US military deaths in Afghanistan at 1,496

June 7, 2011 - 12:12 PM

As of Tuesday, June 7, 2011, at least 1,496 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 four less than the Defense Department's tally, last updated Tuesday at 10 a.m. EDT.

At least 1,243 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, 11,864 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. Paul W. Zanowick II, 23, of Miamisburg, Ohio; died June 3 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan; assigned to 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, Calif.

—Sgt. Jeffrey C. S. Sherer, 29, of Four Oaks, N.C.; died June 2, in Zabul province, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Wainwright, Alaska.

—Spc. Richard C. Emmons III, 22, of North Granby, Conn.; died May, 31, in Logar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with a rocket propelled grenade; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Polk, La.

—Three soldiers died May 29, in Wardak province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device; they were assigned to the 3rd Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, N.C.; killed were Capt. Joseph W. Schultz, 36, of Port Angeles, Wash.; Staff Sgt. Martin R. Apolinar, 28, of Glendale, Ariz.; and Sgt. Aaron J. Blasjo, 25, of Riverside, Calif.

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