Paying tribute to the fallen
Stars and Stripes November 20, 2008
The 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division lost 13 soldiers during its 13-month deployment to Iraq:
-- Staff Sgt. Robert J. Wilson, 28, of Boynton Beach, Fla., died on Jan. 26 after being hit by a roadside bomb while on a dismounted patrol in Baghdad.
-- Sgt. Conrad Alvarez, 22, of Big Spring, Texas; Cpl. Albert Bitton, 20, of Chicago; Spc. Michael B. Matlock, 21, of Glen Burnie, Md.; all died on Feb. 20 from wounds suffered in a roadside bomb blast the day before in Baghdad.
-- Spc. Micheal E. Phillips, 19, of Ardmore, Okla., died on Feb. 24 after his vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb in Baghdad.
-- Pfc. Shane D. Penley, 19, of Sauk Village, Ill., died on April 6 from wounds suffered while on guard duty at Patrol Base Cropper, Iraq.
-- Spc. Jacob J. Fairbanks, 22, of St. Paul, Minn., died on April 9 from non-combat injuries in Iraq.
-- Staff Sgt. Shaun J. Whitehead, 24, of Commerce, Ga., died on April 24 after he was hit by a roadside bomb while on a dismounted patrol in Iskandariyah.
-- Col. David P. McCormick, 26, of Fresno, Texas, died on April 28 from wounds suffered from a rocket attack on his base.
-- Staff Sgt. Clay A. Craig, 22, of Mesquite, Texas, died on April 28 after being hit by small arms fire during a dismounted patrol in Baghdad.
-- Staff Sgt. Bryan E. Bolander, 26, of Bakersfield, Calif., died on April 29 after his vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb in Baghdad.
-- Cpl. Jessica A. Ellis, 24, of Bend, Ore., died on May 11 after her vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb in Baghdad.
-- Sgt. John D. Aragon, 22, of Antioch, Calif., died on June 12 after his vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb in Kadamiyah.