Military deaths

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

Randy Heck, 20, of Steubenville, Ohio; lance corporal, Marine Corps. Heck died of noncombat-related injuries March 28 in the African nation of Djibouti. He was assigned to the 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

James L. Miller, 21, of Yakima, Wash.; private first class, Army. Miller was killed Monday when a roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle in Dashat, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

Raymond N. Pacleb, 31, of Honolulu; private first class, Army National Guard. Pacleb died of noncombat-related injuries Monday in Baghdad. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 487th Field Artillery Regiment in Wahiawa, Hawaii.


Jacob A. Ross, 19, of Gillette, Wyo.; lance corporal, Marine Corps. Ross was killed March 24 when his unit was attacked with small-arms fire in southern Afghanistan’s Helmand province. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Miroslav Zilberman, 31, of Columbus, Ohio; lieutenant, Navy. Zilberman was killed Wednesday when his E-2C Hawkeye plane, based on the aircraft carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower, crashed into the North Arabian Sea. Three other crewmen were rescued but recovery efforts for him were abandoned Friday. He was assigned to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121 in Norfolk, Va.

Sources: Department of Defense and the Associated Press