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List of Iraq shootdown victims released

WASHINGTON, April 18 -- The Pentagon Monday released a partial list of the service members killed last week when U.S. F-15C fighter jets shot down two U.S. Army blackhawk helicopters over Iraq.

The 11 on the list, all soldiers, includes seven aviators, two members of the elite Special Forces or 'green berets,' one intelligence specialist and one commander of a military assistance unit.

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The names released Monday are:

-- Staff. Sgt. Paul N. Barclay, 24, of Detroit, Mich., who was assigned to the 10th Special Forces Group at Fort Devens, Mass.

-- Spec. Cornelius A. Bass, 22, of San Antonio, Texas, who was assigned to the 158th Aviation Regiment at Giebelstadt, Germany.

-- Spec. Jeffrey C. Colbert, 22, of Myersville, Md., who was assigned to the 159th Aviation Regiment at Giebelstadt, Germany.

-- Pfc. Mark A. Ellner, 21, of Denver, Colo., who was assigned to the 159th Aviation Regiment.

-- Warrant Officer John W. Garrett, Jr., 32, of Westerville, Ohio, of the 159th Aviation Regiment.

-- Chief Warrant Officer Michael A. Hall, 27, of Windsor, Calif., of the 159th Aviation Regiment.

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-- Sfc. Benjamin T. Hodge, 32, of Muskegon, Mich., who was assigned to the 165th Military Intelligence Battalion at Darmstadt, Germany.

-- Capt. Patrick M. McKenna, 27, of Columbus, Ga., of the 159th Aviation Regiment.

-- Spec. Michael S. Robinson, 23, of Godfrey, Ill., of the 159th Aviation Regiment.

-- Staff Sgt. Ricky L. Robinson, 33, of Grand Junction, Col., member of the 10th Special Forces Group at Fort Devens, Mass.

-- Col. Jerald L. Thompson, 48, of Oakland, Calif., Commander of the Security Assistance Training Management Organization at Fort Bragg, N.C.

Last week the Pentagon identified one Air Force woman among the dead. She was 2nd Lt. Laura Ashley Piper, 25, of Venice, Fla., who was assigned to a 7454th Tactical Intelligence Squadron at Ramstein Air Base, Germany.

And the State Department last week said also among the dead was a veteran Foreign Service officer, Barbara L. Shell, 50, who had been a foreign policy adviser to the international military effort to protect and assist the Kurds of northern Iraq.

A total of 15 Americans were among the 26 people killed in last week's shootdown. Two have not yet been officially identified.

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