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Two Die in Iraq; Two Previous Casualties Identified

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, March 1, 2007 – A Marine died yesterday and an Army soldier died Feb. 27 in Iraq, military officials reported today. The Defense Department also identified three previous casualties.

The Marine, assigned to Multinational Force West, died yesterday of wounds suffered during combat in Anbar province. The soldier, assigned to Multinational Force Baghdad, died Feb. 27 of wounds suffered during combat in western Baghdad.

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

Meanwhile, DoD released the names of a soldier and a Marine who died recently supporting U.S. operations in Iraq.

-- Army Sgt. William J. Beardsley, 25, of Coon Rapids, Minn., died Feb. 26 in Diwaniyah, Iraq, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. Beardsley was assigned to the 260th Quartermaster Battalion, 3rd Sustainment Troop Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.

-- Marine Lance Cpl. Anthony Aguirre, 20, of Channelview, Texas, died Feb. 26 of wounds suffered during combat in Anbar province. Aguirre was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.

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

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