Military


U.S. Casualties in Operation Iraqi Freedom
May 2005

Monthly Summaries References
82 Total Casualties
# Service Member Age Date Unit Details
1 Spc. Derrick J. Lutters 24 01 May 2005 Army National Guard's 891st Engineer Brigade DoD Release: Died May 1 along a supply route in Iraq when a VBIED detonated while his unit was inspecting a bridge for enemy tampering
2 Sgt. John E. McGee 36 02 May 2005 Army National Guard's 2101st Transportation Co., assigned to 1st COSCOM Killed when an IED detonated near vehicle during a combat logistics patrol south of Baghdad IAP at approximately 9:45 p.m. May 2, 2005 / DoD Release: Died May 2 near Diwaniyah, Iraq, when an IED detonated near his convoy vehicle
3 Maj. John C. Spahr 42 02 May 2005 Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 323, MAG 11, 3rd MAW, embarked aboard the U.S.S. Carl Vinson Killed when aircraft was lost at approximately 10:10 p.m. May 2 / DoD Release: Died May 2 from injuries received when the F/A-18 Hornet aircraft he was piloting apparently crashed in Iraq
4 Capt. Kelly C. Hinz 30 02 May 2005 Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 323, MAG 11, 3rd MAW, embarked aboard the U.S.S. Carl Vinson Died May 2 from injuries received when the F/A-18 Hornet aircraft he was piloting crashed in Iraq while flying in support of OIF
5 Staff Sgt. Tommy S. Little 47 02 May 2005 2nd Bn, 114th Field Artillery DoD Release: Died May 2 at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, of injuries sustained on April 19 near Iskandariyah, Iraq, when an IED detonated near his HMMWV
6 Sgt. Stephen P. Saxton 24 03 May 2005 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, TF Baghdad Died when vehicle was struck by roadside bombs / DoD Release: Died May 3 in Baghdad, Iraq, when his unit was conducting a route security mission and an IED detonated near his HMMWV
7 Staff Sgt. William J. Brooks 30 03 May 2005 1st Bn, 64th Armor, 3rd Infantry Division, TF Baghdad Died when vehicle was struck by roadside bombs / DoD Release: Died May 3 in Baghdad, Iraq, when his unit was conducting a route security mission and an IED detonated near his HMMWV
8 Lance Cpl. Michael V. Postal 21 07 May 2005 3rd Bn, 8th Marine, 2nd MARDIV, II MEF (Forward) Died as the result of injuries received from the detonation of an IED May 7 during combat operations in Al Karmah, Iraq
9 Sgt. Aaron N. Cepeda Sr. 22 07 May 2005 Marine Forces Reserve's 3rd Bn, 25th Marine, 4th MARDIV, attached to 2nd MARDIV, II MEF (Forward) Killed during a May 7 engagement with a number of terrorists who had used a civilian hospital in Hadithah to conduct an attack on coalition forces / DoD Release: Died from explosions
10 Lance Cpl. Lance T. Graham 26 07 May 2005 Marine Forces Reserve's 3rd Bn, 25th Marine, 4th MARDIV, attached to 2nd MARDIV, II MEF (Forward) Killed during a May 7 engagement with a number of terrorists who had used a civilian hospital in Hadithah to conduct an attack on coalition forces / DoD Release: Died from explosions
11 Sgt. Michael A. Marzano 28 07 May 2005 Marine Forces Reserve's 3rd Bn, 25th Marine, 4th MARDIV attached to 2nd MARDIV, II MEF (Forward) Killed during a May 7 engagement with a number of terrorists who had used a civilian hospital in Hadithah to conduct an attack on coalition forces / DOD Release: died May 7 as the result of an explosion caused by suicide VBIED
12 Petty Officer Third Class Jeffery L. Wiener 32 07 May 2005 Navy hospital corpsman assigned to II MEF Killed during a May 7 engagement with a number of terrorists who had used a civilian hospital in Hadithah to conduct an attack on coalition forces /
13 Sgt. Gary A. Eckert Jr. 24 08 May 2005 Army Reserve's 983rd Engineer Bn, TF Liberty Killed when an IED detonated next to his combat logistics patrol near Samarra at about 2:30 p.m., May 8 / DoD Release: Died in Balad, Iraq, from injuries sustained earlier that day in Samarra
14 Spec. Steven R. Givens 26 08 May 2005 1st Bn, 15th Infantry, 3d BDE, 3d Infantry Division, TF Liberty Killed by small arms fire near Samarra at about 2:30 p.m. on May 8 / DoD Release: Died May 8 in Balad, Iraq, from injuries sustained from enemy small arms fire
15 Cpl. Dustin A. Derga 24 08 May 2005 Marine Forces Reserve's 3rd Bn, 25th Marine, 4th MARDIV attached to 2nd MARDIV, II MEF (Forward) Killed May 8 during combat operations in Ubaydi, Iraq / DoD Release: Died May 8 as the result of enemy small arms fire
16 Lance Cpl. Lawrence R. Philippon 22 08 May 2005 3rd Bn, 2nd Marine, 2nd MARDIV, II MEF (Forward) Killed May 8 during combat operations in Al Qaim, Iraq / DoD Release: Died May 8 from enemy small-arms fire
17 Staff Sgt. Thor H. Ingraham 24 08 May 2005 1st Bn, 506th Infantry, 2nd BCT, 2nd Infantry Division assigned to 2nd BCT, 2nd MARDIV, II MEF (Forward) Killed by the detonation of an IED during combat operations near Khalidiyah, Iraq / DoD Release: IED detonated near their HMMWV / Initial CENTCOM Release reported he had died on May 9, 2005
18 Pfc. Nicolas E. Messmer 20 08 May 2005 1st Bn, 506th Infantry, 2nd BCT, 2nd Infantry Division assigned to 2nd BCT, 2nd MARDIV, II MEF (Forward) Killed by the detonation of an IED during combat operations near Khalidiyah, Iraq / DoD Release: IED detonated near their HMMWV / Initial CENTCOM Release reported he had died on May 9, 2005
19 U/I pending notification of next-of-kin 09 May 2005 Marine assigned to Regimental Combat Team 2, 2nd MARDIV, II MEF (Forward) Killed May 9 by enemy small-arms fire near Al Qaim, Iraq
20 Pfc. Stephen P. Baldwyn 19 09 May 2005 3rd Bn, 8th Marine, 2nd MARDIV, II MEF (Forward) Died May 9 from injuries received from an IED during combat operations in Nasser Wa Salaam, Iraq
21 Lance Cpl. Taylor B. Prazynski 20 09 May 2005 3rd Bn, 8th Marine, 2nd MARDIV, II MEF (Forward) Died May 9 from injuries received from an indirect fire explosion during combat operations in Al Karmah, Iraq
22 Lance Cpl. Marcus Mahdee 20 09 May 2005 3rd Bn, 8th Marine, 2nd MARDIV, II MEF (Forward) DoD Release: Died May 9 as a result of wounds received from an enemy explosion while conducting combat operations in the vicinity of Al Karmah, Iraq
23 1st Sgt. Michael J. Bordelon 37 10 May 2005 1st Bn, 24th Infantry, 1st BDE, 25th Infantry Division (Stryker BCT) DoD Release: Died May 10 at Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas, from injuries sustained April 23 in Mosul, Iraq, when a VBIED detonated near his Stryker military vehicle
24 Staff Sgt. Kendall H. Ivy II 28 11 May 2005 Marine assigned to Regimental Combat Team 2, 2nd MARDIV, II MEF (Forward) Killed 11 May when amphibious assault vehicle struck an explosive device in Al Qa'im during Operation Matador / DoD Release: Killed from an explosion in Karabilah, Iraq
25 U/I pending notification of next-of-kin 11 May 2005 Marine assigned to Regimental Combat Team 2, 2nd MARDIV, II MEF (Forward) Killed 11 May when amphibious assault vehicle struck an explosive device in Al Qa'im during Operation Matador
26 Lance Cpl. Wesley G. Davids 20 11 May 2005 3rd Bn, 25th Marines, 4th MARDIV DoD Release: Died May 11 from an explosion while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Karabilah, Iraq
27 Lance Cpl. John T. Schmidt III 21 11 May 2005 3rd Bn, 8th Marine, 2nd MARDIV, II MEF, which during OIF, was attached to 1st MARDIV, I MEF DoD Release: Died May 11 from wounds received as a result of an explosion while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Al Anbar Province, Iraq, on Jan. 30
28 Staff Sgt. Samuel T. Castle 26 11 May 2005 327th Signal Bn, 35th Signal Brigade DoD Release: Died May 11 in Al Asad, Iraq, from injuries sustained from an IED detonation
29 Pfc. Christopher R. Dixon 18 11 May 2005 Marine Forces Reserve's 3rd Bn, 25th Marine, 4th MARDIV, assigned to Regimental Combat Team-2, 2nd MARDIV Killed in action May 11 when the assault amphibian he rode struck an explosive device during Operation Matador near Karabilah
30 Lance Cpl. Nicholas B. Erdy 21 11 May 2005 Marine Forces Reserve's 3rd Bn, 25th Marine, 4th MARDIV, assigned to Regimental Combat Team-2, 2nd MARDIV Killed in action May 11 when the assault amphibian he rode struck an explosive device during Operation Matador near Karabilah
31 Lance Cpl. Jonathan W. Grant 23 11 May 2005 Marine Forces Reserve's 4th Reconnaissance Bn, 4th MARDIV, assigned to Regimental Combat Team-2, 2nd MARDIV Killed in action May 11 when the assault amphibian he rode struck an explosive device during Operation Matador near Karabilah
32 Lance Cpl. Jourdan L. Grez 24 11 May 2005 Marine Forces Reserve's 4th Combat Engineer Bn, 4th MARDIV, assigned to Regimental Combat Team-2, 2nd MARDIV Killed in action May 11 when the assault amphibian he rode struck an explosive device during Operation Matador near Karabilah
33 U/I pending notification of next-of-kin 12 May 2005 155th Brigade Combat Team, II MEF (Forward) Died May 12 when an IED detonated near the soldier's vehicle during combat operations about nine miles east of Musayib
34 Sgt. Andrew R. Jodon 27 12 May 2005 3rd Bn, 69th Armor, 3rd Infantry Division, TF Liberty Killed when an IED detonated next to their combat patrol near Samarra at about 2:45 p.m., May 12
35 Pfc. Kenneth E. Zeigler II 22 12 May 2005 1st Bn, 64th Armor, 3rd Infantry Division, TF Baghdad Died from wounds suffered when his vehicle struck a roadside bomb in east Baghdad at approximately 1:00 p.m., May 12
36 Sgt. John M. Smith 22 12 May 2005 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment DoD Release: Died May 12 in Iskandariyah, Iraq, from injuries sustained when an IED detonated near his vehicle
37 Pfc. Travis W. Anderson 28 13 May 2005 2nd Bn, 7th Infantry, 1st BDE, 3rd Infantry Division, TF Liberty Killed when a VBIED detonated next to their combat patrol near Bayji at about 3:00 p.m. May 13
38 Sgt. Charles C. Gillican, III 35 14 May 2005 1st Bn, 118th Field Artillery, 48th Infantry Brigade DoD Release: Died May 14 at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, from injuries sustained in a military vehicle accident
39 Sgt Jacob M. Simpson 24 16 May 2005 2d Squadron, 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment DoD Release: Died in Tal Afar, Iraq, when an RPG struck the building he was securing
40 Pfc. Wesley R. Riggs 19 17 May 2005 2d Bn, 7th Infantry, 3d Infantry Division, TF Liberty Killed when an IED detonated next to his combat patrol about 30km south of Tikrit at about 7:00 a.m., May 17 / DoD Release: IED detonated near his dismounted position
41 Sgt. Antwan L. Walker 22 18 May 2005 2nd Forward Support Bn, 2nd Infantry Division, assigned to the 2nd BCT, 2nd MARDIV, II MEF (Forward) Killed May 18 during an indirect fire attack on FOB Ramadi
42 Pfc. Wyatt D. Eisenhauer 26 19 May 2005 2nd Bn, 70th Armor, 3rd BDE, 1st Armored Division, TF Baghdad Died May 19 en route to a military hospital at approximately 11:45 a.m. from wounds suffered when his convoy struck a roadside bomb in southeast Baghdad / DoD Release: Died May 19 in Mahmudiyah, Iraq, on an escort mission in a HMMWV when an IED detonated on a bridge
43 Spec. Bernard L. Sembly 25 19 May 2005 1st Bn, 156th Armor, 256th Brigade Combat Team, TF Baghdad Died May 19 at approximately 5:40 p.m. from wounds suffered when their convoy was fired upon by terrorists in another vehicle in central Baghdad
44 Sgt. Robin V. Fell 22 19 May 2005 1st Bn, 156th Armor, 256th Brigade Combat Team, TF Baghdad Died May 19 at approximately 5:40 p.m. from wounds suffered when their convoy was fired upon by terrorists in another vehicle in central Baghdad
45 Sgt. Brad A. Wentz 21 20 May 2005 Army Reserve's 180th Transportation Company, assigned to 1st COSCOM Killed in a vehicular accident following an IED attack during a combat logistic patrol north of Taji at approximately midnight May 20 / DoD Release: Died May 20 on a main supply route in Iraq when his convoy came under attack by enemy forces
46 Sgt. Kurt D. Schamberg 26 20 May 2005 2nd Bn, 14th Infantry, 2nd BDE, 10th Mountain Division DoD Release: Died in Baghdad, Iraq, when an IED detonated near his HMMWV
47 Sgt. Benjamin C. Morton 24 22 May 2005 1st Bn, 24th Infantry, 1st BDE, 25th Infantry Division (Stryker BCT), TF Freedom Killed in terrorist attack in Mosul May 22 / DoD Release: Died May 22, in Mosul, Iraq, when his dismounted patrol encountered enemy small arms fire
48 1st Lt. Aaron N. Seesan 25 22 May 2005 73rd Engineer Company, TF Freedom Killed in terrorist attack in Mosul May 22 / DoD Release: Died from injuries sustained when an IED detonated near their HMMWV
49 Spc. Tyler L. Creamean 21 22 May 2005 73rd Engineer Company, TF Freedom Killed in terrorist attack in Mosul May 22 / DoD Release: Died from injuries sustained when an IED detonated near their HMMWV
50 Sgt. Carl J. Morgain 40 22 May 2005 Army National Guard's 1st Bn, 112th Infantry, TF Liberty Died of wounds sustained in an attack at 10:00 a.m., May 22 when a VBIED was detonated near a combat patrol, just north of Tikrit / DoD Release: Died May 22, in Balad, Iraq, of injuries sustained in Kadasia, Iraq, when a VBEID detonated near his HMMWV
51 Sgt. John B. Ogburn III 45 22 May 2005 Army National Guard's 3rd Bn, 116th Armored Cavalry Regiment, TF Liberty Died of injuries sustained in a vehicle accident near Kirkuk at about 2:30 p.m., May 22 / DoD Release: Died May 22, in Kirkuk, Iraq, when his HMMWV overturned after the driver avoided striking a civilian vehicle
52 Sgt. Kenneth J. Schall 22 22 May 2005 2nd Bn, 70th Armor, 3rd BDE, 1st Armored Division DoD Release: Died May 22, in Yusafiyah, Iraq, when the HMMWV in which he was riding was involved in an accident
53 Sgt. Charles T. Wilkerson 30 22 May 2005 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment DoD Release: Died May 22 in Baghdad, Iraq, when an unknown ordnance detonated near his tent
54 Spec. Bryan Edward Barron 26 23 May 2005 Army National Guard's C Company, 1st Bn, 155th Infantry 155th BCT, II MEF (Forward) Killed when an IED detonated near their vehicle during combat operations in Haswa, Iraq [~30 miles south of Baghdad]
55 Spec. Audrey Daron Lunsford 29 23 May 2005 Army National Guard's HHC, 1st Bn, 155th Infantry 155th BCT, II MEF (Forward) Killed when an IED detonated near their vehicle during combat operations in Haswa, Iraq [~30 miles south of Baghdad]
56 Staff Sgt. Saburant Parker 43 23 May 2005 Army National Guard's C Company, 1st Bn, 155th Infantry 155th BCT, II MEF (Forward) Killed when an IED detonated near their vehicle during combat operations in Haswa, Iraq [~30 miles south of Baghdad]
57 Sgt. Daniel Ryan Varnado 23 23 May 2005 Army National Guard's C Company, 1st Bn, 155th Infantry 155th BCT, II MEF (Forward) Killed when an IED detonated near their vehicle during combat operations in Haswa, Iraq [~30 miles south of Baghdad]
58 Spc. Joshua T. Brazee 25 23 May 2005 1st Squadron, 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment DoD Release: Died May 23, in Al Qaim, Iraq, from non-combat related injuries
59 Sgt. Christopher S. Perez 30 23 May 2005 Headquarters and Service Bn, 2nd MARDIV, II MEF (Forward) Killed May 23 during an indirect fire attack on Camp Blue Diamond, Ramadi, Iraq
60 Staff Sgt. Russell J. Verdugo 34 23 May 2005 767th Ordnance Company DoD Release: Died May 23, in Baghdad, Iraq, when an IED detonated as he was responding to a report of an IED
61 Sgt. Charles A. Drier 28 24 May 2005 1st Bn, 76th Field Artillery, 4th BCT, 3rd Infantry Division, TF Baghdad Killed May 24 in central Baghdad when a VBIED exploded near his convoy at 1:30 p.m.
62 Spec. Dustin C. Fisher 22 24 May 2005 1st Bn, 76th Field Artillery, 4th BCT, 3rd Infantry Division, TF Baghdad Killed May 24 in central Baghdad when a VBIED exploded near his convoy at 1:30 p.m.
63 Pfc. Jeffrey R. Wallace 20 24 May 2005 1st Bn, 76th Field Artillery, 4th BCT, 3rd Infantry Division, TF Baghdad Killed May 24 in central Baghdad when a VBIED exploded near his convoy at 1:30 p.m.
64 Sgt. 1st Class Peter J. Hahn 31 24 May 2005 Army National Guard's 2nd Bn, 156th Infantry, 256th BCT, TF Baghdad Shot May 24 at an observation post was shot in a drive-by shooting around 2 p.m.
65 Sgt. First Class Randy D. Collins 36 24 May 2005 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment DoD Release: Died May 24 at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., of injuries sustained in Mosul, Iraq, May 4 during a mortar attack
66 Sgt. Alfred B. Siler 33 25 May 2005 Army National Guard's Support Squadron, 278th Regimental Combat Team, TF Liberty Died of injuries sustained in a vehicle accident near Tuz at about 1:30 p.m., May 25 / DoD Release: His HMMWV hit another vehicle
67 Sgt. David N. Wimberg 24 25 May 2005 Marine Forces Reserve's 3rd Bn, 25th Marine, 4th MARDIV, attached to Regimental Combat Team 2, 2nd MARDIV, II MEF (Forward) Killed May 25 by enemy small-arms fire Hadithah during Operation New Market
68 CW4 Matthew Scott Lourey 40 26 May 2005 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry, 82nd Airborne Division, TF Liberty Killed when their helicopter crashed near Buqubah May 26 / DoD Release: Died on May 27 from injuries sustained on May 26 in Buhriz, Iraq, when their OH-58 (Kiowa Warrior) came under small arms attack and crashed
69 CW2 Joshua Michael Scott 28 26 May 2005 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry, 82nd Airborne Division, TF Liberty Killed when their helicopter crashed near Buqubah May 26 / DoD Release: Died on May 27 from injuries sustained on May 26 in Buhriz, Iraq, when their OH-58 (Kiowa Warrior) came under small arms attack and crashed
70 Maj. Ricardo A. Crocker 39 26 May 2005 Marine Forces Reserve's 5th Civil Affairs Group, attached for OIF to II MEF (Forward) Killed May 26 by a RPG explosion during Operation New Market, a combat operation in Hadithah
71 Sgt. Mark A. Maida 22 27 May 2005 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, 155th BCT, II MEF (Forward) Died May 27 from wounds sustained when an IED detonated near his vehicle during combat operations May 26 near Diyara, Iraq
72 First Sgt. Michael S. Barnhill 39 28 May 2005 Marine Forces Reserve's 6th Engineer Support Bn, 4th FSSG, attached for OIF to 2nd FSSG, II MEF (Forward) Killed when the vehicle he was riding in struck an improvised explosive device about 6 miles from Haqlaniyah, Iraq on May 28
73 Spc. Phillip N. Sayles 26 28 May 2005 1st Bn, 24th Infantry, 1st BDE, 25th Infantry Division DoD Release: Died May 28 in Mosul, Iraq, when an IED detonated near his security position
74 Lt. Col. Albert E. Smart 41 28 May 2005 Army Reserve's 321st Civil Affairs Brigade DoD Release: Died May 28 in Doha, Qatar, of a non-combat related illness
75 Staff Sgt. Victor M. Cortes III 29 29 May 2005 703rd Forward Support Bn, 3rd Infantry Division DoD Release: Died May 29 in Baghdad, Iraq of non-combat-related injuries
76 Maj. William Downs 40 30 May 2005 6th Special Operations Squadron Killed May 30 when an Iraqi Air Force Comp Air 7SL aircraft crashed in eastern Diyala province during an operational mission
77 Capt. Jeremy Fresques 26 30 May 2005 23rd Special Tactics Squadron Killed May 30 when an Iraqi Air Force Comp Air 7SL aircraft crashed in eastern Diyala province during an operational mission
78 Capt. Derek Argel 28 30 May 2005 23rd Special Tactics Squadron Killed May 30 when an Iraqi Air Force Comp Air 7SL aircraft crashed in eastern Diyala province during an operational mission
79 Staff Sgt. Casey Crate 26 30 May 2005 23rd Special Tactics Squadron Killed May 30 when an Iraqi Air Force Comp Air 7SL aircraft crashed in eastern Diyala province during an operational mission
80 Cpl. Jeffrey B. Starr 22 30 May 2005 1st B, 5th Marine, 1st MARDIV, I MEF attached for OIF to 2nd MARDIV, II MEF (Forward) Killed in action May 30 by enemy small-arms fire while conducting combat operations near Ramadi, Iraq
81 Sgt. 1st Class Steven M. Langmack 33 31 May 2005 Headquarters, U.S. Army Special Operations Command DoD Release: Died May 31 in Al Qaim, Iraq, from injuries sustained from small arms fire during combat operations
82 Sgt. Miguel A. Ramos 39 31 May 2005 Army Reserve's 807th Signal Company, 35th Signal Battalion DoD Release: Died May 31 in Baghdad, Iraq, when an enemy rocket impacted near his position




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