Remembering Waltham-Area Casualties of the Iraq War
The 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq began 10 years ago this week - on March 19, 2003 - and although U.S. forces have withdrawn from the country, violence still rocks the nation.
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 stunning 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 77 from Massachusetts.
Among them are two soldiers from Bedford. From the CNN war casualties web site:
- Pfc. John Daniel Hart (Bedford). Hart was killed on Oct. 18, 2003 when his patrol was attacked by rocket-propelled grenades.
- Lance Cpl. Travis Reid Desiato (Bedford). Desiato died during combat operations on Nov. 15, 2004 in Falluja.
- Sgt. Scott Metcalfe (Framingham). He died from non-combat injuries on Oct. 30, 2008. (Source: Military Times).