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					      Iraq Stories - 2008

              110225

This is an ongoing process so they are
dated YYMMDD to help differentiate
      a new one from an old one.
           Remembrance Rug notes                                  Rug
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             (Some notes on the notes )

• The primary casualty data for those remembered with
  a symbol on the rug comes from icasualties.org and
  cnn.com and I greatly appreciate their work.
• These are sincere endeavors and rarely differ materially
  for very long, but are constrained by their mandate to
  include only officially recognized casualties.
• One is “officially recognized” if they were assigned to
  Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) when they died.
Note on notes continued

• Each symbol is done (color-coded) specifically for that
  individual. In order to be able to locate a specific
  one, I used a simple numbering scheme.
• The Rug# indicates the physical (sequential) location
  of a symbol on the rug. Naturally, unofficial casualty
  information has taken longer to run across (and
  verify) so they tend to be chronologically out of place.
• These notes primarily provide information on those
  who do not appear on the “official” lists.
• Some of these notes are for persons on those lists
  whose official story turned out to be incomplete or
  misleading.
Please do not attempt to read all
of these notes in a single sitting.
These were compiled over a fair
period of time and can be
depressing or enraging when
taken en masse.
Yes, they can be a tough read – but imagine having witnessed
any part of it – on top of everything else going on at the time.
  Called the ‘Friends and Family War’
• Lastly, these slides are to help the 99% of our
  population who have no Iraq-experience to
  grasp the range of experience and memories
  that our troops bring home with them.

• Suggested viewing location is a place where
  you can shout in anger or sob as needed
  without disturbing others for whom the veil
  has not been lifted.
 PO 1 Patrick Brendan Mack, 22 - Warren, MI       #5126
                                                  #5127
Seaman Lonnie Lee Davis Jr., 35 - Riverdale, GA
     January 1, 2008 – Navy collateral damage

• On liberty from the USS Fort McHenry in Tema,
  Ghana, which was currently in port as part of
  the Africa Partnership Station initiative.
• Found dead in their hotel room in the morning
  from a lethal combination of alcohol and drugs.
• After more than two years, it is still not known
  whether they were targeted because they were
  Americans or Military or if someone doctored
  their drinks as they might any drinking tourist.
         SSgt. Ryan D. Maseth, 24               #3932
               Pittsburgh, PA
  January 2, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He joined the Army in June 2001 and was on his
  second tour in Iraq.
• He was a Green Beret serving with Company D,
  1st Bn, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) out of
  Fort Campbell, KY.
• Press release: Died of injuries suffered in a non-
  combat related incident in Baghdad, Iraq.
• Other info: He died from cardiac arrest caused by
  an apparent accidental electrocution, in the
  shower, reportedly due to a faulty water pump.
        Sgt. Omar Junior Nunez,25             #5181
              Winter Park, NC
   January 3, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He was a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne
  who had already served a tour in Afghanistan
  and was expecting to ship our to Iraq soon.
• He was home on leave when he was fatally
  shot following a fight that started outside the
  Roxy Nightclub.
 Petty Office 2nd Class Menelek M. Brown, 24    #3934
        Roswell, NM & Eastpoint, GA
     January 4, 2008 – Navy collateral damage


• He enlisted in the Navy in 2004.
• He was an Information Systems Technician
  stationed aboard the destroyer, USS Hopper,
  home-ported at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
• He was last seen at 4:30 a.m. on Jan 3rd while
  his ship was on patrol in the Arabian Sea.
• After a 30-hour search, he was declared dead
  presumably having gone overboard unnoticed.
      Three 2nd Battalion, 327th IR,        #3940
                                            #3941
       1sr BCT, 101st Airborne Div.         #3942
       January 8, 2008 – Friendly Fire

• Press release: Killed during combat
  operations in Samarra, Iraq.
• Later info: A patrol that was fighting a dozen
  insurgents that were using a network of
  tunnels and trenches were “possibly” killed by
  airstrikes from helicopters and other aircraft
  attempting to assist the patrol.
     Spc. William Justin McClellan, 22
                                               #4215
               Clarksville, TN
  January 10, 2008 – DoD collateral damage
• He was driving in a convoy and would later tell his
  wife about the day he got injured in Iraq:
• “There were several trucks that had passed over
  it, but it just so happened when my truck passed,
  it detonated.”
• Member of 502nd Infantry Regiment, 101st
  Airborne Division.
• See the Mahmudiyah killings / revenge. Note that
  there had been a 16-month suspension of the
  bounty on men from the unit during the trials.
• He died later in November from PTSD.
     LCpl. Curtis A. Christensen Jr., 29           #3949
             Collingswood, NJ
  January 11, 2008 – USMC collateral damage

• He joined the Marines in 2007 as an infantryman,
  machine gunner, in hopes of joining a special
  operations team similar to the Navy Seals.
• Six months before boot camp he stopped smoking and
  drinking and worked out. It paid off, he received an
  award for the highest marks in physical training, of
  which his mother said, “It was probably a good idea,
  since he was like the grandfather there.”
• He deployed to Iraq in October and has died from a
  non-hostile incident in Anbar province, Iraq.
       SSgt. Garfield D. Green, 2729              #5314
             Martinsburg, WV
   January 11, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He had served in the Army for 8 years, including 3
  in Mannheim, Germany.
• He was currently stationed at Fort Bliss with the
  1-43 Air Defense Artillery Battalion, which had
  just moved to Fort Bliss from Korea the past fall.
• He was killed while riding his motorcycle at about
  6:20 p.m. on a Friday night in El Paso when he
  reportedly struck a truck’s right rear tire that was
  traveling in the opposite direction (?).
   Pfc. Oscar Francisco “Chino” Cruz, 34      #5182
                 Bronx, NY
  January 11, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He joined the Army in Sep 2003 and served at
  Camp Humphreys, Korea.
• He was assigned to Fort Bragg in May 05.
• He deployed to Iraq Dec 05 – Nov 06
• He was an automated logistical specialist with
  the 54th Forward Support Co, 1st Bn, 321st FAR.
• He was found dead from a gunshot wound in
  his barracks at Fort Bragg, NC.
            Pfc. David Sharrett, 27
                                                     #3953
                  Oakton, VA
        January 16, 2008 – Friendly Fire
• Press release: One of three soldiers killed when they were
  attacked by grenade and small arms fire during combat
  operations.
• Later info: He was shot by his own his Lt. (who mistook
  him for enemy) and bled to death as his buddies searched
  frantically for him 25 minutes later.
• The Army’s probe faulted the Lt. for a series of blunders,
  including flying away in a chopper and “leaving no leader
  from the team on the ground” to find and help his
  soldiers (four were still unaccounted for when he left).
• Must be some other group with that motto about leaving
  no one behind.
  Sharrett, cont.

• That Lt. must be really well-connected because he
  was since promoted to captain and reportedly
  serves as a brigade staff officer at Fort Campbell, KY.
• Most troubling, though, are the blatantly false
  statements made to the family and press by Lt. Col.
  Robert McCarthy, the Unit Commander, long after
  he knew better (including the ballistics match of the
  Lt’s M-4).
• We can acknowledge the pervasive climate of
  politically-motivated deceptions trickling and oozing
  down at the time, without excusing bald-faced lies
  made by what should be professionals in positions
  of leadership to the people from which they draw
  their charges.
       LCpl. Cameron Babcock, 20
                                             #4876
              Plymouth, IN
 January 20, 2008 – USMC collateral damage

• He had recently spent three weeks at home
  after completing his first seven-month tour of
  duty in Ramadi, Iraq.
• His specialty was as an infantry rifleman.
• Back on base at Twentynine Palms, CA he is
  reported to have been accidentally shot,
  lethally, while handling a friend’s privately
  owned weapon in the barracks.
     LCpl Jonathan Matthew Outz, 20
             Jacksonville, NC                   #4589

 January 22, 2008 – USMC collateral damage

• Reportedly shot himself with a 12 gauge shotgun
  purchased that day at Wal-Mart.
• His new wife didn’t want anyone to know they
  were married and wanted him to make her sole
  beneficiary on his life insurance policy.
• She happened to be a friend of the Marine that
  killed LCpl. Lauterbach the month before.
• He was 5’7” and did not have arms like an
  orangutan. *Shotgun barrel tip to trigger is 33.5”+
        Sgt. Robert W. Nichols, 31            #4877
              San Antonio, TX
  January 22, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He was given painkillers to treat his physical
  wounds from an explosion in Iraq; drugs to ease
  the nightmares, insomnia and memory loss
  caused by his PTSD and TBI.
• Both he and his wife had complained that the
  dosages were too high because he couldn’t even
  walk or play with their kids in his stupor.
• His autopsy says death due to accidental drug
  intoxication – lethal combination between some
  of the 11 Army prescribed items in his system.
      Sgt. Michael R. Sturdivant, 20           #3958
               Conway, AR
  January 22, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• An Eagle Scout, he signed up in March 2005.
• He was mobilized in November 2006 and with the
  431st Civil Affairs Bn, U.S. Army Civil Affairs &
  Psychological Operations Command.
• He was scheduled to return stateside in less than
  two weeks after a 15-month tour of duty.
• Died of injuries in a vehicle roll-over accident
  during convoy operations in Kirkuk, Iraq.
   Marine Corps Veteran Chris Demopoulos, 58                  #4592
                                                              #4593
         Air Force Veteran Pat Ahrens, 50
               Hillsboro & Plano, TX
   January 24 & 27, 2008 – VA collateral damage
• They met at the Dallas VA hospital and had troubling thoughts
  of suicide in common.
• After discharge on Jan. 22nd one needed a ride home and the
  other offered to take him the following morning and got him a
  room at a local Inn and went to his own home for the night.
• When he returned the next day he discovered his new friend
  had hung himself from the balcony.
• Three days later he took his own life.
• The Dallas VA hospital had the distinction of having been rated
  the lowest in the Country in 2005 by the U.S. Department of
  Veteran Affairs. The Dallas VA spokesperson, Susan Poff, says
  the hospital has cleaned up its act since then.
           Sgt. Eric Layne, 29              #4878
           Kanawha City, WV
        January 25, 2008 – VA PTSD

• He and his wife both served in Iraq.
• He was being treated for PTSD with Paxil for
  depression; Klonopin a mood stabilizer and
  AstraZeneca’s Seroquel, an anti-psychotic.
• He had just come home from a seven-week
  inpatient program at the Cincinnati VAMC.
• He was suffering with incontinence, severe
  depression, continuous headaches and urinary
  retention. He spent his last night in the
  bathroom and died while his family slept.
       Sgt. Tracy Renee Birkman, 41                  #3960
               New Castle, VA
  January 25, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• A light-wheel vehicle mechanic and mother of
  three, part of the 626the Brigade Support
  Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)
  based at Fort Campbell, KY.
• She had served in Korea and was on her third
  deployment to Iraq.
• She is reported to have died of non-combat
  related injuries in Owesat, Iraq.
   Cpl. Duncan Charles Crookston, 19          #3959
              Denver, CO
  January 25, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He joined the Army right after high school in
  June 2006 and was assigned to Fort Riley, KS.
• He was injured in Iraq when a roadside bomb
  detonated near his vehicle on Sep 4, 2007.
• He was still recovering from those wounds
  over four months later at Brooke Army
  Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, TX when
  he died the day before his 20th Birthday.
         SSgt. Robert J. Wilson, 28           #3961

               Boynton Beach, FL
   January 26, 2008 – DoD collateral damage
• Press release: Died of wounds suffered when
  a roadside bomb exploded during a
  dismounted patrol in Baghdad, Iraq.
• Later info: Member of 502nd Infantry
  Regiment, 101st Airborne Division.
• See the Mahmudiyah killings / revenge.
• There had been a 16-moth suspension of the
  bounty on men from the unit during the trials.
     LCpl. Johnathan K. Goffred, 22          #4879
           Johnson County, IN
 January 26, 2008 – USMC collateral damage

• He joined the Marine on June 8, 2005.
• He was an infantry rifleman stationed at Camp
  Pendleton (3rd Battalion, 1st Regiment).
• He served a seven-month combat deployment in
  Anbar province, Iraq the previous year.
• He was scheduled to redeploy March 1st.
• He was found hanged in his barracks room on a
  Saturday morning.
   Hospitalman Christopher Purcell, 21
                                               #4591
             Northbrook, IL
  January 27, 2008 – Navy collateral damage

• He enlisted in 2005 and worked at the NAS
  Brunswick (Maine) Branch Medical Clinic.
• After he had told friends and family that he was
  in emotional distress, four base security officers
  and two masters-at-arms were with him in his on-
  base apartment.
• He excused himself and went into his bathroom
  and shot himself with a .357 revolver.
• A Navy spokesman wanted it made clear that the
  revolver was not Navy issue.
         Pfc. Eli Mundt Baker, 22             #4880
            Foothill Ranch, CA
  January 28, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He had completed basic training and was
  reportedly at Fort Huachuca, AZ for advanced
  individual training.
• The base is better known for its Warriors in
  Transition Unit (WTU) .
• He was reportedly found dead in a barracks
  room, but reports differ as to which barracks
  and manner of death.
        Cpl. Nicholas Endicott, 24         #4881
              Pecks Mill, WV
     January 29, 2008 – USMC PTSD

• He had served in Iraq and made it back alive.
• He had been diagnosed with PTSD and was
  being treated at Naval Hospital, Bethesda, MD.
• Military doctors had prescribed him Paxil,
  Klonopin & Seroquel.
• He went to sleep and never woke up.
  PO 2 Shapoor Alexander Ghane Jr., 22           #5125

            Las Vegas, NV
   January 30, 2008 – DoD collateral damage

• He joined the Navy in June 2004 and had entered
  SEAL training by November 2004.
• He joined the West Coast SEALs in June 2007.
• He was training in a live-fire exercise at a Lake
  Cormorant, Mississippi facility (the Mid-South
  Institute of Self-Defense Shooting - run by
  contractors) and suffered gunshot wounds.
• After an undisclosed period of time, he was taken
  by air ambulance to Elvis Presley Memorial
  Hospital and pronounced dead.
      Spc. Aaron Carl Cameron, 22
                                              #4830
              Marietta, GA
  February 2, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He was born in Ohio, moved in 1998 and
  graduated from Kennesaw Mtn. H.S. in 2003.
• He attended college for two years before
  joining the Army in September 2005.
• He was assigned to Fort Wainwright, Alaska in
  October 2006.
• He was with Bravo Co, 1st Bn, 24th ID.
• He was found dead in his barracks room.
          SSgt. Chad A. Barrett, 35
                 Saltville, VA                     #3972

   February 2, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He was in his 12th year in the military.
• He was with the 4th ID out of Fort Carson, CO.
• He had PTSD and TBI, but was determined to
  muddle through a third tour of duty in Iraq.
• He may have thought he hadn’t done enough to
  prevent the deaths of five comrades killed by a
  roadside bomb during a convoy the week before.
• Just five weeks in, having trouble sleeping, he went
  to his room and swallowed what turned out to be a
  lethal combination of pills – he was first reported as
  having died from an apparent heart attack.
      SSgt. Rafael Alicea Rivera, 30          #3976
              Bayamon, PR
  February 5, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He joined the Army in November 2002 and
  served in Korea from April 2003 to April 2004.
• He was a paratrooper with the 307th BSB, 1st
  BCT, 82nd Airborne based at Fort Bragg, NC.
• He died of injuries suffered in a non-combat
  related incident in Tallil, Iraq.
   Air Force Veteran Larry Johnson, 55
                                                       #4602
               Arlington, TX
   February 5, 2008 – VA collateral damage

• A week after the Dallas VA’s spokesperson, Susan
  Poff, had said, “The hospital has cleaned up its
  act since then.” in response to the statement that the
  Dallas VA hospital had been rated the worst in the
  country in 2005 -
• He managed to hang himself in the psychiatric
  ward using his own wheelchair!
• That type of wheel chair was not supposed to be
  allowed in the third floor unit (for obvious reasons).
             Cpl. Eric W. Hall, 24
                                                      #4684
               Deep Creek, FL
         February 8, 2008 – USMC PTSD

• He was hurt in Fallujah in June 2005 and carried off the
  battlefield but never lost consciousness.
• He had at least 17 surgeries toward repairing his injuries
  and a diagnosis for PTSD.
• He was on pain medication for a long time and some other
  drugs to stop the bad dreams.
• He had gone missing Super Bowl Sunday after a video game
  triggered a flashback. They found his motorcycle still
  running (not wrecked) about two miles away, but not him.
• He was found 5 weeks later about 60 yards in a drainpipe
  less than two miles from his parent’s house.
• He may have crawled in to escape hallucinated bad guys.
      SSgt. Javares J. Washington, 27            #3988
               Pensacola, FL
 February 11, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He went to Northern Arizona University to play
  football on a full scholarship, but left school the
  following season when his scholarship was cut.
• He joined the Army in 2001; was assigned to 101st
  Airborne at Fort Campbell, KY in April 2007 and
  deployed on September 7th.
• Died of injuries sustained in a vehicle accident at
  Camp Buehring in Kuwait City, Kuwait.
     Pfc. Mark Anthony Sheehy Jr., 22           #4882
            San Francisco, CA
 February 11, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He was a combat medic with the 1st Battalion,
  72nd Armor Regiment’s Headquarters Company.
• He was currently stationed at Camp Red Cloud,
  Camp Casey, South Korea.
• He died while home on leave of a noncombat-
  related cause.
• His sister participated in the Out of the Darkness
  Community Walk in his memory, Sept. 2009.
         Cpl. Andrew White, 23
                                            #4447
            Cross Lanes, WV
     February 12, 2008 – USMC VA PTSD

• He had been back from Iraq just five days
  when his older brother, Robert (82nd Airborne)
  was killed in Afghanistan on Sep. 26, 2005.
• He had been diagnosed with PTSD and was
  being given prescriptions, but not really being
  treated toward resolving it.
• He was on 60 mg Paxil, 4 mg Klonopin and
  1600 mg of Seroquel. He died in his sleep.
         The latest EA-6B Prowler Crash
     February 12, 2008 – DoD Collateral Damage

• 170 of these electronic warfare aircraft have
  been manufactured by Grumman for us at a
  published cost of $52 million each.
• The claim is that none has ever been lost in
  combat. However, over forty have been
  destroyed in various ‘accidents’ with a
  reported death toll of 48 crew members and
  at least 20 civilians.
     Senior Chief Thomas J. Valentine, 37           #5128

                Ham Lake, MN
    February 13, 2008 – Navy collateral damage
• He enlisted in the Navy on August 10, 1989 and
  started Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL
  (BUD/S) training in Jan. 1990.
• By November 1990 he was serving with East
  Coast-based SEAL teams and continued so for
  over 17 years, deploying wherever needed.
• He died after plunging to the ground at about
  7:15 a.m. near one of the holes at the Mission
  Royale Golf Club in Arizona reportedly during a
  SEAL parachute training exercise.
         Pvt. Jeffery W. Slaten, 24            #4883
               Phenix City, AL
 February 18, 2008 – USMC collateral damage

• He enlisted in the Marines on July 13, 2005.
• He had already served one tour in Iraq.
• He was an electrical equipment repair specialist
  assigned to Combat Logistic Battalion 7 at
  Twentynine Palms, CA.
• He was found slumped over a desk at his work
  station at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat
  Center and taken to the combat center’s naval
  hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
                                                  #3992
Spc. Michael B. Matlock Jr., 21 Glen Burnie, MD   #3993
       Cpl. Albert Bitton, 20 Chicago, IL         #3994
     Sgt. Conrad Alvarez, 20 Big Spring, TX
  February 20, 2008 – DoD collateral damage


• Press release: Three soldiers killed when their
  vehicle encountered a roadside bomb in
  Baghdad, Iraq.
• Later info: Members of 502nd Infantry
  Regiment, 101st Airborne Division.
• See the Mahmudiyah killings / revenge.
              1st Lt. Ali Jivanjee, 26                #5129
                     Tampa, FL
  February 20, 2008 – Air Force collateral damage

• After graduating UCLA with a degree in Engineering in
  2004 he was commissioned through the ROTC program.
• He died after his F-15C Eagle collided with another
  during a routine training mission.
• The Air Force had grounded all of its McDonnell
  Douglas/Boeing IDS F-15s (nearly 700) in November after
  a catastrophic failure during a routine training flight.
• These two that collided were among those deemed okay
  to return to service in January – while others were
  grounded indefinitely after defects were found.
            Michael Sein, 63
                                              #4685
           Newport Beach, CA
 February 22, 2008 – USMC collateral damage

• He had stopped his car at the red light.
• A DUI driver, already doing 75 mph in the 50 mph
  zone, without braking at all, slammed into the
  back of his car. He was rushed to a nearby
  hospital where he died ½ hour later.
• The DUI driver, stationed at Camp Pendleton, had
  gotten a late start to his weekend because of an
  on-base safety briefing, which included the
  dangers of drunken driving.
        Spc. Keisha M. Morgan, 25                   #3997
             Washington, DC
 February 22, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• Prior to joining the Army she had done some photo
  and runway modeling, but was now planning to fulfill
  an ambition to become a nurse.
• She was with Division Special Troops Bn, 4ID base in
  Fort Hood, Texas – on her second tour of Iraq – and had
  told her mother of her re-enlistment the week before.
• Press release: Died of a non-combat related cause in
  Baghdad, Iraq.
• Other info: She reportedly had a seizure and was
  found on the floor of her Baghdad barracks.
    The Andersen Air Force Base B-2 accident
    February 23, 2008 – Air Force collateral damage

• The Spirit of Kansas, a B-2 Spirit stealth heavy
  bomber, crashed on the runway shortly after
  takeoff from Anderson AFB in Guam.
• It is the first operational loss of a B-2 bomber.
• Northrop Grumman has sold 21 of these to us at an
  average of 2.1 billion each (1997 dollars).
• The investigation found that 3 of 24 sensors
  malfunctioned pre-flight because the plane had
  been out in the rain.
• Can find nothing in the published specs which
  indicates the planes are to be stored and operated
  in dry weather only.
            Pvt. Phillip Harris, 18
                                                #5315
                Fort Bliss, TX
  February, 23, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• According to a Senior Mission Commander’s
  Bulletin, dated 26 February 2008, heading:
• Death of a US Servicemember
• The *Unnamed+ soldier’s vehicle struck a
  concrete wall at about 4:00 a.m. on Saturday.
• An El Paso Times article, titled:
• Fort Bliss officials ID soldier killed in car crash
• Otherwise, it’s like he never existed. Sad.
       Spc. Michael E. Phillips, 19           #3998
             Ardmore, OK
 February, 24, 2008 – DoD collateral damage

• Press release: Killed when his vehicle
  encountered a roadside bomb in Baghdad,
  Iraq.
• Later info: Members of 502nd Infantry
  Regiment, 101st Airborne Division.
• See the Mahmudiyah killings / revenge.
      Jourdain Thorson, 9 Dylan Thorson, 4             #4595
                                                       #4596
           Tech. Sgt. Dustin Thorson, 35               #4597
                   Tinker AFB, OK
   February 25, 2008 – Air Force collateral damage

• He had joined the Air Force in 1993 from Alabama and
  served in Texas, Korea, Germany, Alabama and Okla.
• His divorce had become final on Valentine’s Day. To make it
  easier on the kids, the parents decided it was they who
  would rotate every four days.
• It was the start of her four days with the kids.
• She says the airman shot her with a stun-gun. She managed
  to escape. Then she heard gunshots inside and called 9-1-1
• Tactical teams arrived at 2:40 p.m. and after two hours of
  no response from within the home, entered it. They found
  both boys and their father shot in an upstairs bedroom.
     LCpl. Derek Robert Refsland, 21          #4885
                Troy, MT
 February 27, 2008 – USMC collateral damage

• He joined the Marines in 2004.
• He served in Iraq Sep 2006 – May 2007.
• He had been stationed for three years at
  Miramar Marine Corps Air Station with the
  White Knights of unit 165.
• He was found unresponsive in his barracks
  room and pronounced soon thereafter.
        Sgt. Matthew J. Rhoads, 29               #4884
              Philadelphia, PA
  February 29, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He joined the Army in 2004 and was assigned to
  the 82nd Airborne Paratroopers at Fort Bragg, NC
  in October, 2004.
• He served a seven-month deployment with his
  unit in Iraq Aug 2006 – Feb 2007.
• He was found dead in his room on a Sunday
  night. They ruled out murder, suicide, overdose
  and kept his brain and heart to run further tests.
SSgt. Timothy J. Miller, 27 – Gardnerville, NV      #5384
                                                    #5385
    Sgt. Randi J. Miller, 25 – Lowell, MA
        Parkland, WA - Fort Lewis, WA
     March 1, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• She was a lab technician at Madigan AMC and had
  served in Iraq Mar-Nov 2006.
• He was an operating room assistant with the 47th
  Combat Support Hospital, 62nd Medical Bge and
  had served in Iraq & South Korea.
• Married 5 years with a 6-month old daughter.
• Both were shot dead by a fellow soldier (next slide)
  Millers, cont.
• She died of gunshot wounds to her head.
• He was killed by gunshots to his head and torso.
• Both were then place in their bathtub filled with
  acid she purchased at a Home Depot store.
• The Shooter took their baby with her.
• The Shooter turned out to be a Fort Leonard Wood
  trained chemical operations specialist and a
  member of the Fort Lewis ceremonial, I Corps
  Honor Guard since 2006.
• The Shooter is said to have been a pleasant person,
  a solid student and involved in social projects.
       SSgt. Christopher S. Frost, 24
                                                     #4001
              Waukesha, WI
 March 3, 2008 – Air Force collateral Damage

• He had been in the Air Force for six years and was just
  finishing up his second tour in Iraq.
• He was assigned to 377th Air Base Wing, Kirtland AFB,
  NM and deployed to support security force in Iraq.
• He worked in public affairs as editor of The Advisor, a
  semimonthly publication of the Multi-National Security
  Transition Command – Iraq.
• He died, along with seven member of the Iraqi air
  force, when an Iraqi army Mi-17 helicopter crashed
  near Bayji, Iraq.
     Spc. Timothy Dean Juneman, 25
                                                   #4644
              Spokane, WA
        March 5, 2008 – Army VA PTSD

• An eagle scout at 16, with a year of community college,
  he joined the Army in 2002, to get money for college.
• He had served in Iraq and was back home with a PTSD
  & TBI diagnosis.
• When he was released from inpatient suicide watch at
  the Spokane VA he had prescriptions for several
  medications, including antidepressant, anti-anxiety and
  antipsychotic drugs. He hanged himself in Pullman.
• His body was not found until nearly three weeks after
  his death. He had missed several medical
  appointments, yet there was apparently no effort to
  contact or check on him.
       Chief SWO Lance Vaccaro, 35              #5140
               Reading, PA
    March 5, 2008 – Navy collateral damage

• He joined the Navy in 1991 and had been with
  the East-Coast SEAL Teams, based at Little Creek
  Naval Amphibious Base in Virginia Beach, for the
  past 11 years.
• His service included time in Kosovo, OEF & OIF.
• He reportedly died accidentally during parachute
  training at a base in Marana, AZ.
• He is the 2nd decade-plus experienced East-Coast
  SEAL to die in Arizona this way in three weeks.
          Mario Oscar Batres, 23
                                              #5239
               El Paso, TX
   March 6, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• Press release: One man is killed and another
  seriously injured in a racing collision.
• Without careful reading one might assume that
  the injured people were a part of the racing, but
• Two Fort Bliss soldiers were racing each other in
  East El Paso when one rammed into the back of
  another car, causing a four car chain reaction.
• The deceased El Paso citizen was the same age as
  the uninjured soldier that caused his death.
       Senior Airman Bianca Luna, 26
                                                      #4448
                 Chicago, IL
  March 7, 2008 – Air Force collateral damage
• Press release: Died after she was found unresponsive in
  base lodging [at 8:50 a.m. on a Friday morning].
• Later info: Her body was found with a five-inch kitchen
  knife sticking out of the back of her neck, blade up, half
  of it sunk into her flesh.
• She was wearing no pants or underwear.
• There were no fingerprints on the knife.
• She was TAD to Sheppard AFB in Texas, in a dormitory
  room at Grissom Air Reserve Base.
• The March 8th Autopsy Report (later info is from it)
  indicates that the cause of death is undetermined.
       Mr. Albert A. Haroutounian, 36           #4975
        Kuwait & Honey Brook, PA
    March 10, 2008 – DoD collateral damage

• Born and raised in Kuwait until the eighth grade
  he knew Armenian, Arabic and English.
• He immigrated to the U.S. in 1986 after the death
  of his mother and worked mainly in the food
  service industry until Sept. 11 events.
• He had gone to work for Trinity, Inc. a self-
  described ‘small’ company that employs
  translators across the globe.
• His last assignment was with Fox Company out of
  Fort Hood as their Commander’s Interpreter and
  was killed by the same blast as five soldiers.
      GSgt. Christopher Bachus, 38           #4886
        Madison Township, OH
  March 10, 2008 – USMC collateral damage

• He joined the Marines in 1988.
• An explosion under his Humvee near the end
  of this second tour in Iraq gave him a
  concussion and he lost much of his hearing.
• He was working as an artillery instructor, even
  with the hearing loss.
• He died in his sleep, cause unknown.
      Sgt. Robert Lewis Hampton, 26               #5320
                Killeen, TX
   March 11, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He died in a motorcycle accident while stationed
  at Fort Hood, TX.
• Very little available about him other than that he
  had an Iraq Campaign Service Medal.
• In digging deeper (possible helping hand) I see
  that a brother of his, also an Iraq Vet., died in
  2007 in College Station, TX.
• It’s like he didn’t want to be on the rug unless his
  brother was too. Count on it, Sarge.
            Gretchen Dunn, 36
                                                          #5339
            Mechanic Falls, ME
March 12, 2008 – Army collateral damage
• Hours after a Fort Bragg soldier returned from
  Iraq, he was involved in a wreck that killed his
  wife and left him critically injured.
• Troopers are trying to determine why he was
  driving so fast. He had a clean driving record and
  no drugs or alcohol were involved.
• It was about 10:40 a.m. on a Wednesday.
• He’s an intelligence analyst in Special Operations
  travelling about 100 mph.
• Most folks don’t drive that fast unless being chased.
     Sgt. Thomas E. Towers Jr., 28
                                                   #5321
              Oxford, FL
March 14, 2008 – Army collateral damage
• He joined the military right out of high school and
  had shipped out to Iraq on Christmas Eve 2003 and
  returned in October 2004.
• Two years later, he signed up for another tour and
  had been back from that about six months.
• He had survived two tours in Iraq, but not sharing
  the road with the people he served to protect.
• A 22 year-old civilian veered onto the wrong side of a
  road, at more than 80 mph, killing Sgt. Towers and
  putting himself in a coma for four month.
      Maj. David Yaggy, 34 – Sparks, MD             #5322
                                                    #5323
2nd Lt. ALexander Prezioso, 23 – Lake Worth, FL
    March 14, 2008 – USMC collateral damage

• They were members of Training Squadron VT-6 at
  Naval Air Station Whiting Field in Milton, FL
• The T-34C crash occurred on the south rim of
  Chandler Mountain, about 60 miles NE of
  Birmingham during a training flight.
• The Navy is still investigating what caused the
  midday crash.
• The T-34C was developed in 1973 – The last one
  rolled off the production line in 1990.
        Spc. Lerando J. Brown, 27              #4016
               Gulfport, MS
  March 15, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He deployed with his Guard unit, the 288th
  Sapper Company based in Houston, MS shortly
  after getting married last May.
• He got caught up on family matters back home in
  a fifteen minute conversation with his wife the
  Friday before he died and had mentioned he was
  up for promotion to sergeant.
• Press release: Died of injuries suffered in an
  incident in Balad, Iraq.
• Other info: It was a gunshot wound to his chest.
         Sgt. Gregory D. Unruh, 28                   #4019
               Dickinson, TX
   March 19, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He joined the Army in February 2006 as a fire support
  specialist and deployed to Iraq in November 2007 and
  planned to go to law school after done deploying.
• Press release: Died of injuries suffered in a vehicle
  accident in Mandali, Iraq.
• Other info: He was riding in the top gunner position of
  his Humvee and it rolled over somehow during a
  reconnaissance mission.
• He was normally a forward fire control person who
  would call in air strikes.
       Officer Matthew Morelli, 38
                                             #4686
               Norwalk, CT
       March 21, 2008 – DoD VA PTSD
• He had served in the Gulf War and was honorably
  discharged from the Marines in 1996. Then he
  joined the Norwalk Police.
• His death was originally thought to be an in the
  line of duty shooting and had launched a
  “Statewide manhunt”.
• It was later determined through autopsy and
  investigation that it had been a suicide.
• It was then that some noticed it had occurred on
  the 5th Anniversary of our invasion of Iraq.
     Pvt. Tommie Edward Jones, 27
                                            #4509
             Hanceville, AL
        March 25, 2008 – Army PTSD

• He returned from Iraq to Fort Carson, CO in
  2007 and had been diagnosed with PTSD.
• He said he still woke up every morning angry.
• He said, “My his body is here, but my mind is
  in Iraq.”
• He killed himself in front of his mother. He
  may have done so to spare her from any
  doubts that he had done so.
            Unidentified Soldier                  #5329
                Fort Bliss, TX
  April 1, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• Senior Commander’s Bulletin, dated 04 April 2008,
  titled: Soldier Fatality
• Details given are that the soldier died as a result of
  injuries he sustained in a single car POV accident
  March 20 while traveling to Fort Polk, LA.
• The soldier was driving on I-10 when he lost control
  of his vehicle and hit an overpass embankment.
• No other details yet located.
   Unidentified Citizen #1 – El Paso, TX      #5330
                                              #5331
   Unidentified Citizen #2 – El Paso, TX
  April 1, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• Senior Commander’s Bulletin, dated 04 April
  2008, titled: Soldier Fatality
• Detail given that: Three Team Bliss soldiers were
  also involved in POV collisions associated with
  the deaths of two El Paso citizens.
• No other details yet located.
            Unidentified Soldier            #5332

                 El Paso, TX
  April 4, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• Senior Commander’s Bulletin, dated 04 April
  2008, titled: Soldier Suicide
• Detail given that: The soldier died from a self-
  inflicted gunshot wound at an El Paso residence.
• No other details yet located.
          Unidentified Veteran               #4887
                 Dallas, TX
         April 4, 2008 – VA PTSD

• Dallas VA Hospital, psychiatric ward.
• An unidentified man fastened a bed sheet to
  the bottom corner of a door frame, draped a
  noose over the top, and hanged himself.
• This was the fourth publicized suicide in less
  that three months so they closed the ward.
• The story was widely reported, but not his
  identity, etc. I added a multi-branch symbol.
                    Non-fatal anecdote

• Jack Edenburn, Vietnam Vet., tells his Dallas VA story:
• He had been able to disregard the voices for 40 years, but
  one day he almost listened to them and so he knew he
  needed to get some help.
• He went to the Dallas VA and stayed for five days.
  “Imagine Hell” he says, “then think worse.”
• Patients soiled with feces and soaked in urine wandered
  aimlessly about, screaming, rolling delirious on the floor.
  One woman, he said, removed ceiling tiles and crawled
  into the space above the day room.
• He says “I was more traumatized after five days there
  than when I was admitted – and remember, I was suicidal
  when I got there!”
   Historical footnote for April 4, 2008


According to the Fort Bliss Monitor:
• The Fifth annual Veterans Motorcycle Run is
  scheduled for April 4. Registration is between 2
  through 5 p.m. at the Ambrosio Guillen
  Veterans’ Home located at 9650 Kenworthy.
• Motorcycle run includes food, door prizes, live
  music and more. Last bike in is at 7 p.m. at
  Mulligan’s North located at 107 Gateway North.
      Pfc. Daniel Cody Openshaw, 25
                                                     #5386
                 Logan, UT
    April 5, 2008 – Army collateral damage
• He was injured in a parachute fall training with the 82nd
  Airborne just before the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan.
• Three months later, while awaiting his medical discharge,
  he was sexually assaulted by a solicitous platoon sergeant.
• This magnified his disability by adding PTSD to it.
• Many years later, still not better, he went for a two-month
  treatment in Florida and returned home.
• He died in his sleep the first night back from respiratory
  arrest from prescription drug toxicity.
• His assailant is said to have been questioned, but
  remained on activity duty and then deployed in Iraq.
         Pfc. Shane D. Penley, 19              #4044
              Sauk Village, IL
    April 6, 2008 – DoD collateral damage

• He entered the Army in June 2007 and arrived at
  Fort Campbell in October.
• Press release: Died of wound suffered while on
  duty at a guard post at Patrol Base Copper, Iraq.
• Later info: Member of 502nd Infantry Regiment,
  101st Airborne Division, killed by sniper bullet.
• See the Mahmudiyah killings / revenge.
         Spc. Zachary D. Tucker, 26                  #5316
                Fort Bliss, TX
    April 8, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He was an infantry mortar man with the 4th BCT, 1st AD,
  Fort Bliss, TX and had been pictured in a June 2006
  article “Mortar” in the base paper when he was still a
  Private.
• He had returned from Iraq about four months before.
• He died just before midnight on Tuesday in a
  motorcycle crash.
• It was the city’s third motorcycle fatality in two days
  and the third Team Bliss motorcycle accident in just
  four days.
      Spc. Jeremiah C. Hughes, 26           #4055
             Jacksonville, FL
   April 9, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He was in high school ROTC and joined the
  Army in July 1999. He had been stationed at
  Schofield Barracks in Hawaii since January
  2000, but was on his second tour in Iraq.
• He died in Balad, Iraq of injuries reportedly
  sustained in a non-combat related incident in
  Abu Gharab, Iraq.
        Spc. Jacob J. Fairbanks, 22
                                              #4056
              Saint Paul, MN
    April 9, 2008 – Army collateral damage
• He was active in JROTC, wrestling and tennis.
• He joined the Army in 2004 and was about six
  months into his second tour in Iraq.
• He visited via webcam with his wife for three
  hours the day before with no mention of anything
  negative.
• Press release: Died of injuries in a non-combat
  related incident in Baghdad, Iraq.
• Other info: Died from a possibly self-inflicted
  gunshot wound.
• Later: It was a fatal gunshot wound to the head.
           Bruce McKinney, 24
                                              #5226
             Fort Worth, TX
   April 15, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He had an affair with the wife of a corrections
  officer, who was also a Navy veteran, but it was
  supposed to be over with.
• The husband overheard him calling his wife and
  called him into his apartment and shot him.
• The Texas jury took about two hours to acquit.
          Sgt. Sergio Sanchez, 22
                                                 #5340
                Anniston, AL
    April 19, 2008 – Army collateral damage
• He was an 82nd Airborne Paratrooper and a
  computer systems repair technician assigned to
  the 407th BSB, 2nd BCT at Fort Bragg, NC.
• He had joined the army in 2004, survived one of
  those extra long 15-month tours and been back
  about a month.
• He was outside a club, talking on his cell phone,
  and chanced upon several men robbing three
  other soldiers. A gunman approached him from
  behind and shot him in the neck at close range.
           Unidentified Soldier, 19             #5333

                Fort Bliss, TX
  April 20, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• Senior Commander’s Bulletin, dated 21 April
  2008, titled: Soldier Suicide
• Detail given: Last night, a 19 year old Team Bliss
  soldier was found dead in his barracks room
  from what appears to be an act of suicide.
• No other details yet located.
Petty Officer 1st Class Cherie L. Morton, 40        #4068
              Bakersfield, CA
    April 20, 2008 – Navy collateral damage

• She had 15 years of service and was the command
  career counselor for Naval Security Force.
• Press release: Died in Galali, Muharraq, Bahrain. The
  cause is under investigation.
• Other info: She was discovered dead in her living room
  after apparently suffering a head injury.
• Initial hospital notes reported a bullet wound to the
  back of her head, but navy officials have repeatedly
  denied that and said no weapon was involved.
     Navy Airman Adrian M. Campos, 22
                                                           #4072
                El Paso, TX
     April 21, 2008 – Navy collateral damage
• He had been in the Navy’s JROTC program and joined the
  Navy in April 2006.
• He joined the Navy to visit distant shores and was deployed in
  November.
• He was with the Helicopter Sea Combat Support Squadron 22,
  USNS Arctic.
• Press release: Found dead in Dubai due to a non-combat
  related incident.
• Other info: Conflicting accounts on why he fell to his death
  early Monday morning from the third floor atrium of a
  Ramada Hotel in Dubai lead local police to call it suicide, and
  U.S. authorities to call it accidental.
• So honest money would be that it was neither.
       Pvt. Ronald R. Harrison, 25             #4075
            Morris Plains, NJ
   April 22, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He joined the National Guard in December 2003
  and the active duty Army a couple years later and
  became a Bradley Fighting Vehicle mechanic
  stationed at Forth Stewart, GA.
• He went to Iraq in January 2007 on a 15-month
  deployment at Base Falcon.
• He reportedly died of a non-combat related injury
  at a Forward Operating Base near Baghdad, Iraq
  at the end of his 15th month.
   Sgt. Guadalupe Cervantes Ramirez, 26           #4076
                Irwin, CA
    April 23, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He had previously received an Army commendation
  medal with valor for saving the lives of fellow
  soldiers which he had done in spite of being slightly
  injured himself at the time.
• He was on his third tour of Iraq, deployed with the
  2nd Heavy Equipment Transportation Company,
  working out of Kuwait shuttling supplies in and out
  of Iraq and between U.S. posts.
• He died at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait of injuries suffered
  in a non-hostile motor vehicle incident.
    1st Lt. Timothy W. Cunningham, 26           #4077
              College Station, TX
   April 23, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He had a nuclear engineering degree from the
  U.S. Military Academy.
• He came to Fort Campbell in April 2007,
  completed Ranger School, Parachutist training
  and was assigned to 101st Airborne (Air Assault).
• Press release: Died of injuries suffered in a
  vehicle incident in Golden Hills, Iraq.
• Other info: Vehicle rolled into a canal.
          Pfc. John T. Bishop, 22
                                                #4077
                Gaylord, MI                     #4078
   April 23, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He joined the Army in August 2006 and came to
  Fort Campbell in January 2007.
• He was with C Troop, 101st Airborne (Air Assault)
  deployed in the summer of 2007.
• He had just been home on an 18-day mid-tour
  leave in March and had criss-crossed Michigan to
  be able to visit all his family at that time.
• Press release: Died of injuries suffered in a
  vehicle incident in Golden Hills, Iraq.
• Other info: His vehicle rolled over in a canal.
      SSgt. Shaun J. Whitehead, 24          #4080
             Commerce, GA
   April 24, 2008 – DoD collateral damage

• Press release: Died of wound suffered when
  he encountered a roadside bomb during a
  dismounted patrol in Iskandariya, Iraq.
• Later info: Members of 502nd Infantry
  Regiment, 101st Airborne Division.
• See the Mahmudiyah killings / revenge.
           Pfc. William T. Dix, 32
                                                #4081
               Culver City, CA
   April 27, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He served in the Marine Corps and Army Reserve
  and then joined the Army in 2004.
• He served a year in Korea before his first tour in
  Iraq from November 2005 to October 2006.
• He went again in March with a unit that finds and
  disarms roadside bombs.
• His latest assignment was as the driver for the
  battalion’s Command Sergeant Major.
• He died of injuries suffered in a non-combat
  related incident at Camp Buehring, Kuwait.
       SSgt. Bryan E. Bolander, 26          #4087
             Bakersfield, CA
April 29, 2008 – DoD collateral damage

• Press release: Died when his vehicle struck a
  roadside bomb in Baghdad, Iraq.
• Later info: Members of 502nd Infantry
  Regiment, 101st Airborne Division.
• See the Mahmudiyah killings / revenge.
            Derek Johnson, 22
                                              #4888
             Hurricane, WV
        May 2, 2008 – Army VA PTSD
• He had been wounded in the Middle East in 2005
  and when he was discharged in 2006 returned
  home and rarely spoke of the war.
• He was diagnosed with PTSD and given Paxil,
  Klonopin and Seroquel but was otherwise in good
  physical health until he was rear-ended a week
  before his death.
• He was given a painkiller for his back injury and
  was no longer taking Paxil.
• He died in his sleep.
              Spc. Emily Ort, 24
                                                    #5387
                  Willis, TX
     May 3, 2008 – Army collateral damage
• She joined the Army in Nov 2003 and had reenlisted to
  continue providing a good life for her 16-month-old son.
• She was taking some medications for a Dec 2007 traffic
  accident, when her unit was sent from Fort Carson, CO
  to Fort Irwin National Training Center, CA for pre-
  deployment to Iraq training.
• Two weeks into the training she was found unconscious
  in her sleeping bag, taken to Weed Army Community
  Hospital and pronounced dead.
• Autopsy: Accidental multiple prescription drug toxicity,
  but she had been off-duty for three days due to
  vomiting, diarrhea and acute bronchopneumonia.
        Spc. Joseph M. Cerfus, 25            #4483
              Marysville, WA
    May 5, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He had joined the Navy at 17 and completed two
  tours in Iraq without a scratch.
• He joined the Army Reserve and in 2007 became
  a custody officer for the Snohomish County
  Department of Corrections.
• He was on a joint training exercise in Alberta,
  Canada, Maple Guardian, working with a ground
  crew slinging an item to an airborne Chinook
  helicopter when the fatal accident occurred.
           Jared Alan Gammil, 19
                                                   #5324
              Springfield, MO
     May 7, 2008 – Army collateral damage
• He joined the Army after graduating high school and
  was just married in December.
• He was stationed at Fort Hood, TX.
• At around 10:30 p.m. on a Wednesday he drove a 1999
  Mitsubishi Montero SUV on a ramp from Fort Hood and
  veered across a grassy area into the westbound lanes,
  crossed the center median and the two eastbound
  lanes, ran up a concrete embankment and struck one of
  the concrete pillars and was killed.
• No information on which pre-deployment inoculations
  he had received.
          Spc. Mary J. Jaenichen, 20                   #4100
                Temecula, CA
     May 9, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• She had been a JROTC cadet all fours years in high
  school and joined the Army Reserve soon after.
• She had been in Iraq for almost a year and had surprised
  her family with a visit during leave in March.
• She was with Brigade Troops Battalion and had been
  serving as a Military Police Officer at a detainee holding
  area for teenagers and asked her family to send coloring
  books and stuffed animals to distribute to children.
• Died of a non-combat related injury in Iskandariya, Iraq.
        Spc. Timothy K. Israel, 23
                                             #4831
               Elwood, IN
         May 9, 2008 – Army PTSD

• He served in Iraq from Oct 06 through Oct 07.
• He had brought a Purple Heart home along
  with his PTSD.
• He was arrested on suspicion of domestic
  battery charges by the Elwood Police.
• He was found hanged by his pants’ drawstring
  in the holding cell at about 2:30 p.m. on Friday
• His custodians have ruled is a suicide.
              Sgt. Joseph A. Ford, 23
                      Knox, IN                      #4101
        May 10, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He had to shed 70 pounds in order to pass the Guard’s
  physical. And he did it! He was assigned to 1st
  Squadron, 152nd CR, 76th BCT in New Albany, IN.
• He was one of eight out of 3000 in his brigade to fire a
  perfect score in tests on the .50-caliber and M240 Bravo
  machine guns. So being a gunner was a good fit.
• He was atop one of 1000+ $700,000 Armored Security
  Vehicles built by Textron at a plant in New Orleans.
• Press release: Died of injuries suffered in a vehicle
  accident in Asad, Iraq.
Ford, continued

• The vehicle rolled, he was thrown out and the
  vehicle rolled over him.
• His mother, a hospital phlebotomist who has
  seen crushed bodies before, did not think his
  body looked like it had been landed on by a
  30,000 pound vehicle.
• Then she learned the turret had come loose and
  that turrets had come loose before.
• To fix the known problem, in August 2006,
  Textron had doubled the number of bolts around
  the turret ring and began retrofitting the older
  units in January.
       Willard J. “Will” Twiggs, 38
     SSgt. Travis N. “T-Bo” Twiggs, 36        #4510
                                              #4511
               Quantico, VA
   May 14, 2008 – USMC collateral damage

• He had served a tour in Afghanistan and four
  tours in Iraq before sidelined with PTSD.
• He had months of PTSD therapy and on up to 12
  different medications.
• About two weeks before his suicide he had met
  Mr. Bush at the White House for a Photo Op with
  the Wounded Warriors Regiment.
• He and his brother apparently had a suicide pact.
       Pfc. Stephen C. Serrano, 21
                                           #4449
              El Dorado, CA
   May 15, 2008 – USMC collateral damage

• Reportedly killed by two fellow Marines
  because another Marine had, at gunpoint,
  identified him as an accomplice to a theft.
• Theft is rumored to have been (drug) money.
• The two Marines then arranged to meet him
  and shot him once in the head and three
  times in the back – or – once in the chest.
• The elder Marine, age 21, had served in Iraq.
          Unidentified Soldier             #5345

             Fort Bliss, TX
 May 16, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• Senior Commander’s Bulletin, dated 28 May
  2008, titled: Soldier Suicide
• Detail given: A recently PCS’d Team Bliss
  Soldier shot himself in the head after
  consuming alcohol and playing with a loaded
  pistol at a party.
• No other details yet located.
          Spc. Scott Eiswert, 31
                                           #4594
                Tennessee
    May 16, 2008 – National Guard PTSD

• He had served for 15 months in Iraq with the
  Tennessee National Guard.
• He had been struggling against PTSD for a year
  and a half.
• He got the news that his unit was being sent
  back to Iraq.
       Pfc. Howard A. Jones Jr., 35            #4105
               Chicago, IL
   May 18, 2008 – Army collateral Damage

• He joined the Army to get some extra money to
  go back to school afterward.
• He had been in the Army 15 months and survived
  the first part of his tour in Iraq.
• He and his fiancé had recently been featured on a
  cable TV program about planning a wedding.
• Died of injuries sustained when he was struck by
  a hit-and-run driver while on leave from the Iraq
  theater operations in Chicago, IL.
           Pfc. Rick Bulmer, 23
                                              #4491
                Fresno, CA
   May 19, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He had been married two months and his wife
  was now pregnant.
• He had joined the Army for its family medical
  care among other things just the week before.
• He was at Fort Benning, GA for basic training.
• He was stabbed while resting in the barracks.
• His killer had recently been accepted to attend
  the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School in
  Monmouth, NJ.
         Chad Oligschlaeger, 21
                                          #4701
           Corpus Christi, TX
        May 20, 2008 – USMC PTSD

• He joined the Marines in July 2004.
• He served two tours in Iraq and came back
  with PTSD both times.
• He was now on eight different medications.
• He was found dead in a barracks room having
  apparently died in his sleep of a toxic
  combination of medications.
          Unidentified Soldier              #5345

             Fort Bliss, TX
 May 23, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• Senior Commander’s Bulletin, dated 28 May
  2008, titled: Soldier Suicide
• Detail given: Last Friday, Team Bliss lost a
  soldier to an apparent suicide. The soldier
  had been consuming alcohol at an off-post
  residence and without warning, shot himself
  in the head with a handgun.
• No other details yet located.
      Sgt. 1st Class Jason F. Dene, 37          #4110
                Castleton, VT
   May 24, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He joined the Army in 1988 and was 14-months
  into his 15-month (second) tour of duty in Iraq.
• In the nearly 20 years since his enlistment he had
  served in Haiti, Serbia, Bosnia and Iraq.
• He had lately been suffering from terrible sleep
  apnea and tinnitus.
• He reportedly died of injuries suffered in a non-
  combat related incident in Baghdad, Iraq.
       Cpl. Christian S. Cotner, 20           #4111
             Waterbury, CT
   May 30, 2008 – USMC collateral damage

• His school principal says he had loved being in
  ROTC and couldn’t wait to go into the military.
• He was stationed in Okinawa, Japan before
  being deployed to Iraq.
• He is reported to have died of a non-hostile
  incident in Anbar province, Iraq.
    Spc. Christopher D. McCarthy, 28        #4113

           Virginia Beach, VA
    June 1, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He joined the Reserve to help pay his college
  tuition and was on his second tour in Iraq.
• He was assigned to the Joint Forces
  Command, Joint Reserve Unit, Norfolk, VA.
• Press release: He died at Forward Operating
  Base Ramadi. His death is under investigation.
• Later info: He was found in his barracks
  unconscious and without a pulse.
        Major Lance Waldorf, 40             #4492
         Bingham Farms, MI
     June 2, 2008 – Army Reserve PTSD

• He had served two tours in Afghanistan and
  was expecting to receive orders for a third
  deployment soon.
• He had suffered from depression and PTSD.
• He dressed in his military fatigues and went to
  a nearby veterans’ cemetery and died of a
  self-inflicted gunshot wound.
         Spc. Quincy J. Green, 26                #4114
               El Paso, TX
    June 2, 2008 – Army Collateral damage

• Enjoyed Navy Junior ROTC events; had portrayed
  the school mascot at football games, where he
  was called Raider Man.
• He joined the Army in 2003 and was on his first
  deployment to Iraq. He had anguished about
  leaving his family to become a chaplain’s assistant
  in Iraq.
• Press release: Died of injuries sustained in a non-
  combat related incident in Tikrit, Iraq.
• Other info: Died from sniper fire.
     Pfc. Joshua E. Waltenbaugh, 19              #4115
               Ford City, PA
    June 3, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He joined the Army as a high school junior and
  completed basic training at Fort Leonard Wood in
  Missouri between his junior and senior years.
• After graduation in 2007 he was stationed at Fort
  Hood, Texas before being deployed to Iraq.
• Press release: Died of injuries sustained in a non-
  combat related incident in Taji, Iraq.
• Other info: Died from chest wounds sustained
  from small-arms fire.
         Cesar Ramirez-Ibanez, 21                   #5202
                                                    #5203
          Amairany Cervantes, 28
           Colorado Springs, CO
    June 6, 2008 – Army collateral damage
• The couple were gunned down while hanging a garage
  sale sign by a rifleman sitting in a nearby car.
• He had tried the same thing 11 days before, but that
  Army Capt. survived the two shots.
• The shooter was a 24 year old Fort Carson soldier.
• A year later, a story about 11 killings linked to Fort
  Carson headlined: U.S. Slayings by Vets Linked to War
  Stress
• (Even though most were still active duty at the time.)
 Pfc. Norman M. “Ehren” Murburg III, 20
                                            #4450
             Gainesville, FL
    June 9, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• A Special Forces trainee, he was reportedly
  killed by a water moccasin bite on the hand
  during an exercise near Fort Bragg, NC.
• A little after his parents had finally made
  peace with that unlikely scenario, a Special
  Forces officer and an Investigator showed up
  and told his father they weren’t so sure about
  the snake bite on the hand part.
        Spc. Thomas Duncan III, 21
                                                 #4121
               Rowlett, TX
      June 9, 2008 – Army Friendly Fire

• He kept returning to Fort Benning. First basic
  training, then jump school, and then most
  recently ranger school.
• He was now on his second tour of duty in Iraq.
• Press release: Died of gunshot wounds suffered
  during combat operations in Sinjar, Iraq.
• Other info: Apparently killed by a fellow soldier
  at close range as their unit was hunting
  insurgents near Mosul.
• Later: Wikileaked report shows that seven other
  soldiers were wounded in the incident.
     Sgt. 1st Class Gerard M. Reed, 40           #4124
           Jacksonville Beach, FL
   June 11, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He joined the Army in November 1985 and came
  to Fort Campbell in January 2001.
• He had completed over 22 years and was
  planning on retiring after this tour with the 86th
  Combat Support Hospital.
• Press release: Died of injuries suffered in a non-
  combat related incident in Baghdad, Iraq.
• Other info: He had been shot.
        LCpl. Javier Perales Jr., 19        #4125
             San Elizario, TX
   June 11, 2008 – USMC collateral damage

• He joined the Marines after graduating from
  San Elizario High School.
• He was an active member of San Elizario
  Catholic Church, where he served as a
  teacher’s aide in the Sunday school.
• He reportedly died from a non-hostile incident
  in Anbar province, Iraq.
     Pvt. Eugene D. M. Kanakaole, 19             #4126
                Maui, HI
   June 11, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He graduated Maui High School in 2007.
• He was sent with the 87th Engineer Company to
  Iraq in May on a 15-month deployment.
• Their job is primarily to detect and clear roadside
  bombs & IEDs.
• Press release: Died of injuries sustained in a non-
  combat-related incident.
• Other info: He had been in Iraq one month when
  he was found dead from a single gun shot wound
  to the head.
            Claudia Lopez, 28                  #5257
               El Paso, TX
   June 14, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• She was a teacher at Andress high school.
• She was crossing the street at the Chit Chat
  Bar in Northeast El Paso when a 19 year old
  soldier hit her and three others with his truck.
  Her injuries were fatal.
• He was initially charged with intoxicated
  manslaughter until they decided he wasn’t
  intoxicated. Oh, well that’s okay then.
        Spc. Megan Lynn Touma, 23
                                                  #4889
              Cold Spring, KY
    June 21, 2008 – Army collateral damage
• They had met in Germany where they were both
  stationed and she was carrying his child.
• He was sent to Ft. Bragg for Psy Ops training and she
  was coincidentally sent there TDY waiting to see to
  which base’s dental clinic she would be assigned.
• Seven-months pregnant, she was found in a motel
  bathtub decomposing within two weeks of arriving
  from Germany.
• He was charged with her murder, but prosecutors
  said the murder did not warrant capital punishment.
           Sgt. Sean Webster, 23
            Charlottesville, VA                 #4512

   June 23, 2008 – USMC collateral damage

• He was severely injured in Sep 2005 and
  underwent 14 surgeries to repair an arm and leg
  ripped apart by shrapnel.
• He had been assigned to the Wounded Warriors
  Battalion at Camp Pendleton and had become the
  barracks manager and provided encouragement
  to others there when he felt it was needed.
• He thought it would be a good fit for him to be on
  staff there and a local paper ran his story on June
  20th. Three days later his body was found in an
  isolated part of the base.
         Spc. Kenneth Jacobs, 21
                                              #4890
              Walworth, NY
   June 23, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He was a gunner in a Humvee doing convoy
  security and had several close calls with IEDs,
  but was back and doing okay.
• He had gotten married two months after
  returning from Iraq and they were expecting
  their first child in November.
• He was at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii.
• He was found dead in a roommate’s bunk.
         Civilian Nicole Suveges
                Chicago, IL                #581

   June 24, 2008 – DoD collateral damage

• She had reportedly served in Sarajevo as an
  Army Reservist.
• She had enrolled at John Hopkins in 2000 and
  was said to be in Iraq doing research for her
  Political Science dissertation.
• This was her second civilian “tour” in Iraq.
• She was one of 14 killed by a bomb. That
  story lists her as a DOD employee.
          Civilian Steven Farley
                                               #582
                Guthrie, OK
    June 24, 2008 – DoD collateral damage

• He is reported to have gone to Iraq to join a team
  of people dedicated to building Iraqi
  neighborhoods mid-2007.
• Condoleezza Rice praised his “devotion to public
  service” and she said he and other Americans
  working for the State Department and the
  Department of Defense are facing daily dangers
  while trying to advance U.S. foreign policy goals.
      Spc. Joseph Patrick Dwyer, 31            #4605
              Pinehurst, NC
       June 28, 2008 – Army VA PTSD

• The day after 9/11 he went to see a recruiter.
• He was the “famous” soldier shown clutching a
  tiny Iraqi boy and racing him to safety in 2003.
• He came back after three months in Iraq with
  PTSD. He started abusing inhalants.
• He was committed to psychiatric wards in 2005
  and 2007 and would hallucinate Iraqis “outside”.
• He died at home of an overdose.
 Paul Demetri, 44, Berwyn Heights, MD           #4598

   Debra Gerlach, 41, St. Joseph, MI            #4599

   David Gerlach, 41, Johnstown, PA             #4600

    June 29, 2008 – DoD collateral damage
• A career Marine helicopter pilot with a degree in
  aerospace engineering from the University of
  Florida and a masters from John Hopkins
  University – he had served in seven military
  installations during his career.
• He had been working for a defense subcontractor
  and consultant.
• We don’t know why he felt compelled to kill that
  man, his wife or himself. All we know is that their
  four kids will be raised by their Grandmother.
 Sgt. 1st Class Anthony L. Woodham, 37           #4141
                 Rogers, AR
    July 5, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• Press release: Died of injuries sustained in a non-
  combat incident at Camp Adder, Tallil, Iraq.
• Other info: A preliminary military investigation
  indicates cardiac arrest and that he died suddenly
  while doing maintenance work on a Humvee.
• An early report of electrocution was made by
  someone in the rush of the moment and not
  borne out by the military’s investigation.
      Navy Veteran Lucas Senescall, 26               #4656
                Toledo, WA
       July 7, 2008 – VA collateral damage

• He served in the Navy from July 2000 until September
  2002, and on the USS Kitty Hawk.
• His first visit to the Spokane VA hospital was in December
  2002.
• He had numerous medical treatments over the years.
• Three hours after seeking help at the Spokane VAMC he
  hanged himself.
• The Spokane VA said, according to their recordkeeping, it
  was only the sixth suicide that year of a veteran who had
  contact with them.
        2nd Lt. Holley Wimunc, 24             #4891
                Dubuque, IA
   July 10, 2008 – USMC collateral damage

• The Womack Army Medical Center Maternity
  Ward at Fort Bragg was her first assignment. She
  had been there since August 2007.
• She was divorcing her Marine husband of one
  year and had gotten a TRO for him in May.
• He had returned from his second tour in Iraq in
  January.
• Her charred body was found near his base.
• He and a buddy were charged the next day.
          Spc. Carl B. McCoy, 23
                                               #4513
              Clarksville, TN
        July 11, 2008 – Army PTSD

• He had deployed to Iraq twice and returned to
  Fort Bragg, NC in Dec. 2007 before being assigned
  to Fort Campbell, Quartermaster Co.
• His wife, also stationed at Fort Campbell, says
  Blanchfield Army Community Hospital could have
  paid more attention to his problems: nightmares,
  memories of severed limbs and dying near him,
  aversion to fireworks, increased drinking since his
  return from Iraq, etc. and diagnosed PTSD.
          Sgt. Thomas Neiper, 25
                                                #4688
            South Plainfield, NJ
         July 11, 2008 – USMC PTSD

• He was home on a 15-day leave from Iraq.
• With still five days leave remaining before he
  would need to return to Iraq he died in a single
  vehicle crash at 4:14 a.m.
• Police said that he was not speeding, not driving
  under the influence nor did he have any prior
  violations.
• It appears that he was riding lawfully along and
  then just lost control (startled by something?) of
  his bike and slammed into a guardrail.
      LCpl. Jeffrey S. Stevenson, 20         #4144
                Newton, NJ
   July 13, 2008 – USMC collateral damage

• He was a machinist with the 7th Engineers
  Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group
  based at Camp Pendleton, CA.
• Press release: Died from a non-hostile
  incident in Anbar province, Iraq.
     Petty Officer Daniel R. Verbeke, 25
                                                #4145
                  Exton, PA
     July 14, 2008 – Navy collateral damage

• He was a Navy Aviation Boatswain’s Mate 3rd
  Class aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt.
• On December 5, 2005 he was doing emergency
  repairs on one of the carrier’s arresting wires
  when a hydraulic failure blasted the side of his
  neck with 50,000 pounds of pressure.
• He was thrown backward into a beam inches
  from his head. The accident left him a
  quadriplegic with TBI, a collapsed lung, fractured
  vertebrae and fractured ribs.
• Died after 2 ½ years of incremental improvement.
          SSgt. David W. Textor, 27                    #4148
                Roanoke, VA
    July 15, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He joined the Army in May 2002 and three years later
  began the Special Forces Qualification Course, and
  earned his Green Beret in November 2006.
• He was then assigned to Fort Lewis as a Special Forces
  Operational Detachment Alpha weapons sergeant.
• He deployed in May 2008 and was part of a 12-man
  team working with the Iraqi military.
• The father of five died of injuries suffered from a non-
  combat vehicle incident in Mosul, Iraq.
      Tech. Sgt. Jackie L. Larsen, 37           #4149
              Tacoma, WA
  July 17, 2008 – Air Force collateral damage

• She joined the Air Force in 1990.
• She was assigned to the 9th Reconnaissance
  Wing, Beale Air Force Base, CA in April 2006.
• She was the superintendent of the Beale Legal
  office and deployed from there to Iraq.
• She reportedly died of non-combat-related
  medical causes at Balad Air Base, Iraq.
        1st Sgt. Roger Parker, 41
                                          #4514
               Saluda, NC
        July 19, 2008 – Army PTSD

• His unit lost its first two soldiers 12 days
  before they were set to return.
• Two other members from his unit had taken
  their owns lives in December.
• He was having marriage problems and his wife
  had inadvertently taken his medication with
  her and they wouldn’t let him refill it yet.
• The next day he hanged himself at home.
         Pfc. Luke Joshua Brown, 27
                                                #4451
              Fredericksburg, VA
     July 20, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He had joined the Army in 2007 and had basic
  training at Fort Leonard Wood, MO. He went on to
  advanced individual training at Fort Huachuca, AZ
  and airborne school at Fort Benning, GA. He had
  not been overseas yet.
• He was an intelligence analyst with the division’s HQ
  & HQ Company at the time.
• His Army buddy had been deployed four times and
  ended up using deadly force to subdue a very drunk
  and erratic behaving wildman – leaving his body to
  be discovered in a car in a parking lot on base.
      Maj. Christopher M. Cooper, 33             #5134
                                                 #5135
         Maj. Brent D. Williams, 37              #5136
                                                 #5137
       Capt. Michael K. Dodson, 31               #5138
       1st Lt. Joshua D. Shepherd, 26            #5139

        1st Lt. Robert D. Gerren, 32
           Col. George Martin, 51
   July 21, 2008 – Air Force collateral damage
• Crew with over 6000 flying hours died when their
  B-52H Stratofortress crashed in the ocean during
  a swing around the island as part of Guam
  Liberation Day celebrations.
• The Barksdale AFB, Louisiana crew had been
  assigned to Andersen AFB, Guam in May 2008.
         Sgt. Timothy Ryan Nelson, 25             #5186

                Bellingham, WA
      July 26, 2008 – USMC collateral damage

• He had participated in the Battle of Fallujah, Iraq.
• He was President of Bellingham Chapter 3 of the
  Veterans of Modern Warfare, board member of
  the Whatcom County Veterans Advisory
  Committee and worked at the VA Veteran Center
  in Bellingham.
• He was found dead at his home of a possibly self-
  inflicted gunshot.
      Brig. Gen. Thomas Leroy Tinsley, 46                 #4452

              Elmendorf AFB, AK
     July 27, 2008 – Air Force collateral damage
• Before becoming Base Commander in May 2007, he had
  spent nearly two years as executive officer to the recently
  ousted Air Force Chief of Staff.
• He was found dead in his home on Elmendorf Air Force
  Base from a gunshot to the chest.
• It is not known if this was the basis for the, then Alaska
  Governor’s, famous phrase, “don’t retreat – reload” or just
  an amazing coincidence given her penchant for firearms
  and proximity to the victim who was cooperating with
  authorities in their investigation of corruption and ignored
  incompetence between the Air Force and some Defense
  Contractors which could become political nightmares –
  given that everything else was imploding also.
      Spc. Donald James Scott Jr., 24
                                                   #4453
              Boyceville, WI
             July 29, 2008 – Army
• He had joined the Army in Nov. 1999 and earned a tour
  ending purple heart where he was blowing up
  ordnance with the Army’s 299th Engrs Bravo Company.
• After several surgeries, he has become a Biomedical
  Equipment Specialist at Fort Hood since Dec. 2005 with
  the 582nd Medical Logistic Co, 61st Multifunctional
  Medical Bn, 1st Medical Bge, 13th Sustainment
  Command (Expeditionary).
• He was found dead on a training area on Fort Hood.
  His car was there and the only new thing was a
  prescription for a stop-smoking medicine.
           Lt. Col. Thomas Bouley
                                                 #4924
          Nellis Air Force Base, NV
   July 30, 2008 – Air Force collateral damage
• He reportedly died during Exercise Red Flag 08-03,
  a combat training mission conducted on the
  Nevada Test and Training Range.
• He was the 65th Aggressor Squadron commander,
  piloting an F-15D Eagle. The crash was later said to
  be due to “imperfections in the jet’s nose cone and
  an imbalance in the fuel tanks”.
• They did not indicate whether the nose cone
  imperfections existed in the other 223 F-15’s still
  operated by the Air Force, costing $40-100 million
  each (McDonnell Douglas & Boeing IDS).
          Derrick Hendon, 25
                                          #4515
           North Akron, OH
    July 31, 2008 – National Guard PTSD

• From the moment his unit was mobilized and
  sent to Iraq – he had tried to get out.
• He had been back from Iraq three years and
  continued to oppose war.
• His wife had taken their two children and
  moved to Israel after the divorce in 2007.
• Found hanged by an extension cord in his
  garage. A note said, “I’m just tired.”
        Spc. Andre D. Mitchell, 25             #4151
               Elmont, NY
    July 31, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He joined the Army on Valentine’s Day 2006 and
  became a Petroleum Supply Specialist in Jul 2006.
• He was assigned to Headquarters and
  Headquarters Troop Sabre Squadron in November
  2007 and deployed with them to Iraq.
• Press release: Died of injuries sustained in a
  vehicle accident in Mosul, Iraq.
• Other info: His Humvee accidentally flipped over
  during a sharp curve while on patrol.
          Sgt. Brian K. Miller, 37           #4152
               Pendleton, IN
   August 2, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He was a 19-year veteran of the Guard, a
  mechanic and metal worker.
• He deployed in March for the first time.
• Press release: Died of injuries sustained in a
  vehicle accident in Abd Allah, Iraq.
• Other info: His vehicle, a wrecker, swerved to
  avoid an object in the road and rolled over.
         Spc. Kevin R. Dickson, 21             #4153
               Steelville, MO
   August 2, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He joined the Army in 2006 and joined his unit in
  January 2007, deploying shortly thereafter.
• He was a construction equipment repair specialist
  with Group Service Support Company, 10th
  Special Forces Group (Airborne) based at Fort
  Carson, CO.
• He was on his second tour to Iraq.
• He died of injuries suffered in a non-combat
  related incident in Balad, Iraq.
          Pfc. Jennifer L. Cole, 34             #4154
           American Canyon, CA
   August 2, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• She was with the 426th Support Bn, 101st
  Airborne (Air Assault) based at Fort Campbell, KY.
• A motor transport operator, she was sent to Iraq
  in March and had told her mother she knew she
  was making a difference.
• Press release: Died of injuries suffered in a non-
  combat related incident in Bayji, Iraq.
• Other info: Accidentally shot by another soldier
  while the two were cleaning weapons
        Spc. Ronald A. Schmidt, 18                #4155
               Newton, KS
 August 2 & 3, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He graduated from high school in 2007 and had
  lettered in wrestling all four years.
• He joined the National Guard his senior year and
  became a “M” day soldier. By January he was
  deployed to Camp Ashraf, Iraq.
• He was a gunner in the alpha Humvee running
  routes for IEDs.
• Died in Balad on the 3rd of injuries sustained in a
  vehicle accident in Ashraf, Iraq on the 2nd .
    Pvt. Eric Jonathan McSherry, 20
                                              #4454
               Houston, TX
  August 4, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• Having graduated from Clear Creek High School
  in 2007 he joined the Army the following year.
• He entered in January and had been with the
  48th Chemical Brigade, III Corps as a chemical,
  biological, radiological and nuclear specialist
  since June.
• He was extremely happy and recently married.
• He was found dead in his barracks at Ft. Hood.
        Pvt. Timothy J. Hutton, 21               #4158
                Dillon, MT
   August 4, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He joined the Army in January with a desire to
  see more of the world as one reason given.
• He was originally assigned to the 54th Engineer
  Battalion based in Bamberg, Germany and
  deployed to Iraq from there.
• He had only been in Iraq a couple of weeks.
• He reportedly died of injuries sustained in a non-
  combat related incident in Baghdad, Iraq.
       MSgt. Danny E. Maybin, 47            #4161
             Columbia, SC
  August 7, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He was assigned to Headquarters, U.S. Forces
  Command, Fort McPherson, GA.
• He was named a recipient of the Lieutenant
  Governor’s Palmetto Patriot Award.
• Died as the result of a non-combat related
  incident at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.
        SSgt. Larry G. Flores, 27
                                            #4601
              Palestine, TX
  August 9, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He enlisted in the Army in June 2000 and
  joined the Houston Recruiting Battalion in
  May 2004.
• He was a station commander in Nacogdoches.
• He was the fourth Army Recruiter who worked
  with the Houston Recruiting Battalion to have
  possibly take his own life since 2005.
             Unnamed Soldier
                                               #5344
               Fort Bliss, TX
 August 10-16, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• Team Bliss, Senior Commander’s Bulletin,
  dated 20 August 2008, titled: Soldier Fatality
• “Last week, Team Bliss lost a Soldier to an
  unexplained death by gun shot. The incident
  is still under investigation, but preliminary
  information indicates the Soldier died at his
  on-post residence…”
        Pfc. Travis Edward Dowd, 22
                                                #4455
                Tallahassee, FL
   August 12, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He played some football in high school and joined
  the military in 2007.
• The Army statement says he was assigned to 1st
  Calvary Division as an infantryman and that his
  unit wasn’t scheduled to deploy to Iraq until early
  the next year.
• A family member said he was a machine gunner
  who had already served in Iraq.
• He was found dead in his barracks at Ft. Hood.
 SSgt. Christopher Michael Roulund, 27
                                              #4456
             Jacksonville, NC
  August 13, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He graduated Dixon High School in 1999 and
  entered the service that November.
• He had served in Iraq and was with the 75
  Ranger Regiment (Regimental Special Troops
  Battalion).
• He is reported to have been killed in a free fall
  accident during training in Marana, AZ.
         SSgt. Sabrina Autrey, 23
               Arlington, VA                 #4687

   August 13, 2008 – DoD collateral damage
• She was a member of the Air Force 11th Mission
  Support Squadron Military Personnel Flight
  assigned to the Pentagon.
• She failed to report to a meeting on Wednesday,
  Aug. 13 at Bolling AFB.
• There were no signs of forced entry or suicide.
• She was found dead in her off-base apartment.
• An autopsy (sans toxicology) found no obvious
  signs of foul play or trauma.
           Pvt. Janelle F. King, 23                #4167
                 Merced, CA
  August 14, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• She joined the Army in May 2007 and arrived at
  Fort Polk, LA in January as a health care specialist.
• In previous deployments, the 115th Combat
  Support Hospital helped treat Iraqi detainees as
  well as U.S. troops.
• She died of injuries suffered in a non-combat
  related incident in Baghdad, Iraq.
Pfc. Paul Anthony Honto, 34 – Richlands, VA   #5317
                                              #5318
  Sgt. Joshua Rodriguez, 22 – Anthony, TX
   August 14, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• Both had served separately overseas and been
  married after returning in 2007 – one in Texas
  the other in Tennessee.
• They were stationed at Fort Bliss, TX.
• They died of injuries sustained in a motorcycle
  accident when they reportedly lost control on
  a curve and struck the median.
       Sgt. Kendale B. Carney, 28            #5388
              Hamlet, NC
  August 16, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• She was trained as a food service specialist
  and was home on leave from Iraq.
• She was assigned to the 503rd Maintenance
  Company, 7th Transportation Bn, 507th Corps
  Support Group, 18th Airborne Corps out of
  Fort Bragg, NC.
• She was found unresponsive at her mother’s
  home in Hamlet, NC.
      LCpl. Travis M. Stottlemeyer, 20                 #4168
                 Hatfield, PA
  August 17, 2008 – USMC collateral damage

• He joined the Marines in October 2006 and was
  assigned to the 3rd Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team
  Company based in Norfolk, VA in May 2007.
• Once stationed in Bahrain, he was able to speak with
  his fiancé almost daily, including the morning that he
  died.
• Press release: Died as a result of a non-hostile incident
  in Manama, Bahrain.
• His fiancé was told that he just didn’t wake up that day.
 Chief Petty Officer Scott Alan Starr, 47     #4658
           Virginia Beach, VA
       August 18, 2008 – Navy VA PTSD

• He had just retired in 2007. His last post had
  been to the Naval Surface Warfare Center at Dam
  Neck.
• He returned to Dam Neck as a civilian employee.
• He attempted suicide in the summer - followed
  by medication and counseling and a return to
  work a month later.
• Not too much later, he reportedly shot himself at
  home.
        Spc. Jorge L. Feliz Nieve, 26                #4173
            Queens Village, NY
  August 28, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• After high school, he moved to New York City from his
  birthplace, Santa Domingo, in the Dominican Republic.
• He entered the Army on March 23, 2006 and given
  MOS 92F (Petroleum Supply Specialist) and then
  trained in the Petroleum Heavy Vehicle Operator’s
  Course at Fort Leonard Wood, MO.
• In October 2006 he was assigned to Thunder Squadron
  and deployed to Iraq in November 2007.
• He reportedly died of injuries sustained during an,
  otherwise unexplained, vehicle incident in Mosul, Iraq.
         Philip Michael Dorado, 21
                                              #4689
               Castroville, CA
   August 31, 2008 – USMC collateral damage
• He joined the Marines at 17. His four years
  active duty included four tours in Iraq.
• He had started working at Macy’s in Monterey
  in the Loss Prevention Department in June.
• Can’t tell from the accounts of the living what
  was really going on before noon that day.
• How is a shotgun ‘concealed’ if you can see it?
• Was he there to be a bad guy or stop one?
• He was killed by a policeman.
          Unnamed Soldier, 18
                                             #5346
             Fort Bliss, TX
  August 31, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• Team Bliss, Senior Commander’s Bulletin,
  dated 3 September 2008, titled: Soldier
  Fatality
• “A Team Bliss Soldier died in a single
  vehicle crash just before 11 p.m. Sunday
  night.”
          Pfc. Patrick W. May, 22                #4175
              Jamestown, NY
 September 2, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He joined the Army in June 2006 and attended
  basic training at Fort Jackson and advanced
  training at Fort Huachuca.
• Assigned to the Division Special Troops Battalion,
  10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) based at
  Fort Drum, NY.
• Died of injuries sustained from a non-combat
  related incident.
       Pvt. Jordan P. P. Thibeault, 22          #4178
              South Jordan, UT
  September 5, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He was stationed in Baumholder, Germany and
  was on his second deployment to Iraq.
• He received a commendation for his efforts as an
  M-88 tank recovery vehicle driver and Bradley
  tank mechanic during his first tour.
• He is reported to have died of injuries sustained
  in a non-combat incident at Forward Operating
  Base Hammer, Iraq.
         Sgt. Coleman Bean, 25
                                            #4657
           East Brunswick, NJ
      September 6, 2008 – Army PTSD

• He had been back from his second tour in Iraq
  for several months when the panic attacks
  came back as strong as ever, turning his vision
  black, paralyzing his limbs, choking off his
  voice. And the nightmares, and the rages.
• He self-medicated the legal way with alcohol.
• After he had a late-night crash and a 2nd DUI
  he went home and shot himself in the head.
        MSgt. Jason Jezewski, 36
                                           #4604
            Great Falls, MT
       September 7, 2008 – Air Force

• He was stationed at Malmstrom AFB.
• He worked with the 341st Missile Wing.
• He died after his motorcycle crashed into the
  Salvation Army Thrift Store on Sunday,
  Grandparents’ Day.
• A department spokesman said there was no
  reason to believe the crash was accidental and
  there were no signs of foul play.
     1st Lt. Robert “Bart” Fletcher, 24
               Fort Hood, TX                    #4457

 September 8, 2008 – Army collateral damage
• He had shown an interest in being a soldier at
  every stage of his life and had been accepted to
  West Point, but decided to go the ROTC route so
  he could be close to his future fiancé.
• So he was naturally somewhat bored with the
  administrative task of getting a soldier to return
  some Army property before discharge.
• He had no reason to be on guard - like when he
  was in Iraq those five months. I can almost hear
  him thinking, “Life’s funny like that…”
     Spc. Jody Michael Wirawan, 22
                                               #4458
             Eagle River, AK
 September 8, 2008 – Army collateral damage
• He had joined in May 2005, but was in the
  process of leaving the military and was hoping to
  sell some stuff to help make a fresh start.
• They had sent a couple of higher ups to get the
  stuff back. Words became physical and he shot
  one of them. The Police had just arrived.
• They returned fire (20-30) rounds but missed.
• He put his gun to his head and did not miss.
• Killeen detectives removed the stuff from the
  apartment and returned it to Ft. Hood.
     Sgt. 1st Class Daniel R. Sexton, 53         #4179
               Wentzville, MO
 September 10, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He had joined the Army in 1988 and had served
  in Korea and Germany as well as the Persian Gulf
  War.
• He was assigned to the 164th Military Police
  Company, Fort Richardson, AK in June 2004.
• Press release: Died of injuries sustained in a non-
  combat related incident at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.
• Later: It was called an accidental shooting.
      Spc. Aaron Lynn Allmandinger, 22              #4459
                Mulberry, IN
 September 11, 2008 – Army collateral damage
• He joined in April 2005 as a cavalry scout.
• He did an 06-08 rotation in Iraq from which he had two
  Army Commendation Medals.
• Fort Hood firefighters took 45 minutes to respond to a
  Thursday predawn fire at his on-base housing.
• His barely recognizable remains (ID not confirmed until
  later) were found near the carport door.
• He is survived by a wife and daughter who were out of
  town the day of the fire.
• For whatever reason, the date is often misreported as
  Sept. 15th (date body was identified, four days later).
Historical Footnote
On this day, Sep 12, 1988 (twenty years ago)

• Vice-president George Bush, on the campaign
  trail, using phrases like “Read my lips” (instead
  of “Let me be clear”) is again reported saying, in
  reference to the USS Vincennes having shot
  down Iranian Commercial Flight #655, killing 290
  while well-within Iranian Air Space:
• “ I’ll never apologize for the United States of
  America. Ever, I don’t care what the facts are. ”
        David Foster Wallace, 46
                                            #4603
             Claremont, CA
        September 12, 2008 - Citizen

• Celebrated American novelist.
• Pomona College professor.
• In 1997 he was presented with the MacArthur
  Foundation ‘Genius Grant’ and Aga Khan Prize
  for Fiction by the editors of The Paris Review.
• When his wife got home that night she
  discovered him dead from hanging.
       Col. Sidney J. Marceaux Jr., 69
                                                      #4180
               Beaumont, TX
September 14, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• Raised in the rice fields of southwest Louisiana, he
  joined the Texas National Guard in 1955.
• He formally joined the active-duty ranks in 1995 and
  spent a few years in Japan and many more in Belgium.
  He deployed to Saudi Arabia in 1990 in support of
  Desert Storm and to Kosovo and Bosnia.
• Due to a shortage of Catholic Priests, he was serving as
  an Army Chaplain at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, but was
  medically evacuated to Walter Reed Medical Center
  and assigned to the Warrior Transition Brigade where
  he died from a non-combat related illness.
         Sgt. Wesley R. Durbin, 26
                                                #4181
                Hurst, TX
     September 14, 2008 – Army Fratricide

• He had served in Iraq as a Marine and had
  planned to resume his college education, but
  decided to give the Army the benefit of his
  experience first.
• He was assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division based
  at Fort Stewart, Georgia and deployed to Iraq.
• Press release: Died of wounds sustained in a
  non-hostile incident in Jurf as Suhkr, Iraq.
• Other info: He was killed in Tunnis by a Sgt. from
  his own unit during a performance evaluation.
          SSgt. Darris J. Dawson, 24
                                                      #4182
                Pensacola, FL
      September 14, 2008 – Army Fratricide

• He was serving his third tour in Iraq and had recently
  re-enlisted. He was asked to take charge of an eight-
  man squad whose leader had been wounded.
• During his first week as squad leader, he discovered
  two caches of enemy explosives and helped an Iraqi
  village set up a water purification system.
• Press release: Died of wounds sustained in a non-
  hostile incident in Jurf as Suhkr, Iraq.
• Other info: He was killed in Tunnis by a 39 year-old Sgt.
  from his own unit during a performance evaluation.
        Lt. Col. Ralph J. Marino, 46           #4183
                 Houston, PA
 September 14, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He graduated college in 1984 and received his
  Army commission the same year.
• His career took him to Panama, Honduras, Puerto
  Rico; Germany; Japan; the first Gulf War and
  Afghanistan and many U.S. posts.
• He was assigned to U.S. Army Central Command,
  Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.
• He reportedly died at Camp Buehring, Kuwait
  from a non-combat-related illness and is survived
  by both his parents.
        Capt. Darrick D. Wright, 37             #4184
               Nashville, TN
 September 17, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in
  Mechanical Engineering and was commissioned
  in the Army Engineer Corps in 1996.
• He worked for the TVA until his Reserve unit was
  activated. He was eight months into his second
  tour in Iraq and was due to return in October, the
  month before his expectant wife was due.
• Press release: Died of a non-combat related
  illness in Baghdad, Iraq.
• Other info: It was a massive heart attack.
      Pfc. Leonard J. Gulczynski I, 19          #4185
              Carol Stream, IL
 September 17, 2008 – Army collateral damage


• He was with the 610th Engineer Support Company
  based at Fort Lewis, Washington.
• Press release: Died of injuries sustained when his
  vehicle was involved in an accident in Baghdad.
• Other info: Killed when he was ejected from his
  Humvee in a collision with a civilian vehicle.
          SSgt. Wesley G. Hunter, 28                       #4902
                 Lockney, TX
 September 18, 2008 – Army collateral damage
• As told by a local paper, the Hesperian Beacon:
• “Wounded from an IED that destroyed his armored
  Humvee while on tour in Iraq in February 2006, Hunter
  had since then fought a daily battle against the never-
  ending pain of having shrapnel still left in his body.
• While visiting his parents in Lockney, Texas, during his
  tenth year high school homecoming, Hunter laid down
  to take a nap – a nap from which he never awoke.”
• A soldier from Texas with the same first name had been
  murdered by another soldier in Iraq four days before.
 1st Lt. Robert Vallejo II, 28 - Richland Hills, TX   #4186
  Cpl. Michael E. Thompson, 23 - Harrah, OK           #4187
 CWO Brady J. Rudolf, 37 - Oklahoma City, OK          #4188
 1st Sgt. Julio C. Ordonez, 54 - San Antonio, TX      #4189
  Sgt. Anthony L. Mason, 37 - Springtown, TX          #4190
  Sgt. Daniel M. Eshbaugh, 43 - Norman, OK            #4191
  CWO Corry A. Edwards, 38 - Kennedale, TX            #4192
 September 18, 2008 – Army collateral damage
• They arrived in Kuwait on August 24.
• Press release: Killed when their $35 million CH-47
  Chinook helicopter crashed near Tallil, Iraq.
• Other info: They were flying in a four-helicopter
  formation. Mechanical malfunction of their
  Boeing Rotorcraft Systems craft is suspected.
  Deputy Sheriff Adam William Klutz, 25        #4516

              Caldwell, NC
 September 19, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He was the first of two Deputies responding to
  a 9-1-1 call - hang-up.
• He was shot as he exited his patrol car. He
  died from his injuries.
• The shooter fled the scene, leaving behind his
  fiancé, her two children and one of his aka’s.
• (The shooter, a former police officer and Iraq
  War Veteran takes his own life 5 days later.)
 Machinist Mate 3rd Class Michael Gentile, 21   #4660

                Fairfield, ME
  September 20, 2008 – Navy collateral damage

• He joined after graduation on July 5, 2005.
• He had been assigned to the USS Nebraska
  since Nov. 15, 2006. He was previously posted
  to the USS Alaska.
• In ‘an isolated incident’ he was hit by the ram
  that operated the submarine’s rudder.
• He was put on a medical helicopter but died
  en route to a hospital.
    Sgt. 1st Class Patrick Henderson, 35
                Henderson, TX                        #4606

September 20, 2008 – Army collateral damage
• This strapping Iraq combat veteran, spent the last,
  miserable months of his life as an Army recruiter, cold-
  calling dozens of people a day from his strip-mall office
  and sitting in strangers’ living rooms, trying to sign up
  their sons and daughters for an unpopular war.
• He said, “Over there in Iraq, you’re doing this high-
  intensive job you are recognized for. Then you come
  back here, and one month you’re a hero, one month
  you’re a loser because you didn’t put anyone in.”
• He went into his backyard shed, slid the chain lock in
  place, and hanged himself with a dog chain.
                    Pvt. Derryl L. Britt, 19                               #5390

                       Chesapeake, VA
    September 23-26, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• One of two soldiers, with the same initials, to
  become suddenly fatally ill in two days while
  in training at Fort Jackson.
• Both were schedule to graduate in October.
• He began complaining of dizziness and
  exhaustion during physical training on the
  23rd, suffered a brain hemorrhage thereafter
  and was taken off life support on the 26th.
•    See October 7, 2009 for more extremely low probability coincidence.
           Spc. Skip Brinkley, 32
                                               #4517
           Caldwell County, NC
 September 24, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• This 38 year old, aka Larry Wayne Brucke Jr., had
  killed a Sheriff’s Deputy five days before and he
  had left the fiancé that went with that other
  identity at the scene.
• His former police officer experience couldn’t help
  him now. Neither could his Iraq War experience.
• He was found on a remote part of his 45-acre
  ranch dead from a single gunshot wound.
    Pvt. Dominique Gibson-Brooks, 19
                                               #5389
              Durham, NC
 September 25, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• One of two soldiers, with the same initials, to
  become suddenly fatally ill in two days while
  in training at Fort Jackson.
• Both were schedule to graduate in October.
• She is reported to have had a seizure on her
  barracks’ floor and was transported to a
  hospital where she was pronounced dead.
           Spc. Jared Arnn,21
                                              #4460
             Boonville, IN
September 27, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He entered the military in August 2006 as an
  avionics system repairman. He served in
  South Korea and then had been stationed at
  Fort Hood since July 2007.
• He was found unresponsive in his barracks
  and admitted to Fort Hood’s Carl R. Darnall
  Army Medical Center.
• He reportedly died from internal bleeding
  because of an existing medical condition.
          Pfc. Jamel A. Bryant, 22               #4197
                 Belleville, IL
 September 27, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He joined the Army in 2006 to change his life.
• He was assigned to the 40th Engineer Battalion
  based at Baumholder, Germany and was
  deployed to Iraq from there.
• Press release: Died In Baghdad of injuries
  sustained in a vehicle accident while on patrol in
  Wahida, Iraq.
• Other info: Accidental vehicle rollover.
          Cpl. Scott Vickrey, 23              #4461
            Fayetteville, AR
September 28, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He was with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st
  Infantry Division, Fort Hood, TX.
• He had served in Iraq in 2004-05.
• He was found unconscious Sunday night in his
  barracks by his squad leader and pronounced
  dead after medical services personnel arrived.
        SSgt. Hansel C. Perry, 27               #4607

       Mobile, AL & Okalona, MS
 Sept. 29, 2008 – Air Force collateral damage

• He had been in the Air Force for eight years.
• He had served a year in South Korea and one
  tour of duty in Iraq.
• He started Chantix from the Air Force in 2007.
• He kissed his girl & wife and sent them off
  with a casual “See you this afternoon.” Once
  they were gone he went to the utility room
  and shot himself in the head with a pistol.
  Sgt. Christina E. Loehrke Smith, 29          #5347

            Mount Arab, OH
  Sept. 30, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• She was a graphic illustrator with a degree in
  communications from Xavier University.
• He had served in Korea and was a graduate of the
  Army’s Warrior Leader Course.
• She was with Company A, 5th Bn, 4th Psychological
  Operations Group (Airborne).
• Stationed at Fort Bragg, NC she was killed off-
  post by a soldier said to be working in cahoots
  with her Army Sgt. husband.
             Elijah Warren, 26
                                               #4659
                Oakland, CA
   October 1, 2008 – DoD collateral damage

• He had enlisted in the Army at 17 and served
  with the Special Forces for eight years, during
  which time he learned Arabic and traveled
  through Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia.
• In the Spring he would have graduated from UC
  Berkeley with a Political Science degree.
• No one could remember ever seeing him
  depressed or with any other tell-tale signs.
• He was found shot dead at his home. (No note.)
            Sgt. Ryan J. Hopkins, 21                #5405
                 Livermore, CA
Oct 4, 2008 – Jan 8, 2010– DoD collateral damage

• The fireball from an accidental motor pool
  explosion in Baghdad took his ears, nose, lips,
  eyelids and damaged his lungs and burned his
  fingers down to their tendons.
• 1 ½ yrs later, the day after his 30th reconstructive
  surgery, he died at Brooke Army Medical Center
  in San Antonio, TX from complications.
• Eight months later (Sep 2010) the Army would
  quietly reclassify him as a combat casualty.
         Col. Michael R. Stahlman, 45
                                                        #4202
               Chevy Chase, MD
   October 5, 2008 – USMC collateral damage

• He graduated from Annapolis in 1985 and began
  teaching criminal law at the JAG school in 2000 and
  served at vice chair of the criminal law department
  there from April 2001 thru April 2003.
• He was the investigating officer in the 2007 trial of a
  Marine charged with killing two to three dozen Iraqi
  civilians in Haditha in 2005.
• Press release: Died of injuries sustained in a non-
  hostile incident in Anbar Province, Iraq.
• Other info: He was shot in the head (July 31, 2008),
  had undergone brain surgery and developed sepsis.
        Judilianna “Judi” Lawrence, 19
                                                       #5348
                 Lubbock, TX
   October 10, 2008 – Army collateral damage
• She didn’t drive, enjoyed taking care of her sisters and
  mother.
• In spite of a learning disability, she met a 23 year-old
  active duty Fort Carson, CO soldier who served in Iraq
  Jan 07 – Feb 08, online.
• They met. He raped her, cut her throat and left her body
  in a wooded area.
• She is at least the 8th homicide by a Fort Carson soldier.
• The Army did a study of later (Nov 08 – May 09)
  homicides by Fort Carson soldiers and says it is to be
  expected because violent behavior is a known risk factor
  for those with “prior criminal behavior and
  psychopathology”.
       Spc. Geoffrey G. Johnson, 28            #4205
               Lubbock, TX
  October 12, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He was a terrain data specialist who worked in
  geospatial intelligence assigned to Headquarters
  and Headquarters Company, Special Troops, 4ID,
  based at Fort Hood, Texas.
• Press release: died of injuries sustained from a
  non-combat related incident in Baghdad, Iraq.
• Other info: Had emergency appendectomy
  surgery and had a fatal heart attack afterward.
              Myria Silva, 23
                                              #4608
              Granite City, IL
  October 13, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• She was living at Fort Leonard Wood while her
  husband was serving in Iraq.
• She hadn’t been seen in about a week when
  her body was found on a little used property
  in rural Webster County.
• A soldier later confessed to the brutal stabbing
  murder. He worked at the hospital as a health
  care specialist.
           Spc. Justin A. Saint, 22               #4207
               Albertville, AL
   October 15, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• Press release: Died of injuries sustained in a non-
  combat related incident in Baghdad, Iraq.
• Other info: He had been in Iraq about a year and
  was serving on a general’s staff.
• The prior week he sent an e-mail home about an
  exciting new job that would involve traveling
  around the world, working in security
  communications and that he was up for that and
  just sitting around chilling.
                                             #4462
          Sgt. Jan Pietrzak, 24              #4463
       Quiana Jenkins-Pietrzak, 26
            Winchester, CA
 October 15, 2008 – USMC collateral damage

• The couple were found dead in their home.
  Both had been shot multiple times and she
  had been sexually assaulted.
• Four fellow Marines have been charged with
  murder, rape and robbery and have pleaded
  not guilty.
          LCpl. Stacy A. Dryden, 22              #4209
             North Canton, OH
  October 19, 2008 – USMC collateral damage

• She enlisted on March 27, 2007. After Basic, she
  went to Camp Johnson, NC for Combat Training
  and then Basic Packing School before being
  assigned to 1st Marine Logistics Group.
• In August 2008, she was temporarily assigned to
  1st Supply Battalion and deployed to Iraq.
• She reportedly died of injuries sustained in a non-
  hostile incident in Asad, Iraq.
           SSgt. Brian P. Hause, 29                #4210
                Stoystown, PA
 October 23, 2008 – Air Force collateral damage

• He joined the Air Force in December 2001 and
  deployed from Shaw AFB, SC in October.
• He was an assistant nco-in-charge in the 332nd
  Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron Phase Dock.
• Press release: Died of non-combat related medical
  causes at Balad Air Force Base, Iraq.
• Other info: He was found unresponsive on the floor of
  his room about 9 p.m. Medics transported him to the
  Air Force Theater Hospital but could not revive him.
       Pvt. Olive Ophelia Ellis, 19          #5325

            Belmopan, Belize
 October 24, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• She was the passenger in a car attempting to
  merge onto I-10 in El Paso.
• She was injured in the car crash at about
  10:15 p.m. Friday night, transported to
  Thomason Hospital, where she later died.
• The 22 year old driver was also a Fort Bliss
  soldier and sustained lesser injuries.
     Pfc. Christopher R. Klassen, 21         #4464

               Ballwin, MO
 October 25, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He joined the Army in Jan. 2007; completed
  basic at Fort Jackson, SC in Mar. 2007; got
  specialized training at Fort Lee, VA; and the
  Basic Airborne Course at Fort Benning, GA.
• He arrived at Fort Bragg, NC in August 2007 as
  an 82nd Airborne paratrooper.
• He was found unresponsive in his barracks
  room next to Messina St.
            Pfc. Cori Feltner, 22             #5391

              Laxahatchee, FL
  October 25, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• She was known for her athleticism in softball and
  volleyball before she joined the Army.
• She was with the 14th Military Police Brigade at
  Fort Leonard Wood and was en route to her first
  overseas assignment in Korea.
• She was found not breathing at the Hotel Lumiere
  in St. Louis and pronounced dead at St. Louis
  University Hospital soon thereafter.
• It was reported that her death may have been
  due to an undetected medical condition.
        Pvt. Andrea Denise Rosser, 21               #5392

                 Raleigh, NC
   October 25, 2008 – Army collateral damage
• She joined the Army to provide a better life for her son
  and herself. It was his first birthday.
• She was on schedule to graduate Basic at Fort Jackson in
  6 days and had no preexisting medical conditions.
• She collapsed on the final lap of the running portion of
  the physical fitness test.
• While the cause of death had still not been disclosed by
  the Army, her family gathered at the track and walked the
  final lap – to finish what she was doing when she died.
        Sgt. Braulio V. Martinez, 28           #4518
           Fallbrook Village, CA
        October 27, 2008 – USMC PTSD

• He had served two tours in Iraq and was with
  Headquarters and Service Battalion.
• When he failed to report at his assigned time on
  base at Camp Pendleton they did a welfare check
  and found him hanged in his garage.
• His wife was found inside the home badly beaten
  along with an apparent note of explanation.
           Sgt. Scott J. Metcalf, 36             #4212
              Framingham, MA
   October 29, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He joined the Army in July 1990 and had served
  over 18 years active duty.
• He was only three weeks from the end of his third
  tour, a 15-month deployment, 101st Airborne.
• He was a unit supply specialist assigned to
  Headquarters and Headquarters Troop.
• Press release: Died of injuries sustained in a non-
  combat related incident in Balad, Iraq.
         Spc. Bradley S. Coleman, 24                #4213
               Martinsville, VA
   October 29, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He was active in JROTC, but did not enlist immediately
  after graduation. He joined the Army in April 2007 and
  was stationed in Mannheim, Germany before being
  sent to Iraq for his first tour in June.
• Press release: Died of injuries sustained from a non-
  combat related incident in Marez, Iraq.
• Other info: Died of a gunshot wound.
• “He told his daddy that what you see on the news and
  what he saw over there were like two different worlds.”
         Spc. Joseph D. Binion, 23            #5326
                Chicago, IL
  November 1, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He had been back in Fort Bliss, TX from unit
  deployment to Korea only three weeks and
  went out with battle buddies on Halloween.
• He left an El Paso bar at bar closing when he
  was reported to have been fatally struck by a
  hit-and-run driver.
• A civilian was later taken into custody and
  charged with intoxicated manslaughter.
            Mondrow Brown, 29                 #5349
             Fayetteville, NC
  November 3, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He was said to be a non-Veteran homeless man.
• He was shot to death over the weekend and
  found lying in a parking lot early Sunday with a
  gunshot wound to the head.
• Medics tried unsuccessfully to revive him.
• A month later a Private with the 82nd Airborne,
  who had been at Fort Bragg, NC wince July, was
  charged with the shooting.
         Spc. Adam M. Wenger, 27               #4214
               Waterford, MI
  November 5, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He had deployed to Kosovo, Afghanistan and was
  less than a month from completing his second tour
  in Iraq, which had begun on February 26th, his
  wife’s birthday.
• The night before, he talked with his wife about
  building a deck so they could have a party when he
  got back to her and their seven children.
• Press release: Died of injuries sustained during a
  non-combat incident in Tunnis, Iraq.
     Spc. William Justin McClellan, 22          #4215
               Clarksville, TN
 November 6, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He was injured driving in a convoy when his
  vehicle struck a roadside bomb on January 10.
• Ten months later, he was still recovering at Walter
  Reed AMC in Washington, DC.
• His wife spoke with him on the phone on
  November 5th and heard he had a few staph
  infections, but was otherwise fine.
• He was reported dead, details to follow.
     Pfc. Theron Vondameir Hobbs, 22            #4216
                Albany, GA
  November 6, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He was with the 572nd Engineer Company based
  at Fort Hood, Texas.
• He was expected to return in January a month
  before his wife would deliver their first child.
• Press release: Died in a motor vehicle accident in
  Kirkuk, Iraq.
• Other info: He was reportedly repairing a vehicle
  when it rolled back all on its own and pinned him.
           Pvt. Paul T. Muse, 22
                                               #4892
                 Sperry, OK
 November 8, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He joined the Army on August 21, 2006.
• By July 2007 he was assigned as a nodal network
  systems operator and maintainer, dealing with
  high-speed communications equipment with
  Company B, 40th Signal Battalion.
• He arrived for treatment at the Warriors in
  Transition unit in Fort Huachuca, AZ on the 6th of
  October, 2008.
• He was found dead in his barracks 4 weeks later.
              Spc. Eric Salazar, 21                   #4493
               Fort Benning, GA
  November 10, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He was with his fiancé the day before they were to
  marry. They went to an apartment with another
  solider, only to discover that a prior boyfriend (with
  whom she has a child), Carlos, was already there.
• A verbal argument escalated and Carlos struck him
  with a bat and then stabbed him through his eye
  socket, going into his brain, putting him into a coma.
• A week later he passed away from the injuries.
• His killer pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
  Spc. Corey M. Shea, 21 – Mansfield, MA
                                                  #4218
  Sgt. Jose Regalado, 23 – Los Angeles, CA        #4219
  November 12, 2008 – DoD collateral damage

• Press release: Two soldiers killed when an Iraqi
  Army soldier wearing a uniform approached them
  and opened fire in Mosul, Iraq on Nov. 12, 2008.
• Given the uncharacteristically lengthy and
  prejudicial phrasing along with occurring on the day
  after Veteran’s Day (in the U.S.) and the minority
  party congressional rhetoric – cries for closer look.
• No mention of which Contractor was paid how
  much for having trained and equipped him and to
  whom his loyalties would have been subsequent to
  that depending on other rewards promised.
   DoD collateral damage, cont.

• Someone should have at least been interested
  when he showed up with an extra large (75 round)
  magazine on his AK-47 instead of the standard 30-
  round one.
• The soldiers were standing around waiting for their
  Lt. to finish his meeting with an Iraqi Capt.
• He walked into the courtyard and said something to
  an Iraqi soldier (Like: Usama says Hi ) and made
  sure his first shot was lethal to an American soldier.
• The response ensured that no one would be able to
  interrogate him afterward – which, of course, only
  those that put him up to it would have need to fear.
       Spc. Armando A. De La Paz, 21             #4220
               Riverside, CA
  November 13, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He joined the Army in June 2005 and was
  assigned to Fort Carson in October 2005.
• He was a field artillery tactical data systems
  specialist.
• He served in Iraq Dec 2005 – Oct 2006 and
  returned to Iraq in December 2007.
• Press release: Died of injuries sustained during a
  vehicle rollover in Baghdad, Iraq.
          Spc. James M. Clay, 25              #4221
           Mountain Home, AR
 November 13, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He was with the 224th Maintenance Company
  attached to the 39th Infantry Brigade Combat
  Team for deployment to Iraq.
• They were expected to begin returning in mid-
  December.
• Press release: Died of injuries sustained in a
  vehicle accident in Anbar province, Iraq.
 CWO Christian P. Humphreys, 28 – Fallon, NV         #4223
                                                     #4224
  CWO Donald V. Clark, 37 - Memphis, TN
   November 15, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• They were assigned to 6th Squadron, Task Force 49, Fort
  Wainwright, Alaska and had been told how lucky they
  were to be stationed there during a time of war. One
  had been a flight instructor in Korea and Alabama.
• They deployed to Iraq from there.
• Press release: Died when their Bell OH-58 Kiowa
  helicopter crashed while on a mission over Mosul, Iraq.
• At 1810, it hit a communications tower belonging to
  the main office of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan.
       GSgt. Marcelo R. Velasco, 40           #4225
               Miami, FL
 November 19, 2008 – USMC collateral damage

• He was assigned to 1st Marine Expeditionary
  Force Headquarters Group.
• Press release: Died from injuries sustained in
  a non-hostile incident in Anbar province, Iraq.
• Schwarzenegger: “..his sacrifice will not be
  forgotten” is somewhat at odds with the fact
  that there is almost no publicly available
  information about his life of service.
        Pvt. Charles Yi Barnett, 19           #4226
               Bel Air, MD
 November 20, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He joined the Army and was stationed at Fort
  Hood, Texas before being deployed to Iraq.
• In Iraq his unit cleared roads of mines and
  other explosive devices so fellow troops and
  Iraq civilians had safe passage.
• He reportedly died of injuries sustained in a
  non-combat incident in Tallil, Iraq.
     Sgt. 1st Class Miguel A. Wilson, 36      #4227
                 Bonham, TX
 November 21, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He had served in the Army about 18 years in
  places like Hawaii, Spain and Kuwait.
• He was on his second tour in Iraq.
• Their unit was conducting a dismounted
  reconnaissance mission and he saw a fellow
  soldier drowning. He jumped into the water and
  saved the fellow soldier, but the weight of his
  own gear pulled him down, drowning him.
        1st Lt. William K. Jernigan, 35
                                                    #4228
                 Doraville, GA
  November 24, 2008 – Army collateral damage
• He was inspired by 9/11 to join the Army at age 28. He
  was living in a commune in British Columbia, Canada
  and returned to the U.S. and enlisted as a private.
• Quick promotions and OCS led to his current position
  as a military intelligence officer.
• He deployed to Iraq from Fort Wainwright, Alaska
  where he died of injuries sustained from a non-combat
  related incident in Baqubah, Iraq.
• Gov. Sarah Palin said she would send an Alaska state
  flag and a letter of condolence to his family shortly
  before she resigned as governor.
          Capt. Warren A. Frank, 26
                                                  #4229
                Cincinnati, OH
 November 25, 2008 – USMC collateral damage

• He was assigned to 5th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison
  Company in Okinawa, Japan.
• Press release: Died while supporting combat
  operations in Ninewa province, Iraq.
• Other info: Was on a humanitarian mission,
  distributing food north of Baghdad when
  someone wearing an Iraqi soldier’s uniform
  opened fire, killing him.
• Not clear whether it was an actual Iraqi soldier;
  an insurgent disguised as one, or a false-flagger.
         2nd Lt. Tyler Peterson, 23
                                              #5194
              New Berlin, WI
 November 25, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He had been the Battalion Commander for his
  ROTC unit at the University of Wisconsin-La
  Crosse until he graduated with honors and a
  BS in Political Science and Military Science.
• Commissioned on May 12, 2007 he was
  stationed at Fort Rucker, AL in the Aviation
  Branch training for the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior.
• He died unexpectedly.
          MSgt. Anthony Davis, 43
                                                 #4230
               Deerfield, FL
 November 25, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He was with the Military Transition Team that
  assessed schools and then planned renovations
  and organized supplies including U.S. civilian,
  feel-good efforts, like soccer ball collection and
  distribution programs. (One bomb can easily cost
  as much as 10,000 soccer balls.)
• He was reportedly on a humanitarian mission,
  distributing food in Baaj, Iraq when someone
  wearing an Iraqi uniform opened fire, killing him.
    Davis, cont.



• He was assigned to the Military Transition
  Team, 1st Bge, 1st ID out of Fort Riley, KS.
• Not clear whether it was an actual Iraqi
  soldier; an insurgent disguised as a soldier; or
  a false-flag attack designed to look like one of
  the prior.
• Oddity: Another soldier with the same first &
  last name, also from Florida, is selectively shot
  six weeks later.
         Spc. Blake Bronaugh, 25             #4893
             Wichita Falls, TX
November 27, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He had been in the Army for three years and
  had recently finished his first tour in Iraq.
• He was at Fort Richardson in Anchorage, AK
  with the 864th Engineer Combat Battalion.
• He was found dead in his barracks room on
  Thanksgiving.
• The family is told he died of natural causes.
         Spc. Manuel Zavala, 26              #5350
               Yuma, AZ
 December 3, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He attended Arizona Western College and
  Imperial Community College before enlisting
  in the U.S. Army.
• Basic at Fort Leonard Wood and AIT at Fort
  Sam Houston for combat medic training.
• He was assigned to A Co., HHC 2nd Combined
  Arms Bn at Fort Bliss, TX and found dead.
      LCpl. David Kenneth Wilson, 27          #UK177
          Huddersfield, Yorkshire
   December 4, 2008 – DoD collateral damage

• He joined the Army in in August 2003 and had
  deployed to Afghanistan at the end of 2006 as
  part of Operation Herrick 5.
• More recently he moved to 659 Squadron as the
  Stores Corporal, deploying to Iraq on Operation
  Telic 12 with the Joint Helicopter Force (Iraq).
• He was a new father of an 11-week-old daughter.
• He died from a gunshot wound with ‘no evidence
  at this stage that anyone else was involved’ at
  Contingency Operating Base Basra.
      Jayceon Astro Tyson, 22 months
                                                #5251
                El Paso, TX
 December 6-7, 2008 – Army collateral damage
• His mother found him not breathing, called 911,
  emergency crews responded and took him to Sierra
  Providence West, where he died the following day.
• His mother was a Fort Bliss soldier, charged with
  Capital Murder after the El Paso County Medical
  Examiner, Paul Shrode, ruled the death was a
  homicide caused by blunt-force trauma.
• An independent M.E. disagreed as to the cause of
  death and El Paso M.E., Paul Shrode, was fired after
  he admitted lying about have a law degree.
• His mother was acquitted.
  Young Mi Lee, 36 - University City, CA        #5130
                                                #5131
Grace Lee, 15 months - University City, CA      #5132
Rachel Lee, 2 months - University City, CA      #5133

 Suk Im Kim, 60 - Damyang, South Korea
   December 8, 2008 – DoD collateral Damage

• Killed when an F/18D Hornet crashed into their
  home in a residential suburb of San Diego.
• 40 other similar $50 million+ aircraft were
  grounded after the investigation concluded that it
  was mechanical failure due to negligent
  maintenance (not poor quality components or
  design requiring an insane level of maintenance
  considering the expected usage of the craft).
           Cpl. Lee Churcher, 32
                                              #UK178
            Nuneaton, Warks
  December 11, 2008 – DoD collateral damage

• He was with Royal Engineers, but had been
  serving with Headquarters 20th Armoured Bge.
• He died from a gunshot wound with ‘no
  evidence at this stage that anyone else was
  involved’ at Contingency Operating Base, Basra.
• It was the second such case in a week, but he
  had recently been demoted from Sgt. for
  having an affair (in Germany in 2007) and was
  also being divorced over it.
    Pvt. Moneeka Mayo-Vandergold, 29
                                              #5393
              Wyoming, MI
 December 15, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• She had been in the Reserves.
• Their business, Expansion Mortgage, went out of
  business so she signed up for active duty.
• She was in training at Fort Huachuca, AZ and
  collapsed during a road march.
• She was assigned to Co. A, Unmanned Aircraft
  Systems Training Battalion (UASTB).
• Apparently during a prior combat training
  session, when she was kicked in the ribs, a rib
  punctured her lung, but was not attended to.
        Pfc. Coleman W. Hinkefent, 19
                                                       #4233
                 Coweta, OK
  December 20, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• His parents are founding members of the Heritage
  Bible Church formed in 2001, but his father said the
  soldier credited the Army with giving him the “will to
  do his best, no matter what the task”.
• He arrived in Iraq in July as a driver of the Multi-Role
  Armoured and Bradley fighting vehicles.
• He became sick in early December and was flown to
  Germany on Dec 10th where he was diagnosed with a
  fast-acting form of leukemia.
• He died ten days later of a non-combat related illness.
           Pfc. Jordan May, 26
                                              #4465
                 Cuero, TX
December 20, 2008 – Army collateral damage
• He was a gunner with Company A, 9th Cavalry
  Regiment stationed at Fort Hood, TX, who quit
  smoking as part of preparing to deploy to Iraq in
  two weeks.
• According to the Army, he had just completed a
  “rigorous training regimen in preparation for
  deployment.”
• He had come home for holiday leave, tired about
  9 p.m., after loading equipment at Fort Hood and
  said he hadn’t slept in 72 hours.
• He died in his sleep at home that night.
        SSgt. Jonathan W. Dean, 25            #4234
                Henagar, AL
 December 20, 2008 – Army collateral Damage

• He joined the Army in 2004 and arrived at Fort
  Campbell in March 2005. He had served a tour in
  Afghanistan and deployed to Iraq in April.
• He was with the 561st Military Police Company
  101st Airborne Division.
• He had been back in Iraq from two-weeks leave,
  where he got married, for only three days.
• He died of injuries sustained in a non-combat
  related incident in Tikrit, Iraq.
        LCpl. Robert L. Johnson, 21            #4236
             Central Point, OR
 December 20, 2008 – USMC collateral damage

• He joined the Marines in 2005. His first tour in
  Iraq for which he was trained as a Humvee driver
  was completed in March 2007.
• He got married before leaving in August for his
  second Iraq tour at Camp Baharia for which he
  was trained as a Humvee gunner.
• He died as a result of a non-hostile incident in
  Anbar province, Iraq.
              Travis Foster, 19
                                                  #5351
              Squaw Valley, CA
  December 21, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• Very little available on this soldier who died while
  serving in Alaska. Reports don’t even state rank.
• He was stationed at Fort Richardson.
• One report says he was on leave and heading
  home to Squaw Valley for the holidays, but the
  crash report says he was driving North at the time
  of the crash.
• He reportedly crossed the centerline and collided
  with a freightliner traveling in the opposite
  direction on Sunday night.
Spc. Stephen G. Zapasnik, 19 - Broken Arrow, OK     #4237
SSgt. Christopher G. Smith, 28 - Grand Rapids, MI   #4238
                                                    #4239
 Spc. Stephen M. Okray, 21 - St. Clair Shores, MI
    December 24, 2008 – Army collateral damage

 • All were members of the 4th ID, Fort Carson, CO
   and scheduled for mid-tour leave in mid-January.
 • Press release: Died of injuries sustained during a
   vehicle roll-over in southern Iraq.
 • Other info: Their Humvee rolled off a partially
   collapsed road and into a canal. They were
   already dead when pulled from the water several
   minutes later (i.e. they did not slowly drown).
  Seaman Apprentice Joshua D. Seitz, 19        #4240
          Sinking Springs, PA
  December 25, 2008 – Navy collateral damage

• He was a Master-At-Arms assigned to Naval
  Security Force, Naval Support Activity Bahrain.
• Press release: Died in Manama, Bahrain.
• Other info: He died in an accident at Mina
  Salman port from injuries caused by a collision
  between the patrol boat he was on and a barge
  moored in the harbour at 11 p.m.
• The collision resulted in sheering off the top
  portion of the 25-foot Kingston Rigid Hull
  Inflatable Boat.
          Three Unnamed Soldiers                 #5352
                                                 #5353
               Fort Bliss, TX                    #5354
 December 26-27, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• Team Bliss, Senior Commander’s Bulletin, dated
  30 December 2008 titled: Death of 3 Soldiers.
• “Team Bliss lost three Soldiers this past
  weekend. One Soldier was killed in a car
  accident. One4 Soldier took his won life. One
  died from unknown causes. All three deaths are
  still under investigation.”
       Pvt. Timmy J. Lynch Jr., 24
                                             #4466
             Van Buren, AR
December 27, 2008 – Army collateral damage

• He had joined the Army in January 2008 as a
  fuel handler.
• He had been assigned to the Ft. Hood unit in
  October 2008 and they were scheduled for
  deployment to Iraq right after the holidays.
• While home on leave for the holidays, he was
  found unresponsive and died later at Spark’s
  Hospital in Fort Smith, AR.
        LCpl. Justin Bodee’ Pugh, 28
                                                      #4690
                 Jackson, OK
December 29, 2008 – USMC collateral damage

• He had been at Okinawa since Aug. 23, 2007.
• He worked as a ground communication
  organizational repairer.
• He was found dead in his Camp Hansen barracks
  room (Camp Foster, Okinawa).
• Oddity: Ten months later, one of two Marines
  quoted in an article about a visit from Jill Biden right
  before a Marine Unit deployed – was LCpl Justin
  Pugh (19 year-old).
       Capt. Alberto Bencosme, 27             #4925
                Miami, FL
 December 29, 2008 – USMC collateral damage

• His family had moved to the U.S. when he was in
  junior high and he enlisted in Nov. 1997.
• He was commissioned as an officer in Nov. 2004
  and had just been promoted on the 1st of Dec.
• He died when his AV-8B Harrier crashed in some
  woods adjacent to the Cherry Point Air station.
• A canopy latch caution light had come on in the
  cockpit as he was returning from a routine
  training mission at midday.
          The PTSD Treatment Myth
• Irresponsible leaders and their press agents make it
  sound like diagnosing and treating PTSD is a new,
  unforeseeable challenge for which they can’t be held
  accountable.
• Fact: The VA’s National Center for Post-
  Traumatic Stress Disorder opened in 1989 in
  response to a Congressional mandate to address
  military-related PTSD.
• In 2006, Paula Schnurr, deputy executive director
  of that center said, “We can treat it. We don’t
  have all the answers, but we can help a number
  of people substantially. The earlier the treatment,
  the better.”

				
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