1. MEMORIAL DAY

    Afghan War Claims 3,000th Soldier

    DOVER, DE - MAY 09:  A U.S. Marine Corps carry team moves the flag-draped transfer case with the remains of  U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. John Huling off of a C-17 on the tarmac at Dover Air Force Base May 9, 2012 in Dover, Delaware. Assigned to 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force out of Camp Pendleton, CA, Huling of West Chester, OH, died May 6 in the Helmand province of Afghanistan after being shot by a person wearing an Afghan National Army uniform. Huling's death is still under investigation.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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    Petty Officer 1st Class Ryan J. Wilson was the 3000th member of the coalition to die during the Afghanistan war, the U.S. Defense Department reported Friday. The 26-year-old sailor was serving in Bahrain, where he was assigned to the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command. American engagement in Afghanistan began in October 2001, and Wilson was the 1,974th American to die in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, the ongoing mission in Afghanistan. Among the 50 other coalition countries, Britain has the second-largest number of dead in support of the mission, with 414 fatalities.

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