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U.S. Soldier Killed in Iraq; Previous Casualties Identified

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WASHINGTON, March 6, 2006 – A soldier was killed in Iraq yesterday, and Defense Department officials have identified two soldiers previously reported killed.

A soldier assigned to U.S. Marine Regimental Combat Team 7 died as a result of enemy action while operating in Anbar province. The soldier's name is being withheld pending notification of the family.

The Defense Department also announced the identities of two soldiers who died supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom:

  • Army Sgt. Joshua V. Youmans, 26, of Flushing, Mich., died at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio on March 1 of injuries suffered in Habbaniyah, Iraq, on Nov. 21, when a roadside bomb detonated near his Humvee. Youmans was assigned to the Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 125th Infantry Regiment, Saginaw, Mich.
  • Army Spc. Christopher S. Merchant, 32, of Hardwick, Vt., died in Ramadi, Iraq, on March 1, when his Humvee came under attack by enemy forces using a car bomb and rocket-propelled grenade. Merchant was assigned to the Army National Guard's 3rd Battalion, 172nd Infantry Regiment, Jericho, Vt.
  • Army Pfc. Tina M. Priest, 20, of Austin, Texas, died in Taji, Iraq, on March 1 of a non-combat related injury. Priest was assigned to the 4th Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Divison, Fort Hood, Texas.

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

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