Soldiers over 35 dying with the young

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War is a young man's game, it has been said.

But of the 36 Pennsylvania Army National Guard members who have died in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, 14 have been 35 or older.

Here's the list:

• Sgt. Carl James Morgain, 40, of Butler. Killed May 22, 2005, in Iraq when a vehicle with taxi markings pulled near his Humvee and blew up.

• Specialist Kurt E. Krout, 43, of Spinnerstown, Bucks County. Killed Aug. 6, 2005, in Iraq when a bomb detonated near his convoy in Samarra.

• Specialist John S. Kulick, 35, of Jenkintown, Montgomery County. Killed Aug. 9, 2005, in Iraq when his convoy was attacked outside Bayji.

• Sgt. Michael Egan, 36, of Philadelphia. Killed Sept. 19, 2005, in Iraq when a bomb blew up next to his convoy in Ramadi.

• Sgt. William Valentin Fernandez, 37, of Reading. Killed Sept. 19, 2005, in Iraq in the same incident as Sgt. Egan.

• Sgt. George Anthony Pugliese, 39, of Carbondale, Lackawanna County. Killed Sept. 28, 2005, in Iraq while commanding a Bradley Fighting Vehicle in Ramadi, where his unit was on patrol to secure the building of a railroad bridge.

• Sgt. Brent Allen Adams, 40, of West View. Killed Dec. 1, 2005, in Iraq after a rocket struck the truck he was driving.

• Lt. Col. Michael Erich McLaughlin, 44, of Mercer, Mercer County. Killed Jan. 5, 2006, by a suicide bomber while speaking to Iraqi leaders and police recruits. He was the first Pennsylvania National Guard officer killed in combat since World War II.

• Sgt. Randy Donald McCaulley, 44, of Marion Center, Indiana County. Killed March 23, 2006, in Iraq after he was shot while on patrol in Mudiq.

• Sgt. Daniel Anthony Brozovich, 42, of Greenville, Mercer County. Killed Oct. 18, 2006, in Iraq when a roadside bomb blew up near his vehicle.

• Master Sgt. Scott Rowen Ball, 38, of Carlisle, Cumberland County. Killed Aug. 27, 2007, in Afghanistan in an ambush in Kunar Province that killed two other U.S. soldiers.

• Lt. Col. Richard Berrittini, 52, of Eldred, McKean County. Died Jan. 11, 2008, at a Texas military hospital from injuries he suffered in a bomb blast in Afghanistan nine days earlier in Khowst Province. A National Guard soldier from South Carolina was also killed, along with an interpreter.

• Lt. Jeffrey Frank Deprimo, 35, of Pittston, Luzerne County. Killed May 20, 2008, in Afghanistan when a roadside bomb exploded next to his Humvee. A Navy lieutenant and an interpreter also were killed.

• Sgt. Robert J. Fike, 38, of Conneautville, Crawford County. Killed June 11, in Afghanistan with Sgt. Bryan Hoover, 29, of West Elizabeth. The men were on foot patrol in Bullard Bazaar in Zabul Province when they were killed by a suicide bomber.


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