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Soldier Killed in Iraq; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Aug. 24, 2006 – A Multinational Division Baghdad soldier died at about 8 a.m. today when an improvised explosive device struck the vehicle he was riding in south of Baghdad, U.S. military officials reported.

The soldier’s name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Meanwhile, the Defense Department released the identities of 12 servicemembers who were killed recently supporting the war on terror.

-- Army Pfc. James J. Arellano, 19, of Cheyenne, Wyo., died Aug. 17 in Baghdad of injuries suffered when his patrol encountered enemy forces using IEDs and small-arms fire. Arellano was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

-- Army Pvt. Joseph R. Blake, 34, of Portland, Ore., died Aug. 17 in Turkalay, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered when his platoon encountered small-arms fire. Blake was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.

-- Army Staff Sgt. Jeffrey S. Loa, 32, of Waianae, Hawaii, died Aug. 16 in Ramadi, Iraq, of injuries suffered when an IED detonated near his dismounted patrol. Loa was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 35th Armored Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, Baumholder, Germany.

-- Navy Hospitalman Chadwick T. Kenyon, 20, of Tucson, Ariz., died Aug. 20 of injuries suffered when his vehicle was struck by an IED while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Iraq’s Anbar province. Kenyon was assigned to the 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, Calif.

-- Marine Cpl. Adam A. Galvez, 21, of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Marine Lance Cpl. Randy L. Newman, 21, of Bend, Ore., died Aug. 20 while conducting combat operations in Iraq’s Anbar province. They were assigned to 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, Calif.

-- Army Sgt. Gabriel G. DeRoo, 25, of Paw Paw, Mich., died Aug. 20 in Mosul, Iraq, of injuries suffered when he encountered enemy forces using small-arms fire. DeRoo was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Wash.

-- Army Sgt. Wakkuna A. Jackson, 21, of Jacksonville, Fla.; Army Spc. Robert E. Drawl Jr., 21, of Alexandria, Va.; and Army Spc. Christopher F. Sitton, 21, of Montrose, Colo., died in Kunar, Afghanistan, Aug. 19 when an IED detonated near their convoy vehicle. Jackson was assigned to the 710th Combat Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.; Drawl was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.; and Sitton was assigned to the 710th Combat Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.

-- Air Force Master Sgt. Brad A. Clemmons, 37, of Chillicothe, Ohio, died Aug. 21 when an IED struck his vehicle. The vehicle was part of a transportation convoy en route to Taji, Iraq. Clemmons was assigned to the 354th Civil Engineer Squadron, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska.

-- Army Sgt 1st Class Ruben J. Villa Jr., of El Paso, Texas, died Aug. 18 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from a non-combat related cause. Villa was assigned to the Army's Area Support Group, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.

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

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