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May 17, 2009

The Defense Department last week identified the following American military personnel killed in Afghanistan and Iraq or who died at a military hospital of their injuries:

Randy S. Agno, 29, of Pearl City, Hawaii; staff sergeant, Army. Agno died May 8 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., of noncombat-related injuries suffered April 27 at Forward Operating Base Olsen in Samarra, Iraq, north of Baghdad. He was assigned to the 325th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

Omar M. Albrak, 21, of Chicago; specialist, Army. Albrak was killed May 9 in a motor vehicle accident at Camp Victory in Baghdad. He was an Individual Ready Reserve soldier assigned to the Headquarters, Multi-National Forces in Iraq.

Jacob D. Barton, 20, of Lenox, Mo.; specialist, Army. Barton was among five troops killed Monday when a U.S. soldier opened fire at a combat stress-control center at Camp Liberty in Baghdad. Barton was assigned to the 277th Engineer Company, 420th Engineer Brigade in Waco, Texas.

Christian E. Bueno-Galdos, 25, of Paterson, N.J.; staff sergeant, Army. Bueno-Galdos was among five troops killed Monday when a U.S. soldier opened fire at a combat stress-control center at Camp Liberty in Baghdad. Bueno-Galdos was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 172nd Infantry Brigade in Grafenwoehr, Germany.

Justin P. Hartford, 21, of Elmira, N.Y.; private, Army. Hartford died of noncombat-related injuries May 8 at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, north of Baghdad. He was assigned to the 699th Maintenance Company, Corps Support Battalion, 916th Support Brigade at Ft. Irwin, Calif.

Matthew P. Houseal, 54, of Amarillo, Texas; major, Army Reserve. Houseal was among five troops killed Monday when a U.S. soldier opened fire at a combat stress-control center at Camp Liberty in Baghdad. Houseal was assigned to the 55th Medical Company in Indianapolis.

Steven Hutchison, 60, of Scottsdale, Ariz.; major, Army. Hutchison died May 10 in Basra, Iraq, south of Baghdad, of injuries suffered when a roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle in Al Farr. He was the oldest member of the U.S. military to die of combat-related wounds in Iraq or Afghanistan. Hutchison had served two tours of duty in Vietnam and voluntarily rejoined the Army under its retiree recall program. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division at Ft. Riley, Kan.

Ryan C. McGhee, 21, of Fredericksburg, Va.; corporal, Army. McGhee was killed Wednesday when his unit was attacked with small-arms fire in central Iraq. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Ft. Benning, Ga.

Lukasz D. Saczek, 23, of Lake in the Hills, Ill.; sergeant, Army National Guard. Saczek died of noncombat-related injuries May 10 in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, near the Pakistani border. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 178th Infantry Regiment in Woodstock, Ill.

Charles K. Springle, 52, of Wilmington, N.C.; commander, Navy. Springle was among five troops killed Monday when a U.S. soldier opened fire at a combat stress-control center at Camp Liberty in Baghdad. Springle was director of the Community Counseling Center at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Michael E. Yates Jr., 19, of Federalsburg, Md.; private first class, Army. Yates was among five troops killed Monday when a U.S. soldier opened fire at a combat stress-control center at Camp Liberty in Baghdad. Yates was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 172nd Infantry Brigade in Grafenwoehr, Germany.

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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: 4,297

In and around Afghanistan: 611

Other locations: 68

* 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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