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Posted: Sunday, March 30, 2008 2:49 am | Updated: 12:08 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

 

Howard P. Allen

Hometown: Mesa

Age: 31

Unit: Army National Guard, 860th Military Police Company, Phoenix

Rank: Sergeant

Died: Sept. 26, 2005

Incident: Killed when a makeshift bomb exploded near his Humvee in Baghdad.

 

Caleb P. Christopher

Hometown: Chandler

Age: 25

Unit: Army, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas

Rank: Sergeant

Died: June 3, 2007

Incident: Killed when a makeshift bomb exploded near his vehicle.

 

Eric F. Cooke

Hometown: Scottsdale

Age: 43

Unit: Army

Rank: Command sergeant major

Died: Dec. 24, 2003

Incident: Killed when his convoy vehicle was struck by a makeshift bomb.

 

Douglas C. Desjardins

Hometown: Mesa

Age: 24

Unit: Army, 2nd Battalion, 37th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Ray Barracks, Giessen, Germany

Rank: Specialist

Died: Nov. 5, 2006

Incident: Killed when a makeshift bomb detonated near his M1A1 Abrams tank during combat operations in Ramadi.

Joseph J. Duenas

Hometown: Mesa

Age: 23

Unit: Army, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky.

Rank: Private First Class

Died: March 30, 2006

Incident: Died from noncombat injuries while returning from combat operations in Kirkuk province.

Andrew C. Ehrlich

Hometown: Mesa

Age: 21

Unit: Army, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, Vilseck, Germany

Rank: Specialist

Died: Oct. 18, 2004

Incident: Died of noncombat injuries in Muqdadiyah.

Darrel D. Kasson

Hometown: Florence

Age: 43

Unit: Army, 259th Security Forces Company, Phoenix

Rank: Staff sergeant

Died: March 4, 2007

Incident: Died in Tikrit of wounds suffered when a makeshift bomb exploded near his vehicle in Bayji.

Robert N. Martens

Hometown: Queen Creek

Age: 20

Unit: Navy, 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Rank: Hospitalman

Died: Sept. 6, 2005

Incident: Died from injuries suffered as a passenger in a Humvee that rolled over in Qaim.

Jason L. Merrill

Hometown: Mesa

Age: 22

Unit: Army, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Wurzburg, Germany

Rank: Sergeant

Died: Sept. 3, 2006

Incident: Killed when a makeshift bomb exploded near his vehicle during combat operations in Baghdad.

Dominique J. Nicolas

Hometown: Scottsdale

Age: 30

Unit: Marines, 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Rank: Corporal

Died: May 26, 2004

Incident: Killed by hostile fire in Anbar province.

Justin B. Onwordi

Hometown: Chandler

Age: 28

Unit: Army, 2nd Battalion, 12th Armored Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas

Rank: Specialist

Died: Aug. 2, 2004

Incident: Killed when a makeshift bomb exploded near his vehicle in Baghdad.

Jeremiah W. Robinson

Hometown: Mesa

Age: 20

Unit: Army National Guard, 860th Military Police Company, Phoenix

Rank: Specialist

Died: Oct. 16, 2005

Incident: Died of injuries suffered when a makeshift bomb exploded near his Humvee during convoy operations in Baghdad.

Nicholas R. Sowinski

Hometown: Tempe

Age: 25

Unit: Army, 4th Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Fort Wainwright, Alaska

Rank: Sergeant

Died: Oct. 11, 2006

Incident: Killed when a makeshift bomb exploded near his vehicle in Baghdad.

Elijah Tai Wah Wong

Hometown: Mesa

Age: 42

Unit: Army, 363rd Explosive Ordnance Company, Army National Guard, Casa Grande

Rank: Sergeant

Died: Feb. 9, 2004

Incident: Killed while defusing unexploded ordnance in Sinjar.

Nathan D. White

Hometown: Mesa

Age: 30

Unit: Navy, Strike Fighter Squadron One Nine Five (VFA 195), Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW 5), USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63)

Rank: Lieutenant

Died: April 2, 2003

Incident: F/A-18C Hornet lost over Iraq

Kelly D. Youngblood

Hometown: Mesa

Age: 19

Unit: Army, 3rd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.

Rank: Private

Died: Feb. 18, 2007

Incident: Killed during combat operations in Ramadi.

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