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Two Marines, One Sailor Killed in Iraq; Previous Casualties Identified

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, March 5, 2007 – Two Marines and a U.S. Navy sailor died recently during operations in Iraq, military officials reported today. The Defense Department also identified five previous casualties.

A Marine assigned to Multinational Force West died March 3 from wounds suffered during operations in Anbar province.

A Marine and a sailor, assigned to Multinational Force West, died March 2 from wounds suffered during combat operations in Anbar province.

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

Meanwhile, DoD released the names of four U.S. Army soldiers and one Marine who died recently supporting U.S. operations in Iraq.

-- Army Staff Sgt. Paul M. Latourney, 28, of Roselle, Ill.; and Army Spc. Luis O. Rodriguez-Contrera, 22, of Allentown, Pa., died March 2 in Baghdad from wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle. They were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

-- Marine Staff Sgt. Dustin M. Gould, 28, of Longmont, Colo., died March 2 while conducting combat operations in Anbar province. Gould was assigned to 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

-- Army Pvt. Wesley J. Williams, 23, of Philadelphia, Pa., died March 2 in Baghdad of a non-combat related injury. Williams was assigned to the 163d Military Intelligence Battalion, 504th Military Intelligence Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas.

-- Army Staff Sgt. Karl O. Soto-Pinedo, 22, of San Juan, Puerto Rico, died Feb. 27 from wounds suffered during combat in Baghdad. Soto-Pineda was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Schweinfurt, Germany.

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

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