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3 Soldiers Killed in Roadside Bomb Attack; More Casualties Identified

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 5, 2006 – Three Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers died at about 11:45 a.m. today when the vehicle they were riding in was struck by an improvised explosive device south of Baghdad in Babil province, officials in Iraq said.

The names of the soldiers are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

The Department of Defense announced identities of war casualties in Iraq:

  • Marine Cpl. Stephen R. Bixler, 20, of Suffield, Conn., died yesterday while conducting combat operations in Anbar province. He was assigned to the 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
  • Marine Capt. Brian S. Letendre, 27, of Woodbridge, Va., died May 3 while conducting combat operations in Anbar. He was assigned to the Marine Forces Reserve's Inspector and Instructor Staff, 1st Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Plainville, Conn.
  • Army Sgt. Joseph E. Proctor, 38, of Indianapolis, died May 3 in Tammin when a vehicle-borne IED detonated near his observation post during dismounted combat-patrol operations. Proctor was assigned to the Army National Guard's 638th Battalion (Aviation), Shelbyville, Ind.
  • Marine Lance Cpl. Robert L. Moscillo, 21, of Salem, N.H., died May 1 while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Anbar. He was assigned to the 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.
  • Army Cpl. Robbie G. Light, 21, of Kingsport, Tenn., died of injuries sustained in Baghdad on May 1 when an IED detonated near his M-1A2 Abrams tank during combat operations. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 67th Armored Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
(Based on news releases from Multinational Force Iraq and the Department of Defense.)
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