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Coalition Soldier Dies in Afghanistan; Previous Casualties Identified

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Sept. 12, 2006 – A coalition soldier died in a vehicle accident yesterday in Afghanistan, U.S. military officials reported, and the Defense Department released the identities of U.S. servicemembers killed recently supporting the war on terror.

The soldier killed yesterday was conducting combat operations in Kunar province, when he was involved in a single-vehicle accident and roll-over. Another soldier was injured and required medical treatment.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our soldiers,” said U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Benjamin C. Freakley, commander of Combined Joint Task Force 76. “Our deepest sympathies go out to his family and his fellow soldiers. He was serving his country and protecting the freedom of the Afghan people. His sacrifice will not be forgotten.”

The injured soldier was stabilized at the medical treatment clinic in Asadabad and will be transferred to the U.S. hospital at Bagram Air Base. The accident did not involve enemy forces, and no Afghan civilians were involved in the accident, officials said.

Meanwhile, the Defense Department released the names of nine soldiers and a Marine who died recently while supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom:

-Army Sgt. Nathaniel B. Lindsey, 38, of Troutdale, Ore., died Sept. 9 in Shajoy, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered when his Humvee encountered undetermined ordnance from enemy forces during patrol operations. Lindsey was assigned to the Army National Guard's 41st Brigade Combat Team, Portland, Ore.

-Marine Cpl. Johnathan L. Benson, 21, of North Branch, Minn., died Sept. 9 from wounds suffered June 17 while conducting combat operations in Iraq’s Anbar province. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

-Army Pfc. Anthony P. Seig, 19, of Sunman, Ind., died Sept. 9, in Baghdad of injuries suffered when he encountered indirect fire from enemy forces while on base. Seig was assigned to the Army's 118th Military Police Company, 519th Military Police Battalion, 16th Military Police Brigade, Fort Bragg, N.C.

-Army Sgt. 1st Class Merideth L. Howard, 52, of Alameda, Calif., and Army Staff Sgt. Robert J. Paul, 43, of The Dalles, Ore., died in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Sept. 8, when a makeshift bomb detonated near their Humvee. Both soldiers were assigned to the Army Reserve's 405th Civil Affairs Battalion, Fort Bragg, N.C.

-Army Sgt. David W. Gordon, 23, of Williamsfield, Ohio, died Sept. 8, in Baghdad of injuries suffered when a makeshift bomb detonated near his Humvee during combat operations. Gordon was assigned to the Army's 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood Texas.

-Army Sgt. Luis A. Montes, 22, of El Centro, Calif., died Sept. 7 in Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, of injuries suffered Sept. 1 in Abu Ghraib, Iraq, when a makeshift bomb detonated near his vehicle during combat operations. Montes was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

-Army Sgt. John A. Carroll, 26, of Ponca City, Okla., died Sept. 6 in Ramadi, Iraq, of injuries suffered when he came in contact with enemy forces using small-arms fire during a dismounted security patrol. Carroll was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Division, Baumholder, Germany.

-Army Sgt. Jason L. Merrill, 22, of Mesa, Ariz., and Pfc. Edwin A. Andino II, 23, of Culpepper, Va., died Sep. 3 in Baghdad of injuries suffered when a makeshift bomb detonated near their vehicle during combat operations. Both soldiers were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Wuerzburg, Germany.

(Compiled from Defense Department and Combined Forces Command Afghanistan news releases.)

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