Iowa Soldiers Killed in Iraq and Afghanistan

On December 11, 2011, in , by Jody Ewing

Iowa Soldiers Killed in Iraq and Afghanistan

As reported by the Defense Department, the Iowa National Guard and family members

 

Navy SEAL Jon Tumilson's dog, Hawkeye, at Tumilson's funeralNavy SEAL Petty Officer 1st Class Jon T. Tumilson’s dog, Hawkeye, lies before his master’s casket at Tumilson’s funeral services.

Tumilson was one of 22 Navy SEALs killed along with five soldiers and three airmen when their CH-47 Chinook helicopter was shot down while flying to assist a unit of the 75th Ranger Regiment, which was pinned down by enemy fire in the Tangi Valley, Sayyidabad district, Wardak province, Afghanistan, on August 6, 2011.

Seven Afghan soldiers, a civilian interpreter and a military working dog also were killed in the crash.

Courtesy photo Lisa Pembleton

 

 

 

 

Last updated June 12, 2016

 

 

 

Iowans Killed in Iraq and Afghanistan
Slideshow compiled by Jody Ewing
See below for more information on each veteran.

 

Please click the names below to leave memorials for the fallen at CNN’s CASUALTIES.

NOTE: Though many online sites, including CNN, list various statistics about each of these fallen troops, I’d like to thank GOOGLE for using the “Details” sections from this page to build an interactive Google map linking each soldier to his or her respective Iowa city.

jason-landphairJason Douglas Landphair

Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa
Age: 35
Unit: Defense Department Civilian Contractor
Died: January 29, 2015
Details: Jason Landphair was one of three military contractors shot to death at the Kabul airport in Afghanistan. The former 172nd Stryker Brigade U.S. Army veteran was hit in the leg by a sniper while deployed to Iraq and earned a Purple Heart. After his recovery he entered training in the U.S. Army Special Forces, where he became a medic. He served three tours in Afghanistan without injury and earned the rank of staff sergeant.

 

 

 

adam-f-wolff-6-20-2014Lance Cpl. Adam Franklin Wolff

From: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Age: 25
Unit: 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force
Died: June 20, 2014
Details: One of three Marines killed along with a military working dog when a roadside bomb detonated during combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on June 20, 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

deric-rasmussen-DMRDeric Rasmussen

From: Storm Lake, Iowa
Age: 33
Unit: U.S. Army, Company C, 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade
Died: May 11, 2014
Details: Deric Rasmussen died in Afghanistan on June 20, 2014. He was deployed to Iraq from March 2007 to September 2007 and began his tour in Afghanistan in January 2014.

 

 

 

 

steven-blass-staff-sgtStaff Sgt. Steven Blass

From: Estherville, Iowa
Age: 27
Unit: 4th Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division
Died: March 11, 2013
Details: Blass was one of five soldiers killed when their UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed during a rain storm in the Daman district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan, on March 11, 2013. There was no enemy activity in the area at the time of the incident, according to a statement by the International Security Assistance Force.

 

 

Sgt. Joseph A. Richardson

From: Algona, Iowa (native)
Age: 23
Unit: 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division
Died: November 16, 2012
Details: One of two soldiers killed when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device and small-arms fire in Paktika province, Afghanistan, on November 16, 2012.

 

 

 

 

Pfc. Brandon Lucas Buttry

From: Shenandoah, Iowa
Age: 19
Unit: Company A, 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division
Died: November 5, 2012
Details: Died as a result of a non-battle related injury in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, on November 5, 2012

 

 

 

 

Sgt. Michael E. Ristau

From: Cascade, Iowa (native)
Age: 26
Unit: 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.
Died: July 13, 2012
Details: Killed July 13, 2012, after his vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device in Zabul Province in Afghanistan.

 

 

 

 

James SkalbergSgt. James Skalberg, Jr.

From: Emerson, Iowa
Age: 25
Unit: Battery B, 4th Battalion, 1st Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division
Died: June 27, 2012
Details: One of two soldiers killed when a roadside bomb detonated near their vehicle in Maidan Shahr, Wardak province, Afghanistan, on June 27, 2012.

 

 

Master Sgt. Travis William Riddick

From: Centerville, Iowa
Age: 40
Unit: Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 363, Marine Aircraft Group 24, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Mrine Expeditionary Force
Died: January 19, 2012
Details: One of six Marines killed when their CH-53D Sea Stallion transport helicopter crashed in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on January 19, 2012. The cause of the crash is under investigation, but initial reporting indicates there was no enemy activity in the area at the time of the crash.

 

 

Cpl. Zachary Christopher Reiff

From: Preston, Iowa
Age: 22
Unit: 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force
Died: November 21, 2011
Details: Died on November 21, 2011, at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany, of wounds suffered when a roadside bomb detonated during a foot patrol in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on November 18.

 

 

 

Jon TumilsonNavy SEAL Petty Officer 1st Class Jon T. Tumilson

From: Rockford, Iowa
Age: 35
Unit: Assigned to an East Coast-based SEAL unit
Died: August 6, 2011
Details: Fatal incident occurred in Wardak province, Afghanistan
One of 22 Navy SEALs killed along with five soldiers and three airmen when their CH-47 Chinook helicopter was shot down while flying to assist a unit of the 75th Ranger Regiment that was pinned down by enemy fire in the Tangi Valley, Sayyidabad district, Wardak province, Afghanistan, on August 6, 2011. Seven Afghan soldiers, a civilian interpreter and a military working dog also were killed in the crash.

 

Terry PaskerSgt. 1st Class Terryl L. Pasker

From: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Age: 39
Unit: 334th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, based out of Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Died: July 9, 2011
Details: Sgt. 1st Class Terryl L. Pasker, 39, of Cedar Rapids, died Saturday morning, July 9, in Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire. The Iowa National Guard reported that Pasker was killed by an Afghan National Directorate Security officer during a mounted patrol.

 

 

 

Matthew Gunnar NielsonCapt. Matthew Gunnar Nielson

From: Jefferson, Iowa
Age: 27
Unit: G Troop, 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, U.S. Army, Fort Hood, Texas
Died: June 29, 2011
Details: Fatal incident occurred in Badrah, Iraq
One of three soldiers killed when enemy forces attacked their unit with indirect fire in Badrah, Iraq, on June 29, 2011. Nielson was serving his first tour in Iraq.

 

 

Robert BriggsSgt. Robert W. Briggs

From: Hillsboro, Iowa
Age: 42
Unit: Co. C, 224th Engineer Bn, Iowa National Guard (DOW)
Died: June 28, 2011, from injuries received April 16, 2005
Details: Sgt. Robert Briggs died June 28, 2011, from injuries received April 16, 2005 in Iraq.

 

 

 

 

 

Joseph HamskiStaff Sgt. Joseph J. Hamski

From: Ottumwa, Iowa
Age: 28
Unit: 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron, 52nd Mission Support Group, 52nd Fighter Wing
Died: May 26, 2011
Details: One of two airmen killed along with six soldiers when enemy forces attacked their unit with a roadside bomb in the Shorabak district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan, on May 26, 2011. Joseph Hamski graduated from Ottumwa High School in 2001 and briefly attended Iowa State University before joining the Air Force. He is survived by his wife, Air Force Staff Sgt. Maria Christina Hamski, and his mother, two sisters and brother.

 

James JusticeStaff Sgt. James Alan Justice

From: Grimes, Iowa
Age: 32
Unit: A Troop, 1st Squadron, 113th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, Iowa Army National Guard
Date of Death: April 23, 2011
Details: Killed when insurgents attacked his unit with small-arms fire during rescue operations of a U.S. Army OH-58 Kiowa Warrior helicopter crew who were injured when their aircraft made a hard landing in the Alah Say district of Kapisa province, Afghanistan, on April 23, 2011.

 

 

Donald NicholsSpc. Donald Lee Nichols

From: Shell Rock, Iowa
Age: 21
Unit: Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, Iowa Army National Guard
Date of Death: April 13, 2011
Details: Died of wounds suffered when his Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected All-Terrain Vehicle struck a roadside bomb in the Mehtar Lam district of Laghman province, Afghanistan, on April 13, 2011.

 

 

Brent MaherSgt. Brent Matthew Maher

Age: 31
Date of Death: April 11, 2011
Hometown: Council Bluffs, IA
Unit: Company B, 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, Iowa Army National Guard
Details: Killed when the Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicle in which he was the gunner was struck by a roadside bomb during a mounted patrol in Paktia province, Afghanistan, on April 11, 2011.

 

 

Adam CraigSgt. Adam D. Craig

Age: 23
Date of Death: March 4, 2011
Hometown: Cherokee, Iowa
Unit: Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 1st Squadron, 113th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, Iowa Army National Guard
Details: Craig deployed to Afghanistan in November 2010 and was diagnosed with cancer while in country. He was evacuated back to the United States, where he died of the illness at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, on March 4, 2011.

 

 

Shawn MuhrSpc. Shawn Andrew Muhr

Age: 26
Date of Death: January 29, 2011
Hometown: Coon Rapids, Iowa
Unit: 546th Transportation Company, 129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 82nd Sustainment Brigade
Details: One of two soldiers killed when enemy forces attacked their unit with a roadside bomb 6.2 miles (10 kilometers) northeast of Forward Operating Base Budwan, located north of Gereshk, in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on January 29, 2011

 

 

Capt. David Anthony WisniewskiCapt. David Anthony Wisniewski

Age: 31
Date of Death: July 2, 2010
Hometown: Moville, Iowa
Unit: 66th Rescue Squadron, 563rd Rescue Group, 23rd Wing
Details: Wisniewski died July 2, 2010, at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, of wounds sustained when his HH-60G Pave Hawk rescue helicopter was shot down near Forward Operating Base Jackson in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on June 9, 2010. Four other airmen also were killed in the crash.

 

 

Christopher OpatSpc. Christopher Wesley Opat

From: Spencer, Iowa
Age: 29
Unit: D Troop, 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.
Died: June 15, 2010
Details: Died of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident in Baquba, Iraq, on June 15, 2010. Opat grew up in Lime Springs and went to Iowa Lakes Community School in Emmetsburg before enlisting in Spencer. He is survived by his parents, two sisters and three brothers.

 

 

Joshua DavisLance Corporal Joshua Davis

Age: 19
Unit: 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Division
Died: May 7, 2010
Details: A U.S. Marine from Perry, Iowa, Lance Corporal Joshua Davis was killed May 7, 2010, while fighting in the Helmand province of southern Afghanistan with the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Division.

Josh is the 75th person with Iowa ties to die in Afghanistan or Iraq since the war began in 2003.

 

 

 

 

John LabordeCommand Sgt. Maj. John K. Laborde

From: Waterloo, IA
Age: 53
Unit: 649th Regional Support Group, Army Reserve
Date of Death: April 22, 2010
Details: Command Sgt. Maj. John K. Laborde, 53, from Waterloo, Iowa, died of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident at Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan, on April 22, 2010. Laborde served with the 649th Regional Support Group, Army Reserve.

 

 

Daniel WhittenCapt. Daniel Whitten

From: Grimes, IA
Age: 28
Unit: Company C, 1st Battalion, 508th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division
Date of Death: February 2, 2010
Details: Capt. Daniel Whitten, 28, of Grimes, Iowa, was one of two soldiers killed when enemy forces attacked their vehicle with a roadside bomb in Zabul province, Afghanistan, on February 2, 2010.

 

 

Leroy WebsterStaff Sgt. Leroy Otis Webster

Age: 28
Hometown: Hartley, Iowa
Date of Death: April 25, 2009
Unit: Battery B, 3rd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division out of Fort Hood, Texas
Details: Died after being shot while on a dismounted patrol near Kirkuk, Iraq, on April 25, 2009. He leaves behind a wife, Jessica, and three children. Webster was a 1999 graduate of Hartley-Melvin Sanborn High School.

 

 

Jason PautschCpl. Jason Graham Pautsch

From: Davenport, Iowa
Age: 20
Unit: Company A, 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division
Died: April 10, 2009
Details: One of five soldiers killed when their vehicle was struck by a suicide car bomb in Mosul, Iraq, on April 10, 2009

 

 

 

Scott StreamNational Guard Sgt. Scott B. Stream

From: Bloomfield, Iowa
Age 39
Unit: 2nd Battalion, 130th Infantry Regiment, 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Effingham, Ill.
Died: February 24, 2009
Details: Illinois National Guard Sgt. Scott B. Stream, 39, of Mattoon, Ill., was among four soldiers killed Feb. 24, 2009, when a roadside bomb exploded near their vehicle in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Stream grew up in southeast Iowa and graduated in 1987 from Davis County High School in Bloomfield. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 130th Infantry Regiment, 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Effingham, Ill.

 

Nathan CoxArmy Staff Sgt. Nathan M. Cox

From: Walcott, Iowa
Age 32
Unit: Viper Company, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division
Died: September 20, 2008
Details: One of two soldiers killed when their vehicle encountered a roadside bomb in the Korengal Valley, Afghanistan, on September 20, 2008. He was with Viper Company, 1st Battalion, of Fort Hood, Texas.

 

 

stuart-wolfer-cnnMaj. Stuart Adam Wolfer

Age: 36
From: Des Moines (native)
Unit: 11th Battalion, 104th Division (TNG) USAR
Died: April 6, 2008
Details: Fatal incident occurred in Baghdad, Iraq
One of two soldiers killed when insurgents attacked their unit with indirect fire in Baghdad, Iraq, on April 6, 2008

 

 

 

Cody WankenMarine Lance Cpl. Cody E. Wanken

From: Hampton, Iowa
Age: 20
Unit: 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division
Died: April 2, 2008
Details: Marine Lance Cpl. Cody Wanken, 20, of Hampton, died April 2, 2008, after being wounded in Iraq in September 2007.

 

 

 

Chad GroepperCpl. Chad David Groepper

From: Kingsley, Iowa
Age: 21
Unit: Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division
Died: February 17, 2008
Details: One of two soldiers killed when enemy forces attacked their dismounted patrol using small arms fire in Baquba, Diyala province, Iraq, on February 17, 2008

 

 

Robert MillerStaff Sgt. Robert James Miller

From: Iowa City, Iowa, and Oviedo, FL
Age: 24
Unit: Company A, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group Airborne, which was based in Fort Bragg, N.C.
Died: January 25, 2008
Details: Army Staff Sgt. Robert J. Miller, 24, a former University of Iowa student and Iowa City resident, was killed on Jan. 25, 2008. He was serving in the Army special forces in Barikowt, Afghanistan. He was assigned to Company A, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group Airborne, which was based in Fort Bragg, N.C.

 

 

Adrian HikeArmy Sgt. Adrian Edward Hike

From: Callender, Iowa
Age: 26
Unit: A Troop, 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team
Died: November 12, 2007
Details: Army Sgt. Adrian Hike, 26, of Callender, Iowa, was one of two soldiers killed while on patrol when the vehicle they were in was struck by a roadside bomb in Bermel, Paktika province, Afghanistan on November 12, 2007. He was serving as a paratrooper for the 173rd Airborne based in Germany.

 

 

Joseph MilledgeArmy Sgt. Joseph B. Milledge

From: Glenwood, Iowa, and Point Blank, Texas
Age: 23
Unit: 3rd Squadron of the U.S. Army’s 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, based in Vilseck, Germany
Died: Oct. 5, 2007
Details: Army Sgt. Joseph B. Milledge, 23, who grew up in Glenwood, died Oct. 5, 2007, when a roadside bomb exploded in Baghdad, Iraq. He was assigned to the 3rd Squadron of the U.S. Army’s 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, based in Vilseck, Germany.

 

 

Kevin GilbertsonArmy Sgt. Kevin Allan Gilbertson

From: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Age: 25
Unit: 1st Battalion, 77th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, based in Scheweinfurt, Germany
Died: Aug. 31, 2007
Details: Army Sgt. Kevin Gilbertson, 25, of Cedar Rapids died Aug. 31, 2007, after getting shot in Ramadi, Iraq, two days earlier. He served with the 1st Battalion, 77th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, based in Scheweinfurt, Germany.

 

 

 

Scott CarneyArmy Sgt. 1st Class Scott Michael Carney

From: Ankeny, Iowa
Age: 37
Unit: Iowa National Guard’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division in Boone
Died: Aug. 24, 2007
Scott CarneyDetails: Army Sgt. 1st Class Scott Carney, 37, of Ankeny, died Aug. 24, 2007, when the Humvee in which he was a passenger rolled during a convoy operation near Herat, Afghanistan. Carney and a soldier from Ohio died in the accident. Carney was assigned to the Iowa National Guard’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division in Boone.

 

 

Jon BonnellMarine Sgt. Jon Edward Bonnell Jr.

From: Fort Dodge, Iowa
Age: 22
Unit: 1st Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, based in Camp Pendleton, Calif.
Died: Aug. 7, 2007
Details: Marine Sgt. Jon Bonnell Jr., 22, of Fort Dodge, died in an explosion Aug. 7, 2007, in Al Anbar, Iraq. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, based in Camp Pendleton, Calif.

 

 

Michael PittmanArmy Pfc. Michael Patrick Pittman

From: Davenport, IA
Age: 34
Unit: 1/4 Calvary Regiment
Died: June 15, 2007
Details: Army Pfc. Michael Patrick Pittman, 34, a Davenport native, was killed in an explosion June 15, 2007, in Baghdad, Iraq, when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device and small arms fire. Pittman was a member of the 1/4 Calvary Regiment based at Fort Riley, Kan.

 

 

Llythaniele FenderCpl. Llythaniele Fender

From: Onawa, Iowa
Age: 21
Unit: Battery B of the 5th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery Regiment at Fort Lewis, Wash.
Died: June 10, 2007
Details: Army Cpl. Llythaniele Fender, 21, a 2004 graduate of West Monona High School in Onawa, was killed June 10, 2007, in an explosion in Karbala, Iraq. He was assigned to Battery B of the 5th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery Regiment at Fort Lewis, Wash.

 

 

David BehrleArmy Spc. David W. Behrle

From: Tipton, IA
Age: 20
Unit: 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division
Died: May 19, 2007
Details: Army Spc. David W. Behrle, 20, of Tipton, was killed May 19, 2007, in a roadside bombing in Baghdad. He was among six soldiers who died in the explosion. All six were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division based at Fort Hood, Texas.

 

 

 

Katie SoenksenArmy Pfc. Katie Marie Soenksen

From: Davenport, IA
Age: 19
Unit: 410 Military Police
Died: May 2, 1007
Details: Army Pfc. Katie Soenksen, 19, of Davenport, was killed in an explosion May 2, 2007, in Baghdad while conducting a security mission. She was part of the 410 Military Police based in Fort Hood, Texas.

 

 

 

Brian BotelloArmy Pfc. Brian Anthony Botello

From: Alta, IA
Age: 19
Unit: 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division
Died: April 29, 2007
Details: Army Pfc. Brian A. Botello, 19, of Alta, was killed during combat operations April 29, 2007, in Baghdad. He was one of three soldiers with the 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, of Fort Carson, Colo., who were killed in the explosion.

 

 

Travis VaughnArmy Spc. Travis Ryan Vaughn

From: Reinbeck, Iowa
Age: 26
Unit: Company B, 2nd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment
Died: February 18, 2007
Details: Spc. Travis Vaughn, of Reinbeck, Iowa, was one of seven soldiers killed along with an airman when their MH-47 Chinook helicopter accidentally crashed in the Shahjoi district of Zabul province, Afghanistan, on Feb. 18, 2007. The military said the Chinook was carrying 22 U.S. service members. Fourteen people on board survived.

 

 

Stephen ShannonArmy Reserve Spc. Stephen Daniel Shannon

From: Guttenberg, IA
Age: 21
Unit: C Company, 397th Engineer Battalion
Died: Jan. 31, 2007
Details: Army Reserve Spc. Stephen D. Shannon, 21, of Guttenberg, died Jan. 31, 2007, as a result of hostile action in Iraq. He was a combat engineer with the C Company, 397th Engineer Battalion, in Wausau, Wis.

 

 

 

Marilyn GabbardCommand Sgt. Maj. Marilyn L. Gabbard

From: Polk City, IA
Age: 46
Unit: Noncommissioned officer in charge of the National Guard Affairs Team in Baghdad
Died: Jan. 20, 2007
Details: Command Sgt. Maj. Marilyn L. Gabbard, 46, of Polk City, died Jan. 20, 2007, in the crash of a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter that killed 11 other soldiers northeast of Baghdad. Gabbard, a member of the Iowa Army National Guard, served as the noncommissioned officer in charge of the National Guard Affairs Team in Baghdad.

 

 

Jonathan SchillerArmy Cpl. Jonathan E. Schiller

From: Ottumwa, IA
Age: 20
Unit:  215th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division
Died: Dec. 31, 2006
Details: Army Cpl. Jonathan E. Schiller, 20, of Ottumwa, was killed Dec. 31, 2006, when a bomb detonated near his Humvee while on combat patrol in Baqubah, Iraq. Schiller was assigned to the 215th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas.

 

 

Michael D. SmithSgt. Michael D. Smith

Age: 41
Date of Death: December 18, 2006
Hometown: Bettendorf, Iowa
Unit: 3rd Infantry Division (M), Order # 294-17
Details: Sgt. Michael D. Smith, 41, of Bettendorf died Dec. 18, 2006, in Washington, D.C., of injuries he received while serving in Iraq in 2003.

 

 

 

 

Clinton MillerMarine Lance Cpl. Clinton Jon “C.J.” Miller

From: Greenfield, Iowa
Age: 23
Unit: Marine Wing Support Squadron 373, Marine Wing Support Group 37, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif.
Died: Dec. 11, 2006
Details: Marine Lance Cpl. Clinton J. “C.J.” Miller, 23, of Greenfield, died Dec. 11, 2006, while conducting combat operations in the Al Anbar province in Iraq. Two other Marines were killed. They were assigned to the Marine Wing Support Squadron 373, Marine Wing Support Group 37, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif.

 

 

James MusackArmy Sgt. James Paul Musack

From: Riverside, Iowa
Age: 23
Unit: 7th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas
Died: November 21, 2006
Details: Army Sgt. James Paul Musack, 23, of Riverside, was killed Nov. 21, 2006, in what the military called a non-combat related incident in Samarra, Iraq. He was assigned to the 7th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

 

 

 

Paul FinkenLt. Col. Paul John Finken

From: Earling, IA
Age: 40
Unit:  4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 506th Infantry Regiment
Died: Nov. 2, 2006
Details: Lt. Col. Paul Finken, 40, of Earling, died Nov. 2, 2006, when a roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle in Iraq. He was among three soldiers killed in an attack in Baghdad. Finken was based with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Ky. He was an infantry officer assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 506th Infantry Regiment.

 

Scott NiselyStaff Sgt. Scott Evan Nisely

From: Marshalltown, IA
Age: 48
Unit: Iowa National Guard Company C, 1st Battalion 133rd Infantry, in Iowa Falls
Died: Sept. 30, 2006
Details: Staff Sgt. Scott E. Nisely, 48, of Marshalltown, died Sept. 30, 2006, when his unit came under small arms fire from insurgents near Al Asad, Iraq. He was a member of Iowa National Guard Company C, 1st Battalion 133rd Infantry, in Iowa Falls.

 

 

Kampha SourivongSpc. Kampha Butch Sourivong

From: Iowa City, Iowa
Age: 20
Unit: Company C, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment, Iowa National Guard
Died: September 30, 2006
Details: Spc. Kampha B. Sourivong, 20, of Iowa City, was one of two soldiers killed by small arms fire while operating near Al Asad, Anbar province, Iraq, on September 30, 2006. He was a member of Iowa National Guard Company C, 1st Battalion 133rd Infantry, in Iowa Falls.

 

 

William ThorneArmy Pfc. William Edgerton Thorne

From: Hospers, Iowa
Age: 26
Unit: 4th Infantry Division based in Fort Hood, Texas
Died: Aug. 24, 2006
Details: Army Pfc. William E. Thorne, 26, of Hospers, died Aug. 24, 2006, when his Humvee was hit by a roadside bomb in Baghdad. He was a member of the 4th Infantry Division based in Fort Hood, Texas.

 

 

 

Jerry TharpPetty Officer 1st Class Jerry Allen Tharp

From: Muscatine, Iowa
Age: 44
Unit: Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 25
Died: July 12, 2006
Details: Petty Officer 1st Class Jerry Allen Tharp was killed when his dismounted patrol was struck by a roadside bomb while operating in Anbar province, Iraq, on July 12, 2006.

 

 

 

Jaime JaenkeNavy Petty Officer 2nd Class Jamie Suzanne Jaenke

From: Bay City, Wis., formerly of Iowa Falls, Iowa
Age: 29
Unit: Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 25, based in Fort McCoy, Wis.
Died: June 5, 2006
Details: Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Jamie S. Jaenke, a native of Iowa Falls, was one of two soldiers killed when their Humvee struck a roadside bomb southwest of Anah in Anbar province, Iraq, on June 5, 2006. She was assigned to the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 25, based in Fort McCoy, Wis.

 

 

William LeusinkMarine Lance Cpl. William Jay Leusink

From: Maurice, IA
Age: 21
Unit: 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force
Died: May 22, 2006
Details: Marine Lance Cpl. William Leusink, 21, of Maurice, was killed May 22, 2006, in a roadside bombing in Al Anbar province northwest of Baghdad. He was a member of the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, based at Kaneohe, Hawaii.

 

 

Mark WallArmy Staff Sgt. Mark Adam Wall

From: Alden, IA
Age: 27
Unit: 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team and was stationed at Fort Wainwright, Alaska
Died: April 27, 2006
Details: Army Staff Sgt. Mark Wall, 27, of Alden, died April 27, 2006, in Iraq from a non combat-related illness. Wall suffered a cardiac arrest in the dining facility of his base in Mosul. He was assigned to the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team and was stationed at Fort Wainwright, Alaska.

 

 

Daniel SeskerIowa Army National Guard Sgt. Daniel Sesker

From: Ogden, IA
Age: 22
Unit: Le Mars-based Troop C, 1st Squadron, 113th Cavalry, which performs reconnaissance and surveillance missions
Died: April 6, 2006
Details: Iowa Army National Guard Sgt. Daniel Sesker, 22, of Ogden, was killed April 6, 2006, when his Humvee was hit by a roadside bomb outside Tikrit in Iraq. Sesker was assigned to the Le Mars-based Troop C, 1st Squadron, 113th Cavalry, which performs reconnaissance and surveillance missions.

 

 

Antoine McKinzieArmy Cpl. Antoine Jay McKinzie

From: Indianapolis, Ind., Des Moines native
Age: 25
Unit: Battery B, 4th Battalion, 27th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Armored Division
Died: March 21, 2006
Details: Army Cpl. Antoine McKinzie, 25, of Indianapolis, died March 21, 2006, on a combat security patrol in Baghdad. McKinzie, a native of Des Moines, was a member of the 4th Infantry Division.

 

 

 

Stuart AndersonMaj. Stuart Marlin Anderson

From: Peosta, IA
Age: 44
Unit: Army Reserve’s 3rd Corps Support Command in Des Moines
Died: Jan. 7, 2006
Details: Maj. Stuart Anderson, 44, of Peosta, died Jan. 7, 2006, in a helicopter crash that killed seven other U.S. soldiers and four civilians in Iraq. Anderson was a member of the Army Reserve’s 3rd Corps Support Command in Des Moines.

 

 

 

Nathan FieldSgt. Nathan Robert Field

From: Lehigh, IA
Age: 23
Unit: Army Reserve’s 4249th Port Security Company in Pocahontas
Died: January 7, 2006
Details: Sgt. Nathan Field, 23, of Lehigh, died Jan. 7, 2006, when his Humvee was hit by a civilian vehicle in southern Iraq. He was a member of the Army Reserve’s 4249th Port Security Company in Pocahontas.

 

 

 

Tobias MeisterArmy Reserve 1st Sgt. Tobias Corbin Meister

From: Tulsa, OK; native of Remsen, IA
Age: 30
Unit: 321st Civil Affairs Battalion, Army Reserve
Died: December 28, 2005
Details: Army Reserve 1st Sgt. Tobias C. Meister, 30, of Jenks, Okla., died Dec. 28, 2005, by a roadside bomb while on patrol south of Asadabad, Afghanistan. Meister, a native of Remsen, was part of the Sand Springs-based 486th Civil Affairs Battalion and was assigned to the Army Reserve’s 321st Civil Affairs Brigade based in San Antonio, Texas.

 

 

Gregory TullIowa National Guard Spc. Gregory L. Tull

From: Pocahontas, IA
Age: 20
Unit: Detachment 1, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 194th Field Artillery, based in Storm Lake
Died: Nov. 25, 2005
Details: Iowa National Guard Spc. Gregory L. Tull, 20, of Pocahontas, died Nov. 25, 2005, when his Humvee was hit by a roadside bomb near Hit, Iraq. He was assigned to Detachment 1, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 194th Field Artillery, based in Storm Lake.

 

 

Dustin YanceyPvt. Enlisted Grade 2 Dustin Allan Yancey

From: Goose Creek, S.C., formerly Cedar Rapids, IA
Age: 22
Unit: Company B, 26th Forward Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division
Died: November 4, 2005
Details: Army Spc. Dustin A. Yancey, 22, formerly of Cedar Rapids, was killed Nov. 4, 2005, in Baghdad when a bomb exploded near the Humvee he was driving. He served in the 26th Forward Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division.

 

 

keven-dagitKeven Kim Dagit

From: Jefferson, IA
Age: 42
Unit: Worked for Kellogg, Brown and Root, a subsidiary of Halliburton, for about a year in Iraq, driving semitrailer trucks to deliver supplies such as concrete, gas or food.
Died: September 20, 2005
Details: Keven Dagit was killed in Iraq on September 20, 2005, when the semitrailer he was driving was attacked by insurgents.

 

 

 

Eric WoodsArmy Pfc. Eric P. Woods

From: Omaha, NE; grew up/graduated from Urbandale, IA
Age: 26
Unit: G Troop, 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment
Died: July 9, 2005
Details: Army Pfc. Eric P. Woods, 26, formerly of Urbandale, died July 9, 2005, in an explosion when he stopped to help a wounded soldier on the side of the road in Iraq. Wood, a medic who moved to Omaha, Neb., was a member of a member of G Troop, 2nd Squadron of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, based at Fort Carson.

 

 

Casey ByersSpc. Casey Byers

From: Schleswig, IA
Age: 22
Unit: Company B 224th Engineering Battalion, based in Ottumwa
Died: June 11, 2005
Details: Spc. Casey Byers, 22, of Schleswig, died June 11, 2005, south of Ramadi. He was on foot patrol near a Humvee that was part of a convoy of 25 vehicles searching for roadside bombs and insurgents when a bomb exploded directly underneath the Humvee. He was a member of Company B 224th Engineering Battalion, based in Ottumwa.

 

 

David RiceArmy Spc. David Lee Rice

From: Sioux City, IA
Age: 22
Unit: Fire Support Specialist with the U.S. Army
Died: April 26, 2005
Details: Army Spc. David Lee Rice, 22, of Sioux City, died April 26, 2005, when the Humvee he was in rolled over after being hit a rocket-propelled grenade Muqdadiyah, Iraq. Rice, who was on his second tour of duty in Iraq, was a fire support specialist with the U.S. Army, based at Fort Riley, Kan.

 

 

Robert Jason GoreRobert J. “Jason” Gore

From: Nevada, IA
Age: 23
Unit: Iowa National Guard’s 186th Military Police Company, based at Camp Dodge
Died: April 21, 2005
Details: Robert J. “Jason” Gore, 23, of Nevada, IA, was among 11 people killed when the civilian helicopter in which he was a passenger was shot down while enroute from Baghdad to Tikrit, Iraq on April 21, 2005, during a diplomatic security mission. Gore was a member of the Iowa National Guard’s 186th Military Police Company, based at Camp Dodge, but was on inactive status as he performed a six-month tour of duty as a security officer for Blackwater USA, a civilian security company.

 

 

 

John MillerSpc. John W. Miller

From: West Burlington, IA
Age: 21
Unit: Iowa Army National Guard Company A 224th Engineer Battalion, based in Burlington
Died: April 12, 2005
Details: Spc. John W. Miller, 21, of West Burlington, died April 12, 2005, in Ramadi, Iraq, when he was shot by a sniper while providing security for route clearing operations. He was a member of the Iowa Army National Guard Company A 224th Engineer Battalion, based in Burlington.

 

 

Shane KoeleArmy Staff Sgt. Shane Marion Koele

From: Wayne, NE; native of Hartley, IA
Age: 25
Unit: 212th Military Police Company, 793rd Military Police Battalion, 18th Military Police Brigade
Died: March 16, 2005
Shane KoeleDetails: Army Staff Sgt. Shane Koele, 25, of Hartley, died March 16, 2005, from injuries when a land mine exploded near his Humvee in Shindand, Afghanistan. Koele served with the 212th Military Police Company, Kitzingen, Germany.

 

 

Donald Griffith, Jr.Staff Sgt. Donald Delbert Griffith Jr.

From: Mechanicsville, IA
Age: 29
Unit: Secret Operations
Died: March 11, 2005
Details: Army Sgt. Donald Griffith Jr., 29, died March 11, 2005, in Telefar, Iraq, during a suicide bombing incident. He was stationed in Fort Lewis, Wash., and was a member of secret operations. His family is from Mechanicsville.

 

 

 

Seth GarceauSgt. Seth K. Garceau

Seth GarceauFrom: Oelwein, Iowa
Age: 27
Unit: Company A, 224th Engineer Battalion, 155th Brigade Combat Team, Iowa Army National Guard
Died: March 4, 2005
Details: Sgt. Seth K. Garceau, 27, of Oelwein, died March 4, 2005, at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany, of injuries sustained when his up-armored Humvee was struck by a roadside bomb while traveling between Karbala and Ramadi, Iraq, on February 27. Garceau was with the Iowa Army National Guard, Company A, 224th Engineer Battalion, 155th Brigade Combat Team.

 

Brian Gienau2nd Lt. Richard “Brian” Gienau

From: Peoria, Ill., formerly of Burlington, IA
Age: 29
Unit: Company A, 224th Engineer Battalion, Iowa Army National Guard
Died: February 27, 2005
Details: 2nd Lt. Richard Brian Gienau, 29, of Peoria, Ill., killed Feb. 27, 2005, when the Humvee he was riding in was struck by a homemade bomb as it traveled between Karbala and Ramadi. He was a member of the Iowa Army National Guard Company A 224th Engineer Battalion, based in Burlington.

 

 

Eric SteffeneyArmy Sgt. Eric Matthew Steffeney

From: Waterloo, IA
Age: 28
Unit: 184th Ordnance Bn, 52nd Ordnance Gp, US Army. He was stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C.
Died: Feb. 23, 2005
Details: Army Sgt. Eric Steffeney, 28, of Waterloo, killed Feb. 23, 2005, when an undetected roadside mine north of Baghdad exploded. He was a member of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit. He was stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C.

 

 

 

 

Dakotah GoodingArmy Spc. Dakotah Lee Gooding

From: Des Moines, IA
Age: 21
Unit: Army’s 5th Squadron, 7th Cavalry, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.
Died: Feb. 13, 2005
Details: Army Spc. Dakotah Lee Gooding, 21, of Des Moines, died Feb. 13, 2005, when his Humvee accident near Balad, Iraq, during a combat patrol. He was assigned to the Army’s 5th Squadron, 7th Cavalry, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.

 

 

 

Nathan SchubertMarine Cpl. Nathan Schubert

From: Cherokee, IA
Age: 22
Unit: 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, of Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.
Died: Jan. 26, 2005
Details: Marine Cpl. Nathan Schubert, 22, of Cherokee, died Jan. 26, 2005, in a helicopter crash during a sandstorm in western Iraq. Schubert was with the 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, of Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.

 

 

 

Thomas HouserSgt. Thomas Eugene Houser

From: Council Bluffs, IA
Age: 22
Unit: 2nd Force Reconnaissance, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force, of Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Died: Jan. 3, 2005
Details: Sgt. Thomas Houser, 22, of Council Bluffs, killed Jan. 3, 2005, in fighting near Fallujah. Thomas was a member of the 2nd Force Reconnaissance, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force, of Camp Lejeune, N.C.

 

 

 

Daryl DavisSpc. Daryl Anthony Davis

From: Orlando, Fl; formerly of Spencer, IA
Age: 20
Unit: 144th Transportation Company, Florida Army National Guard
Died: November 29, 2004
Details: Spc. Daryl A. Davis, 20, formerly of Spencer, killed Nov. 29, 2004, while manning a machine-gun turret atop a Humvee escorting a supply company when the vehicle crashed near Kut, Iraq. A former member of the 2168th Transportation Company of the Iowa National Guard based in Sheldon, he transferred to the Florida National Guard’s 144th Transportation Company, 577th Transportation Battalion, Florida Army National Guard, and was mobilized in February.

 

Jarrod MaherCpl. Jarrod L. Maher

Jarrod L. MaherFrom: Imogene, IA
Age: 21
Unit: 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.
Died: Nov. 12, 2004
Details: Cpl. Jarrod L. Maher, 21, of Imogene, killed Nov. 12, 2004, as a result of a non-hostile gunshot wound in Abu Ghraib, a western suburb of Baghdad; assigned to 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

 

 

James KearneySgt. James Charles Kearney III

From: Emerson, Iowa
Age: 22
Unit: Company B, 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry Regiment, Iowa Army National Guard
Died: November 1, 2004
Details: Sgt. James C Kearney, III, 22, of Emerson, died at Forward Operating Base Salerno is Khost province, Afghanistan of wounds sustained when his convoy was attacked by enemy forces using rocket-propelled grenades in Sharana, Paktika province, Afghanistan, on November 1, 2004.

 

 

Dustin ColbySpc. Dustin Scot Colby

Age: 20
From: Clear Lake, Iowa
Unit: 1133rd Trans Co. Iowa Army National Guard
Died: August 27, 2004
Details: Colby died in a semi-tractor rollover near Camp Dodge. His unit was on its way to Fort Sill, Okla., and later deployed to Iraq.

 

 

 

 

 

 Nicholas SkinnerMarine Pfc. Nicholas Maloy Skinner

From: Davenport, IA
Age: 20
Unit: 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Unit, Platoon 1023 out of Camp Pendleton, Calif.
Died: Aug. 26, 2004
Details: Marine Pfc. Nick Skinner, 20, of Davenport, killed Aug. 26, 2004, by gunfire in the southern city of Najaf; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Unit, Platoon 1023 out of Camp Pendleton, Calif.

 

 

 

Brandon SturdyMarine Pfc. Brandon Chauncy Sturdy

From: Urbandale, Iowa
Age: 19
Unit: Company F, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine  Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force
Died: May 13,  2004
Details: Marine Pfc. Brandon Sturdy, 19, of Urbandale, killed May 13, 2004, when a homemade bomb blew up near Fallujah, west of Baghdad; assigned to the 2nd Battalion of the 1st Marine Regiment.

 

 

 

Trace DossettPetty Officer 2nd Class Trace W. Dossett

From: Orlando, FL; Wapello (IA) native
Age: 37
Unit: Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 14, 3rd Naval Construction Regiment
Died: May 2, 2004
Trace W. DossettDetails: Petty Officer 2nd Class Trace W. Dossett, 37, of Orlando, Fla. and a Wapello native, killed in a mortar attack May 2, 2004, at Camp Fallujah in Al Anbar province west of Baghdad; assigned to the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 14 out of Jacksonville, Fla.

 

 

Michael SpeerCpl. Michael Raymond Speer

Michael SpeerFrom: Davenport, IA
Age: 24
Unit: 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Died: April 9, 2004
Details: Cpl. Michael R. Speer, 24, a Kansas native who joined the Marine Corps in Davenport, killed April 9, 2004, in hostile fire in Al Anbar Province, west of Baghdad; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

 

 

Ben CarmanLance Cpl. Benjamin CarmanBenjamin Carman

From: Jefferson, IA
Age: 20
Unit: 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.
Died: April 6, 2004
Details: Lance Cpl. Benjamin Carman, 20, of Jefferson, killed April 6, 2004, in hostile fire in Al Anbar Province, west of Baghdad; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

 

Joshua KnowlesArmy Spc. Joshua Lincoln Knowles

Josh KnowlesFrom: Sheffield, IA
Age: 23
Unit: Assigned to the Iowa Army National Guard’s 1133rd Transportation Co. in Mason City
Died: Feb. 5, 2004
Details: Army Spc. Josh Knowles, 23, of Sheffield, killed Feb. 5, 2004, when his truck was hit by mortar round attack in Baghdad.

 

 

 

Aaron SisselArmy Sgt. Aaron Sissel

From: Tipton, Iowa
Age: 22
Unit: 2133rd Transportation Company, Iowa National Guard
Died: November 29, 2003
Aaron SisselDetails: Army Sgt. Aaron Sissel, 22, of Tipton, killed Nov. 29, 2003, in an ambush near Husaybah; assigned to the 2133rd Transportation Company of the Iowa National Guard, based in Centerville, Muscatine and Cedar Rapids.

 

 

 

Kurt FrosheiserPvt. Enlisted Grade 2 Kurt Russell Frosheiser

From: Des Moines, IA
Age: 22
Unit: 1st Armored Division; Baumholder, Germany
Died: Nov. 8, 2003
Details: Army Pvt. Kurt Frosheiser, 22, Des Moines, killed Nov. 8, 2003, when a Humvee he was riding in ran over a homemade bomb west of Baghdad; assigned to the 1st Armored Division; Baumholder, Germany.

 

 

 

Paul FisherArmy Sgt. Paul F. Fisher

From: Cedar Rapids, IA
Age: 39
Unit: Detachment 1, Company F, 106th Aviation Battalion, Army National Guard, based in Davenport
Died: Nov. 6, 2003
Details: Army Sgt. Paul F. Fisher, 39, of Cedar Rapids, died Nov. 6, 2003, at a hospital in Hamburg, Germany, following a Nov. 2 missile attack on a Chinook helicopter near Fallujah.

 

 

 

Bruce SmithArmy Chief Warrant Officer Bruce Alan Smith

From: West Liberty, IA
Age: 41
Unit: Detachment 1, Company F, 106th Aviation Battalion
Died: Nov. 2, 2003
Details: Army Chief Warrant Officer Bruce A. Smith, 41, West Liberty, killed in the Nov. 2, 2003, attack on a Chinook helicopter near Fallujah; assigned to Detachment 1, Company F, 106th Aviation Battalion.

 

 

 

David KirchhoffArmy Pfc. David Michael Kirchhoff

From: Anamosa, IA
Age: 31
Unit:  Army National Guard’s 2168th Transportation Company
Died: Aug. 14, 2003
Details: Army Pfc. David Kirchhoff, 31, Anamosa, died Aug. 14 after suffering heat stroke Aug. 9, 2003, in Iraq; assigned to the Army National Guard’s 2168th Transportation Company, Cedar Rapids.

 

 

 

Michael DeutschArmy Pvt. Michael J. Deutsch

From: Dubuque, IA
Age: 21
Unit: Troop C, 1-1 Cavalry
Died: July 31, 2003
Details: Army Pvt. Michael J. Deutsch, 21, of Dubuque, died July 31, 2003, in Baghdad when the armored personnel carrier he was riding in was hit by an explosive round; assigned to Troop C, 1-1 Cavalry.

 

 

 

Kenneth NalleyArmy Pvt. Enlisted Grade 2 Kenneth Allen Nalley

From: Hamburg, IA
Age: 19
Unit: 501st Military Police Company, U.S. Corps
Died: May 26, 2003
Details: Army Pvt. Kenneth A. Nalley, 19, Hamburg, died May 26, 2003, when his Humvee was struck by a heavy truck while escorting a convoy in As Samawah; assigned to the 501st Military Police Company, Wiesbaden, Germany.

 

 

 

Jeffrey BohrMarine Gunnery Sgt. Jeffrey Edward Bohr Jr.

From: Ossian, IA
Age: 39
Unit: 1st Battalion, 5th Regiment, Alpha Company
Died: April 10, 2003
Details: Marine Gunnery Sgt. Jeffrey E. Bohr, 39, Ossian, killed April 10, 2003, in a seven-hour battle outside a mosque in downtown Baghdad; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Regiment, Alpha Company of Camp Pendleton, Calif.

 

 

 

Bradley KorthausMarine Sgt. Bradley S. Korthaus

From: Davenport, IA
Age: 29
Unit: 6th Engineer Support Battalion
Died: March 24, 2003
Details: Marine Sgt. Bradley S. Korthaus, 29, Davenport, drowned March 24, 2003, while trying to cross the Saddam Canal in southeastern Iraq; assigned to the 6th Engineer Support Battalion.

 

 

 

 

 

James KiehlSpc. James Michael Kiehl

From: Des Moines, Iowa
Age: 22
Unit: 507th Maintenance Company, 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade
Died: March 23, 2006
Details: One of nine soldiers killed when their convoy was ambushed near Nasiriya, Iraq, on March 23, 2003

 

 

 

 

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Double Tragedy for One Iowa Family

On June 22, 2005, in Miscellany, by Jody Ewing

I can’t begin to imagine what Ann and Bill Byers of Schleswig, Iowa, must be going through right now.

One might think there could be nothing worse than losing a young son — with an infant daughter of his own — to a war launched under questionable circumstances. There is: losing another — the only remaining son and also a soldier — two days before the first son’s funeral. The double tragedy carries an unspeakable amount of grief, particularly for the residents of the small town of only 850.

Sgt. Casey Byers, 22 — a member of the Ottumwa-based Company B 224th Engineering Battaliona stationed at Ramadi — was killed Saturday, June 11, when a roadside bomb exploded directly beneath his Humvee south of Ramadi in Iraq. He was the 28th Iowan to die in Iraq since the war began in March 2003. Another Iowa soldier, 28-year-old Spc. James Migues, Jr. of Ottumwa, was on foot patrol in front of the Humvee and injured during the explosion. Another soldier, Sgt. 1st Class Neal Prince of Colorado, also was killed in the incident.

According to unit commander Lt. Col. Todd Jacobus of Des Moines, the tragedy was intensely personal to the soldiers’ fellow comrades. In an e-mail to the fallen soldiers’ family and friends, Jacobus recalled that Byers “told people that his first name was ‘THE,’ as in ‘THE BYERS.’ He was very proud that he had a daughter, and told many of the other soldiers that he was ‘the world’s greatest dad,’ commenting how he couldn’t wait to get home and spend time with his parents and daughter.”

That wasn’t the only thing on the young soldier’s mind. Lt. Col. Jacobus went on to write that “Spc. Byers had told members of his platoon that he had a brother in a United States Army Reserve transportation company out of Sac City, and that his unit was supposed to be mobilized in the fall. Spc. Byers had humorously mentioned to many that ‘Iraq can’t handle two Byers at the same time.’”

Neither Byers, nor Jacobus, could possibly have foreseen the twist of fate about to take place.

Two days before Byers’ funeral, his 19-year-old brother, Justin “Paul,” was struck and killed by a truck while walking out of a ditch along U.S. Highway 30 about a mile west of Vail, Iowa. According to the Des Moines Register, the younger Byers was hit around 9:40 p.m. Monday night.

Funeral services for Casey Byers, a 2001 graduate of Ar-We-Va High School in Vail, Iowa, are scheduled for today at 11 a.m. at the Company C 1st-168th Infantry Iowa Army National Guard in Denison. His cremated remains will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia at a later date. Services are still pending for his younger brother.

The brothers are survived by their parents and one sister, Jennifer, as well as Casey’s infant daughter, Hailey.

My heart goes out to this family who lives but 35 miles from me — “neighbors” as we rural Iowans call them — whose names I never knew until this June. May God, and peace, be with them all.