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May 20th, 2011


U.S. Military Deaths in Iraq

As of Friday, May 20, 2011, at least 4,452 members of the U.S. military had died in the Iraq war since it began in March 2003, according to iCasualties.org.

Since the start of U.S. military operations in Iraq, 32,227 U.S. service members have been wounded as of April 30, 2011, according to iCasualties.org.

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U.S. Troop Casualties in Iraq

Latest identification:

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U.S. Military Deaths in Afghanistan

As of Friday, May 20, 2011, at least 1,582 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Uzbekistan as a result of the invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to iCasualties.org.

Since the start of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, 11,181 U.S. service members have been wounded as of April 30, 2011, according to iCasualties.org.

Latest identifications:


Army Sgt. Ken K. Hermogino, 30, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., died May 9, 2011 in Herat province, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained in a noncombat-related vehicle accident. He was assigned to the 7th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.


Army 1st Lt. Demetrius M. Frison, 26, Lancaster, Pa., died May 10, 2011 in Khost province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Knox, Ky.


Marine Sgt. Kevin B. Balduf, 27, Nashville, Tenn., died May 12, 2011 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 8th Communications Battalion, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C. [U.S. military officials in Kabul announced that two service members were killed May 12 in southwestern Helmand after a member of the Afghan National Civil Order Police, or ANCOP, shot them in a police compound.]


Marine Lt. Col. Benjamin J. Palmer, 43, Modesto, Calif., died May 12, 2011 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 2, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Cherry Point, N.C. [U.S. military officials in Kabul announced that two service members were killed May 12 in southwestern Helmand after a member of the Afghan National Civil Order Police, or ANCOP, shot them in a police compound.]


Army Sgt. Amaru Aguilar, 26, Miami, Fla. died May 13, 2011 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when his unit encountered small-arms fire. He was assigned to the 4th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.


Army National Guard Sgt. Robert C. Schlote, 26, Norfolk, Neb., died May 14, 2011 in Omaha, Neb., from a noncombat-related medical illness. He was assigned to the 195th Forward Support Company, Nebraska Army National Guard, Omaha, Neb.


Army Spc. Brian D. Riley Jr., 24, Longwood, Fla., died May 15, 2011 of unspecified causes in Kunar province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.


Army Spc. Bradley L. Melton, 29, Rolla, Mo., died May 16, 2011 of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device in Zabul province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the Brigade Troops Battalion, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Wainwright, Anchorage, Alaska.


Army Pvt. Cheizray Pressley, 21, North Charleston, S.C., died May 16, 2011 of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device in Zabul province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the Brigade Troops Battalion, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Wainwright, Anchorage, Alaska.


Army Staff Sgt. David D. Self, 29, Pearl, Miss., died May 16, 2011 of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device in Zabul province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the Fires Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, Vilseck, Germany.


Army Pvt. Lamarol J. Tucker, 26, Gainesville, Fla., died May 16, 2011 of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device in Zabul province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the Brigade Troops Battalion, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Wainwright, Anchorage, Alaska.


Army Spc. Brandon M. Kirton, 25, Centennial, Colo., died May 18, 2011 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with small-arms fire and mortar rounds. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky.

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Related report

4 U.S. soldiers killed in blast in Afghanistan (AP, May 16, 2011) — Four American soldiers serving with NATO forces in Afghanistan died Monday in an explosion in the country’s south, NATO and a defense department official said, bringing home the human cost of the U.S.-led push into Taliban strongholds. The official said they were hit by an improvised explosive device. He spoke on condition of anonymity because relatives of those killed were still being notified. The latest deaths make a total of 16 NATO service members killed so far this month, and 167 so far this year. … Full story

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FROM THE ARCHIVES: One Year Ago — May 20, 2010

North Korean Saber-Rattling

Image: Wreckage of the South Korean naval vessel Cheonan
Soldiers stand guard near the wreckage of the South Korean naval vessel Cheonan, which was sunk on March 26, 2010 near the maritime border with North Korea. (Photo credit: Lee Jae-won / Pool via AP)

One year ago today, I reported that despite forensic evidence proving that North Korea fired a torpedo that sank the South Korean warship Cheonan, North Korea continued to deny responsibility and threatened “all-out war.” I also featured a psychological evaluation of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il.

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FROM THE ARCHIVES: Two Years Ago — May 20, 2009

Bachmann Bats for End Times


Pastor Jan Markell of Olive Tree Ministries and Rep. Michele Bachmann

Two years ago today, on May 20, 2009, I reported that Rep. Michele Bachmann appeared on talk radio with end-times pastor Jan Markell to discuss the “Criminalization of Christianity,” where in the past she held forth on topics ranging from homosexuality to the Second Coming; but this time, her topic was the labeling of Christians as terrorists.

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