of California sisters, aunts and grandparents. A couple of nice tributes can be found at Airman at heart of remembrance ceremony!

 

 

 

14 Aug 05:

USA SPC Toccara R. Green, 23, of Rosedale, MD, died in Al Asad when multiple improvised explosive devices detonated near her unit during convoy operations to Camp Korean Village. She was assigned as a motor transport operator in transport operations, escorting and driving in convoys for the Army’s 57th Transportation Company, 548th Corps Support Battalion, Fort Drum, NY. She is the first female soldier from the 10th Mountain Division and the state of Maryland to be killed in Iraq. She had just been home on leave. This was her second tour of duty. A graduate of Forest Park High School in 2000 Toccara loved roller skating, working on cars and fishing. While in school she was the ROTC Class Commander. She attended Norfolk State University in Virginia, where she studied telecommunications and broadcasting before enlisting in January 2003. .Her parents, Yvonne and Garry Green, Sr and her older brother Garry Green, Jr who is in the Marines, survive her.

 

 

19 Jul 05:

USA PVT LaVena L. Johnson, 19, of Florissant, MO, died in Balad of non-combat gunshot injuries and burns. She was assigned as a weapons supply manager to the Army's 129th Corps Support Battalion, a logistics support unit at Fort Campbell, KY. She was a 2004 graduate of Hazelwood Central High School where she was an honor roll student with straight A’s her senior year. LaVena played the violin and belonged to the school’s orchestra. She volunteered for American Heart Association walks and donated blood. When she was a senior, LaVena decided she wanted to join the Army. She wanted to travel and wait a while before starting college. Her mother tried to talk her out of it but that didn’t work. LaVena enlisted in September and arrived at Fort Campbell in February and almost immediately deployed to Iraq. Her death remains under investigation since her body shows signs of assault and there was a blood trail outside her tent where she was found. Is this another Pat Tillman style cover-up? Was her death a murder or suicide? Doesn't she deserve a full investigation also? Please sign The Pfc. LaVena Johnson Petition! Her parents John and Linda Carter Johnson survive her along with four siblings. After reading Documents and photos suggest foul play in death of Private Johnson maybe you can decide for yourself if there is a cover-up going on! Another program aired on DemocracyNow.org if you'd like to see part of it go to "Female Iraq soldier brutally killed/raped"! Midtown Films has made a well done documentary about her death titled: LaVena Johnson-The Silent Truth and it premiered in NYC in October 2010. Investigators take on Private LaVena Lynn Johnson’s caseThe Cold Case Investigative Research Institute adds Private LaVena Lynn Johnson to its list of high profile cases and now LaVena's father hopes investigation proves daughter’s death in Iraq was murder, not suicide was announced on 6 July 2011. New Developments have been announced!

 

14 Jul 05:

NEARNG SSG Tricia L. Jameson, 34, of Omaha, NE died in Trebil. Tricia, a health care specialist was responding to a casualty incident when a secondary improvised explosive device detonated near her location while she was trying to treat wounded Marines. She was assigned to 313th Medical Company, Army National Guard, Lincoln, NE and had been in Iraq less than three weeks. Tricia was vehicle commander of an ambulance that was supporting a convoy mission from Camp Korean Village to the Treybul border crossing on the Iraq-Jordan border. While performing that mission, her convoy encountered a separate convoy of US Marines who had been attacked with an improvised explosive device, or roadside bomb. Tricia and her ambulance were called forward to aid the wounded Marines. As the ambulance approached, a second roadside bomb detonated. Stateside Tricia was employed full-time as a health care specialist at the Nebraska National Guard air base clinic in Lincoln. She volunteered for deployment to Iraq. She was a 1989 graduate of Millard South High School and attended Central Community College at Columbus in 1990-91. She is survived by her mother, Patricia Marsh of Omaha; her older brother, Rob; boyfriend, Mike Coldewey; grandmothers, Annamae Donahue and Kathryn Jameson; uncle Bill Jameson; and cousin Marcy Jameson. The Jameson Combat Medic Training Center has been named in her honor in Balad, Iraq.

 

27 Jun 05:
CIVILIAN Deborah Klecker, 51,
originally from Tucker, OR died after a roadside bomb exploded Monday near her Humvee east of Baghdad. She was working for DynCorp International in Iraq for about two months as an international police liaison officer. In that capacity, she mentored and advised Iraqi police officers who had completed their initial training. Deborah had been with the Marion County (OR) Sheriff's Department and served as a deputy sheriff. She held assignments in Patrol and Criminal Investigations; an instructor teaching about crime scene investigations, crimes against persons, and interviews and interrogations; and she served as a mentor and adviser to recruits. She had also been appointed to the board of directors of the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training for the State of Oregon. Many police officers in patrol cars and on motorcycles, drove to the Salem Evangelical Church on Locust Street for Deborah’s funeral service. She is survived by her parents, Ray and Millie Klecker, as well as her three siblings.

 

 

 

23 Jun 05:

Early Friday 24 Jun 05 it was reported that five female Marines were killed in a suicide car bombing in Fallujah. As of 11:30 a.m. ET that morning the number changed to three female Marines, two male Marines and a male sailor killed with thirteen others wounded, 11 of whom were women. They were in a 7-ton military vehicle, which was carrying nineteen people, enroute from performing checkpoint searches of female Iraqi civilians. As of Tuesday 28 Jun the numbers changed again showing two women Marines and one woman Naval Reservist were killed. As soon as more information becomes available I'll post it. Meanwhile here is the information I've been able to develop on these most recent losses.

USMC L/CPL Holly A. Charette, 21, from Cranston, RI was a (E-3) mail carrier assigned to Headquarters Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, NC and had one year left on her enlistment. She had graduated in 2001 from Cranston East High School where she played field hockey and was a cheerleader for the ice hockey team. Holly enlisted in the Marines in 2002 and deployed to Iraq in March 2005. She is survived by her parents, Regina and Edward Roberts; three brothers--Raymond Charette, Edward and Jared Roberts; grandparents; her finance, Alex Rodriguez; other relatives and many friends.

 

 

 

 

USMC CPL Ramona M. Valdez, 20, was born in the Dominican Republic. Her mother then raised her in Bronx, NY. Following graduation from Jane Addams High School when she was 15, Ramona attended community college. In 2002 she enlisted in the Marine Corps and was married. She was working as a (E-4) communication specialist assigned to Headquarters Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C. Ramona, eight months from the end of her four-year tour, deployed to Iraq in March. She had talked her mother into moving away from the Bronx and in March her family moved to Reading, PA--a home Ramona never got to see. Ramona had already filled out application forms to become a highway patrol officer in Pennsylvania upon her discharge from the Marines. When she was killed she was four days short of her 21st birthday. She is survived by her husband Armando Guzman who is also in the Marines, her mother Elida Nunez, father Louis Valdez, younger sister Fiorela Valdez and adopted sister Estefani Valdez.

 

 

 

USNR CS1 Regina R. Clark, 43, of Centralia, WA was a Culinary Specialist Petty Officer 1st Class (E-6) deployed with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 18 out of Tacoma, WA, then Naval Construction Region Detachment 30, Port Hueneme, CA, and was temporarily assigned to II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward). Regina, a Desert Storm veteran whose father and brother served in the Navy, was called up one week after the terrorist attacks of 11 Sep 2001. She spent four months on the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz. In 2003, she was sent on a six-month stint in Kuwait. This was Regina’s third tour of duty. She had been in Iraq this time since February and she had finally received her retirement papers in May—she wanted to retire. As a Reservist she was slotted as a mess-hall cook. Prepping food was a big part of her duties in earlier deployments in 2001 and 2003 but this tour was much different. Though Regina had been born in Germany she was raised in the United States. She joined the Navy and married a fellow sailor, but they separated when her son, Kerry Clark, was still a little boy. Regina had worked several years in a deli and bakery but had become a state corrections officer. She was a single mother who is survived by her son Kerry who graduated last year from high school, her mother Mellita Fountain and many friends.

 

5 Jun 05:

IDARNG SPC Carrie Lee French, 19, of Caldwell, Idaho, died in Kirkuk when an improvised explosive device hit the front of her convoy vehicle and detonated.  Carrie was assigned to the Idaho Army National Guard's 145th Support Battalion, Boise, ID and serving with the 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team. She was an ammunitions specialist. Carrie was a 2004 Caldwell High School graduate who enjoyed sports and was a cheerleader. She enlisted in the military during her junior year along with two friends. She wanted to go to law school and the extra money from the Army would help pay her education. This is Idaho’s first fatality of a female soldier in Operation Iraqi Freedom. She is survived by her father Rick French; mother and stepfather Paula & Doug Hylinski; grandparents Ralph & Lida Little and Richard & Betty French; sisters Mikala Hylinski & Sara (French) Gillman; two great-grandmothers; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and a nephew. She was preceded in death by her brother Jason Stockton.

 

3 Jun 05:

CIVILIAN Linda Joyce (Brown) Villar, 41, who was born in Franklinton, LA and lived in Richmond Hill, GA died in Baghdad from injuries sustained when a mortar round struck a gymnasium where she was doing her morning workout in her forward operating base on Camp Liberty. Linda began working for the US Government in February 1981 and worked in several positions before being assigned to work for the US Army Field Support Command at Fort Stewart, GA as a logistics management supply specialist. She was the acting chief of the Third Infantry Logistics Support Element in Iraq. Linda had worked at Fort Stewart since February 2004 before being sent to Iraq in March 2005. She was suppose to return home to her family on 13 July. She is survived by her husband David Artimez Villar; a daughter, Tanesha Prioleau; her mother, Dorothy Magee of Franklinton; three brothers, Marcus Magee, Bryant and Jimmy Bickham; and four sisters, Stephanie "Renee" Brown, Shelia Young, Carmen "Marie" Brown and Stacy Bickham.

 

 

18 Apr 05:

USA PFC Sam Williams Huff, 18, of Tucson, AZ, died in Baghdad of injuries sustained on 17 April in Baghdad when an improvised explosive device detonated near her HMMWV. She was assigned to the 170th Military Police Company, 504th Military Police Battalion, 42nd Military Police Brigade, Fort Lewis, WA. Sam graduated from Mountain View High School in Tucson in June 2004 where she was the conductor of the school’s marching band. She had two passions in life: music and the military. She did both. Sam followed in her parent’s footsteps in many ways. Her mother, Maggie (Williams) Huff, is a former Marine who served in Vietnam and her father, Robert Huff, is a retired Tucson Police Detective. A nice page full of info and photos can be seen at Sam W. Huff, Private First Class, United States Army thanks to Arlington Cemetery.

 

 

 

16 Apr 05:

CIVILIAN Marla Ruzicka, 28, from Lakeport, CA, died in Baghdad due to injuries from a car bombing. She was a humanitarian worker and founder of the Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict (CIVIC) based in New York City. Marla was a basketball player before graduating from Clear Lake High School and Long Island University. She is survived by her parents, Clifford and Nancy Ruzicka, as well as her five remaining siblings including her twin brother Mark.

 

 

15 Apr 05:

USA SPC Aleina Ramirez-Gonzalez, 33, of Hormigueros, Puerto Rico, died in Tikrit when a mortar struck her forward operating base. Aleina was assigned to the 3rd Brigade Troop Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, GA and had been in Iraq since December. This was actually her third time to be sent to Iraq. Aleina had been in the National Guard for 14 years in the southern town of Yauco in Puerto Rico before joining the active Army less than a year ago. She is survived by her father William Ramirez and others.

 

4 Mar 05:

USA SPC Adriana N. Salem, 21, of Elk Grove Village, IL, died in Remagen when her military vehicle rolled over. Salem was assigned to the 3rd Forward Support Battalion, Division Support Command, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, GA. She was a 2001 graduate of Elk Grove Village High School who wanted to become a police officer. She was active in her high school, playing in the orchestra, participating in Students Against Destructive Decisions and enduring an arduous course that prepared students for becoming physical education aides. Adriana enlisted in the Army following the 11 Sep 01 terrorist attacks. She had been in Iraq for about 20 days at the time of her death but she had already spent 2003 in Afghanistan. She is survived by her parents, Sandra and Shamshoum "Sam" Salem; sisters, Christina Salem-Hasselbrink, Sabrina Salem, Alexandria Salem and Larissa Salem; a grandmother; several aunts, uncles and  nephews; and her dear friend, Linda Jensen.

 

 

1 Mar 05:

USA SPC Lizbeth Robles, 31, originally from Vega Baja, Puerto Rico, died at the 228th Command Support Hospital in Tikrit. She died from injuries sustained in a military vehicle accident that occurred 28 February in Bayji. Lizbeth was assigned to the Army’s 360th Transportation Company, 68th Corps Support Battalion, 43rd Area Support Group, Fort Carson, CO. She was a fuel provider who deployed with her unit to Iraq in December for her second tour there. Lizbeth turned her love for the United States into a career in the Army. She had previously served in South Korea, Uzbekistan and at various U.S. posts before being assigned to Fort Carson. She loved the Army, as well as driving the tankers and trucks. She had gone home to Vega Baja during the week of Thanksgiving, just before her company deployed to Iraq. She is survived by her husband, who has lived in Colorado Springs for the past year; her father Santiago in Vega Baja; as well as her aunts, Delia Diaz and Judith Robles.

 

 

16 Feb 05:

USA SPC Katrina Lani (Johnson) Bell, 32, of Orangeburg, SC died in Baqubah when she was involved in a vehicle accident. Katrina was assigned to the Army’s H Platoon, 418th Transportation Company, 180th Transportation Battalion, Fort Hood, TX. She was in a convoy delivering goods when the truck she was in overturned and landed on her. Gas was reported to have been leaking out of the vehicle upon the arrival of emergency crews. It is not known whether there were any others in the convoy who perished or whether Johnson was the driver or the passenger of the vehicle. Katrina, originally from Columbia, SC, graduated in 1989 from Airport High School where she was on the track team, a member of the chorus and the band. She was affectionately called “Trina.” She studied at Midlands Technical College to become qualified as a surgical technician shortly after high school. She graduated from MTC around 1992. She worked at several hospitals upon graduation, most recently at The Regional Medical Center of Orangeburg & Calhoun Counties for about a three-month period, from the end of 1995 until early 1996, as an operating room technician. Katrina enlisted in the Army on 3 February 1998. After being assigned to Fort Hood she met Lawrence Bell. They fell in love and married. She gave birth to daughter Gabrielle Dana Bell about a year ago. Two months after giving birth, Katrina was sent to Kuwait. She came home for a couple of months and then was deployed to Iraq before Christmas 2004. She had made it known that her intentions were to continue her career as a registered nurse and that the decision to join the service was partly due to the Army’s promise that they would help her with her education to fulfill her career goals. She loved being in the military. She would say that “I am in the military, and I am here to serve my country.” Her sister Nichole described Katrina as “meek and humble” yet with an inner strength that joining the military helped reveal. Trina called her mother on 11 February and told her that she loved her before they hung up. “I felt like she was saying good-bye.” She is survived by her husband Lawrence Bell, daughter Gabriella Bell, younger sister Nichole Johnson and mother Vivian Johnson Huffman and stepfather Carl Huffman.

 

9 Feb 05:

ILARNG SGT Jessica M. Housby, 23, of Rock Island, IL, died in Route Golden, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near the convoy she was leading. Jessica, assigned to the Army National Guard’s 1644th Transportation Company, Rock Falls, IL, was driving a truck when the explosion occurred. The convoy was transporting cargo from Convoy Support Center Scania to Camp Stryker, a base at Baghdad International Airport. She had been in Iraq since October. Jessica had an excuse to stay home—she had a heart murmur and had been on a heart monitor, but staying home wasn’t an option. She shipped out bound for Iraq along with about 170 soldiers of the 1644th. Jessica enlisted in the Guard in 1999 before graduating from Rock Island High School in 2000 where she had been a member of the JrROTC program. She joined the military to help pay her college expenses. Before leaving for Iraq, she was attending Black Hawk College in Moline. As a civilian she worked in a pediatrician’s office. She loved baseball and dancing and used to play rugby. She is survived by her mother Deborah Bundy, a brother, aunt and many other relatives and friends.

 

29 Jan 05:

CIVILIAN Barbara (Geis) Heald, 60, originally of Stamford, CT and residing in Falls Church, VA died in the US Embassy in Baghdad. She worked for the Department of the Army in the Project and Contracting Office—Finance of the Department of Defense. She was in Iraq supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom helping to rebuild the nation’s public works. The US Embassy is housed in the former Republican Presidential Palace, which was hit by a 120mm rocket. Barbara was a 1965 graduate of Macalester College in St Paul, MN with a BA in political science. After graduation, she married Vietnam Veteran and career soldier Jack "Lee" Heald (who later died in 1996). Barbara applied for and was accepted into the Air Force Officer Candidate School. Upon completion she was commissioned as a second lieutenant in April 1974. She also attended Squadron Officer School in 1976 and a Procurement course. She served with the Air Force at Elmendorf in Alaska and Peterson in Colorado. Meanwhile she earned a master’s degree in business. After leaving the Air Force in March 1981 she was employed in private industry as a materials expediter for several years until she went to work with the Department of Agriculture as a contracting officer. Barbara retired from civil service in 1999. In 2003 Barbara volunteered to assist in the reconstruction of Iraq. Initially she went over for six months then volunteered to extend for another six months. She was at the news conference in the embassy the day Paul Bremer announced that Saddam Hussein had been captured. She joined with everyone joyously cheering that day. She returned to the US to complete some special projects at the Pentagon, also in support of the effort in Iraq. She had returned to Baghdad the second week of January 2005 to start her third tour. But it was not to be. Her remains are now inurned at Arlington National Cemetery alongside those if her late husband Lee. Barbara is survived by her sister Margaret Geis of Yuma, AZ; brothers John Geis of Houston, TX and Eric Geis of Toronto, Canada; and three grown stepchildren.

 

3 Jan 05:

CIVILIAN Tracy Hushin, 34, a native of Islip, NY on Long Island was killed in an attack on a convoy when a suicide bomber rammed into her car and it exploded at a checkpoint between the protected Green Zone and the road to the Baghdad International Airport. She was driving to her home in Baghdad after returning from a trip to Baghdad International Airport. Tracy had graduated from George Washington University with her bachelor and master’s degrees in International Relations and Economics. She was working for the McLean, VA based consulting company, BearingPoint Inc., in Iraq since July 2003 under a contract for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), providing economic advice to the new Iraqi government. Tracy is survived by her parents, Patricia and Paul Hushin.

 

 

 

13 Dec 04:

USAR SGT Tina S. Time (pronounced Tee-may), 22, from Tucson, AZ, died near Cedar,  which is near Nassiriya, when she was involved in a head-on crash during a blinding dust storm in southeast Iraq. Tina’s truck collided with another military vehicle, killing her and injuring her co-driver and both occupants of the other vehicle. The incident remains under investigation. She was assigned to the Army Reserve’s 208th Transportation Company, Tucson, AZ. The unit was deployed 7 Dec 2003 and has been in Iraq since February. They were expected to remain there for about 18 months. Tina's tour was set to end in two months. Tina was a 63G/63S Fuel System and Heavy Wheel Mechanic. She worked on medium and heavy trucks for the unit, which has more than 100 members. Tina also was a SAW/50 Cal gunner on the M984E1 recovery vehicle. She was promoted to sergeant in January. Prior to this the 208th had completed more than 60 convoy missions throughout Iraq and Kuwait. She is the first female soldier who also happens to be American Samoan to die from the Tucson area. Tina enlisted in the Army right after she graduated from Leone High School in American Samoa in 2000 and was attending Pima Community College as a computer science major. She is survived by four siblings—three of them are also serving in the military—two are in the Air Force while the other is in the Army and her parents Mary and Toilolo (Mele and Viliamu).

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 Dec 04:

USA SGT Cari Ann Gasiewicz, 28, of Depew, NY died in Baqubah when two improvised explosive devises detonated near her convoy. She was assigned to the 202nd Military Intelligence Battalion, 513th MI Brigade, Fort Gordon, GA as a military interpreter fluent in Arabic. Cari had been born and raised in Cheektowaga, NY. She attended Cayuga Heights Elementary School in Depew and graduated from Depew High School in 1994 where she loved to play softball. She attended Canisius College for three years before joining the Army. She had hoped to use her linguistic skills to work for the FBI or CIA when she got out of the Army. Cari is survived by her parents, Paul and Kathleen of Cheektowaga; a brother, Paul Jr. of Cheektowaga; her maternal grandmother, Theresa Battista of Cheektowaga; and her fraternal grandmother, Stephanie Gasiewicz of West Seneca; as well as other family members.

 

11 Oct 04:

USA SGT Pamela G. Osbourne, 38, of Hollywood, FL died in Baghdad when two rockets impacted her camp. She was assigned to the Army’s Division Artillery, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas and worked the supply lines for a tank division. A native of Jamaica Pamela joined the Army in 2001—before the terrorist attacks—and became a US citizen in 2003. Pamela was home for a two-week visit in July. She had been a certified nursing assistant and worked together at Washington Manor in Hollywood, FL before joining the Army. She is survived by her husband Rohan; three children—Tony, Rohan Jr and LaToya who all live in Central Texas; her mother who lives in South Florida and several other family members.
 

 

 

6 Oct 04:

ILARNG SPC Jessica Lynn Cawvey, 21, of Normal, IL, born 21 August 1983 died on October 6 2004 in Fallujah when an improvised explosive device detonated near her convoy vehicle. She was assigned to the Army’s National Guard’s 1544th Transportation Company, from Paris, IL. Jessica was killed and two others were seriously injured when an explosive device was detonated near their convoy truck while it was traveling on a main supply route. Jessica, trained as a driver of a 5-ton cargo truck, was a motor transport operator and was part of a cargo truck convey traveling a main supply route between Biap and Taquaddum. She became the 5th member of the 1544th to be killed in Iraq. Originally from Mahomet, Jessica was a 2001 graduate of Mahomet-Seymour High School where her brother is a senior now. She enlisted in the Illinois Army National Guard in 2001. Jessica went from high school to Parkland College in Champaign where she earned an associate’s degree in business administration in 2003, was on the dean’s list and was a Phi Theta Kappa winner. She enrolled in fall 2003 as a junior at Illinois State University in Normal, where she studied accounting and sociology. She was a dedicated young mother, good college student and an independent-minded woman. She is survived by her 6-year-old daughter—Sierra, parents—Kevin and Sandra, brothers--Kevin Jr and Joshua, grandparents--Howard and Donna McGlasson and other relatives.

 

4 Oct 04:

USA SSG Gina R Sparks, 35, from Drury, MO died at Fort Polk, LA from a non-combat incident. She had been assigned to the 115th Field Hospital at Ft Polk. Her MOS was 91W which as far as I can tell is a Nuclear Medical Specialist. Gina was medevaced from Iraq and died at Fort Polk. DoD announced her death 21 Mar 07 as being in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. SO I have placed her onto this list!

 

5 Sep 04:

ILARNG SGT Shawna M. Morrison, 26, of Champaign, IL. died west of Baghdad during a mortar attack. She was assigned to the Army National Guard’s 1544th Transportation Company, Paris, IL attached to the 13th Corps Support Command, which oversees distribution of military fuel, food, water and other supplies to U.S. forces across Iraq. She was killed along with SPC Charles Lamb when Logistical Base Seitz was hit by a barrage of mortar fire. She is the first woman from the Illinois National Guard to die in combat in Iraq. A graduate of Paris t Meister coached her in track and taught two of her classes, history and psychology. She ran middle distances in track. The school’s yearbook indexes her in the French club, debate team and band as well. She was particularly interested in the psychology class and studied at the University of Illinois for one semester in 2002. She also took classes at Parkland College. Shawna joined the Illinois National Guard while still a student at Paris High School. She was motivated to sign up as a way of providing for her college, as well as by an enjoyment of the precision drilling she did in Flags. She was a communications specialist in the National Guard, and an expert one. According to her father, Rick Morrison, Shawna sustained shrapnel wounds to the head, which caused her death. In addition to her father, her mother, Cindy, and 17-year-old brother, Allan, survive her. Funeral services were held at First United Methodist Church of Paris with burial at the Edgar Cemetery. A National Guard honor guard attended Shawna’s flag-draped casket and she was buried with military honors. Adjutant Gen. Randall Thomas attended the service, as did LT Gov Pat Quinn, who called her “a special person who had a servant’s heart.” She specialized in communications and was an integral part of the 1544th, Thomas said. “She served with pride, honor and distinction,” he said. “We will never forget her and the ultimate sacrifice she gave her nation. We salute her.”

22 Jul 04:

USA SGT Tatjana Reed, 34, of Clarksville, KY died in Samarra when an improvised explosive device detonated near her convoy vehicle. She was a heavy wheeled vehicle operator assigned to the 66th Transportation Company from Kaiserslautern, Germany. Tatjana was a native of Germany who became a US citizen in 1998. Since joining the Army she has been at Fort Knox and Fort Campbell (with the 101st Airborne) before transferring to Germany in 1999. She had been in Iraq since January. “She loved the Army. She told me not to worry for her, and she was asking about us,” her mother said. Tatjana is survived by her 12 year old daughter Genevieve who lives in Germany, her mother Brigitte Dykty of Clarksville, TN, also a brother and a sister.

 

 

11 Jul 04:

NEARNG SFC Linda Ann Tarango-Griess, 33, of Sutton, NE died in Samarra when an improvised explosive device detonated near the convoy vehicle she was in. She and SGT Jeremy J. Fischer, 26, of Lincoln, NE also killed, were assigned to the 267th Ordnance Company, Nebraska National Guard, from Lincoln, NE. I recently heard from one of the women who served with Linda. SSG Leslie Ramonas said that Linda was killed in an IED/Ambush, and her fellow soldiers fought valiantly on her behalf. When Linda's vehicle hit the IED the rest of the convoy came under ambush attack. It was an intense ordeal and firefight. Guard spokesman LTC Bob Vrana said that he believed that Linda is the first female Nebraska National Guard soldier ever killed in combat and the first female military person from Nebraska killed in Iraq from any service branch, active or reserve. Linda and Jeremy both served in the 267th Ordnance Company, based in Lincoln with detachments in Gering and Hastings. The company was sent to Iraq in February. One of the company’s key missions was to add armor plating to Humvee vehicles to make them safer. Linda died hours after talking to her husband, SSG Douglas L. Griess, also a member of the Nebraska Army National Guard. She had called him about 9:30 a.m. Sunday after he sent her an e-mail that he had just been given his mobilization orders. He said that was the last time they talked. Douglas said that Linda loved the military. She was a 14-year veteran, a full-time soldier and served in the supply section of her unit. "She loved to play softball. She liked people in general. I think that is why she liked the military so well because of all the new people she could meet in the military," he said. They met each other in the military while serving in the 67th Support Battalion, Company A, in York. They were married 10 years ago and have no children. Linda's family is originally from North Platte and she graduated from Kearney High School. Her parents, Augustin and Juanita Tarango, still live in there. Augie Tarango, Linda's brother said, "My sister is a hero, we all think of her as a hero, she fought for us so we could be safe in the United States." She always wanted to be a part of the Army. "She was fearless, she went at everything, she didn’t fear anything, she would say come on, what do I have to fear," says Augie Tarango. Her family says she was excited about going to Iraq, that she was part of a maintenance crew and she said she would be safe and out of the way. Her parents talked with her on the phone just forty five minutes before her death. They said if they knew it would be the last time they would talk to her, they would have said more. Her brother says he wanted to tell her that he loved her, that he would never forget her, and that he was proud of her. Now the Tarangos remember the best in a soldier that paid the ultimate sacrifice. "She would give you the shirt off her back", says Augie Tarango, "She was just that type of person."

 

6 Jun 04:

USA PFC Melissa J. Hobart, 22, of Ladson, SC, died from a non-combat health problem in Baghdad after collapsing while on guard duty. Hobart was assigned to Company E, 215th Forward Support Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, TX. Survived by her mother Constance Hobart of Ladson, SC, 26 year old brother Gary, 3 year old daughter. Hobart’s mother said her daughter entered the military "to make a better life for herself." She joined the Army roughly a year ago and had been in Iraq since early March, said her brother, Gary Hobart. "She was smart. She was trying to pull her life together," Hobart’s mother, 44, said. "She had been to nursing school for a year and a half. ... You know she knew she was young, but she joined the military to pull her life together." Hobart didn’t graduate from Stall High School but instead took the GED, her mother said. She was at the nursing program at Trident Technical College before joining the military. Her brother Gary, who works for Dorchester County Emergency Medical Services, said his sister was "my hero, even before this." "We came a long way from nothing and we made it pretty far. It’s just sad that she died at such a young age," he said. "I believed in what she was doing and I still believe in it. I miss her, but that’s one of the prices that unfortunately has to be paid." Hobart’s mother remembers a good-looking and spunky daughter. "She was always on the go and you couldn’t keep up with her," Constance Hobart said. Melissa played soccer, basketball, baseball, dancing and flute and loved to read, her mother said. The Defense Department says Hobart’s death is under investigation. Hobart’s mother said she had fainted about a week ago in Iraq and fell on her face, leaving her eye black and blue. "I’m mad, I’m mad because that was already a warning," she said. Hobart was buried in Connecticut, where most of her family resides, her mother said. But there was also a service in South Carolina at the Summerville Presbyterian Church.

 

20 May 04:

USA PFC Leslie D. Jackson, 18, of Richmond, VA, died in Baghdad when her military vehicle hit an improvised explosive device as it was returning to Camp Eagle. She was assigned to A Company, 115th Forward Support Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division, Ft Hood, TX. Leslie was born 28 Oct 1985 in Richmond. She attended George Wythe High School in Richmond where she served as Battalion Commander of the JROTC. Earl Pappy, Wythe’s principal who is also a Veteran, said "Based on her interaction with JROTC, she thought that it would be a good career path for her." She thought the military would help her move forward. In June 2003, Leslie graduated from high school and in August joined the United States Army. On 28 Mar 2004 Leslie was deployed to Kuwait and later to Iraq. Her dreams were to graduate from high school and join the Army. Leslie and Pappy had been emailing each other every couple of weeks. She wrote about what she was encountering in Iraq. Her last email was 3 weeks before her death. Leslie’s aunt, Pearl Roberts said that Leslie always wanted to be in the military even though her mother was against it. She is survived by her mother Viola Jackson; her father Leslie Eugene Jackson; half-brother Leslie Eugene Riley; half-sister MyLexus Leona Jackson, all of Richmond; maternal grandparents Hattie and Howard McCargo of Red Oak, VA; a devoted aunt Pearl J. Roberts of Red Oak; devoted cousin Brian Roberts; aunts Louise Jackson, Patricia Jackson, Beatrice Miller and Valerie Jackson, all of Richmond; uncles Floyd Jackson and Michael Jackson of Richmond; great-aunts Elvira Boyd and Pathenia Watson of Red Oak; godmother Penny Soltes; godfather Bobby Tisdale, a godchild, and a host of devoted cousins, other relatives and friends.

 

8 May 04:

USA SPC Isela Rubalcava, 25, of El Paso, TX died in Mosul when a mortar round hit near her. Isela was assigned to the 296th Combat Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), Fort Lewis, WA. Isela graduated from Canutillo High School in 1996 and was a student at UTEP. Survivors include her parents Maria and Ramon; her brothers Ramon and Fernando; paternal grandparents Juan and Margarita Rubalcava; God-daughter—Madelyne Rubalcava; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

 

 

9 Apr 04:

WIARNG SPC Michelle M. Witmer, 20, from New Berlin, WI, died April 9 in Baghdad when she became involved in an improvised explosive device and small arms attack. Michelle was assigned to the Army National Guard’s 32nd Military Police Company, Milwaukee, WI. She is survived by her parents, John and Lori, and her sisters, Rachel and Charity (Michelle’s twin). Both Rachel and Charity are also in the National Guard. They too were serving in Iraq at the time of Michelle’s death. Following the funeral they decided to remain stateside to serve out their term of active duty.

 

 

 

 

7 Apr 04:

USA SPC Tyanna S. (Avery) Felder, 22, from Bridgeport, CT, died in Balad from injuries sustained on 4 April in Mosul when her convoy vehicle was hit with an improvised explosive device. Felder was a cook assigned to the Army’s Stryker 296th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, WA. Tyanna attended McKinley and Dunbar Elementary schools then graduated from Kolbe Cathedral High School. She played basketball and sang in choir. Enrolled at Southern Connecticut State University to work with children—she left after 1 year. She went to Basic Training at Ft Jackson in 2001. She married 1st Special Forces SPC Adrian Felder on 20 Dec 02. Sister Danene, 26, spoke with Tyanna the Friday before she died—she was coming home on leave the following week. She is survived by her mother, Ilene "Patricia" Avery, father Ray Avery, sister Danene and younger brother Ray Avery Jr.

 

15 Mar 04:

These two women, Karen and Jean, were part of the Southern Baptist International Mission Board based in Richmond, VA. They were killed along with Jean’s husband and another man (whose wife was also seriously wounded) when the vehicle they were riding in was ambushed in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. They had been looking for a good location for a water purification project when their vehicle was attacked in Mosul.

CIVILIAN Karen Denise Watson, 38, was from Bakersfield, CA. She had been a member of Valley Baptist Church in Bakersfield since 1997. She joined after enduring an intense period of grief when her finance, her father and her grandmother all died within a two-year span. Her church directed her to the IMB, and she was accepted to serve overseas. She took part in short-term mission trips to El Salvador, Kosovo, Macedonia and Greece in the fall of 2002. Also in Bakersfield, Watson had worked with Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary helping to start a new congregation, Sure Foundation Baptist Church. She seemed to have a calling. When offered the chance to go to Iraq she accepted. Karen resigned from her job as a detention officer at the Kern County Sheriff’s Department in Bakersfield and sold her house and her car. She had already developed skills in administration and leadership thanks to her job at the Sheriff’s office so she was assigned to coordinate refugee relief in conjunction with Operation Iraqi Freedom. She set up a base of operations in Jordan beginning in March 2003, but with the relatively quick end of major combat operations, the anticipated flood of refugees did not come. Watson was then assigned to Iraq with a change of plans. Karen had written a letter before she left for Iraq with the instructions that it was not to be opened unless she was killed. When opened it read that she wanted everyone to know she had no regrets and died serving the Lord. Karen was buried in Arvin, CA.

 

 

CIVILIAN Jean (Dover) Elliot, 58, along with her husband Larry T Elliot, 58, were both killed that day. Jean’s smile could light up a room. She was older than many missionaries serving in the Middle East. She already had experience in humanitarian projects after a quarter century in Honduras. She wanted to use her skills to help Iraqis. Jean wrote that “no matter what happens, we are in his hands and know that we are where we should be.” The Elliotts were later buried at Grassy Creek Baptist Church in the Granville County town of Bullock, NC, about 3 miles south of the Virginia border. The couple are survived by their son, Todd Elliott of Arlington, VA and their daughter, Dr. Gina Kim of Houston, TX.
 

 

 

 

9 Mar 04:

CIVILIAN Fern L. Holland, 33, was born and lived in Bluejacket, OK. Reports state she is from OK and had previously been with the Peace Corps. She was in Iraq trying to help the women there. She was a civilian employee of the Department of Defense as a lawyer. She was assigned to the Coalition Provisional Authority, based in Arlington, VA and died in Al-Hillah in a hail of AK-47 bullets that also claimed the lives of American colleague Robert Zangas of Trafford, PA, and her Iraqi interpreter, assistant and close friend Salwa Ali. She graduated from Miami High School in Oklahoma. She was a member of the Cherokee Nation, which passed a resolution saying she “died as a warrior.” During the memorial service, U.S. Army officials presented Holland’s family with the Defense of Freedom medal, the civilian equivalent of the military’s Purple Heart. Cherokee Chief Chad Smith also recognized Holland, a member of the tribe, as a “Cherokee warrior” who died fighting for her beliefs. He said he brought his children to the service so they could come to know “a true Cherokee hero.” Fern is survived by brothers James Holland of Overland Park, KS, Joe Holland of Cleveland, OH and sisters Vi Holland and Mary Ann Dunn of Oklahoma City. Thanks to Dave Starling for providing the updated information.

 

 

 

7 Mar 04:

USA CPT Gussie M. Jones, 41, of Louisiana. She died in Baghdad as a result of a non-combat related heart attack. As medical surgical nurse in support of area operations, Gussie was assigned to the 31st Combat Support Hospital, Fort Bliss, TX. A registered nurse assigned to Fort Bliss’ 31st Combat Support Hospital died in Iraq Department of Defense officials announced. A nurse at Beaumont Army Medical Center’s intensive care unit she had volunteered to serve as a medical surgical nurse in Baghdad. She was having symptoms similar to those exhibited by heart attack victims. She was the 12th soldier with El Paso ties to die in Iraq and the highest-ranking person. Gussie left TX on 7 Jan with 160 soldiers from Fort Bliss. The 31st Combat Support Hospital is under the 31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade at Fort Bliss. She was born in Arkansas, one of eight children. She enlisted in the Army in 1988 as a personnel clerk and attained the rank of sergeant. When Gussie earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Arkansas University Central in 1986, she was selected to attend the Army Enlisted Commissioning Program. She then earned her second bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University in 1998 in nursing. Her new career as a registered nurse and a commissioned officer began in September 1998 at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. She then completed a course in critical-care nursing in 2002 before she was assigned to Beaumont. During her 15 years of military services, she received a Joint Service Commendation medal, four Army Commendation medals and three Army Achievement medals.

 

 

16 Feb 04:

USAR PFC Nichole M. Frye, 19, from Lena, WI. She died in Baqubah when an improvised explosive device struck her convoy. Nichole was a member of the 432nd Civil Affairs in Ashwaubenon but when her deployment happened she was assigned to Company A, 415th Civil Affairs Battalion, US Army Reserve, from Kalamazoo, MI. She was delivering supplies like water, food and books to children when the convoy was struck. Nichole graduated from Lena High School in 2002, worked in a supermarket and a restaurant as well as joining the USAR. From a small community of 600 in her county she is survived by her parents Lisa and James Frye, sister Crystal, brother William, her finance and many friends.

 

 

31 Jan 04:

USA PFC Holly Jeanne McGeogh, 19, originally from the Detroit suburb of Taylor, MI. She and two males were killed when their vehicle hit an improvised explosive device while on a convoy in Kirkuk. She belonged to Company A, 4th Forward Support Battalion, 4th Infantry Division (Mech) out of Ft Hood, TX and is the second woman from this company to be killed in Iraq. Her roommate PFC Analaura Esparza Gutierrez was killed in October 2003. Holly enlisted on 22 August 2002 after graduating from Truman High School in Taylor, MI where she was a member of the JROTC for 4 years. She was a light truck mechanic. Buried from St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Wyandotte, MI. Survived by her parents and others.

 

 

 

14 Jan 04:

USA SGT Keicia M. (Coleman) Hines, 27, was from Citrus Heights, CA died from non-combat injuries sustained when she was hit by a vehicle. She was a supply sergeant assigned to the 108th Military Police Combat Support Company, Fort Bragg, NC. A vehicle on Mosul Airfield in Mosul struck and killed her. Keicia had already served in Bosnia and Israel. She had enlisted in 1995 and was promoted to sergeant in 2002. She is survived by her husband Sean who is also a soldier, a stepson and her mother Beverly Coleman.

 

 

 

 

2 Jan 04:

USA CPT Kimberly N. Hampton, 27, was from Easley, SC. She was assigned to 1st Battalion, 82nd Aviation Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, Ft Bragg, NC. Kim was killed when the OH-58 Kiowa Observation Helicopter she was piloting was shot down by enemy ground fire and crashed in Fallujah. The soldiers on the ground surrounded her Kiowa, pulled both Kim and her wounded co-pilot out. Both were evacuated but Kim was already deceased. Prior to this she had served in South Korea and Afghanistan. Kim was a 1998 graduate of Presbyterian College where she was undefeated tennis champ and a member of the ROTC. Her parents Ann and Dale Hampton survive her.

 

 

 

14 Dec 03:

USA SSG Kimberly A. (Fahnestock) Voelz, 27, was from Carlisle, PA. She was assigned to 703rd Explosive Ordnance Detachment, 2nd Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team in Ft Knox, KY. Kim was critically wounded while attempting to approach or disarm a suspicious device outside Fallujah in Iskandariyah. She died later in the day in her husband Max’s arms. Max was part of another team but nearby. She had enlisted in 1996 and met Max while in Basic training. With her expertise in EOD she had been involved with many activities including the Olympics and on a Secret Service detail. Her husband Max, parents Floyd and Carol Fahnestock, two brothers Mark and Chad, and sister Kelly survive Kim.

 

 

 

8 Nov 03:

USA SGT Linda C. Jimenez, 39, was from Brooklyn, N.Y. She fell while running to keep up with friends, fearing for her safety if she lost contact with them and was injured on 31 Oct 2003. She was taken to the 28th Combat Support Hospital and was later evacuated to Landstuhl Army Regional Medical Center. Subsequently, she was moved to WRAMC where she later died. This accident happened a few weeks after she was scheduled to have returned stateside according to her father, Angelo Cruz of Sun City West, AZ. Linda died of complications after a blood clot formed, went to her brain and caused a stroke. She was assigned to the 2nd Squadron Combat Support Aviation (Maintenance), 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Polk, LA. She is survived by her father.

 

7 Nov 03:

USA CWO5 Sharon T. (Mayo) Swartworth, 43, was from Warwick, RI and Virginia. She was assigned to the Judge Advocate General Office based at HQs Department of the Army, Pentagon. Sharon was killed while onboard a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter near Tikrit. She had survived the Pentagon attack when her office had not yet been relocated to that part of the building hit by the plane on 11 Sep 01. She was planning on retiring and moving to Hawaii where she and her husband just bought a home. Her husband William, a Navy captain doctor, a son William Jr., and father Bernard Mayo of Litchfield, ME survive her.

 

 

 

2 Nov 03:

Several people died while onboard a CH-47 helicopter that was hit by a surface-to-air missile near Fallujah. Two of the passengers were women--

USA PFC Karina S. Lau, 20, was from Livingston, CA. She was assigned to the 16th Signal Bn, Ft Hood, TX. She was a network switching systems operator-maintainer. Survived by a brother Luis Lau who’s in the Navy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

USA SPC Frances M. Vega, 20, was born in San Francisco, CA but spent most of her life in the Fort Buchanan area of Puerto Rico. She was an administrative clerk assigned to the 151st Adjutant General Postal Detachment 3, Ft Hood, TX. Her father and other relatives survive her.

 

 

 

 

 

26 Oct 03:

USA PFC Rachel K. Bosveld, 19, was from Oshkosh--not Waupun,--WI. She was assigned to 527th Military Police Company, V Corps, Giessen, Germany. She was killed during a mortar attack on a police station in Abu Ghraib. Adopted as a baby Rachel is survived by her father Marvin, brother Craig, step-brother Aaron Krebs, adoptive mother Mary Bosveld and other relatives including a female cousin who served during the Vietnam War. Mary contacted me on 31 May 12 and informed me that Rachel was actually from Oshkosh--thank you for the info.

 

 

 

 

25 Oct 03:

USN FN Jakia Sheree Cannon, 20, from Baltimore, MD died in Bahrain from non-combat health problem due to natural causes. She was a Fireman Seaman (E-3) aboard the USS Enterprise (CVN-65) out of Norfolk, VA. Jakia had only been aboard the Enterprise for a little more than a month but she was already singing in the choir. It was an unexpected loss for the Enterprise and her shipmates. Following her death her friends raised money among themselves to send to Jakia’s 14-year-old brother Joshua, a freshman in high school, to help with his future education. Prior to her death she had run track in Italy and sang in the Greater Mount Zion Baptist Church where she was also an usher. She is not the only member of her family to serve in the Navy. Her uncle is an Information Systems Technician 1st Class, and had orders to report to the Enterprise in February of 2004. I’m sorry to report that her death was overlooked when it first happened but it wasn’t until 24 March 2005 that it came to my attention. Since she was serving overseas in a combat area I decided to list her name here since others who died in Bahrain have been considered as supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom however DoD has not published her name. This photo appeared with her obit in the Hampton Roads, VA paper--thanks to Pat Beamer for sending it to me. If anyone has any further information about her or her surviving family members--please contact me.

 

1 Oct 03:

USA PFC Analaura Esparza Gutierrez, 21, was from Houston, TX. She was assigned to A Company, 4th Forward Support Bn, Ft Hood, TX. She was killed when an improvised explosive device and rocket-propelled grenades hit her convoy in Tikrit. She was called "Lissy" by her family and "Ana" by her friends. She was engaged to marry SPC Jose Gomez. She is survived by her parents Augustin Esparza and Armandian Esparza-Gutierrez; also her Aunt Meyra Esparza.

 

 

 

 

 

USA SPC Tamarra Joharidelonda Ramos, 24, from Quakertown, PA. She died at Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC), Washington DC of non-combat health problem received in Iraq. Tamarra was assigned to the 3rd Armor Medical Company, Medical Troop Regimental Support Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Carson, CO. She enlisted in the winter of 2000, trained at Fort Jackson and then Fort Sam Houston as a Combat Medic. She had been inducted into the Honorary Order of the Spur. She had already been to Egypt during Operation Bright Star. In August 2003 she was diagnosed with an "unknown cancer" and evacuated to WRAMC. She underwent extensive evaluation and chemotherapy. Tamarra is survived by her husband, SPC Eric Ramos who is assigned to Medical Troop, Support Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Rgt.

 

 

15 Sep 03:

USA SPC Alyssa Renee Peterson, 27, was from Flagstaff, AZ. She was assigned to C Company, 311th Military Intelligence Bn, 101st Airborne Div (Air Assault), Ft Campbell, KY. Alyssa had been conducting interrogations and translating enemy documents and didn't like the way the interrogations were being done. She died near Tal Afar from what is described as a non-combat self-inflicted weapons discharge. In junior high school Alyssa had been a soccer player and ran cross country. While in high school she had been a peer counselor. She graduated magna cum laude from Northern Arizona University with a bachelor's degree in psychology. She went to the Netherlands for the Mormon Church to serve in a mission. She joined the Army in July 2001 before she told her parents. She was trained for military intelligence before going to the Presidio of Monterey, CA to become an Arabic translator. Her unit deployed to Iraq in August 2003 but her folks thought she was still at Ft Campbell. Her parents Rich and Bobbi Peterson survive her. An interesting article to read is Remembering the US Soldier Who Committed Suicide After She Refused to Take Part in Torture.

 

 

9 Jul 03:

USA SGT Melissa Valles, 26, was from Eagle Pass, TX. She was a member of HQs Detachment, Company B, 64th Forward Support Bn, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, Fort Carson, CO. She died in Balad from a non-combat gunshot wound to her abdomen. Survived by her mother Marianita Valles, step-father Carlos Gomaz, sister Maribel and brother Jesus.

 

 

 

 

8 May 03:

CIVILIAN Elizabeth Neuffer, 46, born in Quincy, MA, raised in Connecticut and toured the world, died due to an automobile accident near the town of Samarra. She was there on assignment covering the aftermath of the war. She was returning to Baghdad from an overnight trip to Tikrit. She was a graduate of Cornell University with a degree in history and the London School of Economics where she received a master’s degree in political philosophy. Elizabeth began her career as a journalist in London. She covered many top stories for the Boston Globe around the world and was an award winning reporter who also wrote a book. Besides English she was fluent in French, German and Russian. She is survived by her parents, Robert and Meredith Neuffer, her brother, Mark, and her longtime companion, Peter Canellos, a Boston Globe deputy managing editor and bureau chief in Washington, DC.

 

 

23 Mar 03:

USA PFC Lori Ann Piestewa, 23, was from Tuba City, AZ. She was a member of the 507th Maintenance Co, Ft Bliss, TX whose convoy was ambushed outside Nasiriyah. Lori was a Hopi Indian and single mother of 2. Her daughter Carla Lynn, son Brandon Terry, her mother Percy, father Terry and brother Wayland survive her.

 

 

 

 

 

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