March 28 to 31
2003



March 28

AS SAYLIYA CAMP, Qatar (Reuters) - One U.S. Marine has been killed and another injured when they were accidentally run over by a U.S. armored vehicle in southern Iraq, U.S. Central Command said on Friday. A statement said the incident took place on Wednesday night. The names of the Marines, both from the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, were withheld pending the notification of their families.

March 28

Sgt Fernando Padilla-Ramirez, USMC

The Department of Defense announced on March 30 the identity of a Marine whose status is listed as missing in action. He is: Sgt. Fernando Padilla-Ramirez, 26, of Yuma, Ariz. He was assigned to Marine Wing Support Squadron-371, Marine Wing Support Group-37, Marine Corps Air Station, Yuma, Ariz. He was last seen conducting convoy operations in the vicinity of Al Nasiriyah on 28 March. A search and rescue effort is continuing.

The Department of Defense announced on April 11 that it had changed the status of Marine Sgt. Fernando Padilla-Ramirez from Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown (DUSTWUN) to killed in action. Sgt. Padilla-Ramirez, 26, of San Luis, Ariz., was assigned to Marine Wing Support Squadron-371, Marine Wing Support Group-37, Marine Corps Air Station, Yuma, Ariz. He was last seen conducting convoy operations in the vicinity of Al Nasiriyah on 28 March. His remains were identified on April 10.

March 29

Staff Sgt. James W. Cawley, USMC

Staff Sgt. James W. Cawley, 41, of Roy, Utah, was killed on March 29 during a firefight with enemy forces. He was assigned to F Company, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

March 29

Lance Cpl. William W. White, USMC

The Department of Defense announced on March 30 that Lance Cpl. William W. White, 24, of Brooklyn, N.Y., was killed in a non-hostile vehicle accident on March 29 in Iraq. He was assigned to the 3rd Amphibious Assault Battalion, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, Calif. The accident is under investigation. The Defense Department provided no other information about the accident except to say that it was not related to hostile action. Earlier, it was reported that one Marine from the 1st Expeditionary Force had drowned when a Humvee rolled over in an Iraqi canal, but it is not known if White is the Marine referred to in the report.

March 29

Lance Cpl. Joseph B. Maglione, USMC

The Department of Defense announced today that Lance Cpl. Joseph B. Maglione, 22, of Lansdale, Pa., was killed yesterday by a non-combat weapon discharge at Camp Coyote, Kuwait. Maglione was assigned to Bridge Company B, 6th Engineer Support Battalion, 4th Force Service Support Group, based in Folsom, Pa. His death is under investigation.

Maglione grew up in the Philadelphia suburb of Lansdale. A third-year architectural engineering major at Drexel University, Maglione was activated March 7 then deployed to Kuwait on Sunday. He joined the reserves in 2000 because "he wanted to serve his country. He was so proud of being a Marine. He thought the Marines were the best, the bravest," said his mother, Rosemarie Maglione.

March 30

SAN DIEGO -- Three Camp Pendleton Marines: Capt. Aaron J. Contreras, Sgt. Michael V. Lalush, and Sgt. Brian McGinnis, were killed in a Huey helicopter crash in Iraq on Sunday, March 30, it was announced on Wednesday. A fourth Marine aboard was injured but survived. The Marine UH-1 Huey helicopter they were in, which was from Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169, Marine Aircraft Group 39, crashed at a supply and refueling point in southern Iraq. Enemy fire was not involved, the military said.



Captain Aaron J. Contreras, USMC

Capt. Aaron J. Contreras, 31, who was piloting the chopper, was killed on March 30 in a UH-1N Huey helicopter crash in Southern Iraq. He was assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA)-169, Marine Air Craft Group-39, Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Sgt Michael V. Lalush, USMC

Sgt. Michael V. Lalush, 23, of Troutville, Va., who was the crew chief aboard the helicopter, was killed on March 30 in a UH-1N Huey helicopter crash in Southern Iraq. He was assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA)-169, Marine Air Craft Group-39, Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Sgt. Brian McGinnis, USMC

Sgt. Brian McGinnis, 23, of St. Georges, Delaware, was killed on March 30 in a UH-1N Huey helicopter crash in Southern Iraq. He was assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA)-169, Marine Air Craft Group-39, Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, Calif.


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