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Soldier, Marine Killed in Iraq; DoD Identifies Recent Casualties

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, April 13, 2006 – Military officials in Baghdad announced a U.S. soldier's death today and a Marine's death yesterday, and the Defense Department has identified two other recent casualties.

A Multinational Division Baghdad soldier was killed today when a roadside bomb struck his vehicle southwest of Baghdad. A Marine assigned to Regimental Combat Team 5 died due to enemy action while operating near Baghdad. Officials provided no other details.

The servicemembers' names are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

In addition, the Defense Department has identified two soldiers - both assigned to the 4th Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Fort Wainwright, Alaska -- who died recently in Iraq:

  • Army Spc. Kenneth D. Hess, 26, of Asheville, N.C., died April 11 in Rawah as the result of a suicide bomber attack while he was conducting a dismounted patrol.
  • Army Spc. Shawn R. Creighton, 21, of Windsor, N.C., died in Rawah April 8 when a roadside bomb detonated near his Stryker vehicle during a patrol.
(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq and Defense Department news releases.)
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