On December 15, 2011 President Barack Obama declared the official end to America's war in Iraq; 8 Years and 9 months after George W Bush announced our invasion of that country. Since February, 2006 this blog has been running the regular feature, "IWR [Iraq War Resolution]News." Using official numbers and names released by the Department of Defense, I have tried to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for this country. I have tried to make every effort to refrain from editorial comment even though elsewhere on the pages of this blog, my particular point of view was never veiled.
While the final numbers are subject to change as the very last of our troops leave the country and some of the wounded may still succumb to their injuries, it is time to end this feature on these pages. Below are the last names and numbers as released by the Department of Defense as the American occupation of Iraq formally comes to an end.
Iraq Body Count: 12/18/2011
Total Americans Killed: 4484
Post Obama Inauguration: 264
Post “End of Combat”: 68
“…a small price…” Rep. John Boehner
Latest Confirmed Casualties:
*Spc. Adrian G. Mills, 23, of Newnan, GA died Sept. 29 in Kirkuk, Iraq.
*Chief Warrant Officer James B. Wilke, 38, of Ione, CA died Oct.10, in Doha, Qatar.
*Staff Sgt. James R. Leep Jr., 44, of Richmond, VA died Oct. 17 in Babil province, Iraq.
*Pfc. Steven F. Shapiro, 29, of Hidden Valley Lake, CA died Oct. 21 in Tallil, Iraq.
*Capt. Shawn P. T. Charles, 40, of Hickory, NC died Oct. 23 in San Antonio, Texas.
*Sgt. 1st Class David G. Robinson, 28, of Winthrop Harbor, IL died Oct. 25 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
*1st Lt. Dustin D. Vincent, 25, of Mesquite, TX died Nov. 3, in Kirkuk province, Iraq.
*Spc. David E. Hickman, 23, of Greensboro, NC died Nov. 14, in Baghdad, Iraq.
Chad (The Left) Shue