Military


U.S. Casualties in Operation Iraqi Freedom
October 2003

Monthly Summaries
43Total Killed
# Service Member Age Date Unit Details
1 Army Spc. Tamarra J. Ramos 24 Oct 1, 2003 3rd Armor Medical Company, Medical Troop Regimental Support Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment non-combat related injuries
2 Sgt. Maj. James D. Blankenbecler 40 Oct 1, 2003 1 Btn, 44 Air Defense Artillery Rgt, Ft. Hood, TX Vehicle struck by improvised explosive device and RPGs

3 Pfc. Analaura Esparza Gutierrez 21 Oct 1, 2003 A Co, 4 Forward Support Battalion, Ft Hood, TX Convoy struck by improvised explosive device and RPGs

4 Spc. Simeon Hunte 23 Oct 1, 2003 1st Btn, 13th AR, 3rdBCT, 1st Armored Division, Fort Riley, KS On patrol when Iraqi citizen shot him

5 Pfc. Charles M. Sims 18 Oct 3, 2003 549th MP Co, Ft Stewart, GA Drowned

6 Spc. James H. Pirtle 27 Oct 4, 2003 115th MP Co, U.S. ANG, Cranston, RI Bradley Fighting Vehicle was struck by RPG

7 Spc. Spencer T. Karol 20 Oct 6, 2003 165th MIL Intell, V Corps, Darmstadt, Germany. Karol was on mission to observe enemy activity when command detonated device exploded

8 Pfc. Kerry D. Scott 21 Oct 6, 2003 1st Btn, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, NY Convoy struck by improvised explosive device

9 2nd Lt. Richard Torres 25 Oct 06, 2003 1st Btn, 32nd IR, 10th Mountain DIV, Fort Drum, NY Convoy struck by improvised explosive device

10 Spc. Joseph C. Norquist 26 Oct 9, 2003 588th Engineer Btn, Fort Hood, TX Convoy struck by RPGs and small arms fire

11 Pvt. Sean A. Silva 23 Oct 9, 2003 nd Armored CAV Rgt, Fort Polk, LA Patrol unit ambushed by small arms fire and rocket propelled grenades

12 Staff Sgt. Christopher W. Swisher 26 Oct 9, 2003 2nd Armored CAV Rgt, Fort Polk, LA Patrol unit ambushed by small arms fire and rocket propelled grenades

13 Spc. James E. Powell 26 Oct 12, 2003 B Company, 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, based in Fort Hood, TX Bradley Fighting Vehicle struck by anti-tank mine

14 Pfc. Jose Casanova 23 Oct 13, 2003 H&H Co, 1st Btn, 325th Abn IR, 82nd Airborne Division, based in Fort Bragg, NC HMMWV accident

15 Pvt. Benjamin L. Freeman 19 Oct 13, 2003 K Troop, 3rd Sqdr, 3rd Armored CAV Rgt,Ft. Carson, CO Drowned

16 Spc. Douglas J. Weismantle 28 Oct 13, 2003 H&H Co, 1st Btn, 325th Abn IR, 82nd Abn, Ft. Bragg, NC HMMWV accident

17 Spc. Donald L. Wheeler 22 Oct 13, 2003 A Co, 1st Btn, 22nd IR, 4th ID, Ft Hood, TX Vehicle struck by RPG

18 Pfc. Stephen E. Wyatt 19 Oct 13, 2003 C Battery, 1st Btn, 17th FAR, Ft Sill, OK convoy struck by improvised explosive device and small arms fire

19 Staff Sgt. Joseph P. Bellavia 28 Oct 16, 2003 716th MP Bn, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault),Fort Campbell, KY Fired on by Iraqis breaking curfew
20 Cpl. Sean R. Grilley 24 Oct 16, 2003 Commanding Officer, 716th Military Police Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, KY Fired on by Iraqis breaking curfew
21 Lt. Col. Kim S. Orlando 43 Oct 16, 2003 Commanding Officer, 716th Military Police Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault),Fort Campbell, KY Fired on by Iraqis breaking curfew

22 Spc. Michael L. Williams 46 Oct 17, 2003 105th Military Police Company, Army National Guard, NY Vehicle ran over improvised explosive device

23 1st Lt. David R. Bernstein 24 Oct 18, 2003 1st Battalion (Airborne), 508th Infantry Regiment, 173rd Infantry Brigade, Camp Ederle, Italy. Patrol ambushed by RPGs and small arms fire

24 Pfc. John D. Hart 20 Oct 18, 2003 1st Battalion (Airborne), 508th Infantry Regiment, 173rd Infantry Brigade, Camp Ederle, Italy. Patrol ambushed by RPGs and small arms fire

25 Staff Sgt. Paul J. Johnson 29 Oct 20, 2003 1st Battalion, 505th Para Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC Vehicle struck by improvised explosive device

26 Pfc. Paul J. Bueche 19 Oct 21, 2003 131st Aviation Regiment, ANG, Birmingham, AL Changing tire on UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter when tire exploded

27 Pvt. Jason M. Ward 25 Oct 22, 2003 2nd Btn, 70th Armored Regiment, 1st AD, Fort Riley, KA Died on non-combat related injuries

28 Spc. John P. Johnson 24 Oct 22, 2003 2nd Btn, 70th Armored Regiment, 1st AD, Fort Riley, KA Died of non-combat related injuries
29 Capt. John R. Teal 31 Oct 23, 2003 2nd Brigade, 4th ID, Fort Hood, TX IED exploded by convoy in Baqubah
30 Spc. Artimus D. Brassfield 22 Oct 24, 2003 B Company, 1st Bn, 66th Armored Regiment, 4ID, Fort Hood, TX mortar attack in Samaria
31 Sgt. Michael S. Hancock 29 Oct 24, 2003 1st Bn, 320th FAR, Fort Campbell, KY hostile fire in Mosul
32 Spc. Jose L. Mora 26 Oct 24, 2003 C Company Bn, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4ID, Fort Carson, CO mortar attack
25 October 2003 - First Day of Ramadan
33 Pfc. Steven Acosta 19 Oct 26, 2003 c cOMPANY, 34D bN, 67th Armored Regiment, 4ID, Fort Hood, TX non-hostile fire
34 Pfc. Rachel K. Bosveld 19 Oct 26, 2003 527th Military Police Company, V Corps, Giesen, Germany mortar attack
35 Lt. Col. Charles H. Buehring 40 Oct 26, 2003 CENTCOM HQ (Forward), Fort McPherson, GA RPG attack on Al-Rashid
36 Pvt. Joseph R. Guerrera 20 Oct 26, 2003 C Company, 2nd Bn, 325th Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC Vehicle hit IED
37 Staff Sgt. Jamie L. Huggins 26 Oct 26, 2003 C Company, 2nd Bn, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC Vehicle hit IED
38 Sgt. Aubrey D. Bell 33 Oct 27, 2003 214th Military Police Company, Alabama NG hostile fire
39 Pvt. Jonathan I. Falaniko 20 Oct 27, 2003 A Company, 70th Engineer Battalion, 1st Armored Division, Fort Riley, KS IED
40 Pvt. Algernon Adams 36 Oct 28, 2003 122nd Engineer Bn, ANG, Edgefield, SC non-combat related
41 Sgt. Michael Paul Barrera 26 Oct 28, 2003 3rd Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, Fort Hood, TX Tank hit IED
42 Spc. Isaac Campoy 21 Oct 28, 2003 3rd Bn, 67th Armor Regiment, Fort Hood, TX Tank hit IED
43 2nd Lt. Todd J. Bryant 23 Oct 31, 2003 1st Bn, 34th Armor Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, KS IED




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