NM Fallen Heroes 2002 to 2005

NM FALLEN HEROES 2002-2005

Cunningham, Jason

3/4/2002

SrA Jason Cunningham (U.S. Air Force) The 26-year old Carlsbad native was killed while taking part in Operation Anaconda in Afghanistan attempting  to save the lives of ten wounded soldiers.
Speer, Christopher

8/6/2002

SFC 1st Class Christopher Speer (U.S. Army) The 28-year old Albuquerque native–a Special Forces medic–died from injuries sustained when his unit was ambushed during a search of the Ab Khail village in Afghanistan.
Archuleta,Tamara

3/23/2003

1st Lt Tamara Archuleta (U.S. Air Force) The 23-year old Los Lunas native was killed when the helicopter she was co-piloting crashed in southeastern Afghanistan during a mission to rescue two critically injured children.
Piestewa, Lori3/23/2003 CPL Lori Piestewa (U.S. Army) The 22-year old native of Gallup was killed when the Humvee she was driving was ambushed near the town of Nasiriya in Iraq.  She was the first American woman killed in Iraq, and the first-ever Native-American U.S. woman soldier killed in any war.
Pirtle, James

10/4/2003

SPC James Pirtle (U.S. Army) The 27-year old Carlsbad native died of injuries he suffered when his Bradley fighting vehicle was hit by small arms fire and a rocket-propelled grenade during an ambush near Baghdad, Iraq.
Plumhoff, Steven

11/23/2003

Maj Steven Plumhoff (U.S. Air Force) The 33-year oldnative of Neshanic Station, NJ, was killed when the MH-53M Pave Low Transport helicopter he was piloting crashed due to mechanical failure over mountainous terrain east of Bagram Air Base in Iraq.  Major Plumhoff was stationed at Kirtland AFB in Albuquerque.
Ramos, Christopher

4/5/2004

LCpl Christopher Ramos (U.S. Marine Corps) The 26-year old Albuquerque native was killed while engaging enemy forces in a gun battle with enemy forces in Al-Anbar province west of Baghdad. It was Ramos’ 2nd tour of duty in Iraq.
Todacheene,  Lee

4/6/2004

SGT Lee Todacheene (U.S. Army) The 29-year old Farmington native was killed when mortar fire hit his guard post in Balad, Iraq. He’s believed to be the first Navajo killed in the Iraq war.
** FILE **  Lance Cpl. Aaron Austin is shown in this undated photo provided by his family.  Austin, a 21-year-old Lovington (N.M.) Marine who had planned to be married in December, has been killed in action in Iraq, his mother said Tuesday, April 27, 2004.  Austin was a leader on a machine gun team. (AP Photo/Austin Family via Hobbs News-Sun, File)

Lance Cpl. Aaron Austin is shown in this undated photo provided by his family. Austin, a 21-year-old Lovington (N.M.) Marine who had planned to be married in December, has been killed in action in Iraq, his mother said Tuesday, April 27, 2004. Austin was a leader on a machine gun team. (AP Photo/Austin Family via Hobbs News-Sun, File)

4/26/2004

LCpl Aaron Austin (U.S. Marine Corps) The 21-year old Lovington native was killed while engaging enemy forces in Fallujah. It was his 2nd tour of duty in Iraq.
Gray, Tommy

8/3/2004

SGT Tommy Gray (U.S. Army) The 34-year old tank mechanic and native of Roswell was killed in a vehicle accident in Taji, Iraq.
Rocha, Moses

8/5/2004

Sgt Moses Rocha (U.S. Marine Corps) The 33-year old Roswell native died from injuries suffered from enemy action in An-Najaf in Iraq.
Merville, Christopher

10/12/2004

SPC Christopher Merville (U.S. Army) The 26-year old Albuquerque native was killed when his unit came under heavy enemy fire in Baghdad.
Christensen, Jeremy

11/27/2004

SPC Jeremy Christensen (U.S. Army) The 27-year old Albuquerque native was killed when and Improvised Explosive  Device (IED) exploded near his patrol vehicle in Ad-Duilayah, Iraq.
Lucero, Joshua

11/27/2004

LCpl Joshua Lucero (U.S. Marine Corps) The 19-year old native of Albuquerque was killed from an explosion during combat action in Al-Anbar Province, Iraq.
Christmas, Todd

11/28/2004

CPT Todd Christmas (U.S. Army) The 26-year old native of Wagon Mound was killed when a helicopter crashed in heavy fog during a training exercise near Waco, TX. He had been preparing for a 2nd tour of duty in Iraq.
Adlesperger, Christopher

12/9/2004

LCpl Christopher Adlesperger (U.S. Marine Corps) The 20-year old native of Albuquerque was killed while on patrol in a hostile neighborhood in Al-Anbar, Iraq. Three weeks earlier, during combat action he was credited with saving the lives of two fellow soldiers, for which he was Posthumously awarded the Navy Cross.
Rodriguez, Joseph

1/28/2005

SSG Joseph Rodriguez (U.S. Army) The 25-year old Las Cruces native was killed when an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) exploded near his armored vehicle in Baghdad, Iraq.
Grant, Jonathan

5/11/2005

LCpl Jonathan Grant (U.S. Marine Corps) The 23-year old native of Pojoaque was killed when the armored troop transport vehicle in which he was riding encountered and Improvised Explosive  Device (IED) near Karabilah, Iraq.
Fresques

5/30/2005

1st Lt Jeremy Fresques (U.S. Air Force) The 26-year old Farmington native was killed in an airplane crash near Baghdad, Iraq. A member of the Special Forces, he was on a mission to train Iraqi soldiers.
Cambridge, Lyle J

7/5/2005

CPL Lyle Cambridge (U.S. Army) The 23-year old native of Aztec was killed when an improvised explosive device detonated near the vehicle he was riding in near Baghdad, Iraq.
Garza,  Damian

8/4/2005

PFC Damian  Garza (U.S. Army) The 19-year old Clovis native died as the result of a vehicle accident while on patrol outside of Jalalabad, Iraq.
Westbrook,  Marshall

10/1/2005

SGT  Marshall Westbrook (NM Army National Guard) The 43-year old Farmington native was killed when a Humvee in which he was riding ran over a hidden Improvised Explosives Device (IED) near Baghdad, Iraq. Four years later, his younger brother Kenneth would also lose his life from combat injuries suffered in Afghanistan.
Hildebrandt, Chad R

10/17/2005

LCpl Chad Hildebrandt (U.S. Marine Corps) The 22-year old native of Maxwell was killed from enemy small-arms fire while on combat patrol in Rutba.  It was his 2nd tour of duty in Iraq.
Reyes, Mario

11/7/2005

PVT 1st Class Mario Reyes (U.S. Army) The 19-year old Las Cruces native was killed in Baghdad when a suicide bomber drove a car into a checkpoint manned by his unit.
Widner, Vernon

11/17/2005

SPC Vernon Widner (U.S. Army) The 34-year old native of Truth or Consequences was killed when his Humvee came under attack while on patrol in Tikrit, Iraq.