1. March 20, 2003...........Marine Maj. Jay Thomas Aubin............Operations Iraq Freedom
36, of Waterville, Maine; assigned to the Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz.; killed in a CH-46E helicopter crash in Kuwait.

        2.  March 23, 2003......... Marine Lance Cpl. Michael J. Williams......... Operations Iraq Freedom
31, of Yuma, Ariz.; assigned to 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; killed in action near Nasiriyah, Iraq. Officials said Williams, 31, di ed in a dawn ambush March 23 on the outskirts of Nasiriyah, an an embattled town on the Euphrates River. His body was recovered March 28.

 

    3. March 28, 2003 ........Marine Sgt. Fernando Padilla-Ramirez ......... Operations Iraq Freedom
26, of Yuma, Ariz.; assigned to Marine Wing Support Squadron-371, Marine Wing Support Group-37, Marine Corps Air Station, Yuma, Ariz.; went missing while conducting convoy operations near Nasiriyah, Iraq. His remains were identified April 10.

16. April 12, 2004 .......Marine Lance Cpl. Robert P. Zurheide Jr.......... Operations Iraq Freedom
20, of Tucson, Ariz.; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; killed April 12 by hostile fire in Anbar province, Iraq. His personal awards include the Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and the Sea Service Deployment ribbon. Zurheide was deployed for his second tour in Iraq on March 1, just before his second wedding anniversary, and was set to return in October.

 

18. May 26, 2004 .......Marine Cpl. Dominique J. Nicolas........... Operations Iraq Freedom
25, of Maricopa, Ariz.; assigned to 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; killed May 26 by hostile fire in Anbar province, Iraq.
He has been awarded the Combat Action Ribbon, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.President Bush awarded the I Expeditionary Force with a Presidential Unit Citation for heroism in action against an armed enemy for its involvement in Operation Iraqi Freedom from March 21 to April 2003. In that period, MEF conducted the longest sequence of overland attacks in the history of the Marine Corps.

19. July 06, 2004 .........Marine Cpl. Jeffrey D. Lawrence........Operations Iraq Freedom
22, of Tucson, Ariz.; assigned to 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died July 6 from enemy action in Anbar province, Iraq. He died July 6 when his armored vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive outside Fallujah, Iraq.

22. August 21, 2004 ...........Marine Gunnery Sgt. Edward T. Reeder....... Operations Iraq Freedom
32, of Camp Verde, Ariz.; assigned to Headquarters and Service Battalion, 1st Force Service Support Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; killed Aug. 21 in a non-combat-related vehicle incident in Anbar province, Iraq. He died Saturday in Iraq’s Anbar province after the Humvee he was riding in flipped over and ejected him after it was struck by a tank, his family said.

Quinn Keith, Lance Cpl., U.S. Marine Corps (Died Sep. 6, 2004)
Quinn Keith, 21, of Page, Ariz.,was killed by a suicide bomber in Fallujah, Iraq. Keith was one of seven Marines slain by an attacker who detonated an explosives-laden vehicle outside Fallujah.

 

  23. September 06, 2004 ............Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph C. McCarthy......... Operations Iraq Freedom
21, of Concho, Ariz.; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; killed Sept. 6 due to enemy action in Anbar province, Iraq. McCarthy, 21, was one of seven Marines killed Monday when a bomb-laden vehicle was detonated near a U.S. military convoy outside Fallujah in Iraq’s restive Anbar province.. He was on his second deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom His other personal awards include the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon and the National Defense Service Medal.

24. September 06, 2004 ..........Marine Lance Cpl. Quinn A. Keith............ Operations Iraq Freedom
21, of Page, Ariz.; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; killed Sept. 6 due to enemy action in Anbar province, Iraq.

25. September 13, 2004 ..........Marine Lance Cpl. Michael J. Halal ........... Operations Iraq Freedom
22, of Glendale, Ariz.; assigned to 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; killed Sept. 13 in a non-combat-related vehicle accident in Anbar province, Iraq. It happened during his second tour in Iraq.

33. October 30, 2004...........Marine Cpl. Christopher J. Lapka.......Operations Iraq Freedom
22, of Peoria, Ariz.; assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base Hawaii; killed Oct. 30 by enemy action in Anbar province, Iraq. Cpl. Christopher J. Lapka, 22, had been in Iraq for only two weeks when the attack occurred caused by a car bomb detonated near a truck

34. November 19, 2004..........Marine Lance Cpl. Michael A. Downey.......Operations Iraq Freedom
21, of Phoenix; assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base Hawaii; died Nov. 19 at National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Md., of wounds sustained Nov. 11 from enemy action in Anbar province, Iraq.Marine officials have related that Downey, a lance corporal and combat engineer with the 3rd Marine Division, was wounded Nov. 10 during the U.S. offensive in Fallujah. He was destroying captured insurgent weapons when he was shot by a sniper. The bullet passed through his spine

  35. November 27, 2004 .......Marine Lance Cpl. Joshua E. Lucero .......... Operations Iraq Freedom
19, of Tucson, Ariz.; assigned to 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; killed Nov. 27 by enemy action in Anbar province, Iraq. Joshua Lucero, 19, assigned to the 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, was killed in an explosion in Anbar province west of Baghdad.

  37. Marine Lance Cpl. Jason E. Smith.........December 31, 2004.........Operations Iraq Freedom
21, of Phoenix; assigned to 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; killed Dec. 31 by enemy action in Anbar province, Iraq.

 

Michael W. Finke Jr., Sgt., U.S. Marine Corps (Died Jan. 26, 2005)
Michael W. Finke, 28, of Glendale, Ariz., was killed when the CH-53E helicopter he was in crashed near Ar Rutbah, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base Hawaii.

  43. April 20, 2005............Marine Lance Cpl. Marty G. Mortenson...........Operations Iraq Freedom
22, of Flagstaff, Ariz.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; attached to 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward); killed April 20 when an improvised explosive device detonated while he was conducting combat operations in Ramadi, Iraq.

 

Michael A. Marzano, Sgt., U.S. Marine Corps (May 7, 2005)
Michael Marzano, 28, who attended Glendale Community College in Ariz., was killed in action by an explosion caused by vehicle-borne improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations in Hadithah, Iraq. Marzano, a Marine reservist, was to the 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division. His company is based in Phoenix, Ariz. As part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Marzano's unit was attached to 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force.

 

47. June 25, 2005..................Marine Lance Cpl. Kevin B. Joyce..............Operations Iraq Freedom
19, of Ganado, Ariz.; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii; killed June 25 when he fell into the Pech River while conducting combat operations in Afghanistan. Joyce’s unit was returning to its base around 11 p.m when the vehicle was traveling on a road alongside the Pech River. The weight of the vehicle suddenly caused the edge of the road to collapse and the vehicle to slide, according to a release from the Marine Corps base. Three Marines abandoned the vehicle including Joyce, who was swept away. The two others were saved or managed to get out of the river.

  53.October 12, 2005 ..............Marine Master Sgt. Kenneth E. Hunt Jr. ............ Operations Iraq Freedom
40, of Tucson, Ariz.; assigned to the Marine Wing Support Group 37, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz.; died Oct. 12 at Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, from wounds received July 24 when the vehicle he was riding in struck an anti-tank mine while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Taqaddum, Iraq.

 

56. October 17, 2005............Marine Lance Cpl. Christopher M. Poston........... Operations Iraq Freedom
20, of Glendale, Ariz.; assigned to the Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; killed Oct. 17 in a non-hostile vehicle accident in Hit, Iraq.

 

  58. December 01, 2005............Marine Lance Cpl. John M. Holmason.............Operations Iraq Freedom
20, of Suprise, Ariz.; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, Calif.; attached to 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward); killed Dec. 1 by an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Fallujah, Iraq.

  59. February 06, 2006 ...........Marine Cpl. Brandon S. Schuck .............. Operations Iraq Freedom
21, of Safford, Ariz.; assigned to the 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; killed Feb. 6 by an improvised explosive device while he was conducting combat operations in Baghdad. His job with the 8th Engineer Support Battalion, part of the 2nd Marine Logistics Group, Marine Expeditionary Force, based at Camp Lejeune, N.C., was to sweep roads ahead of supply convoys for land mines.

 

60. February 25, 2006........Marine Lance Cpl. John J. Thornton................ Operations Iraq Freedom
22, of Phoenix; assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, Calif.; attached to the 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward); killed Feb. 25 in an enemy mortar attack in Ramadi, Iraq.

Brandon J. Webb, Lance Cpl., U.S. Marines (June 20, 2006)
Brandon Webb, 20, was killed in action on June 20 while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif. Brandon was raised in the East Valley and graduated from Red Mountain High School in 2004.

 

  January 20, 2006 ..........Marine Lance Cpl. Brandon Dewey................... Operations Iraq Freedom
20, of Tracy, Calif.; assigned to 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; attached to 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward); killed Jan. 20 by a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device while he was conducting combat operations in Haqlaniyah, Iraq. 
A Chandler Arizona man who broke bad news to countless families in his previous career as a cop knew what had happened as soon as he opened his door Friday night. Three Marines in full dress uniform were there to tell Mark Dewey that his son, Brandon, had been killed by a car bomb earlier that day in Iraq.
Brandon Dewey is survived by his father and stepmother, Mark and Shelly Dewey, of Chandler; his mother, Julia Conover, of Tracy, Calif.; and sister, Elyse, who is Navy seaman in cryptography (message decoding) training in Pensacola, Fla.

    84. November 2, 2006.........Jason D. Whitehouse, Staff Sgt............Operations Iraq Freedom
Jason Whitehouse, 27, of Phoenix, Ariz., died Nov. 2 while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to 2nd Intelligence Battalion, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.