U.S. Military Deaths September to December 2005

Sgt. Adrian N. Orosco, 26, of Corcoran, Calif., died in Baghdad, Iraq when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated near his dismounted position during combat operations.

December 8, 2005

Sgt. Spencer C. Akers, 35, of Traverse City, Mich., died at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas of injuries sustained in Habbaniyah, Iraq, on Nov. 21, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle during combat operations.

Staff Sgt. Milton Rivera-Vargas, 55, of Boqueron, Puerto Rico, died in Kalsu, Iraq from a non-combat related cause while on guard duty.

1st Lt. Kevin J. Smith, 28, of Brandon, Fla., died in Baghdad, Iraq when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle.

December 7, 2005

Cpl. Joseph P. Bier, 22, of Centralia, Wash. from an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Ar Ramadi, Iraq.

Sgt. Michael C. Taylor, 23, of Hockley, Texas, died in Balad, Ira when an improvised expolsive device detonated near his Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck while his unit was conducting combat operations.

December 6, 2005

Spc. Brian A. Wright, 19, of Keensburg, Ill., died in Ramadi, Iraq when his vehicle struck a mine during combat operations.

Pfc. Thomas C. Siekert, 20, of Lovelock, Nev., died in Bayji, Iraq from non-combat related injuries.

December 4, 2005

Sgt. 1st Class Richard L. Schild, 40, of Tabor, S.D. and

Staff Sgt. Daniel M. Cuka, 27, of Yankton, S.D. died in Baghdad, Iraq when improvised explosive devices detonated near their vehicle during convoy operations.

December 3, 2005

Cpl. Jimmy L. Shelton, 21, of Lehigh Acres, Fla., died in Bayji, Iraq when his forward operating base was attacked by enemy forces using mortars.

December 2, 2005

Staff Sgt. Philip L. Travis, 41, of Snellville, Ga. and

Sgt. Philip A. Dodson, Jr., 42, of Forsyth, Ga. and

Spc. Marcus S. Futrell, 20, of Macon, Ga. died at Tallil Air Base, Iraq of injuries sustained earlier that day when their truck accidentally rolled over.

December 1, 2005

Staff Sgt. Daniel J. Clay, 27, of Pensacola, Fla. and

Lance Cpl. John M. Holmason, 20, of Suprise, Ariz. and

Lance Cpl. David A. Huhn, 24, of Portland, Mich. and

Lance Cpl. Adam W. Kaiser, 19, of Naperville, Ill. and

Lance Cpl. Robert A. Martinez, 20, of Splendora, Texas and

Cpl. Anthony T. McElveen, 20, of Little Falls, Minn. and

Lance Cpl. Scott T. Modeen, 24, of Hennepin, Minn. and

Lance Cpl. Andrew G. Patten, 19, of Byron, Ill. and

Sgt. Andy A. Stevens, 29, of Tomah, Wis. and

Lance Cpl. Craig N. Watson, 21, of Union City, Mich. died from an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Fallujah, Iraq.

Sgt. 1st Class Brent A. Adams, 40, of West View, Pa., died in Ramadi, Iraq when an improvised explosive device detonated near his military five-ton truck during combat operations.

November 30, 2005

Cpl. Joshua D. Snyder, 20, of Hampstead, Md., died of wounds sustained from small-arms fire while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Fallujah, Iraq.

November 30, 2005

• 25, of Schiller Park, Ill., died in Taji, Iraq from non-combat related injuries.

Staff Sgt. William D. Richardson, 30, of Houston, Texas, died of wounds sustained from a non-hostile vehicle accident near Al Taqaddum, Iraq.

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