- The Washington Times - Friday, April 18, 2003

WASHINGTON, April 18 (UPI) — The Pentagon announced Friday the identity of an F-15 pilot whose aircraft went down in Iraq April 6. Capt. Eric B. Das, 30, of Amarillo, Texas, was killed in action while supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Das was assigned to the 333rd Fighter Squadron, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C.

There are now 127 confirmed dead in the war. The back-seat officer of the F-15 and one Army soldier are still listed as missing.

Previously announced deaths:

Navy Lt. Thomas Mullen Adams, 27, of La Mesa, Calif., was killed when two Royal Navy Sea King helicopters collided over international waters March 22.

Capt. James F. Adamouski, 29, of Springfield, Va., was killed when his UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed in central Iraq April 2. He was a member of the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.

Spc. Jamaal R. Addison, 22, of Roswell, Ga. He was killed in an ambush of the 507th Maintenance Company on March 23.

Capt. Tristan N. Aitken, 31, of State College, Pa., was killed in action April 4 in Iraq. Aitken was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 41st Field Artillery, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.

Lance Cpl. Brian E. Anderson, 26, of Durham, N.C., was killed April 2 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.

Maj. Jay Thomas Aubin, 36, of Waterville, Maine. Aubin was assigned to the Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz. Aubin died in a CH-46E helicopter crash on March 20 in Kuwait.

Pfc. Chad E. Bales, 20, of Coahoma, Texas, was killed on April 3 in a non-hostile vehicle accident during convoy operations east of Ash Shahin, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Transportation Support Battalion, 1st Force Service Support Group, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Capt. Ryan Anthony Beaupre, 30, of Bloomington, Ill., who was assigned to the Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 268, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, Calif. Beaupre died in a CH-46E helicopter crash on March 20 in Kuwait.

Pfc. Wilfred D. Bellard, 20, of Lake Charles, La., died when his vehicle fell into a ravine April 4. He was a member of the 41st Artillery Regiment, Fort Stewart, Ga.

Sgt. Michael E. Bitz, 31, Ventura, Calif. He was assigned to the 2nd Assault Amphibious Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, N.C. He was killed in action March 23 near An Nasiriyah, Iraq.

Lance Cpl. Thomas A. Blair, 24, of Wagoner, Okla. He was assigned to the 2nd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion, Marine Air Control Group 28, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, Cherry Point, N.C. His unit was engaged in operations on March 24 on the outskirts of An Nasiriyah in Iraq. His remains were recovered on March 28.

Gunnery Sgt. Jeffrey E. Bohr, Jr., 39, of Ossian, Iowa, was killed on April 10 in northern Baghdad while engaging enemy forces. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Spc. Mathew G. Boule, 22, of Dracut, Mass., was killed when his UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed in central Iraq April 2. He was a member of the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.

Cpl. Henry L. Brown, 22, of Natchez, Miss., died April 8. He was assigned to Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 64th Field Artillery Regiment, Fort Stewart, Ga. Brown died of wounds received in an enemy rocket attack south of Baghdad April 7.

Pfc. John E. Brown, 21, of Troy, Ala., was killed in Iraq April 14 when a grenade exploded inside his HMMWV. He was from the 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, Fort Campbell, Ky.

Spc. Larry K. Brown, 22, of Jackson, Miss., was killed in action on April 5 in Iraq. Brown was assigned to C Company, 1st Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment, Fort Riley, Kan.

Lance Cpl. Brian Rory Buesing, 20, Cedar Key, Fla. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Sgt. George E. Buggs, 31, of Barnwell, S.C., was killed on or about March 23 when the convoy he was traveling in was ambushed in southern Iraq. Buggs was with the 3rd Division Support Battalion, Fort Stewart, Ga., the 507th Maintenance Company, Fort Bliss, Texas.

Pfc. Tamario D. Burkett, 21, of Buffalo, N.Y., was killed in action near An Nasiriyah on March 23. Burkett was assigned to 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, based in Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Sgt. Jacob L. Butler, 24, of Wellsville, Kan., was killed in action April 1, in As Samawah, Iraq, when a rocket-propelled grenade hit his vehicle. Butler was assigned to Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment, Fort Riley, Kan.

Staff Sgt. James W. Cawley, 41, of Roy, Utah, was killed on March 29 during a firefight with enemy forces. He was hit by a U.S. humvee. He was assigned to F Company, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Marine Cpl. Kemaphoom A. Chanawongse, 22, of Waterford, Conn., was killed in action during operations on the outskirts of An Nasiriyah on March 23. He had previously been listed as missing. Chanawongse was assigned to 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

2nd Lt. Therrel S. Childers, 30, Harrison County, Miss., killed in action on March 21 in a firefight in the oil field in southern Iraq. Childers was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Lance Cpl. Donald J. Cline Jr., 21, of Sparks, Nev., was killed in action near An Nasiriyah on March 23. Cline was assigned to 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, based in Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Capt. Aaron J. Contreras, 31, of Sherwood, Ore., was killed on March 30 in a UH-1N Huey helicopter crash in southern Iraq. He was assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169, Marine Aircraft Group 39, Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Spc. Daniel Francis J. Cunningham, 33, Lewiston, Maine, died when his vehicle fell into a ravine April 4. He was a member of the 41st Artillery Regiment, Fort Stewart, Ga.

Spc. Michael Edward Curtin, 23, of South Plains, N.J. He was assigned to the 2-7th Infantry, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga. Curtin was killed at a checkpoint by a car bomb on March 29.

Staff Sgt Wilbert Davis, 40, of Alaska, died April 3 when his vehicle ran off the road into a canal in Iraq. Davis was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 69th Armor, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.

Lance Cpl. Jesus A. Suarez Del Solar, 20, of Escondido, Calif. He was assigned to the 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, Calif. He was killed when a car bomb exploded at a checkpoint near An Najaf March 29.

Master Sgt. Robert J. Dowdy, 38, of Cleveland, Ohio. Dowdy was killed on or about March 23 when the convoy he was traveling in was ambushed in southern Iraq. He was with the 507th Maintenance Company, Fort Bliss, Texas.

Pvt. Ruben Estrella-Soto, 18, of El Paso, Texas. Estrella-Soto was killed on or about March 23 when the convoy he was traveling in was ambushed in southern Iraq. He was with the 507th Maintenance Company, Fort Bliss, Texas.

Cpl. Mark A. Evnin, 21, Burlington, Vt., was killed in action April 3 during a firefight in central Iraq. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Twentynine Palms, Calif.

Master Sgt. George A. Fernandez, 36, El Paso, Texas, was killed in action April 2. He was assigned to Headquarters, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, N.C.

Spc. Thomas A. Foley III, 23, of Dresden, Tenn., was killed in Iraq April 14 when a grenade exploded inside his HMMWV. He was from the 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, Fort Campbell, Ky.

Lance Cpl. David K. Fribley, 26, Lee, Fla. He was one of nine Marines killed when a group of Iraqis pretended to surrender but then opened fire on Marines near An Nasiriyah. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Cpl. Jose A. Garibay, 21, Orange, Calif. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Camp Lejeune, N.C. He was killed on March 23 in a firefight in An Nasiriyah.

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 273, Marine Wing Support Group 27, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C.

Spc. Richard A. Goward, 32, of Midland, Mich., was killed April 14 in Iraq. Goward was killed when his truck entered a dust cloud and rear-ended the truck in front of him. Goward was assigned to 1460th Transportation Company, Midland, Mich.

Pfc. Juan Guadalupe Garza Jr., 20, of Temperance, Mich., was killed in action on April 8 in central Iraq. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Pvt. Jonathan L. Gifford, 20, of Macon, Ill., was killed near An Nasiriyah on March 23. He had been listed as missing. Gifford was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade based in Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Cpl. Jesus A. Gonzalez, 22, of Indio, Calif., was killed on April 12 while manning a checkpoint in Baghdad. He was assigned to 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division, Twentynine Palms, Calif.

Cpl. Jorge A. Gonzalez, 20, Los Angeles. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Camp Lejeune, N.C. He was one of nine Marines killed March 23 near An Nasiriyah when Iraqi troops faked surrender but then opened fire on the Americans.

Cpl. Bernard G. Gooden, 22, of Mt. Vernon, N.Y., was killed April 4 during a firefight in central Iraq. He was assigned to the 2nd Tank Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, based at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Pfc. Christian D. Gurtner, 19, of Ohio City, Ohio, died April 2 from a non-combat weapons discharge in southern Iraq. He was assigned to the 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif.

Lance Cpl. Jose Gutierrez, 22, Los Angeles, killed in action March 21 in southern Iraq. Gutierrez was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Chief Warrant Officer Erik A. Halvorsen, 40, of Bennington, Vt., was killed when his UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed in central Iraq April 2. He was a member of the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.

Staff Sgt. Terry W. Hemingway, 39, of Willingboro, N.J., was killed in action on April 10 in Iraq. Hemingway's Bradley Fighting Vehicle was traveling down a street when a car exploded next to it. Hemingway was assigned to C Company, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, Fort Benning, Ga.

Sgt. Nicolas M. Hodson, 22, of Smithville, Mo., who died in a vehicle accident in Iraq. Hodson was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Pvt. Nolen R. Hutchings, 19, of Boiling Springs, S.C., was killed in action near An Nasiriyah on March 23. Hutchings was assigned to 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, based in Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Chief Warrant Officer Scott Jamar, 32, of Granbury, Texas. He was killed when his UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed in central Iraq April 2. He was a member of the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.

Marine Cpl. Evan T. James, 20, of Hancock, Ill. James had been declared missing in action on March 24, near Saddam Canal; his remains were recovered on March 25.

Army Spc. William A. Jeffries, 39, died in a hospital in Spain March 26 from a sudden illness that came on when he was in Kuwait. He was assigned to D Company, 1st Battalion, 152nd Infantry Regiment of the Illinois Army National Guard.

Pfc. Howard Johnson II, 21, of Mobile, Ala. He was killed March 23 when his 507th Ordnance Maintenance Company was ambushed.

Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class (Fleet Marine Force) Michael Vann Johnson Jr., 25, of Little Rock, Ark. Johnson was killed in action March 25 in Iraq. He was assigned to Naval Medical Center San Diego, 3rd Marine Division Detachment, San Diego.

Pvt. Devon D. Jones, 19, of San Diego, died when his vehicle fell into a ravine April 4. He was a member of the 41st Artillery Regiment, Fort Stewart, Ga.

Staff Sgt. Phillip A. Jordan, 42, Brazoria, Texas. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Camp Lejeune, N.C. He was killed March 23 near An Nasiriyah. He was among the nine Marines killed in Iraq March 23 when enemy troops pretending to surrender opened fire.

2nd Lt. Jeffrey J. Kaylor, 24, of Clifton, Va., who was killed in action in Iraq on April 7. Kaylor was assigned to C Battery, 39th Field Artillery Battalion, Fort Stewart, Ga.

Spc. James M. Kiehl, 22, of Comfort, Texas. Kiehl was killed on or about March 23 when the convoy he was traveling in was ambushed in southern Iraq. He was with the 507th Maintenance Company, Fort Bliss, Texas.

Capt. Edward J. Korn, 31, of Savannah, Ga., was killed while he investigated the wreckage of a T-72 tank destroyed by his unit in central Iraq. Korn was assigned to the 64th Armor, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.

Sgt. Brad Korthaus, 28, Davenport, Iowa, drowned in a canal March 24. He was assigned to Engineering Company C, 6th Engineer Support Battalion, 4th Force Service Support Group, based in Peoria, Ill. His remains were found on March 25.

Cpl. Brian Matthew Kennedy, 25, of Houston, was assigned to the Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 268, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, Calif. Kennedy died in a CH-46E helicopter crash on March 20 in Kuwait.

Sgt. Michael V. Lalush, 23, of Troutville, Va., was killed on March 30 in a UH-1N Huey helicopter crash in southern Iraq. He was assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169, Marine Air Craft Group 39, Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Staff Sgt. Nino D. Livaudais, 23, of Utah, died April 3 from injuries sustained in combat. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Ga.

Spc. Ryan P. Long, 21, died April 3 from injuries sustained in combat. He was assigned to A Company, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Ga.

Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph B. Maglione, 22, of Lansdale, Pa., died from a non-combat weapons discharge April 1 in Kuwait. Maglione was assigned to Bridge Company B, 6th Engineer Support Battalion, 4th Force Service Support Group, based in Folsom, Pa.

Spc. Gil Mercado, 25, of Paterson, N.J., was killed April 13 by a non-combat weapon discharge in Iraq. Mercado was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, based at Fort Campbell, Ky.

Sgt. 1st Class John W. Marshall, 50, of Los Angeles, was killed in action on April 8 in Iraq. Marshall was struck by an enemy rocket-propelled grenade during an Iraqi ambush in Baghdad. Marshall was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.

Pfc. Francisco A. Martinez-Flores, 21, of Los Angeles. Martinez-Florez was assigned to the 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division, Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif.

Chief Warrant Officer Johnny Villareal Mata, 35, of Amarillo, Texas. Villareal Mata was killed on or about March 23 when the convoy he was traveling in was ambushed in southern Iraq. He was with the 507th Maintenance Company, Fort Bliss, Texas.

Staff Sgt. Donald C. May, Jr., 31, of Richmond, Va., of the 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division, Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif.

Pfc. Joseph P. Mayek, 20, of Rock Springs, Wyo., was killed on April 14 in Iraq. Mayek died after being struck by a round discharged from an M2 Bradley vehicle. Mayek was assigned to C Company, 2nd Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, Smith Barracks, Germany.

Marine Sgt. Brian D. McGinnis, 23, of St. George, Del., died March 30 in a UH-1N Huey helicopter crash in southern Iraq. He was assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169, Marine Air Craft Group 39, Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, Calif.

1st Lt. Brian M. McPhillips, 25, of Pembroke, Mass., was killed April 4 during a firefight in central Iraq. He was assigned to the 2nd Tank Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, based at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Gunnery Sgt. Joseph Menusa, 33, of San Jose, Calif. He was assigned to the 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Pfc. Jason M. Meyer, 23, of Swartz Creek, Mich., was killed in action on April 8 in Iraq. Meyer was assigned to B Company, 11th Engineer Battalion, Fort Stewart, Ga. The circumstances surrounding his death are under investigation.

Cpl. Jason David Mileo, 20, Centreville, Md., was shot and killed April 14 near Baghdad. Mileo died on the site before emergency personnel could help. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Twentynine Palms, Calif.

Pfc. Anthony S. Miller, 19, of San Antonio, Texas, who was killed April 7 by enemy indirect fire in Iraq. Miller was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Infantry Division, 2nd Brigade, Fort Stewart, Ga.

Spc. George A. Mitchell, 35, of Rawlings, Md., was assigned to Headquarters Company, 3rd Infantry Division, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, Fort Stewart, Ga. Mitchell died of wounds received in an opposition rocket attack south of Baghdad April 7.

Marine Lance Cpl. Patrick R. Nixon, 21, of Nashville. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Camp Lejeune, N.C. His unit was engaged in operations March 23 on the outskirts of An Nasiriyah in Iraq. Nixon was reclassified as killed in action from missing; his remains were recovered March 30.

Spc. Donald S. Oaks Jr., 20, of Erie, Pa., was killed in action in Iraq on April 3. He was assigned to C Battery, 3rd Battalion, 13th Field Artillery Regiment (Multiple-Launch Rocket System), Fort Sill, Okla.

Lance Cpl. Patrick T. O'Day, 20, of Sonoma, Calif., of the 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division, Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif.

Lance Cpl. Eric J. Orlowski, 26, of Buffalo, N.Y., who was killed by an accidental discharge of a .50 caliber machine gun in Iraq. He was assigned to the 2nd Tank Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Marine Lance Cpl. David Edward Owens Jr., 20, of Winchester, Va., died of wounds received in action on April 12 in central Iraq. Owens was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Sgt. Fernando Padilla-Ramirez, 26, of San Luis, Ariz., of the Marine Wing Support Squadron 371, Marine Support Group 37, Marine Corps Air Station, Yuma, Ariz. He was last seen conducting convoy operations in the vicinity of An Nasiriyah on 28 March. His remains were identified on April 10.

Sgt. Michael F. Pedersen, 26, of Flint, Mich. He was killed when his UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed in central Iraq April 2. He was a member of the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.

Pfc. Lori Ann Piestewa, 23, Tuba City, Ariz. Piestewa was killed on or about March 23 when the convoy she was traveling in was ambushed in southern Iraq. She was with the 507th Maintenance Company, Fort Bliss, Texas.

2nd Lt. Frederick E. Pokorney Jr., 31, Nye, Nev. He was assigned to the Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Pvt. Kelley S. Prewitt, 24, of Alabama, was killed in action by enemy fire on April 6. Prewitt was assigned to Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, Fort Benning, Ga.

Sgt. 1st Class Randall S. Rehn, 36, Longmont, Colo., was killed in action April 3. He was assigned to C Battery, 3rd Battalion, 13th Field Artillery Regiment (Multiple-Launch Rocket System), Fort Sill, Okla.

Sgt. Brendon C. Reiss, 23, of Casper, Wyo. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, based in Camp Lejeune, N.C. Reiss, last seen when his unit was engaged in combat operations on March 23 in the vicinity of An Nasiriyah, Iraq, had been listed as missing in action. His remains were found on April 11.

Pfc. Diego Fernando Rincon, 19, of Conyers, Ga. He was assigned to the 2-7th Infantry, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga. Rincon killed at a checkpoint by a car bomb on March 29.

Sgt. Duane R. Rios, 25, of Hammond, Ind., was killed April 4 during a firefight in central Iraq. He was assigned to the 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, based at Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Capt. Russell B. Rippetoe, 27, died April 3 from injuries sustained in combat. He was assigned to A Company, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Ga. He was from Colorado.

Sgt. Todd J. Robbins, 33, Pentwater, Mich., was killed in action April 3. He was assigned to C Battery, 3rd Battalion, 13th Field Artillery Regiment (Multiple-Launch Rocket System), Fort Sill, Okla.

Marine Cpl. Robert M. Rodriguez, 21, of Queens, N.Y., was killed in action March 27 when the tank he was riding in fell into the Euphrates River during combat operations northwest of An Nasiriyah. His remains were recovered March 30. He was assigned to the 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division, Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif.

Cpl. Randal Kent Rosacker, 21, San Diego. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Camp Lejeune, N.C. He was killed March 23 near An Nasiriyah.

Spc. Brandon J. Rowe, 20, of Roscoe, Ill., was killed in action March 31 in Ayyub, Iraq, by enemy artillery. He was assigned to the C Company, 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.

Capt. Benjamin W. Sammis, 29, of Rehobeth, Mass., was killed in action April 4 when his AH-1W Super Cobra helicopter crashed during combat operations near Ali Aziziyal, Iraq. He was assigned to the Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron-267, Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Staff Sgt. Robert A Stever, 36, of Pendleton, Ore., was killed in action by enemy fire April 8. He was assigned the Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.

Army Spc. Gregory P. Sanders, 19, of Indiana. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 69th Armored, Fort Stewart, Ga. He died March 24.

Army Capt. Christopher Scott Seifert, 27, who was killed by a grenade when he was sleeping in a tent at Camp Pennsylvania, Kuwait, March 22. Seifert was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky.

Cpl. Erik H. Silva, 22, of Chula Vista, Calif., was killed in action in Iraq April 3. Silva was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division, based at Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Pvt. Brandon U. Sloan, 19, of Cleveland, Ohio. Sloan was killed on or about March 23 when the convoy he was traveling in was ambushed in southern Iraq. He was with the 507th Maintenance Company, Fort Bliss, Texas.

Lance Cpl. Thomas J. Slocum, age unknown, Adams, Colo. Slocum was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Camp Lejeune, N.C. He was killed near An Nasiriyah.

Chief Warrant Officer Eric A. Smith, 41, of Calif. He was killed when his UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed in central Iraq April 2. He was a member of the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.

Sgt. 1st Class Paul R. Smith, 33, of Tampa, Fl., was killed in action April 4. Smith was assigned to the 11th Engineer Battalion, Fort Stewart, Ga.

Sgt. Roderic A. Solomon, 32, from Fayetteville, N.C., died March 28 when his Bradley Fighting Vehicle rolled off a cliff in a non-hostile accident in Iraq. Solomon was assigned to the 2-7th Infantry, 3rd Infantry Division, out of Fort Stewart, Ga.

Air National Guard Maj. Gregory Stone, 40, of Boise, Idaho, died March 25, from wounds sustained when an American soldier allegedly threw a hand grenade into his tent. Stone was assigned to the 124th Air Support Operations Squadron.

Staff Sgt. Riayan A. Tejeda, 26, of New York, N.Y., was killed on April 11 during combat operations against enemy forces in northeast Baghdad. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Army Reserve Spc. Brandon S. Tobler, 19. His hometown was not available. Tobler died in a vehicle accident March 22 in Iraq. Tobler was assigned to the 671st Engineer Brigade, Portland, Ore.

Sgt. Donald R. Walters, 33, of Kansas City, Mo. Walters was killed on or about March 23 when the convoy he was traveling in was ambushed in southern Iraq. He was with the 507th Maintenance Company, Fort Bliss, Texas.

Staff Sgt. Kendall Damon Watersbey, 29, of Baltimore, who was assigned to the Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 268, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, Calif. Watersbey died in a CH-46E helicopter crash March 20 in Kuwait.

Pfc. Michael Russell Creighton Weldon, 20, of Conyers, Ga. He was assigned to the 2-7th Infantry, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga. Weldon was on of four Americans killed at a checkpoint near An Najaf by a car bomb on March 29.

Lt. Nathan D. White, 30, of Mesa, Ariz., was killed in action April 2 in Iraq. White was assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron One Nine Five, based in Atsugi, Japan, and deployed with Carrier Air Wing Five aboard USS Kitty Hawk. White was the pilot of an F/A-18C Hornet lost over Iraq on April 2. The incident remains under investigation.

Sgt. Eugene Williams, 24, of Highland, N.Y. He was assigned to the 2-7th Infantry, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga. Williams was killed at a checkpoint by a car bomb on March 29.

Lance Cpl. Michael J. Williams, 31, of Yuma, Ariz. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Camp Lejeune, N.C. His unit was engaged in operations March 23 on the outskirts of An Nasiriyah in Iraq. His remains were recovered March 28.

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Previously confirmed as missing:

Sgt. Edward J. Anguiano, 24, of Brownsville, Texas;

One Air Force F-15 crew member is still missing

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There currently are no confirmed prisoners of war.

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(Source: U.S. Department of Defense.)




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