Military Deaths under President Obama’s Command

By Peter Andrew – ConservativeAmerican.org – Leading the way Right

To honor our brave men and women in the military, we list below the names of the fallen.This is page 5 of our list. To see page one, please click hereClick here for page two, here for page three, and here for page 4.

They gave their lives to protect and preserve our freedom. We thank them, we remember them and we honor them. Unlike other lists you may see, our list includes deaths from both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars as well as other military deaths (including those killed at Fort Hood, Texas, those who died in military training exercises and from other incidents or crashes).

This post identifies these wonderful souls by name, listing the heroes who sacrificed everything for you and I. Ours is the list that author and Conservative American talk radio star Mark Levin spoke of on his show and listed on his website. NOTE: ConservativeAmerican.org also hosts the controversial “Obama Death Count” (which people frequently misunderstand). One request please: Out of respect to the fallen, this post is not a place to debate the count itself and it is not a place to debate politics. If you’d like to do that, please visit the political post which explains why we are keeping count. You can do that by clicking hereThank you. The list contains some deaths by suicide if they have been publicized. However, most suicide deaths are not listed, making the actual death count higher.

Now we offer our gratitude in prayerful thanksgiving to:

  1. Army Specialist Lee Adam Smith, 28, Lincoln NE, died stateside on February 23rd. The circumstances of his death are being investigated by a Grand Jury.
  2. The Body of Caleb Erickson being returned to the states. Photo from TheRepublic.Com Click2Visit and read more from them.
    The Body of Caleb Erickson being returned to the states. Photo from TheRepublic.Com Click2Visit and read more from them.
  3. Marine Lance Cpl. Caleb L. Erickson, 20, of Waseca, Minn., died Feb. 28, while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
  4. NOTE: This one is out of chronological order and was added late to our list. The Daily Echo reports, “ARMY reservist and cancer survivor David Atkins died after choking on a sausage outside Sainsbury’s in Poole town centre. The healthy 46-year-old fell to the floor in front of shocked shoppers on New Year’s Eve and died six days later when his life support machine was switched off…”
  5. Air Force Master Sgt. David L. Poirier, 52, of North Smithfield, R.I., died Feb. 28, from a non-combat related incident currently under investigation. KPBS reports, “The Pentagon did not disclose where Poirier’s death took place. However, Poirier’s Facebook page indicates he had arrived at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar the day prior to his death.”
  6. The Salt Lake Tribune reports, “The military pilot killed in a fighter jet crash during a training exercise in Nevada has been identified as Marine Capt. Reid Nannen.” Reid B. Nannen, 32, of Hopedale, IL leaves behind a wife and 4 children. From Leada Gore at Blog.Al.com, “The pilot of a military jet that crashed in Nevada over the weekend was killed, Navy officials said. The crash occurred Saturday (3/1/14) afternoon during training exercises near Fallon, Nevada… the crash involved a U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18C on loan to the warfare center for use as a training aircraft. The aircraft appears to be a total loss, Navy officials said.”
  7. KIII TV Reports, “26-year old Trevor Nash, a recent graduate of the Navy’s flight school at NAS-Corpus Christi [TX passed away 3/1/14]. According to sources, Nash was preparing to be transferred to helicopter training school when he was arrested on charges of piracy.” He died while in jail and authorities are investigating the death.
  8. WLWT.com in Ohio reports a Marine was shot to death in an apparent accident on 3/2/14. “A Morrow [OH] Marine who was killed in California was given a final salute Saturday. Cpl. Steven Kohus, 26, was shot and killed at his base in Twentynine Palms, Calif., on Sunday. Friends of the 2006 Little Miami High School grad said Kohus and fellow Marine, Brock Myers, 22, were playing around when Myers somehow shot him. Family and friends said they believe the shooting was an accident.
  9. An Air Force airman died 3/5/14 on base in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The Trib.com reports no details have been released. SFGate reports his name now has been released: “21-year-old Airman 1st Class Dominique Hudson. The Air Force released Hudson’s name Thursday but didn’t say how he died or where he was from. The Air Force Office of Special Investigation is looking into the death.”
  10. The Daily Reporter in Indiana: “The Army Reserve has released the identity of a soldier who died Thursday at the Yakima Training Center. He was 45-year-old Master Sgt. Bert J. Garvin of Yakima [WA]. That’s according to the 364th Expeditionary Sustainment Command.”
  11. Matt Millham at Stars and Stripes reports, “Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dmitry Chepusov, a Navy broadcaster for the American Forces Network-Europe who was found dead in a vehicle in Kaiserslautern, Germany, on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013… An American airman has been charged in the death… On March 10, 2014, charges of murder and other violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice were preferred against U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt Sean M. Oliver…” Chepusov was 31 and a resident of Edgewater, New Jersey. More information here.
  12. KFYR TV is reporting, “A Senior Airman with the Bomb Wing was found dead in the individual’s residence on the Minot Air Force Base. At this time we know the body was found in the evening of March 17. The name, the age and details of the incident are being held at this time.” Kristine Kostuck at KFYR updated the story: “The Minot Air Force Base has released the name of the airman who was found dead in his home on base Monday night. Senior Airman, Chase Wathen, was with the 5th Bomb Wing and was a cable plant journeyman with the 5th Communications Squadron. However, the base has not issued any information about the cause of death.”
  13. Military.com adds one to our list from last year. 24-year-old Kristopher Klubert was in the Navy when he was killed in March of 2013. “A judge found Austin T. Greening guilty of second-degree murder Thursday in the March 2013 shooting death of a friend. The victim, Kristopher Klubert, 24, was an Ohio native living in Virginia Beach at the time. Both men were in the Navy. They had been playing video games at Greening’s home… Greening, 23, maintained that the gun went off by accident.
  14. A 29-year-old Air Force Captain from Mountain Home, Idaho died on 3/19/14 at his home. The Idaho Statesmen notes: “Police found the airman dead when police responded to a report… at his residence. Police do not suspect foul play, but the case is still under investigation.” UPDATE: 580 KIDO Radio reports, “Capt. Michael Daly, 29, is survived by his father and mother, John and Donna Daly, of Papillion, Neb., as well as his sister, Jennifer Daly.
  15. Navy Lt. Commander and deputy base chaplain John Keith, 49, of Irvine, CA died 3/22/14 stateside following complications from surgery. Stars & Stripes reports he passed away, “in an Italian hospital in Castel Volturno. He had been transferred there from the nearby Naval hospital in Gricignano, where he had arrived Friday night complaining of pain, according to several base officials.”
  16. 3/25/14 From Fox News: “A man fatally shot a U.S. Navy sailor before being shot and killed by responding security forces at Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia late Monday [3/24/14], a base spokeswoman said… the shooting happened around 11:20 p.m. Monday aboard the USS Mahan, a destroyer…” UPDATE from the UK Guardian: “The victim was a military policeman from Maryland, the man’s father told the Associated Press on Wednesday. Mark Mayo, 24, had been a military policeman since completing special forces training in 2008, and he patrolled the Norfolk base, his mother, Sharon Blair, told the Herald-Mail newspaper, which first reported details about the victim. He spent his adolescence in Hagerstown, Maryland, she said.”li>
  17. SFGate reports on this military death 3/25/14: “A drunken-driving suspect was arrested early Tuesday in Fremont after he struck and killed a U.S. Marine who had returned from Afghanistan only last month, authorities said… the crash… killed motorcyclist Andrew Silva, 23, of Union City, CA. Silva was a U.S. Marine lance corporal who had returned from Afghanistan in February.
  18. ABC7 WJLA TV reports 19 year old Navy Midshipman Will McKamey, of Knoxville, TN died 3/25/14. “”We are absolutely devastated,” said Cmdr. John Schofield, a public affairs officer for the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, where McKamey was enrolled. “It hits hard.” McKamey had been in an induced coma for three days, after he collapsed at football practice on Saturday – though it is not entirely certain at this time what led to his collapse. McKamey’s family released a statement after his collapse through the school, stating that their son had not sustained “a bad hit or unusual or extreme contact.” Cmdr. Schofield did say McKamey had expressed that he was not feeling well at practice that day.”
  19. CBS8 in San Diego, California reports a Navy Commander was found dead in the Washington State mudslide. “There was devastating news for the family of decorated U.S. Navy commander [Leon] John Regelbrugge III who was stationed in San Diego for years… It’s unclear what happened to his wife after officials found the body of Regelbrugge and his dog near his home Tuesday night in the Pacific Northwest town of Oso, which is about 55 miles from Seattle. The father of five children is part of a growing death toll from the mudslides.” The Daily Democrat reports that his body was found by his sons and brothers. Regelbrugge was from Esparta, CA. KIRO in Seattle reports Regelbrugge was 49 years old.
  20. This one was mistakenly left off the previous page. 29 year old Army Spc. John Joseph Beans Eubank died on November 30th, 2013. His wife and her brother pleaded not guilty today (3/27/14) to charges related to his death. SavannahNow.com reports, “Both entered their pleas before U.S. Magistrate Judge G. R. Smith to a new indictment that added [Mrs.] Eubank as a defendant. [Her brother, Carl] Swain was indicted on Jan. 9 in a separate indictment. The inclusion of special findings means the Justice Department may seek approval to ask for the death penalty. Both defendants remain in custody without bonds.” Authorities think Spc. Eubank may have been killed as part of a life insurance scam.
  21. Naval Midshipman Hans Loewen, 20, of Hampstead, NC, died 3/29/14 stateside as the result of a skateboarding accident a week earlier. USA Today reports, “Loewen was injured a week ago Saturday at the Assateague Island National Seashore, a national park on a barrier island off the coasts of Maryland and Virginia. He was on a camping trip during a weekend break away from the academy.”
  22. US Army Specialist Ivan Lopez died 4/2/14 after shooting and killing three other people at Fort Hood today. He reportedly was upset about his Mother’s recent death prior to the shootings. He then turned the gun on himself. The names of the others killed by Lopez have not been released. More than a dozen others were injured. Another multiple shooting took place at the same base in 2009 when terrorist Maj. Nidal Hasan murdered numerous soldiers.
  23. Website dvidshub.net has the names of the three Fort Hood Shooting Victims. They include Army Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Michael Ferguson, 39, whose home of record is listed as Mulberry, Fla…
  24. …Army Staff Sgt. Carlos A. Lazaney-Rodriguez, 38, whose home of record is listed as Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, and…
  25. …Army Sgt. Timothy Wayne Owens, 37, whose home of record is listed as Effingham, IL.
  26. WLTX TV Channel 19 reports, “Army Captain James E. Chaffin the Third, of West Columbia, [TX] died April 1st [2014] in Kandahar, Afghanistan, and the cause of his death is reported by the D.O.D. as a non-combat related incident. The cause of Capt. Chaffin’s death is currently under investigation.” His death came one day after the Obama administration bragged that there were no war=related military deaths in March.
  27. 4/5/14 From the Star Advertiser: “The 19-year-old man who died after jumping off a ledge at Spitting Caves near Maunalua Bay was a hospital corpsman stationed at Naval Health Clinic Hawaii. The Navy said Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Gregory Spillman, of Alexandria, Pa. enlisted in the Navy in 2012. He attended Hospital Corpsman “A” School at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, in January 2013 and the Field Medical Training Battalion at Camp Pendleton, Calif. He was assigned to the clinic at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam in March 2013. His wife, an active duty sailor, is stationed at Great Lakes, Ill. Spillman was swept out to sea Saturday after jumping into the water at Spitting Caves.”
  28. The Washington Post reports, “The Navy is investigating the death of a sailor who was found dead Tuesday [4/8/14] morning in a barracks after failing to report to work. The sailor was found in a barracks room at Naval Support Activity Portsmouth Annex, which is home to the nation’s first medical hospital, the Navy said in a news release. The Navy also said emergency personnel responded to a report of gunshots in the morning, although it wasn’t immediately clear whether the two were related.”
  29. From Gnomes News: “A Marine was shot dead at Camp Lejeune, N.C., Tuesday evening 4/8/14 in yet another incident of gun-related violence on a military installation. Navy investigators early Wednesday were still looking into the death of the young male Marine, who was reportedly shot by a fellow Marine bearing an M4 rifle at the base’s main gate. The alleged shooter was taken into custody early Wednesday. The identity of both Marines has not yet been released, nor any information about the prospective motivations of the shooter.” UPDATE 4/12/14: The News Observer identifies the victim as 21-year-old “Lance Cpl. Mark N. Boterf died after a single gunshot wound to the chest while on watch at the main entrance to the sprawling base, the Marine Corps said in a statement late Wednesday. No charges have been filed, and the Pentagon said the shooting appears to have been an accident.” Boterf was from Mississippi.
  30. Maryland Community News Online reports, “Police found U.S. Army recruiter Staff Sgt. Adam Anthony Arndt, 31, and Michelle Miller, 17, dead in Arndt’s home on Pinnacle Drive on April 8. A report from the Maryland Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, which ruled the cause of death for Arndt as suicide, left the cause of death for Miller as undetermined. Miller’s relatives say she was planning to enter the U.S. Army Reserves after graduation, and had been training with Arndt, who helped recruit her.”
  31. From the Republic of Columbus, Indiana: “A soldier found dead in the woods near Olympia on Tuesday was the nephew of two presumed victims of last month’s devastating landslide in Washington state, the Army said.
    Spc. Christopher Dombroski, 20, had visited the site of the landslide near Oso several times to assist with search and recovery efforts, said Capt. Cynthia Holuta of the Army’s 7th Infantry Division at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
    He was the nephew of Steve and Theresa Harris, who are listed among the missing in the landslide, Holuta said.”
  32. Army Spc. Kerry M. G. Danyluk, 27, of Cuero, Texas, died April 15 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, of injuries sustained April 12 when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire in Pul-e-Alam, Logar province, Afghanistan.
  33. From JConline 4/29/14 – “Pvt. Aurek S. Rardin, 20, a National Guard member assigned to the 198th Infantry Brigade at Fort Benning, died Saturday (4/27/14) after becoming ill following an overnight “ruck march,” according to a report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. A ruck march, a fast-paced hike completed while carrying a heavy backpack, is one of the final stages of basic training.”
  34. Army Pfc. Christian J. Chandler, 20, of Trenton, Texas, died April 28 in Baraki Barak District, Logar province, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire.
  35. Army Sgt. Shawn M. Farrell II, 24, of Accord, New York, died April 28, in Nejrab District, Kapisa province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire.
  36. 4/29/14 The Columbus, IN Republic reports, “A Vermont National Guard member threatened family members with a gun before one of them shot and killed him, police said. Kryn Miner died of multiple gunshot wounds to his head, neck and torso early Saturday, the state medical examiner’s office said. Miner, 44, had suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury, police said…”
  37. This 2013 death is added late to our list because it only came to our attention after U.S. Rep. Jerry McNerney mentions it on the House floor. Ground Report has quotes McNerney, “I ask my colleagues to join me in honoring the life of Marine Lance Corporal Sara Castromata. Lance Corporal Castromata was tragically murdered in an incident on the Marine Base at Quantico on March 21, 2013. An investigation by the military revealed that there were lapses in security on the base. In addition the FBI runs a training facility at that location. Lance Corporal Castromata joined the Marines in 2011, after graduating with honors from Liberty High School in Brentwood, California. A strong-minded individual, Ms. Castromata enlisted in the U.S. Marines to serve our great Nation. While in the Marines, she earned the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal, all of which are a testament to her honorable service. I appreciate the Marine Corps for investigating this crime and providing recommendations to prevent future criminal acts…”
  38. Tulsa World adds this one to our list: “Scot Michael Shuman, 44, Oklahoma Air National Guard technician, died Wednesday” in Collinsville, Kansas.
  39. Army Pfc. Daniela Rojas, 19, of Los Angeles, California, died May 3, in Homburg, Germany, due to a non-combat related illness.
  40. The Las Vegas Review Journal identifies a 23-year-old National Guardsman who died stateside. “The man who was shot to death during an attempted carjacking Tuesday at Sportsman Royal Manor Apartments was Nevada Army National Guard Spc. Dylan Joshua Salazar, Nevada military officials confirmed Thursday.”
  41. The Republic.com reports, “A soldier originally from[Keil] Wisconsin has died while serving on a U.S. Army base in Kosovo, and her father said he and other relatives have questions about what happened. The U.S. Army on Tuesday confirmed the May 9 death of Sgt. Heidi L. Ruh, a 32-year-old who lived most recently in Barrington, Illinois. Ruh’s body was found by a civilian at a running track at Camp Bondsteel in Kosovo, according to the Kosovo Force’s Multinational Battle Group-East. Joe Garvey, a spokesman with U.S. Army Europe, told The Associated Press the cause and circumstances of her death are under investigation…”
  42. From KLTV.com, “An East Texas soldier stationed in Alaska died Saturday after a rollover accident. According to the U.S. Army, Specialist Shawn N. Bounds, 23, of Tyler was involved in an accident in the Knik River public use area near Butte, Alaska. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he later died from injuries sustained during the crash. Bounds was serving as an Alaskan paratrooper at the time of his death…” More here from KTUU.
  43. The Washington Post reports, “The investigation into the May 8 death of Navy Hospital Corpsman Tyler Morris of Fairplay is routine. She says all active-duty deaths are investigated according to military regulations.” Morris had been admitted to the hospital a few days prior to his death.
  44. Army Chief Warrant Officer Deric M. Rasmussen, 33, of Oceanside, California, died May 11, in Mazar E Sharif, Afghanistan, as the result of a non-combat incident. More here from DVIDS.
  45. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Martin R Barreras, 49, of Tucson, Arizona, died May 13, in San Antonio Military Medical Center, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, from wounds suffered on May 6, in Harat Province, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire.
  46. 22-year-old Marine George Gabriel was shot to death stateside in Federal Way, Washington. KOMO News reports, “George Garbriel’s wife was sitting next to him when he was shot in their car in Federal Way this week. He was a young Marine. At 22 years of age, his wife says Garbriel chose to serve his country, only to be killed by a stray bullet that went through their windshield early Tuesday morning as the couple sat in their car visiting his mother at her apartment complex. “He’s serving his country. Him and his wife had no connection with these people at all,” said Federal Way police Commander Stan McCall…”
  47. The boyd of U.S. Army Pfc. Kelli Bordeaux was found on 5/14/14. The Chicago Tribune reports Bordeaux went missing more than two years ago. The remains, “were found on Wednesday in a wooded area about four miles from the Fayetteville [NC] bar where she was last seen alive… Police arrested registered sex offender Nicholas Michael Holbert, 27, on murder and kidnapping charges…”
  48. 5/15/14 – Channel 7 ABC News in Los Angeles says a 19-year-old Marine aviation mechanic was murdered on May 15th. “An aspiring rapper from Southern California has died after being shot in the chest at a Las Vegas casino Thursday. Evan Plunkett, 25, of Westlake performed under the name “Hollywood Will.” According to the U.S. Marine Corps website, Plunkett graduated from Marine boot camp at Camp Pendleton as an aviation mechanic. His best friend was killed in a traffic accident and his best friend was shot to death during his first week of boot camp. He was reportedly filming a music video at the Palms Casino Resort’s Fantasy Tower Thursday night when a fight broke out between him and three other men. He was shot once in the chest during the altercation, and later died at a hospital…”
  49. 5/17/14 – NBC Channel 7 in San Diego reports, “Army Spec. Adrian Perkins, 19, died Saturday in a non-combat-related shooting on a Jordanian military base, according to Pentagon officials. His death is under investigation by special agents from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command…”
  50. 5/19/14 – The Malaysian Digest reports, “The US military has now confirmed the death of a US marine, who was killed Monday night after falling out of an Osprey aircraft. The Marines were carrying out a night training exercise during which the cargo bay door is left open. But troops are supposed to be buckled in or tethered during flights. For unknown reasons, however, Marine Steven Hancock from Coal City, Illinois fell out of the cargo door. A search effort began on Tuesday morning but attempts to use the triangulate the soldier’s location from his cell phone failed. The marine’s body was spotted from the air later in the day in a wooded area near a highway…”
  51. 5/27/14 – From SFGate.com, “A staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force has been fatally shot in Detroit. Authorities say Johnny Clyburn’s death Tuesday is unrelated to his work at Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Macomb County. His fiancee also was shot. Detroit police spokeswoman Nicole Kirkwood says the 19-year-old son of Clyburn’s fiancee was captured three miles away.”
  52. 5/27/14 – From the Army Times: “The Army has identified the soldier who was found unresponsive in his barracks room Tuesday at Fort Hood, Texas. Sgt. Gene Robert Brandes Jr., 28, …of… Oakridge, New Jersey…”
  53. Army Pfc. Jacob H. Wykstra, 21, of Thornton, Colorado, died May 28, in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained as a result of an aircraft accident. The incident is under investigation.
  54. Stars & Stripes reports, “…Sgt. Shaina B. Schmigel, a soldier with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, was killed during a training exercise… The Fort Bragg paratrooper who died Friday during an airborne training exercise was using a newer parachute that has proven safer than its earlier counterpart, officials said… Despite its record, the T-11 now has been associated with at least two fatal falls since it was introduced on Fort Bragg in 2009…” She was 21.
  55. 5/30/14 – The Republic.com reports a, “full-time National Guard soldier fainted Friday while taking the Army physical fitness test at Schofield Barracks. He was taken to Wahiawa General Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The name of the man in his 30s wasn’t immediately released.” He was later identified as 32-year-old Sgt. Dwayne Torres of Ewa Beach was a recruiter for the Hawaii Army National Guard.
  56. From the Greenfield, Indiana Reporter: “Hundreds came to mourn Army Capt. Jason B. Jones after the eastern Pennsylvania native was killed in Afghanistan. The Pentagon said the 29-year-old Jones of Orwigsburg died last Monday in Afghanistan of wounds from small-arms fire.”
  57. National Guard member Alexander Ryng of Bristol, CT died 6/4/14 in what has been reported as an apparent murder suicide which also claimed the life of his wife, Kyla Ryng, who was just 27 years old. More here from Courant.com
  58. 6/4/14 – MyMotherlode.com reports, “Military officials have not released the circumstances surrounding 26-year-old Keith Walker Collins death. Collins died on June 4 at Fort Drum Army Base in New York.”
  59. Island Packet reports, “Foul play does not appear to be a factor in the death of Staff Sgt. Hugo O. Espinoza, NCIS public affairs officer Ed Buice said. The Armed Forces Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death, Buice added. Espinoza, 31, was found dead in base housing at Parris Island, where he had been a drill instructor for the 3rd Recruit Training Battalion since July. The Laredo, Texas, native joined the Marine Corps in January 2001…”
  60. Army Pfc. Matthew H. Walker, 20, of Hillsboro, Missouri, died June 5, in Paktika province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when his unit was attacked by enemy fire.
  61. KPBS reports, “Naval Aircrewman Mechanical 3rd Class Shannon Elizabeth Nunez, 22, died June 8 in Hawaii after jumping off a cliff into Maunalua Bay and getting carried away by the ocean currents.”
  62. Army Spc. Terry J. Hurne, 34, of Merced, California, died June 9, in Logar province, Afghanistan, from a non-combat related incident.
  63. Statement from Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby: “Five American troops were killed yesterday during a security operation in southern Afghanistan. Investigators are looking into the likelihood that friendly fire was the cause. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of these fallen.” The Department of Defense announced today the death of five soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died June 9, in Gaza Village, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered while engaged in a combat operation. The incident is under investigation. Killed were: Staff Sgt. Scott R. Studenmund, 24, of Pasadena, California;
  64. …Staff Sgt. Jason A. McDonald, 28, of Butler, Georgia;
  65. …Spc. Justin R. Helton, 25, of Beaver, Ohio;
  66. …Cpl. Justin R. Clouse, 22, of Sprague, Washington; and…
  67. …Pvt. 2nd Class Aaron S. Toppen, 19, of Mokena, Illinois.
  68. A National Guard staff sergeant training at Camp Roberts died Wednesday night [6/11/14] after suffering an apparent heart attack. Raul Escobedo, 41, of Fullerton, was a “highly decorated” infantryman with more than 20 years of service, according to the California Army National Guard.”
  69. Nevada Armny National Guard Captain James Chandler died Friday the 13th of June afer a battle with cancer. The Elko, NV newspaper reports, “Chandler and his wife have five children: Stephanie, Michelle, Kendall, James and Hunter.” All of them too young to lose a father. RIP Hero.
  70. The U.K. Daily Mail reports on the death of a Navy Officer on 6/15/14 – “Police in Dallas are investigating after a woman shot her US Navy officer ex-boyfriend dead on Sunday before turning the gun on herself. Amanda Todhunter, 29, was found dead in the Rowlett home of Brandon McClain, 34, after both suffered gunshot wounds to the head…”
  71. 6/19/14 – From the Washington Times: “A 23-year-old female sailor from Ohio found dead while aboard the destroyer James E. Williams likely committed suicide, investigators believe. The Navy Times reported shipmates found Boatswain’s Mate Seaman Yeshabel Villot-Carrasco unresponsive body on the destroyer on June 19, but naval officials, who are currently investigating her death as a suicide, declined to release additional details…” UPDATE: WTKR reports, “A Navy investigation into the suicide of a Sailor on a Norfolk-based destroyer says her death can be attributed in part to a toxic command climate on-board. The more than 300 page report outlines leadership failures on the USS James E Williams that led to many Sailors being uncomfortable with reporting problems for fear of the “climate of retribution.” The investigation came as a result of the suicide of Seaman Yeshabel Villot-Carrasco on June 19th, 2014 while deployed on the Williams…”
  72. About 6/20/14 – From the U.K. Daily Mail: “A North Carolina soldier assigned to a Joint Base Lewis-McChord regiment has died during a training exercise in Southern California. The U.S. Army reported Sunday that Pfc. Andrew Sass was killed at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, about 150 miles east of Bakersfield. Lt. Col Joe Sowers said Sass died Saturday, but Sowers declined to disclose details, saying the incident was under investigation.
  73. “Marine Lance Cpl. Brandon Garabrant, 19,[of New Hampshire] was one of three U.S. service members killed by a roadside bomb Friday morning [6/20/14], reported WBZ-TV in Boston,” according to the Blaze. “The entire State of New Hampshire is devastated by the tragic loss of Lance Corporal Brandon Garabrant, who was bravely serving his nation in Afghanistan,” Governor Maggie Hassan said in a statement. “
  74. 2nd service member killed by roadside bomb 6/20/14 – From Fredericksburg.com: “Marine Staff Sgt. David Stewart was eulogized as a man who had a great, far-reaching influence on many people in his life. “There has been an outpouring [of support],” said Nelson Stewart, the staff sergeant’s father. “People who have no idea who David is were paying their respects.” Stewart was killed in action June 20 in Afghanistan on his fifth combat tour…
  75. 3rd service member killed by roadside bomb 6/20/14 – Lance Cpl. Adam F. Wolff, 25, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, died June 20, while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
  76. Lex18.com in Kentucky reports, “…26-year-old Lance Corporal Jonathan Price was a proud Marine who served his country and his community… Price and his wife were leaving Austin City Saloon around 1 a.m. Saturday morning [6/21/14], when the unthinkable happened. Officers say a man shot Price in the back and his wife in the leg. Both were taken to the hospital where [Jonathan] Price died.”
  77. 6/23/14 – From NBC San Diego: “San Diego’s military community is mourning a Navy SEAL who died in a parachuting accident.Chief Special Warfare Operator Bradley Cavner, 31, died June 23 during the training exercise in El Centro…”
  78. About 6/24/14 – From My San Antonio: “A Marine from New Braunfels was killed in combat in Afghanistan on Wednesday, the Department of Defense announced Thursday. Sgt. Thomas Spitzer, 23, had been conducting combat operations supporting Operation Enduring Freedom, according to the announcement…”
  79. About 6/26/14 – From WITN: “A U.S. Marine lieutenant colonel was two days away from assuming command of a school at Camp Johnson has died after collapsing during a physical fitness test. A statement from Camp Lejeune says Lt. Col, Andrew P. Reed died Friday during the run portion of the semi-annual fitness test. The cause of Reed’s death is under investigation…
  80. About 7/10/14 – From DNJ.com; “The teenage suspect in last week’s National Guard armory slaying wanted to “make history” before he allegedly shot and killed a National Guard staffer in Lobelville, according to court documents. Christopher Farrar, 15, was arrested on a single charge of criminal homicide after the death of Sgt. 1st Class Michael Braden. The victim was struck once in the chest after multiple shots were fired at the Perry County armory complex Wednesday, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. According to redacted documents filed in Perry County Juvenile Court on Friday, Farrar sent text messages before the incident occurred saying that he would “go to the armory and kill everyone until they kill me.”
  81. 7/12/14 – The Charlotte Post & Courier reports, ” The Air Force reservist who collapsed and died Saturday morning during his Air Force physical fitness testing was nearing the end of his mile-and-a-half run that was the last of three exertion evaluations of the day. He’d also been required to take the Air Force fitness twice a year, rather than just once, as those with higher performance scores can do. Staff Sgt. Richard Spofford, 26, of North Charleston, was taken to Trident Medical Center where he died…”
  82. About 7/13/14 – Air Force Times reports, “An Air Force reservist collapsed and later died Saturday as he was nearing the last lap of the run during his physical fitness test. Staff Sgt. Richard Spofford, a maintenance technician with the 315th Maintenance Group at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina, had already completed the pushups, situps and waist measurement portion of his PT test early Saturday morning when he collapsed, 315th Airlift Wing chief of public affairs Maj. Wayne Capps told Air Force Times. An ambulance transported Spofford to the Trident Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, Capps said. Spofford was 26 and had been in the Air Force for 7 ½ years.
  83. Deseret News reports, “A Logan man forced his way into an apartment shortly after midnight Monday, killing a former girlfriend and another man before breaking into an apartment of a second man and killing himself, police said. Investigators say Jared Jay Tolman, a member of the Utah National Guard, was apparently jealous over two men who liked his ex-girlfriend.”
  84. About 7/15/14 – WBAL TV reports, “A Maryland National Guard airman who has been missing since he left on a boat trip Monday has been found dead. Tech. Sgt. John Jones, 47, of Baltimore, was found dead around 2:45 p.m. Wednesday by Aberdeen Proving Ground Police near the Gunpowder River in Harford County, the Maryland National Guard said. Jones had been reported missing Monday evening after a friend told the Coast Guard that he was supposed to arrive at Pooles Island’s Dundee Creek Marina but never got there. Officials said a good Samaritan found his boat anchored about 2 miles away from Pooles Island, but he wasn’t on it.”
  85. 7/16/14 – WFMY News reports, “Officials at Fort Bragg say an airman has died after he was run over by a government vehicle during an Air Force training exercise. A news release from the Army post says the airman was hit by the vehicle on Wednesday about 10:45 a.m. Officials identified the airman as 30-year-old Timothy J. Wright. They said several unit members who witnessed the accident attempted life-saving measures until emergency workers arrived and transported him to Womack Army Medical Center. Wright, from Pensacola, Florida, was assigned to Pope’s 43rd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron as an aeromedical evacuation technician.”
  86. About 7/18/14 – From Motoemag.com: “A Navy SEAL was killed in a parachuting accident during training last week. San Diego accident attorney Michael Steinger says that even in military accidents, victims and their families have rights. Chief Special Warfare Operator Bradley Cavner had been a SEAL commando for nearly 10 years according to San Diego 6 News (retrieved 06.30.2014). He died during a training exercise in El Centro, although the Navy has not offered many details.”
  87. 7/20/14 – “The fatal skydiving incident in Yorkville on July 20 appears to have been a tragic accident, according to the U.S. Parachute Association. Frederick H. Platt Jr., 44, of Racine, who was a Navy SEAL, died after his chute became entangled with another man’s during his descent, according to the Racine County Sheriff’s Office…”
  88. 7/22/14 – The Republic.com: “The Navy has identified a 21-year-old sailor who fell to his death from a sixth-floor balcony of a barracks at Naval Station Norfolk. Morgan Louis Hayman of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, was killed Tuesday after the Navy said he got into an altercation at Wall Manor, a barracks for transient personnel. The other sailor was treated for injuries at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and released. He was not identified.”
  89. 7/24/14 – According to The Republic: “A Fort Hood soldier from Wisconsin has died from an illness suffered during his deployment to Afghanistan. The Defense Department says 20-year-old Pfc. Donnell Antwain Hamilton Jr. of Kenosha, Wisconsin, died at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. DOD officials say Hamilton died Thursday of an illness suffered while he was in the Ghazni Province…”
  90. 7/24/14 – From KOTA news: “A 30-year-old Army staff sergeant from Hickman, Nebraska is being remembered as a devoted family man following his death in Afghanistan. Benjamin G. Prange died Thursday after the vehicle he was riding in hit an explosive device. Prange would have celebrated his eleventh anniversary with his wife, Liz Prange, on Saturday. The couple have two sons and lived in Hickman…” Also killed in the same attack was…
  91. …Keith M. Williams, 19, of Visalia, Calif. They died July 24, in Mirugol Kalay, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, according to enews Park Forest.
  92. 7/24/14 – Defense Videos reports, “The Department of Defense has released the name of a Fort Hood Soldier who died July 24 at Brooke Army Medical Center, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, from an illness sustained in Ghazni province, Afghanistan. Pfc. Donnell Antwain Hamilton Jr., 20, whose home of record is listed as Kenosha, Wisconsin,..”
  93. 7/24/14 – The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died July 24, in Mirugol Kalay, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when the enemy attacked their vehicle with an improvised explosive device. These soldiers were assigned 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.
    Killed were: Staff Sgt. Benjamin G. Prange, 30, of Hickman, Neb.; and…
  94. …Pfc. Keith M. Williams, 19, of Visalia, Calif.
  95. 7/24/14 – From mlive.com: “Sgt. Corey Hanson, a 24-year-old Grand Rapids resident, died Thursday when his SUV collided head-on with a semitrailer in Texas. Hanson, a member of the National Guard who had recently finished his second tour in Afghanistan, was northbound on state highway 43, about six miles south of Smithland, Texas, when he strayed into the southbound lane and struck a semi-truck, according to the Longview News-Journal.”
  96. 7/27/14 – From dvidshub.net: “Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who died July 27 from an apparent gunshot wound in his off-post residence in Killeen, Texas. Sgt. Kameron Alexander Womack, 24, whose home of record is listed as St. Louis, entered active-duty service in August 2008 as a combat engineer…”
  97. 7/28/14 – National Guard member killed stateside while on leave. From ClickOnDetroit.com: “Two men have been charged in connection with the carjacking and fatal shooting of 20-year-old Dontae Norris, of Westland [MI].”
  98. 7/29/14 – From Fox News Latino: “The shocking death of [Army Sergeant] Ommy Irizarry and his daughter Oceana Sunday on a Florida beach has an entire Puerto Rican city in mourning. Irizarry was born and raised in Mayaguez, on the west coast of Puerto Rico, and even though he left for the mainland 11 years ago, he made a point of visiting often. The last time he came home was in early July, when he invited his mother Isabel Medina and his 12-year-old son from his first marriage to Miami for a family vacation meant to celebrate his ninth wedding anniversary to Rebecca Power. “He was a special person,” his cousin Marilyn Acevedo told Fox News Latino on the phone. “He made a difference in everybody’s life,” she said.
  99. 7/29/14 – From Progress-Index.com: “The Navy has identified a 21-year-old sailor who fell to his death from a sixth-floor balcony of a barracks at Naval Station Norfolk. Morgan Louis Hayman of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, was killed Tuesday after the Navy said he got into an altercation at Wall Manor, a barracks for transient personnel.”
  100. About 7/30/14 – From WIVB, comes this report: Air National Guard Soldier Bill “Sager was pushed down the stairs at Molly’s Pub in May. He died earlier this week after being in a coma for months. It’s a heartbreaking loss for his Air Guard brothers. David Castiglia said, “We deployed several times together and we were like a family.” Sager’s death came just days before they planned to hold a benefit to help pay for his medical costs. Now, the benefit will go on to help pay for his funeral costs…”
  101. 7/30/14 – From WRAL.com: ” Fayetteville police arrested a Fort Bragg soldier on a first-degree murder charge in the death of another soldier who was shot and killed Wednesday morning, authorities said Friday. Spc. Justin Moore, 20, also a Fort Bragg soldier, was killed in the parking lot of his home at Lake in the Pines Apartments on Tamarack Drive around 11:45 a.m
  102. From the Sentinel: “The U.S. Army War College Friday announced the death of a staff member and Carlisle man. Col. Steven Lee Rohlena, 49, died at his Carlisle home on July 30, according to the war college. Rohlena had recently returned to Carlisle to take a position as senior adviser for Strategic Logistics in the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute at the war college. Rohlena was a 2011 graduate of the war college…”
  103. August, 2014 – Marine Corp. Sgt Rob Richards. From the IJReview: “[Richards] died of an accidental painkiller overdose in August of last year, was interred at Arlington National Cemetery…Richards served two tours of duty in Afghanistan. During his second tour, he was severely wounded by an improvised explosive device (IED) and left permanently disabled, for which he received a Purple Heart. Like most snipers, he saved countless American lives. But Richards and three other Marine snipers had been videoed urinating on the bodies of dead Taliban fighters they had just killed. The video hit the Internet in January, 2012, going viral immediately…”
  104. 8/3/14 – From www.al.com: “Staff Sgt. Girard Gass Jr. of Lumber Bridge, NC, died Aug. 3 from what was described as a “non-combat related,” incident while on patrol in the Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan…”
  105. About 8/3/14 – From the Hill: “Army Maj. Gen. Harold Greene, the highest-ranking American officer to be killed in the Afghanistan War, will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery on Thursday. The two-star general was shot and killed earlier this month by an Afghan soldier at the country’s National Military Academy in Kabul, in the latest “insider” attack since the conflict began in 2001. Greene’s death rekindled the debate over the Obama administration’s decision to begin drawing down U.S. forces next year and hand over security to Afghan units. Critics say Afghan forces will not be ready to handle security threats once U.S. troops depart…”
  106. About 8/6/14 – From News 12: “Flags flew at half-staff Friday to remember the Connecticut National Guard member who was killed in a crash on I-95 in Westchester. Ronald Patterson, 43, of Bridgeport, was a passenger on a National Guard truck carrying spent ammunition to Fort Dix in New Jersey on Thursday. State police said the truck and another vehicle collided and the truck rolled over…”
  107. 8/8/14 – From the Clarion Ledger: “Officials said the investigation into the death of a Mississippi National Guardsman at Ft. Gordon, Ga., is ongoing. Last week, 2nd Lt. Anthony Thomas Scardino, 27, of Oak Grove, was found dead after a training exercise…”
  108. From the Navy Times: “A Coast Guardsman identified as a suspect in the slaying of a 59-year-old Washington state woman has been found dead in an apparent suicide in a remote area near Show Low, Arizona, authorities said Monday. The U.S. Marshals Service said deputy marshals located Michael G. Arnold, 33, of Boise, Idaho, on Saturday at a family-owned Arizona cabin. Arnold had hanged himself, Deputy U.S. Marshal Frederick Freeman of Phoenix said in a statement. Deputy marshals saw what appeared to be messages spray-painted on the cabin’s exterior walls asking for forgiveness, Freeman added.
  109. Sgt. 1st Class Samuel C. Hairston, 35, of Houston, Texas, died Aug. 12, in Ghazni, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when his unit was engaged by enemy small-arms fire.
  110. KEYE TV reports, “Sgt. Triston James Johnson, 23, died on August 13 as a result of a gunshot wound in Killeen Texas, a press release said. …Circumstances surrounding his death are currently under investigation.”
  111. From Fox31 in Denver: “Lance Corporal Brennan Ching is being remembered for his commitment to both his country and his family.The Marine was killed in a car crash on August 15th while traveling from California to Colorado… Ching was on his way home to surprise his eight-year-old brother Alex before his first day of school at Bauder Elementary School. “He’s big, and he’s funny … and he teases me,” says Alex Vicary. A future Marine himself, 8-year-old Alex has had to grow up a lot in the last week. When he heard his big brother wasn’t coming home, he did what any kid would do: he tore a leaf off of a tree and made a wish. “I wish Brennan could come home. ‘What was the wish you made this morning?’ Alex’s mom asked. I wish Brennan would come back to life,” Alex said…”
  112. Note: On 8/19/14, another American soldier died. While he was a hero, we did not add him to the count because he was not a U.S. Soldier. We do, however, want to praise and honor him. David Gordon from Ohio is a hero to the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) and was fighting the Hamas terrorist bastards in Gaza. Arutz Sheva reports, “Before his army service, Gordon volunteered at “Magen” a Child Protection Agency operating in Ramat Beit Shemesh. On Tuesday Gordon was found dead with his weapon beside him; the circumstances of his death are being investigated by [Israeli] military police. A “lone soldier” from Ohio, Gordon was last seen Sunday at the Tzrifin base where he received dental treatment at a Medical Corps facility. He was scheduled to return to the city of Holon, but when he did not return a search ensued, only to uncover tragic results…

  113. 8/20/14 – “Army Sgt. 1st Class Matthew I. Leggett of Ruskin died after being “engaged by the enemy” in Afghanistan Wednesday, the Department of Defense said Thursday. Leggett, 39, a paratrooper who received the Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart, served three combat tours of duty during his nearly 20 years with the Army…” according to the Orlando Sentinel.
  114. 8/21/14 – News Channel 10: “The United States Air Force says an airman has been found dead at Cannon Air Force Base in Clovis, New Mexico… identified as Senior Airman, Christian Barreto, Sensor Operator with 3rd Special Operations Squadron.”
  115. 8/22/14 – Air Force Times reports, “The Air Force says an airman has been found dead at Cannon Air Force Base in eastern New Mexico… No other details were released, including anything related to a cause of death. The name of the airman is being withheld until after the family has been notified.” – “Sgt. Christopher Waugh Mulalley died Friday in Afghanistan, the Defense Department announced. Mulalley, 26, of Eureka, Calif., died in Gardez, Afghanistan, as the result of a non-combat-related incident, according to the DoD announcement.
  116. 8-25-14 – From the U.K Daily Mail, “The twin brother of the soldier who fatally shot herself in the head at Fort Lee army base revealed on Wednesday that her death ‘came out of nowhere’ and that she loved being in the military. Sgt 1st Class Paula Walker was ‘in good spirits’ when they spoke to her just a week ago, said Paul Walker…”
  117. 8/27/14 – From WWBT, “Officials have released the identity of the F-15 fighter jet pilot fatally injured in a crash near Deerfield Valley, Va. on August 27.Lt. Col. Morris Fontenot Jr., a 1996 Air Force Academy Graduate, died while serving with the 104th Fighter Wing as the full-time Wing Inspector General and as an F-15 instructor pilot with more than 2,300 flight hours…”
  118. NBC San Diego reports, “A San Diego man will spend three years behind bars for his role in a crash that killed a U.S. Marine. Ezequiel Garcia, 30, pleaded guilty to felony hit and run in connection with the August 28 crash that killed U.S. Marine Sgt. Brandon Bizzarro…”
  119. 9/4/14 – From the Boston Globe: “An Army paratrooper with the famed 82d Airborne Division, remembered for his genteel manner, wit, and determination to be a soldier, was killed by gunfire this week in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said Friday. Specialist Brian K. Arsenault was killed about 9 p.m. Thursday as his unit was engaged in small-arms fire with enemy combatants in the city of Ghazni, according to his family and the Department of Defense…”
  120. 9/12/14 – CNN Reports, “A Navy pilot missing and presumed dead after two jets collided over the western Pacific Ocean has been identified as Lt. Nathan Poloski, 26, of Lake Arrowhead, California. Poloski was flying an F/A-18 Hornet when it collided with another Hornet aircraft during routine flight operations Friday.”
  121. The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Sgt. Charles C. Strong, 28, of Suffolk, Virginia, died Sept. 15, in Herat province, Afghanistan while conducting combat operations. He was assigned to 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion, Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
  122. The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier and a DoD civilian who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died Sept. 16, in Kabul, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered from an enemy attack. Killed were: Maj. Michael J. Donahue, 41, of Columbus, Ohio, assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and…
  123. U.S. Navy reservist Stephen Byus, 39, of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, a member of the Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime in Columbus, Ohio, working as a supply specialist, and assigned to the Combined Security Transition Command Afghanistan while deployed.
  124. 9/27/14 – The Examiner reports, “Foul play is not suspected in the death of a 51-year-old Army colonel who was found dead in his Alabama home sometime on Saturday. The Army Times reported yesterday, that Col. Richard L. Shepard, an Army Contracting Command officer, died of an apparent gunshot wound.”
  125. 9/28/14 – WRBL in Alabama reports, “The Barbour County Sheriff’s Office has arrested and charged a 29-year-old Eufaula man following the shooting death of an Army National Guard soldier near Bullock County early Sunday. Kelvin Moore confessed to shooting Alfonza Gachett at a nightclub located on Spring Hill Road near the county line between Bullock and Barbour Counties, Barbour County Sheriff’s Investigator Jay Brice told WRBL News 3 Thursday. Gachett died from his injuries while being transported to an area hospital…”
  126. Late Sept., 2014 – CBS Los Angeles reports, “The family of an Army specialist shot to death on his way to Bible study is looking for answers. Relatives of Daniel Yarbrough say they need help finding the person who shot and killed him in Apple Valley late last month. “I couldn’t think of anybody that would do something like that to him. He was just a quiet person,” said Yarbrough’s sister, Feticha Oliphant…”
  127. 9/30/14 – The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Sgt. 1st Class Andrew T. Weathers, 30, of DeRidder, Louisiana, died Sept. 30, at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, from wounds sustained when the enemy attacked his unit with small arms fire Sept. 28, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
  128. 10/1/14 – From the Olean Times Herald “A U.S. Marine from Ridgway is now presumed dead weeks after vanishing off the coast of Guam, according to sources close to the family. Family and friends of Cpl. Donovan Clancy, 26, learned Sunday that Marine Corps officials had called off the search for the missing Marine now believed dead after vanishing in heavy surf in the remote waters off Tinian. A U.S. Coast Guard-led search for Clancy was called off Oct. 1.”
  129. 10/3/14 – Business Insider reports, “The US Has Lost Its First Serviceman In The Fight Against ISIS. The US Navy ended its search for a Marine who bailed out of an MV-22 Osprey and fell into the Arabian Gulf. Navy officials said the Marine is presumed dead.” From the Chicago Tribune: “Corporal Jordan Spears, 21, of Memphis, Indiana, was a crewman aboard a V-22 tilt-rotor aircraft flying off the USS Makin Island and went into the sea when the aircraft lost power shortly after takeoff, the Navy said on Friday.” More here.
  130. Stars and Stripes reports, “The Air Force has identified three of the airmen who were swept out to sea Sunday on the northwest coast of Okinawa by high waves lingering from Typhoon Phanfone. The body of Senior Master Sgt. James Swartz was recovered a few hours after four airmen were swept into the sea while taking photos of large waves, the Air Force said in a press release Tuesday evening. He was later pronounced dead at an area hospital. A second body was recovered Tuesday morning by the Japan coast guard near the coastline, although no identity was immediately released. Master Sgt. Daniel Paschal and Staff Sgt. Joshua Schoenhoff had been listed as missing Sunday. Another airman was able to make it back to shore…”
  131. The Macon Telegraph says the identity of the second body found is known now. “The Air Force on Tuesday recovered a second body after three Robins Air Force Base airmen were swept out to sea in Japan. While the identity of the second body has not been officially released, a person close to the family said it was that of Staff Sgt. Joshua Schoenhoff.”
  132. Robins Air Force base confirmed the death of the third man swept out to sea, Master Sgt. Daniel Paschal.
  133. The Air Force Times reports, “Tech. Sgt. Jason McIlvaine, 18th Aerospace Medicine Squadron, was scuba diving Saturday about 30 miles north of the base near Serakaki Village, Okinawa City, Japan, according to a base release. Two airmen noticed that McIlvaine, 42, was in distress and brought him to the surface and realized he was not breathing…”
  134. 10/21/14 – Mlive.com reports, “MIDLAND, MI — A 24-year-old Marine from Midland died during a training exercise at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, according to his obituary and the Associated Press. Lance Corporal Steven J. Szymanski died about 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, during the training exercise with the U.S. Marine Corps, the AP reports…” –The UK Daily Mail says the military is refusing to explain the mishap.
  135. The Washington Post says, “The Pentagon on Friday reported the first death of a U.S. military serviceman in Iraq in its new mission to combat Islamic State militants who have seized large areas of Iraq and Syria. Marine Lance Cpl. Sean Neal, a 19-year-old from California, died in Baghdad on Thursday in what a Pentagon statement described as a noncombat incident. Further details about how Neal died were not immediately available…”
  136. 10/26/14 – The Department of Defense announced today the death of a sailor who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Cmdr. Christopher E. Kalafut, 49, of Oceanside, California, died Oct. 24, in Doha, Qatar, of a non-combat related incident at Al Udeid Air Base. The incident is under investigation. He was assigned to Naval Amphibious Liaison Element, Combined Forces Air Component Center, U.S. Central Command.
  137. 11/2/14 The Army Times reports, “Spc. Gage Matthew-Gilbert Schellin of Fort Hood, Texas, died Sunday from an apparent gunshot wound, post officials announced Tuesday afternoon. He was apparently wounded at his home off post in Killeen. The circumstances of his death are under investigation, Fort Hood officials said in a release…”
  138. 11/5/14 – Easton WickedLocal reports, “A decorated naval sailor from Easton died in Germany on Oct. 26 while on deployment. Details about the death of Petty Officer 1st Class Richard Charles Tucker II, 38, an Easton native who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, were unavailable Tuesday. Easton Veterans Services Officer Hsiu-Ann Tom said she did not know how Tucker died…”
  139. 11/6/14 – WBTW CBS reports, “Two chief warrant officers were killed when their Apache attack helicopter crashed during a training mission near the Boise airport, the Idaho Army National Guard said Friday. Stien P. Gearhart, 50, and…
  140. …Jon L. Hartway, 43, were the only two soldiers aboard the aircraft when it went down Thursday evening. Both were assigned to the 1-183rd Attack Reconnaissance Battalion headquartered at Gowen Field in Boise. Gearhart lived in Meridian, Idaho, and Hartway lived in Kuna, Idaho.
  141. 11/7/14 – The NY Daily News: “The pilot of an F-16 fighter jet was killed when it crashed into the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday, Tyndall Air Force Base officials said. Search and rescue teams recovered wreckage and the pilot’s body about 60 miles from Panama City, Fla., Col. Derek France, the 325th Fighter Wing Commander, told METV Panama City. U.S. Air Force officials said the identity of the airman is being withheld pending notification of family…”
  142. The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died Nov. 24, in Kabul, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when the enemy attacked their vehicle with a vehicle borne improvised explosive device. Killed were: Sgt. Maj. Wardell B. Turner, 48, of Nanticoke, Maryland. He was assigned to Headquarters, United States Army Garrison, Fort Drum, New York…. and,
  143. …and Spc. Joseph W. Riley, 27, of Grove City, Ohio. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
  144. The Department of Defense announced today, 12/2/14 the death on 11/30/14 of an Airman who was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. Capt. William H. Dubois, 30, of New Castle, Colorado, died Dec. 1 when his F-16 aircraft crashed near a coalition air base in the Middle East. He was assigned to the 77th Fighter Squadron, Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina.
  145. 12/1/14 – GuamPDN.com reports, “…[Dr. Aurelio] Espinola said yesterday he has yet to determine the cause of death for Alec Dye, an Air Force member who went missing the morning of Dec. 1 at Tarague Beach. Remains found on Dec. 4 were confirmed to belong to the missing airman. Espinola said yesterday he is still trying to determine if Dye drowned or died of other causes.”
  146. WWSB in Florida reports, “A Naval recruit who died while training at Naval Station Great Lakes, IL will be laid to rest on the Suncoast. 20 year-old Andrew Adams lost consciousness during a leisure period at Recruit Training Command on December 1st and hit his head, according to the military. The Navy is investigating and the cause of death is unknown…”
  147. The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Staff Sgt. Matthew R. Ammerman, 29, of Noblesville, Indiana, died Dec. 3, in Zabul Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered from small arms fire while conducting a clearing operation. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.
  148. 12/12/14 – The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died Dec. 12, in Parwan Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when the enemy attacked their vehicle with an improvised explosive device. These soldiers were assigned to 3rd Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Killed were: Sgt. 1st Class Ramon S. Morris, 37, of New York, New York…
  149. …and Spc. Wyatt J. Martin, 22, of Mesa, Arizona.
  150. 12/13/14 – From AZcentral, “[22 year old] Spc. Wyatt J. Martin of Mesa died in Afghanistan after his vehicle was attacked with an improvised explosive device…
  151. … A soldier from New York, Sgt. 1st Class Ramon S. Morris, was also reported to have been killed. The soldiers were with the 3rd Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, out of Fort Hood, Texas.”
  152. 12/14/14 – From the Idependent.com , “Bogui W. Yann, an Airman First Class stationed at Vandenberg Air Force Base, was found dead in his dormitory on Sunday. Officials had withheld his identity until yesterday, and they said the cause of his death is under investigation. No other information was released.”
  153. 12/14/14 – The Sentinel & Enterprise News reports, “Keely Walsh… who was killed in a car accident in Belchertown on Sunday morning, was 18… She had recently joined the Army National Guard… Walsh had recently left her job at Cumberland Farms to devote her time to the Army National Guard, [Brian] Brady said. She was heading to western Massachusetts for a training session Sunday when the crash occurred.
  154. 12/25/14 – Tulsa World Daily reports, “Brandon White Gorbet, 34, Oklahoma National Guard serviceman, died Thursday.”
  155. 1/31/15 – From the Denver Post: “A memorial service for Air Force Academy cadet John “Jack” Lindsey was held Thursday at the Cadet Protestant Chapel. Lindsey, a freshman, died in a skiing incident during an annual weekend gathering at Keystone Resort in late January…”
  156. 2-2-15 – The Burlington County Times reports, “…murder victim Nicole Wilson was a decorated specialist with the New Jersey Army National Guard who spent her days working at the guard’s logistics office on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. “She zealously worked hard to make sure soldiers had the equipment, training and resources they needed…”
  157. 2-7-15 – WJLA reports, “The [Naval] academy announced in a statement Saturday morning that Midshipman Rolando Amador was found dead around 9 p.m. Thursday. The 22-year-old junior was in his room at Bancroft Hall, the academy dormitory. The statement says the circumstances surrounding his death are under investigation. No foul play is suspected…”
  158. 2-8-15 – The Denver Post says, “Staff Sgt. Justin L. Holt was killed and six other soldiers were injured Friday night during training on-post at Fort Carson. Holt, 31, and the injured soldiers were in a Stryker fighting vehicle when the accident occurred…”
  159. Jamie Brunette - DailyMail pic Click2Visit
    Jamie Brunette – DailyMail pic Click2Visit
    2/9/2015 – The U.K. Daily Mail reports on the tragic death of an Air Force Reserve Captain. “An Air Force Reserve captain whose family believe she was sexually assaulted in Afghanistan killed herself using her handgun. Jamie Brunette, from Tampa, Florida, was found dead on February 9 by Tampa police in the back of her locked sedan near her apartment… ‘I suspect she was assaulted, and she didn’t feel comfortable reporting it for some reason and internalized the incident so she could finish her deployment, which she did with flying colors,’ says [Her sister]…’It’s not anything she told me, just from talking with all her friends this past week, and piecing those things together. ‘I am female active duty, 18 years in the Coast Guard. I am well aware of those issues, and that’s my gut feeling.'”
  160. 2-10-15 – Casey Andrew Chapman, Army specialist from Chelsea, Maine, who was found dead last Wednesday in his vehicle at Fort Hood.
  161. 2-14-15 – KUSI reports, “A sailor found dead in the the base headquarters complex at Naval Air Station North Island has been publicly identified, but the investigation into his death was continuing Saturday. Chief Personnel Specialist Demond Walker, of Virginia, was found dead shortly before 6 a.m. Thursday inside the Commander Naval Air Forces building complex, according to the Navy…”
  162. 2-16-15 – From the Examiner: “Livingston Daily News from Michigan, this morning reported the death of Marine Pfc. Clinton James. He died Monday, February 16, while attending the School of Infantry (West) at Camp Pendleton, California. The Marines indicate this training exercise was part of James’ entry-level military training…”
  163. 2-27-15 The Army Times: “The Army is investigating the death of a Fort Bliss infantryman who died while deployed in support of the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. The remains of Pfc. Jerome Bailey Swaggart, 25, arrived today to his hometown of West Monroe, Louisiana…”

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