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Military deaths

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

William A. Blount, 21, of Petal, Miss.; private first class, Army. Blount was one of two soldiers killed Wednesday when a roadside bomb exploded near their vehicle in Mosul, Iraq, north of Baghdad. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team at Ft. Stewart, Ga.

Scott W. Brunkhorst, 25, Fayetteville, N.C.; staff sergeant, Army. Brunkhorst was killed March 30 when a roadside bomb exploded near him while he was on foot patrol in the Arghandab River Valley in southern Afghanistan’s Kandahar province, on the Pakistani border. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division at Ft. Bragg, N.C.

Robert W. Collins, 24, of Tyrone, Ga.; first lieutenant, Army. Collins was one of two soldiers killed Wednesday when a roadside bomb exploded near their vehicle in Mosul, Iraq, north of Baghdad. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team at Ft. Stewart, Ga.

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Roberto E. Diaz Borio, 47, of San Juan, Puerto Rico; sergeant, Army National Guard. Diaz Borio died Thursday in Mombassa, Kenya, where he was serving in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The circumstances were not disclosed. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 92nd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade in Cayay, Puerto Rico.

Tyler O. Griffin, 19, of Voluntown, Conn.; lance corporal, Marine Corps. Griffin was one of two Marines killed April 1 when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan’s Helmand province, on the Pakistani border. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Kurt E. Kruize, 35, of Hancock, Minn.; sergeant, Army Reserve. Kruize was killed April 4 in a noncombat-related accident when he was crushed between a tractor and a trailer in Baghdad. He was assigned to the 367th Engineer Battalion in St. Cloud, Minn.

James B. Lackey, 45, of Green Clove Springs, Fla.; senior master sergeant, Air Force. Lackey was one of two airmen killed Friday when their CV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor transport aircraft crashed near Kandahar, Afghanistan, south of Kabul. They were assigned to the 8th Special Operations Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Fla.

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Curtis M. Swenson, 20, of Rochester, Minn.; lance corporal, Marine Corps. Swenson was killed April 2 when his vehicle struck a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan’s Helmand province, on the Pakistani border. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.

Randell D. Voas, 43, of Lakeville, Minn.; major, Air Force. Voas was one of two airmen killed Friday when their CV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor transport aircraft crashed near Kandahar, Afghanistan, south of Kabul. They were assigned to the 8th Special Operations Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Fla.

Frank J. World, 25, of Buffalo, N.Y.; sergeant, Marine Corps. Griffin was one of two Marines killed April 1 when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan’s Helmand province, on the Pakistani border. He was assigned to the 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Sources: Department of Defense and the Associated Press

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