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Military Deaths

The Defense Department last week identified the following American military personnel killed in Afghanistan and Iraq or who died at a U.S. hospital of their injuries:

Ryan J. Buckley, 21, of Nokomis, Ill.; corporal, Army. Buckley was killed June 23 when a roadside bomb exploded near his Humvee in Baghdad. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Ft. Campbell, Ky.

Ryan J. Clark, 19, of Lancaster; corporal, Army. Clark died Thursday at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, where he was being treated for serious burn injuries suffered June 17 when his Humvee struck a roadside bomb in Ramadi, Iraq, west of Baghdad. He was assigned to the 40th Engineer Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team in Baumholder, Germany.

Justin R. Davis, 19, of Gaithersburg, Md.; private first class, Army. Davis was killed June 25 when he came in contact with indirect fire -- a military term for mortar or other artillery shelling -- while on combat patrol in Korengal Outpost near eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar province. Military officials are investigating the death as a possible “friendly fire” incident. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) at Ft. Drum, N.Y.

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Joseph F. Fuerst III, 26, of Tampa, Fla.; staff sergeant, Army National Guard. Fuerst was killed June 24 when his Humvee was attacked with rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire in the Panjwayi district of southern Afghanistan’s Kandahar province. He was assigned to the 53rd Infantry Brigade, Army National Guard in Pinellas Park, Fla.

Devon J. Gibbons, 19, of Port Orchard, Wash.; private first class, Army. Gibbons died June 23 at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio of injuries suffered April 11 when a roadside bomb exploded near his Bradley fighting vehicle in Taji, Iraq, north of Baghdad. He was assigned to the 10th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division at Ft. Hood, Texas.

Aaron M. Griner, 24, of Tampa, Fla.; corporal, Army. Griner was killed Wednesday when his vehicle struck a land mine in southern Afghanistan’s Helmand province. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) at Ft. Drum, N.Y.

Jeremy S. Jones, 25, of Omaha; corporal, Army. Jones was killed Tuesday when a roadside bomb exploded near him while on foot patrol in Iskandariya, Iraq, south of Baghdad. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 67th Armored Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division at Ft. Hood, Texas.

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Paul N. King, 23, of Tyngsboro, Mass.; corporal, Marine Corps Reserve. King was killed by small-arms fire June 25 during combat in Fallouja, Iraq, west of Baghdad. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Ayer, Mass.

Benjamin J. Laymon, 22, of Mount Vernon, Ohio; sergeant, Army. Laymon was one of two soldiers killed June 24 when they were attacked with small-arms fire and an improvised bomb exploded near them while on foot patrol near Baghdad. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 10th Calvary Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division at Ft. Hood, Texas.

Terry M. Lisk, 26, of Fox Lake, Ill.; sergeant, Army. Lisk was killed Monday in a mortar attack in Ramadi, Iraq, west of Baghdad. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 37th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division in Friedberg, Germany.

Bryan C. Luckey, 25, of Tampa, Fla.; sergeant, Army. Luckey was killed Thursday by small-arms fire while on patrol in Mosul, Iraq, northwest of Baghdad. He was assigned to the 562nd Engineer Company, 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team at Ft. Wainwright, Alaska.

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Thomas D. Maholic, 38, of Bradford, Pa.; master sergeant, Army. Maholic was killed June 24 by small-arms fire during a cordon-and-search mission in the town of Ghecko in southern Afghanistan’s Kandahar province. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group at Ft. Bragg, N.C.

Jason W. Morrow, 27, of Riverside; corporal, Marine Corps. Morrow died Tuesday of wounds suffered a day earlier during combat in Iraq’s Al Anbar province, west of Baghdad. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Pendleton.

Justin D. Norton, 21, of Rainier, Wash.; sergeant, Army. Norton was one of two soldiers killed June 24 when they were attacked with small-arms fire and an improvised bomb exploded near them while on foot patrol near Baghdad. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 10th Calvary Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division at Ft. Hood, Texas.

Rex A. Page, 21, of Kirksville, Mo.; private first class, Marine Corps. Page was killed Wednesday when his Humvee was attacked with small-arms fire in Iraq’s Al Anbar province, west of Baghdad. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Pendleton.

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Raymond J. Plouhar, 30, of Lake Orion, Mich.; staff sergeant, Marine Corps. Plouhar was killed Monday in a roadside bombing in Iraq’s Al Anbar province, west of Baghdad. A one-time recruiter who appeared in Michael Moore’s film “Fahrenheit 9/11,” he was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Pendleton.

Michael J. Potocki, 21, of Baltimore; private first class, Army. Potocki was killed Monday when his unit was attacked with small-arms fire in Al Asad, Iraq, west of Baghdad. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division in Baumholder, Germany.

Christopher D. Rose, 21, of San Francisco; specialist, Army. Rose was killed Thursday in a roadside bombing in Baghdad. Believed to be San Francisco’s first casualty in the Iraq war, he was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 67th Armored Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division at Ft. Hood, Texas.

Virrueta A. Sanchez, 33, of Houston; staff sergeant, Army. Sanchez was killed June 24 when a roadside bomb exploded near his Humvee in Balad, Iraq, north of Baghdad. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division at Ft. Carson, Colo.

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Channing G. Singletary, 30, of Sylvester, Ga.; specialist, Army National Guard. Singletary died June 23 of a noncombat-related cause in Baghdad. He was assigned to the 122nd Support Center, Army National Guard in Savannah, Ga.

Terry O.P. Wallace, 33, of Winnsboro, La.; sergeant first class, Army. Wallace was killed Tuesday when a roadside bomb exploded near his Humvee in Taji, Iraq, north of Baghdad. He was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 42nd Field Artillery, 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division at Ft. Hood, Texas.

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

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War casualties

Total U.S. deaths* as of Friday:

In and around Iraq: 2,530

* In and around Afghanistan: 252

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* Other locations: 56

* Includes military and Department of Defense-employed civilian personnel killed in action and in nonhostile circumstances

Source: Department of Defense


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