U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)
IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 1039-07
August 23, 2007
DoD Identifies Army Casualties
The Department of Defense announced today the death of 14 soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. They died August 22, 2007, in Multaka, Iraq, of injuries suffered when their helicopter crashed.
Killed were the following soldiers assigned to the 4th Squadron, 6th U.S. Air Cavalry Regiment, Fort Lewis, Washington:
- Captain Corry P. Tyler, 29, of Georgia.
- Chief Warrant Officer Paul J. Flynn, 28, of Whitsett, North Carolina
- Sergeant Matthew L. Tallman, 30, of Groveland, California
- Specialist Rickey L. Bell, 21, of Caruthersville, Missouri
Also killed were the following soldiers assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii:
- Captain Derek A. Dobogai, 26, of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
- Staff Sergeant Jason L. Paton, 25, of Poway, Califprnia
- Sergeant Garrett I. McLead, 23, of Rockport, Texas
- Corporal Jeremy P. Bouffard, 21, of Middlefield, Massachusetts
- Corporal Phillip J. Brodnick, 25, of New Lenox, Illinois
- Corporal Joshua S. Harmon, 20, of Mentor, Ohio
- Corporal Nathan C. Hubbard, 21, of Clovis, California
- Specialist Michael A. Hook, 25, of Altoona, Pennsylvania
- Specialist Jessy G. Pollard, 22, of Springfield, Missouri
- Specialist Tyler R. Seideman, 20, of Lincoln, Arkansas
The cause of the incident is under investigation.
Group Burial Funeral Services: Friday, 24 October 2008: Arlington National Cemetery
- RICKEY L BELL, Specialist, USA POST CHAPEL 11:00
- JEREMY P BOUFFARD, Corporal, USA POST CHAPEL 11:00
- PHILLIP BRODNICK, Corporal, USA POST CHAPEL 11:00
- DEREK A DOBOGAI, Captain, USA POST CHAPEL 11:00
- PAUL J FLYNN, Chief Warrant Officer 2, USA POST CHAPEL 11:00
- JOSHUA C HARMON, Corporal, USA POST CHAPEL 11:00
- MICHAEL A HOOK, Specialist, USA POST CHAPEL 11:00
- NATHAN A HUBBARD, Corporal, USA POST CHAPEL 11:00
- GARRETT I MCLEAD, Sergeant, USA POST CHAPEL 11:00
- JASON L PATON, Staff Sergeant, USA POST CHAPEL 11:00
- JESSY G POLLARD, Corporal, USA POST CHAPEL 11:00
- TYLER R SEIDEMAN, Specialist, USA POST CHAPEL 11:00
- MATTHEW L TALLMAN, Sergeant, USA POST CHAPEL 11:00
- CORRY TYLER, Captain, USA POST CHAPEL 11:00
Honoring Fallen 14 With ‘Quiet Strength'
By Mark Berman
Courtesy of The Washington Post
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Four Black Hawk helicopters skimmed overhead against the backdrop of a gray, cloudy sky. Below, more than 150 people brought together by tragedy and united in grief gathered yesterday to pay tribute to 14 soldiers honored at Arlington National Cemetery.
The soldiers were killed August 22, 2007, in a helicopter crash in Multaka, Iraq. Each had been buried separately. But 14 months after the accident, which was caused by mechanical failure, family and friends bundled together on a chilly October morning for a group tribute.
The mourners followed a horse-drawn caisson bearing a single flag-cloaked silver coffin up Bradley Drive. The coffin was carried to Section 60 of the cemetery and placed amid a bevy of red, white and blue flowers.
As part of the service, folded flags were given to parents and siblings, widows and a best friend. Each flag was touched for a moment to the coffin before being handed to the loved ones of the fallen soldiers.
The soldiers were between the ages of 20 and 30 years old. They hailed from 11 states, spanning from California to Massachusetts.
Captain Corry P. Tyler, 29, of Woodbine, Georgia, graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1999 and had deployed to Iraq in 2003 and 2006. Chief Warrant Officer 2 Paul J. Flynn, 28, of Whitsett, North Carolina, was a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter pilot with a decade of service.
The eldest soldier, Sergeant Matthew L. Tallman, 30, of Groveland, California, was a tall, easygoing man and a devoted father, family members told the Los Angeles Times.
The youngest soldiers were Corporal Joshua S. Harmon, of Mentor, Ohio, and Specialist Tyler R. Seideman, of Lincoln, Arkansas, both 20. Harmon, a medic, had married his wife, Kristin, 84 days before his death, she told the News-Herald in Ohio. Seideman, who loved to joke, was a generous person who would “give you the shirt off his back if you needed it,” said his best friend, Jeremy Bolivear, at a memorial service honoring the soldier, according to the Morning News in Arkansas.
Specialist Rickey L. Bell, 21, of Caruthersville, Missouri, joined the military in 2005 after graduating from high school.
Tyler, Flynn, Tallman and Bell were assigned to the 4th Squadron, 6th U.S. Air Cavalry Regiment based at Fort Lewis, Washington.
Captain Derek A. Dobogai, 26, of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, was selfless, kind and too modest to boast about his accomplishments, his family said in a statement last year. “Therefore, we will honor him with quiet strength,” relatives said.
Staff Sergeant Jason L. Paton, 25, of Poway, California, was to be married November 18, 2007, family members told the Los Angeles Times. He had deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq before, and his second deployment to Iraq was scheduled to end three weeks after the helicopter crash.
Sergeant Garrett I. McLead, 23, of Rockport, Texas, liked surfing, skateboarding and playing soccer. He enlisted shortly after his birthday in May 2002 because of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks, according to the Rockport Pilot.
Corporal Jeremy P. Bouffard, 21, of Middlefield, Massachusetts, was a jokester and a loyal, dedicated man who loved his wife Amanda, son Caleb and the Boston Red Sox. Nearly 1,000 mourners attended his funeral last year, according to the Boston Globe.
Corporal Phillip J. Brodnick, 25, of New Lenox, Illinois, was “the life of the party,” a friend wrote on the guest book of a Web site dedicated to his memory.
Corporal Nathan C. Hubbard, 21, of Clovis, California, was one of three brothers serving in Iraq. Marine Lance Corporal Jared Hubbard was killed in 2004, so Nathan and Jason Hubbard enlisted to honor their brother's sacrifice. Jason Hubbard was in the same platoon as Nathan and in a helicopter ordered to secure the crash site, according to CNN.
Specialist Michael A. Hook, 25, of Altoona, Pennsylvania, was excited to come home because his fiancee, Susan Fetterman, was pregnant, according to the Altoona Mirror. Mere weeks after the crash, she gave birth to their son, Mason.
Corporal Jessy G. Pollard, 22, of Springfield, Missouri, embraced and believed in what he was doing and would tell family members about jumping out of planes at night, they told the Associated Press.
Dobogai, Paton, McLead, Bouffard, Brodnick, Harmon, Hubbard, Hook, Pollard and Seideman were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division based at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.
Yesterday's burial brought to 447 the number of Iraq war casualties buried, memorialized or inurned at Arlington National Cemetery.
Jeremy Paul Bouffard was one of 14 soldiers killed when a U.S. Black Hawk helicopter crashed August 22, 2007, in northern Iraq. Bouffard was married and had a son. He was applying for Warrant Officer school and helicopter pilot training, his family said.
“Jeremy was a soldier who died doing his duty,” said a statement released by the family. “He chose to serve out of a sense of honor and commitment to the ideals of our nation. His job was difficult, but he was content with himself, his family, and his life. He was clear-headed and positive about his future. We celebrate his life, even as we mourn his loss.”
The start of Jeremy P. Bouffard's funeral service began with shared stories about his penchant for making people laugh with jokes and pranks, including faux phone calls with his giggling sisters watching.
If your restaurant ever got a call from an elderly Jewish man from Brooklyn named Saul Rosenberg asking if you found a pink cashmere cardigan in a booth in the back, well, that wasn't Saul Rosenberg, said the Rev. E.S. Toby Quirk.
Bouffard, 21, of Middlefield, Massachusetts, was killed August 22, 2007, when his helicopter crashed in Multaka. He was a 2004 high school graduate and was assigned to Schofield Barracks.
Bouffard was a die-hard Red Sox fan his sister – Maegan Davis said his exuberance made it nearly impossible to watch a game with him – but the only thing he was said to love more than his team were his wife, Amanda, and son, Caleb.
Jeremy proposed to Mandy again and again and again, said Quirk. They would be in a public place, and he would ask to see the ring, and then he would get down on one knee and propose all over again, loud and romantically.
Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
Reviewed by: Michael Howard