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December 31, 2006

The Defense Department last week identified the following American military personnel killed in Iraq or who died at a military hospital of their injuries:

Wilson A. Algrim, 21, of Howell, Mich.; private first class, Army National Guard. Algrim was among three guardsmen killed Dec. 23 when a roadside bomb exploded near their vehicle in Salman Pak, south of Baghdad. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 125th Infantry Regiment in Big Rapids, Mich.

John Barta, 25, of Corpus Christi, Texas; specialist, Army. Barta was killed Dec. 23 in a mortar attack on his unit in Buhriz, northeast of Baghdad. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division at Ft. Hood, Texas.

Evan A. Bixler, 21, of Racine, Wis.; private, Army. Bixler was killed in combat Dec. 24 during security operations in Hit, west of Baghdad. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division in Baumholder, Germany.

John T. Bubeck, 25, of Collegeville, Pa.; sergeant, Army. Bubeck died Tuesday of injuries suffered a day earlier when a roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle in Baghdad. Two other soldiers were killed in the blast Monday. Bubeck was assigned to the 9th Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division in Schweinfurt, Germany.

Hayes Clayton, 29, of Fairburn, Ga.; captain, Army. Clayton was one of two soldiers killed Monday when a roadside bomb exploded near their vehicle in Baghdad. He was assigned to the 842nd Military Training and Transition team, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division at Ft. Riley, Kan.

Michael J. Crutchfield, 21, of Stockton; specialist, Army. Crutchfield died of a noncombat-related injury Dec. 23 in Balad, north of Baghdad. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 4th Air Defense Artillery Regiment at Ft. Bragg, N.C.

Jason C. Denfrund, 24, of Cattaraugus, N.Y.; sergeant, Army. Denfrund was killed Monday when a roadside bomb exploded near his unit while on patrol in Baghdad. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) at Ft. Drum, N.Y.

Elias Elias, 27, of Glendora; specialist, Army. Elias was killed Dec. 23 when a roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle while on patrol in Baghdad. He was assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division at Ft. Carson, Colo.

Christopher E. Esckelson, 22, of Vassar, Mich.; corporal, Marine Corps Reserve. Esckelson was among three reservists killed in a firefight Thursday in Fallouja, west of Baghdad. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division in Saginaw, Mich.

William C. Koprince Jr., 24, of Lenoir City, Tenn.; lance corporal, Marine Corps. Koprince was killed Wednesday when a roadside bomb exploded near him while on foot patrol in Al Anbar province, west of Baghdad. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Clinton T. McCormick, 20, of Jacksonville, Fla.; private, Army. McCormick was killed Wednesday when a roadside bomb exploded near his Humvee in Baghdad. He was assigned to the 2nd Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division at Ft. Carson, Colo.

Jacob G. McMillan, 25, of Lafayette, La.; staff sergeant, Army. McMillan was killed Dec. 20 when a roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle and his unit then was attacked with small-arms fire in Baghdad. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division at Ft. Richardson, Alaska.

Bobby Mejia II, 20, of Saginaw, Mich.; private, Army National Guard. Mejia was among three guardsmen killed Dec. 23 when a roadside bomb exploded near their vehicle in Salman Pak, south of Baghdad. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 125th Infantry Regiment in Big Rapids, Mich.

Nicholas A. Miller, 20, of Silverwood, Mich.; lance corporal, Marine Corps Reserve. Miller was among three reservists killed in a firefight Thursday in Fallouja, west of Baghdad. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division in Saginaw, Mich.

Jae S. Moon, 21, of Levittown, Pa.; sergeant, Army. Moon died Monday in Baghdad of injuries suffered Dec. 14 when a roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle while on patrol in Iraq's capital. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division at Ft. Carson, Colo.

Stephen L. Morris, 21, of Lake Jackson, Texas; lance corporal, Marine Corps. Morris was killed Dec. 24 when a roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle in Al Anbar province, west of Baghdad. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.

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