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DoD Identifies Iraq Casualties

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 11, 2006 – The Defense Department announced today and yesterday the identities of 10 soldiers and five Marines who were killed recently in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Eight soldiers died near Tal Afar, Iraq, on Jan. 7, when their UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed. Killed were:

  • Maj. Stuart M. Anderson, 44, of Peosta, Iowa. Anderson was assigned to the Army Reserve's 3rd Corps Support Command, Des Moines, Iowa.
  • Maj. Douglas A. Labouff, 36, of California. Labouff was assigned to the Army's 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Carson, Colo.
  • Capt. Michael R. Martinez, 43, of Missouri. Martinez was assigned to the Army's 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Carson, Colo.
  • 1st Lt. Jaime L. Campbell, 25, of Ephrata, Wash. Campbell was assigned to the Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 207th Aviation Regiment, Anchorage, Alaska.
  • 1st Lt. Joseph D. deMoors, 36, of Jefferson, Ala. DeMoors was assigned to the Army's 3rd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Carson, Colo.
  • Chief Warrant Officer 4 Chester W. Troxel, 45, of Anchorage, Alaska. Troxel was assigned to the Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 207th Aviation Regiment, Anchorage, Alaska.
  • Spc. Michael I. Edwards, 26, of Fairbanks, Alaska. Edwards was assigned to the Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 207th Aviation Regiment, Anchorage, Alaska.
  • Spc. Jacob E. Melson, 22, of Wasilla, Alaska. Melson was assigned to the Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 207th Aviation Regiment, Anchorage, Alaska.

Two other soldiers who died in separate operations were identified.

  • Sgt. Radhames Camilomatos, 24, of Carolina, Puerto Rico, died in Taji on Jan. 7 from non-combat related injuries. Camilomatos was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 66th Armored Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
  • Spc. Clinton R. Upchurch, 31, of Garden City, Kansas, died in Samarra on Jan. 7 during patrol operations when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Humvee and enemy forces attacked using small-arms fire. Upchurch was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky.
The five Marines who were killed Jan. 7 were:

  • Lance Cpl. Kyle W. Brown, 22, of Newport News, Va.
  • Lance Cpl. Jeriad P. Jacobs, 19, of Clayton, N.C.
  • Lance Cpl. Jason T. Little, 20, of Climax, Mich.
  • Cpl. Brett L. Lundstrom, 22, of Stafford, Va.
  • Lance Cpl. Raul Mercado, 21, of Monrovia, Calif.

Mercado was killed when his vehicle was attacked with an IED while conducting combat operations near Karmah. He was assigned to 2nd Maintenance Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Little was killed when his tank was attacked with an IED near Ferris. He was assigned to 2nd Tank Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Brown, Jacobs and Lundstrom were killed by enemy small-arms fire in separate attacks near Fallujah. They were assigned to 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

(Compiled from Defense Department news releases.)

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