U.S. Military Deaths in Operation Enduring Freedom

Spc. Robert W. Defazio, 21, of West Babylon, N.Y., died April 24 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of non-combat related injuries.

Pfc. Robert C. White III, 21, of Camden, N.J., died April 23 at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, of non-combat related injuries.

Sgt. James S. Lee, 26, of Mt. Vernon, Ind., died April 6 in Ghazni, Afghanistan, when the Army CH-47 helicopter he was on crashed.

Maj. Edward J. Murphy, 36, of South Carolina; Chief Warrant Officer David Ayala, 24, of New York; Chief Warrant Officer Clint J. Prather, 32, of Cheney, Wash.; Master Sgt. Edwin A. Matoscolon, 42, of Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico; Staff Sgt. Charles R. Sanders Jr., 29, of Charleston, Mo.; Spc. Daniel J. Freeman, 20, of Cincinnati; Spc. Chrystal G. Stout, 23, of Travelers Rest, S.C.; and Spc. Pendelton L. Sykes II, 25, of Chesapeake, Va.; died on April 6 in Ghazni, Afghanistan, when the CH-47 helicopter they were on crashed.

Capt. David S. Connolly, 37, of Boston; Sgt. Maj. Barbaralien Banks, 41, of Harvey, La.; Staff Sgt. Romanes L. Woodard, 30, of Hertford, N.C.; Sgt. Stephen C. High, 45, of Spartanburg, S.C.; Spc. Michael K. Spivey, 21, of Fayetteville, N.C.; and Cpl. Sascha Struble, 20, of Philadelphia, N.Y.; died April 6 in Ghazni, Afghanistan, when the CH-47 helicopter they were on crashed.

Capt. Michael T. Fiscus, 36, of Milford, Ind.; Master Sgt. Michael T. Hiester, 33, of Bluffton, Ind.; Spc. Brett M. Hershey, 23, of State College, Pa.; and Spc. Norman K. Snyder, 21, of Carlisle, Ind.; died March 26 in Kabul, Afghanistan, when a mine detonated near their military vehicle.

Staff Sgt. Shane M. Koele, 25, of Wayne, Neb., died March 16 at Shindand Airfield, Afghanistan, from injuries sustained Mar. 15 in Shindand, Afghanistan, when a land mine exploded near his vehicle.

Petty Officer First Class Alec Mazur, 35, of Vernon, N.Y., died March 9, in a non-combat related incident in the U.S. Central Command Area of Responsibility.

Spc. Richard M. Crane, 25, of Independence, Mo., died Feb. 8, in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of non-combat related injuries.

Sgt. Jeremy R. Wright, 31, of Shelbyville, Ind., died Jan. 3 in Asadabad, Afghanistan, when his military vehicle hit an improvised explosive device.

Sgt. 1st Class Pedro A. Munoz, 47, of Aquada, Puerto Rico, died Jan. 2 in Shindand, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained Jan. 1 when his patrol encountered enemy fire.


Spc. Isaac E. Diaz, 26, of Rio Hondo, Texas, died Dec. 1 in Sharona, Afghanistan, when his military vehicle rolled over.

Lt. Col. Michael J. McMahon, 41, of Connecticut; Chief Warrant Officer Travis W. Grogan, 31, of Virginia Beach, Va.; and Spc. Harley D. R. Miller, 21, of Spokane, Wash.; died Nov. 27 in Bamian, Afghanistan, when their contract aircraft crashed.

Cpl. Dale E. Fracker Jr., 23, of Apple Valley, Calif.; and Cpl. Jacob R. Fleischer, 25, of St. Louis; died on November 24 in Deh Rawod, Afghanistan, when an improvised explosive device detonated near their unit.

Sgt. Michael C. O'Neill, 22, of Mansfield, Ohio, died Nov. 21 in Landstuhl, Germany, of accidental injuries sustained on Nov. 17 at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, during preparations for combat operations.

Spc. James C. Kearney III, 22, of Emerson, Iowa, died Nov. 1 in Salerno, Afghanistan, from injuries sustained in Sharan, Afghanistan, when his convoy was attacked by enemy forces.

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