Idaho's Roll Call since 9/11

At least 69 Idahoans, including three civilians, have died as a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and subsequent U.S. military actions

May 28, 2012 

At least 69 Idahoans, including three civilians, have died as a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and subsequent U.S. military actions:

• Brady Kay Howell, 26, died while working at the Pentagon on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. Howell was born in Rexburg and grew up in Sugar City.

• Navy Commander Ron Vauk of Nampa, died Sept. 11, 2001 in the attack on the Pentagon.

• Air Force Master Sgt. Evander Andrews, 36, of Mountain Home, died Oct. 10, 2001, in a forklift accident while building an airstrip in Qatar.

• Air National Guard Maj. Gregory Stone, 40, of Boise, died March 25, 2003, in a grenade attack by another U.S. serviceman at his base camp in Kuwait.

• Army Cpl. Richard P. Carl, 26, of King Hill, died May 9, 2003, in a helicopter crash near Samarrah, Iraq.

• Army Spc. Zeferino E. Colunga, 20, formerly of Emmett, died from an illness on Aug. 6, 2003, in Germany after being evacuated from a hospital in Iraq. Colunga was assigned to the 4th Squadron, 2nd Armored Calvary Regiment, Fort Polk, La.

• Richard Hooper, a civilian Arab specialist who grew up in Boise, died in the Aug. 19, 2003, bombing of the U.N. headquarters building in Baghdad.

• Army Spc. Robert T. Benson, 20, died of a non-hostile gunshot wound at a checkpoint in Iraq on Nov. 4, 2003. Benson was born in Coeur d’Alene. He was assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 35th Armored Regiment, 1st Armored Division in Smith Barracks, Germany.

• Army Capt. James A. Shull, 32, formerly of Kamiah, died Nov. 17, 2003, in Baghdad, the victim of non-hostile gunshot wounds.

• Army Pfc. Jerrick M. Petty, 25, of Idaho Falls, died Dec. 10, 2003, in a firefight in Mosul, Iraq.

• Army Pfc. Cleston Raney, 20, of Rupert, died March 31, 2004, with four other soldiers when a bomb exploded under his armored personnel carrier near Habbaniyah, Iraq.

• Marine Pfc. Chris Reed, 20, of Cottonwood, died July 10, 2004, when the vehicle he was riding in overturned near Fallujah, Iraq.

• Rick Alan Ulbright, 49, of Boise, died Aug. 8, 2004, at Kirkuk Air Base, Iraq, from wounds received during a mortar attack. Ulbright was a civilian special agent.

• Army Spc. Brandon Titus, 20, of Boise, was killed Aug. 17, 2004, when a roadside bomb detonated near his Baghdad checkpoint.

• Marine Capt. Alan Blake Rowe, 35, of Gooding, died Sept. 3, 2004, when a bomb went off as he returned from inspecting a bridge in al-Anbar Province, Iraq.

• Army Capt. Eric L. Allton, 34, of Boise, died Sept. 26, 2004, when he was hit by a mortar in Ar Ramadi, Iraq.

• Army 1st Lt. Luke C. Wullenwaber, 24, of Lewiston, was killed Nov. 16, 2004, by a suicide bomber in Khaladiyah, Iraq.

• Army Staff Sgt. Darren VanKomen, 33, was killed in a suicide bombing at a mess tent in Mosul on Dec. 21, 2004. He grew up in Lewiston.

• Army Sgt. Kelly S. Morris, 24, of Boise, was killed by small-arms fire March 30, 2005, while patrolling in east Baghdad.

• Army Sgt. John B. Ogburn III, 45, of Fruitland, died May 22, 2005, in a Humvee accident near Kirkuk, Iraq.

• Army Staff Sgt. Virgil R. Case, 37, of Mountain Home, died June 1, 2005, in Kirkuk, Iraq, of non-combat-related injuries.

• Army Spc.Carrie French, 19, of Caldwell, died June 5, 2005, in Kirkuk when her vehicle hit a roadside bomb.

• Marine Lance Cpl. Dustin V. Birch, 22, of St. Anthony, was one of five Marines killed in a roadside bombing June 9, 2005, in Haqlaniyah, Iraq.

• Army Sgt. Ivan Vargas Alarcon, 23, of Jerome, died Nov. 17, 2005, in Tal-Afar, Iraq, when the Humvee he was riding in flipped during combat operations.

• Air Force Technical Sgt. Walter M. Moss Jr., 37, of Mountain Home, assigned to the 366th Civil Engineering Squadron, Mountain Home AFB, died March 29, 2006, while trying to defuse a bomb near Baghdad.

• Army Pfc. Jacob H. Allcott, 21, of Caldwell, was one of four soldiers killed when a roadside bomb exploded in Baghdad on April 22, 2006.

• Army Sgt. Jeremy E. King, 23, of Meridian, died Aug. 24, 2006, in Baghdad after being shot during combat. It was his second tour in Iraq.

• Army Spc. James Lee Bridges, 22, of Buhl, was killed by enemy small-arms fire while on patrol in Baghdad on Nov. 4, 2006.

• Army Spc. James D. Riekena, 22, was killed Jan. 14, 2007, when a roadside bomb exploded near his Humvee in Baghdad. He was assigned to the 145th Brigade Support Battalion in Post Falls, Idaho. It was his second tour in Iraq.

Three Army Reserve soldiers, all Idahoans based in Boise with the 321st Engineer Battalion, were killed by a roadside bomb in al-Anbar Province on Feb. 8, 2007:

• Pfc. Raymond M. Werner, 21, of Boise.

• Sgt. James Holtom, 22, whose parents live in Rexburg.

• Sgt. Ross A. Clevenger, 22, whose mother lives in Melba.

• Sgt. Emerson N. Brand, 29, of Rigby, was one of four soldiers killed in Baghdad on March 15, 2007, when an improvised explosive device detonated.

• Naval Petty Officer 2nd Class Curtis Hall, 24, of Burley, was killed April 6, 2007, in a roadside bombing while riding in a Humvee.

• Naval Cmdr. Philip A. Murphy-Sweet, 42, of Caldwell, was killed April 7, 2007, in a roadside bomb attack in Baghdad.

• Army Pfc. John Borbonus, 19, of Boise, was killed by a car bomb in Baghdad on April 12, 2007.

Two Army reserve soldiers with Company B, 321st Engineer Battalion based in Hayden Lake were killed by a roadside bomb in Ramadi, Iraq, on May 3, 2007:

• Spc. Kelly Grothe, 21, of Spokane, Wash.

• Staff Sgt. Coby G. Schwab, 25, of Puyallup, Wash.

• Army Sgt. Blake C. Stephens, 25, of Pocatello, was killed May 8, 2007, in a roadside bombing in Salman Pak, Iraq.

• Army Sgt. Maj. Bradly D. Conner, 41, of Coeur d’Alene, died May 9, 2007, near Al-Hillah, Iraq, when a roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle. He was a member of Special Forces at Fort Lewis, Wash.

• Army Pfc. Charles B. Hester, 23, formerly of Cataldo, died in Baghdad when his vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb on May 26, 2007. Hester was serving with the Stryker Brigade Combat Team of Fort Lewis, Wash.

• Army Pfc. Shane M. Stinson, 23, formerly of Boise, was killed June 23, 2007, by an IED and small-arms fire in Baghdad. Stinson was serving with the 3rdBrigade Combat Team from Fort Benning,Ga.

• Army Pfc. Adam J. Davis, 19, of Jerome, was killed July 23, 2007, by an IED inSarobi District,Afghanistan. He was assigned to the173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team out of Vicenza, Italy.

• Army Sgt. Nicholas A. Gummersall, 23, of Pocatello, was killed in Baqubah, Iraq, on Aug. 6, 2007, when the building he was in was destroyed by a bomb. Gummersall was assigned to the Stryker Brigade Combat Team of Fort Lewis, Wash.

• Army Sgt. Joshua Morley, 22, was killed on Aug. 26, 2007, in Samarra, Iraq, during an insurgent attack of small-arms fire and hand grenades. He served with the 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division.

• Army Spc. Vincent Kamka, 23, formerly of Idaho Falls, died in Bayji, Iraq, on Oct. 4, 2007, in a non-combat-related incident. He was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division based out of Fort Bragg, N.C.

• Former Marine Cpl. Dane R. Mortensen, 23, of Boise, died on Nov. 25, 2007, in a vehicle accident. She was escorting a convoy while working for a British security firm in Iraq.

• Maj. Stuart A. Wolfer, 36, of Emmett, was killed April 6, 2008, in a rocket attack in Baghdad’s Green Zone. He was a logistics officer assigned to the 11th Battalion, 104th Division out of Boise.

• Sgt. Michael T. Lilly, 23, of Boise, was killed April 7, 2008, during fighting in Sadr City, Iraq. He was an infantryman with the 1st Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, out of Vilseck, Germany.

• Army Cpl. Jessica A. Ellis, 24, was killed May 11, 2008, by a roadside bomb in Baghdad, Iraq. Ellis was a combat medic with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division out of Fort Campbell, Ky. Ellis, of Bend, Ore., was born in Burley and had lived in Boise and Twin Falls. It was her second deployment.

• Lt. Col. Joseph A. Moore, 54, of Boise, died of natural causes in Djibouti on May 20, 2008. Moore served with 124th Wing of Idaho Air National Guard.

• Army Spc. Randy L.J. Neff Jr., 22, formerly of Blackfoot, died in Zabul Province, Afghanistan, on July 22, 2009, after an IED detonated near his vehicle. Neff was with the 4th Engineer Battalion of Fort Carson, Colo.

• Air Force Senior Airman Matthew R. Courtois, 22, of Lucas, Texas, died Sept. 20, 2009, during a non-hostile incident on Abdullah Al Mubarak Airbase in Kuwait. He was assigned to Mountain Home Air Force Base’s 366th Security Forces Squadron.

• Army Sgt. Joshua J. Kirk, 30, of Maine, died on Oct. 3, 2009, in an indirect fire and rocket-propelled grenade attack in Kamdesh, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team out of Fort Carson, Colo. He lived in Idaho as a child and has family in Bonners Ferry.

• Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Matthew C. Heffelfinger, 29, of Kimberly, was killed Nov. 8, 2009, in a helicopter crash near Tikrit, Iraq.

• Marine Lance Cpl. Cody A. Roberts, 22, of Boise, died Aug. 31, 2010, while supporting combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

• Army Pfc. Robert J. Near, 21, a Nampa Centennial Jobs Corps graduate, of Granger, Wash., died Jan. 7, 2011, in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Two Army soldiers from Coeur d’Alene serving with the 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team, 145th Brigade Support Battalion, were killed in Baghdad by a roadside bomb on July 7, 2011. The deaths marked the first casualties for the 116th in its 2010-2011 deployment:

• Spc. Nicholas W. Newby, 20.

• Sgt. Nathan R. Beyers, 24.

• Army Sgt. Devin Daniels, 22, of Council, was killed Aug. 25, 2011, by a roadside bomb in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Beyers was assigned to the 546th Transportation Company, 82nd Sustainment Brigade, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, N.C.

• Army Spc. Robert E. Dyas, 21, of Nampa, was killed Sept. 21, 2011, by small-arms fire in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. Dyas served with the 34th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas.

• Army Sgt. Ryan Sharp, 28, of Idaho Falls, died Dec. 3, 2011, in Landstuhl, Germany. He was wounded by a roadside bomb on Nov. 21, 2011, while on patrol in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. Sharp was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 34th Armored Regiment of the 1st Infantry Division’s 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team. It was his third deployment.

• Marine Lance Cpl. Kenneth E. Cochran, 20, of Wilder, died Jan. 15, 2012, in combat in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Cochran was assigned to the 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force out of Okinawa, Japan.

• Army Sgt. Daniel J. Brown, 27, of Jerome, died March 24, 2012, in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. He suffered fatal injuries in a roadside bombing. Brown was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.

• Army Sgt. Chris J. Workman, 33, of Boise, was killed April 19, 2012, along with three others in a helicopter crash in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Workman was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii.

• Army Spc. Cody O. Moosman, 24, of Preston, was killed in Afghanistan on July 3, 2012 by small-arms fire. He was promoted posthumously to the rank of specialist. Moosman was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.

• Army Spc. Ethan J. Martin, 22, of Bonners Ferry and Lewiston died on Aug. 7, 2012 in Afghanistan after being wounded by small-arms fire when his unit was attacked. He had been assigned to 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.

• Pfc. Shane G. Wilson, 20, of Kuna, died Oct. 18, 2012, in Khost, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), out of Fort Campbell, Ky.

• Army Spc. Thomas Paige Murach, 22, of Meridian, was killed May 4, 2013, along with four others in a roadside bomb blast in Maiwand, Afghanistan.

• Staff Sgt. Octavio Herrera, 26, of Caldwell, was killed Aug. 11, 2013, by enemy fire in the Paktia Province of Afghanistan. He was assigned to to the 4th Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, out of Fort Campbell, Ky.

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