US military deaths in Afghanistan, Iraq: Tuesday, July 26

The Associated Press
Posted July 29, 2011, at 8:48 p.m.

As of Tuesday, July 26, at least 1,571 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. At least 1,304 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result of hostile action, according to the military’s numbers. Since the start of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, 12,877 U.S. service members have been wounded in hostile action, according to the Defense Department.

As of Tuesday, July 26, at least 4,473 members of the U.S. military had died in the Iraq war since it began in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. Since the start of U.S. military operations in Iraq, 32,158 U.S. service members have been wounded in hostile action, according to the Defense Department’s weekly tally.

Latest identifications:

—Two soldiers died July 17, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device; they were assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Wainwright, Alaska; killed were Sgt. 1st Class Kenneth B. Elwell, 33, of Holland, Pa.; and Pfc. Tyler M. Springmann, 19, of Hartland, Maine.

— Master Sgt. Benjamin A. Stevenson, 36, of Canyon Lake, Texas, died July 21 in Paktika province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using small arms fire; he was assigned to the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, N.C.

—Two soldiers died July 19 in Kunar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their vehicle with an improvised explosive device; they were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; killed were Staff Sgt. James M. Christen, 29, of Loomis, Calif. and Sgt. Jacob Molina, 27, o f Houston, Texas.

—Sgt. Omar A. Jones, 28, of Crook, Colo., died July 18, in Balkh province, Afghanistan; he was assigned to the 126th Chemical Battalion, 92nd Troop Command, Nebraska Army National Guard, Wahoo, Neb.

—Three soldiers died July 18 in Ghazni province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their convoy with an improvised explosive device; they were assigned to the 131st Transportation Company, 213th Area Support Group, Williamstown, Pa.; killed were Staff Sgt. Kenneth R. Vangiesen, 30, of Erie, Pa.; Sgt. Edward W. Koehler, 47, of Lebanon, Pa.; and Staff Sgt. Brian K. Mowery, 49, of Halifax, Pa. Sgt. Mowery was posthumously promoted to staff sergeant.

—Lance Cpl. Jabari N. Thompson, 22, of Brooklyn, N.Y., died July 17 of wounds sustained July 13 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan; he was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

—Cpl. Raphael R. Arruda, 21, of Ogden, Utah, died July 16 in Kunar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device; he was assigned to the 416th Theater Engineer Command, Ogden, Utah.

—Lance Cpl. Christopher L. Camero, 19, of Kailua Kona, Hawaii, died July 15 of wounds suffered July 6 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan; he was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, Calif.

—Spc. Frank R. Gross, 25, of Oldsmar, Fla., died July 16 at Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained at Khowst province, Afghanistan, when an improvised explosive device caused a military vehicle roll-over; he was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 38th Cavalry Regiment, 504th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas.

—Sgt. Lex L. Lewis, 40, of Rapid City, S.D., died July 15 after injuries suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire in Farah province, Afghanistan; he was assigned to 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.

—Staff Sgt. Wyatt A. Goldsmith, 28, of Colville, Wash., died July 15 at Camp Bastion Hospital, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered July 15 when insurgents attacked his unit with rocket-propelled grenade fire in Helmand province, Afghanistan; he was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

—Sgt. Jeremy R. Summers, 27, of Mount Olivet, Ky., died July 14 in Paktika province, Afghanistan, after enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire on July 13; he was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky.

—Seaman Aaron D. Ullom, 20, of Midland, Mich., died while conducting a dismounted patrol in the Now Zad district, Helmand province, Afghanistan, on July 12.; he was assigned as a hospitalman to 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 8, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

—Lance Cpl. Robert S. Greniger, 21, of Greenfield, Minn., died July 12 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan; he was assigned to 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

—Sgt. Mark A. Cofield, 25, of Colorado Springs, Colo., died July 17 in Baghdad, Iraq, of injuries sustained from a noncombat-related incident; he was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, N.C.

—Spc. Daniel L. Elliott, 21, of Youngsville, N.C., died July 15 in Basra, Iraq, when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device; he was assigned to the 290th Military Police Brigade, 200th Military Police Command, Cary, N.C.

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