May 28th, 2010
08:52 AM ET

Home and Away: The fallen in Afghanistan

CNN has tracked the casualties since the wars began in Afghanistan and Iraq; a new feature to the site tracks service members' hometowns against a map of where they died in Afghanistan. The feature also highlights memories of the fallen by friends and families.

Eupora, Mississippi. Waskatenau, Canada. Hemingford, Nebraska. Hungry Horse, Montana. Gressvik, Norway. Allegany, New York. Bad Saulgau, Germany. Los Lunas, New Mexico.

From all parts of the world and from every U.S. state, more than 1,700 U.S. and coalition troops have died in Afghanistan, according to a CNN count. As the U.S. observes Memorial Day on Monday, explore's Home and Away, sharing your messages or memories and discovering the individual stories of the fallen.

Discover people like Ashton Lynn Marie Goodman from Indianapolis, Indiana. The senior airman died about a year ago when a roadside bomb exploded near Bagram Airfield. She was 21.

There were other 21-year-olds; it's the most common age for coalition troop deaths. The oldest was the Air Force's Frank L. Walker of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He was 66.

The youngest casualties were 18 years old — at least 15 of them so far. Ara Tyler Deysie of Parker, Arizona, was only 18 when he died in 2008 from rocket-propelled grenade fire in Paktia.

A few miles away from where Deysie died, at least 28 troops have lost their lives in Sangin. One of those, the Royal Irish Regiment's Justin James Cupples of County Cavan, Ireland, was killed by a roadside bomb while on foot patrol.

In nearby Helmand province, Taliban fighters ambushed Darren Smith's Royal Marines unit in 2009, the deadliest year of the war in Afghanistan. The 27-year-old from Fleetwood, England, died of his wounds.

Around the globe, California has seen more than 100 casualties from its towns, the most of any U.S. state. One of those, Neil Christopher Roberts, 32, of Woodland, California, died in 2002. Roberts was aboard a helicopter preparing to land in eastern Afghanistan when it was hit by rocket-propelled grenades, causing him to fall from the helicopter's ramp. He survived the fall and immediately engaged al Qaeda fighters with his machine gun, surviving at least 30 minutes before he was shot and killed at close range.

Eighty miles south of Woodland, Walnut Creek lost 23-year-old Sean Kanae-Aldrique Langevin to enemy fire in Kunar Province in 2007.

Also in Kunar Province, in the town of Wanat, Jonathan Paul Brostrom, 24, of Aiea, Hawaii, died, but not before taking action that would keep his outpost from being overrun by Taliban fighters. He posthumously received the Silver Star.

A helicopter crash during combat killed David Nelson Timmons Jr. of Lewisville, North Carolina. He was one of 10 killed in the crash near Abad in 2006. He was 23.

Each name leads to another, of other hometowns, of other places away from home, another chance to remember these soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines — Casualties: Home and Away

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