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August 23, 2009

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

Adam F. Benjamin, 34, of Garfield Heights, Ohio; gunnery sergeant, Marine Corps. Benjamin died Tuesday while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 8th Engineer Support Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 2, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Joshua M. Bernard, 21, of New Portland, Maine; lance corporal, Marine Corps. Bernard died Aug. 14 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe Bay.

Clayton P. Bowen, 29, of San Antonio; staff sergeant, Army. Bowen was one of two soldiers killed Tuesday in Paktika province, Afghanistan, when a roadside bomb detonated near their vehicle. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Ft. Richardson, Alaska.

Jose S.N. Crisostomo, 59, of Inarajan, Guam; first sergeant, Army. Crisostomo died Tuesday in Kabul, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when a roadside bomb detonated near his vehicle. He was assigned to International Security Assistance Force Kabul.

Leopold F. Damas, 26, of Floral Park, N.Y.; lance corporal, Marine Corps. Damas died Monday while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Paul E. Dumont Jr., 23, of Williamsburg, Va.; specialist, Army. Dumont died Wednesday at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained from a non-combat-related incident. He was assigned to the 149th Transportation Company, 10th Transportation Battalion at Ft. Eustis, Va.

Matthew D. Hastings, 23, of Claremore, Okla.; specialist, Army. Hastings died Monday in Baghdad of injuries sustained from a non-combat-related incident. He was assigned to the 582nd Medical Logistics Company, 1st Medical Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command at Ft. Hood, Texas.

Justin R. Pellerin, 21, of Boscawen, N.H.; specialist, Army. Pellerin died Thursday in Wardak province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when a roadside bomb detonated near his vehicle. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) at Ft. Drum, N.Y.

Nicholas R. Roush, 22, of Middleville, Mich.; corporal, Army. Roush died Aug. 16 in Herat, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when a roadside bomb detonated near his vehicle. He was assigned to the 1st Psychological Operations Battalion, 4th Psychological Operations Group (Airborne) at Ft. Bragg, N.C.

William Z. VanOsdol, 23, of Pinson, Ala.; private first class, Army. Vanosdol died Wednesday at Ad Diwaniyah, Iraq, of wounds suffered when enemy rocket fire struck his quarters. He was assigned to the 172nd Support Battalion in Schweinfurt, Germany.

Morris L. Walker, 23, of Chapel Hill, N.C.; private first class, Army. Walker was one of two soldiers killed Tuesday in Paktika province, Afghanistan, when a roadside bomb detonated near their vehicle. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Ft. Richardson, Alaska.

Brian M. Wolverton, 21, of Oak Park; private first class, Army. Wolverton died Thursday in Kunar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with indirect fire. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) at Ft. Drum, N.Y.

William B. Woods Jr., 31, of Chesapeake, Va.; sergeant first class, Army. Woods died Aug. 16 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany, of wounds suffered Aug. 14 when he was shot while on patrol in Ghanzi, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in Glen Arm, Md.

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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: 4,337

- In and around Afghanistan: 716

- 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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