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Military deaths

August 30, 2009

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

Kurt R. Curtiss, 27, of Murray, Utah; staff sergeant, Army. Curtiss was shot and killed Wednesday in eastern Afghanistan's Paktika province, southwest of Kabul, as his unit supported Afghan security forces during an enemy attack. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division at Ft. Richardson, Alaska.

Joseph D. Fortin, 22, of St. Johnsbury, Vt.; second lieutenant, Army. Fortin was killed Aug. 23 when his vehicle was attacked with an improvised explosive device in Muhallah, Iraq, south of Baghdad. He was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division at Ft. Hood, Texas.

John L. Hallett III, 30, of Concord, Calif.; captain, Army. Hallett was among four soldiers killed Tuesday when a roadside bomb exploded near their vehicle in southern Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division at Ft. Lewis, Wash.

Donald J. Hogan, 20, of San Clemente; corporal, Marine Corps. Hogan was killed Wednesday when a roadside bomb exploded near him while his unit was on foot patrol in southwest Afghanistan's Helmand province, on the Pakistani border. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Pendleton.

Matthew L. Ingram, 25, of Pearl, Miss.; sergeant, Army. Ingram was killed Aug. 21 when a roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle and his unit was then attacked with small-arms fire in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar province, on the Pakistani border. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division at Ft. Carson, Colo.

Cory J. Jenkins, 30, of Mesa, Ariz.; captain, Army. Jenkins was among four soldiers killed Tuesday when a roadside bomb exploded near their vehicle in southern Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division at Ft. Lewis, Wash.

Andrew T. Lobosco, 29, of Somerville, N.J.; staff sergeant, Army. Lobosco was killed Aug. 22 when his unit was attacked with small-arms fire while on foot patrol in Yakhchal in southwest Afghanistan's Helmand province, on the Pakistani border. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Ft. Bragg, N.C.

Taylor D. Marks, 19, of Monmouth, Ore.; private, Army National Guard. Marks was one of two guardsmen killed Friday when insurgents attacked a convoy they were guarding in eastern Baghdad with an explosively formed penetrator -- an armor-piercing explosive that turns into a projectile when detonated. He was assigned to the 41st Special Troops Battalion, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team in Portland, Ore.

Darby T. Morin, 25, of Victoria, Canada; corporal, Army. Morin was killed Aug. 22 when his vehicle overturned in central Afghanistan's Logar province, south of Kabul. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) at Ft. Drum, N.Y.

Ronald W. Sawyer, 38, of Trenton, Mo.; sergeant first class, Army. Sawyer was among four soldiers killed Tuesday when a roadside bomb exploded near their vehicle in southern Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division at Ft. Lewis, Wash.

Troy O. Tom, 21, of Shiprock, N.M.; specialist, Army. Tom was one of two soldiers killed Aug. 18 when a roadside bomb exploded near them in Arghandab in southwest Afghanistan's Kandahar province, on the Pakistani border. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division at Ft. Lewis, Wash.

Earl D. Werner, 38, of Mondovi, Wis.; sergeant, Army National Guard. Werner was one of two guardsmen killed Friday when insurgents attacked a convoy they were guarding in eastern Baghdad with an explosively formed penetrator -- an armor-piercing explosive that turns into a projectile when detonated. He was assigned to the 41st Special Troops Battalion, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team in Portland, Ore.

Matthew E. Wildes, 18, of Hammond, La.; private first class, Army. Wildes was killed Thursday when his vehicle was attacked with an improvised explosive device in southern Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division at Ft. Carson, Colo.

Dennis M. Williams, 24, of Federal Way, Wash.; private first class, Army. Williams was among four soldiers killed Tuesday when a roadside bomb exploded near their vehicle in southern Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division at Ft. Lewis, Wash.

Jonathan C. Yanney, 20, of Litchfield, Minn.; private first class, Army. Yanney was one of two soldiers killed Aug. 18 when a roadside bomb exploded near them in Arghandab in southwest Afghanistan's Kandahar province, on the Pakistani border. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division at Ft. Lewis, Wash.

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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: 731

* Other locations: 69

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

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Source: Department of Defense

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