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August 09, 2009

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

James D. Argentine, 22, of Farmingdale, N.Y.; lance corporal, Marine Corps. Argentine was among four Marines killed Thursday when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in western Afghanistan's Farah province, on the Iranian border. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.

Travis T. Babine, 20, of San Antonio; lance corporal, Marine Corps. Babine was among four Marines killed Thursday when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in western Afghanistan's Farah province, on the Iranian border. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.

Patrick S. Fitzgibbon, 19, of Knoxville, Tenn.; private, Army. Fitzgibbon was among three soldiers killed Aug. 1 when their patrol unit was attacked with rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire in southwest Afghanistan's Kandahar province, on the Pakistani border. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division at Ft. Carson, Colo.

Anthony C. Garcia, 21, of Tyndall, Fla.; petty officer third class, Navy. Garcia was killed in combat Wednesday in Afghanistan's Farah province, on the Iranian border. He was a hospital corpsman assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.

Alejandro Granado, 42, of Fairfax, Va.; sergeant first class, Army National Guard. Granado was among three guardsmen killed Aug. 2 when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb and their unit was then attacked with small-arms fire in central Afghanistan's Wardak province, west of Kabul. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in Jackson, Miss.

Christian A. Guzman Rivera, 21, of Homestead, Fla.; corporal, Marine Corps. Guzman Rivera was among four Marines killed Thursday when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in western Afghanistan's Farah province, on the Iranian border. He was assigned to the 3rd Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force in Okinawa, Japan.

Jay M. Hoskins, 24, of Paris, Texas; sergeant, Marine Corps. Hoskins was among four Marines killed Thursday when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in western Afghanistan's Farah province, on the Iranian border. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.

Richard K. Jones, 21, of Person, N.C.; private first class, Army. Jones was among three soldiers killed Aug. 1 when their patrol unit was attacked with rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire in southwest Afghanistan's Kandahar province, on the Pakistani border. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division at Ft. Carson, Colo.

Ronald G. Luce Jr., 27, of Fayetteville, N.C.; captain, Army National Guard. Luce was among three guardsmen killed Aug. 2 when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb and their unit was then attacked with small-arms fire in central Afghanistan's Wardak province, west of Kabul. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in Jackson, Miss.

Alexander J. Miller, 21, of Clermont, Fla.; specialist, Army. Miller was killed July 31 when his unit was attacked with rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire in eastern Afghanistan's Nuristan province, on the Pakistani border. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) at Ft. Drum. N.Y.

Severin W. Summers III, 43, of Bentonia, Miss.; sergeant first class, Army National Guard. Summers was among three guardsmen killed Aug. 2 when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb and their unit was then attacked with small-arms fire in central Afghanistan's Wardak province, west of Kabul. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in Jackson, Miss.

Johnny R. Polk, 39, of Gulfport, Miss.; staff sergeant, Army. Polk died July 25 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany, of injuries suffered July 23 when his vehicle was struck by an anti-tank grenade in Kirkuk, Iraq, north of Baghdad. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division at Ft. Hood, Texas.

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