U.S. Military Deaths in Iraq -- 2006

Spc. Stephen W. Castner, 27, of Cedarburg, Wis., died of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMMV during combat operations in Tallil, Iraq.

Capt. Jason M. West, 28, of Pittsburg, Pa., died on in Ar Ramadi, Iraq, when he encountered enemy forces using small arms fire.

July 22, 2006

Capt. Blake H. Russell, 35, of Forth Worth, Texas died of injuries sustained from enemy forces munitions while investigating a possible mortar cache during combat operations in Baghdad, Iraq.

Cpl. Adam J. Fargo, 22, of Ruckersville, Va., died in Baghdad, Iraq, of injuries sustained when his convoy encountered enemy forces small arms fire.

July 21, 2006

Cpl. Matthew P. Wallace, 22, of Lexington Park, Md., died in Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl, Germany, of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Bradley Fighting Vehicle during combat operations in Baghdad, Iraq, on July 16.

July 20, 2006

Cpl. Julian A. Ramon, 22, of Flushing, N.Y., died while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq.

July 18, 2006

Lance Cpl. Geofrey R. Cayer, 20, of Fitchburg, Mass., died from a non-hostile incident in Al Anbar province, Iraq.

Sgt. Mark R. Vecchione, 25, of Tucson Ariz, died in Ar Ramadi, Iraq, of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his M1A1 Abrams tank.

Cpl. Nathaniel S. Baughman, 23, of Monticello, Ind., died of injuries on July 17 in Bayji, Iraq, when his HMMWV encountered enemy forces rocket-propelled grenades during patrol operations.

July 17, 2006

Staff Sgt. Kenneth I. Pugh, 39, of Houston Texas, died in Baghdad, Iraq, of injuries sustained when his M1A2 Abrams tank encountered enemy forces small arms fire.

Staff Sgt. Michael A. Dickinson II, 26, of Battle Creek, Mich., died in Ar Ramadi, Iraq, when his dismounted patrol encountered enemy forces small arms fire.

Sgt. 1st Class Scott R. Smith, 34, of Punxsutawney, Pa., died in Al Iskandariyah, Iraq, of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated during a controlled ordnance clearing mission.

July 16, 2006

Staff Sgt. Jason M. Evey, 29, of Stockton, Calif., died of injuries sustained when his Bradley Fighting Vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device during combat operations in Baghdad, Iraq.

July 15, 2006

Sgt. Andres J. Contreras, 23, of Huntington Park, Calif., died of injuries sustained when his HMMWV encountered an improvised explosive device in Baghdad, Iraq during combat operations.

Spc. Manuel J. Holguin, 21, of Woodlake, Calif., died in Baghdad, Iraq, of injuries sustained when his dismounted patrol encountered enemy small arms fire and an improvised explosive device.

July 14, 2006

Sgt. Thomas B. Turner Jr., 31, of Cottonwood, Calif., died at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl, Germany, of injuries sustained on July 13 when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Bradley Fighting Vehicle in Al Muqdadiyah, Iraq.

July 13, 2006

Sgt. Alkaila T. Floyd, 23, of Grand Rapids, Mich., died in Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl, Germany, of injuries sustained on July 8 when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Mine Protected Vehicle in Ar Ramadi, Iraq.

July 12, 2006

Sgt. Irving Hernandez Jr., 28, of New York, N.Y., died in Mosul, Iraq when he encountered enemy small arms fire during combat operations.

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