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Associated Press, Published July 07 2010

List: North Dakota troops killed in Iraq and Afghanistan

As of July 5, 2010, 16 U.S. service members from North Dakota or serving with North Dakota military units have been reported killed while on duty in Iraq. Five others were killed in Afghanistan.

  • Army Spc. Keenan Cooper, 19, who graduated from Wahpeton, was killed in Afghanistan on July 5, his family said.

  • Army Staff Sgt. David Kuehl, 27, of Wahpeton was killed during combat operations in Iraq on May 22, 2007.

  • North Dakota native Maj. Alan Johnson, an Army Reserve member, was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq on Jan. 26, 2007. Johnson, 44, lived in Yakima, Wash., but grew up in Montpelier, in south-central North Dakota, and joined the National Guard in North Dakota.

  • Cpl. Christopher Kleinwachter, 29, of Wahpeton, who grew up in Grand Forks. He died Nov. 30, 2006, of injuries suffered in a vehicle rollover while taking part in military convoy operations in eastern Afghanistan. He was a member of the North Dakota National Guard’s 188th Air Defense Artillery 1st Battalion.

  • Cpl. Nathan J. Goodiron, 25, of Mandaree. Killed Nov. 23, 2006, in Afghanistan when a rocket-propelled grenade struck the vehicle he was driving. Assigned to North Dakota National Guard’s 188th Air Defense Artillery 1st Battalion.

  • Army Cpl. Paul A. Beyer, 21, of Jamestown, killed June 23, 2006, in Iraq, near Baghdad, when a bomb went off near his Humvee, Army officials said.

  • Army Cpl. Jeremiah S. Santos, 21, who lived in Devils Lake and Minot, died in Baghdad on June 15, 2006, in a roadside bomb attack, Army officials said.

  • National Guard Cpl. Curtis Mehrer, 21, of Bismarck, killed June 6, 2006, in Afghanistan while on a reconnaissance mission when a roadside bomb went off near his vehicle.

  • Sgt. Travis Van Zoest, 21, of Bismarck, killed June 6, 2006 in Afghanistan, while on a reconnaissance mission when a roadside bomb went off near his vehicle. Van Zoest and Mehrer were serving with the Guard’s 188th Air Defense Artillery.

  • Spc. Michael Hermanson, 21, of Fargo. Killed May 23, 2006, in an attack on his vehicle near Abayachi, north of Baghdad. Assigned to North Dakota National Guard’s 164th Engineer Combat Battalion A Company A.

  • Spc. Dennis Ferderer Jr., 20, of New Salem. Killed Nov. 2, 2005, in an attack on a Humvee near Duluiyah, north of Baghdad. Assigned to 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, based in Fort Benning, Ga.

  • Spc. Cody Wentz, 21, of Williston. Killed Nov. 4, 2004, in an attack on a Humvee near Balad. Assigned to the North Dakota National Guard’s 141st Engineer Combat Battalion.

  • Pvt. 1st Class Anthony Monroe, 21, of Bismarck. Died Oct. 10, 2004. Assigned to the Army’s 1st Cavalry Division, based in Fort Hood, Texas.

  • Staff Sgt. Lance Koenig, 33, of Fargo. Died Sept. 22, 2004, near Tikrit when a bomb exploded while he was inspecting a suspicious roadside object. Assigned to the North Dakota National Guard’s 141st Engineer Combat Battalion.

  • Spc. James Holmes, 28, East Grand Forks, Minn. Died May 8, 2004, in Landstuhl, Germany, from wounds suffered May 3 when a roadside bomb exploded while he was on vehicle patrol. Assigned to the North Dakota National Guard’s 141st Engineer Combat Battalion.

  • Spc. Philip Brown, 21, of Jamestown. Died May 8, 2004, after being wounded by an explosive while on foot patrol. Assigned to the North Dakota National Guard’s 141st Engineer Combat Battalion.

  • Staff Sgt. Ken Hendrickson, 41, of Bismarck. Killed Jan. 24, 2004, when a bomb struck a four-vehicle convoy north of Fallujah. Assigned to the North Dakota National Guard’s 957th Multi-Role Bridge Company.

  • Sgt. Keith Smette, 25, of Makoti. Killed Jan. 24, 2004, when a bomb struck a four-vehicle convoy north of Fallujah. Assigned to the North Dakota National Guard’s 957th Multi-Role Bridge Company.

  • Spc. Thomas Sweet II, 23, of Bismarck. Died Nov. 27, 2003, in Junction City from a noncombat-related gunshot wound. Assigned to the Army’s 1st Battalion, 5th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Infantry Division.

  • Pfc. Sheldon Hawk Eagle, 21, of Grand Forks. Among 17 Americans killed Nov. 15, 2003, when two Black Hawk helicopters crashed in Mosul. Assigned to the Army’s 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery, 101st Airborne Division.

  • Spc. Jon Fettig, 30, of Dickinson. Killed July 22, 2003, in an attack on a convoy near Ramadi. Assigned to the North Dakota National Guard’s 957th Multi-Role Bridge Company.