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U.S. Service Deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan Dropped 16 Percent from 2010 to 2011

Posted Jan 1, 2012 by Howard Altman

Updated Jan 1, 2012 at 08:47 PM

As U.S. combat forces left Iraq and began to draw down in Afghanistan, the number of those killed supporting Operation Enduring Freedom and Operations Iraqi Freedom/New Dawn dropped about 16 percent in 2011, compared to the previous year, according to statistics provided by the Department of Defense.

Overall, deaths supporting operations in both wars dropped from 559 in 2010 to 470 in 2011.

There were 499 service members who died supporting OEF in 2010 compared to 416 in 2011.

The number of deaths supporting Operation New Dawn/Iraqi Freedom dropped 10 percent, from 60 in 2010 to 54 in 2011.

Of those killed supporting OEF in 2011, six were announced by DoD in the last week of 2011, including a Petty Officer who died in July.

Spc. Pernell J. Herrera, 33, of Espanola, N.M., died Dec. 31, in Helmand province, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered in a non-combat incident.  He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 171st Aviation Regiment, Santa Fe, N.M.

Petty Officer Stacy O. Johnson, 35, of Rolling Fork, Miss., died July 18, while supporting operations in Bahrain.  Johnson was a master-at-arms assigned to Naval Security Force Bahrain.


Three soldiers died Dec. 27, in Paktia, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device.  They were assigned to the 720th Military Police Battalion, 89th Military Police Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas.

          Killed were:

                      Sgt. Noah M. Korte, 29, of Lake Elsinore, Calif.,
                      Spc. Kurt W. Kern, 24, of McAllen, Texas, and
                      Pfc. Justin M. Whitmire, 20, of Easley, S.C.

Staff Sgt. Joseph J. Altmann, 27, of Marshfield, Wis., died Dec. 25, in Kunar province Afghanistan, of injuries suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire.

        He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

During nearly nine years of war, there were 4,478 casualties in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom/Enduring Freedom. In more than 10 years of war and counting in Afghanistan, there have now been 1,845 casualties in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

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