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    The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

    Cpl. Matthew T. Richard, 21, of Acadia, La., died June 9 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
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    The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation New Dawn.

    Pfc. Matthew J. England, 22, of Gainesville, Mo., died June 8, in An Najaf province, Iraq, when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Hood, Texas.

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    Vietnam Stats we have not seen these before

    There are 58,267 names now listed on that polished black wall, including
    those added in 2010.
    The names are arranged in the order in which they were taken from us by date and within each date the names are alphabetized.
    It is hard to believe it is 36 years since the last casualties.

    Beginning at the apex on panel 1E and going out to the end of the East wall,
    appearing to recede into the earth (numbered 70E - May 25, 1968), then
    resuming at the end of the West wall, as the wall emerges from the earth
    (numbered 70W - continuing May 25, 1968) and ending with a date in 1975. Thus the war's beginning and end meet. The war is complete, coming full circle, yet broken by the earth that bounds the angle's open side and contained within the earth itself.

    The first known casualty was Richard B. Fitzgibbon, of North Weymouth , Mass. listed by the U.S. Department of Defense as having been killed on June 8, 1956.
    His name is listed on the Wall with that of his son, Marine Corps Lance Cpl.
    Richard B. Fitzgibbon III, who was killed on Sept. 7, 1965.

    There are three sets of fathers and sons on the Wall.

    39,996 on the Wall were just 22 or younger.

    The largest age group, 8,283 were just 19 years old

    3,103 were 18 years old.

    12 soldiers on the Wall were 17 years old.

    5 soldiers on the Wall were 16 years old.

    One soldier, PFC Dan Bullock was 15 years old.


    997 soldiers were killed on their first day in Vietnam.

    1,448 soldiers were killed on their last day in Vietnam.


    31 sets of brothers are on the Wall.

    Thirty one sets of parents lost two of their sons.

    54 soldiers on the Wall attended Thomas Edison High School in Philadelphia .
    I wonder why so many from one school.

    8 Women are on the Wall. Nursing the wounded.

    244 soldiers were awarded the Medal of Honor during the Vietnam War; 153 of them are on the Wall.

    Beallsville , Ohio with a population of 475 lost 6 of her sons.

    West Virginia had the highest casualty rate per capita in the nation. There
    are 711 West Virginians on the Wall.

    The Marines of Morenci - They led some of the scrappiest high school football
    and basketball teams that the little Arizona copper town of Morenci (pop.
    5,058) had ever known and cheered. They enjoyed roaring beer busts. In
    quieter moments, they rode horses along the Coronado Trail, stalked deer in
    the Apache National Forest . And in the patriotic camaraderie typical of
    Morenci's mining families, the nine graduates of Morenci High enlisted as a
    group in the Marine Corps. Their service began on Independence Day, 1966.
    Only 3 returned home.

    The Buddies of Midvale - LeRoy Tafoya, Jimmy Martinez, Tom Gonzales were all boyhood friends and lived on three consecutive streets in Midvale, Utah on
    Fifth, Sixth and Seventh avenues. They lived only a few yards apart. They
    played ball at the adjacent sandlot ball field. And they all went to Vietnam.
    In a span of 16 dark days in late 1967, all three would be killed. LeRoy was
    killed on Wednesday, Nov. 22, the fourth anniversary of John F. Kennedy's
    assassination. Jimmy died less than 24 hours later on Thanksgiving Day. Tom
    was shot dead assaulting the enemy on Dec. 7, Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

    The most casualty deaths for a single day was on January 31, 1968 ~ 245
    deaths.

    The most casualty deaths for a single month was May 1968 - 2,415 casualties were incurred.
    That's 2,415 dead in a single month.


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    The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

    Lance Cpl. Nicholas S. O’Brien, 21, of Stanley, N.C., died June 9 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, IMarine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

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    The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

    Capt. Michael W. Newton, 30, of Newport News, Va.,died June 11 at Faryab province, Afghanistan,of injuries suffered in a non-combat related incident. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 84th Field Artillery Regiment, 170th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Baumholder, Germany.

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    The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

    Lance Cpl. Joshua B. McDaniels, 21, of Dublin, Ohio, died June 12 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
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    Soldier Missing from Korean War Identified

    The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing in action from the Korean War, have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

    Army Cpl. A.V. Scott, 27, of Detroit, Mich., will be buried June 22 at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C. On Feb. 12, 1951, Scott’s unit, the 503rd Field Artillery Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, was supplying friendly forces approximately 70 miles east of Seoul, South Korea, when Chinese Communist units attacked the area and forced a withdrawal. Scott was captured by enemy forces and marched north to a prisoner-of-war camp in Suan County, North Korea. Surviving POWs within the camp reported Scott died in April 1951.

    Between 1991 and 1994, North Korea gave the United States 208 boxes of remains believed to contain the remains of 200 to 400 U.S. servicemen. North Korean documents turned over with one of the boxes indicated the remains were exhumed near Suan County, which correlates with Scott’s last known location.

    Among forensic identification tools and circumstantial evidence, scientists from the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command used dental comparisons, and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory used mitochondrial DNA, which matched that of Scott’s cousins, in the identification.

    More than 2,000 servicemen died as prisoners of war during the Korean War. With this identification, 7,993 service members remain missing from the conflict.

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    France

    French Army helicopter pilot Lieutenant Matthieu Gaudin, age 37, was killed on 10th June 2011 when his Gazelle helicopter crashed in bad weather about 20km from Bagram, Afghanistan.

    Lt. Gaudin, serving with a Regiment of Combat Helicopters (RHC) had previously served in Croatia (2002), Kosovo (2008), Cote d'Ivoire (2005 and 2010). He deployed to Afghanistan in June 2011.

    His awards include the Gold Medal of National Defence, the Vermeil Medal with overseas clasp, the Yugoslavia Medal with clasp and the NATO medal.

    Lt. Gaudin joined the military in 1997 and qualified as a helicopter pilot in 1998. He was described as a willfull and passionate officer.

    He leaves a wife and four children.


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    2011 Foreign Fatalities

    * Australia: 6
    * Canada: 2
    * Czech: 1
    * Denmark: 1
    * Fiji: 1
    * Finland: 1
    * France: 9
    * Georgia: 3
    * Germany: 7
    * Hungary: 2
    * Italy: 2
    * Jordan: 1
    * NATO: 3
    * New Zealand: 1
    * Norway: 1
    * Poland: 5
    * Romania: 2
    * Spain: 1
    * UK: 24
    * UN: 6
    * US: 172

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    French Army Caporal-chef (Master Corporal) Lionel Chevalier, age 24, died in Tagab, Afghanistan on 10th June 2011.

    M-Cpl Chevalier, serving with the 35th Infantry Regiment, suffered a fatal gunshot wound while holding his weapon when he was returning from a patrol mission.

    M-Cpl. Chevalier, from Saint-Pol-sur-Mer, joined the French Army in 2005. He had previously served in Central Africa, Lebanon and Guyana. He deployed to Afghanistan in May 2011.

    His comrades described him as an excellent athlete, cheerful and highly motivated.

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    22-year-old US Marine, Lance Corporal Sean M. N. O'Connor, from Douglas, Wyoming was killed in Helmand province on 12th June 2011 whilst conducting combat operations.

    L-Cpl. O'Connor served with the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, based at Camp Pendleton, California.

    L-Cpl. O'Connor enlisted in the Marine Corps in May 2007. His personal service awards include the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal and Afghanistan Campaign Medal.
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    20-year-old US Marine, Lance Corporal Jason D. Hill from Poway, California, was killed in Helmand province, Afghanistan on 11th June 2011 whilst conducting combat operations.

    L-Cpl. Hill served with the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, based at Camp Pendleton, California.

    L-Cpl. Hill enlisted in the Marine Corps in March 2010. His personal decorations include the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon and the NATO Medal.

    His father, Charles, raised Jason and his two brothers, Dylan and Aaron as a single parent.
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    In Iraq - at 0530, while they were sleeping - 6 June 2011

    The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of five soldiers who were supporting Operation New Dawn.

    They died June 6 in Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with indirect fire. They were assigned to the1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.

    Killed were:

    Spc. Emilio J. Campo Jr., 20, of Madelia, Minn.;

    Spc. Michael B. Cook Jr., 27, of Middletown, Ohio;

    Spc. Christopher B. Fishbeck, 24, of Victorville, Calif.;

    Spc. Robert P. Hartwick, 20, of Rockbridge, Ohio; and

    Pfc. Michael C. Olivieri, 26, Chicago, Ill.

    From the Chicago Sun-Times:

    Help honor fallen Homer Glen soldier
    Flags for Pfc. Olivieri

    HOMER GLEN — Residents can help honor Pfc. Michael Olivieri and his family by lining the streets of Bell Road between 143rd and 159th, and 159th Street, between Bell and Gougar, during his funeral procession Thursday to Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery.

    Flags can be picked up at the village offices, on the west side of the building, 14933 S. Founders Crossing (Bell Road and 149th), until 4:30 p.m. daily and at the Homer Township Library, 14320 151st St., from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

    Flags also can be picked up at Dominick’s on Bell Road; Animal Care Clinic, 13061 W. 143rd St.; Sears, Bell Road and 159th; and Blueberry Hill Restaurant.

    The funeral procession will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday from Modell Funeral Home, 12641 W. 143rd St.
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    British Army WO2 Grant Armstrong of the Light Dragoons died on 4th June 2011 from cancer after being diagnosed with a brain tumour last year.

    WO2 Armstrong had served two tours of duty in Afghanistan as well as a tour in Iraq and four tours in Bosnia. After surviving Taliban bullets and bombs, he prepared for a battle with cancer.

    WO2 Armstrong was buried on 14th June 2011 with full military honours at Swanton Morley Cemetery in Norfolk, England.

    His funeral was held on what would have been his eighth wedding anniversary. His wife Donna, released a white dove as a symbol of hope and freedom.

    Soil from the soldier's birthplace in Northumberland was specially brought in to cover his grave.

    Note: we have included WO2 Armstrong on this website as a tribute to a soldier who served in Afghanistan. May he rest in peace.

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