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Remembering Local Casualties of the Iraq War

In honor of the 10th anniversary of the start of the war in Iraq, Norristown Patch honors two local heroes lost.

This week marks the 10th anniversary of the start of the Iraq War, which began the evening of March 19, 2003. By one count, the war is directly responsible for at least 189,000 deaths

CNN has created a dynamic interactive map of all casualties in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.

According to the Iraq Coalition Casualty Count, 4,802 Americans and allies have died in the war, including many from Pennsylvania. Among them are two men from neighboring Bridgeport.

  • Cpl. John Harrison Todd III, 24, was one of three Marines killed when a roadside bomb exploded as their Humvee passed by the device in Baghdad on June 29, 2004.
  • Sgt. 1st Class Paul Daniel Karpowich, 30, was killed when a suicide bomber detonated an explosive inside the mess hall at Camp Marez in Mosul, Iraq, on Dec. 21, 2004.

Read more about Cpl. Todd and Sgt. 1st Class Karpowich on the website, Freedom Remembered and See the full list of Pennsylvania soldiers who gave their lives in the Iraq War on the CNN war casualties website.

H8TR March 21, 2013 at 03:52 PM
We salute you both! God bless you and your family. Much Love.
CT March 21, 2013 at 11:13 PM
Thank you for remembering John!! He is always missed! Also, please remember all of the men and women who served multiple times and came home! Freedom is not free!! Carol Todd, Proud Mother of Cpl.. John H Todd, III
H8TR March 22, 2013 at 02:26 AM
Mrs Todd, Huggs n kisses to you and family.

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