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Five Marines, Two Soldiers Die in Iraq; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Oct. 22, 2006 – Five Marines and two U.S. soldiers were killed  in Iraq as the result of enemy action over the past few days, military  officials reported.

* Three Marines assigned to Multinational Force West died Oct. 21 from  enemy action while operating in Anbar province.

* One Marine assigned to Regimental Combat Team 5 died Oct. 21 of  injuries suffered from enemy action while operating in Anbar province.

* A Task Force Lightning soldier assigned to 3rd Brigade Combat Team,  82nd Airborne Division, was killed Oct. 21 as a result of enemy action while  conducting operations in Salah and Din provinces. Three other soldiers from  the same unit were wounded as a result of the action.

* A Multinational Division Baghdad soldier died at about 2:37  a.m. Oct. 20 when the vehicle he was riding in was struck by an improvised  explosive device in southwestern Baghdad.

* One Marine assigned to Regimental Combat Team 7 died Oct. 19 from  enemy action while operating in Anbar province.

The names of the deceased and wounded servicemembers are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Meanwhile, the Defense Department released the identities of 12 soldiers who  were killed recently supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

* Army 2nd Lt. Christopher E. Loudon, 23, of Brockport, Pa., Army Cpl.  David M. Unger, 21, of Leavenworth, Kan., Army Cpl. Russell G. Culbertson  III, 22, of Amity, Pa., and Army Spc. Joseph C. Dumas Jr., 25, of New  Orleans died Oct. 18 in Baghdad of injuries suffered when an  improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle. The soldiers were  assigned to the 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 4th  Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

* Army Sgt. 1st Class Daniel A. Brozovich, 42, of Greenville, Pa.,  died Oct. 18 in Ashraf, Iraq, from injuries suffered when an improvised  explosive device detonated near his armored security vehicle while on combat  patrol. Brozovich was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 213th Air Defense  Artillery, Spring City, Pa.

* Army Spc. Jose R. Perez, 21, of Ontario, Calif., died Oct. 18 in  Ramadi, Iraq, from injuries suffered from enemy small arms fire. Perez was  assigned to the 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat  Team, 1st Armored Division, Baumholder, Germany.

* Army Staff Sgt. Ryan E. Haupt, 24, of Phoenix, Ariz., Army Sgt.  Norman R. Taylor III, 21, of Blythe, Calif., and Army Pfc. Nathan J. Frigo,  23, of Kokomo, Ind., died Oct. 17 in Baqubah, Iraq, of injuries suffered  when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle. The  soldiers were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment, 3rd Heavy  Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.

* Army Spc. Daniel W. Winegeart, 23, of Kountze, Texas, died Oct. 17  in Baghdad from injuries sustained when his Light Medium Tactical  Vehicle drove off an overpass. Winegeart was assigned to the 5th Group  Support Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group, Fort Campbell, Ky. This  incident is under investigation.

* Army Sgt. Lester D. Baroncini Jr., 33, of Bakersfield, Calif., and  Army Pfc. Stephen D. Bicknell, 19, of Prattville, Ala., died Oct. 15 in  Samarra, Iraq, of injuries suffered when two land mines detonated near their  Humvee. Both soldiers were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute  Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort  Bragg, N.C.

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

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