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 (undetermined cause, 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)

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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

Major Gloria Davis, US Army, Died in a Non Combat Related Incident in Iraq, Death Ruled Suicide (2006)

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Major Gloria Davis, US Army

Major Gloria Davis, US Army, died in a non combat related incident in Baghdad, Iraq on December 12, 2006. Major Davis was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom on behalf of the Defense Security Assistance Agency in Washington, D.C. At the time of the press release, the Department of Defense announced the incident was under investigation. Reports later indicate Major Davis committed suicide hours after she provided names and testimony to the Army Criminal Investigation Division (CID) investigators in Iraq. Logistics soldiers were being accused of involvement in a bribery scheme in Kuwait and she was a witness to the crimes and would have been a witness for the prosecution in the Cockerham Case. She was one of three people in the same logistics group in Kuwait tied to the bribery scheme investigation that committed suicide. Both Denise Lannaman, Army (2006) and Lt. Col. Marshall Gutierrez, Army (2006) deaths were also ruled suicides by the Army. Did they commit suicide? Was homicide ever considered? How could this have been prevented? Were any of these cases investigated as homicides? Did anyone question why three soldiers tied to one bribery investigation killed themselves?

Col. Kevin Davis, 52 years old, is the highest-ranking officer to be implicated in a scheme known among federal investigators as the Cockerham Case, for Major John Cockerham, who pleaded guilty last year to receiving more than $9 million in illegal payments for defense contracts, primarily to service the Camp Arifjan military base in Kuwait. Early in the probe, Major Gloria Dean Davis, came under suspicion by investigators in the case. She committed suicide in Baghdad in December 2006, hours after confirming she received more than $225,000 from the same contractor Col. Davis later joined as a civilian, LDI. The two officers weren’t related, however investigators familiar with the case say they were involved romantically. ~Wall Street Journal

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

Sgt Denise Lannaman, US Army, Died in a Non Combat Related Incident in Camp Arifjan, Kuwait (2006)

Denise Lannaman

Sgt. Denise Lannaman, US Army

Sgt Denise Lannaman, 46, US Army, died in a non combat related incident in Camp Arifjan, Kuwait on October 1, 2006. Sgt. Lannaman Operation Iraqi Freedom on behalf of the New York Army National Guard’s 1569th Transportation Company in Newburgh, N.Y. Sgt. Reports indicate that Lannaman was found dead in a jeep with a gunshot wound. At the time of the press release, the Department of Defense announced that the incident was under investigation. Sgt. Lannaman’s death was ruled a suicide by the Army. She was one of three people in the same logistics group in Kuwait tied to a bribery scheme investigation that committed suicide. Major Gloria Davis, Army (2006) and Lt. Col. Marshall Gutierrez, Army (2006) deaths were also ruled suicides by the Army.

In the space of three months last year (2006), three members of the U.S. Army who had been part of a logistics group in Kuwait committed suicide. Two of them — a colonel and a major — had power over contract awards and had been accused of taking bribes just before they killed themselves. The third was Sgt. Denise A. Lannaman of Queens. ~New York Times

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Lt. Col. Marshall Gutierrez, US Army, Died of Non Combat Related Injuries in Kuwait, Death Ruled Suicide (2006)

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Lt. Col. Marshall Gutierrez, US Army

Lt. Col. Marshall Gutierrez, US Army, died of non combat related injuries in Camp Virginia, Kuwait on September 4, 2006. Lt. Col. Gutierrez was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom on behalf of the Area Support Group in Arijan, Kuwait. At the time of the Department of Defense press release, the incident was under investigation. The Army ruled Lt. Col. Gutierrez’ death a suicide by prescription pills and anti-freeze. Lt. Col. Gutierrez was initially a whistleblower in a wide spread bribery scheme in Kuwait but after he reported the illegal activity, he soon found himself accused of bribery by a Kuwaiti contractor. Reports indicate the allegations left his military career and his marriage in ruins. Three soldiers connected to the bribery scheme investigations allegedly committed suicide. Major Gloria Davis was a witness for the prosecution and was found dead of a gunshot wound in Iraq. Sgt. Denise Lannaman was also involved in the investigation and she was found dead of a gunshot wound in her jeep on post at Camp Arijan, Kuwait.

Related Links:
Obituary: Lt. Col. Marshall A. Gutierrez
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