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Non-Combat Injuries Claim Soldier; Previous Casualties Identified

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WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2006 – A U.S. soldier in Iraq died yesterday, and Defense Department officials have announced the identities of seven U.S. servicemen and an Air Force civilian killed in action this week.

A Multinational Division Baghdad soldier died of non-combat related injuries yesterday, officials said. The incident is under investigation, and the soldier's name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Defense officials announced the following identities of Operation Iraqi Freedom casualties:

  • Marine Corps Cpl. Matthew D. Conley, 21, of Killen, Ala., died Feb. 18 when his vehicle hit a roadside bomb in Ramadi, Iraq. Conley was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, Calif. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, Cpl. Conley's unit is attached to 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward).
  • Sgt. Charles E. Matheny IV, 23 of Stanwood, Wash., died in Baghdad on Feb. 18, when a roadside bomb detonated near his Humvee. Matheny was assigned to the Army's 704th Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
  • Air Force civilian employee Daniel J. Kuhlmeier, 30, of Omaha, Neb., died Feb. 20 in Baghdad when a roadside bomb struck his convoy. Kuhlmeier was assigned to Detachment 204, 2nd Field Investigations Region, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb.
  • Marine Corps 2nd Lt. Almar L. Fitzgerald, 23, of Lexington, S.C., died Feb. 21 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, of wounds suffered in a roadside bomb explosion Feb. 18 in Iraq's Anbar province. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, Calif. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, his unit is attached to the 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward).

Four U.S. soldiers died Feb. 22 in Hawijah, Iraq, when a roadside bomb detonated near their Humvee during a patrol. All four soldiers were assigned to the Army's 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky. Dead are:

  • Staff Sgt. Gregson G. Gourley, 38, of Salt Lake City, Utah;
  • Sgt. Rickey E. Jones, 21, of Kokomo, Ind.;
  • Pfc. Christopher L. Marion, 20, of Pineville, Mo.; and
  • Pfc. Allan A. Morr, 21, of Shiawassee County, Mich.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq and Defense Department news releases.)

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