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Servicemembers Killed; DoD Identifies Casualties

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, April 7, 2006 – Three servicemembers died today and yesterday from enemy action in Iraq, and the Defense Department has identified several casualties.

  • A Multinational Division Baghdad servicemember died today from previously sustained wounds when his patrol was attacked in western Baghdad.
  • A soldier from the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team was killed yesterday when his combat patrol struck a roadside bomb near Bayji.
  • A Marine assigned to 2nd Battalion, 28th Brigade Combat Team, died from enemy action while operating in Anbar province yesterday.

The servicemembers' names are being withheld pending notification of families.

Also, officials reported an Iraqi man killed by a mortar round that accidentally hit near a small village south of Sinjar in northwestern Iraq April 5.

Soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, were firing mortars at a suspected terrorist location when the incident occurred. The round fell short of the intended target and killed the man.

A civil affairs team from Task Force Band of Brothers returned to the village yesterday to offer condolences to the man's family.

The incident is currently under investigation.

The Department of Defense announced the identities of servicemembers killed supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom:

  • Army Spc. Ty J. Johnson, 28, of Elk Grove, Calif., died in Kirkuk, Iraq, on April 4, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Humvee during combat operations. Johnson was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.
  • Marine Lance Cpl. Jacob W. Beisel, 21, of Lackawaxen, Pa.
  • Marine Lance Cpl. Kun Y. Kim, 20, of Atlanta, Ga.
  • Marine Staff Sgt. Eric A. McIntosh, 29, of Trafford, Pa.,
  • Marine Cpl. Scott J. Procopio, 20, of Saugus, Mass.

Beisel died March 31 from wounds received while conducting combat operations in Anbar province. Kim, McIntosh and Procopio died April 2 while conducting combat operations in Anbar Province. All four were assigned to 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

  • Marine Cpl. Andres Aguilar Jr., 21, of Victoria, Texas.
  • Marine Cpl. David A. Bass, 20, of Nashville, Tenn.
  • Marine Lance Cpl. Patrick J. Gallagher, 27, of Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Marine Lance Cpl. Felipe D. Sandoval-Flores, 20, of Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Marine Cpl. Brian R. St. Germain, 22, of Warwick, R.I.
  • Marine Staff Sgt. Abraham G. Twitchell, 28, of Yelm, Wash.
All six Marines died April 2 when the 7-ton truck they were riding in rolled over in a flash flood near Asad. Aguilar was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. Bass, Gallagher, Sandoval-Flores and St. Germain were all assigned to elements of the 1st Marine Logistics Group, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif. Twitchell was assigned to the Combat Service Support Group 1, 1st Marine Logistics Group, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, Calif.

  • Marine Lance Cpl. Eric A. Palmisano, and Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Marcques J. Nettles, have been listed as Duty Status - Whereabouts Unknown after the April 2 rollover near Asad.

Palmisano, 27, of Milwaukee, Wis., is assigned to the 1st Transportation Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif. Nettles, 22, of Beaverton, Ore., is assigned to Force Service Regiment 1 Fleet Marine Forces Pacific.

Officials said all available resources are being used to search for them.

  • Army Capt. Timothy J. Moshier, 25, of Albany, N.Y.
  • Army Chief Warrant Officer Michael L. Hartwick, 37, of Orrick, Mo.
They died in Baghdad on April 1, when their Apache helicopter crashed during a combat air patrol. Both soldiers were assigned to the Army's 4th Battalion, 4th Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

  • Army Staff Sgt. Darrell P. Clay, 34, of Fayetteville, N.C.
  • Army Sgt. Israel Devora Garcia, 23, of Clint, Texas
They died in Baghdad, on April 1, when an improvised explosive device detonated while they were conducting a dismounted patrol. Both soldiers were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 6th Infantry, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Baumholder, Germany.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq and Defense Department news releases.)

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