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From Baghdad to Dover
November 12, 2003
By Sheila Samples

President George W. Bush says he is the one responsible for giving the hugs and for comforting those whose young loved ones have fallen - broken and bloody - in his mighty crusade to rid the entire world of evil and to bring every single evildoer to justice, one by one by one.

Yes. He is responsible. We are not to worry our pretty little heads about it. We are to remain silent because our president says he is our national voice. He is our conscience. With each fallen son or daughter, he speaks for us - although a bit glibly and far too rapidly. In his best John Wayne "I'm only gonna say this once" voice, Bush says our hearts-and-minds-and-souls-and-thoughts-and-prayers "go out" to grieving mothers, fathers, wives and children of these brave soldiers and marines.

When asked why the "Chief Hugger and Comforter" refuses to address the daily loss of American life, why he attends no funerals, why he is AWOL from solemn duty at Dover Air Force Base, his spokespersons say there's no need to repeat the heart-and-soul mantra every time an American is killed, because - by golly - this is going to be a long war.

They say that even to acknowledge such depressing news only detracts from the really really good things that are going on over there. If we dwell on the bad news, they suggest it must be because we hate America. Harping about the dead means we are enemies of freedom - no better than the terrorists. It means we don't support the troops who remain - those who are waiting their turn to make their final journey - from Baghdad to Dover.

Bush has decreed that there will be no solemn ceremonies, no honor guards, no depressing video of Americans' mournful return to their beloved homeland. He has decreed there will be no images of a nation with its face pressed to the fence, hands gripping the bars, weeping and moaning for its lost innocents.

For, who knows? Someone who does not support our troops might cry, "Murder!" Fortunately, Bush trusts his faithful corporate media to give us what we desire. If we want murder, there are plenty of basketball players, California fertilizer salesmen, serial killers and snipers to keep us occupied.

As of Nov. 6, a total of 392 U.S. military personnel have been killed in Iraq. Six more perished on Nov. 7 when a Black Hawk helicopter was shot down, and another killed in an ambush. On Nov. 8, two more were killed when their convoy was bombed. As of Nov. 6, 1,886 Americans have been wounded, many of them suffering horrible burns and loss of limbs. There have been seven additional soldiers wounded since Nov. 6.

Some of us believe that it is time for Americans to gather round and comfort our sons and daughters who are wounded, and to grieve for those whose lives were snuffed out before they had time to be lived. It's time for a group hug - from Bahgdad to Dover. Those patriots who are too busy waving their flags to notice our collective national loss are welcome to join us. There's nothing treasonous, or even unpatriotic, about reaching out to say good-bye.

Editor's Note: The following list does not include the eight soldiers killed on Nov. 7, 2003, nor the two reported killed on Nov. 8, 2003. We also mourn their loss.

MARCH, 2003

21...Maj. Jay Thomas Aubin, 36, Waterville, Maine; Capt. Ryan Anthony Beaupre, 30, Bloomington, Ill; Cpl. Brian Matthew Kennedy, 25, Houston, Texas; Staff Sgt. Kendall Damon Watersbey, 29, Baltimore, Md.

22...2nd Lt. Therrel S. Childers, 30, Harrison County, Miss; Lance Cpl. Jose Gutierrez, 22, Los Angeles, Calif; Lt. Thomas Mullen Adams, 27, La Mesa, Calif.

23...Capt. Christopher Scott Seifert, 27. No home-of-record is available.

24...Sgt. Nicolas M. Hodson, 22, Smithville, Mo.

25...Sgt. Michael E. Bitz, 31, Ventura, Calif; Lance Cpl. David K. Fribley, 26, Lee, Fla; Cpl. Jose A. Garibay, 21, Orange, Calif; Cpl. Jorge A. Gonzalez, 20, Los Angeles, Calif; Staff Sgt. Phillip A. Jordan, 42, Brazoria, Texas; 2nd Lt. Frederick E. Pokorney Jr., 31, Nye, Nev; Lance Cpl. Thomas J. Slocum, age unknown, Adams, Colo; Lance Cpl. Brian Rory Buesing, 20, Cedar Key, Fla; Cpl. Randal Kent Rosacker, 21, San Diego, Calif; Lance Cpl. Eric J. Orlowski, 26, Buffalo, N.Y; Spc. Brandon S. Tobler, 19, hometown is not available;

(Afghanistan) 1st Lt. Tamara Archuleta, 23, Los Lunas, N.M; Staff Sgt. Jason Hicks, 25, Jefferson, S.C; Master Sgt. Michael Maltz, 42, St. Petersburg, Fla; Senior Airman Jason Plite, 21, Lansing, Mich; Lt. Col. John Stein, 39, Bardolph, Ill; Staff Sgt. John Teal, 29, Dallas, Texas.

26...Spc. Gregory P. Sanders, 19, Indiana; Maj. Gregory Stone, 40, Boise, Idaho.

27...Hospital Corpsman Third Class (Fleet Marine Force) Michael Vann Johnson, Jr., 25, Little Rock, Ark.;

Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown (DUSTWUN) - Pfc. Tamario D. Burkett, 21, Erie, N.Y; Lance Cpl. Thomas A. Blair, 24, Wagoner, Okla; Cpl. Kemaphoom A. Chanawongse, 22, Waterford, Conn; Lance Cpl. Donald J. Cline, Jr., 21, Washoe, Nev; Pvt. Jonathan L. Gifford, 20, Macon, Ill; Pvt. Nolen R. Hutchings, 19, Boiling Springs, S.C; Lance Cpl. Patrick R. Nixon, 21, Davidson County, Tenn; Lance Cpl. Michael J. Williams, 31, Yuma, Ariz.

Status changed from DUSTWUN to killed in action: Cpl. Evan T. James

28...Major Kevin G. Nave, 36, Union Lake, Mich..

29...Staff Sgt. Jacob L. Frazier, 24, St. Charles, Ill, and Status changed from DUSTWUN to killed in action: Sgt. Bradley S. Korthaus, 28, Scott, Iowa,

30...Gunnery Sgt. Joseph Menusa, 33, San Jose, Calif; Lance Cpl. Jesus A. Suarez Del Solar, 20, Escondido, Calif; Lance Cpl. William W. White, 24, Brooklyn, N.Y; Pfc. Michael Russell Creighton Weldon, 20, Palm Bay, Fla; Cpl. Michael Edward Curtin, 23, Howell, N.J; Pfc. Diego Fernando Rincon, 19, Conyers, Ga, Sgt. Eugene Williams, 24, Highland, N.Y; Sgt. Roderic A. Solomon, 32, Fayetteville, N.C.

Status changed from DUSTWUN to killed in action: Lance Cpl. Thomas A. Blair, 24, Wagoner, Okla; Lance Cpl. Michael J. Williams, 31, Yuma, Ariz.

Status DUSTWUN: Staff Sgt. Donald C. May, Jr., 31, Richmond, Va; Lance Cpl. Patrick T. ODay, 20, Sonoma, Calif; Pfc. Francisco A. MartinezFlores, 21, Los Angeles, Calif; Sgt. Fernando Padilla-Ramirez, 26, Yuma, Ariz.

(Afghanistan): Sgt. Orlando Morales, 33, Manati, Puerto Rico.

31...Staff Sgt. James W. Cawley, 41, Roy, Utah; Sgt. Michael V. Lalush, 23, Troutville, Va.

Status changed from DUSTWUN to killed in action: Staff Sgt. Donald C. May, Jr., 31, Richmond, Va; Lance Cpl. Patrick T. O'Day, 20, Sonoma, Calif; Pfc. Francisco A. MartinezFlores, 21, Los Angeles, Calif.

APRIL 2003

1...Capt. Aaron J. Contreras, 31, Sherwood, Ore; Cpl. Robert M. Rodriguez, 21, Queens, N.Y.

Status DUSTWUN: Sgt. George Edward Buggs, 31, Barnwell, S.C.

Status changed from DUSTWUN to killed in action: Lance Cpl. Patrick R. Nixon, 21, Nashville, Tenn.

2...Sgt. Jacob L. Butler, 24, Wellsville, Kan; Spc. Brandon J. Rowe, 20, Roscoe, Ill; Spc. William A. Jeffries, 39, Evansville, Ill; Lance Cpl. Joseph B. Maglione, 22, Lansdale, Pa.

3...Sgt. Brian D. McGinnis, 23, St. George, Del; Lance Cpl. Brian E. Anderson, 26, Durham, N.C; Pfc. Christian D. Gurtner, 19, Ohio City, Ohio.

4...Spc. Donald S. Oaks Jr., 20, Erie, Pa; Sgt. 1st Class Randall S. Rehn, 36, Longmont, Colo; Sgt. Todd J. Robbins, 33, Pentwater, Mich; Master Sgt. George A. Fernandez, 36, El Paso, Texas; Staff Sgt. Nino D. Livaudais, 23, Utah; Spc. Ryan P. Long, 21, from Seaford, Del; Capt. Russell B. Rippetoe, 27, from Colorado.

5...Capt. Benjamin W. Sammis, 29, Rehobeth, Mass; Pfc. Chad E. Bales, 20, Coahoma, Texas; Cpl. Mark A. Evnin, 21, Burlington, Vt.

6...Cpl. Erik H. Silva, 22, Chula Vista, Calif

7...Capt. James F. Adamouski, 29, Springfield, Va; Spc. Mathew G. Boule, 22, Dracut, Mass; Chief Warrant Officer Erik A. Halvorsen, 40, Bennington, Vt; Chief Warrant Officer Scott Jamar, 32, Granbury, Texas; Sgt. Michael F. Pedersen, 26, Flint, Mich; Chief Warrant Officer Eric A. Smith, 41, Calif; Capt. Tristan N. Aitken, 31, State College, Pa; Staff Sgt. Wilbert Davis, 40, Alaska; Capt. Edward J. Korn, 31, Savannah, Ga; Pfc. Wilfred D. Bellard, 20, Lake Charles, La; Spc. Daniel Francis J. Cunningham, 33, Lewiston, Maine; Pvt. Devon D. Jones, 19, San Diego, Calif; Sgt. 1st Class Paul R. Smith, 33, Tampa, Fla; Capt. Travis A. Ford, 30, Ogallala, Neb; Cpl. Bernard G. Gooden, 22, Mt. Vernon, N.Y; 1st Lt. Brian M. McPhillips, 25, Pembroke, Mass; Sgt. Duane R. Rios, 25, Hammond, Ind.

8...Spc. Larry K. Brown, 22, Jackson, Miss; Staff Sgt. Lincoln D. Hollinsaid, 27, Malden, Ill; Pfc. Gregory P. Huxley, Jr., 19, Forestport, N.Y; Staff Sgt. Stevon A. Booker, 34, Apollo, Pa; Lance Cpl. Andrew Julian Aviles, 18, Palm Beach, Fla; Cpl. Jesus Martin Antonio Medellin, 21, Fort Worth, Texas; 1st Sgt. Edward Smith, 38, Chicago, Ill; 2nd Lt. Jeffrey J. Kaylor, 24, Clifton, Va; Pfc. Anthony S. Miller, 19, San Antonio, Texas.

9...Pfc. Juan Guadalupe Garza Jr., 20, Temperance, Mich; Spc. George A. Mitchell, 35, Rawlings, Md; Cpl. Henry L. Brown, 22, Natchez, Miss; Pvt. Kelley S. Prewitt, 24, Alabama; Staff Sgt. Robert A. Stever, 36, Pendleton, Ore; Pfc. Jason M. Meyer, 23, Swartz Creek, Mich; Staff Sgt. Scott D. Sather, 29, Clio, Mich.

Status DUSTWUN: Sgt. Brendon C. Reiss, 23, Natrona, Wyo.

11...Duty Status changed from DUSTWIN to killed in action: Sgt. Fernando Padilla-Ramirez, San Luis, Ariz.

12...Staff Sgt. Terry W. Hemingway, 39, Willingboro, N.J; Sgt. 1st Class John W. Marshall, 50, Los Angeles, Calif.

Duty status changed from DUSTWUN to killed in action: Sgt. Brendon C. Reiss, 23, Casper, Wyo

13...Lt. Nathan D. White, 30, Mesa, Ariz; Gunnery Sgt. Jeffrey E. Bohr, Jr., 39, Ossian, Iowa; Cpl. Jesus A. Gonzalez, 22, Indio, Calif; Staff Sgt. Riayan A. Tejeda, 26, New York, N.Y.

Status changed from DUSTWUN to killed in action: Pfc. Tamario D. Burkett, 21, Buffalo, N.Y; Lance Cpl. Donald J. Cline, Jr., 21, Sparks, Nev; Pvt. Nolen R. Hutchings, 19, Boiling Springs, S.C.

14...Pvt. Jonathan L. Gifford, 30, Macon, Ill; Spc. Gil Mercado, 25, Paterson, N.J.

15...Spc. Thomas A. Foley III, 23, Dresden, Tenn; Pfc. John E. Brown, 21, Troy, Ala; Pfc. Joseph P. Mayek, 20, Rock Springs, Wyo; Lance Cpl. David Edward Owens Jr., 20, Winchester, Va; Cpl. Armando Ariel Gonzalez, 25, Hileah, Fla; Spc. Richard A. Goward, 32, Midland, Mich

16...Cpl. Kemaphoom A. Chanawongse, 22, Waterford, Conn.

17...Cpl. Jason David Mileo, 20 of Centreville, Md

18...Capt. Eric B. Das, 30, of Amarillo, Texas; Cpl. John T. Rivero, 23, of Tampa, Fla

23...Maj. William R. Watkins III, 37, Danville, Va; Capt. Eric B. Das, hometown not listed.

24...Chief Warrant Officer Andrew Todd Arnold, 30, Spring, Texas; Chief Warrant Officer Robert William Channell Jr., 36, Tuscaloosa, Ala; Lance Cpl. Alan Dinh Lam, 19, Snow Camp, N.C.

25...Sgt. Troy David Jenkins, 25, Ridgecrest, Calif; Spc. Roy Russell Buckley, 24, Portage, Ind.

26...Pvt. Jerod R. Dennis, 19, Oklahoma

28...Spc. Narson B. Sullivan, 21, North Brunswick, N.J; 1st Lt. Osbaldo Orozco, 26, Delano, Calif; Spc. Edward J. Anguiano, 24, Brownsville, Texas; Airman 1st Class Raymond Losano, 24, Del Rio, Texas.

30...1st Sgt. Joe J. Garza, 43, Robstown, Texas.

MAY 2003

2...Pfc. Jesse A. Givens, 34, Springfield, Mo.

5...Sgt. Sean C. Reynolds, 25, East Lansing, Mich.

11...Chief Warrant Officer Brian K. Van Dusen, 39, Columbus, Ohio; Chief Warrant Officer Hans N. Ukeisen, 31, Lead, S.D; Cpl. Richard P. Carl, 26, King Hill, Idaho

12...Cpl. Cedric E. Bruns, 22, Vancouver, Wash; Lance Cpl. Matthew R. Smith, 20, Anderson, Ind.

14...Lance Cpl. Nicholas Brian Kleiboeker, 19, Irvington, Ill; Staff Sgt. Patrick Lee Griffin Jr., 31, Elgin, S.C; Lance Cpl. Jakub Henry Kowalik, 21, Schaumburg, Ill; Pfc. Jose Franci Gonzalez Rodriguez, 19, Norwalk, Calif.

19...Sgt. 1st Class John E. Taylor, 31, Wichita Falls, Texas; Master Sgt. William L. Payne, 46, Michigan; Spc. Rasheed Sahib, 22, Brooklyn, N.Y.

20...Lt. Col. Dominic R. Baragona, 42, Ohio.

21...Cpl. Douglas Jose Marencoreyes, 28, Chino, Calif; Sgt. Kirk Allen Straseskie, 23, Beaver Dam, Wis.

22...Spc. Nathaniel A. Caldwell, 27, Omaha, Neb; Capt. Andrew David LaMont, 31, Eureka, Calif; Lance Cpl. Jason William Moore, 21, San Marcos, Calif; 1st Lt. Timothy Louis Ryan, 30, Aurora, Ill; Staff Sgt. Aaron Dean White, 27, Shawnee, Okla.

26...Pvt. David Evans, Jr., 18, Buffalo, N.Y.

27...Maj. Mathew E. Schram, 36, Wisconsin

28...Pfc. Jeremiah D. Smith, 25, Odessa, Mo; Sgt. Thomas F. Broomhead, 34, Cannon City, Colo; Staff Sgt. Brett J. Petriken, 30, Mich; Pvt. Kenneth A. Nalley, 19, Hamburg, Iowa

29...Staff Sgt. Michael B. Quinn, 37, Tampa, Fla.

30...Spc. Jose A. Perez III, 22, San Diego, Texas.

JUNE 2003

9...Pvt. Jesse M. Halling, 19, Indianapolis, Ind

10...Sgt. Michael E. Dooley, 23, Pulaski, Va; Sgt. Travis L. Burkhardt, 26, Edina, Mo.

16...Pfc. Ryan R. Cox, 19, Derby, Kan; Staff Sgt. Andrew R. Pokorny, 30, Naperville, Ill; Spc. John K. Klinesmith Jr., 25, Stockbridge, Ga.

17...Pvt. Shawn D. Pahnke, 25, Shelbyville, Ind.

18...Spc. Joseph D. Suell, 24, Lufkin, Texas.

19...Staff Sgt. William T. Latham, 29, Kingman, Ariz; Sgt. Michael L. Tosto, 24, Apex, N.C; Pvt. Robert L. Frantz, 19, San Antonio, Texas; Pfc. Michael R. Deuel, 21, Nemo, S.D.

20...Spc. Paul T. Nakamura, 21, Santa Fe Springs, Calif. 23

23...Spc. Orenthial J. Smith, 21, Allendale, S.C.

26...Spc. Cedric L. Lennon, 32, West Blocton, Ala.

27...Spc. Andrew F. Chris, 25, Calif; Spc. Richard P. Orengo, 32, Puerto Rico; Interior Communications Electrician First Class Petty Officer Thomas E. Retzer, 30, San Diego, Calif; Spc. Corey A. Hubbell, 20, Urbana, Ill; Lance Cpl. Gregory E. MacDonald, 29, Washington, D.C.

Listed as DUSTWUN: Sgt. 1st Class Gladimir Philippe, 37, Linden, N.J; Pfc. Kevin C. Ott, 27, Columbus, Ohio.

30...Spc. Kelvin E. Feliciano Gutierrez, 21, Anasco, Puerto Rico; Cpl. Tomas Sotelo Jr., 20, Houston, Texas; Sgt. Timothy M. Conneway, 22, Enterprise, Ala.

JULY 2003

3...Pfc. Corey L. Small, 20, East Berlin, Pa.

4...Pfc. Edward J. Herrgott, 20, Shakopee, Minn

8...Spc. Chad L. Keith, 21, Batesville, Ind; Sgt. David B. Parson, 30, Kannapolis, N.C; Spc. Jeffrey M. Wershow, 22, Gainesville, Fla.

9...Staff Sgt. Barry Sanford, Sr., 46, Aurora, Colo; Sgt. 1st Class Craig A. Boling, 38, Elkhart, Ind; Pvt. Robert L. McKinley, 23, Kokomo, Ind

10...Sgt. Christopher P. Geiger, 38, Allentown, Pa.

11...Sgt. 1st Class Dan H. Gabrielson, 39, Spooner, Wis; Sgt. Melissa Valles, 26, Eagle Pass, Texas.

14...Sgt. Roger D. Rowe, 54, Bon Aqua, Tenn; Lance Cpl. Jason Andrew Tetrault, 20, Moreno Valley, Calif.

15...Cpt. Paul J. Cassidy, 36, Laingsburg, Mich; Sgt. Michael T. Crockett, 27, Soperton, Ga; Spc. Joshua M. Neusche, 20, Montreal, Mo; Spc. Christian C. Schulz, 20, Colleyville, Texas

16...Sgt. Jaror C. Puello-Coronado, 36, Pocono Summit, Pa; Lance Cpl. Cory Ryan Geurin, 18, Santee, Calif

18...Petty Officer 3rd Class David J. Moreno, 26, Gering, Neb.

19...Spc. Joel L. Bertoldie, 20, Independence, Mo.

20...Sgt. Mason Douglas Whetstone, 30, Utah, Second Lt. Jonathan D. Rozier, 25, Katy, Texas; Sgt. Jason D. Jordan, 24 Elba, Ala.

21...Sgt. Justin W. Garvey, 23, Townsend, Mass.

22...Sgt. 1st Class Christopher R. Willoughby, 29, Phenix City, Ala; Cpl. Mark A. Bibby, 25, Watha, N.C.

23...Spc. Jon P. Fettig, 30, Dickinson, N.D; Spc. Brett T. Christian, 27, North Royalton, Ohio

25...Capt. Joshua T. Byers, 29, Nevada; Cpl. Evan Asa Ashcraft, 24, West Hills, Calif; Pfc. Raheen Tyson Heighter, 22, Bay Shore, N.Y; Staff Sgt. Hector R. Perez, 40, Corpus Christi, Texas; Sgt. Juan M. Serrano, 31, Manati, Puerto Rico.

28...Spc. Ramon Reyes Torres, 29, Caguas, Puerto Rico; Sgt. Daniel K. Methvin, 22, Belton, Texas; Spc. Jonathan P. Barnes, 21, Anderson, Mo; Pfc. Wilfredo Perez Jr., 24, Norwalk, Conn.

29...Pfc. Jonathan M. Cheatham, 19, Camden, Ark; Sgt. Heath A. McMillin, 29, Canandaigua, N.Y; Spc. William J. Maher III, 35, Yardley, Pa.

30...Sgt. Nathaniel Hart Jr., 29, Valdosta, Ga.

AUGUST 2003

1...1st Lt. Leif E. Nott, 24, Cheyenne, Wyo

4...Pvt. Michael J. Deutsch, 21, Dubuque, Iowa; Spc. James I. Lambert III, 22, Raleigh, N.C; Spc. Justin W. Hebert, 20, Arlington, Wash

7...Staff Sgt. David L. Loyd, 44, Jackson, Tenn; Spc. Farao K. Letufuga, 20, Pago Pago, American Samoa; Spc. Zeferino E. Colunga, 20, Bellville, Texas; Staff Sgt. Brian R. Hellerman, 35, Freeport, Minn

8...Pvt. Kyle C. Gilbert, 20, Brattleboro, Vt; Sgt. Leonard D. Simmons, 33, New Bern, N.C.

11...Sgt. Floyd G. Knighten, Jr., 55, Olla, La; Spc. Levi B. Kinchen, 21, Tickfaw, La; Pvt. Matthew D. Bush, 20, East Alton, Ill; Pfc. Duane E. Longstreth, 19, Tacoma, Wash.

12...Staff Sgt. David S. Perry, 36, Bakersfield, Calif; Pfc. Brandon Ramsey, 21, Calumet City, Ill.

13...Staff Sgt. Richard S. Eaton Jr., 37, Guilford, Conn; Pfc. Daniel R. Parker, 18, Lake Elsinore, Calif.

14...Pfc. Timmy R. Brown, Jr., 21, Conway, Pa; Sgt. Taft V. Williams, 29, New Orleans, La.

15...Sgt. Steven W. White, 29, Lawton, Okla.

18...Pfc. David M. Kirchhoff, 31, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

19...Spc. Eric R. Hull, 23, Uniontown, Pa.

21...Spc. Kenneth W. Harris, Jr., 23, Charlotte, Tenn; Petty Officer 1st Class David M. Tapper, 32, Camden County, N.J.

22...Staff Sgt. Bobby C. Franklin, 38, Mineral Bluff, Ga; Lt. Kylan A. Jones-Huffman, 31, Aptos, Calif.

25...Pfc. Michael S. Adams, 20, Spartanburg, S.C; Spc. Stephen M. Scott, 21, Lawton, Okla; Pfc. Vorn J. Mack, 19, Orangeburg, S.C.

26...Spc. Ronald D. Allen Jr., 22, Mitchell, Ind.

27...Spc. Darryl T. Dent, 21, Washington, D.C; Spc. Rafael L. Navea, 34, Pittsburgh, PA; Pfc. Pablo Manzano, 19, Heber, Calif.

28...Sgt. Gregory A. Belanger, 24, Narragansett, R.I.

29...Lt. Col. Anthony L. Sherman, 43, Pottstown, Pa.

30...Staff Sgt. Mark A. Lawton, 41, Hayden, Colo.

SEPTEMBER 2003

2...Staff Sgt. Joseph Camara, 40, New Bedford, Mass; Sgt. 1st Class Mitchell A. Lane, 34, Lompoc, Calif.

3...Spc. Chad C. Fuller, 24, Potsdam, N.Y; Pfc. Adam L. Thomas, 21, Palos Hills, Ill; Sgt. Sean K. Cataudella, 28, Tucson, Ariz; Sgt. Charles T. Caldwell, 38, North Providence, R.I; Pfc. Christopher A. Sisson, 20, Oak Park, Ill.

4...Staff Sgt. Cameron B. Sarno, 43, Waipahu, Hawaii.

10...Spc. Jarrett B. Thompson, 27, Dover, Del.,

11...Staff Sgt. Joseph E. Robsky, Jr., 31, Elizaville, N.Y; Spc. Ryan G. Carlock, 25, Macomb, Ill.

12...Sgt. Henry Ybarra III, 32, Austin, Texas.

15...Master Sgt. Kevin N. Morehead, 33, Little Rock, Ark; Sgt. 1st Class William M. Bennett, 35, Seymour, Tenn; Sgt. Trevor A. Blumberg, 22, Canton, Mich

16...Staff Sgt. Kevin C. Kimmerly, 31, North Creek, N.Y

17...Spc. Alyssa R. Peterson, 27, Flagstaff, Ariz; Spc. Craig S. Ivory, 26, Port Matilda, Pa.

22...Sgt. Anthony O. Thompson, 26, Orangeburg, S.C; Spc. Richard Arriaga, 20, Ganado, Texas; Spc. James C. Wright, 27, Morgan, Texas; Staff Sgt. Frederick L. Miller, Jr., 27, Hagerstown, Ind.

23...Capt. Brian R. Faunce, 28, Philadelphia, Pa; Spc. Lunsford B. Brown II, 27, Creedmore, N.C; Sgt. David T. Friedrich, 26, Hammond, N.Y; Spc. Paul J. Sturino, 21, Rice Lake, Wis.

25...Spc. Michael Andrade, 28, Bristol, Rhode Island.

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

27...Spc. Kyle G. Thomas, 23, Topeka, Kan; Spc. Lisa M. Andrews, 24, Lenexa, Kan.

28...Capt. Robert L. Lucero, 34, Casper, Wyo.

30...Staff Sgt. Christopher E. Cutchall, 30, McConnellsburg, Pa; Pfc. Evan W. O'Neill, 19, Haverhill, Mass

OCTOBER 2003

1...Sgt. Darrin K. Potter, 24, Louisville, Ky

2...Sgt. Andrew Joseph Baddick, 26, Jim Thorpe, Pa; Pfc. Kristian E. Parker, 23, Slidell, La; Command Sgt. Maj. James D. Blankenbecler, 40, Alexandria, Va; Spc. Dustin K. McGaugh, 20, Derby, Kan.

3...Pfc. Analaura Esparza Gutierrez, 21, Houston, Texas; Spc. Simeon Hunte, 23, Essex, N.J; Seaman Joshua McIntosh, 22, Kingman, Ariz.

5...Spc. James H. Pirtle, 27, La Mesa, N.M; Pfc. Charles M. Sims, 18, Miami, Fla.

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

8...Spc. Spencer T. Karol, 20, Woodruff, Ariz; 2nd Lt. Richard Torres, 25, Clarksville, Tenn.

10...Spc. Joseph C. Norquist, 26, San Antonio, Texas; Pfc. Kerry D. Scott, 21, Mount Vernon, Wash; Staff Sgt. Christopher W. Swisher, 26, of Lincoln, Neb; Pvt. Sean A. Silva, 23, Roseville, Calif.

14...Pfc. Stephen E. Wyatt, 19, Kilgore, Texas; Spc. Donald L. Wheeler, 22, Concord, Mich; Spc. Douglas J. Weismantle, 28, Pittsburgh, Pa.

16...Spc. James E. Powell, 26, Radcliff, Ky.

17...Lt. Col. Kim S. Orlando, 43, Tennessee; Staff Sgt. Joseph P. Bellavia, 28, Wakefield, Mass; Cpl. Sean R. Grilley, 24, San Bernardino, Calif; Spc. Michael L. Williams, 46, Buffalo, N.Y.

20...1st Lt. David R. Bernstein, 24, Phoenixville, Pa; Pfc. John D. Hart, 20, Bedford, Mass.

21...Tech. Sgt. Bruce E. Brown, 32, Coatopa, Ala; Staff Sgt. Paul J. Johnson, 29, Calumet, Mich.

22...Pfc. Paul J. Bueche, 19, Daphne, Ala.

23...Pvt. Jason M. Ward, 25, Tulsa, Okla; Spc. John P. Johnson, 24, Houston, Texas

24...Capt. John R. Teal, 31, Mechanicsville, Va; Sgt. Michael S. Hancock, 29, Yreka, Calif.

26...Spc. Artimus D. Brassfield, 22, Flint, Mich; Spc. Jose L. Mora, 26, of Bell Gardens, Calif.

27...Pfc. Steven Acosta, 19, Calexico, Calif; Lt. Col. Charles H. Buehring, 40, Fayetteville, N.C; Pvt. Joseph R. Guerrera, 20, Dunn, N.C; Pvt. Jonathan I. Falaniko, 20, Pago Pago, American Samoa.

28...Staff Sgt. Jamie L. Huggins, 26, Hume, Mo; Sgt. Aubrey D. Bell, 33, Tuskegee, Ala.

29...Pfc. Rachel K. Bosveld, 19, Waupun, Wis; Sgt. Michael Paul Barrera, 26, Von Ormy, Texas; Spec. Isaac Campoy, 21, Douglas, Ariz.

30...Pvt. Algernon Adams, 36, Aiken, S.C.

31...Staff Sgt. Paul A. Sweeney, 32, Lakeville, Pa.

NOVEMBER 2003

2...Staff Sgt. Paul A. Velazquez, 29, Calif.

3...1st Lt. Joshua C. Hurley, 24, Virginia; 2nd Lt. Benjamin J. Colgan, 30, Kent, Wash; Sgt. Ernest G. Bucklew, 33, Enon Valley, Pa; Pfc. Anthony D. Dagostino, 20, Waterbury, Conn; Pfc. Karina S. Lau, 20, Livingston, Calif; Sgt. Keelan L. Moss, 23, Houston, Texas; Sgt. Ross A. Pennanen, 36, Oklahoma; 1st Lt. Brian D. Slavenas, 30, Genoa, Ill; Spc. Frances M. Vega, 20, Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico; Staff Sgt. Joe N. Wilson, 30, Mississippi; Specialist Darius T. Jennings, 22 Cordova, S.C.

4...Staff Sgt. Daniel A. Bader, 28, Colorado Springs, Colo; Spc. Steven D. Conover, 21, Wilmington, Ohio; Spc. Brian H. Penisten, 28, Fort Wayne, Ind; Sgt. Joel Perez, 25, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico; Chief Warrant Officer Bruce A. Smith, 41, West Liberty, Iowa.

5...2nd Lt. Todd J. Bryant, 23, Riverside, Calif; Sgt. Francisco Martinez, 28, Humacao, Puerto Rico.

6...Sgt. 1st Class Jose A. Rivera, 34, Bayamon, Puerto Rico; Spc. Robert T. Benson, 20, Spokane, Wash; Spc. James R. Wolf, 21, Scottsbluff, Neb; Sgt. Paul F. Fisher, 39, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Spc. James A. Chance III, 25, Kokomo, Miss.


Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma freelance writer, a former US Army Public Information Officer and Axis of Logic contributing editor.

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