Eleven Servicemembers Die in Iraq Yesterday; Previous Casualties Identified
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, June 24, 2007 Eleven servicemembers died and four were wounded yesterday in Iraq, military officials reported, and the Defense Department released the identities of six servicemembers killed recently during U.S. operations abroad.
-- Four Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers died yesterday when a roadside bomb detonated near their vehicle northwest of Baghdad. An Iraqi interpreter was also wounded in the attack.
-- Two Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers died and three others were wounded yesterday when their unit was struck by a roadside bomb, then received small arms fire in eastern Baghdad.
-- A Multinational Division Baghdad soldier died and one other was wounded yesterday during combat northwest of the Iraqi capital.
-- A Multinational Division Baghdad soldier died yesterday when a patrol was attacked with small arms fire in southern Baghdad.
-- A Multinational Division Baghdad soldier died yesterday from non battle-related causes. The incident is under investigation.
-- A Task Force Lightning soldier died yesterday in a non-combat related incident in Tikrit. The incident is under investigation.
-- A Multinational Corps Iraq airman died yesterday when a car bomb detonated near his vehicle in Tikrit.
The servicemembers’ names are being withheld pending notification of the next of kin.
Meanwhile, Defense Department officials have identified six servicemembers killed in Iraq or Afghanistan recently:
-- Army Sgt. Dustin J. Perrott, 23, of Fredericksburg, Va., died June 21, in Miri, Afghanistan, when a car bomb detonated near his vehicle. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.
-- Army Spc. Karen N. Clifton, 22, of Lehigh Acres, Fla., died June 21 in Baghdad, Iraq, when a rocket propelled grenade hit her vehicle. She was assigned to the 554th Military Police Company, 95th Military Police Battalion, Kaiserslautern, Germany.
-- Army Pfc. Raymond N. Spencer Jr., 23, of Carmichael, Calif., died June 21 in Baghdad, Iraq, when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device and small arms fire. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Bliss, Texas.
-- Marine Sgt. Shawn P. Martin, 30, of Delmar, N.Y.; and Marine Staff Sgt. Stephen J. Wilson, 28, of Duluth, Ga., died June 20 during combat in Anbar province, Iraq. They were assigned to Combat Logistics Battalion 13, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.
-- Army Pfc. Jacob T. Tracy, 20, of Palestine, Ill., died June 18 in Balad, Iraq, when a car bomb detonated near his vehicle June 17 in Baghdad, Iraq. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
(Compiled from Multinational Corps Iraq, Joint Task Force 82 and Defense Department news releases.)