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Other deaths

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

Donnie R. Belser Jr., 28, of Anniston, Ala.; captain, Army. Belser was killed Feb. 10 when his unit was attacked with small-arms fire in Baqubah, Iraq, north of Baghdad. He was assigned to the 524th Transition Team, 1st Infantry Division at Ft. Riley, Kansas.

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Brian A. Browning, 20, of Astoria, Ore.; private first class, Army. Browning was killed Feb. 6 while on duty in a guard tower south of Baghdad when it was attacked with small-arms fire. He was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division at Ft. Drum, N.Y.

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Leeroy A. Camacho, 28, of Saipan, Mariana Islands; specialist, Army. Camacho was among three soldiers killed in an explosion Feb. 9 while checking a building that apparently had been booby-trapped in Baqubah, Iraq, north of Baghdad. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division at Ft. Hood, Texas.

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Ross A. Clevenger, 21, of Givens Hot Springs, Idaho; specialist, Army Reserve. Clevenger was among three reservists killed Feb. 8 when a roadside bomb exploded near their unit while on patrol in Karmah, Iraq, west of Baghdad. He was assigned to the 321st Engineer Battalion in Boise, Idaho.

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Branden C. Cummings, 20, of Titusville, Fla.; private first class, Army. Cummings was killed Wednesday when a roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle in Baqubah, Iraq, north of Baghdad. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division at Ft. Hood, Texas.

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Jennifer J. Harris, 28, of Swampscott, Mass.; captain, Marine Corps. Harris was among seven troops killed Feb. 7 when their Marine CH-46 helicopter was shot down by insurgents northwest of Baghdad. She was assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364, Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Pendleton.

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Tarryl B. Hill, 19, of Shelby Township, Mich.; private first class, Marine Corps Reserve. Hill was killed Feb. 7 when a roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle in Iraq’s Al Anbar province, west of Baghdad. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division in Mount Clemens, Mich.

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James J. Holtom, 22, of Rexburg, Idaho; sergeant, Army Reserve. Holtom was among three reservists killed Feb. 8 when a roadside bomb exploded near their unit while on patrol in Karmah, Iraq, west of Baghdad. He was assigned to the 321st Engineer Battalion in Boise, Idaho.

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Laquita Pate James, 23, of Orange Park, Fla.; petty officer second class, Navy. James died at sea Monday of apparent natural causes while serving aboard the amphibious assault ship Bataan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. She was a master at arms on the Norfolk, Va.-based ship, which was off the Horn of Africa.

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Russell A. Kurtz, 22, of Bethel Park, Pa.; sergeant, Army. Kurtz was killed Feb. 11 when a roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle in Fallouja, Iraq, west of Baghdad. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Ft. Richardson, Alaska.

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Jared M. Landaker, 25, of Big Bear City; first lieutenant, Marine Corps. Landaker was among seven troops killed Feb. 7 when their Marine CH-46 helicopter was shot down by insurgents northwest of Baghdad. He was assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364, Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Pendleton.

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Daniel T. Morris, 19, of Crimora, Va.; lance corporal, Marine Corps. Morris was killed Wednesday when a bomb exploded at a security checkpoint in Iraq’s Al Anbar province, west of Baghdad. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.

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Allen Mosteiro, 42, of Fort Worth; sergeant first class, Army. Mosteiro died Wednesday of injuries suffered a day earlier when his unit was attacked with small-arms fire in Taji, Iraq, north of Baghdad. He was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division at Ft. Hood, Texas.

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Long N. Nguyen, 27, of Portland, Ore.; sergeant, Army National Guard. Nguyen died Feb. 10 of a noncombat-related gunshot wound in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan, north of Kabul. He was assigned to the 141st Brigade Support Battalion in Portland, Ore.

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Matthew P. Pathenos, 21, of Ballwin, Mo.; lance corporal, Marine Corps Reserve. Pathenos was killed in combat Feb. 7 in Iraq’s Al Anbar province, west of Baghdad. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division in Bridgeton, Mo.

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Travis D. Pfister, 27, of Richland, Wash.; sergeant, Marine Corps. Pfister was among seven troops killed Feb. 7 when their Marine CH-46 helicopter was shot down by insurgents northwest of Baghdad. He was assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364, Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Pendleton.

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James J. Regan, 26, of Manhasset, N.Y.; sergeant, Army. Regan was killed Feb. 9 when a roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle in northern Iraq. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Ft. Benning, Ga.

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Eric Ross, 26, of Kenduskeag, Maine; staff sergeant, Army. Ross was among three soldiers killed in an explosion Feb. 9 while checking a building that apparently had been booby-trapped in Baqubah, Iraq, north of Baghdad. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division at Ft. Hood, Texas.

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Thomas E. Saba, 30, of Toms River, N.J.; corporal, Marine Corps. Saba was among seven troops killed Feb. 7 when their Marine CH-46 helicopter was shot down by insurgents northwest of Baghdad. He was assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 262, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force in Okinawa, Japan.

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Dennis L. Sellen Jr., 20, of Newhall; specialist, Army National Guard. Sellen died of noncombat-related injuries Feb. 11 in Umm al Qasr, Iraq, south of Baghdad. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 185th Infantry Regiment in Fresno.

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Alan W. Shaw, 31, of Little Rock, Ark.; staff sergeant, Army. Shaw was among three soldiers killed in an explosion Feb. 9 while checking a building that apparently had been booby-trapped in Baqubah, Iraq, north of Baghdad. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division at Ft. Hood, Texas.

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Clarence T. Spencer, 24, of San Diego; private, Army. Spencer died Feb. 4 in Balad, Iraq, of injuries suffered that day when his unit was attacked with small-arms fire in Baqubah, north of Baghdad. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division at Ft. Hood, Texas.

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Nickolas A. Tanton, 24, of San Antonio; private first class, Army. Tanton died of noncombat-related injuries Tuesday in Kirkuk, Iraq, northeast of Baghdad. He was assigned to the 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

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Robert B. Thrasher, 23, of Folsom, Calif.; sergeant, Army. Thrasher was killed Feb. 11 when his unit was attacked with small-arms fire in Baghdad. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division at Ft. Bliss, Texas.

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James R. Tijerina, 26, of Beasley, Texas; sergeant, Marine Corps. Tijerina was among seven troops killed Feb. 7 when their Marine CH-46 helicopter was shot down by insurgents northwest of Baghdad. He was assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364, Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Pendleton.

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Raymond M. Werner, 21, of Boise, Idaho; private, Army Reserve. Werner was among three reservists killed Feb. 8 when a roadside bomb exploded near their unit while on patrol in Karmah, Iraq, west of Baghdad. He was assigned to the 321st Engineer Battalion in Boise, Idaho.

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


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