LOCAL OBITUARIES

Military deaths

The Defense Department last week identified the following American military personnel who died in Afghanistan and Iraq:

Daniel J. Beard, 24, of Buffalo, N.Y.; sergeant, Army. Beard died of noncombat-related injuries April 3 in Diwaniya, Iraq, south of Baghdad. He was assigned to the 147th Postal Company, 21st Theater Sustainment Command in Wiesbaden, Germany.

Stephen F. Dearmon, 21, of Crossville, Tenn.; lance corporal, Marine Corps. Dearmon died of noncombat-related injuries April 3 in Iraq's Anbar province, west of Baghdad. He was assigned to the 2nd Marine Logistics Group, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Adam M. Kuligowski, 21, of Arlington, Va.; specialist, Army. Kuligowski died of noncombat-related injuries Monday in Bagram, Afghanistan, north of Kabul. He was assigned to the Special Troops Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Ft. Campbell, Ky.

Israel Candelaria Mejias, 28, of San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico; specialist, Army. Mejias was killed April 5 when a mine detonated near him during combat operations near Baghdad. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, Task Force 3rd Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 172nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team in Grafenwoehr, Germany.

Phillip Myers, 30, of Hopewell Va.; staff sergeant, Air Force. Myers was killed April 4 when a roadside bomb exploded near him in Afghanistan's Helmand province, southwest of Kabul. He was assigned to the 48th Civil Engineer Squadron, Royal Air Force in Lakenheath, United King- dom.

Blaise A. Oleski, 22, of Holland Patent, N.Y.; lance corporal, Marine Corps. Oleski was killed in combat Wednesday in Afghanistan's Helmand province, southwest of Kabul. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Jacob I. Ramsey, 20, of Hesperia, Calif.; airman first class, Air Force. Ramsey died of noncombat-related injuries Friday in Kabul, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 712th Air Support Operations Squadron at Ft. Hood, Texas.

Sources: Department of Defense and the Associated Press

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