As of this morning, Fort Campbell had lost 32 assigned soldiers in 2011, all serving in Afghanistan.
One was 27-year-old Sgt. Jeremy R. Summers of Mount Olivet, who died July 14 — the first casualty from Kentucky since Staff Sgt. Alan L. Snyder, whose last address was Winchester, died of injuries in Afghanistan in late June.
Fort Knox has lost seven soldiers so far in 2011, according to the Department of Defense’s archived news releases.
This year’s numbers compare to the total 103 soldiers Fort Campbell lost in 2010, 37 of whom were before August. All but one, who died from non-combat injuries in Kuwait, died from injuries sustained in Afghanistan. No casualties of soldiers assigned to Fort Knox were recorded in the 2010 releases.
So far, in 2011, two people, including Summers, with recorded hometowns in Kentucky have died of injuries in Afghanistan.
Snyder is not included in this count, because his parents had recently moved to Winchester and his hometown was listed as Blackstone, Mass.
The second soldier with a listed Kentucky hometown killed in 2011 while serving in Afghanistan was 21-year-old Pvt. Brandon T. Pickering of Fort Thomas. He died April 10 in Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit in the Wardak province of Afghanistan.
In 2010, a total of 16 soldiers with recorded Kentucky hometowns, including Richmond, Lexington and Corbin, were killed. All were serving in Afghanistan except one who was killed in Pakistan.
These numbers come just after The Associated Press reported that as of Tuesday morning, at least 1,552 U.S. military members had died in Afghanistan since the 2001 invasion.
To view the Department of Defense’s release archives, visit www.defense.gov/releases/archive.aspx.
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