US military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,021

AP News
Posted: Nov 06, 2012 2:24 PM
US military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,021

As of Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, at least 2,021 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 one less than the Defense Department's tally, last updated Tuesday at 10 a.m. EDT.

At least 1,686 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 118 more members of the U.S. military died in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Of those, 11 were the result of hostile action.

The AP count of total OEF casualties outside of Afghanistan is four 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, 17,939 U.S. service members have been wounded in hostile action, according to the Defense Department.


The latest identifications reported by the military:

—Pfc. Brandon L. Buttry, 19, of Shenandoah, Iowa, died Nov. 5, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan; assigned to 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

—Three soldiers died of wounds suffered Nov. 3, when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device in Paktia province, Afghanistan; they were assigned to the 178th Engineer Battalion, 412th Theater Engineer Command, Oswego, N.Y.; killed were: Staff Sgt. Dain T. Venne, 29, of Port Henry, N.Y.; Spc. Ryan P. Jayne, 22, of Campbell, N.Y.; and Spc. Brett E. Gornewicz, 27, of Alden, N.Y.

— Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew G. Kantor, 22, of Gillette, N.J., died Nov. 1, while supporting stability operations in Zabul, Afghanistan; assigned to an East Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit in Virginia Beach, Va.

—Cpl. Alex F. Domion, 21, of Richfield Springs, N.Y., died Oct. 31, as a result of a noncombat-related incident in Helmand province, Afghanistan; assigned to 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.