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June 29, 2008

The Defense Department last week identified the following U.S. military personnel killed in Afghanistan, Iraq and Kuwait:

Dustin Kelby Burnett, 19, of Ft. Mohave, Ariz.; hospitalman, Navy. Burnett died June 20 while conducting combat operations in Farah province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 1st Marine Division Detachment in Twentynine Palms, Calif.

Ryan J. Connolly, 24, of Vacaville, Calif.; specialist, Army. Connolly died Tuesday in Khogyani, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when his vehicle struck a suspected land mine. He was assigned to the 173rd Special Troops Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team in Bamberg, Germany.

Gregory T. Dalessio, 30, of Cherry Hill, N.J.; captain, Army. Dalessio died Monday in Baghdad of wounds suffered in Salman Pak, Iraq, when his patrol encountered small-arms fire during combat operations. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division in Baumholder, Germany.

Alejandro A. Dominguez, 24, of San Diego; sergeant, Army. Dominguez was one of three soldiers who died Wednesday in Mosul, Iraq, of injuries suffered a day earlier when their vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment at Ft. Hood, Texas.

Philip J. Dykeman, 38, of Brockport, N.Y.; captain, Marine Corps. Dykeman was one of three Marines killed Thursday during combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines, 3rd Marine Division, Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.

Max A. Galeai, 42, of Pago Pago, American Samoa; lieutenant colonel, Marine Corps. Galeai was one of three Marines killed Thursday during combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines, 3rd Marine Division, Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.

Robert C. Hammett, 39, of Tucson, Ariz.; chief warrant officer, Army. Hammett was one of two soldiers killed Tuesday in Baghdad in a bomb blast. He was assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division at Ft. Carson, Colo.

Dwayne M. Kelley, 48, of Willingboro, N.J.; major, Army. Kelley was one of two soldiers killed Tuesday in Baghdad in a bomb blast. He was assigned to the 432nd Civil Affairs Battalion in Green Bay, Wis.

Anthony L. Mangano, 36, of Greenlawn, N.Y.; specialist, Army. Mangano was one of three guardsmen killed along with a soldier June 21 in Kandahar City, Afghanistan, when their vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device and small-arms fire. He was assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 101st Cavalry (Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target Acquisition), New York Army National Guard in Geneva, N.Y.

Matthew E. Mendoza, 24, of San Antonio; sergeant, Marine Corps. Mendoza died June 20 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force in Twentynine Palms, Calif.

Joshua L. Plocica, 20, of Clarksville, Tenn.; specialist, Army. Plocica died Wednesday in Baghdad of wounds suffered when his vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division at Ft. Hood, Texas.

Marcus W. Preudhomme, 23, of North Miami Beach, Fla.; corporal, Marine Corps. Preudhomme was one of three Marines killed Thursday during combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines, 3rd Marine Division, Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.

Nelson D. Rodriguez Ramirez, 22, of Revere, Mass.; sergeant, Army. Rodriguez Ramirez was one of three guardsmen killed along with a soldier June 21 in Kandahar City, Afghanistan, when their vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device and small-arms fire. He was assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 101st Cavalry (Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target Acquisition), New York Army National Guard in Geneva, N.Y.

Andrew Seabrooks, 36, of Queens, N.Y.; sergeant, Army. Seabrooks was one of three guardsmen killed along with a soldier June 21 in Kandahar City, Afghanistan, when their vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device and small-arms fire. He was assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 101st Cavalry (Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target Acquisition), New York Army National Guard in Geneva, N.Y.

Christopher D. Strickland, 25, of La Belle, Fla.; staff sergeant, Marine Corps. Strickland died Wednesday while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 1st Marine Logistics Group, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Pendleton, Calif.

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