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Soldier, Marine Killed in Iraq; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Feb. 21, 2007 – A soldier and a Marine assigned to Multinational Force West were killed yesterday while conducting combat operations in Iraq’s Anbar province, military officials reported.

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

Meanwhile, the Defense Department released the identities of six soldiers who died recently supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

-- Sgt. Pedro J. Colon, 25, of Cicero, Ill., and Spc. Montrel S. McArn, 21, of Raeford, N.C., died Feb. 19 in Baghdad of wounds suffered when their unit came under attack by enemy forces using multiple weapons. They were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, deployed from Fort Hood, Texas.

-- Sgt. Matthew S. Apuan, 27, of Las Cruces, N.M., died Feb. 18 in Baghdad of wounds suffered when his unit came in contact with enemy fighters using small-arms fire while on combat patrol. Apuan was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, deployed from Fort Hood, Texas.

-- Pfc. Chad E. Marsh, 20, of Wichita, Kan., died Feb. 18 in Baghdad of wounds suffered when a grenade detonated near him during combat operations. Marsh was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, deployed from Schweinfurt, Germany.

-- Sgt. 1st Class William C. Spillers, 39, of Terry, Miss., died Feb. 17 in Baghdad from a non-combat related injury. Spillers was assigned to the 230th Finance Detachment, deployed from Jackson, Miss.

-- Pfc. Justin T. Paton, 24, of Alanson, Mich., died Feb. 17 in Taramia, Iraq, when his unit came in contact with enemy forces using small-arms fire. Paton was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, deployed from Fort Hood, Texas.

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

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