Sunday, February 13, 2005

War Comes Home: In Memoriam

To date, fifty Ohioans have died in Operation Iraqi Freedom. The list below includes those whose hometown is listed as one of the cities within the Ohio 21st District. I have no way of knowing if the dead were actually residents of the district. (It seems a meaningless issue, anyway.) The list is drawn from Fallen Warriors - Iraqi Freedom, maintained by Defend America News.

U.S. Army (includes Army National Guard and Army Reserve)

Pfc. Harrison J. Meyer, 20, Worthington, Ohio, Nov. 26, 2004, Iraq
Pfc. Branden F. Oberleitner, 20, Worthington, Ohio, June 5, 2003, Iraq
Pfc. Kevin C. Ott, 27, Columbus, Ohio, missing June 25, 2003, death confirmed June 28, 2003, Iraq
Chief Warrant Officer Brian K. Van Dusen, 39, Columbus, Ohio, May 9, 2003, Iraq
1st Lt. Charles L. Wilkins III, 38, Columbus, Ohio, Aug. 20, 2004, Iraq
Pfc. Nicholaus E. Zimmer, 20, Columbus, Ohio, May 30, 2004, Iraq

Iraq Coalition Casualty Count maintains statistics on the number of US and Allied military personnel killed and wounded in Iraq.

Iraq Body Count maintains a list of all Iraqi civilians killed since the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom, whether killed by US forces or by insurgents.

Needless to say, in a conflict as controversial as the Iraq War, statistics of this sort are exploited by both proponents and opponents of the conflict. Defend America News is an arm of the U.S. military and its coverage is favorable to the American war effort. Iraq Coalition Casualty Count and Iraq Body Count are sites maintained by opponents of the war, but their figures are generally considered accurate. This is particularly true for Iraq Coalition Casualty Count, which uses figures supplied by the U.S. Department of Defense and similar agencies of allied governments. The United States does not keep track of Iraqi civilian dead--at any rate, not officially--and Iraq Body Count works as best it can from press reports.

No vision of the morrow's strife
The warrior's dreams alarms;
No braying horn or screaming fife
At dawn shall call to arms.

--from Theodore O'Hara, The Bivouac of the Dead


Blogger michael zazon said...

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10:13 PM  
Blogger michael zazon said...

Pfc. Meyer, Pfc. Oberleitner... right down the street from me here in Worthington, what a tragedy.

10:15 PM  

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