US military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,083

About 68,800 people serve in the command, including 3,000 civilians.

As of Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at least 2,083 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count.

The AP count is one less than the Defense Department’s tally, last updated Monday at 10 a.m. EDT.

At least 1,725 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result of hostile action, according to the military’s numbers.

Outside of Afghanistan, the department reports at least 119 more members of the U.S. military died in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Of those, 11 were the result of hostile action.

The AP count of total OEF casualties outside of Afghanistan is nine more than the department’s tally.

The Defense Department also counts three military civilian deaths.

Since the start of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, 18,462 U.S. service members have been wounded in hostile action, according to the Defense Department.


The latest identifications reported by the military:

—Five soldiers died May 4, in Maiwand, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device damaged their vehicle; they were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas; killed were: 1st Lt. Brandon J. Landrum, 26, of Lawton, Okla.; Staff Sgt. Francis G. Phillips IV, 28, of Meridian, N.Y.; Spc. Kevin Cardoza, 19, of Mercedes, Texas; Spc. Thomas P. Murach, 22, of Meridian, Idaho; and Spc. Brandon J. Prescott, 24, of Bend, Ore.

—Two Marines died May 4, while conducting combat operations in Farah province, Afghanistan; they were assigned to 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; killed were: Staff Sgt. Eric D. Christian, 39, of Warwick, N.Y., and Cpl. David M. Sonka, 23, of Parker, Colo.

—Three airmen died May 3, near Chon-Aryk, Kyrgyzstan, in the crash of a KC-135 aircraft; they were assigned to the 93rd Air Refueling Squadron, Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash.; killed were: Capt. Mark T. Voss, 27, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Capt. Victoria A. Pinckney, 27, of Palmdale, Calif.; and Tech Sgt. Herman Mackey III, 30, of Bakersfield, Calif.

—Two soldiers died May 2, in Camp Buehring, Kuwait, of injuries sustained in a vehicle accident; they were assigned to 4th Battalion, 42nd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.; killed were: Spc. Trinidad Santiago Jr., 25, of San Diego; and Pfc. Charles P. McClure, 21, of Stratford, Okla.

—Staff Sgt. Michael H. Simpson, 30, of San Antonio died May 1 in Landstuhl, Germany, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit on April 27, with an improvised explosive device in Arian, Afghanistan; assigned to the 4th Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.



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