published Sunday, September 11th, 2011

Chattanooga: Military casualties


At least 1,760 American military personnel have been confirmed dead in the war in Afghanistan. The following have ties to this region:

• Army Sgt. Edward W. Koehler, 47, was killed in an improvised explosive device blast July 18, 2011. Koehler, from Lebanon, Pa., had moved to Ringgold, Ga., in 2009.

• Spc. Nathan Lillard, 26, of Knoxville, was killed Nov. 14, 2010.

• Sgt. Patrick Durham, 24, of the Suck Creek community was killed Aug. 28, 2010.

• Lance Cpl. William Taylor Richards, 20, of Dade County, was killed in a "hostile incident" June 24, 2010.

• Pfc. Jonathon Hall, 23, died after a bomb blast struck his vehicle on April 8, 2010.

• Lance Cpl. Gregory Posey, 22, of Winchester, Tenn., was killed July 30, 2009.

• Sgt. Raymundo "Ray" Morales, 34, of Dawnville, Ga., was killed July 21, 2009.

• Lance Cpl. Seth Sharp, 20, of Adairsville, Ga., was killed July 2, 2009.

• Georgia Army National Guard 1st Sgt. John Blair, 38, of Calhoun, Ga., was killed June 20, 2009.

• Georgia Army National Guard Sgt. Jeffery William Jordan, 21, of Cave Spring, Ga., was killed June 4, 2009.


At least 4,474 American military personnel have been confirmed dead in the Iraq war.The following have ties to this region:

• Army Pvt. Thomas Edward Lee III, 20, of Dalton, Ga., died May 29, 2009, in Mosul when an explosive device struck his vehicle.

• Army Cpl. Michael B. Alleman, 31, a 1996 Southeast Whitfield High School graduate who had been living in Logan, Utah, died Feb. 23, 2009, in Balad in combat.

• Army Staff Sgt. Jonathan W. Dean, 25, of Henagar, Ala., died Dec. 20, 2008, in a non-combat-related incident in Tikrit.

• Army Capt. Darrick Wright, 37, of Nashville, formerly unit commander of the Army Reserve's 390th Engineering Company in Chattanooga, died Sept. 17, 2008, in Baghdad of non-combat-related cardiac arrest.

• Marine Lance Cpl. James M. Gluff, 20, of Tunnel Hill, Ga., died Jan. 19, 2008, in Ramadi during combat.

• Army Command Sgt. Maj. Jonathan M. Lankford, 42, of Scottsboro, Ala., died Sept. 22, 2007, in Baghdad of non-combat-related cardiac arrest.

• Marine Lance Cpl. Will Chambers, 20, of Ringgold, Ga., drowned on July 1, 2007, in Anbar province in a non-hostile boat accident.

• Army Pfc. Travis Haslip, 20, of Ooltewah, died May 19, 2007, in Baghdad when an IED detonated near his vehicle.

• Army Sgt. Shawn Dunkin, 25, of Chattanooga and Columbia, S.C., died Feb. 19, 2007, in Baghdad after his vehicle was struck by an IED.

• Army Sgt. John Michael Sullivan, 22, of Hixson, died Dec. 30, 2006, when in IED blast in Baghdad.

• Army Sgt. David Weir, 23, of Cleveland, Tenn., died Sept. 14, 2006, during combat operations in Baghdad.

• Marine Lance Cpl. Kristopher Cody Warren, 19, of Calhoun and Resaca, Ga., died Nov. 9, 2006, in a non-combat shooting in Anbar province. The Marine who shot him while playing with a rifle pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced to 27 months behind bars during a March 2008 court-martial.

• Marine Lance Cpl. Joshua Scott, 24, of Ringgold, Ga., died Jan. 23, 2006, in a non-hostile vehicle accident near Taqaddum.

• Army 1st Sgt. Aaron Jagger, 43, formerly of Rossville, Ga., died Aug. 9, 2006, in an IED blast in Ramadi.

• Army Sgt. James D. Stewart, 29, formerly of Chattanooga and a Fort Oglethorpe native, died June 21, 2005, after an IED detonated near his military cargo truck in Rutbah.

• Army Pfc. James W. Price, 22, of Cleveland, Tenn., died Sept. 18, 2004, after an IED hit his vehicle in Baghdad.

• Marine Lance Cpl. Juan Lopez, 22, of Dalton, Ga., died June 21, 2004, during an ambush in Anbar province.

• Army Spc. Marshall Edgerton, 27, of Rocky Face, Ga., died Dec. 11, 2003, when his camp was attacked with an IED in Ramadi.

• Marine Sgt. Brendon Reiss, 23, a Wyoming native who is buried at the Chattanooga National Cemetery because his wife is from Cleveland, Tenn., died March 23, 2003, in a grenade blast near Nasiriyah.

Sources: U.S. Department of Defense,,, Southeast Whitfield High School, newspaper archives.

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