American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Feb. 17, 2006 The Defense Department has announced the identities of 13 U.S. servicemembers who died recently in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Marine Cpl. Ross A. Smith, 21, of Wyoming, Mich., and Pfc. Javier Chavez Jr., 19, of Cutler, Calif., died Feb. 9 of wounds suffered in a roadside bomb blast near Fallujah, Iraq. They were assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif. During OIF their unit is attached to 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward).
Dempsey Continues Visit on Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan