All 50 States Represented in Iraq Casualties; Vermont Hardest Hit Per Capita

By Kevin Mooney | July 7, 2008 | 8:24pm EDT

(Editor's note: This is the second in an occasional series of articles based on an extensive database on Operation Iraqi Freedom compiled by Cybercast News Service.)

( - Residents of all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia were among the more than 3,900 Americans who gave their lives in the service of their country in the first five years of Operation Iraqi Freedom, according to a Cybercast News Service analysis of Defense Department data.

Vermont had the highest per capita rate of combat and non-combat casualties, with 20.

Multiple states in each of the Census Bureau's four major regions -- the West, Midwest, South and Northeast -- ranked among the 25 states with the highest per capita casualty rates.

In the West, these included Alaska, Wyoming, Montana, Oregon, Idaho and Hawaii.

In the Midwest: Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa, Kansas, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Ohio.

In the South: Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Delaware, Mississippi, Texas, Alabama and Kentucky.

In the Northeast: Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine

States by Per Capita Casualties in Operation Iraqi Freedom

Casualties: 20
Population: 621,254
Casualties per capita: 1/31,063

Casualties: 18
Population: 683,478
Casualties per capita: 1/37,971

Casualties: 42
Population: 1,774,571
Casualties per capita: 1/42,252

Casualties: 12
Population: 522,830
Casualties per capita: 1/43,569

South Dakota
Casualties: 18
Population: 796,214
Casualties per capita: 1/44,234

Casualties: 21
Population: 957,861
Casualties per capita: 1/45,612

North Dakota
Casualties: 14
Population: 639,715
Casualties per capita: 1/45,694

Casualties: 55
Population: 2,834,797
Casualties per capita: 1/51,542

Casualties: 81
Population: 4,293,204
Casualties per capita: 1/53,003

Casualties: 66
Population: 3,617,316
Casualties per capita: 1/54,808

Casualties: 66
Population: 3,747,455
Casualties per capita: 1/56,780

New Hampshire
Casualties: 23
Population: 1,315,828
Casualties per capita: 1/57,210

Casualties: 15
Population: 864,764
Casualties per capita: 1/57,651

Casualties: 26
Population: 1,499,402
Casualties per capita: 1/57,669

Casualties: 49
Population: 2,918,785
Casualties per capita: 1/59,567

Casualties: 22
Population: 1,317,207
Casualties per capita: 1/59,873

Casualties: 47
Population: 2,988,046
Casualties per capita: 1/63,575

Casualties: 373
Population: 23,904,380
Casualties per capita: 1/64,087

Casualties: 20
Population: 1,283,388
Casualties per capita: 1/64,169

Casualties: 43
Population: 2,775,997
Casualties per capita: 1/64,558

Casualties: 85
Population: 5,601,640
Casualties per capita: 1/65,902

Casualties: 149
Population: 10,071,822
Casualties per capita: 1/67,596

Casualties: 169
Population: 11,466,917
Casualties per capita: 1/67,852

Casualties: 68
Population: 4,627,851
Casualties per capita: 1/68,057

Casualties: 62
Population: 4,241,474
Casualties per capita: 1/68,411

Casualties: 181
Population: 12,432,792
Casualties per capita: 1/68,689

Casualties: 111
Population: 7,712,091
Casualties per capita: 1/69,478

Casualties: 89
Population: 6,338,755
Casualties per capita: 1/71,222

Casualties: 36
Population: 2,565,382
Casualties per capita: 1/71,261

Casualties: 89
Population: 6,345,289
Casualties per capita: 1/71,295

Casualties: 85
Population: 6,156,719
Casualties per capita: 1/72,432

Washington State
Casualties: 85
Population: 6,468,424
Casualties per capita: 1/76,099

Casualties: 77
Population: 5,878,415
Casualties per capita: 1/76,343

Casualties: 119
Population: 9,544,750
Casualties per capita: 1/80,208

Casualties: 69
Population: 5,618,344
Casualties per capita: 1/81,425

West Virginia
Casualties: 22
Population: 1,812,035
Casualties per capita: 1/82,365

Casualties: 62
Population: 5,197,621
Casualties per capita: 1/83,833

Casualties: 431
Population: 36,553,215
Casualties per capita: 1/84,810

Casualties: 149
Population: 12,852,548
Casualties per capita: 1/86,259

South Carolina
Casualties: 50
Population: 4,407,709
Casualties per capita: 1/88,154

Casualties: 54
Population: 4,861,515
Casualties per capita: 1/90,028

Casualties: 70
Population: 6,449,755
Casualties per capita: 1/92,139

North Carolina
Casualties: 94
Population: 9,061,032
Casualties per capita: 1/96,394

Rhode Island
Casualties: 10
Population: 1,057,832
Casualties per capita: 1/105,783

Casualties: 171
Population: 18,251,243
Casualties per capita: 1/106,732

Casualties: 24
Population: 2,645,330
Casualties per capita: 1/110,222

New York
Casualties: 173
Population: 19,297,729
Casualties per capita: 1/111,548

Washington, D.C.
Casualties: 5
Population: 588,292
Casualties per capita: 1/117,658

New Jersey
Casualties: 71
Population: 8,685,920
Casualties per capita: 1/122,337

Casualties: 26
Population: 3,502,309
Casualties per capita: 1/134,704

New Mexico
Casualties: 14
Population: 1,969,915
Casualties per capita: 1/140,708

(Source: Cybercast News Service analysis based on Census Bureau figures and Defense Department data.)

Rural Vermont, the state with the highest per capita casualty rate in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and urban Baltimore, the city of 500,000 or more with the highest per capita casualty rate, have seen their residents make the ultimate sacrifice in roughly equal proportion.

Vermont, with a population of 621,254, had 20 casualties in Operation Iraqi Freedom, or one of every 31,063 people in the state. Baltimore, with a population of 637,455, had 18 casualties in the Iraq, or one out of every 35,414.

Rural Alaska, with a population of 683,478 and 18 Iraq war casualties, also suffered casualties in roughly equal proportion to urban Baltimore.

According to the Census Bureau, there are 62,809 veterans living in Vermont and 55,092 veterans living in Baltimore.

The database this report is based on was constructed by Cybercast News Service using Defense Department press statements that include the name, rank, military branch, hometown, date and means of death for each casualty in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Other Defense Department records were also consulted, as well as published news reports. The hometowns listed for each casualty in the database reflect the hometown reported in the Defense Department records.

Those listed as casualties include both those who died from enemy action and those who died by non-combat related causes while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Casualties connected with Operation Iraq Freedom, according to the Defense Department, include not only those that have occurred in Iraq itself since March 19, 2003, but also those that have occurred on the Arabian Sea, the Gulf of Aden, the Gulf of Oman, the Persian Gulf, and the Red Sea, as well as in Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

The casualties accounted for in this report occurred in the first five years of Operation Iraqi Freedom, from March 20, 2003 to March 20, 2008.

Vermont Casualties in Operation Iraqi Freedom

These 20 residents of Vermont gave their lives serving their country in the first five years of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Marine Cpl. Mark Evnin, 21
Casualty Date:
April 3, 2003
Evnin died during combat operations in central Iraq

Army Chief Warrant Officer Erik Halvorsen, 40
Casualty Date:
April 3, 2003
Halvorsen died when his Blackhawk helicopter crashed in Central Iraq.

Army Spc. Solomon C. Bangayan, 24
Casualty Date
: Jan. 2, 2004
Bangayan died when his convoy was ambushed by enemy using an improvised explosive device (IED), small arms fire, and a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) in Baghdad, Iraq.

Army Sgt: Kevin Sheehan, 36
Casualty Date:
May 25, 2004
Sheehan died when his unit came under mortar attack in Iskandariyah, Iraq.

Army Spc. Alan Bean, 22
Casualty Date:
May 25, 2004
Bean died when his unit came under mortar attack in Iskandariyah, Iraq.

Army Sgt. Jamie Gray, 29
Casualty Date:
June 7, 2004
Gray died when his vehicle hit an IED in Scania, Iraq.

Marine Lance Cpl. Jeffery S. Holmes, 20
Casualty Date:
November 25, 2004
Holmes died when ambushed by insurgents in Fallujah, Iraq.

Army Sgt. Joshua Johnson, 24
Casualty Date:
Jan. 25, 2006
Johnson died when a rocket propelled grenade struck his vehicle in Ramadi, Iraq.

Marine Sgt. Jesse Strong, 24
Casualty Date:
Jan. 26, 2006
Strong died as the result of hostile action in the Anbar Province, Iraq.

Army Spc. Christopher Merchant, 32
Casualty Date:
March 1, 2006
Merchant was killed by a rocket propelled grenade outside Ramadi, Iraq.

Marine Lance Cpl. Kurt Dechen, 24
Casualty Date:
Aug. 3, 2006
Dechen died during combat operations in Anbar Province, Iraq.

Army Pvt. Kyle Gilbert, 20
Casualty Date:
Aug. 6, 2003
Gilbert died when an Iraqi vehicle opened fire on his unit in Baghdad, Iraq.

Army Capt. Pierre Piche, 29
Casualty Date:
Nov. 15, 2003
Piche died when his Black Hawk helicopter crashed in Mosul, Iraq.

Army Sgt. Carlton Clark, 22
Casualty Date:
Aug. 6, 2006
Clark died when an IED exploded near his Humvee in Baghdad, Iraq.

Army Master Sgt. Chris Chapin, 39
Casualty Date:
Aug. 23, 2005
Chapin died as a result of small arms fire in Ramadi, Iraq.

Army Spc. Scott McLaughlin, 29
Casualty Date:
Sept. 22, 2005
McLaughlin died as a result of small arms fire in Ramadi, Iraq.

Army 2nd Lt. Mark Procopio, 28
Casualty Date:
Nov. 2, 2006
Procopio died when an IED exploded near his Humvee in Ramadi, Iraq.

Army Pfc. Adam Muller, 21
Casualty Date:
Nov. 5, 2007
Muller died when an IED exploded near his vehicle in Tal A-Dahab, Iraq.

Sgt. William Normandy, 42
Casualty Date:
March 15, 2004
Normandy died from non-combat injuries in Kuwait.

Army Staff Sgt. Michael Voss, 35
Casualty Date:
Oct. 8, 2004
Voss died when his convoy encountered small arms fire and an IED near Tikrit, Iraq.

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