The Department of Defense announced today that the following servicemembers died while in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). During a recent examination of Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps records, it was determined that these deaths had not been identified and announced as OEF/OIF casualties. This updates the record and honors those who gave their lives in the Global War on Terrorism.
Operation Enduring Freedom
Marine Corps Pfc. James R. Dillon Jr., 19, of Grove City, Pa., died March 13, 2003, in Kuwait. Dillon died of a non-combat related injury. He was assigned to the 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif.
Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Jason Profitt, 23, of Charlestown, Ind., died March 17, 2003, while in the Red Sea. Profitt died of a non-combat related injury. He was assigned to the USS Deyo, home ported in Norfolk, Va.
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Darrell Jones, 22, of Wellston, Ohio, died Oct. 8, 2003, in Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates. Jones died of non-combat related injuries. He was assigned to the USS Higgins, home ported in San Diego, Calif.
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Army Spc. Tamarra J. Ramos, 24, of Quakertown, Pa., died Oct. 1, 2003, at Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC), Washington D.C. Ramos died of non-combat related injuries. She was assigned to the 3rd Armor Medical Company, Medical Troop Regimental Support Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Carson, Colo.
Army Sgt. Linda C. Jimenez, 39, of Brooklyn, N.Y., died Nov. 8, 2003, at WRAMC. On Oct. 31, 2003, Jimenez fell and was injured. She was taken to the 28th Combat Support Hospital and later evacuated to Landstuhl Army Regional Medical Center. Subsequently, she was moved to WRAMC where she later died. Jimenez was assigned to the 2nd Squadron Combat Support Aviation (Maintenance), 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Polk, La.
Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class David Sisung, 21, of Phoenix, Ariz., died June 6, 2003, while in the Persian Gulf. Sinsung died of a non-combat related injury. He was assigned to the USS Nimitz, home ported in San Diego, Calif.
Air Force Master Sgt. David A. Scott, 51, of Union, Ohio, died as a result of a non-hostile cause on July 20, 2003, in Doha, Qatar. He was assigned to the 445th Communications Flight, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.
The examination also disclosed that the announcement of the death of Army Pfc. Kristian E. Parker (http://www.defenselink.mil/releases/2003/nr20031001-0497.html) was incorrectly characterized at the time as an Operation Iraqi Freedom-related death. Parker was serving as part of Operation Enduring Freedom when he died.