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US Troops KIA
Edited on Sun Nov-13-05 07:51 PM by DoYouEverWonder
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Marine Lance Cpl. Nicanor Angel Alvarez - Al-Anbar, Iraq - Augustm 2004

Alvarez, a Pacific High School graduate, died in combat along with three comrades in Iraq's Al-Anbar province. He was a member of the 1st Combat Engineer Battalion.

Nicanor Angel Alvarez was always full of surprises.

But one prank Alvarez was likely concocting and never got an opportunity to deploy on his family probably would have involved his wife, Sandra.

No one in Alvarez's family knew he was married until a distraught Sandra notified them of Marine Lance Cpl. Alvarez' death in August 2004.

He was scheduled to return home that October full of stories and pranks, his family said.

He enlisted in the Marine Corps shortly after as a way to pay for college.

Pfc. Michael Anthony Arciola - Iraq - Feb 15, 2005

Michael Anthony Arciola - a 20-year-old former high school baseball star was sent to Iraq. A few weeks later, on Feb. 15, the Army machine-gunner was shot dead.

Robert Arciola is virtually blind and has lost one leg to diabetes, so he has found it nearly impossible to visit his son's grave at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

His solution: build his own backyard memorial, a granite monument and flag display paying tribute to his son and all other Westchester service members who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2003.

The 53-year-old town resident, whose son, Michael, was killed by sniper fire in February in Iraq, now is finished with the project and has invited a host of dignitaries and relatives of fallen soldiers to his home for the official unveiling today, Veterans Day.

"You know the saying, 'if you build it, they will come?' " he said, in reference to the movie "Field of Dreams." "I felt if I built this monument for all of our sons, their souls would come here."

Maj. Jay Thomas Aubin - Kuwait - March 2003

Maj. Jay Thomas Aubin was among the first casualties of the war. He was piloting a helicopter with three other U.S. Marines and eight British Marines aboard when it crashed in Kuwait, two days after the war started.
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2nd Class Petty Officer Cesar Baez - Ramadi, Iraq - June 15, 2005

Enemy fire killed Navy hospital corpsman Cesar Baez during a combat mission near the Syrian border.

Nicholas Cesar Baez will never know his father.

The baby boy came into the world just about five weeks ago - three months after enemy fire killed Navy hospital corpsman Cesar Baez during a combat mission near the Syrian border.

His wife and children, who live at Camp Pendleton, are managing. But four months after his death, Baez's entire family is still heartbroken, his father Cesar said from his Pomona home Tuesday.

"It's weird because every day I'm still dreaming and thinking that he's going to come back," he said. "Somewhere in the back of my mind I know he's never coming back, but that's the way I feel."

Army 2nd Lt. Todd J. Bryant - Fallujah, Iraq - Oct 30, 2003

While on patrol near Fallujah, a bomb blast flipped the armor officer's Humvee, killing him and injuring four others.

The day before Halloween 2003, Todd Bryant wrote a letter to his wife.

Ever the holiday enthusiast, the 23-year-old Army second lieutenant and former Jurupa-area resident dryly informed her he had his costume all ready to go.

He was dressing up as an armor officer.

A political science major, his long-term goals included law school, perhaps even Congress, his mother Linda said. But eventually, he dreamed of settling into a simple life.

"He wanted to be a high school football coach and teach history," Linda Bryant said. "He would have liked to do that in retirement, probably."

Army Spc. Thomas Byrd - Ramadi, Iraq - Oct 15, 2005

Military officials confirmed Tuesday that Army Spc. Thomas Byrd was one of five soldiers killed Oct. 15 when their assault vehicle was blown up by a roadside bomb in Ramadi, about 70 miles west of Baghdad. Byrd, who was based in Fort Benning, Ga., was a 2003 graduate of Tucson's Santa Rita High School.

"I thought he was going to come home and we would grow old together," said his 18-year-old widow, Mykel Byrd. "I honestly never thought this would happen to us."

The couple married 18 months ago in a courthouse ceremony in Tucson while Thomas Byrd was home on leave.

Though she worried about her husband's safety, Mykel Byrd said she understood and admired his decision to join the service.

"He didn't do it because he had to, he did it because he wanted to," she said.

When he left for Iraq in January on his first deployment, "he went believing that he was going to make a difference," Mykel Byrd said. "He wanted to give the (Iraqi) people the same freedoms we have. He always put other people before himself. He had a huge heart of gold."

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Captain Joel E. Cahill - Taji, Iraq - Nov 6, 2005

Joel E. Cahill, 34, a captain in the Army's 101st Airborne Division's 320th field regiment, was killed when a roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle in Taji, Iraq.

Sgt. Deyson Ken Cariaga - Iraq - July 8, 2005

Was only 20 when he died July 8, the first member of the Hawaii National Guard lost in combat since Vietnam. He was driving a Humvee on patrol when it rolled over a bomb.
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Evans, David Jr. PFC - Ad Diwaniyah, Iraq - May 25, 2003

Killed in an explosion at an ammunitions facility.

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Specialist Dennis Ferderer Junior - Iraq - Nov 2, 2005

Authorities say he died yesterday when a hand grenade was thrown at his Humvee. Ferderer was serving with the First Battalion of the 15th Infantry Regiment in the Third Brigade, Third Infantry Division, which is based in Fort Benning, Georgia.

Staff Sgt. Brian L. Freeman - Baghdad, Iraq - Nov 7, 2005

Spc. Robert C. Pope II, 22, of East Islip, 1st Lt. Justin S. Smith, 28, of Lansing, Mich., Staff Sgt. Brian L. Freeman, 27, of Lucedale, Miss., and Pfc. Mario A. Reyes,19, of Las Cruces, NM were killed by a suicide bomber while on foot patrol at 5:15 p.m. local time in southwestern Baghdad.

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Marine Cpl. Jorge Gonzalez - An Nasiriyah, Iraq - March 23, 2003

On March 23 of that year, Marine Cpl. Gonzalez, 20, was killed in an ambush by a group of Iraqis feigning surrender in An Nasiriyah, Iraq.

He dreamed of being a police officer.

"He used to say, 'Mami, I am going to do something very big, but if God wants,' " said his mother, Rosa Gonzalez, at her son's funeral. His parents had moved to Rialto from El Monte several months before his death.

"I feel like it was his destiny," she said. "God wanted my son. But it was our president who wanted war."

At her husband's funeral, Jasty Gonzalez said Gonzalez was a good man who worked hard and had a pure heart.

"He put others before himself," the widow said. "He was one of a kind."

Sergeant Shakere Guy - Baghdad, Iraq -

The 23-year-old was killed when a roadside bomb detonated near his Humvee while he was on patrol in Baghdad, the Defense Department announced Tuesday. A sergeant, Guy was assigned to the Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 184th Infantry Regiment.

Last Tuesday Guy called and spoke with his family for what turned out to be the final time.

"Tuesday he must have talked to everybody," Sanguinette said. "He said he's coming home and getting his own apartment."

A 2001 graduate of Pomona High School, Guy had been in Iraq for 10 months and was expecting to return home in December. He was about a month and half away from completing his tour of duty in Iraq and his commitment to the Army National Guard.

He was to have completed his commitment in September but his time in the service was extended, his mother said.

Sanguinette said her son's death was senseless.

"I could understand if my son had died on American soil or if he had died in Afghanistan. But for my son to die in Baghdad ... All because of President Bush and his ego trip," she said angrily.

"How can you liberate people (when) all they know is war?" she said.

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Sgt. 1st Class James Frederick Hayes - Taji, Iraq - Nov 7, 2005

An explosive device detonated near Hayes' Humvee while he was on patrol close to the town of Taji. Three other soldiers in the Humvee were severely injured. Hayes was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, out of Fort Campbell, Ky.

Capt. Raymond D. Hill II - Baghdad, Iraq - Nov ?, 2005

An explosion south of Baghdad killed an Army captain from Turlock assigned to the Modesto-based National Guard unit. Raymond D. Hill II, 39, was killed when an explosive device detonated near his armored vehicle, officials said. The blast also killed Sgt. Shaker T. Guy, 23, of Pomona.

"The MID family is very affected by his death," she said. "It's a very sad day for all of us."

Hill also sent e-mails to his family. In one, to his wife, he wrote:

"My heart aches for the time I am missing; missing important dates, events and special moments. (But) I have been called up to serve with my brothers, my fellow soldiers, for a cause that will have effects worldwide for years to come."

Hill was deployed to Iraq in February. He leaves behind a wife, Dena, and two daughters, BreeAnna, 13, and Alyssa, 10.

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Airman 1st Class Elizabeth Jacobson - Iraq - Sept. 28, 2005

Elizabeth Jacobson, 17th Security Forces Squadron, who was deployed to Iraq and died when an improvised explosive device exploded as her convoy traveled Sept. 28. Jacobson was assigned to Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, was the first female Airman to die in the line of fire supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom, as well as the first Air Force Security Forces member to perish. She was only 21 years old.

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Daniel R. Lightner Jr - Ramadi, Iraq - Oct. 27, 2005

Killed in Iraq by a roadside bomb during combat operations

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Marine Cpl. Douglas Jose Marencoreyes - Al Samawah, Iraq - May 18, 2003

The war wasn't yet two months old when Marine Cpl. Douglas Jose Marencoreyes' large transport truck rolled over on its way to a pumping station in the Iraqi desert. The May 18, 2003, crash just south of Al Samawah killed the Chino man and left another injured.

Marine Capt. Michael Martino - Western Iraq - Nov 2, 2005(?)

Marine Capt. Michael Martino, 32, and his co-pilot were killed a week ago when their helicopter crashed in western Iraq after being hit by a missile.

Lance Cpl. Sean Maher - Fallujah, Iraq - Feb 2, 2005

The Mahers will also remember the heroic life of their son, 19-year-old Lance Cpl. Sean Maher, who was killed in action Feb. 2 when his Humvee, the first in a convoy, was struck by small arms fire in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. The week before his death, Maher was helping to make history by securing Fallujah in preparation for its people to vote for a new government.

Spc. Holly J. McGeogh - Kirkuk, Iraq - Jan 31, 2005

Died on Jan. 31, at age 19, victim of a roadside bomb near Kirkuk.
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Marine Staff Sgt. Jorge Alberto Molina-Bautista - Iraq - May 23, 2004

Molina-Bautista was killed May 23, 2004, in hostile fire in Iraq.

Jorge Alberto Molina-Bautista liked to think of himself as head of the family, first at age 13 when his mom was single-handedly raising seven children and later when he became the proud papa of three sons.

His wife of 12 years, Dina Molina of Sun City, still lights candles every day on a wooden table that holds photographs and the sergeant's medals. His oldest son, Jorge Jr., still cries when he thinks about the father and best friend he lost.

Her husband was a soldier at heart, and duties to his family and his country outranked all others, Molina said.

Whether he was carving the Thanksgiving turkey, handing out gifts on Christmas or signing up for a second tour in the Marines, his mind was focused on the task at hand.

Before he was killed in Al-Anbar Province, Molina-Bautista e-mailed his son's elementary school teacher and asked the class to send toys for the impoverished Iraqi children.

"You will not find anyone with a bigger heart," Gonzalez said.

Sgt. Ben Morton - Iraq - May 22, 2005

Killed during a May 22 raid, shot while searching the home of a suspected bomb maker.
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Army Spc. Marcos Nolasco - May 18, 2004

An accidental electrocution at a coalition base near Baji claimed the 34-year-old Army specialist's life. Nolasco, assigned to the B Battery, 1st Battalion, 33rd Field Artillery, 1st Infantry Division, died in a medical facility May 18, 2004.

"He said that he was never afraid of death," his sister, Carmen Duran of El Monte, said shortly after the accident. "He told me if it was ever his time to leave, he said his son would be taken care of for the rest of his life and the only thing that mattered to him was taking care of his family."

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First Lt. Robert C. Oneto-Sikorski - Hasawah, Iraq - Oct 31, 2005

"Ski" didn't take his leave from Iraq after Hurricane Katrina like the other soldiers from the Coast because he said that once he saw his kids, he would never return to the war.

First Lt. Robert C. Oneto-Sikorski, 33, of Bay St. Louis, known by his unit as "Ski," was killed Oct. 31 by a remotely detonated bomb while on foot patrol near al Hasawah, Iraq, just west of Baghdad. He was a member of the Mississippi National Guard's 155th Brigade, 1st Infantry, which was scheduled to return home by late January.

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Marine 1st Lt. Joshua M. Palmer - Fallujah, Iraq - April 8, 2004

The 25-year-old Marine 1st lieutenant was killed during intense street fighting in Fallujah. He had cornered snipers who threatened other Marines earlier in the day and earned a posthumous Bronze Star for valor in combat.

A passion for politics and an urge to serve his country was apparent in Joshua M. Palmer from the time he was 7 years old and intent on burying his nose in any military or political science book he could wrap his hands around.

"He was always my ticket to the White House," his mother, Jackie Kennedy-Palmer, said last November.

Ten years later, she watched with a heavy heart and proud smile as her little boy, all grown up, left his childhood in Banning and joined the Marines before he had even graduated high school.

Staff Sgt. Mike Parrott - Iraq - Nov 10, 2005

Killed by a sniper while patrolling highway in Iraq.

A sniper killed Staff Sgt. Mike Parrott as he patrolled a highway in Iraq on Thursday. He was a member of the 28th infantry of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard

Spc. Robert C. Pope II - Baghdad, Iraq - Nov 7, 2005

Spc. Robert C. Pope II, 22, of East Islip, 1st Lt. Justin S. Smith, 28, of Lansing, Mich., Staff Sgt. Brian L. Freeman, 27, of Lucedale, Miss., and Pfc. Mario A. Reyes,19, of Las Cruces, NM were killed by a suicide bomber while on foot patrol at 5:15 p.m. local time in southwestern Baghdad.

2nd Lt. Mark Procopio - Iraq - Nov. 2, 2005

When an improvised explosive device exploded near the humvee he was riding in.

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Pfc. Mario A. Reyes - Baghdad, Iraq - Nov 7, 2005

Spc. Robert C. Pope II, 22, of East Islip, 1st Lt. Justin S. Smith, 28, of Lansing, Mich., Staff Sgt. Brian L. Freeman, 27, of Lucedale, Miss., and Pfc. Mario A. Reyes,19, of Las Cruces, NM were killed by a suicide bomber while on foot patrol at 5:15 p.m. local time in southwestern Baghdad.

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Private 1st Class Kenneth Sickles - Iraq - Sept. 27, 2004

The private 1st class who hoped to make a career with the Marines was killed Sept. 27, 2004, in a "noncombat related" incident west of Baghdad. It was only his 34th day there.

Most 20-year-old men who join the Marines and dream of skydiving may cringe at being called "Huggy Bear," but Kenneth Sickles happily accepted the moniker because it came from his doting mother.

Food and music provided the comforts of home while he was away, said his mother, Joyce Lacy of Apple Valley.

Upon hearing Sickles had arrived in Iraq, the family shipped a care package with necessary goodies - tortillas, Velveeta cheese, four cans of refried beans, Gatorade, cigarettes and a compact disc player.

Sickles cooked the ingredients for burritos on the hot engine of his Humvee.

Marine Lance Cpl. Abraham Simpson - Al-Anbar, Iraq - Nov 9, 2004

Killed on Nov. 9, 2004, in Al-Anbar Province, Iraq, at the age of 19

The Chino resident and graduate of Southland Christian School in Walnut served five months in Iraq.

Simpson's mother, Maria, said her son was not afraid of dying because of his strong faith in God.

"Some things they would see over there would shake others' faith, but it only made Abe stronger," Maria said, adding that her son wanted to be the one to die, if someone had to.

Simpson, a quiet, unassuming young man and loyal friend, was mourned by more than 3,000 people during his funeral at Calvary Chapel Chino Hills in Chino.

Sergeant Eric W. Slebodnik - Iraq - Sept, 2005

Eric W. Slebodnik of Greenfield Township, near Carbondale, was one of five area soldiers killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq back in September.

1st Lt. Justin S. Smith - Baghdad, Iraq - Nov 7, 2005

Spc. Robert C. Pope II, 22, of East Islip, 1st Lt. Justin S. Smith, 28, of Lansing, Mich., Staff Sgt. Brian L. Freeman, 27, of Lucedale, Miss., and Pfc. Mario A. Reyes,19, of Las Cruces, NM were killed by a suicide bomber while on foot patrol at 5:15 p.m. local time in southwestern Baghdad.

Army Reserve Major Charles R. Soltes Jr. - Mosul, Iraq - Oct. 13, 2004

Died in a car bomb explosion in Iraq. The explosive device hit his convoy as it returned from a hospital near Mosul.

Daniel Freeman Swaim - Husayba, Iraq - Nov., 2005

Killed in Iraq by explosive device while searching for insurgents.

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Sgt. Carl Thomas - Baghdad, Iraq - Sept 13, 2004

He was 29 when a bomb exploded near his observation post in Baghdad on Sept. 13, 2004.
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Capt. Jeffrey P. Toczylowski - Iraq - Nov 3, 2005

Jeffrey P. Toczylowski, 30, a Special Forces detachment commander assigned to the 1st Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group, fell from a helicopter during combat operations in Al Anbar province on Nov. 3, the Army said Monday.

A soldier killed in Iraq had recently sent family and friends an e-mail saying he would have no regrets if he died in combat.

"It was an honor to serve my country, and I wouldn't change a thing. It was just my time," Toczylowski, of Upper Moreland Township, Montgomery County, had written in the e-mail.

The e-mail, read by his father, Philip M. Toczylowski, of Ambler, asked relatives and friends to "be happy for the time we had - not the future we won't."

He left instructions for a party in Las Vegas and said "$100 K" would be available to pay for travel and accommodations.

Philip Toczylowski said his son had been in Iraq only 17 days when he was killed.

National Guard Spc. Quoc Binh Tran - Baghdad, Iraq - Nov. 7, 2004

He was fatally injured near Baghdad, Iraq, when a homemade bomb exploded near his convoy on Nov. 7, 2004.

Quoc "Bo" Binh Tran had a motto: One person can't change the world, but if everyone does something, anything can be accomplished.

As a child, Tran carried his little sister through jungles on his back while escaping Vietnam.

"He was very proud of his service in the military," said sister Katie Tran in 2004. "He didn't take freedom and all the opportunities of America for granted."

At the funeral, father Van Tran alluded to his son's dedication to America, and his sense of duty.

"We know you had a hard life, but you never called back to complain," Van Tran said. "I am so proud of you - you sacrificed your whole life so that we can live."

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Staff Sgt. Thomas E. Vitagliano - Ramadi, Iraq - Jan. 17, 2005

While on patrol in Ramadi on Jan. 17, he noticed with suspicion a taxi circling the area oddly, apparently headed toward a group of 36 soldiers, said his sister, Tammy Ronan. Vitagliano approached the taxi with two other men. Realizing it was a suicide attack, he tried to protect and shield his men, and lost his life.
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Army Spc. Timothy Watkins - Ar Ramadi, Iraq - Oct. 15, 2003

Timothy Watkins and four others were killed by a powerful improvised-explosive device that ripped their heavily armored Bradley Fighting Vehicle during an operation in Ar Ramadi, Iraq.

In August 2005, Army Specialist Timothy Watkins spent two weeks at his parents' home in Yucca Valley after nearly seven months in Iraq.

He was smiling.

"He was great," said his father, Rob Watkins, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in his hometown. "He was in excellent spirits. He always was."

It is the way the family remembers him now. They will always remember Watkins as the proud young man who deeply believed in the importance of fighting for the people of Iraq, his father said.

Marine Lance Cpl. William Wiscowiche - Al-Anbar province of Iraq - March 20, 2004

"Willie," as he was known, was just 21 when the truck he was in ran over buried explosives in the Al-Anbar province of Iraq on March 20, 2004.

In early 2003, as Willie prepared to leave Veronica - then pregnant - for a tour in Iraq, he asked his sweetheart to marry him. She refused.

But the young Marine pursued her. He called, he wrote letters, he sent e-mails. When daughter Arianna was born, Willie was there in the only way he could be - a voice on the telephone, sending his love from Iraq.

"He knew exactly what he wanted," said Julie Vargas, Veronica's mother, in April 2004. "He wanted to take care of her. That was his No. 1 project."

Willie again asked Veronica to marry him. She said yes.

Col. William Wood - Baghdad, Iraq - Ovt 27, 2005

Florida man is highest-ranking soldier killed in action in Iraq. William W. Wood, 44, of Panama City, died Oct. 27. He was directing security operations after an improvised explosive device detonated when another bomb went off.

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jefferson_dem : Thanks for this. The best web resource i've found is this one - All names are in the drop-down list.

From DoYouEverWonder: I'm looking, in particular, for reports in the local media that give the name, date, place and what happened, as well as personal details about who the person it. I think that will help make this list unique.


Roland99: I know this doesn't show what happened nor personal details but it's a list of the first 2,000 names. I hope to hell there's not a second 2,000. /
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