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In the Service of Their Country is compiled by Elayne Jude, Senior Research Associate, U K Defence Forum, from fuller obituaries published by Freedom Remembered.

Known fatalities are listed on the next page.

5 September 2013 - Staff Sgt Todd J. Lobraico Jnr, 105th Security Forces Squadron, Stewart Air National Guard Base. Died of wounds sustained when his patrol was attacked by small arms fire, near Bagram Airbase, Afghanistan.

20 September 2013 - Spc. James T. Wickliff Chacin, 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, Fort Stewart. Died of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his foot patrol, during combat operations in Pul-E-Alam, Afghanistan.

5 October 2013 - Lance Cpl Jeremiah M. Collins, Jnr, Combat Logistics Regiment 2, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune. Died while supporting combat operations, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

5 October 2013 - Spc Angel L. Lopez, 201st Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Knox. Died when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire, in Zabul province, Afghanistan.

6 October 2013 - Sgt Patrick Christopher Hawkins, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning. Died of injuries received when his foot patrol was attacked by an improvised explosive device, in Zhari District, Afghanistan.

13 October 2013 - Staff Sgt Patrick H. Quinn, 3rd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group, Fort Carson. Died of injuries sustained when the enemy attacked his base with small arms fire, in Paktika Province, Afghanistan.

20 October 2013 - LCpl Christopher O'Bryan Grant, 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune. Died while conducting combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

3 November 2013 - Sgt 1st Class Forrest W Robertson, 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, Fort Stewart. Died of wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire, in Pul-E-Alam, Afghanistan.

13 November 2013 - Staff Sgt Richard L. Vazquez, 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Eglin Air Force Base. Died of wounds received when his unit was attacked with an improvised explosive device while on foot patrol in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

17 November 2013 - Staff Sgt Alex Anthony Viola, 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Eglin Air Force Base. Died of wounds received when his unit was attacked with an improvised explosive device while on foot patrol in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

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In the service of our country.

Eulogies for all personnel killed on UK operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere are posted as soon as they have been released by the UK Ministry of Defence. Each eulogy we publish for men down in operations brings a lump to the throat. We are losing the best of the best. Politicians must ensure that, when the newspaper cuttings have faded, their sacrifice has had some meaning, has helped bring about a good result. Anything else would be a waste for which they will be eternally condemned.

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