The Iraq War, 10 Years of Casualties: Woodbridge Feels its Touch
Five Woodbridge area residents are among the 134 Virginians and 4,802 Americans and allies lost in the war.
The 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq began 10 years ago this week -- on March 19, 2003 -- and although officially "over," fighting continues with discouraging persistence.
By one count, the war is directly responsible for 189,000 deaths, not including those who died from hardship caused by the fighting.
CNN has a map of all casualties in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.
In all, 4,802 Americans and allies have died in the war, according to the Iraq Coalition Casualty Count, including 134 Virginians.
Among them, five people from the Woodbridge area. From the CNN war casualties web site:
- Spc. Frank Kevin Rivers, Jr., 23. Collapsed during physical training in Mosul, Iraq, on April 14, 2004.
- Lance Cpl. Brian Anthony Medina, 20. Killed by enemy action in Falluja, Iraq, on Nov. 12, 2004.
- Sgt. Jack Bryant, Jr., 23. Killed when a roadside bomb exploded near his convoy in Muqtadya, Iraq, on Nov. 20, 2004. The bomb was followed by a hostile rocket-propelled grenade attack.
- Capt. Brian Scott Letendre, 27. Killed during combat operations against hostile forces in Anbar province, Iraq, on May 3, 2006.
- Spc. Steven Alexander Davis, 23. Died of wounds after his unit was attacked with grenades in Baghdad, Iraq, on July 4, 2007.