Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Meanwhile

Two Louisiana National Guardsmen have been killed in Iraq.

The Department of Defense said the soldiers were killed Saturday [March 26, 2005] when a car bomb detonated near their humvee while the soldiers were on patrol.

The victims were identified as Sgt. Isiah Sinclair, 31, of Natchitoches, and Sgt. Lee Godbolt, 23, of New Orleans.
Altogether Louisiana has lost:
•Army Pfc. Wilfred D. Bellard, 20, of Lake Charles, killed April 4, 2003, when his vehicle fell into a ravine.

•Army Spc. Levi B. Kinchen, 21, of Tickfaw, found dead in his cot on Aug. 9, 2003.

•Army National Guard Sgt. Floyd G. Knighten Jr., 55, of Olla, died Aug. 9, 2003, of heart-related causes while traveling with a convoy.

•Army Sgt. Taft V. Williams, 29, of New Orleans, killed Aug. 12, 2003, when his convoy rolled over three pipe bombs.

•Army Staff Sgt. Craig Davis, 37, of Opelousas, killed Jan. 8, 2004, when his Black Hawk helicopter went down over Fallujah.

•Army Capt. Gussie M. Jones, 41, of Shreveport, died March 7, 2004, of an apparent heart attack in Baghdad.

•Army Staff Sgt. Toby W. Mallet, 26, of Kaplan, killed April 9, 2004, when a rocket-propelled grenade hit his vehicle in Baghdad.

•Army Sgt. Maj. Edward "Carl" Barnhill, 50, of Shreveport, died May 14, 2004, of a heart attack in Baghdad.

•Army Pfc. James P. Lambert, 23, of New Orleans, killed May 25, 2004, when an explosive device hit his patrol in Fallujah.

•Army Spc. Jeremy M. Heines, 25, of New Orleans, killed June 26, 2004, when a rocket-propelled grenade hit his vehicle.

•Army Spc. Robert L. Dusang, 24, of Mandeville, killed June 30, 2004, when his overturned north of the Kuwait border.

•Army Spc. Charles C. Persing, 20, of Albany, killed July 19, 2004, when his convoy was hit by mortar rounds.

•Army Pfc. Torey J. Dantzler, 22, of Columbia, killed July 22, 2004, when a roadside bomb exploded near his convoy vehicle.

•Marine Lance Cpl. Larry L. Wells, 22, of Mount Hermon, killed Aug. 6, 2004, fighting in the An Najal province.

•Army Spc. Joseph Thibodeaux III, 24, of Lafayette, killed Sept. 1, 2004, by enemy gunfire near Hawija.

•Marine Pfc. David P. Burridge, 19, of Lafayette, killed Sept. 6, 2004, in an explosion outside Fallujah.

•Marine Lance Cpl. Justin D. McLeese, 19, of Covington, killed Nov. 13, 2004, in a booby-trapped building in Fallujah.

•Marine Sgt. Jeffrey L. Kirk, 24, of Baton Rouge, killed Dec. 12, 2004, during operations in the Al Anbar province.

•Louisiana National Guard Spc. Craig L. Nelson, 21, of Bossier City, died Dec. 16, 2004, in a roadside bomb on the outskirts of Baghdad.

•Army Pfc. Lionel Ayro, 22, of Jeanerette, killed Dec. 21, 2004, in an explosion in Mosul.

•National Guard 2nd Lt. Christopher Barnett, 32, of Baton Rouge, killed Dec. 24, 2004, in an explosion near his vehicle in Baghdad.

•National Guard Spc. Bradley Bergeron, 25, of Houma, killed Jan. 6, 2005, in a blast while on an anti-mortar mission.

•National Guard Sgt. Christopher Babin, 27, of Houma, killed Jan. 6, in a blast while on an anti-mortar mission.

•National Guard Pfc. Armand Frickey, 21, of Houma, killed Jan. 6, in a blast while on an anti-mortar mission.

•National Guard Spc. Warren Murphy of Marrero, killed Jan. 6, in a blast while on an anti-mortar mission.

•National Guard Spc. Huey Fassbender III of LaPlace, killed Jan. 6, in a blast while on an anti-mortar mission.

•National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Kurt Comeaux, of Raceland, killed Jan. 6, in a blast while on an anti-mortar mission.

•National Guard Sgt. Robert Wesley Sweeney III, 22, of Pineville, killed Jan. 10, in a blast that hit his vehicle in Baghdad.

•National Guard Staff Sgt. Bill Manuel, 34, of Kinder, killed Jan. 10, in a blast that hit his vehicle in Baghdad.

•National Guard Staff Sgt. Jonathan Reed, 25, of Krotz Springs, killed Jan. 28 in an explosion while on patrol in Baghdad.

•National Guard Sgt. Christopher Ramsey, killed Jan. 28 in an explosion while on patrol in Baghdad.

•National Guard Sgt. Michael Evans, killed Jan. 28 in an explosion while on patrol in Baghdad.

•Army Sgt. Rene Knox Jr., 22, of New Orleans, one of three soldiers killed Feb. 13 when their vehicle overturned in Balad, Iraq.

•National Guard Spc. Seth Trahan, 20, of Crowley killed Feb. 19 in a landmine explosion on tank patrol in Baghdad.

•National Guard Staff Sgt. Nicholas J. Olivier, 26, of Lafayette, killed Feb. 23 when a homemade bomb exploded while he was on ground patrol in Baghdad.

•National Guard Sgt. Paul Heltzel, 39, of Baton Rouge, killed March 15 when a car bomb exploded in Baghdad.

•National Guard Sgt. Lee M. Godbolt, 23, of New Orleans, killed when a roadside bomb exploded near the vehicle he was in during a patrol in Baghdad.

•National Guard Sgt. Isiah J. Sinclair, 31, of Natchitoches, killed when a roadside bomb exploded near the vehicle he was in during a patrol in Baghdad.
We must never forget them.

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