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Soldiers Killed by Roadside Bombs; DoD Identifies Earlier Casualties

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 11, 2006 – Three Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers were killed today in roadside bomb attacks, U.S. military officials in Iraq said.

Two Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers died at approximately 9 a.m. today when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb during a patrol southwest of Baghdad.

In a separate incident, a Multinational Division Baghdad soldier was killed today when a roadside bomb also struck his vehicle during a patrol southwest of Baghdad.

In addition, a soldier from the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team died from non-combat-related wounds May 9 near Mosul.

The names of the soldiers are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Meanwhile, the Defense Department has announced the identities of 15 soldiers and three Marines who died recently while supporting operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • Army Spc. Aaron P. Latimer, 26, of Ennis, Texas, died in Mosul, Iraq, May 9. Latimer was assigned to the 562nd Engineer Company, 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Fort Wainwright, Alaska.
  • Army Staff Sgt. Gregory A. Wagner, 35, of Mitchell, S.D., died of injuries sustained in Baghdad May 8, when an improvised fire projectile struck his Humvee. Wagner was assigned to the Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 147th Field Artillery, Yankton, S.D.
  • Marine Sgt. Matthew J. Fenton, 24, of Little Ferry, N.J., died May 6 at the National Naval Medical Center, in Bethesda, Md., from wounds received in Anbar province, Iraq, on April 26. He was assigned to Marine Forces Reserve's Inspector and Instructor Staff, 1st Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Fort Devens, Mass.
  • Marine Cpl. Cory L. Palmer, 21, of Seaford, Del., died May 6 at Brooke Army Medical Center, in San Antonio, from wounds in Anbar province, Iraq, on May 1. He was assigned to the 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
  • Marine Lance Cpl. Leon B. Deraps, 19, of Jamestown, Mo., died May 6 in Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to the 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

The following 10 soldiers died east of Abad, Afghanistan, in the Kunar province, on May 5, when their CH-47 Chinook helicopter crashed during combat operations:

  • Lt. Col. Joseph J. Fenty, 41, of Florida;
  • Chief Warrant Officer 3 Eric W. Totten, 34, of Texas;
  • Chief Warrant Officer 2 Christopher B. Donaldson, 28, of Illinois;
  • Staff Sgt. Christopher T. Howick, 34, of Hamburg, N.Y.;
  • Sgt. Bryan A. Brewster, 24, of Fontana, Calif.;
  • Sgt. John C. Griffith, 33, of Las Vegas;
  • Sgt. Jeffery S. Wiekamp, 23, of Utopia, Texas;
  • Spc. Justin L. O'Donohoe, 27, of San Diego;
  • Spc. David N. Timmons Jr., 23, of Lewisville, N.C.; and
  • Pfc. Brian M. Moquin Jr., 19, of Worcester, Mass.

All those killed were assigned to the 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum N.Y. Fenty, O'Donohoe, Timmons and Moquin were part of the 71st Cavalry Regiment. Totten, Donaldson, Howick, Brewster, Griffith, and Wiekamp were part of the 3rd Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment.

The following three soldiers died in Baghdad May 5, when an improvised explosive device detonated near their Humvee during combat operations. Killed were:

  • First Sgt. Carlos N. Saenz, 46, of Las Vegas;
  • Sgt. Nathan J. Vacho, 29, of Janesville, Wis.; and
  • Spc. Teodoro Torres, 29, of Las Vegas.

Saenz and Torres were assigned to the Army Reserve's 490th Civil Affairs Battalion, Abilene, Texas. Vacho was assigned to the Army Reserve's 489th Civil Affairs Battalion, Knoxville, Tenn. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, all three were attached to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.

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

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