In Memoriam

The Defense Department last week identified the following American military personnel killed in Afghanistan and Iraq or who died at a military hospital of their injuries:

Jason N. Cox, 21, of Elyria, Ohio; specialist, Army. Cox died Monday in Balad, Iraq, of injuries suffered when his vehicle struck a roadside bomb near Hillah, south of Baghdad. He was assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division at Ft. Bragg, N.C.

Layton Bradly Crass, 22, of Richmond, Ind.; lance corporal, Marine Corps. Crass was among four Marines killed June 14 when their Humvee struck a roadside bomb in southwestern Afghanistan's Farah province. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force in Twentynine Palms, Calif.

Eugene D.M. Kanakaole, 19, of Kihei, Hawaii; private, Army. Kanakaole died of noncombat-related injuries June 11 in Balad, Iraq, north of Baghdad. He was assigned to the 87th Engineer Company, 8th Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade at Ft. Hood, Texas.

Michael Robert Patton, 19, of Fenton, Mo.; private first class, Marine Corps. Patton was among four Marines killed June 14 when their Humvee struck a roadside bomb in southwestern Afghanistan's Farah province. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force in Twentynine Palms, Calif.

Javier Perales Jr., 19, of San Elizario, Texas; lance corporal, Marine Corps. Perales died of noncombat-related injuries June 11 in Iraq's Anbar province, west of Baghdad. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Dawid Pietrek, 24, of Bensenville, Ill.; private first class, Marine Corps. Pietrek was among four Marines killed June 14 when their Humvee struck a roadside bomb in southwestern Afghanistan's Farah province. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force in Twentynine Palms, Calif.

Gerard M. Reed, 40, of Jacksonville Beach, Fla.; sergeant first class, Army. Reed died of noncombat-related injuries June 11 in Baghdad. He was assigned to the 86th Combat Support Hospital at Ft. Campbell, Ky.

Marc A. Retmier, 19, of Hemet; hospitalman, Navy. Retmier was one of two sailors killed Wednesday when a Taliban rocket slammed into their Humvee in eastern Afghanistan's Paktia province, south of Kabul. He was the 500th California resident and the seventh from his hometown to be killed in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He was assigned to Provincial Reconstruction Team Sharana in Afghanistan.

Eric Daniel Terhune, 34, of Lexington, Ky.; captain, Marine Corps. Terhune was one of two Marines killed in combat Thursday in southwestern Afghanistan's Farah province. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force in Twentynine Palms, Calif. 

Ross L. Toles III, 37, of Davison, Mich.; petty officer first class, Navy. Toles was one of two sailors killed Wednesday when a Taliban rocket slammed into their Humvee in eastern Afghanistan's Paktia province, south of Kabul. He was assigned to Provincial Reconstruction Team Sharana in Afghanistan.

Michael Toussiant-Hyle Washington, 20, of Tacoma, Wash.; sergeant, Marine Corps. Washington was among four Marines killed June 14 when their Humvee struck a roadside bomb in southwestern Afghanistan's Farah province. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force in Twentynine Palms, Calif.

Kelly E.C. Watters, 19, of Virginia Beach, Va.; lance corporal, Marine Corps. Watters died June 11 at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., of injuries suffered in an explosion May 23 in Iraq's Anbar province, west of Baghdad. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Andrew Francis Whitacre, 21, of Bryant, Ind.; lance corporal, Marine Corps. Whitacre was one of two Marines killed in combat Thursday in southwestern Afghanistan's Farah province. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force in Twentynine Palms, Calif. 

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