The Department of Defense announced today the identification of four soldiers who were killed in Iraq while supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. They are:
Pfc. Jeremiah D. Smith, 25, of Odessa, Mo., was killed on May 26 in Baghdad, Iraq. Smith was escorting heavy equipment transporters when his vehicle hit unexploded ordnance. Smith was assigned to 1st Battalion, 34th Armor Regiment, Fort Riley, Kan.
Sgt. Thomas F. Broomhead, 34, of Cannon City, Colo., was killed on May 27, in Al Fallujah, Iraq. Broomhead was on guard at a checkpoint when a vehicle pulled up and assailants fired on him. Broomhead was assigned to 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armor Cavalry Regiment, Fort Carson, Colo.
Staff Sgt. Brett J. Petriken, 30, of Mich., and Pvt. Kenneth A. Nalley, 19, of Hamburg, Iowa, were killed on May 26, in As Samawah, Iraq. The soldiers were escorting a convoy in a HMMWV when a heavy equipment transporter crossed the median and struck their vehicle. Both soldiers were assigned to the 501st Military Police Company, Wiesbaden, Germany. The incident is under investigation.