US military deaths in Afghanistan, Iraq

Posted Sept. 28, 2011, at 8:30 p.m.

As of Tuesday, Sept. 27, at least 1,670 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. The AP count is six less than the Defense Department’s tally, last updated at 10 a.m. Tuesday. At least 1,400 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, 14,239 U.S. service members have been wounded in hostile action, according to the Defense Department.

As of Tuesday, Sept. 27, at least 4,477 members of the U.S. military had died in the Iraq war since it began in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. The figure includes nine military civilians killed in action. At least 3,525 military personnel died as a result of hostile action, according to the military’s numbers. Since the start of U.S. military operations in Iraq, 32,195 U.S. service members have been wounded in hostile action, according to the Defense Department’s tally.

Recent identifications:

—Two soldiers died Aug. 14 in Paktika province, Afghanistan, from an explosion while conducting vehicle recovery operations. They were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, 172nd Infantry Brigade Grafenwoehr, Germany. Killed were Sgt. Matthew A. Harmon, 29, of Bagley, Minn.; and Spc. Joseph A. VanDreumel, 32, of Grand Rapids, Mich.

—Spc. Douglas J. Green, 23, of Sterling, Va., died Aug. 28 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device and small arms fire; assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Wainwright, Alaska.

—Spc. Michael C. Roberts, 23, of Watauga, Texas, died Aug. 27 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device; assigned to the 561st Military Police Company, 716th Military Police Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, Fort Campbell, Ky.

—Pfc. Jesse W. Dietrich, 20, of Venus, Texas, died Aug. 25 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using small arms fire; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.

—Pfc. Brandon S. Mullins, 21, of Owensboro, Ky.; died Aug. 25 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device; assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Wainwright, Alaska.

— Sgt. Andrew R. Tobin, 24, of Jacksonville, Ill., died Aug. 24 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit using small arms fire; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.

—1st Lt. Timothy J. Steele, 25, of Duxbury, Mass., died Aug. 23 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.

—Spc. Christopher J. Scott, 21, of Tyrone, N.Y., died Sept. 3 at Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire; assigned to the 716th Military Police Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.

—Spc. Dennis James Jr., 21 of Deltona, Fla., died Aug. 31 from wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device in Wardak province, Afghanistan; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Polk, La.

—Two soldiers died Aug. 25 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their vehicle using an improvised explosive device. They were assigned to the 546th Transportation Company, 82nd Sustainment Brigade, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, N.C. Killed were Sgt. Devin J. Daniels, 22, of Kuna, Idaho; and Sgt. Colby L. Richmond, 28, of Providence, N.C.

—Pfc. Alberto L. Obod Jr., 26, of Orlando, Fla., died Aug. 28 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered during a vehicle roll-over; assigned to the 391st Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 16th Sustainment Brigade, 21st Theater Sustainment Command, Bamberg, Germany.

—Cmdr. James K. Crawford, 50, of East Concord, N.Y., died Sept. 7, as a result of a noncombat-related incident in Manama, Bahrain. He was assigned to U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, supporting operations at the Combined Maritime Forces Coalition Coordination Center at Naval Support Activity, Bahrain.

—Staff Sgt. Keith F. Rudd, 36, of Winder, Ga., died Sept. 10 in Parvan, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained while supporting combat operations; assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.

—Staff Sgt. Daniel A. Quintana, 30, of Huntington Park, Calif., died Sept. 10 in Paktika province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using small arms fire; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 172nd Infantry Brigade, Schweinfurt, Germany.

—Pfc. Brett E. Wood, 19, of Spencer, Ind., died Sept. 9 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Wainwright, Alaska.

—Petty Officer Brian K. Lundy, 25, of Austin, Texas, died Sept. 9 while conducting a dismounted patrol in Marjah, Helmand province, Afghanistan. Lundy was assigned as a hospital corpsman to 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 5, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

—Three soldiers died Sept. 9 in Paktika, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with small arms fire. They were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 279th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Oklahoma National Guard, Tulsa, Okla. Killed were Sgt. Bret D. Isenhower, 26, of Lamar, Okla., Spc. Christopher D. Horton, 26, of Collinsville, Okla., and P fc. Tony J. Potter Jr., 20, of Okmulgee, Okla.

—Two soldiers died from wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device Sept. 8 in Kandahar, Afghanistan. They were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y. Killed were Spc. Koran P. Contreras, 21, of Lawndale, Calif., and Pfc. Douglas J. Jeffries Jr., 20, of Springvil le, Calif.

— James W. Coker, 59, of Mount Pleasant, S.C., was pronounced dead Sept. 5 in Kabul, Afghanistan, while on temporary assignment with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; he worked for Naval Facilities Engineering Command Atlantic, Norfolk, Va.

—Pfc. Christophe J. Marquis, 40, of Tampa, Fla., died Sept. 4 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl, Germany, of injuries sustained Aug. 27 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Wainwright , Alaska.

—Spc. Kevin R. Shumaker, 24, of Livermore, Calif., died Aug. 31 in a stateside hospital of a noncombat-related illness; he was assigned to the Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.

The latest identifications reported by the military:

—Spc. Francisco J. Briseno-Alvarez Jr., 27, of Oklahoma City, Okla.; died Sept. 25 in Laghman province, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device; assigned to 1st Battalion, 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Brigade Combat Team, Stillwater, Okla.

—Sgt. Tyler N. Holtz, 22, of Dana Point, Calif.; died Sept. 24 in Wardak province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using small arms fire; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

—Two soldiers died Sept. 23 in Wardak, province, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered when insurgents attacked their unit using an improvised explosive device; they were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Polk, La.; killed were: Sgt. Rafael E. Bigai Baez, 28, of San Juan, Puerto Rico and Pfc. Carlos A. Aparicio, 19, of San Bernardino, Calif.

—Lance Cpl. Terry C. Wright, 21, of Scio, Ohio; died Sept. 21 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan; assigned to 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

—Two soldiers died Sep. 21, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered when insurgents attacked their unit with small arms fire; they were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor Regiment, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.; killed were: Spc. Jakob J. Roelli, 24, of Darlington, Wis.; and Spc. Robert E. Dyas, 21, of Nampa, Idaho.

—Sgt. Timothy D. Sayne, 31, of Reno, Nev.; died Sept. 18 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device; assigned to the 5th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Wainwright, Alaska.

—Spc. Ryan J. Cook, 29, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; died Sept. 18 in Takhar province, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device; assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Wainwright, Alaska.

—Sgt. Andy C. Morales, 32, of Longwood, Fla.; died Sept. 22 in Baghdad, Iraq; assigned to the 143rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), Orlando, Fla.

—Staff Sgt. Estevan Altamirano, 30, of Edcouch, Texas; died Sep. 18 in Tikrit, Iraq, of injuries suffered in a noncombat-related incident; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

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