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May 25th, 2010


U.S. Military Deaths in Iraq

As of Tuesday, May 25, 2010, at least 4,400 members of the U.S. military had died in the Iraq war since it began in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.

Since the start of U.S. military operations in Iraq, 31,827 U.S. service members have been wounded in hostile action, according to the Defense Department’s weekly tally.

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U.S. Troop Casualties in Iraq

Latest identifications:


Army Spc. Stanley J. Sokolowski III, 26, Ocean, N.J., died May 20, 2010 in Kirkuk, Iraq, in a non-combat incident. He was assigned to Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas.


Army Staff Sgt. Amilcar H. Gonzalez, 26, Miami, Fla., died May 21, 2010 in Ash Shura, Iraq, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with small-arms fire. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.

U.S. Military Deaths in Afghanistan

As of Friday, May 21, 2010, at least 996 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Uzbekistan as a result of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to the Defense Department.

Latest identifications:


Marine Cpl. Nicholas D. Parada Rodriguez, 29, Stafford, Va., died May 16, 2010 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.


Army Pfc. Billy G. Anderson, 20, Alexandria, Tenn., died May 17, 2010 in Badghis province Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with improvised explosive devices. He was assigned to the 508th Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.


Marine Staff Sgt. Adam L. Perkins, 27, Antelope, Calif., died May 17, 2010 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.


Army Lt. Col. Paul R. Bartz, 43, Waterloo, Wis., died May 18, 2010 in Kabul, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered in a suicide car bombing. He was assigned to Headquarters, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, N.Y.


Army Lt. Col. Thomas P. Belkofer, 44, Perrysburg, Ohio, died May 18, 2010 in Kabul, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered in a suicide car bombing. He was assigned to Headquarters, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, N.Y.


Marine Lance Cpl. Philip P. Clark, 19, Gainesville, Fla., died May 18, 2010 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.


Army Col. John M. McHugh, 46, Newark, N.J., died May 18, 2010 in Kabul, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered in a suicide car bombing. He was assigned to the Army Battle Command Training Program, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.


Army Staff Sgt. Richard J. Tieman, 28, Waynesboro, Pa., died May 18, 2010 in Kabul, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered in a suicide car bombing. He was assigned to Special Troops Battalion, V Corps, Heidelberg, Germany.


Army Sgt. Joshua A. Tomlinson, 24, Dubberly, La., died May 18, 2010 in Kabul, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered in a suicide car bombing. He was assigned to Special Troops Battalion, V Corps, Heidelberg, Germany.


Marine Lance Cpl. Patrick Xavier Jr., 24, Pembroke Pines, Fla., died May 18, 2010 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.


Army Staff Sgt. Shane S. Barnard, 38, Desmet, S.D., died May 19, 2010 in Zabul Province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when he stepped on a secondary improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 3rd Ordnance Battalion (Explosive Ordnance Detachment), Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.


Army Spc. Jason D. Fingar, 24, Columbia, Mo., died May 22, 2010 in Durai, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when his military vehicle struck an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

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Related report

O-6, Two O-5s Among 5 Killed in Convoy Blast

By David Larter
Military Times
May 21, 2010

A suicide bomb attack in Kabul on May 18 killed five American soldiers, the highest number killed in a single attack in seven months.

A colonel and two lieutenant colonels were among those killed in the attack, marking the first time during the Afghanistan war that three officers of those ranks were killed in a single incident.

A suicide bomber detonated a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device after targeting a convey traveling down Kabul’s Darulaman Road.

The Defense Department on May 19 identified the soldiers.

  • Col. John M. McHugh, 46, of Newark, N.J., assigned to the Army Battle Command Training Program, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
  • Lt. Col. Paul R. Bartz, 43, of Waterloo, Wis., assigned to Headquarters, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, N.Y.
  • Lt. Col. Thomas P. Belkofer, 44, of Perrysburg, Ohio, assigned to Headquarters, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, N.Y.
  • Staff Sgt. Richard J. Tieman, 28, of Waynesboro, Pa., assigned to Special Troops Battalion, V Corps, Heidelberg, Germany.
  • Spc. Joshua A. Tomlinson, 24, of Dubberly, La., assigned to Special Troops Battalion, V Corps, Heidelberg, Germany.

The attack also killed Canadian Col. Geoff Parker and more than a dozen Afghan civilians.

Zabiullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, told The Associated Press the bomber was a man from Kabul and that the vehicle was packed with 1,650 pounds of explosives.

A spokesman for the International Security Assistance Force said commanders thought the attack was indiscriminate and not part of a larger Taliban strategy targeting senior leaders.

“We don’t have any information that they were targeting the specific group,” Air Force Master Sgt. Jeff Loftin said.

McHugh had been in Kabul for a few days, traveling with Bartz and Belkofer. They were conducting a site survey in advance of the division headquarters deployment. The headquarters is scheduled to go to Afghanistan in the fall.

Tieman and Tomlinson were traveling with the convoy. …

In addition to the loss of life, the blast damaged five ISAF vehicles and more than a dozen civilian vehicles.

The last attack of this magnitude was an IED attack on a Stryker in the Arghandab Valley on Oct. 27 which killed seven soldiers with 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division.

October was the deadliest month of the U.S.-led occupation of Afghanistan, claiming 56 service-members’ lives; 48 of them were soldiers. So far in May, 18 service members have been killed in Afghanistan.

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FROM THE ARCHIVES: One Year Ago — May 25, 2009

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One year ago today — on Memorial Day 2009 — I paid tribute to the men and women of America’s fighting forces — both the living and the dead, and in particular those who gave their last full measure of devotion.





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