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November 29, 2009

The Defense Department last week identified the following American military personnel killed in Afghanistan and Iraq:

John J. Cleaver, 36, of Marysville, Wash.; staff sergeant, Army. Cleaver was one of two soldiers killed Nov. 19 in a suicide car bomb attack on their unit in southwest Afghanistan's Zabol province, on the Pakistani border. He was assigned to the 782nd Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division at Ft. Bragg, N.C.

Daniel A. Frazier, 25, of St. Joseph, Mich.; sergeant, Army. Frazier was one of two soldiers killed Nov. 19 in a suicide car bomb attack on their unit in southwest Afghanistan's Zabol province, on the Pakistani border. He was assigned to the 782nd Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division at Ft. Bragg, N.C.

Nicholas J. Hand, 20, of Kansas City, Mo.; lance corporal, Marine Corps. Hand was killed Nov. 22 when his unit was attacked with small-arms fire in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, on the Pakistani border. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Jason A. McLeod, 22, of Crystal Lake, Ill.; specialist, Army. McLeod was killed Monday in a mortar attack on his unit west of Pashmul in southwest Afghanistan's Kandahar province, on the Pakistani border. He was assigned to the 704th Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division at Ft. Carson, Colo.

James M. Nolen, 25, of Alvin, Texas; sergeant, Army. Nolen was one of two paratroopers killed Nov. 22 when a roadside bomb exploded near their armored Humvee in southwest Afghanistan's Zabol province, on the Pakistani border. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division at Ft. Bragg, N.C.

Matthew A. Pucino, 34, of Cockeysville, Md.; staff sergeant, Army National Guard. Pucino was killed Monday when his all-terrain vehicle struck a roadside bomb while he was on patrol in Pashay Kala, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group in Glen Arm, Md.

Marcus A. Tynes, 19, of Moreno Valley; private first class, Army. Tynes was one of two paratroopers killed Nov. 22 when a roadside bomb exploded near their armored Humvee in southwest Afghanistan's Zabol province, on the Pakistani border. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division at Ft. Bragg, N.C.

Briand T. Williams, 25, of Sparks, Ga.; sergeant, Army. Williams was killed Nov. 22 when his unit was attacked with small-arms fire in Numaniya, Iraq, southeast of Baghdad. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 10th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division at Ft. Benning, Ga.

Sources: Department of Defense and Times staff reports

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