SSgt Cierra Rogers, US Air Force, Dies Mysteriously on US Soil Shortly After Saving a Family from a Burning Building in South Korea (2016)

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SSgt Cierra Rogers, US Air Force

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SSG Virginia Caballero, US Army Reserves, Died En Route on Way Back from a Deployment to Kuwait, Family Received Conflicting Accounts of Cause of Death (2014)

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SSG Virginia Caballero, US Army Reserves (2014)

Honoring SSG Virginia Caballero, US Army Reserves, who became ill while en-route from Kuwait and then died unexpectedly shortly thereafter at a hospital in Rockford, Illinois on September 13, 2014. Apparently the commercial plane needed fuel and/or had to do an emergency landing for Virginia in Rockford, Illinois. It appears that they were on their way to Fort McCoy in Wisconsin. According to reports, Caballero was a Reservist stationed with the 452nd Combat Support Hospital, 330th Medical Brigade out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin but trained at Fort McCoy prior to her deployment to Kuwait.  She served in Kuwait for roughly eight months and for some reason was coming home a month early with a high ranking travel companion. Media reports claim she wanted to surprise her family in Texas. It is believed Caballero suffered from a blood clot which was exacerbated with the altitude on the flight. She was not listed as a non-combat death by the Department of Defense but this would in fact be considered a non-combat death due to medical. The family admits in newspaper articles that a lot of the details are sketchy.

Here are the questions we have after combing through the below articles. Why was she coming home a month early accompanied by a high ranking travel companion if she was going to surprise her family? Did something happen in country prior to her boarding that plane? Was this an early surprise for family in Texas or an expedited transfer from Kuwait back to the states? The military isn’t in the business of assigning high ranking travel companions unless there is an issue. Were there any concerns about medical health prior to boarding the plane? Where were they flying to? Rockford, Illinois is only a couple hour drive from Fort McCoy. Why did they not land the plane sooner at a larger airport like Chicago when the medical issues began to develop or the fuel began to get low? Why did the DoD not send out an official notification of non-combat death considering she was on active duty orders in support of war efforts in Kuwait?

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Petty Officer 1st Class Sean Caughman, US Navy, Died of a Non Combat-Related Injury in Kuwait (2010)

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Petty Officer 1st Class Sean Caughman, US Navy

Petty Officer 1st Class Sean Caughman, 43, US Navy, died of a non combat related injury on February 15, 2010 in Kuwait. Petty Officer 1st Class Caughman was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom on behalf of the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Twenty-Two, a Seabee unit at the Fort Worth Naval Air Station in Texas.

“A Seabee supporting Operation Enduring Freedom died Tuesday in Kuwait, the Defense Department announced Thursday. His cause of death was not provided, but the Naval Safety Center Web site said an E-6 died after a PT run.” -Honor the Fallen

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Sgt Carlos Gill, US Army, Died of a Non Combat-Related Illness, Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan (2010)

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Sgt Carlos Gill, US Army

Sgt Carlos Gill, 25, US Army, died of a non combat related illness at Walter Reed Army Medical Center on January 26, 2010 after being evacuated from Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan. Sgt. Gill was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom on behalf of the 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division in Fort Lewis, Washington.

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Sgt. 1st Class Michael Shannon, US Army, Died of a Non Combat-Related Incident in Kabul, Afghanistan (2010)

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Sgt. 1st Class Michael Shannon, US Army

Sgt. 1st Class Michael Shannon, 52, US Army, died of a non combat related incident on January 17, 2010 in Kabul, Afghanistan. Sgt. 1st Class Shannon was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom on behalf of the Army Reserve assigned to the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command in Kabul, Afghanistan. According to the Department of Defense, the circumstances surrounding the incident are under investigation.

“Shannon, 52, of Canadensis, suffered a heart attack Jan. 17 while serving in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. He was the first known soldier from Monroe County to die in Afghanistan.” -Pocono Record

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SSG Renee Deville, US Army (2008)

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SSG Renee Deville, US Army, September 1, 2008

Non-combat death; Iraq; Deville was injured in Iraq yet later died unexpectedly while in treatment at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center; Autopsy results unknown.

“Staff Sgt. Renee Antoinette Deville, an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran recovering from complex injuries at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, died Sept. 1 in her room at the Mologne House. She was 44. Deville was found unresponsive by her husband, who began CPR and called for help. Walter Reed Emergency Services personnel transported the Soldier to the Walter Reed Emergency Department, where she was declared dead at 5:10 a.m.” ~Walter Reed Army Medical Center Public Affairs Office

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TSgt Jackie Larsen, US Air Force (2008)

TSgt Jackie Larsen, US Air Force (2008)

TSgt Jackie Larsen, 37, Paralegal, US Air Force, July 17, 2008

Non-Combat Death; Iraq; Medical; Natural Causes

Larsen died of non-combat-related medical causes, a Beale spokesman said, but the exact cause of death is not being released. ~Military Times

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PO1 Cherie Morton, US Navy (2008)

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Petty Officer First Class Cherie Morton, 40, Military Police, US Navy, April 20, 2008

Non-combat death; Bahrain; Medical; Died Unexpectedly; Under Investigation

The Stars and Stripes said Morton lived off base and was found in her home. According to the Navy Times, in October 2007, two female sailors were shot and killed on the U.S. naval base in Bahrain. They also said 3,600 personnel work on the American base. While terrorism has been ruled out, according to the Stars and Stripes, the cause of death is under investigation. ~23 ABC

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Spc Christine Ndururi, US Army, Died of Non Combat Related Illness at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait (2007)

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Christine Ndururi, US Army

Spc. Christine Ndururi, 21, US Army, died from a non combat related illness at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait on November 6, 2007. Spc. Ndururi was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom on behalf of the 4th Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment in Fort Hood, Texas. At the time of the press release, the Department of Defense announced that Christine’s death was under investigation.

“She has not been sick,” Ndururi’s father, Wilson Wachira, 45, said yesterday at the family’s home.  “I’m waiting for them to tell me what happened. She was not ill, unless she was ill after 9 o’clock when she talked to her mother. Before she was deployed there, she had to have a medical checkup.” ~Eagle Tribune

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Spc Marisol Heredia, US Army (2007)

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Spc Marisol Heredia, 19, Petroleum Supply Specialist, US Army, September 7, 2007

Non-Combat Death; Severely burned while refueling a generator in Iraq; Incident Under Investigation; Transferred to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas; She died of infection because her bodily defenses were seriously compromised due to the extent of her burns.

In war-torn Baghdad, Heredia, who held the rank of Specialist 4, was badly burned in an accident July 18. According to family members, the accident occurred while she was fueling a generator. The incident is under investigation. ~Los Angeles Times

Army Spc. Marisol Heredia
Army Spc. Marisol Heredia, 19, El Monte; dies after being badly burned in Baghdad