Iraq War, 10 Years of Casualties: Wildwood and Eureka Residents Feel Its Touch
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 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 92 Missourians.
Among them, one person from Wildwood and one from Eureka. From the CNN war casualties web site:
Cpl. Peter Joseph Navarro: Age 20, from Wildwood. Died Dec. 19, 2005. One of four soldiers killed when a roadside bomb detonated near their Humvee during combat operations in Taji, Iraq. Squad: Company A, 2nd Battalion, 70th Armor Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division.
Cpl. Riley Elam Baker: Age 22, from Eureka. Died June 22, 2006. Killed when a roadside bomb detonated during combat operations in Ramadi, Anbar province, Iraq. Squad: Headquarters & Service Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force.
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Note: Content in map database courtesy of CNN.