Three Soldiers Die; Previous Casualties Identified
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2007 Two soldiers were killed while operating in Iraq and another died while on rest and recuperation leave, military officials reported. The Defense Department also identified six previous casualties.
Two soldiers assigned to Multinational Force West died Feb. 2 from wounds suffered while operating in Anbar province. The soldiers’ names are being withheld until their families are notified.
In addition, a soldier supporting the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) died Jan. 30 from non-combat- related causes while on a two-week rest-and-recuperation leave. The incident is under investigation, officials said.
Meanwhile, DoD released the names of six servicemembers killed supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom:
-- Marine Gunnery Sgt. Terry J. Elliott, 34, of Middleton, Tenn., died Feb. 1 while conducting combat operations in Anbar province. Elliot was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.
-- Navy Seaman Matthew G. Conte, 22, of Mogadore, Ohio, died Feb. 1 while his unit was conducting combat operations in Iraq’s Anbar province.
Conte was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. He was serving as a hospital corpsman in Iraq under the command of 1st Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward).
-- Army Sgt. Maj. Michael C. Mettille, 44, of West St. Paul, Minn., died Feb. 1 at Camp Adder, Iraq, from a non-combat-related injury. Mettille was assigned to the 134th Brigade Support Battalion, Brooklyn Park, Minn. The incident is under investigation.
-- Army Cpl. Stephen D. Shannon, 21, of Guttenberg, Iowa, died Jan. 31, in Balad, Iraq, of wounds suffered when his vehicle was hit by a rocket during combat operations Jan. 30 in Ramadi, Iraq. Shannon was assigned to the 397th Engineer Battalion, Wausau, Wis.
-- Army Sgt. William M. Sigua, 21, of Los Altos Hills, Calif., died Jan. 31 in Bayji, Iraq, of wounds suffered when his unit came in contact with the enemy using small-arms fire. Sigua was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.
-- Marine Sgt. Alejandro Carrillo, 22, of Los Angeles, died Jan. 30 while conducting combat operations in Anbar province, Iraq. Carrillo was assigned to Combat Logistics Battalion 7, Combat Logistics Regiment 1, 1st Marine Logistics Group, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, Calif.
(Compiled from Multinational Corps Iraq and Defense Department news releases.)