Military


U.S. Casualties in Operation Iraqi Freedom
March 2003

Monthly Summaries
65Total Killed
# Service Member Age Date Unit Details
1 Maj. Jay Thomas Aubin 36 Mar 20, 2003 MAWTS- 1, 3rd MAW, USMCAS Yuma, AZ CH-46E helicopter crash
2 Capt. Ryan Anthony Beaupre 30 Mar 20, 2003 MMH Squadron - 268, 3d MAW, USMCAS Camp Pendleton, CA CH-46E helicopter crash
3 Cpl. Brian Matthew Kennedy 25 Mar 20, 2003 MAWTS - 1, 3rd MAW, USMCAS Yuma, AZ CH-46E helicopter crash
4 Staff Sgt. Kendall Damon Watersbey 29 Mar 20, 2003 MAWTS - 1, 3rd MAW, USMCAS Yuma, AZ CH-46E helicopter crash
4 2nd Lt. Therrel S. Childers 30 Mar 21, 2003 1st Bn, 5th MAR, 1st MARDIV, Camp Pendleton, CA KIA
6 Lance Cpl. Jose Gutierrez 22 Mar 21, 2003 2nd Bn, 1st MAR, 1st MARDIV Camp Pendleton, CA KIA
7 Lt. Thomas Mullen Adams 27 Mar 22, 2003 Navy helicopter collision
8 Lance Cpl. Eric J. Orlowski 22 Mar 22, 2003 2nd Tank Bn, 2nd MARDIV, Camp Lejeune, NC Accidental discharge of a .50 cal machine gun
9 Spc. Brandon S. Tobler 19 Mar 22, 2003 671st Engineer Bde, Portland, OR Non-hostile vehicle accident
10 Spc. Jamaal R. Addison 22 Mar 23, 2003 507th Maint. Co, Ft. Bliss, TX Ambushed by enemy forces
11 Spc. Edward J. Anguiano 24 Mar 23, 2003 3rd Combat Support Bn, Ft Stewart, GA Killed in ambush
12 Sgt. Michael E. Bitz 31 Mar 23, 2003 2nd AAB, 2nd MARDIV, Camp Lejeune, NC KIA
13 Lance Cpl. Brian Rory Buesing 20 Mar 23, 2003 1st Bn, 2nd MAR, 2nd MEB, Camp Lejeune, NC KIA
14 Sgt. George Edward Buggs 31 Mar 23, 2003 3rd FSB, 3rd ID, Ft Stewart, GA Convoy was ambushed - KIA
15 Pfc. Tamario D. Burkett 21 Mar 23, 2003 1st Bn, 2nd MAR, 2nd MEB, Camp Lejeune, NC KIA
16 Cpl. Kemaphoom A. Chanawongse 22 Mar 23, 2003 1st Bn, 2nd MAR, 2nd MEB, Camp Lejeune, NC KIA
17 Lance Cpl. Donald J. Cline 21 Mar 23, 2003 1st Bn, 2nd MAR, 2nd MEB, Camp Lejeune, N.C. KIA
18 Master Sgt. Robert J. Dowdy 38 Mar 23, 2003 507th Maint. Co., Ft Bliss, TX KIA
19 Pvt. Ruben Estrella-Soto 18 Mar 23, 2003 507th Maint. Co., Ft Bliss, TX KIA
20 Pvt. Jonathan L. Gifford 20 Mar 23, 2003 1st Bn, 2nd MAR, 2nd MEB, Camp Lejeune, NC KIA
21 Pvt. Nolen R. Hutchings 19 Mar 23, 2003 1st Bn, 2nd MAR, 2nd MEB, Camp Lejeune, NC KIA
22 Pfc. Howard Johnson II 22 Mar 23, 2003 507th Maint. Co. Ambushed by enemy forces
23 Spc. James M. Kiehl 22 Mar 23, 2003 507th Maint. Co., Ft Bliss, TX KIA
24 Chief Warrant Officer Johnny Villareal Mata 35 Mar 23, 2003 507th Maint. Co., Ft Bliss, TX KIA
25 Lance Cpl. Patrick R. Nixon 21 Mar 23, 2003 1st Bn, 2nd MAR, 2nd MEB, Camp Lejeune, NC KIA
26 Pfc. Lori Ann Piestewa 23 Mar 23, 2003 507th Maint. Co., Ft Bliss, TX KIA
27 Marine Sgt. Brendon C. Reiss 23 Mar 23, 2003 1st Bn, 2nd MAR, 2nd MEB, Camp Lejeune, NC KIA
28 Cpl. Randal Kent Rosacker 21 Mar 23, 2003 1st Bn, 2nd MAR, 2nd MEB, Camp Lejeune, NC KIA
29 Pvt. Brandon U. Sloan 19 Mar 23, 2003 507th Maint. Co., Ft Bliss, TX KIA
30 Sgt. Donald R. Walters 33 Mar 23, 2003 507th Maint. Co., Ft Bliss, TX KIA
31 Lance Cpl. Michael J. Williams 31 Mar 23, 2003 1st Bn, 2nd MAR, 2nd MEB, Camp Lejeune, NC KIA
32 Lance Cpl. Thomas A. Blair 24 Mar 24, 2003 2nd LAAD Bn, MACG-28, 2nd MAW, Cherry Point, NC Missing in action after operations near Nasiriya on March 24, 2003; his remains were recovered on March 28, 2003
33 Capt. Christopher Scott Seifert 27 Mar 23, 2003 1-101st AVN DIV, Ft Campbell, KY Killed by a grenade thrown by a fellow US soldier in Kuwait at Camp PA
34 Lance Cpl. David K. Fribley 26 Mar 23, 2003 671st Engineer Bde, Portland, OR Non-hostile vehicle accident
35 Cpl. Jose A. Garibay 21 Mar 23, 2003 1st Bn, 2nd MAR, 2nd MEB, Camp Lejeune, NC KIA
36 Cpl. Jorge A. Gonzalez 20 Mar 23, 2003 1st Bn, 2nd MAR, 2nd MEB, Camp Lejeune, NC KIA
37 Sgt. Nicolas M. Hodson 22 Mar 23, 2003 3rd Bn, 2nd MAR, 2nd MEB, Camp Lejeune, NC Vehicle accident
38 Staff Sgt. Phillip A. Jordan 42 Mar 23, 2003 1st Bn, 2nd MAR, 2nd MEB, Camp Lejeune, NC KIA
39 2nd Lt. Frederick E. Pokorney Jr 31 Mar 23, 2003 HHB, 1st Bn, 10th MAR, 2nd MEB, Camp Lejeune, NC KIA
40 Lance Cpl. Thomas J. Slocum -- Mar 23, 2003 1st Bn, 2nd MAR, 2nd MEB, Camp Lejeune, NC KIA
41 Spc. Gregory P. Sanders 19 Mar 24, 2003 3rd Bn, 69th Armor, Fort Stewart, GA KIA
42 Cpl. Evan James 20 Mar 24, 2003 Marine, 6th Engineer Support Bn, 4th Force Service Support Group drowned in canal
43 Pfc. Francisco A. Martinez Flores 21 Mar 25, 2003 1st Tank Bn, 1st MARDIV, USMCAGCC, Twentynine Palms, CA. KIA conducting convoy operations
44 Hospital Corpsman Third Class (Fleet Marine Force) Michael Vann Johnson 25 Mar 25, 2003 Naval Medical Center San Diego, First MARDIV Det., San Diego KIA
45 S Sgt. Bradley S. Korthaus 28 Mar 25, 2003 Engineering Co C, 6th Engineer Support Bn, 4th FSSG, Peoria, IL KIA
46 Staff Sgt. Donald C. May 31 Mar 25, 2003 1st Tank Bn, 1st MARDIV, USMCAGCC Air-Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, CA KIA conducting convoy operations
47 Lance Cpl. Patrick T. O'Day 20 Mar 25, 2003 1st Tank Bn, 1st MARDIV, USMCAGCC, Twentynine Palms, CA KIA conducting convoy operations
48 Maj. Gregory Stone 40 Mar 25, 2003 124th ASOS, Idaho ANG, Boise, ID From wounds received by a grenade at Camp Pa on Mar 22
49 Major Kevin G. Nave 36 Mar 26, 2003 3rd Bn, 5th MAR, 1st MARDIV, Camp Pendleton, CA Non-hostile vehicle accident
50 Gunnery Sgt. Joseph Menusa 33 Mar 27, 2003 1st Combat Engineer Bn, 1st MARDIV, Camp Pendleton, CA KIA
51 Marine Sgt. Fernando Padilla-Ramirez 26 Mar 28, 2003 MSS-371, MWSG-37, USMCAS, Yuma, AZ KIA
52 Staff Sgt. James W. Cawley 41 Mar 29, 2003 F Co., 2nd Bn, 23rd MAR, 4th MARDIV, Salt Lake City, UT Firefight, KIA
53 Cpl. Michael Edward Curtin 23 Mar 29, 2003 2-7th Infantry, 3rd ID, Ft Stewart, GA Car-bomb incident - KIA
54 Pfc. Diego Fernando Rincon 19 Mar 29, 2003 2-7th Infantry, 3rd ID, Ft Stewart, GA Car-bomb incident - KIA
55 Lance Cpl. Jesus A. Suarez Del Solar 20 Mar 29, 2003 1st LARBn, 1st MARDIV, Camp Pendleton, CA KIA
56 Pfc. Michael Russell Creighton Weldon 20 Mar 29, 2003 2-7th Infantry, 3rd ID, Ft Stewart, GA Car-bomb incident - KIA
57 Lance Cpl. William W. White 24 Mar 29, 2003 3rd Amphibious Assault Battalion, 1st Marine Division vehicle accident
58 Sgt. Eugene Williams 24 Mar 29, 2003 2-7th Infantry, 3rd ID, Ft Stewart, GA NCar-bomb incident - KIA
59 Capt. Aaron J. Contreras 31 Mar 30, 2003 HMLA-169, MAG-39, USMCS Camp Pendleton, CA
60 William A. Jeffries 39 Mar 31, 2003 Co, 1-152nd IN, IL ANG. Sudden illness
61 Sgt. Michael V. Lalush 23 Mar 30, 2003 HMLA-169, MACG-39, USMCAS Camp Pendleton, CA UH-1N Huey helicopter crash
62 Sgt. Brian D. McGinnis 23 Mar 30, 2003 HMLA-169, MAG-39, USMCAS Camp Pendleton, CA UH-1N Huey helicopter crash
63 Cpl. Robert M. Rodriguez 21 Mar 30, 2003 21st Tank Bn, 1st MARDIV, USMCAGCC, Twentynine Palms, CA Tank fell into the Euphrates River during combat operations
64 Sgt. Roderic A. Solomon 32 Mar 30, 2003 2-7th IN, 3rd ID, Ft Stewart, GA Bradley Fighting Vehicle rolled off a cliff in a non-hostile accident
65 Spc. Brandon J. Rowe 20 Mar 31, 2003 C Co, 1-502nd IN, 101st ABN DIV (AA), Ft Campbell, KY KIA




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