HONORING THE FALLEN: US Military KIA, Iraq & Afghanistan/Pakistan – February 2009

Jim has faithfully kept this list and posted it here regularly.  It is a heartbreaking task and and my hat is off to him. Thanks Jim! -- promoted by roxy. Originally posted 2009-03-05 14:11:55 -1000

Iraq, Rapidly becoming the Forgotten War!! There have been 4,572 coalition deaths -- 4,255 Americans, 2 Australians, 1 Azerbaijani, 179 Britons, 13 Bulgarians, 1 Czech, 7 Danes, 2 Dutch, 2 Estonians, 1 Fijian, 5 Georgians, 1 Hungarian, 33 Italians, 1 Kazakh, 1 Korean, 3 Latvian, 22 Poles, 3 Romanians, 5 Salvadoran, 4 Slovaks, 11 Spaniards, 2 Thai and 18 Ukrainians -- in the war in Iraq as of January 6, 2008, according to a CNN count. { Graphical breakdown of casualties }. The list below is the names of the soldiers, Marines, airmen, sailors and Coast Guardsmen whose deaths have been reported by their country's governments. The list also includes seven employees of the U.S. Defense Department. At least 31,089 U.S. troops have been wounded in action, according to the Pentagon. View casualties in the war in Afghanistan.

 

Cpl. Donte J. Whitworth, 21 Combat Logistics Regiment 15, 1st Marine Logistics Group Noblesville, Ind. Died as a result of a non-hostile vehicle accident in Anbar province, Iraq. February. 28, 2009

Spc. Brian M. Connelly 26 40th Engineer Battalion, Task Force 1-6, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division Union Beach, New Jersey Died of wounds suffered when his vehicle was struck by an explosive device in Adhamiya, Iraq, on February 26, 2009

1st Lt. William E. Emmert 36 269th Military Police Company, 117th Military Police Battalion Lincoln, Tennessee Died of wounds suffered when he was shot while participating in a local Iraqi Police function in Mosul, Iraq, on February 24, 2009. The incident is under investigation.

Spc. Micheal B. Alleman 31 5th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division Logan, Utah One of three soldiers killed when insurgents attacked their unit using small-arms fire in Balad, Iraq, on February 23, 2009

Cpl. Michael L. Mayne 21 5th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division Burlington Flats, New York One of three soldiers killed when insurgents attacked their unit using small-arms fire in Balad, Iraq, on February 23, 2009

Pfc. Zachary R. Nordmeyer 21 5th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division Indianapolis, Indiana One of three soldiers killed when insurgents attacked their unit using small-arms fire in Balad, Iraq, on February 23, 2009

Staff Sgt. Mark C. Baum 32 1st Battalion, 111th Infantry Regiment, 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Pennsylvania Army National Guard Telford, Pennsylvania Died of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit using small-arms fire in Mushada, Iraq, on February 21, 2009

Pfc. Cwislyn K. Walter 19 29th Special Troops Battalion, 29th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Hawaii Army National Guard Honolulu, Hawaii Died of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident in Kuwait City, Kuwait, on February 19, 2009

Staff Sgt. Sean D. Diamond 41 610th Engineer Support Company, 14th Engineer Battalion, 555th Engineer Brigade Dublin, California Killed when a roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle in As Salam, Iraq, on February 15, 2009

Cpl. Stephen S. Thompson 23 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division Tulsa, Oklahoma Died of injuries sustained from a gunshot wound in Baghdad, Iraq, on February 14, 2009

Pvt. Ryan Wrathall 21 Company A, 1st Battalion, The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment Surbiton, Surrey, England Died of a nonhostile gunshot wound at the British Contingency Operating Base in Basra, Iraq, on February 12, 2009

Lt. Col. Garnet R. Derby 44 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division Missoula, Montana One of four soldiers killed when a roadside bomb exploded near their vehicle in Mosul, Iraq, on February 9, 2009

Pfc. Albert R. Jex 23 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division Phoenix, Arizona One of four soldiers killed when a roadside bomb exploded near their vehicle in Mosul, Iraq, on February 9, 2009

Pfc. Jonathan R. Roberge 22 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division Leominster, Massachusetts One of four soldiers killed when a roadside bomb exploded near their vehicle in Mosul, Iraq, on February 9, 2009

Sgt. Joshua A. Ward 30 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division Scottsville, Kentucky One of four soldiers killed when a roadside bomb exploded near their vehicle in Mosul, Iraq, on February 9, 2009

Spc. James M. Dorsey 23 1st Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division Beardstown, Illinois Died in a non-combat related incident in Kamaliyah, Iraq, on February 8, 2009

Spc. Christopher P. Sweet 28 3rd Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 172d Separate Infantry Brigade Kahului, Hawaii Died of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident in Kirkush, Iraq, on February 6, 2009

Afghanistan - The Still Forgotten War - and The Third Front Pakistan!! There have been 1082 coalition deaths -- 655 Americans, 8 Australians, 149 Britons, 108 Canadians, 3 Czech, 21 Danes, 18 Dutch, 3 Estonians, 1 Finn, 24 French, 25 Germans, 2 Hungarian, 12 Italians, 1 Latvian, 1 Lithuanian, 3 Norwegians, 9 Poles, 2 Portuguese, 9 Romanians, 1 South Korean, 25 Spaniards, 2 Swedes -- in the war on terror as of December 1, 2008, according to a CNN count. Below are the names of the soldiers, Marines, airmen and sailors whose deaths have been reported by their country's governments. The troops died in support of the U.S.-led Operation Enduring Freedom or were part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan. At least 2,701 U.S. personnel have been wounded in action, according to the Pentagon.

Capt. Brian M. Bunting 29 An Individual Ready Reservist assigned to the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, New York Army National Guard Potomac, Maryland One of four soldiers killed when a roadside bomb detonated near their vehicle in Kandahar, Afghanistan, on February 24, 2009

Sgt. Schuyler Patch 25 Headquarters Troop, 2nd Squadron, 106th Cavalry Regiment, 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Illinois Army National Guard Galva, Illinois One of four soldiers killed when a roadside bomb detonated near their vehicle in Kandahar, Afghanistan, on February 24, 2009

Sgt. Scott Stream 39 Headquarters Troop, 2nd Squadron, 106th Cavalry Regiment, 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Illinois Army National Guard Mattoon, Illinois One of four soldiers killed when a roadside bomb detonated near their vehicle in Kandahar, Afghanistan, on February 24, 2009

Sgt. Daniel J. Thompson 24 An Individual Ready Reservist assigned to the 715th Military Police Company, Florida Army National Guard Madison, Wisconsin One of four soldiers killed when a roadside bomb detonated near their vehicle in Kandahar, Afghanistan, on February 24, 2009

Staff Sgt. Jeremy E. Bessa 26 Company B, 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group Honolulu, Hawaii One of two soldiers killed when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb during a mounted combat reconnaissance patrol near Khordi in Oruzgan province, Afghanistan, on February 20, 2009

Staff Sgt. Timothy P. Davis 28 23rd Special Tactics Squadron, 720th Special Tactics Group Aberdeen, Washington Died of wounds suffered when his vehicle encountered a roadside bomb near Bagram, Afghanistan, on February 20, 2009

Master Sgt. David L. Hurt 36 Company B, 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group Oak Park, Illinois One of two soldiers killed when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb during a mounted combat reconnaissance patrol near Khordi in Oruzgan province, Afghanistan, on February 20, 2009

Sgt. 1st Class Raymond J. Munden 35 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division Mesquite, Texas Died of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using indirect fire at Forward Operating Base Tillman in Paktika Province, Afghanistan, on February 16, 2009

Sgt. Daniel L. Hansen 24 Marine Wing Support Squadron 171, Marine Wing Support Group 17, 1st Marine Air Wing, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force Tracy, California Died while supporting combat operations in Farah province, Afghanistan, on February 14, 2009

Staff Sgt. Marc J. Small 29 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group Collegeville, Pennsylvania Died of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using a rocket-propelled grenade launcher and small-arms fire in Faramuz, Afghanistan, on February 12, 2009

Spc. Peter J. Courcy 22 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division Frisco, Texas One of two soldiers killed when a roadside bomb exploded near their vehicle in Salerno, Afgahnistan, on February 10, 2009

Pfc. Jason R. Watson 19 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division Many, Louisiana One of two soldiers killed when a roadside bomb exploded near their vehicle in Salerno, Afgahnistan, on February 10, 2009

Staff Sgt. Jason E. Burkholder 27 2nd Battalion, 130th Infantry Regiment, 33rd Brigade Combat Team, Illinois Army National Guard Elida, Ohio One of two soldiers who died of wounds suffered from a roadside bomb in Kabul, Afghanistan on February 8, 2009

1st Lt. Jared W. Southworth 26 2nd Battalion, 130th Infantry Regiment, 33rd Brigade Combat Team, Illinois Army National Guard Oakland, Illinois One of two soldiers who died of wounds suffered from a roadside bomb in Kabul, Afghanistan on February 8, 2009

Lance Cpl. Kevin T. Preach 21 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force Bridgewater, Massachusetts Died on February 7, 2009 from wounds he received while supporting combat operations in Farah province, Afghanistan, on January 24, 2009

The Hidden Casualties Of War: Suicide

Military Suicides at a 30-Year High

 

 

Spike in army vet suicides calls for changes The dual wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have led to a variety of international and national glitches, many of which were predicted before the wars even began. However, one of the more unanticipated consequences has been a sharp increase in military suicides. John Violanti, a UB research professor and Vietnam War veteran, is currently preparing a study to change the way army veterans' mental health is examined. Violanti hopes that the U.S. Army will use the study's method on 3,600 soldiers returning from war in August, in order help to reduce and keep down the recent spike in suicides among the veterans..>>>>

18 deaths in February investigated as possible suicides

Thursday Mar 5, 2009

As many as 18 soldiers killed themselves in February, Army officials announced March 5. Of the 18 cases in February, two are confirmed as suicides and 16 others remain under investigation. About 90 percent of such pending cases typically are ruled suicides. Seventeen of the soldiers were male; one was female. Of the deaths, 14 occurred in the U.S. and four overseas. Last month’s numbers are higher than the previous February, when 11 soldiers’ deaths were confirmed as suicides.>>>>>>>

Civilian Casulties - Iraq

Just Foreign Policy Issues Over a million {*1,311,696} Iraqis are estimated to have been killed as a result of the U.S.-led invasion and occupation. Learn More and Take Action» *Estimate, click for explaination

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John Hopkins School of Public Health { October 11, 2006 report } puts the count at 650,000, with a range from 400,000 to 900,000.

Exact Count of Civilian Casulties may never be known, as is the case in every conflict, especially an Invasion by another Country. For it is the Innocent Civilians and those Defending their Countries {of which All would be counted if this land were ever invaded} who suffer the most, during and long after!

Iraq Refugees UNHCR: UNHCR Global Appeal 2008-2009 - Iraq Situation Filetype: PDF (116k)

All the Deaths, Maimings and Destruction are the Blood on All Our Hands, No One can escape the Guilt!

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The War in Iraq Costs, the rolling tabulation, over $601,000,000,000 and continually counting!

You can view other Honor Rolls of the Fallen I have posted on my site {links above}, or from the CNN link at top and the other sources that you might use or know about.

As Of March 5th 2009, There Are 91 Pages w/5 'Silent Honor Rolls' Each, Number Of Casulties Varies With Each 'Silent Honor Roll'; Many now have numbers in the teens and twenties, click on graphic.

 

97 percent of U.S. deaths in Iraq have occurred after George W. Bush declared an end to "major combat." ”Mission Accomplished!”

The Rand Corporation Terrorism Report the press release here, you can get the full document here or a summary of the research brief here

I'm Still Tortured by What I Saw in Iraq Matthew Alexander who is writing under a pseudonym for security reasons

 

I learned in Iraq that the No. 1 reason foreign fighters flocked there to fight were the abuses carried out at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo. Our policy of torture was directly and swiftly recruiting fighters for al-Qaeda in Iraq. The large majority of suicide bombings in Iraq are still carried out by these foreigners. They are also involved in most of the attacks on U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq. It's no exaggeration to say that at least half of our losses and casualties in that country have come at the hands of foreigners who joined the fray because of our program of detainee abuse. The number of U.S. soldiers who have died because of our torture policy will never be definitively known, but it is fair to say that it is close to the number of lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001. How anyone can say that torture keeps Americans safe is beyond me -- unless you don't count American soldiers as Americans.

MSNBC Countdown Video Commentary

 

Americans, including officers like myself, must fight to protect our values not only from al-Qaeda but also from those within our own country who would erode them. Other interrogators are also speaking out, including some former members of the military, the FBI and the CIA who met last summer to condemn torture and have spoken before Congress -- at considerable personal risk. We're told that our only options are to persist in carrying out torture or to face another terrorist attack. But there truly is a better way to carry out interrogations -- and a way to get out of this false choice between torture and terror.

"How anyone can say that torture keeps Americans safe is beyond me -- unless you don't count American soldiers as Americans." Matthew Alexander who is writing under a pseudonym for security reasons

"Torture is the tool of the lazy, the stupid, and the pseudo-tough. It’s also perhaps the greatest recruiting tool that the terrorists have." Major General Paul Eaton

Those who take some sort of relief in the "We are fighting them over there so we won't be fighting them here!", Better Rethink their Future, or rather their Childrens Future!!

"Victory means exit strategy, and it's important for the president to explain to us what the exit strategy is," - George W. Bush, Texas Gov., 1999

"If ever forgetful of her past and present glory, she will cease to be the land of the free and the home of the brave." Francis Scott Key 1874

"Patriotism is proud of a country's virtues and eager to correct its deficiencies; it also acknowledges the legitimate patriotism of other countries, with their own specific virtues. The pride of nationalism, however, trumpets its country's virtues and denies its deficiencies, while it is contemptuous toward the virtues of other countries. It wants to be, and proclaims itself to be, 'the greatest,' but greatness is not required of a country; only goodness is." Sydney J. Harris

" What does it matter to the dead, the orphan, and the homeless whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy?" - Mohandas K. Gandhi

The Failed Policies will Haunt Us and the World for Decades!!

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As Army officials announced the beginning of Brain Injury Awareness Month, they offered up a figure that makes it hard to believe anyone in the military could be unaware of the problem:

 

Between 45,000 and 90,000 troops have been treated for traumatic brain injury symptoms ranging from headaches to vision problems to an inability to function beyond a coma state.

 

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