NM Fallen Heroes 2008 to 2009

NM FALLEN HEROES 2008-2009
 

Navy Information SYstems Technician 2nd ClassMenelek M. Brown, 24, of Roswell, N.M., was declared dead Jan. 4,  2008 after apparently going overboard from USS Hopper in the Arabian Sea Jan. 3.ÊNavy aircraft and ships conducted an extensive search but did not locate him.ÊUSS Hopper is homeported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
Navy Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Menelek M. Brown, 24, of Roswell, N.M., was declared dead Jan. 4, 2008 after apparently going overboard from USS Hopper in the Arabian Sea Jan. 3. Navy aircraft and ships conducted an extensive search but did not locate him. USS Hopper is homeported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

1/2/2008

PO2 Menelek Brown (U.S. Navy) The 24-year old Roswell native was declared dead two days after apparently going overboard from USS Hopper in the Arabian Sea. Navy aircraft and ships conducted an extensive search but did not locate him
 

Army Cpt. Thomas J. Casey, 32, of Albuquerque, N.M., died Jan. 3 in As Sadiyah, Iraq, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using small arms fire during combat operations. He was assigned to the Military Transition Team, 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.Ê
Army Cpt. Thomas J. Casey, 32, of Albuquerque, N.M., died Jan. 3 in As Sadiyah, Iraq, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using small arms fire during combat operations. He was assigned to the Military Transition Team, 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.

1/3/2008

CPT Thomas Casey (U.S. Army) The 32-year old Albuquerque native was killed when insurgents attacked his unit using small arms fire during combat operations in As-Sadiyah, Iraq
 

Army Sgt. Christopher A. Sanders, 22, of Roswell, N.M., died Jan. 9 in Sinsil, Iraq, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated during combat operations.ÊHe was assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armored Division, Vilseck, Germany.
Army Sgt. Christopher A. Sanders, 22, of Roswell, N.M., died Jan. 9 in Sinsil, Iraq, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated during combat operations. He was assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armored Division, Vilseck, Germany.

1/9/2008

SGT Christopher Sanders (U.S. Army) The 22-year old Roswell native was killed when a booby-trapped home detonated after his unit entered during patrols in Baghdad, Iraq.
 

Army Sgt. Gary D. Willett, 34, of Alamogordo, N.M., died Feb. 8 in Taji, Iraq, of wounds suffered whenÊhis vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device. He was assigned toÊthe 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.
Army Sgt. Gary D. Willett, 34, of Alamogordo, N.M., died Feb. 8 in Taji, Iraq, of wounds suffered when his vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

2/8/2008

SGT Gary Willett (U.S. Army) The 34-year old Alamogordo native was killed when a Humvee carrying his unit encountered a hidden Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Taji, Iraq.
Frost, Christopher

4/3/2008

SSgt Christopher Frost (U.S. Air Force) The 24-year old Waukesha, WI native was killed when the helicopter he was riding in crashed due to a severe sandstorm near Baghdad, Iraq. Sgt.  Frost was stationed at Kirtland AFB.
Griffin, Travis

4/3/2008

SSG Travis Griffin (U.S. Army) The 28-year old Dover, DE native was killed while performing a PTT (Police Transition Team) mission in Baghdad, Iraq.
Roberts, Kevin

5/7/2008

SSG Kevin Roberts (U.S. Army) The25-year old native of Farmington was killed when a Humvee carrying his unit encountered an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) while on patrol in the Sabari District of Afghanistan.
Hays, Bruce

9/17/2008

CPT Bruce Hays (U.S. Army) The 42-year old Capitan native was killed when a vehicle carrying members of  his Wyoming National Guard Unit encountered an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) while on patrol in Gerdia Seria, Afghanistan.
Humphreys, Christian

11/15/2008

WO2 Christian Humphreys (U.S. Army) The 28-year old native of Alamogordo was killed when an OH-58 Kiowa helicopter transporting him and his unit crashed while on a mission over Mosul, Iraq.
Army Spc. Darrell L. Fernandez, 25, of Truth or Consequences, N.M., died Jan. 31 in Kirkuk, Iraq, of injuries sustained during a vehicle accident. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.
Army Spc. Darrell L. Fernandez, 25, of Truth or Consequences, N.M., died Jan. 31 in Kirkuk, Iraq, of injuries sustained during a vehicle accident. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.

1/31/2009

SPC Darrell  Fernandez (U.S. Army) The 25-year old Truth or Consequences native died from injuries suffered in a vehicle accident while patrolling near Kirkuk.  It was Fernandez’s third tour of duty in Iraq.
Tallouzi, Daniel

2/29/2009

SSG Daniel Tallouzi (U.S. Army) The 24-year old Albuquerque native died at the Univ. of New Mexico Hospital from injuries suffered in a mortar attack at Camp Taji, Iraq  2-1/2 years earlier (September, 2006)
Bowles, Timothy

3/15/2009

SSgt Timothy  Bowles (U.S. Air Force) The 24-year old native of Tucson, AZ died from wounds suffered when his vehicle encountered an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) while on patrol near Kot, Afghanistan. His parents live in Glorieta, New Mexico.
 

Sgt. Jose R. Escobedo Jr., 32, of Albuquerque, N.M., died March 20, 2009 in Baghdad, of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident the night before at Forward Operating Base Kalsu in Iskandariyah, Iraq.ÊHe was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 77th Field Artillery Regiment in Schweinfurt, Germany.
Sgt. Jose R. Escobedo Jr., 32, of Albuquerque, N.M., died March 20, 2009 in Baghdad, of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident the night before at Forward Operating Base Kalsu in Iskandariyah, Iraq.ÊHe was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 77th Field Artillery Regiment in Schweinfurt, Germany.

3/20/2009

SGT Jose Escobedo (U.S. Army) The 32-year old Albuquerque native died from injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident Forward Operating Base Kalsu in Iskandariyah, Iraq.
Kurth, Christopher

6/4/2009

SPC Christopher Kurth (U.S. Army) The 24-year old native of Alamogordo was killed when his convoy was attacked while on patrol near Kirkuk, Iraq.
Tom, Troy

8/17/2009

SPC  Troy Tom (U.S. Army) The 21-year old native of Beclabito died from wounds suffered when an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) detonated near his unit while on patrol near Arghandab, Afghanistan.
Gallegos, Joseph

10/2/2009

SGT Joseph L. Gallegos (NM Army National Guard) The 39-year old native of Questa died in a non-combat incident in Tallil, Afghanistan.
Carrasco, Tony

11/4/2009

SPC Tony Carrasco, Jr. (U.S. Army) The 25-year old Anthony native died from injuries suffered when his unit was attacked by enemy forces in Ad-Dawr, Iraq.
Army Sgt. 1st Class Kenneth W. Westbrook, 41, of Shiprock, N.M., died Oct. 7, 2009 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., of wounds suffered Sept. 8 when insurgents attacked his unit in the Ganjigal Valley, Afghanistan, using small arms and indirect fire. He was assigned to the 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan. Photo courtesy David Westbrook
Army Sgt. 1st Class Kenneth W. Westbrook, 41, of Shiprock, N.M., died Oct. 7, 2009 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., of wounds suffered Sept. 8 when insurgents attacked his unit in the Ganjigal Valley, Afghanistan, using small arms and indirect fire. He was assigned to the 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan. Photo courtesy David Westbrook

11/7/2009

SFC Kenneth Westbrook (U.S. Army) The 41-year old native of Farmington died at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., from wounds suffered three months earlier when insurgents attacked his unit in the Ganjigal Valley, Afghanistan. Four years earlier, his older brother was killed in action while on patrol in Iraq.