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Military deaths

September 06, 2009

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

Christopher S. Baltazar Jr., 19, of San Antonio; lance corporal, Marine Corps. Baltazar was killed in combat Thursday in southwest Afghanistan's Helmand province, on the Pakistani border. He was assigned to the 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Jordan M. Brochu, 20, of Cumberland, Maine; private first class, Army. Brochu was one of two soldiers killed Monday when a roadside bomb exploded near them in Shuyene Sufia, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division at Ft. Lewis, Wash.

Benjamin P. Castiglione, 21, of Howell, Mich.; petty officer third class, Navy. Castiglione was killed in combat Thursday in southwest Afghanistan's Helmand province, on the Pakistani border. A hospital corpsman who provide medical attention to troops in the field, he was assigned to the 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Jason S. Dahlke, 29, of Orlando, Fla.; staff sergeant, Army. Dahlke was one of two soldiers who died Aug. 29, a day after being shot during a firefight in southeast Afghanistan's Paktika province, on the Pakistani border. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.

David R. Hall, 31, of Elyria, Ohio; lance corporal, Marine Corps. Hall 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.

Eric W. Hario, 19, of Monroe, Mich.; private first class, Army. Hario was one of two soldiers who died Aug. 29, a day after being shot during a firefight in southeast Afghanistan's Paktika province, on the Pakistani border. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.

Todd W. Selge, 25, of Burnsville, Minn.; staff sergeant, Army. Selge was one of two soldiers killed Thursday when their vehicle overturned in Baqubah, Iraq, northeast of Baghdad. He was assigned to the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division at Ft. Lewis, Wash.

Jordan M. Shay, 22, of Salisbury, Mass.; specialist, Army. Shay was one of two soldiers killed Thursday when their vehicle overturned in Baqubah, Iraq, northeast of Baghdad. He was assigned to the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division at Ft. Lewis, Wash.

Tyler R. Walshe-Vietti, 21, of Shasta, Calif.; specialist, Army. Walshe-Vietti was killed Monday when a roadside bomb exploded near him in southern Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division at Ft. Lewis, Wash.

Jonathan D. Welch, 19, of Yorba Linda; specialist, Army. Welch was one of two soldiers killed Monday when a roadside bomb exploded near them in Shuyene Sufia, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division at Ft. Lewis, Wash.

Abraham S. Wheeler III, 22, of Columbia, S.C.; specialist, Army. Wheeler was killed Aug. 28 when a roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle in central Afghanistan's Logar province, south of Kabul. He was assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) at Ft. Drum, N.Y.

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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: 4,340

* In and around Afghanistan: 739

* 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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