The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. They died March 2 in Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle while on combat patrol. They were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
Staff Sgt. Paul M. Latourney, 28, of Roselle, Ill.
Spc. Luis O. Rodriguez-Contrera, 22, of Allentown, Pa.
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