For What, George?

Among the more than 2,300 Americans killed in Iraq, we want to recall our friends and neighbors. We honor their memory best by doing what we can to bring U.S. troops home.

Army Pfc. Samuel S. Lee, 19, of Anaheim; died March 28, 2003, of non-combat-related injuries in Ramadi.

Army Staff Sgt. Stephen A. Bertolino, 40, of Orange; killed while traveling in a convoy Nov. 29, 2003, when his vehicle was hit by enemy fire in Haditha.

Army Sgt. Eliu A. Mier-Sandoval, 27, of San Clemente; killed Jan. 31, 2004, when his vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device in Kirkuk.

Army Pfc. Joel K. Brattain, 21, of Santa Ana; died March 13, 2004, when an improvised explosive device struck his military vehicle in Baghdad.

Marine Staff Sgt. William M. Harrell, 30, of Placentia; killed April 8, 2004, by hostile fire in Anbar province.

Marine Pfc. George D. Torres, 23, of Long Beach; killed April 11, 2004, by hostile fire in Anbar province.

Army Staff Sgt. Victor A. Rosales-Lomeli, 29, of Westminster; killed April 13, 2004, when an improvised explosive device exploded near his escort vehicle in Iraq.

Army Spc. Trevor A. Win'E, 22, of Orange; died May 1, 2004, in Tikrit, from injuries sustained when his convoy vehicle hit an improvised explosive device.

Army Pfc. Lyndon A. Marcus Jr., 21, of Long Beach; one of four soldiers killed May 3, 2004, when their military vehicle left the road and flipped over in a canal in Balad.

Marine Lance Cpl. Rafael Reynosa Suarez, 28, of Santa Ana; killed May 29, 2004, by hostile action in Anbar province.

Marine Pfc. Sean Horn, 19, of Orange; died June 19, 2004, of a non-combat-related cause at Camp Taqaddum.

Marine Lance Cpl. Manuel A. Ceniceros, 23, of Santa Ana; killed June 26, 2004, by enemy action in Anbar province.

Marine Lance Cpl. Derek L. Gardner, 20, of San Juan Capistrano; killed Sept. 6, 2004, due to enemy action in Anbar province.

Army Spc. Edgar P. Daclan Jr., 24, of Cypress; killed Sept. 10, 2004, by an improvised explosive device as his patrol was responding to indirect fire in Balad.

Army Maj. Charles R. Soltes Jr., 36, of Irvine; killed Oct. 13, 2004, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his convoy vehicle in Mosul.

Army Spc. Quoc Binh Tran, 26, of Mission Viejo; died Nov. 7, 2004, of wounds sustained that same day when an improvised explosive device detonated near his military vehicle as he was conducting convoy operations in Baghdad.

Marine Sgt. William C. James, 24, of Huntington Beach; killed Nov. 9, 2004, by enemy action in Anbar province.

Navy Seaman Pablito Pena Briones Jr., 22, of Anaheim; died Dec. 28, 2004, of a non-hostile gunshot wound in Fallujah.

Army Pfc. Stephen A. Castellano, 20, of Long Beach; died Jan. 28, 2005, of a non-combat-related injury in Mosul.

Navy Lt. Cmdr. Keith E. Taylor, 47, of Irvine; killed Jan. 29, 2005, in a rocket attack on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

Army Pfc. Samuel S. Lee, 19, of Anaheim; died March 28, 2005, of non-combat-related injuries in Ramadi.

Army Sgt. Anthony J. Davis Jr., 22, of Long Beach; killed April 23, 2005, when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated near his Stryker military vehicle in Mosul.

Army Sgt. 1st Class Randy D. Collins, 36, of Long Beach; died May 24, 2005, of injuries sustained May 4, 2005, during a mortar attack in Mosul.

Marine Maj. Ricardo A. Crocker, 39, of Mission Viejo; killed May 26, 2005, in a rocket-propelled grenade explosion while conducting combat operations in Hadithah.

Marine Cpl. Antonio Mendoza, 21, of Santa Ana; died June 3, 2005, at Brook Army Medical Center, San Antonio, of wounds sustained Feb. 22, 2005, as a result of an explosion while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Ramadi.

Army Pvt. Ernesto R. Guerra, 20, of Long Beach; killed July 29, 2005, of injuries sustained when his Humvee was involved in an accident in Baghdad.

Marine Lance Cpl. Hugo R. Lopez-Lopez, 20, of La Habra; died Jan. 27, 2006, at Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, of wounds sustained Nov. 20 when an improvised explosive device detonated while he was conducting combat operations in Rawah.

Army Spc. Roberto L. Martinez-Salazar, 21, of Long Beach; killed Feb. 4, 2006, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his up-armored Humvee during patrol operations in Mosul.

Marine Lance Cpl. Michael S. Probst, 26, of Irvine; killed Feb. 14, 2006, by an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations near Abu Ghraib.

—Compiled from fallenheroesmemorial.com

 
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