DOD: Twelve Arkansans Killed in Iraq Since March '03

MAY 20, 2004 - Posted at 4:42 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Defense Department and family members say twelve Arkansans have been killed in Iraq since the start of hostilities in March 2003.

The Defense Department says 785 service members have died in U.S. operations in Iraq, including an accidental and non-combat deaths.  The figure includes 647 since May 1, 2003, when President Bush declared that major combat had ended.  Additional U.S. deaths have been reported but have not yet been identified.

The British military has reported 58 deaths; Italy, 18: Spain, 8; Bulgaria, 6; Ukraine, 4; Poland, 3; Thailand, 2; Denmark, El Savador, Estonia and the Netherlands, one each.

Arkansas deaths:

May 19: Staff Sergeant Troy Miranda, 44, Little Rock, grenade attack.

May 6: Staff Sergeant Hesley Box, Jr., 24, Nashville, car bomb.

April 25: Army Specialist Kenneth Melton, 30, Batesville (originally from Thayer, MO), explosion.

April 24: Army Staff Sergeant Stacey Brandon, 35, Hazen, rocket attack.

Army Captain Arthur Felder, 36, Lewisville, rocket attack.

Army Chief Warrant Patrick Kordsmeier, 49, North Little Rock, rocket attack.

Army Staff Sgt. Billy Orton, 41, Carlisle, rocket attack.

April 7: Army Sergeant First Class William Labadie, Jr., 45, Bauxite, hostile action.

March 18: Marine Private First Class Brandon Smith, 20, Washington, hostile attack.

September 14, 2003: Army Master Sergeant Kevin Morehead, 33, Benton, killed in a raid.

July 26, 2003: Army Specialist Jonathon Marshall Cheatham, 19, Camden, hostile fire.

March 25, 2003: Navy Hospital Corpsman Third Class Michael Vann Johnson, Jr., 25, Little Rock, combat.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)