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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
Non-hostile - electrocution from ICasualties.org

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.


Prosecute Army For Dereliction Of Duty

I was thinking about some of the stories I've posted this year and this was one of the ones that made me think of how many others like 1st Lt. Elizabeth Whiteside there are. What if Dana Priest and Anne Hull didn't report on what she was going through? What would have happened to Whiteside if the Army got away with just prosecuting her?

Update on Veteran Army 1st Lt. Elizabeth Whiteside
Army 1st Lt. Elizabeth Whiteside, who was recently profiled by Post reporters Dana Priest and Anne Hull, has received good news: an Army hearing officer has recommended that she should not face a court-martial for attempting suicide and endangering another soldier while in Iraq. Whiteside, who is undergoing psychiatric treatment at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, should be allowed "to end her military service and receive the benefits that she will desperately need for the remainder of her life," said Maj. Mervin H. Steals, the officer assigned to conduct a preliminary hearing. His decision will be passed along to an officer who has jurisdiction over the matter and can accept or reject the recommendation. Whiteside suffered a mental breakdown earlier this year, waving a gun and threatening others before she fired a shot into her stomach. She faces the possibility of life in prison if she is tried and convicted. Her story was part of the Post's ongoing coverage of the treatment of veterans at Walter Reed.

By The Editors December 11, 2007; 10:00 AM ET Walter Reed Previous: Responding to a Critic Next: Meet the Reporters and Editors

click post title for the rest of this

Dana Priest and Anne Hull have done a great service to the men and women who risk their lives everyday and for all veterans who were ignored by the media before. They've done it time and time again. In each case we really need to wonder what would have been done or allowed to go on if they didn't bother?

Would Walter Reed hospital still be treating the wounded as if they were lucky to be there at all in squalor? Would the DOD still be allowed to ignore the suffering of thousands of veterans, forced out under "personality disorders" unable to be compensated for their wounds or support themselves or their families? Would the VA get away with ignoring the problem of suicides reaching epidemic proportions doing absolutely nothing to open clinics and veterans centers, hiring more psychologist and therapists as well as claims processors? Not that they have even come close to fulfilling those needs still.

Without reporters and families standing up to say this is all wrong, nothing would be fixed at all. We owe them our willingness to fight for all of them, to stand up and say "you can't get away with treating our troops like this" to the Army. As a matter of fact it needs to be said to the Marines, the Navy, the Air Force and the National Guards as well. It is dereliction of duty to leave any of these wounded behind and without their wounds being tended to.

As the brass contemplates any more charges against them they should wonder what they did that caused it to happen because it begins and ends with them. kc

Vietnam Vet, PTSD and once homeless moves upscale

Season of Sharing: Once homeless, veteran's family moves upscale
Peter Hartlaub, Chronicle Pop Culture Critic

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Umoja Selassie and his three daughters were the first family to move into the tony planned community of Bayport Alameda last year. They remember everything seemed to sparkle, with sidewalks that were flawless and a street so empty that their footsteps echoed across the neighborhood.

"We were the first ones in the whole neighborhood, and everything was brand new," Selassie remembers. "The street wasn't even named when we got in here."

Unfortunately, it wasn't the first time the 55-year-old Navy veteran and his three then-teenage daughters lived without an official address. They were homeless in San Francisco several years ago, until they received help finding an apartment in 2003, with several months of rent provided by The Chronicle's Season of Sharing Fund.

Years later, they've turned into one of the program's biggest success stories. A case worker at the veteran aid organization Operation Dignity helped Selassie find his new home - a three-bedroom, 2 1/2-bath apartment that he rents for less than $500 in a neighborhood that includes million-dollar houses. All of his daughters are in college, with plans to become an artist, a nurse and a psychiatrist.

For Selassie, who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder from working on ships during the Vietnam War, the Gulf War and the conflict in Somalia, the home is a blessing that he makes sure his family gives thanks for every day, not just Christmas.

Mental health treatment for Montana vets lags behind nation

Statistics contradict praise of mental health programs Mental health treatment for Montana vets lags behind nation
McClatchy Newspapers
McClatchy Newspapers
WASHINGTON — Sen. Jon Tester, a Montana Democrat, took officials from the Department of Veterans Affairs to an auditorium at the Montana State University-College of Technology campus in Great Falls last summer to talk about the best way to provide health care to veterans in the region's vast rural areas.

The director of the VA region that includes Montana, Colorado, Utah and Wyoming detailed all that the agency was doing to provide for veterans' health needs — physical and mental.

"Comprehensive mental-health care is one of the top priorities for Network 19," Glen Grippen said, referring to the multi-state Rocky Mountain region. He said that mental health staff had been added recently, specifically for treating post-traumatic stress disorder.

Each medical center now has a suicide prevention coordinator, he said, and the VA's medical centers "actively collaborate with state National Guard and Reserve components to ensure that no returning soldier slips through the cracks."
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PTSD and depression hits home for veterans

A Pentagon report that appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association confirmed that 17 percent of soldiers return home with signs of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression or other situations that involve relating to nonveterans. The study of 88,000 veterans showed that percentage to nearly double six months later.

"Some of them come through, and they don’t start realizing that they have changed because of some situation, or until they have been home for a number of months," Bayer said. "It’s something the government is very aware of."

In Wisconsin, the problem may be even worse because, Bayer said, most new veterans are with the National Guard, a specific high-risk group according to the study.
About 42 percent of Guard members and reserves were identified as needing mental health treatment.

Depression hits home for veterans
Journal Times
Saturday, December 29, 2007 11:00 PM CST

Quinn Copeland never thought the day his platoon gathered to take its first picture would turn out to be one of the roughest days of his life. He also didn’t expect to find himself living on unemployment six years after enlisting in the Army.

Between Sept. 11, 2001 (when the picture was taken) and today, Copeland has drilled at multiple bases, trained in Kuwait and served in Iraq.

He’s also earned a bachelor’s degree and found himself without a job, a scenario thousands of U.S. veterans face every day.

Steven Bardouche applied to the University of Wisconsin-Parkside six months before he finished his four years of active duty with the Marine Corps. Having finished his first semester, he says he’s among only two of about 30 close friends who served with him who are now going to school.

Both men agree that the transition back to civilian life has been a difficult journey. And while they count on the future being brighter, the present is one of questions.

"I expect it to be easier, but I don’t really know," Bardouche said. "I don’t know if it’s going to be a light bulb, or how it’s going to change."
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Reader insults PTSD troops and veterans

This is what I deal with all the time. People want to act as if there is something disgraceful in having been wounded by PTSD. This is the kind of attitude people still have. They will never give the honor to all the wounded or come close to the gratitude they should to all of them. The only disgrace is on this nation because so many have committed suicide because of PTSD and the failure of this nation to take care of the wounded. They have their families fall apart. They end up tortured instead of being treated. They end up jobless because they can no longer work. They end up homeless and abandoned. With all of that, with all that can be done for them, people like this poster would rather insult every veteran with PTSD by suggesting they are less than honorable, less than good, less than someone they claim to know.

NB has left a new comment on your post "Another non-combat death in Iraq": Sgt. Peter C. Neesley was an amazing man. I cannot even begin to believe that I came across his name on a website that would even SUGGEST that his death may have been a suicide. He died not even 5 days ago and already you're speaking about it as if his family and friends feelings mean absolutely nothing. You say that you wont know until 'his family speaks,' and you say it like they are hiding some deep dark secret about their fallen hero. He was an honorable, caring man who lost his life fighting for his country. If only you could give him and his family the respect they he gave all of us. Posted by NB to Wounded Times at December 30, 2007 12:03 AM
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Kathie Costos has left a new comment on your post "Another non-combat death in Iraq": There are too many non-combat deaths not counted and you should want to make sure all of them are counted. There are too many families who do not know how their family member died and you should want all of them to have closure. Some have died by suicide, some by being murdered, some by health problems associated with their service with vaccines. If you cared about all of them then you would want them all treated as worthy of attention. I said absolutely nothing about the cause of his death. I reminded readers that we cannot assume anything because most non-combat deaths are in fact suicide. If you cannot understand this, then you have a real problem. The families deserve to know how their family member died as soon as possible and there are too many who still don't know years later. Why? Because they fell through the cracks and the military was allowed to drop the investigations.In the cases of non-combat, either the family speaks out or the media files Freedom Of Information to find out what happened. This is the only way we come close to knowing how they died. Deal with it. Too many families are suffering because they don't know what happened.As for your comment about him. I have no doubt he was an honorable caring man. You just suggested that if they develop PTSD and commit suicide they are not honorable caring people. That means you just insulted hundreds of thousands of veterans with PTSD and the tens of thousands who have committed suicide.People like you make me sick. You act as if they should be ashamed of being wounded. They are just as patriotic, brave, honorable and all the rest that goes into making them heroes but you want to disgrace all of them as if they are worthless. Find a "right wing" blog to visit because that is the only place where you disgraceful attitude belongs. Posted by Kathie Costos to Wounded Times at December 30, 2007 8:28 AM

It is disgraceful that people like NB are still out there in this country. With all the reports and studies on PTSD, they are deaf, dumb and blind. It is this kind of person who will scream the loudest on "supporting the troops" but when it comes to them needing us, they are nowhere to be found.
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

Saturday, December 29, 2007

2nd Infantry lost second soldier in 10 days from non-combat causes

2nd Infantry Division soldier dies while on leave in Norway
By T.D. Flack, Stars and Stripes
Pacific edition, Sunday, December 30, 2007

SEOUL — The 2nd Infantry Division lost its second soldier in 10 days, officials confirmed Friday.

Spc. Armando Matos, 35, died Thursday while on leave in Norway, according to a 2nd ID news release.

Matos had gone to the Stavanger Hospital after not feeling well, according to the release. He later died, and an autopsy and investigation will be conducted to determine the cause of death, according to the release.

On Dec. 17, Pfc. Christopher Adan, 20, of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 72nd Armor Regiment, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, was discovered dead in his barracks room on Camp Casey.
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Count all non-combat deaths as price of combat #1

I was just looking over some of the latest non-combat deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan, which reminded me of the post I did on Screaming In An Empty Room before I started this blog. I still say that every death connected to Iraq and Afghanistan should be counted as the price of combat. We dishonor them if we do not.

I'm posting the deaths again. I'm breaking their stories up so that the posts won't be so long. I will also plug in if the media did not include their death in their official reports.
More names will be added as I look over some recent posts. I would appreciate it if any family member out there contact me if they do not see their family member listed but they know the death was connected to their service to this nation.
Count all non-combat deaths as price of combat #1

Pfc. Christopher Justin Abston died suddenly in his Fort Bragg, N.C., barracks room 16 days after receiving the smallpox and flu vaccines. The Pentagon said about 1 million service members have received smallpox vaccinations since December 2002. About 120 developed a condition called myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle.

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Cmdr. Joseph Acevedo 46 Assigned to Commander, Logistics Force, Navy Central Command, Bahrain Bronx, New York Died in a non-combat incident in Bahrain on April 13, 2003

Pfc. Steven Acosta 19 Company C, 3rd Battalion, 67th Armored Regiment, 4th Infantry Division Calexico, California Died from a non-hostile gunshot wound in Baquba, Iraq, on October 26, 2003 As Pfc. Steven Acosta was preparing to serve in Iraq, his older brother Gerardo was just returning from the same war. "I just wish I could see him again, and just be with him like we used to be before," said Gerardo Acosta, a Marine stationed at Camp Pendleton. Steven Acosta, a 19-year-old supply clerk from Calexico, Calif., died Oct. 26 from a gunshot wound in a non-hostile incident in Baqouba, Iraq. He was stationed at Fort Hood. Acosta enlisted in the Army after graduating from high school last year, before his older brother had a chance to talk to him about becoming a Marine. Gerardo Acosta last saw his brother over Christmas when he returned from boot camp. The second-youngest of five brothers, Steven was sentimental and outgoing. His friends would regularly gather at the Acosta home, bringing their guitars to play punk rock while Steven kept the beat on the drums.

Pvt. Algernon Adams 36 Company C, 122nd Engineer Battalion, South Carolina Army National Guard Aiken, South Carolina Died of non-combat related injuries at Forward Operating Base St. Mere, Iraq, on October 28, 2003

Sgt. Leonard W. Adams, 42, of Mooresville, N.C., died Jan. 24 in CampBucca, Iraq, of non-combat related injuries. Adams was assigned to the ArmyNational Guard’s 105th Military Police Battalion, 18th Military Police Brigade,Asheville, N.C.

Michael Scott Adams, 20, Spartanburg SC August 21, 2003 A private first class dies of smoke inhalation after a bullet ricochets during a training exercise and ignites a fire at an indoor shooting range.

1st Lt. Louis E. Allen, on June 7, 2005, in Tikrit, Iraq. Staff Sgt. Alberto Martinez, formerly of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 42nd Infantry Division, is waiting to hear whether he will go to court-martial. He is charged with two counts of premeditated murder in the deaths of his company commander, Capt. Phillip T. Esposito, and 1st Lt. Louis E. Allen, on June 7, 2005, in Tikrit, Iraq.

Cpl. Terrence P. Allen 21 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force Pennsauken, New Jersey Died of a non-hostile incident in Anbar province, Iraq, on September 15, 2007

Sgt. Glenn R. Allison
Company C, 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division
Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Died during physical training in Baghdad, Iraq, on December 18, 2003


Terrence P. Allen Military investigating Iraq death of Marine from Pennsauken9:52 AM EDT, September 18, 2007PENNSAUKEN, N.J. - Military officials said they are investigating the death of a Marine from New Jersey who died in Iraq last week. The Department of Defense said in a statement that Terrence P. Allen, a Marine corporal from Pennsauken, died Saturday in a non-hostile incident in Anbar province; his parents, John and Connie Allen, had earlier reported that the 21-year-old had apparently been the victim of a sniper. Allen was assigned to the Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 2, II Marine Expeditionary Force based at North Caroline's Camp Lejeune.


Petty Officer 2nd Class Joseph D. Alomar 22 Navy Provisional Detention Battalion Brooklyn, New York Died of a non-combat related incident at Camp Bucca, Iraq, on January 17, 2007. Alomar’s death was not the result of hostile action, but occurred in a hostile fire zone http://www.amny.com/news/local/am-sail0121,0,1303592.story amNew York -- A 22-year-old Brooklyn man who died in a noncombat situation in Iraq on Jan. 17 was remembered Saturday by his family as the engaging, athletic oldest brother of a large family. Petty Officer 2nd Class Joseph D. Alomar, who was based at Camp Bucca, a Naval detention center and had served for two-and-half years, died in a "hostile fire zone," a defense department release said. His death is under investigation, it said.

Spc. Jason E. Ames 21 Company C, 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), 25th Infantry Division Cerulean, Kentucky Died of non-combat related injuries in Mosul, Iraq, on August 31, 2005

Cpl. Reynold Armand 21 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force Rochester, New York Died in Balad, Iraq, on August 7, 2007. His death is currently under investigation.

Staff Sgt. Mathias Arnt III, also 24, in the heart with a steak knife May 26, 2003, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey.

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Lance Cpl. Brian E. Anderson, 26, of Durham, N.C., was killed Apr. 2 (03) in a non-hostile accident west of An Nasiriyah, Iraq. Anderson was manning a .50 caliber rifle on top of a 7-ton truck when the vehicle passed under and apparently snagged low hanging power lines. He was assigned to the 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, N.C. The incident is under investigation.

Sgt. 1st Class Moses E. Armstead 44 16th Ordnance Battalion, 61st Ordnance Brigade Rochester, New York Died at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany of a non-combat related illness identified on October 5, 2005, as he was returning from leave status and preparing to redeploy to Afghanistan.

Chief Warrant Officer Andrew Todd Arnold
Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade
Spring, Texas
Killed when a rocket-propelled grenade launcher he was firing for familiarization malfunctioned at firing range near Kut, Iraq, on April 22, 2003


Private First Class Donald J. Arwood Fort Bragg soldier on leave dies from multiple gunshot wounds The Associated Press FORT BRAGG, N.C. --A Fort Bragg soldier who was on leave in Tennessee has died from multiple gunshot wounds. Fort Bragg officials said Saturday that Private First Class Donald J. Arwood died near his parents' home in Halls, Tennessee on Thursday night. Local police are still investigating, but no other details were immediately available. The 21-year-old Arwood had returned to Fort Bragg in November following a 15-month tour in Iraq.

Marine Lance Cpl. Trevor D. Aston Cpl. Aston After the 2001 terrorist attacks, Trevor Aston enlisted in the Marine Reserves at the relatively advanced age of 29. "He was terribly shaken after 9/11," said his grandmother, Lenore Aston. Aston, 32, of Austin, Texas, was killed Feb. 22 in Al Anbar Province. The incident, described as non-hostile, is under investigation. Aston's grandmother served in the Women's Army Corps during World War II, and his father was in the Army for 27 years. As a boy Aston lived in Texas, Germany and other locations where his father, Robert Aston, was stationed. He attended Austin Community College and had worked as a bartender and booked concert acts for a nearby nightclub. He wanted to be a firefighter either in Austin or in Houston, where his mother lives. "He was a good friend to many people," said his mother, Jewel Aston. "He was just an all-around, good, nice kid."


Pfc. Shawn M. Atkins 20 Headquarters Company, 4th Aviation Brigade, 1st Armored Division Parker, Colorado Died as a result of a non-combat injury in Baghdad, Iraq, on June 14, 2004

Lance Corporal David Atkinson returned deeply troubled by Iraq and raped and murdered Sally Geeson, 21, after she left a Cambridge pub in the early hours of New Year's Day 2005, before immolating himself.

Pvt. Alan J. Austin
782nd Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division
Houston, Texas
Died of injuries suffered from a non-combat related incident near Forward Operating Base in Sharana, Afghanistan, on August 12, 2007

Petty Officer 1st Class Howard E. Babcock IV
Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station Bahrain
Houston, Texas
Died in a motorcycle accident in Bahrain on October 13, 2005


JUSTIN BAILEY 27 1/25/2007 CALIFORNIA OVERDOSE Iraq war veteran Justin Bailey checked himself in to the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center just after Thanksgiving.Among the first wave of Marines sent into battle, the young rifleman had been diagnosed since his return with posttraumatic stress disorder and a groin injury. Now, Bailey acknowledged to his family and a friend, he needed immediate treatment for his addiction to prescription and street drugs."We were so happy," said his stepmother, Mary Kaye Bailey, 41. "We were putting all of our faith into those doctors."On Jan. 25, Justin Bailey got prescriptions filled for five medications, including a two-week supply of the potent painkiller methadone, according to his medical records. A day later, he was found dead of an apparent overdose in his room at a VA rehabilitation center on the hospital grounds. He was 27.

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Pvt. Michael V. Bailey 20 Headquarters Battery, 4th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division Waldorf, Maryland Died of non-combat related injuries in Salerno, Afghanistan, on October 27, 2006

Staff Sgt. Nathan J. Bailey 46 1175th Transportation Company, Tennessee Army National Guard Nashville, Tennessee Died from a non-hostile gunshot wound in Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, on November 12, 2003 A staff sergeant dies from a "non-hostile" gunshot wound while on guard duty in Kuwait.

Digger Ashley Baker was found dead in his barracks in East Timor, he was on the internet telling friends of being so busy he had forgotten his birthday.The 19-year-old private gave no indication of any personal torment in his deployment, apart from complaining to friends of working around the clock and of the heat while on patrol.

Delay in true cause of death

1st Lt. Kenneth Michael Ballard
Company C, 2nd Battalion, 37th Armored Regiment, 1st Armored Division
Mountain View, California
Died of wounds from an accidental discharge from his tank's machine gun during a firefight with insurgents in Najaf, Iraq, on May 30, 2004


Lt. Kenneth Ballard
September 12, 2005
Report of soldier’s accidental death delayed one year
By Robert BurnsAssociated Press
The Army said Saturday it knew for more than a year after 1st Lt. Kenneth Ballard’s death in Iraq in May 2004 that he was not killed in action, as it initially reported. The family was not told the truth until Friday.
Ballard’s mother, Karen Meredith, of Mountain View, Calif., said in a telephone interview that she is angry and will press for a full explanation. She is a public critic of the war and has attended anti-war protests in Crawford, Texas, outside President Bush’s ranch, with grieving mother and peace activist Cindy Sheehan. Meredith said she blames the Army’s error on official incompetence, not an intent to cover up the truth. ”This news is stunning to me,” she said. “People in the Army knew this news for 15 months, and why they couldn’t be bothered to tell me the truth when this first happened and to have me go through this pain 15 months later is unconscionable on the part of the Army. It’s a betrayal to my son’s service,” she said.

Maj. Stephen Ballard
3 Commando Brigade, Royal Marines
Hometown of record not available
Died of natural causes on March 30, 2003


Mother questions cause of death

1st Lt. Debra A. Banaszak 35 1035th Maintenance Company, Missouri Army National Guard Bloomington, Illinois "Died from non-combat related injuries at Camp Victory, Kuwait, on October 28, 2005Barbara Butler, mother of Army National Guard 1st Lt. Debra A. Banaszak, 35, of Bloomington, Ill., said she has trouble understanding why her daughter would have taken her own life in Kuwait last October, as the military has determined. She said that while Banaszak, the single mother of a teenage son, was proud to serve her country and had not complained, the stresses of the deployment may have exacerbated her depression.

Spc. Doug Barber: One Year After His Tragic Suicide-Unaired Interviewsby Jay Shaft Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2007 at 7:39 PM Two previously unreleased audio interviews with Spc. Douglas Barber, who served in Iraq with the Ohio National Guard. Released to commemorate the one year anniversary of his suicide due to untreated PTSD and overwhelming mental trauma. Interviews conducted by Jay Shaft: Editor-In-Chief/Executive Investigative Editor Thought Bomb Radio- Shock and Awe For the Mind Radio Hour/Coalition For Free Thought In Media 1-16-2006
Last month, on December 16, 2005, Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran Spc. Douglas Barber was my guest on my radio talk show. He said he'd been diagnosed with PTSD (Post traumatic stress disorder) and despite receiving some help from the V.A., was still having trouble getting his life back together. Yesterday, one month later, on January 16, 2006, I received an email from a listener who'd been exchanging emails with Douglas since his appearance on my show. Douglas has just sent him an email that troubled the listener. Douglas said he no longer had anything to live for, and was getting ready to "check out of this world." My wife immediately called Douglas and left a message on his cell phone. She also called the Montgomery Police Department in Alabama. At the start of the 3rd hour of my program last night, I received an email from one of Douglas's friends, who told me that Douglas had committed suicide earlier that afternoon. Today I was able to confirm his suicide with the Opelika, Alabama Police Department. The officer in charge of the investigation told me that it had happened with officers on the scene trying to talk Douglas out of it. The officer told me Douglas took his gun, fired one shot, and killed himself.

Staff Sgt. Patrick O. Barlow 42 50th Engineer Company Greensboro, North Carolina Died from a non-combat-related medical condition in San Antonio, Texas, on October 18, 2006

Command Sgt. Maj. Edward C. Barnhill
431st Civil Affairs Battalion, 358th Civil Affairs Brigade, Army Reserve
Shreveport, Louisiana
Died of an apparent heart attack after he was found unconscious in a hallway at the Coalition Provincial Authority headquarters building in Baghdad, Iraq, on May 14, 2004


Staff Sgt. Aram Bass, 25, of Niagara Falls, N.Y. Deaths investigated as friendly fire It may be months before the families of two soldiers killed in Iraq know for certain how they died, as investigators look into whether friendly fire was to blame. Staff Sgt. Aram Bass, 25, of Niagara Falls, N.Y., and Sgt. William Meeuwsen, 24, of Kingwood, Texas, died Nov. 23 (05) in Baghdad. Officials at Fort Campbell, Ky., where both soldiers were based, said Nov. 28 that the deaths were under investigation as potential friendly fire incidents. Their families were told that the men died trying to rescue wounded troops. That still appears to be the case, Fort Campbell spokeswoman Kelly Tyler said. Troops were injured. Sergeants Bass and Meeuwsen were attempting to recover the wounded soldiers when they came under fire,she said. Both infantrymen were assigned to Company A, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team.

Bartels, Daniel D. Specialist 22 Army weapon discharge died in Mosul, Iraq, on Oct. 19, of a non-combat related cause identified there on Oct. 18 2005. Bartels was assigned to the 4th Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Fort Wainwright, Alaska.

Staff Sgt. Robert J. Basham
Headquarters Battery 1st Battalion, 126th Field Artillery Regiment, Wisconsin Army National Guard
Kenosha, Wisconsin
Died as a result of injuries from a non-combat incident at Camp As Sayliyah in Doha, Qatar, on April 14, 2007


Cpl. Jason J. Beadles
887th Engineer Company, 326th Engineer Battalion, 101st Airborne Division
La Porte, Indiana
Died of a non-combat related injury in Baghdad, Iraq, on April 12, 2007


Example of what some non-combat deaths turn out to be

Pfc. Gunnar D. Becker 19 Company B, 2nd Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment, 1st Infantry Division Forestburg, South Dakoka Died of non-combat related injuries in Mosul, Iraq, on January 13, 2005 BAUMHOLDER, Germany — A 1st Infantry Division soldier based in Vilseck was convicted Thursday in connection with a January accidental discharge death in Iraq. Staff Sgt. James Leon Parker, a tank commander from Company B, 2nd Battalion, 63rd Armor, was convicted of negligent homicide and dereliction of duty. Parker, of Knoxville, Tenn., was sentenced to six months’ confinement at Mannheim Confinement Facility and a reduction in rank to E-1, or private. Parker’s defense attorney, Maj. Thomas Roughneen, asserted that Parker was a victim of circumstances on Jan. 13. Roughneen wrote in an e-mail to Stars and Stripes that he would appeal the decision. The e-mail contained court-martial results and a description of events leading up to the accidental discharge of an M-2, .50-caliber machine gun, which killed Pfc. Gunnar D. Becker, 19, of Forestburg, S.D. Until Roughneen’s e-mail, the Army had not made public the details of Becker’s death, or that Parker was being tried. Becker was killed when a round discharged while crewmembers were dismantling and moving a machine gun, according to a 1st ID news release issued Monday. A panel found that Parker was negligent in his responsibility to clear the weapon, the release stated.

Roy Thomas Bell, 42, was shot and killed behind a city apartment building Monday night in an incident some residents have described as "suicide by cop." A family acquaintance told the Free Press the distraught man confronted police carrying a pellet gun that closely resembled a real firearm. Witnesses say Mr. Bell ignored repeated demands from two officers to drop the replica pistol and, at one point, dared officers to shoot him. Mr. Bell served more than 23 years in the 17 Wing post office at CFB Winnipeg, but was discharged three years ago when the military deemed he was unfit for active duty overseas, a family acquaintance said Wednesday. Canada

Spc. Rusty W. Bell 21 Company A, 603rd Aviation Support Battalion, Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division Pocahontas, Arkansas Died of non-combat related injuries in Taji, Iraq, on August 12, 2005 Similarly, Army Spec. Rusty W. Bell, 21, of Pocahontas, Ark., showed signs of combat stress after his first deployment to the Middle East in 2003 as a member of the Army National Guard, said his mother, Darlene Gee. When he came home in April 2004, he enlisted in the Army and was sent back to Iraq in early 2005 An autopsy report on Bell's death concludes that he shot himself last August, with witnesses saying he was "distraught over family problems." Gee said she was not aware that her son, who was married, was having any significant personal problems.


Sgt. Darry Benson, 46, of Winterville, N.C., died Sunday, in Camp Virginia, Kuwait. Benson, who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom, was assigned the Army National Guard's 730th Quartermaster Battalion in Ahoskie. His death is under investigation. WVEC.com -- An Ahoskie, NC-based soldier has died in Kuwait. The Department of Defense said Sgt. Darry Benson, 46, of Winterville, N.C., died on Aug 27, in Camp Virginia, Kuwait. Officials said he died "of apparent natural causes" but didn't elaborate. He was pronounced dead at the Troop Medical Clinic Sunday morning after fellow soldiers reported that he was non-responsive

Spc. Robert T. Benson 20 Company A, 1st Battalion, 35th Armored Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division Spokane, Washington Died from a non-hostile gunshot wound in Baghdad, Iraq, on November 4, 2003 A specialist dies from a "non-hostile" gunshot wound to the head at a checkpoint.

Danny Beougher, 23, and his wife, Lauren, were in a Jeep Cherokee when a Ford F-350 crossed the median and slammed into them Saturday night. They were on their way to surprise family members for his brother's birthday and his family says everyone would have been happy to see him. "They've taken a piece of sunshine here on earth, because that's what Danny was - he was infectious," said Daniel's mother, Gidget Beougher. Daniel, a soldier and veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq, died at the scene. His wife is still in critical condition at Lee Memorial Hospital, but doctors say she is recovering.

When they live through war but die at home by a different kind of enemy

Paul Berkley, 46, of Clayton, who died from a gunshot wound to the head, also was stabbed near his right ear, the report said. Berkley, who had just returned from the Middle East, died Dec. 18 at WakeMed hospital. His widow, Monique Berkley, 26, was charged with his murder, along with her lover, Andrew Canty, and his friend, Latwon Johnson, both 18. March 02, 2006 Navy Reservist

Staff Sgt. Sean B. Berry 26 Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 112th Armor, 56th Brigade Combat Team, Texas Army National Guard Mansfield, Texas Died of non-combat related injuries in Taqqadum, Iraq, on October 3, 2005 Sean B. Berry Hometown: Mansfield Age: 26 Rank: Sgt.Branch: Army National GuardAs a child, Sean "Brady" Berry enjoyed sports, particularly soccer. In Iraq, nothing changed. His love of the game led him to arrange to have 1,000 soccer balls shipped from Texas to Iraqi children. "He really liked kids a lot and he really liked helping," said his father, John Berry. Berry, 26, of Mansfield, Texas, was killed by the accidental discharge of a weapon Oct. 3 in Taqaddum.

Staff Sgt. Alicia A. Birchett
887th Engineer Company, 326th Engineer Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division
Mashpee, Massachusetts
Died on August 9, 2007, in Baghdad, Iraq, of injuries suffered from a non-combat related accident on August 8.


Sgt. Jacob Blaylock won't be counted among the casualties of the Iraq war.
But he, like many soldiers, was haunted by its ghosts. Blaylock, 26, was a fun-loving man when he went to Iraq, his family said. In photographs, he tends to be the one giving a thumbs-up to the camera. When he came home from war, though, his family said he wanted a beer, he wanted a cigarette, and he never wanted to go back to battle. Blaylock, who grew up in Calumet City, shot himself this month. He left a note behind in his glove box for his family. "I'm sorry I let everybody down," Blaylock wrote. December 2007

Pfc. Christopher T. Blaney, 19, died Friday in Taji of "a non-combat-related incident," a news release stated. Taji, a little less than 20 miles north of Baghdad, is the site of Camp Taji, a U.S. military base. A spokeswoman for the Department of Defense said the incident is under investigation and that no further information was available Saturday.


Spc. Kamisha J. Block
401st Military Police Company, 720th Military Police Battalion, 89th Military Police Brigade
Vidor, Texas
Died of injuries suffered from a non-combat related incident in Baghdad, Iraq, on August 16, 2007


Sgt. Aron C. Blum 22 Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 352, Marine Aircraft Group 11, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force Tucson, Arizona Died on December 28, 2006, of a non-hostile cause after being evacuated from Anbar province, Iraq, on December 8. Sgt. Aron Cody Blum, 22, died two weeks ago of aplastic anemia the failure of the bone marrow to make new blood cells — a condition that strikes only two in 1 million Americans. Although some veterans of both Iraq wars have blamed their development of this disease on toxic battlefield exposures — including depleted uranium and burning oil fields — or even the anthrax vaccine, a link has never been proved.

Sgt. Dennis J. Boles
Company C, 1st Squadron, 171st Aviation Battalion, Florida Army National Guard
Homosassa, Florida
Died after he collapsed during a 10-mile road march in Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, on October 24, 2004


Sgt. 1st Class Craig A. Boling 38 Company C, 1st Battalion, 152nd Infantry Regiment, Indiana Army National Guard Elkhart, Indiana Died of a non-combat related cause at Camp Wolf, Kuwait on July 8, 2003 A sergeant first class dies while eating with his unit in Kuwait

Capt. Oleksii Bondarenko 35 5th Mechanized Brigade, Ukrainian Army Reserve Ukraine Committed suicide by shooting himself in Kut, Iraq, on November 19, 2003

Spc. Christopher K. Boone 34 121st Infantry (Long Range Surveillance), Georgia Army National Guard Augusta, Georgia Died of a non-combat related injury in Balad, Iraq, on February 17, 2007

Chief Warrant Officer Clarence E. Boone
Headquarters Company, 4th Infantry Division
Fort Worth, Texas
Died as a result of a non-combat related injury in Kuwait City, Kuwait, on December 2, 2003


Private Gary Boswell, 20, from Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, was found hanging in a playground in July. John and Sarah Boswell said army personnel should be offered counselling when they return from active service.

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Zachary Bowen
Oct. 20, 2006 — New Orleans is still reeling from news this week that a bartender reportedly strangled his girlfriend, dismembered her body, and cooked some of the body parts on his stove before jumping to his death. Now, it turns out, he was an Iraq war hero. That's just one of the tragic ironies and mysteries of the suspected murder-suicide that has shaken residents of Crescent City. Police said the mystery began on Tuesday when the body of Zachary Bowen, 28, was found on top of a parking garage.
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Timothy Bowman FORRESTON, Ill. — A year ago on Thanksgiving morning, in the corrugated metal pole barn that housed his family's electrical business, Timothy Bowman put a handgun to his head and pulled the trigger. He had been home from the Iraq war for eight months. Once a fun-loving, life-of-the-party type, Bowman had slipped into an abyss, tormented by things he'd been ordered to do in war. "I'm OK. I can deal with it," he would say whenever his father, Mike, urged him to get counseling. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is facing a wave of returning veterans such as Bowman who are struggling with memories of a war where it's hard to distinguish innocent civilians from enemy fighters and where the threat of suicide attacks and roadside bombs haunts the most routine mission. Since 2001, about 1.4 million Americans have served in Iraq, Afghanistan or other locations in the war on terror.


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Sgt. Timothy R. Boyce 29 Maintenance Troop, Support Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment North Salt Lake, Utah Died of a non-combat related cause at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany, on December 15, 2005


Spc. Edward W. Brabazon 20 Company A, 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Died of a non-hostile gunshot wound in Baghdad, Iraq, on March 9, 2004 Parents suspect it was murder

Kenneth R. Bradley, 39, Utica MS A staff sergeant dies of a heart attack. 5/28/03 Died of a heart attack in Baquba, Iraq, on May 28, 2003

MICHAEL BRAMER 23 NORTH CAROLINA GUNSHOT 1/17/2007 The first time that Michael J. Bramer died, he was serving in Iraq, his sister said, and he felt a tranquillity that was elusive in the months after he was brought back to life. "What he talked about in the beginning was the feeling he felt when his heart stopped," said Barbara Bramer of Boston. "He said it was just very peaceful for him, and that was his expectation of what he would have had if they didn't revive him." Then a sergeant first class in special forces with the Army's 82d Airborne Division, Mr. Bramer suffered severe head injuries in October 2003, when part of an unstable structure collapsed as he was helping string barbed wire outside Baghdad, his sister said. The impact blinded him in one eye. During surgery, plates were placed in his head. Soon, a series of migraines, each more acute, disturbed his days and nights. Discharged from the Army in June, Mr. Bramer had been living in a Fayetteville, N.C., apartment. At 23, he had set aside his hopes of attending MIT, where he had taken summer courses during high school in Boston. On Jan. 17, while his roommate and a friend were downstairs, he turned up the surround sound on his television and took his life in his bedroom, his sister said. ...


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GREGORY N. BRAUN 26 WISCONSIN GUNSHOT3/6/2006 A private first class is killed by a "non-hostile" gunshot wound. One day before the roster of officers who made the squad came out - a list he would have made - Greg typed a suicide note on his computer and left two copies in his home in the 3400 block of N. 92nd St. He apologized for not being strong enough to go on living. The final line states: "Well just leave it as war being one hell of a bitch no matter how big or small its found."Greg died March 6, two days before he would have turned 27. He shot himself in the head with his police gun in the basement of his home

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Jeffrey F. Braun, 19, Stafford Springs CT Pfc. Jeffrey F. Braun 19 Battery B, 2nd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division Stafford, Connecticut "Died of a non-hostile gunshot wound in Baghdad, Iraq, on December 12, 2003The only confirmed Connecticut suicide is that of Army Pfc. Jeffrey Braun, 19, of Stafford, who died in December 2003. His father, William Braun, told The Courant he still did not have a full explanation of what happened to Jeffrey, but said, ""I've chosen not to pursue it or question it. It's over and done with.""

Spc. Joshua T. Brazee 25 Howitzer Battery, 1st Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment Sand Creek, Michigan "Died from non-combat related injuries in Qaim, Iraq, on May 23, 2005Army Spec. Joshua T. Brazee, 25, of Sand Creek, Mich., had been in Iraq for less than three months when the military says he shot himself with his rifle in May 2005. According to his autopsy report, he had ""talked with other soldiers about death and killing, and also about the idea of suicide." **Among The Courant's findings:Army Spec. Joshua T. Brazee, 25, of Sand Creek, Mich., had been in Iraq for less than three months when the military says he shot himself with his rifle in May 2005. According to his autopsy report, he had "talked with other soldiers about death and killing, and also about the idea of suicide."His mother, Teresa Brazee, said she still has questions about how he died, and believes there were conflicts within his unit. She said one of Joshua's superiors told her that his death taught him to pay closer attention to his soldiers."It's a little too late for that," she said.

Pvt. Michael P. Bridges 23 1st Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division Placentia, California Died in a non-combat related incident in Taji, Iraq, on November 2, 2006
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15576904/ OC Register -- Pvt. Michael P. Bridges, 23, of Placentia died Thursday in Taji, Iraq, in an incident not related to combat, the Department of Defense reported. Bridges was a member of the 1st Battalion, 66 Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, based at Fort Hood, Texas.
No details of the death were released by the military.

Capt. Judson B. Brinson A day of hot-dog flying and a night of heavy drinking preceded the deaths of two Air Force Reserve pilots who lost control of their T-6A Texan II trainer as they took off from a Georgia airport April 3,(2004) an Air Force investigation concluded. The investigation of the fatal accident tells a story of two trusted officers who violated a long list of fundamental Air Force regulations in the 24 hours leading up to their deaths.

Briones Jr. Pablito Pena Seamen Navy 22 12/28/04 weapon discharge added 4/1/07 Seaman Pablito Pena Briones Jr. 22 1st Marine Division Detachment Anaheim, Calfornia Died of a non-hostile gunshot wound in Falluja, Iraq, on December 28, 2004

Staff Sgt. Cory W. Brooks 32 Company A, 153rd Engineer Battalion, South Dakota Army National Guard Philip, South Dakota "Died of non-combat related injuries in Baghdad, Iraq, on April 24, 2004Among them was Army Staff Sgt. Cory W. Brooks, 32, of Philip, S.D., who shot himself in the head on April 24, 2004. In sworn statements, a major and first lieutenant acknowledged they had conducted ""counseling"" with Brooks, and a first sergeant ""detailed his knowledge of SSG Brooks' suicidal ideations.""

Lance Cpl. Dominic C. Brown 19 Truck Company, Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force Austin, Texas Died due to a non-combat related incident in Anbar province, Iraq, on September 13, 2004

Spc. Micheal D. Brown
1st Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division
Williamsburg, Kansas
Died on October 16, 2007, in Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany, of a non-combat related illness after being transported from Tikrit, Iraq, on October 15 2007


Master Sgt. Thomas L. Bruner
Headquarters, 2nd Brigade, 100th Division, U.S. Army Reserve
Owensboro, Kentucky
Died from a non-combat related illness in Kabul, Afghanistan, on October 28, 2007

Spc. Brock L. Bucklin, 28, of Grand Rapids, Mich., died May 31, in Balad, Iraq, of a non-combat related cause. Bucklin was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.

Spc. Paul J. Bueche, of the 131st Aviation Regiment of the Alabama Army National Guard, died in October when a Black Hawk helicopter tire he was inflating exploded. On Monday, his family received two letters from the military an autopsy review and the medical care survey. July 16, 2004Family gets Army letter asking dead soldier to rate medical care

Misty Renae Burkhart, 26. Sheriff's department chief investigator Andy Chester said Burkhart was home on leave before reporting to Fort Carson, Colo. April 28, 2006 Killed in house fire Arson investigators using dogs detected some type of accelerant in a closet, and that appears to be where the fire started, Chester said.

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Pfc. Jesse Buryj, 21, died May 5, 2004, in Karbala. At first, the Army said he was killed when his armored vehicle was hit by a truck driven by an insurgent and that Buryj died of internal injuries. But Buryj was shot in the back by either the U.S. troops around him or Polish troops nearby, the Post reported Dec. 3. Military officials knew his death was a friendly fire case months before they officially notified his family. An Army inspector general’s report concluded that because the case was initially labeled a hostile death, criminal investigators inadvertently destroyed the only evidence that could be used to identify a weapon a 5.56mm bullet fragment and agents failed to collect ballistic evidence from weapons at the checkpoint.
It took her seven months after receiving the death certificate to get an autopsy report. Two months later, in April 2005, the family sat down with Army officials for a briefing to learn what happened to their son.
Family: Army apologizes for friendly-fire investigationAssociated Press
CANTON, Ohio � The inspector general of the Army has apologized to the family of an Ohio soldier killed in Iraq for its handling of the investigation into his death, now believed to have been from friendly fire, the family said.

Pvt. Matthew D. Bush 20 F Troop, 1st Squadron, 10th Armored Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division East Alton, Illinois Died in his sleep on August 8, 2003, in Camp Caldwell in Kirkush, Iraq. A fellow soldier tried to wake Bush and noticed he was not breathing. A private dies from the heat.

Sgt. Robert Busuttil 30 Royal Logistics Corps Tycoch, Swansea, Wales Killed by a fellow soldier at the British base at Kabul International Airport on August 17, 2002

Capt. Joshua Byers 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.

Pfc. Henry G. Byrd III
1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division
Veguita, New Mexico
Died on June 24, 2007, in Landstuhl, Germany, from a non-combat related illness sustained while in Iraq on June 18.

CHARLES CALL 30 WEST VIRGINIA GUNSHOT 2/3/2006 “When you see little children on the side of the roads who are so happy and giving you a thumbs up and waving, the look on their faces when I would hand out toys and candy to them, the grateful parents standing close by their children, watching in joy as their little ones get to share a small moment with the world’s greatest army — for that moment there was no war, no death, no destruction or hate ...”— Letter home from Iraq from Army Sgt. Charles Call to his mother, published in the Sunday Gazette-Mail, Jan. 23, 2005 LEON — One year after Chuck Call wrote these words to his mother, he committed suicide. For example, Call didn’t qualify for most veterans’ health benefits because in 2003, the VA suspended enrollment for higher-income veterans whom the VA has not determined to have a service-related condition. Call, ran heavy equipment for a grading company, fit that category.

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Seaman Anamarie Sannicolas Camacho
U.S. Naval Support Activity Bahrain
Panama City, Florida
One of two sailors who died during a non-combat related incident in Bahrain on October 22, 2007

Radhames Camilo Matos Monday, January 16 2006 Army Sgt. Radhames Camilomatos 24, of Carolina, Puerto Rico; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 66th Armored Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; died Jan. 7 of non-combat-related injuries in Taji, Iraq

Dominic Campisi (1974-2005)
This memorial website was created in the memory of our beloved son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin and great friend, Dominic Campisi. Dom was born in Pennsylvania on Sunday, May 19, 1974. He weighed only 5 lbs 5oz and he was a happy and contented child.Dom choose to leave us, six days after returning from Uzbekistan on April 17, 2005; just before his 31st birthday.

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Seaman Jakia S. Cannon
Assigned to aircraft carrier USS Enterprise
Baltimore, Maryland
Died of natural causes aboard the USS Enterprise on October 25, 2003


Pfc. Michael M. Carey
Headquarters & Service Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force
Prince George, Virginia
Died when he apparently fell into a canal in Iraq and did not resurface on May 18, 2004


Spc. Frederick A. Carlson 25 Company B, 228th Forward Support Battalion, 2nd Battalion, 28th Infantry Division, Pennsylvania Army National Guard Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Died of a non-combat related cause in Taqqadum, Iraq, on March 25, 2006 "Huffing" caused gaurdsman's death A Pennsylvania National Guard soldier who died in Iraq this spring accidentally killed himself while inhaling from a container of pressurized air to get high, an Army investigation concluded.Frederick Carlson IV, 25, of Bethlehem, was found unconscious in his room at the base in Taqqadum shortly before 6 p.m. on March 26, according to an Army report obtained by The Morning Call of Allentown through a Freedom of Information Act request.Carlson went to sleep after returning from a mission at 6 a.m. and woke up around 4:30 p.m., investigators said. He was found unconscious a little more than an hour later and could not be revived.

Carlson initially went to Iraq to work as a cook, but given that food for his division already came prepared, his superiors asked whether he wanted to work as part of a rapid-response force that frequently saw front-line combat, Cleaver said. Carlson eagerly volunteered.''You can't get more aggressive than what he was doing,'' Cleaver said. ''He really saw that what he was doing was making a difference.''Carlson struggled at first with having to shoot at other human beings, his father said, but the specialist had little time to adjust, needing to fire his M60 rifle within three days of seeing front-line duty.

Sgt. Michael J. Carlson, 28, of Colorado Springs, Colo., a member of the 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, baed at Camp Pendleton, Calif. June 09, 2005 Marine found dead in Ga. motel room Associated PressALBANY, Ga Police and the Marine Corps were investigating the death of a Marine who served in Iraq and whose body was found in a motel room this week. Authorities refused to discuss the case, except to confirm that the Marine's body was found Tuesday morning. The Marine Corps identified the deceased as Sgt. Michael J. Carlson, 28, of Colorado Springs, Colo., a member of the 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, baed at Camp Pendleton, Calif. Carlson was stationed at Camp Pendleton, but was performing temporary duties at the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, officials said. The incident is under investigation and the cause of death is under investigation, said 1st Lt. Nathan Braden, a Marine spokesman at Camp Pendleton. We’re working closely with civil authorities. Carlson, a small arms technician who joined the Marines in 1999, had served in Iraq, but the Marine Corps had not been determined yet when his deployment had ended, Braden said. Among his personal awards, Carlson had received a Combat Action Ribbon, but Braden said he couldn't immediately comment on whether that was awarded for action in Iraq or perhaps Afghanistan.

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Pfc. Casey S. Carriker
2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division
Hoquiam, Washington
Died from injuries suffered from a non-combat related incident in Kirkuk, Iraq, on June 13, 2007

Spc. Curtis A. Carter 25 Headquarters Company 3d Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Calvary Division Lafayette, Louisiana Died of a non-hostile gunshot wound in Kuwait on February 27, 2002

Spc. Justin B. Carter 21 Company E, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division Mansfield, Missouri Died from non-combat related injuries at Forward Operating Base McKenzie near Samarra, Iraq, on February 16, 2005 "I thank GOD every day for giving me the chance to be raised by the best mother on earth!" he wrote just days before his death.

Staff Sgt. Virgil R. Case 37 Company B, 145th Support Battalion, 116th Brigade Combat Team, Idaho Army National Guard Mountain Home, Idaho Died of non-combat related injuries in Kirkuk, Iraq, on June 1, 2005

Lance Cpl. James A. Casper 20 Battery E, 2nd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force Coolidge, Texas Died in a non-combat related incident at Asad, Iraq, on March 25, 2004

Sgt. Gerald Cassidy was assigned to a new medical unit at Fort Knox devoted to healing the wounds of war. But instead of getting better, the brain-injured soldier from Westfield, Ind., was found dead in his barracks Sept. 21. Preliminary reports show he may have been unconscious for days and dead for hours before someone checked on him.

Capt. Paul J. Cassidy 36 432nd Civil Affairs Battalion, U.S. Army Reserve Laingsburg, Michigan Died as a result of non-combat injuries in Camp Babylon, Iraq on July 13, 2003

Staff Sgt. Eric M. Cassillas, of Fort Worth, was pronounced dead Thursday, the Army said in a release. The cause of death was not immediately released. Cassillas joined the service in June 1998 and worked as an ammunition specialist. His military honors included an Army Commendation Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, according to the release. Base spokeswoman Dalena Kanouse said Cassillas had previously deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom but the dates and locations of his service were not immediately available. Cassillas was assigned to the 4th Corps Material Management Center, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary). The death was under investigation, the military said. April 18, 2006

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Pfc. Stephen A. Castellano 21 Company C, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division Long Beach, California Died from a non-combat related injury in Mosul, Iraq, on January 28, 2005

Staff Sgt. Roland L. Castro 26 Battery A, 1st Battalion, 12th Field Artillery Regiment San Antonio, Texas Died of a non-hostile gunshot wound in Camp Cedar II in southern Iraq on January 16, 2004 A staff sergeant is accidentally shot to death while searching a bunker.

Lance Cpl. Geofrey R. Cayer 20 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force Fitchburg, Massachusetts Died of a non-hostile incident in Anbar province, Iraq, on July 18, 2006. The incident is under investigation.

Petty Officer 3rd Class David A. Cedergrene 25 Assigned to the 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Forces Atlantic South St. Paul, Minnesota Died in a non-combat related incident near Iskandariaya, Iraq, on September 11, 2004

Capt. Jeremy A. Chandler 30 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group Clarksville, Tennessee Died of non-hostile injuries while he was conducting training operations at Forward Operating Base Ripley in Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan, on August 11, 2005

Staff Sgt. William D. Chaney, 59, of Schaumburg, Ill., died May 18, in Landstuhl, Germany due to a non-combat related injury. Initial reports indicatethat Chaney was medically evacuated from Iraq to Germany for surgery due to a sudden medical condition. He died from complications after surgery. Chaney was assigned to the Army National Guard, Company B, 1st Battalion, 106th AviationRegiment, Chicago, Ill.

Chief Warrant Officer Robert William Channell Jr., 36, ofTuscaloosa, Ala. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 10thMarine Regiment, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Camp Lejeune,N.C. WASHINGTON--The Department of Defense identified today three Marines killed in a non-hostile accident during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Theywere killed when a rocket-propelled grenade launcher they werefiring for familiarization malfunctioned. The incident occurredApril 22 (03) on a firing range near the city of Al Kut, Iraq.

Lance Cpl. Steven M. Chavez 20 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force Hondo, New Mexico Died of a non-hostile incident in Anbar province, Iraq, on March 14, 2007

Jason Chelsea, 19, of WiganLast month, , apparently committed suicide due to concerns over what awaited him in Iraq – where he was to serve with the King’s Lancaster Regiment. (from report done Sept. 2006) Jason Chelsea, 19, a Kings, Lancashire and Border Regiment infantryman, died four days after taking an overdose. Shortly after taking the overdose, he told his parents that as part of training for Iraq he had been warned he might have to shoot children. His funeral was held in Greater Manchester. A military inquest is to be held into his death.


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Pfc. Ryan D. Christensen Illness in Iraq kills soldier from Shore (The Star-Ledger)A 22-year-old soldier from Spring Lake Heights who spent the last 10 months in Iraq died at a U.S. hospital, where he had been sent for treatment of an undisclosed illness, the Department of Defense announced.

Lance Cpl. Jeffery L. Clark
3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division
Bay City, Florida
Died of a non-hostile medical illness at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on July 22, 2003

Lance Cpl. Jeffery L. Clark 24 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division Bay City, Florida Died of a non-hostile medical illness at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on July 22, 2003

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Lance Cpl. Lance M. Clark
1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force
Cookeville, Tennessee
Died of a non-hostile incident in Anbar province on September 7, 2007

1st Sgt. Herbert R. Claunch 58 217th Military Police Company, Alabama Army National Guard Wetumpka, Alabama Died after collapsing on the floor in his quarters in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on April 18, 2004

Staff Sgt. Thomas W. Clemons 37 2nd Battalion, 123rd Armor Regiment, Kentucky Army National Guard Leitchfield, Kentucky Died from a non-combat health-related incident in Diwaniya, Iraq, on December 10, 2006

Staff Sgt. Robert M. Coleman III Charleston airman to be buried in home town
By Bryant Jordan Staff writer A Charleston Air Force Base, S.C., airman found dead in his apartment near the base Nov. 6 (06) will be buried Wednesday in Olathe, Kan. Meanwhile, investigators still are looking into the circumstances of Staff Sgt. Robert M. Coleman III's death, according to Tech. Sgt. Paul Kilgallon, a spokesman for the 437th Airlift Wing at Charleston. Coleman, 25, was a C-17 loadmaster who had completed 164 combat sorties in Iraq and Afghanistan, officials said. At Charleston, he was a joint air drop inspector with the 437th Operations Support Squadron. His off-base death in North Charleston is being investigated by Air Force and civilian authorities. Coleman entered the Air Force in June 2000.

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Zeferino E. Colunga, 20, Bellville TX A specialist dies of pneumonia and leukemia. 8/6/03 Evacuated from Iraq on August 4, 2003, and died of a non-combat illness at Homburg University Hospital, Germany on August 6

Pfc. Bryant Christopher Compean, 19, of El Campo, Texas, died from injuries sustained during a training accident involving a M249 squad automatic weapon, said Joe Piek, a Fort Lewis spokesman. Compean was assigned to 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (SBCT). He joined the Army in February 2005 and had been stationed at Fort Lewis since May 2006.

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Pfc. Donald E. Compton was shot during a marksmanship exercise on Range 9. An ambulance took him to Irwin Army Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He was assigned to Fort Riley one year ago as an infantryman. March 13, 06 Spc. James K. Tillery of Springfield, Mo., has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, dereliction of duty and negligent discharge of a firearm under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Staff Sgt. Jeremy L. Muntz of Keosauqua, Wis., has been charged with dereliction of duty.


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Lance Cpl. Adam C. Conboy 21 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Died as a result of a non-hostile incident in Anbar province on May 12, 2006
Lance Cpl. Adam C. Conboy, 21, of Philadelphia had been in Iraq for just eight weeks when he died Friday in a "nonhostile incident" in Al Anbar province, according to a release from Marine Corps Base Hawaii. The Pentagon did not explain the circumstances of Conboy's death except to say it was under investigation.Mary Warner, Conboy's mother, told a Philadelphia television station that "Adam strongly felt that it was the responsibility of his generation to carry on the tradition and to defend his country so that we can enjoy the freedoms that we so readily take for granted.""We were just told that it was nonhostile fire — that he was shot in the chest," said Mary Warner, Conboy's mother. "I feel heartbroken for the other Marine to have to live with that."He is also survived by his father.Family members told WCAU-TV that Conboy became a Marine in March 2005 and had been in Iraq for just eight weeks. A spokesman at Kaneohe said Conboy reported to the Windward Oahu base last September. His medals include a Purple Heart


Sgt. Paul Connolly 33 21 Engineer Regiment, Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers Crawley, West Sussex, England Connolly was found dead from a gunshot wound at Shaibah Logistic Base in southern Iraq on December 26, 2004. The UK Ministry of Defense said the initial inquiry into his death did not indicate hostile action or other suspicious circumstances.

Master Sgt. James C. Coons 35 385th Signal Company, 54th Signal Battalion Conroe, Texas Diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after serving in Iraq, Coons' body was found at an outpatient hotel at Walter Reed Army Medical Center on July 4, 2003. In December 2005, a military casualty board ruled that his suicide should be considered a casualty of war. suicide Diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after serving in Iraq, Coons' body was found at an outpatient hotel at Walter Reed Army Medical Center on July 4, 2003. In December 2005, a military casualty board ruled that his suicide should be considered a casualty of war.

Sgt. 1st Class David A. Cooper Jr.
2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division
State College, Pennsylvania
Died from a non-combat related injury in Baghdad, Iraq, on September 5, 2007


Jason Cooper 23 Monies, IA Terri Jones lost her son Jason Cooper just over a year ago. He was an Army Reservist in the Iraq War. On July 14, 2005, four months after returning home to Iowa, he hanged himself

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RICHARD CORCORAN 34 FORT BRAGG GUNSHOT 2/3/2005 Spc. Richard T. Corcoran, 34, shot himself Feb. 3 at his ex-wife's home near the North Carolina base. He first shot her boyfriend several times, then shot her in the arm. Both survived. Served in Afghanistan. Suspected Lariam link Corcoran, the latest Fort Bragg suicide, was charged in 1989 in an incident in Glen Ridge, N.J., in which several football players were accused of raping a mentally retarded girl. The charges against Corcoran were dropped the day before the trial, and he won $200,000 in a federal civil-rights lawsuit claiming malicious prosecution.

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Staff Sgt. Victor M. Cortes III 29 Company E, 703rd Forward Support Batttalion, 3rd Infantry Division Erie, Pennsylvania 5/29/05 Staff Sgt. Victor M. Cortes III, 29, of Erie, Pa., died May 29 in Baghdad, Iraq of non-combat-related injuries. Cortes was assigned to the 703rd Forward Support Batttalion, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.

Pvt. Robert Costall Canadian who died in the same March 29 firefight at a southern Afghan base, officials said. Stone, 52, was part of an embedded training team working with Afghan troops. The medic had been stationed there for about six weeks. Vermont Guard spokeswoman Lt. Veronica Saffo said the investigation should not be interpreted to mean the military believes Stone and Costall were killed by their comrades.

Private Frédéric Couture of the Royal 22nd Regiment died on Wednesday at his parents' home. His left leg had been amputated below the knee after he stepped on a land mine in December.A Canadian soldier who had a foot blown off in Afghanistan has died of an apparent suicide, raising questions about the distress faced by combat troops.

Pfc. Dwane A. Covert Jr.
104th Transportation Company, 13th Corps Support Sustainment Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division
Tonawanda, New York
Died from injuries suffered in a non-combat related incident in Al-Sahra, Iraq, on November 3, 2007

Pfc. Ryan R. Cox 19 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division Derby, Kansas Died as a result of a non-hostile gunshot wound he sustained near Najaf, Iraq, on June 15, 2003

Spc. Tambo Cox, 20, shot and injured two women April 5 in a Sunland Park, N.M., home because he was angry that his ex-girlfriend ended their relationship. Investigators said Coxlater shot himself during a traffic stop April 6 along Interstate 10 near Deming, N.M. Fort Bliss officials said Cox, originally from Trinidad, has been in the Army since 2004. He served with 3rd Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Artillery.

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Craig, Heather N. Staff Sergeant 06/21/06 28 US U.S. Army 159th Air Ambulance Medical Company Non-hostile Naray (Nangarhar Pr.)

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Spc. Richard M. Crane 25 Detachment 1, 325th Field Hospital, Army Reserve Independence, Missouri Died of non-combat related injuries in Kandahar, Afghanistan, on February 8, 2005

Lance Cpl. Andrew Jason Craw
1st Battalion, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders
Clack- mannanshire, Scotland
Died in a training range accident near Basra on January 7, 2004


Cpl. Mark Cridge 25 7 Signal Regiment, Royal Corp of Signals Hometown of record not available Died at Camp Bastion near Lashkar Gah in the southern province of Helmand, Afghanistan, on March 22, 2006. British authorities said initial inquiries into his death did not indicate hostile action.

Spc. Michael J. Crutchfield 21 3rd Battalion, 4th Air Defense Artillery Regiment Stockton, California Died of a non-combat related injury in Balad, Iraq, on December 23, 2006 suspected link to Lariam Between Christmas and New Year's 2006, five U.S. soldiers committed suicide after being informed they'd been ordered to serve an additional tour in Iraq. http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061230/A_NEWS/612300318"
Michael Crutchfield of Stockton, California killed himself north of the capital, Baghdad. The day of his death, he e-mailed his foster brother and confidant, Johnny Sotello, to relate his pain to the remnants of his family still living in the area. "As you know, there are more people waiting for me to pull this trigger than there are waiting on my return to the states," Crutchfield wrote in a portion of the message, quoted by the Stockton Record. "I'm done hurting. All my life I've been hurting... end this pain," Crutchfield wrote at the end of his two-page message.


Pfc. Joseph Cruz 22 Company A, 1st Battalion, 508th Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Whittier, California Died of non-combat related injuries sustained in an accident at Organ-E, Afghanistan, on October 15, 2005.

Sgt. Sirlou C. Cuaresma 25 68th Engineer Company, 62nd Engineer Battalion, 13th Containment Command Chicago, Illinois Died from a non-combat related cause in Baghdad, Iraq, on June 21, 2006 Relatives of Cuaresma who spoke to reporters outside the family's home Friday night said Cuaresma joined the Army in 2000 and was on his third tour of duty.

Tyler Curtis survived bullets and bombs. But once he got home, he couldn’t escape the emotional wounds he suffered. Curtis, 25, took his own life on Thanksgiving morning, three months after returning to Maine following his 2006 discharge from the Army.

Pfc. Brian K. Cutter 19 Company B, 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force Riverside, California Found unconscious on May 13, 2004, and was later pronounced dead in Al Asad, Iraq. The cause of death is under investigation.

Note: Cause of death is listed when known. Most never had the finds of investigations published.