The Defense Department last week identified the following American military personnel killed in Afghanistan and Iraq:
Richard B. Burress, 25, of Naples, Fla.; specialist, Army. Burress was killed Jan. 19 when a bomb buried in a road exploded under his Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle near Arab Jabour, Iraq, south of Baghdad. It was the first death of a soldier in a bomb attack involving the new, heavily armored vehicle designed to protect troops from roadside bombs. The explosion did not penetrate the cabin but threw the vehicle into the air and caused it to overturn. Burress was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division at Ft. Stewart, Ga.
James M. Gluff, 20, of Tunnel Hill, Ga.; lance corporal, Marine Corps. Gluff was killed in combat Jan. 19 in Iraq's Anbar province, west of Baghdad. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Robert J. Miller, 24, of Iowa City, Iowa; staff sergeant, Army. Miller was killed Friday when his unit was attacked with small-arms fire in Barikowt in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar province. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Ft. Bragg, N.C.