U.S. Military Deaths in Iraq - March to August 2005

The following are the U.S. military personnel who have been killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom from March 1, 2005 to August 31, 2005. All dates reflect when the incidents occurred local time. For deaths before March 2005, see the links at the left of the page. The lists are compiled from information reported by the Defense Department after notification of family.

August 31, 2005

Sgt. Monta S. Ruth, 26, of Winston-Salem, N.C., died in Samarra, Iraq, where an improvised explosive device detonated near his military vehicle during security patrol operations.

Capt. Lowell T. Miller, II, 35, of Flint, Mich., died in Iskandariyah, Iraq, when his military training team was conducting operations with the Iraqi Army and they came under attack by enemy forces using small arms fire.

August 30, 2005

Maj. Gregory J. Fester, 41, of Grand Rapids, Mich., died in Iskandariyah, Iraq, where an improvised explosive device detonated near his dismounted patrol.

August 29, 2005

2nd Lt. Charles R. Rubado, 23, of Clearwater, Fla., died in Tal Afar, Iraq, when his M1A2 Abrams tank came under attack by enemy forces using small arms fire.

Chief Warrant Officer Dennis P. Hay, 32, of Valdosta, Ga., died on in Tal Afar, Iraq, where his OH-58D Kiowa helicopter came under attack by enemy forces using small arms fire.

August 28, 2005

Sgt. 1st Class Obediah J. Kolath, 32, of Louisburg, Mo., died in Landstuhl, Germany, of injuries sustained on Aug. 25, 2005, in Husaybah, Iraq, where an improvised explosive device detonated near his position.

August 27, 2005

Spc. Joseph L. Martinez, 21, of Las Vegas, Nev., died in Tal Afar, Iraq, where his dismounted patrol was engaged by enemy forces using small arms fire.

August 25, 2005

Sgt. 1st Class Trevor J. Diesing, 30, of Plum City, Wis. and

Master Sgt. Ivica Jerak, 42, of Houston, Texas. and

Cpl. Timothy M. Shea, 22, of Sonoma, Calif. died in Husaybah, Iraq, of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near their position.

August 23, 2005

Master Sgt. Chris S. Chapin, 39, of Proctor, Vt., died in Ar Ramadi, Iraq during combat operations when he was attacked by enemy forces using small arms fire.

Spc. Joseph L. Martinez, 21, of Las Vegas, Nev., died in Tal Afar, Iraq, where his dismounted patrol was engaged by enemy forces using small arms fire.

1st Lt. Carlos J. Diaz, 27, of Juana Diaz, P.R., died on in Baqubah, Iraq, when enemy forces detonated an explosion near his position.

August 22, 2005

Spc. Hatim S. Kathiria, 23, of Fort Worth, Texas, died in Baghdad, Iraq, where an enemy rocket impacted near his position.

Pfc. Ramon Romero, 19, of Huntington Park, Calif., died when the vehicle he was in was struck by an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations near Fallujah, Iraq.

Staff Sgt. Victoir P. Lieurance, 34, of Seymour, Tenn. and

Sgt. Joseph D. Hunt, 27, of Sweetwater, Tenn. in Samarra, Iraq, when they were conducting patrol operations and an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle.

August 21, 2005

Sgt. Joseph C. Nurre, 22, of Wilton, Calif., died near Samarra, Iraq, where an improvised explosive device detonated near his M916 tractor during convoy operations.

Pfc. Elden D. Arcand, 22, of White Bear Lake, Minn. and

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