Louisiana's War Dead

Afghanistan

Here are brief biographies of all military personnel from Louisiana killed in the war in Afghanistan that began Oct. 7, 2001, less than a month after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C. To date, 1,751 U.S. military personnel and Department of Defense civilians have been killed in the war, including these 29 from Louisiana.

  • Pfc. Kristian E. Parker
    Died Sept. 29, 2003

  • Cpl. David M. Fraise
    Died June 7, 2004

  • Maj. Barbaralien Banks
    Died April 6, 2005

  • Cpl. Richard P. Schoener
    Died May 8, 2005

  • Chief Fire Controlman (SEAL) Jacques J. Fontan
    Died June 28, 2005

  • Pfc. Benny S. Franklin
    Died Oct. 7, 2005

  • 1st Lt. Brandon R. Dronet
    Feb. 17, 2006

  • Lance Cpl. Billy D. Brixey Jr.
    Died Jan. 25, 2006

  • Sgt. 1st Class John M. Hennen
    Died June 17, 2007

  • Staff Sgt. Michael J. Gabel
    Died Dec. 12, 2007

  • Chief Warrant Officer Milton Eric Suggs
    Died Jan. 30, 2009

  • Pfc. Jason
    Watson

    Died Feb. 10, 2009

  • Sgt. First Class Severin W. Summers III
    Died Aug. 2, 2009

  • Pfc. Matthew E. Wildes
    Died Aug. 27, 2009

  • Pfc. Brian R. Bates Jr.
    Died Oct. 27, 2009

  • Sgt. Patrick O. Williamson
    Died Oct. 27, 2009

  • Sgt. Joshua A.
    Tomlinson

    Died May 18, 2010

  • Sgt. Joe L. Wrightsman
    July 18, 2010

  • Sgt. Joseph A. Bovia
    Died Aug. 31, 2010

  • Spc. Matthew C.
    Powell

    Died Oct. 12, 2010

  • Spc. Steven L. Dupont
    Died Oct. 24, 2010

  • Lance Cpl. Dakota R. Huse
    Died Nov. 9, 2010

  • Spc. Christian J. Romig
    Died Jan. 5, 2011

  • Cpl. Matthew T.
    Richard

    Died June 9, 2011

  • Tech. Sgt. Daniel L. Douville
    Died June 26, 2011

  • Staff Sgt. Michael J. Garcia
    Died July 4, 2011

  • Sgt. Christopher P. Soderlund
    Died July 9, 2011

  • Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Robert J. Reeves
    Died Aug. 6, 2011

  • Lt. Cmdr. (SEAL) Jonas B. Kelsall
    Died Aug. 6, 2011

Louisiana's War Dead

Iraq

Since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq on March 19, 2003, 4,421 U.S. military personnel and Department of Defense civilians have been killed in that war, including these 93 from Louisiana.

  • Pfc. Wilfred Davy Russell Bellard
    Died April 4, 2003

  • Spec. Levi Bond Kinchen
    Died Aug. 9, 2003

  • Sgt. Floyd George Knighten Jr.
    Died Aug. 9, 2003

  • Staff Sgt. Taft Virgil Williams
    Died Aug. 12, 2003

  • Staff Sgt. Craig Davis
    Died Jan. 8, 2004

  • Capt. Gussie Mae Jones
    Died March 6, 2004

  • Staff Sgt. Toby Wayne Mallet
    Died April, 9, 2004

  • Staff Sgt. Kendall Thomas
    Died April 28, 2004

  • Command Sgt. Maj. Edward Carl Barnhill
    Died May 14, 2004

  • Pfc. James Peter Lambert
    Died May 25, 2004

  • Spec. Jeremy Michael Heines
    Died June 26, 2004

  • Spec. Robert L.
    DuSang

    Died June 30, 2004

  • Pfc. Charles Clayton Persing
    Died July 19, 2004

  • Pfc. Torey Jonteal Dantzler
    Died July 22, 2004

  • Lance Cpl. Larry Lloyd Wells
    Died Aug. 6, 2004

  • Spec. Joseph Clarence Thibodeaux III
    Died Sept. 1, 2004

  • Pfc. David Paul
    Burridge

    Died Sept. 6, 2004

  • Lance Cpl. Justin Daniel McLeese
    Died Nov. 13, 2004

  • Sgt. Jeffrey Lynn Kirk
    Died Dec. 12, 2004

  • Sgt. Craig Lewis
    Nelson

    Died Dec. 16, 2004

  • Pfc. Lionel Ayro
    Died Dec. 21, 2004

  • 1st Lt. Christopher William Barnett
    Died Dec. 23, 2004

  • Staff Sgt. Christopher James Babin
    Died Jan. 6, 2005

  • Sgt. Bradley John Bergeron
    Died Jan. 6, 2005

  • Sgt. 1st Class Kurt Joseph Comeaux
    Died Jan. 6, 2005

  • Sgt. Huey Pierce Long Fassbender III
    Died Jan. 6, 2005

  • Staff Sgt. Warren Anthony Murphy
    Died Jan. 6, 2005

  • Spec. Armand L.
    Frickey

    Died Jan. 6, 2005

  • Staff Sgt. William Francis Manuel
    Died Jan. 10, 2005

  • Staff Sgt. Robert Wesley Sweeney III
    Died Jan. 10, 2005

  • Cpl. Kyle J. Grimes
    Died Jan. 26, 2005

  • Spec. Michael Scott Evans II
    Died Jan. 28, 2005

  • Sgt. Christopher James Ramsey
    Died Jan. 28, 2005

  • Staff Sgt. Jonathan Ray Reed
    Died Jan. 28, 2005

  • Sgt. Rene Knox Jr.
    Died Feb. 13, 2005

  • Sgt. Seth Randell
    Trahan

    Died Feb. 19, 2005

  • Staff Sgt. Nicholas Joseph Olivier
    Died Feb. 23, 2005

  • Sgt. Paul Martin Heltzel
    Died March 15, 2005

  • Sgt. Lee Myles Godbolt
    Died March 26, 2005