All 50 States Represented in Iraq Casualties; Vermont Hardest Hit Per Capita
(Editor's note: This is the second in an occasional series of articles based on an extensive database on Operation Iraqi Freedom compiled by Cybercast News Service.)
(CNSNews.com) - Residents of all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia were among the more than 3,900 Americans who gave their lives in the service of their country in the first five years of Operation Iraqi Freedom, according to a Cybercast News Service analysis of Defense Department data.
Vermont had the highest per capita rate of combat and non-combat casualties, with 20.
Multiple states in each of the Census Bureau's four major regions -- the West, Midwest, South and Northeast -- ranked among the 25 states with the highest per capita casualty rates.
In the West, these included Alaska, Wyoming, Montana, Oregon, Idaho and Hawaii.
In the Midwest: Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa, Kansas, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Ohio.
In the South: Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Delaware, Mississippi, Texas, Alabama and Kentucky.
In the Northeast: Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine
States by Per Capita Casualties in Operation Iraqi Freedom
Casualties per capita: 1/31,063
Casualties per capita: 1/37,971
Casualties per capita: 1/42,252
Casualties per capita: 1/43,569
Casualties per capita: 1/44,234
Casualties per capita: 1/45,612
Casualties per capita: 1/45,694
Casualties per capita: 1/51,542
Casualties per capita: 1/53,003
Casualties per capita: 1/54,808
Casualties per capita: 1/56,780
Casualties per capita: 1/57,210
Casualties per capita: 1/57,651
Casualties per capita: 1/57,669
Casualties per capita: 1/59,567
Casualties per capita: 1/59,873
Casualties per capita: 1/63,575
Casualties per capita: 1/64,087
Casualties per capita: 1/64,169
Casualties per capita: 1/64,558
Casualties per capita: 1/65,902
Casualties per capita: 1/67,596
Casualties per capita: 1/67,852
Casualties per capita: 1/68,057
Casualties per capita: 1/68,411
Casualties per capita: 1/68,689
Casualties per capita: 1/69,478
Casualties per capita: 1/71,222
Casualties per capita: 1/71,261
Casualties per capita: 1/71,295
Casualties per capita: 1/72,432
Casualties per capita: 1/76,099
Casualties per capita: 1/76,343
Casualties per capita: 1/80,208
Casualties per capita: 1/81,425
Casualties per capita: 1/82,365
Casualties per capita: 1/83,833
Casualties per capita: 1/84,810
Casualties per capita: 1/86,259
Casualties per capita: 1/88,154
Casualties per capita: 1/90,028
Casualties per capita: 1/92,139
Casualties per capita: 1/96,394
Casualties per capita: 1/105,783
Casualties per capita: 1/106,732
Casualties per capita: 1/110,222
Casualties per capita: 1/111,548
Casualties per capita: 1/117,658
Casualties per capita: 1/122,337
Casualties per capita: 1/134,704
Casualties per capita: 1/140,708
(Source: Cybercast News Service analysis based on Census Bureau figures and Defense Department data.)
Rural Vermont, the state with the highest per capita casualty rate in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and urban Baltimore, the city of 500,000 or more with the highest per capita casualty rate, have seen their residents make the ultimate sacrifice in roughly equal proportion.
Vermont, with a population of 621,254, had 20 casualties in Operation Iraqi Freedom, or one of every 31,063 people in the state. Baltimore, with a population of 637,455, had 18 casualties in the Iraq, or one out of every 35,414.
Rural Alaska, with a population of 683,478 and 18 Iraq war casualties, also suffered casualties in roughly equal proportion to urban Baltimore.
According to the Census Bureau, there are 62,809 veterans living in Vermont and 55,092 veterans living in Baltimore.
The database this report is based on was constructed by Cybercast News Service using Defense Department press statements that include the name, rank, military branch, hometown, date and means of death for each casualty in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Other Defense Department records were also consulted, as well as published news reports. The hometowns listed for each casualty in the database reflect the hometown reported in the Defense Department records.
Those listed as casualties include both those who died from enemy action and those who died by non-combat related causes while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Casualties connected with Operation Iraq Freedom, according to the Defense Department, include not only those that have occurred in Iraq itself since March 19, 2003, but also those that have occurred on the Arabian Sea, the Gulf of Aden, the Gulf of Oman, the Persian Gulf, and the Red Sea, as well as in Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
The casualties accounted for in this report occurred in the first five years of Operation Iraqi Freedom, from March 20, 2003 to March 20, 2008.
Vermont Casualties in Operation Iraqi Freedom
These 20 residents of Vermont gave their lives serving their country in the first five years of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Marine Cpl. Mark Evnin, 21
Casualty Date: April 3, 2003
Evnin died during combat operations in central Iraq
Army Chief Warrant Officer Erik Halvorsen, 40
Casualty Date: April 3, 2003
Halvorsen died when his Blackhawk helicopter crashed in Central Iraq.
Army Spc. Solomon C. Bangayan, 24
Casualty Date : Jan. 2, 2004
Bangayan died when his convoy was ambushed by enemy using an improvised explosive device (IED), small arms fire, and a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) in Baghdad, Iraq.
Army Sgt: Kevin Sheehan, 36
Casualty Date: May 25, 2004
Sheehan died when his unit came under mortar attack in Iskandariyah, Iraq.
Army Spc. Alan Bean, 22
Casualty Date: May 25, 2004
Bean died when his unit came under mortar attack in Iskandariyah, Iraq.
Army Sgt. Jamie Gray, 29
Casualty Date: June 7, 2004
Gray died when his vehicle hit an IED in Scania, Iraq.
Marine Lance Cpl. Jeffery S. Holmes, 20
Casualty Date: November 25, 2004
Holmes died when ambushed by insurgents in Fallujah, Iraq.
Army Sgt. Joshua Johnson, 24
Casualty Date: Jan. 25, 2006
Johnson died when a rocket propelled grenade struck his vehicle in Ramadi, Iraq.
Marine Sgt. Jesse Strong, 24
Casualty Date: Jan. 26, 2006
Strong died as the result of hostile action in the Anbar Province, Iraq.
Army Spc. Christopher Merchant, 32
Casualty Date: March 1, 2006
Merchant was killed by a rocket propelled grenade outside Ramadi, Iraq.
Marine Lance Cpl. Kurt Dechen, 24
Casualty Date: Aug. 3, 2006
Dechen died during combat operations in Anbar Province, Iraq.
Army Pvt. Kyle Gilbert, 20
Casualty Date: Aug. 6, 2003
Gilbert died when an Iraqi vehicle opened fire on his unit in Baghdad, Iraq.
Army Capt. Pierre Piche, 29
Casualty Date: Nov. 15, 2003
Piche died when his Black Hawk helicopter crashed in Mosul, Iraq.
Army Sgt. Carlton Clark, 22
Casualty Date: Aug. 6, 2006
Clark died when an IED exploded near his Humvee in Baghdad, Iraq.
Army Master Sgt. Chris Chapin, 39
Casualty Date: Aug. 23, 2005
Chapin died as a result of small arms fire in Ramadi, Iraq.
Army Spc. Scott McLaughlin, 29
Casualty Date: Sept. 22, 2005
McLaughlin died as a result of small arms fire in Ramadi, Iraq.
Army 2nd Lt. Mark Procopio, 28
Casualty Date: Nov. 2, 2006
Procopio died when an IED exploded near his Humvee in Ramadi, Iraq.
Army Pfc. Adam Muller, 21
Casualty Date: Nov. 5, 2007
Muller died when an IED exploded near his vehicle in Tal A-Dahab, Iraq.
Sgt. William Normandy, 42
Casualty Date: March 15, 2004
Normandy died from non-combat injuries in Kuwait.
Army Staff Sgt. Michael Voss, 35
Casualty Date: Oct. 8, 2004
Voss died when his convoy encountered small arms fire and an IED near Tikrit, Iraq.
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