All The Casualty Data Your Sad Heart Can Handle
Well, no, probably not. We still don't have very good statistics on our wounded, nor on Iraqi casualties. That said, Iraqi Coalition Casualty Counter
would appear to be a good resource for anyone trying to get a handle on the real human cost of the war, from our side anyway.(I got the link from Partha Bannerjee
.) I find the About This Site
to be frustratingly mysterious, but the methodology looks sound.
It's got a compilation of the data of soldier deaths
from Centcom press releases, in a highly searchable database--you can filter by age, home country, homestate or country, branch, unit, rank, place of death, and to some extent, even cause (suicide bomb/hostile shelling, etc.). For example, it would appear that as of today, out of 1240 coalition deaths, 1042 were age 34 or younger. It looks like 127 were from California.
There's an incomplete list of contractors who have been captured or killed
, news articles
and some data on the wounded, and maps plotting country of origin.
I find that 44 were Privates, 168 were Privates First Class, 248 were Specialists, 80 were Corporals, 170 were Sergeants, 117 were Staff Sergeants, 24 were Sergeants First Class, 10 were Master Sergeants, 5 were First Sergeants, 1 was a Sergeant Major, and 4 were Command Sergent Majors.(Those are the enlisted ranks of the Army, the Army Reserve, and some of the Marines). 112 were Lance Corporals in the Marines, and 6 were Gunnery Sergeants. In the Air Force, 2 were Airmen 1st Class,1 was a Senior Airman, 3 were Staff Sergeants, 2 were Master Sergeants, and 1 was a Technical Sergeant. 9 were various classes of Naval Petty Officer, and 7 were various classes of Naval Reserve Petty Officer. I can't find any Sergeant Majors of the Army, but I think
this brings the total of enlisted American soldiers killed in Iraq to 1014 out of 1240 total Operation Enduring Freedom deaths.
They lie dead, obedient to our commands. . .