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Seven Soldiers Killed in Iraq; DoD Identifies 18 Previous Casualties

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 4, 2007 – Seven U.S. Army soldiers were killed and 13 others were wounded recently in Iraq, military officials said, and the Defense Department identified 18 previous casualties.

-- A Task Force Marne soldier was killed and two were wounded today when a roadside bomb struck their patrol south of Baghdad.

-- A soldier assigned to Multinational Force Baghdad died and six others were wounded yesterday when improvised explosive device struck their vehicle in eastern Baghdad. The unit was conducting a combat security patrol in the area when the attack occurred.

-- A soldier assigned to Multinational Force Baghdad died and three others were wounded yesterday when an improvised explosive device detonated near their patrol in western Baghdad. An Iraqi interpreter also was killed in the attack.

-- Two soldiers assigned to Multinational Force West died yesterday while conducting combat operations in Anbar province.

-- Two Multinational Force Baghdad soldiers were killed and two others were wounded May 2 when an IED struck their vehicle in southern Baghdad. The unit was conducting route-clearance operations in the area when the attack occurred.

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

Meanwhile, the Defense Department released the identities of 15 Army soldiers and three Marines killed recently supporting U.S. operations abroad.

-- Army 1st Lt. Colby J. Umbrell, 26, of Doylestown, Pa., died yesterday in Musayyib, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska.

-- Army 1st Lt. Ryan P. Jones, 23, of Massachusetts, and Army Spc. Astor A. Sunsin-Pineda, 20, of Long Beach, Calif., died May 2 in Baghdad when their vehicle struck an improvised explosive device. They were assigned to the 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.

-- Army Pfc. Katie M. Soenksen, 19, of Davenport, Iowa, died May 2 in Baghdad, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near her vehicle. She was assigned to the 410th Military Police Company, 720th Military Police Battalion, 89th Military Police Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas.

-- Marine 1st Lt. Travis L. Manion, 26, of Doylestown, Pa., died April 29 while conducting combat operations in Anbar province, Iraq. Manion was assigned to 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

-- Army Staff Sgt. Jay E. Martin, 29, of Baltimore, Md.; Army Sgt. Alexander J. Funcheon, 21, of Bel Aire, Kan.; Army Pfc. Brian A. Botello, 19, of Alta, Iowa., died April 29 in Baghdad when an improvised explosive device detonated near their unit. They were assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.

-- Army Sgt. Michael R. Hullender, 29, of Little Falls, N.J., died April 28 in Iskandariyah, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his unit. Hullender was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 501st Airborne Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska.

-- Army Sgt. Norman L. Tollett, 30, of Columbus, Ohio, died April 28, in Baghdad, when his unit came in contact with enemy forces using small-arms fire. Tollett was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.

-- Army Sgt. Glenn D. Hicks Jr., 24, of College Station, Texas; Army Pfc. Jay-D H. Ornsby-Adkins, 21, of Ione, Calif.; Army Pvt. Cole E. Spencer, 21, of Gays, Ill., died April 28 in Salman Pak, Iraq, of wounds suffered when their vehicle was struck with an improvised explosive device and small-arms fire. They were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Benning, Ga.

-- Army Cpl. Jeremy R. Greene, 24, of Springfield, Ohio, died April 28 at Forward Operating Base Tillman, Afghanistan, from injuries suffered during a non-combat related incident. Greene was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y. His death is under investigation.

-- Marine Sgt. William J. Callahan, 28, of South Easton, Mass., died April 27 while conducting combat operations in Anbar province. Callahan was assigned to 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

-- Army Spc. Eddie D. Tamez, 21, of Galveston, Texas; and Army Pfc. David A. Kirkpatrick, 20, of Upland, Ind., died April 27 in Fallujah, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle. They were assigned to the 3rd Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.

-- Marine Cpl. Christopher Degiovine, 25, of Lone Tree, Colo., died April 26 while conducting combat operations in Anbar province. He was assigned to 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune.

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

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