September: U.S. Department of Defense Casualties Report (2015)

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Sept. 29, 2015 DoD Identifies Navy Casualty: Philip Manes, 21, NCD, Bahrain, USS Gladiator (MCM 11)

Sept. 22, 2015 DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Kyle Gilbert, 24, NCD, Afghanistan, Fort Drum, New York

Norman Early III Lured to Married Lover’s Home to “Pay Him a Lesson”; Three Former Marines Sentenced in the California Robbery & Beating Case (2015)

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“I knew what my fate was. I was going to be murdered.” -Norman Early III

On the morning of September 20, 2015, Diana Reyes lured Norman Early III into her home so her husband and his friends could “pay him a lesson” for an alleged affair Early had with Reyes while her husband was deployed overseas with the US Marine Corps. Early claims that he thought she was separated and getting a divorce. He even stated that he loved her and although they were involved romantically, he never slept with her. Reyes on the other hand sat in a room in the house and listened to him being beat by her husband and his Marine buddies. Norman Early sustained an orbital fracture, his eye was bruised and swollen shut, and he had numerous contusions to his head and body. Marines Sergio Medina, Rodrigo Sanchez, and Leonardo Ortiz were initially charged with several felonies, including attempted murder, kidnapping, and torture. The attempted murder and kidnapping charges were dismissed during the preliminary hearing. Their lawyers accepted a plea deal for first-degree robbery. Lance Cpl. Sergio Medina was sentenced to 6 years in prison. Lance Cpl. Rodrigo Sanchez and Lance Cpl. Leonardo Ortiz were sentenced to 3 years in prison. Military officials said all three were discharged from the Marine Corps.

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Non Combat Deaths of Female Soldiers in the US Military (Other Areas)

Map of Middle East

Bahrain

20 Apr 08: PO1 Cherie Morton, Navy (medical, under investigation)
22 Oct 07: MASN Anamarie Camacho, Navy (gunshot wound, homicide)
22 Oct 07: MASN Genesia Gresham, Navy (gunshot wound, homicide)
1 Oct 07: MASA Shayna Schnell, Navy (injuries sustained in a vehicle accident)
16 Jan 07: MA1 Jennifer Valdivia, Navy (hazed and bullied by supervisor, carbon monoxide poisoning, death ruled suicide by NCIS)
19 Sep 06: LCDR Jane (Lanham) Tafoya, Navy (non-combat related causes)

Jordan

26 Jul 06: CIVILIAN Donna Marie Kerns (vehicle accident)

Kuwait

13 Sep 14: SSG Virginia Caballero, US Army Reserves (medical non-combat death en-route from Kuwait to US)
27 Aug 12: SSG Jessica Wing, Maine Army National Guard (death ruled suicide)
19 Feb 09: Spc Cwislyn Walter, Hawaii Army National Guard (non combat related vehicular accident)
12 Nov 07: Spc Ashley Sietsema, Army (injuries sustained in vehicle accident)
6 Nov 07: Spc Christine Ndururi, Army (medical, unexplained non-combat illness)
1 Oct 06: SSG Denise A Lannaman, New York Army National Guard (gunshot wound, death ruled suicide)
28 Oct 05: 1LT Debra A. (Butler) Banaszak, Missouri Army National Guard (non-combat related injury, death ruled suicide)

The Arabian Gulf

31 Dec 06: SN Sandra Grant, Navy (assigned to USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, medical, cardiac arrest)
18 Apr 02: SN Katrina Grady, Navy (non-combat illness, medically evacuated from USS Port Royal)

The Gulf of Aden/Indian Ocean

12 Feb 07: MA2 Laquita James, Navy (natural causes aboard Bataan off the Horn of Africa)

The Gulf of Oman

18 Jan 11: OS2 Dominique Cruz, Navy (she went missing from aboard the USS Halsey in the Gulf of Oman, found during search and rescue operations Jan. 19 in the Gulf of Oman after being reported missing Jan 18, under investigation)

The Persian Gulf

25 Oct 03: FN Jakia Cannon, Navy (assigned to USS Enterprise, medical, died of natural causes while underway)

Related Links:
Non Combat Deaths of Female Soldiers in the US Military (Iraq)
Non Combat Deaths of Female Soldiers in the US Military (Afghanistan)
Noonie Fortin: Killed in Iraq or in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom
Noonie Fortin: Killed in Afghanistan or in support of Operation Enduring Freedom

Non Combat Deaths of Female Soldiers in the US Military (Iraq)

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    • 111 US women died in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
    • 69 female soldiers considered Combat Death (63%)
    • 41 female soldiers considered Non-Combat Death (37%)
    • 1 civilian journalist from the Boston Globe died in a vehicle accident
    • Non-Combat Death: Homicide, Suicide, Unknown, Accidents, Medical
      • Combat: 69 (63%)
      • Homicide/Suicide/Unknown: 23 (21%)
      • Accidents: 12 (11%)
      • Medical: 6 (5%)
    • 36 of 41 Non-Combat Deaths are in Army (88%) 

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2010
2 Jul 10: Spc Morganne McBeth, US Army (homicide, stabbed by another soldier)
8 Mar 10: SSG Lakeshia Bailey, US Army (vehicle rollover, accident)
21 Feb 10: CWO2 Billie Grinder, Tennessee Army National Guard (hard landing, family sued helicopter maker for faulty system that caused crash and settled)
10 Feb 10: Pfc Adriana Alvarez, US Army (gunshot wound, under investigation)

2009
4 Nov 09: SSG Amy (Seyboth) Tirador, US Army (gunshot wound, Army claimed suicide, family believes execution style murder, cold case)

2008
19 Oct 08: LCpl Stacy Dryden, US Marine Corps (fight with fellow soldier, homicide, cold case)
1 Sep 08: SSG Renee Deville, US Army (injured in Iraq, died unexpectedly at Walter Reed Army Medical Center after graduating from NCO course)
14 Aug 08: Pvt Janelle King, US Army (non combat related incident, under investigation)
2 Aug 08: Pfc Jennifer Cole, US Army (gunshot wound to abdomen, negligent homicide)
17 Jul 08: TSgt Jackie Larsen, US Air Force (medical, natural causes)
9 May 08: Spc Mary Jaenichen, US Army (non-combat related injury, under investigation)
22 Feb 08: Spc Keisha Morgan, US Army (death ruled accidental overdose, family suspects rape and murder, cold case)
25 Jan 08: Sgt Tracy Birkman, US Army (non-combat related injury, under investigation)

2007
20 Sep 07: Capt (Dr) Roselle Hoffmaster, US Army (death ruled suicide)
7 Sep 07: Spc Marisol Heredia, US Army (non-combat injuries, medical, severely burned, died in Texas from infection, under investigation)
16 Aug 07: Spc Kamisha J Block, US Army (gunshot wound, homicide, workplace violence)
9 Aug 07: SSG Alicia Birchett, US Army (vehicle ran over her while she was changing tire, under investigation)
7 Feb 07: Capt Jennifer Harris, US Marine Corps (helicopter crash, no sign that it involved hostile fire, under investigation)
28 Jan 07: Spc Carla Stewart, US Army (wounds sustained when convoy vehicle rolled over)
20 Jan 07: CSM Marilyn Gabbard, Iowa Army National Guard (helicopter crash, might have been shot down, under investigation)

2006
12 Dec 06: Major Gloria Davis, US Army (gunshot wound, death ruled suicide)
26 Nov 06: SSG Jeannette Dunn, US Army (non-combat related injury, under investigation)
4 Sep 06: Pfc Hannah McKinney, US Army (struck by vehicle, family believes rape & murder)
8 Apr 06: L/Cpl Juana Arellano, US Marine Corps (wounds received supporting combat operations)
11 Mar 06: Pfc Amy Duerksen, US Army (non-combat gunshot injury)
1 Mar 06: Pfc Tina Priest, US Army (reported rape, died of non-combat gunshot wound to the chest, cold case)
7 Jan 06: 1LT Jaime Lynn (Krausse) Campbell, Alaska Army National Guard (helicopter crash)

2005
19 Jul 05: Pfc LaVena Johnson, US Army (non-combat gunshot injury, death ruled suicide, family claims rape and murder based on autopsy evidence)
4 Mar 05: Spc Adriana Salem, US Army (accident, military vehicle roll over)
1 Mar 05: Spc Lizbeth Robles, US Army (injuries sustained in a military vehicle accident)
16 Feb 05: Spc Katrina Lani (Johnson) Bell, US Army (accident, vehicle rollover)

2004
13 Dec 04: SSG Tina Time, US Army Reserve (supply truck she was driving during a dust storm collided with another military vehicle)
4 Oct 04: SSG Gina Sparks, US Army (died at Fort Polk, Louisiana from injuries sustained from a gunshot wound in Iraq)
6 Jun 04: Pfc Melissa Hobart, US Army (medical, died after collapsing while on guard duty)
7 Mar 04: Capt Gussie Jones, US Army (non-combat related cause, under investigation)
14 Jan 04: SSG Keicia Hines, US Army (Army reports accidentally struck by a vehicle)

2003
8 Nov 03: SSG Linda Jimenez, US Army (medical, fell running to keep up with friends, died of complications at Walter Reed after a blood clot formed, caused stroke)
1 Oct 03: Spc Tamarra Ramos, US Army (medical, non-combat related injuries, cancer)
15 Sep 03: Spc Alyssa Peterson, US Army (gunshot wound, death ruled suicide)
9 Jul 03: SSG Melissa Valles, US Army (noncombat gunshot wound to abdomen)
8 May 03: CIVILIAN Elizabeth Neuffer, Boston Globe Journalist (automobile accident)

Related Links:
Non Combat Deaths of Female Soldiers in the US Military (Afghanistan)
Non Combat Deaths of Female Soldiers in the US Military (Other Areas)
Noonie Fortin: Killed in Iraq or in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom
Is There an Army Cover-Up of Rape and Murder of Women Soldiers?
U.S. Military Keeping Secrets About Female Soldiers’ ‘Suicides’?
Military Policy and Legislation Considerations for the Investigations of Non Combat Death, Homicide, and Suicide of US Service Members

Charles Martland, US Army, Losing his Career for Roughing up Corrupt Afghan Official Accused of Rape

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Justice for Army 1st SGT. Class Charles Martland

“We’ve got to let people know what the military’s doing, how the lawyers are running the show.” ~Rep Duncan Hunter

GOP Representatives protested Charles Martland’s separation from the Army for roughing up a corrupt Afghan Official accused of rape. The Army agreed to postpone Sgt. Martland’s discharge and gave him 60 days to allow time to file an appeal. Since this case has emerged, more US soldiers have come forward and admitted that they were asked to overlook the rape of children perpetrated by officials in Afghanistan. The Pentagon denied the allegations and stated that they had no such policy in place but felt it important to respect cultural differences. “Postponing Sgt. Martland’s separation from the military for 60 days to allow him time to file an appeal is a good first step, but the Army must act to reverse his forced discharge,” Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.) wrote in a letter to Army Secretary John McHugh.

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Hunter Kelly, US Army (2015)

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Honoring Spc Hunter Kelly, US Army, who was found dead at another’s soldier’s home near Fort Stewart, Georgia on August 29, 2015. Peter Petri, also a US Army soldier, was charged with involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct. Ryan Brown, another US Army soldier was also arrested for obstruction of a law enforcement officer. This case is under investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Long County Sheriff’s Office. Military officials are cooperating.

“He had this unexplainable ability to excel at everything he did.” ~Ron Kelly (Hunter’s father)

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