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

Thanks to jimstaro for his tireless work to help us remember those who have lost their lives in the course of service to the country.  Nothing personal but we look forward to the day he can put these monthly posts to rest for good. - standingup

 

The Hidden Casualties Of War: Suicide

Military Suicides at a 30-Year High

Suicide Rate Reflects Toll of Army Life With Suicides at a 30-Year High, Army Vows to Address Problem

In 2008 alone, the Army reports there were at least 128 confirmed cases of suicide, more than a dozen of which are still under review.

U.S. Army Suicides Highest In 3 Decades

 

Iraq

There have been 4,551 coalition deaths -- 4,235 Americans, 2 Australians, 1 Azerbaijani, 178 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 31,004 U.S. troops have been wounded in action, according to the Pentagon. View casualties in the war in Afghanistan.

Chief Warrant Officer Philip E. Windorski, Jr. 35 Kirkuk (near) - At-Tamim of Bovey, Minn. Non-hostile - helicopter crash {under investigation} January 26, 2009

Chief Warrant Officer Matthew G. Kelley 30 Kirkuk (near) - At-Tamim of Cameron, Mo. Non-hostile - helicopter crash {under investigation} January 26, 2009

Chief Warrant Officer Joshua M. Tillery 31 Kirkuk (near) - At-Tamim of Beaverton, Ore. Non-hostile - helicopter crash {under investigation} January 26, 2009

Chief Warrant Officer Benjamin H. Todd 29 Kirkuk (near) - At-Tamim of Colville, Wash. Non-hostile - helicopter crash {under investigation} January 26, 2009

Pvt. Grant A. Cotting 19 515th Sapper Company, 5th Engineer Battalion, 4th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade Corona, California Died of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident in Kut, Iraq, on January 24, 2009

Sgt. Kyle J. Harrington 24 542nd Maintenance Company, 80th Ordnance Battalion, 593rd Sustainment Brigade Swansea, Massachusetts Died of injuries sustained from a non-hostile accident in his unit motor pool in Basra, Iraq, on January 24, 2009

Spc. Matthew M. Pollini 21 772nd Military Police Company Rockland, Massachusetts Died of injuries sustained during a vehicle roll-over at Forward Operating Base Delta near Kut, Iraq, on January 22, 2009

Staff Sgt. Roberto Andrade Jr. 26 1st Battalion, 66th Armor, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division Chicago, Illinois Died of wounds suffered when a roadside bomb struck his vehicle in Baghdad, Iraq, on January 18, 2009

Senior Airman Omar J. McKnight 22 6th Security Forces Squadron, MacDill Air Force Base Marrero, Louisiana Died as a result of a non-hostile incident in Balad, Iraq, on January 17, 2009

Pfc. Ricky L. Turner 20 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division Athens, Alabama Died of wound suffered when a roadside bomb exploded near his unit in Baghdad, Iraq, on January 16, 2009

Pvt. Sean P. McCune 20 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division Euless, Texas Died of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident in Samarra, Iraq, on January 11, 2009

Sgt. Marquis R. Porter 28 2nd Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force Brighton, Massachusetts Died as a result of a non-hostile incident in Anbar province, Iraq, on January 11, 2009

Staff Sgt. Justin L. Bauer 24 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division Loveland, Colorado Died of wounds sustained a roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle in Baghdad, Iraq, on January 10, 2009

Staff Sgt. Anthony D. Davis 29 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment Daytona Beach, Florida Killed when he was shot by a heavily armed enemy combatant during combat operations in northern Iraq on January 6, 2009

Lance Cpl. Chadwick A. Gilliam 29 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force Mayking, Kentucky Died at a U.S. military base in Kuwait on January 3, 2009

More: Hidden Casualties Of War: Domestic Violence

The Hidden Casualties Of War CBS Evening News Investigates Staggering Domestic Violence Numbers When U.S. Soldiers Return From Iraq, Afghanistan

Afghanistan - The Still Forgotten War - and The Third Front Pakistan

There have been 1055 coalition deaths -- 639 Americans, 8 Australians, 142 Britons, 107 Canadians, 3 Czech, 21 Danes, 18 Dutch, 3 Estonians, 1 Finn, 23 French, 25 Germans, 2 Hungarian, 12 Italians, 1 Latvian, 1 Lithuanian, 3 Norwegians, 8 Poles, 2 Portuguese, 8 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 2,679 U.S. personnel have been wounded in action, according to the Pentagon.

Lance Cpl. Julian T. Brennan 25 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force Brooklyn, New York Died while supporting combat operations in Farah province, Afghanistan, on January 24, 2009

Sgt. Ezra Dawson 31 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division Las Vegas, Nevada Died when the Chinook helicopter he was in made a hard landing under combat conditions in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, on January 17, 2009

Staff Sgt. Carlo M. Robinson 33 1st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade Lawton, Oklahoma Died of wounds suffered when a roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle in Kabul, Afghanistan, on January 17, 2009

Acting Cpl. Richard 'Robbo' Robinson 21 Company E, 1st Battalion, The Rifles Cornwall, England Killed by enemy fire during an ambush north of Sangin District Center during a patrol in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on January 17, 2009

Staff Sgt. Joshua R. Townsend 30 Company C, 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group Solvang, California Died from a non-combat incident at Fire Base Ripley in the Tarin Kowt district of Uruzgan province, Afghanistan, on January 16, 2009

Capt. Tom Sawyer 26 7 (Sphinx) Commando Battery, 29 Commando Regiment, Royal Artillery Hertfordshire, England Killed along with a British Royal Marine in an explosion during an operation to clear compounds in a known Taliban stronghold northeast of Gereshk in central Helmand province, Afghanistan, on January 14, 2009

Cpl. Danny Winter 28 Mortar Troop, Z Company, 45 Commando, Royal Marines Stockport, England Killed along with a British soldier in an explosion during an operation to clear compounds in a known Taliban stronghold northeast of Gereshk in central Helmand province, Afghanistan, on January 14, 2009

Lance Cpl. Daniel R. Bennett 23 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force Clifton, Virginia Died as a result of a non-hostile incident in Helmand province, Afghanistan on January 11, 2009

Marine Travis Mackin 22 Communications Squadron, United Kingdom Landing Force Command Support Group, 45 Commando Plymouth, England Killed when a roadside bomb exploded as he was establishing a fire-support location to protect his colleagues advancing on a Taliban defensive position in the Kajaki area of Helmand province, Afghanistan, on January 11, 2009

Spc. Joseph M. Hernandez 24 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment Hammond, Indiana One of three soldiers killed when a roadside bomb exploded near their vehicle in Jaldak, Zabul province, Afghanistan on January 9, 2009

Maj. Brian M. Mescall 33 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment Hopkinton, Massachusetts One of three soldiers killed when a roadside bomb exploded near their vehicle in Jaldak, Zabul province, Afghanistan on January 9, 2009

Cpl. Jason R. Parsons 24 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment Lenoir, North Carolina One of three soldiers killed when a roadside bomb exploded near their vehicle in Jaldak, Zabul province, Afghanistan on January 9, 2009

Spc. Keith E. Essary 20 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division Dyersburg, Tennessee One of two soldiers killed when their dismounted patrol was hit by a roadside bomb in Maywand, Afghanistan, on January 8, 2009

Sgt. Joshua L. Rath 22 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division Decatur, Alabama One of two soldiers killed when their dismounted patrol was hit by a roadside bomb in Maywand, Afghanistan, on January 8, 2009

Trooper Brian Richard Good 42 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group Ottawa, Ontario Killed when the vehicle he was in was struck by a roadside bomb in Shah Wall Kowt District, Afghanistan, on January 7, 2009

Lance Cpl. Jessie A. Cassada 19 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force Hendersonville, North Carolina Died while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on January 6, 2009

Pvt. Gregory Michael Sher 30 1st Commando Regiment Australia Killed in a rocket attack on a forward operating base in Oruzgan province, Afghanistan, on January 4, 2009

Lance Cpl. Alberto Francesconi 21 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force Bronx, New York Died while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan on January 1, 2009

Sgt. Chris Reed 25 Company C, 6th Battalion, The Rifles Plymouth, England Killed by a roadside bomb that exploded during a vehicle patrol in the Garmsir district of Helmand province, Afghanistan, on January 1, 2009

Civilian Casulties - Iraq

Just Foreign Policy Issues Over a million {*1,307,319} 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!

December 2008, November 2008, October 2008, September 2008, August 2008, July 2008, June 2008, May 2008, April 2008, March 2008, Febuary 2008, January 2008, December 2007, November 2007, October 2007, September 2007, August 2007, July 2007, June 2007, May 2007, April 2007, March 2007, Feb. 2007, Jan. 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003

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 February 1st 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.

 

A Nations Security Does Not Mean A Nation Setting An Example Of Creating More Hatreds And Enemies By 'Wars Of Choice', Nor By Installing And Supporting Dictators, It Leads By The Example Of Peace And Prevention, Especially As A Democracy, Gaining Friends And Supporters, And Defends With Force Only When All Other Options Are Exhausted

 

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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Iraqi election turnout not as high as hoped

 

BAGHDAD, Feb 1 (Reuters) - Turnout in Iraq's polls to elect councils governing 14 out of 18 provinces was lower than many had hoped due to voter registration problems and tight security.

 

The elections took place on Saturday without the major bloodshed that has plagued Iraq since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion to oust Saddam Hussein.

 

Five candidates were killed before the vote, some mortars were fired at but missed ballot stations on Saturday, and police said the house of a candidate of the mainly Sunni al-Hadba party was blown up in northern Iraq on Sunday, but no one was hurt.

 

Officials said on Sunday 7.5 million or 51 percent of the more than 14 million registered voters had braved car bans, body searches, barbed wire barricades and checkpoints to take part.

 

"The wise man points to the stars and the fool sees only the finger - and discusses it 24/7 on cable."

Suicide Car Bomber Targets Foreign Troops

Police in the Afghan capital, Kabul, say a suicide car bomber has attacked a convoy of foreign troops.

Officials say Sunday's attack on the western edge of the city wounded three people.

Violence has increased in Afghanistan in recent months, with more insurgent attacks. Militants rely heavily on roadside bombs in their campaign against foreign forces.

A roadside bomb killed a Canadian soldier Saturday in Zhari district west of Kandahar city, bringing to 108 the total number of Canadian troops killed in Afghanistan since 2002.

"The wise man points to the stars and the fool sees only the finger - and discusses it 24/7 on cable."

Transition unit spc. kills self in Colo. home

 

Nearly 70 soldiers died in WTUs’ first 16 months

 

The last person Spc. Larry Applegate is known to have spoken to before killing himself was a sergeant with the El Paso County Sheriff’s office in Colorado Springs, Colo.

 

His words, according to a spokeswoman, foretold a tragic ending.

 

“One of the sergeants talked with him briefly on the phone,” said the spokeswoman, Lt. Lari Sevene. “He was making suicidal statements.”

 

Applegate, according to Sevene, who cited preliminary deputies’ reports, was arguing with his wife around 10:30 p.m. on Jan. 16 in their two-story home in the Widefield area of Colorado Springs when he fired a couple of rounds, causing her to flee the house.

 

"The wise man points to the stars and the fool sees only the finger - and discusses it 24/7 on cable."

some sort of Medal of Honor for folks like you, who can't forget, for reminding folks like me, who get distracted by day to day doings, and do forget!

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"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations which dare already to challenge our government in a trial of strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country." - Thomas Jefferson

Thank you so much for all you do.  This list that you keep is just incredible and so are your tireless efforts in keeping it updated.

Here's a reminder for readers about the piece from earlier in the week on troop suicides:

Killing Themselves and Others for God and Country

We've got to get this under control.

Iraq's Shocking Human Toll: About 1 Million Killed, 4.5 Million Displaced, 1-2 Million Widows, 5 Million Orphans

Now that Bush is gone, perhaps we can honestly face the damage we have wrought and the responsibilities we must accept from it.

"The wise man points to the stars and the fool sees only the finger - and discusses it 24/7 on cable."