The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Spc. Todd M. Bates, 20, of Bellaire, Ohio, was on a river patrol on the Tigris River Dec. 10 south of Baghdad, Iraq, when his squad leader fell overboard. Spc. Bates dived into the water and did not surface. He was originally listed in a duty status whereabouts unknown status. Bates’ body was subsequently recovered and his status changed to deceased on Dec. 23. Spc. Bates was assigned to the 135th Military Police Company, Army National Guard, based in Brookpark, Ohio.
This incident is under investigation.