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

(9 am. – promoted by ek hornbeck)

Dover ‘Old Guard’



Dover ‘Old Guard’ team shoulders heavy burden

Iraq, Rapidly becoming the Forgotten War!!

There have been 4,668 coalition deaths — 4,351 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 South 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 September 3 2009, 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 13 employees of the U.S. Defense Department. At least 31,514 U.S. troops have been wounded in action, according to the Pentagon. View casualties in the war in Afghanistan.

Spc. Ross E. Vogel III 27 67th Signal Battalion, 35th Signal Brigade Red Lion, Pennsylvania Died of injuries suffered in a non-combat related incident in Kut, Iraq, on September 29, 2009

Senior Airman Matthew R. Courtois 22 366th Security Forces Squadron, 366th Mission Support Group, 366th Fighter Wing  Lucas, Texas Died as a result of a non-hostile incident at Abdullah Al Mubarak Airbase, Kuwait, on September 20, 2009

Spc. Michael S. Cote Jr. 20 Company A, 1st Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment, Task Force 49 Denham Springs, Louisiana  Died of wounds suffered when the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter he was on crashed at Joint Base Balad in Balad, Iraq, on September 19, 2009

Sgt. 1st Class Duane A. Thornsbury 30 Company A, 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group Bridgeport, West Virginia Died of injuries sustained during a vehicle rollover accident during a combat mission in Baghdad, Iraq, on September 12, 2009

1st Lt. Joseph D. Helton 24 6th Security Forces Squadron, 6th Mission Support Group, 6th Air Mobility Wing Monroe, Georgia Died of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with a roadside bomb near Baghdad, Iraq, on September 8, 2009

Pfc. Thomas F. Lyons 20 545th Military Police Company, Arctic Military Police Battalion Fernley, Nevada One of three soldiers killed when their convoy vehicle was destroyed by an explosively formed penetrator in Baji, Iraq, on September 8, 2009

Pfc. Zachary T. Myers 21 545th Military Police Company, Arctic Military Police Battalion Delaware, Ohio One of three soldiers killed when their convoy vehicle was destroyed by an explosively formed penetrator in Baji, Iraq, on September 8, 2009

Staff Sgt. Shannon Smith 31 545th Military Police Company, Arctic Military Police Battalion Marion, Ohio One of three soldiers killed when their convoy vehicle was destroyed by an explosively formed penetrator in Baji, Iraq, on September 8, 2009

Staff Sgt. Todd W. Selge 25 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division Burnsville, Minnesota One of two soldiers killed when their vehicle accidentally rolled over in Baquba, Iraq, on September 3, 2009

Spc. Jordan M. Shay 22 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division Salisbury, Massachusetts One of two soldiers killed when their vehicle accidentally rolled over in Baquba, Iraq, on September 3, 2009

POW/MIA

Two U.S. soldiers are currently listed as captured or Duty Status — Whereabouts Unknown as of July 20, 2009. The information below reflects the name, an unknown, officially listed as Prisoners of War or Duty Status — Whereabouts Unknown by the Pentagon.

Spc. Ahmed K. Altaie 41 Army reservist assigned Provincial Reconstruction Team Baghdad Ann Arbor, Michigan On October 23, 2006, Altaie was categorized as Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown when he allegedly was kidnapped while on his way to visit family in Baghdad, Iraq. The Pentagon changed his status to missing-captured on December 11.

Pfc. Bowe R. Bergdahl 23 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division Ketchum, Idaho Captured in Paktika province in Afghanistan, on June 30, 2009. The Pentagon declared him Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown on July 1 and his status was changed to Missing-Captured on July 3.

Afghanistan – and The Third Front Pakistan!!

There have been 1,418 coalition deaths — 849 Americans, 11 Australians, 219 Britons, 1 Belgian, 131 Canadians, 3 Czech, 25 Danes, 21 Dutch, 6 Estonians, 1 Finn, 35 French, 30 Germans, 2 Hungarian, 20 Italians, 3 Latvian, 1 Lithuanian,  4 Norwegians, 13 Poles, 2 Portuguese, 11 Romanians, 1 South Korean, 25 Spaniards, 2 Swedes, 2 Turks — in the war on terror as of September 3 2009, 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 list also includes one U.S. Defense Department civilian employee. 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 4,139 U.S. personnel have been wounded in action, according to the Pentagon.

Staff Sgt. Alex French IV 31 1st Battalion, 121st Infantry Regiment, 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Georgia Army National Guard Milledgeville, Georgia Died of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit using a roadside bomb in Khost, Afghanistan, on September 30, 2009

Staff Sgt. Jack M. Martin III 26 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group Bethany, Oklahoma One of two soldiers killed when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb on Jolo Island, Philippines, on September 29, 2009

Sgt. 1st Class Christopher D. Shaw 37 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group Natchez, Mississippi One of two soldiers killed when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb on Jolo Island, Philippines, on September 29, 2009

1st Sgt. Yann Hertach 38 13e Régiment De Dragons Parachutistes (13th Parachute Dragoon Regiment) France One of three French soldiers that died in an unexpected and extremely violent thunderstorm during an operation in Kapisa province, Afghanistan, on September 27, 2009

Pfc. Kevin Lemoine 20 3e Régiment D’infanterie Marine (3rd Marine Infantry Regiment) Centre, Savigné-sur-Lathan, France One of three French soldiers that died in an unexpected and extremely violent thunderstorm during an operation in Kapisa province, Afghanistan, on September 27, 2009

Cpl. Gabriel Poirier 38 13e Régiment De Dragons Parachutistes (13th Parachute Dragoon Regiment) France One of three French soldiers that died in an unexpected and extremely violent thunderstorm during an operation in Kapisa province, Afghanistan, on September 27, 2009

Pvt. James Prosser 21 Company A, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Welsh Cwmbran, Wales Killed when a roadside bomb struck the Warrior fighting vehicle he was driving in the Musa Qaleh district of Helmand province, Afghanistan, on September 27, 2009

Lance Cpl. Jordan L. Chrobot 24 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force Frederick, Maryland Died while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan on September 26, 2009

Spc. Kevin J. Graham 27 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division Benton, Kentucky Killed when insurgents attacked his vehicle with a roadside bomb in Kandahar, Afghanistan, on September 26, 2009

Lance Cpl. John J. Malone 24 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force Yonkers, New York Died while supporting combat operations in Farah province, Afghanistan, on September 24, 2009

Sgt. Titus R. Reynolds 23 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division Columbus, Ohio One of three soldiers killed when enemy forces attacked their vehicle with a roadside bomb in Omar Zai, Afghanistan, on September 24, 2009

Sgt. Edward B. Smith 30 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division Homestead, Florida One of three soldiers killed when enemy forces attacked their vehicle with a roadside bomb in Omar Zai, Afghanistan, on September 24, 2009

Spc. Joseph V. White 21 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division Bellevue, Washington One of three soldiers killed when enemy forces attacked their vehicle with a roadside bomb in Omar Zai, Afghanistan, on September 24, 2009

Acting Sgt. Michael Lockett 29 2nd Battalion, The Mercian Regiment Monifieth, Scotland Lockett was confirming the discovery of a roadside bomb when it exploded during a dismounted patrol near Patrol Base Sandford in Gereshk district, Helmand province, Afghanistan, on September 21, 2009

Pfc. William L. Meredith 26 569th Engineer Company, 4th Engineer Battalion Virginia Beach, Virginia Died of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with a roadside bomb in Kandahar, Afghanistan, on September 21, 2009

Spc. Corey J. Kowall 20 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division Murfreesboro, Tennessee One of two soldiers killed a vehicle rollover accident in Zabul province, Afghanistan, on September 20, 2009

Spc. Damon G. Winkleman 23 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division  Lakeville, Ohio One of two soldiers killed a vehicle rollover accident in Zabul province, Afghanistan, on September 20, 2009

Pvt. Steffen Bloch Larsen 23 3 Mekaniserede Infanterikompagni, 2 Bataljon Den Kongelige Livgarde (3rd Mechanized Infantry Company, 2nd Battalion, Royal Life Guards) Denmark Killed when his unit came under fire during a dismounted patrol north of Gereshk in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on Spetember 19, 2009

Sgt. David A. Davis 28 32nd Transportation Company, 68th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 43rd Sustainment Brigade, 4th Infantry Division Dalhart, Texas Died of wounds suffered during an indirect fire attack at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, on September 19, 2009

Pvt. Jonathan Couturier 23 2nd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment Battle Group Loretteville, Quebec, Canada Killed when a roadside bomb detonated near his vehicle while on patrol in Panjwai district 15.5 miles (25 km) southwest of Kandahar, Afghanistan, on September 17, 2009

Lt. Antonio Fortunato 29 186° Reggimento Paracadutisti (186th Parachute Regiment) Lagonegro, Italy One of six Italian soldiers killed when a suicide car bomber struck their vehicle while traveling on Airport Road in Kabul, Afghanistan, on September 17, 2009

Pfc. Jeremiah J. Monroe 31 7th Engineer Battalion, 10th Sustainment Brigade, 10th Mountain Division Niskayuna, New York Died of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with a roadside bomb in Kandahar, Afghanistan, on September 17, 2009

1st Cpl. Maj. Matteo Mureddu 26 186° Reggimento Paracadutisti (186th Parachute Regiment) Oristano, Italy One of six Italian soldiers killed when a suicide car bomber struck their vehicle while traveling on Airport Road in Kabul, Afghanistan, on September 17, 2009

1st Cpl. Maj. Giandomenico Pistonami 26 186° Reggimento Paracadutisti (186th Parachute Regiment) Orvieto, Italy One of six Italian soldiers killed when a suicide car bomber struck their vehicle while traveling on Airport Road in Kabul, Afghanistan, on September 17, 2009

1st Cpl. Maj. Massimiliano Randino 32 183° Reggimento Paracadutisti (183rd Parachute Regiment) Pagani, Italy One of six Italian soldiers killed when a suicide car bomber struck their vehicle while traveling on Airport Road in Kabul, Afghanistan, on September 17, 2009

1st Cpl. Maj. Davide Ricchiuto 26 186° Reggimento Paracadutisti (186th Parachute Regiment) Glarus, Switzerland One of six Italian soldiers killed when a suicide car bomber struck their vehicle while traveling on Airport Road in Kabul, Afghanistan, on September 17, 2009

Sgt. Maj. Roberto Valente 31 187° Reggimento Paracadutisti (187th Parachute Regiment)  Naples, Italy One of six Italian soldiers killed when a suicide car bomber struck their vehicle while traveling on Airport Road in Kabul, Afghanistan, on September 17, 2009

Sgt. 1st Class Bradley S. Bohle 29 Company A, 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group Glen Burnie, Maryland One of three soldiers that died on September 16, 2009, of wounds suffered on September 15 when enemy forces attacked their vehicle with a roadside bomb in Ghur Ghuri, Afghanistan

Sgt. Robert D. Gordon II 22 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division River Falls, Alabama Died on September 16, 2009, at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany, from a non-combat related illness, after becoming ill in southern Afghanistan on September 11

Trooper Brett Hall 21 Egypt Squadron, 2nd Royal Tank Regiment  Dartmouth, England Died on September 16, 2009, at Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham, England, of wounds sustained when a roadside bomb struck the Viking all-terrain vehicle he was driving near Musa Quala in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on September 12, 2009

Sgt. 1st Class Shawn P. McCloskey  33 Company B, 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group Peachtree City, Georgia One of three soldiers that died on September 16, 2009, of wounds suffered on September 15 when enemy forces attacked their vehicle with a roadside bomb in Ghur Ghuri, Afghanistan

Acting Sgt. Stuart McGrath 28 2nd Battalion, The Rifles Buckinghamshire, England Killed by an explosion that happened during a foot patrol in the Gereshk district of Helmand province, Afghanistan, on September 16, 2009

Staff Sgt. Joshua M. Mills 24 Company A, 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group El Paso, Texas  One of three soldiers that died on September 16, 2009, of wounds suffered on September 15 when enemy forces attacked their vehicle with a roadside bomb in Ghur Ghuri, Afghanistan

Spc. Demetrius L. Void 20 57th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, 11th Signal Brigade Orangeburg, South Carolina Died of injuries sustained when a military vehicle struck him while conducting physical training at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, on September 15, 2009

Sgt. Andrew H. McConnell 24 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division  Carlisle, Pennsylvania One of two soldiers killed when enemy forces attacked their vehicle with a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan on September 14, 2009

1st Lt. David T. Wright II 26 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division Moore, Oklahoma One of two soldiers killed when enemy forces attacked their vehicle with a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan on September 14, 2009

Kingsman Jason Dunn-Bridgeman 20 Company B, 2nd Battalion, The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment Liverpool, England Killed during a firefight with enemy forces during a foot patrol in the Babaji district of Helmand province, Afghanistan, on September 13, 2009

Pvt. Patrick Lormand 21 2nd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment Chute-à-Blondeau, Ontario, Canada Killed when a roadside bomb detonated near his armored vehicle in Kandahar province 6.2 miles (10 km) southwest of Kandahar, Afghanistan, on September 13, 2009

Staff Sgt. Nekl B. Allen 29 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division Rochester, New York One of two soldiers killed when enemy forces attacked their vehicle with a roadside bomb and small arms fire in Wardak province, Afghanistan, on September 12, 2009

Staff Sgt. Bryan D. Berky 25 28th Civil Engineer Squadron, 28th Mission Support Group, 28th Bomb Wing Melrose, Florida Died of wounds sustained from enemy fire while supporting combat operations near Bala Baluk, Afghanistan, on September 12, 2009

Spc. Daniel L. Cox 23 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division Parsons, Kansas One of two soldiers killed when enemy forces attacked their vehicle with a roadside bomb and small arms fire in Wardak province, Afghanistan, on September 12, 2009

Tech Sgt. James R. Hornbarger 33 9th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 9th Maintenance Group, 9th Reconnaissance Wing  Castle Rock, Washington Died as a result of a non-hostile incident in the Mediterranean on September 12, 2009

Sgt. Tyler A. Juden 23 4th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division Winfield, Kansas Killed when enemy forces attacked his unit using rocket-propelled grenades and small arms fire in Turan, Afghanistan, on September 12, 2009

Pfc. Matthew M. Martinek 20 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division DeKalb, Illinois Died on September 11, 2009, at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with a roadside bomb followed by a rocket-propelled grenade and small arms fire in Paktika province, Afghanistan, on September 4, 2009

Lance Cpl. Christopher S. Fowlkes 20 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force Gaffney, South Carolina Died on September 10, 2009, of wounds sustained while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on September 3, 2009

1st Lt. Tyler E. Parten 24 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division Arkansas Died of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using rocket-propelled grenades and small arms fire in Konar province, Afghanistan, on September 10, 2009

Pfc. Piotr Marciniak 30 6 Brygadzie Desantowo-Szturmowej (6th Air Assault Brigade) Krakow, Poland Killed during a firefight with enemy forces in the Andar district of Ghazni province, Afghanistan, on September 10, 2009

Cpl. John Harrison 29 The Parachute Regiment United Kingdom Killed in an operation by British special operations forces that led to the rescue of kidnapped journalist Stephen Farrell in Kunduz province, Afghanistan, on September 9, 2009

Gunnery Sgt. Edwin W. Johnson Jr. 31 3rd Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force Columbus, Georgia One of three Marines killed while supporting combat operations in Kunar province, Afghanistan, on September 8, 2009

1st Lt. Michael E. Johnson 25 7th Communications Battalion, 3rd Marine Headquarters Group, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force Virginia Beach, Virginia One of three Marines killed while supporting combat operations in Kunar province, Afghanistan, on September 8, 2009

Staff Sgt. Aaron M. Kenefick 30 3rd Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force  Roswell, Georgia One of three Marines killed while supporting combat operations in Kunar province, Afghanistan, on September 8, 2009

Petty Officer 3rd Class James R. Layton 22 Assigned to an embedded training team with Combined Security Tranisiton Command-Afghanistan Riverbank, California Killed while supporting combat operations in Kunar province, Afghanistan, on September 8, 2009

Pvt. Artur Pyc 27 18 Batalion Desantowo-Szturmowy, 25 Brygada Kawalerii Powietrznej (18th Air Assault Battalion, 25th Air Cavalry Brigade) Lublin, Poland Died on September 8, 2009, at a hospital in Lublin, Poland, of wounds received when a roadside bomb exploded underneath his armored vehicle in Ghazni province, Afghanistan, on May 22, 2009

Sgt. Maj. Mark Leijsen 44 101 Geniebataljon, Koninklijke Landmacht (101st Engineer Battalion, Royal Netherlands Army)  Wezep, Netherlands  Killed when his vehicle struck a roadside bomb near a Dutch outpost in Uruzgan province, Afghanistan, on September 7, 2009

Cpl. Jean-François Drouin 31 51e Escadron du Génie de Combat, 5e Régiment du génie de combat (51st Combat Engineers Squadron, 5th Combat Engineer Regiment)  Quebec, Canada One of two Canadian soldiers killed when a roadside bomb detonated near their armored vehicle 8.6 miles (14 km) southwest of Kandahar, Afghanistan, on September 6, 2009

Sgt. Randy M. Haney 27 2nd Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division Orlando, Florida Died of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit using small arms and rocket-propelled grenade fires in Nangarhar, Afghanistan, on September 6, 2009

Staff Sgt. Michael C. Murphrey 25 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division Snyder, Texas  Died of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with a roadside bomb in Paktika province, Afghanistan, on September 6, 2009

Maj. Yannick Pépin 36  51e Escadron du Génie de Combat, 5e Régiment du génie de combat (51st Combat Engineers Squadron, 5th Combat Engineer Regiment)  Victoriaville, Canada  One of two Canadian soldiers killed when a roadside bomb detonated near their armored vehicle 8.6 miles (14 km) southwest of Kandahar, Afghanistan, on September 6, 2009

Sgt. Youvert Loney 28 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division Pohnpei, Micronesia Killed when enemy forces attacked his vehicle using small arms and recoilless rifle fires in Abad, Afghanistan, on September 5, 2009

Master Cpl. Thomas Rousselle 30 3e régiment d’infanterie marine (3rd Marine Infantry Regiment)  Trinidad  Died on September 6, 2009, of wounds sustained when his patrol vehicle struck a roadside bomb in Kapisa province, Afghanistan, on September 4, 2009

Cpl. Kevin van de Rijdt 26 Speciale eenheid Task Force 55, Korps Commandotroepen (Special Task Force Unit 55, Commando Corps) Tilburg, Netherlands Killed in a firefight between Taliban fighters and Dutch special operations forces near Deh Rawood in Uruzgan province, Afghanistan, on September 6, 2009

Capt. Joshua S. Meadows 30 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion Bastrop, Texas Died while supporting combat operations in Farah province, Afghanistan, on September 5, 2009

2nd Lt. Darryn D. Andrews 34 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division Dallas, Texas Died of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with a roadside bomb and a rocket-propelled grenade in Paktia province, Afghanistan, on September 4, 2009

Cpl. Johan Naguin 24 3e régiment d’infanterie marine (3rd Marine Infantry Regiment) St. Clothide, France Killed when his patrol vehicle struck a roadside bomb in Kapisa province, Afghanistan, on September 4, 2009

Sgt. Marcin Poreba 32 5 Pulku Inzynieryjnego (5th Engineers Regiment) Goscieradzu, Poland Killed when his convoy was attacked with homemade explosives in Afghanistan on September 4, 2009

Lance Cpl. Christopher S. Baltazar Jr. 19 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force San Antonio, Texas Died while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on September 3, 2009

Petty Officer 3rd Class Benjamin P. Castiglione 21 Navy corpsman assigned to the 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force Howell, Michigan  Died while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on September 3, 2009

Pvt. Gavin Elliott 19 Company B, 2nd Battalion, The Mercian Regiment Woodsetts, Nottinghamshire, England Killed when he was shot during a foot patrol in the Babaji district of Helmand province, Afghanistan, on September 3, 2009

Lance Cpl. Richard Brandon 24 Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, assigned to A Squadron, The Light Dragoons  Kidderminster, England  Killed when his Samson repair and recovery vehicle struck a roadside bomb south of Gereshk in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on September 2, 2009

Afghanistan: The Big Picture {Photo’s} September 2009. This photojournalist says he will try and post up a monthly page of photo’s for as long as necessary. Past entries in category Afghanistan {43 photos total}

PTSD – TBI and more

PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH OF U.S. WARFIGHTER IS FOCUS OF MILITARY HEALTH RESEARCH FORUM

Promising Research on Traumatic Brain Injury, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Gulf War Illness, Substance Abuse and More is Presented at Key Scientific Meeting

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Research to address these needs is underway, and the work of hundreds of investigators engaged in the effort is being showcased September 1-3 at the Military Health Research Forum in Kansas City………………..

Please visit US Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs for updates on the Military Health Research Forum.

PTSD: New War on An Old Foe. Big changes underway at the VA could mean better treatment for thousands of vets. A bureaucracy in transition.

The Hidden Casualties Of War: Suicide

Kim Ruocco, with sons Billy and Joe (in hat), visits the grave of Maj. John Ruocco, who took his life in 2005. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff

Preventing suicides in the military

The death of Kim Ruocco’s husband led her to try to put a stop to others.

When John Ruocco, a Marine Corps major, committed suicide after a deployment in Iraq, his wife, Kim, didn’t hide from the issue.

Instead, she read about it: books by mothers who had lost children to suicide, by people who had spent their careers studying suicide – anything to help her understand the terrible event that had so irrevocably altered her family. She searched her memory of their 23 years as sweethearts and spouses, trying to figure out how the unthinkable had become possible.

That kind of scrutiny sometimes can intensify sorrow, not lighten it. But through her grief, Mrs. Ruocco, now manager of suicide outreach and education programs for the nonprofit Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), has quietly become an important figure in the effort to respond to suicides by military personnel.

“The experience of living through a loss to suicide raises question after question for the survivor,” says Cmdr. Aaron Werbel, manager of the Marine Corps Suicide Prevention Program (MCSPP). “But through that, in Kim’s larger efforts in suicide prevention and in her work with the Marine Corps, her work is helping to save other lives.”……>>>

Military Suicides: A Billion to Sell a War

If you fit into any of the marketing data published weekly by pollsters, it is more likely you will have watched American Idol than wondered why so many of our military personnel are committing suicide.

If that offends any readers, the option is to stop here………….

Civilian Casulties – Iraq

Just Foreign Policy Issues

Over a million {*1,339,771} Iraqis are estimated to have been killed as a result of the U.S.-led invasion and occupation. Learn More and Take Action»

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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.

Civilian Casulties – Afghanistan

Civilian casualties of the War in Afghanistan (2001-present)

The War in Afghanistan (2001-present) has caused the deaths of thousands of Afghan civilians directly from insurgent and foreign military action, as well as the deaths of possibly tens of thousands of Afghan civilians indirectly as a consequence of displacement, starvation, disease, exposure, lack of medical treatment, crime and lawlessness resulting from the war. The war, launched by the United States as “Operation Enduring Freedom” in 2001, began with an initial air campaign that almost immediately prompted concerns over the number of Afghan civilians being killed[1] as well as international protests. With civilian deaths from airstrikes rising again in recent years[2], the number of Afghan civilians being killed by foreign military operations has led to mounting tension between the foreign countries and the government of Afghanistan. In May 2007, President Hamid Karzai summoned military commanders to warn them of the consequences of further deaths.[3]………>>>>

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!

UNHCR – Refugees and more, Afghanistan and Iraq

Iraq Refugees UNHCR – Iraq: UNHCR Global Appeal 2008-2009 – Iraq Situation

Afghanistan Refugees UNHCR – Afghanistan UNHCR Global Appeal 2008-2009 – Afghanistan Situation

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

August 2009***July 2009***June 2009***May 2009***April 2009***March 2009***February 2009***January 2009***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

The War in Iraq Costs, the rolling tabulation, over $687,977,725,531++++ 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 October 3 2009, There Are 96 Pages w/5 ‘Silent Honor Rolls’ Each, Number Of KIA’s Varies With Each ‘Silent Honor Roll’;
Many have numbers in the teens and twenties
In Honor – In Memory – Click on Graphic to Visit the Honor Rolls

The most recent, 09-28-2009, Silent Honor Roll



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

“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

Done “In Our Names”!

“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

Deja Vu All Over Again

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

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    • jimstaro on October 3, 2009 at 9:45 pm
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    Joint MFSO/AFSC Press Release on Afghanistan

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    September 28, 2009

    Military Families, Veterans and Quaker Group Host Memorial on Eighth

    Anniversary of the Invasion of Afghanistan

    WASHINGTON D.C.– Military Families Speak Out (MFSO), a military family

    organization opposed to war and The American Friends Service Committee

    (AFSC), a Quaker organization dedicated to peace and non-violence, will host the

    first ever memorial to the U.S. soldiers and Afghan civilians killed since the U.S.

    invasion of Afghanistan on October 7, 2001. The exhibit will be October 3 & 4

    on the south-east quadrant of The Ellipse, located in front of The White House in

    Washington D.C.

    Since the start of the war, 850 U.S. Soldiers have died and credible estimates put

    the civilian casualties in the tens of thousands. The National Priorities Project says

    that taxpayers in the U.S. will have paid $228 billion for total Afghanistan war

    spending since 2001. According to a recent CNN Poll, 57 percent of Americans

    who responded say they oppose the U.S. war and occupation in Afghanistan, the

    highest percentage ever since the invasion in 2001.

    Larry Syverson of Richmond, VA serves on the Board of Directors of MFSO and

    is the father of three sons who have served in Iraq — one of whom is currently

    serving in Afghanistan. Syverson said:

    “I feel that the war in Afghanistan was wrong to begin with, and Obama taking

    it over does not make it right. Obama is out of touch with the American people.  

    Americans are turning against the war.  Instead of increasing the troops, the

    President should be bringing the troops home now.”

    Maggie Pondolfino of Portland, Oregon is the mother of a soldier deployed to

    Afghanistan after serving one deployment in Iraq; Pondolfino who serves of the

    Board of Directors of MFSO says:

    “The administration that briefly gave me new hope has sent my son to another

    war with no clear mission and no exit strategy. I know that no good will come

    from continuing the occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq, just more heartbreak,

    sorrow, and tragedy.”

    Peter Lems, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is an analyst for the American Friends

    Service Committee; Lems recently visited Afghanistan on a fact finding mission

    and says:

    “AFSC believes that conflicts can never be solved by military means, in fact true

    security cannot be gained through arms. In order to move forward, the

    aspirations and well-being of the Afghan people must be at the center of

    rebuilding Afghanistan. The International community must respect this principle

    if there is to be a secure, peaceful and stable future for the Afghan people.”

    Members of Military Families Speak Out and Gold Star Families Speak Out are

    available for interview including those whose loved ones are now serving in Iraq

    and Afghanistan or will soon be sent there, those whose loved ones suffered

    physical and psychological injuries in Iraq, and those whose loved ones died as a

    result of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    The American Friends Service Committee is a Quaker organization that

    includes people of various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace

    and humanitarian service. Its work is based on the belief in the worth of

    every person and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and

    injustice.

    Military Families Speak Out (www.mfso.org) is an Organization of people

    opposed the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan who have loved ones or relatives

    in the Military. MFSO was formed in 2002 by two military families and has

    grown to over 4,000 members speaking out to end the wars in Iraq and

    Afghanistan. New families are joining daily.

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    • jimstaro on October 3, 2009 at 10:07 pm
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    Fellow soldiers remember Staff Sgt. Shannon Smith, Spc. Thomas Lyons and Spc. Zachary Myers at a memorial ceremony Friday October 2, 2009 at Ft. Richardson.

    This is a slide show of a few of their fallen brothers relating their feelings for them and their families.

  1. for allowing me to honor and pay my final respects.

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