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Soldiers, Marine Killed in Iraq; DoD Identifies Earlier Casualties

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31, 2007 – Three soldiers and a Marine were killed in Iraq in recent days, military officials reported today, and the Defense Department has identified three earlier casualties.

-- A Task Force Lightning soldier was killed today while conducting combat operations in Salah ad Din province. A second soldier was wounded and was transported to a coalition medical treatment facility.

-- Two soldiers and a Marine assigned to Multinational Force West died yesterday from wounds suffered due to enemy action while operating in Anbar province.

The servicemembers’ names are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Meanwhile, the Defense Department has identified three soldiers who died earlier in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom:

-- Army Capt. Mark T. Resh, 28, of Pittsburgh, and Army Chief Warrant Officer Cornell C. Chao, 36, of California, died Jan. 28 when their helicopter crashed during combat operations in Najaf, Iraq. They were assigned to the 4th Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

-- Army Sgt. Mickel D. Garrigus, 24, of Elma, Wash., died Jan. 27 in Taji, Iraq, of wounds suffered when a roadside bomb detonated near his vehicle during a combat patrol. Garrigus was assigned to the 543rd Military Police Company, 91st Police Battalion, 10th Sustainment Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.

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

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