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Fallen soldiers remembered

November 12, 2014

6,758 military members, including at least 24 Korean Americans, have died fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2004, according to U.S. Department of Defense figures.

Korean American casualties from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars

Korean American casualties from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars

By Kim Hyung-jae

Americans celebrated Veterans Day Tuesday in honor of those who have served their country, but it was also a day to remember fallen soldiers.

As of Monday, 6,758 military members have died fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2004, U.S. Department of Defense figures said.

According to the Defense Department, the war in Iraq saw 4,412 deaths, including 930 from diseases or accidents and 223 from suicide.

In Afghanistan, 2,346 died fighting, 508 from non-combative issues.

Among Korean American soldiers who joined U.S. efforts, at least 24 were found be among those dead, including Lance Corporal Brad Shuder, 21, who was shot in Iraq, and Navy SEAL James Suh, 28, who died in combat in Afghanistan and who received a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.

The DoD reported 51,989 injured military personnel overall.

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