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Body count 12.29.04

To honor the war dead and fill an information gap in US mass media, City Newspaper will run weekly lists of American soldiers and Iraqi civilians killed during the occupation of Iraq.

The totals:

1,321 American soldiers, 151 Coalition soldiers, and approximately 14,927 to 17,124 Iraqi civilians have been killed in Iraq (a recent survey published by Lancet medical journal estimates as many as 100,000 Iraqi civilians killed), and 5,301 American soldiers have been seriously wounded, from the beginning of the war and occupation to December 27.

An Army study found about one in six soldiers in Iraq report symptoms of depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder; some experts predict that over 100,000 soldiers may eventually require mental health treatment.

American soldiers killed from December 20-27:

Staff Sergeant Donald B. Farmer, 33; Zion, Illinois | Sergeant Berry K. Meza, 23; League City, Texas | Lance Corporal Neil D. Petsche, 21; Lena, Illinois | Private First Class Lionel Ayro, 22; Jeanerette, Louisiana | Specialist Jonathan Castro, 21; Corona, California | Specialist Thomas J. Dostie, 20; Sommerville, Maine | Specialist Cory M. Hewitt, 26; Stewart, Tennessee | Captain William W. Jacobsen, Jr., 31; Charlotte, North Carolina | Staff Sergeant Robert S. Johnson, 23; Castro Valley, California | Sergeant First Class Paul D. Karpowich, 30; Bridgeport, Pennsylvania | Specialist Nicholas C. Mason, 20; King George, Virginia | Staff Sergeant Julian S. Melo, 47; Brooklyn, New York | Sergeant Major Robert D. O'Dell, 38; Manassas, Virginia | Sergeant Lynn R. Poulin, Sr., 47; Freedom, Maine | Specialist David A. Ruhren, 20; Stafford, Virginia | Staff Sergeant Darren D. Vankomen, 33; Bluefield, West Virginia | First Lieutenant Christopher W. Barnett, 32; Baton Rouge, Louisiana | Chief Petty Officer Joel Egan Baldwin, 37; Arlington, Virginia | Lance Corporal Eric Hillenburg, 21; Marion, Indiana | Lance Corporal James R. Phillips, 21; Hillsboro, Florida | Corporal Raleigh C. Smith, 21; Lincoln, Montana.

Sources: US Department of Defense,, The New York Times,