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Oregon's Most Honorable
Faces of the Fallen Oregon Soldiers
This is a collection of information about each Oregon service member who died while serving in Operation Enduring Freedom and the War in Iraq.
 
142 Oregon Fatalities*
 
20 from the Oregon National Guard
1 from the Washington National Guard
2 from the New York National Guard
78 from the United States Army
3 from the United States Army Reserve
28 from the United States Marine Corps
2 from the United States Air Force
8 from the United States Navy

This section sorted alphabetically.

United States Army Master Sergeant Danial R. Adams
United States Army Master Sergeant Danial R. Adams
United States Army Master Sergeant Danial R. Adams
Age:  35
Died:  September 13, 2011 in Wardak Province, Afghanistan
Hometown:  Hillsboro, Oregon 

 
Unit:   1st Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Stuttgart, Germany

United States Army Specialist Mabry J. Anders

Age:  21
Died:  August 27, 2012, in Kalagush, Afghanistan
Hometown:  Baker City, Oregon  

Unit:   4th Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado

 

 

 

 

 

 

United States Army Specialist
Mabry J. Anders
Oregon National Guard Staff Sergeant Tane Baum
Oregon National Guard Staff Sergeant Tane Baum
Oregon National Guard Staff Sergeant Tane Baum
Age:  30
Died:  September 25, 2005 southwest of Deh Chopan, Afghanistan
Hometown:  Pendleton, Oregon 

 
Unit:   Army National Guard 113th Aviation Regiment of the Oregon Army National Guard

United States Marine Lance Corporal Bryan Bertrand
United States Marine Lance Corporal Bryan Bertrand
United States Marine Lance Corporal Bryan Bertrand
Age:  23
Died:  January 9, 2002 in Pakistan
Hometown:  Coos Bay, Oregon
 
Unit:  VMGR-352 Marine Corps Air Station Miramar of San Diego, California
  • Marine Corps KC-130 aerial navigator who flew troops, equipment and fuel to those in need
  • Attended Marshfield High School in Coos Bay

United States Army Private Joseph R. Blake
United States Army Private Joseph R. Blake
United States Army Private Joseph R. Blake
Age:  34
Died:  August 17, 2006 in Turkalay, Afghanistan
Hometown:  Portland, Oregon  
 
Unit:  1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum NY

United States Army Specialist Joseph Blickenstaff
United States Army Specialist Joseph Blickenstaff
United States Army Specialist Joseph Blickenstaff
Age:  23
Died:  December 8, 2003 in Ad Duluiyah, Iraq
Hometown:  Corvallis, Oregon
 
Unit:  1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division of Fort Lewis, Washington
  • Attended West Albany High School
  • Survived by his wife Angela

United States Marine Lance Corporal Aaron Boyles
United States Marine Lance Corporal Aaron Boyles
United States Marine Lance Corporal Aaron Boyles
Age:  24
Died:  September 24, 2004 in Anbar Province, Iraq
Hometown:  Hood River, Oregon
 
Unit:  Headquarters and Service Company, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force
  • Attended Hood River High School
  • Survived by his wife Prabha, unborn child and son
 

United States Marine Corporal Travis Bradach-Nall
United States Marine Corporal Travis Bradach-Nall
United States Marine Corporal Travis Bradach-Nall
Age:  21
Died:  July 2, 2003 in Karbala, Iraq
Hometown:  Portland, Oregon
 
Unit:  Combat Service Support Group 11, Camp Pendleton, California
  • Attended Grant High School in Portland

United States Army Sergeant Joshua C. Brennan
United States Army Sergeant Joshua C. Brennan
United States Army Sergeant Joshua C. Brennan
Age: 22
Died: October 26, 2007, in the Korengal Valley, Afghanistan
Hometown: Ontario, Oregon
 
Unit: 2nd Battalion, 503rd Airborne Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Vicenza, Italy

United States Army Private First Class Dean R. Bright
United States Army Private First Class Dean R. Bright
United States Army Private First Class Dean R. Bright
Age: 32
Died: Oct. 4, 2006 in Taji, Iraq
Hometown: Roseburg, Oregon
 
Unit: 7th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas

United States Army Private First Class Brian A. Browning
United States Army Private First Class Brian A. Browning
United States Army Private First Class Brian A. Browning
Age: 20
Died: February 6, 2007 in Baghdad, Iraq
Hometown: Astoria, Oregon
 
Unit:  4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.

United States Marine Corporal Adam J. Buyes
United States Marine Corporal Adam J. Buyes
United States Marine Corporal Adam J. Buyes
Age: 21
Died: November 26, 2011, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan
Hometown: Salem, Oregon
 
Unit:  3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Okinawa, Japan

United States Marine Lance Corporal Dustin L. Canham
United States Marine Lance Corporal Dustin L. Canham
United States Marine Lance Corporal Dustin L. Canham
Age: 21
Died: March 23, 2008 in Djibouti, Africa
Hometown: Lake Stevens, WA
 
Unit:  Marine Forces Reserve's 6th Engineer Support Battalion, 4th Marine Logistics Group, Portland, Oregon (supported military operations in the Global War on Terror)

United States Army Specialist Jeremy E. Christensen
United States Army Specialist Jeremy E. Christensen
United States Army Specialist Jeremy E. Christensen
Age:  27
Died:   November 27, 2004 in Duilayah, Iraq
 
Unit:  1st Squadron, 4th Armored Cavalry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division of Schweinfurt, Germany
  • Attended Centennial and Sam Barlow High Schools in Portland
 
 

United States Marine Corporal Keaton G. Coffey
 
United States Marine Corporal Keaton G. Coffey
Age:  22
Died:   May 24, 2012, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan 
Hometown:  Boring, Oregon
 
Unit:  1st Law Enforcement Battalion, 1st Marine Headquarters Group, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California

United States Marine Captain Aaron Contreras
United States Marine Captain Aaron Contreras
United States Marine Captain Aaron Contreras
Age:  31
Died:  March 30, 2003 in Southern Iraq
Hometown:  Sherwood, Oregon
 
Unit:  Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169, Marine Aircraft Group 39, Marine Corps Air Station of Camp Pendleton, California
  • Attended Sherwood High School
  • Survived by his wife Janelle and three children

United States Army Command Sergeant Major Eric F. Cooke
United States Army Command Sergeant Major Eric F. Cooke
United States Army Command Sergeant Major Eric F. Cooke
Age:  43
Died:  December 24, 2003 in Samarra, Iraq
Hometown:  Scottsdale, Arizona
 
Unit: 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division based in Ray Barracks, Friedberg, Germany
  • Mother lives near Molalla
  • Survived by his mother and father

Oregon National Guard Staff Sergeant Kevin D. Davis
Oregon National Guard Staff Sergeant Kevin D. Davis
Oregon National Guard Staff Sergeant Kevin D. Davis
Age:  41
Died:  April 8, 2005 in Hawijah, Iraq
Hometown:  Lebanon, Oregon

Unit:  Oregon National Guard G Troop 82nd Cavalry of Redmond, Oregon
  • Attended West Albany High School
  • Survived by his wife Robbin, son Drew, daughters Laurynn and Makenna

United States Army Specialist Douglas C. Desjardins
 
United States Army Specialist Douglas C. Desjardins
Age: 24
Died: November 5, 2006 in Ar Ramadi, Iraq
Hometown: Scio, Oregon
 
Unit:  2nd Battalion, 37th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Ray Barracks, Giessen, Germany.

Oregon National Guard Captain Bruno G. de Solenni
Oregon National Guard Captain Bruno G. de Solenni
Oregon National Guard Captain Bruno G. de Solenni
Age: 32
Died: September 20, 2008, in Kandahar, Afghanistan
Hometown: Crescent City, California
 
Unit:  Joint Forces Headquarters, Element Training Team, Oregon National Guard

United States Army Private First Class Richard A. DeWater
United States Army Private First Class Richard A. DeWater
United States Army Private First Class Richard A. DeWater
Age: 21
Died: April 15, 2009, of wounds sustained while on patrol near Korengal Valley, Afghanistan
Hometown: Topeka, Kansas (lived in Grants Pass, Oregon on and off since he was 2 years old)
 
Unit:  1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas

United States Marine Sergeant Matthew J. Deyoung
United States Marine Sergeant Matthew J. Deyoung
United States Marine Sergeant Matthew J. Deyoung
Age: 26
Died: February 18, 2011, in Helmand province, Afghanistan
Hometown: Talent, Oregon
 
Unit:  2nd Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

United States Army PFC Cody J. Eggleston
United States Army PFC Cody J. Eggleston
United States Army PFC Cody J. Eggleston
Age: 21
Died: October 24, 2008, at the National in Bethesda, Maryland, of wounds suffered on October 16, 2008, in Baqubah, Iraq
Hometown: Redmond, Oregon
 
Unit:  1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Wainwright, Alaska

United States Army SFC Adrian Marcos Elizalde
United States Army SFC Adrian Marcos Elizalde
United States Army SFC Adrian Marcos Elizalde
Age:  30
Died:  Aug. 23, 2007 in Baghdad, Iraq
Hometown:  North Bend, Oregon
 
Unit:  2nd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Lewis, Washington

United States Army Corporal Jessica Ann Ellis
United States Army Corporal Jessica Ann Ellis
United States Army Corporal Jessica Ann Ellis
Age:  24
Died:  May 11, 2008, in Baghdad, Iraq
Hometown:  Lakeview, Oregon
 
Unit:  2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky
 
  • Jessica graduated from Lakeview High School (2002) where she was active in cross country, track and field, and the swim team.
  • She attended Central Oregon Community College (COCC) and worked three summers as a U.S. Forest Service firefighter on the Fremont National Forest. Jessica earned an Associate of Arts degree from COCC.

United States Staff Sergeant Jason M. Evey
United States Staff Sergeant Jason M. Evey
United States Staff Sergeant Jason M. Evey
Age:  29
Died:  July 16, 2006, in Baghdad, Iraq
 
Unit:   1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team of Fort Hood, Texas
  • Attended Corvallis School

Oregon National Guard Sergeant Justin Eyerly
Oregon National Guard Sergeant Justin Eyerly
Oregon National Guard Sergeant Justin Eyerly
Age:  23
Died:   June 4, 2004 in Baghdad, Iraq
Hometown:  Salem, Oregon
 
Unit:   2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry Regiment of Cottage Grove, Oregon
  • Attended South Salem High School

United States Army Corporal Billy B. Farris
United States Army Corporal Billy B. Farris
United States Army Corporal Billy B. Farris
Age: 20
Died: December 3, 2006 in Taji, Iraq
Hometown: Bapchule, Ariz.
  
Unit:  5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Wash.
  • Billy was a student at Chemawa Indian School in Salem Oregon.

United States Army Sergeant Sean P. Fennerty
United States Army Sergeant Sean P. Fennerty
United States Army Sergeant Sean P. Fennerty
Age:  25
Died:  January 20, 2007 in Karma, Iraq
Hometown:  Portland, Oregon
 
Unit: 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry (Airborne), 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska.

Washington National Guard Sergeant Damien Ficek
Washington National Guard Sergeant Damien Ficek
Washington National Guard Sergeant Damien Ficek
Age:  26
Died:  December 30, 2004 near Baghdad, Iraq
Hometown:  Beaverton, Oregon. Graduated from Beaverton High School, Class of 1996.
Unit:   1st Battalion, 161st Infantry Regiment of Spokane, Washington.

United States Navy Hospitalman Ryley Gallinger-Long
United States Navy Hospitalman Ryley Gallinger-Long
United States Navy Hospitalman Ryley Gallinger-Long
Age:  19
Died:  August 11, 2011, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan
Hometown:  Cornelius, Oregon
Unit:   1st Battalion, 6th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 1, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

United States Marine Lance Corporal Juan Manuel Garcia-Schill
United States Marine Lance Corporal Juan Manuel Garcia-Schill
United States Marine Lance Cpl. Juan Manuel Garcia-Schill
Age:  20
Died:  July 2, 2007 in Anbar Province, Iraq
Hometown: Grants Pass, Oregon
 
Unit:   2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, California

United States Army Sergeant Brennan C. Gibson
United States Army Sergeant Brennan C. Gibson
United States Army Sergeant Brennan C. Gibson
Age:  26
Died:  December 10, 2006 in Karbala, Iraq
Hometown:  Tualatin, Oregon 
  6Unit:   3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry (Airborne), 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska.

United States Navy Chief Warrant Officer Jonathan S. Gibson
United States Navy Chief Warrant Officer Jonathan S. Gibson
United States Navy Chief Warrant Officer Jonathan S. Gibson
Age:  32
Died:  September 22, 2013, serving in the Red Sea in support of Operation Enduring Freedom
Hometown:  Aurora, Oregon 
Unit:   Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Six at Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, California

United States Army Chaplain (Capt.) Dale Allen Goetz
United States Army Chaplain (Capt.) Dale Allen Goetz
United States Army Chaplain (Capt.) Dale Allen Goetz
Age:  43
Died:  August 30, 2010, in the Arghandab River Valley, Afghanistan
Hometown:  White, South Dakota
 
Unit:   1st Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division
  • Chaplain Goetz was raised in Hood River, Oregon.
 
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