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August 16, 2009

The Defense Department last week identified the following American military personnel who died in Afghanistan and Kuwait or at a U.S. military hospital:

Dennis J. Burrow, 23, of Naples, Fla.; lance corporal, Marine Corps. Burrow was killed in combat Aug. 7 in southwest Afghanistan's Helmand province, on the Pakistani border. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

William J. Cahir, 40, of Washington, D.C.; sergeant, Marine Corps Reserve. Cahir was killed in combat Thursday in southwest Afghanistan's Helmand province, on the Pakistani border. He was assigned to the 4th Civil Affairs Group in Washington.

Jerry R. Evans Jr., 23, of Eufaula, Ala.; sergeant, Army. Evans was killed Aug. 7 when a roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle in central Afghanistan's Wardak province, west of Kabul. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) at Ft. Drum, N.Y.

Bruce E. Ferrell, 21, of Perdido, Ala.; lance corporal, Marine Corps. Ferrell was killed Monday when a roadside bomb exploded near him in southwest Afghanistan's Helmand province, on the Pakistani border. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Matthew C. Freeman, 29, of Richmond Hill, Ga.; captain, Marine Corps. Freeman was killed in combat Aug. 7 in central Afghanistan's Kapisa province, northeast of Kabul. He was assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force in Okinawa, Japan.

Javier Olvera, 20, of Palmdale; lance corporal, Marine Corps. Olvera was killed in combat Aug. 8 in southwest Afghanistan's Helmand province, on the Pakistani border. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Patrick W. Schimmel, 21, of Winfield, Mo.; lance corporal, Marine Corps. Schimmel was killed in combat Aug. 9 in southwest Afghanistan's Helmand province, on the Pakistani border. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Tara J. Smith, 33, of Nashville, N.C.; staff sergeant, Army. Smith died Aug. 8 in Bagram, Afghanistan, of noncombat-related injuries suffered Aug. 4 at Camp Phoenix in Kabul. She was assigned to the 50th Signal Battalion, 35th Signal Brigade, 18th Airborne Corps at Ft. Bragg, N.C.

Matthew K.S. Swanson, 20, of Lake Forest; specialist, Army. Swanson died Aug. 8 at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., of injuries suffered July 19 during a vehicle rollover in central Afghanistan's Logar province, south of Kabul. He was assigned to the 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) at Ft. Drum, N.Y.

John Tinsley, 28, of Tallahassee, Fla.; captain, Army. Tinsley was killed Wednesday when a roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar province, on the Pakistani border. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Ft. Bragg, N.C.

Richard A. Walters Jr., 41, of Cleveland; specialist, Army. Walters died of noncombat-related injuries Mondayin Ali al Salem, Kuwait, where he was serving in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was assigned to the 14th Combat Support Hospital at Ft. Benning, Ga.

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Sources: Department of Defense and the Associated Press

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War casualties

TOTAL U.S. DEATHS*

- In and around Iraq: 4,335

- In and around Afghanistan: 708

- Other locations: 69

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

Source: Department of Defense

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