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Afghanistan: 10 years of California’s War Dead

October 7, 2011 |  8:51 am

California's War Dead in Afghanistan

Since the war in Afghanistan began 10 years ago, more than 1,800 U.S. military members have died.

Among them were 187 Californians who lost their lives serving in Operation Enduring Freedom.

The Times has been tracking all California servicemembers who died during the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan. The database includes photos and obituaries of the war dead, along with memories and tributes to the men and women from friends, family and strangers.

Times' database: California's War Dead

Among the more recent deaths was Sgt. Tyler Nicholas Holtz, 22, a U.S. Army Ranger from Dana Point. He was killed Sept. 24 during his fourth combat deployment to Afghanistan. Military officials said he was killed by small arms fire during a heavy firefight and was posthumously awarded a Bronze Star.

"Sgt. Holtz had the stuff from which legends are made," said Col. Mark Odom, commander of the 75th Ranger Regiment.

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Photo: A ceremony at Camp Pendleton earlier this year pays tribute to the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine unit, which has suffered at least 24 dead in Afghanistan. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

 

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