War in Iraq Ends, Officially
Thursday, December 15th, 2011 -- 12:14 pm
Posted by Riley Hebert-News Director
Thursday was a monumental day in Iraq. A delegation of U.S. diplomatic, military and defense leaders held a symbolic ceremony ending America’s war in that country.
After nearly nine years, 4,500 dead and 32,000 wounded, the U.S. Forces-Iraq flag was officials retired, or cased, according to military tradition.
The conflict cost the country more than $800 billion.
Ninety-two members of the military from Wisconsin died as a result of service in Iraq or associated with duties in Iraq. Among them were:
--Marine Cpl. Josh Schmitz 22, of Loyal, who died Dec. 26, 2006
--Army Spc. Charles A. Kaufman, 20, of Fairchild, who died June 26, 2005
--Staff Sgt. Todd Olson, 36, of Loyal, of the Wisconsin National Guard, who died Dec. 26, 2004