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Roadside Bomb Kills Soldier; DoD Identifies Earlier Casualties

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, April 19, 2006 – A Multinational Division Baghdad soldier died yesterday from wounds suffered when a roadside bomb struck his vehicle north of Baghdad, military officials reported today.

The soldier's name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Meanwhile, the Defense Department has identified seven other servicemembers who died recently:

  • Army Master Sgt. Clinton W. Cubert, 38, of Lawrenceburg, Ky., died April 16 in the Lexington (Ky.) Veterans Affairs Medical Center of injuries suffered when a roadside bomb detonated near his Humvee in Samarra, Iraq, on Sept. 11, 2005. Cubert was assigned to the Army National Guard's 2113th Transportation Company, Paducah, Ky.
  • Army Spc. Mark W. Melcher, 34, of Pittsburgh, died April 15 in Taqaddum, Iraq, when his M1A1 Abrams tank came under enemy small-arms fire. Melcher was assigned to the National Guard's 1st Battalion, 103rd Armor, Friedens, Pa.
  • Marine Lance Cpl. Darin T. Settle, 23, of Henley, Mo., died April 14 from a nonhostile motor vehicle accident in Anbar province. He was assigned to Combat Logistics Regiment 2, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Four Marines died April 15 when their Humvee struck a roadside bomb in Iraq's Anbar province. Killed were:

  • Lance Cpl. Derrick J. Cothran, 21, of Avondale, La.;
  • Cpl. Pablo V. Mayorga, 33, of Margate, Fla.;
  • Lance Cpl. Justin D. Sims, 22, of Covington, Ky.; and
  • Pfc. Ryan G. Winslow, 19, of Jefferson, Ala.

Cothran, Mayorga and Winslow were all assigned to the 2nd Tank Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C. Sims was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force, also at Camp Lejeune.

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

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