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Soldier Killed in Iraq; Previous Casualties Identified

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, March 3, 2006 – A Multinational Force West soldier was killed in Iraq on March 1, and Defense Department officials have identified two servicemembers who were previously reported killed.

A soldier assigned to 2nd Brigade Combat Team, Multinational Force West, died while conducting combat operations in Anbar province, Multinational Force Iraq officials said. The soldier's name is being withheld pending notification of the family.

The Defense Department also identified two servicemembers who died supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom:

  • Marine Lance Cpl. John J. Thornton, 22, of Phoenix, died Feb. 25 of wounds received from an enemy mortar attack in Ramadi, Iraq. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, at Twentynine Palms, Calif. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, his unit was attached to 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward).
  • Army Pfc. Benjamin C. Schuster, 21, of Williamsville, N.Y., died in Ramadi on Feb. 25 from a gunshot wound. Schuster was assigned to the Army National Guard's 2nd Battalion, 101st Cavalry Regiment, in Buffalo, N.Y.

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

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