Remembering Bedford's 2 Casualties of the Iraq War
The 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq began 10 years ago this week - on March 19, 2003 - and although officially 'over,' fighting continues with discouraging persistence.
By one count, the war is directly responsible for 189,000 deaths, not including those who died from hardship caused by the fighting.
CNN has a stunning map of all casualties in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.
In all, 4,802 Americans and allies have died in the war, according to the Iraq Coalition Casualty Count, including 77 from Massachusetts.
Among them, two people from Bedford. From the CNN war casualties web site:
- PFC John Daniel Hart, 20, one of two soldiers killed when their patrol was ambushed with rocket-propelled grenades and small firearms in Qutash, Oct. 18, 2003
- Lance Cpl. Travis Reid Desiato, 19, died as a result of enemy action in Falluja, Nov. 15, 2004.