The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. They died on June 24 in the vicinity of Baghdad, Iraq, from injuries sustained when they encountered enemy forces small arms fire, and an improvised explosive device which detonated during a dismounted patrol. Both soldiers were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 10th Calvary Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
Sgt. Benjamin J. Laymon, 22, of Mount Vernon, Ohio.
Sgt. Justin D. Norton, 21, of Rainier, Wash.
Media with questions about these soldiers can call the 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office at (254) 291-2591.