US Colonel Killed in Iraq

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Col. William Wood, commanding officer of the 1st Battalion, 184th Infantry Regiment, died last week, the highest-ranking U.S. officer to be killed in combat in the Iraq war, the U.S. military said Monday.

Wood, based at Forward Operating Base Falcon in Babil province, south of Baghdad, had responded to a roadside bomb Thursday.

He was giving orders to his men as they secured the area when a secondary explosion blew him backward into a canal, killing him instantly, the military said.

Wood, 44, was a Regular Army officer assigned to the 1/184th, a National Guard outfit based in Modesto, California. He was from Panama City, Florida, and was stationed at Fort Stewart, Georgia.

Ouch. He's a replacement too. His predecessor was relieved.

184 infantry is the closest Guard infantry unit to me. They've been taking quite a few hits of late.

Army Lt. Col. Leon G. James II 2005-10-10 46, of Sackets Harbor, N.Y.; assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 314th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 78th Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.; died Oct. 10 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., of injuries sustained Sep. 26 when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Humvee during combat operations in Baghdad.


Army Lt. Col. Terrence K. Crowe 2005-06-07 44, of New York, N.Y.; assigned to the 10th Battalion, 98th Regiment, 4th Brigade, 98th Division, Army Reserve, Lodi, N.J.; killed June 7 when his unit was attacked by enemy forces using rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire in Tal Afar, Iraq.


Army Col. Theodore S. Westhusing 2005-06-05 44, of Dallas; assigned to the United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.; serving with the Multinational Security Transition Command-Iraq; died June 5 of non-combat-related injuries in Baghdad.


Army Lt. Col. Albert E. Smart 2005-05-28 41, of San Antonio; assigned to the 321st Civil Affairs Brigade, U.S. Army Reserve, San Antonio; died May 28 of a non-combat-related illness in Doha, Qatar.


Army Lt. Col. Michael J. McMahon 2004-11-27 41, of West Hartfored, Conn.; assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division (Light), Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; killed Nov. 27 when the contract aircraft in which he was riding crashed in Bamian, Afghanistan. Two other soldiers also died in the crash: Chief Warrant Officer Travis W. Grogan and Spc. Harley D.R. Miller.


Army Lt. Col. Mark P. Phelan 2004-10-13 44, of Green Lane, Pa.; assigned to the 416th Civil Affairs Battalion, U.S. Army Reserve, Morristown, Pa.; killed Oct. 13 when an improvised explosive device detonated near his convoy vehicle in Mosul, Iraq. Also killed was Maj. Charles R. Soltes Jr.


Marine Lt. Col. Kevin M. Shea 2004-09-14 38, of Washington, D.C.; assigned to 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; killed Sept. 14 by enemy action in Anbar province, Iraq.


Marine Lt. Col. David S. Greene 2004-07-28 39, of Raleigh, N.C.; assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 775, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Air Wing, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif.; killed July 28 by enemy action in Anbar province, Iraq.


Army Lt. Col. Charles H. Buehring 2003-10-26 40, of Fayetteville, N.C.; assigned to Army Central Command Headquarters (Forward), Fort McPherson, Ga.; killed Oct. 26 during a rocket-propelled grenade attack on the Rasheed Hotel in Baghdad.


Army Lt. Col. Kim S. Orlando 2003-10-16 43, of Tennessee; commanding officer of the 716th Military Police Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), based in Fort Campbell, Ky.; killed while attempting to negotiate with armed men who were congregating on a road near a mosque after curfew on Oct. 16 in Karbala, Iraq. Also killed in the attack were Staff Sgt. Joseph P. Bellavia and Cpl. Sean R. Grilley. Seven other U.S. soldiers were wounded.


Army Lt. Col. Paul W. Kimbrough 2003-10-01 44, of Washington, D.C.; assigned to the 416th Engineer Command, Team 28, Army Reserve, Fort Benning, Ga.; died on Oct. 1, 2003, in Turkey from injuries sustained during a non-combat-related incident in Afghanistan.


Army Lt. Col. Anthony L. Sherman 2003-08-27 43, of Pottstown, Pa.; assigned to the 304th Civil Affairs Brigade, Army Reserve, based in Philadelphia, Pa.; died Aug. 27 of non-combat-related injury in Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.


Army Lt. Col. Dominic R. Baragona 2003-05-19 42, of Niles, Ohio; assigned to 19th Maintenance Battalion, Fort Sill, Okla.; killed in a vehicle accident in Iraq.


Air Force Lt. Col. John Stein 2003-03-23 39, of Bardolph, Ill.; assigned to the 41st Rescue Squadron, Moody Air Force Base, Ga.; killed in a HH-60G Pave Hawk crash on March 23, 2003, in Afghanistan.
How many female service personnel have been killed during the Iraq conflict?
Very dicey, these IEDs.

Having served in the Kashmir quite a few tenures, these IEDs are a daily business. Timed, chemical, mechanical, remote controlled. You name it and these terrorists have it.

We undertake road opening and then picquet the road the whole day. Quite effective, though no guarantees.
After the blast of lightning from the east,
the flourish of loud clouds,the Chariot Throne
After the drums of time have rolled and ceased,
And by the bronze west long retreat is blown
Shall Life renew these bodies?Of a truth,
All death will he annul,all tears assuage?
Or fill these void veins full again with youth,
And wash,with an immortal water ,age?....



Book Reviewer
Rest in Peace Col Wood.

Sincere condolences to his family and all his comrades.

I saw a dit to the effect that 37 US Servicewomen have been killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom to date. Don't know what the wounded figure is.

Lee Shaver


Kit Reviewer
Go Well Col.

My thought too are with his family, friends and colleagues.

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