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12 Troops Killed in Iraq; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Dec. 7, 2006 – Twelve U.S. servicemembers were killed yesterday and today in Iraq, military officials reported, and the Defense Department released the identities of 12 servicemembers killed recently supporting the war on terror.

-- One soldier assigned to 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division, died today from wounds suffered due to enemy action in Anbar province yesterday.

-- Five Task Force Lightning soldiers assigned to 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, were killed yesterday as a result of an explosion near their vehicle while conducting combat operations in Kirkuk province.

-- Three soldiers assigned to 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division, one Marine assigned to 1st Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, and one Marine assigned to 15th Marine Expeditionary Force died yesterday from wounds suffered due to enemy action in Anbar province.

-- One Marine assigned to Task Force Military Police, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, died yesterday from non-hostile causes while operating in Anbar province.

The names of the deceased are being withheld until their families are notified.

Meanwhile, DoD released the identities of seven soldiers, three Marines, one airman and one sailor killed recently supporting the war on terror.

-- Army Sgt. Yevgeniy Ryndych, 24, of Brooklyn, N.Y., died Dec. 6 in Ramadi, Iraq, of injuries suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his unit while on patrol. Ryndych was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.

-- Army Pfc. Nicholas D. Turcotte, 23, of Maple Grove, Minn., died Dec. 4 in Nasiriyah, Iraq, from injuries suffered in a vehicle accident. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry, West St. Paul, Minn.

-- Marine Lance Cpl. Thomas P. Echols, 20, of Shepherdsville, Ky., died Dec. 4 while conducting combat operations in Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

-- Army Pfc. Ross A. McGinnis, 19, of Knox, Pa., died Dec. 4 of injuries suffered when a grenade was thrown into his vehicle in Baghdad. McGinnis was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Schweinfurt, Germany.

-- Navy Seaman Christopher A. Anderson, 24, of Longmont, Colo., died Dec. 4 as a result of enemy action in Anbar province, Iraq. Anderson was a Navy corpsman assigned to 1st Battalion, 6th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force,Atlantic, based in Camp Lejeune, N.C.

-- Marine Maj. Joseph T. McCloud, 39, of Grosse Pointe Park, Mich., and Marine Cpl. Joshua C. Sticklen, 24, of Virginia Beach, Va., died Dec. 3 when the CH-46 helicopter they were in crashed in Anbar province, Iraq. They were assigned to 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

-- Army Capt. Shawn L. English, 35, of Westerville, Ohio, died Dec. 3 in Baghdad of injuries suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Humvee during combat operations. He was assigned to the 577th Engineer Battalion, 1st Engineer Brigade, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.

-- Air Force Capt. Kermit O. Evans, 31, of Hollandale, Miss., died when the U.S. Marine Corps CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter he was riding in made an emergency water landing in western Anbar province Dec. 3. He was assigned to the 27th Civil Engineer Squadron, Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., and was deployed with the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing, Balad Air Base, Iraq.

-- Army Spc. Kenneth W. Haines, 25, of Fulton, N.Y., died Dec. 3 in Balad, Iraq, of injuries suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle while on patrol in Abu Hishma, Iraq. Haines was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery, 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

-- Army Pvt. Troy D. Cooper, 21, of Amarillo, Texas, died Dec. 3 of injuries suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle in Balad, Iraq. Cooper was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

-- Army Sgt. Keith E. Fiscus, 26, of Townsend, Del., died Dec. 2 in Baghdad of injuries suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Humvee during combat operations. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

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

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