THE WAR ON TERROR
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Date of Announcement

Names

Cause of Casualty

September 13, 2001 Army:

-- 21 Military
-- 47 Army Civilians
-- 6 Contractors

Navy:

-- 33 Military
-- 9 Navy Civilians

Defense Agencies: 10

Total estimate: 126

The Department of Defense announced today initial estimates indicate that approximately 126 persons remain unaccounted for in the wake of Tuesday's attack on the Pentagon.

Only 118 remains were recovered....*

October 11, 2001 Chief Warrant Officer 3 Michael E. Reece, 36
European and Pacific Stars & Stripes
Pilot killed as Apache copter makes hard landing during exercise in Poland
By Rick Scavetta, Stars and Stripes
European edition, Thursday, October 11, 2001

DRAWSKO POMORSKIE, Poland - An Apache helicopter pilot died Tuesday night after his helicopter went down during a Victory Strike II exercise.
About 9 p.m., Chief Warrant Officer 3 Michael E. Reece, 36, a native of Big Pine Key, Fla, was killed when his AH-64 Apache helicopter made a hard landing near Lagow, Poland, V Corps officials said......
 © 2003 Stars and Stripes
October 21, 2001

 

Spc. Jonn J. Edmunds, 20, of Cheyenne, Wyo.

Pfc. Kristofor T. Stonesifer, 28, of Missoula, Mont. 
The two Army Rangers were passengers in a Blackhawk helicopter that crashed while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Hostile fire has been ruled out as a cause of the crash, which remains under investigation.

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=679&ncid=742&e=14&u=/usatoday/20030715/cm_usatoday/5322605

Mother finds true grieving begins after cameras leave
Tue Jul 15, 6:35 AM ET  Add Op/Ed - USA TODAY to My Yahoo!
 
Ruth Voshell Stonesifer

My son, Kristofor T. Stonesifer, was one of the first two soldiers to die in the war on terror. He was killed Oct. 19, 2001 in a helicopter crash during a rescue mission near Kandahar, Afghanistan (news - web sites). I knew when his name was officially released that the media would be hot on our trail to find out everything they could about my son. After all, his death happened during America's first installment of ''payback'' for 9/11.....  Ruth Voshell Stonesifer, who lives in Kintnersville, Pa., is writing a book about her experiences and the life and death of her son.

November 10, 2001

 

Machinist's Mate Fireman Apprentice Bryant L. Davis, 20, of Chicago, Ill.  ... declared deceased after falling overboard from the USS Kitty Hawk on Nov. 7.*

Search and rescue efforts continued for more than two days before being halted on Friday. The USS Kitty Hawk is currently participating in Operation Enduring Freedom.

November 18, 2001   Engineman 1st Class Vincent Parker, 38, of Preston, Miss., 

Electronics Technician 3rd Class Benjamin Johnson, 21, of Rochester, N.Y. 

NavNews 87/01 (Nov. 20, 2001)
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy continues the search for two Sailors who boarded a suspicious vessel that sank accidentally Nov. 18 in international waters in the northern Persian Gulf. The vessel was believed to be smuggling Iraqi oil in violation of United Nations Security Council sanctions against Iraq.... The Sailors, were members of an eight-member security team from USS Peterson (DD 969).
  
Divers recover body of sailor missing since ship sank in Persian Gulf 
11/24/2001  Associated Press  ALBANY, N.Y. 
Divers have recovered the remains of one of two Navy sailors presumed drowned after a rickety, oil-laden ship sank in Persian Gulf, a Navy spokeswoman confirmed Saturday. The remains of Petty Officer 3rd Class Benjamin Johnson were recovered on Friday, said Lt. Melissa Schuermann, spokeswoman for the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command in Bahrain. She said the 21-year-old sailor was identified based on his personal effects. ... The family of Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Vincent Parker of Preston, Miss., also missing after the tanker sank, is planning a memorial service for him next week, his brother, Stephen Parker, said Thursday.  Parker said the Navy held a service for his brother aboard the USS Peterson on Tuesday. His body has not been found. (as of 12/20/20
November 27, 2001 Petty Officer Randy Whitaker, USN, Trinidad, TX Lost at Sea, body not recovered. PFOD expected 12/2002.

Whitaker was assigned to the USS Russell (DDG 59), a Pearl Harbor based guided missile  destroyer. (NOTE: on 12/12/2002 the USS Russell provided rescue and recovery for the crew of an Air Force B-1B who had bailed out of their aircraft and into the Indian Ocean during a bombing mission in Afghanistan.)

December 5, 2001 MSG Jefferson Davis, 5th SFG
SFC Daniel Petithory, 5th SFG
SSG Nathan Prosser attached to 2/5 SFG S-2 section
all KIA - Qandahar, Afghanistan
January 4, 2002 SFC Nathan R. Chapman, 1sr SFG KIA  -  Gardez, Afghanistan
January 9, 2002 Command Pilot: Captain Matthew W. Bancroft, 29, of Shasta, CA. He joined the Marine Corps in 1994.

Co-Pilot: Captain Daniel G. McCollum, 29, of Richland, SC. He joined the Marine Corps in 1993.

Flight Engineer: Gunnery Sergeant Stephen L. Bryson, 35, of Montgomery, AL. He joined the Marine Corps in 1983.

Loadmaster: Staff Sergeant Scott N. Germosen, 37, of Queens, NY. He joined the Marine Corps in 1982.

Flight Mechanic: Sergeant Nathan P. Hays, 21, of Lincoln, WA. He joined the Marine Corps in 1999.

Flight Navigator: Lance Corporal Bryan P. Bertrand, 23, of Coos, OR. He joined the Marine Corps in 1998.

Radio Operator: Sergeant Jeannette L. Winters, 25, of Du Page, IL. She joined the Marine Corps in 1997.

... killed as a result of the crash of a KC-130/R aircraft in Pakistan

The Marines are assigned to Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 352 (VMGR-352), the "Raiders." Elements of VMGR-352 are attached to Combined Task Force 58, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. VMGR-352 is home-based at the Marine Corps Air Station, Miramar, CA.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

 

January 20, 2002

 

Staff Sgt. Walter F. Cohee III, 26, from Wicomico, Md. Cohee joined the Marine Corps Aug. 3, 1993, and was a communications navigations systems technician.

Sgt. Dwight J Morgan, 24, from Mendocino, Calif. Morgan joined the Marine Corps Aug. 15, 1998, and was a helicopter mechanic.

 

Two Marines were killed and five others were injured when a Marine CH-53E deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom crashed yesterday at approximately 10 p.m. EST in a remote region 60 kilometers south of Bagram in Northern Afghanistan. 

The Marines and the aircraft were assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361 (HMH-361), the "Flying Tigers" of Marine Aircraft Group 16. Elements of HMH-361 are attached to Combined Task Force 58 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. HMH-361 is part of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing and is home-based at Marine Corps Air Station, Miramar, Calif.

The CH-53E Super Stallion is heavy-lift helicopter designed for the transportation of material, supplies and personnel.

There is no indication of enemy fire at this time; however, the accident is under investigation. 

February 14, 2002 Army Spc. Jason A. Disney, 21, of Fallon, Nev. He was assigned to the 7th Transportation Battalion, Fort Bragg, N.C. ... the soldier killed in an accident yesterday at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan. ... died shortly after sustaining injuries when a piece of heavy equipment fell on him. 

The accident is under investigation.

February 22, 2002 United States Army:

Maj. Curtis D. Feistner
Capt. Bartt D. Owens
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jody L. Egnor
Staff Sgt. James P. Dorrity
Staff Sgt. Kerry W. Frith
Staff Sgt. Bruce A. Rushforth, Jr.
Sgt. Jeremy D. Foshee
Spc. Thomas F. Allison

United States Air Force:
Master Sgt. William L. McDaniel II
Staff Sgt. Juan M. Ridout

The Department of Defense announced that the following Soldiers and Airmen are believed to have been on board the MH-47 aircraft that crashed at sea in the southern Philippines Thursday...

The eight U.S. Army soldiers are members of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, Fort Campbell, Ky. The two U.S. Air Force airmen are assigned to the 353rd Special Operations Group, Kadena Air Base, Japan.

A final determination on the status of these individuals has not yet been made. Search and rescue efforts continue with the U.S. working closely with the Philippine navy and coast guard units. The cause of the accident is under investigation.*

3 remains have been recovered as of 03/05/02
5 more recovered 03/30/02

March 2, 2002 Lt. Cmdr. Christopher M. Blaschum, 33, of Virginia Beach  The F-14 went into the water immediately after launch from the USS John F. Kennedy aircraft carrier, which is on its way to deployment in the war in Afghanistan, said the statement from the U.S. Sixth Fleet, based in Gaeta, Italy. 
Officials with the Navy's Atlantic Fleet in Norfolk identified the pilot as Lt. Cmdr. Christopher M. Blaschum, 33, of Virginia Beach. Blaschum had accumulated more than 2,700 flight hours, of which 1,400 were in an F-14. He is survived by his wife and two children. 
March 4, 2002

 

Army Chief Warrant Officer Stanley L. Harriman, 34, of Wade, N.C.  ... killed in action in Afghanistan on Saturday, March 2, 2002, as the result of 
enemy fire. Harriman was assigned to the 3rd Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg,  N.C.
March 5, 2002

 

Army:

Sgt. Bradley S. Crose, 27, Orange Park, Fla.
Sgt. Philip J. Svitak, 31, Joplin, Mo.
Spc. Marc A. Anderson, 30, Brandon, Fla.
Pfc. Matthew A. Commons, 21, Boulder City, Nev.

Navy:

Aviation Boatswain's Mate-Handling Petty Officer 1st Class Neil C. Roberts, 32, Woodland, Calif. NAVY SEAL - sources originally stated CAPTURED and EXECUTED.

Air Force:

Tech. Sgt. John A. Chapman, 36, Waco, Texas.
Senior Airman Jason D. Cunningham, 26, Camarillo, Calif.

The Department of Defense today announced the identities of those killed in action in eastern Afghanistan during Operation Anaconda
March 13, 2002

Lt. Terri Sue Fussner, 27, of Manchester, Mo.; 

Lt. Wayne Francis  Roberts, 34, of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and

 Aviation Warfare Systems Operator 2nd Class Jason Edward Lawson, 21, of Smyrna, Ga.

By 6th Fleet Public Affairs
GAETA, Italy (NNS) -- The search for three crew members from the helicopter that crashed yesterday  morning in the central Mediterranean  Sea was called off today (Mar. 13) at 12:15 p.m. (local time). None of the crew was recovered.*

The crew members, were assigned to Helicopter Squadron Light (HSL) 46, homeported in Mayport, Fla.

March 28, 2002 Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer Matthew J. Bourgeois, 35 of Tallahassee, FL. Killed while conducting small unit training at a remote site near Qandahar, Afghanistan.
April 4, 2002
Press Release

UPDATED 06/15/04 with information provided by Leslie Gifford, NY

FEB 22 crash

The crash killed eight Army and two Air Force crewmen. Eight bodies have so far been recovered since the crash. The first three were recovered immediately after the crash.

Sater said the American recovery team, after 10 days of search, had decided to stop the operation, concluding that it would be difficult for them to recover the remaining two bodies.

 

US stops search for bodies
Posted: 2:03 AM (Manila Time) | Apr. 04, 2002
By Jhunnex Napallacan
Inquirer News Service
 
CEBU CITY - The United States has made the "painful decision" to stop the search for the bodies of the two American servicemen still missing after an MH-47 Chinook helicopter crashed at sea off Apo Island in Negros Oriental province on Feb. 22. {SEE below notes} ....
Find A Grave - Jeremy D Foshee
            Sgt Jeremy D Foshee
                              Birth: Aug. 14, 1976
                              Pisgah (Jackson County)
                              Jackson County
                              Alabama, USA
                              Death: Feb. 22, 2002, Philippines
                              
                              United States Army Staff Sergeant killed in a crash of a MH-47E Chinook helicopter off of the Philippine Islands.
                              
                              Burial:
                              At Sea ( Not Recovered)
                              Washington
                              District of Columbia
                              District Of Columbia, USA
                              
                              Record added: Feb 23 2002
 
Sergeant Jeremy D. Foshee is a native of Pisgah, Alabama. He enlisted in the Army in 1995 and was assigned to Delta Company, 1st Battalion  222nd Aviation Regiment, Fort Eustis, Virginia. After Graduation from Basic Combat Training (BCT0 and the Medium Helicopter Repairman Course (67U) advanced Individual Training (AIT), Sergeant Foshee was assigned to Alpha Company, 8th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, Fort Campbell, Ky. In 1998, Sergeant Foshee received orders and served with distinction in Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment, Camp Humphreys, Republic of Korea.
 
Sergeant Foshee was assigned to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Training Company (SOATC) in 200 and upon completion of the Basic Mission Qualification Course (Green Platoon) and MH-47e course was assigned to Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 160th SOAR. Sergeant Foshee was assigned as a Crew Chief to Echo Company, 160th SOAR (Airborne). He deployed with his unit to multiple locations across the Pacific Command in support of Operation Enduring Freedom
Find A Grave - Thomas Ferrell Allison
              
            Thomas Ferrell Allison
                              Birth: 1980
                              Parkland
                              Pierce County
                              Washington, USA
                              Death: Feb. 22, 2002, Philippines
 
Name:    THOMAS F ALLISON
SSN:    
Last Residence:    72
Born:    28 Oct 1979
Last Benefit:        
Died:    22 Feb 2002
State (Year) SSN issued:    WA (1985 )
                              
                              United States Army Specialist killed in a crash of a MH-47E Chinook helicopter off of the Philippine  Islands. (bio by: Erik Lander)
                              Burial:
                              Tahoma National Cemetery
                              Kent
                              King County
                              Washington, USA
                              
                              Record added: Feb 23 2002
 
Sergeant Thomas F. Allison is a native of Roy, Washington. He enlisted in the Army in 1998 and was assigned to Echo Company 2nd Battalion, 28th Infantry, 1st basic Combat Training Brigade. After graduation from Basic Combat Training, Sergeant Allison Attended The Medium helicopter Repairers Course (67U) advanced Individual Training (AIT) at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.
 
Upon completion of AIT, Sergeant Allison attended Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia. Upon completion, he was assigned to the 160th Special Operations Aviation training Company (SOATC), Fort Campbell, Kentucky. sergeant Allison completed the Basic Mission Qualification Course (Green Platoon) and was assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters support Company, 4th battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), where he served in the Aviation Life Support equipment (ALSE) Section.
 
In 2001, Sergeant Allison was assigned to Echo Company, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne). He deployed with his unit to multiple locations across the pacific Command in support of Operations Enduring Freedom.
April 15, 2002 Killed were: 

Staff Sgt. Brian T. Craig, 27, Texas, 710th Explosive Ordnance Detachment, San Diego, Calif.; 

Staff Sgt. Justin. J. Galewski, 28, Kan., 710th Explosive Ordnance Detachment, San Diego, Calif.; 

Sgt. Jamie O. Maugans, 27, Kan., 710th Explosive Ordnance Detachment, San Diego, Calif.; 

Sgt. 1st Class Daniel A. Romero, 30, Colo., 19th Special Forces Group, Pueblo, Colo.

The Department of Defense today identified the four U.S. Army soldiers killed in Qandahar, Afghanistan, yesterday as the result of an explosion during explosive clearing operations.

The accident is under investigation.

May 20, 2002 Sgt. Gene Vance Jr. 19th SFG
Operation Mountain Lion, Afghanistan
One Special Forces Soldier was killed in a firefight in Afghanistan.
Widow Recalls Green Beret's Heroism
Tuesday, May 21, 2002
By VICKI SMITH
ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Sgt. Gene Vance Jr. wanted to go to Afghanistan, although he later confessed to his bride that he was scared.
Vance, a 10-year member of the West Virginia National  Guard, died Sunday .....
June 12, 2002 Killed were:

Air Force Tech. Sgt. Sean M. Corlew, 37, of Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Air Force Staff Sgt. Anissa A. Shero, 31, of Grafton, W.Va.

Army Sgt. 1st Class Peter P. Tycz II, 32, of Tonawanda, N.Y.

The Department of Defense announced today the identities of three servicemembers killed in yesterday's crash of a U.S. Air Force MC-130H in the Paktika province of Afghanistan.

Corlew and Shero were assigned to the Air Force's 16th Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field, Fla.  Tycz was assigned to the Army's 3rd Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, NC.

July 27, 2002 SFC Christopher James Speer USASOC, 28, of Albuquerque, N.M. Wounded while on patrol in Ab Khail, Afghanistan on 27 July 2002. Died from his wounds 28 Aug 02 in Germany.
August 8, 2002 Six victims from the 16th Special Operations Wing  were identified as 
pilot Maj. Michael J. Akos,
co-pilot Capt. Christel A. Chavez, 
navigator Maj. Gregory W. Fritz, 
loadmaster Staff Sgt. Robert J. McGuire Jr., electronic weapons officer 1st Lt.Nathanial D. Buckley and 
flight engineer Tech. Sgt. Robert S. Johnson.
Also identified were Staff Sgt. Shane H. Kimmet, a  support operator from the Air Intelligence Agency, Capt. Panuk P. Soomsawasdi, a special tactics liaison officer with Special Operations Command, and two combat controllers from the Kentucky Air National Guard, Tech. Sgt. Martin Tracy and Tech. Sgt. Christopher A. Matero.
Last bodies recovered from Puerto Rico C-130 crash site.
Associated Press
Aug. 8, 2002
CAGUAS, Puerto Rico (AP) - A search team cut into  the wreckage of a U.S. Air Force plane Sunday and found the bodies of two servicemen, the last of 10 who died when their plane slammed into a  mountainside. The searchers found the bodies after opening a  battered section of the cockpit using a specialized saw and other equipment, officials said.
August 22, 2002 1st Lt. Dustin Shannon, 23, and
Chief Warrant Officer James Wallenburg, 40
European and Pacific Stars & Stripes
Bodies of two pilots found at site of Apache copter
crash in S. Korea
By Robert Burns, The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - The bodies of two U.S. Army pilots whose helicopter crashed into a hillside in South Korea were found Friday, more than a day after the chopper was reported missing on a training flight.....
August 28, 2002 Cmdr. Peter G. Oswald, 41, Bellingham, WA. A Navy SEAL commander plunged to his death from an Army UH-60 Blackhawk during training exercises in San Salvador,,,,
October 2, 2002  Special Forces Sgt 1st Class Mark Wayne Jackson, 40, of Glennie, MI. Killed in an explosion at on open-air market,  in Zamboanga, Philippines.
October 8, 2002 Lance Cpl Antonio J. Sledd, 20, Hillborough, FL. Exercise Eagle Mace, KIA in attack by Al Qaeda.
October 18, 2002 Lt. Stephen R. Nevarez, 31, a weapons systems officer from New Orleans, Louisiana; 
Lt. Joel A. Korkowski, 30, a pilot from Phoenix, Arizona; 
Lt. Matthew  S. Shubzda, 27, a pilot from Dallas, Texas; 
Lt. Stephen N. Benson, 26, a weapons system officer from Virginia Beach, Virginia. 
Sunday, October 20, 2002 
POINT SUR, California (AP) --The U.S. Coast Guard called off its search Saturday for four U.S. Navy officers missing since their two fighter jets collided during a combat exercise Friday.

The four were members of Strike Fighter  Squadron 41, based at Lemoore Naval Air Station near Fresno, California.

November 21, 2002 Spc. Jonathan Andrew Stehle, 24, of Texas



Cpl. Jason D. Fisher, 27, of Thousand Oaks, Calif., and Pfc. Joseph P. Favorito III, 20, of Higgins Lake, Mich., 

Stehle, 24, of Texas, died Nov. 10 after his tank rolled over in deep mud during a training exercise near Hohenfels, Germany, said a 1st Armored Division spokesman.

Fisher and Favorito died Nov. 14 after an M1A1 Abrams tank ran over them during a pre-dawn raid at the Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, La. Both soldiers were from Fort Campbell, Ky.

November 25, 2002 Johnny Michael Spann, 32, Winfield, AL Afghanistan, CIA
December 21, 2002 Sgt. Steven Checo, 22, of New York City, a member of the 504th Infantry, Fort Bragg, NC. Checo's unit came under attack from hostile forces in Afghanistan.
January 30, 2003 Chief Warrant Officer Mark O'Steen, of Alabama; 
Chief Warrant Officer Thomas Gibbons, of Maryland; 
Staff Sergeant Daniel Kisling, of Missouri; and Sergeant Gregory Frampton, of California.
Helicopter Crash Victims From Fort Campbell
Four soldiers believed killed in a helicopter crash this week were all members of an elite aviation element known as the Night Stalkers.
The men were members of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, which slips special forces commandos behind enemy lines. The regiment is based at Fort Campbell.
The helicopter crash occurred on a training range near Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan on Thursday.
February 2, 2003 The dead soldier was identified as Sgt. Michael C. Barry, 29.
Barry, of Overland Park, Kansas, died as a result of injuries sustained while a passenger in a vehicle that was struck by another vehicle in Doha, Qatar

 

Kansas City soldier killed in Qatar
A Missouri Army National Guard soldier from Kansas City was killed in a vehicle crash Saturday in Qatar, the Missouri National Guard reported today.
He was a member of the 205th Area Support Medical Battalion, according to 1st Lt. Tamara Spicer, a Missouri National Guard spokeswoman.
Barry is survived by his wife, Spc. Jennifer Barry, also a member of the Missouri National Guard, Spicer said
February 7, 2003 Helge Boes, was killed Wednesday when a grenade detonated prematurely during a live-fire exercise, CIA officials said in a statement issued Thursday evening.

 

CIA officer killed in grenade accident in Afghanistan
Friday, February 7, 2003 at 17:30 JST
WASHINGTON — One CIA officer was killed and two others were injured in a training accident in eastern Afghanistan, agency officials said.
February 7, 2003
Spc. Brian M. Clemens, 19, of Indiana
IMMEDIATE RELEASE  February 7, 2003
DOD IDENTIFIES ARMY NATIONAL GUARD SOLDIER KILLED IN KUWAIT
The Department of Defense identified today the Army National Guard soldier killed in Kuwait yesterday.  Spc. Brian M. Clemens, 19, of Indiana, died as a result of a High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle rollover.  Four other soldiers were injured.  The incident is under investigation.
Clemens was assigned to C Company, 1-293rd Infantry, Fort Wayne, Ind.
February 10, 2003
Seaman Ariel Morataya, 21, a Los Angeles native who
 was an operations specialist aboard the ship.

 

From U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command Public Affairs
Manta, ECUADOR (NNS) -- A USS John L. Hall (FFG 32)  Sailor died at Rodriguez Zambrano General Hospital in Manta,  Ecuador, of injuries suffered while on liberty.
Dead is Seaman Ariel Morataya, 21, a Los Angeles native who  was an operations specialist aboard the ship. Morataya was the son of Erio and Gregoria Morataya, also of Los Angeles.
Morataya was pronounced dead the morning of Feb. 4 at the  hospital where he was transported by the local authorities after  they found him unconscious and without identification in the outskirts of Manta.
February 24, 2003
Spc. Rodrigo Gonzalez-Garza, 26, of Texas
Chief Warrant Officer Timothy W. Moehling, 35, of Fla.
Chief Warrant Officer John D. Smith, 32, of Nev.
Spc. William J. Tracy, 27, of N.H.
The Department of Defense announced today the identities of four Army soldiers killed in today's crash of a UH-60 in Kuwait.  
Gonzalez-Garza and Moehling were assigned to Company A, 5-158th Aviation, Giebelstadt Army Air Field, Germany.  Smith and Tracy were assigned to Company B, 5-158th Aviation, Aviano Air Base, Italy.
March  11, 2003 All four members of the flight crew died. Members of the 10th Aviation Regiment, they were:
Capt. Christopher Britton, 27, of Ohio;
Chief Warrant Officer 3rd Kenneth Miller, 35, of California;
Spc. Lucas Trip, 23, of Aurora, Colo.; 
and Spc. Barry Stephens, 20, of Pinson, Ala.
The seven other victims were infantrymen, all members of Charlie Company, 4th Battalion, 31st Regiment. They were: 
Staff Sgt. Brian Pavlich, 25, of Port Jervis, N.Y.; Sgt. John Eichenlaub Jr., 24, of South Williamsport, Pa.; 
Sgt. Joshua Harapko, 23, of Peoria, Ariz.;
Pfc. Shawn Mayerscik, 22, of Oil City, Pa.; 
Pfc. Tommy Young, 20, of Knoxville, Tenn.; 
Pfc. Stryder Stoutenburg, 18, of Missoula, Mont.;
and Pfc. Andrew Stevens, 20, of Rockingham, N.H.

USATODAY.com
            Posted 3/11/2003 4:25 PM     Updated 3/12/2003 9:15 PM
            Training often as dangerous as war itself
            By Fred Bayles, USA TODAY
            FORT DRUM, N.Y. - The deaths of 11 soldiers here in the crash of an Army Black Hawk helicopter is a reminder that even though a shot hasn't been fired in Iraq, U.S. soldiers are dying in training for war.
            Nine who died in the accident were training for combat while awaiting orders to go to Kuwait....

 

 Contributing: The Associated Press
 Copyright 2003 USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Co. Inc.
March 11, 2003
Spence McNeil, 19, from Bennettsville, S.C., was assigned to B Battery

 

 

IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 11, 2003
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE IDENTIFIES SOLDIER KILLED
The Department of Defense announced today the death of Army Pfc. Spence A. McNeil on Saturday from injuries sustained when the vehicle he was traveling in rolled over March 3 near Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
McNeil, 19, from Bennettsville, S.C., was assigned to B Battery, 3-43rd Air Defense Artillery, Fort Bliss, Texas.  The accident is under investigation.
March 23, 2003 1st Lt. Tamara Archuleta, 23, Los Lunas, N.M.

Staff Sgt. Jason Hicks, 25, Jefferson, S.C.

Master Sgt. Michael Maltz, 42, St. Petersburg, FL

Senior Airman Jason Plite, 21, Lansing, MI.

Lt. Col. John Stein, 39, Bardolph, IL.

Staff Sgt. John Teal, 29, Dallas, TX

March 23, 2003, Afghanistan
March 29, 2003 Staff Sgt. Jacob L. Frazier, 24, St. Charles, IL  March 29, 2003, Afghanistan
May 21,2003 James Lee Carpenter II, 45, of Killeen 

Quincy Lee Knox, 43, of Copperas Cove

Jason Bentley, 35, of Hurst

May 21, 2003
Names of 2 more Texas killed in Saudi Arabia released
Associated Press
RESTON, Va. - Two Central Texans working for a company that trains the Saudi Arabian National Guard were among the 34 people killed in last week's suicide bombings in Riyadh, Vinnell Corp.'s parent company announced today.  .....
June 8, 2003 Chief Warrant Officer Andrew Robbins 

Warrant Officer Devon DeSouza,

News Release details Kosovo AH-64 crash
Leslie Gifford
Soldier's Grieve, Remember, Move On
By Maj. Warren E. Kirby Jr.
4th Brigade Aviation Chaplain
 
The normal duty day at Camp Bondsteel is very routine and often referred to as
repetitious if not monotonous. However, to soldiers and civilians alike stationed at Camp Bondsteel, Sunday, June 8, 2003, will forever be remembered as something other than normal. Soldiers woke that morning to discover two fellow comrades in the first hour of morning’s darkness had lost their lives in a tragic aviation accident. They were informed Chief Warrant Officer Andrew Robbins and Warrant Officer Devon DeSouza, stationed out of Katterbach, Germany, 4th Aviation Brigade, while serving in Kosovo as part of Task Force Dragon, had
perished in a tragic helicopter accident in the performance of their duties.
To soldiers of Camp Bondsteel and particularly those in its aviation community the event seemed surreal. Almost immediately, regardless of unit designation, soldiers came offering to assist. Converging almost at once on the Aviation Task Force, each expressed a desire to help. Many did indeed assist. Whether in performing a task, providing guidance, or giving direction, many played a part in honoring our fallen comrades.
However, soldiers in Camp Bondsteel did not grieve alone. Back in Katterbach, Germany, soldiers there were also grieving. They too prepared ceremonies mirroring the Ramp and Memorial Ceremony conducted at Camp Bondsteel. While the soldiers in Kosovo and Germany were grieving there were also family members in the United States grieving their loss.
In a memorial service to honor their fallen and provide hope to the living, the commanders and chaplain took their turn at the podium. The Aviation Task Force Commander, Lt. Col. Samuel Ford began by stating, “we are about something bigger and larger than ourselves.” He went on to say, “Chief Warrant Officer [Robbins] and Warrant Officer DeSouza understood this.” In appreciation and gratitude for the American presence in Kosovo many of its citizenry refer to Camp Bondsteel as the “City of Angels.” When American soldiers arrived it signaled the end of death and destruction. With that in mind, Ford concluded, remarking, “they paid the ultimate sacrifice for the people of Kosovo and for the good of mankind.
They are our heroes who lived and served in the City of Angels.”
The Charlie Company Commander, Capt. E.J. Irvin, described both Robbins and
DeSouza as “two consummate patriots.” In a moving tribute he concluded with this battle hand off, “Ghostrider 31, Ghostrider 12, you are cleared to egress at this time, go weapons switches cold, proceed direct to Heaven. Dear God, Ghostrider 31 and Ghostrider 12 are in a single AH-64 (Apache Helicopter) entering your sector, they have all the fuel they need, short final for Heaven
VIP Pad, watch over them I pray and keep them in your eternal grace, this is Ghostrider 06 out.”
The Aviation Chaplain, Maj. Warren E. Kirby, challenged the soldiers of his unit
and the entire Task Force by saying, “we are going to honor our fallen comrades
by our grieving, by our remembering and by our continuing. Our flag for a moment
may have dipped toward the ground. But it has not fallen. We who are left will
honor our fallen comrades as we raise the guide-on high and move forward.” The
Chaplain encouraged soldiers to use this time to reflect on their own relationship with God and not to minimize the importance of their need to grieve, to always remember and to move on. He reminded soldiers that in a Christian Bible it says that even “Jesus wept” at the news that his friend had died.
At the ceremony’s conclusion, amidst the grief, soldiers, commanders and even
chaplains shuddered and wiped away tears as the names of their fallen comrades were heard echoed by the first sergeant as he conducted the last roll call and taps was played.
 
      Chief Warrant Officer Andrew D. Robbins
      October 7, 1962 - June 8, 2003
     Chief Warrant Officer Andrew Robbins was born October 7, 1962. He entered
active Federal military service February 18, 1986, Fort Benning, Georgia,  where he completed Basic and Advanced Individual Training. He was then assigned to the 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Robbins then reported to Fort Rucker, Alabama for Warrant Officer Candidate School. His next assignment was as an attack helicopter pilot at Fort Polk, Louisiana. In 1996, he moved to Camp Page, Korea, where he served as an Instructor Pilot for Charlie Company, 1st Aviation Battalion.
     After Korea, Robbins served as both an Instructor Pilot and the Company    Standardization Officer at Fort Hood, Texas. In 2001, Robbins reported to Charlie Company, 1st Aviation Battalion, Katterbach, Germany, where he served as both an Instructor Pilot and the Company Standardization Officer. During his three years with Charlie Company, Robbins participated in numerous Combat Maneuver Training Center rotations, gunneries at Grafenwoehr, Victory Strike II in Poland, Agile Dragon in Hungary, and KFOR B. 
     Robbins’ awards include two Meritorious Service Medals, four Army     Commendation Medals, three Army Achievement Medals, the Expert Infantry Badge, the Senior Aviator Badge, NATO Medal, National Defense Service  Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Kosovo Campaign Medal, the  Army Overseas Service Ribbon, and the Army Service Ribbon. 
     Robbins is survived by his wife, Cheryl, his son, Michael, his daughter, Alyssa, and his parents, Murray and Bertha Robbins.
 
      Warrant Officer Devon E. Desouza
      August 23, 1973 - June 8, 2003
      Warrant Officer Devon E. Desouza was born August 23, 1973. He entered      active Federal military service May 5, 1993, and completed the Marine Basic Course at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. His first assignment was with the 3rd Marine Division, Okinawa, Japan. Following that assignment, Desouza served with the 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, California.
      Desouza then served with the 4th Service Support Group, Albany, Georgia.       After transitioning to the United States Army and completing the Warrant     Officer Candidate School, Desouza attended the AH-64 Combat Aviator     Qualification Course, Ft. Rucker, Alabama. April 7, 2003, Desouza reported  to Charlie Company, 1st Aviation Battalion, Katterbach, Germany. 
      During his time with Charlie Company, Desouza participated in KFOR 4B as a copilot-gunner in the AH-64. 
      Desouza’s awards include two U.S. Navy Achievement Medals, the U.S.       Navy/Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon, two U.S. Marine Corps Good Conduct Medals, two National Defense Service Medals, the Army Service  Ribbon, and the Army Aviator Badge.
      Desouza is survived by his wife, Andrea, his son, Devon, and his parents,      Easton and Elsaida Desouza.
 

 

 
I came across your website and found it to be a wonderful yet sad tribute to our soldiers. However, my husband was not listed. He was Thomas E. Retzer, Navy SEAL,  BUDs Class 198, who was killed near Gardez, Afghanistan. On June 25, 2003, he received a GSW to the head and twice in the chest during a firefight, but lived for 24 hours before succumbing to his injuries. We had been married for 7 years and have two beautiful little boys. Thank you for including him.

Sincerely,

Courtney Retzer
widow of Tom Retzer
July 16, 2003
July 18, 2003
The Heavy Helicopter Combat Support Squadron (HC) 4  crew included: 

Executive officer Cdr. Kevin A. Bianchi, 40, Maplewood, N.J

Lt. Peter Ober, 27, Jacksonville, Fla.

Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class Brian P. Gibson,  33, Richmond, Va.

Aviation Electrician's Mate 3rd Class Samuel Cox, 21, Duluth, Minn.

 

NNS030716-11. Helicopter Crashes in Sicily
From Naval Air Station Sigonella Public Affairs
 NAVAL AIR STATION SIGONELLA, Sicily (NNS) -- A
 helicopter from Helicopter Support Squadron (HC) 4 crashed
 approximately 10 miles on land, west southwest of Naval Air
 Station (NAS) Sigonella near Palagonia, Sicily, July 16 at 5 p.m.
 local time (11 a.m. EST). Four crew members were aboard at
 the time of the accident.
 Firefighters and security from NAS Sigonella are at the scene of
 the accident.
 The status of crew members are unknown. The names of the
 crew members are being withheld pending notification of next of
 kin.
 The cause of the accident is under investigation.
 HC-4 provides heavy helicopter combat support to the fleet in
 the Mediterranean. HC-4 uses the MH-53E Sea Dragon.
=====================================================
NNS030717-12. Crew Members in Helicopter Crash Identified
From Naval Air Station Sigonella Public Affairs
NAVAL AIR STATION SIGONELLA, Sicily (NNS) -- All  four crew members are confirmed dead following a U.S. Navy  helicopter crash, July 16, in Sicily. The fourth crew member was  recovered from the crash site July 17 at approximately 12:10  p.m. local time (6:10 a.m. EST).
The Heavy Helicopter Combat Support Squadron (HC) 4  crew included: executive officer Cdr. Kevin A. Bianchi, 40,  Maplewood, N.J.; Lt. Peter Ober, 27, Jacksonville, Fla.;  Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class Brian P. Gibson,  33, Richmond, Va.; and Aviation Electrician's Mate  3rd Class Samuel Cox, 21, Duluth, Minn.
The MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter crashed on land approximately 10 miles west southwest of Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella near Palagonia, Sicily, July 16 at 5 p.m. local time (11 a.m. EST).  The crew was conducting a routine training mission. The cause  of the accident is under investigation.
HC-4, the Black Stallions, is based at NAS Sigonella, Sicily. NAS Sigonella provides logistical support for all Sixth Fleet and NATO forces in the Mediterranean Sea.
August 21, 2003 Petty Officer 1st Class David M. Tapper, 32, of Camden County, N.J

No. 615-03 
IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
August 21, 2003 
DOD IDENTIFIES NAVY CASUALTY
The Department of Defense announced today that Petty Officer 1st Class David M. Tapper, 32, of Camden County, N.J., died of wounds received in action Aug. 20 in Afghanistan.

September 23, 2003 Capt. Brian R. Faunce, 28, of Philadelphia, Pa., died on Sept. 18 in Al Asad, Iraq. 

Spc. Lunsford B. Brown II, 27, of Creedmore, N.C.  Brown was assigned to A Company, 302nd Military Intelligence Battalion, Patton Barracks, Germany.

    Sgt. David T. Friedrich, 26, of Hammond, N.Y.  Friedrich was assigned to B Company, 325th Military Intelligence Battalion, U.S. Army Reserve, Waterbury, Conn.

 Spc. Paul J. Sturino, 21, of Rice Lake, Wis., died on Sept. 22 in Quest, Iraq.

No. 695-03 
IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
September 23, 2003
DOD IDENTIFIES ARMY CASUALTIES

            The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of four soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
            Capt. Brian R. Faunce, 28, of Philadelphia, Pa., died on Sept. 18 in Al Asad, Iraq.  Faunce was moving in a Bradley fighting vehicle when his vehicle crossed under some low laying power lines.  The soldier reached up and grabbed the lines and was fatally injured.  Faunce was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, Fort Carson, Colo.
              Two soldiers were killed in a mortar attack on Sept. 20 in Abu Gareeb, Iraq.  Killed were:
            Spc. Lunsford B. Brown II, 27, of Creedmore, N.C.  Brown was assigned to A Company, 302nd Military Intelligence Battalion, Patton Barracks, Germany.
            Sgt. David T. Friedrich, 26, of Hammond, N.Y.  Friedrich was assigned to B Company, 325th Military Intelligence Battalion, U.S. Army Reserve, Waterbury, Conn.
            Spc. Paul J. Sturino, 21, of Rice Lake, Wis., died on Sept. 22 in Quest, Iraq.  Sturino died from a non-combat weapons discharge.  Sturino was assigned to B Battery, 2nd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, Fort Campbell, Ky.
            These incidents are under investigation.

September 26, 2003 Sgt. 1st Class Robert E. Rooney, 43, of Nashua, N.H.

No. 704-03 
IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
September 26, 2003 
 DOD IDENTIFIES ARMY CASUALTY
The Department of Defense announced today the death of Sgt. 1st Class Robert E. Rooney, 43, of Nashua, N.H.  Rooney died on Sep. 25 at Shuabai Port, in Kuwait, when he was struck by a forklift and died of his injuries.      Rooney was assigned to the 379th Engineer Company, U.S. Army National Guard, based in Bourne, Mass.   This incident is under investigation.

September 27, 2003 Spc. Lisa M. Andrews, 24, of Lenexa, Kan., died on Sept. 26, 2003, near Overland Park, Kan. 

No. 709-03 
IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
September 27, 2003 
DOD IDENTIFIES ARMY CASUALTY
     The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. 
     Spc. Lisa M. Andrews, 24, of Lenexa, Kan., died on Sept. 26, 2003, near Overland Park, Kan.  Andrews was on leave from her unit when she was struck and killed by a civilian vehicle as she was walking across U.S. Highway 69.
     Andrews was assigned to the 129th Transportation Company, U.S. Army Reserve, based in New Century, Kan.
     This incident is under investigation.

September 30, 2003 Pfc. Evan W. O'Neill, 19, of Haverhill, Mass., was killed on Sept. 29 in Shkin, Afghanistan.

No. 716-03 
IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
September 30, 2003 
DOD IDENTIFIES ARMY CASUALTY
The Department of Defense announced today that Pfc. Evan W. O'Neill, 19, of Haverhill, Mass., was killed on Sept. 29 in Shkin, Afghanistan.  O'Neill was on patrol when he was engaged by enemy forces.  He died of injuries sustained during the attack.
O'Neill was assigned to 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.
The incident is under investigation.

October 7, 2003 Lt. Col. Paul W. Kimbrough, 44, of Washington, D.C.

No. 734-03  
IMMEDIATE RELEASE  
October 7, 2003  
DOD IDENTIFIES ARMY CASUALTY  
The Department of Defense announced today the death of Lt. Col. Paul W. Kimbrough, 44, of Washington, D.C. who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.  Kimbrough died on Oct. 3 in Incirlik, Turkey, of a non-combat related cause.  Kimbrough was medically evacuated from Baghram, Afghanistan, to Turkey.  He was taken to the 39th Medical Squadron where he remained hospitalized until his death.  
Kimbrough was assigned to the 416th Engineer Command, Team 28, U.S. Army Reserve, Fort Benning, Ga.

November 10, 2003 Engineman 2nd Class Douglas Bolles, 43, Search for Missing Sailor Ends
Story Number: NNS031110-07
Release Date: 11/10/2003 10:04:00 AM

By Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet Public Affairs

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- The search and rescue efforts being conducted for a Sailor from the Little Creek-based USS Typhoon (PC 5) were called off Nov. 10 at 8:45 a.m.

Numerous ships and assets from the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard had been conducting an exhaustive search for Engineman 2nd Class Douglas Bolles, 43, since he fell overboard from a rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB) 4 a.m., Nov. 7, southeast of Cape Henry.

After assisting a Coast Guard boarding team during a homeland security boarding of a liquid gas tanker, Sailors from Typhoon returned to their ship in the RHIB and dropped off the boarding team. While the RHIB was alongside the ship to be recovered, swells first knocked Bolles into the water, followed by the RHIB capsizing and a second Sailor falling into the water. The second Sailor was recovered by Typhoon and had no injuries.

An investigation into the cause of the incident is underway.

 NNS031126-13. Missing Sailor's Body Recovered
 From Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet
 Public Affairs
 NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- A body found by recreational  fishermen Nov. 22 was positively identified Nov. 25 as a Sailor  previously announced lost at sea.  Engineman 2nd Class Douglas Bolles, 43, a Sailor aboard USS  Typhoon (PC 5), based at Little Creek, Va., fell off the ship's  rigid-hull inflatable boat early morning Nov. 7. Immediately,  numerous ships and assets from the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast  Guard began an exhaustive search for Bolles before ending the  search 29 hours later.
 Bolles' body was found at approximately 4 p.m., Saturday, 18 miles east of Back Bay in the Virginia Capes. The fishermen  turned over the body to the U.S. Coast Guard for further  transfer to the Virginia Beach, Va., Coroner's Office and then to  Portsmouth Naval Medical Center for positive identification.
November 24, 2003
Airman David M. Wilson, 21, of  Red Oak, Texas.

 

NNS031124-01. Sailor Killed in GW Accident Identified
 From Commander, Naval Air Forces, U.S. Atlantic Fleet Public  Affairs
 
 NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- A Sailor killed in an accident  aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73)  Nov. 21, has been identified as Airman David M. Wilson, 21, of  Red Oak, Texas. 
 Wilson worked as an aircraft handler in the ship's Air  Department. He joined the Navy in June 2001 and had been  aboard George Washington since October 2001. He is survived  by his wife. 
 Wilson was killed at approximately 4 a.m. EST, when the  aircraft tow tractor he was operating was involved in an accident  in the ship's hangar bay, during which he sustained severe head  injuries. No other personnel were injured. 
 The accident is under investigation.
December 6, 2003 Sgt. Daryl Brooks, 43,
Kosovo casualty details.
Leslie Gifford
U.S. Peacekeeper Found Dead in Kosovo 
Sat Dec 6,11:15 AM ET
PRISTINA, Serbia-Montenegro - A U.S. peacekeeper was found dead with a gunshot wound in eastern Kosovo, the U.S. Army said Saturday. The soldier, identified as Sgt. Daryl Brooks, 43, was found in a concrete bunker inside the U.S. military base Camp Monteith on Thursday, said Sgt. William Houk, a U.S. military spokesman. ....
Copyright © 2003 The Associated Press
 
KFOR Press Release
Pristina, 6 December 2003 - #41-03
The U.S. Army Releases the name of dead soldier
Camp Monteith, KOSOVO - Today the U.S. Army released the name of the soldier who was found dead early Thursday morning here.
Sgt. Daryl Brooks, 43, a personnel non-commissioned officer with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion 111th Infantry was found dead of a gunshot wound. .....
December 27, 2003 Sgt. Theodore ``Teddy'' Perrault, 33 Webster guardsman dies serving at Guantanamo
By Franci Richardson
Saturday, December 27, 2003
BostonHerald.com

    ....  Sgt. Theodore ``Teddy'' Perrault, 33, was serving at Camp Bulkeley, where detainees suspected of having links to the Taliban or al-Qaeda are being held.
    ``It appears Perreault died of a single gunshot wound to the head, but his death is still under investigation,'' base spokeswoman Lt. Col. Pamela Hart said......

January 12, 2003 Sgt. Roy A. Wood, 47, of Alva, Fla.
No. 021-04 
IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan 12, 2004
DoD Identifies Army Casualty
            The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
             Sgt. Roy A. Wood, 47, of Alva, Fla., was killed on Jan. 9 in Kabul, Afghanistan.  Wood was fatally injured when the vehicle he was traveling in near Kabul hit another vehicle.  Wood was assigned to Company C, 3rd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Army National Guard based in Starke, Fla.               The incident is under investigation
February 6, 2004 Marine Corps Pfc. James R. Dillon Jr., 19, of Grove City, Pa

Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Jason Profitt, 23, of Charlestown, Ind.

Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Darrell Jones, 22, of Wellston, Ohio

Army Pfc. Kristian E. Parker

No. 084-04
IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb 06, 2004
DoD Identifies Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom Casualties
The Department of Defense announced today that the following servicemembers died while in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). During a recent examination of Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps records, it was determined that these deaths had not been identified and announced as OEF/OIF casualties. This updates the record and honors those who gave their lives in the Global War on Terrorism.

-Operation Enduring Freedom-

Marine Corps Pfc. James R. Dillon Jr., 19, of Grove City, Pa., died
March 13, 2003, in Kuwait. Dillon died of a non-combat related injury. He was
assigned to the 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division,
Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif.
Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Jason Profitt, 23, of Charlestown, Ind., died March 17, 2003, while in the Red Sea. Profitt died of a non-combat related injury. He was assigned to the USS Deyo, home ported in Norfolk, Va. 
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Darrell Jones, 22, of Wellston, Ohio, died Oct. 8, 2003, in Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates. Jones died of non-combat related injuries. He was assigned to the USS Higgins, home ported in San Diego, Calif. 

-Operation Iraqi Freedom-

Army Spc. Tamarra J. Ramos, 24, of Quakertown, Pa., died Oct. 1, 2003, at Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC), Washington D.C. Ramos died of non-combat related injuries. She was assigned to the 3rd Armor Medical Company, Medical Troop Regimental Support Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Carson, Colo.

Army Sgt. Linda C. Jimenez, 39, of Brooklyn, N.Y., died Nov. 8, 2003, at WRAMC. On Oct. 31, 2003, Jimenez fell and was injured. She was taken to the 28th Combat Support Hospital and later evacuated to Landstuhl Army Regional Medical Center. Subsequently, she was moved to WRAMC where she later died. Jimenez was assigned to the 2nd Squadron Combat Support Aviation (Maintenance), 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Polk, La.

Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class David Sisung, 21, of Phoenix, Ariz., died June 6, 2003, while in the Persian Gulf. Sinsung died of a non-combat related injury. He was assigned to the USS Nimitz, home ported in San Diego, Calif. 

Air Force Master Sgt. David A. Scott, 51, of Union, Ohio, died as a result of a non-hostile cause on July 20, 2003, in Doha, Qatar. He was assigned to the 445th Communications Flight, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. 

-Other Correction-
The examination also disclosed that the announcement of the death of Army Pfc. Kristian E. Parker (http//www.defenselink.mil/releases/2003/nr20031001-0497.html)  was incorrectly characterized at the time as an Operation Iraqi Freedom-related death. Parker was serving as part of Operation Enduring Freedom when he died.

February 17, 2004 Sgt. Nicholes D. Golding, 24, of Addison, Maine No. 108-04
IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb 17, 2004
DoD Identifies Army Casualty
The Department of Defense announces today the death of a soldier supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Sgt. Nicholes D. Golding, 24, of Addison, Maine, died Feb. 13 in Ghanzni, Afghanistan, as a result of an AT-46 (anti-tank) mine explosion. Golding was assigned to Company C, 2/87th Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y. The incident is under investigation. 
April 8, 2004 Hull Maintenance Technician Fireman Apprentice Daxion J. Brown, 22, of Titusville, Fla. Kennedy Sailor Dies After Toxic Exposure
Story Number: NNS040408-09
Release Date: 4/8/2004 1:00:00 PM

From USS John F. Kennedy Public Affairs

ABOARD USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (NNS) -- One Sailor died April 6, and another suffered injuries after being exposed to hydrogen sulfide, a toxic gas, while working aboard USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67).

Hull Maintenance Technician Fireman Apprentice Daxion J. Brown, 22, of Titusville, Fla., died after being medically evacuated from the ship. Fireman Brian F. Carr of Fairland, Okla., is in critical but stable condition at Shands Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla.

The two Sailors were exposed to hydrogen sulfide toxic gas while working in a sewage pump room.

An investigation is underway.

For related news, visit the USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) Navy NewsStand page at www.news.navy.mil/local/cv67.

June 27, 2004 The missing pilot has been identified as Capt. Franklin R. Hooks, II, 32, of Pasco, Fla.

Missing Hornet Pilot from Truman Listed as Deceased

Hornet, Marine Pilot Missing
Story Number: NNS040627-01
Release Date: 6/27/2004 8:08:00 PM  

From USS Harry S. Truman Public Affairs

ABOARD USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (NNS) -- A U.S. Marine Corps pilot and F/A-18 Hornet aircraft operating from USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) were reported missing June 27. The missing pilot has been identified as Capt. Franklin R. Hooks, II, 32, of Pasco, Fla.

Aircraft wreckage has been recovered approximately 60 miles south of the Azores in the eastern Atlantic Ocean. Harry S. Truman and its embarked aircraft have covered more than 200 square miles of water in search of the pilot. Search and rescue efforts are continuing.

The pilot was conducting a routine training exercise when the incident occurred. The aircraft was reported missing at 12:30 a.m. Zulu June 27. The plane is one of 11 aircraft assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 115 “Silver Eagles” operating from Harry S. Truman. The squadron is based out of Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C., and is one of eight squadrons that make up Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3.

The Harry S. Truman Strike Group is currently operating in the eastern Atlantic Ocean as part of Summer Pulse 04, the Navy’s first exercise of its new operational construct, the Fleet Response Plan.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

From USS Harry S. Truman Public Affairs:
ABOARD USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (NNS) -- Recovery operations for a missing U.S. Marine Corps pilot and F/A-18C Hornet aircraft operating from the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) have concluded. The pilot, Capt. Franklin R. Hooks II, 32, of Pasco, Fla., was killed in the accident....

Missing Hornet Pilot from Truman Listed as Deceased
Story Number: NNS040629-06
Release Date: 6/29/2004 4:27:00 PM

From Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort Public Affairs

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION BEAUFORT, S.C. (NNS) -- An F/A-18A Hornet pilot involved in a mishap June 26 aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) has been listed as deceased.

Marine Capt. Franklin R. Hooks II, 32, of Dade City, Fla., was assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 115, Marine Aircraft Group 31, which was conducting flight operations off Truman in the eastern Atlantic Ocean approximately 60 miles south of the Azores. Search and recovery efforts for Hooks were unsuccessful.

A 14-year veteran of the military, Hooks was married but did not have any children. Having enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1990, he graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1997 and had been stationed here since December 2001. He flew combat missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as a member of VMFA-115 “Silver Eagles” during their deployment aboard Truman from December 2002 to May 2003.

Hooks’ awards and decorations include the Air Medal, a Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal with a Combat “V” for valor, an Armed Forces Service Medal, an Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the National Defense Service Medal (2 awards) and a Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.

A memorial service for Hooks will be held June 30 aboard Harry S. Truman. Plans for a local memorial service will be announced at a later time.

August 10, 2004 Four Naval Aviators Missing

Four Missing Naval Aviators Declared Dead

NavNews for Tuesday, August 10, 2004
 NNS040810-04. Four Naval Aviators Missing
 From U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs
 
 USS JOHN C. STENNIS, At Sea (NNS) -- Four naval aviators  were listed as missing after failing to return to the carrier USS  John C. Stennis (CVN 74) on the evening of Aug. 10. 
 The plane was an S-3B Viking assigned to the Sea Control  Squadron (VS) 35 "Blue Wolves" stationed at Naval Air Station  North Island, Calif.
 The S-3B Viking aircraft was conducting a routine training mission  in the western Pacific Ocean as part of the Joint Air-Sea Exercise  (JASEX) '04 with the Stennis and USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63)  carrier strike groups (CSG).
 JASEX focuses on integrated joint training among U.S. military  forces, enabling real-world proficiency in detecting, locating,  tracking and engaging units at sea, in the air, and on land, in  response to a range of mission areas. This type of training is a  rare opportunity for these forces to work together in a maritime  environment and to improve operational proficiency.
 The Viking's overall mission is defined as "sea control," which  involves searching, tracking and coordinating attacks on surface  contacts that may threaten the strike group or allied forces.
 Search-and-rescue and support efforts are currently under way by  both Stennis and Kitty Hawk CSGs.
 An investigation into the cause of the incident is underway.    
 

Military Searches For Missing Pilots
Associated Press
August 11, 2004

TOKYO - U.S. military planes searched on Wednesday for four missing Navy aviators whose surveillance plane crashed on an uninhabited island near Iwo Jima , military officials said.

The S-3 Viking plane from the USS Stennis crashed into the island of Kita Iwo Jima in the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday evening during a training exercise, the U.S. Seventh Fleet said in a statement. ....

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NNS04081
3-01. Four Missing Naval Aviators Declared Dead
 From U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs
 JAPAN (NNS) -- The four air crewmen involved in the crash of  an S-3B Viking aircraft Aug. 10, operating from the San Diego,  Calif.-based aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74),  have been declared dead.
 
 The aviators were assigned to Sea Control Squadron (VS) 35,  based at Naval Air Station North Island, Calif., when their  aircraft impacted Kita Iwo Jima, an uninhabited island located  approximately 39 nautical miles north of Iwo Jima.
 
 Aircraft wreckage has been found, and recovery operations  continue.
 
 The air crew was conducting a routine training mission as part of  the Joint Air-Sea Exercise (JASEX) '04 with the Stennis and  USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) carrier strike groups in the vicinity of  Iwo Jima island chain when communications were lost at  approximately 7:42 p.m. (local time), Aug. 10. Helicopters,  other aircraft and surface ships from the Stennis strike group  were immediately vectored toward the area of the crash site.

 The U.S. Navy is grateful for the support of the Japan Maritime  Self Defense Forces, which assisted in the search and rescue  operations, and continue to support ongoing recovery efforts.  Approximately 41 U.S. Navy and Air Force search and rescue  personnel are currently actively engaged in the recovery, as well.

 A memorial service for the air crew is scheduled for Aug. 15  aboard Stennis, currently deployed to the western Pacific  Ocean.

 Names of the aviators involved in the incident are being withheld  until the family notification process is complete.
 
 The U.S. Navy is actively conducting a mishap investigation into  the cause of the incident.
August 16, 2004
Lt. Patrick Sean Myrick, age 31, of Santa Monica, Calif.
 

 Lt. James Joseph Pupplo, age 34, of Selden, N.Y.

 

Lt. Cmdr. Scott Allen Zellem, age 35, of Indiana, Penn. 

 

Aviation Electronics  Technician 2nd Class Joshua Brent  Showalter, age 24, of Fontana, Calif.

 

NNS040813-14. Four Missing Air Crewmen Killed, Identified
 From U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs
   JAPAN (NNS) -- The four air crewmen killed in the crash of an S-3B Viking aircraft Aug. 10, operating from the San  Diego-based aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74 have been identified.
  Lt. Patrick Sean Myrick, age 31, of Santa Monica, Calif.  Lt. James Joseph Pupplo, age 34, of Selden, N.Y.  Lt. Cmdr. Scott Allen Zellem, age 35, of Indiana, Penn.  Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class Joshua Brent  Showalter, age 24, of Fontana, Calif.
   The aviators were assigned to Sea Control Squadron (VS) 35,  based at Naval Air Station North Island, Calif., when their  aircraft impacted Kita Iwo Jima, an uninhabited island located  approximately 39 nautical miles north of Iwo Jima.  
   Recovery operations continue.
   A memorial service for the air crew is scheduled for Aug. 15
 (Japan date) aboard Stennis, currently deployed to the western  Pacific Ocean.
   The air crew was conducting a routine training mission as part of  the Joint Air-Sea Exercise (JASEX) '04 with the Stennis and  USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) carrier strike groups in the vicinity of  Iwo Jima island chain when communications were lost at  approximately 7:42 p.m. (local time), Aug. 10.
   The U.S. Navy is actively conducting a mishap investigation into  the cause of the incident.
August 17, 2004
Captured February 2003

Marc Gonsalves 

Thomas Howes

Keith Stansell 

 

 

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Mother of Kidnapped American Pleas for His Freedom
 
Tue Aug 17, 2004 06:57 PM ET
 
BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - The mother of one of three American contractors abducted by guerrillas in Colombia 18 months ago on Tuesday called on President Alvaro Uribe to negotiate his release and that of other kidnapping victims throughout the country.
 
Jo Rosano, mother of Defense Department contractor Marc Gonsalves,
participated in a march in Bogota's Bolivar Square along with the families
of others held by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, a group of
17,000 combatants known by its Spanish initials FARC. ...
Dec 1, 2004 Brig. Gen. Charles "Ben" Allen, 49. He was born in Alaska but listed Oklahoma as his home of record.

Pilots, Chief Warrant Officer 2 David H. Gardner Jr., 32, of Iowa, 

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Mark W. Evans Jr., 27, of Florida

Col. James M. Moore, 47, of Peabody, Mass.

Capt. Todd T. Christmas, 26, of Wagon Mound, N.M.

Chief Warrant Officer 5 Douglas V. Clapp, 48, of Greensboro, N.C.

Spc. Richard L. Brown, 29, Stonewall, La.

 

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SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER

Wednesday, December 1, 2004 · Last updated 812 a.m. PT

Report sheds light on Black Hawk crash

By T.A. BADGER
ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER

FORT HOOD, Texas -- The pilot of a military helicopter that crashed in foggy weather and killed all seven aboard asked air controllers about switching from a visual to an instrument flight minutes before the crash, an air traffic control group said Wednesday.

The Black Hawk UH-60's pilot asked controllers Monday for a flight plan using only instruments before the craft hit support cables for a TV transmission tower northeast of Fort Hood, said Darrell Meachum, vice president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association.....

* Status  is ASSUMED to be Killed in Action, body not recovered.  

 

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