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U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)
News Release

  No. 671-05

DoD Identifies Army and Navy Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the death of eight soldiers and eight sailors who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.


Soldiers killed were:


            Staff Sgt. Shamus O. Goare, 29, of Danville, Ohio. 

            Chief Warrant Officer Corey J. Goodnature, 35, of Clarks Grove, Minn. 

            Sgt. Kip A. Jacoby, 21, of Pompano Beach, Fla. 

            Sgt. 1st Class Marcus V. Muralles, 33, of Shelbyville, Ind. 

            Master Sgt. James W. Ponder III, 36, of Franklin, Tenn. 

            Maj. Stephen C. Reich, 34, of Washington Depot, Conn. 

            Sgt. 1st Class Michael L. Russell, 31, of Stafford, Va. 

            Chief Warrant Officer Chris J. Scherkenbach, 40, of Jacksonville, Fla. 

Goare, Goodnature, Jacoby, Muralles, Reich, Russell, and Scherkenbach were assigned to the Army's 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), Hunter Army Air Field, Ga. 

Ponder was assigned to the Army's Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), Fort Campbell, Ky.

Sailors killed were:


Chief Petty Officer Jacques J. Fontan, 36, of New Orleans, La. 

Senior Chief Petty Officer Daniel R. Healy, 36, of Exeter, N.H. 

Lt. Cmdr. Erik S. Kristensen, 33, of San Diego, Calif. 

Petty Officer 1st Class Jeffery A. Lucas, 33, of Corbett, Ore. 

Lt. Michael M. McGreevy, Jr., 30, of Portville, N.Y. 

Petty Officer 2nd Class James Suh, 28, of Deerfield Beach, Fla. 

Petty Officer 2nd Class Eric S. Patton, 22, of Boulder City, Nev.

Petty Officer 1st Class Jeffrey S. Taylor, 30, of Midway, W.Va. 

Healy, Patton and Suh were assigned to SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team One, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.


Fontan, Kristensen, Lucas, McGreevy and Taylor were assigned to SEAL Team Ten, Virginia Beach, Va.


All 16 were killed while conducting combat operations when the MH-47 helicopter that they were aboard crashed in the vicinity of Asadabad, Afghanistan in Kumar Province on June 28.


For further information related to the Army personnel listed in this release, contact Army Public Affairs at (703) 692-2000.


For further information related to the Navy personnel listed in this release, contact Naval Special Warfare Command Public Affairs at (619) 437-5133.

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