Army CPL Joseph A. Blanco, 25, of Bloomington, California. Died April 11, 2006, serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Assigned to 7th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Died of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle and he came under enemy small-arms fire during combat operations in Taji, Baghdad Province, Iraq.
Marine Capt Ryan Anthony Beaupre, 30, of Bloomington, Illinois. Died March 21, 2003, serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 268, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, California. Died of injuries sustained when his CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter crash while ferrying troops near the border of Iraq in Kuwait. No hostile fire was reported in the area.