Soldier, Marine Killed in Iraq; Previous Casualties Identified
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, March 14, 2007 A soldier and a Marine died yesterday during operations in Iraq, military officials reported today, and the Defense Department has identified five previous casualties.
The Multinational Division Baghdad soldier died and three others were wounded when a roadside bomb detonated near their vehicle while they were patrolling in southern Baghdad. The Marine, assigned to Multinational Force West, died in combat in Iraq’s Anbar province.
The servicemembers’ names are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
Meanwhile, DoD released the names of five soldiers who died recently supporting U.S. operations abroad.
-- Army Sgt. Gregory D. Fejeran, 28, of Barrigada, Guam, and Army Sgt. Christopher J.C. Fernandez, 28, of Dededo, Guam, assigned to the 1st Battalion, 294th Infantry Regiment, Barrigada, Guam, died March 5 in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia, of injuries suffered when their vehicle rolled over.
-- Army Sgt. Thomas L. Latham, 23, of Delmar, Md., died March 11 in Baghdad of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Humvee. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.
-- Army Sgt. Daniel E. Woodcock, 25, of Glennallen, Alaska, died March 11 in Dawr, Iraq, of wounds suffered when a building exploded while he was on combat patrol. Woodcock was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.
-- Army Spc. Jonathan K. Smith, 19, of Atlanta, died March 11 in Baghdad in a non-combat-related incident that is under investigation. Smith was assigned to the 115th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
(Compiled from Multinational Corps Iraq and Defense Department news releases.)