Military


U.S. Casualties in Operation Iraqi Freedom
May 2004

Monthly Summaries References
88 Total Casualties
# Service Member Age Date Unit Details
1 Spc. Trevor A. Wine 22 01 May 2004 24th Quartermaster Co, Task Force Olympia Died in Tikrit, from wounds following an improvised explosive device attack on a convoy south of Qarrayah at about 10:35 a.m. April 30.
2 Sgt. Joshua S. Ladd 20 01 May 2004 Army National Guard's 367th Maintenance Co, Task Force Olympia Died from injuries following an improvised explosive device attack on a convoy south of Qarrayah just after 9 a.m. May 1.
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  • 3 Staff Sgt. Oscar D. Vargas-Medina 32 01 May 2004 84th Engineer Battalion, 25th Infantry Division (Light) Killed when convoy was attacked by rocket-propelled grenades and small arms south of Al Amarah around 7 p.m. May 1
    4 Spc. Ramon C. Ojeda 22 01 May 2004 84th Engineer Battalion, 25th Infantry Division (Light) Killed when convoy was attacked by rocket-propelled grenades and small arms south of Al Amarah around 7 p.m. May 1
    5 Spc. Ervin Caradine, Jr. 33 02 May 2004 91st Engineer Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division, TF Baghdad Improvised explosive device attack on their convoy in Baghdad
    6 Pvt. Jeremy L. Drexler 23 02 May 2004 91st Engineer Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division, TF Baghdad Improvised explosive device attack on their convoy in Baghdad
    7 Staff Sgt. Todd E. Nunes 29 02 May 2004 1st Bn, 21st Infantry, 25th Infantry Division, Task Force Danger killed during a suspected improvised explosive device attack and exchange of enemy small arms fire near Kirkuk at about 9:12 a.m.
    8 Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael C. Anderson 36 02 May 2004 Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 14 Killed in action from mortar attack on a military base in western Iraq two hours drive from Fallujah
    9 Petty Officer 2nd Class Trace W. Dossett 37 02 May 2004 Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 14 Killed in action from mortar attack on a military base in western Iraq two hours drive from Fallujah
    10 Petty Officer 2nd Class Scott R. Mchugh 33 02 May 2004 Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 14 Killed in action from mortar attack on a military base in western Iraq two hours drive from Fallujah
    11 Petty Officer 2nd Class Robert B. Jenkins 35 02 May 2004 Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 14 Died of wounds received in action from mortar attack on a military base in western Iraq two hours drive from Fallujah
    12 Petty Officer 3rd Class Ronald A. Ginther 37 02 May 2004 Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 14 Died of wounds received in action from mortar attack on a military base in western Iraq two hours drive from Fallujah
    13 Capt. John E. Tipton 32 02 May 2004 HHC, 1st Bn, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division Died in Al Anbar Province from an explosion while conducting combat operations
    14 U/I pending notification of next of kin 03 May 2004 TF Olympia Died from wounds following a rocket-propelled grenade attack on a convoy south of Qarrayah just after May 1
    15 Staff Sgt. Erickson H. Petty 28 03 May 2004 HHC, 1st Bn, 35th Armor, 1st Armored Division Died in Salman Al Habb, Iraq, when attacked with small arms fire south of Baghdad while providing security at a weapons cache found in a raid the previous night
    16 Gunnery Sgt. Ronald E. Baum 38 03 May 2004 2nd Intelligence Bn, 2nd Mardiv, II MEF Killed as a result of enemy action in the Al Anbar Province while conducting security and stability operations
    17 1st Lt. Christopher J. Kenny 32 03 May 2004 4th Cavalry, 1st Infantry Division Died from injuries sustained when their humvee rolled over during a combat patrol near Khalis around 6:20 p.m., May 3
    18 Sgt. Marvin R. Sprayberry, III 24 03 May 2004 4th Cavalry, 1st Infantry Division Died from injuries sustained when their humvee rolled over during a combat patrol near Khalis around 6:20 p.m., May 3
    19 Sgt. Gregory L. Wahl 30 03 May 2004 4th Cavalry, 1st Infantry Division Died from injuries sustained when their humvee rolled over during a combat patrol near Khalis around 6:20 p.m., May 3
    20 Pfc. Lyndon A. Marcus, Jr. 21 03 May 2004 4th Cavalry, 1st Infantry Division Died from injuries sustained when their humvee rolled over during a combat patrol near Khalis around 6:20 p.m., May 3
    21 Pfc. Jesse R. Buryj 21 05 May 2004 66th MP Co, 1st Armored Division Died of wounds sustained in an attack on a Coalition checkpoint near Karbala. The Soldier was providing security at a checkpoint when a dump truck attempted to run it, ramming his Humvee
    22 Spc. James E. Marshall 19 05 May 2004 1st Bn, 21st FA, 1st Cavalry Division, TF Baghdad Killed in an improvised explosive device attack in Baghdad just before midnight May 5
    23 Pfc. Bradley G. Kritzer 18 05 May 2004 1st Bn, 21st FA, 1st Cavalry Division, TF Baghdad Killed in an improvised explosive device attack in Baghdad just before midnight May 5
    24 Cpl. Jeffrey G. Green 20 05 May 2004 2nd Bn, 4th Marine, 1st MARDIV, I MEF Found deceased on May 5 in the Euphrates River, in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. Cause of death is under investigation
    25 Cpl. Dustin H. Schrage 20 06 May 2004 2nd Bn, 4th Marine, 1st MARDIV, I MEF Found deceased on May 6 in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. Cause of death is under investigation
    26 Staff Sgt. Hesley Box, Jr 24 06 May 2004 1st Bn, 153rd Infantry, 39th Brigade Combat Team, Arkansas National Guard, attached to 1st Cavalry Division, TF Baghdad Killed by a suicide car bomber in central Baghdad, near a U.S. military checkpoint at the 14th of July Bridge
    27 U/I pending notification of next of kin 08 May 2004 Killed in a vehicle accident near Karbala around 10 a.m.
    28 Spc. Chase R.Whitman 21 08 May 2004 Charlie Co., 2nd Bn,3rd Infantry, 3rd BDE, 2nd Infantry Division, Stryker Brigade Died near Mosul in an electrical accident. He was in a swimming pool when an electrical current charged the water
    29 Spc. Isela Rubalcava 08 May 2004 296th Combat Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), Stryker Brigade Died during a mortar attack on a Coalition base in Mosul on May 8
    30 Spc. James J. Holmes 28 08 May 2004 C Co, 141st Engineer Combat Battalion, North Dakota National Guard DoD Release: Died May 8 in Landstuhl, Germany, from injuries sustained on May 3 in Iraq when an improvised explosive device detonated near the driver side of his military vehicle.
    31 Spc. Philip D. Brown 21 08 May 2004 B Co, 141st Engineer Combat Battalion, North Dakota National Guard, assigned to 1st Infantry Division Died in Balad injuries sustained west of Samarra by an improvised explosive device during a patrol on May 8 at about 9:30 a.m. The Soldiers were conducting an IED sweep when the attack occurred. A May 9 Associated Press story reported that the injuries were suffered while on a walking patrol resulting in a chest wound and the amputation of both of his legs from the knee down
    32 Sgt. Rodney A. Murray 28 09 May 2004 351st MP Company, 16th MP Brigade Died in an vehicle accident between Baghdad and Scania when his Humvee and a a Bradley Fighting Vehicle collided
    33 Pfc. Andrew L. Tuazon 21 10 May 2004 293rd MP Co, 3rd MP Bn, 3rd ID, TF Olympia Died from hostile fire while on guard duty
    34 Spc. Kyle A. Brinlee 21 11 May 2004 Det 1, B Co, 120th Combat Engineer Bn DoD Release: Died in Al Asad, Iraq, when his convoy vehicle struck an improvised explosive device
    35 U/I pending notification of next of kin 11 May 2004 I MEF Killed as a result of enemy action in the Al Anbar Province while conducting security and stability operations
    36 Spc. Jeffrey R. Shaver 26 12 May 2004 1st Bn, 161st Infantry, TF Baghdad Killed when an improvised-explosive device struck a convoy in Baghdad
    37 Lance Cpl. Jeremiah E. Savage 21 12 May 2004 2nd Bn, 4th Marine, 1st MARDIV, I MEF Died from wounds received earlier that day in the Al Anbar Province while conducting security and stability operations
    38 Pfc. Brandon C. Sturdy 19 13 May 2004 2nd Bn, 1st Marine, 1st MARDIV, I MEF Killed in action May 13 in the Al Anbar Province while conducting security and stability operations
    39 Pfc. Brian K. Cutter 19 13 May 2004 3rd Assault Amphibian Bn, 1st MARDIV, I MEF Was found unconscious on May 13 at Camp Al Asad. The Marine's death is classified as non-hostile
    40 Command Sgt. Maj. Edward C. Barnhill 50 14 May 2004 Army Reserve's 431st Civil Affairs Bn Died of natural causes at Baghdad CPA headquarters
    41 U/I pending notification of next of kin 14 May 2004 TF 1st Armored Division Died from wounds he received during a mortar attack on his unit May 14
    42 Spc. Philip I. Spakosky 25 14 May 2004 1st Bn, 37th Armor, 1st Armored Division Died in Baghdad from bullet wounds he received when his unit was ambushed by a sniper on May 13, in Karbala
    43 Sgt. Brud J. Cronkrite 22 14 May 2004 1st Bn, 37th Armor, 1st Armored Division DoD Release: Died May 14 in Baghdad, Iraq, from injuries he sustained on May 13, in Karbala when a rocket-propelled grenade fired into a building near him during a security patrol
    44 Sgt. James W. Harlan 44 14 May 2004 Army Reserve's 660th Transportation Company, 88th Regional Readiness Command DoD Release: Died at Camp Anaconda, Iraq, when a suicide bomber detonated a car bomb next to his vehicle
    45 Pfc. Michael A. Mora 19 14 May 2004 3rd Squadron, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, TF 1st Armored Division DoD Release: Died May 14 in An Najaf, Iraq, when his military vehicle slid off the road and turned over / A CENTCOM release puts May 15 as the date of the accident
    46 Senior Airman Pedro I. Espaillat Jr. 20 15 May 2004 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, USAF DoD Release: Died as a result of non-hostile injuries in Kirkuk, Iraq
    47 Staff Sgt. Rene Ledesma 34 15 May 2004 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division, TF Baghdad Died when an improvised explosive device hit his Bradley Fighting Vehicle around 10:30 p.m. May 15
    48 2nd Lt. Leonard M. Cowherd 22 16 May 2004 Company C, 1st Bn, 37th Armor, 1st Armored Division Died from bullet wounds during a firefight in a city south of Baghdad / DoD Release: The city was later identified as Karbala, where he received sniper and rocket propelled grenade fire while securing a building near the Mukhayam Mosque
    49 Spc. Mark J. Kasecky 20 16 May 2004 Battery C, 1st Bn, 107th Field Artillery DoD Release: Died in Al Karmah, Iraq, when their vehicle hit an improvised explosive device
    50 Spc. Carl F. Curran 22 16 May 2004 Battery C, 1st Bn, 107th Field Artillery DoD Release: Died in Al Karmah, Iraq, when their vehicle hit an improvised explosive device
    51 Lance Cpl. Bob W. Roberts 30 17 May 2004 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st MARDIV, I MEF Killed in action in the Al Anbar Province while conducting security and stability operations
    52 U/I pending notification of next of kin 17 May 2004 I MEF Killed in action in the Al Anbar Province while conducting security and stability operations
    53 Pfc. Michael M. Carey 20 18 May 2004 1st Bn, 5th Marine, 1st MARDIV, I MEF Died in the Al Anbar Province / DoD Release: He apparently fell into a canal and did not resurface. His remains were recovered on May 18
    54 Staff Sgt. Joseph P. Garyantes 34 18 May 2004 B Co, 1st Bn, 63rd Armor, 1st ID Killed by sniper fire while on patrol near Muqdadiyah around 4:30 p.m. The attacker fired on the patrol from a cemetery
    55 Spc. Marcos O. Nolasco 34 18 May 2004 Battery B, 1st Bn, 33rd FA, 1st ID Died after an electrical accident around 6 p.m. at a Coalition base near Bayji. Combat lifesavers and medics on site treated the Soldier. He was transported to a military medical facility where he was pronounced dead
    56 Staff Sgt. William D. Chaney 59 18 May 2004 Co B, 1st Bn, 106th Aviation Regiment Died in Landstuhl, Germany due to a non-combat related injury. Initial reports indicate that Chaney was medically evacuated from Iraq to Germany for surgery due to a sudden medical condition. He died from complications after surgery
    57 Spc. Michael C. Campbell 34 19 May 2004 HHT, 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry, 1st Infantry Division Killed when his combat patrol was attacked with an improvised explosive device and small arms fire near Samarra at 5:28 p.m. May 19
    58 Sergeant First Class Troy L. Miranda 44 20 May 2004 C Company, 1st Bn, 153rd Infantry, 39th Brigade Combat Team Died when unit was attacked by hand grenades early May 20 died on Hipha Street in Baghdad
    59 Cpl. Rudy Salas 20 20 May 2004 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Bn, 1st MARDIV, I MEF Died in a vehicle accident in the western most region of the Al Anbar Province, while conducting security-and-stability operations
    60 Pfc. Leslie D. Jackson 18 20 May 2004 A Company, 115th Forward Support Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division Died when an improvised explosive device detonated in Baghdad while returning to Camp Eagle
    61 Staff Sgt. Jeremy R. Horton 24 21 May 2004 Company B, 2nd Bn, 6th Infantry, 1st Armored Division DoD Release: Died near Al Iskandariyah, Iraq when an improvised explosive device exploded
  • This CENTCOM release identifies the IED incident as being vehicle-borne and outside of Al Mahmudmiyah(which is close to Al Iskandariyah)
  • 62 Lance Cpl. Andrew J. Zabierek 25 21 May 2004 2nd Bn, 2nd Marines, 2nd MARDIV, II MEF His unit was attached to I MEF in Iraq Died due to hostile action near Camp Fallujah, in Al Anbar Province, Iraq, while conducting security and stability operations
    63 Spc. Jeremy L. Ridlen 23 23 May 2004 Army National Guard's 1544 Transportation Co, Paris, Ill Died when attackers detonated an improvised explosive device, at about 4:50 p.m. northwest of Fallujah. Reports indicate the device was placed in a parked vehicle and detonated as two U.S. convoys passed on the highway / DoD Release: DoD later reported that he died in East Fallujah, Iraq, from small arms fire after a dump truck on the side of the road was detonated while his military convoy passed by
    64 Staff Sgt. Jorge A. MolinaBautista 37 23 May 2004 1st Light Armored Reconnaisance Bn, 1st MARDIV, I MEF Died when attackers detonated an improvised explosive device, at about 4:50 p.m. May 23 northwest of Fallujah. Reports indicate the device was placed in a parked vehicle and detonated as two U.S. convoys passed on the highway
    65 Spc. Beau R. Beaulieu 20 24 May 2004 27th Main Support Bn, 1st Cavalry Division TF Baghdad Killed during a rocket attack on a Coalition base northwest of Baghdad at about 2:20 p.m. / DoD Release: The location was later identified as Camp Cooke in Taji
    66 Pfc. Owen D. Witt 20 24 May 2004 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry, 1st Infantry Division Killed in a vehicle accident when his armored high-mobility-multipurpose-wheeled vehicle rolled over near Ad Dwar around 11:30 p.m. May 24
    67 Spc. Alan N. Bean Jr. 22 25 May 2004 Army National Guard's 1st Bn, 86th Field Artillery DoD Release: Killed at Forward Operating Base Kalsu (Iskandariyah, Iraq,) when his unit came under mortar attack
    68 Sgt. Kevin F. Sheehan 36 25 May 2004 Army National Guard's 1st Bn, 86th Field Artillery DoD Release: Killed at Forward Operating Base Kalsu (Iskandariyah, Iraq,) when his unit came under mortar attack
    69 Pfc. Richard H. Rosas 21 25 May 2004 3rd Bn, 62nd Air Defense Artillery, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) DoD Release: Died in Fallujah, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device hit his patrol
    70 Pfc. James P. Lambert 23 25 May 2004 3rd Bn, 62nd Air Defense Artillery, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) DoD Release: Died in Fallujah, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device hit his patrol
    71 Pfc. Daniel P. Unger 19 25 May 2004 Army National Guard's 1st Bn, 185th Armor, 81st Separate Armor Brigade assigned to Task Force 1/185 DoD Release: Died in Forward Operating Base Kalsu (Iskandariyah, Iraq) during a rocket attack
  • This CENTCOM release states the incident as being a mortar attack
  • 72 Lance Cpl. Kyle W. Codner 19 26 May 2004 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st MARDIV, I MEF Killed in action in the Al Anbar Province while conducting security and stability operations
    73 Cpl. Matthew C. Henderson 25 26 May 2004 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st MARDIV, I MEF Killed in action in the Al Anbar Province while conducting security and stability operations
    74 Cpl. Dominique J. Nicolas 25 26 May 2004 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st MARDIV, I MEF Killed in action in the Al Anbar Province while conducting security and stability operations
    75 U/I pending notification of next of kin 27 May 2004 Stryker Brigade, under the op-con of TF Olympia Died in Mosul. The death was not due to enemy action
    76 Lance Cpl. Benjamin R. Gonzalez 23 29 May 2004 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine, 1st MARDIV, I MEF Killed in the Al Anbar Province while conducting security and stability operations
    77 Pfc. Cody S. Calavan 19 29 May 2004 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine, 1st MARDIV, I MEF Killed in the Al Anbar Province while conducting security and stability operations
    78 Lance Cpl. Rafael Reynosasuarez 28 29 May 2004 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine, 1st MARDIV, I MEF Killed in the Al Anbar Province while conducting security and stability operations
    79 Spc. Michael J. Wiesemann 20 29 May 2004 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 2nd ID DoD Release: Died at Forward Operating Base Q-West (Quyarrah Air Base, Iraq) of non-combat related injuries
    80 Sgt. Aaron C. Elandt 23 30 May 2004 1st Bn, 6th Infantry, 1st Armored Division Died as a result of wounds sustained at about 6:40 p.m. May 30 when his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device in Al Musayyib, south of Baghdad
    81 Capt. Robert C. Scheetz Jr. 31 30 May 2004 1st Bn, 6th Infantry, 1st Armored Division Died as a result of wounds sustained at about 6:40 p.m. May 30 when his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device in Al Musayyib, south of Baghdad
    82 Pvt. Bradli N. Coleman 19 30 May 2004 3rd BDE, 2nd ID (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), under the op-con of TF Olympia Died in Baghdad from wounds following a mortar attack the previous day in Mosul
    83 Pfc. Nicholaus E. Zimmer 20 30 May 2004 2nd Bn, 37th Armor, 1st Armored Division DoD Release: Died in Kufa, Iraq, when his vehicle came under attack by rocket-propelled grenades
    84 Spc. Charles E. Odums II 22 30 May 2004 HHC, 1st Bn, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division DoD Release: Died in Baghdad, Iraq, when his military convoy hit an improvised explosive device
    85 1st Lt. Kenneth Michael Ballard 26 30 May 2004 2nd Bn, 37th Armor, 1st Armored Division DoD Release: Died in Najaf, Iraq, during a firefight with insurgents
    86 U/I pending notification of next of kin 31 May 2004 TF 1st Armored Division Killed when his patrol was ambushed with small arms fire south of Kufa the evening of May 31
    87 U/I pending notification of next of kin 31 May 2004 TF 1st Armored Division Killed when a rocket-propelled grenade struck his tank during a patrol south of Kufa the evening of May 31
    88 Lance Cpl. Dustin L. Sides 22 31 May 2004 9th Communications Battalion, I MEF Died from hostile fire in Al Anbar Province, Iraq




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