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Military deaths

March 09, 2008

The Defense Department last week identified the following American military personnel killed in Afghanistan and Iraq:

Christopher S. Frost, 24, of Waukesha, Wis.; staff sergeant, Air Force. Frost was killed Monday along with seven members of the Iraqi air force when their Russian-built MI-17 transport helicopter crashed in a sandstorm near Baiji, Iraq, north of Baghdad. He was assigned to the 377th Air Base Wing at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M.

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Steven R. Koch, 23, of Milltown, N. J.; specialist, Army. Koch was one of two paratroopers killed Monday when an improvised explosive device detonated near them outside a government building in Sabari, Afghanistan, southeast of Kabul. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division at Ft. Bragg, N.C.

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Robert T. Rapp, 22, of Sonora, Calif.; sergeant, Army. Rapp was one of two paratroopers killed Monday when an improvised explosive device detonated near them outside a government building in Sabari, Afghanistan, southeast of Kabul. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division at Ft. Bragg, N.C.

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Sources: Department of Defense, Times staff reports and the Associated Press

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War casualties

Total U.S. deaths*:

* In and around Iraq**: 3,974

* In and around Afghanistan***: 416

* Other locations***: 63

*Includes military and Department of Defense-employed civilian personnel killed in action and in nonhostile circumstances

**As of Friday

***As of March 1

Source: Department of Defense

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