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Military deaths

May 31, 2009

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

Leevi K. Barnard, 28, of Mount Airy, N.C.; first lieutenant, Army National Guard. Barnard was among three soldiers killed May 21 when a roadside bomb exploded near them while they were on foot patrol in the south Baghdad neighborhood of Dora. He was assigned to the 252nd Combined Arms Battalion in Fayetteville, N.C.

Paul F. Brooks, 34, of Joplin, Mo.; sergeant, Army National Guard. Brooks was among three soldiers killed May 21 when a roadside bomb exploded near them while they were on foot patrol in the south Baghdad neighborhood of Dora. He was assigned to the 935th Aviation Support Battalion in Springfield, Mo.

Brent S. Cole, 38, of Reedsville, W.Va.; chief warrant officer, Army. Cole was killed May 22 when the Apache helicopter he was flying crashed near Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan, southwest of Kabul. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division at Ft. Bragg, N.C.

Chad A. Edmundson, 20, of Williamsburg, Pa.; specialist, Army National Guard. Edmundson was killed Wednesday when a roadside bomb exploded near him while he was on foot patrol in Baghdad. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 112th Infantry Regiment, 56th Stryker Brigade in Lewistown, Pa.

Jason E. George, 38, of Tehachapi, Calif.; major, Army Reserve. George was among three soldiers killed May 21 when a roadside bomb exploded near them while they were on foot patrol in the south Baghdad neighborhood of Dora. He was assigned to the 252nd Combined Arms Battalion in Fayetteville, N.C.

Ashton L.M. Goodman, 21, of Indianapolis; senior airman, Air Force. Goodman was one of two Air Force personnel killed Tuesday when an improvised explosive device detonated near their convoy vehicle near Afghanistan's Bagram Air Field, north of Kabul. She was assigned to the 43rd Logistics Readiness Squadron at Pope Air Force Base, N.C.

Brian Naseman, 36, of New Bremen, Ohio; sergeant first class, Army National Guard. Naseman died of noncombat-related injuries May 22 in Taji, Iraq, north of Baghdad. He was assigned to the 108th Forward Support Company, attached to the 2nd Battalion, 127th Infantry Regiment, 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team in Sussex, Wis.

Blue C. Rowe, 33, of Whittier; first sergeant, Army Reserve. Rowe was killed Tuesday when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle in central Afghanistan's Panjshir Province, northeast of Kabul. He was assigned to the 426th Civil Affairs Battalion in Upland, Calif.

Mark E. Stratton II, 39, of Houston; lieutenant colonel, Air Force. Stratton was one of two Air Force personnel killed Tuesday when an improvised explosive device detonated near their convoy vehicle near Afghanistan's Bagram Air Field, north of Kabul. He was assigned to the Joint Staff at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

Duane G. Wolfe, 54, of Los Osos, Calif.; commander, Navy Reserve. Wolfe was killed Monday when a roadside bomb exploded near his convoy vehicle southeast of Fallouja, Iraq, west of Baghdad. He was assigned to the Army Corps of Engineers' Gulf Region Division in Iraq.

Sources: Department of Defense, Times staff reports and the Associated Press