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Soldiers Killed in Iraq; Previous Casualties Identified

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 6, 2007 – Three U.S. soldiers were killed and one was wounded today, and another was killed yesterday during operations in Iraq, officials reported.

Also, the Defense Department released the names of 11 servicemembers killed recently in the war on terror.

-- A Multinational Division Baghdad soldier was killed when a roadside bomb detonated during combat operations in an eastern section of the Iraqi capital today. Another soldier was wounded in the attack.

-- A 13th Sustainment Command soldier was killed by an improvised explosive device today while executing a combat logistics patrol near Bayji, Iraq.

-- A Task Force Lightning soldier was killed today as a result of injuries suffered from an explosion in Diyala province. Another soldier was wounded during the explosion and was transported to a coalition medical facility for treatment.

-- A Multinational Division North soldier died of wounds suffered from enemy gunfire in Diyala province yesterday.

The soldiers’ names are being withheld pending next–of-kin notification.

Meanwhile, the Defense Department has released the identities of two airmen, eight soldiers and a Marine killed recently supporting operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

-- Air Force Tech. Sgt. Ryan A. Balmer, 33, of Mishawaka, Ind., and Air Force Staff Sgt. Matthew J. Kuglics, 25, of North Canton, Ohio, died June 5 in Kirkuk, Iraq, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device struck their vehicle. Both airmen were special agents assigned to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations.

-- Army Sgt. Shawn E. Dressler, 22, of Santa Maria, Calif, died June 2, and Pfc. Joshua D. Brown, 26, of Tampa, Fla., died June 3 in Baghdad. They died of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle June 2 in Baghdad. They were assigned to 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Schweinfurt, Germany.

-- Army Spc. William J. Crouch, 21, of Zachary, La., died June 2 in Hadid, Iraq, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. Crouch was assigned to 2nd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Wash.

-- Army Spc. Jeremiah D. Costello, 22, of Carlinville, Ill., and Army Spc. Keith V. Nepsa, 21, of New Philadelphia, Ohio, died June 2 near Qayyarah, Iraq, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle. They were assigned to 5th Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Bliss, Texas.

-- Army Spc. Doonewey White, 26, of Milpitas, Calif., died May 29 in Balad, Iraq, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle May 28 in Baghdad. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

-- Marine Lt. Col. Michael A. Robinson, 42, of Sylacauga, Ala., died June 1 in Kabul, Afghanistan. His death is under investigation. Robinson was assigned to Mobilization Command, Deployment Processing Command, Marine Corps Installations East, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

-- Army Sgt. Charles R. Browning, 31, of Tucson, Ariz., died June 1 in Mehtar Lam, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. He was assigned to Company B, 1st Battalion, 158th Infantry Regiment, Arizona National Guard, Gilbert, Ariz.

-- Army Sgt. Bruce E. Horner, 43, of Newport News, Va., died June 1 in Baghdad of wounds suffered when his unit came in contact with enemy forces using small-arms fire. He was assigned to 127th Military Police Company, 709th Military Police.

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

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