The Department of Defense announced today the death of three soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom on Oct. 16 in Karbala, Iraq. The soldiers were attempting to negotiate with armed men who were congregating on a road near a mosque after curfew. The Iraqis opened fire killing three soldiers and wounding seven others.. Killed were:
Lt. Col. Kim S. Orlando, 43, of Tennessee.
Staff Sgt. Joseph P. Bellavia, 28, of Wakefield, Mass.
Cpl. Sean R. Grilley, 24, of San Bernardino, Calif.
The soldiers were assigned to the 716th Military Police Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), based in Fort Campbell, Ky. Orlando was the commanding officer of the 716th Military Police Battalion.
The incident is under investigation.