Minnesotans who died in Iraq

  • Article by: Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 30, 2011 - 3:51 PM

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Army Pfc. Edward Herrgott, 20, of Shakopee, was killed by a sniper's bullet as he stood guard outside the national museum in Baghdad on July 3, 2003. Army Staff Sgt. Brian Hellermann, 35, formerly of Freeport, died Aug. 6, 2003, in an ambush in Baghdad. Army Staff Sgt. Dale Panchot, 26, of Northome, died Nov. 17, 2003, in an ambush in Baghdad. Army Chief Warrant Officer Patrick Dorff, 32, of Buffalo, died Jan. 25, 2004, when his helicopter crashed in the Tigris River on a rescue mission. Marine Pfc. Matthew Milczark, 18, of Kettle River, died March 7, 2004, of a gunshot wound in a chapel at Camp Victory in Kuwait. His death was ruled a suicide.

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Marine Cpl. Tyler Fey, 22, of Eden Prairie, died in fighting April 4, 2004, in Anbar Province west of Baghdad. Marine Pfc. Moises Langhorst, 19, of Moose Lake, was killed April 5, 2004, in fighting in Anbar Province. Marine Lance Cpl. Levi Angell, 20, of Cloquet, was killed April 8, 2004, in an attack in Anbar Province. Army Specialist James Holmes, 28, of East Grand Forks, died May 8, 2004, from a roadside bomb. Army Cpl. Demetrius Rice, 24, of Ortonville, died July 14, 2004, in a vehicle rollover in northern Iraq.

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Petty Officer Third Class David Cedergren, 25, of Zimmerman, was found dead Sept. 11, 2004, in a shower on a base near Iskandariyah. Cause of death has been listed as "accidental". Civilian casualty: A former Marine, John Pinsonneault, 39, of North Branch, was a civilian contractor for a security firm when he was killed by suicide bombers in a Baghdad market on Oct. 14, 2004. Army Specialist Daniel McConnell, 27, of Duluth, died Nov. 16, 2004, in a vehicle rollover in Kirkuk. Army Specialist Dwayne McFarlane Jr., 20, of Cass Lake, died Jan. 9, 2005, when a bomb hit his patrol near Baghdad. Army Sgt. Mike Carlson, 22, of St. Paul, died Jan. 24, 2005, when his Bradley fighting vehicle rolled near Baghdad.

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Army Sgt. 1st Class Mickey E. Zaun, 27, of Brooklyn Park, died Jan. 28, 2005, in a vehicle collision near Mosul. Army Staff Sgt. David Day, 25, of St. Louis Park, died Feb. 21, 2005, in a bomb explosion, along with two other members of the Minnesota National Guard's 151st Field Artillery based in Montevideo. Army Sgt. Jesse Lhotka, 24, of Alexandria -- also a member of the 151st -- died in the same explosion. Army 1st Lt. Jason Timmerman,24, of Tracy, was killed along with Day and Lhotka. Army Specialist Travis Bruce, 22, of Rochester, died on March 23, 2005, after he was hit by shrapnel from a rocket-propelled grenade as he guarded a police station in Baghdad.

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Marine Capt. Kelly Hinz, 30, of Woodbury, died May 2, 2005, when his F/A-18 Hornet jet apparently was involved in a mid-air collision with a companion jet over south-central Iraq. Army Chief Warrant Officer Matt Lourey, 40, formerly of Kerrick Township, died May 26, 2005, when his helicopter was shot down in central Iraq. Army Ranger 1st Lt. Michael Fasnacht, 25, a native of Mankato, was killed by a remote bomb June 8, 2005, while on patrol in a Bradley fighting vehicle near Adwar, Iraq. Marine Sgt. Bryan Opskar, 32, Moorhead, was killed July 23, 2005, when a roadside bomb exploded near his light armored vehicle while he was on patrol west of Baghdad. Army Sgt. Mike Benson, 40, of Winona, died Aug. 10, 2005, after being injured on Aug. 2 in an explosion in Baghdad.

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Army Pfc. Elden D. Arcand, 22, of White Bear Lake, died Aug. 21, 2005, in northern Iraq when his semitrailer truck rolled over. Army Specialist Jacob T. Vanderbosch, 21, of Vadnais Heights, died Oct. 3, 2005, when a bomb detonated near his Humvee in Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq. Marine Master Sgt. Brett E. Angus, 40, of St. Paul, died Nov. 26, 2005 in an explosion caused by a roadside bomb. He was serving his second tour of duty in Iraq. Marine Lance Cpl. Anthony McElveen, 21, of Little Falls. Killed Dec. 1, 2005, when a makeshift bomb blasted their foot patrol outside the western city of Fallujah. Marine Lance Cpl. Scott Modeen, 24, of New Hope. Killed Dec. 1, 2005, when a makeshift bomb blasted their foot patrol outside the western city of Fallujah.

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Marine Staff Sgt. Kenneth Pospisil, 35, who grew up in Anoka, died Dec. 14, 2005, when a bomb went off near Ar Ramadi. Private security officer Kyle M. Kaszynski, 39, a Minneapolis native, was killed Dec. 22, 2005, when a bomb hit his vehicle. Army Reserve Maj. Stuart Anderson, 44, who was raised in Benson, was killed Jan. 7, 2006, in a helicopter crash in northern Iraq. Civilian Roland C. Barvels, 42, a native of Fairmont, was killed Jan. 18, 2006, by a roadside bomb near Basra. Cpl. Andrew J. Kemple, 23, of Cambridge, died Feb. 12, 2006, when his Humvee came under small arms fire in Tikrit.

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Marine Lance Cpl. Robert Posivio III, 22, of Sherburn, died May 23, 2006, when the Humvee he was riding in was hit by a roadside bomb in the Al Anbar Province. Marine Capt. Nathanael J. Doring, 31, a native of Apple Valley, died May 30, 2006, of injuries he suffered when the helicopter he was piloting crashed in a nonhostile accident near Al Taqaddum. Army National Guard Sgt. Brent Koch, 22, a native of Morton, died June 16, 2006, of injuries he received when a roadside bomb detonated near his vehicle. Army National Guard Specialist Kyle Miller, 19, from Willmar, was killed June 29, 2006, in Iraq by an explosive device that detonated near his convoy. Army Specialist Troy C. Linden, 22, of Detroit Lakes died July 8, 2006, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle during combat operations in Ar Ramadi.

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Army Specialist Qixing Lee, 20, of north Minneapolis died Aug. 27, 2006, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his armored personnel carrier in Taji. National Guard Staff Sgt. Joshua Robert Hanson, 27, of Dent, Minn., died near Khalidiyah, on Aug. 30, 2006, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his military vehicle. Marine Cpl. Johnathan Benson, 21, of North Branch, Minn., died Sept. 9, 2006, of wounds suffered three months earlier near Habbaniyah, Iraq. Staff Sgt. Kevin M. Witte, 27, formerly of Beardsley on the Minnesota-South Dakota border, died Oct. 20, 2006, in Baghdad from injuries sustained in a bomb explosion. Navy Petty Officer Second Class Chuck Komppa, 35, formerly of Sebeka, Minn., was killed Oct. 25, 2006, when his Humvee was hit by a roadside bomb in Anbar Province, Iraq.

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National Guard Army Spec. Bryan McDonough, 22, of Maplewood, was killed Dec. 2, 2006, when a bomb exploded near his vehicle while on patrol near Fallujah. National Guard Army Spec. Corey J. Rystad, 20, of Red Lake Falls, was killed Dec. 2, 2006, when a bomb exploded near his vehicle while on patrol near Fallujah. National Guard Spec. Nicholas Turcotte, 23, of Maple Grove, died Dec. 4, 2006, when the vehicle he was in rolled over near Nasiriyah. National Guard Sgt. James Wosika Jr., 24, of St. Paul, was killed Jan. 9, 2007, when an improvised explosive device detonated while he was on foot patrol near Fallujah. National Guard Sgt. Maj. Michael Mettille, 44, of West St. Paul, died in February 2007 at Camp Adder in Iraq after apparently suffering a heart attack or aneurysm.

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Army Sgt. William (B.J.) Beardsley, 25, formerly of Coon Rapids, Minn., was killed Feb. 26, 2007, by a roadside bomb in Diwaniyah, Iraq Marine Sgt. Chad M. Allen, 25, of Maple Lake, Minn., was killed Feb. 28, 2007, when a bomb exploded while he was driving a light-armored vehicle in Iraq's Anbar Province National Guard Sgt. Greg N. Riewer, 28, of Frazee, Minn., was killed while on patrol, March 23, 2007, near Fallujah. Army Spc. Sean K. McDonald, 21, formerly of Apple Valley, Minn., died March 25, 2007, from injuries suffered when a bomb exploded near the vehicle he was driving in Baghdad. Marine Lance Cpl. Daniel Olsen, 20, of Eagan was killed April. 2, 2007, in Anbar Province.

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Army Sgt. Joshua Schmit, 26, of Willmar, Minn., was killed April 14, 2007, by a roadside bomb outside Fallujah, Iraq. Army Pfc. Robert Dixon, 28, of Minneapolis, was killed May 6, 2007, by a roadside bomb in Iraq. Army Sgt. Jason A. Schumann, 23, of Hawley, Minn., died May 19, 2007, after a roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle in Ad Diwaniyah. Army Pfc. Anthony Hebert, 19, of Lake City, Minn., was killed in Iraq, June 21, 2007. Army Staff Sgt. Jacob Thompson, 26, of North Mankato was killed August 6, 2007, by a bomb explosion as his unit was searching a home in Baqubah.

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Army Sgt. Andrew Nelson, 22, of Moorhead was killed on August 29, 2007, while on patrol outside of Tikrit. Contractor Bill Juneau, 36, of Rush City was killed on November 26, 2007, by a roadside bomb that hit his convoy 50 miles outside Baghdad. Army Reserve Sgt. 1st Class John Tobiason, 42, of Hayfield died on November 28, 2007, in Baghdad, of injuries he suffered in an incident that is under investigation. Army Spc. Randy W. Pickering, 31, of Bovey was killed on December 9, 2007, from injuries sustained in a non-combat related incident. Pfc. Joshua R. Anderson, 24, of Jordan, Minn., was killed Jan. 2, 2008, when an improvised explosive device exploded near his vehicle.

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Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Pionk, 30, of Eveleth was killed on January 9, 2008, when an explosive detonated during combat operations in Sinsil. Paul Johnson-Reuben, a private security contractor from Buffalo, Minn., was kidnapped by insurgents in November 2006. His family was notified of his death on March 26, 2008. Army Specialist Gregory B. Rundell, 21, of St. Paul, was killed March 26, 2008, by small arms sniper fire while manning a guard tower in Taji, Iraq. Army Specialist Jacob J. Fairbanks, 22, of St. Paul, died April 9, 2008, of injuries suffered in a non-combat-related incident. Army Chief Warrant Officer Philip E. Windorski, Jr., 35, who grew up in Grand Rapids, died from wounds suffered when two helicopters crashed January 26, 2009, in Kirkuk, Iraq.

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Army Specialist Daniel Drevnick, 22, of Woodbury, died July 16, 2009, when a rocket hit the base in Basra. Army Specialist James Wertish, 20, of Olivia, died July 16, 2009, when a rocket hit the base in Basra. Army Specialist Carlos Wilcox, 27, of Cottage Grove, died July 16, 2009, when a rocket hit the base in Basra. Army Staff Sgt. Todd W. Selge, 25, of Burnsville, died Sept. 3, 2009, with another soldier after their vehicle rolled over in Baqubah. National Guard Maj. Tad Hervas, 48, of Coon Rapids died Oct. 6, 2009, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound while in southern Iraq.

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Army Reserve Sgt. Kurt E. Kruize, 35, of St. Cloud, died April 4, 2010, after being crushed between two trucks in Baghdad.