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Conflict: Iraq

Iraq War: September 11, 2001 through present day

  • Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF): March 19, 2003-August 31, 2010
  • Operation new Daw (OND): September 1, 2010-December 15, 2011
  • Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR): October 15, 2014-present day

Photos and data primarily retrieved from Military Times - Honor the Fallen, http://projects.militarytimes.com/valor/

This section is updated regularly as we discover new information and continue to add North Dakota's heroes.  Please contact us if you have information to add or update.

Criteria to determine residence: Location of burial or family residence at time of death, residence at time of enlistment, then place of birth.

State Heroes Total:
15
Staff Sgt. Kenneth W. Hendrickson
2004
Bismarck, ND
Iraq - Fallen
Branch of Service: National Guard
Company/Division: 957th Engineer Company, 130th Engineer Brigade, Bismarck, N.D.
Date of Loss: January 24, 2004 / Age: 41

Died Jan. 24 when his convoy was attacked by an improvised explosive device north of Fallujah, Iraq.

Sgt. Keith L. Smette
2004
Fargo, ND
Iraq - Fallen
Branch of Service: National Guard
Company/Division: 957th Engineer Company, 130th Engineer Brigade, Bismarck, N.D.
Date of Loss: January 24, 2004 / Age: 25

Died Jan. 24 when his convoy was attacked by an improvised explosive device north of Fallujah, Iraq.

Sgt. Thomas J. Sweet II
2003
Bismarck, ND
Iraq - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 1st Battalion, 5th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, based in Fort Riley, Kan.
Date of Loss: November 27, 2003 / Age: 23

Died of non-combat related injuries Nov. 27 in Junction City, Iraq.

Army Pfc. Sheldon Hawk Eagle
2003
Grand Forks, ND
Iraq - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.
Date of Loss: November 15, 2003 / Age: 21

Killed Nov. 15 when two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters crashed in Mosul, Iraq.

Spc. Jon P. Fettig
2003
Dickinson, ND
Iraq - Fallen
Branch of Service: National Guard
Company/Division: 957th Engineer Company, North Dakota Army National Guard, Bismarck, ND
Date of Loss: July 22, 2003 / Age: 30

Died July 22, 2003 when the truck he was in was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade near Ramadi, Iraq, on July 22, 2003.

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