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U.S. Military Deaths in Afghanistan

As of Saturday, June 30, 2012, at least 2,028 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, 16,732 U.S. service members have been wounded as of June 30, 2012, according to iCasualties.org.

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Latest identifications:


Army Spc. Gerardo Campos, 23, Miami, Fla., died June 2, 2012 in Maiwand, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked his unit with small-arms fire. He was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.


Army Pfc. Vincent J. Ellis, 22, Tokyo, Japan, died June 4, 2012 in Landstuhl, Germany, from wounds suffered June 1 at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked his unit with improvised explosive devices and small-arms fire. He was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.


Army 1st Lt. Mathew G. Fazzari, 25, Walla Walla, Wash., died June 6, 2012 in Qarah Bagh, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when his OH-58D Kiowa helicopter crashed. He was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.


Army Capt. Scott P. Pace, 39, Brawley, Calif., died June 6, 2012 in Qarah Bagh, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when his OH-58D Kiowa helicopter crashed. He was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.


Army Pfc. Brandon D. Goodine, 20, Luthersville, Ga., died June 7, 2012 in Maiwand, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 4th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.


Navy Master Chief Petty Officer Richard J. Kessler Jr., 47, Gulfport, Fla., was found deceased June 8 in his berthing compartment on board USS Enterprise (CVN 65). He was assigned to Enterprise as a logistics specialist. Enterprise is currently deployed to the Fifth Fleet area of responsibility conducting operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.


Marine Corps Cpl. Anthony R. Servin, 22, Moreno Valley, Calif., died June 8, 2012 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.


Army Pfc. Nathan T. Davis, 20, Yucaipa, Calif., died June 9, 2012 in Tore Obeh, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered when his vehicle was attacked with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion (Airborne), 501st Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.


Army Spc. Bryant J. Luxmore, 25, New Windsor, Ill., died June 10, 2012 in Panjwai, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered when he encountered enemy small-arms fire. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.


Army Sgt. 1st Class Barett W. McNabb, 33, Chino Valley, Ariz., died June 12, 2012 in Khakrez, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when he was attacked by an enemy improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 562nd Engineer Company, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.


Army Spc. Trevor A. Pinnick, 20, Lawrenceville, Ill., died June 12, 2012 in Panjwa’l, Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 18th Engineer Company, 1st Battalion, 37th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.


Marine Corps Cpl. Taylor J. Baune, 21, Andover, Minn., died June 13, 2012 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, Calif.


Army Sgt. Joseph M. Lilly, 25, Flint, Mich., died June 14, 2012 in Panjwa’l, Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 18th Engineer Company, 1st Battalion, 37th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.


Army Sgt. Nicholas C. Fredsti, 30, San Diego, Calif., died June 15, 2012 in Spedar, Afghanistan, when insurgents attacked his unit with small-arms fire. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.


Army Pfc. Jarrod A. Lallier, 20, Spokane, Wash., died June 18, 2012 in Zharay, Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when individuals in Afghan Police uniforms turned their weapons against his unit. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.


Army Sgt. Jose Rodriguez, 22, Gustine, Calif., died June 19, 2012 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered from enemy small-arms fire. He was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.


Army National Guard Spc. John D. Meador II, 36, Columbia, S.C, died June 20, 2012 in Khowst province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with small-arms fire and an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 133rd Military Police Company, 51st Military Police Battalion, South Carolina National Guard, Florence, S.C.


Army National Guard 1st Lt. Ryan D. Rawl, 30, Lexington, S.C., died June 20, 2012 in Khowst province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with small-arms fire and an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 133rd Military Police Company, 51st Military Police Battalion, South Carolina National Guard, Florence, S.C. [Three soldiers were killed and five wounded in an attack by a suicide bomber that claimed 21 lives in all when the assailant detonated his explosives in a packed marketplace as he approached Afghan and U.S. soldiers at a traffic control point.]


Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Matthew B. Thomas, 30, Travelers Rest, S.C., died June 20, 2012 in Khowst province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with small-arms fire and an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 133rd Military Police Company, 51st Military Police Battalion, South Carolina National Guard, Florence, S.C.


Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Eugene C. Mills III, 21, Laurel, Md., died June 22, 2012 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.


Marine Corps Pfc. Steven P. Stevens II, 23, Tallahassee, Fla., died June 22, 2012 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.


Army Maj. Paul C. Voelke, 36, Monroe, N.Y., died June 22, 2012 in Mazar-E-Sharif, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.


Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Niall W. Coti-Sears, 23, Arlington, Va., died June 23, 2012 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, Calif.


Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Hunter D. Hogan, 21, Norman, Ind., died June 23, 2012 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.


Army Staff Sgt. Robert A. Massarelli, 32, Hamilton, Ohio, died June 24, 2012 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of unspecified causes. He was assigned to the 96th Transportation Company, 180th Transportation Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), Fort Hood, Texas.


Army Sgt. Michael J. Strachota, 28, White Hall, Ark., died June 24, 2012 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of unspecified causes. He was assigned to the 96th Transportation Company, 180th Transportation Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), Fort Hood, Texas.


Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Matthew J. Leach, 29, Ferndale, Mich., died June 26, 2012 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of unspecified causes. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 334th Regiment, 1st Brigade, 104th Training Division (Leader Training), U.S. Army Reserve, Fraser, Mich.


Army 1st Lt. Stephen C. Prasnicki, 24, Lexington, Va., died June 27, 2012 in Maidan Shahr, Wardak province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to 4th Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Warner Barracks, Bamberg, Germany.


Army Sgt. James L. Skalberg Jr., 25, Cullman, Ala., died June 27, 2012 in Maidan Shahr, Wardak province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to 4th Battalion, 1st Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas.


Army service member Jason White, 24, Lexington, Va., died June 27, 2012 in Eastern Afghanistan of hostile fire in an IED attack. [Full details not yet released]


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Taylor and Colleen Baune. (Photo credit: Baune family via Star Tribune)

By Paul Walsh

June 14, 2012

Three months ago, Taylor Baune married his high school sweetheart shortly before his first deployment to Afghanistan with the Marines. On Wednesday, the 21-year-old Andover man became the 2,000th American killed in combat in Afghanistan, during operations in Helmand Province, the Defense Department said Thursday.

Baune, an Andover High School graduate who had joined the Marines in September 2008, was based out of Twentynine Palms, Calif. His unit is leading operations this summer in Sangin, a part of Helmand that has been seen the heaviest casualties of the war in Afghanistan. The military released no further information on the circumstances of his death.

Baune and his wife, Colleen, also from Anoka County, were married in Las Vegas in March and called the San Diego area home. …

Cpl. Baune is the second Minnesota fatality in Afghanistan this year and the 28th from the state to die there in the current U.S. military campaign. …

Taylor and Colleen attended Anoka High School together; Taylor was there through 10th grade and participated in golf and football. …

Baune’s decorations included the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon and the NATO Medal–ISAF Afghanistan.

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Marine’s Death in Afghanistan Shakes Grandparents in St. Cloud

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U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Taylor Baune (Photo credit: AP via St. Cloud Times)

By Ben Katzner
St. Cloud Times
June 17, 2012

As the 2,000th American to lose his life in Operation Enduring Freedom, 21-year-old Andover Marine Cpl. Taylor Baune’s name and story has been in headlines across nation.

In St. Cloud, however, there’s a separate story to be told, about a loving grandson and how his untimely death has shaken his family.

“Shocking. Devastating. Horrible. It’s just beyond horrible,” Carolyn Baune, Taylor’s grandmother, said Saturday. “It’s probably impossible to deal with. I wake up in the middle of the night … I can’t even say how terrible this is.”

Taylor Baune was killed Wednesday in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, according to a statement from the U.S. Department of Defense. Baune’s wife said he was fatally wounded by a roadside bomb. Baune was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force and was based out of Twentynine Palms, Calif. …

Despite his youth, Baune had faced some of the best and worst things life has to offer, his grandmother said. He married his high school sweetheart, Colleen, just three months before his deployment – but also had to deal with the death of his mother when he was a teenager. It was her death that brought Taylor Baune, an Andover resident, even closer to his grandparents. He often spent time at their home.

Baune believes that people need to understand that her grandson is more than just a number. As far as she’s concerned, the number associated with her grandson’s death signifies that something needs to change.

“I don’t think we should be there,” she said. “His number, 2,000, is just a meganumber that should not be that high.” …

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