Gulf Wars - KIA

Some News articles of those killed in Iraq & Afghanistan with North Carolina ties

Military officials say 7 NC-based soldiers killed

Associated Press
07/16/10 5:05 PM PDT FORT BRAGG, N.C. — Military officials say seven North Carolina-based soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan.

All seven were from Fort Bragg.

The Department of Defense announced on Friday that four soldiers were killed in Zabul province on July 14. They were identified as 21-year-old Spc. Chase Stanley of Napa, Calif.; 26-year-old Spc. Jesse D. Reed of Orefield, Penn.; 21-year-old Spc. Matthew J. Johnson of Maplewood, Minn. and 24-year-old Sgt. Zachary M. Fisher of Ballwin, Mo. They were assigned to the 20th Engineer Brigade.

Three 82nd Airborne Division soldiers were killed on July 13 in Kandahar City. They were identified as 23-year-old 1st Lt. Christopher S. Goeke of Apple Valley, Minn.; 34-year-old Staff Sgt. Christopher T. Stout of Worthville, Ky.; and 27-year-old Staff Sgt. Sheldon L. Tate, 27, of Hinesville, Ga.

originally posted in the San Francisco Examiner

 

 

April 28, 2008 Sgt. Marcus C. Mathes, 26, of Zephyrhills, Fla. and Sgt. Mark A. Stone, 22, of Buchanan Dam, Texas. assigned to the 94th Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), located at Fort Polk, La. in Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their forward operating base with indirect fire. Also killed was Pfc. Adam L. Marion, 26, of Mount Airy, N.C. He was assigned to the 171st Engineer Company, North Carolina Army National Guard, Saint Pauls, N.C. (10th Mountain)
 

March 12, 2009 The Department of Defense announced today the death of three soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. They died March 12 in Tallil, Iraq, of wounds suffered when their vehicle was hit by indirect fire.
Killed were:
Staff Sgt. Juantrea T. Bradley, 28, of Greenville, N.C., who was assigned to the 7th Special Troops Battalion, 7th Sustainment Brigade, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Eustis, Va. (10th Mountain)
Spc. Dustin C. Jackson, 21, of Arlington, Texas, who was assigned to the 350th Adjutant General Company, Grand Prairie, Texas.
Pfc. Tenzin L. Samten, 33, of Prescott, Ariz., who was assigned to the 7th Special Troops Battalion, 7th Sustainment Brigade, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Eustis, Va. (10th Mountain)
 

Feb. 5, 2008  Sgt. Timothy R. Van Orman, 24, of Port Matilda, Pa., who was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, N.Y. Died n Balad, Iraq, of wounds suffered in Al Muqdadiyah when they encountered an improvised explosive device during combat operations. Also killed were Spc. Miguel A. Baez, 32, of Bonaire, Ga., who was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C. and Sgt. John C. Osmolski, 23, of Eustis, Fla., who was assigned to the 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.


April 1, 2007 Staff Sgt. David A. Mejias, 26, of San Juan, Puerto Rico., Staff Sgt. Eric R. Vick, 25, of Spring Hope, N.C., Sgt. Robert M. McDowell, 30, of Deer Park, Texas., and Spc. William G. Bowling, 24, of Beattyville, Ky. died in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle during combat operations. They were assigned to the 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.
 

Sept.19, 2006 Cpl. Robert "Bobby" T. Callahan, 22, of Jamestown, N.C., died, in Baghdad, Iraq, of injuries suffered when his HMMWV rolled over while maneuvering. Callahan was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, N.Y. His wife Kristen Waltos Callahan grew up in North Syracuse and they had an apartment Central Square.
 

Jan. 13, 2005: Chief Warrant Officer 3 Mitchell K. Carver Jr., 31, of Charlotte, N.C., and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Kyle E. Jackson, 28, of Sarasota, Fla., were killed when their OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter came under attack by enemy forces using small-arms fire near Sukar, Iraq. They were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.
 

March 22, 2003 Marine Lance Cpl. Eric Orlowski, 26, of Buffalo, N.Y. was killed in an accidental discharge of a .50-caliber machine gun. He was a reservist with Bravo Company, 8th Tank Battalion, based in Mattydale. and assigned to the 2nd Tank Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
 

Oct. 2, 2009 Sgt. Aaron M. Smith, 25, of Manhattan, Kan. died in Wardak province, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit using small arms fire. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, N.Y. Also killed was Pfc. Brandon A. Owens, 21, of Memphis, Tenn. He was assigned to the 118th Military Police Company, 503rd Military Police Battalion, 16th Military Police Brigade, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, N.C.
 

July 23, 2009 Lance Cpl. Jeremy S. Lasher, 27, of Oneida, N.Y., and Cpl. Nicholas G. Xiarhos, 21, of Yarmouth Port, Mass., died July 23 of wounds suffered while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. They were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C..
 

April 8, 2009 Lance Cpl. Blaise A. Oleski, 22, of Holland Patent, N.Y., died April 8 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
 

March 20, 2009 Lance Cpl. Daniel J. Geary, 22, of Rome, N.Y., died while supporting combat operations in Farah province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C..
 

May 5, 2006: A CH-47 Chinook helicopter crashed during combat operations east of Abad, Afghanistan, in the Kunar province killing 10 Fort Drum solders: Lt. Col. Joseph J. Fenty Jr., 41, of Florida, assigned to the 71st Cavalry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum N.Y. ;Chief Warrant Officer 3 Eric W. Totten, 34, of Texas, assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum N.Y; Chief Warrant Officer 2 Christopher B. Donaldson, 28, of Effingham, Ill., assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum N.Y.; Staff Sgt. Christopher T. Howick, 34, of Hamburg, assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum N.Y; Sgt. Bryan A. Brewster, 24, of Fontana, Calif.. assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum N.Y; Sgt. John C. Griffith, 33, from Las Vegas, NV, assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum N.Y; Sgt. Jeffery S. Wiekamp, 23, of Texas,; assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum N.Y.; Spc. Justin L. O'Donohoe, 27, from San Diego, Calif., assigned to the 71st Cavalry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum N.Y.; Spc. David N. Timmons Jr., 23, of Lewisville, N.C., assigned to the 71st Cavalry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum N.Y; and Pfc. Brian M. Moquin Jr., 19, of Worcester, Mass., assigned to the 71st Cavalry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum N.Y..
 

Dec. 28, 2005 Army Pfc. Jason D. Hasenauer, 21, of Hilton, N.Y.; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; died near Kandahar, Afghanistan, on Dec. 28, 2005, when his vehicle rolled over during patrol operations.

 

 

NC Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan
By Drew Brooks Staff writer Feb 14, 2014 fayobserver.com
Two Fort Bragg soldiers killed in Afghanistan
Two Fort Bragg soldiers were killed in Afghanistan this week when two men wearing Afghan National Security Forces uniforms opened fire on their unit.

Spc. John A. Pelham, 22, of Portland, Ore., and Sgt. 1st Class Roberto C. Skelt, 41, of York, Fla., were killed Wednesday, the Department of Defense said.

Both soldiers were assigned to 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group and died from wounds suffered when they were struck by enemy small-arms fire in Kapisa province, the Defense Department said in a news release.
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Green Beret from Fort Bragg killed in Afghanistan
The Associated Press 4:45 p.m. EST November 17, 2014
BAY CITY, Mich. A 31-year-old Green Beret from Bay City who served two tours of duty in Iraq has been killed fighting in Afghanistan, according to the Pentagon.

Sgt. 1st Class Michael A. Cathcart died of wounds received from small arms fire during dismounted combat operations in Kunduz Province on Friday, the Defense Department said.

Cathcart was a Bay City Central High School graduate and enlisted in the Army in 2001, The Bay City Times reported.

Cathcart was part of the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
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Fort Bragg soldier one of two killed in Afghanistan
By Lorry Williams, Staff writer Nov 26, 2014
An 82nd Airborne Division soldier was killed Monday in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense said.

Spc. Joseph W. Riley, 27, from Grove City, Ohio, was an infantryman with the scout platoon of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg officials said.

He was one of two soldiers killed in Kabul when their vehicle was attacked by a vehicle borne improvised explosive device, the Defense Department said.

Sgt. Maj. Wardell B. Turner, 48, of Nanticoke, Maryland, also died. He was assigned to Headquarters, United States Army Garrison, Fort Drum, New York.
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Fort Bragg soldier dies in Afghanistan
By Michael Futch Staff writer May 25, 2015
A Fort Bragg soldier has died from a non-combat related incident in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense said Monday.

Sgt. 1st Class Pablo A. Ruiz III, 37, of Melbourne, Florida, died Sunday in Bagram while supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel, according to a news release.

Ruiz was found dead on the base where he was stationed in Bagram, said Maj. Allison Aguilar, a spokeswoman for 1st Special Forces Command. His death remains under Army investigation, Aguilar said.

Ruiz, who was assigned to the Forward Support Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, enlisted in the Army in May 2003 as a cook.

In December of that year, he reported to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, on Fort Bragg. During his service with the brigade, Ruiz deployed three times on behalf of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
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Sources: The San Francisco Examiner, July 16, 2010 (article no longer online); Syracuse.com website; Army Times website; Fayetteville Observer

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