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The Ultimate Sacrifice

Media Release 

           The Department of Defense announced today the deaths 032208_0001_dodidentifi1 of the following soldiers and marines killed in action supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom and supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

  •            Killed June 16 were:

Spc. Jason N. Cox, 21, of Elyria, Ohio, died June 16 in Balad, Iraq, of wounds suffered near Hillah, when his vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.

  •  Killed June 19 were:

            Marine Capt. Eric Daniel Terhune, 34, of Lexington, Ky.

             Lance Cpl. Andrew Francis Whitacre, 21, of Bryant, Ind. 

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Both Marines died June 19 while conducting combat operations in Farah Province, Afghanistan. They were assigned to 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, Calif.

  •            Killed June 20:
     

Sgt. Matthew E. Mendoza, 24, of San Antonio, Texas, died June 20 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, Calif.

         The Department of Defense announced today the death of four soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died June 21 in Kandahar City, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when their vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device and small arms fire.

  •            Killed June 21:

           Lt. Col. James J. Walton, 41, of Rockville, Md., who was assigned to a Military Transition Team, 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.

           Spc. Anthony L. Mangano, 36, of Greenlawn, N.Y., who was assigned to 2nd Squadron, 101st Cavalry (Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target Acquisition), New York Army National Guard, Geneva, N.Y.

           Sgt. Nelson D. Rodriguez Ramirez, 22, of Revere, Mass., who was assigned to 2nd Squadron, 101st Cavalry (Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target Acquisition), New York Army National Guard, Geneva, N.Y.

           Sgt. Andrew Seabrooks, 36, of Queens, N.Y., who was assigned to 2nd Squadron, 101st Cavalry (Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target Acquisition), New York Army National Guard, Geneva, N.Y.

THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE

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