Wounded Times


Monday, December 31, 2007

Count all non-combat deaths part 3


Sgt. Denis J. Gallardo 22 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment St. Petersburg, Florida Died of a non-combat related illness in Tal Afar, Iraq, on November 22, 2005

Brandon M. Gallegos, also 21, of Post Falls, Idaho.April 20, 2004 Soldier sentenced to 30 years for murder of fellow G.I. Associated Press FORT LEWIS, Wash. A soldier who killed his Army buddy after a drinking party has been sentenced to 30 years in military prison, officials at this Army post south of Tacoma said. Daniel Isaiah Taylor, 21, who grew up in Colorado, was charged with premeditated murder but pleaded guilty to unpremeditated murder in the death of Brandon M. Gallegos, also 21, of Post Falls, Idaho.

Not Counted

Garcia, Anthony R. Captain 48 Army 2/17/06 weapon discharge No. 148-06
Feb 20, 2006
DoD Identifies Army Casualty
The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Cpt. Anthony R. Garcia, 48, of Fort Worth, Texas, died in Tikrit, Iraq, on Feb. 17, from a gun shot wound. Garcia was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, 101st Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky. The incident is under investigation.
Not counted on CNN

Post officials Monday did not say whether Garcia's injuries were combat-related, nor did they release any details about the nature of his injuries. Cathy Grambling, a spokeswoman for Fort Campbell, confirmed Garcia was shot on a military base in Tikrit on Friday

Pvt. Gardi Gardev March 07, 2005 Bulgarian says coalition troops likely killed soldier

Not reported as "friendly fire"

Gardev was killed when he was shot southeast of Diwaniya, Iraq, on March 4, 2005. The Bulgarian defense ministry says Gardev's patrol had fired warning shots to stop an Iraqi civilian car when it received heavy fire from the direction of a U.S. Army communications facility 150 meters (165 yards) away.


Associated Press SOFIA, Bulgaria A Bulgarian soldier killed last week in Iraq was likely shot by troops of the U.S.-led coalition, Defense Minister Nikolai Svinarov said Monday. The result (of the investigation) gives us enough grounds to believe the death of Pvt. Gardi Gardev was caused by friendly fire, Svinarov told reporters. He said a Bulgarian patrol was approached by a civilian Iraqi car Friday. The car did not stop after the patrol gave a signal and the servicemen fired warning shots in the air from the north. Shortly after the warning shots were fired, the patrol became the target of massive fire from the west, where a U.S. Army communications site was located about 150 yards away, Svinarov said. Initial reports had said Gardev was killed in a shootout with insurgents near the central Iraqi city of Diwaniya.

Spc. James W. Gardner 22 1st Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Glasgow, Kentucky Died of a non-combat related cause in Tal Afar, Iraq, on April 10, 2006

Cpl. Erik T. Garoutte
1st Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team Company, Marine Corps Security Force Battalion, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force
Santee, California
Died in Baghdad, Iraq, on October 19, 2007

No cause of death listed on CNN


Sgt. Landis W. Garrison 23 333rd Military Police Company, Illinois Army National Guard Rapids City, Illinois Died of non-combat related injuries in Abu Ghraib, Iraq, on April 29, 2004

Sgt. Christopher P. Geiger 38 Headquarters Company, 213th Area Support Group, Pennsylvania Army National Guard Northampton, Pennsylvania Died of a non-combat related cause in Bagram, Afghanistan, on July 9, 2003

2nd Lt. Mark C. Gelina 33 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force Moberly, Missouri Died in a non-hostile incident in Anbar province, Iraq, on November 4, 2006

Staff Sgt. Lewis J. Gentry 48 94th Engineer Battalion Detroit, Michigan Died of a non-combat related cause in Mosul, Iraq, on October 26, 2005

Genzersky, Roman Sergeant 23 6 Separate Mechanized Brigade Non-hostile - weapon discharge (suicide)
Al Kut 07/02/04
Український Форум / Новини і Політика


Lance Cpl. Darren John George 22 1st Battalion, Royal Anglican Regiment Essex, England Accidentally shot in the head while on patrol in Kabul, Afghanistan, on April 9, 2002

Lance Cpl. Cory Ryan Geurin 18 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division Santee,California Died as a result of injuries received when he fell 60 feet from a palace roof while performing guard duty in Babylon, Iraq on July 15, 2003


Another case of family not knowing right away

Pfc. Kyle Gilbert of Brattleboro, Vt. both members of the 82nd Airborne Division were killed when they were caught in crossfire during an ambush Aug. 6, 2003, in Baghdad. “Why didn’t they tell us off the bat?” asked Sue Ritter, Hellermann’s sister. Gilbert was also killed by friendly fire, but his family members could not be reached for comment. Ritter, of Avon, Minn., said a soldier who was with her brother during the ambush was not allowed to tell them that Hellermann died by friendly fire. The soldier became a family friend because he is a fellow Minnesotan, and after he left the Army he was able to tell the family what happened, she said.

Case of crimes against them

Spc. Joseph Godfrey Jr.
Civilian charged with killing Iraq vet Police have charged a 33-year-old man with robbing and killing a medically retired soldier who served in Iraq. Police arrested Paul M. Leary of Oswego, N.Y., on Jan. 17 on two counts of second-degree murder and one count of first-degree robbery in connection with the death of 24-year-old Spc. Joseph Godfrey Jr. A passerby found Godfrey’s body early Jan. 14 beneath some wooden steps leading to the Oswego River. Godfrey was stabbed in the back of the head and neck area, Police Chief Alexander Zukovsky said. Godfrey returned home Oct. 2 from Iraq. He had served in field artillery since 2002, his family said.

Spc. David J. Goldberg 20 52nd Engineer Combat Battalion (Heavy), 43rd Area Support Group, U.S. Army Reserve Layton, Utah Died of a non-combat injury in Qayyarah, Iraq, on November 26, 2003 A specialist dies from an accidental non-combat gunshot to the chest

Negligent Homicide

Staff Sgt. Andrew Gonzales, 30,
A Marine captain and three staff sergeants have been charged in connection with the August drowning of a drill instructor at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego.Staff Sgts. David J. Roughan and Fernando Galvan were charged Jan. 27 with negligent homicide, manslaughter and dereliction of duty, said Maj. Joseph Kloppel, a depot spokesman. In addition, Staff Sgt. Duane D. Dishon and Capt. Vincent M. Guida, who was in charge of the Instructional Training Company here, face charges of dereliction of duty.

Pfc. Amanda Gonzales, 19, in Hanau, Germany, said Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID) spokesman Chris Grey. November 2001 murder. Gonzales’ body was found on the third floor of her barracks room in Fliegerhorst Kasern after she failed to report to work, he said.


Cpl. Armando Ariel Gonzalez, 25, of Hileah, Fla., was killed April 14 in a non-hostile accident when a commercial refueler collapsed at Logistics Supply Area Viper in southern Iraq. Gonzalez was assigned to Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS)-273, Marine Wing Support Group (MWSG)-27, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C.


Capt. Jason L. Gonzalez on June 3 and shot him multiple times. Four charged in fatal shooting of pilot Four men, including two teenagers, were charged with murder June 21 in the death of an Army officer. Investigators said Fort Hood, Texas, soldier Russell Alligood, 22, Erik Siperko, 17, Matthew Harris and a 15-year-old broke into the home of Capt. Jason L. Gonzalez on June 3 and shot him multiple times. The suspects were being held in lieu of $1 million bail. Gonzalez, 28, was a company commander with the 4th Infantry Division. The father of two was an Apache helicopter pilot and a 1998 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy.Police said the four did not know Gonzalez.

Pvt Mark Anthony Graham 2006-09-04 33 Hamilton Ontario 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment Canadian Army Mark was killed during a friendly fire incident in Panjwayi District.

Listed as died of natural causes

Sandra S. Grant Sunday, January 28 2007Sandra Grant of Linwood joined the U.S. Navy so she could serve her country, see the world and keep alive a family tradition dating back to her great-grandfather. Last week the sailor's body returned home to Davidson County where family and friends buried her at Forest Hill Memorial Park. The 23-year-old West Davidson High School graduate died in her sleep on New Year's Eve after apparently going into cardiac arrest while onboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, an aircraft carrier, in the Persian Gulf.

Died on base, not counted

Sgt. Adam J. Gray, 24, of Hartford, Wis., was discovered by a soldier on duty at the barracks at Fort Wainwright on Sunday. Post spokeswoman Linda Douglass said today that an autopsy was performed at Elmendorf Air Force Base, but the results, including the cause of death, would not be released until the investigation has been completed. Gray was one of the few soldiers left behind while his unit, 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, is in field training with most of the rest of the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team. Sept 1, 2004

Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Michael Gray, died in May 2004 in Kuwait, reportedly in a vehicle crash. “The only information that’s been correct so far is that he’s dead.” Gray said some members of her husband's unit were barred from speaking with her, but rumors persist that the man who crashed into his vehicle did so on purpose.
Killed when his vehicle was struck from the rear by a civilian vehicle while he was traveling to Kuwait Navy Base on March 5, 2004

Sgt. Tommy L. Gray 34 215th Forward Support Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division Roswell, New Mexico Died when he became caught between two motor pool vehicles in Taji, Iraq, on August 3, 2004

Curtis Green 25 FORT RILEY 12/6/2004 "Over my dead body are they going to make me go back." "I knew he was having dreams, nightmares," Lisset said. "He would wake up at night really sweaty." On Dec. 6, he showed up for work, his uniform pressed, his boots polished. He sang cadence. That night, he was found hanging in his barracks. Sgt. Curtis Greene, 331st Signal Company, was 25
Not counted

Cpl. Jeffrey G. Green 20 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force Dallas, Texas Found dead in the Euphrates River in Anbar province, Iraq, on May 5, 2004. The cause of death is under investigation.

Cpl. Jeremy R. Greene
2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division
Springfield, Ohio
Died due to injuries suffered from a non-combat related incident at Forward Operating Base Tillman, Afghanistan, on April 28, 2007


Cpl. John Gregory 30 Royal Logistics Corps Catterick, North Yorkshire, England Shot himself after shooting a fellow soldier at the British base at Kabul International Airport on August 17, 2002

Seaman Genesia Mattril Gresham
U.S. Naval Support Activity Bahrain
Lithonia, Georgia
One of two sailors who died during a non-combat related incident in Bahrain on October 22, 2007

Spc. James T. Grijalva 26 2nd Battalion, 130th Infantry Regiment, Illinois Army National Guard Burbank, Illinois Died of a non-combat related injury in Baghdad, Iraq, on October 12, 2005

Not counted

Sgt. Dave Guindon In August, Air Guard, 48, of Merrimack, killed himself a day after returning from combat in Iraq. The death of Tech Sgt. David Guindon, 48, from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Aug. 18 “was just heartbreaking,” said Caryl Ahern, the readjustment team leader at the Vet Center in Manchester, which offers counseling and other services to veterans and their families.
Not counted

Pfc. Zachary R. Gullett
984th Military Police Company, 759th Military Police Battalion, 89th Military Police Brigade
Hillsboro, Ohio
Died as a result of a non-combat related incident in Baghdad, Iraq, on May 1, 2007

Pfc. Hannah L. Gunterman 20 542nd Maintenance Company, 44th Corps Support Battalion Redlands, California Died of a non-combat related cause in Taji, Iraq, on September 4, 2006. The incident is under investigation.

Pfc. Hannah Gunterman McKinney was 20 years old, the brown-eyed mother of a toddler son, when she was spotted in the headlights of a passing Humvee on a perimeter road at one of the largest U.S. military camps in Iraq.


Pfc. Christian D. Gurtner, 19, of Ohio City, Ohio Marine killed by non-combat weapons discharge in southern Iraq. (4/03/2003)

Spc. Agustin Gutierrez, 19, of San Jacinto, Calif.The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died March 29 in North Kabul, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered during a non-combat related vehicle accident on March 28 in North Kabul. Their deaths are under investigation. Both soldiers were assigned to the 782nd Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C

Lt. Col. Marshall A. Gutierrez 41 Area Support Group, Arijan, Kuwait New Mexico Died in Camp Virginia, Kuwait of non-combat related injuries on September 4, 2006. The incident is under investigation.

Pfc. Robert A. Guy 26 Company I, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force Willards, Maryland Died due to a non-hostile incident near Karma, Iraq, on April 21, 2005 "Any little thing they do is a help," said Ann Guy of Willards, Md., whose son, Marine Pfc. Robert A. Guy, killed himself in Iraq on April 21, 2005 - a month after he was prescribed the antidepressant Zoloft with no monitoring.

Derek J. Hale results in criminal charges and a complete lustration (in the Eastern European sense of the term) of Delaware's law enforcement establishment. Hale, a retired Marine Sergeant who served two tours in Iraq and was decorated before his combat-related medical discharge in January 2006, was murdered by a heavily armed 8–12-member undercover police team in Wilmington, Delaware last November 6. He had come to Wilmington from his home in Manassas, Virginia to participate in a Toys for Tots event.

Sgt. Christopher Hall, 26. A Fort Knox, Ky., soldier has pleaded not guilty in a central Kentucky court to charges in a fatal drunk-driving crash that killed a sergeant. Spc. Marc Hampton, 22, was arraigned June 13 on charges of reckless homicide and fourth-degree assault. A trial was set for next April. State police said Hampton drove a 2001 Ford Mustang into a tree around 2 a.m. Oct. 30. The crash killed passenger Sgt. Christopher Hall, 26. A Fort Knox spokesperson said the military has not taken any action against Hampton.

Spc. David E. Hall 21 805th Military Police Company, 16th Military Police Brigade, U.S. Army Reserve Uniontown, Kansas Died in a non-hostile accident in Kabul, Afghanistan, on February 25, 2004

No cause listed on CNN
Pfc. Joseph G. Harris
2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division
Sugar Land, Texas
Died at Forward Operating Base Warrior, Afghanistan, on May 3, 2007

Staff Sgt. Darren Harmon 44 203rd Military Intelligence Battalion, 205th Military Intelligence Brigade, Army Reserve Newark, Delaware Died of a non-combat related cause in Haditha, Iraq, on June 3, 2006 A Delaware soldier who died while serving in Iraq suffered an apparent heart attack

Pfc. Torry D. Harris 21 12th Chemical Company, 1st Infantry Division Chicago, Illinois Died of non-combat related injuries in Tikrit, Iraq, on July 13, 2004

Leonard Harvey 55 Defense Fire Service Suffolk, England Died in a British hospital on May 22, 2003, after falling ill while deployed in the Persian Gulf as a civilian firefighter with the Defense Fire Service


Spc. William S. Hayes III 23 Company C, 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division St. Tammany, Louisiana Died of a non-combat related injury in Baghdad, Iraq, on February 5, 2006

Killed by friendly fire but family didn't know for two years

Staff Sgt. Brian Hellermann’s family didn’t know for almost two years that he had been killed by friendly fire. Hellermann, of Freeport, Minn., and Pfc. Kyle Gilbert of Brattleboro, Vt. both members of the 82nd Airborne Division were killed when they were caught in crossfire during an ambush Aug. 6, 2003, in Baghdad.

Kyle Hemauer 21 Family questions Army ruling that soldier committed suicidePublished Thursday, August 10, 2006 12:08:28 AM Central TimeMILWAUKEE (AP) -- The family of a Chilton soldier who died in Afghanistan last year said it plans to continue its own investigation after a new military report says the soldier committed suicide.
Chilton soldiers parents seek answers about his death Monday, Feb 20, 2006
APPLETON, Wis. The parents of a Chilton soldier who died nine months ago while serving in Afghanistan say the military still hasn't told them the full details of how their son died. Andy and Ann Hemauer said the Department of Defense has given the... read entire article»

Spc. Melvin L. Henley Jr.
603rd Aviation Support Battalion, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division
Jackson, Mississippi
Died of injuries suffered from non-combat related incident at Camp Striker in Baghdad, Iraq, on November 21, 2007

Spc. Melvin Henley was on his second tour of duty in Iraq family members say when he died Wednesday at Camp Striker in Iraq from injuries suffered from a noncombat-related incident, the Associated Press reports. The U.S. Department of Defense announced Henley’s death on Friday.
The cause of death was a single gunshot wound to the head, Jim Jeffcoat, a spokesman for Fort Stewart in Georgia, where Henley was assigned, told The Clarion-Ledger newspaper in Jackson, Miss. “It is under investigation,” Jeffcoat said.

Spc. Jeffrey S. Henthorn 25 24th Transportation Company, 541st Maintenance Battalion, 937th Engineer Group Choctaw, Oklahoma Died of non-combat related injuries in Balad, Iraq, on February 8, 2005What his hometown does not know is that Henthorn, 25, had been sent back to Iraq for a second tour, even though his superiors knew he was unstable and had threatened suicide at least twice, according to Army investigative reports and interviews.When he finally succeeded in killing himself on Feb. 8, 2005, at Camp Anaconda in Balad, Iraq, an Army report says, the work of the M-16 rifle was so thorough that fragments of his skull pierced the barracks ceiling.

Spc. Marisol Heredia
15th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division
El Monte, California
Died at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, on September 7, 2007, of injuries suffered from a non-combat related injury in Baghdad, Iraq, on July 18.

Lance Cpl. Ramiro Hernandez III The grieving mother of a Marine found dead in his barracks in August at Twentynine Palms doesn't believe her son committed suicide. But a military investigation concluded that Lance Cpl. Ramiro Hernandez III, 24, died in his barracks by hanging himself with a belt.

Spc. Joseph F. Herndon, II, 21, of Derby, Kan., died July 29, in Hawijah, Iraq, when he was shot while on guard duty. Herndon was assigned to the Armys 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division (Light), Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.
The incident is under investigation.

Spc. Julie R. Hickey 20 412th Civil Affairs Battalion, Army Reserve Galloway, Ohio Hickey was evacuated from Bagram, Afghanistan, on June 30, 2004, and died in Landstuhl, Germany, on July 4 of complications from a non-combat related illness.

Melissa Hobart, the East Haven native who collapsed and died in June 2004, had enlisted in the Army in early 2003 after attending nursing school, and initially was told she would be stationed in Alaska, her mother, Connie Hobart, said. When her orders were changed to Iraq, Melissa, the mother of a 3-year-old daughter, fell into a depression and sought help at Fort Hood, Texas, according to her mother. "Just before she got deployed, she said she was getting really depressed, so I told her to go talk to somebody," Connie Hobart recalled. "She said they put her on an antidepressant." Melissa, a medic, accepted her obligation to serve, even as her mother urged her to "go AWOL" and come home to Ladson, S.C., where the family had moved. But three months into her tour in Baghdad - and a week before she died - she told Connie she was feeling lost. "She wanted out of there. She said everybody's morale was low," Connie recalled. "She said the people over there would throw rocks at them, that they didn't want them there. It was making her sad." Around the same time, Melissa fainted and fell in her room, she told Connie in an e-mail. She said she had been checked out by a military doctor. The next week, while serving on guard duty in Baghdad, Melissa collapsed and died of what the Army has labeled "natural" causes. The autopsy report lists the cause of death as "undetermined."

Cpl. Benjamin D. Hoeffner 21 324th Psychological Operations Company, Army Reserve Wheat Ridge, Colorado Died of a non-combat related cause in Ali Al Salem, Kuwait, on October 25, 2005

Capt. Roselle M. Hoffmaster
Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division
Cleveland, Ohio
Died of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident in Kirkuk, Iraq, on September 20, 2007

Spc. Eric M. Holke
1st Battalion, 160th Infantry, California Army National Guard
Crestline, California
Died of wounds sustained from a non-combat related incident in Tallil, Iraq, on July 15, 2007

Cpl. Paul C. Holter III 21 Battery S, 2nd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force Corpus Christi, Texas Died due to a non-combat related incident at Camp Ramadi, Iraq, on January 14, 2005

Lance Cpl. Raymond J. Holzhauer 19 2nd Maintenance Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force Dwight, Illinois Died of a non-hostile incident in Anbar province, Iraq, on March 15, 2007 http://iraq.pigstye.net/article.php/HolzhauerRaymondJ

Pfc. Sean Horn 19 Combat Service Support Group 11, 1st Force Service Support Group, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force Orange, California Died due to a non-hostile incident at Camp Taqaddum, Iraq, on June 19, 2004

Spc. Robert Hornbeck, 23, has not been seen or heard from since April 16 when he called his father, who was visiting in Savannah, Ga. Hornbeck had asked his dad to pick him and an Army buddy up at the DeSoto Hilton hotel after a night of barhopping, The Associated Press reported. But he never met his father. The soldier had returned to Fort Benning, Ga., in January after a year in Iraq. Hornbeck was preparing to leave the Army at the end of April and return to the University of Michigan, where he studied psychology for two years before joining the Army in 2004. He also had a wedding date to marry his college sweetheart in July.

Spc. Robert Hornbeck, 23, was discovered April 28 inside a piece of hotel air-conditioning equipment in Savannah. He bled to death after being struck by fan blades. Maintenance workers found the body while investigating guests’ complaints of a foul odor in the lobby.
Hornbeck’s family has since sued the Hilton Savannah DeSoto for $10 million, claiming the hotel was negligent and contributed to the soldier’s death.

Spc. Corey A. Hubbell 20 Company B, 46th Engineer Battalion Urbana, Illinois Died from a non-combat related cause in Camden Yards, Kuwait, on June 26, 2003

Petty Officer 1st Class Thomas C. Hull
USS Princeton
Princeton, Illinois
Died on board the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz in the Arabian Gulf after being medically evacuated to the carrier for a non-combat related incident on August 2, 2005

Spc. Craig S. Ivory 26 501st Forward Support Company, 173rd Airborne Brigade Port Matilda, Pennsylvania Ivory was medically evacuated due to a non-combat related cause from Kuwait on August 12, 2003 and died on August 17 at Homberg University Hospital, Germany

Lt. Cmdr. Edward E. Jack 51 Assigned to Commander, Destroyer Squadron Seven Detroit, Michigan Died of a non-combat related incident aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard on January 29, 2005
Lt. Cmdr. Edward E. Jack 51 Assigned to Commander, Destroyer Squadron Seven Detroit, Michigan Died of a non-combat related incident aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard on January 29, 2005 A Lutheran minister and military chaplain, Edward E. Jack was a favorite among his shipmates aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard. "Everybody loved him," said his wife, Jean. "He didn't have to go on this trip. He volunteered." Jack, 51, of Detroit, died of a heart attack Jan. 29 on the amphibious assault ship in the waters near Iraq. Before reaching Iraq, Jack's ship was part of the U.S. military's tsunami relief. He served in the Navy for 23 years, with three in the Navy reserves. He was due to retire in June. Navy spokesman Lt. Kyle Raines said Jack was most recently based in San Diego, where he was assigned to Commander Destroyer Squadron Seven. "His role was in comforting the sailors and Marines," said his wife, who noted that her husband also served in the war zone in 2003. "He took it because he liked adventure." Jack also is survived by a daughter, Amanda Roggow, and a son, Todd. "Chaplain Jack exemplified an unwavering commitment to Scripture and to service to the men and women of the sea services," said Cmdr. Mark Steiner, a Lutheran chaplain and a longtime friend of Jack's. "He will be dearly missed."

James L. Jacobs served nearly a year as a US Army sergeant in Iraq, where he saw combat and witnessed children being blown up. He came home in August 2004, moved in with his mother in Randolph, and started working as a mortgage consultant for a Mattapan lending firm. After nearly five years in the Army and far from battle, he was struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder, but his family thought he was finally safe. Friday night, he was shot and killed outside a friend’s house on McLellan Street in Dorchester, less than a mile from Rosseter Street, where he grew up. April 2007

Electrician Mate Fire Michael J. Jakes Jr 2001-12-04 20 Brooklyn New York USS Kitty Hawk Navy Michael died in the Northern Arabian Sea as a result of non-hostile injuries.

Sgt. Grzegorz Jakoniuk 25 Company B, 4th Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division Schiller Park, Illinois Died of non-combat related injuries in Taji, Iraq, on November 30, 2005

Command Sgt. Maj. Dennis Jallah Jr. 49 Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment, 10th Mountain Division Fayetteville, North Carolina Jallah died due to a non-combat cause on March 28, 2004, at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He was medically evacuated from Afghanistan to via Landstuhl Medical Center in Germany on February 16.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Laquita Pate James 23 Navy master-at-arms Orange Park, Florida Died of apparent natural causes while deployed aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship the USS Bataan on February 12, 2007

Cpl. Jessiah Jameson’s body was recovered Dec. 1 from the Cumberland River in Tennessee. Jameson, 21, disappeared Nov. 16, two days after returning on leave from Iraq.
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Sgt. Edmund J. Jeffers 23 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division Daleville, Alabama Died of injuries suffered from a non-combat related accident in Taqqadum, Iraq, on September 19, 2007

Spc. William A. Jeffries 39 Company D, 1st Battalion, 152nd Infantry Regiment, Illinois Army National Guard Evansville, Indiana Died from a sudden illness on March 31, 2003, in Rota, Spain, after he was evacuated from Kuwait

JAMES JENKINS 23 SAN DIEGO 10/1/2005 A Marine's fall from Iraq heroism Thursday, October 13, 2005 By KEVIN SHEA Staff Writer James Jenkins left Hamilton for the Marines in 2001 as a solid young man and citizen, his family and a former coach say. He was a Nottingham High School graduate, a star wrestler and talked of turning his military training into a career with the U.S. Secret Service. But something went terribly wrong. By all accounts, Jenkins was an excellent Marine. He'd served two tours of duty in Iraq with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, based at Camp Pendleton, Calif. And of the many awards that were pinned on his uniform, one was a Bronze Star with a combat V for valor. But the James Jenkins whose picture was plastered all over the news in the San Diego area two weeks ago was described as an AWOL soldier who'd gone on a violent crime spree with a stolen gun. He'd robbed, kidnapped and even tried to sexually assault a woman he had carjacked at gunpoint. Police said he was considered armed and dangerous - and possibly suicidal.
On Sept. 28, with federal agents at his fiancee's front door in Oceanside, Calif., Jenkins shot himself. He died six hours later at the age of 23.
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Christopher Jerry, 22, died near the post Aug. 31,(05) two weeks after he was discharged. He had been assigned to the 2nd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division.
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Linda C. Jimenez, 39, Brooklyn NY A sergeant falls into a hole while running to keep up with friends in Baghdad and suffers a blood clot in her brain that causes a stroke, and she dies of complications nine days later.

Pfc. Jason D. Johns 19 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division Frankton, Indiana Died of a non-combat related injury in Bagram, Afghanistan, on February 21, 2007

Benjamin Johnson Electronics Technician 3rd Cla 2001-11-18 21 Rochester New York Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division Army Benjamin died in the Persian Gulf as a result of a non-hostile accident

Spc. John P. Johnson 24 Company A, 2nd Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Division Houston, Texas Died of non-combat related injuries on October 22, 2003, in Baghdad, Iraq

Pvt. Lavena L. Johnson 19 Headquarters Detatchment, 129th Corps Support Battalion, 101st Support Group, 101st Airborne Division Florissant, Missouri Died of non-combat related injuries in Balad, Iraq, on July 19, 2005

Sgt. 1st Class Charles J. Jones 29 Headquarters Company, 149th Brigade Combat Team, Kentucky Army National Guard Lawrenceburg, Kentucky Died from a non-combat related incident in Baghdad, Iraq, on September 20, 2006

Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Darrell Jones 22 Guided missile destroyer USS Higgins Wellston, Ohio Died of non-combat related injuries in Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates on October 8, 2003

Capt. Gussie M. Jones 41 31st Combat Support Hospital Shreveport, Louisiana A combat surgical nurse, Jones died of a non-combat cause in Baghdad, Iraq, on March 7, 2004

Spec. Kelon Jones On July 17, after an El Paso County sheriff's deputy stopped a pursuit that began when he saw two men on motorcycles popping wheelies and screaming up Academy Boulevard at speeds of more than 80 mph, Army Spec. Kelon Jones slammed his Kawasaki into a car. He flew 85 feet and later died. Jones, 20, had served in Iraq with the 43rd Area Support Group.

Sgt. 1st Class Michael D. Jones 43 Company A, 133rd Engineer Battalion, Maine Army National Guard Unity, Maine Jones became ill at Fort Drum, New York, just after returning from duty in Iraq, and was taken to a hospital in Syracuse, where he died of a non-combat related illness on March 3, 2005

Pfc. Thomas Jones Fort Hood soldier found dead in barracks 7/4/05 Officials from III Corps at Fort Hood, Texas, on June 21 released the name of a soldier who was found dead in his barracks room. According to a news release, the body of the 4th Infantry Division soldier, Pfc. Thomas Jones, 25, was found by his roommates June 19, around noon. A post spokesman would not speculate on the cause of death, but said it is under investigation by the fort’s Criminal Investigation Command, which has responsibility for investigating all on-post deaths. Jones was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 77th Field Artillery, 4th Brigade Combat Team.
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Lt. Kylan Jones-Huffman An Iraqi man has been convicted of murdering a 31-year-old Navy reservist last year in what U.S. military officials described as the first time Iraq’s new criminal justice system has held a citizen accountable for the death of an American serviceman. The Central Criminal Court of Iraq sentenced Alaa Sartell Khthee, 28, to 15 years in prison for the death of Lt. Kylan Jones-Huffman, who was shot to death in Baghdad in August 2003 when the sport utility vehicle in which he was riding stalled in a marketplace.

Sgt. Curt E. Jordan Jr. 25 Company A, 14th Combat Engineer Battalion, 555th Combat Engineer Group Green Acres, Washington Died of non-combat injuries near Bayji, Iraq, on December 28, 2003

Gunnery Sgt. Phillip Jordan, died in March 2003 near Nasiriyah, Iraq. Jordan was present at one of the worst friendly fire incidents of the war, a mistaken attack by an Air Force A-10 fighter on Marines fighting for possession of the city in southern Iraq. A Marine investigation concluded, based on eyewitness reports, that Jordan was killed by an enemy rocket-propelled grenade. But Amanda Jordan said the Marine Corps did not complete tests on her husband's body that could confirm the cause of death.

Saving Jason Roach and all the others

Vet sentenced to 6 to life for wife's murder
By Pamela Manson
The Salt Lake Tribune
Article Last Updated: 12/31/2007 12:06:33 PM MST

Posted: 11:43 AM- A Salt Lake City man who murdered his wife by shooting her 16 times, including once in the head as she lay facedown on their kitchen floor, was sentenced today to six years to life in prison.
"It's a case that calls out for the maximum punishment," 3rd District Judge Robin Reese said as he imposed the term on Stephen J. Walker.
The judge refused defense attorney Tawni Hanseen's request to reduce the conviction from first-degree felony murder to manslaughter. Hanseen argued Walker suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of serving as a helicopter machine gunner during the Vietnam War.
She said her client was suicidal and drunk on April 1, 2006, when he emptied a 9-millimeter handgun into Cassandra Bryan at their home.
Prosecutor Paul Parker responded that post-traumatic stress - if Walker even had the disorder - did not lead to Bryan's death. He pointed out that the 57-year-old also claimed there had been a home invasion robbery at the house but there was no evidence to back that up.
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This happens all the time. It is not just happening now, but happened after the Gulf War.....
Shocked residents get 'feelings out' about slashings

About 75 seek grief counseling after the gruesome deaths of a mother and son in Seminole.
Sandra Pedicini
Sentinel Staff Writer
June 19, 2006

LAKE MARY -- Residents still reeling after a neighbor beheaded his wife inside their home and slashed their son to death in a neighbor's yard met with grief counselors Sunday night to deal with their anguish."It sort of let me get my feelings out about how he died," said Sally Zouain, 10, a friend of Nico Duzant, who was slain the day he turned 11.Father's Day was a somber occasion for residents of the Greenwood Lakes subdivision. About 75 people sought counseling at Greenwood Lakes Middle School, two days after Franklyn Duzant went on a rampage wielding a samurai sword.Counselors helped parents who were feeling emotions including anger, shock, grief, helplessness and worry about how Nico's violent death could affect their children, Seminole County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Carrie Hoeppner said.

We all know that many of the Vietnam veterans ended up in jail on drug charges for using drugs to self-medicate instead of being treated by the VA they did not trust at best, or turned them away at worse. They ended up in jail for all kinds of things they did but most were never treated for what caused them to do it, what was behind what they did, even though PTSD was known. We've all heard about the divorces and the homeless veterans walking the streets and trying to fight their way into shelters on time to find a bed. We've also heard their amazing stories of breaking through and fighting back, not just for themselves but for all the veterans who would come after them.

We have a new generation dealing with all the same problems they did and it doesn't look as if most of it has changed at all.

I received an email about an Iraq veteran accused of voluntary manslaughter. There are indications he has PTSD. If he does and his life was threatened in anyway, he would have retaliated fiercely. He wouldn't have been on his sidewalk at that exact moment, but back in Iraq facing the horrific carnage of battles being re-fought in his mind. His name is Jason Roach.

Charges Against Fatal Beating Suspect Upgraded
POSTED: 12:54 pm EST December 27, 2007
CINCINNATI -- A man accused of beating a man to death outside his home is now facing a more serious charge.
Jason Roach, 28, was charged with voluntary manslaughter on Dec. 18, a day after Roach beat Kelly Douglass on John Gray Road, deputies said.
Douglass, 32, died at Mercy Fairfield Hospital a short time after paramedics arrived
On Thursday, Roach was indicted by a grand jury on one count of murder and one count of voluntary manslaughter.
Roach is being held on $500,000 bond.
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Published by jefferson poole on Thursday, December 20, 2007 at Thursday, December 20, 2007.
I don't know the details of this story. I don't think anyone really does yet, if ever. What I do know, however, is that Jason Roach deserves fair treatment in the media and in the courtroom. Here's a sample of an email I got from a friend who knows Roach:
Jason Roach was an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran and a father of three plus a friend of my wife and I. From my understanding Kelly Douglass (deceased) was a friend of both Jason and his wife Misty. Jason was continually getting worse with PTSD symptoms IE: paranoia, flashbacks, nightmares, lack of sleep etc. Kelly did come to the house unannounced and an argument broke out instantly, which is when Jason told him to leave. A scuffle ensued and while they were fighting Kelly fell and hit his head on the corner of some concrete. Kelly went unconscious and Jason started screaming for help. Jason is charged with voluntary manslaughter and at this time he is being held in jail on $500k bond.The media has made Jason appear as a savage who beat Douglass to a pulp but we are trying to counter that now. Here is one of the few media sources that are semi accurate. Please check out the story here and there is a video on the right hand of the screen as well.

Never assume or pre-judge until all the facts come out. Example:
DoD, VA to study malaria drug�s side effectsAssociated Press
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. � The Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs will study the side effects of Lariam, a drug given to servicemen to prevent malaria, Pentagon spokesman Jim Turner said.
The use of Lariam came up in investigations of murders and murder-suicides involving Fort Bragg soldiers in the summer of 2002, when four soldiers were accused of killing their wives. Two of those soldiers committed suicide immediately and a third killed himself in jail.
The three soldiers who killed themselves had served in Afghanistan, where Lariam is routinely used by U.S. troops. The fourth, who is still awaiting trial, did not serve there.
A November 2002 report by the office of the Army Surgeon General said two of the four soldiers had taken Lariam, but the Army would not say which. The report said Lariam probably did not factor in the killings.
Turner said a subcommittee of the Armed Forces Epidemiological Board met two weeks ago to consider ways to study the use of Lariam among service members. A Veterans Affairs spokeswoman said the VA will review the issue but has not issued a report on the study.
Lariam, which is also known as mefloquine, is routinely prescribed to soldiers working in countries where malaria is a problem. Some people have blamed it for causing psychotic reactions, including depression, hallucinations and thoughts of suicide.

And another
Doctor: Anti-malarial drug may be harmful
In the past six weeks, Dr. Michael Hoffer has treated nine service members who returned from Iraq or Afghanistan unable to walk a straight line or stand still without staggering. Some said objects appeared to spin around them for more than an hour at a time.
A Navy commander and director of the Department of Defense Spatial Orientation Center at Naval Medical Center, San Diego, Hoffer believes the problems are linked to a drug called Lariam � known generically as mefloquine � that the military gives to troops to prevent malaria.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., has urged the Pentagon to set a timeline for a Defense Department study, announced in March, of negative effects from Lariam and other anti-malarial drugs.

Guardsman surrenders after standoff
An Alabama National Guard medic surrendered peacefully after a three-hour police standoff that his family and employer blamed on Iraq-related stress.
Sgt. Charles Wayne La Porte had barricaded himself in his Saraland, Ala., home Feb. 9, telling his wife he didn�t think he would get out alive.
Neighbors called police after seeing La Porte with weapons standing inside his house.
Saraland Public Safety Director Trey Oliver said La Porte had a loaded semiautomatic assault rifle and a .40-caliber handgun. He has been charged with disturbing the peace, a misdemeanor.
The 31-year-old served a year in Iraq before returning home last summer to an ailing wife and their 8-year-old daughter. At least one soldier in his unit, 1165th Military Police Company, was killed in action.

Iraq veteran convicted of killing wife
A Portland, Ore., reservist was convicted of killing his wife, who had hailed him and other soldiers as heroes in a letter to a local newspaper while he was serving in Iraq.
The jury found Sgt. Matthew J. Denni, 39, guilty of second-degree murder Feb. 9 in the shooting death last March of his wife. He had been charged with first-degree murder, but he testified he was in a rage because she had been having an affair, and the jury decided the crime was not premeditated.
Denni returned from Iraq in February 2004 after a year overseas with the 671st Engineer Company.Denni faces 15 to 23 years in prison when he is sentenced March 10.

July 17, 2006A year after killing, questions haunt family Home from Iraq, wounded soldier turned on wifeBy Michelle TanTimes staff writer
All Staff Sgt. William Neverette wants to know is why.
A year ago, his 18-year-old daughter was murdered and mutilated by her soldier-husband at Fort Lewis, Wash.
“Losing your only daughter is like taking a part of you and ripping it out,” he said. “It’s waking up every day and wondering, Why did this happen? Why did he do what he did?”
Nabila Bare was killed July 12, 2005, in the home she shared with her then-19-year-old husband at Fort Lewis. She was stabbed at least 71 times, and; a pentagram was carved into her stomach.
On May 19, a military jury found Spc. Brandon Bare, a machine-gunner with 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, guilty of premeditated murder and two counts of indecent acts, for chopping his wife to death with a meat cleaver and desecrating her corpse. He was sentenced the next day by the military panel to life in prison with the possibility of parole, busted to E-1 and dishonorably discharged. He is serving his term at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
Neverette said he’s frustrated that defense attorneys tried to paint his son-in-law as the victim, a scarred combat veteran who believed his wife had been unfaithful.

Soldier charged after wife found dead
A woman’s body was found in a military footlocker and her husband, a Reserve soldier she publicly hailed as a “hero” during his tour in Iraq, has been arrested.
Bail was set at $250,000 June 1 for Matthew James Denni, 38, of Battle Ground, Wash., who remained in the Clark County Jail for investigation of first-degree murder in the death of Kimberly Faye Denni. Arraignment was set for June 10.
Denni returned from Iraq in February after a year overseas with the 671st Engineer Company, based in Portland, Ore.

Fort Lewis soldier sentenced to 20 years
A Fort Lewis, Wash., soldier hung his head and wept when he was sentenced to 20 years in prison after being convicted of first-degree murder for drowning his wife in a bathtub.
Sgt. James Kevin Pitts said he was sorry for killing his wife, Tara Pitts, 28, only weeks after he returned from a year in Iraq.
Prosecutors said Pitts was angry with his wife for threatening to report to his superiors an affair he had with another soldier.

When Matthew Sepi returned from Iraq a few months ago, he spoke to his family reluctantly of gunbattles and the "weird noises" children make when they die. He never told relatives whether he killed anyone during combat but said he recently had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and had been placed on a waiting list for treatment.To help shield his psyche from images of bodies, family members said, the 20-year-old soldier had adopted a simple technique: Just don't think about it. But early Sunday morning, Army Spc. Sepi found himself thinking about killing in front of homicide detectives. They interrogated Sepi about a double shooting in a neighborhood near Las Vegas Boulevard and Sahara Avenue.Based on Sepi's version of events, a 1 a.m. walk to a 7-Eleven proved nearly as dangerous as his tour of duty in Iraq. According to an arrest report filed in Clark County District Court, Sepi told investigators he dressed in a black coat, tucked an assault rifle under his arm and left his apartment for a beer run. As the 120-pound Sepi journeyed on foot and passed through a dark alley, a man and woman confronted him and yelled for him to leave the alley, police said in the report.Sepi said the man, identified by authorities as 26-year-old Kevin Ratcliff, produced an object that he thought to be a gun and opened fire. "(Sepi) explained that he had been trained in the military that in a situation in which he was ambushed, he was to engage the targets and retreat from the area," police wrote in the report. "He felt that the situation in the alley was an ambush, and he reacted the way he had been trained." Sepi recalled firing four shots. Sharon Jackson, 47, fell to the ground and died at the scene of multiple gunshot wounds, police said. Ratcliff was hit by gunfire and was taken to a hospital. He is expected to survive.

Life without parole for strangling wife
A Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, soldier was sentenced Dec. 14 to life in prison without the possibility of parole for murdering his ex-girlfriend, the mother of their child, The Associated Press said.
Spc. Jeffrey White, 22, was convicted at court-martial of strangling Spc. Felicia LaDuke and then running over her with a car at Mokuleia Beach last year. He will also be dishonorably discharged, reduced in grade and must forfeit all pay and allowances.
LaDuke, 22, had been seeking child support from White for their son, who was 20 months old at the time. White was married and had another child.

According to the AP, Private First Class Steven Green told military
psychiatrists he was angry about the war, desperate to avenge the death of comrades and driven to kill Iraqi citizens. The AP reports medical records show Pentagon doctors prescribed Green several small doses of Seroquel – a drug to regulate his mood – and directed him to get some sleep. One month after the examination, Green reportedly again told his battalion commander that he hated all Iraqis. He also allegedly threw a puppy from the roof of a building and then set the animal on fire while on patrol. But through it all, he was kept on duty manning a checkpoint in one of the most dangerous areas of Iraq. Through it all, the U.S. military kept him in combat

Oh there are a lot more but now you may have some idea of what is really behind most of the killings you read about in the newspaper. Some reporters want to know more than just what they have to print. Others, couldn't care less and as long as they make their deadline, they don't have to worry about what the rest of the story is. In this case who really knows right now? Did Kelly fall and hit his head or was it a beating? If it was a beating then was Roach really there when he did it or was he back in Iraq?
All of the above crimes may not have been prevented with treating the problems our combat veterans have because of their "duty" but what if two, three or four could have been prevented by them getting the help they need? What if Lariam was stopped from being used as soon as problems were reported with using it? It's too late to wonder "what if" for those who have already died but we can make a difference from this point on. We can make sure that Roach is treated for PTSD if he has it and then take the rest of it from there. We can also have all combat veterans sitting in jail tested to see if they have it or have acted the way they did linked to some of the drugs the military gives them before they are shipped out " for the sake of their health" and make sure they are treated fairly. No one is saying a crime should go unpunished, but what is right, what is just, is to know what justice is, treatment or jail. We won't do the right thing unless and until we actually look beyond what is right in front of our face and we stop treating combat veterans like everyone else. They are not like anyone else you know. They are rare in this nation and they are not "normal" which we should thank God for. Normal people are not willing to lay down their lives for someone else. Normal people are not willing to do what they do. Normal people do not have to see what they see on their own street because they are willing to go beyond normal. There is nothing normal about combat and it's high time the rest of us stopped thinking they are just like the rest of us.

Kathie Costos
"The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive veterans of early wars were treated and appreciated by our nation." - George Washington

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Count all non-combat deaths Part #2

Capt. Nathan S. Dalley 27 Headquarters Company, 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division Kaysville, Utah Died from a non-hostile gunshot wound on November 17, 2003, in Baghdad, Iraq. A captain is killed by a "non-hostile" gunshot.

Chris Dana came home from the war in Iraq in 2005 and slipped into a mental abyss so quietly that neither his family nor the Montana Army National Guard noticed. As Gary Dana was collecting his dead son's belongings, he found a letter indicating that the National Guard was discharging his son under what are known as other-than-honorable conditions. The move was due to his skipping drills, which his family said was brought on by the mental strain of his service in Iraq.

Capt. Patrick D. Damon 41 240th Engineer Group, Maine Army National Guard Falmouth, Maine Died from a non-combat related cause in Bagram, Afghanistan, on June 15, 2006

CHRIS DANA 23 MONTANA GUNSHOT FORT HARRISON - 3/4/2007It took several months of pushing, but finally, Chris Dana was ready.The 23-year-old veteran of the Iraq war, who served with the 163rd Infantry Battalion, Montana National Guard, agreed to see a counselor for post-combat stress. Members of his family, concerned for months about his change in behavior, believed they were starting to get through to him. Their son and brother promised to seek the help they all knew he so desperately needed.Then Dana canceled the appointment. He began screening his calls. He stopped showing up at drill with the National Guard. He quit his job at Target, cleaned his car and the trailer he shared with a friend. And then, on March 4, he shut himself into his bedroom, put a blanket over his head, and shot himself.

Not counted

Spc. Shawn M. Davies 22 Battery C, 4th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division Hopewell, Pennsylvania Died of a non-combat related illness in Baghdad, Iraq, on July 8, 2004

Machinist Mate Fireman Bryant L. Davis 2001-11-07 20 Chicago Illinois USS Kitty Hawk Navy Bryant accidentally drowned in the Arabian Sea

Davis fell overboard on November 7, 2001, and was declared deceased after more than two days of search and rescue efforts were unsuccessful.

Maj. Gloria D. Davis 47 Assigned to the Defense Security Assistance Agency St. Louis, Missouri Died from a non-combat related incident in Baghdad, Iraq, on December 12, 2006

Master Sgt. Jefferson Donald Davis 2001-12-05 39 Watauga Tennessee Company D, 2nd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Army One of three soldiers killed when a 2,000-pound satellite-guided bomb was targeted incorrectly and hit near his position north of Kandahar, Afghanistan, on December 5, 2001 USA

Pfc. Justin R. Davis, 19, of Gaithersburg, Md., died on June 25 in eastern Kunar province when he came in contact with indirect fire a term used for mortar shelling while on patrol during combat operations.

The circumstances of the soldier’s death are under investigation as a possible friendly-fire incident.

PFC Nicholas A. Davis Born April 27, 1986 - July 13, 2005 Dates of service: Jan. 20, 2004 - July 13, 2005 US Army He died at Ft. Knox, KY From his Nick definately died from the results of PTSD. He fell 1250 feet when his parachute failed and was only treated for a broken ankle. From what I can tell, he never received a CAT scan or MRI to check for further damage. He had flashbacks and nightmares and was punished for asking for help. On his final day he asked for help several times and others asked for help for him. Those around him were concerned for him but those in charge did nothing. And that evening he was dead. The records tell how his personality changed for the worse, he became a different person. He also began suffering from tremors and toward the end of his life he began having siezures. Several witnesses put that into their statements...that his superiors did not help him they "put him into a room until he calmed down". He was being discharged and coming home in less than 24 hours. He was found hung by a shoelace on the hook of a latrine stall door.

Not counted

Spc. Richard Davis Days after returning in July 2003 from a tour of duty in Iraq, five soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Division went out for a night of drinking in Columbus, Ga. One of them, Spc. Richard Davis, was beaten and stabbed to death and his body burned in an attempt to cover the crime. The case is now nearly resolved, The Associated Press reported.

Not counted

Sgt. Kyle Dayton
2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division
El Dorado Hills, California
Died of injuries suffered from a non-combat related incident in Ashwah, Iraq, on December 3, 2007

James E. Dean Iraq Vet Commits Suicide by Inducing Police Action Veteran Slain in Police Standoff Was Devastated by Call-Up, Family Says By Megan GreenwellWashington Post Staff WriterFriday, December 29, 2006; B01 James E. Dean's first Christmas as a married man was supposed to be a joyous affair. The man everyone called Jamie had received a diagnosis of depression, but things were looking up. He frequently told Muriel, his wife of four months, that she was the best thing that had ever happened to him. He had plans to celebrate his 29th birthday two days before the holiday. His parents and grandmother, to whom he was extremely close, lived just a few miles away in the same St. Mary's County town -- perfect for sharing Christmas dinner and opening presents together. But everything good in Dean's life had been overshadowed by a letter he received three weeks earlier. The letter, from U.S. Army headquarters, instructed him to report to Fort Benning, Ga., on Jan. 14. From there, he was likely to be sent to Iraq. Dean had already fought in one war, serving 12 months as a sergeant, leading a small infantry unit on the front lines in Afghanistan. Army records show that he was an excellent soldier, and he had a fistful of awards to prove it: for service in defense of the nation, good conduct and outstanding marksmanship with rifles and grenades. He was such a good soldier, in fact, an Army spokesman said, that the military needed him back just three weeks after his first Christmas with his wife. He couldn't stomach the thought. His post-traumatic stress disorder, which was diagnosed shortly after he returned from Afghanistan, became worse immediately after he received the letter -- and so did his drinking and his rages, family members said. He would break down in front of his wife, telling her over and over that nobody knew what it had been like. "The next time you see me, it's going to be in a body bag," she said he told her as he walked out of their house for the last time.
On Christmas night, Dean drove to his childhood home on the farm where his parents still live. He took up one of his hunting guns and called his family; he said he was going to kill himself. Fourteen agonizing hours later, he was dead -- not by his own bullet but by that of a Maryland state trooper.

Not counted

ROBERT DECOUTEAUX 24 NY GUNSHOT8/1/2005 Decouteaux died Saturday from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He'd been airlifted from his home to a Temple hospital for emergency surgery, but died while doctors tried to save his life.

Not counted

Spc. Michael S. Deem 35 Company D, Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division Rockledge, Florida Died of non-combat related injuries in Baghdad, Iraq, on February 24, 2005

Spc. Robert W. Defazio 21 23rd Ordnance Company, 101st Ordnance Battalion, 29th Support Group West Babylon, New York Died of non-combat related injuries in Kandahar, Afghanistan, on April 24, 2005

Pvt. Jason L. Deibler 20 Company A, 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division Coeburn, Virginia Killed on May 4, 2003, by a non-combat weapon discharge in Kuwait

Ken Dennis (father) His son didn't see 23. On March 21, exactly one year after the first Marine combat deaths in Iraq, the wiry 6-foot-1 soldier who had been a classroom cut-up, a devotee of heavy philosophical tomes and a proud patriot tattooed with the Marine Corps insignia hanged himself from a showerhead in the bathroom of his Renton apartment.

Not counted

Signaller Paul William Didsbury 18 21st Signal Regiment (Air Support) Blackpool, England Died of a non-hostile gunshot wound in Basra, Iraq, on June 29, 2005

Dijkstra Sergeant Netherlands Royal Dutch Army10/11/06 Non-hostile - suicide

Pfc. James R. Dillon Jr 2003-03-13 19 Grove City Pennsylvania 3rd Light Armoured Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division Marines James died as a result of a self inflicted gun shot wound in Kuwait.

Cpl. Lili Dobre 28 280th Infantry Battalion, Romanian Army Romania Dobre shot himself in the head in a tent at Camp Mittica in Nasiriya, Iraq, on March 14, 2006. He was taken to a hospital in Kuwait City, Kuwait, where he died on March 25, 2006

Pvt. Mark Stephen Dobson 41 B (Green Howards) Company, The Tyne-Tees Regiment, British Territorial Army County Durham, England Dobson was found dead of a non-hostile cause in his quarters at Basra Air Station in Basra, Iraq, on March 28, 2005. (from below the 41-year-old from Darlington would kill himself in his Basra bed. His suicide note described the 'evil world' encountered in Iraq. 'Sorry to let you down lads,' it concluded.)

Sgt. Michael E. Dooley of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment August 20, 2004 Report: Two Carson soldiers committed suicide in Iraq Associated Press FORT CARSON, Colo. Two Fort Carson soldiers who died in Iraq took their own lives, according to Army reports released this week.

But on CNN.com the report was this way

Sgt. Michael E. Dooley
B Troop, 1st Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment
Pulaski, Virginia
He was manning a checkpoint in Al Asad, Iraq, on June 8, 2003, when a vehicle approached and two people got out requesting a medic for a sick friend. Immediately following the request for help, they opened fire, killing Dooley


Staff Sgt. Aurelio A. Dudley, 39, of Panama City, Panama, died Tuesday after completing the run. He began having trouble breathing when he finished, and other soldiers training with Dudley called for emergency help. October 2005

Pfc. Joseph J. Duenas
Company C, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101 Airborne Division
Mesa, Arizona
Died of non-combat related injuries while returning from combat operations in Kirkuk Province, Iraq, on March 30, 2006

Pfc. Amy A. Duerksen 19 Company D, 4th Combat Support Battalion, 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland Died of a non-combat related injury in Baghdad, Iraq, on March 11, 2006 Pfc. Amy A. Duerksen was remembered Friday as a soldier who loved her country and championed its freedoms.About 200 people attended Duerksen's funeral at a church in Temple while more than 120 members of the Patriot Guard Riders, a motorcycle group, gathered outside to counter the protest of six members of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan The Kansas protesters claim the deaths of soldiers in Iraq are divine punishment for America's toleration of homosexuals. The motorcycle riders try to shield families from the protesters.Duerksen, 19, died March 11 in Iraq, the Temple Daily Telegram reported."The two themes of freedom and justice were colossal for her," the Rev. Shannon Soard said in remarks prepared for delivery at the service, the newspaper reported.Soard said Duerksen "had a kindness and gentleness for people that caused you to warm to her quickly. Warm smiles, encouraging words and affectionate hugs were the order of the day with Amy. She loved people, and they knew it."

Cynthia Dunn, 27, was driving on a bridge in Augusta, Ga., when she lost control of her car about 1 a.m. The vehicle hit a concrete retaining wall, drove on top of it and then went airborne, said a deputy sheriff. October 9, 2004

Sgt. Jeannette T. Dunn 44 15th Sustainment Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division Bronx, New York Died of injuries suffered from a non-combat related injury in Taji, Iraq, on November 26, 2006

Staff Sgt. Joan J. Duran
5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division
Roxbury, Massachusetts
Died of injuries suffered from a non-combat related incident in Iraq on August 10, 2007

Ciara Durkin
Mystery surrounds death of soldier
Quincy woman is called a noncombat casualty
By Noah Bierman, Globe Staff October 2, 2007
The Massachusetts National Guard soldier from Quincy who died in Afghanistan Friday was found with a single bullet in her head lying near her church on a secure military base, her family said yesterday after a briefing from Army officials.

The Department of Defense said in a statement yesterday that Ciara Durkin's injuries came from a "non-combat related incident" that is under investigation. The statement contradicts a Sunday statement from the Massachusetts Army National Guard that said Durkin, an Army specialist, was killed in action. A guard spokesman said the term was meant to imply that Durkin was deployed in Afghanistan at the time of her death.

"We're completely in the dark," said Pierce Durkin, the soldier's 28-year-old brother. "Patience is probably dissipating."

Cpl Ainsworth Dyer 2002-04-18 24 Montreal Quebec 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia s Canadian Light Infantry Canadian Army Ainsworth was one of four soldiers killed in a freindly fire accident near Kandahar when a bomb was dropped on their location.

Staff Sgt. Richard S. Eaton Jr. 37 323rd Military Intelligence Battalion, Army Reserves Guilford, Connecticut Died in Ramadi, Iraq, after a fellow soldier tried to wake him and noticed he was not breathing on August 12, 2003 A staff sergeant dies in his sleep from fluid buildup in his lungs. http://www.truthout.org/cgi-bin/artman/exec/view.cgi/7/4000

Pvt. James H. Ebbers 19 551st Military Police Company Tinley Park, Illinois Died of a non-hostile gunshot wound in Djibouti, Africa, on October 14, 2002

Pfc. Christopher M. Eckhardt 19 4th Battalion, 42nd Field Artillery, 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division Phoenix, Arizona Died of a non-combat related cause in Taji, Iraq, on May 3, 2006 AP -- FORT HOOD, Texas -- The death of a Phoenix soldier in Iraq is under investigation, the Department of Defense said Friday. Pfc. Christopher M. Eckhardt, 19, died Wednesday from a "non-combat related cause" in Taji, according to a statement from the military. No other details were provided. Eckhardt was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 42nd Field Artillery, 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division in Fort Hood.

Sgt. 1st Class Amos C. Edwards, Jr. 41 1st Battalion, 118th Field Artillery Regiment, 48th Brigade Combat Team, Georgia Army National Guard Savannah, Georgia Died of a non-combat related cause in Rutba, Iraq, on February 17, 2006

Staff Sgt. Mark O. Edwards 40 Headquarters Troop, 2nd Squadron, 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Tennessee Army National Guard Unicoi, Tennessee Died from a non-combat related cause at his forward operating base near Tuz, Iraq, on June 9, 2005

Spc. Andrew C. Ehrlich 21 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division Mesa, Arizona Died of non-combat related injuries in Muqdadiyah, Iraq, on October 18, 2004

Senior Airmen Nicholas D. Eischen
60th Medical Operations Squadron, Travis Air Force Base
Sanger, California
Died of a non-combat related incident at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, on December 24, 2007. The circumstances surrounding the death are under investigation.

Staff Sgt. Gregory L. Elam
54th Quartermaster Company, 49th Quartermaster Group, 101st Airborne Division
Columbus, Georgia
Died as a result of a non-combat related illness in Kandahar, Afghanistan, on December 11, 2007. His death is under investigation.

Spc. Matthew J. Emerson
2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division
Grandview, Washington
Died of injuries suffered from a non-combat related incident in Nineveh Province, Iraq, on September 18, 2007

Pfc. Andrew T. Engstrom
1st Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division
Slaton, Texas
Died of injuries suffered in a non-combat related incident in Taji, Iraq, on July 4, 2007

Espaillat Jr, Pedro I. Senior Airman Air Force 20 5/15/04 weapon discharge
Pedro I. Espaillat Jr. Columbia, Tennessee Senior Airman Pedro I. Espaillat Jr., who worked for the Air Force as a plane mechanic, wanted to be an engineer.His father said he tried to persuade his oldest son to go first to college, then make the military a career. But Espaillat enlisted in 2001 after high school graduation."After he was in boot camp, I couldn't pull him out. He wanted to be an engineer since he was little. Now he never will," Pedro I. Espaillat Sr. said of his son.Espaillat, 20, of Columbia, Tenn., died May 15 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Kirkuk, Iraq. He was based at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.Espaillat moved to Tennessee in 1993 with his mother and two brothers from the Dominican Republic. His father had arrived about three years earlier.The son graduated with honors, 38th in a class of 228 at Spring Hill High.

Capt. Phillip T. Esposito 30 Headquarters Company, 42nd Infantry Division, New York Army National Guard Suffern, New York Esposito died on June 8, 2005, in Tikrit, Iraq, of injuries sustained in an alleged fratricide attack in Tikrit, Iraq, on June 7, 2005. Another soldier, Staff Sgt. Alberto B. Martinez, has been charged with murder in connection with the attack, and is awaiting trial.

Arraignment set for alleged fragger
Staff Sgt. Alberto B. Martinez will face an arraignment hearing Nov. 3 at Fort Bragg, N.C., in the June 2005 deaths of two officers at a forward operating base in Tikrit, Iraq, the Army announced today.

Pvt. David Evans of the 924th Military Police Battalion, was killed in May 2003 while guarding the munitions dump at Ad Diwaniyah. Military officials told Macklin in March that Spc. Benjamin Hathaway lit some fuse bundles at the cajoling of another soldier, sparking a series of blasts that sent the three soldiers diving for cover. After a 10-month investigation, Hathaway was charged with involuntary manslaughter, negligent homicide and other offenses.

Staff Sgt. Christopher L. Everett 23 2nd Battalion, 112th Armor Regiment, 56th Brigade Combat Team, Texas Army National Guard Huntsville, Texas Killed in an accident in the motor pool in Taqqadum, Iraq, on September 7, 2005


Sammantha Arlene Owen Ewing, 20, passed away Monday, Nov. 26, 2007, in Pawtucket, R.I. Sammantha was born in Orem, Utah, on Dec. 7, 1986

Cpl. Adam R. Fales 21 Combat Service Support Detachment-21, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force Cullman, Alabama Died of a non-hostile gunshot wound in Falluja, Iraq, on December 16, 2005

Carolyn Farrar-Johnson, 58, was an active reserve sergeant with the 11th Battalion, 80th Regiment, Officer Education System. She was found dead in her residence at midday Monday.Her husband, Ronnie Nelson, has been charged with murder.


Sgt. Andrew K. Farrar Jr. 31 Headquarters and Service Battalion, 2nd Force Service Support Group, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force Weymouth, Massachusetts Died due to a non-hostile related incident in Anbar province, Iraq, on January 28, 2005 Al Anbar Province
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Staff Sgt. Jefferey J. Farrow 28 146th Quartermaster Company, Army Reserve Birmingham, Alabama Died of non-combat related injuries in Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, on July 19, 2005

Capt. Brian R. Faunce 28 Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Faunce's unit was clearing dangerously low-hanging power lines south of Ad Dujayl, Iraq, when he apparently touched an active power line, fatally injuring him on September 18, 2003.


Jason A. Fegler Serving with the 101st Airborne Division, Fegler may have died in a friendly fire incident, according to the Department of Defense . The Pentagon said the circumstances of his death“are under investigation as a potential friendly fire incident,” but released no further information. One requirement was to serve a tour of duty in Iraq, Snyder said. Fegler was promoted to his new rank a few days before his death, said Kelly Tyler , a spokeswoman at Fort Campbell.He was about a month into his third tour of duty in Iraq, Snyder said.

Spc. Rian C. Ferguson 22 Regimental Support Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment Taylors, South Carolina Died when he fell from the light medium tactical vehicle in which he was a passenger outside forward operating base Quinn, Iraq, on December 14, 2003


Capt. Michael S. Fielder
248th Medical Detachment, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 44th Medical Command, XVIII Airborne Corps
Holly Springs, North Carolina
Died of injuries suffered from a non-combat related incident in Baghdad, Iraq, on August 19, 2007

Spc. Kirsten Fike, 36, of Warren, Pa., died a day after collapsing only two hours into the first day of a border surveillance mission near Yuma. She had deployed with the 28th Military Police Company. It was the first death in Arizona of a National Guard soldier since the start in June of Operation Jump Start, President Bush’s initiative to place 6,000 National Guard troops in support of Border Patrol operations along the Mexican border.

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Sgt. Courtney D. Finch
714th Maintenance Company, Kansas Army National Guard
Leavenworth, Kansas
Died of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident in Qayyara, Iraq, on July 24, 2007

Spc. John R. Fish Searchers found, clad in his Army uniform, Wednesday afternoon while flying over a patch of rugged desert surrounding the Dona Ana Base Camp, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) from Fort Bliss in New Mexico, said Jean Offutt, a fort spokeswoman. His body was found about 1 1/2 miles (2.4 kilometers) north of the camp.


Sgt. 1st Class Brandon Floyd he also was taking Lariam before he killed his wife and himself, although the Army said it could not confirm that he was taking the drug.

Sgt Ryan D. Foraker 2002-09-24 31 Logan Ohio 342nd Military Police Company Army Reserve Ryan Disapeared from his unit in Guantanamo Bay. Exhaustive searches were conducted in an effort to locate him. His clothes and personal effects were found near the water's edge.

CHRIS FORCUM 20 OREGON GUNSHOT 12/3/2005 He tried to get help. But he slipped through the cracks in the military’s mental-health system. He applied for veterans’ health benefits, but Call — a combat veteran with years of active and Reserve duty — was told he didn’t qualify. Veterans Affairs has mental-health counselors even for veterans who don’t qualify for health benefits, but Call never got a chance to see one.
On Feb. 3 of this year, he shot himself.

After Soldier's Suicide, his Family Calls for More Counseling December 5, 2005 - 9:06AM When soldiers return home from overseas, they go through a debriefing process, but one Springfield family says the military doesn't to enough for soldiers returning to civilian life; Chris Forcum, a 20-year-old marine, killed himself six weeks after returning home from Iraq.

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Sgt. Curtis J. Forshey, 22, of Hollidaysburg, Pa., died Tuesday in Homburg. His illness was not combat-related Sgt. Curtis J. Forshey liked the military life and, despite the daily dangers that went with serving in Iraq, had planned on making a career of it. Tragically, the 22-year-old Hollidaysburg resident died Tuesday in an Army hospital in Homburg, Germany, leaving behind a wife, Laura, and their 3-month-old son, Benjamin. "He was a great guy," the 23-year-old Laura, said Thursday. "He was a great husband, a great father and a great soldier." Curtis' mom, Sharon Forshey, said her son was serving his second tour of Iraq with the 494th Transportation Company, a part of the 101st Airborne Division out of Fort Campbell, Ky., when he got sick. Within a week of finding out he had leukemia, Curtis died from a brain aneurysm, a complication of his treatment. His death occurred shortly after his wife, son and parents arrived in Germany where he was hospitalized

Pfc. Jason Franco 18 Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 11, Marine Aircraft Group 11, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Corona, California Died from a non-hostile incident in Anbar province, Iraq, on October 31, 2006
Age: 18
From: Corona, California
Assigned To: Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 11, Marine Aircraft Group 11, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing
Based In: Marine Corps Air Sta. Miramar, CA
Fatality Date: Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Fatality Cause: Non-hostile - gun shot wound
Fatality Location: Al Asad, Iraq

http://www.pe.com/localnews/inland/stories/PE_News_Local_H_marine02.3aaa5e7.html Press-Enterprise CORONA - Gulf War veteran and retired Marine Genaro Franco sat in his living room talking about how his son loved his mother's lasagna, his Mercedes Benz C320 and spending time with their large, extended family. He said he also knows his 18-year-old son loved being a Marine. Jason Franco had been in Iraq less than a month when he died Tuesday. He was the seventh Inland man to die in one of the war's deadliest months and the second Buena Vista High School graduate to die there this year. About 2 a.m. Tuesday, the family got a knock on the front door. His mother, Guadalupe Franco, asked who it was, and when the answer was the Marine Corps, she knew. The family had spoken to him just a few hours before he died. "He was so happy to be there. That's why he volunteered," said his teary-eyed mother, who was glad to have had that last conversation. Jason Franco also told his father that no matter what happened to him in Iraq, his father should take care of his younger brother, Kristian, 14, and sister Kuuielani, 12. Officials in Iraq are investigating the death, which the family described as agunshot wound to the head.

Leslie Frederick Jr 23 July 26, 2005—Army Spc. Leslie Frederick Jr., 23, stationed at Fort Lewis, shot and killed himself at his South Tacoma apartment. Wounded while serving 15 months in Iraq, Frederick had recently been among the first soldiers to receive the Army's new Combat Action Badge, which represents, says Army Chief of Staff Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker, "the Warrior Ethos." Frederick, according to relatives, suffered psychologically from the stress of combat. His wife also won a divorce and custody of their child six days before his suicide.

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John "Gunship" Frasso Friends of John Frasso were coming to terms Tuesday a day after the Vietnam War veteran they called "Gunship" took his own life outside the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Plains Township.They wondered why Frasso, who enjoyed making children laugh and giving more than he received, shot himself with a .45-caliber handgun. A note apparently written by Frasso, 61, of Nescopeck, explained he was protesting the war in Afghanistan, Luzerne County Coroner Dr. Jack Consalvo said.

Pvt. Benjamin L. Freeman 19 K Troop, 3rd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment Valdosta, Georgia Drowned near Al Asad, Iraq, on October 13, 2003. Soldiers from his unit were searching for Freeman when they found him floating in the Euphrates River near Haditha Dam and attempts to revive him were unsuccessful.