U.S. Military Deaths in War With Iraq -- 2003

Spc. Jose L. Mora, 26, of Bell Gardens, Calif. was killed in Brassfield Samaria, Iraq. He died of wounds received from an enemy mortar attack.

October 23, 2003

Capt. John R. Teal, 31, of Mechanicsville, Va., was killed in Baqubah, Iraq. Teal was in a convoy when an improvised explosive device exploded. He died of injuries sustained in the explosion.

October 22, 2003

Pvt. Jason M. Ward, 25, of Tulsa, Okla., died in Baghdad, Iraq. Ward died of non-combat related injuries.

Spc. John P. Johnson, 24, of Houston, Texas, died in Baghdad, Iraq. Johnson died of non-combat related injuries.

October 21, 2003

Pfc. Paul J. Bueche, 19, of Daphne, Ala., died in Balad, Iraq. Bueche was changing a tire on a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter when the tire exploded.

October 20, 2003

Staff Sgt. Paul J. Johnson, 29, of Calumet, Mich., was killed in Al Fallujah, Iraq. Johnson was on a mounted patrol when the vehicle he was riding in hit an improvised explosive device and later came under small arms fire by enemy forces.

October 18, 2003

1st Lt. David R. Bernstein, 24, of Phoenixville, Pa. was killed in action in Taza, Iraq, when enemy forces ambushed his patrol using rocket propelled grenades and small arms fire.

Pfc. John D. Hart, 20, of Bedford, Mass., was killed in action in Taza, Iraq, when enemy forces ambushed his patrol using rocket propelled grenades and small arms fire.

October 17, 2003

Spc. Michael L. Williams, 46, of Buffalo, N.Y., was killed along MSR Jackson, near Baghdad, Iraq. Williams was killed in action when his vehicle ran over an improvised explosive device. He died as a result of his injuries.

Lt. Col. Kim S. Orlando, 43, of Tennessee was killed in Karbala, Iraq. The soldier was among three who were attempting to negotiate with armed men who were congregating on a road near a mosque after curfew. The Iraqis opened fire killing the three soldiers and wounding seven others.

Staff Sgt. Joseph P. Bellavia, 28, of Wakefield, Mass., was killed in Karbala, Iraq. The soldier was among three who were attempting to negotiate with armed men who were congregating on a road near a mosque after curfew. The Iraqis opened fire killing the three soldiers and wounding seven others.

Cpl. Sean R. Grilley, 24, of San Bernardino, Calif., was killed in Karbala, Iraq. The soldier was among three who were attempting to negotiate with armed men who were congregating on a road near a mosque after curfew. The Iraqis opened fire killing the three soldiers and wounding seven others.

October 13, 2003

Spc. Douglas J. Weismantle, 28, of Pittsburgh, Pa., died in Baghdad, Iraq. Weismantle was driving a high mobility multi-purpose wheeled vehicle when an Iraqi dump truck swerved and rolled over on top of his vehicle. Weismantle was one of two soldiers killed in this incident.

Pfc. Jose Casanova, 23, of El Monte, Calif., died in Baghdad, Iraq. Casanova was in a high mobility multi-purpose wheeled vehicle when an Iraqi dump truck swerved and rolled over on top of his vehicle. Casanova was one of two soldiers killed in this incident.

Pvt. Benjamin L. Freeman, 19, of Valdosta, Ga., drowned near Al Asad, Iraq. Soldiers from his unit had been searching for Freeman when they discovered him floating on the surface of the water near Haditha dam. Attempts made to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.

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