DECEMBER  2006
 


Robert L. Love Jr - 28


Staff Sergeant

Livingston, Mississippi

12-01-2006

Ramadi, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Attack

Keith E. Fiscus - 26


Sergeant
Townsend, Delaware
12-02-2006

Near Taji, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Attack


Bryan T. McDonough - 22


Specialist

Maplewood, Minnesota

12-02-2006

Fallujah, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Attack


Corey J. Rystad - 20


Specialist

Red Lake Falls, Minnesota

12-02-2006

Fallujah, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Attack


Jesse D. Tillery - 19


Lance Corporal
Vesper, Wisconsin

12-02-2006

Al Anbar Province, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Cause Of Death Was Not Provided For This Hero

Billy B. Farris - 20


Corporal

Bapchule, Arizona
12-03-2006
Taji, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Attack


Kenneth W. Haines - 25


Specialist

Fulton, New York

12-03-2006
Abu Hishma (Died in Balad), Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Attack


Troy D. Cooper - 21


Private

Amarillo, Texas

12-03-2006

Balad, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Attack


Kermit O. Evans - 31


Captain
Hollandale, Mississippi

12-03-2006
Haditha, Iraq
Non-Hostile - Helicopter Crash


Joseph Trane McCloud - 39


Major
Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan
12-03-2006
Haditha, Iraq
Non-Hostile - Helicopter Crash


Joshua C. Sticklen - 24


Corporal
Virginia Beach, Virginia
12-03-2006
Haditha, Iraq
Non-Hostile - Helicopter Crash


Shawn L. English - 35


Captain

Westerville, Ohio

12-03-2006

Baghdad, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Attack

Dustin M. Adkins - 22


Specialist

Finger, Tennessee

12-04-2006

Haditha, Iraq
Non-Hostile - Helicopter Crash


Ross Andrew McGinnis - 19


Private First Class

Knox, Pennsylvania

12-04-2006
Baghdad, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Grenade







Private First Class Ross Andrew McGinnis
Medal Of Honor Recipient
 


Only 19  Years Of Age
 

Ross McGinnis, as a machine gunner, had been nominated for a Silver Star for his actions in that fight.  He was granted a waiver for time in service to be promoted to Specialist, too.

CENTCOM sent an email that describes McGinnis on patrol, on December 4th, standing in the turret. McGinnis was manning his armored humvee's machine gun.  His Platoon Sergeant, Sergeant First Class Thomas, was the vehicle commander.

From a position above the humvee, an insurgent lobbed a grenade that arced through McGinnis' hatch and fell to the humvee console lodging in the radio at McGinnis' feet.

McGinnis shouted, "GRENADE!  IT'S IN THE TRUCK!"

Nineteen year old Private First Class Ross McGinnis had a choice to make - get the hell out of the truck through the hatch or......................................
 

Sergeant First Class Cedric Thomas:

"I looked out of the corner of my eye as I was crouching down and I saw him pin it down."

McGinnis did so even though he could have escaped.   
   
"He had time to jump out of the truck," Thomas said. "He chose not to."

Thomas remembered McGinnis talking about how he would respond in such a situation. McGinnis said then he didn't know how he would act, but when the time came, he delivered.

"He gave his life to save his crew and his platoon sergeant," Thomas said. "He's a hero. He's a professional. He was just an awesome guy."

Three of the Soldiers with McGinnis who were wounded that day have returned to duty, while a fourth is recovering in Germany.

For saving the lives of his friends and giving up his own in the process, McGinnis earned the Silver Star, posthumously. His unit paid their final respects in a somber ceremony here Dec. 11...




Nicholas D. Turcotte - 23


National Guard Specialist

Maple Grove, Minnesota

12-04-2006

An Nasiriyah, Iraq
Non-Hostile - Vehicle Accident


Jay R. Gauthreaux - 26


Sergeant

Thibodaux, Louisiana

12-04-2006

Ba'qubah (Died in Balad), Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Attack


Christopher A. Anderson - 24


Hospitalman
Longmont, Colorado

12-04-2006

Ramadi, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Cause Of Death Was Not Provided For This Hero


Thomas P. Echols - 20


Lance Corporal
Shepherdsville, Kentucky

12-04-2006
Ramadi, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Cause Of Death Was Not Provided For This Hero


Albert M. Nelson - 31


Private First Class

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

12-04-2006
Ramadi, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Small Arms Fire


Roger A. Suarez-Gonzalez - 21


Private First Class

Miami, Florida

12-04-2006

Ramadi, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Small Arms Fire

Marco L. Miller - 36


Specialist

Longwood, Florida
12-05-2006
Landstuhl Regional Medical Center
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Small Arms Fire


Jordan W. Hess - 26


Specialist

Marysville, Washington

12-05-2006

Brooke Army Medical Center, Texas
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Attack

Megan M. McClung - 34


Major
Coupeville, Washington
12-06-2006

Ramadi, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Attack


Dustin J. Libby - 22


Corporal
Presque Isle, Maine

12-06-2006
Ramadi, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Small Arms Fire


Vincent J. Pomante III - 22


Specialist

Westerville, Ohio
12-06-2006
Ramadi, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Attack


Travis L. Patriquin - 32


Captain

Lockport, Illinois
12-06-2006

Ramadi, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Attack


Joshua B. Madden - 21


Sergeant

Sibley, Louisiana

12-06-2006

Hawijah, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Attack


Jesse J. J. Castro - 22


Sergeant

Chalan Pago, Guam

12-06-2006

Hawijah, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Attack


Jason Huffman - 32


Specialist

Conover, North Carolina

12-06-2006

Hawijah, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Attack


Yari Mokri - 26


Specialist

Pflugerville, Texas

12-06-2006
Hawijah, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Attack


Travis C. Krege - 24


Private First Class

Cheektowaga, New York
12-06-2006
Hawijah, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Attack


Yevgeniy Ryndych - 24


Sergeant

Brooklyn, New York

12-06-2006

Ramadi, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Attack


Cody G. Watson - 21


Lance Corporal
Oxford, Alabama

12-06-2006
Fallujah, Iraq
Non-Hostile - Cause Of Death Was Not Provided For This Hero


Nicholas R. Gibbs - 25


Specialist

Stokesdale, North Carolina

12-06-2006
Ramadi, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Small Arms Fire

Kristofer R. Ciraso - 26


Staff Sergeant

Bangor, Maine

12-07-2006
Baghdad, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Attack


Micah S. Gifford - 27

Specialist

Redding, California

12-07-2006

South Of Baghdad, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Attack

 

Henry W. Linck - 23


Staff Sergeant

Manhattan, Kansas

12-07-2006

South Of Baghdad, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Attack


Brent E. Beeler - 22


Reserve Lance Corporal
Jackson, Michigan
12-07-2006
Fallujah, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Cause Of Death Was Not Provided For This Hero

Nathan M. Krissoff - 25


First Lieutenant
Reno, Nevada

12-09-2006

Al Taqaddum, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Attack

Nicholas P. Steinbacher - 22


Specialist

La Crescenta, California

12-10-2006

Baghdad, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Attack


Brennan C. Gibson - 26


Sergeant

Tualatin, Oregon

12-10-2006

Baghdad, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Attack


Philip C. Ford - 21


Specialist

Freeport, Texas
12-10-2006

Baghdad, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Attack


Shawn M. Murphy - 24


Private First Class

Fort Bragg, North Carolina

12-10-2006
Baghdad, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Attack


Thomas W. Clemons - 37


National Guard Staff Sergeant

Leitchfield, Kentucky
12-10-2006

Near Diwaniyah, Iraq
Non-Hostile - Illness - Heart Attack

Brian P. McAnulty - 39


Master Sergeant
Vicksburg, Mississippi
12-11-2006
Al Anbar Province, Iraq
Non-Hostile - Helicopter Crash


Clinton J. Miller - 23


Lance Corporal
Greenfield, Iowa
12-11-2006

Khaldiyah, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Attack


Matthew V. Dillon - 25


Corporal
Aiken, South Carolina

12-11-2006
Khaldiyah, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Attack


Budd M. Cote - 21


Lance Corporal
Marana, Arizona
12-11-2006
Khaldiyah, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Attack

Brent W. Dunkleberger - 29


Sergeant

New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania
12-12-2006
Mosul, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) Attack


Gloria D. Davis - 47


Major

St. Louis, Missouri

12-12-2006

Baghdad, Iraq
Non-Hostile - Cause Of Death Was Not Provided For This Hero

Matthew W. Clark - 22


Lance Corporal
St. Louis, Missouri

12-14-2006

Albu Hayatt, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Attack


Luke C. Yepsen - 20


Lance Corporal
Kingwood, Texas

12-14-2006

Fallujah, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Small Arms Fire


Theodore A. Spatol - 59


Staff Sergeant

Thermopolis, Wyoming

12-14-2006
Thermopolis, Iraq
Non-Hostile - Illness - Cause Of Death Was Not Provided For This Hero

Paul Balint Jr - 22


Private First Class

Willow Park, Texas

12-15-2006

Ramadi, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Small Arms Fire


Henry K. Kahalewai - 43


Staff Sergeant

Hilo, Hawaii
12-15-2006

Brooke Army Medical Center, Texas
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Attack

Matthew J. Stanley - 22

Specialist

Wolfeboro Falls, New Hampshire

12-16-2006
Taji, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Attack


David R. Staats - 30


Staff Sergeant

Pueblo, Colorado

12-16-2006

Taji, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Attack


Joe L. Baines - 19


Private First Class

Newark, New Jersey

12-16-2006
Taji, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Attack


Nick J. Palmer - 19


Lance Corporal
Leadville, Colorado

12-16-2006

Fallujah, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Small Arms Fire

Seth M. Stanton - 19


Private First Class

Colorado Springs, Colorado
12-17-2006

Taji (Died in Balad), Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Attack

Brian L. Mintzlaff - 34


Staff Sergeant

Fort Worth, Texas

12-18-2006

Taji, Iraq
Non-Hostile - Vehicle Rollover


Kevin M. Kryst - 27


Captain
West Bend, Wisconsin
12-18-2006
Al Anbar Province, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Mortar Attack

Joshua D. Pickard - 20


Corporal
Merced, California

12-19-2006
Al Anbar Province, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Cause Of Death Was Not Provided For This Hero


Andrew P. Daul - 21


Specialist

Brighton, Michigan
12-19-2006

Hit, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Attack

Robert J. Volker - 21


Specialist

Big Spring, Texas

12-20-2006

Baghdad, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Attack


Jacob G. McMillan - 25


Staff Sergeant
Lafayette, Louisiana
12-20-2006
Baghdad, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Small Arms FireImprovised Explosive Device (IED) Attack


Scott D. Dykman - 27


Sergeant

Helena, Montana
12-20-2006

Baghdad, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Attack


Myles Cody Sebastien - 21


Lance Corporal
Opelousas, Louisiana

12-20-2006

Ramadi, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Cause Of Death Was Not Provided For This Hero

Kyle A. Nolen - 21


Hospitalman
Ennis, Texas

12-21-2006

Ah Nahiyah, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Attack


Ryan L. Mayhan - 25


Lance Corporal
Hawthorne, California
12-21-2006
Ah Nahiyah, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Attack


Ryan J. Burgess - 21


Lance Corporal
Sanford, Michigan

12-21-2006
Ah Nahiyah, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Attack


Fernando S. Tamayo - 19


Lance Corporal
Fontana, California

12-21-2006
Ah Nahiyah, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Attack

Joshua D. Sheppard - 22


Specialist

Quinton, Oklahoma
12-22-2006
Baghdad, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Small Arms Fire

Elias Elias - 27


Specialist

Glendora, California
12-23-2006
Southwest Of Baghdad, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Attack


Curtis L. Norris - 28


Sergeant

Dansville, Michigan
12-23-2006

Baghdad, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Attack


Bobby Mejia II - 20


Private

Saginaw, Michigan

12-23-2006

Salman Pak, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Attack


Wilson A. Algrim - 21


National Guard Private First Class

Howell, Michigan

12-23-2006

Salman Pak, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Attack


Chad J. Vollmer - 21


National Guard Sergeant

Grand Rapids, Michigan

12-23-2006

Salman Pak, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Attack


John Barta - 25


Corporal

Corpus Christi, Texas
12-23-2006
Buhritz, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Small Arms Fire


Michael J. Crutchfield - 21


Specialist

Stockton, California
12-23-2006
Balad (Camp Anaconda), Iraq
Non-Hostile - Cause Of Death Was Not Provided For This Hero

Stephen L. Morris - 21


Lance Corporal
Lake Jackson, Texas

12-24-2006

Albu Hayatt, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Attack


Evan A. Bixler - 21


Private

Racine, Wisconsin
12-24-2006
Hit, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Small Arms Fire

Jason C. Denfrund - 24


Sergeant

Cattaraugus, New York

12-25-2006

Baghdad, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Attack


Eric R. Wilkus - 25


Private

Hamilton, New Jersey

12-25-2006

Landstuhl Regional Medical Center
Non-Hostile - Cause Of Death Was Not Provided For This Hero


Jae S. Moon - 21


Sergeant

Levittown, Pennsylvania

12-25-2006
Baghdad, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Attack


Dexter E. Wheelous - 37


Sergeant First Class

Winder, Georgia
12-25-2006

Baghdad, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Attack


Hayes Clayton - 29


Captain

Marietta, Georgia

12-25-2006
Balad, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Attack


Andrew H. Nelson - 19


Private First Class

Saint Johns, Michigan
12-25-2006
Northwest Of Baghdad, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Attack


Aaron L. Preston - 29


Specialist

Dallas, Texas

12-25-2006
Northwest Of Baghdad, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Attack

John T. Bubeck - 25


Sergeant

Collegeville, Pennsylvania

12-26-2006

Northwest Of Baghdad, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Attack


Joshua M. Schmitz - 21


Corporal
Spencer, Wisconsin

12-26-2006

Al Anbar Province, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Cause Of Death Was Not Provided For This Hero


Joseph A. Strong - 21


Specialist

Lebanon, Indiana

12-26-2006

South Of Baghdad, Iraq
Non-Hostile - Vehicle Rollover

Douglas L. Tinsley - 21


Specialist

Chester, South Carolina

12-27-2006

South Of Baghdad, Iraq
Non-Hostile - Vehicle Rollover


William C. Koprince Jr - 24


Lance Corporal
Lenoir City, Tennessee

12-27-2006
Habbaniyah, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Cause Of Death Was Not Provided For This Hero


Nathaniel A. Given - 21


Private First Class

Dickinson, Texas

12-27-2006

Baghdad, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Attack


Christopher P. Messer - 28


Sergeant

Petersburg, Florida

12-27-2006

Baghdad, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Attack


Clinton T. McCormick - 20


Private

Jacksonville, Florida

12-27-2006

Baghdad, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Attack


Edward W. Shaffer - 24


Sergeant

Mont Alto, Pennsylvania

12-27-2006

Ramadi, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Attack

William D. Spencer - 20


Reserve Lance Corporal
Paris, Tennessee

12-28-2006
Fallujah, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Small Arms Fire


Nicholas A. Miller - 20


Reserve Lance Corporal
Silverwood, Michigan

12-28-2006

Fallujah, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Small Arms Fire


Dustin R. Donica - 22


Specialist

Spring, Texas

12-28-2006

Baghdad, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Small Arms Fire


Luis G. Ayala - 21


Specialist

South Gate, California

12-28-2006

Taji, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Attack


Christopher E. Esckelson - 22


Reserve Corporal
Vassar, Michigan

12-28-2006

Fallujah, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Small Arms Fire


Aron C. Blum - 22


Sergeant
Tucson, Arizona

12-28-2006

San Diego Naval Medical Center, California
Non-Hostile - Cause Of Death Was Not Provided For This Hero

William R. Newgard - 20


Private First Class
Arlington Heights, Illinois
12-29-2006

North OF Baghdad, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Attack


Lawrance J. Carter - 25


Sergeant

Rancho Cucamonga, California

12-29-2006

Northwest Part Of Baghdad, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Attack

David E. Dietrich - 21


Private

Marysville, Pennsylvania
12-30-2006
Ramadi, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Small Arms Fire


John M. Sullivan - 22


Sergeant

Hixon, Tennessee
12-30-2006

Southwest Part Of Baghdad, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Attack

Sandra S. Grant - 23


Seaman
Linwood, North Carolina
12-31-2006
Arabian Gulf, Iraq
Non-Hostile - Natural Causes - Cause Of Death Was Not Provided For This Hero


Richard A. Smith - 20


Corporal

Grand Prairie, Texas

12-31-2006
Ba'qubah, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Attack


Jonathan E. Schiller - 20


Corporal

Ottumwa, Iowa

12-31-2006

Ba'qubah, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Attack


Alan R. Blohm - 21


Private First Class

Kenai, Alaska

12-31-2006

South Of Baghdad, Iraq
Hostile - Hostile Fire - Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Attack



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TOTAL SUMMARY FOR DECEMBER  2006
0 - American 18 Year Old Deaths
7 - American 19 Year Old Deaths
12 - American 20 Year Old Deaths
24 - American 21 Year Old Deaths
0 - American Deaths In IRAQ (2)
0 - Hostile Fire Death In IRAQ
0 - Non-Hostile Death In IRAQ
0 - Total American IED Deaths
0 - Total American Small Arms Fire Deaths
0 - Total American RPG Deaths
0 - Total American Vehicle Deaths
0 - Total American Air Craft Deaths
0 - Total American Car Bomb Deaths
0 - Wounded In Action In IRAQ (3)
   

TOTAL SUMMARY TO DATE (4)

0 - American 18 Year Old Deaths
0 - American 19 Year Old Deaths
0 - American 20 Year Old Deaths
0 - American 21 Year Old Deaths
0 - American Deaths In IRAQ (2)
0 - Hostile Fire Death In IRAQ
0 - Non-Hostile Death In IRAQ
0 - Total American IED Deaths
0 - Total American Small Arms Fire Deaths
0 - Total American RPG Deaths
0 - Total American Vehicle Deaths
0 - Total American Air Craft Deaths
0 - Total American Car Bomb Deaths
0 - Wounded In Action In IRAQ (3)
   
  (2) = Include 18 - 21 Years Of Age 
  (3)= Includes Soldiers Who May Have Returned To Combat 
  (4) = All Conflict Totals To End Of This Month
DOD Began Counting IED Deaths July 2003