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Soldier in Iraq Killed; DoD Identifies Four Other Fatalities

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 6, 2006 – A U.S. soldier was killed in Baghdad yesterday, and the Defense Department identified a Marine and three soldiers who were killed in Iraq in the preceding two days.

The soldier killed in Baghdad yesterday died when a roadside bomb struck his vehicle, officials said. The soldier's name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

The previous casualties are:

  • Marine Sgt. Elisha R. Parker, 21, of Taberg, New York, who died May 4 while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Iraq's Anbar province. Parker was assigned to the 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.
  • Army Staff Sgt. Gavin B. Reinke and Spc. Bryan L. Quinton, who died in Baghdad on May 4 when a roadside bomb detonated near their RG-31 mine-protected vehicle during combat operations. Reinke and Quinton were assigned to the 5th Engineer Battalion, 1st Engineer Brigade, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. Reinke, 32, hailed from Pueblo, Colo.; Quinton, 24, was from Sand Springs, Okla.
  • Army Pfc. Christopher M. Eckhardt, 19, of Phoenix, who died in Taji on May 3 from a noncombat related cause. Eckhardt was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 42nd Field Artillery, 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

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

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