US military deaths in Afghanistan at 1,843

AP News
Posted: May 15, 2012 2:32 PM
US military deaths in Afghanistan at 1,843

As of Tuesday, May 15, 2012, at least 1,843 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count.

The AP count is eight less than the Defense Department's tally, last updated Tuesday at 10 a.m. EDT.

At least 1,534 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers.

Outside of Afghanistan, the department reports at least 111 more members of the U.S. military died in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Of those, 12 were the result of hostile action.

The AP count of total OEF casualties outside of Afghanistan is two more than the department's tally.

The Defense Department also counts three military civilian deaths.

Since the start of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, 15,950 U.S. service members have been wounded in hostile action, according to the Defense Department.


The latest identifications reported by the military:

_Spc. Alex Hernandez III, 21, of Round Rock, Texas; died May 12, in Kandahar, Afghanistan; assigned to 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii.

_Sgt. Wade D. Wilson, 22, of Normangee, Texas; died May 11 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

_1st Lt. Alejo R. Thompson, 30, of Yuma, Ariz.; died May 11 in Bagram, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked his unit with small-arms fire; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.

_ Petty Officer Second Class Jorge Luis Velasquez, 35, of Houston, Texas; died May 12 as a result of a noncombat-related incident in Manama, Bahrain; assigned to Commander, Task Force (CTF) 56 in Bahrain, which conducts maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

_Three soldiers died May 7, in Ghazni province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device; they were assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; killed were: Sgt. Jacob M. Schwallie, 22, of Clarksville, Tenn.; Spc. Chase S. Marta, 24, of Chico, Calif.; and Pfc. Dustin D. Gross, 19, of Jeffersonville, Ky.

_Two soldiers died May 2 in Logar province, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when insurgents attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device; they were assigned to the 7th Engineer Battalion, 10th Sustainment Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.; killed were: 2nd Lt. David E. Rylander, 23, of Stow, Ohio; and Spc. Junot M. L. Cochilus, 34, of Charlotte, N.C.