Tuesday, January 17, 2012

14 Heroes Who Died Fighting in Afghanistan July 18, 2011 to January 15, 2012

July 18 - The Department of Defense announced today the death of a sailor who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom [Afghanistan]. Petty Officer Stacy O. Johnson, 35, of Rolling Fork, Miss., died July 18, while supporting operations in Bahrain. Johnson was a master-at-arms assigned to Naval Security Force Bahrain.

December 31 - Spc. Pernell J. Herrera, 33, of Espanola, N.M., died in Helmand province, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered in a non-combat incident.

January 2 - Petty Officer 1st Class Chad R. Regelin, 24, of Cottonwood, Calif., died while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Regelin was assigned as an explosive ordnance disposal technician to Marine Special Operations Company Bravo.

January 5 - Died in Shir ghazi, Helmand province, Afghanistan, when their vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device.
- Senior Airman Bryan R. Bell, 23, of Erie, Pa.
- Tech. Sgt. Matthew S. Schwartz, 34, of Traverse City, Mich.
- Airman 1st Class Matthew R. Seidler, 24, of Westminster, Md.

January 6 - Died in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their vehicle with an improvised explosive device.
- Staff Sgt. Jonathan M. Metzger, 32, of Indianapolis, Ind.
- Spc. Robert J. Tauteris Jr., 44, of Hamlet, Ind.
- Spc. Christopher A. Patterson, 20, of Aurora, Ill.
- Spc. Brian J. Leonhardt, 21, of Merrillville, Ind.

January 8 - Pfc. Dustin P. Napier, 20, of London, Ky., died in Zabul province, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained from enemy small-arms fire.

January 10 - Pfc. Michael W. Pyron, 30, of Hopewell, Va., died in Parwan province, Afghanistan.

January 11 - Pfc. Neil I. Turner, 21, of Tacoma, Wash., died in Logar province, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident.

January 15 - Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin B. Wise, 34, of Little Rock, Ark., died in Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, of injuries sustained on Jan. 9 in Balkh province, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked his unit with small-arms fire.

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