U.S. troops killed in Iraq - 21 already in July
Saturday 7th July, 2007
U.S. casualties have risen sharply since the implementation of President George W. Bush's so-called surge, which has increased the number of U.S. service personnel serving in Iraq to more than 157,000.
The month began badly with six deaths on Sunday July 1st. The numbers rose through the week culminating with six deaths on Thursday, and 4 Friday.
Roadside bombs took the lives of three of the U.S. soldiers killed Friday. An Iraq interpreter was also killed in the attacks. All were killed in Baghdad.
Another soldier died Friday in a non-combat situation, which the military says it is investigating.
Two Marines were killed in action in Anbar province on Thursday. In western Baghdad a soldier was killed by a roadside bomb while another was killed in combat. Elsewhere Thursday two soldiers on patrol died when attacked with "armed projectiles."
Four soldiers were killed Wednesday. Chief Warrant Officer Scott A.M. Oswell, 33, of Washington, was killed in Mosul when his helicopter struck a power line. He was assigned to the 4th Squadron, 6th U.S. Air Cavalry, Fort Lewis, Wash.
Pfc. Andrew T. Engstrom, 22, of Slaton, Texas, died in Taji from injuries suffered in a non-combat related incident. His death is under investigation. Engstrom was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
Pfc. Steven A. Davis, 23, of Woodbridge, Va., was killed Wednesday in Baghdad when insurgents attacked his unit with grenades. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.
On Monday July 2nd, 1st Lt. Christopher N. Rutherford, 25, of Newport, Ohio, was killed near Balad when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. He was assigned to the Forward Support Group, 19th Engineer Battalion, Fort Knox, Ky.
Lance Cpl. Juan M. Garcia Schill, 20, of Grants Pass, Ore., was killed Monday while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, Calif.
The deadliest day of the week, and the start to the month, was Sunday July 1st. Lance Cpl. William C. Chambers, 20, of Ringgold, Ga., and Lance Cpl. Jeremy L. Tinnel, 20, of Mechanicsville, Va., died in a non-hostile boat accident in the Euphrates River just off the shore of Al Anbar province. They were both assigned to 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C. The accident is under investigation.
Two Soldiers were killed the same day in Ta'meem from enemy small arms fire. They were Sgt. 1st Class Raymond R. Buchan, 33, of Johnstown, Pa., and Staff Sgt. Michael L. Ruoff Jr., 31, of Yosemite, California. Buchan was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Schweinfurt, Germany, while Ruoff Jr., was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 77th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Schweinfurt, Germany.
Spc. Victor A. Garcia, 22, of Rialto, Calif., was killed Sunday in Baghdad, by enemy small arms fire. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), Fort Lewis, Wash.
Pfc. Jonathan M. Rossi, 20, of Safety Harbor, Fla., was killed Sunday in Baghdadwhen insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device and small arms fire. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Bliss, Texas.
BS Ranch Perspective
I guess the last Solder to pass away in the Iraq conflict was a man from Rialto, his name was Spc. Victor A. Garcia, 22 of Rialto. Unfortunately he was killed last Sunday in Baghdad by enemy small weapons fire. The trouble with this is that the beginning of May there was a friend of mine that had lost his son in Iraq, from a IED that blew up under their vehicle, I guess that he positioned himself to prevent the rest of the crew on the vehicle to get injured, as he was the only one that was Killed. Earning him the Gold Star for Bravery, and the Purple Heart for Injury sustained.
I don't know how or what kind of a person that Victor Garcia was, but I don't have to, I know that he was a very giving person that loved excitement, and well he gave his life for that excitement. Unfortunately it was another body that has to be delivered to the Inland Empire, in this time During the conflict of a War on Terror.
The War has taken a long time and I have to say that the President, George W. Bush Love or Hate him he did say that we are in for a long conflict!! He said right from the beginning that this conflict was going to take many years to see it through, we would have to have the patience to get the job done right, I know that we have lost life, and it is Tragic and a Tragedy to have lost the lives that we have lost. Especially since they were all such super Great People that were not Replaceable!
But WE Went to Battle for the Defenseless People That Originally Lost Their Lives in the World Trade Center that Sept. 11, 2001 That was the whole reason that we went there was to search and clear up the situation and find the people responsible for the People that Lost Their Lives in the WTC, Now that we are there and it is taking as long as the President and everyone has predicted the Liberal Government or I should say the Liberal Side of the Isle wants to end the conflict because they feel that we have lost enough solders.
I have to say that during WWII, we were loosing many more people a day as we have lost for the total five years that we have been in the fight and looking for the master minds of the Terror group that Osama Bin Laden rules over. The same goes for The Vietnam war, there was more Americans lost in a day as there was lost in the last 5 Years in this war.
I am sorry to sound Insensitive to the life loss, If you think that I am not close to it you are wrong. I just attended my friends Funeral at the Riverside Memorial Cemetery, My Nephew is waiting for the call to go into Iraq, he is currently serving in Germany, and my Brother-In-Law who has just got the call to go in country in September, that is his date of call. He just finished his two week training period, and now that is it he finally will get the call.
So, I do have some Family vested and will be "in Country" before to long and I don't believe that we should continue to fight and keep the course until the General in charge of the Conflict says that we cannot fight or win this war, and we should withdraw, That should be the way it is. Not the Federal Government saying what the Military should do. it should be the General that is on the ground in charge of the war, that calls the shots.
Let the General Do his Job, and quit interfering with is solders.