This week marks 10 years since the start of the Iraq war.
Montgomeryville-Lansdale Patch here recognizes the fallen heroes from the surrounding North Penn community.
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 here.
In all, 4,802 Americans and allies have died in the war, according to the Iraq Coalition Casualty Count, including 197 Pennsylvanians.
Among them, five people from the North Penn and Indian Valley areas. From the CNN war casualties website:
- Spc. John Kulick, 35, of Harleysville. One of four soldiers killed when a mine exploded, followed by an enemy attack with small-arms fire in Bayji, Iraq, on August 9, 2005.
- Lance Cpl. Travis Martin Stottlemyer, 20, of Hatfield. Died as a result of a non-hostile incident at Naval Support Activity Bahrain in Manama, Bahrain, on August 17, 2008.
- Lance Cpl. Joseph Basil Maglione, 22, of Lansdale. Killed by a non-combat weapon discharge at Camp Coyote, Kuwait, on April 1, 2003.
- Lance Cpl. Robert Thomas Mininger, 21, of Sellersville. Died of wounds received in an explosion during combat operations against enemy forces in Falluja, Iraq, on June 6, 2005.
- Staff Sgt. Mark Conrad Baum, 32, of Telford. Died of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit using small-arms fire in Baghdad, Iraq, on February 21, 2009.
Please leave your tribute to our local fallen heroes in the comments below.