May 29, 2005
What A Lovely Day To Play Dress-Up
"U.S. President George W. Bush shows off his new Navy jacket, a gift from the graduating class of 2005, at the U.S. Naval Academy graduation ceremony in Anapolis, May 27, 2005. President Bush shook the hands of each of the 976 graduates as they came to the stage for their diplomas" and apologized in advance for not being able to attend their military funerals.
As of Saturday, May 28, 2005, at least 1,655 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,264 died as a result of hostile action, according to the Defense Department. The figures include four military civilians.
The AP count is eight higher than the Defense Department's tally, last updated at 11 a.m. EDT Friday.
The British military has reported 88 deaths; Italy, 21; Ukraine, 18; Poland, 17; Spain, 11; Bulgaria, 10; Slovakia, three; Estonia, Thailand and the Netherlands, two each; and Denmark, El Salvador, Hungary, Kazakhstan and Latvia one death each.
Since May 1, 2003, when President Bush declared that major combat operations in Iraq had ended, 1,517 U.S. military members have died, according to AP's count. That includes at least 1,155 deaths resulting from hostile action, according to the military's numbers.