OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- With the arrival of the sixth anniversary of the War in Iraq, the number of Oklahomans killed in the conflict continues to climb.
Figures from an Associated Press tally based on information from the Department of Defense show 73 soldiers from Oklahoma have died serving in Iraq. That number includes 25-year-old Cpl. Gary L. Moore of Del City who died Monday when a roadside bomb hit his vehicle in Iraq. Another nine Oklahomans have died in Afghanistan.
The war in Iraq began before dawn on March 20th, 2003 -- March 19 in the U.S. -- with a missile and bomb attack in south Baghdad.
Since then, Oklahoma Army National Guard spokesman Max Moss says Oklahomans have played an integral role in combat operations.
Moss says more than 8,300 soldiers and airmen with the Oklahoma Army and Air National Guard have deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan since the war started, including 1,100 who are currently deployed.