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Military - Florida's Fallen Soldiers 2010

Florida's Fallen Soldiers

Art Levy | 1/1/2011

• FLORIDA'S FALLEN SOLDIERS

A Navy carry team takes a transfer case containing the remains of Seaman William F. Ortega

A Navy carry team takes a transfer case containing the remains of Seaman William F. Ortega at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Ortega died on June 18. [Photo: Steve Ruark/AP]

For the second year, our Floridian of the Year issue includes soldiers who have died in action. In 2009, 28 Floridians were killed as a result of the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan — including Staff Sgt. Dennis J. Hansen, 31, from Panama City, who died Dec. 7, 2009, in Afghanistan after we went to press. In 2010, the number, as of Dec. 1, was 26. The most common causes: Small-arms fire attacks by Afghan insurgents and makeshift bombs. In fact, with much of the military's focus shifting from Iraq to Afghanistan last year, 22 of the soldiers died as a result of injuries in that war, compared to four in Iraq.

In chronological order based on when they died, here are Florida's 2010 war dead.

Spec. David A. Croft Jr. Spec. David A. Croft Jr.

Age: 22

Hometown: Plant City

Died: Jan. 5
Makeshift bomb and small-arms fire

War: Iraq

Sgt. Daniel M. Angus Sgt. Daniel M. Angus

Age: 28

Hometown: Thonotosassa

Died: Jan. 24
Land mine

War: Afghanistan

Staff Sgt. John A. Reiners Staff Sgt. John A. Reiners

Age: 24

Hometown: Lakeland

Died: Feb. 13
Makeshift bomb

War: Afghanistan

Cpl. Jonathan D. Porto Cpl. Jonathan D. Porto

Age: 26

Hometown: Largo

Died: March 14
Vehicle crash

War: Afghanistan

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