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Two Servicemembers Killed; Bodies of Missing Marines Recovered

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 31, 2006 – Two Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers have died in Iraq in the past two days, the bodies of two Marines killed in Anbar province May 27 have been recovered, and the Defense Department has identified two previous casualties.

One soldier died early this morning of "noncombat related causes," Multinational Force Iraq officials reported. Another Multinational Division Baghdad soldier was killed last night when a homemade bomb detonated southeast of Baghdad.

The soldiers' names are being withheld pending notification of family.

The bodies of two Marines missing as a result of a May 27 helicopter crash in Iraq's Anbar province have been recovered. The body of one Marine was recovered late on May 29 and the other was recovered yesterday, officials said.

"Our thoughts are with the families of the Marines," said Marine spokesman Lt. Col. Bryan Salas. The U.S. Marine Corps AH-1 Cobra helicopter from the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing went down during a maintenance test flight with the two Marines on board.

The incident does not appear to be a result of enemy action, and is under investigation, officials said.

In other news, the Defense Department has identified two soldiers who were died recently from injuries suffered while supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom:

  • Spc. Jeremy M. Loveless, 25, of Estacada, Ore., died in Mosul on May 29 when his Stryker came under enemy small-arms fire. Loveless was assigned to the Army's 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Fort Wainwright, Alaska.
  • Spc. J. Adan Garcia, 20, of Irving, Texas, died May 27 at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., from injuries suffered May 22 in Baghdad when his convoy encountered small-arms fire while returning from an explosive ordnance mission. Garcia was assigned to the 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, N.Y.
(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq and Defense Department news releases.)
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