Thursday, July 09, 2009


Report on the American War Dead in Afghanistan and Iraq

According to Department of Defense releases for the month of June: Things are winding down in Iraq, with our withdrawal from Iraqi cities. We had about half the war deaths as last month, in which we 25 war dead, and only suffered 14 deaths there (of which only 9 were combat ). In Afghanistan, things appeared to be warming up even more, as there were over twice the battle deaths this month as in May.

Here is further breakdown. In Iraq, eight were killed by IEDs (just one less than last month), one died from small arms (an ATG?), four died from non combat causes, and one died in an accident.

In Afghanistan, fourteen died from IEDs (ten more than in June), three from non-combat causes, two died from small arms, two in combat operations, three from direct fire, and two were killed in accidents. The IED totals, unfortunately, is following the curve from Iraq a few years ago. The total in Afghanistan was 25, more than two times the number from last month. The total during June for the wars being waged against us is 39, slightly more than one per day.

It was a deadly month for officers. These dead were: Major Kevin Jennette, 37, of Lula, GA who died from an IED explosion in Afghanistan; Commander Master Chief Petty Officer Jeffrey Garber, 43, of Hemingford, NE, who died in the Arabian Sea but is counted as an Afghan casualty; Major Rocco Barnes, 50, of LA, CA, , killed in an accident in Afghanistan; 1st Lt. Brian Bradshaw, 24, of Steilacoom, WA, who was killed by an IED in Afghanistan, ; Captain Kafele Sims, 23 of LA, CA, who died from a non combat cause in Iraq; and, Chief Warrant Officer Ricky Richardson, Jr., 33, of Franklin, MO, killed by an IED in Afghanistan.

Our thoughts and prayers go to the families and loved ones of these fallen warriors, and all our hopes for their continued success goes to our men and women, mainly men, fighting overseas.


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