NM Fallen Heroes 2006 to 2007

NM FALLEN HEROES 2006 – 2007
Yazzie, Clifton

1/22/2006

SGT Clifton Yazzie (U.S. Army) The 23-year old native of Fruitland was killed when an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) exploded near his unit’s Humvee near Al-Huwijah, Iraq. Yazzie was on his 2nd tour of duty.
Zamora, Jesse

2/9/2006

CPL Jesse Zamora (U.S. Army) The 22-year old native of Las Cruces was killed when an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) exploded near his Humvee in Bayji, Iraq.
In this undated photo provided by the Salas family, U.S. Army soldier Rick Salas is shown. Salas a soldier from Roswell, N.M., has been killed while serving in Iraq, his family said, Tuesday, March 7, 2006. Salas leaves behind a wife and two children. He was assigned to the 37th Armored Regiment, C Company. Salas is the 19th New Mexico soldier or Marine killed in Iraq. (AP Photo/Salas Family via KRQE-TV) ** MANATORY CREDIT **
In this undated photo provided by the Salas family, U.S. Army soldier Rick Salas is shown. Salas a soldier from Roswell, N.M., has been killed while serving in Iraq, his family said, Tuesday, March 7, 2006. Salas leaves behind a wife and two children. He was assigned to the 37th Armored Regiment, C Company. Salas is the 19th New Mexico soldier or Marine killed in Iraq. (AP Photo/Salas Family via KRQE-TV)

3/9/2006

PFC Ricky  Salas, Jr. (U.S. Army) The 22-year old Roswell native was killed when an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) detonated near his military vehicle while conducting mounted operations in Mosul, Iraq.
Kassin, Robert

7/16/2006

SGT Robert Kassin (U.S. Army) The 29-year old native of Clovis was killed while leading his unit into enemy action in Zabul, Iraq.
In this undated Clovis High School yearbook photo released by the Clovis News Journal, Army Sgt. Leroy Segura Jr., 23, shown in this undated photo was killed while serving in Iraq, the U.S. Department of Defense said. Segura died Friday, Aug. 4, 2006, from injuries he suffered when his military vehicle overturned in Habbaniyah. (AP Photo/Clovis High School Yearbook via Clovis News Journal)
In this undated Clovis High School yearbook photo released by the Clovis News Journal, Army Sgt. Leroy Segura Jr., 23, shown in this undated photo was killed while serving in Iraq, the U.S. Department of Defense said. Segura died Friday, Aug. 4, 2006, from injuries he suffered when his military vehicle overturned in Habbaniyah. (AP Photo/Clovis High School Yearbook via Clovis News Journal)

8/4/2006

SGT Leroy Segura (U.S. Army) The 23-year old Clovis native died as the result of a vehicle accident while on patrol outside of Habbaniyah, Iraq.
This undated photo provided by the Zamora family shows Spc. Jose Zamora. Zamora, 24, of Sunland Park, N.M., was killed along with three other soldiers after a roadside bomb exploded near the Humvee they were riding in during combat operations in Baghdad, on Sunday, Aug. 6, 2006. The three soldiers were combat engineers assigned to the 2nd Brigade Troop Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) from Fort Campbell, Ky. (AP Photo/Courtesy of the Zamora family via Las Cruces Sun-News) ** NO SALES **
This undated photo provided by the Zamora family shows Spc. Jose Zamora. Zamora, 24, of Sunland Park, N.M., was killed along with three other soldiers after a roadside bomb exploded near the Humvee they were riding in during combat operations in Baghdad, on Sunday, Aug. 6, 2006. The three soldiers were combat engineers assigned to the 2nd Brigade Troop Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) from Fort Campbell, Ky. (AP Photo/Courtesy of the Zamora family via Las Cruces Sun-News)

8/6/2006

SPC Jose Zamora (U.S. Army) The 24-year old native of Sunland Park was killed when an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) exploded near his Humvee while on patrol in Baghdad
Harris, Shane

9/3/2006

LCpl Shane Harris (U.S. Marine Corps) The 23-year old Las Vegas, NM native was killed in combat action in Al-Anbar, Iraq.
Gutierrez, Marshall

9/4/2006

LTC Marshall Gutierrez (U.S. Army) The 41-year old Las Vegas, NM native died of non-combat related injuries while serving in Camp Virginia, Kuwait.
In an undated photo provided by the U.S. Army/Alaska, Spc. Alexander Jordan is shown. Jordan died of injuries caused by enemy small-arms fire that he received while conducting a mounted patrol in Baghdad on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2006. Jordan, 31, of Miami, was an indirect fire infantryman (mortar) assigned to the 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, based at Fort Richardson, Alaska. (AP Photo/U.S. Army)
In an undated photo provided by the U.S. Army/Alaska, Spc. Alexander Jordan is shown. Jordan died of injuries caused by enemy small-arms fire that he received while conducting a mounted patrol in Baghdad on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2006. Jordan, 31, of Miami, was an indirect fire infantryman (mortar) assigned to the 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, based at Fort Richardson, Alaska. (AP Photo/U.S. Army)

9/10/2006

CPL Alexander Jordan (U.S. Army) The 31-year old native of Albuquerque was died from injuries suffered from an encounter with enemy forces in Baghdad, Iraq.
Koelher, Gary (1)

11/1/2006

Cpl Gary Koehler (U.S. Marine Corps) The 21-year old resident of Albuquerque was killed when an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) exploded near his unit while it was conducting combat operations in Al-Anbar, Iraq
This undated photo provided by family shows, Army Sgt. Eric Vizcaino. Vizcaino, 21, a 2003 graduate of West Mesa High School in Albuquerque, N.M., was shot and killed in while serving in Iraq on Monday, Nov. 20, 2006 according to his father. Vizcaino's wife and 2-year-old daughter were in Fort Bragg, N.C., awaiting the arrival of the soldier's body from Germany. The family said memorial services were planned for Thanksgiving Day at San Jose Parish and at San Felipe de Neri church on Sunday. The U.S. Department of Defense has not released any information on the soldier's death. (AP Photo/Vizcaino family via KOB-TV)
This undated photo provided by family shows, Army Sgt. Eric Vizcaino. Vizcaino, 21, a 2003 graduate of West Mesa High School in Albuquerque, N.M., was shot and killed in while serving in Iraq on Monday, Nov. 20, 2006 according to his father. Vizcaino’s wife and 2-year-old daughter were in Fort Bragg, N.C., awaiting the arrival of the soldier’s body from Germany. The family said memorial services were planned for Thanksgiving Day at San Jose Parish and at San Felipe de Neri church on Sunday. The U.S. Department of Defense has not released any information on the soldier’s death. (AP Photo/Vizcaino family via KOB-TV)

11/20/2006

SGT Eric Vizcaino (U.S. Army) The 21-year old Albuquerque native died from injuries suffered in a non-combat incident in Samarra, Iraq.
West, Jeromy

11/25/2006

LCpl Jeromy West (U.S. Marine Corps) The 20-year old native of Albuquerque was killed by enemy fire while on patrol in Al-Anbar, Iraq.
In this Oct 14, 2005 photo released by the family Marine Lance Cpl. Emilian Sanchez is shown. Sanchez, 20, was killed Sunday, Jan. 21, 2007, in Iraq's Al Anbar province. He was assigned to Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, stationed in Camp Pendleton, Calif. (AP Photo/Family Photo via U.S. Marine Corps) ** NO SALES **
In this Oct 14, 2005 photo released by the family Marine Lance Cpl. Emilian Sanchez is shown. Sanchez, 20, was killed Sunday, Jan. 21, 2007, in Iraq’s Al Anbar province. He was assigned to Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, stationed in Camp Pendleton, Calif. (AP Photo/Family Photo via U.S. Marine Corps)

1/21/2007

LCpl Emilian Sanchez (U.S. Marine Corps) The 20-year old Santa Ana Pueblo native died from injuries suffered from combat action in Al-Anbar, Iraq.
In this photo released by the U.S. Army, Army Sgt. Matthew Apuan is shown. Apuan, 27, died of a head wound, the 27th New Mexican killed while serving in Iraq. The soldier's father, Charles Apuan, said he was notified late Sunday, Feb. 18, 2007, by a military chaplain and hoped to receive more information later in the week. Apuan was a tank gunner with the 1st Cavalry based at Fort Hood, Texas, and was on his second tour of duty in Iraq. (AP Photo/U.S. Army via The Sun-News)
In this photo released by the U.S. Army, Army Sgt. Matthew Apuan is shown. Apuan, 27, died of a head wound, the 27th New Mexican killed while serving in Iraq. The soldier’s father, Charles Apuan, said he was notified late Sunday, Feb. 18, 2007, by a military chaplain and hoped to receive more information later in the week. Apuan was a tank gunner with the 1st Cavalry based at Fort Hood, Texas, and was on his second tour of duty in Iraq. (AP Photo/U.S. Army via The Sun-News)

2/18/2007

SGT Matthew Apuan (U.S. Army) The 27-year old native of Las Cruces was killed when his unit came under enemy attack while on patrol in Baghdad.
Duffman. Scott

2/18/2007

TSgt Scott Duffman (U.S. Air Force) The 32-year old Albuquerque native was killed when his Chinook transport helicopter crashed in eastern Afghanistan.
Marine Lance Cpl. Steven Chavez is shown in an undated photo released by his family. he family said Thursday, March 15, 2007, that they had learned from military officials that Chavez was killed Wednesday in Anbar province, a Sunni insurgent stronghold west of Baghdad. Details of his death were not immediately clear, but the military reported that a Marine had been killed in that area in a non-combat related incident. (AP Photo/Family Photo) ** NO SALES **
Marine Lance Cpl. Steven Chavez is shown in an undated photo released by his family. he family said Thursday, March 15, 2007, that they had learned from military officials that Chavez was killed Wednesday in Anbar province, a Sunni insurgent stronghold west of Baghdad. Details of his death were not immediately clear, but the military reported that a Marine had been killed in that area in a non-combat related incident. (AP Photo/Family Photo)

3/14/2007

LCpl Steven Chavez (U.S. Marine Corps) The 20-year old native of Hondo was killed in a non-hostile incident in Al-Anbar, Iraq.
Kowalczyk, Stephen

3/14/2007

SPC Stephen Kowalszcyk (U.S. Army) The 32-year old Albuquerque native was killed when his unit came under attack while on patrol in in Muqdadiyah, Iraq.
Spohn III, Clifford

4/8/2007

SPC Clifford Spohn (U.S. Army) The 21-year old native of Albuquerque was killed when his unit came under attack while it was assisting Iraqi Police during operations in Karmah, Iraq.
** FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY UNTIL MIDNIGHT, MAY 11, 2007 ** This undated photo provided by the Gale Poindexter shows Army Spc. Joel Lewis, 28, of Tulsa, Okla., who was identified by his family as one of six soldiers from Fort Lewis, Wash., killed by a roadside bomb blast Sunday, May 6, 2007, in Iraq. (AP Photo/Provided by Gale Poindexter) ** NO SALES, NO ARCHIVE ** **
This undated photo provided by the Gale Poindexter shows Army Spc. Joel Lewis, 28, of Tulsa, Okla., who was identified by his family as one of six soldiers from Fort Lewis, Wash., killed by a roadside bomb blast Sunday, May 6, 2007, in Iraq. (AP Photo/Provided by Gale Poindexter)

5/6/2007

SGT Joel Lewis (U.S. Army) The 28-year old Sandia Park native died from wounds sustained when an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) detonated near his unit’s  vehicle during combat operations in Baqubah, Iraq
Zembiec, Douglas

5/11/2007

Maj Douglas Zembiec (U.S. Marine Corps) The 34-year old Albuquerque native was killed while leading his unit into combat action in Baghdad, Iraq.
In this photo released by the Akin family via Victor Raigoza, shown is Sgt. James C. Akin, date and location unknown. Akin, of Albuquerque and stationed at Fort Lewis, Wash., was killed when a roadside bomb exploded near their vehicle in Iraq on Sunday, June 3, 2007. (AP Photo/Akin Family via Victor Raigoza) ** NO SALES **
In this photo released by the Akin family via Victor Raigoza, shown is Sgt. James C. Akin, date and location unknown. Akin, of Albuquerque and stationed at Fort Lewis, Wash., was killed when a roadside bomb exploded near their vehicle in Iraq on Sunday, June 3, 2007. (AP Photo/Akin Family via Victor Raigoza)

6/2/2007

SGT James Akin (U.S. Army) The 23-year old Albuquerque native was killed when a roadside bomb exploded near his unit’s  vehicle in Thania, Iraq
Dahl, Joel

6/23/2007

CPL Joel Dahl (U.S. Army) The 21-year old native of Los Lunas was killed when his unit came under enemy attack while on patrol near  Baghdad, Iraq.
Byrd III, Henry

6/24/2007

PFC Henry Byrd III (U.S. Army) The 20-year old Veguita native died at a U.S. base in Landstuhl Germany, from a non-combat related illness sustained on combat patrol in Iraq
This undated photo released by the U.S. Army public affairs office at Fort Bliss, Texas, shows Spc. Jeremy L. Stacey, 23, of Bismarck, Ark., who died July 5, 2007, in Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds suffered from an improvised explosive device. (AP Photo/U.S. Army)
This undated photo released by the U.S. Army public affairs office at Fort Bliss, Texas, shows Spc. Jeremy L. Stacey, 23, of Bismarck, Ark., who died July 5, 2007, in Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds suffered from an improvised explosive device. (AP Photo/U.S. Army)

7/5/2007

CPL Jeremy Stacey (U.S. Army) The 23-year old native of Las Chavez was killed when an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) exploded while his unit was on patrol in Baghdad, Iraq.
Causor, Roberto

7/7/2007

SPC Roberto Causor, Jr. (U.S. Army) The 21-year old native of Rio rancho was killed when insurgents attacked his unit with an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and small arms fire while on patrol in Samarra, Iraq.
Bostick, Thomas

7/27/2007

MAJ Thomas Bostick (U.S. Army) The 37-year old Lovington native was killed when his unit came in contact with enemy forces using small arms fire during combat operations in Kamu, Afghanistan.
In this an undated photo provided by the Johnson family, U.S. Army pilot Christopher Johnson is shown. Johnson was killed Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2007 near Anbar province in Iraq. His CH-47 Chinook helicopter crashed during a routine post-maintenance test flight, killing all five on board. Charles and Mary Johnson of Gallup, N.M., were informed of their son's death Wednesday morning. Johnson's family has been told the crash was an accident. The military said the incident remains under investigation. (AP Photo/Johnson family)
In this an undated photo provided by the Johnson family, U.S. Army pilot Christopher Johnson is shown. Johnson was killed Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2007 near Anbar province in Iraq. His CH-47 Chinook helicopter crashed during a routine post-maintenance test flight, killing all five on board. Charles and Mary Johnson of Gallup, N.M., were informed of their son’s death Wednesday morning. Johnson’s family has been told the crash was an accident. The military said the incident remains under investigation. (AP Photo/Johnson family)

8/14/2007

WO2 Christopher Johnson (U.S. Army) The 31-year old native of Gallup was killed when his Chinook troop transport helicopter he was  piloting crashed during a post-maintenance test flight Al-Anbar, Iraq.
Army Spc. Brynn J. Naylor, 21, of Roswell, N.M., died Dec.13 in Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit using small arms fire. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.
Army Spc. Brynn J. Naylor, 21, of Roswell, N.M., died Dec.13 in Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit using small arms fire. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.

12/13/2007

SPC Brynn Naylor (U.S. Army) The 21-year old Roswell native was killed when enemy forces attacked his unit using small arms fire during combat operations in Baghdad, Iraq.