US military deaths in Afghanistan at 1,474

May 24, 2011 - 11:29 AM

As of Tuesday, May 24, 2011, at least 1,474 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count.

The AP count is three more than the Defense Department's tally, last updated Tuesday at 10 a.m. EDT.

At least 1,218 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 99 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 one fewer than the department's tally.

The Defense Department also counts two military civilian deaths.

Since the start of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, 11,541 U.S. service members have been wounded in hostile action, according to the Defense Department.

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The latest identifications reported by the military:

— Cpl. Brandon M. Kirton, 25, of Centennial, Colo.; died May 18 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire and mortar rounds; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky. Spc. Kirton was posthumously promoted to corporal.

—Four soldiers died May 16, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked their unit using an improvised explosive device in Zabul province, Afghanistan; three were assigned to the Brigade Troops Battalion, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Wainwright, Anchorage, Alaska; killed were Spc. Bradley L. Melton, 29, of Rolla, Mo.; Pvt. Lamarol J. Tucker, 26, of Gainesville, Fla.; and Pvt. Cheizray Pressley, 21, of North Charleston, S.C. Also killed was Staff Sgt. David D. Self, 29, of Pearl, Miss.; assigned to the Fires Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, Vilseck, Germany.

— Spc. Brian D. Riley Jr., 24, of Longwood, Fla.; died May 15, in Kunar province, Afghanistan; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

—Sgt. Robert C. Schlote, 26, of Norfolk, Neb., died May 14, in Omaha, Neb., from a noncombat-related medical illness; assigned to the 195th Forward Support Company, Nebraska Army National Guard, Omaha, Neb.

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