This week marks the start of the sixth year of the Iraq War and a U.S. military death toll of 4,000. These are the men and women from Louisiana who have lost their lives in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
Marine Corporal Willie Celestin Jr., 21, of Lafayette
Army Private Mark W. Graham, 22, of Lafayette
Army Staff Sgt. Jacob G. McMillan, 25, of Lafayette
Army Spc. Brandon L. Teeters, 21, of Lafayette
Marine Pfc. David P. Burridge, 19, of Lafayette
Army Spc. Joseph C. Thibodeaux, 24, of Lafayette
Army Sgt. 1st Class Kurt J. Comeaux, 34, of Raceland
Army Sgt. Christopher J. Babin, 27, of Houma
Army Spc. Bradley J. Bergeron, 25, of Houma
Marine Lance Cpl. Myles C. Sebastien, 21, of Opelousas
Army Staff Sgt. Jonathan R. Reed, 25, of Opelousas
Army Staff Sgt. Craig Davis, 37, of Opelousas
Army Spc. Huey P.L. Fassbender, 24, of LaPlace
Army Spc. Armand L. “Luke” Frickey, 20, of Houma
Army Spc. Warren A. Murphy, 29, of Marrero
Army Staff Sgt. Michael J. Gabel, 30, of Crowley
Army Cpl. Marcus A. Cain, 20, of Crowley
Army Spc. Seth R. Trahan, 20, of Crowley
Army Pfc. Lionel Ayro, 22, of Jeanerette
Army Staff Sgt. Toby W. Mallet, 26, of Kaplan
Army Spc. Joseph C. Dumas Jr., 25, of New Orleans
Army Staff Sgt. Jens E. Schelbert, 31, of New Orleans
Navy Chief Fire Controlman (SEAL) Jacques J. Fontan, 36, of New Orleans
Army Sgt. Lee M. Godbolt, 23, of New Orleans
Army Sgt. Rene Knox Jr., 22, of New Orleans
Army Spc. Jeremy M. Heines, 25, of New Orleans
Army Cpl. David M. Fraise, 24, of New Orleans
Army Sgt. Taft V. Williams, 29, of New Orleans
Army Sgt. Matthew J. Vosbein, 30, of Metairie
Marine Lance Cpl. Ryan S. McCurdy, 20, of Baton Rouge
Army Sgt. Paul M. Heltzel, 39, of Baton Rouge
Army 1st Lt. Christopher W. Barnett, 32, of Baton Rouge
Marine Sgt. Jeffrey L. Kirk, 24, of Baton Rouge
Army Sgt. 1st Class John M. Hennen, 26, of Vinton
Army Sgt. David J. Murray, 23, of Clinton
Army Sgt. Bernard L. Sembly II, 25, of Bossier City
Army Sgt. Robin V. Fell, 22, of Shreveport
Army Sgt. Isiah J. Sinclair, 31, of Natchitoches
Army Sgt. Nicholas J. Olivier, 26, of Ruston
Army Spc. Michael S. Evans II, 22, of Marrero
Army Spc. Christopher J. Ramsey, 20, of Batchelor
Army Staff Sgt. William F. Manuel, 34, of Kinder
Army Sgt. Robert W. Sweeney III, 22, of Pineville
Army Sgt. 1st Class Kurt J. Comeaux, 34, of Raceland
Army Sgt. Craig L. Nelson, 21, of Bossier City
Army Pfc. Kristian E. Parker, 23, of Slidell
Marine Pfc. Chase A. Edwards, 19, of Lake Charles
Marine Lance Cpl. Justin D. McLeese, 19, of Covington
Army Spc. Robert L. DuSang, 24, of Mandeville
Army Pfc. Charles C. Persing, 20, of Albany
Marine Lance Cpl. Derrick J. Cothran, 21, of Avondale
Marine Cpl. David S. Stewart, 24, of Bogalusa
Army Pvt. Joshua C. Burrows, 20, of Bossier City
Army Sgt. Julia V. Atkins, 22, of Bossier City
Army Staff Sgt. Bryan A. Lewis, 32, of Bunkie
Army Pfc. Torey J. Dantzler, 22, of Columbia
Marine Lance Cpl. Jon E. Bowman, 21, of Dubach
Marine Lance Cpl. Billy D. Brixey Jr., 21, of Ferriday
Army Sgt. Willard T. Partridge, 35, of Ferriday
Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Lee Hamilton Deal, 23, of West Monroe
Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew R. Barnes, 20, of West Monroe
Marine Cpl. Chad W. Powell, 22, of West Monroe
Army Spc. Charles E. Leonard Jr., 29, of Monroe
Marine Lance Cpl. Larry L. Wells, 22, of Mount Herman
Marine Lance Cpl. Donald E. Champlin, 28, of Natchitoches
Army Spc. Joshua B. Madden, 21, of Sibley
Army Spc. William S. Hayes III, 23, of St. Tammany
Army Staff Sgt. Ronnie L. Sanders, 26, of Thibodaux
Army Sgt. Jay R. Gauthreaux, 26, of Thibodaux
Army Spc. Levi B. Kinchen, 21, of Tickfaw
Army Pvt. Justin T. Sanders, 22, of Watson
Army Cpl. William J. Crouch, 21, of Zachary
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