April 6 to 15



April 7

Cpl. Jesus Martin Antonio Medellin, USMC

Cpl. Jesus Martin Antonio Medellin, 21, a member of the 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 1st Marine Division was killed April 7 when enemy artillery struck the amphibious assault vehicle he was riding in. in Iraq.

April 8

Pfc. Juan Guadalupe Garza, USMC

The Department of Defense announced today (Apr 9) that Pfc. Juan Guadalupe Garza Jr., 20, of Temperance, Mich., was killed in action on April 8 in central Iraq. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

April 8

Lance Cpl. Andrew Julian Aviles, USMC

Associated Press -- Aviles put off a full academic scholarship to Florida State University because he felt he had a moral obligation to serve, his family said. "He was a born leader, mature beyond his years, smart and articulate," said his sister, Kristine Aviles, 21. "He always had big dreams, big aspirations, and loved his family and friends deeply." Aviles, of Tampa, Florida, was killed on April 7 when an enemy artillery round struck his vehicle. Kristine Aviles said she last talked with her brother when he was training and they discussed plans for a trip with their 17-year-old brother, Matthew. As a high school senior Aviles was a class president, cheerleader and a member of the wrestling team. A National Honor Society member, he graduated third in his class. "This man had a phenomenal presence in this school. He was Mr Everything," said Chuck Jaksec, who leads the school district's crisis intervention team.

April 10

Sgt. Jeffrey E. Bohr, USMC

The Department of Defense announced today the identity of a Marine killed in action during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Gunnery Sgt. Jeffrey E. Bohr, Jr., 39, of Ossian, Iowa, who was killed on April 10 in northern Baghdad while engaging enemy forces. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

San Diego, April 10: Gunnery Sgt. Bohr died Thursday from two gunshot wounds received during a seven-hour battle outside a mosque in Baghdad, said his father, Eddie Bohr. Twenty-two others were wounded. Capt. Frank Thorp, a U.S. Central Command spokesman, said last week that Jeff Bohr's unit was acting on information that regime leaders were organizing a meeting in the area. During the operation., Thorp said, Marines were shot at from the mosque compound.

"Jeff wouldn't have had it any other way," said his father. He described his son as a quiet person who liked to run marathons. Bohr spent a few years in the Army before joining the Marines. He was an instructor at Camp Pendleton, before heading to Iraq in January. Eddie Bohr got a few letters from his son during his tour in Iraq. The final letter arrived just hours before Marines came to tell Bohr his son was killed in combat. Jeff Bohr's younger brother Richard, 36, of Minneapolis, is to go to Iraq the first week of May.

Jeff Bohr had planned to be a computer technician after his enlistment was up in two years. He is survived by his wife, Lori. The couple lived in San Clemente.

April 11

Staff Sgt. Riayan A. Tejeda, USMC

The Department of Defense announced today the identity of a Marine killed in action during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Staff Sgt. Riayan A. Tejeda, 26, of New York, N.Y., who was killed on April 11 during combat operations against enemy forces in northeast Baghdad. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

April 12

Cpl. Jesus A. Gonzalez, USMC

The Department of Defense announced today the identity of a Marine killed in action during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Cpl. Jesus A. Gonzalez, 22, of Indio, Calif., who was killed on April 12 while manning a checkpoint in Baghdad. He was assigned to 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division, Twenty-Nine Palms, Calif.

April 12

Lance Cpl. David Edward Owens, USMC

The Department of Defense announced on April 15 that Marine Lance Cpl. David Edward Owens Jr., 20, of Winchester, Va., died of wounds received in action on April 12 in central Iraq. Owens was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Owens, an only child, loved hunting and athletics and was a wrestler and football player in high school. He joined the Marines after high school as training to become a state trooper. He wasn't worried about going to Iraq, he told his parents. It was what he had been training for. "That was his job," said his mother, Debbie Owens. "He was very proud to be a Marine." Owens died after being wounded in combat April 12.

April 14

Cpl. Armando Ariel Gonzalez, USMC

The Department of Defense announced on April 15 that Cpl. Armando Ariel Gonzalez, 25, of Hileah, Fla., was killed April 14 in a non-hostile accident when a commercial refueler collapsed at Logistics Supply Area Viper in southern Iraqas, as Gonzalez worked beneath it. . Gonzalez was assigned to Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS)-273, Marine Wing Support Group (MWSG)-27, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C.

Gonzalez was based at the Marine Corps Air Station at Beaufort, S.C. He came to the United States from Cuba in 1995 and learned English at Miami-Dade Community College in Florida. He was married about seven months ago and his wife is four months pregnant, his father said. A few hours before his death, Gonzalez talked to his wife from Iraq, his father said. "He said that he felt good," Julio Gonzalez said. "Everything was going good."

April 14

Cpl. Jason David Mileo, USMC

The Department of Defense announced on April 17 that that Cpl. Jason David Mileo, 20 of Centreville, Md., was shot and killed April 14 after being mistaken for an enemy soldier. Emergency personnel were immediately dispatched to the scene, but Mileo died on site in the vicinity of Baghdad. He was assigned to India Company of the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Twentynine Palms, Calif. The incident is under investigation.

Mileo joined the Marines after graduating from Chesapeake Senior High School in Pasadena, Md., aiming to earn money and see the world, and hoping that what he learned would help him choose his career wisely. In one of his last letters, sent to his grandfather from Kuwait, Mileo wrote: "I hope we don't have to go to war, but I'm ready to defend the nation."


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