By The Associated Press
Members of the U.S. armed forces with known Michigan ties who died in 2011 supporting military operations in Afghanistan:
Army Pvt. 2nd Class Jackie L. Diener II, 20, of Boyne City died Nov. 21 in Afghanistan's Kandahar province from wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire. He was part of the 3rd Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, based at Fort Drum, N.Y.
Army Capt. Drew E. Russell, 25, of Scotts died Oct. 8 along with another soldier when my forces attacked their unit with a rocket propelled grenade in Kandahar province. They were assigned to the 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, based at Fort Carson, Colo.
Marine staff Sgt. Nicholas A. Sprovtsoff, 28, of Davison died Sept. 28 along with another Marine while conducting combat operations in Helmand province. He was assigned to 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, based at Camp Pendleton, Calif.
Army Spc. Chazray Clark, 24, of Ecorse was killed Sept. 18 when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device in Kandahar Province. He was a combat engineer assigned to the 4th Squadron, 4th Cavalry, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, based at Fort Riley, Kan.
Army Cpl. Joseph VanDreumel, 32, of Ottawa County's Georgetown Township was 1 of 2 soldiers killed Aug. 14 by a roadside bomb while recovering a vehicle hit by an earlier blast in Paktika province. They were part of the 1st Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, 172nd Infantry Brigade, based in Grafenwoehr, Germany.
Navy SEAL Heath M. Robinson, 34, whose hometown was listed as Detroit, was killed Aug. 6 when a Chinook helicopter was shot down by insurgents in Wardak province, killing 30 American military personnel, seven Afghan commandos and an Afghan interpreter. The special warfare operator chief petty officer was assigned to an East Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit.
Navy Seaman Aaron D. Ullom, 20, of Midland was killed July 12 while on foot patrol as a hospital corpsman with a Marine unit in Afghanistan's Helmand province. He was part of the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, based at Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Army Staff Sgt. Joshua A. Throckmorton, 28, of Battle Creek died July 5 along with two other soldiers after insurgents attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan's Paktia province. They were part of the 709th Military Police Battalion, based in Hohenfels, Germany.
Army Pfc. Brian J. Backus, 21, of Saginaw County's Saginaw Township was killed June 18 when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms in Kandahar province. He was a combat medic with the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, based at Fort Drum, N.Y.
Army Pfc. Robert L. Voakes Jr., 21, of L'Anse was 1 of 4 soldiers killed June 4 when insurgents attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device in Laghman province. They were assigned to the 793rd Military Police Battalion, 3rd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.
Army Staff Sgt. Ergin V. Osman, 35, of Harrison Township was 1 of 6 soldiers killed May 26 when their unit was attacked with an improvised explosive device in Kandahar province. They were assigned to Fox Company, 4th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, based at Fort Campbell, Ky.
Army Pvt. Thomas C. Allers, 23, of Plainwell was 1 of 4 U.S. soldiers who were killed May 23 when insurgents attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device in Kunar province. They were part of the 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, base at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.
Marine Sgt. David P. Day, 26, of Gaylord died April 25 in combat in Badghis province. He was killed by a roadside bomb, his father said. Day was assigned to the 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion, Marine Special Operations Regiment, based at Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Marine Lance Cpl. Dominic Ciaramitaro, 19, of South Lyon died April 23 in Helmand province while conducting combat operations. He was part of the 3rd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force based at Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Navy Seaman Benjamin D. Rast, 23, of Niles died April 6 in Helmand province while on patrol. He was assigned as a hospitalman to the 1st Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division and was stationed at the Naval Medical Center, Expeditionary Medical Force Detachment in San Diego.
Army Sgt. Kristopher J. Gould, 25, of Saginaw died Feb. 27 in Ghazni province of wounds he sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device. He was part of the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, based at Fort Knox, Ky.
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