TAPS 1b Articles, Select Topics
IN TAPS SECTION 1a Memorial 1b Articles Select Topics COMMENTS MILITARY DEATHS ARTICLES AND SELECT TOPICS Note from PF 2022/05/24 This section is bringing together various pieces of information from across the website, some of it might be temporarily duplicated, some of it was moved from BLM-now RRT, Iraq-1 and Taps.It is not meant to be comprehensive, but to highlight certain people and situations for their own sake, but also to flesh out what people have been going through over there. START HERE The Horror and Pain of War Experiences as they actually are - this article sums it up This article is placed here not as an anti-war commentary or to diminish military person’s efforts as something to be negated, but as a detailed description of what Americans really have been dealing with, and as a reflection of the many IED deaths you see on this page, which is not a full accounting of all war-zone deaths in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, the Middle East or Africa, the focus of this memorial. https://original.antiwar.com/vlahos/2011/08/01/truth-emerges-about-ied-carnage/ BY NAME Bacevich Andy Bacevich Jr. - 2007-May 13 in a suicide bomb attack - of Walpole, Mass.; assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; died May 13 in Balad, Iraq, of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his unit during combat patrol operations in Salah Ad Din Province, Iraq. CBS 2007/05/16 War Critic’s son dies in Iraq https://www.cbsnews.com/news/war-critics-son-dies-in-iraq/ Editor and Publisher dot com 2007/05/27 Bacevich on failing to prevent his son’s death in Iraq https://www.editorandpublisher.com/news/bacevich-on-failing-to-prevent-his-son-s-death-in-iraq/ Excerpt: Among the hundreds of messages that my wife and I have received, two bore directly on this question. Both held me personally culpable, insisting that my public opposition to the war had provided aid and comfort to the enemy. Each said that my son’s death came as a direct result of my antiwar writings. This may seem a vile accusation to lay against a grieving father. But in fact, it has become a staple of American political discourse, repeated endlessly by those keen to allow President Bush a free hand in waging his war Butler Aaron Butler (SSG) died 08/17 in Afghanistan - booby-trapped building Sofrep GREEN BERET FROM 19TH SPECIAL FORCES GROUP KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN One American Special Forces soldier was killed and 11 others wounded during a battle with Islamic State fighters in eastern Afghanistan according to US military sources. SSG Aaron Butler was killed and his teammates injured as he was clearing a building when a booby trap exploded, killing him and injuring several of his teammates according to Utah Governor Gary Hebert. Butler was assigned to the 1st Bn, 19th SFG(A), a Utah National Guard unit but was a full-time soldier and was the honor graduate of his Special Forces Qualification Course, graduating in 2016. https //sofrepcom/specialoperations/green-beret-19th-special-forces-group-killed-afghanistan/ KUTV 2017/08/17 Family identifies Utah soldier killed in Afghanistan as Aaron Butler The family of a Utah soldier killed in Afghanistan this week has identified him as Aaron Butler, 27, from Monticello. Butler, a Special Forces soldier with the Utah National Guard, died Tuesday night when he entered a booby-trapped building with his twelve-member team. …In the statement, the Butler family wrote that Aaron graduated from Monticello High School in 2008. He later served an LDS Mission in Ghana.Butler was a four-time high school state wrestling champion, claiming state titles in 2005 through 2008, according to the family. Butler graduated with honors from the Army Green Beret Special Forces Qualifications Course in January 2016, the family told 2News. KUTV-2017/08/17 By Jeremy Harris https //kutv com/news/local/gallery/family-identifies-monticello-soldier-killed-in-afghanistan#/ Fegler Jason Fegler, VA o 11/4/2005 Age 24 o often listed as death by “combat operations” but it was tragically friendly fire as a lack of communication between two American vehicles: one coming from a memorial for other killed soldiers and one a bomb sweeping vehicle which shot and killed him and injured others; the other soldiers in the shot at vehicle insisted they had seen enemy fire from the sides of their vehicle on obituary, A Marine named Sgt. Kiernan says he had been a good Marine in1/8 Charlie Company in Mosul Fouty, Jimenez abduction Fouty, Jimenez, Anzack 2007 Abduction - 3 of 7 GI’s Ambushed. From 10th Mountain Division. 2007/05/11/12 - Triangle of Death area south of Baghdad - 7GI’s Ambushed - Bodies of Fouty and Jimenez found on 2008/07/08 with help of captured insurgents connected to the case Summary: 10th Mountain Division, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 31st Infantry Regiment, 4th Battalion, Company D. 7 GI’s ambushed; 4 executed; 3 abducted and killed; Fouty deemed tortured (apparently indicated by one forensics expert noted in at least one article) over 4 months before finally killed. Clues and evidence scattered from close to further out. 2007/06 ID cards - Iraq safe house near Samarra. Names: Three soldiers killed and one interpretor: SFC James David Connell Jr., aged 40; PFC Daniel Weston Courneya, aged 19; PFC Christopher Edward Murphy, aged 21;SGT Anthony Jason Schober, aged 23. Three U.S. soldiers were abducted/captured:PVT Byron Wayne Fouty, aged 19.SPC Alex Ramon Jimenez, aged 25; and PFC Joseph John Anzack Jr., aged 20; [On 2007/05/23 Anzack's body was pulled out of the Euphrates River, with a gunshot wound in the head and the Iraqi soldier-interpreter were killed Hines, D. Sept. 1, 2005 Baylough, Afghan. Small Arms fire. Hope Unseen dot com 1LT Derek S. Hines, 25, died on September 1, 2005 in Baylough, Afghanistan. His unit was conducting security operations and came under attack by enemy forces using small arms fire. Even after he had been fatally shot, 1LT Hines continued to fire at the insurgents. Fallen Classmate: First Lieutenant Derek S. Hines - Hope Unseen hopeunseen.com/stories-of-hope/fallen-classmate-first-lieutenant-derek-s-hines/ Menchaca, Tucker and Babineau Ambush Abduction June 6, 2006 Iraq south of Baghdad; Babineau killed at time of ambush Menchaca and Tucker 2006 abduction at Checkpoint 12 miles south of Baghdad Summary: 2006/06/16 South of Baghdad, Kristian Menchaca and Thomas Tucker ambushed, captured, tortured and killed; dead bodies found, three miles from where they had been captured near the village of Mufaraji. Another soldier was killed and several injured during the search. Mujahedeen Shura Council, a group linked to Al Qaeda in Iraq, likely involved. Another (David Babineau) killed at time of ambush. The three had been manningan observation post (OP) guarding the mobile bridge, for 24 to 36 hours, with just one Humvee, the rest of their platoon a little under a mile away Missildine died 10/01/2017 Ninawa Province, Iraq - IED Military dot com 2017/10/03 Pentagon Identifies Soldier Killed in Iraq from 10th Mountain Division Excerpt: Spc. Alexander W. Missildine, 20, of Tyler, Texas, died Oct. 1 in Ninawa Province, Iraq, as a result of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his convoy…Missildine's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Combat Action Badge, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal with one campaign star, National Defense Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon. His death marks the eighth U.S. service member killed in action fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria in 2017. https://www.military.com/daily-news/2017/10/03/pentagon-identifies-soldier-killed-iraq-10th-mountain-division.html West Jason West; Ramadi, Iraq;July 24, 2006; Jason West KIA Book Endgame The insurgent counteroffensive against the net of [American military] outposts culminated on July 24. That day, Al-Qaeda launched 24 large scale attacks within the space of half an hour, all across the city [of Ramadi]. One soldier killed in the July 24 attacks was Jason West. At Camp Ramadi, soldiers assembled solemnly to watch the ceremony in which the fallen officer’s body was transported from the camp morgue to a landing pad for for pickup by helicopter. “As we stood there with others in the pitch dark waiting, “ a civilian interpreter with the brigade named Sterling Jensen wrote in his journal, we heard the helos purring and then in a distance saw them as great white sharks in the dark sea approach the pad.” In his own diary, [Colonel Sean] MacFarland observed, “I am glad Jason made it to Mass on Sunday.” Chapter “Out West” Endgame by Gordon and Trainor, p. 248 BY YEAR Brief Summary-more detail by linked year or by scrolling to below 2020 Remembering US troops who died in Iraq and Syria in 2020 (part of this moved from section BLM20a) 2019 Remembering the fallen of 2019 2017 Iraq-Ninawa Province-IED-Missildine Iraq-Rocket Attack Camp Taji-Marshal Roberts 2011 Chinook helicopter shot down killing 30 Americans 2009 2009 5 US soldiers killed by suicide bomber in Iraq 2007 2007 Is Deadliest Year U.S. Troops in Iraq (Moved From BLM 2b) 2005 Iraq Haditha Ohio battalion 14 + 6 killed-NBC 2020 Stars and Strips 2021/01/01 Remembering US troops who died in Iraq and Syria in 2020. By Chad Garland Excerpt: Four U.S. service members were killed during hostilities and four others died in noncombat incidents in Iraq and Syria in 2020 as America wound down its role in the fight against the Islamic State group. The eight deaths last year bring to 99 the number of American troops who have died while taking part in the U.S.-led coalition battling ISIS since it began a little over six years ago. Twenty-one were killed in combat and more than 235 have been wounded in action. All four combat deaths happened in March, two during an operation against ISIS in northern Iraq and two in a rocket attack on Camp Taji, near Baghdad. A British soldier was also killed and 14 troops were wounded in the rocket attack, which the Pentagon has blamed on pro-Iran Shiite militias. The U.S. is expected to reduce troop numbers in Iraq to around 2,500 by mid-January. Hundreds of troops are expected to remain in eastern Syria. https //www stripes com/news/middle-east/remembering-us-troops-who-died-in-iraq-and-syria-in-2020-1.657100 2017 See By Name: Butler West Ambush and/or Abductions; Includes Suicide Bomb Encounters-See By Name/Bacevich Menchaca Tucker Court Case Foley v. Syrian Arab Republic Washington Post 2007/05/17 Report Says Soldiers Were Not Protected. By Lolita C. Baldor https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/05/17/AR2007051700493.html New York Times 2007/05/15 Military Gives Details of Iraq Ambush of 7 G.I.s. By Kirk Semple https //www nytimes com/2007/05/15/world/middleeast/15cnd-iraq.html?mtrref=www.google.com&assetType=REGIWAL Excerpt: The seven American soldiers involved in a deadly weekend ambush south of Baghdad were from the 10th Mountain Division, based in upstate New York, military officials announced today, as thousands of troops continued an intensive search for three of the soldiers, who disappeared and are presumed to have been kidnapped by Sunni Arab insurgents. The military has not released the names of the seven soldiers, four of whom were killed. But officials announced that they were members of Company D, Fourth Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, Second Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, which is based at Fort Drum in upstate New York. Families of the soldiers released the names of two of the dead, Sgt. First Class James David Connell Jr., 40, of Lake City, Tenn., and Pfc. Daniel Courneya, 19, of Vermontville, Mich., according to The Associate Press. https //www nytimes com/2007/05/15/world/middleeast/15cnd-iraq html?mtrref=www.google.com&assetType=REGIWAL ARTICLES, ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON LISTED PERSONS This is just a sampling of military persons killed and locations, as well as some memorial funds, etc Some Sources for Military Related Deaths Overseas https://apps.washingtonpost.com/national/fallen/2479/matthew-hunter https://www.fallenheroesmemorial.com/oif/profiles/huntermatthewd.html https://iraqwarheroes.org/hunter.htm TOPICS These are just a sample to flesh out the stories representative of many who have experienced death in a war zone - killings, accidents, secondary incidents and friendly fire. Each individual is different, there are no two the same. However, a few stories can highlight what people have been dealing with. Court Case Wayback Web Archive Court Listener 2017/04/13 Foley v. Syrian Arab Republic https://web.archive.org/web/20190727032905/https://www.courtlistener.com/pdf/2017/04/13/foley_v._syrian_arab_republic .pdf Excerpt: This case arises from the deaths of three Americans—Laurence Michael Foley, Sr., Keith Matthew Maupin and Kristian Menchaca—in Iraq and Jordan between 2002 and 2006. Plaintiffs—the estates and family members of the deceased—allege that all three were killed by a terrorist organization led by Abu Mus’ab al-Zarqawi (the “Zarqawi Terrorist Organization”)….The Court finds that Syria provided material support to the Zarqawi Terrorist. Organization throughout the relevant time period—roughly 2002 through 2006. During this period, Syria lent support to a number of terrorist groups by, among other things, providing them safe haven, weaponry, financial support, and even allowing them to open headquarters within Syria….One particularly significant way that Syria provided support to such groups was by allowing them to freely move through Syria and into neighboring countries, such as Iraq and Jordan, for the express purpose of killing Americans. Schenker T2-116-17; Ex. 54 (Expert Report of David Schenker), at 5 (“Syria was involved in a systematic process of moving Al Qaida fighters to Iraq”). This support was not hidden: Syria allowed the opening of a “special interest section” in downtown Damascus, directly across the street from the United States Embassy, where individuals could sign up and board a bus to Baghdad to “wage the jihad” against Americans. Schenker T2-134. Syrian border checkpoints would allow foreign insurgents to pass through freely, stamping their passports with phrases such as “volunteer for jihad.” https//web.archive.org/web/20190727032905/https://www.courtlistener.com/pdf/2017/04/13/foley_v._syrian_arab_republic. pdf General, Other Minorities pay high price Extortion 17 -------------------------- 2020 Another American killed in Iraq as of March 2020 New York Times 2020/03/26: Serviceman Killed in Iraq Attack Is Returned to Oklahoma TULSA, Okla. — The body of an Oklahoma serviceman killed in a rocket attack on a U.S. base in Iraq has been returned to his home state, welcomed by a small collection of mourners whose gathering was restricted by efforts to contain the coronavirus. Oklahoma Air National Guardsman, Staff Sgt. Marshal Roberts, was killed Wednesday, March 11, 2020, during a rocket attack in Iraq. Roberts served with the 219th Engineering Installation Squadron, 138th Fighter Wing, which is deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. ( photo in article Courtesy to NY Times by the Roberts family) https //www nytimes com/aponline/2020/03/26/us/ap-us-guardsman-killed-oklahoma html ABC News dot go dot com 2020/03/11 US officials say US troops killed, injured in Iraq attack. By LOLITA C. BALDORA Excerpt: U.S. officials say three service members were killed, including two Americans, and a dozen were injured when a barrage of rockets were fired at a military base in Iraq. Army Col. Myles Caggins, a U.S. military spokesman in Iraq, said on Twitter that more than 15 small rockets hit Iraq’s Camp Taji base. He provided no details. Another U.S. official said that as many as 30 rockets were fired from a truck launcher, and 18 hit the base. Officials did not say what group they believe launched the rocket attack, but Kataib Hezbollah or another Iranian-backed Shia militia group is likely. Camp Taji [aka Camp Cooke], located just north of Baghdad, has been used as a training base for a number of years. There are as many as 6,000 U.S. troops in Iraq, training and advising Iraqi forces and conducting counterterror missions. Martha Raddatz news video clip on [Qasem] Soleimani assassination by USA is also on this page https/abcnews go com/Politics/wireStory/us-officials-us-troops-killed-injured-iraq-attack-69541762 Air Force Times 2020/03/13 Soldier, airman identified as US troops killed in rocket attack on Iraq base. By Stepehn Losey,Kyle Remp https //www airforcetimes com/news/your-air-force/2020/03/13/soldier-airman-identified-as-us-troops-killed-in-rocket- attack-on-iraq-base/ The military on Friday identified the two U.S. troops killed in a rocket attack on Camp Taji in Iraq as Army Spc. Juan Miguel Mendez Covarrubias, 27, of Hanford, California, and Air Force Staff Sgt. Marshal D. Roberts, 28, of Owasso, Oklahoma. Mendez Covarrubias was assigned to 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Roberts was assigned to 219th Engineering Installation Squadron of the Oklahoma Air National Guard’s 138th Fighter Wing. The third service member killed in the attack, U.K. Lance Corporal Brodie Gillon, 26, was previously identified by the British military. “The international military coalition is capable and credible because of warriors like Juan, Brodie, and Marshal,” said Lt. Gen. Pat White, commanding general of Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, the coalition to defeat the Islamic State. “They volunteered to serve the United States and United Kingdom to improve their lives and help keep the world free from ISIS terrorism. Our fallen comrades have a legacy that will never be forgotten.” https //www airforcetimes com/news/your-air-force/2020/03/13/soldier-airman-identified-as-us-troops-killed-in-rocket- attack-on-iraq-base/ Wikipedia https //en wikipedia org/wiki/2020_Camp_Taji_attacks The 2020 Camp Taji attacks were rocket attacks that took place 11 March and 14 March 2020 targeting Al-Taji Camp, north of Baghdad in Baghdad Governorate, which hosts Coalition and United States Forces in Iraq (Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve). Attacks On 11 March 2020, 29 rockets landed on Camp Taji, killing two Americans[5] and one British soldier from the Royal Army Medical Corps.[6][7] The attack left 14 other US soldiers, contractors and coalition personnel wounded, five of them critically.[3][8] One of the coalition wounded was identified as a Polish soldier.[9] On 14 March 2020, before 11:00 AM, another rocket attack took place at Camp Taji; over 25 107mm caliber rockets struck the coalition compound and the Iraqi Air defences installation, this time wounding five coalition soldiers and two Iraqi soldiers. Iraqi forces subsequently found seven Katyushka rocket launchers with 24 unlaunched rockets. Response attacks: On 11 March, three warplanes targeted the area near Syrian town of Al-Bukamal and Iraq's Al-Anbar province On 13 March after midnight, the U.S. launched air raids against Kata'ib Hezbollah facilities in Karbala International Airport, and other militia groups under the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) in Babylon.[1] The raids killed three Iraqi soldiers, two policemen and one civilian. 11 Iraqi soldiers were wounded as well as five PMF fighters.[11] https //en wikipedia org/wiki/2020_Camp_Taji_attacks Military dot com 2020/03/21 https //www military com/daily-news/2020/03/21/troops-camp-taji-now-have-cope-toxic-waste-top-rocket-attacks-ig-report html Excerpt: Camp Taji, about 15 miles north of Baghdad, has been the target of periodic attacks by 107mm Katyusha rockets in recent months. Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie, commander of CENTCOM, has blamed the attacks on the Iranian-backed Kata'ib Hezbollah militia. A March 11 attack killed Army Spc. Juan Miguel Mendez Covarrubias, 27, of Hanford, California, and Air Force Staff Sgt. Marshal D. Roberts, 28, of Owasso, Oklahoma. British Royal Army Medical Corps Lance Cpl. Brodie Gillon, 26, also was killed in the attack. https //www military com/daily-news/2020/03/21/troops-camp-taji-now-have-cope-toxic-waste-top-rocket-attacks-ig-report html Daily Record White Scottish female medic (American Ally in non-combat training) also killed https //www dailyrecord co uk/news/scottish-news/candlelit-tributes-paid-scots-army-21789863 Excerpt: Candlelit tributes have been paid to a Scots army medic who was killed in a rocket attack in Iraq earlier this month. Lance Corporal Brodie Gillon, from Ayr, tragically died alongside two US soldiers when 18 rockets struck the Camp Taji base on March 11. The 26-year-old was the first British woman to be killed in Operation Shader - a British non-combat mission to train Iraqi troops in fighting and saving lives. DFW dot CBSLocal dot com 2020/02/13 Decorated Fort Hood Solider, Spc. Juan Miguel Mendez Covarrubias Killed In Iraq https //dfw cbslocal com/2020/03/13/decorated-fort-hood-solider-spc-juan-miguel-mendez-covarrubias-killed-in-iraq/ 2019 Stripes Afghanistan Remembering the Fallen of 2019 https://www.stripes.com/news/afghanistan-remembering-the-fallen-of-2019-1.613124 See By Name/Butler 2017 Missildine-See By Name/Missildine HINES-See By Name/Derek Hines -2005 2011 August 6, 2011 Afghanistan CH-47 Chinook helicopter shot down, 22 Navy Seals plus others The highest number of American fatalities recorded in a single incident occurred on August 6, 2011, in which a CH-47 Chinook transport elicopter was shot down in Wardak province killing 30 Americans, including 22 Navy SEALs, plus seven Afghan soldiers and a civilian interpreter. (Wikipedia-United States military casualties in the War in Afghanistan) 2009 Suicide Bomber - Iraq - killed 5 US soldiers Daily Breeze 2009/04/10 5 US soldiers killed by suicide bomber in Iraq. By Associated Press. Excerpt: A suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden truck into a sandbagged wall surrounding a police headquarters in northern Iraq on Friday, killing five American soldiers and two Iraqi policemen in the single deadliest attack against U.S. forces in more than a year, the U.S. military and Iraqi police said. https://www.dailybreeze.com/2009/04/10/5-us-soldiers-killed- by-suicide-bomber-in-iraq… 2007 2007 Is Deadliest Year U.S. Troops in Iraq - Kirkuk, Anbar Excerpt: Six American soldiers were killed in three separate attacks in Iraq on Monday, the military said Tuesday, taking the number of deaths this year to 852…Five of the American soldiers died in two roadside bomb attacks on Monday near Kirkuk, said Rear Adm. Gregory Smith, director of the communications division of the Multinational Force-Iraq, the formal name for the United States-led forces. A sixth soldier died Monday during combat operations in Anbar Province...The toll makes 2007 the deadliest year of the war for United States troops…[information in this article is current only as of Nov 2007] Military officials attribute the increase this year to an expanded troop presence during the so-called surge, which swelled the American force to more than 165,000 troops in Iraq, and sent units out of large bases and into more dangerous communities. Commanders contend that despite the cost in terms of lives lost, the strategy has improved security in the country and created a “tactical omentum” that could stabilize Iraq permanently. New York Times 2007/11/07 By Damien Cave https //www nytimes com/2007/11/07/world/middleeast/07iraq html 2005 FEGLER-See By Name/Fegler NBC 08/02/2005 14 more Marines from Ohio unit die in Iraq. Assoc Pres A Marine amphibious assault vehicle patrolling during combat operations in the Euphrates River valley hit a roadside bomb Wednesday, killing 14 Marines from the same Ohio battalion that lost six men two days ago. https://www.nbcnews.com/id/wbna8797271?msclkid=d7ec346d c49811eca5f4e16b5f832700 A Marine amphibious assault vehicle patrolling during combat operations in the Euphrates River valley hit a roadside bomb Wednesday, killing 14 Marines from the same Ohio battalion that lost six men two days ago. It was the single deadliest roadside bombing of U.S. troops in Iraq. Also, an American freelance journalist was found dead in the southern Iraqi city of Basra, the U.S. Embassy said. Steven Vincent was shot multiple times hours after he and his Iraqi translator were abducted Tuesday evening at gunpoint, police said. On Thursday, meanwhile, the U.S. military said a Marine was killed in action during operations in the volatile city of Ramadi. The Marines killed Wednesday were assigned to 3rd Battalion, 25th Marines based in Brook Park, Ohio, a Cleveland suburb, according to Gunnery Sgt. Brad R. Lauer, public affairs chief with the unit. A civilian translator was killed and one Marine wounded. The battalion has been fighting in the volatile Euphrates Valley in western Iraq to seal a major Syrian border infiltration route for foreign fighters. The Marines launched a series of operations in the region in May and June in hopes of pacifying the area so Iraqi military and civilian forces could assume effective control. https://www.nbcnews.com/id/wbna8797271?msclkid=d7ec346dc49811eca5f4e16b5f832700 MENCHACA Kristian Menchaca, TX o 06/19/2006 Age 23 o encountered enemy small-arms fire while manning a checkpoint during combat operations. Kristian and another soldier, PFC Thomas Tucker, were taken by enemy forces and another soldier was killed. Their bodies were recovered 3 days later. 2004 TILLMAN [Note from PF: Although it seems likely Tillman’s fratricide death was covered up, some articles might have a bias against the Iraq War or the US government and military] Pat Tillman, AZ o 04/22/2004, Age 27 o Killed by some kind of friendly fire - accident, misidentification as the enemy, or actual murder-three bullet heads close together from close range at 10 yards or so away by M-16 o former Arizona Cardinals safety When the Arizona Cardinals drafted Pat Tillman out of Arizona State in the 7th round of the 1998 NFL draft, most fans didn’t even notice. (Sportscaster).Tillman excelled as a linebacker at Arizona State, despite being relatively small for the position at 5 ft 11 in tall. (Wikipedia) o “Evidence Shows Pat Tillman Murdered According to Medical Experts” Sportscasting- 2020-04/22 by Kyle Dalton see more below The True Story Of Pat Tillman’s Death And The Cover-Up That Followed. By Marco Margaritoff | Checked By Jaclyn Anglis Published May 11, 2021 Updated November 8, 2021 https://allthatsinteresting.com/pat-tillman-death https://www.sportscasting.com/evidence-shows-pat-tillman- murdered-according-to-medical-experts/ After graduation in November 2003, both deployed to Afghanistan. On April 22, 2004, Pat Tillman tragically died, according to the military, by enemy fire during an ambush on a road not far from the Pakistan border. In addition to Tillman, an Afghan allied soldier was killed, and two others in Tillman’s platoon were wounded in the incident. https://www.sportscasting.com/evidence-shows-pat-tillman- murdered-according-to-medical-experts/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O18yqx9Fwsw&t=160s At his confirmation hearing Tuesday, Lt. Gen Stanley McChrystal told the Senate Armed Services Committee that mistakes were made in the military's handling of the accidental shooting death of Army Ranger Pat Tillman. (June 2) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O18yqx9Fwsw&t=160s https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=11281621 0 https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1242093 9 La Plata County (Colorado) Republicans put out a nice sense of condolences and prayer for the troops killed during the recent Afghanistan pullout fiasco and tragedy Minorities continue to pay a high price for Iraq https://www.phillytrib.com/news/minorities-continue-to-pay-a- high-price-for-iraq/article_80d3ee27-ef47-56c9-926a- c2c613cbdd72.html Moved from Iraq1b Ambush and/or Abductions; Includes Suicide Bomb Encounters Andy Bacevich Jr. - 2007-May 13 in a suicide bomb attack - of Walpole, Mass.; assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; died May 13 in Balad, Iraq, of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his unit during combat patrol operations in Salah Ad Din Province, Iraq. CBS 2007/05/16) War Critic’s son dies in Iraq https://www.cbsnews.com/news/war-critics-son-dies-in-iraq/ Editor and Publisher dot com 2007/05/27 Bacevich on failing to prevent his son’s death in Iraq https://www.editorandpublisher.com/news/bacevich-on-failing-to-prevent-his-son-s-death-in-iraq/ Excerpt: Among the hundreds of messages that my wife and I have received, two bore directly on this question. Both held me personally culpable, insisting that my public opposition to the war had provided aid and comfort to the enemy. Each said that my son’s death came as a direct result of my antiwar writings. This may seem a vile accusation to lay against a grieving father. But in fact, it has become a staple of American political discourse, repeated endlessly by those keen to allow President Bush a free hand in waging his war Menchaca and Tucker 2006 abduction at Checkpoint 12 miles south of Baghdad Summary: 2006/06/16 South of Baghdad, Kristian Menchaca and Thomas Tucker ambushed, captured, tortured and killed; dead bodies found, three miles from where they had been captured near the village of Mufaraji. Another soldier was killed and several injured during the search. Mujahedeen Shura Council, a group linked to Al Qaeda in Iraq, likely involved. Another (David Babineau) killed at time of ambush. The three had been manningan observation post (OP) guarding the mobile bridge, for 24 to 36 hours, with just one Humvee, the rest of their platoon a little under a mile away Wayback Web Archive Court Listener 2017/04/13 Foley v. Syrian Arab Republic https://web.archive.org/web/20190727032905/https://www.courtlistener.com/pdf/2017/04/13/foley_v._syrian_arab_re public.pdf Excerpt: This case arises from the deaths of three Americans—Laurence Michael Foley, Sr., Keith Matthew Maupin and Kristian Menchaca—in Iraq and Jordan between 2002 and 2006. Plaintiffs—the estates and family members of the deceased—allege that all three were killed by a terrorist organization led by Abu Mus’ab al-Zarqawi (the “Zarqawi Terrorist Organization”)….The Court finds that Syria provided material support to the Zarqawi Terrorist. Organization throughout the relevant time period—roughly 2002 through 2006. During this period, Syria lent support to a number of terrorist groups by, among other things, providing them safe haven, weaponry, financial support, and even allowing them to open headquarters within Syria….One particularly significant way that Syria provided support to such groups was by allowing them to freely move through Syria and into neighboring countries, such as Iraq and Jordan, for the express purpose of killing Americans. Schenker T2-116-17; Ex. 54 (Expert Report of David Schenker), at 5 (“Syria was involved in a systematic process of moving Al Qaida fighters to Iraq”). This support was not hidden: Syria allowed the opening of a “special interest section” in downtown Damascus, directly across the street from the United States Embassy, where individuals could sign up and board a bus to Baghdad to “wage the jihad” against Americans. Schenker T2-134. Syrian border checkpoints would allow foreign insurgents to pass through freely, stamping their passports with phrases such as “volunteer for jihad.” https//web.archive.org/web/20190727032905/https://www.courtlistener.com/pdf/2017/04/13/foley_v._syrian_arab_rep ublic.pdf Washington Post 2007/05/17 Report Says Soldiers Were Not Protected. By Lolita C. Baldor https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/05/17/AR2007051700493.html Fouty, Jimenez, Anzack 2007 Abduction - 3 of 7 GI’s Ambushed. From 10th Mountain Division. 2007/05/11/12 - Triangle of Death area south of Baghdad - 7GI’s Ambushed - Bodies of Fouty and Jimenez found on 2008/07/08 with help of captured insurgents connected to the case Summary: 10th Mountain Division, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 31st Infantry Regiment, 4th Battalion, Company D. 7 GI’s ambushed; 4 executed; 3 abducted and killed; Fouty deemed tortured (apparently indicated by one forensics expert noted in at least one article) over 4 months before finally killed. Clues and evidence scattered from close to further out. 2007/06 ID cards - Iraq safe house near Samarra. Names: Three soldiers killed and one interpretor: SFC James David Connell Jr., aged 40; PFC Daniel Weston Courneya, aged 19; PFC Christopher Edward Murphy, aged 21;SGT Anthony Jason Schober, aged 23. Three U.S. soldiers were abducted/captured:PVT Byron Wayne Fouty, aged 19.SPC Alex Ramon Jimenez, aged 25; and PFC Joseph John Anzack Jr., aged 20; [On 2007/05/23 Anzack's body was pulled out of the Euphrates River, with a gunshot wound in the head and the Iraqi soldier-interpreter were killed New York Times 2007/05/15 Military Gives Details of Iraq Ambush of 7 G.I.s. By Kirk Semple https //www nytimes com/2007/05/15/world/middleeast/15cnd- iraq.html?mtrref=www.google.com&assetType=REGIWAL Excerpt: The seven American soldiers involved in a deadly weekend ambush south of Baghdad were from the 10th Mountain Division, based in upstate New York, military officials announced today, as thousands of troops continued an intensive search for three of the soldiers, who disappeared and are presumed to have been kidnapped by Sunni Arab insurgents. The military has not released the names of the seven soldiers, four of whom were killed. But officials announced that they were members of Company D, Fourth Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, Second Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, which is based at Fort Drum in upstate New York. Families of the soldiers released the names of two of the dead, Sgt. First Class James David Connell Jr., 40, of Lake City, Tenn., and Pfc. Daniel Courneya, 19, of Vermontville, Mich., according to The Associate Press. https //www nytimes com/2007/05/15/world/middleeast/15cnd-iraq html?mtrref=www.google.com&assetType=REGIWAL Native Americans in US Military Killed in Iraq Navajos Lyle Cambridge o 07/23/2005 o IED near Humvee, Clifton Yazzie, o 01/19/2006 o 101st Airborne, roadside bomb Christopher Neil Gonzalez o 05/15/2007 Lee Duane Todacheene, Army's 1st Infantry Division medic unit, April 2004 Marshall Alan Westbrook Oct 1 2004 shrapnel from IED Alejandro Yazzie Feb 15 2010 Marjah, Afghanistan Marine combat engineer Jonathan D. Davis, Feb 26, 2013 motor transport operations chief, Afghanistan Hopi Lori Ann Piestewa March 23, 2003, killed in an ambush near Nasiriyah, Iraq. Extortion 17 o 30 American military servicemen and a U.S. military dog were killed when a CH-47 Chinook helicopter – call sign Extortion 17 – was shot down o 08/06/2011 o Afghanistan mountains o Extortion 17 tragedy-downed helicopter by RPGs o source-https://www.navysealmuseum.org/extortion17 o the information below applies to the following: Triangle of Death USIP dot org In Iraq's Former 'Triangle of Death,' a Decade of Stability An Anniversary of Reconciliation in Mahmoudiya Shows How Peace Is Possible Wednesday, August 9, 2017 / BY: USIP Staff https://www.usip.org/publications/2017/08/iraqs-former-triangle-death-decade- stability#:~:text=Ten%20years%20ago%2C%20nearly%203%2C500%20U.S.%20troops%20fought%E2%80%94and,that%20co uld%20bring%20real%20stability%20for%20the%20area. .
TAPS 1b Articles Select Topics Comments Start Here o The Horror and Pain of War By Name-See column on right By Year Topics - Various o Court Case over Zarqawi Foley v. Syrian Arab Republic Maupin, Menchaca, Foley o Triangle of Death o Ambush and/or Abductions 2006/06/16 Two abducted near the village of Mufaraji near Baghdad 2007/05/11/12 - Three Abducted near Triangle of Death area south of Baghdad - 10th Mountain Division, 2nd Brigade Combat Team o Report Says Soldiers Were Not Protected o Drawdown Period (p. 2) o Criminal Incident on part of USA (p. 2) 2006/06 101st Airborne Division’s 502nd Infantry Regiment Articles, moved from Taps1a-
BY NAME-Names of Deceased on this page (from Iraq-1, Taps, etc) o Babineau See Menchaca o Bacevich Jr, Andy (2007) o Butler, Aaron SSG (2017) Afghan. o Conboy Adam (see also Memorial Fund on Taps 1a) o Connell Jr James David: SFC o Fegler, Jason (2005) o Foley-See Court Case Zarqawi o Fouty o Hines, Benjamin o Hines, Derek S (2005) o Jimenez -See Fouty o Menchaca, Kristian o Missildine (2017) o Roberts, Marshal o Tillman, Pat o Tucker, Thomas-see Menchaca o West, Jason (2006)