Topics/Deaths

JBLM soldier killed in training accident identified

Kenny Ocker The News Tribune (Tacoma, Wash.) The Army has announced the name of the Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier killed in a training accident earlier this week.  Pvt. Julian Diaz, 19, of Tolleson, Ariz., died in a vehicle crash at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif., on Tuesday, Lt. Col. Fred Williams announced in a news release Thursday afternoon. Diaz joined the Army in 2017 and was a member of the 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 1-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team ... More

USMC IDs 4 crew members killed in helicopter crash

Carl Prine The San Diego Union-Tribune Helicopter crew members who died together in a Tuesday crash in Imperial County mirrored both the Marine Corps and the country that they served. Following notifications to their relatives on Thursday, the Pentagon released the names of the four Marines killed while crewing the CH-53 Super Stallion helicopter that went down around 2:35 p.m. Tuesday about 15 miles west of El Centro, near the desert community of Plaster City and the international border with Mexico. Pi ... More

DoD IDs soldier killed in Syria explosion

Lauren King and Chad Garland Stars and Stripes A 36-year-old soldier has been identified as the American servicemember killed in an improvised explosive device blast in Manbij, Syria. Master Sgt. Jonathan J. Dunbar of Austin, Texas, died Friday after the IED detonated near his patrol, according to a news release from the Defense Department. U.K. Sgt. Matt Tonroe was identified as the other servicemember killed in the blast. His is the U.K.’s first combat death in the anti-ISIS fight. The 33-year-ol ... More

Army IDs soldier killed in noncombat incident in Baghdad

Chad Garland Stars and Stripes The Pentagon has identified a soldier who died in a noncombat incident Monday in Iraq while supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, the U.S.-led anti-Islamic State campaign. In a statement Tuesday, the military said Sgt. Christina Marie Schoenecker, 26, of Arlington, Kan., died in Baghdad. The circumstances of her death are under investigation, which is standard for fatal events. Schoenecker, an Army Reserve human resources specialist, was assigned to the 89th Sustainment Br ... More

Marine dies from flesh-eating bacteria

Curt Brown The Standard-Times, New Bedford, Mass. At 18, Becket Kiernan was a driven young man with a big heart, great smile and infectious laugh who was living the life he always wanted: as a Marine. Kiernan, who was from Rochester, died suddenly Feb. 5 at Twentynine Palms Marine base in California from an aggressive bacterial infection called Necrotizing Fasciitis, according to a Facebook post by his mother, Lynda Kiernan. "All Becket ever wanted since he was young was to be a Marine and to h ... More

Death benefits withheld from grieving families due to shutdown

By Military1 Staff The families of two soldiers killed during a helicopter training exercise will not receive $100,000 in death benefits they are entitled to due to the shutdown of the federal government over the spending bill. The payment is usually made within days of a service member's death, but the closing of the federal government  In a statement to CNN, Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said the government cannot make those payments until it reopens. “Under a government shutdown, th ... More

Marine stabbed to death by fellow Marine at Camp Pendleton

By Meg Jones Milwaukee Journal Sentinel A Marine from Wisconsin was stabbed to death Tuesday at the large Marine base in Camp Pendleton, Calif. Ethan Barclay-Weberpal, 18, was stabbed to death on the military base, his father told Madison television station WMTV (Channel 15). Scott Weberpal of Whitewater wrote on Facebook Wednesday that his son was killed by a fellow Marine. He included a photo of himself with his son next to the Marine Corps War Memorial. Scott Weberpal wrote: It's with e ... More

Soldier killed in Iraq supporting OIR

By Military1 Staff One day after responding to a group text with family members, Spc. Javion Shavonte Sullivan died on Jan. 8 while supporting Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq. A Department of Defense press release said Sullivan’s death was from a non-combat related incident, and an investigation is pending. Sullivan leaves behind his wife, Rayven, who has been by his side since they were 13 years old, and his 3-year-old daughter, Mahogany. Sullivan’s grandmother, Katherine, told Fox Caro ... More