War
12:15 pm
Fri July 8, 2011

204 - the number of Michigan soldiers killed in Afghanistan and Iraq thus far

More than 6,000 U.S. servicemen and servicewomen have been killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to iCasualties.org.

Several media outlets track this information and break it down by state.

CNN.com has an interactive map that lists the casualties separately from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Their maps show where the soldier was from, and where they were killed.

The total number of Michigan servicemen killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is 204 (45 in Afghanistan, and 159 in Iraq, according to CNN's numbers).

The Washington Post lists 197 Michigan soldiers killed on their "Face of the Fallen" page. (They have yet to post more recent deaths.) On this page, you can see photos and read more about the soldiers.

Yesterday, the Associated Press published a list of members of the U.S. armed forces with known Michigan ties who died in 2011 supporting military operations in Afghanistan:

Army Staff Sgt. Joshua A. Throckmorton, 28, of Battle Creek died July 5 along with two other soldiers after insurgents attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan's Paktia province. They were part of the 709th Military Police Battalion, based in Hohenfels, Germany.

Army Pfc. Brian J. Backus, 21, of Saginaw County's Saginaw Township was killed June 18 when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms in Kandahar province. He was a combat medic with the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, based at Fort Drum, N.Y.

Army Pfc. Robert L. Voakes Jr., 21, of L'Anse was one of four soldiers killed June 4 when insurgents attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device in Laghman province. They were assigned to the 793rd Military Police Battalion, 3rd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.

Army Staff Sgt. Ergin V. Osman, 35, of Harrison Township was one of six soldiers killed May 26 when their unit was attacked with an improvised explosive device in Kandahar province. They were assigned to Fox Company, 4th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, based at Fort Campbell, Ky.

Army Pvt. Thomas C. Allers, 23, of Plainwell was one of four U.S. soldiers who were killed May 23 when insurgents attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device in Kunar province. They were part of the 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, base at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

Marine Sgt. David P. Day, 26, of Gaylord died April 25 in combat in Badghis province. He was killed by a roadside bomb, his father said. Day was assigned to the 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion, Marine Special Operations Regiment, based at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Marine Lance Cpl. Dominic Ciaramitaro, 19, of South Lyon died April 23 in Helmand province while conducting combat operations. He was part of the 3rd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force based at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Navy Seaman Benjamin D. Rast, 23, of Niles died April 6 in Helmand province while on patrol. He was assigned as a hospitalman to the 1st Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division and was stationed at the Naval Medical Center, Expeditionary Medical Force Detachment in San Diego.

Army Sgt. Kristopher J. Gould, 25, of Saginaw died Feb. 27 in Ghazni province of wounds he sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device. He was part of the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, based at Fort Knox, Ky.