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Roadside Bomb Kills Soldier in Eastern Baghdad

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Dec. 29, 2005 – A U.S. soldier was killed in Baghdad today, and Defense Department officials have announced the identities of five soldiers killed in action earlier.

A Task Force Baghdad soldier died today when a roadside bomb struck his patrol vehicle in eastern Baghdad, Multinational Force Iraq officials reported. The soldier's name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Defense officials announced the identities of five soldiers who were killed supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom:

  • Spc. Lance S. Sage, 26, of Hempstead , N.Y., and Pvt. Joshua M. Morberg, 20, of Sparks, Nev., died in Baghdad on Dec. 27 when an improvised explosive device detonated near their dismounted patrol. Both soldiers were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
  • Chief Warrant Officers Richard M. Salter, 44, of Cypress, Texas, and Isaias E. Santos, 28, of Ancon, Panama, died in Baghdad Dec. 26 when their Apache helicopter collided with another military aircraft and then crashed. Both soldiers were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment, Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
  • Sgt. Dominic R. Coles, 25, of Jesup, Ga., died in Baghdad on Dec. 26 when his Humvee came under attack by small-arms fire, rocket-propelled grenades and mortars. Coles was assigned to the 5th Engineer Battalion, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.
(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq and Defense Department news releases.)
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