May
2006



LtCol. John C. Spahr, USMC

LtCol. John C. Spahr, 42, of Cherry Hill, N.J., died May 2 from injuries received when the F/A-18 Hornet aircraft he was piloting apparently crashed in Iraq. He was assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 323, Marine Aircraft Group 11, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif. His unit was embarked aboard the U.S.S. Carl Vinson.

Capt. Kelly C. Hinz, USMC

Capt. Kelly C. Hinz, 30, of Woodbury, Minn., died May 2 from injuries received when the F/A-18 Hornet aircraft he was piloting crashed in Iraq while flying in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 323, Marine Aircraft Group 11, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif. His unit was embarked aboard the U.S.S. Carl Vinson.

Sgt. Aaron N. Cepedia, USMC

Sgt. Aaron N. Cepeda Sr., 22, of San Antonio, Texas, died May 7 from explosions as a result of enemy action while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. Sgt. Cepeda was assigned to Marine Forces Reserves 4th ReconnaissanceBattalion, 4th Marine Division, San Antonio, Texas. As part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, his unit was attached to 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward).

Lance Cpl. Lance T. Graham, USMC

Lance Cpl. Lance T. Graham, 26, San Antonio, Texas, died May 7 from explosions as a result of enemy action while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. Lance Cpl. Graham was assigned to Marine Forces Reserve, 4th Reconnaissance Battalion, 4th Marine Division, San Antonio, Texas. As part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, his unit was attached to 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward).

Lance Cpl. Michael V. Postal, USMC

Lance Cpl. Michael V. Postal, 21, Glen Oaks, N.Y., died May 7 from explosions as a result of enemy action while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. Lance Cpl. Postal was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Lance Cpl. Lawrence R. Philippon, USMC

Lance Cpl. Lawrence R. Philippon, 22, of Hartford, Conn., died May 8 from enemy small-arms fire while conducting combat operations in the vicinity of Al Qaim, Iraq. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Cpl. Dustin A. Derga, USMC

Cpl. Dustin A. Derga, 24, of Columbus, Ohio, died May 8 as the result of enemy small arms fire while conducting combat operations in Ubaydi, Iraq. He was assigned to Marine Forces Reserves 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Columbus, Ohio. As part of Operation Iraqi Freedom his unit were attached to the 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward).

Sgt. Michael A. Marzano, USMC

Sgt. Michael A. Marzano, 28, of Greenville, Pa., died May 7 as the result of an explosion caused by suicide vehicle borne improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations in Hadithah, Iraq. He was assigned to Marine Forces Reserve's 6th Engineer Support Battalion, 4th Force Service Support Group, Phoenix, Ariz. As part of Operation Iraqi Freedom his unit were attached to the 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward).

Cpl. Richard P. Schoener, USMC

Cpl. Richard P. Schoener, 22, of Hayes, La., died May 8 in Alishang, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.

Petty Officer Third Class Jeffery L. Wiener, USN

Petty Officer Third Class Jeffery L. Wiener, 32, of Louisville, Ky., died May 7, in a combat related incident. Weiner was a Navy hospital corpsman assigned to II Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF).

Pfc. Stephen P. Baldwyn, USMC

Pfc. Stephen P. Baldwyn, 19, of Saltillo, Miss., died May 9 died as a result of wounds received from an explosion while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Nasser Wa Salaam, Iraq. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Lance Cpl. Taylor B. Prazynski, USMC

Lance Cpl. Taylor B. Prazynski, 20, of Fairfield, Ohio, died May 9 died from an explosion while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Al Karmah, Iraq. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Lance Cpl. Marcus. Mahdee, USMC

Lance Cpl. Marcus Mahdee, 20, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., died May 9 as a result of wounds received from an enemy explosion while conducting combat operations in the vicinity of Al Karmah, Iraq. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Staff Sgt. Anthony L. Goodwin, USMC

Staff Sgt. Anthony L. Goodwin, 33, of Mount Holly, N.J., died May 9 from enemy small-arms fire while conducting combat operations in the vicinity of Al Qaim, Iraq. He was assigned to 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Lance Cpl. Nicholas C. Kirven, USMC

Lance Cpl. Nicholas C. Kirven, 21, of Richmond, Va., was killed May 8 as a result of enemy action in Alishang, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.

Lance Cpl. Wesley G. Davids, USMC

Lance Cpl. Wesley G. Davids, 20, of Dublin, Ohio, died May 11 from an explosion while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Karabilah, Iraq. He was assigned to Marine Forces Reserves 3rd Battalion, 25th Marines, 4th Marine Division, Columbus, Ohio. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, his reserve unit was attached to 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward).

Lance Cpl. John T. Schmidt III, USMC

Lance Cpl. John T. Schmidt III, 21, of Brookfield, Conn., died May 11 from wounds received as a result of an explosion while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Al Anbar Province, Iraq, on Jan. 30. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Staff Sgt. Kendall H. Ivy II, USMC

Staff Sgt. Kendall H. Ivy II, 28, of Crawford, Ohio, was killed May 11 from an explosion while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Karabilah, Iraq. He was assigned to Regimental Combat Team 2, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Pfc. Christopher R. Dixon, USMC

Pfc. Christopher R. Dixon, 18, of Columbus, Ohio, was killed May 11 when his amphibious assault vehicle struck an explosive device while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Karabilah, Iraq. He was aassigned to Marine Forces Reserves 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Columbus, Ohio. For Operation Iraqi Freedom, his unit were attached to Regimental Combat Team 2, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward).

Lance Cpl. Nicholas B. Erdy, USMC

Lance Cpl. Nicholas B. Erdy, 21, of Williamsburg, Ohio, was killed May 11 when his amphibious assault vehicle struck an explosive device while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Karabilah, Iraq. He was assigned to Marine Forces Reserves 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Columbus, Ohio. For Operation Iraqi Freedom, his unit were attached to Regimental Combat Team 2, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward).

Lance Cpl. Jonathan W. Grant, USMC

Lance Cpl. Jonathan W. Grant, 23, of Santa Fe, N.M., was killed May 11 when his amphibious assault vehicle struck an explosive device while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Karabilah, Iraq. He was assigned to Marine Forces Reserves 4th Reconnaissance Battalion, 4th Marine Division, Albuquerque, N.M., For Operation Iraqi Freedom, his unit were attached to Regimental Combat Team 2, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward).

Lance Cpl. Jourdan W. Grez, USMC

Lance Cpl. Jourdan L. Grez, 24, of Harrisonburg, Va., was killed May 11 when his amphibious assault vehicle struck an explosive device while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Karabilah, Iraq. He was assigned to Marine Forces Reserves 4th Combat Engineer Battalion, 4th Marine Division, Roanoke, Va. For Operation Iraqi Freedom, his unit were attached to Regimental Combat Team 2, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward).

Sgt. Christopher S. Perez, USMC

Sgt. Christopher S. Perez, 30, of Hutchinson, Kan., died May 23 from wounds received as a result of an indirect fire attack while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Ramadi, Iraq. He was assigned to Headquarters and Service Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Sgt. David N. Wimberg, USMC

Sgt. David N. Wimberg, 24, of Louisville, Ky., died May 25 from wounds received as a result of small-arms fire from enemy forces while conducting combat operations in Hadithah, Iraq. Wimberg was assigned to Marine Forces Reserves 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Columbus, Ohio. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, his unit was attached to 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward).

Maj. Ricardo A. Crocker, USMC

Maj. Ricardo A. Crocker, 39, of Mission Viejo, Calif., died May 26 from a rocket propelled grenade explosion while conducting combat operations in Hadithah, Iraq. Crocker was assigned to the Marine Forces Reserves, 3rd Civil Affairs Group, Camp Lejeune, N.C. During Operation Iraqi Freedom his unit was attached to II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward).

First Sgt. Michael S. Barnhill, USMC

First Sgt. Michael S. Barnhill, 39, of Folsom, Calif., died May 28 after his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device near Haqlaniyah, Iraq. He was assigned to the Marine Forces Reserves 6th Engineer Support Battalion, 4th Force Service Support Group, Eugene, Ore. During Operation Iraqi Freedom his unit was attached to 2nd FSSG, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward).

Cpl. Jeffrey B. Starr, USMC

Cpl. Jeffrey B. Starr, 22, of Snohomish, Wash., died May 30 from small-arms fire while conducting combat operations against enemy forces near Ar Ramadi, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif. During Operation Iraqi Freedom his unit was attached to 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward).



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