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Three Soldiers Die in Iraq; DoD Identifies Recent Casualties

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, April 12, 2006 – Roadside bombs killed three U.S. servicemembers in Iraq today, and the Defense Department has identified five other recent casualties.

Military officials reported that two Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers were killed when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb south of Baghdad this morning. Another Multinational Division Baghdad soldier died this morning in a roadside bomb attack east of Baghdad.

The soldiers' names are being withheld pending notification of the families, and the incidents are under investigation.

Meanwhile, the Defense Department has identified three soldiers and two Marines who died recently in Iraq:

  • Army Spc. James W. Gardner, 22, of Glasgow, Ky., died in Tal Afar on April 10 from a noncombat related cause. Gardner was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.
  • Two soldiers died of injuries suffered April 9 in Ramadi when a roadside bomb detonated near their Humvee during combat operations. Sgt. 1st Class Randall L. Lamberson, 36, of Springfield, Mo., died in Balad on April 10, and Spc. David S. Collins, 24, of Jasper Ga., died in Ramadi on April 9. The soldiers were assigned to the Army's 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.
  • Marine Cpl. Richard P. Waller, 22, of Fort Worth, Texas, died April 7 from wounds suffered while conducting combat operations in Iraq's Anbar province. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.
  • Marine Lance Cpl. Bryan N. Taylor, 20, of Milford, Ohio, died April 6 after being shot by an Iraqi army soldier on a coalition base near Qaim. He was assigned to the 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C. The incident is under investigation.

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

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