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AFGHANISTAN, IRAQ: U.S. casualties identified

May 20, 2008 |  9:41 pm

The Defense Department  announced the deaths of a soldier and a Marine in Afghanistan, where at least 503 U.S. service members have died since the war began:

Army Master Sgt. Davy N. Weaver, 39, of Barnesville, Ga., died Sunday in Qalat, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by a roadside bomb. He was assigned to the 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Georgia Army National Guard, Macon, Ga.

Marine Cpl. William J. L. Cooper, 22, of Eupora, Miss., died Monday while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2d Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Army Pvt. Branden P. Haunert, 21, of Cincinnati, Ohio, died Sunday in Tikrit, Iraq, of wounds caused by a roadside bomb, the Defense Department announced. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Ft. Campbell, Ky. At least 4,079 U.S. military personnel have died since the Iraq war began.