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Soldier Killed in Iraq; DoD Identifies Earlier Casualties

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 24, 2006 – A Multinational Corps Iraq soldier was killed while conducting a patrol yesterday south of Balad, U.S. military officials in Iraq reported.

The soldier was part of a team conducting counter-makeshift bomb operations when the patrol was attacked by small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades.

The name of the soldier is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Meanwhile, the Defense Department released the names a soldier, sailor and three Marines who died in Iraq or Afghanistan:

  • Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Lee Hamilton Deal, 23, of West Monroe, La., died May 17 as a result of enemy action in Anbar province. He was operationally assigned to Regimental Combat Team 5, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), and permanently assigned to 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force Atlantic, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
  • Army Staff Sgt. Christian Longsworth, 26, of Newark, N.J., died May 19 in Oruzgan province, Afghanistan, from wounds suffered when his convoy came under enemy small-arms fire. Longsworth was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, N.C.
  • Marine Sgt. David R. Christoff, 25, of Rossford, Ohio, and Marine Lance Cpl. William J. Leusink, 21, of Maurice, Iowa, died May 22 from wounds suffered while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Anbar province, Iraq. They were assigned to 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.
  • Marine Lance Cpl. Benito A. Ramirez, 21, of Edinburg, Texas, died May 21 while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

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

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