U.S. Military Deaths in War With Iraq

• 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.

• Pfc. Stephen E. Wyatt, 19, of Kilgore, Texas, was killed in Balad, Iraq. Wyatt was in a convoy that was hit by an improvised explosive device and small arms fire. He died as a result of his injuries.

• Spc. Donald L. Wheeler, 22, of Concord, Mich., was killed in Tikrit, Iraq. Wheeler was searching for a possible improvised explosive device when his unit came under attack from a rocket-propelled grenade. He died as a result of his injuries.

• Spc. James E. Powell, 26, of Radcliff, Ky., was killed in Baji, Iraq. Powell was killed when his M2/A2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle struck an enemy anti-tank mine. He died as a result of his injuries.

• Spc. Joseph C. Norquist, 26, of San Antonio, Texas, was killed in Baqubah, Iraq. Norquist was in a convoy that came under attack from rocket-propelled grenades and small arms fire. Norquist was fatally injured in the incident.

• Staff Sgt. Christopher W. Swisher, 26, of Lincoln, Neb., was killed in an ambush in Baghdad, Iraq. Swisher was on patrol when his unit was ambushed by individuals using small arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades.

• Pvt. Sean A. Silva, 23, of Roseville, Calif., was killed in an ambush in Baghdad, Iraq. Silva was on patrol when his unit was ambushed by individuals using small arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades.

• 2nd Lt. Richard Torres, 25, of Clarksville, Tenn., was killed in Baghdad, Iraq. While on combat patrol, Torres' convoy was hit by an improvised explosive device. Torres died of his injuries.

• Spc. Spencer T. Karol, 20, of Woodruff, Ariz., was killed in Ar Ramadi, Iraq. Karol was on a mission to observe enemy activity when a command-detonated device exploded. His vehicle was overturned from the force of the explosion and he was fatally injured.

• Pfc. Kerry D. Scott, 21, of Mount Vernon, Wash., was killed in Iskandariyah, Iraq. While on a combat patrol, Scott's convoy was hit by an improvised explosive device. Scott was one of two soldiers killed in the blast.

• Spc. James H. Pirtle, 27, of La Mesa, N.M., was killed in Assadah, Iraq. Pirtle was in a Bradley Fighting Vehicle when an RPG struck his vehicle. Pirtle died of his injuries.

• Pfc. Charles M. Sims, 18, of Miami, Fla., drowned in Baghdad, Iraq. The incident is under investigation.

• Command Sgt. Maj. James D. Blankenbecler, 40, of Alexandria, Va., was killed in Samarra, Iraq. Blankenbecler was in a convoy that was hit by an improvised explosive device and rocket-propelled grenades. Blankenbecler died of his injuries.

• Pfc. Analaura Esparza Gutierrez, 21, of Houston, Texas, was killed in Tikrit, Iraq. Esparza Gutierrez was in a convoy that was hit by an improvised explosive device and rocket-propelled grenades.

• Spc. Simeon Hunte, 23, of Essex, N.J., was killed in Al Khadra, Iraq. Hunte was on patrol when an Iraqi citizen approached and shot him.

• Spc. Dustin K. McGaugh, 20, of Derby, Kan., died in Balad, Iraq from a non-hostile gunshot wound.

• Sgt. Andrew Joseph Baddick, 26, of Jim Thorpe, Pa., drowned as he tried to rescue another soldier whose vehicle had entered a canal near Abu Ghraib Prison, Iraq.

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