US military deaths in Afghan region

Posted June 21, 2011, at 5:47 p.m.

As of Tuesday, June 21 at least 1,522 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count.

The AP count is nine more than the Defense Department’s tally, last updated 10 a.m. Monday.

At least 1,254 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result of hostile action, according to the military’s numbers.

Outside of Afghanistan, the department reports at least 98 more members of the U.S. military died in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Of those, 11 were the result of hostile action.

The AP count of total OEF casualties outside of Afghanistan is the same as the department’s tally.

The Defense Department also counts two military civilian deaths.

Since the start of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, 12,002 U.S. service members have been wounded in hostile action, according to the Defense Department.

Latest identifications:

—Pfc. Gustavo A. Rios-Ordonez, 25, of Englewood, Ohio; died June 20 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device; assigned to the 4th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.

—Pfc. Josue Ibarra, 21, of Midland, Texas; died June 19 from wounds received while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan; assigned to 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.

—Pfc. Brian J. Backus, 21, of Saginaw Township, Mich.; died June 18, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with small-arms fire; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.

—Four soldiers died June 18 in Uruzgan province, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered during a vehicle roll-over; they were assigned to the 4th Battalion, 70th Armor Regiment, 170th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Baumholder, Germany; killed were Sgt. 1st Class Alvin A. Boatwright, 33, of Lodge, S.C.; Sgt. Edward F. Dixon III, 37, of Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo.; Sgt. Alan L. Snyder, 28, of Blackstone, Mass.; and Spc. Tyler R. Kreinz, 21, of Beloit, Wis.

—Spc. Scott D. Smith, 36, of Indianapolis, Ind.; died June 17 at Khowst province, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered in a noncombat-related incident; assigned to the 81st Troop Command, Indiana Army National Guard, Indianapolis.

—Sgt. Mark A. Bradley, 25, of Cuba, N.Y.; died June 16 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan; assigned to 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

—Pvt. Ryan J. Larson, 19, of Friendship, Wis.; died June 15 at Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device; assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Wainwright, Alaska.

—Pfc. Eric D. Soufrine, 20, of Woodbridge, Conn.; died June 14 in Farah province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device; assigned to the 4th Battalion, 42nd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.

—Staff Sgt. Jeremy A. Katzenberger, 26, of Weatherby Lake, Mo.; died June 14 in Paktika province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with small-arms fire; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.

 

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