Archive for the ‘Operation Iraqi Freedom’ Category

U.S. Casualties for December 2008

December 28, 2008

From Dec.1-Dec.25 2008
The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Maj. John P. Pryor, 42, of Moorestown, N.J. died Dec. 25 in Mosul of wounds suffered when a mortar round impacted near his living quarters.  He was assigned to the 1st Medical Detachment, Forward Surgical Team, Fort Totten, N.Y.

The incident is under investigation.

For further information on this soldier, contact the 77th Regional Readiness Command public affairs office at (718) 352-5072.

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The Department of Defense announced today the death of three soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.  They died Dec. 24 in Baghdad, of injuries sustained during a vehicle roll-over.  The soldiers were assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.

Killed were:

Staff Sgt. Christopher G. Smith, 28, of Grand Rapids, Mich.

Spc. Stephen M. Okray, 21, of St. Clair Shores, Mich.

Spc. Stephen G. Zapasnik, 19, of Broken Arrow, Okla.

The incident is under investigation.

For more information media may contact the Fort Carson public affairs office at (719) 526-4143; after hours (719) 526-5500.

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The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Lance Cpl. Thomas Reilly Jr., 19, of London, Ky., died Dec. 21 while supporting combat operations in Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines, 3rd Marine Division, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.
For additional background information on this Marine, news media representatives may contact the Marine Corps Base Hawaii public affairs office at (808) 257-8870.

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The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Pfc. Coleman W. Hinkefent, 19, of Coweta, Okla., died Dec. 20, 2008 in Homburg, Germany of a non-combat related illness. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, Baumholder, Germany.               For more information media may contact the U.S. Army, Europe, public affairs office at 011-49-6221-57-5816 or 8694, or email:  ocpa.pi@eur.army.mil .

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The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Staff Sgt. Jonathan W. Dean, 25, of Henagar, Ala., died Dec. 20, in Bayji, Iraq, of injuries suffered in a non-combat related incident in Tikrit, Iraq. He was assigned to the 561st Military Police Company, 716th Military Police Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.                           The circumstances surrounding the incident are under investigation.
For more information media may contact the Fort Campbell public affairs office at (270) 798-9966, or go to www.campbell.army.mil/eh/eaglehonors.htm .

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The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Pvt. Colman J. Meadows III, 19, of Senoia, Ga., died Dec. 16, at Forward Operating Base Ramrod, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
The circumstances surrounding the incident are under investigation.
For more information media may contact the Fort Hood public affairs office at (254) 287-9993; after hours (254) 287-2520.

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The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. They died from wounds suffered from an improvised explosive device Dec. 4 in Mosul, Iraq.
Killed were:

Staff Sgt. Solomon T. Sam, 26, of Majuro, Marshall Islands. He was assigned to the 523rd Engineer Company, 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

Sgt. John J. Savage, 26, of Weatherford, Texas. He was assigned to the 103rd Engineer Company, 94th Engineer Battalion, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.
For more information on Sam, the media may contact the 8th Theater Sustainment Command public affairs office at (808) 438-1000 or (808) 438-0944.

For more information on Savage, the media may contact the Fort Leonard Wood public affairs office at (573) 563-4145.

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The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Capt. Robert J. Yllescas, 31, of Lincoln, Neb., died Dec. 1 at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., of wounds suffered Oct. 28 when an improvised explosive device detonated near his unit at Combat Outpost Keating, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 6th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
For more information media may contact the Fort Hood public affairs office at (254) 287-9993; after hours (254) 287-2520.
Source:

Department of Defense  http://www.defenselink.mil/releases/index.aspx

  1. Capt. Robert J. Yllescas
  2. Sgt. John J. Savage
  3. Staff Sgt. Solomon T. Sam
  4. Pvt. Colman J. Meadows III
  5. Staff Sgt. Jonathan W. Dean
  6. Pfc. Coleman W. Hinkefent
  7. Lance Cpl. Thomas Reilly Jr.
  8. Spc. Stephen G. Zapasnik
  9. Spc. Stephen M. Okray
  10. Staff Sgt. Christopher G. Smith
  11. Maj. John P. Pryor.

Moorestown, N.J.,
Grand Rapids, Mich.,
St. Clair Shores, Mich.,
Broken Arrow, Okla.,
London, Ky.,
Coweta, Okla.,
Henagar, Ala.,
Senoia, Ga.,
Majuro, Marshall Islands,
Weatherford, Texas,
Lincoln, Neb

May They Rest in Peace

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