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Local Paper Uncovers Another Apparent Soldier Suicide in Iraq
By Greg Mitchell – NEW YORK
Published: November 24, 2007 5:15 PM ET

melvinlhenley_1_original.jpgHundreds of U.S. troops in Iraq have committed suicide since the war began in 2003, though this subject is kept quiet by the military. As E&P has documented in recent months, the deaths are announced as “noncombat” with the only details that they are “under investigation.” But local newspapers often find out the true cause from surviving family or friends, and occasionally from nearby military bases.

Some 130 are now officially listed as suicides in Iraq but dozens more being probed, and then there are the suicides in Afghanistan, and hundreds or thousands more back in the U.S., as CBS News recently revealed. Now there is probably one more.

Spc. Melvin Henley was on his second tour of duty in Iraq family members say when he died Wednesday at Camp Striker in Iraq from injuries suffered from a noncombat-related incident, the Associated Press reports.

The U.S. Department of Defense announced Henley’s death on Friday.

The cause of death was a single gunshot wound to the head, Jim Jeffcoat, a spokesman for Fort Stewart in Georgia, where Henley was assigned, told The Clarion-Ledger newspaper in Jackson, Miss. “It is under investigation,” Jeffcoat said.

Henley, 26, from Jackson, was a helicopter mechanic. He was assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart in March 2007. He served one tour of duty in Iraq from November 2003 to November 2004.

Amber Henley, 23, told the newspaper that her husband was not happy about a second tour.

The Henleys were married less than two years and were assigned to Fort Stewart only three months when Melvin Henley received his orders in June.

“He had tried to talk to his command because we hadn’t had any time,” Amber Henley said to the newspaper. “We had barely gotten settled in. But they told him they couldn’t do anything about it.

“He hated to be away from us,” Amber Henley said. “We were everything to each other.”

Henley was scheduled to end his tour in October 2008.

Henley’s uncle, George Watkins, said his family in Jackson also knew he was having a hard time. “We know he was under stress,” Watkins said. “But we don’t know (how he died) at this time, whether it was an accident. We’re trying to be strong. We’re waiting on a report from the military.”

Despite the stress, a soldier is what Henley wanted to be, his uncle said.

“He wanted to make a difference in other people’s lives, and he had other relatives who had done the same. His grandfather fought in World War II. So, he was following in those footsteps.”

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Aug 3, 2007 03:26 PM
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Channel 13 WTHR Indianapolis

Hamilton County – A graduate of Hamilton Southeastern High School is the latest Hoosier casualty in Iraq. Army Reservist Zachariah Gonzalez, 23, died Tuesday when his armored vehicle ran over an explosive device. His family talked about his courage and their loss.

The Gonzalez family is very close, and derives strength from prayer. So with news that Zachariah Gonzalez died on active duty, they’ve had to lean on their faith more than ever. They describe him as a proud American soldier, a man of strong friendship and deep Catholic faith.

“Zach would often call home and ask his family to pray for the wounded and for those lost while he was in Iraq,” said Manuel Gonzalez, Zach’s uncle.

Now the prayers are for Zach himself. “Zach was a child, then a man, of vision and passion, always sure of where he was going and what he wanted,” said his uncle.

Out of high school at Hamilton Southeastern, Zach wanted to join the Army. He enlisted in the Reserves and was assigned to the culinary division because of his cooking skills. But Zach wanted to serve his country in a bigger way.

“He wanted to be in the infantry and as Sergeant McCord has said, he wanted to be in the front,” said Manuel Gonzalez.

That’s where he was July 31st, the feast day for St. Ignatius of Loyola, the patron saint for warriors. Zach Gonzalez was on the front lines in Baghdad, riding in a Stryker on a mission. An improvised explosive device – one that can penetrate armor – went off under the vehicle. Zach and three of his fellow soldiers died in the attack.

“Zach was a combat infantryman, so he was…a hero,” said Gonzalez.

Zach should have been home the day he died, but the Army extended his tour of duty. Now, Zach’s cousin, also serving in Iraq and on extended duty, will reunite this family of faith.

“He said this morning to his mother in Houston, ‘Mom, I now know why I was supposed to stay here. I was supposed to…bring Zach home,” said Gonzalez.

Zach’s cousin will escort his body home to Indianapolis. Funeral arrangements are still pending, but the funeral Mass will likely be held next week at St. Monica’s.

In Memory of Zachariah Jared Gonzalez

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Too young to remember her father while he was alive, the 5- year-old daughter of a Hobart soldier who died in Iraq recently visited Fort Stewart’s growing Warriors Walk. “She was very respectful and quiet. She talks about her daddy all the time but I don’t think she has any real memories of him, just what we have told her,” said Pat Knight of Hobart, grandmother of Spc. Greg Sanders, who died during the opening days of the war in March 2003.

Knight took Sanders’ daughter, Gwen, to Georgia along with Sanders’ aunt, Lynn Van Meter, during the four-year anniversary of the month when her grandson was killed by sniper fire in Baghdad. Gwen was a year old when her father died.

A granite plaque and a eastern redbud tree mark Sanders’ life. The 19-year-old was among the first to be honored in what has become one of the most well known memorials to the Iraq war.

Fort Stewart lined the sidewalk of its parade grounds with trees to honor the 34 people killed from the division during the first month of the war. The Third Infantry Division is now on its third tour in Iraq.

The monument expanded to a second sidewalk parallel to the first and then to the other side of the parade grounds, with two more sidewalks. A total of 326 trees line the field and planners are considering what to do if the final 71 slots are filled, said Susan Phillips, spokesperson for Fort Stewart.

Though soldiers are not buried at the site, it has become a popular pilgrimage among families of the dead. They hang wind chimes from tree limbs, lay flags and flowers at the markers. The base sees large crowds for the monthly planting ceremonies, she said.

“It’s like hallowed ground. It’s a monument to the sacrifice they have made,” Phillips said.

The pink and red blossoms were in full bloom when Knight arrived.

“It was very beautiful. I really liked what they have done,” Knight said.
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Hoosier Deaths in the Iraq War

Update: As of December 1, 2007, The Star reported the deaths of 101 members of the armed forces with Indiana ties who have died while serving in the Iraq War.

1. Feb. 6, 2003: Army Spc. Brian Clemens, 19, Kokomo, was killed when his Humvee overturned while on patrol in Kuwait. He was a member of the Indiana National Guard.
2. March 17, 2003: Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Jason Profitt, 23, of Charlestown, Ind., died of a non-combat related injury while in the Red Sea,.
3. March 23, 2003: Marine Lance Cpl. David Fribley, 26, Atwood, died in a battle near Nasiriyah.
4. March 24, 2003: Army Spc. Greg Sanders, 19, Hobart, was reported killed by a sniper.
5. March 31, 2003: Indiana National Guard Spc. William A. Jeffries, 39, an Evansville native, died in a hospital in Spain, where he had been taken after becoming ill in Kuwait.
6. April 4, 2003: Marine Sgt. Duane Rios, 25, Griffith (living in California), an engineer with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, was shot in a firefight on the eastern edge of Baghdad.
7. April 22, 2003: Army Reserve Spc. Roy Russell Buckley, 24, Hobart, a member of the 685th Transportation Company, was killed in a vehicle accident in Baghdad.
8. May 10, 2003: Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew R. Smith, 20, Anderson, a reservist with the 4th Force Service Support Group based in Peru, died when his Humvee struck a parked trailer in Kuwait.
9. June 7, 2003: Army Pvt. Jesse M. Halling, 19, Indianapolis, was killed in Tikrit, Iraq. He was at a military police station when his section received rocket-propelled grenade and small-arms fire. The soldier received a fatal gunshot wound.
10. June 16, 2003: Army Pvt. Shawn D. Pahnke, 25, Shelbyville, was killed in Baghdad. Pahnke was on patrol when he was fatally shot by a sniper. He was a member of the Army’s 1st Armored Division in Friedberg, Germany.
11. July 7, 2003: Army Spc. Chad L. Keith, 21, Batesville, was killed in Baghdad. Keith was on mounted patrol when his vehicle drove past an object that exploded on the side of the road.
12. July 8, 2003: Indiana National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Craig Boling, 38, Elkhart, was taken to a medical facility after he collapsed, but he could not be revived.
13. July 8, 2003: Army Pvt. Robert L. McKinley, 23, Kokomo, died in Germany, after he collapsed while eating dinner with his unit. He was with the serving with the 1st Battalion of the 152nd Infantry, a National Guard regiment.
14. Aug. 5, 2003: National Guard Staff Sgt. David L. Loyd, 44, Jackson, Tenn., a native of Terre Haute, died in Kuwait. Loyd was on a mission when he experienced severe chest pains. Loyd was assigned to the 1175th Transportation Company, Army National Guard, Brownsville, Tenn.
15. Aug. 25, 2003: Army Spc. Ronald D. Allen Jr., 22, Mitchell, died near Balad, Iraq. Allen was conducting convoy operations when he was involved in a vehicular accident.
16. Aug. 29, 2003: Army Staff Sgt. Mark A. Lawton, 41, Hayden, Colo., a native of Elkhart, was killed north of As Suaydat, Iraq. Lawton was in a convoy that was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade.
17. Sept. 20, 2003: Army Staff Sgt. Frederick L. Miller Jr., 27, Hagerstown, was killed outside Ramadi, about 60 miles west of Baghdad when a bomb went off beside his Humvee.
18. Nov. 2, 2003: Spc. Brian Penisten, 28, of Fort Wayne was one of 15 soldiers killed when missiles downed a U.S. helicopter in Iraq. Penisten was on his way home on leave and planned to be married.
19. Nov. 23, 2003: Cpl. Darrell Smith, 28, of Ottwell, Ind., was killed when his Humvee overturned during a patrol. He was a member of the Indiana National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 152nd Infantry Regiment.
20. Dec 12, 2003: Jarrod Black, 26, Peru, was killed when a bomb was detonated near his unit’s convoy near Ramadi, west of Baghdad.
21. Jan. 5, 2004: Luke Frist, a 20-year-old Army Reservist from Brookston, near Lafayette, died at a Texas military hospital a few days after he was injured when a fuel truck he was riding in hit a homemade bomb during an ambush outside Ar Ramadi, Iraq.
22. Jan. 23, 2004: Chief Warrant Officer Brian D. Hazelgrove, 29, was killed in a helicopter crash while returning from a combat mission near Mosul in northern Iraq. He had lived in Edinburgh and graduated from high school there before joining the Army in 1994.
23. March 21, 2004: Pfc. Christopher E. Hudson, 21, of Carmel, Ind., was killed in Baghdad when his military vehicle was hit with an Improvised Explosive Device. He was assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 12th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Hood, Texas.
24. April 4, 2004: Army Pfc. John D. “J.D.” Amos II, 20, who grew up in Griffith and Valparaiso, was injured when an explosive struck his vehicle in the northern Iraq city of Kirkuk. He died shortly thereafter on a medical evacuation plane
25. April 5, 2004: Pfc. Deryk L. Hallal, 24, Indianapolis, was one of 16 U.S. Marines killed in a two-day span in fierce fighting in the al-Anbar province, west of Baghdad. The North Central High School graduate enlisted in May 2003, shortly after the war began.
26. April 11, 2004: Lance Cpl. Torrey L. Gray, 19, was killed by hostile fire in the Al Anbar province of Iraq on Easter Sunday. The Indianapolis native grew up in Illinois and joined the Marines at age 17. He was on his second tour of duty in Iraq when he was killed.
27. May 29, 2004: Spc. Michael Wiesemann, 20, of North Judson, a member of the Army’s 2nd Infantry Division out of Fort Lewis, Wash., died at Quyarrah Air Base in Iraq of noncombat related injuries.
28. July 2, 2004: Sgt. Stephen G. Martin, 39, died of injuries he received June 24 when a truck bomb exploded near his checkpoint in Mosul, Iraq. Martin, a native of Warsaw, Ind., lived in Rhinelander, Wis.
29. July 8, 2004: Sgt. Robert E. Colvill, 31, Anderson, who had been assigned to the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, Schweinfurt, Germany, died in a mortar attack on the Iraqi National Guard Headquarters in Baghdad.
30. Aug. 16, 2004: U.S. Army Sgt. David M. Heath, 30, LaPorte, died August 16 in Sadr City, Iraq, when his patrol came under small arms and rocket-propelled grenade attack.
31. Aug. 27, 2004: Pfc. Luis A. Perez, 19, of Theresa, N.Y. died in Fallujah when the fuel truck he was driving hit a land mine. Perez grew up in East Chicago, Ind.
32. Sept. 8, 2004: Army Sgt. James Daniel Faulkner, 23, of Clarksville, was killed when his armored vehicle was hit by enemy fire in Iraq.
33. Sept. 21, 2004: Army Pfc. Nathan E. Stahl, 20, Highland, was killed when his vehicle was struck by an “improvised explosive device.” He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment from Fort Lewis, Wash.
34. Oct. 28, 2004: Pfc. Stephen P. Downing II, 30, an ammunition specialist in the Army, was killed in combat operations in Ramadi in Iraq. Downing grew up in Waverly in Morgan County.
35. Nov. 9, 2004: Command Sgt. Maj. Steven W. Faulkenburg, 45, of Huntingburg, was killed by small arms fire in Iraq. He was part of a unit moving on Fallujah.
36. Nov. 12, 2004: Army Spc. Raymond L. White, 22, of Elwood, was killed when his convoy was ambushed near Baghdad. He died while trying to protect his fellow soldiers.
37. Nov. 12, 2004: Sgt. Morgan W. Strader, 23, of Crossville, Tenn., formerly of Brownsburg, was killed in Fallujah. Although his enlistment as a member of the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, was up in July, he asked to extend his enlistment and to return to Iraq.
38. Nov. 15, 2004: Marine Cpl. Lance Thompson, 21, of Marion, was killed in an explosion in Al-Anbar province in Iraq.
39. Nov. 15, 2004: Marine Lance Cpl. James Swain, 20, of Kokomo was killed by small arms fire in the Al Anbar province of Iraq. He was assigned to the 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force.
40 Dec. 1, 2004: Marine Cpl. Bryan Wilson, 22, of Otterbein, was fatally injured when his Humvee overturned in Al Anbar Province. He joined the Marine Corps in August 2001, just two months after graduating from Seeger High School.
41. Dec. 5, 2004: Staff Sgt. Marvin Lee Trost III, 28, was killed when his vehicle was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade west of Baghdad. Trost grew up in Elkhart County and graduated from Concord High School.
42. Dec. 23, 2004: Lance Cpl. Eric Hillenburg, 21, of Hendricks Co., was killed by small-arms enemy fire in Fallujah, Iraq. He was assigned to the 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, based at Camp Pendleton in California.
43. Jan. 4, 2005: Army Pvt. Cory R. Depew, 21, Beech Grove, died near Mosul when insurgents riddled his patrol with gunfire and rocket propelled grenades.
44. Jan. 21, 2005: Army Sgt. Kyle William Childress, 29, formerly of Terre Haute, died of injuries suffered when his unit was attacked in Ad Duluiyah, Iraq. He was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 4th Calvary, 1st Infantry Division based in Germany.
45. Mar. 15, 2005: Sgt. Paul M. Heltzel, 39, who lived in South Bend until age 13 when he moved to Franklin, died when a car bomb detonated in Baghdad near where he was on foot patrol.
46. April 17, 2005: Pfc. Steven Sirko, 20, who was born in Northwestern Indiana, died of noncombat-related causes in Muqdadiyah, Iraq. He was assigned to the First Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, Third Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Benning, Ga.
47. April 28, 2005: Pfc. Robert W. Murray Jr., 21, Westfield, was one of four soldiders who died when a bomb tore through their vehicle while they were on patrol in Tal Afar. Murray was assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment in Fort Carson, Colorado.
48. April 29 2005: Pfc. Darren A. DeBlanc, 20, Evansville, was killed when a bomb exploded nearby while he was on patrol in Baghdad. DeBlanc was assigned to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team and 10th Mountain Division from Fort Drum, N.Y.
49. June 21, 2005: Army Pfc. Nicholas R. Idalski, 23, of Crown Point, was one of three U.S. soldiers who died during a gunfight in Ramadi. Idalski was a member of the 2nd Infantry Division in Fort Carson, Colorado.
50. July 25, 2005: Army Spc. Adam J. Harting, 21, was killed when an explosive detonated near an armored vehicle in Samarra. Harting grew up in Portage, Indiana, graduating from Portage High School in 2002.
51. Aug. 18, 2005: Army Sgt. Jeremy W. Doyle, 24, who was stationed in Samarra and commanded an armored Humvee, was killed by an explosive device. The former Decatur High School student was on his second tour of duty in Iraq.
52. Oct. 11, 2005: Staff Sgt. Matthew Kimmell, 30, of Paxton, Ind., was killed in Muqdadiyah, Iraq when a bomb exploded near his vehicle.
53. Oct. 15, 2005: Spc. Jeffrey W. Corban, 30, Elkhart, Ind., and four other soldiers, died in Ramadi, Iraq, when a bomb exploded near their military vehicle.
54. Oct. 25, 2005: Spc. Christopher T. Monroe, 19, Kendallville, a member of the Army Reserve’s 785th Military Police Battalion, died in Basra, Iraq, when the truck he was in collided with a civilian vehicle.
55. Nov. 12, 2005: Lance Cpl. Scott A. Zubowski, 20, of Manchester, Ind., died when a bomb exploded under his military vehicle near Fallujah. He was attached to the 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division based in California.
56. Nov. 19, 2005: Cpl. Jonathan F. Blair, 21, Fort Wayne, was one of four soldiers who died when a bomb went off near their vehicle during combat operations in Bayji, Iraq. He was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division out of Fort Campbell, Ky.
57. Dec. 30, 2005: Army Pvt. Jonathan R. Pfender, 22, Evansville, was killed by an improvised explosive device while on patrol in Bayji, Iraq. Pfender, a member of the 101st Airborne Division, was based at Fort Campbell, Ky.
58. Jan. 20, 2006: Army Spc. Matthew C. Frantz, 23, of Lafayette, was one of four soldiers killed while on patrol near Al Huwijah, Iraq, when a roadside bomb exploded near their vehicle.
59. Feb. 22, 2006: Sgt. Rickey E. Jones, 21, Kokomo, was one of four soldiers killed when their vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb in Al Hawijah. He was assigned to the Army’s 101st Airborne Division out of Fort Campbell, Ky.
60. Mar. 21, 2006: Army Spc. Antoine J. McKinzie, 25, Indianapolis, was fatally shot while on patrol in Baghdad. The Pike High School graduate was assigned to the 27th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Infantry Division. He was on his second tour of duty in Iraq.
61. Mar. 23, 2006 – Staff Sgt. Brock A. Berry, 30, a native of Warsaw, Ind., died when his vehicle encountered a roadside bomb near al Habbaniyah, Iraq. The Kentucky Army National Guard member was on his third tour of overseas duty.
62. Apr. 2, 2006 – Staff Sgt. Eric A. McIntosh, 29, an Indianapolis native who attended Roncalli High School, died in the Anbar province of Iraq during combat operations. He was assigned to the 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force and had just begun his second tour in Iraq.
63. Apr. 22, 2006 – Cpl. Eric Lueken, 23, Dubois, died during combat in the Al Anbar province. The field radio operator was on his second tour of duty in Iraq. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, based in Hawaii.
64. May 3, 2006 – Sgt. Joseph E. Proctor, 38, Indianapolis, was killed in a suicide bombing near his observation post in Tammin, Iraq. He was assigned to the Indiana Army National Guard’s 638th Battalion based in Shelbyville, Ind.
65. May 11, 2006 – Lance Cpl. David J. Grames Sanchez, 22, Fort Wayne, and three others, died when their vehicle rolled into a canal near Karmah in the Anbar province of Iraq. He was a member of the 2nd Marine Division based at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.
66. June 6, 2006 – Staff Sgt. Richard A. Blakley, 34, Avon, a member of Company E, 38th Main Support Battalion of the Indiana National Guard, was killed by small arms fire while on patrol near Al Khalidiyah, Iraq.
67. July 3, 2006 – Staff Sgt. Paul S. Pabla, 23, Fort Wayne, was killed by sniper fire while on patrol in Mosul. He was a member of an Indiana National Guard unit based in Kempton.
68. July 17, 2006: Army Spc. Nathaniel Baughman, 23, Idaville, was killed when his convoy was attacked in Bayji. He was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Ky.
69. Sept. 9, 2006: Army Pfc. Anthony P. “Tony” Seig, 19, Sunman, was killed when a rocket hit his barracks in Baghdad. Seig was assigned to the 16th Military Police Brigade based at Fort Bragg, N.C.
70. Oct. 1, 2006: Cpl. Aaron L. Seal, 23, a Marine reservist from Elkhart, was killed in a sniper attack in Baghdad. Seal was serving with the South Bend-based 6th Engineer Suport Battalion.
71. Oct. 3, 2006: Army Staff Sgt. Jonathan Rojas, 27, Hammond, was killed by a sniper while instructing other soldiers from the top of a tank in Baghdad. Rojas was a member of the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team based in Alaska.
72. Oct. 15, 2006: Marine Sgt. Brock A. Babb, 40, Evansville, was killed by a roadside bomb in the Anbar province of Iraq. He was a member of a Marine Reserve unit based in Terre Haute.
73. Oct. 17, 2006: U.S. Army Pfc. Nathan J. Frigo, 23, Kokomo, was one of three soldiers killed in a roadside bombing in Baqubah, Iraq. He was a member of the 4th Infantry Division’s 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team based in Colorado.
74. Nov. 2, 2006: Lance Cpl. James Brown, 20, Owensville, was shot and killed while on patrolin the Anbar province. He was deployed with the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines from Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.
75. Nov. 22, 2006: Marine Lance Cpl. James R. Davenport, 20, Danville, was one of three soldiers killed in a roadside bombing in Anbar province. He was assigned to the III Marine Expeditionary Force based in Hawaii.
76. Dec. 26, 2006: Army Pfc. Joseph Allen Strong, 21, Boone County, was one of two soldiers who died of injuries received in a Humvee accident south of Baghdad. Strong was a member of the 4th Brigade Combat Team of the 25th Infantry Division.
77. Mar. 31, 2007: Army 1st Lt. Neale Shank, 25, Fort Wayne, a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, died Mar. 31 in Baghdad from a non-combat-related incident. He was assigned to the 10th Mountain Division from Fort Drum, N.Y.
78. Apr. 2, 2007: Staff Sgt. Bradley D. King, 28, Lafontaine, was killed by a roadside bomb during combat operations in Al Amiriyah, Iraq. A member of the Indiana National Guard, he was assigned to Company A, 2nd Battalion, 152nd Infantry.
79. Apr. 8, 2007: Army Pfc. David N. Simmons, 20, Kokomo, died of injuries he received when the Army vehicle he was driving in Baghdad was attacked and exploded. He was assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Benning, Ga.
80. Apr. 12, 2007: Army Spc. Jason Beadles, 22, LaPorte, died in Baghdad of a non-combat injury believed to be electrocution. He was a heavy equipment operator with the 101st Airborne Division based at Fort Campbell, Ky.
81. Apr. 12, 2007: Army Spc. Cody Putman, 22, Reynolds, died in a roadside bombing near Baghdad. He was assigned to the 25th Infantry Division at Fort Richardson, Alaska.
82. Apr. 16, 2007: 1st Lt. Shaun M. Blue, 25, Munster, died during combat operations in Al Anbar province. He was a member of the I Marine Expeditionary Force based in Twentynine Palms, Calif.
83. Apr. 17, 2006: Army Pfc. Richard P. Langenbrunner, 19, Fort Wayne, died in Rustamiyah of injuries received in a non-combat incident. He completed basic training in January and was assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Benning, Ga.
84. Apr. 27, 2007: Army Pfc. David Austin Kirkpatrick, 20, a native of Matthews, Ind., died when a bomb exploded near his Humvee in Fallujah, Iraq. He was a member of the 57th Cavalry from Fort Stewart, Ga.
85. May 3, 2007: Army Spc. Andrew R. Weiss, 28, West Lafayette, was killed by an improvised explosive device while on patrol in Baghdad. He was a member of the 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Divison from Fort Hood, Texas.
86. May 14, 2007: Army Pfc. Nicholas S. Hartge, 20, Rome City, died of wounds he received when his unit came under enemy fire in Baghdad. He was assigned to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division based in Schweinfurt, Germany.
87. May 22, 2007: Army Sgt. Robert J. (Joe) Montgomery, 29, Scottsburg, died in Al Jabour, Iraq of wounds suffered when a roadside bomb exploded near his unit. He was assigned to the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Fort Richardson, Alaska.
88. May 26, 2007: Army Spc. Clinton C. Blodgett, 19, Pekin, died when his vehicle was struck by an improvised bomb in Baghdad. He was assigned to the 1st Infantry Division based in Schweinfurt, Germany.
89. June 5, 2007: Technical Sgt. Ryan A. Balmer, 33, Mishawaka, died of wounds suffered when his vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb in Kirkuk, Iraq. He was assigned as a special agent to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations.
90. June 14, 2007: Staff Sgt. Michael A. Bechert, 24, New Castle, died at a hospital in San Antonio, Texas, of wounds received May 30 in Baghdad when a roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle. He was assigned to the 1st Infantry Division based in Schweinfurt, Germany.
91. June 18, 2007: Pfc. David A. Wilkey Jr., 22, Elkhart, died in Baghdad of wounds he suffered the day before when a roadside bomb detonated near his unit. He was assigned to the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kansas.
92. June 24, 2007: Army Spc. Carter A. Gamble Jr., 24, died of wounds recieved from enemy fire in Duraiya, Iraq. Gamble lived in Georgia but had relatives in Brownstown and listed Seymour – his wife’s hometown, as his hometown of record when he enlisted. He was assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Benning, Ga.
93. July 31, 2007: Army Reservist Zachariah Gonzalez, 23, Indianapolis, died along with two other soldiers when a bomb went off under their vehicle in Baghdad. He was assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division, Stryker Brigade Combat Team from Fort Lewis, Washington.
94. Aug. 14, 2007: Army Pfc. Shawn Hensel, 20, Logansport, was killed when caught in the crossfire during an enemy attack in Baghdad. He was assigned to the Stryker Brigade Combat Team from Fort Lewis, Wash.
95. Aug. 16, 2007: Army Pfc. Willard M. Powell, 21, Evansville, died of injuried received in Balad, Iraq when his unit came under fire. He was assigned to the Stryker Brigade Combat Team at Fort Lewis, Wash.
96. Sept. 8, 2007: Cpl. Ryan A. Woodward, 22, Fort Wayne, died in Balad, Iraq, of wounds received when his unit was attacked during combat operations. He was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C.
97. Sept. 10, 2007: Sgt. Nick Patterson, 24, Rochester, was one of seven soldiers who died in a vehicle accident in Iraq. He was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C.
98. Sept. 21, 2007: Sgt. Gerald J. Cassidy, 31, Westfield, died at Fort Knox, Ky., where he had been recovering since April from injuries received in Iraq. He was a member of the Indiana National Guard but his time in Iraq was spent with the Minnesota Guard.
99. Oct. 1, 2007: Seaman Apprentice Shayna Ann Schnell, 19, Tell City, died of injuries suffered in a vehicle accident. She was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom as a member of the Naval Security Force Bahrain, Jebel Ali Detachment, United Arab Emirates.
100. Oct. 31, 2007: Captain Timothy I. McGovern, 28, a native of Idaville and graduate of Twin Lakes High School and Purdue University, was killed by a roadside bomb in Mosul. He was a member of the 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment at Fort Bliss, Texas.
101. Nov. 14, 2007: Sgt. Kenneth R. Booker, 25, Vevay, died when an explosive device detonated near his vehicle in Mukhisa, Iraq. He was assigned to the 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team from Fort Lewis, Washington.

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  1. Cris Bedell Says:

    Hello Steve, A friend has asked me to research the value of a bamboo fly rod that they have. When placed together, the three pieces measure 10 7.5, there is an additional fourth piece which seems to be an extra (thin version) of the tip. I’ve found that the celluloid handle, patent dec 13 1881, was made by the Pritchard Brothers. There is also a patent Jan 10, 1888, double beveled wedge device for holding the reel in place. I have photos which I’m sure would help you, if you let me know where to send them.Thanks in advance for your help,Susan


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