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IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN: U.S. casualties identified

June 8, 2008 |  8:24 pm

The Defense Department has identified three U.S. soldiers who died Wednesday in Tikrit, Iraq, of wounds suffered when their unit was attacked in Sharqat with guns and hand grenades. Sgt. Shane P. Duffy, 22, of Taunton, Mass., Spc. Jonathan D. A. Emard, 20, of Mesquite, Texas, and Sgt. Cody R. Legg, 23, of Escondido, Calif., were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Ft. Drum, N.Y. At least 4,094 American service members have died since the war began in 2003.

The Defense Department has identified two soldiers who were killed Thursday when the Kiowa helicopter they were in went down during a test flight at Kandahar Army Airfield in Afghanistan. Chief Warrant Officer James Carter, 42, of Alabama and Pfc. Andre D. McNair Jr., 20, of Fort Pierce, Fla., were assigned to the 96th Aviation Support Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Ft. Campbell, Ky. At least 517 U.S. military personnel have died since the U.S.-led invasion in 2001.